Friday, September 21, 2018

Answers

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and that you had a great week! Things have been interesting here on my end as you'll soon find out. I am really excited though because I took tomorrow off for my birthday so I get to enjoy a three day birthday weekend! I have a few things planned for my birthday, including some yummy vegan deliciousness and I can't wait to share that with you on Tuesday!

I don't have food to share with you today because this week has been crazy with a Jewish holiday and doctors and things like that but I do have an update to share with you. Those of you that have been reading here for a while will know that I suffer from chronic full body pain, headaches, muscle spasms, etc. I've been dealing with it probably for about 7 years now. I have been to countless doctors and have had every test done in the world and I still had no answers. Until yesterday. I finally saw someone that took every single symptom into account, examined me the way I needed to be examined and came up with my answer.

So, yesterday I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. My initial reaction was pure relief. The relief doesn't come from the actual diagnosis (I'll get into that in a minute) but I was so relieved to finally know what is going on so I can move forward. I have been searching for an answer for 7 years and I finally know what it is.

That said, my initial reaction to the actual diagnosis was a little bit rough. It's another invisible illness to add to my list with no cure and only hope of management. A lot of people think that it is a bullshit illness because there are no blood tests that say here it is, you have Fibromyalgia. The treatment options are not really great. The most recommended one is an antidepressant which I'm pretty sure will not be a good thing for me based on my psychiatric diagnoses. I can take anti inflammatories which are ok and take the edge off but don't really do a whole lot.

So, I've decided the best route for me to take for now would be to make some lifestyle changes to try and manage my pain. I was told that exercise is really beneficial for people with fibromyalgia and it just so happens that I've been looking to join a pool so I can swim as my exercise. I tried going back to the gym but even no impact workouts are really hard and cause muscle spasms. I noticed that after I went in the pool a few weeks ago I was pain free for 2 days. I asked the doctor and he said that water exercises are one of the best things I can do so I will be looking into that.

Finally, there are a few diet changes that I'm thinking about making. I decided to look up what foods trigger fibromyalgia pain and luckily I don't eat most of them. However, there are two groups that are big triggers and those are gluten and nightshade veggies (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers). I'm thinking about trying an elimination diet with these foods and I'm really not excited about it. Nightshade veggies make up a big part of my diet and you know I love my gluten. I'm a little overwhelmed by it but I decided that I will start to look into it more seriously next week (birthday weekend plans are still going on as is dammit, ha!).

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you guys about what tips you have for going gluten free and maybe some substitutes for nightshade veggies that you know of. This is definitely a daunting challenge for me but I feel like I need to at least give it a try if it means less pain on a daily basis. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Links to your favorite gluten free recipes would also be so appreciated!

I know this is a bummer of a post but I thank you guys for always listening to what I have to say. I really appreciate it. I know that a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is not the end of the world and is not fatal but I'm working on accepting that this pain is with my for life and that there will be people that doubt it. I am going to do everything I can to manage my pain and move forward and thrive.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'm so excited to share birthday weekend festivities and FOOD with you next week! 💜

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope that you are well and that you all had a great weekend! Mine was really nice, I had a good combination of productivity and relaxation and a really good therapy session so I'm heading into the week feeling pretty good. I did the best I could to photograph some meals for you and as you'll be able to see I've been eating some pretty yummy stuff.


I had a yummy hummus plate for lunch the other day. I cut up a really good roma tomato, had some stuffed grape leaves (of course), a little Violife vegan feta (I only ate half of that little brick, that stuff is rich!) and some delicious hummus from the Turkish market.


While it is a sad thing that we are at the tail end of watermelon season I am pretty excited for HONEYCRISPS!!! Yeeeeesssss! This delicious dinner was a simple Boca Burger, a honey crisp apple and some chips. So good.


Sometimes you just need some chocolate and Justin's is there to help a girl out.


A bialy toasted with melty tofutti. Yum.


It's been a while since I posted a bento! I put this one together for lunch today and it is just some tomato and stuffed grape leaves with hummus and another honey crisp apple. I think this will be a great combination.

That's all I have for today! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I'll be back on Friday with some more delicious meals!

Friday, September 14, 2018

All The Boring Food (And Ice Cream!)

Hey you guys! Happy Friday! I hope that you have all had a great week. It has been so gloomy here all week, the kind of days where you just want to hang out in bed. I think we are supposed to have the sun come out soon-ish so hopefully that is true! I still have been dealing with a low appetite this week so my meals have been pretty sad but I still took pictures of them to share with you. Hopefully I'll start to get back to normal and have some more interesting things to share with you next week.


Some sad sourdough toast with Earth Balance that I took to work.


I snacked on this fruit bowl all day one day. Some yummy watermelon and crispy grapes. I've been loving grapes lately!


Some Trader Joe's gluten free waffles with every square filled with syrup 😂


This was supposed to be my dessert for our family Rosh Hashanah dinner but I just was too full to eat it. It was sitting in the freezer taunting me so I finally tried a spoonful of it and it was so freaking delicious! The fudge is so rich and the ice cream is so creamy. They really nailed the texture on their ice creams. I've mentioned a million times that there are products that I've tried that are just not worth the hype or the price tag in my opinion but this one is DEFINITELY worth both the hype and the price.

That's all that I have for you today. As I said I hope to have more exciting meals to share next week! I hope that you all enjoy your weekend 💜

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well! I don't know about you guys but the nasty weather we are having here is so exhausting! It makes me want to make a huge cup of tea and just hang out in bed and watch all of the YouTube. Which is kind of what I did this weekend. I didn't have much of an appetite so I didn't have a ton of meals but the ones I did have were great. It was also Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) this weekend so I finally got a picture of what I had for our holiday dinner! I'm pretty sure in all of my years blogging I've never taken a picture of that!

Anyway, enough chatting, let's check out some yummy meals.


On Sunday I decided to treat myself to these beautiful, fresh veggie rolls. All of this for $6.49. It was so good.


Here is my holiday dinner. I couldn't finish it because I wasn't feeling great but the meals was so delicious. I had some Gardein crispy tenders, asparagus, broccoli, my favorite roasted potatoes and some pickles.


The following night I had some leftover potatoes and some of the tempura cauliflower from Trader Joe's. So delicious!


I don't have a source link because my friend sent this to me but all of my fellow Beauty and the Beast fans, how freaking funny is this?! 😂

OMG MEEEEEEE. Those are my favorite 5 words to use hahahahaaha 😂

I hope you all enjoyed this quick post. I'll see you back here on Friday for some more fun <3

Friday, September 7, 2018

This and That

Hey everyone! I hope that all is well and that you all had a great week. I don't have a ton to share with you but I figured a little is better than nothing. It's been really busy and I didn't get a ton of pictures but the two meals that I did photograph were pretty amazing. I also have a few more memes to share with you. I love memes, they always make me smile 😊


I was out running some errands before work one day and decided to pick up a delicious plain bagel with scallion tofutti for breakfast. It was so yummy. I'm seriously so spoiled living in NY because we definitely have the best bagels.


Yet another salad. This one has baby lettuces and some cute up gardein crispy tenders and Just Ranch. Super delicious!


I grabbed this from a Facebook group that I'm in so I don't have a source credit but it is so funny.


I loved this one so much. Me in high school 😂

Sorry for the short post! I hope to be able to capture more meals for you guys for next week! I hope you all have an wonderful weekend and I've been loving all of your MoFo posts!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

So. Much. Watermelon.

Hey guys! I hope that all is well! I have to say that everyone is doing just an awesome job with their MoFo posts! I'm sad that I missed the boat this year. I definitely have MoFo FOMO but there is always next year! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. Mine was a regular weekend (the joy of having a Sunday-Monday weekend) but it was pretty good.

I wasn't able to get a ton of pictures but you'll see a common theme among the three that I did take. I'm sure you can guess from the title what it is. Also, you can see that my indecisiveness has just reached a point where I'll put whatever I want together for a meal whether it goes together or not 😂 I have to say I did enjoy every one of these meals as random as they were.


This isn't a random meal and it was absolutely delicious. Avocado toast on sourdough with some watermelon.


Random meal number 1: Tempura cauliflower with watermelon and corn. I know, weird. But delicious.


Another dish with the same color palette but slightly different. More corn, more watermelon and some longboard style dry roasted potatoes. OMG you guys, this was delicious! I learned about this style of potato from Vegan Peace and I loved it!

So those are the meals I have to share today! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I'll see you back here on Friday! 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday Fun!

Hey you guys! I hope that all is well and that you've had a great week. I'm definitely ready for the weekend (sadly not a long weekend but a weekend is good enough for me) and haven't really made plans yet. I feel like I should do something but not sure what. Any ideas? Tell me all the fun things you are doing!

I don't have a ton of meals to share but I've pulled together a fun collection of meals, new treats and some memes to share. I sadly don't have source links for the memes because I just take screen shots when I see one that makes me laugh so I can send it to my friends. I decided to share a few here and if I come across the source I'll make sure to link it to them.

Anyway, here's all the stuff!


I was feeling peanut butter and banana so I had peanut butter and banana… on a toasted bagel because that's delicious.


Avocado toast on sourdough bread and some grapes.


So many salads. 


So I've been in budget mode the past few weeks and have not been buying any high priced items at all. I was passing by the vegan ice cream section in the grocery store and wanted to take a look (I was mostly curious to see if the Daiya bars made it to the store yet - they haven't) and noticed the Haagen-Dazs vegan pints on sale for $3.49!! I saw the Mocha Chocolate Cookie and decided to have a treat yo self moment and I bought it. It's so good you guys. The texture is perfect, the flavor is great and it just a really great quality vegan ice cream. I highly recommend!

And here are the memes!


Hahahaha me except always the before. The before is my before and after 😂


I can't wait to show this to my therapist 😂


My friend sent this to me and I could not stop laughing. This is hilarious and I love it so much.

So there you have it my friends! I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you have a great and safe holiday weekend! See you next week!