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. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekend Thoughts

Several things I am excited about right now!

1- My newest Vegan toiletries purchase! My plan is to use up what I have in my freezer and make-up stock and then replace everything with vegan alternatives. Recent purchase was deodorant, super nice smelling and fun! I am proud of my ingredients checking prowess so I took a picture even :P plus I think pictures make blogs more fun!

As far as food is concerned I am the fridge is emptied already, freezer and pantry might take a bit of time. I gift to my dog (who is not complaining ;) ) or I suppose once I move in with the boyfriend I can cook whatever for him, or donate to my family. Its hard, morally, to allow myself to do this because I don’t think that they should be eating this crap either, but I cant justify throwing out anything that is “useable”.

The boyfriend will be visiting for the first time since the switch, and I am excited to see how he will receive my new fridge “where’s the cheese?! What I can’t make an omelet for breakfast?!” But I have some pancake recipes and oatmeal all ready to go :D I think it will go well once he realizes that he will still be well fed, even if I don’t buy his beloved bacon.

2- VEGA! I am so excited about the shake mixes. I bought the natural to try the flavor, and it was most fantastic. So, I bought all the other flavors to sample (before committing to a bigger tub of whatever) when I went to the Chicago Whole Foods on Sunday. Obviously fun picture of my purchase (can i rotate these? lets pretend its sideways for artistic purposes)-

I am starting to realize I do need to still focus on my “diet” even if I am eating good whole foods. This protein myth (which I flipped out about before) is a little engrained in my mind if you can believe it! The more protein I try to find, the crappier I felt. I was OVER DOING IT. wait what? I posted on veggieboards the other day about supplementing and someone reminded me that even if it is plant protein it STILL is protein, and it STILL can slow down digestion. For duh, me, why did I think it was different?

Anyway more self aware, that’s why I started this J I will use my protein powders because theyre fantastic, but then I need to remember- nuts, peanut butter, tofu, tempeh, don’t also over do these things! 3000 calories of vegan is still too much for little me!

Cheers to starting to figure out a balance! Thanks for listening to my thoughts today, they were many!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

more books and crackers

So, I'm getting ready for a relaxing night of reading and movies. BOY am I bloated and uncomfortable today. Not sure what thats all about, didnt sleep well at all last night because of stomach pains :(

Anywhooo I picked up from the library today:
Old McDonald's Factory Farm (already through half of it and I got it at lunch :-O) By CDC
in defense of animals, the second wave by peter singer (I am super excited about this one, I've read quite a few of his utilitarian arguments in a contemporary moral philosophy class I took in undergrad and remembered how much his style hit home in my logic mind)

Super sad to give back the Vegan Freak book... I might have to buy a copy just because I loved it so much, and it seems that its a pretty unique genre? Either animal rights, or vegan diet, but they really connected why they have to be one and the same on an emotional, almost instinctual level. Awesome book. just fantastic. Vegan Freak.

Also, has anyone else discovered "mary's gone crackers"? i would have to say my favorite part is the disclaimer on the box about the contents. ALL the flavors of cracker are amazing, but apparently there are more products which I will HAVE to try now that I've discovered it... aaand they carry the original flavor at my local Costco in BULK! woot!

Monday, May 17, 2010

An overdue hello!

Hi :) its been a while! I have been developing my life theories and going through some hardships, but I am at a point that I want to shout from the rooftops how happy I am to be 'seeing the light' and BEING (not becoming) vegan! Its been quite a while since I've had animal product, and chocolate is STILL my weakness, though now its dark chocolate, and I am reading the labels to make sure its vegan dark chocolate.

I've found a great vegan mentor in the author of veganstrong.blogspot.com, she is so fantastic and is always ready to help me find references to satisfy my wanderlust!

Things I have read so far (by her recommendation) are:

and by my own picking:

I am so excited about their podcast?!

I'll probably eventually evaluate all the readings that I am doing. I think these are three very different genres and I am happy for the order in which I read them. I really enjoyed diet for a new america as an introduction to animal rights. It really REALLY set me off... and the thing is, you can say its "propoganda" and "a bunch of crazy emotional hippies", but here is my problem... its the truth. what?! I say it cause I saw it. On a farm, in a van... I saw those poor pigs, with NO TAILS. I thought it was too crazy to be true, but then I saw it.

I cant unsee, I cant unknow... there is no turning back now! if anyone has any recommendations for podcasts, reading, forums, and is reading my blog in passing, let me know! otherwise I am just going to spew fun philosophy cause thats my thing right now :)