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Day 10: Food to Go

The last two days have gone by in a bit of a blur and I haven’t had a chance to post. But it’s day 10 and i’m stillgoing strong – despite wanting a coffee or a cheeseburger – the cravings shall pass!

What has got me stumped however, is this weekend coming up is the Hong Kong Rugby 7s. Possibly THE biggest sporting  event that happens in Hong Kong every year. 3 days of absolute madness combined with a little rugby – I love watching the qwerky and creative costumes people come up with every year – my favourites from last year include a girl in a cardboard box with a plastic cover on the front – she was barbie in her packaging and some lego blocks (maybe that was the year before…) and all the avatars! One of my friends dressed up as a turtle out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too – it was an awesome costume!

Ok, so the actual event hasn’t got me stumped – i’ve got my tickets and i’m raring to go! But we all know stadium food is far from being vegan friendly. I mean, really – could you imagine them selling a salad at the stadium? I think not. Strictly speaking, no outside food and beverage is allowed to be brought into the stadium but I can’t imagine them objecting too much if I take a few snacks in with me?

But what could I take that would be able to sustain me for lengthy periods of time, be a snack food, and not get me into much trouble with security? My first thought was those vegan banana muffins i made before, remember them? (Recipe can be found here). I definately think i’ll be making a batch of those for the weekend.

The other things on my list are grapes, carrot sticks, celery sticks and granola bars. But none of this actually constitutes a replacement meal. I mean, of course snacking never will, but I’m still on the search for something that I think will be remotely satisfying. With only a few days to go, wish me luck!

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Day 7: Be Kind To Me

As week 1 comes to a close, there is still much to be desired. The vegan road is a long one, and I have much to learn about food and cooking and to be honest, it takes me awhile to get organised with all my….stuff.

Successful accomplishments this week: working out 3x this week, and sticking for the most part to the vegan diet. A few slip ups with some soft drinks but hey..i’m human. OH! One thing not to forget is the site has had a teeny tiny makeover – what do you think? Comments appreciated below 🙂

I have been doing some reading too, so over the course of the next few posts you will hear (well…read) about Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. A book described as a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight and saving the planet. To be honest, I’m about 5 chapters in and all I’ve read about is animal rights…it’s heavy reading at the moment, but I’m hoping that i’m getting to the good stuff!

Let’s end the week with a quote from Hippocrates: Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I look forward to Day 8, and the beginning of week 2 with all of you.

And thank you, for putting up with me all week – if you have anything you’d like to read more about please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!

Rxx

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Vegan

 

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Day 6: That Feeling..

I have had THAT feeling all week, you know the one – where you’re craving sugary sweetness and coffee and diet coke that comes loaded with caffeine?

I’ve been hungry all day too. OK, so the gloomy weather doesn’t help much with THAT feeling but still…I haven’t known what to do about it..until now.

Two fantastic products that helped me overcome my cravings..the first being Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Energy Bar in Blueberry with Flax & Soy. Satisfyingly filling, and sweet and perfect.

The second is Zevia’s Diet Soda.

According to their website, Zevia Diet Soda’s use only the purest ingredients, ZEVIA contains none of the chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives found in other diet sodas. ZEVIA is 100% natural, has zero calories, zero net carbs, zero fat, and little or no sodium (depending on flavor).

Suitably vegan-friendly! Cool huh? I had their ginger ale which tastes awesome so I definately recommend a try!

It come’s in a whole range of flavours:  Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Dr. Zevia, Twist, Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, Orange, Grape, Cream Soda, Caffeine Free Cola, Mountain Zevia, and Grapefruit Citrus!

Happy Craving!

Rxx


 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Indulge, Snacks, Vegan

 

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Day 5: For Japan, With Love

March 18th was a day on which many bloggers pledged a day of silence for the tragedy which shook Japan.

With death tolls continually rising, and workers & pilots at Fukushima on kamikazi missions there is nothing more we can do than to offer our condolences, make donations and pray for them and their families.

What bothers me the most about all of this is amidst the situation in Japan, people have the nerve to play on everyone’s fears and send out alarming mass text messages and warnings which are completely untrue.

For example, the whole of Hong Kong, Macau & China went into a panic yesterday buying salt! They were lead to believe that iodised salt would protect them from any radioactive particles in rain. Two things really: 1. Hong Kong is not yet on alert for radioactivity and 2. you would have to consume 2.5kg of iodised salt each day in order to be protected – that would lead to a number of other health issues.

It’s been crazy really, and incredibly saddening. The ignorance of people sometimes astounds me.

My heart goes out to all those in Japan – wherever you are, try and stay safe and positive.

Rxx

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Day 4: Short and Sweet

Day 4 – still going strong. Some of you may be surprised, some of you on the other hand may not be.

I’ve had a lot of people say “I admire your will power – I could never give up meat, even if someone paid me”.

The truth is, you can do anything but you have to WANT it.

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet and leave you with a quote from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet:

Whole grains will give you a calm and peaceful mind. Vegetables – packed so densely with nutrients – will give you the most amazing, happy, and youthful vitality. And beans, full of fiber, will keep you feeling full and satisfied while everything moves through you like a dream.

You’re getting more than a new waistline, my friend. You’re getting a new reality.

Rxx

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Vegan

 

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Day 3: Aches and Pains

Who would have thought that going to the gym 2 days in a row results in aches and pains and now I feel about 40 years older than I did. I thought the whole point of this was supposed to make me feel AMAZING – I feel far from that right now! Finding the motivation to keep at it, and hoping that in time, the good feeling will come!

I guess I’ll just take it as a sign that my body is getting rid of all the bad stuff – resulting in the aches and pains!

To break from my usual natter, I thought I’d share with you two new Vegan products I’ve tasted recently:

This Nature’s Path Organic Blueberry Cinnamon Cereal is the perfect start to my morning – that hint of cinnamon is just what I need (I absolutely ADORE cinnamon) and is paired perfectly with some sliced banana and topped with soy milk:

And yes, I finally did get a camera – so no more crappy blackberry photos for you lot 🙂

The other product that I tried last night was Yves Jumbo Veggie Sausages:

– Ok, so I cheated a bit and didn’t eat them on their own, but instead had them in the most AMAZING sausage and bean casserole (Thanks Mum for making it for me so I could make my evening trip to the Gym and still eat dinner at a relatively decent hour!!) but you could still taste that smokeyness that comes from barbeque-ing real sausages – even my Dad didn’t mind the taste – the texture of these however, does leave something to be desired, it will definately take some getting used to – but on the whole I loved it – I even had the leftovers for lunch today!! 

 Ok so the photo too leaves something to be desired but trust me, it tastes MUCH better than it looks! And it’s SO simple so make, although I’m not quite sure what Mum did to make it taste extra special but the generic recipe from my wonderful sister was so simple – just sautee some onions and garlic and bay leaves, add chopped tinned tomatoes, some beans (any will do, I had cannelini beans to hand), add the sausages (sliced and cooked already), add some veggie stock and leave to simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Alternatively you can transfer it to a casserole dish and sit it in the oven for an hour but it’s entirely up to you.

Note – I had a previous post on sausage and bean casserole when I had to figure out what to do with those Linda McCartney sausages I didn’t like..and you can read that here.

Don’t blame me if you don’t love it as much as I did, and don’t blame me if you get a bad case of the farts from all the beans!!

Rxx

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Recipes, Vegan

 

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Day 2: Food For Thought

So far Day 2 has been great! Cous Cous salad for lunch, vegan sausage and bean casserole for dinner and some hummus and corn thins for a snack in between!

The hardest part has been motivation to go to the gym – it’s been tough. But I’ve managed – 2 days in a row!! I think i’ll give myself a night off tomorrow, but who knows 🙂

On a completely separate note, my heart goes out to all those in Japan – it’s devastating to watch and I hope you are all staying as safe as you can, and keeping your spirits high.

I’ve always said that in no way do I preach to everyone about how they should become vegan / adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but this is just something thought provoking that got passed my way today:

Quote by a kid, who lost his loved one in Tsunami ……. “ Sea…. I will never forgive you, even if your waves touch my feet million times more”

The sea replied, “ I forgive you son even though you have abused me killed my babies the fishes and dumped all your filth and dirt on me all these years

This is just a reminder that Mother earth still exists and you have to learn to respect it. Japan is the single largest consumer of fish and is one of the few countries that slaughters thousand of whales every year. I feel really sorry for what happened but karma eventually catches up with everyone.

A little of your own food for thought…

Rxx

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Vegan

 

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