Vegetarian, What?

Ringing in the new year really brought a lot of changes for me. I started a new job, my niece was born and I got really sick. The first day of the year I ended up really sick. I couldn’t eat anything. So for days I ate crackers. I’ve been sick like this before or when I had the flu couldn’t really eat anything just crackers and bland foods. So, after a few days I started reintroducing things back into my diet. I ate rice porridge which is a common thing my family gives to people who are sick. It’s basically potatoes, rice, chicken and ginger. It was an awful experience. I went back to crackers. The next day I ate some veggies which turned out fine. So later that night I decided to eat chicken again. Didn’t turn out too well either. After much trial and error, two weeks later, I came to realize that my body wasn’t digesting meat too well. So, I headed to the doctors, to find out what’s going on. After all the fun tests, the results came back negative. I’m perfectly healthy, there should be no reason why my stomach hurts when I eat meat. But it does. So, the doctor recommended that I go on a Vegetarian diet for a little bit and slowly start reintroducing meats back into my diet.

I’m Filipino. Most, if not all, our meals include some type of meat in it. Even the vegetable dishes have something with meat in it. I have been raised eating meat. Eating Vegetarian is an alien concept for me. But, it’s something I have to do. Especially, if I want to get back to eating normal.

I picked up a book called Living Vegetarian for Dummies. It’s actually a pretty good book. It goes into a lot of things that are important. Now I’m not as worried as I was before about making this change. I’ll be eating some dairy and fish, So, I guess technically I am a lacto ovo pescatarian. Not sure if that’s right or not, but it’s a first try.

All this week I’ve been eating out. I wasn’t prepared for this. Because this is a new thing, I haven’t wrapped my head around the concept of how I should be making my meals. That means, this weekend I have to start menu planning.

Here are some links to some menu planning printables I’ve found:

Not sure which one I’ll use, but it’s a start.



Creating a Healing Journal

Instead of working on the Vintage Calendar Journal this weekend, I focused on something else. I’m part of a group that meet on a monthly basis. We discuss our successes, the things we could have done better and how to change them.  It’s more like a healing group than anything. This year, the meetings have changed. Athena will be running the group and she has some great ideas in store for us. I’m so excited about it. I truly am thankful for Katrina, who ran the group before. But, I’m really thrilled that Athena will be continuing this group with some fun changes.

One of those changes includes having a journal. I plan on using mine as a Healing Journal. I created a few for others who may want to have one as well. And I’m creating this post, for those who want to create one of their own. It’s really simple to make. There thousands of posts on how to. I’ll list a few good ones I like at the bottom.

Supply List:

  • 2 – 4 sheets of decorative paper (12 x 12 scrapbook paper works great) Something coordinating is great. I went with a monochromatic theme with a one contrasting element.
  • Glue (I prefer YES Glue)
  • Any additional decorative items to pretty it up, like a ribbon or hand stamped pieces.
  • Paper cutter
  • X-acto knife

Basic Directions:

  1. Measure out the surface you will be covering. Cut the paper to the size of the surface. I cut it a little larger so that it can overlap. Then I use the X-acto to cut to the edge so I have a flush finish. I decided to do it this way because I wanted to keep this project simple and make these quick. I have 7 to do and I have one day.
  2. Glue the surface and adhere the paper to the surface. You can cut strips of the four different colors and work your strips on the surface. Or you can cover the whole thing completely and use the other pieces as accents. Make it your own!
  3. Once dry, open up the composition book so you can see the paper overlapping. Using the X-acto, trim the paper to be flush with cover.
  4. Then continue to collage or add unique details to your composition book.

For the Healing Journals I decided to create a little blank space for someone to write in. Since it’s focused on healing I thought it would be nice to write done something that you will overcome or heal this year. I want my focus to be on growth. So I’m going to write, “I Grow”

Here’s one I did that’s a little more fancy. The insides are also covered. If you’d like to learn how to do that here’s a link on how… Altered Composition Notebooks

Here are some other links of how to’s…