Category Archives: Uncategorized

What’s up?

I’ve been on a huge blogging hiatus. Mostly because I’ve been on a long journey with food.

True confessions time – for a few months there, I started eating fish again.

I was doing a ton of yoga, I was under a lot of stress, and I went through all sorts of other justifications to let fish back in my life.

Then, some other things followed. On a work trip, I might “ignore” that something had dairy. I let oil back into my life. I did an ayurvedic cleanse that used ghee. I read about popular vegan bloggers who had left the vegan lifestyle and felt like I was justified.

So, I didn’t feel like a very good FORMER fish taco fanatic.

BUT.

My weight started to creep up again after being stable for so long. My cholesterol went up again. I started breaking out and feeling sluggish and horrible. I went up a pant size. I hated how I looked in every photo that was taken. And I also had that guilty feeling that I was still eating animals. Just because Fish aren’t cute, doesn’t mean I should eat them.

On our vacation this summer, I started listening to some podcast interviews with Chef AJ, who I found out about from Healthy Girl’s Kitchen’s blog. Wendy at Healthy Girl’s Kitchen probably doesn’t know me from Adam, but I started reading her when I got into food blogging, and she started writing more and more about Chef AJ and John Pierre’s Ultimate Weight Loss (UWL) program.

It’s about more than just weight loss. It’s about cutting out oil, salt, and sugar to help recalibrate your brain chemistry to cut addictions to processed, unhealthy foods. It’s about total HEALTH.

I started this whole vegan way of eating because of Forks Over Knives. But my “vegan” diet lately looked a lot less healthy, and more like a junk food vegan.

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about UWL, I thought it would be restrictive. You eat whole fruits and veggies, legumes, and whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, etc.) No wheat. And for weight loss NO NUTS or AVOCADOS. Avocados are my absolute favorite in the world, but until I hit my goal weight, I will say to them, farewell.

But, I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I’ve only been on UWL for about two weeks, so I don’t have hard results YET. But I can say after two weeks, my skin is already clearer and my clothes are fitting better.

The diet (diet is the wrong work, it’s really lifestyle change) is NOT at all restrictive. I feel comfortably full and satisfied. I’m eating healthy foods that my body needs, and cutting out all the other crud. I keep my meals simple, filling, and colorful!

I’m going to be blogging and sharing here about my experience on UWL. I’m a participant who only has about 15 pounds to lose, which is always the hardest, so I’m excited to see my progress and thankful that there is a strong and growing UWL community to lean on.

If you’re interested in UWL and want to learn more, please feel free to email me or comment below.

Also – even though I won’t be eating out as much, I am STILL keeping the Where to Eat Vegan in Atlanta page updated.

Resolve and Evolve

Each year, I look back at the previous year’s resolutions and recap whether I stuck to them.

There’s no need to do that this year, because I completely and utterly failed at keeping to my resolutions.

But, it’s OK.

This year was completely different than I planned. I had to reevaluate priorities, shift schedules, and re calibrate my focus. That’s life. We’re constantly changing and evolving. It was a great year overall (see previous post on gratitude), but I’m not going to beat myself up because pressing into handstand (one of my resolutions) didn’t happen. It wasn’t important.

This year taught me a lot about my priorities and what’s important. So, here’s my list of resolutions for 2015:

1) Take care of myself – Sometimes, we say horrible things to ourselves that we would never dream of saying to anyone else. I’m going to be nicer to myself. I’m going to recognize when I need to take time to relax and recharge, to get a massage, to go get my nails done, to take a nap. I’m going to make sure that I treat myself with love and respect, because I kind of forgot to do that during parts of this year, and got a little burnt out. Which leads to. . .

2) Do. Yoga. – I spent an amazing weekend in Savannah with even more amazing friends doing yoga with Kathryn Budig. Before that weekend, it had probably been three months since I had done any yoga regularly. If I don’t do yoga, it makes taking care of myself that much harder. I go a little crazy when I don’t do yoga. It’s not about pressing into handstand, it’s not about how flexible I am, It’s about getting on my mat every day and doing SOMETHING. Even if it’s just meditating. Though, those fancy yoga moves are great fun, especially at parties.

3) Be present. – Get off the computer. Stop looking at the phone all the time. Enjoy the moment. Relish conversation. Look out the window. Drink in this crazy, beautiful world we live in.

Those are just three. I may set more. I may not. Who cares? We all have the freedom to evolve and change.

So as we head into a new year, I wish for all of you light, love, and happiness.

Namaste.

Reflections on 2014

I know the year isn’t over yet, but anytime we get close to the holidays, I start to reflect on the past year. You would think that a birthday might make me think on the past year, but it’s always the start of a new calendar year that does it.

Honestly, I don’t know how it’s already November. This year has flown.

This year has been a mixed bag. It’s been rewarding at times, and frustrating at others. It’s brought some disappointment at times, but also incredible happiness at others. We’ve had loved ones and friends encounter life-threatening situations, which was scary, but thankfully, they pulled through. We’ve made life-changing decisions (like buying our first house), we’ve traveled to incredible places (like Iceland!). Overall, 2014 has left me exhausted, but incredibly grateful.

I’m grateful for everything I have in my life. For being blessed with a supportive family, the most amazing husband, and an awesome group of supportive (and, may I say immensely talented) friends.

Gratitude is the word of the year.

Land of Fire and Ice

Hi five readers! It’s been a million four months since I last posted. oops. How have y’all been?

Well, life hasn’t really calmed down much. We moved into our new home in May, and have been working and traveling like crazy people ever since.

D and I just got back from Iceland! It was part work/part fun trip over our 3rd wedding anniversary. It was amazing!

DSCN3890

Ice? I don’t see any ice?

I was pleasantly surprised that everywhere we ate, they seemed to have a good knowledge of what vegan means and were happy to accommodate us. One of the best meals we had was in our own hotel, and they made an AMAZING vegan pesto pizza on sourdough bread with a vegan lasagna. They make a local vodka that’s pretty good called Reyka, which we actually found in a local liquor store in Atlanta for only $20 a bottle, which was cheaper than the airport. Brennivin is the local drink of choice. We scored a bottle at the airport too. They also make this delicious Birch liquor. . . so, you can see we drank our fair share of the local brew.

Now, there are some restaurants that serve puffin and whale. I don’t know why anyone would want to eat an adorable puffin, but it’s pretty easy to avoid those restaurants. However, on the flip side, there are several restaurants that carry a “whale friendly” sticker on their door to show that they don’t support the unnecessary whaling. 75% of icelanders DON’T eat whale meat. It’s mainly the tourists that eat it.

Anyway, I’m stepping off my soap box. . .

We also visited a beautiful tomato farm/greenhouse during our stay.

Best. Tomatos. Ever.

Best. Tomatoes. Ever.

They utilize geothermal energy to heat the greenhouses, which makes it possible to grow produce. Their tomatoes were beautiful and completely organic. No pesticides are used in the making of these babies.

Overall Iceland is extremely clean and the locals are very friendly. It seems like everyone who lives there understands and has a very healthy and nurturing relationship with nature.

It’s truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Definitely up in the top three with Alaska and Kauai. I hope Iceland stays as beautiful as it is now, forever.

 

Well, Hello There. . .

Life has been happening. Lots of it. Which hasn’t left time for blogging lately.

Honestly, I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking, so I don’t have much interesting content since I haven’t been trying new recipes.

Also, we just bought a house! So we are moving next weekend! Which means we need to pack.

I’m hoping once we are in the new house, with a bigger, better kitchen, that I’ll have more inspiration to cook and share new recipes on the blog. Also, because life is so busy, I’m taking a hiatus from teaching regular yoga classes. But hopefully still subbing from time to time.

However, I will keep my “Where Can a Vegan Eat in Atlanta” page up to date. I’ve noticed that page getting a lot of hits, which is great! Please send me your tips, either in the comments or at formerfishtacofanatic@gmail.com and I’ll add to the page.

 

Hiatus

I’ve been a bad bad blogger. I apologize. I’m juggling a busy season at work, with an exciting adventure to become a yoga teacher (which includes homework), with family time and friend time. So, I don’t have a lot of time or leftover brain space right now to blog.

BUT, Former Fish Taco Fanatic will be back in June, so come back and stay tuned for some changes!

Husband-Friendly Vegan Meals

As we’ve transitioned to a vegan diet, I have compiled a list of my hubbers favorite meals. He’s a tall guy with a healthy appetite, and I like to make sure that I’m cooking meals that can keep him full.

DSCN3737