When I’m sick I crave comfort food… I’m really lucky to have #nativefoods so close to feed my cravings! The bowl has kale, tempeh, brown rice, sauerkraut, green onion, gomasio, and sesame seeds. And today part of the proceeds go to #cfes! Win win’ #whatveganseat #vegansofig

    • 6 months ago

    After dinner snack- home made air dried camembert on the left and brie on the right. On Ezekiel toast. So good! #whatveganseat #vegancheese #vegansofig

    • 6 months ago

    Spent the afternoon shopping and #cooking- made a #Japanese style hot pot in the slow cooker that came out amaaaazing and the #eattolive acorn squash and Brussels sprout stew. Ready for this chilly week! #chiberia #whatveganseat #vegansofig

    • 6 months ago

    #vegan #lowfat pancakes with whole wheat pastry flour, pb2, and chocolate chips. #vegansofig

    • 6 months ago
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    Chicago Love

    What with the miserable weather lately I decided to write chicago a list of the things i love about it to help make me less miserable and stir crazy. i really do love this city… just not most months out of the year. is that so bad?

    1. The skyline. When you’re driving home from work and it’s a clear night and the sun is setting and the buildings are just beckoning you home you remember why you love it here. Or when you’re driving back from the south- aka anywhere on 55. amazing.

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    2. The beach. YES. chicago has beaches! no. i don’t swim in the lake. no. i don’t go to the beach often. but i love knowing it’s there.

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    3. Speaking of the beach, it makes for a lovely running path! The running path is beautiful in the summer and magical in the winter. Don’t run? Try rollerblading. Walking. Biking. Just watch out for the asshole bikers. most bikers are fine but some are just plain jerks. 

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    4. Fests!! 

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    5. Rooftop bars. From friend’s houses to actual bars drinking outside is kind of the best thing for chicagoans. really we like to drink. and be outside the few months we can. so combining the two is perfect!

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    6. Boistown. Yes. All big cities have ‘em. but of course Chicago’s holds a special place in my heart. And pride and market days are kind of amazing. 

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    7. TBOX! Sure it’s only one day a year but it’s something to look forward to in that weird time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And while it gets a little crazy sometimes who doesn’t like throwing trix at random passers by while wearing a santa hat?

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    8. FOOOOOOOD. So much food. and i’m vegan so that’s saying something. From the diner to Karyn’s to Native Foods to Kitchen 17 to pick me up cafe to… i could go on all day. It’s a little ridiculous.

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    9. Sunday Funday. You can funday anywhere but Chicago really does it right. From Scarlet’s champagne bottles (with closed curtains it might as well be night!) to millions of bottomless mimosa options to make your own bloody bars from the west side to the north side there’s something for everyone!

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    10. Music. It’s no LA or Austin but there’s so much music here. All the big names come through. And the medium names. And the small ones. Huge venues. Small venues. Weeknights. Weekends. There’s always someone good playing. 

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    • 6 months ago

    neti!

    feeling a bit under the weather today. i’ve had this bizarre cough for a couple weeks where my only symptoms were a weird cough and hoarse voice after talking a lot. but no soreness, didn’t feel sick, no congestion, etc. But yesterday i woke up in agony at 4am because swallowing hurt so bad! it was awful. i offered god a million dollars if i would never have to swallow again. that’s how bad it was. i didn’t even think “but terry- you don’t believe in god” or “if god does exist, he surely doesn’t want your money” or “you don’t have a million dollars, silly girl”. when i woke up i used my neti pot and HOLY COW. instant cure. i used my neti again last night before bed and again this morning. i don’t want that awful throat pain to come back EVER. 

    if you’ve never used a neti pot before they’re pretty awesome. i don’t know how that whole nose thing works but somehow you pour water in one side and it comes out the other like magic. it’s pretty cool the first time! the trick is getting the ratio of water to salt just right. if you don’t then you might have some discomfort when you’re using your neti. unfortunately i had that the first couple times i used mine, so after that i just used less water so it would be over quicker. BAD IDEA. once i finally started using the right proportions (a lot more water for the amount of salt i was using) there was zero discomfort. and of course since i do this over my bathroom sink i make faces at myself in the mirror while using it. i’m cool like that, you know.

    so if you haven’t tried a neti pot and have any weird sinus issues or congestion stuff (not where your nose is blocked of course) i definitely recommend getting one. a friend of mine uses hers daily (i’m supposed to but i slack a lot) and since she started using it has gotten sick insanely less frequently. it’s crazy how just a couple minutes a day can save weeks a year of being sick!!

    the one i have is at http://www.amazon.com/Himalayan-Institute-Ceramic-Neti-Pot/dp/B000WJIC3G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388854428&sr=8-2&keywords=neti+pot but they’re everywhere! happy neti-ing!

    • 6 months ago
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    so i was chopping carrots to make glam chowder and while i was chopping i got to thinking about baby carrots. where do they come from? are they regular carrots that are plucked before they’re ripe? or are they a different “breed” of carrot? so i started to do some research and apparently this is a controversial topic! i mean there’s even a snopes article about it. Bottom line? They’re just a different type of carrot that’s peeled and cut differently than full size carrots. I don’t eat a ton of carrots but i always felt like baby carrots were snack food so not as good for you as regular carrots. turns out i was wrong- which practically never happens.
kidding!
in any case, eat your baby carrots and your regular carrots and you’ll get all sorts of nutritional goodness! and might i recommend the glam chowder recipe from the ppk? so. effing. good.

    so i was chopping carrots to make glam chowder and while i was chopping i got to thinking about baby carrots. where do they come from? are they regular carrots that are plucked before they’re ripe? or are they a different “breed” of carrot? so i started to do some research and apparently this is a controversial topic! i mean there’s even a snopes article about it. Bottom line? They’re just a different type of carrot that’s peeled and cut differently than full size carrots. I don’t eat a ton of carrots but i always felt like baby carrots were snack food so not as good for you as regular carrots. turns out i was wrong- which practically never happens.

    kidding!

    in any case, eat your baby carrots and your regular carrots and you’ll get all sorts of nutritional goodness! and might i recommend the glam chowder recipe from the ppk? so. effing. good.

    • 6 months ago
    happy new year!! it’s 2014 and i’m ready to take on this year! I have signed up for Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 day challenge to help keep me go go going! I know I have the tools I need to reach all my goals but extra help won’t hurt! I’m still trying to figure out exactly what my goals will be for this year- i know i’ll have a triathalon in there (sprint), some weight loss goal, i will be able to do an unassisted pull up by july 1, I’ll eat 80/20 unprocessed, and i’ll complete p90x3. and of course visiting my besties and my sister is on my goals list every year. i’ll probably throw a money saving goal on there… a debt reduction goal (peace out student loans!) and some AR goals (leafleting? veggie pride parade involvement?). now let’s do this thing! 

    happy new year!! it’s 2014 and i’m ready to take on this year! I have signed up for Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 day challenge to help keep me go go going! I know I have the tools I need to reach all my goals but extra help won’t hurt! I’m still trying to figure out exactly what my goals will be for this year- i know i’ll have a triathalon in there (sprint), some weight loss goal, i will be able to do an unassisted pull up by july 1, I’ll eat 80/20 unprocessed, and i’ll complete p90x3. and of course visiting my besties and my sister is on my goals list every year. i’ll probably throw a money saving goal on there… a debt reduction goal (peace out student loans!) and some AR goals (leafleting? veggie pride parade involvement?). now let’s do this thing! 

    • 7 months ago
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    Went to #wholefoods for groceries and they had no plain #vegan yogurt (i need it to make cheeze) so tried #marianos for the first time and found not only did they have it- they had an almond milk one! #whatveganseat #vegancheese #imabeliever

    • 7 months ago
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    Book ends to day one of my peeled juice cleanse. I swear I could live on this cashew milk! Peeled juice cleanses are a bit boring- they only give you four kinds of juice to drink six times a day. They’re all pretty darn good though!

    • 7 months ago
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