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Finding happiness with food

Finding happiness with food

Finding happiness with food.

There have been times in the past year (well, 2016 until now) that I have just sat back and realised how far I have come.

As you all may know, 7 years ago almost to the day, I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. The whole ordeal was a nightmare and I really was at rock bottom. Depressed, malnourished and my body giving up on me, I didn’t know what the future had in store for me.

Time passed and although the physical effects of the Anorexia had gone, the mental effects lasted around 5 years. I had to retrain myself to eat normally and not to be afraid of food. Not to be obsessing over what I’m eating or feeling extremely anxious in public environments where food was present; it was painful.

After spending days, months and years researching nutrition to the fullest I could, it wasn’t until I found veganism that I noticed changes. I knew that eating a plant based diet I could eat healthy nutritious food and it was giving my body goodness. I was able to eat and thrive. I could eat food in abundance and not worry if it was going to make me sick, if I was going to binge and purge, along with all the other mental and physical issues it would result in.

18 months into eating a plant based diet I am not only thriving physically and mentally but I am finally at peace with food. I am able to sit in social environments and feel comfortable. I am happy with my body because I know I am healthy. I don’t care that I have fat on me because I know I am healthy.

I enjoy the occasional sweet treat and that is fine. The fact I can eat a cake (albeit vegan) and not feel guilty or binge out because “I’ve blown being good” is something I never thought would ever happen. I can sit in a room of people all eating cake and not stare at it thinking “should I have some or shall I be good?”. These things that some people may think are normal or little things feel like a miracle to me!

For years I spent my time obsessing over the food I put in my mouth. Worrying over what I was eating and constantly questioning what to eat, how much to eat, if I should eat it or not. Now however, these questions are not there. I eat three main meals a day, I eat what I like and all guilt has disappeared. I snack on healthy foods but these foods I enjoy.

I enjoy eating healthy. I don’t miss dairy or meat because they don’t make me happy. When I think of meat and dairy I don’t get the excitement that other people may get. This may be because of my eating disorder background but that’s ok. I do what I do for me because it makes me feel good.

Not everyone understands what I do but that is fine. I am happy and I am content. I’ve finally found peace with food and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Now I just want to share the amazing benefits of a plant based diet and encourage everyone to just try and eat better so that they can find peace too.

Whatever makes you happy is what you should do. No one has the right to tell you otherwise because it’s only you who has the power over your actions.

Thank you for listening to me and I hope this gives you more of an insight into why it is I am so passionate about this subject.

 

Chocolate Cashew Bars

Chocolate Cashew Bars

My. Oh. My. I am in LOVE with these Chocolate Cashew Bars; I can not tell you how many times I have made them. They are so easy to make and have hardly any ingredients in them at all. The one problem is, my Mum loves them even more than I do and always pinches them off me. Cheeky Cheeky. Although it does keep her from munching all the biscuits!!

I found a recipe from Unprocessyourfood on Instagram which I adapted slightly for my own preference. I change it every now and then, depending on what I am fancying that week. I have done it with a few more dates, with and without cinnamon, blended it for less time so its more of a crumbly/ dry bar. It is all preference and that’s why I love simple recipes; so easy to adapt to what you like.

These bars are perfect for afternoon snacks to keep you going during the energy slump most of us endure around 3-4pm. They have slow release carbohydrates and protein to keep you full until dinner time but also a healthy hit of sugar to give you some energy and put a smile on your face, and your belly ( Hello? Chocolate!!).

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I hope you enjoy 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Cashews
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 6 Dates (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (vegan or non-vegan)
  • Flaked Almonds
  • Pinch Sea Salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend oats, cashews and sea salt in food processor
  2. Add dates, cinnamon and honey and blend until a cookie dough texture
  3. Press onto a lined baking tray and top with dark chocolate chips and flaked almonds (you can use chopped nuts of any kind, they would also be good).
  4. Leave to set overnight in the fridge and then enjoy (alternatively, keep in freezer for an hour and then remove to enjoy).