It’s really surprising when you start looking at the ingredients list of everyday foods and seeing what’s in them. I was going to buy a packet of crisps today, but each flavour I looked it still contained some type of milk powder, so I didn’t eat any in the end.
Then I was going to have a cup of coffee, I have some of those nescafe sachets where you just pour and mix, it’s a mixture of coffee, milk and sugar. So I couldn’t have one of those. I’m not a fan at all of black coffee, so will have to look for some coffee creamer that isn’t dairy based, if I’m going to do this properly. If I can’t find any, I will just continue using my usual sachets as coffee is something I can’t give up. Although now I’m drinking more green tea than ever before (I found a brand I really like and it’s convenient to keep leaves in my flask and reuse them several times), I often need a coffee when I’m working until late in the evenings.
There are things like biscuits and chocolate, that I don’t mind giving up, since I’ll be eating more fruit, I’ll get a lot of my sugars naturally and we’ve all read about how harmful sugar is in our diet.
I’m currently really excited about eating naturally, but it is an issue when deciding on what to eat, as Chinese chefs often but meat into dishes that shouldn’t have meat. I’m also a huge fan of noodles and am sure most of the noodles are fresh egg noodles. I’m going to making sure to eat plenty of rice and there are dishes like 麻辣烫，麻辣香锅, which won’t have meat or dairy in them.
麻辣香锅 is a Sichuan dish, the shop will have a cabinet full of veg, noodles, meat etc for you to choose. You put what you want in a bowl and you pay by weight. They then just stir fry it all up and add some spices.