Jack-O Traveler: best vegan pumpkin beer for fall

Like most all people, I’m more than a little obsessed with pumpkin at the moment. Give me pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cupcakes… I’ll take it all, in very large quantities preferably.

But if you really want to know the way to my heart this fall, I prefer my daily shot of October deliciousness to come in a bottle of Jack-O Traveler Shandy.

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Because whoever came up with the brilliant idea of pumpkin beer is definitely my long lost soul mate. I mean its pumpkin and beer. Two of my current favorite things. TOGETHER. In one yummy drink!

As a waitress at a bar with a ton of craft beers, I’ve had the chance to sample more than my share of pumpkin beers recently. And while I like them all, the Jack-O Traveler is by far my favorite as it has the strongest pumpkin flavor and  is nice and light. Not to mention, it is completely 100% vegan! So, for all of my beer lovers out there, definitely give the Jack-O Shandy a try.

It’s like a perfect fall afternoon in a bottle. Or two. Or three…

Becoming vegan after my eating disorder

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Don’t restrict. Ever.

That’s basically the number one rule of eating disorder recovery. You eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Craving a mega size chocolate bar instead of spinach salad? Go for it. Half a pizza for breakfast? You bet.

The goal is to unlearn all your restrictive habits. To remind yourself that eating is necessary, and better yet, enjoyable! Recovery is all about finding balance and letting go of control.

But what if I want to be vegan now that I’ve started getting over my eating disorder?

I’ve read infinite articles, blog posts and commentaries on the controversy of becoming vegan after an anorexia. I know that most experts highly recommend NOT going vegan. I know that it’s risky because in a sense, it’s another form of restriction. I know there’s a chance it could trigger me back into my disordered ways.

I know all of that and yet, I still want to give it a chance. Maybe I’m really stubborn, maybe I like a challenge, or maybe I just want to prove I can do it.

Whatever the reasons, I’M GOING VEGAN.

For real this time. Like a true, kale-loving, falafel-eating, tree-hugging, yoga-doing vegan. (Please don’t be offended by the ridiculous amount of stereotypes I just used). Seriously guys, I’mma do this veganism thing. Because honestly, life with an eating disorder sucked and I need something new to get me excited about food. Something that makes me feel good about food. Something that heals my insides AND my outsides.

Something like becoming vegan!

Have any of you become vegan after suffering from an eating disorder? I’d love some motivation or tips : )

XO, Andie

Happy National Yoga Month!

September is my favorite month of the year. (And no, it’s not because it’s my birthday month…although that’s a pretty big deal too : ) ) It’s my favorite month because it’s national yoga month! As a self-proclaimed yoga addict, it’s like heaven. Discounts at yoga stores + free classes at the top studios? SIGN ME UP PLEASE!

I haven’t been posting lately because of a TON of life changes, like graduating college, moving back home, and starting my first grown-up job. But I’m back, as vegan and yoga-obsessed as ever. Or at least I’m trying. And that should count for something right? : ) This week, I’ll be featuring a lot of yoga poses, especially arm balances that I’ve finally been able to master recently. This girl is in love with ashtanga yoga now! I can’t believe how much of a positive change it’s had on my body and my life. More on that later in the week, though. Right now, I’m settling in with a cozy blanket and some sea salt popcorn to enjoy the first night of NFL football!

How are you all lovely vegans celebrating national yoga month? Do studios in your area have any fun events or free class deals?

Love & happy yoga thoughts!

Andie

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Mirror talk: how yoga can make you feel beautiful

Like most women, I have struggled often with body image. I’ve been through self-hate, eating disorders, obsessive exercise, emotional eating, you name it. It’s been a rough journey back to loving myself and my body. To be honest, I’m definitely not 100% there yet. I have more “fat” days than I care to admit and sometimes, I just can’t stand the girl in the mirror.

But there was one main thing (besides the love of my family) that helped me get to where I am. That helped me realize my body is beautiful and capable.

That thing is YOGA.

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It’s hard to explain the effects of yoga- you just have to experience it for yourself. When you get really into your practice, your mind is completely focused on the movements, the gracefulness, the flow. You stop looking at your body in terms of fat, cellulite, and saddlebags. Instead, you see your body as an amazing thing that has the ability to mold and stretch. You no longer stress about the lack of a gap between your thighs. Instead, you learn to appreciate the muscles in your legs that allow you to hold warrior pose for 10 long breaths. Your body becomes something so incredible.

So for every woman out there who wants to cry when she looks in the mirror, who uses the words “fat” and “ugly” when talking about herself, who thinks life would be so much better 10 pounds lighter… I really encourage you to try yoga. It won’t make you feel like a supermodel over night and it sure isn’t the perfect solution. But, as a girl who has hated her body with a passion for awhile, I can honestly say yoga works. Whenever I’m having a bad day in terms of body image, I always do a short yoga practice and it brings me out of it. Yoga is such a beautiful thing, just like your body. Embrace it : )

 

Lots of love!

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to wish all my vegan friends Happy Easter! Hope you celebrated with an egg hunt, sunrise church services, and mostly happy times with friends & family. (And possibly some vegan chocolate eggs?? : )

My boyfriend and I spent our rainy Easter here in NC snuggling, watching Nicholas Sparks movies, and eating yummy cookies. We also drove down to Lake Brandt yesterday to take advantage of the wonderful, sunny 60 degree weather. Such a beautiful day! I’m SO ready for spring to get here already. Hope you all had happy holiday weekends as well!

Lots of love, Amanda

Join me on a 30 day vegan challenge!

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I have to admit. I have not been too great at being vegan lately. I went home for spring break and my mom cooks such amazing (non vegan) food. It was delicious and wonderful but now I’m ready to get back to the lifestyle I love.

What better way to restart my plant-eating, animal-avoiding diet than by taking a 30 day vegan challenge! Starting tomorrow, I’m full out vegan for 30 days. I’ve been off and on for the past year so I want to give myself a chance to really see the benefits of veganism and read about why it’s wonderful and why I should continue it for the rest of my life.

If you’ve been wanting to try going vegan, take the challenge with me! I’ll be posting the different meals I eat each day, along with some (hopefully) delicious recipes : )

And if you already are a pretty little vegan, what are some of your favorite meals? I’m on the hunt for new yummy things to try. Here’s to a new start!

 

Lots of love,

Amanda

 

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PS. This is at Topsail Island. My boyfriend and I went the other weekend to celebrate our anniversary. I recommend it to any fellow North Carolinians… or anyone really. It’s absolutely beautiful!

Top vegan blogs of 2013

I’m addicted to reading blogs. Is anyone else? I could easily spend hours and hours browsing recipes, blog posts, new pictures. Especially when those blogs are about other proud vegan women or yogis! Here are some of my top picks for vegan (or yoga related!) blogs for 2013. Add these to your “must-read” lists!

Allyson @ Manifest Vegan

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Happy Go Lucky Vegan

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

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Caitlin @ The Vegan Chickpea

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Maple Spice

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What vegan blogs do you love?