Recommiting through Juicing

Happy 1st September! I don’t know why, but I’m excited about September. And I love that it’s the first of the month today.

Maybe I feel optimistic because Tom and I have decided to recommit to healthy eating.  Recently, we have had quite a few date nights that have involved far too much alcohol. In the day time I’ve been consuming too much caffeine and sugar, as well as our healthy eating being sporadic. So I’m cobbling together an action plan.  It’s not complete yet but does involve nudging the nasties out by overwhelming them with the good stuff.  Our focus is going to be on juicing.

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I love juicing but it’s been a while since I’ve committed to it. Tom’s never been into juicing; I’m so pleased that he’s joining me this time. I’m not sure how we’re going to fit it into our daily routine so that it becomes sustainable. Thus far I’m thinking either first thing in the morning or at happy hour (which is usually the last hour leading up to the kids bedtime).

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Theo and I enjoyed a carrot, apple, cucumber and lime juice this morning…  Is it bad that I’m secretly hoping that we’ll juice frequently enough that my old, old juicer will pack in so I can splash out on a new one?

Anyway, here’s how the first day has gone:

Reboot Day One

What have I done?
– Since I’m yet t0 create a firmer plan, I have just kept my (helpfully) already vegan diet as simple and minimally processed as possible.
– I’ve cut my caffiene right down to one cup of tea this morning.
– I’ve minimised my sugar intake to just a couple of squares of dark chocolate this afternoon (I guess that should come under caffeine too).

How am I feeling?
– Shot, ha.
– Tired but no more than usual
– Sore sinuses
– I’ve had a headache since this afternoon, that has gotten worse as the day has gone on.
– I think I’m defo experiencing the foggy thinking too.

Despite the side effects, I’m still feeling optimistic and dedicated.  Plus, I’ve enjoyed watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 and Hungry for Change for inspiration :)

Thinking and Rethinking

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Remember last week when I said that I felt like we were getting into our new groove with Theo and A?  Famous last words.  This week has been tough.  Once again I am having to rethink things and up my game.  Luckily I like a challenge and it’s all good fun (most of the time).

Anyways, food.

I have been delving into Dreena Burton’s Plant Powered Kitchen.  I decided to treat myself to a new cookbook for inspiration and I am glad I did!  There are so many recipes I’m itching to try from there.  I think I’ll hold out and do a separate post.  I haven’t been this excited about a cook book since Isa Does It (last summer).

I’m on a mission to find my favourite veggie burger recipe.  I tried a super simple one by Jamie Oliver but it didn’t come close to cutting it.  Shame.

I’ve also rediscovered smoothies.  They’re my new fave go to lunch.  I’m even considering splashing out on a high-speed blender (probs a blendtec) but good gracious, they’re a lot of money!  We’ll see.

Finally, Vegan MoFo starts next week!  How did that sneak up on me.  At the end of last year’s Vegan MoFo I told myself that I would spend August before the next one (i.e. august 2015) planning posts.  That hasn’t happened so I’m not sure if I have the capacity to participate in this year’s one.  TBD.