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New vegan fitness book: Vegan Vitality

I’m a featured plant-based athlete in the brand new book Vegan Vitality by Karina Inkster! Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Vitality-Complete-Plant-Based-Lifestyle/dp/1629143642.
Vegan Vitality (by Karina Inkster, foreword by Robert Cheeke) is a new cookbook and active living guide for vegans. My interview is on page 105 as a featured plant-based athlete!
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Fraterni-tea at the Tea Leaf

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Yesterday I was dragged, kicking and screaming, by my fellow alumni, to a fraternity event at the Tea Leaf in Waltham. Well. That’s a bit of a lie. Actually all I heard was the word “tea” and I was already in the car; I think there was a sonic boom.

Our fraternity is more of a “fraterni-tea” as teatime has been a tradition of ours since before my time there (they’re really my kind of people), so it made sense that in celebrating the weekend of our fraternity’s 100th birthday that we have tea.

So I happily got up early and got as much work as needed to be done before I got there, as the original idea was to be there for about three hours or so, and I had a feeling we would go past closing–which we did.

They do afternoon teas there, which involves many delicious sandwiches and pastries, none of which are vegan. However when the owner found out that anything containing eggs and dairy and meat were denied to me, she whipped up some mini vegan sandwiches containing red pepper tapenade and eggplant tapenade plus a beautiful fruit plate. I honestly just figured I would go there and enjoy the ginormous pot of extremely good Earl Grey and get full on that, but I managed to get full on those little sandwiches, the fruit, and approximately eight cups of tea.

The entire shop is filled with all kinds of excellent tea, teapots, mugs, and anything pertaining to tea. There is also some lovely jewelry there, and along with two containers of tea some teapot earrings managed to find their way into my shopping cart. Oops. It’s also a very nice, casual place, good to relax in and enjoy your tea.

Anyhow, I very much recommend the place and a good time was had by all. 🙂

Plant strong women, unite!

Are you  a woman who is interested in bodybuilding, fitness, or weight lifting in general? Vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious?

I’ve started up a closed group on Facebook for us to collaborate, cheer each other on, and share the plant-strong love!

Lift those veggies!

You can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWomenBodybuildingAndFitness/

Product review: PlantFusion protein powder Cookies and Cream flavor

Until vanilla Shakeology is available in a vegan option, we vegans must get our vanilla fix elsewhere.

I may have the solution.

I obtained PlantFusion’s cookies and cream variety of their protein blend from Vegan Proteins some time ago when it was on sale and never got to try it. I’m usually a chocolate gal by nature but was curious.

I made some tonight using about 10-12 oz of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and half a banana.

It did not disappoint. Very smooth, very tasty. It’s hard to find smooth vegan protein powders. Shakeology and Vega One both do an excellent job, and Sunwarrior’s not too bad either.

Tips on veganism for beginners

I get asked for tips on veganism a LOT, usually from beginners and/or people interested in eating healthy, vegan meals. As a result, I think compiling them into a single blog post would be useful, or so I hope!

Here goes:

  1. Do NOT treat eating a plant-based diet as an elimination diet, AKA what you used to eat minus the animal products. It will NOT work. You will have to completely revamp your paradigm of what constitutes as as meal. Anything else will run you into problems.
  2. Read, research, and experiment. Pick up cooking books, read blogs by other vegans, find out what they eat.
  3. Learn how to read labels. Dairy is sneaky, and you’ll find that when it comes to prepackaged foods they’ll like to slip in weird crap.
  4. Eat clean. Don’t be a “carb-an” and subsist mostly on bread, pasta, and rice. Fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes, non-GMO soy products, should all be awesome. If you have food intolerances to soy and/or gluten, give food like quinoa, lentils, and beans a shot.
  5. Don’t be afraid to screw up. Inevitably you’ll accidentally buy something that has honey in it, lactose, whey, whatever. Learn from it and move on.
  6. If you have a favorite food or recipe that isn’t vegan, find a fun way to “veganize” it! And don’t be afraid to give faux meats and faux dairy products a try. My personal favorites are from Gardein and Daiya respectively.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! 🙂 It’s part of the learning process.

Hope this helps!

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