Little herbal helpers

I’ve been meaning to write about this, but I keep forgetting to.

For over a month now, these little friends have been helping me out in so many ways.

Soon after I started working at Jo-Ann’s, I felt like I was coming down with something. I knew that Oregano Oil was a great way to boost the immune system and helps to kick the butt of nasty things. I also knew that Elderberry was another boost to the immune system. I figured between the two, something would do some good. It did.

After I started feeling better, I kept taking them, but just the ‘maintaining’ dose rather than the ‘acute symptoms’ dose. I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep my immune system up. Eventually I noticed that on days I forgot to take my Claritin, I wasn’t having any allergy problems. I thought maybe it was because enough was still in my system to work, but I wanted to see. I stopped taking Claritin. I haven’t needed it since. I was taking the Claritin to keep my eczema at bay. The Elderberry and Oregano appear to be keeping it at bay quite well on their own.

A little later I bought the St. John’s Wort. I knew that it was good for anxiety and stress, of which I had plenty. I had also thought I might have test anxiety and thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. It worked quite well! I don’t take it daily, like I do the other two. I only take it when I need it: before tests, work, or any event I start to feel that anxiety starting to rise.

I do want to say this: while these herbs are helping me, that doesn’t mean they work for everyone. They are medication, which means you need to be careful when you’re first trying it out. I’ve taken all three in the past and know that they had no adverse effects. Yet, I still keep an eye on myself to make sure nothing’s going wrong. Always err on the side of caution.

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Part-Time Vegan: 1 week in

Well, it’s a little over a week in, but I’ve lost count of exact days. I think that’s a good thing. It means I’m enjoying myself.

Yesterday and today I’ve had a couple of realizations. Yesterday I realized that I need to start working on compiling actual meals instead of stringing together a bunch of snacks. I did put together some veggie ‘tacos’ for lunch, which were delicious. Messy, but delicious. When we went grocery shopping yesterday I picked up a few more things for salads with a little preparation. Tomorrow morning I’m planning to get that done and I’ll hopefully have a wonderful salad for lunch.

Today on my way home from campus, I had the urge to stop somewhere to get lunch but nothing sounded good! Even getting a veggie sandwich from Jimmy John’s! I am getting over fast food! But when I got home it took a bit to figure out what I did want to eat.

I’m still happy though. I don’t really miss meat at lunch time. I’ve been feeling better and less stuffed when I eat. It’s really nice. I just hope that I can keep this up when the weather starts to cool off and raw isn’t as much of an option. Not that I’m strictly raw right now, but it’s a major part of my diet. Eh. I’ll just cross that bridge when I get to it.

Raw attempt

Lately my life has been a bit chaotic. Trying to balance life, work, and school has left me falling back on bad eating habits. I’ve been trying to eat more fruits and veggies, but it’s only recently started to gain traction. Then there was Thursday.

Thursday is when I checked my Feedly and saw a new post at Bonzai Aphrodite (my favorite blog ever!). The way she talked about that cookbook inspired me to check it out on Amazon. When I saw the price, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been thinking about raw foods and it definitely appeals in the summer time. It arrived today and I am so glad I bought it.

Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw

Today I went to Whole Foods and bought most of the ingredients for the dressing that Sayward posted in her blog. Just the smell of all that fresh dill is inspiring. Unfortunately there appears to have been a run on fresh parsley, both flat and curly, so I have to wait until tomorrow to make up this dressing that sounds so amazing. I may finally get a chance to use my BNTO: salad in the jar, dressing in the BNTO. I’m looking forward to this!

But it also got me to thinking. I am going to take advantage of my new job and try being a part-time vegetarian. I love my hubby and I love my meat, so it’s not going away completely, but I need to cut back on the meat and up the veggie intake. So periodically I’ll be posting my successes and failures at part-time vegetarianism.

Now, I need to go get supplies and dinner, and head off to my best friend’s place for a girls night of strawberry daiquiris and Sailor Moon!

I’m in love!

You remember how I posted a couple of weeks ago about finally trying out Larabars? Well, Saturday I picked up a nice variety from Whole Foods. They only have 2 options for buying them: individually or a box of 20. I went for individually and so far I have yet to be disappointed. The Chocolate Chip Brownie is amazing. The Coconut Cream Pie was perfect. And I want to buy a box of the Pumpkin Pie so I can keep eating them after they’re gone for the season. I am loving this! I get a good amount of fruit and nuts that helps to balance my diet and I feel so good! I think I can keep this habit up.

Being invisible

Since we’ve been so busy lately, we’re being invisible this weekend. I realize that posting this sorta goes against things, but I don’t care. I made the most amazing lunch today and I had to share it somewhere.

I had every intention of making a sandwich stuffed with veggies. I had a whole grain demi-baguette and I was going to put sauteed mushrooms, avocado, and sun dried tomato on it. I took three medium to large white mushrooms, thinly sliced them, and slowly sauteed them in EVOO. When they were almost done I added the four slices of sun dried tomatoes that I had chopped up. Seeing how much food was in the pan, I decided that it would look amazing over angel hair pasta. It’d also give me an excuse to use the fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano I bought the other day at Whole Foods. While the water was going for the pasta, I took half the baguette, cut it in half, and spread garlic butter on both sides. Then it went under the broiler for 5 min.

I slid the veggies on top of the pasta and it looked beautiful. I wish I could have taken a picture that would have done it justice. It was amazing. I shredded the Parmigiano-Reggiano on top of it and smothered it and put a healthy amount on the bread as well. I am never going back to pre-shredded parmesean! This stuff tastes so much better! And you really don’t need much on a dish to get the wonderful flavor. Of course it helps that we have one of the shredders that they use at Olive Garden (thank you hubby’s aunts!). It just goes to show that some of the best meals are totally unplanned!