On the veg train

Good afternoon!

How are you all?  I’ve finally got a chance to sit down for 5 mins whilst Theo is chatting in his cot (he’s supposed to be sleeping!).

Since returning home after Easter I’ve got back in to salads and more raw vegan food in a big way.  I was tired of feeling like rubbish and decided it was time to honour my body more by stopping feeding it less than nutritious food.   Here’s some of the meals/snacks I’ve been enjoying.

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These salads are virtually identical- greens, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, olives, balsamic, hummus.  I usually have some hummus and crackers on the side too or add in a veggie burger of some sort.

Dessert one day was grapes and leftover dark chocolate easter egg.  Surprisingly there’s still some easter egg left!

dessert

For Monday night’s dinner I revisited one of my favourite cookbooks, Appetite for Reduction, and made this veg and lentil soup.  The only thing I changed about the recipe was to use low-salt veg stock so Theo could have some.  There’s still some leftover which I’ll probs have with rice tonight.  So good.

dinner soup

Lunch today was on the lighter side as my appetite was down after a stressful incident where Theo nose-dived out of his buggy and hit his head on the concrete.  We had to get straight in the car then to head home and he fell straight to sleep in the car.  I was paranoid about concussion but he’s been chatting in his cot for the last hour!  Those 5 min cheater naps ruin naps for the rest of the day.  So frustrating; he’s going to be a such grump.  I’m going to have to dig deep.  It’s been one of those weeks where Theo’s napping has been rubbish and he’s been a miserable.  Joy.  Oh yeah, here was lunch,

snack lunch

I just had one of the raw truffles.  They’re surprisingly rich.  I used my juicer for the first time in ages- this had cucumber, celery, carrot, apple and ginger.  It was ok but not brilliant.  Nonetheless, it’s so good to have more raw food back in my diet.

Right, I have to go and collect a grumpy Theo from his cot.  I’m hoping to post a great vegan toddler recipe on the weekend, if all goes to plan.

Hope you’re having a good week. xxx

A little break

Good evening!

This week Theo and I are visiting my parents for some much needed respite. The last few weeks at home have felt really long and tiring so a change is as good as a break. I get to share Theo with my family, catch up with friends I haven’t seen for ages, enjoy the beach and have lots of home cooked food without lifting a finger to prepare it.

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This is Jamie’s Veggie Chilli.  Ah, how I wish we lived closer.

Meanwhile, Tom gets to do this after work:

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Having a bit of space and time has helped me reestablish some healthy eating habits.  Lunch time salads are back in the game, and I feel so much better for it.

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This one had mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pimento stuffed olives, avocado, balsamic vinegar and hummus.  Since we’re away, our food budget doesn’t really apply so I’ve bought myself some healthy add-ins for my salads.

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I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis since finishing work to look after my family. I’d only been qualified as a registered nurse for a year before having Theo and now I’m taking another career break. No matter how many times people tell me that being a SAHM is a worthy job, I still feel a failure for not balancing the numerous balls in the air that today’s woman is meant to. I miss the mental stimulation that a working life can bring, and adult conversation that doesn’t revolve around babies and toddlers. I’m not close with the few SAHMs i know which adds to the breeze of isolation that drifts past me every now and again.  However,  I do not miss the stress that my returning to work placed on our family life.  I want to be the main caregiver for Theo.  He’s growing up so fast and I’m blessed that I get to witness it all.  Also, something exciting has happened recently yet I still seem to have more questions go around my mind than answers. Lucky I love researching and reflecting to find solutions.

Onwards and upwards :)  Hope you guys are having a good week. xxx