Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Open Book & Breakfasts

Day 18

"'Open a Book. Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping."

Well, the closest books to me were The Biggest Loser calorie counter hand book and a Vogue magazine from May 2009 (being used as a mouse pad on my totally white desk).  Useless.

So I turned around blindy to my book shelf and grabbed a book.  

This is what I got;

I flicked open and pointed randomly at a spot on the page; It happened to be page 75 and the phrase was; 

 "Even fish have feelings". 

Oh, shit, could this have sounded any more set up? I suppose the whole book could relate to me in some ways and every time I've read it, (which is thrice now), I've gone vegan for a couple of days following. 

 Anyway, OK, talk about that... 

Well, as many of you know, I have only just recently (in the past 6-8 months) started eating fish again after being a strict vegetarian for around 7 years. Why? My body told me to! I started seeing seafood and fish and my body wanted to eat it, I salivated, I craved it and I wanted to learn to cook it properly. I always listen to my body so I just started eating it and the rest is history. However, the past couple of weeks, as this virus I've currently got has maintained it's terrible presence, my body is turning away from fish more and more. Further to that, it's not wanting milk or yogurt either. It will be interesting to see where this goes. I'm not really sure why I have eaten fish and not any other meat, especially as I think a roast smells nice most of the time (world's worst vegetarian winner right here). My not eating meat is because I taste dead animal in meat and nothing else (I smell sauces, herbs and spices; a plain grilling steak smells revolting to me), and it's also from an animal rights perspective which I'm not really interested in arguing with anyone about as we're all entitled to our own opinions. I can't really explain why I don't feel the same things for fish and seafood. I guess I do but I try to ignore it as my body so often wants to eat it. It's strange! 

Anyway, I don't have much else to say on the subject. As for the book, Skinny Bitch, well, it's an acquired taste. I like it's harshness, but it could be considered a bit preachy. It didn't have a long lasting impact on the way I eat, but if I ever want to eat better I tend to give it a read and the effects last a few weeks.

And now to share some..

Breakfasts from the Week

Soft boiled egg with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, with spinach and rye bread soldiers.

Makin' Muesli

I don't like smoothies for breakfast as it feels like I'm not eating anything, but freezing them gives me something to bite.

Things M regularly hears include;

"You can't just have that, you have a cold, you have to look after yourself.  How much fruit have you been eating?  Oh gosh, let me squeeze you some orange juice".

Things I regularly think;

I am the world's best girlfriend for freshly squeezing my boyfriend's orange juice.

See?  He needed the juice!
(World's Yummiest Jam bought to you by M's sister, C - it's apricot & vanilla bean.  So yummy.)

I get really anxious about missing out on a flavour on toast because I eat it so rarely, so I always end up cutting it up so I can have several toppings.  
Am I the only one?

If you're still eating toast for brekky every morning or a cup of coffee and a muesli bar, get creative!   15 minutes making muesli one Sunday will give you weeks of brekky enjoyment, and you can freeze any smoothie (unless it's made of vodka, in which case you are beyond my help anyway).

What's your current favourite breakfast?

Stay well,

Nat x


  1. yum!! SO much deliciousness here. Inspiring. Apricot & vanilla bean jam sounds ridiculously good.
    Heidi xo

  2. Wow some inspiring breakfasts there! I usually have 1 slice of organic rye or spelt toast with almond butter, jam or avocado and green tea or coffee. I am very unoriginal and lazy! On the weekends I like scrambled eggs with or a poached egg. I should try something different once in a while! I know what you mean re fish. I don't eat meat and haven't for almost 2 years but I can't give up fish! I just don't feel as guilty about fish as I do about meat. Also the carnivores surrounding me would freak out, they already don't understand how I can resist fatty suffering wrapped in carcinogens! Sorry for the epic comment haha. I have been enjoying your daily posts, keep it up!

  3. Your breakfast photos are making me salivate!

  4. Thank you for your comment on my blog today!
    My favourite breakfast: some tasty yogurt with yummy muesli (ideally toasted with honey).
    Of course I also do love the not so healthy croissant (with fresh orange juice), or toasted English muffins with Nutella, but I only have these on rare occassions!
    Most days I stick to low fat yogurt and plain muesli.