VEGAN IN THE CITY

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

OJ Cravings + Being Grossed Out By Spring Rolls

So, I never thought it would happen – I tried to eat some gourmet vegan spring rolls tonight for dinner and I could only get through two of the three that came in the package – and even that was a bit of a challenge. They tasted disgusting, and made my skin feel greasy. I’m completely amazed. I used to LOVE spring rolls and have them at every opportunity. It’s been a while since I’ve had them, but I was at The Big Carrot buying some Tooth Soap (which I LOVE by the way), and I thought I’d grab a few groceries – treat myself to something nice, and grab some spring rolls. I think the company is from Quebec – I’ve had the same brand before, which I bought at The Sweet Potato in the Junction – and don’t recall them being gross or greasy. I remember quite liking them. So, this means my taste buds are changing – exciting!

I’ve already noticed I’ve started to crave that stuff a lot less but it’s cool to see myself actually repulsed by the taste of it. This will make the whole ‘raw’ emphasis thing a lot easier. I want to hit up a bunch of farmers’ markets this week and grab some produce. The past few days I’ve bought a lot of non-veggie stuff, like bread, wraps, spring rolls – but I’m noticing that my taste buds aren’t really into it. It sucks that I wasted the money on it, but at least I won’t make that mistake a second time. I’m eating a lot of fruit and vegetables and I’m still craving lousy non-nutritious food, which will hopefully subside now that I tasted it and it tasted like shit. Five points for me?

In other news, I’ve been totally craving fresh-squeezed orange juice lately. It sucks that my juicer broke, so I have to go buy a new one – til then I have just been buying the fresh squeezed stuff from Fresh & Wild – it is delicious! I still can’t wait to get a new juicer and start making my own again. I just have to find a juicer that will fit in my backpack so I can go bike ride to get it! I find OJ is a great solution when I’m not in the position to peel a fruit or make a smoothie, like if I’m out and about, or about to work out or am working out or something (especially since I’ve been doing hot yoga lately!). Healthy calories & energy, in convenient drinkable form.

I also saw Brendan Brazier speak tonight – and he signed my book! Yay! Also got a few Vega free samples. I do have the Vega Health Optimizer powder, which I only use a little bit of in each smoothie. I find the taste is too bad/strong for the kind I have (berry flavour – next time I am totally going with something different) to use any more than a little bit – but it does make me feel great.

Tomorrow: fruit, veg, & yoga!

Photo credit: Flickr.

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Cravings for Pear + Kiwi

So I’ve been seriously craving kiwis and pears lately. Like, a LOT. I’ve always liked kiwis but until recently I hardly ever ate pears (blueberries used to be my thing), so the craving kind of took me by surprise. Yesterday I Googled what the health benefits of pears and kiwis were – guess what? Helping colon health (and I have IBS). How perfect, right? It’s crazy how our bodies let us know what they want. Just thought I’d share. 🙂

Something else that’s been on my mind lately – I’m planning on taking a Yoga teacher 200 level training in the fall. I’m super excited! I just have to figure out which studio I want to learn from. I have a pretty good idea where will be the best fit for me! I also did hot yoga for the first time today, and I don’t think I liked it as much as all of the hype I’ve heard about it – I was sweating, but only from the room temperature, not exertion. I would rather be sweating because I’ve just had a super intense workout!

PS: Photo is not mine! It’s from Flickr.

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