Friday, June 10, 2011

A full circle... AKA a move back

Hi guys,

Just a quick note to say that I have moved back to my old blog of

My blog will still be called Welsh Girl Eats, I just miss my old blog and its content (does that sound weird?), and blogger sucks.  Wordpress is far better and user friendly.  Plus, I have a ton of recipes on my old blog that you guys can peruse.  It's had a revamp as well so it's looking more up-to-date.

Anyway, I will be blogging from the above address from this point onwards, woo woo!  Can't wait :)

See you over there!

With love xxx

PS thanks for barring with me and all the changes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

On the up

After yesterday's downer, today has been much better!  I woke up in a funk again but I was determined to be pro-active about getting out of it so I attended my fave yoga class.  And it worked!  Since then, today has been productive and focused.  Hurrah for yoga!

I've also been continuing with the food photo-taking so here are some snapshots...

Yesterday's dinner was a little early (5:30pm!) but, gosh it was good.  This was an M&S sprouted beans and pea salad with mint dressing, which I added grated carrot and leftover tempeh to.  Once upon a time I would have stood far away from all those gas-inducing foods at once but digestive enzymes have saved the day.  Anyone else tried digestive enzymes of any sort?  What do you think of them?

Would you believe me if I said there were nuts, olives and other veg hiding underneath the leaves?  It's true!  This was today's lunch, which naturally did NOT fill me up but I felt better for having had the greens.  I promptly filled up on chocolate (an EVERYDAY essential).


I think tonight's dinner wins today's gold star.  Thai Coconut rice with stir-fried veg and fresh ginger, dressed in sesame oil, sweet chilli, and tamari.  Amazing.

And there you have it.  Are you impressed that I have blogged 3 times in less than a week???  I most defo am.  Maybe this is the new me...

However, doesn't it get boring looking at people's every day foods?


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where is The zone?

So, I have been trying to get into the blogging zone and successfully managed to take photos of some of my food over the weekend.  Unfortunately, I only got images of the boring stuff...

 Salad 1

 Salad 2

Salad 3

Guess I've been eating a lot of salads...  What I "failed" to capture was all the chocolate and wine and thai and chinese food that has also been consumed.

Y'know.  At the risk of getting melancholy (again!), I've been feeling really low.  Blogging, food, and exercise used to be my passions.  For the most part I loved my Gluten-free Tries Vegan blog and the community in which it lived.  I loved healthy living.  But recently my emotions have been lurching all over the place and I've gone between feeling motivated to find balance in my life, and then just utter comfort eating and mopping around.  Consequently, balance in body and mind has most definitely been missing. 

It's been a really tough year.  A lot has changed, and my course is draining.  I'm burnt out.  I love reading others blogs but sometimes they just get me down.  People are either entering into amazing races (half marathons, triathalons etc), exciting phases of their lives, or having babies.  I would just like to escape babyland for once but there is no escape...  People are either blogging about pregnancy, babies, children, or many of my friends are having them.  Anyone else feel like you're losing your social groups to babies?

Also, studying is just depressing me.  I just want to live and be, rather than being forced to learn and write, and then research, then write.  7 years in the university education system is just too much.

Sorry about this post.  I just need to reach out into the wilderness that is the internet/blogsphere and vent.  Usually I save these kind of vents for my journal.  But since I'm trying to get back into bloggong I just thought I'd put this out there.  At the moment I feel governed by negative emotions and unfulfilled desires.  I want to be somewhere and someone else today.

Yours truly, Sarah

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The 30th Year

Happy weekend!

Yesterday was my birthday, thanks for my birthday messages tweeters and facebookers.  I had a very lazy and relaxing day after a rather big night out on the Thursday (one of the few perks of being a student sitting at home writing a dissertation is that there is no such thing as a school night).

It's really strange thinking that I am now in my 30th year.  I have to say, I had a mini-crisis yesterday morning.  To tackle it I sat down and journalled.  I documented what has changed in the last year, and what my intentions are for the next year.  Want to know a few of my intentions?

Ok.  Recently I have been getting back in to running, so one of my intentions is to run a half marathon before I'm 30.  That's reasonable, right?  Another important intention is to be kind to myself and my body.  Over the last year I have gained almost a stone in weight.  Even though this was necessary, it's meant that I've struggled with a lot of negative body commentary from myself.  Sometimes I miss my skinny body but I know that's my old eating disordered mind speaking.  It's been hard to like my new curves but I'm getting there.  And running really helps.  Through it I feel strong and empowered.  High-five for running.

My final intention is to get back to blogging.  I miss it dearly and I keep telling myself that as soon as I'm done with this dissertation, I'll get back to it.  But life's too short and why put off doing the things you love just to achieve a first in a dissertation/degree?  So, I'm settling for happiness and a 2.1 in my degree, rather than misery and a 1st.  Or, i'm trying to at least!

Finally, I need your help.  I am in a MAJOR breakfast rut.  Big time.  Most breakfasts are this:

 x3.  Yup, approx. 6 corn thins/rice cakes with peanut butter and marmalade.  I'm seriously addicted.  But I think I need to break this addiction.  So, I need some healthy breakfast suggestions please.  Ideally they need to include low fructose fruits (berries, banana, citrus), gluten-free, and dairy/lactose-free.  Thanks so much in advance.  I could really do with your help.

Anyway, plans for my birthday weekend include yoga, a birthday BBQ with the family back in Wales, thai food with friends and some dissertation work (...possibly).

Do you guys have any plans?  Hope you have a great weekend!

Good luck to Caitlin, who's participating in an open water challenge today!

And congrats to Kath, whose bakery opened yesterday (perfect day for it!).

With love x

 Me (far right) and my girls a couple of weekends ago.