Hey Ya’ll!

It’s been a while. Like….a while.

And I’m sorry about that. So let me tell you what’s been going on with me…

My last post was in April. I can’t believe it has been 5 months! In April of 2018 my husband and I were going through a tough time emotionally. We were tired of NYC and desperately wanted to get out and make a change. After much discussion we decided we needed to move to better our minds, our health as well as our relationship.

My husband works for a bank and was thankfully able to transfer to a new city fairly easily. Myself as a teacher, it was also fairly easy for me to transition as well. We went back and forth on a few places, but in all decided the best move for us was Charlotte, NC. We have some family and friends down there, wanted some warmer weather and honestly, it just felt right.

We moved at the end of July and have been here for 2 months now. And I have to say, WE LOVE IT! I am in love with Charlotte. We live outside of the city in the suburbs which is totally more our pace of life. I enjoy actually having a car now and not having to take the subway. NYC just wasn’t for us. We are so much happier here.

With all that said, moving is stressful. Finding new job, apartment, and taking time to get acclimated as been no easy task. But we are here now and I finally feel ready to get back on my blogging kick! I missed you all!

However… another BIG change has happened.

For those of you that read my latest Instagram post, you know that I am no longer fully vegan. And while that is SO hard for me to type right now, it has to be said.

I was vegan for almost 2 1/2 years. I loved that I felt I was doing my part for our planet and the animals. However, my body just wasn’t having it. I developed IBS and have had so many digestive issues. I tried so many different ways of vegan to make it work, but I need to stay true to myself and listen to my body. Listening to my body has been the best thing I’ve ever done.

I no longer eat beans. My stomach literally can’t handle beans. I eat them in small amounts occasionally, but not for a full meal. Many vegetables upset my stomach as well. I have adapted the low-fodmap diet to manage my IBS and as a vegan, that was really tough. I felt like there was nothing I could eat. I decided to start eating eggs and fish again and occasionally chicken. Many of my meals are still vegan. I enjoy eating vegan, however I can’t do it fully as my body just rejects it. After a few months now of my new eating habits, I feel so much better. I haven’t been bloated, no gas, no upset stomach and my body is actually happy.

I know this will be hard for some of you to hear, but I hope you all understand the hardships I have been going through and that I honestly just can’t box myself in anymore and be in pain. I don’t want to “label” myself a certain way because I feel that it has led me to restrictive habits which has caused an unhealthy relationship with food. So I am doing what feels GOOD for my body, which still is mostly plants, however eggs, fish and occasionally chicken. I thank you for all your continued support and I can’t wait to pump out some new delicious whole foods recipes for you all.