So, just a quick little update on the whole RawTill4/veganism/plant-based-eating is going.
I’ve been watching a lot of Freelee the Banana Girl’s videos on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea) and have been doing some general research through blogs, Pinterest and medical journals to just learn a bit more about the whole movement. After a lot of contemplation and trepidation, I (obviously) have taken the plunge into the deep end, or at least begun the slow toe-by-toe edging into the Vegan Swimming Pool.
For the past few weeks or months now, I have found myself naturally transitioning into eating less meat. In more recent weeks, this has begun to extend into animal products such as eggs and milk too. I didn’t force this change, its just happened naturally and gradually.
I am reluctant to actually label myself a 100% vegetarian or vegan just yet, as there are times every so often when I might really want a sip of milk in my tea, or will have a bit of mayo on my sandwich. But these moments are gradually becoming less common.
I first read about veganism and vegetariamisn years ago; a girl in my class at school was a strict vegetarian, and as the health movements in Australia increased over recent years, it seems that the population living a veggie lifestyle has increased exponentially. When I was younger I wanted to become a vegetarian out of both love for animals and a desire to lose weight, but it was never really encouraged by my family (probably because they felt I was a bit too preoccupied with my weight).
After a lot of research about fruitarianism and vegetarianism and veganism over the recent weeks, it seems only natural that I get involved in the movement myself, and make the most of the natural changes that my body is is encouraging in me.
So far things have been going well. I’ve been probably 90% vegetarian over the last month or two, and have lost 4kgs already. I’m hoping that now I can begin to transition into vegan food, and hopefully get my partner involved with the cooking so he can see why I love it so much.
Let the games begin!
The experimentation continues! I found I had to blend this for a little bit longer than I initially thought; nothing worse than bits of spinach caught in your teeth!
For many young people, the transition period between study and full-time work can be wrought with peril. It is a time of late nights, disturbed sleep patterns, and the almost-inevitable trip to the vending machine or convenience store. And, if you’re like me, a dependence on caffeine, in all its delicious forms.
In my bid to create more healthful smoothies using my new blender, it’s proving itself a case of trial and error!
I have here one smoothie recipe that I have found particularly tasty and refreshing, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it too;
“Attention All Senses” easy blended juice.
1 cucumber cut up (I also skinned mine, but its not necessary if you give yours a good wash)
half a teaspoon of ground ginger
Juice and pulp of half a large lemon
Juice and pulp from one lime
One shot (50-60ml) of Aloe Vera Gel
a few mint leaves
one or two teaspoons of raw sesame seeds
Sweetener to taste
Handfull of ice cubes
quarter to half a cup of water.
Whizz it all together for a slushy that is as refreshing as it is healthy. I didn’t use specific measurements when making my drink, so for many people it’ll be a matter of personal taste. I recommend adding in the ginger and citrus slowly, so that you don’t go overboard and spoil your mixture (your tastebuds will thank you!)
I am at the stage now where I’m almost 100% decided on studying online to become a health/wellness coach, or to at least get a Certificate in Nutrition.
I think that in the area that I currently live in, its an opportunity that has the potential to do well, and that even if it doesn’t become a career path for me, its certainly something that will benefit myself, my partner, and my future family. I’ve decided to go with the Cadence Health study option, as I think that in the long run its better to study through an organisation that at least has some connection to me. I may not live in Australia any more, but there is a significant likelihood of returning at some stage, or certainly at least it’ll be an easier option to work within, as I already have to account for the Australia-Tanzania time difference when talking to my family.
All I’m waiting for now is a return email from Cadence Health answering some of my questions. If anyone on WordPress is currently studying with them, you might also be able to help me! If you are familiar with Cadence Health’s online study option, please get in touch with me, as I have several questions for you!