Ok, I’m going to start this all of by reminding everyone that I used to be a diplomat’s brat and spent about 20 years travelling up and down the world, so contrary, I guess, to what most people will imagine, I would happily burn my passport and never leave the country. Nevertheless the thought of disappointing my little siblings was too great a feat to overcome, so Man-thing and I packed up our goodies and presents, and said goodbye to the cats as we marched off to the airport for a holiday. This is a little overview of what we got up to!
Everyone has issues. Physically no body can be perfect; some people may have allergies, others digestive issues. Some may be on pain management diets, and others on a diet to address very specific diseases or simply suited to their ethical framework. What happens when one has multiple problems that attack your body, all with very different, often conflicting “solutions”? And what is there to do when you already eat a healthy, balanced diet and still struggle with your body and a never-ending sense of discomfort and pain? For some of you, don’t worry, this isn’t a “why I’m not vegan anymore” post, but I do have some things I’d like to share and get your opinion on.
I had a little trip to the hospital yesterday, and the end result was a doctor recommending I try gluten-free to see if that will not alleviate symptoms. I wanted to protest and rather went into shock and started rambling about “but I’m vegan” and how I already changed my diet once, rather dramatically, to try and cure this ailment, so how was this now going to help? Luckily I’m a veteran stalker of vegan blogs, and there are so many of you out there who are gluten-free vegans and have survived to tell the tale, not to mention share delicious recipes, so I’m less shattered about it all, but still. I love wheat!
Before I get carried away, however, I’m also going to announce the winner of Jill Nussinow’s ebook, Nutrition CHAMPS! Thank you to everyone who entered and left comments – click the clicky button to see who won!
I call these bars, though they’re actually mini loaves. I find that people feel better about themselves, less like they’re “pigging out”, when something is more bar and less loaf, especially if they’re on a “guilt-free” trip. It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so I figure it’s apt to get to the gritty of how people approach and choose what to eat or not to eat. I may not be in the US but I still think it’s a pretty valid topic considering my ED background. I personally always strive to make healthy, awesomesauce decisions, but it’s not always so easy. That’s why a lot of I make is to try and be as “trigger-free” as possible – no mass amounts of sugar, crazy ingredients and guilt, because not all of us can overcome that voice in our heads or the growling in our stomach that both judges and seduces us. These bars? Guilt.Free. At least for me.
As always, don’t forget I’m hosting an awesome international giveaway of The Veggie Queen’s book, Nutrition CHAMPS!
It’s time again for a Life in Pictures Link Up, with me playing co-host to Linda over at The Fitty! Lucky for you this week was full of adventure thanks to a holiday in the mountains. In case this is the first you’re hearing of the LIPLU, the point is to regale you with pictures of the past week with minimal text – for someone as verbose as I am, this is naturally a challenge and therefore something of a delight!
Some of you might be confused by this post, knowing that I’m all the way in (currently) sunny South Africa, far from the horrors of the cold that’s swooshing across the northern hemisphere. Well, Man-thing can attest to the fact that I wear sweaters in the middle of summer and currently sleep under three blankets, so there is never such a thing as true summer for me.Having the veteran’s badge for just having survived a real winter, and now rigorously plodding through something just as chilly (at least to my mind), I figured I could whip up and share my favourite new tasty warm mango smoothie bowl and 4 tips for outsmarting the cold. And because you know I can’t sit still verbally or otherwise, I also have 6 smoothie and smoothie bowl round ups and recipes 😀
This is a very special post today, because I get to share a review and host a giveaway for a truly amazing book by Ricki Heller (PhD + RHN), Living Candida-Free. If the name rings any bells, it’s because I’ve swooned about her here on the blog and on twitter on a number of occasions, thanks to her fabulous and inspiring recipes. She is also the author of a number of books that are currently available, such as Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free and Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar.
To celebrate the release of her book on Amazon tomorrow, I’m sharing a very special recipe from her book, and have also been given the green light to spoil all the international readers by opening up a worldwide giveaway of Living Candida-Free, so click and scroll to enter and try out her Baked Quinoa Porridge or Pudding!