Oh today. The weather here has been a little funky, alternating between rain and sunshine and it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying some East Coast humidity, but today made up for it alright.
Don’t let this innocent face fool you
This afternoon I came home from a doctor’s appointment and a trip to Trader Joe’s to have Angie greet me at the door. Now, that may not sound like anything unusual except for the fact that she was supposed to be in her crate and somehow managed to escape. Not only that, but I accidentally forgot to close the door to the bathroom, which I always do just in case she happens to escape, which has never happened. I came home to find clothes ripped (she got into my laundry), toilet paper shredded, and random things chewed up. Thankfully no furniture was destroyed or major damage done, just a very upset me and a dog that tried to roll over on her back and wag her tail so that I’d remember how cute she is and not be angry. Sigh. She’s a puppy and thankfully she wasn’t hurt and now I have an excuse to go buy more socks and underwear. My biggest concern was that she would have ingested something but she has been fine all afternoon and evening so I think she’s ok. I guess I need to clean again and be more careful with her kennel and double checked that it’s locked.
Other than that, today has been very contemplative for me because I’m about to make a big change in my life but I don’t want to share quite yet because there are a few little things that need to be arranged before it is definite. However, I am really excited about it and I think it will be the beginning of a really good chapter in my life. Stay tuned.
As for the humidity outside, I was craving something cold and icy and decided to whip out my Vitamix to make a creation. When my dad first bought me the Vitamix at Costco, the Vitamix salesman made vegan ice cream using carrots and strawberries. He said the recipe was in the cookbook that came with it, but I couldn’t find it and ended up just free-balling it like I usually do.
Vegan Strawberry Freeze
Handful (about 1 cup baby carrots)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
Splash of coconut water
1 tbsp agave nectar
Optional toppings: agave nectar and shredded coconut
Blend together the carrots, strawberries, mango, coconut water, and agave nectar. Top with a swirl of agave and shredded coconut (I use unsweetened).
This was so refreshing and delicious and I enjoyed the taste of the carrots with the strawberries. It wasn’t too sweet but it was very tasty. You are going to be seeing more recipes and talk about food on the blog because that’s something that I’m actually starting to enjoy now. I enjoy making vegan food and meal time isn’t something that I dread anymore or try to find ways around. Yes, there are times just like everyone else when I’m really too tired to cook so I order out or grab a frozen pizza (I love the Tofurkey pizzas, which are vegan!) but this is normal eating.
I know that veganism is kind of a taboo topic in the eating disorder world because there are individuals who use it as a way to restrict. I definitely do not do this and I meet my food exchanges from every food group, I just use different foods. It is by no means a low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb, low-anything diet. It’s just the way I eat and I am at a healthy weight (even my doctors say so!) Because my relationship with food is getting to be a lot more positive, I think it’s an important thing to share. And while I might make vegan ice cream with carrots, that doesn’t mean I give up things like this:
This isn’t vegan but it’s a chocolate lava cake from Trader Joe’s and this type of cake is probably my favorite dessert in the world. After the icy-refreshing, Strawberry Freeze, I enjoyed a chocolate lava cake with some almond milk and it was delightful. To eat something like this and think afterwards, “Oh man, that was awesome!” instead of eating disordered thoughts is one of the best feelings in the world.
I’m off to try and get to sleep early tonight. I really want to establish a better sleeping routine/pattern so I’m going to avoid being on the computer until right before bed