What’s another word for journey?

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Look, it’s a new year and I want to be a better person. I’m already most of the way to eating meatlessly, and two steps from being completely vegan. But I’m not into pseudoscience. I don’t have a particular problem with GMOs, or conventional medicine, or fluoridated water. And as much as I know that ‘journey’ might be an appropriate word to describe moving from one state to another, it has some unfortunate New Agey connotations that I’d rather not be associated with.

Why am I writing a blog about this? Aren’t there one-million-and-one other folks on the internet gushing about their new-found love for tofu? Continue reading “What’s another word for journey?”

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Weekly Summary February 17 – 23, 2018

Whoo, boy! What a week, amirite? Let’s all forget our troubles for a few moments – or at least try to – and have a chat about The Big Family Cooking Showdown. I watched every episode currently on Netflix, and it filled my crooked little heart with joy.

Imagine, if you will, all the ups and downs of GBB, but using teams made of families. Tension! Thrills! Suspense! Passive-aggressive comments! And as always, the best part is challenging myself to come up with what I would make as a contestant on the show. On Wednesday, I’ll do a complete rundown of my version of all the challenges on the show. For the moment, I’ll just talk about my main critique of the whole affair. Continue reading “Weekly Summary February 17 – 23, 2018”

The New Normal

When embarking on any significantly life-altering adventure, one hopes to someday land in a place of predictability: the new normal. With veganism, this is typically a largely dietary affair. Getting used to making certain food choices, developing new tastes and other adjustments that allow everything to become routine. Reflexive. I’m noticing a similar period of adjustment when it comes to my mental health diagnosis. Let’s talk about that.

To the wayback machine! Continue reading “The New Normal”

Weekly Summary: February 10-16, 2018

Please don’t think ill of me, but I just cleaned my shower for the first time in… too long. This was a combination of things that was ultimately maybe one thing. Other than the inertia I experienced from my anxiety and depression, I was also suffering from a shoulder injury for nearly two years.

That’s right – two fricken’ years. And this was one of those injuries that doesn’t hurt until you move in just the right (wrong?) way. Then it hurts a whole bunch, and you want to cry on account of your whole arm is in agony. So as a result, you can’t even think of picking up a scrub brush, let alone scouring an entire shower. Continue reading “Weekly Summary: February 10-16, 2018”

Preparatory School

I see thumbnails for meal prep videos all the time. Many containers of colourful ingredients, carefully arrayed. And nearly every time, I think to myself that that looks like way too much work.

Back when we did Whole30, I was having some trouble wrapping my head around meal planning. Partly, this was because I don’t like locking myself into having a certain dish on a certain day. What if I get to Tuesday and I don’t want whatever the plan says I’m to eat that day? If I don’t have that thing, it throws the whole plan right off the rails. I won’t have the right leftovers to make meals for the rest of the week. It’s kind of a nightmare.

That’s when I came across this more loosely prescribed meal plan. It involves ingredient prep instead of meal prep. There are certain things that are prepared the same way, week over week, then there’s a big pot of something or other that’s eaten over several days. It’s habit building, and doesn’t involve copious amounts of research on a constant hunt for novelty.

So, let me walk you through how I’ve folded this style of preparation into my weekly routine. Continue reading “Preparatory School”

Lend a helping hand

Vegans have a bad rap, and it’s not entirely undeserved. There is a vocal minority in the movement that gets presented as the self-appointed public face, representing all vegans. With a tendency towards being hard-line militants, who condemn non-vegans as murderers and disparage other vegans for being not vegan enough, they give us all a bad name. People like these are what took me so long to even consider going vegan, let alone having the audacity to refer to myself as vegan. Continue reading “Lend a helping hand”

Weekly Summary: February 3-9, 2018

Well, this week went a bit off the rails. Just to give you a BTS peek behind the curtain, I usually have Friday’s post completed by Thursday night so it can go up first thing in the morning. On Wednesday, we were pleasantly surprised by a friend who was in town for work. That meant eating out that night, and what turned out to be the following night. Both occasions were generously lubricated with alcoholic beverages, but Thursday moreso.

That meant hangouts instead of writing, and hangovers instead of posting. But I’m here now, and that’s what matters.

A few amendments to last week’s summary, specifically regarding the wraps. The tortillas I ended up getting were this brand of gluten-free ones that I’ve had before and recalled not being horrible. How wrong I was! Continue reading “Weekly Summary: February 3-9, 2018”