Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aloha



Hi, I'm still here. I just took a long break from blogging. Truth is, besides being just lazy about it, I've been working on a concept for a new website. In the meantime though, I decided I wanted to start sharing things again. I've had a really busy late spring and even busier summer. I want to be honest, I've gotten a bit off track with the consistency of my diet and workout schedule that I mentioned last fall. Things like, off island vacations, family/friends visiting Maui, work demands, and an injury really threw me off my game. However, just writing this and seeing it on the screen is great motivation for me in itself.

Here's a little bit about whats been going on lately...

Am I still vegan ( oppose to a strict vegetarian )? In the last six months I have some eaten dairy ( not eggs). Fortunately, I can probably the count the amount of times I've eaten cheese ( it's always cheese ) on my two hands and I've never felt well afterward. I always feel puffy and bloated. But more than anything, I felt horribly guilty. I don't want to contribute to the suffering of innocent animals. I have to vote with my dollar on this one. The dairy industry is still just as cruel and disgusting as the meat industry in my book.

Have I eaten gluten? Yes! And again, it made me feel like crap. I want to blame a trip to northern California in June where I indulged a little too much in the delights of delicious Cali cuisine or this fantastic new Italian restaurant that just opened in Lahaina but that's just ridiculous. I went to California and Florida last November and stuck to my vegan/gluten free diet with ease. I just made some minor adjustments at restaurants and even dined out at several raw vegan establishments and juice bars. I could have done this again on this last trip but finding raw vegan food in Danville, CA vs Santa Monica, CA was a little too challenging for me I guess? So, ya, lame excuses. I will say I've had some form of bread or pasta once a week since spring. Not good.

My workouts. I'm still pretty consistent with this. In fact, I recently picked up tennis and ocean swimming/free diving with my new fins by DaFin Kicks. But, my recurring hip pain flared back up late spring and I had to put running on hold for a little bit. I'm back at it now, just taking it a bit easier these days. I'm still surfing, SUPing when the conditions are right of course. I'm also using the elliptical machine at the gym and lifting weights. The biggest thing I have neglected is yoga. I just seem to run out of time for this but I truly believe it's time to make in a weekly priority again.

Some other tidbits...

-WINE ugh!!! Ohhhhh I just love wine. But I swear, it just makes my face puffy. And let me let you, I'm feeling a bit puffy these days. I think it's time to cut it out again. Sucks.

-I'm still not drinking coffee that much however I have picked up an expensive Kombucha habit. We have the BEST kombucha in the world on this island and I'm so addicted. Thinking I should cut back on this. Any thought on kombucha?? I think I drink too much of it.

So, all the above has actually decreased a lot of the motivation I've had for blogging/writing. Pretty ridiculous because my blog was not all about my diet right?! AND the whole reason I even changed my diet in the first place was for a health issue! See post HERE. Anyway, I realized that there were so many things that I discovered over the last several months that I didn't share and I think that should change. Things like pretty beaches, island life, recent trips, cute things I've purchased, and healthy things I have made at home. If there is anything YOU would like me to write about, please let me know too! So, until I have my new website ready, I figured I should back into the swing of things.

Thanks for reading. See you soon. Aloha.
Amanda

* photo by Carlos Barberis of BECfoto

4 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are writing gain.I can't wait to see what you have in store for the new website! I always love your recipe posts!

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  2. So happy you're back! I have missed your posts- your blog is one of my faves. I'm such a Hawaii fan and love your posts about that, but also, while not vegan or vegetarian, I've gotten so much inspiration from your food/recipes posts. I've made the Smitten Kitchen tomato sauce, the tofu and pea/mushroom potstickers, and some others too. Glad that you are posting again and look forward to your new website concept. Hope you are well!

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  3. I love kombucha but goodness me it's expensive I tried making my own two success one failure and no patience

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