Friday, 25 July 2014

Holidays

It's not often Mr B can take time off work - he works really hard so that I can stay at home with Small and we both love him to bits for it. It is however fabulous when he's off and can spend lots of time with us. As it was all a bit last minute we decided to spend some time at our place in London and venture down to Brighton too. If you've been a reader of my blog for awhile you'll know how much I love Brighton!
I've had the privalidge of trying out some great veg*n places I'd not visited in between battling the heat and having some family fun.


On our first day we popped over the river to Greenwich as although Mr B and Small love the foot tunnel, I'd never been there before. My Detox Diet is a lovely little shop selling mostly vegan (though watch out for whey based protein powder!) juices and smoothies. They had a lovely selection of superfood snacks and cake too! 


Somewhere else that was new to me - The Waiting Room in Deptford (one door up from Kids Love Ink tattoo parlour). I really had no idea what to expect, but was really impressed. Totally vegetarian with ample vegan choices. The three of us had a burger, hot dogs and a falafel wrap followed by some of the yummy cake they had on offer. It was not only good food & coffee, but reasonably priced - we'll definitely be going back!


We stayed at the lovely Una hotel which had stunning views of the old pier from our little balcony. I LOVED this place - we've tried Paskins and Sea Spray in the past too (all who have been able to rustle is up a full cooked vegan breakfast).

Monday, 21 July 2014

What I've Been Eating...

I'm back! The last (almost) 2 months have been really difficult. I've been dealing with being ill again the best I can, and I've had to make lots of changes to my diet so that my medication (warfarin) can work as it should. It's been a massive case of trial and error, but I finally think I've got it worked out - and I'm starting to feel better too!
It's a sad fact that Vitamin K affects how warfarin works, so I have to be especially careful with foods like spinach, kale, fresh herbs, broccoli, soyabeans and basically anything green. If that's not been complex enough, things like garlic, turmeric and cinnamon even affect some people too! I found it really difficult to find information on diet for vegans on this drug (actually pretty impossible), so I hope this might help somebody out there! 


Since soya seems to really affect me (and there is some evidence it may reduce the effectiveness of my medication) I've been getting to grips with nut milks, 'cheeses' and faux 'meat' products. This amazing nut cheese is sadly not available in the UK (US Wholefoods) but it was amazing! Vegusto products are yummy (and most things they make are soya free) - but I'm yet to do my big experiment - making 'tofu' from nuts! Other brands that have soy free products to look at are Almond Breeze, Goodlife, Vbites soya free Cheezly & Dee's.



But what about 'yoghurt' right? I've been enjoying Coyo which is becoming easier and easier to get hold of - it's sold in my local Tesco, in Waitrose & Ocado. I found The Coconut Collaborative one in Itsu Canary Wharf and omg was it good!


I've also been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. A few weeks ago I got my hands on Crazy Sexy Diet & Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kriss Carr and they've been my 'go to' recipe books since. If you don't know - she's an amazing lady who was diagnosed with cancer and then turned her health around through diet. There are lots of recipes clearly marked soy free and I've found it super easy to modify them to my needs. Above is the black bean and sweet potato burger with salad, carrot and mung bean sprouts on homemade wholemeal rolls.


This was pretty amazing! It's a chickpea crepe filled with mushroom topped with artichoke aioli with roasted tomatoes and 'taco' quinoa on the side. Recipe mostly from Crazy Sexy Kitchen.


Home made 'refried' beans with soya free Cheezly on wholemeal wraps - this was a hot with the whole family! 


I've even been managing to juice! Granted it's not the lemony green type I loved before, but this was pretty good too! It's a mix of carrots, tomatoes, peeled cucumber and garlic with a little bit of watercress and celery. 


I've been experimenting with raw food again too - this is aubergine 'bacon' in my dehydrator. At first it got me down I had to be careful and limit my intake of so many healthy green foods, but now I'm trying to make sure I get lots of the things I can have - beets (not the greens), aubergine, carrots, sweet potatoes, Sweetcorn, cauliflower, red & yellow peppers etc.


Finally... Vega One. Whilst I guess this isn't food, it's amazing and contains so much healthy good stuff. This may not work for everybody as one scoop contains 40mg of vitamin k - so please be careful! I've found through careful monitoring of my INR that it doesn't affect me, and if anything my numbers have been much more stable since taking it. It's expensive - I'm just going to put that out there. The price has put me off trying it for ages, but now I feel that it is totally worth it.