When I realized I had a gluten intolerance, I was sad at the idea that I wouldn't be able to eat good bread anymore. When I tell people that I don't eat gluten, the first thing they say is "I could never give up bread". Well, I didn't give up bread, so much as bread gave up on me.
If I ate anything with gluten, I would succumb to fatigue, bloating and suffer from a migraine. Once, it was so bad that I was bed ridden for a few days. A gluten migraine is not to be taken lightly! I remember feeling like someone was hammering a nail into my eyeball. With a normal headache, I would be able to sleep it off. A gluten headache stayed with me all day and all night for days. DAYS!
I became vigilant about staying away from gluten, and with good cause. Even a small taste would cause me some discomfort. All of that changed when I read that true sourdough bread could be the answer for us gluten-intolerance sufferers.
Veganism is on the rise and this couldn't be a more exciting time to be a vegan. It isn't surprising when you consider Uber stars such as Beyonce & Jay Z going vegan (even if it's temporarily) and promoting the lifestyle on their platforms. We have more people wanting to take control of their health. However, while many people thrive on their newfound plant-based diet, others fail and go back to eating meat.
There are many reasons why people fail as vegans and think that it isn't for them, but I'm going to discuss the main reason why I believe most people don't make it.
Are you making full use of all the food in your kitchen? You know, all those vegetable scraps that you toss into your garbage can? The onion peels, the stems from broccoli, the garlic that's starting to regrow. Don't throw them out, instead, store them in your freezer to make vegetable broth!
I was buying and storing so much vegetable broth because I like to use it to add flavor in lots of my recipes. To give rice and quinoa some extra flavor, to thin out soup. I was using tons of it, and spending money and throwing out perfectly good vegetables. How counter productive is that?
One of my goals for 2018 was to reduce my carbon footprint. I used to think that simply separating plastic and paper was enough, but I didn’t realize how my consumerism truly affected the environment.
After the trucks pick up our plastic, where does it really go? In my mind, I would imagine those milk jugs, plastic bags, etc. would turn into a nice park bench or a hair brush. I was wrong. After reading an article on NPR, I learned that the US exported half of its recyclables and nearly half of that went to China. Well, China has recently put a ban on 24 kinds of solid wastes.
Carra-what? If you're not paying attention to ingredients in your food, then you might not have heard of carrageenan. But, carrageenan is widely used within the food industry and even called a 'natural alternative'. You can find it in processed foods including organic & vegan food.
What is carrageenan?
Carrageenan is derived from an edible red seaweed. It's used in food as a thickener and a stabilizer. Think about how some of your drinks never separate, or why the texture of your ice-cream is so smooth. You can find it in everything from coffee creamer to yogurt.
Everyone knows that they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but with today's lifestyle, we find it to be akin to a mission impossible.
According to health.gov, the recommending daily servings are 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. To help you figure out what a serving is, they break it down as such:
It appears that we have all survived another year! We have seen the most trying year so far politically that at times I had to go on a news cleanse and just turn off the news channels, social media and turn on some calming meditative music.
We all have different ways of coping with such a crazy news cycle and for me, it was about connecting with myself spiritually, continuing my vegan food evolution and embarking on a zero-waste journey. How does this help me cope? Well, it gives me something else to obsess over and feel like I'm making a difference in the environment as well as my overall health.
In case you haven't noticed, there's a movement happening right now. That movement is about taking back our health and going plant-based. With the state of healthcare on a delicate tightrope act within our government, it is up to us to start making smart food choices.
Last year in March, I was introduced to Kombucha. I was in Miami at a farmer's market and being drawn to cool bottles, there was a table that was selling this stuff. I had no idea what it was, but I liked the bottle (I'm such a girl). I tried a sample and decided it was worth the $6.99 to drink this kombucha stuff and have a cool bottle to save.
After I got back from my trip, I decided to research more about kombucha. I'm one of those people who will do research for fun. I learned that it was an ancient probiotic drink. As someone who is gluten sensitive, I blame antibiotics for my affliction, helping all of my good gut bacteria seemed like a good idea. Plus, I like the way kombucha tastes.
I was buying kombucha at the store for a while, but that got really expensive at about $3.69 a bottle. They say you want to drink a bottle per day. My sister suggested that we start making our own kombucha. I was afraid to do it at first, but soon, I found out that it's as easy as making tea.. with some extra stuff.
I've been a vegetarian for 9 years and recently became a whole food, plant-based vegetarian. I used to eat eggs and dairy on occasion. Recently, I learned that eggs triggered my migraines. It's so funny to me how all these years I'd get headaches and feel nauseated and blame it on the weather or PMS, when all this time it was the food I was eating! I stopped eating dairy after watching this talk by Dr. Neal Barnard on Youtube. People give up animal products for different reasons and whatever reason you choose, you should make sure it is right for you. Now, I sleep better and just overall feel better...and so can you.
Scarlett is a business owner and lover of pretty things. She started this blog to share some of her witticisms and favorite things.