FOOD, it’s what I’m all about really!
I had lots of ups and downs in my teens but I now feel confident I’m on the right track to nourishing my body in a way that is sustainable for me physically and mentally.
I just want to get a few things straight first.
- I am not a registered dietitian!
- All of my recipes and my nutritional lifestyle choices are what I have discovered through a personal process of trial and error.
- Before making any changes to your diet consult your doctor or physician! They will have your best interests in mind!
Secondly I eat a vegan diet. In no way do I think just anyone can randomly pick up a vegan diet nor is it within my scope of practice to recommend the vegan diet to anyone. This is my personal story and I’m hoping to motivate rather than persuade!
I started living a vegan lifestyle six months ago, so yes, I’m aware of what chicken wings taste like! For me, the change has been beneficial to my mental well-being and has helped with medical issues as well. Have I cheated? Yes, there are days where I have lost my willpower to a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie or snaked on the not-so-cruelty-free crackers but in the longer term I am not too concerned.
I have eaten a certain way for nineteen years and I know that it will take time to change my eating habits; ultimately it is a lifestyle change not a “diet”.
Eating habits are what can make or break us! Our success in living a life centered around healthy choices is directly correlated to the habits we make. Our habits are our choices that we have allowed to become subconscious decisions. If you really want to change, lose weight, gain weight, look at food differently or look at YOURSELF differently, you need to have a look at your habits, eating in this case. I challenge you to pinpoint a few of those habits! I’m sure you can already list some;
- eating too little during the day and binging at night,
- not preparing food and in turn buying lunch on the go,
- mindlessly eating in front of the TV,
- eating too large portions, the list goes on…
Developing Healthy Eating Habits is not always easy – but it’s a temporary discomfort that leads to MEGA GRATIFICATION!
If we are conscious of these habits and actively try to change them, then it is clear we want change. When you want change and when you act towards it, any dirty habit can be broken.
Overeating late at night, this one is the worst!
I have found the most helpfully way to avoid this is to eat satisfying amounts during the day. A big breakfast with and moderate sized lunch and dinner with healthy snacks in between keep me satisfied.
I often don’t get a ton of down-time and I used to find myself grabbing snacks and sitting down on the couch late at night during the week.
This used to be me trying to “unwind”, relaxing after a long day with some T.V and carb loaded snacks.
It really does become a vicious cycle though. I would go to bed later, be exhausted the next day, skip breakfast and be back on the couch the next night. Was that really helping me to unwind? Absolutely not; I had to change my perspective on what I classified as downtime.
Today I’ve found the answer in working out and cooking!
I’ve made both a hobby and taken the stress out of them, they allow me to relax and be confident that I am bettering myself in the long term. So think carefully of how you relax and let the long-term outcomes of those habits play out in your mind. If these outcomes aren’t beneficial to your goals, then maybe it’s time to reconsider.
You are not a dog! You should not be rewarding yourself with food.
Journal, write, read, call up an old friend, try on those jeans that have become too loose, have a cup of tea, practice yoga, walk your dog, whatever it may be; make sure it strengthens you in all aspects!
– Some of Evelyn’s Favorite Recipes –
Vegan French Toasts
These vegan French toasts are made with gluten-free potato bread soaked in a mixture of chia seeds, water, and almond milk. Also, use nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Fry in a pan with coconut oil. On top, I put a fruit salad made of strawberries, mango, dragon fruit, lime juice and zest with fresh mint. Serve & Enjoy!
Vegan Mac and Cashew Cheese
This “cheese” sauce is awesome!
- 1 cup unsalted cashews
- ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili flakes
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Soak a cup of cashews in lukewarm water for up to an hour
- Puree the cashews with a little bit of water until it has a cheese sauce like consistency
- Add lemon juice and season to liking
- Mix with pasta and bake for 10 min. in the oven with bread crumbs on top
– More Yummy Ideas –
Spring time breakfast
Sprouted grains toasted bread with avocado and strawberries. YUM
Shrimp and Feta Salad
A refreshing shrimp, avocado and feta salad from back in the day for you omnivores.
Colorful Melba Toasts
Delicious & vibrant crackers with a homemade spicy carrot dip, alfalfa sprouts and avocado.
Make sure you check out Evelyn’s Instagram account for more Healthy & Yummy Food Pics!
*What are YOUR eating habits like? And what SMALL change can YOU apply starting TODAY that will help you feel better about yourself and reach your goals?
Let us know in the comments below!
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