Model Vegan???

Forgive me if it sounds like bragging, but I just had to gush about the compliment my latest nutritionist gave me! Meeting with her yesterday at the (bleck!) doctor’s office, she claimed she would use me as an example, because I was “one of her best vegan clients… A model vegan”!!!

I was souped to hear this from her, because not only did I get (and still get) a lot of crap from my friends, family, and even other medical professionals about going vegan, but I am also perfectionistic and wondering if I’m really following the best plan I can. Granted of course I’m not perfect, and everything is always a work in progress, but I am at least really, really glad to hear that a nutrition professional claims I am doing a really good job, especially with the daunting task of not only following a healthful vegan diet but following any healthful diet at all and eating regularly to fuel my body and maintain a steady, healthy metabolic balance within. It’s honestly really, really nice to get that encouragement… And also maybe because I can say “I told you so!” to all the nonbelievers! 😉

Cheesy as it may be, I want to thank those around me who have made it possible for me to get to this point in recovery (you know who you are!), and I also want to thank that little part in me that rebelled against the eating disorder and helped me move off a path of daily self-destruction. I may not have found peace with my body yet, but I can at least acknowledge that self-starvation will not get me to where I want to be (i.e. alive and happy in college vs. dead in a hospital cot). And for an added boost, I plan on reading this book by one of my all-time heroines, the beautiful Crystal Renn (You tell me in which shot she looks better, 5’9″ 98 pounds, or a normal, healthy size 12!):

Now, on to some vegan munchies (model or not, you decide, I guess! I’m not confident or vain enough to say they are!):

Organic corn chips, Boca crumbles, rice "cheese", topped with yummy Newman's own organic salsa

Yet another outlet for my salsa obsession: vegan taco salad! Organic corn chips, Boca crumbles, fresh lettuce, over a whole wheat tortilla

Brown rice topped with curried tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, and green peas

Italian vegan mania! Spinach gnocchi (a rich potato-based pasta and fear food!) in a broccoli broth

I may or may not have raved about these before: the protein-PACKED, delicious Field Roast vegan sausages

Now for some vegan snacks

My equivalent of Popeye's spinach: soy-free vegan protein for big MuScLeS!

Protein shake + sunflower seeds = ultimate post-workout snack!

Dessert challenges? They are made magically easier by dairy-free treats from Newman’s Own organics! Check out these scrumptious treats:

Great with some Yogi tea ❤

Thank you, Paul Newman! Dairy-free fig newtons!

Thanks for dropping in, guys! And, just as a last wise note from my beloved Yogi teas:

“We are physical beings having a spiritual experience.”

“The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.”

<3’s

Gabriella

May 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Sweet Thangs

Hello, loves!

Sorry for the long gap, but I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much time for blogging  😦  That said, I did manage to take some pretty pictures!

I’ve been really distracted also because I’m leaving this February break for a 10-day trip to Israel! I am incredibly excited as I have never been to that part of the world and am eager to learn about this new and beautiful culture.

Though in the days before I’m scheduled to leave (this afternoon!), I’ve had some pretty sweet snacks…

Stare into that muffin vortex!

My mother was adorable and picked out some vegan muffins for me at Whole Foods from a local bakery (Zen Bakery, ahhh the cuteness!). Initially I was skeptical – I can’t remember the last time I had a muffin – but was pleased at the solid nutritional stats and the berry goodness of these lovely berry bran muffins. Best part? No sugar – just sweetened with dates, one of their teensy FIVE ingredients! Perfection with a glass of soymilk!

Blueberries and raspberries and cranberries, oh my!

And of course I enjoyed lots and lots of tea over the course of the last week or so. I have my green tea in the morning (hehe I’m such a dork!) and then graduate to other tea types (black, white, chai, etc.) later on in the day. I’ve already mentioned my infatuation with Yogi teas, but check out how cute my little tea tassel quotes are:

And to further satisfy my sweet tooth, I munched on these vegan lovelies that I found in the “health foods” section of Stop & Shop:

They had a really nice, airy taste and were almost suspiciously delicious… But yet again, no dairy, no butter, no eggs, no weird un-pronouncable ingredients, no high fructose anything, and (even though I know I’m not supposed to count calories) I was pretty impressed with the low calorie content. These were just too good with a cup of either vanilla chai or rosebud tea.

Yet, sweet things were not limited to my taste buds: a savalicious friend of mine warmed my heartstrings by buying me a little impromptu gift when she went out shopping at Staples. Perhaps I’ll use it in Israel? College next year?

Are any of them AHL-mundz?

On that note, Fresh Fantastic, OUT!

<3’s

Gabriella

February 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.