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Day 41 – ice cream and other guilty pleasures …

March 29, 2010

Sometimes you just fancy something, you want it, you deserve it, and you know it will hit the spot. A guilty pleasure. Yesterday, I ran a half marathon. Sometimes runs go well, and sometimes badly. But when they go well, endorphins kick in, you feel rightly proud of yourself, and on that “high”, you want […]

Day 36 – ASKing questions, being selfish – and the Eden Project

March 24, 2010

It seems that a palm oil free diet is not too bad if you can be selfish. Cook all your meals and bake all your bread fresh at home. Turn down anything you’re offered (and it’s always the nice stuff – cakes, biscuits, chocolate …) and only eat what you have vetted, or what you […]

Day 29 – Nestle, Give orangutans a break

March 17, 2010

I’m not a great one for activism. I should be – I care about the issues I talk and blog about, but I’m more the kind of person who tries to quietly make his point and influence those around me to follow my views if they so wish. But the world would never become a […]

Day 22 – little successes and Little Chef

March 10, 2010

As three weeks of Lent are over, I think so far the challenge has been successful. Sometimes it surprises me a few products I find that I can add to my slowly growing list that are OK. Naan bread – Waitrose naan bread does not use palm oil! A nice surprise and it went down […]

Day 16 – a transgression?

March 4, 2010

It was Tuesday – feeling virtuous, I put the breadmaker on for my palm oil free fresh “homemade” bread, went for a run, and came back to tuck into my bread with peanut butter. Until now I’ve extolled the virtues of SunPat peanut butter, the only main brand in the shops clearly labelled with no […]

Day 13: Palm oil free day out

March 1, 2010

It’s one thing checking out food and labels from the supermarket and maintaining palm oil free food at home. But on Saturday I was out for the day. Suddenly snacks and lunches become very difficult. For snacks, almost all crisps, chocolate, cakes, cereal bars or biscuits from the supermarket will contain palm oil. And for […]

Day 10 – be prepared

February 26, 2010

Today was a long and busy day. Up at 6:15 and in the office early, I was going to put my palm oil free destiny in the hands of either Sainsbury’s or the staff restaurant. As the morning drew on, it was clear my lunchbreak would only be 20 minutes, and so I went to […]

Day 8 – chips are down

February 24, 2010

Yesterday, I lingered outside the chip shop for a brief second and wondered if fish and chips from the local takeaway might be a palm oil free option. I should explain for the benefit of my American friends and followers that I’m using the British definition of chips and crisps throughout this blog, though both […]

Day 7 – Pizza, chips … and thank you

February 23, 2010

Today I had to go for quick easy food. Going palm oil free would be easier if I could prepare fresh food every day, but we can’t expect everyone to have that kind of lifestyle. I, for one, don’t. As I went to my local corner store, I was faced with the awkward dilemma of […]

Day 6 – Flapjack and Panorama

February 22, 2010

Has a website or blog post ever been entitled “Flapjack and Panorama” before? If you are reading this in the UK and it’s 8:30pm, please stop. Watch Panorama. The documentary promises to be the most high-profile prime time exposure yet to the issue of palm oil. I hope it gives some further explanation as to […]