A big change in my life

The idea for this post came to me in one small second, but I think it’s such an important remark to show you, because it absolutely changed my whole life. This big change is connected with body positivity and my thinking about my body, weight etc.

Before this exchange in France I need to say that I accepted my gain weight, but I was still spending some time on scrolling through Instagram accounts of thin vegan girls or watching videos on YouTube like “how to not gain weight on HCLF diet” or “how to lose weight on HCLF diet”. And what’s an important thing too-I was strict in following high carb LOW FAT vegan diet. I stopped eating peanut butter (because I thought it’s too fatty) and I was still thinking how much fats I ate that or that day.

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My departure changed everything because I couldn’t anymore be focused on my diet so much, I had many different worries, problems and things to think about, so I got much more laid-back about my diet and for example I came back to eat peanut butter, because I knew that it can be a very good source of fats especially here on exchange when I don’t have time and also possibility to search for different sources of fats during grocery shopping.

But what I want to tell you in this post is that I’m finally free and I can say it with 100% certainty! <3 I don’t care anymore about my weight, size of my thighs or my belly. I love every single part of my body and I’m happy that I can announce you that. I don’t spend hours anymore on thinking how my body looks, looked and will look. It’s to big to say it aloud, but I feel almost like before my ed :)

Thank you so much for following my journey, today I saw an amazing number on Instagram-2k of you watching my progress and life <3 I love every single one of you and I’m sure it’s not the end, but just the beginning of changes in my life :)

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How to make creamy vegan SNICKERS oatmeal :)

I know you were waiting for this recipe for ages and I was hestiteting when exactly I should post it, because I wanted to do it in some special moment. And then this moment arrived, today, in the morning, when I prepared this SNICKERS SAUCE any my mouth exploded. I absolutely love it, it’s so tasty (for me it’s exactly the taste of peanut caramel) and I need to say that my oatmeal tastes MUCH better with it :)
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You will need :

5-8 tablespoons of oats (instant or rolled)

Plantbased mylk (I prefer soy mylk for the texture it gives the oatmeal)

1-2 banana(s)

Agave/maple/date syrup

Peanut butter/PB2

Dark chocolate or chopped nuts (optionally)

 

  1. If you use rolled oats put them in the pot, add mylk and let the oats absorb the water from mylk to become soft (if you use instant oats skip this step)
  2. Put in the pot together oats, mylk (1-2 cm above your oats) and add one (or half) smashed banana, stir it and bring it all to boil (DON’T FORGET TO STIR A LOT YOUR OATS DURING THE PROCESS)-it can take 5-10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime cut your banana into the slices and prepare the SNICKERS SAUCE.
  4. Serve with dark chocolate (I like to put in the middle of my oatmeal, but I need to say that with the snickers sauce, porridge tastes better without chocolate).

 

For the SNICKERS SAUCE

Agave/maple/date syrup

Peanut butter/PB2

Water

 

  1. Mix in a small bowl 2 teaspoons of peanut butter (honestly I don’t know how it works with PB2) and 3 teaspoons of maple/agave/date syrup. Add a tiny splash (or more) of water if needed.
  2. Feel the heaven in your mouth.

 

So here it is, the recipe for mu “famous” creamy and best oatmeal ever. I need to admit that with that snickers sauce my porridge tastes exactly like PEANUT BUTTER CLIF BAR <3

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VEGAN SERIES #11: How to convince your parents to let you become vegan?

When I first wanted to go vegan, I knew that my mom didn’t like that idea, even before I talked to her. So I was scrolling many pages about best tips to convince you parents to find something what could work for me. Eventually, I decided to simply talk to my mum and also to prepare a presentation in Power Point to not forget any important fact connected with vegan diet. Finally, one day, I asked my mum to talk to me, she agreed and I started.

It wasn’t easy for me, I was really stressed and afraid of that talk, because it was really important for me and I didn’t want to screw this talk by saying something wrong. I don’t want to lie, I told you my vegan story, so you also know that my mum wasn’t happy at all, in fact she was angry and said a big “no”.

But in today’s post I want to tell you how to convince your parents and how to become vegan even though you’re scared now before talking about it to your family.

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1. Do a great research.

In my opinion that is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you should do before talking to your family about going vegan. You should be prepared for every possible question connected with protein, vitamins (B12, D), iron, magnesium etc., animals’ treatment in slaughterhouses and many, many more. You also can tell also your family about reasons to go vegan (health, environment, ethics), products that are vegan (like Oreo cookies etc.) and benefits of vegan diet for health and environment.

The main purpose of doing a great research is to show your family that you care for your health, that going vegan is a big decision for you, but you are aware of its advantages and… (I think there is no disadvantage :D).

2. Be calm, don’t shout 

I think it’s quite obvious, but at the same it’s good to mention that your family probably won’t agree with you and they won’t be happy about you going vegan. And you can’t start to shout, cry etc., because in most cases it doesn’t help and it makes things worse.

Your goal is to show your parents that you’re mature, you care for our planet, animals and your health, and you made this decision in aware way.

What if your family said “no”?

So your family said “no”, you’re angry, you want to cry, shout and leave the house? Maybe not so bad, but you’re sad, because it’s important for you and they said no. Here are few tips that can help in a situation like this, believe me, nothing is lost yet :)

3. Choose a compromise.

You can try to propose your family “a deal”. You can become for example vegetarian for 2 months and if everything was good, you could go vegan. Or do the same, but replace “vegetarian” by “vegan”.

Maybe for your family veganism is to extreme, but vegetarianism not so much. At the end is better to be vegetarian than meat eater.

4. Give them some time and try again.

You can always try again with better arguments, better preparation. You can add to your presentation the possibility to do some blood tests. Or going to the dietician.

 

I don’t know your family and relations between you and them, but I believe that it’s possible to convince even the most disagreed parents. I keep my fingers crossed for you and I believe you will succeed.

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[PL] Jak odzyskać okres?

Wiele dziewczyn pisze do mnie i pyta o to jak odzyskać miesiączkę. Okres jest bardzo ważny dla każdej kobiety i nie jest ważne czy lubisz go czy nie, konieczne jest jego posiadanie, ponieważ to najważniejsza oznaka zdrowia.

Straciłam swój okres z powodu restrykcyjnego jedzenia i niedbania wystarczająco o moje ciało i zdrowie. Miałam problemy z nieregularną miesiączką przez prawie 2 lata i wtedy mój okres zniknął na 8 miesięcy. Odzyskałam go ostatecznie w sierpniu 2015r., jeden tydzień po tym jak zostałam wegetarianką. Przez ostatnie kilka miesięcy byłam przekonana, że niejedzenie mięsa i nabiału pomogło mi w odzyskaniu miesiączki i być może jest to prawda, ale myślę, że jest jeszcze wiele innych czynników, które były kluczem do powrotu mojego cyklu do dawnej regularności.

W tym poście przychodzę do Was z moimi radami, które według mnie mogą Wam pomóc w odzyskaniu okresu. Myślę, że te rady mogą być pomocne dla każdej kobiety, a w szczególności dla osób, które w przeszłości miały problemy z zaburzeniami odżywiania lub restrykcyjnym jedzeniem.

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1.Przestań ćwiczyć…

Możesz znaleźć tę radę wszędzie, ale prawdopodobnie nie wiesz jaka jest ona ważna. Kiedy Twoje ciało zdrowieje i chcesz żeby Twoje hormony znowu dobrze pracowały, nie możesz zmuszać swojego ciała do skupienia na ćwiczeniach zamiast na zdrowieniu. Mówiąc o ćwiczeniach mam na myśli ogólnie cardio (jak np. rower czy pływanie) lub jakąkolwiek aktywność, która spala duże ilości kalorii i jest dość dużym wysiłkiem dla Twojego ciała.

2. …ale zacznij uprawiać jogę lub się rozciągać.

Nawet nie masz pojęcia jak joga lub rozciąganie może pomóc w relaksie i wyciszeniu. Według mnie to najlepszy sposób na poradzenie sobie ze strachem i stresem. Możesz jednocześnie się zrelaksować i wyświadczyć Twojemu ciału przysługę. Bardzo ważne: nie traktuj jogi jako sposobu na spalenie kalorii, ale jako zabawę, nie karę.

3. Nie myśl za dużo i odstresuj się.

Myślenie non stop o braku miesiączki i zastanawianie się, kiedy Twój okres wróci, to na pewno Ci nie pomoże. Kiedy się stresujesz Twoje hormony wariują, a w Twoim ciele zaczyna się robić jeden wielki bałagan. Stres rozregulowuje gospodarkę hormonalną i dlatego też tak gorąco polecam jogę i rozciąganie-dla mnie to był najprostszy sposób na odstresowanie się i myślenie pozytywnie :)

4. Jedz wystarczająco + więcej tłuszczy

I to jest najgorsza część dla każdej dziewczyny, która cierpi na zaburzenia odżywiania lub właśnie z nich wychodzi. Musisz jeść wystarczająco (conajmniej 2000 kcal dziennie!) i musisz uwzględniać więcej tłuszczy w Twojej diecie. Więcej tłuszczy oznacza więcej tłuszczy. A dlaczego to jest takie ważne? Dlatego, że do odpowiedniej pracy hormonów, musisz mieć również tłuszcz w Twoim ciele. Wiele kobiet potrzebuje nawet określonego procentu tkanki tłuszczowej w swoim ciele, żeby być zdrowe. To może się wydawać przerażające lub ciężkie dla Ciebie, ale uwierz mi, że to naprawdę ważne i konieczne. Musisz także zmienić sposób myślenia o jedzeniu. Jedzenie jest paliwem i nie powinnaś się zastanawiać czy dany produkt jest zbyt kaloryczny lub tuczący. Po prostu jedz jedzenie, które chcesz i ciesz się nim.

5. Zacznij kochać swoje ciało i myśl pozytywnie

To przychodzi z czasem i jest najtrudniejsze do osiągnięcia, ale kochanie siebie i pozytywne nastawienie jest także kluczem do odzyskania miesiączki. Musisz zrozumieć, że sposób w jaki patrzysz na swoje ciało teraz nie zmieni się w ciągu tygodnia czy miesiąca, ale powoli zaczniesz mieć więcej pozytywnych dni, aż w końcu jednego dnia uświadomisz sobie, że już to osiągnęłaś.

Jeśli potrzebujesz pomocy z pozytywnym patrzeniem na własne ciało i miłością do siebie, zapraszam na mój profil na IG i do przeczytania innych postów na tym blogu. Pamiętaj, że TY JESTEŚ KLUCZEM DO WŁASNEGO SZCZĘŚCIA :)

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My 10 top vegan people on social media :) #2

So, here is second part of list of my favourite vegans on social media. I know you had to wait for it few months, but I forgot to add the end of my list. Anyway, you can enjoy it now!

6. Maximiliane Hansen (YouTube, Instagram)

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Absolute babe, amazing and so wise girl :) I love her YouTube videos and Instagram as well, you definitely check out her video about gaining weight and body positivity in our times :)

7. Caitlin Shoemaker (YouTube, Instagram)

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I always drool when I scroll through Caitlin’s IG profile <3 Her food creations, personality and lovely YouTube videos are things I love the most :)

8. Stella Rae (YouTube)

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Stella is another person who is so open, honest and inspiring that you have to check out her videos asap <3

9. Karolina Sobańska (YouTube, Instagram)

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So, Karolina is the only Polish YouTuber on my list, because she also runs an English channel and I love her recipes and meal ideas :)

10. Angelina Draper (YouTube, Instagram)

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Last but not least. Open, honest, brave and strong. Amazing girl with an extraordinary point of view at life. She shares her thoughts and I love watching her videos where she talks, but also prepares some yummy vegan meals <3

 

So that’s the end of my “10 top vegan people on social media” list, but I need to say that it was quite enjoyable to prepare this one for you. If you want to read and see more posts like this, just give me some ideas and I will share with you my favourite things lists :)

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Missing home. My exchange experience

I need to say that I decided to write this post in one small second. I don’t know even how it will look like at the end, but I feel this need and willingness to share with you my current feelings and emotions.

How you probably know, or not, at the end of August I came to France for almost 4 months for a school exchange. I made this decision before choosing a high school, because I knew about this possibility and I always wanted to improve my french level by an experience like this. But in fact, I had completely no idea how an exchange looks like in real life and how many so different boundaries I will meet on my way.

Before this exchange I was scared of so many different things, but what’s the funniest thing-none of them is my problem now. I was scared of my language level, feeling homesick all the time, problems with Polish school and work and many, many more. Actually, any of these “problems” were problems for me. Speaking in French is really easy, sometimes I can’t find an exact word, but I always can describe it. Feeling homesick is actually my problem, but in completely different way than I was thinking before. And Polish school or amount of work? It’s hard, but I manage to do everything in time and I don’t feel very exhausted.

Today I don’t want to tell you about different problems I have, because I will do it for sure some other day. Today I want to tell you about missing home.

 

Here, in France, I’ve understood for the first time in my life, that time can fly fast and slow at the same time. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true and I’m not the only person from my friends on exchange who noticed it. How it works? I will explain you. Time flies fast on exchange, because everyday is something new, something excited and you actually live from Monday to Friday. Sounds great, right? But what’s the worst part of it is that when you look back you think that for example a month passed away. But, in fact, it was only a week or two. It sounds strange and it feels strange, but this is the truth. I feel like I’ve been here for half of a year or even longer. And it feels terrible, because I’m not even in the middle of my stay here. And it doesn’t feel good at all.

I experienced so many things, I met so many people and I really could be back home right now. Right now.

And it’s not about feeling bad here. Or feeling lonely. Or so. I just really miss my family, my mom, my friends, my cats and my lovely city. I miss my routine. My food and rules in my home. I miss so many different things and it feels really strange to think that I’ll come back in 2 months. 2 MONTHS. Sounds so bad and so long.

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Thank you for reading my thoughts. Probably it’s my most honest post ever. I just want to say that despite feeling homesick, I don’t regret this exchange. There are many positive sides of it and I’m really grateful I decided to do such a brave thing.

Positive side: now I don’t count days till my departure, but till return home <3

Why I’m sharing this with you right now and not at the end of my exchange? Because now I feel that need. To be honest, I’m planning to write a summing-up post also at the end of December when I’ll be finally back in Poland, but I don’t know yet how it will look like :)

Thank you once again.

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VEGAN SERIES #10: Types of vegan diets and which one I follow

So, for the last three weeks, when I was changing my host family and then starting daily life in a new one, I had completely no time to write a new post and I was basically eating, sleeping, speaking French and learning for two schools all the time.

Anyway, this is the post about vegan diets, because I got this question on Tumblr and I think that someone had a great idea and this kind of vegan list could help those people who want to become vegan in choosing the best possible type of diet for them :)

3 THE MOST POPULAR VEGAN DIETS

  • Raw Till 4

Probably the most popular vegan diet of all times. From my point of view it has too many principles, but generally it consists in eating raw (fruits, veggies) only till 4 p.m. and then eating a cooked dinner. At the beginning of my vegan journey I thought it sounds nice, but then when I started to learn more and more about it, I got to know that it’s completely unnatural and in many people’s cases it causes fear of calories or fats.

More information about it you can find here or on a “Freelee The Banana Girl”‘s Youtube channel (she’s the author of this diet, but it important to admit that she’s not qualified dietician or doctor.

  • Starch Solution

This diet was created by dr. John McDougall an it’s based on starches. Starch Solution is much more economic diet, because potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and also veggies like peas, chickpeas and beans are not very expensive :) Person who wants to follow this diet should also eat 80% of carbs, 10% of protein and 10% fat.

More information about it you can find here.

  • Raw vegan

I think I don’t have to explain this one, you just eat raw foods or these ones heated/dehydrated at very low temperatures.

More information about it you can find here.

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WHICH DIET I FOLLOW?

For first months of my vegan journey I loved to call myself a “HCLF vegan”, because I it was true. But few weeks ago I decided to not labeling myself and even though I still follow definitely high carb vegan diet, I don’t want to say low fat, because it depends on day. Some days I eat more fats, some less and I hate when other vegans say some mean words to girls who eat more than 10% of fats and they’re calling themselves HCLF vegans. Like seriously, is it really so important to know if you ate 9% or 11% of fats? I think that labeling yourself just make your life worse and it brings people to hating each other and restricting their food even when they want to eat more than one spoon of peanut butter or more than small piece of avocado.

What matters is that you save animals and care for your body and health, rather than think how many percents of fats you ate that or this day :)

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