Sunday thoughts: 12th October 2014

I’m going to have to come out with a cliché again, but it really does seem like only a couple of days ago I was hurriedly putting together some thoughts on the preceding week, Sunday having once again snuck up on me.

It came as no surprise, then, when I accidentally booked some clients in for Wednesday, which is my birthday and a day I had planned to take off for, well, pretty much ever as I have yet to work on a birthday. Luckily my clients are all wonderful people who had no problem rescheduling when Ben, thankfully, double-checked with me that I had remembered to take the day off.

It is, however, still a bit of a struggle to get my head around Canadian bloggers writing about Canadian Thanksgiving… not to mention – you might want to sit down for this – Christmas decorations filling supermarket aisles!

So let’s not forget that we are in October, and this is what has been happening in my little slice of the universe:

Food for thought

I propose we rename this section “Food for thought”, as I don’t seem to do a whole bunch of learning most of the time. So you know, if you can’t score a goal, move the goalposts. Just kidding; I just enjoy the freedom of being able to highlight interesting videos and fun facts and the likes, rather than being stuck with more academic topics. I hope you guys agree!

So although this week I am currently reading an article on how to train for maximal power (some say work on maximal strength, some say work with lower strength levels but use more explosive exercises, some say a bit of both), I think these links will be of more interest:

  • When a client told me she preferred to drink camel’s milk in her coffee than cow’s milk, I had to go research the actual properties of the former. I was quite amazed to find out that camel’s milk most closely resembles human breast milk, with ten times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, and there are extensive lists of other proven and suspected health benefits. Obviously, I still don’t support the drinking of non-human animal milk because once weaned onto solid food I don’t see any justification for drinking the breast milk of another species, but I find the nutritional profile quite impressive; indeed, I would be prepared to use it as a retort to people who question how healthy a vegan diet can be in the absence of cow’s milk. After all, if they are so concerned with maximising their nutrient intake and minimising digestive issues, why aren’t they lapping up camel’s milk?
  • This very long piece on entitled “Why the Trolls Will Always Win” was so worth the read. Make yourself a hot drink and get comfortable because it deals with issues that a growing number of individuals, especially women (trigger warning: violent threats), face online and, worryingly, eventually offline too – you can set your privacy settings as high as you like but there will always be people who can use the web to find information about you that even you couldn’t find if you needed to. Back to the article, though, it is a very interesting analysis of the practice of “trolling” and an impressively mature reaction to it.
  • For a slightly more uplifting (and brief) read, a story that will make you never want to complain about leg pain ever again (thanks Ben for the link)!

Thought for food

I was so excited to see the first Instagram shots of Almond Dream ice cream which is now available in the UK from Waitrose supermarkets (affiliate link). Unfortunately, although our local is on the list of stockists, we couldn’t find any this weekend, so I can’t add that to my list of wonderful new treats. To be honest, I haven’t missed it too much – I have enjoyed plenty of tasty eats and treats this week:

  • My client served me a lovely and homely breakfast of fried potatoes and spicy tomatoes, all mopped up with flatbreads. Simple but hearty and full of flavour!
  • I haven’t been all that hungry in the evenings (see above re: huge breakfasts), so I compromised with giant green smoothies on a couple of nights and they were some of the best I have ever made. I didn’t measure anything but into the blender went soy milk, about 6-8 small but super syrupy dates (probably the equivalent of about 3 medjool dates), frozen banana, a few cubes of frozen watermelon, a scattering of frozen blueberries, 4-6 chunks of frozen chopped spinach, about half a scoop of plain soy protein powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Super thick and just sweet enough – and so huge I had to drink it out of an old pickle jar! (excuse the terrible photo taken on my very un-fancy phone)Green smoothie
  • I have devoured all of my Pana Chocolate from Vegfest… needless to say, it is good.
  • On a bit of a green juice and smoothie kick, I have enjoyed two juices from the Nature’s Goodness stall in Kingston Market: Wonderful Watercress yesterday (a smoothie featuring pear, pineapple, watercress and spinach) and Super Greens today (a juice with kale, spinach, cucumber, pear, lemon and ginger). Today I enjoyed my juice before devouring a couple of £1 samosas from the Chilli Cha Cha stand – not the highest quality samosa you will find, but totally hit the spot on a chilly and aimless Sunday afternoon!

Happy thoughts

  • I only got to train on Monday and Tuesday this week, as my throat started to feel slightly scratchy and my nose started to feel very slightly stuffy, and as Ben has had a cold I didn’t want to risk catching it (and then passing it on to clients or having to cancel appointments), but those two sessions were good ones – feeling back to normal fitness and functionality!
  • Finding myself with a random day off on Tuesday, I finally decided it was time for a haircut and managed to find somewhere local that only uses vegan products. I always forget how nice it feels to have my hair cut, and I really wish I had done it sooner, but I feel great now I have. Unfortunately, I’m not a selfie kinda girl so I don’t have much to show for it…
  • On Friday Ben and I both finished late and – for my part – viciously craving Village Pizza. I decided to branch out and get something different to my usual order, and asked for a Gardiniera (Spinach, Fresh Tomatoes, Courgettes, Asparagus, Sweetcorn and Artichoke) on one half, and a Pepe Peppers (Vegan Style Pepperoni, Jalapeno Peppers, Sweetcorn and Mixed Peppers) on the other – they balanced each other out perfectly! They charged us extra for vegan cheese, which was new, as well as an extra pound for the half-and-half, but it was so worth it. £24 for three meals (I had leftovers for breakfast on Saturday, how good is that?) ain’t bad, especially when every bite is a mouthful of happiness.

    Hell. Yes. #vegan #pizza #whatveganseat #veganjunkfood

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    Oh, and my photo got more likes than anything I have posted on Instagram, so one more reason to love!

  • Saturday is usually my favourite day of the week, and this week was no exception; a much-needed lie-in, a lounge around in my dressing gown catching up on blog posts, leftover pizza, then some very interesting flat viewings. After that, Ben and I chilled out in The Press Room where I had a truly excellent soy cappuccino, and we excitedly hatched new business ideas!

Other than that, it has been a great week, steadily busy with my amazing clients but with a generous amount of down-time in the afternoons to sip on some tea and catch up with Ben or, in his absence, other blogs. What do you think of the new headings I have used today?

I’m off to throw some sort of dinner together, and you’re off to enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Have a happy week! xoxo