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. 

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, it sounds like being on warfarin is a dietary minefield (does that make sense). You sound like your in a good place with it all now; impressive. Thank goodness for almond milk, and coconut yogurt. So good.

    I think I have a girl crush on Kris Carr! This week I've been on her site loads and reading her smoothie and juicing guide. In fact, the husband and I have just been getting back into smoothies for breakfast and I've been trying to juice more. Love it. I think your instagram photos you posted recently have made me revisit my raw food "cook"books. And this weather means I fancy more raw food, juices etc.