Lately I've been on a John Wayne kick. I slow cooked some pinto beans. Delicious. I mixed in some salsa, added a chunk of avocado. Purdy tasty. Then I watched "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." And I wanted a steak. I haven't craved meat since I started a plant-based diet in June, but since … Continue reading Confessions: John Wayne Makes Me Want Steak
I work from home. Thankfully, not in my kitchen anymore. But the kitchen is only a few strides away... And I've noticed something about my eating habits. Something I hate. Something that happens particularly when I'm working. The need to feed. Emotionally. I started tracking my urges to figure out what this compulsion to stuff … Continue reading How To Stop Stress Eating
On my morning walk I passed the neighborhood playground. An adult was sitting alone at the picnic table talking on the phone. No kids in sight. I walked on. On my way back I noticed the car was still parked at the playground but I couldn't see anyone around. I scanned the equipment. "Huh. If … Continue reading My Brand of Happy
Let's talk a little bit about fabulousness, shall we? Because that's what we've got right here. Sheer fabulousness. For me, this is a guilt-free indulgence that sweetens my day a few times a week. And, pssh, you've got to add it to your repertoire because it makes all my fellow chocoholics quite happy. If you've … Continue reading Recipe: Vegan, Fat-Free Chocolate Cake In A Cup
"I'm a pregnant woman, everybody move outta my way." It's very easy for me to slip into this refined and elegant attitude when I'm with child. Pregnant with my second, Waverley -pictured above, I went out to lunch with my sister. It was in the time when I was hardcore craving chips and salsa -I'd … Continue reading Extending Grace
It's pretty simple. When we decided to go plant-based, it made sense. But it took a few tries of other food philosophies to get there. A year previously we'd tried a stint of raw vegan, then fruitarian. If you're new to those, raw vegan is -well- all uncooked plants+seeds+nuts+grains. Fruitarian is where you just eat fruit. … Continue reading Why Plant Based?
I'm delving into some issues here. Pregnancy weight gain. Transition. Morning Sickness food confessions. 'Cause life's real, girls. Ain't nobody got time for fake fluff talk. Here's a link to an article with a little history and current info on pregnancy weight gain. Though I am not a physician, I am personally challenging the current … Continue reading Week 7: Transition, Pregnancy Weight Gain
For some reason I want either bland food...or set-your-face-on-fire hot food when I'm pregnant. This recipe is the latter, but you can tame the spice to fit your flavor. Most recipes are prefaced with a lot of yada-yada, so I'm just going to dive in: Zee Peanut Sauce First off, I'm an eye-baller. Me and … Continue reading Recipe: Thai Peanut Sauce Rice + Veggies
Oh my Darling Dears... When you know something in your brain, but your body is telling you something completely opposite. That's where I'm at right now. Queasiness has hit. Thankfully I'm not up-chucking, but for the majority of the day (and night) I just don't feel peachy keen. It's that feeling I used to satiate … Continue reading Confessions: First Trimester -where’s the cheese?
Study after study has shown that a mother's stress during pregnancy negatively effects their baby. As a mother and a business owner and -heck- being alive in western culture, this is rather overwhelming. How in the world am I supposed to avoid stress while I'm pregnant? We can't totally avoid stress. There are good kinds … Continue reading Creating A Stress-Free Baby