Day 30, 31 & 32 – Exciting News, Awesome Recipe and Dealing with Haters

Oh my gosh! Hello readers! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I’m so excited to be typing this post for you today – I have some exciting news! And I just had a super tasty meal – good food makes my heart overflow with joy ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Let me begin with the first bit of exciting news… Mary-Ann Shearer, the lady behind the 100 Days to Health program, has reworked and updated the content of the program and is going to allow anyone that signs up for her newsletter in July have the program for FREE! Amazing! I’ve made it to day 55 of the program, but I can’t wait for the new content ๐Ÿ˜€ The program consists of daily emails with tips to make changing your lifestyle easier, inspirational quotes and recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve tried some of the recipes and they really are delicious!

 

If you want to know more about this program check out the webpage here (100 Days to Health Homepage). To receive the program just sign up for the newsletterย here. One final thing to do is to let me know if you’ve signed up, I’d love to have some company on this journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Right, the next bit of exciting news is that my mom started the vegan journey 6 days ago! She’s started with a predominantly juice-based routine to help her detox and snacks on fresh fruit whenever she needs to. She also has some cooked carb meals in the evenings to change it up so she doesn’t get too bored. She has a list of health concerns that we are hoping to reverse/improve over time with good, living food. Here’s what bothers her the most:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • high blood pressure
  • chronic fatigue
  • excess weight (partially due to emotional dependence on junk food and partially due to the drugs she’s on to manage her arthritis and blood pressure)
  • poor eyesight (also caused by her meds)
  • depression (caused by meds and a lifetime of poor lifestyle and dietary choices)
  • chronic inflammation
  • water retention
  • dull, dry skin
  • dry, damaged hair (once again, mainly caused by her meds)

So far, in the past 6 days, mom has lost at least 2.6kg – probably a combination of excess water weight and some excess fat. Of course her weight loss won’t be super fast throughout this journey, but may fluctuate between rapid loss and slow loss according to what her body is dealing with and what it’s healing. Today my mom phoned me to tell me that her knuckles aren’t as swollen as they were last week and that she is enjoying the fact that she doesn’t need to feel guilty for eating too much anymore. It’s so great to know that a month from now when my mom comes to visit, she will have transformed… Her journey won’t be anywhere near over, but she will certainly look and feel like a completely different person! Yay! So proud to know my mom is finally making a change that will not only transform her body but her entire life! Who knows…she might even be off all her meds in the near future ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Hmm…on to the foodย part of this post ๐Ÿ˜‰ I made such a delicious meal today! I found the recipe on Pinterest (as always), and even though I didn’t have all the ingredients, it just looked so great that I braved the cold and went shopping… look at this deliciousness:

 

Delicious! The smell of this while it was simmering was incredible... Way to make a starving girl suffer!
Delicious! The smell of this while it was simmering was incredible… Way to make a starving girl suffer!

 

Oh.my.gosh! I actually don't have any words for this, it was incredible! Whoever said vegan meals are boring was sooooo wrong!
Oh.my.gosh! I actually don’t have any words for this, it was incredible! Whoever said vegan meals are boring was sooooo wrong!

 

Looks great right? It tasted even better than I expected it to! No jokes! I will definitely be printing this recipe out to keep as one of my “go-to” meals – it’s quick, easy and oh-so-delicious! Check out the recipe over here.

 

Also, when I was out shopping I found these absolutely divine treats:

Raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, guilt-free BLISS!
Raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, guilt-free BLISS!

They’re on the pricey side, going for about R50 for 115g (about 6 macaroons), which is totally worth it if you’re not keen on making these yourself (which you totally could!). I needed a chocolate-y treat, and I got one! Minus all the gross, bad stuff that upsets our bodies… I’m not sure if these can be found outside of Cape Town, but if you see these in the shops you definitely need to buy them! There are quite a few flavour options too!

 

 

On a more serious note… This is more of a personal rant/ephiphany than anything else. I read a blog post this morning (http://losingit65.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/say-what/) that touched on something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. The issue here is how people can direct so much hate at someone that’s chosen to make a change. Or even just direct hate at someone for no apparent reason. Both of these have happened to me – not necessarily with regards to my decision to pursue a vegan lifestyle, but in many areas of my life and almost on a daily basis. Okay, I exaggerate… but it does happen often.

 

It really annoys me how people can be so incredibly selfish, how they decide that you are wrong simply because they don’t want to admit that they might just be wrong or because your opinion is different from theirs. I can’t even count the number of times this has happened to me!

 

I’ve had people push me away because I did or said something they didn’t like (even though what I did was harmless and did not even involve them). I’ve had people break my confidence and determination because they wouldn’t do what I chose to do, or because I wasn’t doing exactly what they wanted me to do (completely made-up example: Me: “I’m going to be the best chef in the country!” Haters: “Why would you want to do THAT?” “That’s a waste of time!” “You’ll never make it. Why not do this instead?” “Don’t be silly. That never works for anyone.” Blah blah blah)

 

The result? I now doubt every decision I make, even the decisions I make in private. I can barely decide what to cook for dinner or what to wear without worrying about how I’ll be judged for it. For the longest time I avoided making any lifestyle changes because I knew certain people would jump at the opportunity to break me down.

 

That’s all changed though – and I’m not even sure when or why it changed.

 

You know what I think now? Now I don’t even care. Why? Because I don’t care. Yes, it’s that simple! I’ve just reached the point in my life where I realised just how pathetic I was to worry about the haters out there. The past few months have been incredibly freeing for me – I chose to do many things that I know some people in my life disagree with. I’m studying a web development course, I’m vegan, I blog, I share my life. I haven’t given the haters any amount of time to disturb me, but I know exactly what they’re saying to each other – and in a twisted way I totally love it!

 

Yep. I LOVE IT. Why? Well, I finally realised that the haters fall into one of 3 categories:

  1. They’re jealous. (That’s quite self-explanatory)
  2. They know I’m on the right track, but admitting it means admitting that they need to step out of their comfort zones to do the same
  3. They are control freaks who think they are always right but deep down feel they have zero control of their own lives so try to turn people around them into puppets

 

For the first time in my life I have such incredible mental clarity and self-confidence that I can smile when I think about the haters. I know in my heart that what I am doing is right, I am happy with where I am at and where I am headed and I certainly don’t need the approval of people who don’t know how to open their hearts and love the people in their lives. I am incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do and to share it all with you. I’m blessed to have people in my life that DO love me unconditionally, who respect me for who I am and respect my choices. I am blessed with health and opportunities to help others. What more could I ask for?

 

The best part of this is that you have it too – we all do. Sure, sometimes we need to take responsibility for ourselves and choose healthier habits or surround ourselves with more positive, loving people, but we do all have the opportunity to have all of these wonderful blessings! So thank you for your support and keep on being awesome! And just so you know, I’m willing to offer my support wherever I can, especially if you feel like you don’t have anyone around that would do that for you!

 

Until next time, stay epic! ๐Ÿ™‚

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