This is going to be a self awareness blog consisting of recipes, talk about workout, and inspirational ideas. I am leaving it open to the public because I hope it will become useful tool for others, and I really hope to meet like minded people to talk about this stuff with! Jump right in reading, or start at the introduction.  Again, welcome. 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

80 percent

 Long time no talk. I have been doing pretty well considering certain outside circumstances. I need to get back into working out, but I need to let my body heal. Stupid body. haha. I have definitely noticed a difference in how I feel. Despite emotional binge eating and disrupted sleep patterns, I think that my food choices have been better and therefore I have come out of this a little better that I would have. I am proud of me for that! I wonder if there is any literature out there about PMS/PMDD and vegan vegetarian diets? I cant google anything up that looks serious.... 

Food wise, I think that the macro thing is interesting, but it is going to be too difficult to tackle at this point. I managed to stay vegan 90% of the time this past week and I think thats pretty awesome and a good goal to maintain, vegan 80-90% of the time. Not too much pressure, its ok to slip up. Try new recipes.

Things I have learned:

Tofu! man did you know about the pressing thing? I had no idea you needed to drain it. That would explain why things haven't worked out between me and tofu before. I tried a spinach lasagna bake with tofu. Turned out super well, really easy. Just layered tomatoe sauce, some aldente noodles, spinach DRAINED that I mixed my seasonings into (typical italian blend + onion and GARLIC!) and I crumbled the tofu into this layer. A little bit more sauce, then adorably arranged some mushrooms on top. TADA! I ate it all week :)

Today I plan on using my left over tofu. A curry green beans with barely. I will take pictures and update this post because what is a post without pictures?!

Also I an im love with theppk.com! I found these jam drop cookies, super easy, super delicious! I made strawberry, raspberry, and apricot types. The recipe said it makes 16, I ended up with about 40 baby adorable cookies. It is right that you should be careful about over filling, it will boil over and burn! You also have to make sure there is enough jam for sweetness purposes so I think that takes practice. I used what I had on hand so I did:
1/2 c. almonds
1/2 c. hazlenuts
1 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar free maple syrup
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. olive oil

super easy to remember!

I did take pictures of my "Accidentally Vegan" moment. Where I took my kashi meal (I stock up my fridge) and added some broccoli's at mid-microwave cook time- to feel better about the pre-fab. And voila! SUPER good filling lunch. Nevermind, blogspot is having issues siiiigh. I'll update :)

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