I’ve started a new blog. I’ll still be using this one but my new blog will be more geared towards my fitness stuff. Here it is.
Okay so I was just surfing the net & this website with these two cool Vegan grocery lists popped up. I’m posting the links to the grocery lists here and here! The first is from Oprah and the second from Katie. They’re amazing, big lists, very comprehensive; wonderful for those of us who are still at the beginning of the journey to being vegan/vegetarian or just want to incorporate more of the lifestyle into their lives.
I need my own bathroom!
This early morning, like other VERY, VERY, VERY early mornings before them, I ha and upset stomach and had to got to the bathroom so bad! (Use your imagination, that way I won’t have to get all TMI!) I get up to go and who else in the bathroom but my brother. He’s always in the bathroom, at the most inopportune time, and VERY, VERY, VERY few times is he urinating! Then to top it all off, he never turns on the fan!
My mom, my dad, my brother, and my grandmother moved into the home that we currently live in the summer before last (2011). It has a lot of space and though it’s not perfect, it’s pretty nice. But the thing is that I don’t think any of us (esp my mom) thought about all of the deal breakers in this house, like it only having two bathrooms. One bathroom is on the second floor and one bathroom is in the basement.
The bathroom upstairs seems to always be occupied by my brother. Though we have a second bathroom in the basement, it’s reserved for my grandmother. The rest of us, which now includes three foster children, cannot use the bathroom my grandmother uses b/c she can’t use the b
This whole situation then leads me to these other thoughts, conclusions, and feelings.
1. I’m annoyed that my my brother is always in the bathroom. = My mother needs to take him to a doctor AGAIN! She took him to a doctor when he was a lot younger to see if anything was wrong with him b/c he has always immediately pooped out everything that he eats. I do feel guilty when I yell or kick up a fuss about him being in the bathroom. I don’t like when people rush me out of the bathroom so I don’t want to have to do it to anyone else but then again it has to be acknowledged once again that I’m no the one always in the bathroom and then for a very long time.
2. Annoyance at my grandmother getting her own bathroom. = I’m annoyed that my grandmother gets her own bathroom AND because she can never make it to the bathroom or leaves a mess of sorts so I cannot use it AT ALL! This then sends my mind onto something that I don’t always want to acknowledge because it’s guilt inducing and I guess mean. But the fact is that I feel it anyway, so better to acknowledge it. I resent the fact that my grandmother lives with us. I know that’s mean and horrible & I’m probably a selfish (I do have selfish tendencies so it’s very possible and something I need to work on) person because of it, but there it is.
A couple of years ago my grandmother & three cousins came to live with us. This was when we still lived in our INCREDIBLY small house in WJ. It was a nightmare, everyone was on top of each other, someone was always yelling (my grandmother mostly), the boys didn’t want to follow the rules at all. At our new though, my grandmother is the only one that lives with us but even with just her I still feel like we got the short end of the stick. I hate that feeling! Everything changed when everyone who lived with my grandmother decided that they wanted to move and not care to take her with them. My mother was the one who paid the rent for the house she lived in and bought food. My mother was the one who took in my three cousins when she died of aids a couple years ago. My mother is now the one who has to take care of her everyday and no one in the family helps at all. Heck, no one in the family even calls her let alone comes to pick her up and take her out. Everything changed when she came to live with us, and though I’m not the biggest lover of change, I’m not completely adverse either. I just in no way like how during the high school years everything seemed to change for the worst.
3. My diet is pissing me the fuck off! = Though I’ve not been been eating huge quantities of food, the quality of what I’m eating is crap! It’s really pissing me off and I need some fresh food and lots of vegetables and lots of fruit. I’m trying to really get on track with that. I can’t wait for winter to be officially over and for the Farmer’s Market to open. I can’t wait to get a job so that I can pay for my own trips to Whole Foods. I know how to do the right thing. Then there’s the fact that I think my stomach is naturally sensitive to a lot of things now that I’m older (good Lord! that makes me sound old! For the love of God, I’m only 19!). But the fact is that my stomach has a love hate relationship with a lot of foods. One day I can eat a hamburger, simple hamburger that’s most turkey these days, and it’s like my stomach has gone to heaven. The next day if I try to have one my stomach says fuck this LOL. The same for other foods. Of course, I’m completely lactose intolerant. I can’t even eat a milk chocolate candy bar b/c my stomach just … and yes I still eat milk chocolate sometimes lol, complete knowing that my stomach will hate me for it. I try to drink it with extra cold water b/c that for some reason calms the stormy seas of my stomach lol. I most definitely have to keep my diet simple and I gravitate to more simple dishes: fruits & veggies, little bit of chicken or beef, pasta w/ no meat. Nothing too crazy, nothing too greasy, and most definitely nothing junky!
The more problems I experience with my stomach, the more I feel like I’m ready to go vegetarian.
4. Uncertainty about my future making me upset which in turn is making me physically sick = I’m stressing about my future a bit lately. I’m on track to finish my requirement credits so that I can apply to a nursing program. I want to work for two years as a nurse and then become a traveling nurse. Unless of course I decide to move to another country and work there. I’m seriously considering moving to one of the Scandinavian and countries. I’ve always loved Denmark and Norway, beautiful countries with incredibly high standards of living. I don’t think that I want to be a nurse for the rest of my life, at least not for money. I think I’d like to do more volunteer work. Financially I want to make a living with my own fine jewelry collection. I just have no idea how much money I will need to fund that and get my business off the ground. I’m going to do it but I’m nervous and I want it to succeed. To be independently wealthy is very much a goal of mine.
There’s so many things to think about as you get older and start to set off on your own and in this economy …. #UGGGGGGGHHHHH!
So there’s my rant, I’m done. I have officially released all of my issues that I’m dealing with at the moment. That’s what I love about writing down my feelings. Every time I do so, they’re no longer knocking around my head as loudly as they were before. It’s 3:40 AM now and I’m going to go finish filing in my study guides for my A&P Exam and practical that I’ve got coming up.
Good night/Good morning! 🙂
Do you have a frig that inspires you? No? Well I do. In fact, I have two:
The first and my favorite is the refrigerator of my #Health Inspiration Kimberley Snyder. (For those that don’t know Kimberley Snyder herself is my Health Inspiration. I’ve also done a review of her book which is just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I reviewed it here. Plus she’s just so gorgeous, terribly flexible, amazing skin, and a great body that you don’t just get by way of genetics.) It’s just stocked to the hilt with fresh and fruity fruits and vegetables lol. Not to mention that I have no doubts that the majority and most likely all of her veggies and fruits are organic. (BTW food there really is a difference in the flavor of foods grown without pesticides and genetic tampering and whatnot: They have flavor! LOL. My father grows tomatoes in our backyard and as much as I can’t stand tomatoes, when my mother cut one up and I ate it, it was so delicious and juicy and tangy.)
The second is Noelle Twiggs. Her refrigerator is just so cute and besides the fruits and veggies, I love the way she has arranged all of various herbs.
For more frig inspiration, visit Good and Well NYC. Just maybe you’ll find a person that inspires you to put something different and or healthy in your frig. It’s great because the frig look books aren’t done with just vegetarians and vegans but carnivores and omnivores too, lol.
If anyone read the post I did on my summer goals, then you’d know I’m trying to transform into a pescetarian. (For those who don’t know a pescetarian is basically a person that’s pretty much a vegetarian (lol) that still eats seafood. Not to be confused with a piscivore whose meat intake consists of fish.)
Anyway, for the first couple of weeks, it was going great. Then I took a complete left turn and I’m back to eating meat … a lot. Being a pescetarian/vegetarian/vegan is hard, BUT it’s not hard in the way that some would think. Most people *read carnivores* who meet vegetarians, sub divisions of vegetarians, and vegans, most often think it’s hard because they don’t know what the hell a person eats when their diets main courses doesn’t consist of hunks of meat. That’s not the hard part though, I’ve found so many blogs and cookbooks full of tasty and healthy vegan/vegetarian recipes.
The hard part is when you don’t live near farmer’s markets or whole foods markets. Now, don’t get me wrong we have two Whole Foods in my city, we have a Wegmans which is outside of the city, and it’s wonderful that we have them, but that’s they’re still just so spread a part. I could always catch the bus to one of them, but it’s so tiring to catch the bus in this city: there always crowded and always late. I love Wegman’s but it’s such a hassle because of the long commute to get there, catching the bus and the light rail.
I’ve also looked into joining a CSA. For those that don’t know a CSA is when you partner up with a local *so to speak* community organic farm, and you pay them a certain fee before the growing season begins, the farmers grow the food (depending on the farm you might have to pitch in to help but I don’t think that’s many), they grow the fruits & veggies, they harvest the veggies, and then every week you’ll get a box of fruits & veggies delivered to your house or available for you to pick up. I would LOVE to participate in one, but the farms are just so far away. It’s not surprising obviously because most farms are located in the country side
So to sum it all up, it may be challenging to change your eating habits, but the truly hard part is getting to the vegetables. It’ll be so much easier though when I get a car or maybe if I moved to D.C. So I’m not giving up on my goal but I am going to ease up on it because it’s not fully possible to realize at this moment. I AM however, going to still work on lowering my meat intake, even though I’m not going to completely eliminate it from my diet.
Just saw thee, cutest and sweetest (literally and figuratively) recipe on one of the many raw/vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free blogs that I follow. I haven’t tried it out yet, I will soon but it looks just so yummy that I had to share, and maybe some of you will want to try it out:
Sugar-Free Strawberry Coconut Butter
1 cup coconut butter (or 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut*)
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh (or thawed frozen) strawberries
1 to 2 packets stevia (preferably NuNaturals)
Big pinch of sea salt
*If you don’t have coconut butter on hand, place 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth and buttery. In a Vitamix or Blendtec, this will only take about a minute (use the tamper to move the mixture downward). In a food processor, this will take 5 to 10 minutes; be patient!
Combine the coconut butter, strawberries, stevia (I used two packets, but if you have less of a sweet tooth, you may want to start with just one), and salt in a high-speed blender or food processor. (Or, if you made coconut butter from scratch as directed above, simply add the strawberries, stevia, and salt to the blender/food processor.) Blend until completely smooth; taste for sweetness and adjust as desired. Transfer to a glass jar to store—the butter will keep at room temperature for up to two days; for longer storage, keep in the refrigerator.
Yield: about 2 cups
Per serving (2 tablespoons): 97 calories, 9.1g fat (8g sat), 4.3g carbs, 3g fiber, 1g protein
If you don’t have (or don’t like) stevia, you can use coconut palm sugar, xylitol, or organic granulated white sugar in its place; start with 1 tablespoon, then sweeten to taste.
All pictures and credit for the recipe go to: Amber Shea of The Almost Vegan Chef. She also uses wordpress.com so follow her, she’s great.