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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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Repeating Past Mistakes

Over the long weekend, I thought I did fairly well with eating plant-based, but I did make a couple of mistakes that I have in the past. I’m still learning!

On Friday I wasn’t feeling my best. I just felt a bit off, probably from a variety of factors, so was a bit flat all day. I had toast and muesli for breakfast, left over pizza for lunch and some left over burrito bowl as an early dinner, as I was going out with friends.

Dinner was Mexican food, and I had an eggplant quesadilla and some chipotle chips. Not vegan. And to be honest, I wish I hadn’t eaten the cheese in the quesadilla. there wasn’t much in there, but I just felt like I had cheated myself. I put in my margin for things I can’t help or avoid, and the occasional slip up. But I didn’t feel good about choosing the quesadilla, when I could have had a salad instead. On top of that, I ended up feeling sick and having to head home early. I think it was just that I was already feeling off, and the heavy food didn’t help.

On Saturday I was feeling a bit better, and had a generally quiet day. I usually go to the market on Saturday mornings to get my food for the week, but did it on Sunday instead, so I didn’t have any of the usual fresh items to eat. I made smashed potatoes for lunch, a recipe I found on The Pioneer Woman quite some time ago, which was a weekend treat! (note: I think it was this website I got the recipe from, but I can’t find it anymore).

Then, to satisfy my sugar cravings I’d been having all week, I made a mug cake from Chocolate Covered Katie. So yummy! It put an end to my cravings, so I feel it was a good decision. I didn’t get photos of the potatoes or cake, as I ate them before I even had time to think about photos.

My mum was in town just for Saturday night, so she stayed and we got Thai for dinner. I was feeling pretty good about my dinner decisions, up until my pad thai arrived and I remembered that it comes with egg! Being conscious of little things like that is something I need to work on.

The Wannabe Herbivore: roasted garlic
Some roasted garlic from my Sunday cooking session

On Sunday I spent the day cooking for the week! We’re heading into winter in Australia, and while our winters do not compare to those in other places, the colder weather makes me want heavier comfort food. This meant there was some roasting going on, which made the house smell so good!

The Wannabe Herbivore: mushrooms
More cooking

I am still feeling good about my transition, and am trying not to be too hard on myself because I know that it will be a process for me. I’m feeling more confident in saying no to non-vegan foods, although still being tempted by vegan junk food. So that is something I need to work on. I also need to work on my social eating and not ordering the food I regret and that makes me feel icky. And lastly, being conscious of hidden ingredients.

Talk to you in a few days!

 

Catching Up!

I’m back! Apologies for not having written sooner.

This week was only a three-day week in Australia, as ANZAC day means we get Friday off. But because Easter fell so close to ANZAC day, it resulted in a very short week.

This is not a bad thing, but it did mean that everyone had to try to fit five days of work into three, which for me meant not a lot of time for personal blogging.

This week was also a challenge in other ways. Let me be clear in saying that it was not a bad week. Generally, it was a happy and positive week and all is good! But I was having serious sugar and junk food cravings, so not my healthiest week.

Let’s start on Monday (if I can remember that far back). I’d been craving brunch food, but quite specific, so my Sunday brunch didn’t satisfy. So I made my own version with baked beans (based on the Freestyle Beans recipe from Eamon Sullivan), mushrooms with thyme, roasted tomatoes, spinach with garlic, and light rye sourdough with avocado. YUM! Craving satisfied. I made enough of that to eat for lunch a couple of times this week, as well.

The Wannabe Herbivore: brunch

Honestly, I can’t remember exactly what else I ate on Monday, but I imagine toast with hummus featured quite a bit.

Tuesday I was back at work and there was a birthday to celebrate. We always do cake (or donuts), but I didn’t partake. Between you and me, I would have done bad things for some sugar, but I reminded myself how crappy it makes me feel, and had some chocolate tea when I got home instead.

I think I had leftovers of the creamy pasta for lunch, and left over “brunch” for dinner. Rice cakes with hummus and veggie sticks for snacks, and the usual green smoothie and porridge for breakfast.

Wednesday started off as usual. I had a smoothie and porridge, and then probably some muesli as a snack. But when it got to lunch, I just wanted some fried food. So I treated myself to a munch box from Lord of The Fries. And boy did it hit the spot!

The Wannabe Herbivore: Lord of the Fries munch box
Lord of the Fries munch box

I got fries and onion rings, with vegan gravy and cheese. I felt a little bloated afterwards, as tends to happen with fried food, but it’s nice having a vegan fast food option for those days when that’s all you want.

For dinner I had the last bit of the creamy pasta. That was such a good recipe, I’ll definitely make it again.

Thursday was a struggle! I didn’t sleep well on Wednesday night, so I was feeling a little testy from being tired and what-not. It is a great testament to the plant-based diet that I was only testy and not full-blown grumpy. But I did feel very hungry all day and wanted to eat all the bad things!

I had toast and porridge for breakfast, then a bowl of muesli, and I was still hungry, so ate my “brunch” leftovers for lunch at 11am. Whoops!

I decided later that I was going to get vegan hot jam donuts from down the street, because it was that kind of day, but my plans were foiled as they had sold out. Probably for the best.

BUT –  thank you universe – not long after, I received a delivery of some muesli (honey-free) that I’d ordered from Mix My Muesli. It was the perfect solution to my hunger, a nice afternoon pick-me-up, and it means I can stop eating the shared packet in the work kitchen (sorry, everyone).

The Wannabe Herbivore: Mix My Muesli delivery
My muesli delivery!

For dinner, I ordered the mushroom pizza with vegan cheese from Mr. Natural Vegetarian Pizza. It’s not really your traditional pizza, but it’s delicious and it was much lighter than normal pizza. I didn’t feel gross afterwards. There’s a couple of pieces left, so that will be my lunch today.

The Wannabe Herbivore: Mr. Natural Vegetarian Pizza
Terrible lighting, great pizza

That’s my week so far. Even though I was craving unhealthy foods this week, I am lucky that there are so many vegan options available to me on a daily basis. I am really enjoying getting involved in this lifestyle and community.

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Easter Sunday

I hope everyone had a great Easter!

Sunday was a big eye-opener for me.  I said yesterday that Sunday would be my cheat day. I guess those weren’t the right words, because I know that being plant-based isn’t a diet, or something that I’m being forced to do, so I don’t need to cheat. What I meant was that it would be the day where I use my 10%-20% margin for my eating goals.

This wasn’t about chocolate. I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar for a while, as I’ve found that it affects me negatively. I always feel flat, unmotivated, and sad after eating too much sugar. So while I have not cut it out entirely, I’ve tried to cut back and asked my family not to give me chocolate for Easter.

The Wannabe Herbivore: soy latte
Soy latte made by my friend who works at the cafe – so good!

As I mentioned, we had no big family plans, so I went out for brunch with some friends. I failed the social eating test (again) and ate a non-vegan brunch. The people I was with always order off the menu, and so I try to stick to the menu when I’m with them so as not to make the job of the cafe even more difficult. But it just reminded me that I need to stand by my beliefs.

The only other non-vegan thing I had was two small easter eggs. That was all the chocolate I got (my family are great!).

But I did eat a packet of flavoured chips, which while technically vegan, left me feeling really crappy. So my reasons for eating this way were brought back to me very clearly: my health. It’s not just about being plant-based, it’s about eating good, whole foods. The only person who loses when I try to “cheat” is me.

The Wannabe Herbivore: burrito bowl
Burrito bowl with avocado salsa

One yummy meal I did make yesterday was a burrito bowl with brown rice, capsicum, onion, garlic, zucchini, and avocado salsa. Success!

So for future reference, please feel free to remind me why I’m doing this and how bad I feel when I eat badly. The occasional indulgence is ok, though!