Seeing Things Differently

Visited the hair salon today – I go every 6 weeks and normally by the middle of the 5th week I’m looking at my grey roots thinking the next appointment can’t come fast enough. This time however, I was out with my friends when I received a text reminder for my next appointment, and was genuinely surprised it was so soon – in 2 days time. I remember thinking I’d not been overly concerned about my grey roots that morning! Got me to thinking, was my wfpb lifestyle responsible for my grey not coming through as quickly? Or, more likely I feel, during the pandemic lockdown I went 20 weeks between appointments, so the amount of grey after 6 weeks seems nothing compared to that. Needless to say, I always feel fantastic after my appointment. Hair by Pip at Honeycomb Hair and Beauty, in Staveley, Chesterfield.

After struggling with my weight for so long, what also struck me on my visit to the salon was – I like what I see in the mirror now – because I’ve lost so much weight. I now feel comfortable in my own skin. Such a good feeling. It makes me feel so free, I feel lighter, I walk with more purpose, I smile more – how many more reasons do I need to keep me on track?

Plant-Based Alphabet

As an ongoing theme I’ve decided to do an alphabetical rundown of some plant-based foods – starting with:

Aquafaba

I have used this as a thickener in stir fries and curries – not bad for something you would usually discard!

Aquafaba is the viscous water in which legume seeds such as chickpeas have been cooked. Due to its ability to mimic functional properties of egg whites in cooking, aquafaba can be used as a direct replacement for them in some cases. It makes a great vegan egg replacement. It can be used for meringue, pavlova, used to make mousse, included in ice cream, Mayo and much more – a very versatile ingredient.

Avocado

I had never eaten avocado before eating wfpb
  • The avocado is incredibly nutritious and contains:
  • Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
  • Folate: 20% DV
  • Vitamin C: 17% DV
  • Potassium: 14% DV
  • Vitamin B5: 14% DV
  • Vitamin B6: 13% DV
  • Vitamin E: 10% DV
  • It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
  • An average sized avocado contains 160 calories, 2 grams protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. It contains 9 grams of carbs of which 7 grams is fibre – so this is a low-carb plant food.

I definitely see avocado differently now. I use it in ‘Vegan Toona’ – makes a wonderful sandwich with lots of salad accompanied by a jacket potato, in Buddha bowls and in chocolate puddings.

Going Back to Basics

On Monday 19th October, I joined the “fatmanrants” 7 day bootcamp challenge. It means going back to basics, eating only greens and vegetables, starchy veggies like potatoes and squash, whole grains, beans and fruits, while holding off on nuts, seeds, tofu and flours. After the 7 days I can start eating them in a very limited way. All the time avoiding meat, dairy, eggs, processed foods and oil …forever! A great way to eat very cleanly. The challenge also asks that I write down three things I am grateful for each day and to complete at least 30 minutes exercise every day. I will let you know how I get on in my next post. You can find this challenge at #fmrbootcamp on Facebook or at fatmanrants.com

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Published by smith57angel

Passionate about a Whole food plant based lifestyle

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