Cheat Days When You are Vegan and Gluten Free: The Adventure Continues

Being kind should first and foremost include being kind to yourself. Sometimes a kick in the pants has to happen in order to be reminded of that. I renewed my vow to myself as a New Year goal to eat WFPB, cut out the last bit of dairy from my diet, and eliminate overly processed junk foods. I was doing well until: A) Super Bowl and B) an all day work event on Wednesday that culminated in a cocktail reception with an abundance of tasty treats.


First of all, let’s talk about Super Bowl. I made a delicious vegan caramelized onion dip and a fresh, awesome (also vegan) chickpea salad spread. I brought potato chips and Simple Mills almond flour crackers. Guys, if you haven’t tried these yet do yourself a favor and pick up a box! I love these crackers. They taste like a *normal* cracker, but without the simple carbs that most gluten free crackers are made with. Vegan, gluten free and a very satisfying crunch.


I always make sure to bring something with to an event like that so I have something delicious and don’t feel deprived or left out. I was all set. Then I had a glass of wine. There was a veggie tray with definitely NOT vegan ranch dip. I had a *little* of the dip and lots of the veggies. I ate my vegan dips and spreads with some potato chips and the cracker I brought. I had another glass of wine. Then I hit up the queso dip and taco dip. Not a lot, but some of each. Both, again, defiantly not vegan.


I had a hard time sleeping that night. My digestive system was not at all happy with my little *cheat day*. I told myself I would not do THAT again!


Then I got to the cocktail reception after our long day on Wednesday. Again there was wine. And there was a really awesome veggie tray with hummus. Score! I had my wine, I had my veggies and hummus, and then I spotted the mac and cheese bar. Wheat based pasta, dairy based cheese sauce, loads of ad-ins. I had a *little* with lots of veggie ad ins. (are you seeing a pattern here?) More wine, and then I decided what the hell, I’m going in for the avocado spring rolls. Deep fried glutinous deliciousness. And there was lemon curd cake. Again, just a little.


Let’s just say, it was NOT a good night. I had indigestion, heart burn and nausea all night. I woke up covered in hives. If *cheat days* are supposed to be a treat, this was the exact opposite of that. This was not a kindness to my body. And disassociated eating, not acknowledging where the ingredients are coming from, does not negate the cruelty that occurs from making them.


Eating kind, vegan and gluten free has been an adventure. It is an ongoing learning process. I don’t beat myself up about these two incidents, because they were great learning experiences that confirmed that not only is a vegan lifestyle vital for the health of the planet and the kind stewardship of the animals, it is a true kindness to my body as well. Not in a philosophical *love and kindness* way, but in a physically acknowledged way.

Musings on The Game of *Kind*

If we go with the premise that we live in a holographic universe, and that we are projections from our higher self, then that means that we are, in fact, avatars in a game being played by our higher selves.  What I need to find out to succeed in life then, is where are the cheats?  What rock is the magic wand hidden behind?  Where is the hidden entrance to the secret passageway?   What do I have to smash to find the extra coins?  How do I level up?  I am playing the game called “me” and I have a need to level up.  This level isn’t working for me.  I want more.  More exciting adventures,  better garments, better magic, more coins.
To take this even further:  If our thoughts and emotions, our intentions, are the controller,  then what am I creating within the game when I focus on negative outcomes?  What epic monster battles am I creating with my thoughts?  What am I doing to my holographic world with my thought-less actions?  Or even worse, what if I am playing the game with no intent at all, and the game is just playing me while I am oblivious to why things are happening *to me* and to my *world*?   What if I am continually walking past the hidden door to the “more” I am searching for, and my Higher Self keeps smacking it’s forehead because I am not living up to my Avatar potential and I keep missing the clues?
More and more scientific evidence is being disclosed and discussed verifying that this is not a far fetched idea. Click the following link to watch “The Matrix is Real”, a 6 minute overview of what one of the top minds in the field thinks about this subject. And this “Evidence We are in a Simulation“.   And then think about what this means to us individually and collectively.  Our thoughts, emotions, intentions and actions impact our environment in significant ways.  We are creating this game in a very real way.  Everything is energy.  Energy creates.  We control the creative energy, the game, with our thoughts, emotions, intentions.  This is not a New Age *woo woo* concept.  This is scientific fact.
If we play the game with the energy of *kind*, and consider all of the other players, all animal life, all plant life, all of humankind, all of the beings in the subtle realms that we share this space with, and Mother Gaia herself, then we can begin to see the real power of the game.  We begin to see the far reaching effects that we need to consider in our daily lives, our daily game playing, and how we create in the game.  What if playing the game without the energy of “kind” is what is keeping us from leveling up?  What if we start seeing the potential creative power that we hold within?  What if we start to consciously play the game of “us” with the energy of “kind”?  How will the game change?  How will our avatars change?  How will the world look when we get our shit together and finally  level up?

Plastic People

“Plastic people with their plastic lives
Plastic lips tell plastic lies
Plastic drivers in plastic cars
Plastic food from plastic jars”
When I started this blog, it was never my intention to have it be just a food blog about plant based eating and vegan lifestyle.  It is equally important, equally critical, that we do everything in our power to heal our home planet, or at the very least not cause further harm.  But you can not talk about living in harmony with nature, respecting the animals and the planet, without addressing the huge shitshow that factory farming is, and the devastating impact that the carnivore diet has on the planet.
Thank you to @vegan_in_numbers on Instagram for the following info (please visit their Instagram page for info sources):
Shockingly, every hour in the United Sates 500,000 animals are killed for their meat.
An Oxford University study found that a vegan world could prevent 8 million deaths per year and could save trillions per year on health-care costs.
Every second an area the size of a football field is cleared in the amazon to produce 250 beef burgers.
Over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries say that going vegan will help save the planet.
Switching to a vegan diet reduces carbon emissions by 50%.
60% of the world’s biodiversity loss is due to meat consumption.
To that end, a lot of my content is food related.  There are so many great vegan bloggers out there and I follow several of them.  But I don’t think enough is being said, encouraged, about how easy whole food plant based eating can be.  You can get as fancy as you want with your vegan, WFPB cooking.  And sometimes I do.  But there is nothing wrong with a simple pasta (gluten free for me) and a nice marinara sauce along with a big salad.  Tacos with refried beans, loads of veggies and a simple spiced cashew cream, maybe a little vegan cheese if you want it.  Or a nice whole food veggie burger (I love Hilary’s Eat Well burgers)  with or without a bun, and some roasted veggies.  My point is, when we over complicate our meals it becomes overwhelming.  I am a big advocate of simplified meals.  Whatever it takes to eat less and less animal products, and have a positive impact on both our health, and the health of our planet.
So, although diet is a HUGE part of caring for ourselves and for the planet, I intend to dive into every day practical matters concerning living the Fae Life.  Living with care and compassion for our home planet, each other, the plant life, the animal life through everyday actions.
This includes being a responsible consumer.  I am not great at this. Eliminating plastic and over-packaging from my personal consumerism is my biggest 2018 goal.   I am getting better, but I could definitely do more.
I try to use parchment paper rather than foil.  But I still use foil a lot more than I should.
I try to buy in bulk and avoid over packaged products.  But I still buy to-go sizes of stuff for lunch when I am shopping before work.
I try to use glass rather than plastic, but I still use plastic zip bags sometimes.
I have switched to recyclable straws!
I use hemp, sugar cane fiber, and bamboo products whenever possible.  All renewable resources.  I have my green bags in my car!  I am trying.
Plastic has become such a huge part of our culture.  Plastic is so easy.  But it is so devastating.  As I write this I am drinking water out of a plastic bottle. Why?  Because I don’t want to ingest all the chemical additives, especially fluoride, that are added to my tap water.  I need to find a better solution.  I suck.  But I am conscious of that fact now, and I am making a plan to reduce my household consumption of plastic.  It’s a process.  And it is largely alien terrain in the US, in my hometown, in my family, in my household.  Plastic became synonymous with progress.  But the cost has been so high!  Most municipalities have a recycling program in place, but that is not enough.  And these programs are really not as effective as we would like to think.  We need to address the very real need to eliminate, or at the very lease reduce, the production of plastic by consuming less of it on a daily, personal basis.
In an  article published on Environmental Health News, “The Environmental Toll of Plastics” is this quote:
“One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics,” wrote David Barnes, a lead author and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey. 
Since its mass production began in the 1940s, plastic’s wide range of unique properties has propelled it to an essential status in society. Next year, more than 300 million tons will be produced worldwide.
People, this shit does not go away!  It is a *forever* product.  It is poisonous to our bodies, our land and our oceans.  It is not biodegradable. I urge you to read the whole article.  It goes on to say how plastics have negatively impacted our health and environment in an enormous way.  It is imperative that we realize how we are dooming our planet and destroying our health just because plastic makes our life easy.
And I urge you to take just one step this week toward eliminating plastic in your own home.  One small step.  Because that will lead to another, and another.  Together we can re-educate ourselves about the difference between what is easy, and what is right for us and our environment.

Happy New Year, Don’t be a D*#k


2018 is here.  And so are all New Year resolutions that we will feel bad about breaking within the first week or two of the new year.
My plan, my goal, my resolution, is simply to do better.  Yes, 100 percent vegan and environmentally conscious is the optimum goal, but we are human and life happens.  I am challenging myself in this new year to eat more whole food and less processed crap, but if I eat some crap, then just get on with eating whole foods at my next meal. To cut out the little bit of dairy that I consume occasionally, but be kind to myself if I do eat dairy.  To be less sedentary and actually stick with a short daily yoga practice, but not berate myself if I skip occasionally.  To practice more environmental consciousness in my consumerism by buying less overly packaged foods, stop using aluminum foil, remember my green bags and cut out plastic shopping bags, but forgive myself when I forget to put the green bags back into my car.
The overwhelm of the totality of being environmental conscious and vegan can lead people to quit before they truly begin.  My advice is don’t strive for perfect, strive for one step at a time, one action at a time.  Simple.  Take the best action you can in the moment.  And if you take an action that you aren’t proud of, learn from it and move on.  Let the next action you take be in line with who you want to be.  It’s a process.  Allow it to be a process.  Allow yourself to learn as you go along.  Live it how you need to live it.  And don’t let anyone judge you or your process.
I am not the expert.  There are plenty of experts out there who really know their shit.  Find them.  Follow them.  I am the person who is also on the journey, who is telling you it’s ok if you aren’t at 100 percent yet.
You do you to the best of your ability.  And just try to be less of a dick to yourself, your fellow human beings, the animals and the planet as you go along your life journey in this new year .  One step at a time, one meal at a time, one action at a time.  Our fellow humans, the animal and plant kingdoms, and our planet depend on more of us giving a crap and making an effort.  If we mess up, but get right back to it with our next action, we are still aiding the healing of our plant.  The important part is to try, to make an effort, to start.
Happy New Year!  Here’s to a new year of being kind and giving a crap!

Terrible Vegan

I make poor choices when I am tired.  This was never more clearly illustrated than when I visited my son and his family in Portland Oregon last month.
We LOVED Portland and can’t wait to go back.  It has it’s own vibe.  I can see why my son and daughter in law love it there.  Great people, great energy, great food!  Including an abundance of vegan options.
The eco-diversity is amazing!  Charming neighborhoods, a Cannon Beach day trip that showed us beautiful sea life up close at low tide, a Forest Park hike that led us to a Witches Castle, a short bus trip to downtown Portland that included a trip to a block of food truck unlike anything we had experienced before.
For the 10 days before we left, I ate a raw, vegan detox diet (diet as in how I ate, not diet as in starving myself.)  I felt great.  I don’t think I could eat that way as a lifestyle, but I love how it not only detoxes my body, but my taste buds as well.  I do this detox a couple of time a year and I am always amazed at the results.
Back to our Portland vacation.  Our flight left Milwaukee at 5:30 AM, which meant we had to leave for the airport at 3:30, so I was up at 3:00 AM the day we left.  We arrived at 10:00 AM Portland time.  We hadn’t eaten anything yet.  My son suggested we have breakfast at his favorite food truck,  MF Tasty.  And it really was MF Tasty!  The Chef/owner Eric Gitenstein, is an amazingly creative chef.  My husband (who is NOT vegan) had the paella of the day, which looked amazing!  (My husband said it was delicious)
MF Tasty
I had the brunch burrito.  It was delicious as well!  It was most definitely not vegan.  I could have had it vegan, but I did not.  I am pretty sure Chef Eric would have accommodated my request for a vegan burrito, and as long as he was still able to pile green chilies and his fresh salsa on it, I think he would have been happy to do it.  But I did not ask.  I was tired, I was hungry, I didn’t ask.
So yes, I went from a raw, vegan detox diet to a brunch burrito.  As I stated above, I make poor choices when I am tired.  Not an excuse, just a statement of fact.  This continued throughout our vacation, at the end of which my son said to me that I was a terrible vegan.  He said it with love and humor, but he is right.  I can’t just continue to be vegan when it’s convenient.
As a matter of course, I eat mostly vegan, I NEVER eat meat, but occasionally I consume dairy and eggs.  I am very transparent about this.  I would say I eat an average of 95 percent vegan.  That other 5 percent invariable happens when I am out at an event, or very tired.  I get lazy, I take the easy way out.  But we all know it really isn’t the easy way out, because the dairy industry and the egg industry are as horrible as the meat industry.  95 percent is not my goal.  100 percent is.  But if I do consume dairy, or an egg occasionally, I am still leaving less of a carbon footprint on our home planet than someone eating a SAD diet. I am still having a positive impact on Mother Gaia.   I am gentle with myself, and the next meal is the next opportunity to strive for that 100 percent.  The past 2 weeks have been 100 percent.  I feel great.  I do not feel deprived.  But the Holidays are coming.  My solution?   I will make a dish or two to bring with so that I do not have to feel deprived.  I will take control of my food choices. I will stop being vegan only when it is convenient to do so.  I am very fortunate, my family is very open to trying new food. My goal is to continue my 100 percent and perhaps convince my family to eat less animal products.
 I recently read an article on this very subject, The 95% Vegan Movement and the 5% Exception, by Robert Grillo, written in 2013.  It is still relevant and you can read his article here.  I do not disagree with him.  His article is spot on.  My only comment here is that we need to be patient, encouraging and give a hand up to everyone (myself included)  who is trying to get to that 100 percent, who are nearly there, but may slip up occasionally.  I don’t believe that we should settle for 95 percent, but I feel that 95 percent is a pretty good place to be while we strive for that 100 percent.  We need to be gentle with ourselves while we learn to navigate the vegan lifestyle while ensconced in a carnivore’s world.  We have so much early programming to overcome.  So much familial tradition that includes meat, dairy and eggs.  Many of us are on our way, but it is not unlike trying to leave a cult.  There is so much programming to overcome.  Sound overly dramatic?  Watch an hour or two of TV.  The food ads are almost all meat and dairy forward.  Think of your family’s Holiday food traditions:  Ham, turkey, duck, goose, cheese, butter, cream, whipped cream.  It’s a lot to overcome, so let’s be gentle with ourselves while we journey to that 100 percent.

A Veggan by Any Other Name……


I recently read an article (apparently I have been under a rock for the past year and didn’t hear about this until just now!) that says that a new class of vegan, adorably tagged *veggan*, allows vegans to eat eggs. How can a label allow this? Shouldn’t our *choosing* be what allows us to do this? Although I was actually intrigued by the article, I have a real problem with this obsession our society has with labeling, pigeonholing, shaming and judging. To *allow* or *let* us include something in our diet implies that something outside ourselves has dominion over our diet.

I know a lot of the vegans are appalled by this. My feeling is that as long as any individual’s philosophy includes eating for the planet, we are on the right path. However that looks for the individual. We are not all at the same place at the same time on this journey. And that’s OK.

I consider myself vegan, even though I have an occasional egg, or some dairy from time to time. That doesn’t make me a carnivore. Vegan describes my prominent lifestyle. Just as I like to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail sometimes, but that doesn’t make me an alcoholic. OK, that’s an extreme analogy, but you get the idea.

There is an almost militant mindset within the vegan community that is off-putting to people new to the lifestyle. Why in the world would we shun these newbies? Why in the world would we make people who are trying their best to *eat for the planet* feel *less than* because they are 80% committed and not 100%? Let them come in to this community at their own pace. Let them test the waters. Let them dip in a toe, or wade up to their waist, instead of insisting that they cannonball in all at once.

We need to be encouraging, not discouraging. Our planet, Mother Gaia, depends on bringing more and more individuals into a kind way of eating, green eating, sustainable eating. Fae Life mindset means to be kind, nurturing and accepting of anyone doing what they can, in their own way, in their own time, to restore health to body and planet. We need to applaud and encourage EVERYONE, regardless of where they are on this path to kindness. Lets stop judging and labeling each other and start mentoring and encouraging our entire community.

That being said, I kind of like the Veggan (with 2 Gs) distinction.

*distinction* as defined by the dictionary:
“Excellence that sets someone or something apart from others.”

​Fat, Dumb and Manipulated

There has been a lot of talk the past couple months/years of the *dumbing down* of America through fake news, social media and the educational system.  But It’s even deeper and darker than that.  We are being made fat and stupid on a fundamental level, and on purpose.  Our health and well being are being compromised for profit. This is a well planned agenda by big pharma and big business.  And if you don’t believe this is true, just take a look around. 

We are unable to concentrate.  We live on coffee and energy drinks.  Most people are in some form of constant, distracting pain. OTC pain meds take up an entire aisle at the drug store.  We can not catch our breath.  We can not oxygenate our brains and our bodies in order to think for ourselves.  The majority of us are over weight.  Our blood does not flow as freely through our veins as it did a couple of decades ago.  And this is just scratching the surface.

We are being bamboozled into thinking we are being given what we want.

This slapped me in the face hard yesterday when we decided to give cable TV another try.

Holy commercial hell, Batman!!!!

People, just because there is *less* sugar and artificial color in your kid’s cereal doesn’t mean It’s healthy.  It is not *spreading the good* in your kid’s body.  *Whatever froots your loop* should not include ingesting neon colored, highly processed food stuff.

The Greek yogurt you are eating might say It’s organic or all natural, but that doesn’t make it healthy.  *Undeniably dairy* is undeniably bad for your bones.  Do the research!

And that new naked breakfast taco from Taco Bell that has a fried egg instead of a taco shell that is stuffed with meat, potatoes and cheese is not a healthy breakfast alternative!

There is a systematic physical and mental dumbing down of Americans in play.  Keeping us fat and unhealthy is profitable.  It should be so obvious, but we can not see the forest for the trees, so to speak.  We, as a consumer group, need to start making our own decisions.  Get rid of the sheeple  mentality that big business counts on.

Whole food, plant based,  is better for your body and the body of Mother Gaia.

We each need to do our part, one little step at a time. One decision at a time.  We need to stop letting them tell us what they think is good for us, and start deciding for ourselves.  We need to take back our power as consumers by deciding for ourselves what to buy, and in so doing, dictate  the market  in an intelligent manner.

Don’t take my word for any of this.  Do your own research. Read the articles.  Follow the activists and conscientious industry leaders on social media. Watch the documentaries.  We are not being educated by mass media.  We are being manipulated and brain washed for the profit of big business, big pharma, big food.

None of these big business have your best interest at heart.  They only care about marketing to you any way they can.

And the advertisers they employ do not care about your health.  They care about their bottom line and the bottom line of the companies that hire them.

Do I always choose fresh, whole, plant based foods?  No.  There are long days that lead me to the frozen food section where I buy a vegan, gluten free, organic something.  But I choose my brands carefully and I read the ingredient list.

Respect your body, respect your home planet.  Be aware of the true cost to your body and your planet when you sheeple shop.

Peace, love, plants and conscientious consumerism,  my friends.

Creativity is Overrated (at 7AM)

Eating kind at work just takes a little planning, and a slightly bigger lunchbox. 

There are so many convenience foods these days it’s amazing!  You can get already made salad, containers of cut up fruit,  individual serving size cups of guacamole and hummus, 100 calorie packs of nuts, snack packs of carrots, individually wrapped prunes, frozen vegan entrees, the list goes on and on.  I love these things.  They make my life so much easier.  But these convenience foods make mother earth pay a heavy price.  Because convenience leads to gross over-packaging.  

The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a carnivore diet.  But over-packaging, even if it’s vegan, adds substantially to landfills and contributes to green-house gases and pollution.

The best, easiest convenience foods are nuts and whole fruits. But sometimes I just want convenient comfort foods. Something to grab and go.  GF vegan burritos, individual hummus pack and a snack bag of chips or carrots.  A nice salad that someone else made for me.  Did you know that Amy’s makes a frozen gluten free mac & cheeze?

I’m far from perfect.  I still grab those things some days.  But for the most part, I try to have my shit together in the mornings and put a lunch together to bring to work.  Resuable cups filled with stuff I make or buy in bulk. 

For me, sticking with a similar breakfast and lunch throughout the week, then shaking thing up a bit for dinner when I get home, seems to work best.  I just don’t have the creativity or time in the mornings to come up with something exciting and new to pack. Monotony and consistency help me eat well and take care of Mother Earth.

Here is what breakfast and lunch has been this week:

Breakfast:  2 bananas.

Lunch: a simple salad of greens and sprouts with a sprinkle of dulse flakes, raw pepitas or hulled hemp seeds and homemade cashew ranch dressing.

Afternoon pick-me-up:  A teaspoon of matcha powder and a heaping tablespoon of vegan vanilla protein powder with chia seeds added to my Blender Bottle of coconut milk and shaken well.

Dinner: NOW I can get creative, if I want to.

That’s it.  Simple, boring, tasty, nutritious. One container for the greens and sprouts, a tiny one for the protein powder, another tiny one for the dulse and pepitas or hemp seeds, and one more for the dressing.  Add 2 bananas and my Blender Bottle filled a little more than half way with coconut milk.  Done and out the door.  Most of the time I have the bananas and dried ingredients packed up the night before.

Next week may see a different menu, but I try to keep it simple and consistent.  Mono-fruit for breakfast, something veggie forward for lunch, something light and simple  mid-afternoon, anything goes for dinner.

This doesn’t work for everyone.  You might want more variety in your breakfast and lunch.  To you I say, you have my admiration.  Pinterest is filled with awesome ideas.  Blogs I follow are overflowing with inspiration.  I love being creative and trying new recipes.  But not at 7AM.  For me, sticking with a kind diet means leaving creativity until later.  


Eating kind, gluten-free and vegan doesn’t have to be hard, complicated or take a lot of prep time.  Sometimes I am well organized and prep food on the weekends to make  weeknights easier. A lot of  times I don’t.

So I try to make sure I have fridge, freezer and pantry stocked up so I can throw something together quickly after work.

Last night’s dinner:

Toasted Mybread gluten-free pita, Kite Hill vegan cream cheese, avocado, chives and spicy sprouts drizzled with Isola Cream of Balsamic Vinegar.

It was delicious!