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Vegobox: vegan snacks delivered to your door

This weekend I was lucky to receive a Vegobox in the mail. Vegobox is a monthly subscription service for vegans living in Europe. You sign up online and an assortment of vegan snacks are delivered to your door each month. Vegobox graciously offered to send me a sample box and I’m so glad they did!

Today I did a little taste test of all the goodies I received. The best part was that the box contained three chocolate bars! THREE.

Snack box subscription services like Vegobox are perfect for new vegans or those interested in veganism because they introduce you to new vegan products and tasty treats. These are things I wouldn’t normally seek out in the shop but I’m glad Vegobox broadened my snack horizons. 😉

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Now I’m looking forward to topping my oatmeal with chocolate and chia pudding. Yum!

If you are interested in signing up for Vegobox, use the discount code LISA15 for 15% off and place your order here. 🙂

Am I being judged? Or am I judging myself?

After a much-needed break from proper blogging, I feel like I want to give it a go again. Now that I’m creating videos for my YouTube channel regularly, I don’t have much time to focus on writing. I miss it so I think I’ll aim to post on this blog at least once per week.

I’ve been back in Scotland for almost three weeks now and will be off to Thailand in a few days. It almost seems like I never left because everything here is the same. I’m back into “the swing of things” fine but I’m also struggling to come to terms with my eating. I’m still trying to sort out categories of foods: the foods I’m allowed to eat vs. the foods should I avoid, and then, of course, the foods I actually want to eat. I imagine these categories in a Venn diagram.

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The foods I’m allowed to eat include fruit, veggies, potatoes, whole grains, and rice. The foods I should avoid are things like overt fats, processed foods, hummus, cakes, bread, other gluten/malt containing foods, and coffee. My problem is that I want to venture into the ‘foods I should avoid’ circle as often as I like without feeling guilty or judged.

I feel like I’m internalising a lot of judgement when it comes to the foods I eat. On one hand, I don’t care what other people think of me, but I can’t shake the feeling that some people are judging me for what I eat. They say they aren’t judging me personally, but if they seem to judge other people for eating similarly to how I’m eating currently, then it should follow that they are in fact judging me for eating the very same way.

Does it matter if others judge me? Not really, but I don’t like the feeling of being perceived as weak or deficient just because I eat differently.

I’ve been vegan for years now. My opinions and preferences for foods have changed. Yes, I was interested in a raw fruitarian lifestyle during the summer and still would be happy to live that way depending on where I end up living. I’m eating healthy cooked foods now (at least what I deem to be healthy, some people would argue otherwise) and I enjoy them. In the summer, depending on where we travel to first, I’ll probably revert back to eating mainly fruit simply because my favourite fruits will be in season and widely available.

Maybe it’s just me, but I never view eating habits as something that can be set in stone. I can never make the claim that I’d only eat fruit for the rest of my life, or that I’d never eat cooked food ever again.

If you don’t like eating cooked food, don’t eat it, but don’t judge others as deficient because they enjoy it. And similarly, don’t judge raw vegans just because you can’t imagine living that way. How about we don’t judge others at all? (I found Leo Babauta’s article, Letting Go of Judging People, helpful today.)

Or maybe my problem isn’t that others are judging me. Perhaps I’m too self-critical? Because for some reason, I can’t allow myself to not be strict when it comes to eating, so I feel judged or guilty anytime I relax my eating standards?

Sometimes I think it would be easier for me if I didn’t publicise the food I eat on social media. Perhaps I should just disappear for a bit and eat my food alone.

Download my e-book for free!

I’ve been outside the States travelling abroad for a whole year now! I remember this time last year. I travelled to Portland from California so I could visit my sister, her boyfriend, and my nephew before I departed. And just before I left the States, I finally finished my e-book and released it the night before my flight.

 

I’ve had it for sale for a year now but now it’s time to share it with EVERYONE. If you’re already vegan, that’s cool, if you’re not even close to being vegan that’s cool too! If you’re interested in quick, easy recipes or learning more about healthy minimalist cooking methods, check out my book.

I hope you like it! ❤️

No more labels.

I’ve decided to not push myself to adhere to any specific label when it comes to my diet. I love eating fully raw fruitarian because I feel the absolute best eating that way, but honestly, I haven’t had an interest in eating that way since I arrived in Dublin. I’ll probably go back to eating only fruit in the summer when watermelon is abundant as I’m travelling around Europe again, but for now, I’m going to eat other things as well.

I’ll still aim for high carb low fat meals but won’t stress if I eat more fat from time to time. I expect to keep eating lots of fruit in addition to cooked veggies, potatoes, rice, whole grains, and even legumes when I want them.

Loading up on fruit this summer has taught me to pay closer attention to my body and how I feel. I’m better able to realise when I’m genuinely full and now I only eat when I’m truly hungry. If I have a large lunch that keeps me satiated late into the night (like I did today), I don’t force myself to eat dinner. And now I don’t eat when I’m bored.

I’ve been super stressed out about trying to force myself to eat only fruit since arriving here, and thanks to my friends Carolina, Sheila, and my boyfriend for helping me realise that I’m the only person putting pressure on myself. I can eat fully raw whenever I want, but I don’t need to stress out or feel badly about myself if I do choose to eat cooked foods provided they are still healthy and nourishing.

I’m hoping to start cooking more once I’m back in Scotland this weekend (still minimalist cooking, of course) and plan on sharing my cooking methods and recipes here on the blog and on my YouTube channel.

If I had to choose a label to describe my way of eating, I’d choose several: high carb low fat, whole food, plant-based, healthy vegan with little to no processed stuff.

What do you think about labels?

Living with non-vegans: pros and cons.

I had a rough day today. I think it’s mainly because of the lack of sunlight, but perhaps I’m just tired of travelling like this at this time. I really miss my boyfriend lately! I’m so ready for this trip to be over so we never have to be separated ever again. I was undecided about posting this video and blog post just because I felt so down today. I’m glad I uploaded it because it didn’t turn out so bad!

 

I’ve lived with non-vegans before and am currently renting a room with two non-vegan hosts. For the most part, living with non-vegans is challenging for me because of food sanitation issues. I don’t like the thought of using the same kitchen tools (like a cutting board) and cleaning supplies (like sponges) when animal products are involved.

Fortunately, I’m quite spoiled when it comes to my friends since most of them are vegan! But because of this, I’m always shocked when I do end up sharing a space with non-vegans. Sometimes I forget that most people eat meat every day (if not several times per day) and don’t even think about it.

Have you lived with non-vegans before? 

Would you ever have a non-vegan roommate?

Why or why not?

Weight gain on 80/10/10.

Have you gained weight while eating a high fruit diet? Does this mean fruit is to blame? Or could your weight gain be caused by something else?

Several vegans on social media have abandoned the 80/10/10 lifestyle because they claim it caused them to gain weight. This is ludicrous. You will not find a single strict fruitarian who’s overweight. None. I guarantee you those 80/10/10 naysayers were not following 80/10/10 to the letter. (And if you have a look at their feeds, you’ll notice things like processed foods, peanut butter in excess, or other overt fats in every meal.)

Following the high carb low fat 80/10/10 lifestyle means you eat at least 80% of your daily calories from carbohydrates, 10% from protein, and at most 10% from fat. If you follow this strictly, meaning you keep your fat intake to a minimum, gaining weight is nearly impossible. This is because fruits and veggies are high in fiber. You simply can’t overeat on whole produce!

So how much fat do you eat daily?

If you’ve gained weight recently after following 80/10/10, are you certain of your daily fat intake? You must track everything you eat and drink in order to answer this question definitively. You can say you eat a low fat diet, but unless you track everything you eat and drink in Cronometer, you can’t be sure.

It’s very easy to underestimate how much fat you consume. You must track your calories in Cronometer and measure everything out. Use an actual Tablespoon or teaspoon to portion out things like oil and tahini so you can be absolutely certain of the portion size.

Overt fats like nuts, seeds, tahini, and avocado are very high in calories:

  • 1 Tablespoon tahini = 89
  • 15 almonds = 105
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil = 120
  • 1 avocado = 322
  • 1 cup of cashews = 713

If you don’t measure these out, you will most likely overeat them. Not only will overeating fats make you gain weight (because they are high in calories), this will cause you to under eat carbohydrates, so you’ll never be satisfied. You’ll be hungry 24/7!

Even if you avoid all overt fats and eat only low fat fruits and veggies, you’ll still average around 5% of your daily calories from fat. That means you should only eat up to 5% more which isn’t much at all. This equates to a third of an avocado, 15 almonds, 20 olives, or less than 1 Tablespoon of oil. That’s it!

Do you follow 80/10/10 to the letter?

Besides being aware of your daily fat intake, what are you actually eating day-to-day? Are you breaking from 80/10/10 at any point? Do you eat out at all? If you do fall off the wagon, what sorts of foods are you eating?

Falling off the wagon and reaching for fatty/salty foods most likely means that you aren’t eating enough calories. Eat more fruit when you have cravings. Tracking your calories in Cronometer will help you avoid these situations. Check out this post for more tips.

You cannot blame fruit for your weight gain if you are eating overt fats, fatty cooked meals, and processed foods. These are not part of the 80/10/10 lifestyle because they are too high in fat (and salt).

If you still believe fruit is to blame for your weight gain, try this experiment: eat only fruit for an entire month. No overt fats at all. No avocado, nuts, seeds, tahini, oil, none. If you gain weight after a month of eating only fruit, I want to know about it.

In order to gain weight while eating a strict fruitarian lifestyle, you’d have to be eating more calories than your body needs. This means you’d literally be stuffing yourself with fruit day in and day out. You wouldn’t have time for anything else because you’d be eating all day.I seriously doubt this is the case. It’s a challenge for me to even eat 1700 calories most days just because fruit is so full of fiber!

In sum, if you gain weight while following 80/10/10, you must re-examine your diet and eating habits. I guarantee that you are overeating fats. Try avoiding all overt fats for a month, load up on fruit, and track your weight.

What veganism means to me.

A friendly follower on Tumblr inquired about why I went vegan so I put together a wee video response. If you don’t follow me on Tumblr, it’s similar to Instagram except the sharing capabilities are better. You also have the ability to ask questions publicly or anonymously.

 

As I mentioned in my previous post about why I went vegan, reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser opened my eyes to the horrors of the fast food industry. I first cut out meat for a few months and then went fully vegan by January of 2008. It’s been a long journey of gradually improving my diet from that point to where I am today.

I’m so glad I took that first step to go vegan back in 2008. Now that I’m a raw vegan fruitarian, I can’t imagine my life any other way. I only wish I had taken that step sooner!

What to learn more about veganism? Check out:

  • Veganuary – Try vegan for a month, stay vegan. Recipes, product lists, and vegan lifestyle advice.
  • Vegan Starter Kit – A good starting point for vegan-curious individuals.