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Life Lately: In Iphone Photos

I painted my nails this awesome light greyish purple colour then added polka dots with a toothpick.  Needs some practice, but I managed to make them look pretty cool!

Had a mad pancake craving at 8pm after dinner one night so I made a small one.

The view from the Discovery centre in Stratford where some of our secondary rehearsals have been held.  Beautiful view of the river.

A massively delicious salad I enjoyed after a yoga class last week.  It was called the Bikini Salad.. Cute name, right?

An interesting statue outside the discovery centre.  I should find out what it means…

Working hard or hardly working?  I feel like I’m at summer camp for professional actors.. and I’m loving it.  Organic red wine, anyone?

I made the “Cozy Millet Gravy Bowl” from Oh She Glows.  It’s amazing.  Vegan.  And so satisfying.

I managed to squeak in 5 miles on Saturday.  The most i’ve run since my 5 mile race in October.  I’m feeling the running itch again friends, and I’m loving it!

And me.  Just a slightly tired, post run, totally contented smile from the end of my week.  Life really is wonderful.  

I am so thankful this week.  For my health, my strength, my determination.  For my luck.  For the wonderful people in my life.  Near and far.

Thank you for reading.  You make me smile too.

30 Day Vegan Challenge

So it’s actually Day 3 of this challenge.  I guess I wanted to make sure I could do it before making it blog world official.  The challenge was actually put forth by Run to the Finish so feel free to pop on over and check out the official page.  For me, this is more of a declaration of my general desire to eat more whole foods than non whole foods.  I have been really cracking down on my junk consumption these last three weeks and I’ve noticed a great difference in my body.  Not in a like magical, “Oh wow, now my body is perfect and I love everything about it” kind of way, just that I can tell if my body sort of disagrees with something.  Like a processed soy based granola bar with 35 ingredients.  Didn’t make my stomach feel awesome.  That americano I didn’t really need but drank at 4p.m. gave me a splitting headache.  Things I would never have noticed if I hadn’t cleaned up my diet.  I realize that I am in control of how my body functions on a day to day basis.  I can make it work harder, or not.  I can feed it clean, colourful food, or I can make it slog through junk to find nutrients.

Anyhoo.

I’ve been vegan before.  I don’t think I did it right.  I know A LOT more about food now.  About how to eat to feel great even if you’re cutting out animal products.  The only real changes I need to make to my diet to be vegan are: dropping eggs, cheese, and greek yogurt.  Other than that, I’m already there.  The challenge for me lies not in the actual “vegan” ness of it all, but in the whole food aspect of it.

Vegan related things on my mind:

-I’m making a ton of recipes by Angela at Oh She Glows lately.  Check them out.  They are AMAZING.

-I am eating so much kale and I’m loving it.  In smoothies, stirfrys, and chip form.

-I have eaten steel cut oats every morning for the past month.. I need to branch out.

-I gave up chips for lent.  I’m not religious.  Can I still participate?  I LOVE chips. I’ll give you my recipe for chip salad .. have everyone buy a small bag of chips then put them all in a big bowl together.  It’s delicious and nutritious!

-Before the challenge started I was eating some dip leftover from a party my dad had and looked at the ingredients list.. it included CHICKEN FAT?! WTF? I was baffled and upset.  Though not vegan at the time, I have been vegetarian for 4.5 years so this sucked!  WHY would one need chicken fat in a vegetable dip!?!?  ARGh.  read labels. lesson learned.

-same thing happened with some digestive biscuits but this time it was beef stock or something. again WTF.  Two incidents in two days.  Gross. I relearned the lesson thank you very much.

 

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