No Debbie Downer here today. I woke up feeling a little better today. I went to get my eyebrows waxed last night which made me feel like a new woman! I could barely sit in the chair but a girl’s gotta do what she has to so the brows don’t become one. I’m getting my hair done this weekend, go away grey! I spent some quality time with my husband last night catching up on life. Today is our official 10 year wedding anniversary. Luckily our anniversary trip to Bermuda came earlier in the month. See these posts for a recap of our gorgeous weekend in Bermuda.
I have been enjoying a few recipes around the blog world. I am inspired everyday by the amazingly talented bloggers out there who graciously share their delicious creations. I have been moving towards a whole foods plant based diet. For me this is a process. It is certainly made easier by the wealth of vegan recipes shared online. So here are some of the dishes I’ve made recently with links to their origin.
- Almost Perfect Fried Rice – from Jenna at Eat, Live, Run
- Coconut Curried Potatoes with Peas – from Emily at Daily Garnish
- Summer Vegetable Vegan Lasagna – another great recipe from Emily at Daily Garnish
- “Cheesy” Coconut Sautéed Chickpeas and Kale (highly addicting) – from Anne at Fannetastic Food
- Everything I have made from my new favorite cookbook “Peas and Thank You” by Sarah Matheny aka Mama Pea. My two favorites right now are the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls (these are dangerous) and the Thai Veggie Burgers. Buy the book! It won’t disappoint.
With all this rest I’m getting I have even managed to watch a few things in their entirety. I never watch television so everything I watch is on my computer. I generally watch movies online on Netflix although unless I buck up and pay for the online membership that will be a thing of the past soon. So here’s what I’ve been watching.
- The Biggest Loser on NBC – this is the only television show I’m watching right now and I’ve only seen the first episode so far. I know this isn’t a realistic model for weight loss, but the personal stories of the contestants get me every time. Although I have to say I have conflicted feelings about the contestants running a marathon without dedicated training.
- Forks Over Knives – this is a film which follows the journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the author of the book “The China Study” and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they explore the relationship between the food we eat and our health. The overwhelming message of the film is that we have the ability to take control of our health simply by eating a plant based diet. I am slowly making my way through the China Study on the Kindle App on my iPhone. It’s interesting and definitely makes me think about my food choices.
- A Diet for all Reasons – I discovered this on one of my new favorite blogs, Marion’s Affection for Fitness. This is an hour long presentation of Dr. Michael Klaper as “explores and explains the relationship between diet and health.” It very much echoes the sentiments of the information provided in Forks Over Knives, but interesting none the less.
Thanks for the love – glad you liked the recipe 🙂
Hi Aimee! I’ve watched Forks Over Knives on Netflix too. It’s sooo convincing! I’m trying to find documentaries free on the internet that people from other countries can watch. About half of my readers (or more)are international.
I am also like you in that I am not labeling my eating as anything specific thing–but I barely ever eat meat anymore! Maybe once a month. I’m still in love with dairy, but even that– I’m *not* eating ice cream and only little bits of cheese once in a while. And I pop those yolks out of the hard boiled eggs I eat. But those adaptations to my diet surely make a difference.
Btw, I find *you* inspirational. You could easily be really down about your injury, but you’re still going strong. I’m catching the wave of your excellent attitude when things are less than perfect. How tremendous!
I love the beautification rituals too. Though I’m not exactly sure about how I feel about the sparkly blue toe nail polish I have on. I’m so used to the pinks.
A little sparkly toe nail polish is great for the soul once in a while! I tend to do pinks all summer too. This summer my wild pedi was a metallic purple!! I love the free documentary site. I will let you know if I find any others.
Happy Anniversary to you and your hubs! I agree with you on the biggest loser – my husband said he would watch it if it was real life, i.e. you still have a job, grocery shop, pay bills, etc.
Glad your ribs are starting to mend even if its slow – I just got my brows threaded last week – its amazing what shaped eyebrows do for your face!
I love eyebrow threading. The place I used to go closed and I haven’t found anyone new yet, but I’m on the lookout. I think it lasts longer than waxing too.
Tony makes a good point about BL. I’m always disappointed to see how many of the contestants never actually continue on their weight loss journey after the show ends despite not reaching a weight even close to their goal. I suspect that real life plays a huge part in that. I always joke that all I need is a few weeks on the ranch!