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Eating Yourself Happy

Lists of lists

Now I realise my last post was quite heavy and bordered on some pretty heavy political and philosophical debates. That’s why in this post I thought I’d share with you the small changes I’m trying to make in my life, to help myself and the planet.

Now I know all the health benefits of becoming vegan, that was never something I disputed and as I mentioned in my previous post, it is what’s pulling me most towards cutting out the animal products. I don’t want pus-filled yoghurt and cheese and I don’t want blood-stained eggs. For that reason, one of the things that I’m currently doing is cutting down on the animal products I consume. As a vegetarian, I already have a slight advantage to this. The day I can tolerate mushrooms is the day I know I’d survive as a vegan. (that’s probably a separate post topic).

One thing I’m really going to miss when I cut it out is leather. I know, very weird, a vegetarian who loves leather. Goes completely against my moral compass, it’s a dangerous exploitative industry to people and animals. Again, it’s just a habit I’ve been bought up with. Leather lasts, leather is good quality, leather, leather, leather. And in fact, a lot of the chemicals used in faux leather are worse for the environment than leather.

But anyway, I’m getting off track, and I told myself this post would be lighter than my last.

If you know me by now, you know I love a good list. I make lists of lists and lists of those lists, the list goes on.

Cutting out

  • bread (makes me tired)
  • refined carbs (white carbs)
  • alcohol (don’t like it anyway)
  • crisps (empty calories)
  • sweets (cows feet)

Cutting down

  • carbs in general
  • chocolate
  • eggs
  • yoghurt
  • cheese

Eating more/ substitutes

  • wholegrain oats/cereal
  • almond milk (because it’s delicious and I actually prefer the taste to regular milk)
  • fruit and nuts mixes
  • seed mixes
  • sorbet/ frozen yoghurt (dessert substitute)

 

I LOVE AVACOADOES! Yummy delicious fats that make the idea of going vegan realistic.

I’m getting silly now, so this is the end.

 

Veganism: Saving the world?

As a vegetarian-veteran, I have always toyed with the idea of becoming vegan. Morally it makes sense. It’s good for your health, the health of others, the animals and the environment. There are some things that have deterred me even after all these years, including:

Dairy

I love me some cheese, chocolate and eggs. But I’ve gotta say, after finding out more and more about the egg and milk industry I am very much going off the idea of these products. The next step is cutting them out, which brings me to my second point..

Accessibility

Being a vegetarian in a western society is easy enough, being a vegan is still pretty accessible, providing you have the time and money to put into it. That being said, if you don’t have the luxury of organic, free from, local produce it can be a bit difficult. And not only that, it’s having the time to do your research to understand nutrition and how to be as healthy and full as possible. If you’re not privileged to have been bought up understanding food, then it does seem a pretty daunting prospect of turning your eating habits upside down, especially if you have a small budget, multiple jobs and a family to cater for. There is the argument of urban vs. rural areas. It is a lot easier and cheaper to access local produce in rural areas (these tend to be more expensive to live in), and before you come at me with local veg boxes, I’ve tried that, and frankly they’re pants and over priced. Again, if you bring a non-western perspective into this, then cutting out animal products may go  against eons of culture, traditions and religions. What, just because the West have a superiority complex, the rest of the world should follow suit? We did that with Christianity, look where that got us.

Superiority

Another thing that puts me off is this high and mighty attitude some vegans and some vegetarians have of feeling superior to animal consumers. Now don’t get me wrong, the thought of consuming dead flesh turns my stomach and always has done, hence the being a vegetarian, but I don’t judge other people on their eating habits. The issues we have here come back to my previous point of superiority complexes, we in the West have conveniently caught onto the idea that veganism could save the planet. How lovely, after we’ve reaped and continue to reap the benefits of capitalism and globalisation, sweat shops are rife and children dig out the metals for the technological equipment we research or fad diets and  Instagram our food photos on (guilty!). Stop judging other peoples lifestyle choices, yes, veganism as a concept is truly revolutionary and I’d like to believe that it could topple Governments and save the planet. But if this means that multiple communities who already live off the land have to give up milking and eating the produce they source themselves, to make way for your fields of soy and your lactose-free milk that’s seen more air miles than most people, you’re kidding yourself if you think that’s saving the planet.

Now these seems to have turned into more of a rant than anything, but what I’m taking from Veganism is this: Good for you if you have the means to be vegan. And also, Good for you if you’re able to make any small changes that help the planet, it’s people and animals.

Now, who’s ready to bring down capitalism?

 

Just call me Queen Crafty

The other day I finally made time for creating my own body loving concoctions. I cooked up a scrumptious lime and mint scrub and a slightly sticky, but delicious Shea butter, Argan and essential oil moisturiser.

The scrub is divine, satisfyingly sweet and full of moisture. I’ve only used it a few times but I’ve already converted to the benefits of oil on the skin. It was soooooo easy to make. Literally weigh your sugar and coconut oil, zest a lime and add some peppermint essential oil, mix it altogether and voila! Just make sure you whip up the coconut oil before adding the rest. I don’t even have a blender, and it still only took 5 minutes.

The moisturiser is a tad sticky on application, but give it 10-15 minutes and it soaks in leaving you deliciously soft and hydrated. I may try adding some rose water next time to see if that makes a difference, but it’ll be a while because you get a lot from your mix. This one was slightly more complicated to make. I had to melt the shea butter, add the argan oil and set in the freezer for 15 minutes. Once this was slightly solid I added the essential oils and whipped it to a lotion before decanting it into a lovely glass jar I’d bought.

But both recipes were super easy and I love the nominal ingredient list, it’s great to be putting something so simple and nourishing on your skin. You can add as many or as few essential oils as you want. Don’t just go on smell, make sure you’re using the right ones for your skin. And much as I love the cute hexagon jars I reckon I need a shallower and wider pot in future.

off-track

The key to blogs is honesty. And I’ve got to be honest, I’ve fallen off track. I seem to have lost all motivation. No matter what rules I set myself, or don’t set myself, I can’t seem to stick to healthy eating.

I’m not sure what the problem is. I understand and believe all the reasons I should be eating healthily: physical health, mental health, self-love yad-ah-yah-di-dah.

I always seem to start strong, lost a stone, joined the gym, started a blog, everything was dandy. And now through a mixture of laziness, busyness, birthdays, holidays and an inability to see through this motivation, I am slowly starting to put the lbs back on.Not even motivational quotes or making a motivation board seem to be helping.

I feel that one of my downfalls is writing off whole days and whole weeks. Rather than viewing a little slip up as a naughty treat, I turn those days and weeks into cheat weeks. Moderation is a key I do not currently possess.

So right now I have no delicious foodie posts or photos, only sharing this lack of motivation. Hopefully this honesty will be the start of the motivation I need to get back on track.

Exhausted

Sometimes life is exhausting. It doesn’t matter how much you ‘rest’, keep yourself busy or trundle along at a steady pace, sometimes you are just tired. All. The. Time. 

When this happens, everything is an effort. So we slowly fall back into old comforts. Old comforts = bad habits. 

I find the best thing to do during these times, is something completely different. If I’ve given up on the gym for the week, then going to one class can kick start the boost I need, or if I haven’t had any time to myself, then starting that new book is utterly libertating, or if my eating habits have slid down to hell where all the pizza and chocolate biscuits live, then I need to drastically change my eating regime. 

This is where I’m at right now. Drastic times = drastic measures

All the hard work and motivation I’ve had these past couple of weeks has deflated, which means my tummy is inflating. Those glorious lbs I’ve lost through sheer determination and hard work have made a smug reappearance. The old me would give up at this point, my ego is on the sofa eating chips and dips telling me ‘what’s the point fatty-boom-batty?’  

The new me, the developing self is clinging on to something, anything to pull me back from this decline. Telling me ‘okay, maybe you’ve put these lbs back on, but you’d have put even more on if you hadn’t have lost them in the first place’ 

Not much to go on, but enough it seems for now. For the next 10 days I’m going to try my upmost to live a carb free lifestyle. No bread, not pasta, no rice, no cous cous, no potatoes.

Sweet potatoes and carby veg are still allowed. So let’s see. I’ve just ha a small holiday and have another in 10 days, so this is me trying to pull it back and stay afloat. 

I’ll let you know how this journey goes. 

Absolutely Skewed 

Sometimes you just need to gloat about your delicious lunch , that was home-cooked for you by an equally delicious woman. 

Temple Bodies

As we all know, happiness is a continual process, a journey of sorts, therefore not a destination. This does not mean unachievable by any means, all it takes is an awareness of fluidity and the motivation for development.

If you take this quote literally:

Your body is a temple

Then life could be pretty boring or enlightening, depending on how you look at it.

For me, I aspire to: ‘my body is a temple’, it’s a sacred space where I can return to the present me and love myself fully. But to be in a state of self-love we must always be moving forward, in body and in mind.

Now, this doesn’t just mean eating the right food and going to the gym. Our skin, our hair, our brains also need sustenance to grow, to survive.

I mean, I’ve started reducing the chemicals I put in my body, so it’s only natural (get it? Hah) that I start reducing the chemicals I put on my body (we all know these get absorbed into the body anyway). 

I will be attempting to make my own lotions and potions from a few key ingredients, keeping it as simple and natural as possible. Not only is this environmentally friendly, thrifty and creatively crafty, it’s an opportunity to learn more about my body and what it needs, as well as downsizing the bathroom shelves and cuboards of uncessary pots and bottles!

(I live in a constant state of confliction- I aspire to minimalism but am a self confessed hoarder, of the magpie variety) 

Therefore, along with my foodie adventures, I will be posting about my D.I.Y attempts of scrubs, washes and lotions.

Scrubs and lotions are first in the list and depending on how they go I will then move on to shampoo and conditioner, followed by some exciting treats like bath bombs, salts and bubbles.

So watch this space of experimentation, it may even rub off on you! 

It’s a little time consuming, but worth the effort, especially if you’re trying to avoid wheat and want a healthy dinner.

This pizza is made with a cauliflower base, tomato purée and then all the delicious toppings you want! (Cheese optional) The recipe is all over the net, so if you likey, have a go!

Box life

Frankly we were a little disappointed with our fruit and veg boxes. They weren’t very exciting, especially given the price. No onions or garlic for a start, not that we’re complaining, because the 75% discount was exciting and a good deal for your first order. So for £8 it isn’t too shabby. But really, £28 of fruit, veg and dairy products should equate to more, right? Maybe I’m just being harsh, so we’ve decided to downgrade to a smaller and more affordable weekly veg box at £10 per week for 4 weeks to see how we go. I mean £5 each every week and supporting local farmers must be good. But we’re not millionaires, and we eat a lot of fruit and veg so it may be an unfeasible option long term.

Although it has sparked us to look for local farmers markets, so that will be the next adventure!

 

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