I am the organizer of a veggie & vegan girls meetup group and most of our social events tend to involve food. We do other things sometimes, like book club, movies, hikes, but it’s mostly potlucks. And one of our favourite things to do is to come up with creative themes for our potlucks. Like dressing up in super cute dresses, heading over to a gorgeous park and having an afternoon tea party =)
It was my friend Robin’s suggestion, she even brought a bunch of things with her to keep the theme true (like table cloths, hand made napkins, glass pitchers and fancy teacups and saucers). And she had the cutest dress:
My contributions were some Liz Lovely cookies and home made scones.
Here are some pictures of the other food:
Chickpea salad sandwiches (gluten free!)
Chai oat cookies.
Crackers with homemade pesto and cherry tomatoes.
Pate rolled in zucchini and on top of crackers.
Gluten-free chocolate chip scones (OMG so good!), thumbprint cookies and homemade custard.
Everything was vegan and almost everything was gluten-free. I was in heaven =)
And in other news, I’ve gained some weight over the summer. I have been trying not to let it bother me… but it does. Since I’ve moved here I have gained about 20 pounds total. I’ve been playing yoyo with my weight as it creeps up and drops back down and I am finding it super frustrating. Shortly before going vegan, I dropped a decent amount of weight and stayed around that same weight for 4 years. I’m not sure why it’s so up and down right now, I imagine it probably has something to do with the fact that my thyroid hormones have been out of whack since moving here. The doctors can’t seem to regulate things and have been continuously changing dose of my hormone replacement therapy medication.
At any rate, I read a couple of posts from some fellow bloggers that helped me feel a little better about things. It made me feel human and over the past few weeks I have been making a conscious effort not to beat myself up over my weight and to not focus so much on how I look (or rather how I think I look). Instead of keeping a food journal, I’ve been keeping a positivity journal where each morning I write down three positive things about myself and every night before going to bed, write down three things that I am thankful/grateful for. It’s really helping. My weight still really bothers me right now as I’m about 15 pounds heavier than I normally am, but I choose this time to love myself and not focus so much on losing weight. I’m feeling happier this way =)
Here are the two posts that have helped me:
The Confessions of a Naughty (but human) Nutritionist from Patricia, a fellow classmate and friend from school when I studied to become a Holistic Nutritionist. This post made me breathe a sigh of relief. Sometimes I’m hard on myself as I feel like I should eat “perfectly” clean as I’m a nutritionist, it’s nice to know we all indulge a bit sometimes. Check out her blog – it’s pretty awesome!
And Recovery Musings from Gena over at Choosing Raw. I love her blog and I love how open she is about her past struggles, it made me feel human. I’m so glad she shared this =) It’s beautiful.
So I will continue to try to lose weight, in a healthy way, the slow & steady way. In the meantime, I will love my curves and appreciate my body:
ps. I’ve made some good progress catching up on journals, but still have lots of catching up to do!