So there have been a couple of aberrations. The first was a pre-arranged visit to a Chinese restaurant which can not use MSG on request. I had wanted to go here for years, but now the situation had changed slightly so we ‘needed’ to go during the challenge. I could have had vegan, but I had had this planned in a certain way for so long so did not. But that’s ok. It is part of life and I am still otherwise keeping to the challenge: for example, it is a big thing for me to be dairy-free – probably more than meat-free, as I had not eaten much meat or fish for years, whereas I had hitherto always eaten dairy almost daily.
A second was a tiny taste of a meat pizza which some of my children wanted. Again I felt fine about this, as it was a tiny taste only. In addition, I did not feel ‘deprived’ at them eating meat when I did not, which was good.
So some people might be disappointed, and for sure it would have been better not to have eaten any – after all, no one was forcing me to – but at the same time these were small aberrations. I still know that I am taking this very seriously – I still spend most of the time scouring about for dairy-free foods and often feeling hungry – but still clearer and more conscious.