Going Well… Mostly

I’m back after a bit of a break – not meeting my goals for blogging, that’s for sure!

I should explain why. In about a week and a half I’m heading to Europe for four weeks! I’m going to Turkey first, for the wedding of my best friend, then Germany to catch up with another friend, then London to see my cousin. I’m very excited! I will discuss my concerns in regards to plant-based eating while travelling in another post.

What it means is that I’m trying to get those four week’s of work done now before I go, so work is busy and I don’t feel that I can give up any time during the work day for my personal blog. Not that my employers mind – the blog was suggested in a work goal-setting session and they are very supportive. But I mind, so please excuse the decrease in posts for now!

Aside from falling short of my blogging goals, I really feel my eating is going well. I didn’t have a lot of social events on this past week, and I am loving trying all the vegan cafes and restaurants around work and home, so that hasn’t been an issue.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Vegan Box
I ordered the May Vegan Box! Some fun samples in there – my favourites were the drinking chocolate and the Apricot/chocolate bar.

Eating whole-foods has been the problem. I haven’t been feeling well anyway, and then combining that with stress, a birthday, and a breakup (not mine, but I’m a supportive eater), it hasn’t been the best of weeks!

One of the foods I need to mention is the ah-mazing cookies from The Post Punk Kitchen that I made for Steph’s birthday at work. I had a bit of a binge, because they taste so good and I got to eat them fresh out of the oven. I’m drooling over them now!

The Wannabe Herbivore: PPK Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
The PPK cookies – like a mix of brownie and cookie, with chocolate chunks thrown in!

I had some healthier meals, too. I had a delicious bean and quinoa soup (The ppk again!), and nachos with home made guacamole. I got lunch from The Bear Cafe near work a couple of days this week, and tried The Nutrition Bar near where I live. I had an acai bowl and a smoothie – a new weekend treat, I think!

The Wannabe Herbivore: The Nutrition Bar Smoothie
Smoothie from The Nutrition Bar

I had only one fail this week – garlic bread with my otherwise vegan pasta meal last night. Today there could have been a possible slip up as I had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant. They have a “bowl” system, in which you pay for your bowl size and can then have as much of anything that will fit in it. It was so delicious, and I did my best to only choose vegan options, but there could have been hidden ingredients that I wasn’t aware of.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Lunch from The Tofu Shop
My yummy bowl lunch from The Tofu Shop

That’s my week! I am really happy with my progress with plant-based eating. I am looking forward to getting back to a regular routine at some point in the future, so I have a bit more time and energy to make my own food.  I’m enjoying all of the blogs I’m following on here with so many great recipes and stories – so thank you and keep up the good work!

 

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A Good Week

Hey y’all!

I hope you’ve had a great week! I’ve had a good week both generally and in terms of eating.

I won’t outline every little thing I ate each day, as I have a whole week to get through, but I felt pretty good about my decisions this week, and I am feeling physically well as a result.

My main meals this week that I ate for lunches and dinners were roasted tomato pesto pasta, mushroom risotto, and roasted tomato and coconut soup.

The two roast tomato meals were from Oh She Glows, and oh were they delicious! I highly recommend them.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Oh She Glows roasted tomato pesto pasta
A terrible photo of my pesto pasta

 

The risotto wasn’t exactly a traditional risotto. I really, really wanted a mushroom risotto, but I’ve been eating heavy foods recently, and just wanted to give my body a bit of a break, so I made it with quinoa. I didn’t follow a recipe, but cooked the mushrooms, added the quinoa and veggie stock, and let it cook. Then sautéed some red onion with a splash of balsamic vinegar, and added that in at the end. I loved it!

The Wannabe Herbivore: Mushroom, red onion, and quinoa "risotto"
Mushroom, red onion, and quinoa “risotto”

I also attempted chia seed pudding as a snack option. I didn’t get the flavouring quite right, so it was a bit plain, but otherwise a good snack.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Chia pudding
Chia pudding

I had a social eating win on Friday, with office breakfast. We went to our usual cafe, where I’m normally disappointed with the options, but they had some vegan muesli balls available. As it’s getting colder here, these weren’t my first choice, but I was happy to have something. However, when I ordered, the waitress asked if I was vegan, and then proceeded to tell me all the other vegan options available and what they could change for me. I ended up ordering this Mexican influenced breakfast and it was delicious! They’ve won me over.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Stagger Lee's breakfast
My Mexican breakfast

I did have a bit of junk this week. On Wednesday I had dinner with a friend and we ordered pizza. I got mine without cheese or meat, so I thought that was a good compromise, and I felt a lot better than I would have eating a pizza with cheese.

I also treated myself to some Moo Free chocolate – I don’t know if anyone else has tried it, but YUM! So good. I also had some chips, and a few pieces of liquorice.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Moo Free Bunnycomb Bars
Moo Free Bunnycomb Bars

Friday night was a family dinner and we had Thai food. I couldn’t guarantee that everything was vegan, but I did my best and only had vegetarian items.

Despite the few treats, I stayed plant based all week! I’m feeling the benefits in that I’m generally happier, I feel healthier, I feel less puffy, and I went for run earlier in the week and ran the furthest ever! I should probably make it clear that it wasn’t far for most normal people, but it was an achievement for me, and I think a lot of it is down to eating better foods and less dairy.

This weekend I have a dinner with friends at a place that I don’t believe has any plant-based options. So we’ll see how that goes.

I’ll touch base again in a few days. Enjoy your weekend!