Vegan and Cookbooks Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

Happy Tuesday! :) It’s a gorgeously hot day here. I contemplated laying out since I am off today, but its just TOO hot. I made a trip to Barnes N’ Noble this morning and ended up killing the morning reading and browsing! Ohhh how I love it there! Does anyone else wish that at the coffeeshop they would have stevia packets too? Or even raw sugar!

A little bit of history here. I grew up on a heavy meat diet. Living on a farm and my dad being a big hunter totally added to the carnivore menus. The first couple years I was married my husband, who is a bodybuilder, urged me to compete in fitness.. fun but not the diet. 1) I dont have the body type for it 2) the strict diet and workouts can create not just havoic to the body but mind too. The diet from my “coach” consisted of eating pretty much green vegetables and MEAT 6 times a day. yuck yuck yuck. My digestion was horrible, I developed acne, my hair was brittle and complexion not so glowy. I developed a lot of disordered eating habits and feelings. Last fall I decided it was time to beat it!!! Fast forward to now. After a lot of research and just an intuitive feeling, I have gone vegetarian. I would say vegan but I do love some organic greek yogurt. Whenever I eat meat I feel sooo weighed down, my digestion becomes not so fabulous and I get this sick feeling (in my head… like “what did I just eat!!”.). Embarking and embracing this new veg lifestyle has been relatively easy for me, although my husband still eats a heavy meat diet. There are a few things that I have a hard time with, one being tofu. Someone help me please but I cannot seem to cook it right?! At B & N today I bought 2 awesome cookbooks which I plan to use until the pages start to fall out!

Baby Cakes!! This one I know I am going to love! 

Eat Drink & be Vegan! I was too excited to find this, the last one they had!!!

Onto today’s eats so far I have to share. 

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I started my day off with this chocolate Amazing Greens smoothie! I used the chocolate greens powder, chocolate almond milk, more cocoa, stevia, frozen strawberries and ice. PERFECT! Chocolate covered strawberry greens! :)

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Lunch was a big raw salad with 1/2 mashed avocado/seasalt and…. Annie’s organic Maple BBQ sauce. Y’all this stuff is the best!!!!!!!!!!!

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For a mid afternoon snack I wanted something cool… I whipped up a frozen treat of 1 cup frozen strawberries, coconut milk, CHIA gel (2 tbsp soaked)  & stevia. Perfect!

I think for dinner I am going to bake a butternut squash into fries along with a veggie burger on Ezekiel bun with hummus. My go-to dinner!!

Everyone have a GREAT last day of June!

Colorful Eats & Elegant Steals Sunday, Jun 28 2009 

Sunday already?! This weekend is flying! I wish I could say I have a long weekend for the 4th next one, but sadly I do not. My husband does. Ohhh the jealousy!

Yesterday’s shopping trip didn’t quite work out. Out of stock in store, so I ordered the dress and shoes online. I also found 2 amazing deals on Forever21.com!!!  Check out these chick, feminine pieces!!! :) ohhhh they make me happy!

and this super cute top! I can’t wait to wear with some skinny jeans and heels!!

I laid out yesterday afternoon around the pool in hopes to get a tan, or improve on my pale one. I could only manage about 40 minutes. I was literally melting!!! soooo hot and sticky!!!

I did great on my eats! Lots of fresh food! Rather than yogurt and cereal or a bar for a snack I made this fresh vege platter with raw almond butter: vege platter

and then for dinner I couldnt decide if I wanted butternut squash “fries” (baked in oven) or a big salad with yummy avocado. I decided on…. raw salad w. avocado

I also had some greek yogurt & stewed rhubarb, blueberries/strawberries/puffed rice with vanilla almond milk and lots of tea.  I think I did good? I feel good!

Everyone have a wonderful Sunday! :)

Fresh Summer Friday, Jun 26 2009 

What a week it has been! I had all intentions of posting far before today, but at least I can say Thank Goodness It’s Friday! I’ve been so busy with work and then yesterday afternoon I was off. You’d think I might rest…. no. This girl made a large Whole Foods trip. I love our Whole Foods here in New Orleans! We get such bountiful organic and local produce. I will admit, WF’s is one of my vices. We all have something though, right?! ;)

July is right around the corner and I want to start incoporating more raw, fresh produce in my diet. We have such abundance here, why not!? :)

That aside tomorrow I am going shopping! On a mission for a fabulous dress for the 4th to go out to dinner in with my husband. For the record, I love fashion and everything associated with it! I’ve already got my eye on a specific dress and heels I plan to get. Here’s the gorgeous Antonio Melani dress:

 

and these FABULOUS shoes:

I have so much (too much according to my husband) jewelry now. So I’ll find something within my own collection to add to it.

Question of the Day:  Are you following any specific type of diet or what do your strive for?

xoxo, Lynn

Hello world! Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

Hello fellow bloggers!! I have been an avid blog follower for too long in the dark! Now is the time I step out to share my life with you. I believe in the simplistic beauty of life, health and happiness!

Please comment as you wish :)

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