Health

Recipe: Morning Tea

December 6, 2016

I’ve had this tea most mornings for the past few weeks and personally feel a small boost of energy after drinking it. It has also helped me to have a pleasant morning routine, hope it does the same for you.

Ingredients:
Ginger
Honey
Green tea
Cayenne pepper
Lemon (optional)

Directions:
If you’re using fresh ginger -as I usually do, you’ll want to peel, chop and boil the ginger ahead of the other ingredients. The length of time you boil it depends on the strength of tea you want. I boil mine up to about 40 minutes. Note that you may need to add water since some of the water will evaporate the longer you boil it. Once you’ve boiled it at least 10 or so minutes, add the loose green tea (if you using a tea bag skip this step for now). Let the green tea boil for about 3 minutes, then strain the tea to remove the ginger root and excess leaves. Then add and stir about a tablespoon of honey (more or less to taste). If you didn’t use loose leaf tea before put your tea bag in your cup now and let it steep for 2- 3 minutes. Then add a pinch of cayenne pepper (literally no more than a pinch or it will be unpleasant). And finally, add a half a tablespoon of lemon juice if desired.

Most of the above ingredients have been linked to aiding in clear skin, so inshaAllah it helps, it also is a nice natural “energy drink” for those of us who just want a small boost in the morning.

What I Ate | 90 days being mostly vegan | Day 1

June 9, 2016

9d0cc5d6a311ebfd4f3705b71202a7c5First day, first step. So I’ve begun my journey to be mostly dairy and meat free i.e. mostly vegan. I’d say I hit closer to the 50% mark than the 85% ¬†mark but it’s a good start. I’ll start with what went wrong, I allowed myself to o.d. on one of my favorite foods, exactly what I spoke about not wanting to do in the last post. Unfortunately, the mac and cheese was too good to deny the second serving, hopefully, I’ll be more successful next time. Breakfast and lunch went well with my first snack being a bit of a fail but I give myself a pass on the milk tea after dinner. In terms of how I feel, I know the mac and cheese definitely gave me a heaviness that I’m used to feeling from dairy but I don’t feel horrible. All and all a good first day, see the details below.

Breakfast:
Water
Smoothie (Banana, berries, honey, water)
Toast w/ jelly

Snack:
Cake (Non- vegan) + green mint tea with honey

Lunch:
Smoothie (Banana, almond milk, chocolate powder, honey)

Dinner:
Water
Mac and cheese (NV),  barbecue chicken (NV), soup, salad with salad dressing

Snack:
Milk tea
Date bites

Going vegan (85% of the time)

June 9, 2016

So I’ve spoken about this on the blog a few times -being healthy and possibly going vegan. As I laid in bed in pain yesterday, it became abundantly clear that I really ought to go back to being a vegan. Despite it being that time of the month of late I’d also been consuming a lot of dairy. Over the years, my body has become more and more uncomfortable with dairy. Milk being the worse of offenders with ice-cream as a close second, then cheese, yogurt and egg being the least offensive. When I was vegan, quite a few years ago now, I felt extremely healthy. Gone were monthly cramps or that feeling of general heaviness my body experiences after eating dairy (with the exception of eggs).

But slowly old habits crept in and before I knew it I was no longer vegan but just another American on a S.A.D. diet. Anyway, I want to change. I can’t say I’ll become vegan again because I think having a super restrictive diet is setting one’s self up for failure and is honestly just a nuisance to others. So I want to be vegan 85% of the time -or something like that. When I have complete control over my meals -when I’m living alone or just eating alone, I’ll make meat-free and dairy-free meals. When I’m with others I’ll try my best not to o.d. on the foods I love (but clearly don’t love me) and eating mostly vegan options that are available. So in my quest for a change I’ve been watching ‘What I ate in a day’ vegan videos. I found the above video the most helpful so far because it’s a vegan diet without “weird foods”. I’m not interested in vegan alternatives that taste just like it’s dairy equivalent (with few exceptions like Almond milk) nor am I interested in Quinoa or Kombucha, I want a vegan diet that’s still familiar and with foods I can get from a normal grocery store. Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to caring about what exactly Kimchi is but for now, I just want to be healthier.

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