So I decided to try me and Joshua on a vegan diet for the week leading up to my birthday. And that’s how I discovered that not only is dairy my main bowel irritant, but also that Joshua was lactose intolerant as well. And presto-change-o! On my birthday the whole family officially went vegan. I’m now managing my IBD completely without medication! Sometimes I get bloated which is annoying because I fart a lot, but once I’ve weaned my second son, I plan to try Beano tablets which apparently help with that.
Joshua’s schools have always been brilliant about his diet. It wasn’t a big deal when we were packing his lunch but he now eats in the cafeteria and the dinner ladies all know him and have spoken with me about what’s vegan and what isn’t. I also bring in soya yoghurts for his puddings. With my second son Zac, we relied less on commercial baby food, a
as past stage 1 they add meat and milk to everything So I made most of my own purees and blends. I also have breastfed a *lot* longer as we couldn’t easily wean him onto a formula – the soya one we tried made him constipated. He’s 17 months now and still breastfeeding at night, won’t take a bottle…it’s annoying… But! I have also have blossomed as a cook! It’s so fun to veganise my mum’s Southern home cooking for my kids! I have lots of great Southern dishes in my repertoire now! I do an awesome macaroni bake, when I’m ill I make potato dumpling soup, and I’ve done biscuits and gravy too. (I’ve got loads of recipes on my blog too, justplainvegan.com .) I haven’t written down my gravy recipe yet because, to be honest, it’s so bloody simple I haven’t thought to. Basically for gravy all you need to do is slice up a couple onions, caramelise in a generous amount of margarine, then add flour to make a roux and stir in some vegetable broth and nutritional yeast. If you want it to be nice and creamy add some plant milk too, vegan worcester sauce is a good addition too, and you can add salt and pepper to taste. For a creamy bechamel-style gravy add plant milk and a little nutmeg. Et voila!
Going out to eat can be a different story, though. And surprisingly not because of cross-contamination. My problem is that some establishments just have *no* clue how to accommodate vegans – eg, their fries are cooked in duck fat (WHY), or their vegetarian burger patties are held together with egg or cheese (NO). Like, it’s relatively simple to put an easy vegan option on your menu, y u no do that??