Feeling Good Enough

Am I a good enough friend? Am I a good enough daughter? Am I a good enough writer? Am I a good enough photographer? Am I good enough to start a blog? Am I good enough to try new things? Am I good enough at working out? Am I good enough at everything in my life?

But what does good enough look like?

It doesn’t look like anything. It’s different for every situation, for every single person. Yes, we can always do better. And trying to do better is important. It’s what pushes us, keeps us going. But that doesn’t mean what we’re doing right now isn’t good enough. Because it is. As long as you’re not unnecessarily hurting yourself or others around you, you’re trying your best, and you’re not giving up. Then you are doing good enough.

Yes, as always, I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself. What brought it on? Well at the moment, a friend of mine, in fact my best friend, is going through a rough patch. And I’m trying to help, trying my best. But I’m wondering am I doing good enough. Now I don’t know if  it’s her actions or mine that’s leaving me feel this way. If it’s my own insecurities, my own anxiety, my own worry, or the fact that I’m actually not doing a good enough job. I don’t know. But what I do know is that I’m trying my best. I’m doing what I think is right in each situation. And that is good enough, that’s all I can do.

And this relates to everything in my life, in your life. It’s hard to remember this, to not feel this way, but when you do, you’ll feel so much better. Just keep trying to remind yourself of this.

As always, thanks for reading. Let me know of any tips or tricks you may have to feel good enough. Or any situations in which you didn’t.

Much love,

Health Obsessed Vegan xx

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Today Is A New Day

Cliche? Yes. But do you know why a cliche is a cliche? Because there is truth to it.

If you read my post from last night you will know that I was a little bit of a mess. More than a little bit, I was a lot of a mess. But that’s alright. In the last year I have introduced some rules into my life that have made some huge improvements for me. One of which being “You are allowed a day, then you work on feeling better”.

Basically, if I have a day where I feel like shit, where I feel sad, or anxious, or just downright depressed, I am allowed that day to feel it, to do whatever it is that I need to do. Be that staying in bed all day, eating my body weight in chocolate, or not eating at all, whatever it is that you sad mess of a brain wants to do that day. But then you have to move on. You have to get out of that bed, have a shower, leave the house, eat right. You may not feel 100% straight away, cos let’s face it, you’re human (at least I’m guessing you are, I don’t know your life story) But what I do know, is that you’re not going to start feeling better by dwelling. So you wake up today, and you take it as a new day. You be kind to yourself, but also strict with yourself. Do you feel like getting up and facing life? Maybe not, but you fucking do it.

Of course this rule doesn’t always work. Brains are difficult, and brains with mental illnesses are even more so. But let me tell you, introducing this rule has saved me. If you try to push back the emotions, it’s not gonna work, you will explode. So you take your day, a day to feel it, to go through it. But at the same time if you let yourself go through it for too long, it will consume you. So you find this nice middle ground.

So today I’m up, I’m out of bed. I’m in a cafe writing this blog post. I’m getting shit done. And I plan on continuing to get shit done until I feel better. So if you’re currently lying around the house feeling horrible. You take your day, but then you remember to get it together tomorrow and work on you. Trust me, I know what works at this point in my life.

Hope you feel better soon lovelies.

Health Obsessed Vegan

 

Emotions Are Weird

Happiness. That’s the one we strive for, right? But lets be honest, it’s not the one we always get. And rightfully so, if we were always happy, 100% of the time, we wouldn’t actually know what happiness is.  Does this make any of the other emotions feel any less shit? Of course not. But that’s just the way it is.

Right now this very second I am clearly not happy. Someone in their happiest state would not be writing this blog post. In fact, I’m writing this post purely in an attempt to make myself less unhappy. Why am I so unhappy I hear you ask? Well to be honest that doesn’t really matter. I’m feeling what I’m feeling, no matter what the reason may be, and it sucks!

And the thing about emotions is, even when you’re mainly feeling one, others creep in. Emotions are not isolated, they come in packs, some bigger than others, but all there none the less. Take me for example, at this point in my life I’m happy. Overwhelmingly happy. I’m in a good place, but even so, there is moments where the happiness fades and other emotions can take over for a while. Not everything is going to run smoothly, there is  gonna be times when life gets frustrating and you feel like it’s all a mess. But it’s not. You’ll  be fine. Is there anything you can do to get yourself back to a happier place? Of course there is.

First of all, feel it. Whatever emotion it is, it’s there, you’ve got to let yourself feel it and go through it. it’s like quick sand, the more you try stop it, the more you’ll sink.Once you’ve let yourself feel it, you gotta make a plan to get out of it.  Whatever it is, find some little steps that will help you move on from it. And of course, concentrate on what’s important. What is the most important to you at this moment in your life? Ask yourself that question and go from there.

To be honest with you folks, I’m not even sure if this post makes sense. I’ve been awake too many hours and gone through many emotions today to keep track This is essentially just a ramble getting the scrambled thoughts in my head out, and hopefully someone else relates in some way and my unorganized mess of a post helps.

As always, Thanks for reading.

Health Obsessed Vegan

 

Make The World Your Bitch

It’s the dream, right? Travel the world, explore every inch of the globe. Well it’s mine at least, and always has been. For as long as I remember all I’ve wanted to do is move, from country to country, living and visiting as many places as I can along the way. and after what feels like forever, this once far fetched dream of mine seems to be falling into place.

world map

Don’t get me wrong, I’m starting small. Moving from Dublin to London isn’t a huge jump, but it’s a change. One that I so desperately need at this point. Not that I don’t love my life in Dublin. In fact out of the four years I’ve lived here, this most recent has been my favorite by far. I work in one of the friendliest places you can imagine, have some of the best friends from all over the world, and for the first time in my life, am living completely independently. This last point is a big one for me, it’s the point I aimed for throughout college. To stop getting help from my wonderful dad, and just live on my own two feet, completely financially independent. And now that I’m here, I’m ready for something bigger.

And this is just the beginning. I already have lose plans made for trips to Spain, Croatia, America, as well possibly moving to the Canary Islands with one of the wonderful friends I’ve made over the last year. The world is literally mine for the taking. I’m a young, single girl with no responsibilities and no plans of settling down any time soon. I have so many career routes I want to explore, so many hobbies I want to master, and there is nothing stopping me from doing them. Someone once told me that there is no need to start settling into a career, that’s what my thirties are for. And you know what, they’re right.

I may not know exactly where my life is going, or where I’m going to end up, but isn’t that the fun in it all? Life is a bloody adventure, and you can live it, or sit by and watch others living it. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be sitting on the sidelines for this one.

So if there’s one thing to take from this post, it’s to live. Not just survive, skate through life watching the days tick by, but live. Whatever your situation, whatever your dreams, make the most of them while you can. Because life is to goddamn short. Take it someone who’s approaching the one year anniversary of the day she almost died, you want to LIVE, and live well.

Thanks for reading

Health Obsessed Vegan.

 

Vegan & Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

I’ve said before that I wanted to start putting recipes up on this blog, so why not start with a much loved breakfast. Who doesn’t love a stack of delicious pancakes smothered in some sweet maple syrup to start the day?
pancake stack

One of my favorite things about pancakes is how versatile they are. You can have healthy pancakes. not so healthy pancakes, sweet, savory, high protein. As well as this the variations of toppings are endless. Berries, chocolate, cinnamon, butter,you name it, you can probably put it on a pancake.

These ones are gluten free, but if you happen to not have any issues with gluten (lucky you!) you can easily switch up the recipe using regular flour. I usually stick to a slightly healthier protein pancake, but sometimes it’s nice to just switch things up and make up a batch of simple pancakes using whatever you have lying around.

Tips and Tricks

Before we start there are just some tips and tricks I’ve learned about pancakes along the way that might be useful

  • Keep the heat low- as tempting as it might be to up the heat in order to get your breakfast ASAP, trust me, they turn out way better with a little patience. A low-medium heat allows the pancakes to cook much more evenly, and it turn, nicer.
  • Let the batter sit – Once you’ve made up your batter, let it rest for a few minutes, this doesn’t have to be for long, just long enough for it to thicken slightly. This prevents it sticking, and makes it easier to flip the pancakes.
  • Wait for the bubbles- Once you start to see air bubbles develop on your pancake, that’s when you know it’s time to flip.
  • Non stick pans- Trust me, they’re your new best friend

RECIPE

Now lets get into the main reason we’re all here, making the pancakes.

pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of regular gluten free flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of dairy free milk
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Some blueberries

Method

  1. Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large bowl
  2. Add the wet ingredients
  3. Whisk until smooth and set aside
  4. Heat your non stick pan on a medium heat
  5. Once your batter has been allowed to sit for a few minutes, spoon the mixture onto the pan, creating whatever size pancakes you desire. I tend to go for smaller pancakes, that way there’s more to stack!
  6. Pop a few berries onto the pancakes
  7. Once bubbles begin to form, flip your pancake and allow to cook on the other side
  8. Stack up your pancakes, adding your toppings. I went for some berries and maple syrup this time.

pancake toppings

Now go create and enjoy your pancakes!

Health Obsessed Vegan

Being the only vegan at the party

So for all you new vegans out there, this can be the most daunting thing there is. You’re going to a party, you know there is no other vegans going to be there, you know there is more than likely going to be no vegan options, the hosts may or may not know you’re vegan etc. Well lucky for you, I’m here to calm you down and show you that there is no need to panic, it’s way easier than you think.

 

What if they don’t know I’m vegan?

That does not matter in the slightest. As long as you are prepared, you will have a good time regardless. As an Irish gal, I know that any family event of mine, there will be gallons of tea consumed (I have an addiction, I’ve accepted it, it’s all good) So when I go to any family members house, I’ll bring my own almond milk.  They all know I’m vegan, but even so I don’t expect them to cater just for me, so I bring it along, that way I’m always safe. My family are lovely, and always apologize if they didn’t prepare for me, but are glad that I came prepared and don’t have to miss out on anything just because of my diet.

What if there is no vegan options?

Simple. Bring your own, and bring plenty. It’s always nice to bring a dish or some desserts or something to a party. No host is ever going to be disappointed to see an extra dish arriving at their party. They’re more than likely worrying if they have enough food anyway. Being a host of a party can be sometimes stressful, so any help the host can get, they’re going to be chuffed. So just bring a vegan friendly dish with you, and bring enough to go round. Who knows, you might just be able to prove to those skeptical people than vegan food is actually delicious (Shocking I know!)

vegan party

I was at a family party recently, so I brought a pasta dish that I knew I could enjoy, and at least 5 people in my family came to me and told me how delicious it was. My uncle even thanked me because my younger cousin is vegetarian, and she had a nice option available because his main dishes all contained meat. I also brought some baked good, scones and muffins, and didn’t mention they were vegan, and they went down a treat. After people complimented them, I told them they were all vegan and gluten free and they couldn’t believe it. Why not do a little bit for the vegan community while you’re at it.

How do I turn down there food without offending them?

Okay, don’t be fretting over the little things. It is very unlikely that they will be offended. It’s not like you’re telling them their food is disgusting. You’re just choosing not to eat it because of our beliefs. More than likely they’re just going to be worried that you’re going to be okay for food and drinks etc. So your best bet is just to reassure them that you’re more than happy. If they happen to have any side dishes or anything that you can enjoy, compliment them on it. Tell them that you came prepared with your own food, that you have more than enough, and not to worry. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for a while, it’s not as big a deal as you think it is.

What if they question my veganism?

It’s going to happen, especially if it’s a family party. For the most part, it’s purely out of interest. This may be a new thing for them. I know for me, I was the first person in my family to go vegetarian, never mind vegan. So for a lot of my family, they were just uneducated on it. so if they’re interested, it’s always nice to have an open discussion on it. You don’t have to get preachy, just answer the questions they have, talk it out with them, and even tell them about some cool documentaries they can watch if they want to know more.

Image result for what the health

 

As for the people who try to convert you, or ask about your protein (I have a past post on this is you want to check it out) just stay calm with them. Getting mad isn’t going to help, just try explain your side, and if they don’t understand, just leave it at that. You can expect jokes to be made and stuff like that, and for the most part it’s best to just laugh it off. But if it’s getting a bit too much, and you start to get offended or feel bad or anything, just ask them to stop, it’s honestly no big deal.

So guys, I hope this eases some of your worries about going to events. Just know it’s not as bad as you think, and that it gets easier over time. I don’t even think about it anymore, it’s just my normal, and soon it will be for you too. So just go and enjoy your part, and leave your worries at home.

Thanks for reading.

Health Obsessed Vegan.

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.