VEGAN IN THE CITY

Twenty-something. F. Toronto. Vegan exploring fitness, healthy eating & raw foods, on a busy schedule in a busy city ♥

Swept Up In Life (MIA)

Between exhibitions, school, and a multitude of projects I’ve been so busy I’ve taken some time away from my health journey to get back in touch with ‘the real world’ – getting stuff done and fulfillig obligations. I’ve gone back on Metamucil and have been a bit more regular, and a lot of the good habits I picked up during my detox weeks have been (unfortunately) dropped, which has made me feel worse. I’m going to try to pick them up again, make them last. I have so little time, and I’m always tired, and so busy. Hopefully I’ll be less busy this summer and be able to take some time for myself, to keep up with the food blogs and try out some healthy, delicious recipes. Time has been so low lately that I haven’t been eating very well.

One thing I want to try to do is spend my Sundays planning the meals for the week, and basically have a full day of cooking. That sounds fucking awesome. I think I’m going to try to do that maybe this Sunday? In one month from now, at the absolute latest. One school is over I’ll be able to focus – I’ll have run out of projects, haha.

I’ve also been courting gym memberships – if you are a member of a gym, which one? How much do you pay? I’m going to look around and see which is the best fit for me. School yoga finishes in the summer and I don’t want to stop exercising, so a gym might be the way to go. One way to motivate myself is spending money – then I HAVE to go!

I’m going to try to update more regularly – I know no one reads this thing, but it’s something I’m going to have to force myself to do, for me. Just getting caught up with life isn’t working for me.

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Here and There

The past few days have been really rough for me. I’ve been feeling really awful, and have been getting headaches, been lightheaded and dizzy, and my digestion has been out of whack – all of which has totally KO’d my yoga routine. Today I am going to try to go back on Metamucil, and see what happens. The year that I was on Metamucil was the best year of my life digestively, so maybe going back on it (while still experimenting with raw vegan foods) will be good for me. Who knows!

I’ve been a bit dejected after making a bunch of recipes that I really did not like. I am sure there was nothing wrong with the recipe, but I’m the pickiest eater ever, so who knows. I got a dehydrator (feeling a bit depressed about this & not sure if it was a good decision, and I refuse to take pictures of it until it helps me make something nice) and made some onion carrot bread, which turned out awful and made me sick for two days. It didn’t taste too bad, just a little strong on the onion for me, but after I ate it I almost died, it was awful, I felt like a lump! Then yesterday I tried to make my first nut pate, made from hemp seeds and walnuts, and it was disgusting. I tried to eat some of it with a spinach salad, and managed to eat a bit of it, but it made me feel like gagging so I gave it a rest. And then I overate on spinach and had a stomach ache and just felt heavy overall. Bummer.

So, this week despite feeling like total shit I have learned some things about myself.

1. Do not eat too big of a salad.

2. Eat salad at the END of the day, not for lunch.

3. I need grains in my diet! They make my belly happy!

4. Raw onions do not agree with me.

5. Raw tomatoes do not agree with me.

6. There is a such thing as a too sweet smoothie

7. Smoothies are a good way to start the day, as is fruit

The smoothie pictured above is my second green smoothie – and for me I think it is a bit too sweet, which I guess is bound to happen because it’s a recipe I just made up. I’ve popped it in the fridge and am going to try watering it down to enjoy at a later date, but right now it’s just not what I want. TOO SWEET. But here’s the recipe for all you out there with a big green sweet tooth:

1. 1 banana

2. 1 1/2 cups of almond milk

3. 1 avocado

4. 3 dates (mine were soaked overnight)

5. 2 handfuls of spinach

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Overwhelmed

The past few days I haven’t posted much because I’ve been in the throes of health forum oversaturation. The raw forums, the 811 forums, the LFRV forums, and then there’s the raw blogging community. The first few days focused on reading up in the blogs, and I felt amazing and full of energy! And then the days after that I devoted my time to reading the forums, where most of my days were not as good as the ones before, and today I had a flare-up for the first time all week. After some thought I think it might have been due to a B12 supplement I took in the morning without realizing that it had lactose in it. Hello! Lactose intolerant right here! Yes it is that severe!

Regardless – when I first started reading about raw, I was nothing but inspired. Blogs like Gena Hamshaw‘s in particular, since she was a fellow IBS sufferer who healed after changing her diet. And reading other blogs, all of which are on my blogroll, I was so excited about raw and bought all this stuff to make some awesome yummy food. I was feeling so full of energy and full of life! Then, I found the forums, where I read so many conflicting opinions that made my head spin. A lot of people were talking about 811 (80% of calories from carbs, 10 and 10 from protein and fats respectively), or LFRV (low fat raw vegan for those who don’t know). Some people survived on nothing but fruits. Some people were paleo. All had pictures, and they all looked great – healthy, strong, and full of energy. They all said their way of doing things was the best, and I read the arguments behind everything.

This got to be sooo stressful. I wasn’t sure and still am not sure who to believe anymore. Gena cured her IBS with what I consider to be gourmet raw, and a bunch of people on the forums cured their colitis/etc by eating fruits all day and then salad for dinner. What should I do? This question ran around in my mind for the past few days. Whose way was the best way? It got to be so stressful I almost didn’t want to try anything, and at a few points I convinced myself I would be able to live only on smoothies.

Smoothies are great and all, but I need to go back to why raw started interesting me in the first place. Digestion, and getting rid of my digestive issues! I’ve for the most part felt pretty good all week, except the past few days I have been really dizzy, lightheaded, and have gotten headaches. This from a girl who NEVER gets headaches, ever!

I also really love the supportive anything-goes non-dogmatic, laid back vibrant energy of the raw blog community. When I read the blogs I feel so revitalized and happy, optimistic and healthy. When I read the forums I just am the biggest worry wort ever, and get bogged down with theory. I think the theory I need to apply is of my body. What feels good? What digests well? What tastes good? I don’t want to deprive myself, I want to enjoy the amazing tastes of fresh whole foods.

I swear – my boyfriend’s mother is a dietician, and if she knew I was even considering doing the 811 mostly fruit thing she would be floored! I had mostly fruits today, and a small salad, and I’m feeling like shit. This can work for some people but at this point in time I don’t think it’s necessary for me! I think some part of me needs nuts or something. Expect one of Brendan Brazier’s raw nut pate recipes this week, I’m going to try one out!

But I have to ask – has anyone else gone through a similar crisis of ideologies? What has your experience been? Sorry for the long-winded post but I had a lot to get out, lol. I feel a lot lighter now.

Also, some giveaways are happening right now!

The amazing Averie is having one! Check out her blog if you haven’t, it’s amazing!

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Reflections on Slight Change

Lately I have been starting my days with warm lemon water – the juice of 1 lemon, freshly squeezed, with some warm not quite boiled water. It’s been working out pretty well, and is supposed to gently awaken the digestive system. Apparently cold water is the worst thing to have in the morning, and can freeze up the stomach and intestines. This is a definite change from my routine a week ago (I used to start the morning with a cold Vitamin Water) and I am pretty sure my body likes this better!I also had the energy yesterday to do yoga twice! Once before dinner, and once before bed. Lately I’ve been doing yoga at home via Yoga Yak on Youtube, and yesterday I did the same session twice, which was this one. I’m looking for something a bit more challenging lately though, so if anyone has any suggestions for that please link me! I am finding since I have started cutting out processed food and including more whole fruits & veggies in my diet, I have more energy. I also have noticed that I feel full a lot longer, and I have to eat less to feel full. The only problem so far is that at night time I tend to feel hungry while I am trying to get to sleep, so I might start having miso soup as a night time snack, or a bit of sliced cucumber.

Today is also a big day – I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy a dehydrator. I want to get a 9-tray Excalibur, and there’s this great store I found, that the owner says he will deliver it to my house! Awesome! Now I just have to organize all of the recipes I want to make and pick one to try out first! I think getting a dehydrator will cause me to be a lot less overwhelmed about incorporating more raw foods into my diet. Fruits and veggies are obviously easy but that does get boring after a while, and it’ll be cool to have the tool to make some more interesting meals. If anyone has any great recipes that require a dehydrator, that are pretty easy, let me know!

Do you have a dehydrator? What was the first thing you made with it?

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Greetings + Salutations!

So for a while I’m just going to be talking to myself, and I’m 100% okay with that. I’m a twenty-something vegan with IBS, living in downtown Toronto.

I’m a student and on a very busy schedule, so I need to learn how to make things that are easy and effortless. I made this blog for myself, to learn how to cook stuff that doesn’t come from a package – I figured that one way to do this is to become involved in the community of (particularly raw) vegan bloggers! Right now I’m kind of on my own – my partner (who I live with) is not into cooking and subsists on junk food, and I am sick of going the processed vegan food route. Feel free to suggest any simple, tasty recipes!

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