Making Sure I Get Enough B12

Making Sure I Get Enough B12

I hit three weeks vegan on Monday! Wooo! Unfortunately, last week I didn’t feel as amazing as one expects when switching over to a plant-based diet. In fact, I felt pretty bleh most of the time.

Reason number one was my Lexapro. Even just going from 20mg to 10mg made me feel awful, with the brain *shocks* and the headaches and the nausea.

Reason number two was B12, which is a vitamin not many think about when worrying over my lack of meat intake. Most talk about the protein. How you getting protein? Protein protein protein. But there are more important vitamins. Like B12.

So…what happened?

I lost my appetite. Entirely. I was no longer excited to eat fruits and veggies and quinoa. Nothing looked good. In fact, the whole idea of food kind of grossed me out. Read more

The Struggle of Feeding my Carnivorous/Omnivorous Pets

The Struggle of Feeding my Carnivorous/Omnivorous Pets

I watched a documentary called Pet Fooled the other day, and learned all that corn and wheat nonsense in Kitty’s and Howl’s dry food is not so great. It got me thinking, as Howl has been having tummy issues for the past few weeks. The following afternoon I called my vet to discuss my concern over a possible UTI–he wasn’t going potty and wasn’t drinking water–and she expressed concerns over a possible kidney issue.

What? Not my puppy!

Luckily–phew!–he did start going potty and drinking water again, but she also told me over the phone to stay away from rawhide. Especially because he eats it. Like the whole bone in an hour.

“It could bind up his system,” she said.

Later that evening I noticed the warning label on the back of certain rawhide treats, explaining that overuse could lead to gastrointestinal upset.

Needless to say I felt pretty guilty. While I’m over here eating the best foods I can find, and feeding my husband and daughter what I feel is good, healthy food, I’m feeding my dog and cat pure junk. Read more

Have a Vegan BBQ!

Have a Vegan BBQ!

It’s summer! And here in the Midwest that means it’s BBQ season (though my husband would argue that BBQ season lasts all year long).

When I first started planning what I called “The Vegan Project” on Pinterest, one of the first things I started pinning for was BBQs. Since my husband likes to grill so much, I knew I had to have recipes on-hand for side dishes and for myself. Plus, Goo is not a meat-eater (we joke that she was born vegetarian) so it was nice to have dishes she would eat as well.

Think you can’t be Vegan and have a BBQ? Think again! Here are some of the recipes I pinned to plan for the perfect Vegan BBQ. Read more

A Visit to the Doctor

A Visit to the Doctor

© Lina Forrester

After a few years, I finally have a new primary! She’s a nurse practitioner and she rocks!

My old doctor was crabby, and just plain rude. She mocked me at one point when I finally¬†got the courage to come in for PPA/PPD and I burst into tears right there in the middle of her office. Needless to say, I was more than relieved when she left the practice. But, since I’m rarely sick, I didn’t need a new one until now.

I had to discuss my medication, Lexapro, as my neurologist refuses to “own” it. I take it for my depression/anxiety that, despite my kid now being four years old, is still lingering enough to ruin whole days. Read more

5 Vegan Documentaries to Watch ASAP

5 Vegan Documentaries to Watch ASAP

I’ve been binge-watching documentaries like crazy, especially Vegan-friendly docs. Not only can I learn a ton from them, but some of them are pretty entertaining to watch. I put together a list of my (current) favorites for anyone who’s looking for information on a healthier lifestyle and/or wanting to inform themselves about the treatment of certain animals due to our high demand for meat and dairy and entertainment. Read more

Why Go Vegan?

Why Go Vegan?

I think last year if someone told me I would be going Vegan in July 2017, I’d be pretty startled. I mean, I haven’t always been a carnivore, and my anxiety disallows me to ever really enjoy meat, but I do like my hard-boiled eggs, my cheese, and my yogurt.

I would have wondered if future Lina was doing the right thing. Was she being healthy? How was she not starving? Was she eating weird stuff like tofu and tempeh and seaweed? Read more