Welcome back to Healthy Vegan Friday. I had a great weekend as my husband took my toddler to his parents for the weekend while I stayed at home. I missed them so much but really appreciated the time to myself as I’ve never been away from her before. It felt so good to do what I wanted for a change, and I have to admit to overindulging in some more unhealthy food for the first time in my pregnancy. I had a takeaway (curry) chocolate, cake, bread, cereal and other snacks that I never normally eat. I didn’t feel good for it but I could just relax and take it easy which was amazing. Best of all I had time to think clearly. When you look after a young baby all day (and a lot of the time all evening too as she sleeps poorly on her own) life is so hectic and you don’t have time to reflect on the way you actually want to lead your life and raise your kids.
I actually got chance to finish an entire book! (very rare for me – I have been reading my ‘toothbrush book’ for half a year so far. I’ve managed to get through 297 pages while reading it for just 4 minutes a day while I clean my teeth!) The book I read is called French Kids Eat Everything. It’s about a Canadian woman who moved to France with her family and found out how to cure her kids fussy eating, improve their manners among many other benefits. I enjoyed the book so much as I got to learn about another culture through a true story with a focus on food (my perfect kind of book!). It made me realise that I’ve not been helping my toddler’s fussy eating habits by not eating with her and working on my laptop instead. I got into this habit at the start of my pregnancy and hadn’t put a stop to it. So I’ve started eating all my meals with her and it’s already doing wonders for her picky eating and for us to spend time as a family together. The knock on effect is I have less time to blog so will probably only write 2 blog posts a week from now on. This will also be a good pattern to get into once my baby arrives as I’m sure things will be hectic for a while at the start.
How do you manage to find balance in your life between all the things you want to do and have to do?
For those of you who don’t know, Healthy Vegan Fridays is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself, Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan, and Gabby @ The Veggie Nook. It is a place to share your healthy vegan recipes that make use of whole ingredients and minimize the use of processed and refined foods. The recipes shared on this link up are intended to emphasis the beauty, creativity and benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet!
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Recap of last week
Most Popular Submissions
1: PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free & Oil-Free
2: Chickpea Coconut Curry
3: Buckwheat Everything!
My Favourites from Last Week
Top Ten Recipes 2012 – Better Late Than Never!
Mmmm, I wanted to make almost every recipe in this list. Wow!
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Superfood St Patrick’s Day Cake
I just can’t believe these wraps are made out of cauliflower! It’s great to see a raw recipe that doesn’t require a dehydrator too.
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Nat @ The Apple Diaries says
So glad to hear you had some quality time to yourself Katherine, I think it’s so important. I try and put aside at least one night each week where I just do my pamper activities – take a bath, apply a face mask, paint my toenails.. you know ;)
I really wanted to submit a recipe for Healthy Vegan Friday but I caught a cold and have been in bed sick most of the week.
I’ll definitely get a recipe submitted for next Friday!
Hi Katherine! Hope your pregnancy is going well! Thanks for featuring my top ten post, I hope you get around to trying some new recipes!
Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free says
Hi Katherine, thanks for hosting :) I’ve shared a post with 5 ways to use radishes, part of my series on being a winter locavore.
Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods says
How nice to have some time to yourself! Sounds like you had a relaxing week. I’ve heard of that book before and it sounds really fascinating! I might have to give it a read one of these days.
This week I linked up my “naked” mushroom pizza :) Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend :)