Eat The Rainbow Again

How delicious does this look?eat the rainbow

This makes me happy. Fresh, bright, colorful food is where it’s at. In the last couple of weeks my food hasn’t been as bright and colorful, and because of this, just not as tasty. I’ve been sick, and cold, and working, and in all honesty a little lazy when it comes to my meals. I’ve been reaching for super simple quick comforting foods. Eating out, ready meals, and of course, oats, Oats for breakfast, oats for dinner, oats for dessert. (If you can’t tell, I really really like oats!) And while these meals have still been healthy (with a few too many not so healthy treats been added in too) I just miss the fresh, healthy, home cooked food that makes me feel my best.

So to anyone else who’s sitting right here with me in this bubble of lazy, convenient, not so tasty meals, let’s find that inspiration to get going again. Take some ideas from me, from your favorite youtubers, from cookbooks, or just get creative. The best thing about Plant Based Cooking is it doesn’t have to take long. You can of course make those lovely slow cooked delicious meals when you have the time, but you can also make the tastiest stir fry in 5 minutes. Or make big batches to do you a few days. Sometimes I like to use my days off to make a big curry, or a lasagna, something that takes a bit more time, but lasts for days in the fridge (or freezer). That way on days you haven’t got time to cook, you can reach for that, instead of your lazy, not so tasty ready-meals.

And of course, let me know some of your favorite meals to cook. Give me a little inspiration and ideas too, so we can all get back to cooking those meals that just make us happy.

Health Obsessed Vegan.


Don’t Always Depend On Others To Make You Happy

I used to always need others to cheer me up when I was feeling down. Would need to have someone to text, someone to ramble at, and if I didn’t, I’d just start feeling even lower. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having your people, and leaning on your people. In fact I reckon it’s pretty important. But recently I’ve been picking myself up, and let me tell you, it feels good! Of course, if it’s a big problem, or I’m feeling especially bad, I’ll turn to people, as we all should. Learning to talk is one of the biggest achievements we will ever make when dealing with the fun ride that is mental health.

Yesterday I woke up feeling a bit shitty. Not super sad, but just a bit meh. I’m sure many people know what feeling I’m talking about. But I got up, got out of the house, played some music, and cheered myself up. I got some errands that needed doing done, I went for a walk, I went and took pretty pictures with my new camera, took myself for coffee, tried out a new vegan place I’d heard about, bought a new coat. Just spent time with me, concentrating on me. I barely spoke to other people for hours, bar the odd “hello” or “thank you”. I wasn’t even consciously thinking about trying to cheer myself up, I was just spending sometime with myself, outside, not cooped up in my room overthinking my entire life.  (something that i used to do a lot on days where I felt crappy, which of course just made me feel more crappy)

And next thing I caught myself smiling, smiling over nothing in particular, but just no longer feeling like crap. It dawned on me that I did that, completely and utterly on my own. And do you know what that is? I’ts progress, and that progress made me ten times happier. Not only had I been cheered up, but I had that satisfaction of doing it myself, knowing I had gained the skills and ability to do this. And for some people reading this, this may seem like nothing, like a minor thing, and if you’re that person, then you my friend are lucky, lucky that you’ve got good mental health, and something I am so genuinely happy about for you! But for those like myself, that do understand exactly what I’m talking about, you know that this is big, and something that I should be happy about.

As cliched as it sounds, it gets better, Something I didn’t believe for so long. But everyday little changes are happening, and at the most random moments, you’ll catch a change, and it will make your day.

Wishing you all the little happy moments.

Health Obsessed Vegan


This is just a little post to say that better things are on the way.  So far this blog has had very little to it. Don’t get me wrong, I like the posts I have wrote, but they’re just missing a little something. I started this not thinking much of it, just knowing that I love to write, and especially about things i’m passionate about. But now I want to be a little more creative with it, instead of just the simple title and post layout that I’ve had so far.

Photography is something I’m extremely interested in, and even though my phone has been taking some pretty decent photos so far, I’ve finally got my new camera so i’m excited for the photos that I will be bringing to the blog. Especially the food photos, because who doesn’t love some food photos, am I right?

I want to do more research into blog layouts, websites, design and all that fun stuff, because being honest, It’s not something I’m particularly good at, but something I want to improve on. Any advice or links to information would be greatly appreciated!

Yeah, so expect a lot more posts, posts that are more pretty and colorful and overall just posts I’m happier with. Recipe posts, review posts, and as always, just my thoughts put onto the page. If there’s anything you beautiful people would like me to write about, any recipes you would like to see (Check out my insta!), or anything at all, lemme know!

For those following my silly little blog, thank you! Hopefully there will be more of you soon.

Health Obsessed Vegan.

Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

I’m writing this as much for me as for you. This post was not planned. This post is written because I spent this morning beating myself up. It’s currently 12:20 in the afternoon, and I was sitting here giving out because I can’t seem to get myself to leave the house to go to the gym. I know, it’s ridiculous, and eventually, I realized this.

“You haven’t gone to the gym in three days!”

This is the main thought going through my head. But the thing is, I haven’t gone to the gym, but I have been exercising, and pretty well at that. I’ve been doing at home dumbbell workouts, and yesterday walked for hours and hours. I’ve been active, just not in the way that I ideally would have liked to be (I love the gym more then anything) But do you know what, life happens, I’ve been busy, I’ve been sick, I’ve had plans, and there is a difference between making excuses, and being reasonable with yourself. And we all just need to let some things slide, and kick those guilty feelings.

“But you don’t have a reason not to go today”

First of all babe, it’s midday, you’re not in work, you have ALL day, calm down. The problem this morning seems to be that I woke up feeling anxious, not super anxious, but anxious, and I just don’t feel like I want to leave the house just yet. I know if i had work or an appointment or something, I could leave the house, but because I don’t have to leave, it’s a little bit harder to get that motivation. But the thing is, if I’m feeling this way, and have the chance to do whatever makes me feel a bit better, then why not do it. But as those with anxiety will know, the anxiety is making me feel bad about the thing I’m not doing because of the anxiety, and making the anxiety worse. It’s a fun little cycle.

“But you’ve already eaten so much today, you should really exercise”

But in fact, I haven’t eaten that much. A bit more than I normally do by this time, but a) it was all healthy foods, and b) it wasn’t even that much. As well as this, a little over eating isn’t going to kill me, it’s a little, and in the grand scheme of things, I’m a pretty healthy person (Some might even say a Health Obsessed Vegan) Plus if I do want to exercise, I have all day, and knowing me I will end up doing some sort of exercise by the end of the day because I simply just love it.

Now I’m lucky, I’ve come so so far. these type of thoughts don’t come around very often, and if they do, like today, they’re fleeting. My health obsession is now a very healthy one, as opposed to the very unhealthy obsessions I used to have a few years back. I’m obsessed in a way that I just love to fuel my body, and eat foods that make me feel good, which is great! But sometimes these thoughts can and do creep back in for a minute.

So the reason I wrote this (other than to make myself feel a bit better) is to show anyone who happens to read this, that it’s okay. It’s okay to have off days, it’s okay to have lazy days, it’s okay to have days where you eat a little more, and most of all, it’s okay to feel a little shitty at times.

I know this post is a bit of a rant, and a bit all over the place, but you know what, that’s okay too. I hope you read this and realize that everyone has these days, that someday you can learn to have a healthy relationship with food, exercise and of course your mental health, as messed up as it may be. I know I already feel ten times better.

So let me know. Anyone else having one of these days? Or had one recently? Because we are all human and no one is perfect all the time.

Thanks for reading,

Health Obsessed Vegan xx


Here’s the thing. Veganuary is great, I absolutely love the idea of people trying out this lifestyle. Any little thing that means even one less animal is hurt, I’m here for. Obviously I love this lifestyle, I feel great mentally, physically, in every way you can imagine.

But if you’re coming from a complete non vegan diet to Veganuary, here’s some things you need to know.

  • There will be a detox period. Think about it. if you’re coming from an unhealthy diet filled with animal products and very little fruit and veg, to a completely plant based diet there’s going to be an adjustment period needed. Just remember this so in the first week when you’re telling yourself, and possibly everyone else, that this lifestyle is crap, that it isn’t. Once you let your body get used to it’s new found health,you will feel amazing. That brings me on to my next point.
  • You won’t feel the full effects of this lifestyle within a single month. Rome wasn’t built in a day people. Yes you will feel better, but the longer you stick to this lifestyle, the better you’re going to feel. So maybe just think about sticking it out longer than just January, eh?
  • Now this is something I really need you all to hear, JUST BECAUSE IT’S VEGAN, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S HEALTHY. Vegan junk food is a thing, a glorious glorious thing, but a thing that should be eaten sparingly. If you jump into this month and eat nothing but vegan takeaway, cookies and ice-cream etc, you’re not going to start feeling all the benefits. If you want Veganuary to work for you, you’re going to have to try your best at a healthy plant based diet.
  • And finally, don’t let slip ups deter you. They’re going to happen, no matter how much effort you’re putting in, sometimes things just slip by. I’ve been vegan for well over a year now, and I’m still learning, so you’re bound to be too. All you can do is learn from it, and move on. Veganism is about making every effort you can to not use or consume any animal products, so if you slip up and eat something that you 100%  hardheartedly thought was completely animal product free, it doesn’t make you a “bad vegan” or whatever, it makes you human.

Well that’s it from me, just a few quick points I wanted to make for all you beautiful people trying out Veganuary. I hope this month treats you well, and that some of you are inspired to stay vegan long haul.

Best of Luck,


But Where Do You Get Your Protein?

After hearing this question approximately 8 hundred million times, I have finally found the best answer that keeps people (people who more likely than not have zero knowledge about nutrition) quite. What is this miracle response I hear you ask?

Where do you get your fiber?

Why ask this? Because studies have found that way more people are deficient in fiber than they are in protein. In fact, it’s pretty difficult to become deficient in protein. Almost everyone I’ve responded to with this question, has just started stuttering and had no way of responding. They pay pretty much no attention to their nutrition, yet they automatically become “nutrition experts” and feel the need to judge yours. I’ve literally had people who live off take away, smoke 20 a day, and binge drink every weekend ask me about my protein intake. I know, crazy, right?

But that’s just part of it, there’s no need to let it get to you. Yes it’s stupidly annoying, but just laugh it off, it can actually be quite fun seeing them dumbfounded with your response.

I was asked again today, so decided to come on and write a quick little post on it, and share what I have found to be the most hilarious response to date.

Good luck to you all in dumbfounding every “nutrition expert” you meet.


My Vegan Story

So how do you become vegan? Well I guess this is different for everyone. Every person’s journey is completely different, and I think that’s pretty cool. Some people dive straight in, some gradually get there. Some flip flop in and out of a vegan diet before eventually fully committing. Some people have been vegan their whole lives, some are new. Some do it for health reasons, others for ethical reasons, There are so many reasons and ways to become vegan, each just as great as each other.

So my story. Well I was one of those people who gradually got there, but I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have never felt better. I guess I’ll start from when I was a kid. When I was younger, the idea of vegetarianism always interested me. If the thoughts of where my meat came from came into my head while eating, it would make me feel physically ill. From a young age I haven’t been able to eat food off the bone, such as ribs or chicken wings. It made it all too real for me. I tried going vegetarian a couple of times when I was young, but because I come from a family of meat eaters, and I wasn’t yet cooking my own food, I never really stuck at it for long.

It wasn’t until I got to college, where I bought and cooked purely for myself that I finally became vegetarian. I was at a family party, eating take away when I just decided, mid meal that I was done with meat. From that day I never touched it again. At this point I didn’t understand veganism, in all honesty, I thought it was stupid, purely because I knew nothing about it.

About a year and a half later is when my transition into veganism began. Yes, transition, I was one of those people that flip flopped for a while. Of course I would like to be able to say I just went vegan, but I don’t feel bad about it, and neither should anyone. We are programmed to believe we require animal products, and just don’t see how we can live without. It takes time, and if you are working on it, then you are doing great.

I can remember the moment it clicked with me that I had to stop eating any and all animal products. I was sat eating some chocolate, watching Cowspiracy on netflix (Highly recommend watching by the way!) And at one point during the documentary it finally registered with me, and I literally couldn’t finish eating the bar of chocolate. For weeks after this, I cut every animal product out. But then over the next couple of months, I got sloppy. I wouldn’t straight up eat eggs or dairy, but I was less careful about the products I ate. I would say that 90% of the time I was eating great, but I was still eating things with some dairy products in them. There was about 3 months of this before I finally 100% committed.

And now it’s been almost a year, and I can’t imagine living any other way. It was the best decision I have ever made, and I would encourage anyone who is even slightly interested to just go for it. There is so many reasons why I went vegan, It began as an ethical thing, health reasons playing a major part in it too. But the more I researched the more sense it made to me. So if there is one thing I would like you to take away from this, it’s to do your research. Keep learning. Keep trying. Keep improving.

Thanks for reading.