Hello lovely, how are you?
Today I thought I would share a little bit more about myself (eek!). What with being British, this is of course a deeply uncomfortable notion altogether and I have procrastinated on this blog post more than any other. But here it is none the less, ten important things you should know about me.
I haven’t eaten meat in 8 years.
I went vegan on my first day of university. My very first lecture was about evolutionary psychology and I was struck by the similarity of humans to our mammal cousins. Since then, I’ve been plant based. On my blog you’ll find healthy vegan recipes to start your day, main meals and lil’ bites.
I used to be over 100lb heavier.
Mostly due to my love of sugar, sugar and more sugar- ideally in the form of jam sandwiches and chocolate. I’ll be sharing my full weight loss story soon but for now, here’s me at eighteen years of age at eighteen stone (with one of my many darling baby cousins).
I still have a very sweet tooth.
Now, I like making healthy versions of my favourite goodies. Instead of using artificial sweeteners or refined sugar, I cook and bake with nutritious natural substitute’s like fresh and dried fruit and nuts. Fantastic blogs I love for healthy vegan treat inspiration are Oh She Glows (Angela never disappoints) and Joy Food Sunshine -I will be checking out Laura’s chocolate peanut cookie dough ice cream recipe this weekend and I cannot wait!
I’ve suffered depression and anxiety on and off for nearly ten years.
Now, I can say with confidence that I am well. However, it’s been a long old road to recovery from a major depressive episode that lasted well over a year. The right medication, therapy and a great support network have all been hugely important in getting me back in a good head space. My first blog post was about how I started self-care again with the very basic’s and serves as a reminder of how far I’ve come, you can check it out here .
I’m a dog person.
When I was 8, my sister & I started leaving notes in our parent’s bed. Every night, we would give another reason why we should be allowed a dog. After two years (I was a very persistent child) they finally relented and so we rescued Max, a giant mongrel and former street dog. Max was nothing short of the best dog ever and our family has loved dogs ever since. In fact, Himself and I managed a grand total of 10 days in a dog-free home before we bought home this little monster! Duke Silver is my constant companion and fitness accountability partner every day of the year.
I have a great in-house recipe tester.
Although he hasn’t grasped that he’s supposed to do the washing up yet. Himself and I have been together for 6 years and I know he’s the one for me because I’ve never met someone who can irritate me more than him in my whole life. I can confirm Himself has a real name, but I much prefer my hero Marianne Keyes’ term for her husband and it somehow makes him sound mysterious.
I have a Psychology degree.
I loved studying human behaviour as much as I loved the fresher lifestyle. I’ve since ditched the cheap gin but I’m still fascinated by what motivates us. After graduating, I worked in acute mental health services for a while, where I learnt so much I thought my brain was at full capacity. Sadly, working in mental health made my own depression worse so that quickly ended my plan to become a Psychologist….
I’m a big fan of little ‘uns.
For over four years now I’ve worked in nurseries and hospitals looking after babies and toddlers. They’re hilarious, they bring me joy and I love it. Himself and I are also lucky enough to both be from big families. We have a growing gang of awesome nieces and nephews, including this little champion, pictured below with Mr Mysterious Himself.
Organizing is my super skill.
Decision fatigue is real folks, and its draining. Having to decide what to eat, wear and whatever else everyday is just so much time and brain power isn’t it? As such, I’m a full-blown planner nerd. I’ve been meal planning and prepping for years, because when it comes to my diet the old saying ‘to fail to prepare is to prepare to fail’ is completely true. Give me a shout (or an email) if you want my shopping list and meal planner templates. I use these every week and they save me time, energy and money.
I’m going to be a health coach.
It took me a long time to work out what I wanted to do ‘when I grow up’. Now, I know that I want to help women who want to lose weight in a way that is compassionate to animals, the earth and themselves. It’s not easy to make big and sustainable change in our lives, but it is do-able and it is much easier with a friend whose been there. Finally, let me promise you this – they’ll be no laughing-at-salad type nonsense here!
So that’s it! 10 Important things you should know about me as we begin our plant-based weight loss journey together. So what next?