Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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Trying a Plant-Based Diet

September 26, 2017

If you read this blog with any regularity, you probably know that I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram. I follow a steady stream of inspiring moms, chefs, writers, business leaders, interior designers and fashion bloggers. Recently, one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Lisa D Cahue (her blog Mind Body Swag is a great source of style inspiration!) did an Instagram story about how she maintains a healthy glow and lean body: a solely plant-based diet. Lisa seems to have endless energy and always looks like she is radiating sunshine, so, I decided to give it a try. I already eat a veggie-heavy diet so I figured it couldn't be that hard.

 

My Approach: I cut out all sugar, dairy, non-plant protein. No eggs, chicken, meat or fish. No carbs. No cheese. I loaded up on fruits, veggies and beans at the farmer's market and focused all my eating and cooking on making the most of what came from nature!

 

Pro's

  • I feel amazing. I wake up feeling very light and ready to take on the day with boundless energy.

  • There is no mid-day slump that comes from eating something heavy at lunch or sugar in the afternoon.

  • I lost a few pounds instantly. I wasn't really looking to lose weight per se but I'm not complaining!

  • My digestion has improved. My stomach feels settled and not ever too full.

  • My skin looks less puffy and more dewy.

 

Cons

  • Cutting out cheese was probably the hardest part. I don't eat much other dairy but I usually sprinkle some light cheese in salads and I miss that.

  • It was harder than I imagined to avoid sugar. I had to cut out my usual Cafe Mocha at Starbucks on my way to class at night and really missed it.

  • Making veggies exciting can be time-consuming. I found myself having to read a lot of blogs and books to come up with recipes that I'd look forward to eating and I have very little free time so this was a bummer. 

 

All-in-all, I loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in trying something different. It's good for kids too (although I didn't cut out milk or eggs for Daisy). Here are a few of my favorite plant-based recipes:

 

Pink and Green Salad

I steamed asparagus and green beans then sliced fennel, watermelon radish and red onion on a mandolin and tossed them with pistachios and sesame seeds. Topped with a quick vinaigrette of agave, lemon juice, sunflower oil, S&P. Delish!

 

Avocado "Toast" Rice Cakes (good snack & for breakfast!)

I mashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, shallot and a sprinkle of salt and lime juice and spread over vegan rice cakes with a dollop of all-natural hot sauce - I look forward to this every morning! Flavorful and surprisingly filling.

 

Summer Glow Salad

from the Glowing Fridge

I love, love, love corn and I live for tomatoes so this is a slam dunk for me. Easy to prep ahead for the week too.

 

Buffalo Cauliflower Kale Salad

from Running on Real Food

I am a huge fan of anything with buffalo cauliflower and kale so naturally, this is a win.

 

Almost Raw Cookie Dough Balls

from Vegangela

I can't not have chocolate. Can't do it. This dessert satisfies the hankering for something sweet without going overboard.

 

Have you ever tried going plant-based? Have any favorite recipes you'd recommend? Send them my way and try these - you won't be disappointed!

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