All posts filed under: Healthy Eating

One Year Blogging

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing amazing. I’ve been blogging for a year! How crazy!  To be honest, I never thought that I would last that long. I am glad I kept pushing and met so many of you guys. Since I started getting more followers this year, I thought that I could go back on some of my old posts that most of you probably haven’t seen. When I first started my blog, it was important to me that you get to know what I believe in right away. I was still trying to find where I stood in terms of lifestyle, veganism, vegetarianism & cruelty-free practices. Writing what I believed in, shaped my blog and gave me an additional purpose I never thought I wanted/needed. So I wrote posts such as: 10 Tips to become vegetarian Diet or Lifestyle? Living with A Meat Eater? Scandalous ! Whilst we have different opinions, I was ready to open a conversation, share some of my personal thoughts with the world (you can find all related posts …

What I ate in Paris: Vegan & Vegetarian 

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing? FYI, the post is entirely made of pictures of food. I try to cook most of my meals and take advantage of my parents’ beautiful kitchen as much as I can. PS: of course I haven’t photographed ALL of my meals. The pictures below are just a tiny sample of what I made for myself and my family, from my week in Paris. What have you been up to? Ali

My favorite vegetarian/vegan snacks

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well. Today is just going to be a quick post because I felt like sharing what I’ve been eating lately. I will post a quick and healthy recipe soon but in the meantime, I hope this one gives you some ideas! I usually buy all my snacks at Tesco. Holland&Barrett, Planet Organic, Boots snacks I bought were all impulse purchases. I don’t regret them, don’t get me wrong, but Tesco, and even my uni shop have some great affordable vegan/vegetarian snack options. Eat Real Chips I know that you can find them at Wholefoods, H&B and Planet Organic. I have seen them over there for over a pound whilst my uni food shop sells them for £0,49. Strong incentive for me to go to ALL my classes. Graze – Veggie Protein Powder This is what I eat before the gym or in the morning when I am in a rush. I have thought about purchasing bigger portions on Graze’s website but I like the ritual of going to Tesco, getting my bottle of …

10 Totally achievable goals – 2017

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing alright. I was looking for an app for the gym, when I thought, what is so easy to do and easy to track? What is easily achievable for me this year? You are welcome to add on to the list, make your own and tag me! Drink more water This one must be in everyone list every year but this time I feel like I can stick with it. I go to the gym more often and easily down 1L whilst exercising. I have also noticed that since I stopped drinking sodas, and drink alcohol every two weeks/three weeks, I naturally reach for water. Save money for my future self 23 years old is still young but I am already feeling a ton of pressure. I have started to think more and more about the future. And we all know that our future can be compromised if we lack money to do what we want. Take the time to Plan a proper vacation  Since I have been in …

Cruelty-Free: Why does it matter?

Hi Everyone, Our first guest post is here. Kara from The Book and Beauty Blog, wrote an interesting piece on cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare. Take the time to check out her blog if you are interested in the cruelty-free lifestyle, beauty and book reviews.  Why does buying cruelty-free cosmetics and skin care products matter? Most people know the difference between cruelty-free and not cruelty-free. One is obviously tested on animals while the other is not. For most, myself included, that is reason enough to strive to purchase only products not tested on animals. For others, they either don’t care or they don’t realize the extent of the harm done to these animals in laboratories. Over 100 million animals are tested on in United States labs every year. These tests can burn, cripple, poison and kill the animals. The most popular animals for testing are mice, birds, and rabbits. However, dogs, cats, and monkeys are used as well. Mice and birds are popular because they are not covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The AWA is a federal …

I Failed Veganuary already

Guys, I fucked up. You see, I have this amazing new Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine, offered by my good friend for Christmas. I love my coffee, a cup of black Americano without sugar every morning is all I need to start my day. When I got the machine, I admit that I went a little bit crazy and ordered 5 different types of capsules online. I see this machine as an amazing tool for my lazy ass but also a great way to show off when I have people over. And by showing off I mean: “Check out my awesome overpriced capsule collection. Get comfy, I’ll make you a Cappucino”. I know, ridiculous.  Well, yesterday, I failed. I woke up and in my state of morning grogginess, I turned on the machine, picked up a capsule of Latte Macchiato and pressed “fuck me up”. I drank all of it, got into the shower and realized what I had done. Instead of moving on, I decided that this day was ruined. I went ahead and grilled some …

I tried a vegan Galette des rois

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing amazing. If you don’t know, la galette des Rois is a tradition in France. We celebrate right after New Year’s Eve (another excuse to eat more). I tried to go to several French bakeries in London but couldn’t find anything. My original plan was to buy one galette for my friends and make a small one for myself (since I am doing Veganuary). I found this super cute french vegan blog with a recipe and I decided to give it a try. I will add the original recipe at the end of the post and try to translate it for you guys as best as I can. You will need: 2 puff pastry sheets (made without butter) 200g of crushed almond 40g of vegan butter 80g of sugar 60g of coconut oil (optional for me since I already had the vegan butter) 100g of soya cream 5 cL of soya milk (I used almond milk) The recipe is the easiest (I recognized I got rid of some stuff and added others). You …

Can you stay body positive if you want to lose weight ?

Hi Everyone, Where do I even start ? Being body positive is loving your body at any size. It does not matter if you are skinny – thin – overweight or whatever. It comes from an understanding and a profound appreciation of what you got going for you. You can definitely love your body and what you look like and want to lose weight. “Dieting” or getting into a different lifestyle in order to lose weight does not necessarily come from a place of hate. Accepting your body regardless of size is already a step towards a happier and a healthier you. Let’s use my story as an example. I used to be severely anorexic. The dieting started at 15-16 years old, I was extremely unhappy with my body and I got over my eating disorder around 20-21 years old. Was I happy when I was a size 10 ? No. Was I happy when I was a size 2 ? You guessed it. No, I wasn’t. Thanks to my beautiful family, I got the medical …

23 feel good short sentences to start your day right

Today is Monday and we are all gonna have to face a new week. No matter what you do and where you are in the world, you need to know.. I feel you, man. You know what’s going to wake you up better than your first sip of morning coffee ? The list down below. ( Ok maybe not but I am in a good mood and I wanted to share the love ). “You can do it” “Your bed is comfy, yes, but it will be here when you come home” “Coffee is only a few steps away” “Of course you can post a selfie today” “Your face looks great” “Look at this dog” “33 days until Christmas” “You made it to today, pretty awesome if you ask me !” “You are getting wiser by the minute” “Aren’t you grateful to have food every day?” “Wow is it your real hair ?” “Your lashes are so long !” “Fantastic beasts is out” “Free music all day long with Spotify” “Your family and friends must be …

I need your help !

Hi loves, I hope you are all doing okay. I would really appreciate it if you could participate in the poll I created down below. I have been really interested in people going “dairy-free” lately and I was wondering if big brands like Nescafe Dolce Gusto could launch capsules with milk alternatives. Your opinion does matter to me and the more answers I get, the more I will be able to contact brands and understand why such alternatives haven’t been introduced yet. Lots of love Alicia

Let’s catch up !

Hi Everyone, How are you ? How did you like my rainbow tart ? I just wanted to give you a little life update. The blog has been doing very well lately and I have tons of ideas. As most of you have noticed, I still do recipes and cruelty-free makeup but I also want to include more fashion, music and all that jazz. I am a post graduate student in Business Management & Marketing and will also be working for another startup very soon. So life will get busier but I want and WILL post at least twice a week.  I am vegetarian out but completely vegan at home which is a huge change for me as I used to eat vegetarian pretty much all the time. I will make another “What I eat in a day” post this week or the next just to give you an idea of what I have been cooking & eating.  I have been very lazy lately and my only form of exercise has been walking to uni and …

Amazon Pantry : Hit or Miss ?

Hi Everyone, I have something a bit different for you today. I ordered food with Amazon ! Not uncommon I know but I thought it would be a fun experience and I also wanted to compare the prices between my regular grocery shopping at Tesco and a regular grocery shopping with Amazon. To order with Amazon Pantry, you have to be subscribed to Amazon prime. From there, you have access to the amazon pantry with a good range of products from different supermarkets. This was the part I was most interested in because I mostly shop at Tesco. It is not the cheapest but it is convenient as I live in Central London and wouldn’t be caught dead walking more than 15 mins for groceries. Before we get into my Amazon pantry experience, I just wanted to give you a little reminder of what I usually buy. I spend between £30 to £35 on groceries a week. I buy mostly vegan/vegetarian products and lots of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. Amazon pantry does not offer vegetables, fruits …

Diet or Lifestyle ?

Hi Everyone, How is it going ? As you all know, I spend a lot of time online. As a freelance translator and lover of good content, I read a lot of articles and watch my fair share of videos on pretty much everything. From Casey Neistat to Buzzfeed videos, vegan recipes and crazy makeup tutorials, I read a lot of comments. Whilst I try to stay away from the comment section on YouTube and its unbelievable negativity in general, I can’t help but get annoyed when I come across certain comments. I will often read : “vegetarianism is a diet not a lifestyle” “veganism is a lifestyle not a diet”. Now don’t get me wrong, expressing your opinion is perfectly fine, as long as you don’t talk down to someone for having a different opinion and don’t spread or encourage hate. If you read my articles, I use the words diet and lifestyle all the time to talk about vegetarianism and veganism because, in my opinion, it is not something to stress about. But after reading …

Economy & Vegetarianism

Hi Everyone, My friend mentioned that one of his colleagues was vegetarian. Not for ethical reasons, but because vegetarianism would, allegedly, be a cheaper and more sustainable diet. I have to admit that coming from a middle class family, growing up without a care in the world and having more than enough food from breakfast to dinner, this had never crossed my mind. Becoming vegetarian was a mix of “I hate red meat anyway” and later on, realizing how much suffering goes into the meat production which is something I decided I didn’t want to be a part of anymore. Maybe the transitioning was made easier for me because I had access to all the food options, but what about those who don’t ? Have you ever thought that people might be giving up meat because they want to reduce the cost of their groceries ? Let’s just search the web for more answers together. When I typed in ” economic vegetarianism”, here is what I found : An economic vegetarian is a person who practices vegetarianism …

A week on Huel – Can I live off liquid for a week ?

Hi Everyone, Today is Monday and you know what that means. Well, nothing really since I upload so randomly.  But I hope you all had a great weekend. I thought that today I would do something different as I have some time to write, do some research and chill at home. Do you remember my first post about vegan snacks ? I quickly mentioned Huel. Now keep in mind that the post was written over a month ago. I had just discovered Huel and was definitely obsessed with how convenient it was. I was having one Huel a day maybe for breakfast with fruits or as a post-workout snack. I never really tried it as a “real” meal replacement. Since then, I have not been using it. Mostly because I have been away. I opened my cupboards this morning and saw that I had half a bag left and a chocolate flavor sachet. Awesome. So I guess this week is the week. I will be having Huel for breakfast – lunch and diner. For five days. Five days only, …

Vegan / Vegetarian and serving meat ?

Hi Everyone, How are you today ? I haven’t posted in three days again and it feels like a lifetime. I have not been too inspired lately. I did go to diner with one of my good friends here in London. We went to this Vegetarian South Indian Restaurant called Sagar which I love because they will also pack you doggy bags. A plus if you tend to over-order like me. The post for today will just be a quick rant. This is something I hear a lot and I wanted to write about it for anybody who may feel bad because of it. It is totally understandable to be vegetarian or vegan and to work in a restaurant that serves meat. People who tell you otherwise need a reality check.Whether you consider being vegetarian or vegan a diet or a lifestyle, it has nothing to do with your job. Sure we would love to all be working our favorite job or having enough money to be able to travel and help the animals, or do more activism. Hell, …

A week counting calories

Hi Everyone ! Well this was a fun week…counting calories and all. Fasten your seat belts and grab your favourite veggie dish because it’s going to be a bumpy read. A little bit of backstory : I used to have a pretty severe eating disorder and counting calories was a daily routine for me. Long story short, I was calorie restricting in order to lose weight. Now that this is in the past, I got really curious and decided to look into it again.Should we really be counting calories ? Is it good for us ? Is counting calories efficient for weight loss ?  After all those years, all I have is memories of me reading labels, searching for calories, and doing more math than I had ever done to make sure I would not exceed this fictional goal I gave myself. So I decided to go ahead and try it again since it is still recommended by many fitness and nutrition “experts”. Now that I am healthier and my relationship with food has changed, I thought that …

Living with A Meat Eater ? Scandalous !

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely day!  So many things have been happening lately ! I just got back from Paris and I had to say goodbye to my beautiful family and my comfy house. Also, I have been playing Pokemon Go. But only from my bed. Got to level 6 pretty much without moving which is pretty impressive if you ask me. I have also been staying at home these past two days, writing and catching up on everything I left on the side. I did get up to go grocery shopping for the week yesterday and I realized that I had to buy enough food for two. Yes, I do not live alone ( who does in London really ). And the person who lives with me is not vegetarian or vegan. He eats meat. Red meat, poultry and fish. It has never been an issue for us. If you have a look at my previous articles, I am pretty understanding and will certainly not judge you for not eating the way you do …

Clean Eating’s Dirty Secret – BBC documentary review

Hi Everyone, I just finished watching the BBC new documentary on clean eating and I have to say that it was quite interesting. There were a lot of comments regarding the content and Grace the Youtuber. Some good, some bad, some very rude but it does give us an opportunity to discuss and review what was being said. As always, I welcome all of your comments and thoughts and would genuinely love to know where you stand. I also have to add that whilst I watched the full documentary, this will be not a complete review. I will not be talking about everything she mentioned or talked about. I only have picked up and wrote down a few things which I find interesting. I am not a professional, nutritionist, doctor, fitness guru or health guru. I am just a random girl on the internet. Grace immediately questions the qualifications. ( 1.40 min into the video ) What qualifications do they all have to be promoting a diet ? Are they trained ? ( she drops a few names so you …

Are you doing enough for the animals ?

Hi Everyone, I had a super nice vegan chocolate cake recipe planned for today but something happened. It made me upset and I thought that it was important enough to share. If you have a look at my previous articles on my vegetarian lifestyle, you can see that I am a very positive person. I do not get into heated and pointless arguments with meat eaters, vegetarians & vegans and stay away from extremists. For me, being a vegetarian is taking care of myself (my mind & my body), paying attention to what I eat but also making my world a better place, going to sleep knowing that I am not participating in the continuation of meat production. Some people will argue that you are not doing enough or not doing the right things. Let’s rewind back a little, to this afternoon in Paris. I went out shopping and got home early to discover that my dad had bought a good supply of veggie nuggets for me. I did the usual young adult things and checked out several social media …

A week without : I gave up coffee for a week

Being French with an Italian father, drinking coffee is a ritual. Coffee is so much a part of my culture that I never questioned drinking it. And by coffee I do not mean Starbucks. I mean real black Italian coffee or plain black Americano. Without sugar, milk or cream. When I moved to London, I had to switch from the fancy coffee machine we have at home to my beloved kettle and favorite instant coffee brand. Sad, I know. Because making instant coffee is 5 times quicker, I would say that I went from drinking 1 – 2 cups a day to 4 – 5 a day. I also have a busier life now and will often drink coffee before I grab lunch to keep me going. Unhealthy, I know. So I decided to challenge myself. I spent a week, from Friday to Friday without a drop of coffee. RULES : No coffee no matter what. I had to document my days to give an honest review. I decided to do it during a busy week which meant going out, walking …

5 mistakes I made going vegetarian

Going vegetarian and vegan for the first time is everything but easy. Very few people can change diet and lifestyle overnight. After all, you are finally paying attention to your meals and will have to be more conscious about your choice of food. I read a lot about it when I first turned vegetarian. To tell you the truth, I went from pescatarian, to chicketarian to finally fully vegetarian. I wanted to become one very badly but was still learning how to replace ingredients. I know this is no excuse but where I lived at the time had next to no vegetarian and vegan options. I ate too much of the wrong food. I ate way too much, cakes, bread and candies without gelatin because I was starving. I knew what I was allowed to eat and not eat but had not figured out what I needed to have a fully nutritious diet. I was drinking too much soda to fight the hunger. Especially diet sodas to cut my appetite. I was eating the same thing every …

WHAT I EAT IN PARIS – RECIPES IDEA

Finally back in Paris after the longest train ride ever. We arrived so late and could not get a taxi. I got home around one in the morning and went straight to bed. Today was a lazy day for me, I did not go out, woke up late and spent my time with my family. Breakfast was light and refreshing as it is quite hot at the moment. I made a huge smoothie bowl. I usually make my smoothie in the morning and leave enough in the fridge for everyone to drink during the day. This was my first time making the smoothie and I was not disappointed. I used one banana, five apricots and a bowl of frozen pineapple chunks. I added about half a small bottle of fresh water and a tablespoon of agave syrup. It was delicious and very sweet. Exactly what I needed to wake up. Lunch was tasty and simple. I had asparagus, feta cheese, tomatoes and sesame seeds with a light vinagrette and a whole baguette. Naughty, I know. I …

10 Tips to become vegetarian

So you’ve decided you want to become vegetarian. You want to stop eating meat and fish but have no idea where to begin. I first considered becoming vegetarian when I was  14 years old. I never really liked meat and would often go long periods of time without having any meat or eggs, and I felt better off for it. I randomly told my parents one morning that I was vegetarian and would not eat meat with them. It took me a long time before I understood how challenging it could be. For about a year, I was not sure what to eat and would spend hours staring at nutritional info on food in the supermarket. I think I have got the hang of it by now, so here’s my top tips for becoming vegetarian, and staying that way! Educate yourself. I feel like the first thing you need to figure out is why you want to become vegetarian. Is it to better your health ? Is it because you care about animals ? Is …

Grocery Shopping when You’re Broke

Today is grocery shopping day for me. I usually don’t have a specific day but I have figured that if I spend money at the beginning of the week on groceries, I will have less money to spend on overpriced coffees and multiple scrunchies. London is super expensive. Not a newsflash to anybody I know, but like any young adult, I had to learn to manage my money when I moved out of my parents place two years ago and learn how to budget. I have also learned to buy useful food first. Food that I can store for a long time and that will last a long time. I spend around £35 for two people a week on groceries. I cook all my meals at home. I make sure that most of what I buy can be used in loads of different meals, which gives me lots of options for my cooking. I often cook more than necessary to make sure I have enough for diner and maybe save the leftovers for tomorrows lunch. …

10 Quick and Easy Portable Healthy Snacks

When I am out, in between breakfast and lunch, I like to have something in my bag or something to snack on. I prefer having a light snack before and after working out to prepare myself for a bigger meal later in the day. Hummus with carrot sticks combo. Pretty standard I know. Hummus also goes super well with celery and cucumber. I have noticed that Tesco has also started to sell this super healthy snack. If you do not like hummus, dip your vegetables in Tzatziki. Peanut butter and raspberries. I personally prefer peanut butter and raspberries over peanut butter and apple which seem to be a classic. The crunch of the apple and the smoothness of the peanut butter creeps me out. Am I the only one ? Nuts. All of them. A handful with your tea or in your Tabbouleh or Salad maybe ? Wasabi peas. They are quite high in calories but are full of fiber and proteins. If you do not like wasabi, you can also try Salt or vinegar chickpeas/ Toasted …

Should we stop eating carbs ?

Absolutely not. Especially if you are recovering from an eating disorder. I am getting sick and tired of magazines advertising a low-carb or non-carb diet. Your body needs carbs to go on. You need carbs to survive. I am in no way a nutritionist or an expert on the subject but I can tell you this. The day I started seeing carbs as my enemy was the day my eating disorder began. Like many of you out there, I struggled to lose weight, so I reduced my calorie intake way too much in order to loose weight and exercised like crazy. Sure, if you suddenly stop eating carbs, you will lose weight, but it will mainly be water-weight. My experience is the proof that in the long term, you will gain the weight back on, your energy level will drop and your workouts and ability to focus will suffer. I was constantly hungry, I was moody and I was binge drinking diet sodas in order to control my hunger. In my opinion and personal experience, …

Vegetarian Fast Food Options

Heya ! I hope you are all doing okay. I thought I would do something different today. I pride myself on having all my meals home-cooked but I am human after all. I do like me some take away from time to time, especially when I am out drinking with friends and I need food to last until sunrise. I do not go to Burger King or McDonalds or even KFC. I do however use Domino’s pizza once a month and Shake Shack once every two months or so. Domino’s is definitely amazing when it comes to the pizza choice. I always create my own pizza and the app gives you the option to make it completely vegan or vegetarian. Here is the pizza I always get : I pick the small size with a Gluten Free Crust I ask for the sun-dried tomato and garlic sauce and get rid of the cheese For toppings I ask for : Extra mushrooms, olives, Jalapeno Peppers and fresh rocket leaves I never get any sides, any drinks …

Veggie Snacks for Your movie Night

Heya ! The weather in London sucks. I have given up on getting glowing skin and have settled for an amazing movie night. Since I cannot watch a movie without my snacks, I figured I would show you guys some of my favorite healthy veggie snacks. Oven roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes  Super easy to make. Cut your potatoes into thin or thick strips. Season with salt, black pepper, thyme and olive oil. Preheat your oven to 195 degrees, and place rack in the middle of the oven. Set your timer for 30 to 35 mins and wait patiently. PS : I like to cook the potatoes in gently boiling water first for 10 mins. They get very tender and the oven makes them super crispy. Delicious ! Sunflower seeds and Pumpkin seeds Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s. I like them as they are or roasted in the oven with my potatoes. I mix them in a bowl with some veggie protein powder from Graze. Vegetables crisps  You can make them …

How to quit drinking Sodas ?

Heya ! I hope you are all having a wonderful day. I was looking in my fridge earlier and felt super proud of myself. I have not bought a single bottle of soda in about two months. You ask me : But why ? Well because when I was young(er), I was an avid drinker of diet Coca-Cola. I could never get past a day without Coke and would often drink an entire bottle a day. Completely obsessed with losing weight, I would often use the sodas to fill me up. Now that I overcame my eating disorder, I make sure to eat enough and enough of the right kinds of foods. Breaking my nasty soda habit was difficult but oh so worth it. Here is how I did it : I stopped buying sodas. I know this sounds really stupid but this made a huge difference for me. I Started buying less and less of them and I do not have the temptation to reach for your diet coke when I am thirsty. If you are still craving a glass of …

Why do I love lentils so much ?

I do love lentils. I love them in my soup, I love them with my bread and my salads. I love them round, red, green. I even love them over cooked and packed with mustard. As a vegetarian, I have always struggled about eating the right thing and getting enough proteins in. A lentil dish is definitely THE healthy and budget-friendly meal for the vegetarian on the go. Here is what you will need : Green or Red lentils ( a £1.15 pack will definitely last you more than two weeks ) One vegetable stock Two sweet potatoes One red onion Oregano or Basil Black Pepper and Salt Sesame or Olive Oil Step one : Grab your chopping board ! Peel and slice your onion. Cut your sweet potatoes into big chunks. Throw them into your mixing bowl and add your black pepper, salt, oregano and oil. Step two : Melting Pot ! Rinse your lentils with fresh water before boiling. Add water but make sure the lentils are just barely covered. Add the vegetable stock. Bring the mix to a rapid simmer, …