January

Can you believe January is pretty much over???  It’s flown by, which is good because I’m not much of a January fan.  One thing I will say about having 2 kids under 2 years old is that the days go by quickly!  I think (touch wood) I’m in the swing of things with day to day life with the two of them now.  Ah, how quickly that may all change.  It’s funny how I can go from feeling at my wits end to feeling complete and fulfilled (in family life, that is).

So I figured I owe you more of a food focussed post.  I’ve been trying to take more photos of my eats, albeit on my iphone, in order to blog about them.  But frequently I fail.  Here’s what i’ve remembered to photograph (no surprise they are my healthier meals!).

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I’ve taken to eating my lunches from tupperware.  This is because a) I try to prepare them in advance, and b) i am either feeding A or she is sleeping on me (the only place she does sleep in the day).

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Pies!  Oh my gosh.  Mr Nice Pie make the best vegan pies!  I bought them last summer from their stall at a local street market when visiting my parents.  I didn’t get around to eating them so I froze them ready for winter comfort food cravings.   They were so flipping good.  And Mr Nice Pie is from my part of Wales, next to my hometown.  I must get hold of some more, somehow.

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These are two of my throw together meals featuring my daily staples of vegetables, rice, tofu and hummus.  Never gets old.

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Finally, I am still loving Dreena Burton’s Chickpea Ratatouille.  Another staple around here.

That concludes some of January’s favourite eats.

I have failed so far with my resolution to try one new recipe a week.  I’m hoping February will bring on more success as I am hoping A will have finished her evening long cluster feeding by then (I’m talking feeding from 6ish – 11/midnight, yuh).

What have been your January highlights?

Vegan Life Mag #3

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I finally got around to reading the latest issue of Vegan Life magazine! So many great articles. I know that it’s a new year and all that, but I was a bit disappointed on how much focus there was on detoxing. My plan was to try out one of the recipes but they were too detox focused for me so I’ve picked out two articles that sparked my interest.

The first one was about cheese and it being a major roadblock for people to transition from being vegetarian to vegan, or adopting a vegan diet.  I must admit, I can totally relate to this.  I love cheese and it has broken me a couple of times.  Ultimately, the dairy industry is just as unethical as the meat industry.  And in some ways, there is more animal suffering involved in producing dairy that it’s difficult to justify eating it.

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It was refreshing to read an article that gives a very honest perspective on adopting a vegan diet.  It’s not easy for some, myself included.  I successfully maintained a vegan diet during pregnancy but since breastfeeding I’ve been paranoid about how my diet affects milk supply and the nutrients A. is getting through my breastmilk.  And since I’m a worrier, especially when it comes to my children, I’ve been believing the misinformation that it’s detrimental to health to pursue a vegan diet when breastfeeding.  However, I know too much about the suffering involved in providing dairy thus my conscience was never happy with eating cheese.  Honestly, I’m still a little paranoid about my vegan diet having some negative effect on A. whilst breastfeeding but I just cannot participate in the suffering involved in the dairy industry through consuming dairy products.  I digress.  Back to the article.

The writer highlights how we often think in terms of overnight success stories thus feel like failures when we can’t make overnight changes.  I can definitely relate to this.  I’d like to be an all or nothing type of person but my brain freaks out whenever I try (which the writer also mentions as a natural protective mechanism that the brain performs).  Instead, she recommends taking things slowly.  Instead of thinking about a life without cheese, aim to do one month without cheese then take it from there.  For some transitioning to veganism, it may mean thinking of eating a vegan diet meal by meal.  I really enjoyed this article, and it reassured me that I’m not alone in my cheese struggles.

Screen Shot 2015-01-17 at 09.52.27The other article is well timed with veganuary and gives advice on making the leap to a vegan diet, and how to navigate it depending on your personal approach to change.

So there you have two great reasons to buy the latest issue of Vegan Life magazine :)

Disclaimer: I was sent a digital copy of the magazine to review.  Nonetheless, all opinions are my own.