Archive for October, 2011


It starts today.

by Moratoria

No more bingeing. No more unhealthy foods. No more “off” days. No more procrastination. No more starvation diets. No more excuses.

Today, I choose to do what is healthy for me. I choose to eat good, clean foods. I choose to actively drink water. I choose to exercise healthy amounts, strength AND cardio. I choose to do it the healthy way this time. I choose to not give in. I choose not to need sweets. I choose to eat fruit instead. Yet I choose not to deprive myself and therefore I choose not to fail. I choose to do something for myself for once. I choose to change.

I will be fit. Thin. Beautiful. But most of all, I will be healthy.

And I will do it for me.

It all starts today. Will you start with me?

UGW: 95 lbs Pounds don’t matter. I will know when I am there. Just inches off and muscle on.


The usual

by Moratoria

I love Hugh Jass salads.

It’s my go-to lunch/dinner. It’s basically what I lived off my first year in school, with the occasional PB&J thrown in there. I still eat salads a lot, although lately I’ve been leaning towards hot meals since it’s been ungodly rainy and cold lately. But still. I love them so, like the good little vegan I am.


This is “The Usual”. It’s a starving-college-student-raiding-the-salad-bar-for-everything-that-doesn’t-look-like-it’s-been-sitting-out-for-a-week salad. There are many variations, but this is the most common one I eat. It’s not too complicated:

-Obnoxious amounts of lettuce
-Obnoxious amounts of spinach
-Edamame, or chickpeas, or whatever the hell they have as a protein source
-Sunflower seeds


That’s it. Assemble. Toss thoroughly. Inhale because you’re probably late to get back to work. Repeat. Sometimes there are saltine crackers, too. Gotta have my carbs. No dressing for me. It’s quick, filling (it’s a Hugh Jass, after all), and pretty damn healthy.

It’s essential to my survival here.

What about you? What is your go-to meal?


I’m an awful food blogger, guys.

by Moratoria

Clearly, I’m really bad at this. I don’t have anything new for you all, and nothing for VeganMoFo. Which is probably because my meals lately have been ridiculously unexciting. I’m dieting again, I need the cleanse after the last few weeks. What gave it away? The stockpile of rice cakes I’ve been accumulating? And without a kitchen, this means I really am just eating rice cakes, whole grain pretzels, rice, fruit, and all the veggies that they steam in the dining hall. Not very exciting reading material, I know. You’re telling me, I have to eat that thrilling list of food right there.

And to be perfectly honest, I’m hungry. I’m always hungry. Ravenous. I crave things like crazy, the bad things. Especially since I’m forced to eat an early dinner and work late, so when I come home after midnight I want another meal. It takes all my willpower to reach for carrots instead of chips, and that’s saying something, because normally I prefer the healthier option. But I’ve been doing it. I need to. My weight loss journey is another post for another time, but I’ve been slipping lately and gaining and that’s not okay. I need to start working out more than I do now. I need to do this the healthy way, which, for me, does include calorie counting, but it also includes eating right. But I won’t lie. It’s not easy, especially not on a limited diet of what the hall kitchen makes. But I have to do it.

Also, it’s a motherlovin’ pumpkin explosion in my blogroll lately. Not that I’m complaining. As soon as it’s fall I’m all like PUMPKIN GET INTO EVERYTHING I EAT FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS. I wish I had a kitchen. Or a blender. Please. I might go veganize the Pumpkin Smash at Jamba Juice just to get a pumpkin fix. Pumpkin, why are you so good?

What about you all? What works for you when you need to watch what you eat? Are you in love with pumpkin?


Sugar highs

by Moratoria

This weekend has been a sugar high weekend. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to post of the deliciousness I baked because I was super unhealthy and binged and ate basically all of it. Banana bread (I have never been so happy to come home to bunch of black bananas) and chocolate chip cookies cookie dough. It was glorious.

Now I’m sitting the bus back to school and going insane because THERE’S SO MUCH SUGAR IN MY SYSTEM GUYS. I can’t figure out if I’m enjoying this or scared. Pretty sure the person next to me is a little freaked out… I wish I hadn’t left all the banana bread at home. Not that there was more than like a slice left. Oops.

I really do need to stop doing this, though. I’m gaining weight… I know I’ll lose it pretty quickly once I stop eating like this, but still.

But in non-vegan news, I finally got my nose pierced. Didn’t hurt much at all and isn’t giving me too much trouble yet, knock on wood. It’s only a few days old though.

This is a really awful VeganMoFo post so I’m not even going to count it. I’ll start being better this week, I promise. I suck at this.



I’m going eat leftovers at work. Forever.

by Moratoria

Except for the fact that only microwave at work has never been cleaned. Ever. The real sink and free dishwashing soap and paper towels almost makes up for it, though. And by almost I mean I cry only slightly less when I open the microwave. My inner germaphobe is reaching for the hand santizer just thinking about it. But anyway.

My mom cooked  enough black beans and rice salad to feed a small nation, which makes no sense, since it’s just me and her. Oh well. Like a good college student I stole basically all the leftovers and hoarded them away. I really don’t know when I’m going to eat it all. Probably right now.


Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe to share, because I have absolutely no idea what the recipe is or where it came from. I need to grill my mother for it. Otherwise I’d totally post it for you all, a la VeganMoFo.

But believe me, it was amazing. It’s sad when the inclusion of fresh cilantro in something automatically makes it ridiculously delicious. Fresh veggies? Flavor? Like, I’m going to eat the entire two tupperware containers full of rice HOLY CRAP IT’S SO GOOD delicious.

Yep. Homecooked food = the best thing ever, when you’re in college. Even three day old leftovers. Or week old leftovers. But, um, not that I’m speaking from experience or anything what hey look at the pretty pictures!


And why, oh why did I not sign up for Vegan Month of Food, for real? I’ll still be blogging, but I’m not on the official blog roll. Next year. Next year. I’mma MoFo it up!

Expect some salad posts, too. I’m pretty sure I’ve gained weight eating like I have lately… chocolate is so good guys oh shit.


Vegan Baking Day + TJs run

by Moratoria

Friday was Vegan Baking Day! And you know what that means…

I actually made multiple things over the weekend. I go a little insane when I have an oven. Okay, maybe I go home for the sole purpose of using the kitchen, fine. But I made cupcakes filled with peanut butter cookie dough! Forgive me, mom?

But my VBD contribution was chocolate chip cookie cake.


Snagged the recipe from Peas and Thank You , made it oil-free (sorry, I can’t help myself), and threw it in the oven at 12 am because that was when I finally got home.

It was so good.


Shared the rest with everyone in my immediate vincinity to do the whole, you know, baketivism thing, but most of it went in my stomach. And I’m okay with that.

I also finally got to make a Trader Joe’s run, thank you very much. I was down to my Costco-sized box of Nature’s Path granola bars and four jars of PB2 with nothing to put it on.


But now, I have this instead.


Healthy. Delicious. And I didn’t have to pay for it. I’m so happy right now. I also got a bag of carrots. It’s my only fresh produce I bought. But that’s because I steal all mine from the dining hall. Right. And our fridge also likes to freeze everything you put it in it. Really, it actually does- it’s so obnoxious. But anyway.

Now I’m savoring what I made shoving leftover cupcakes in my face, telling myself I’ll get back on the wagon after I finish everything. Which, at this rate, might be tonight. Well, you win some, you lose some.

Did you bake and share anything for Vegan Baking Day? What’s your favorite unhealthy splurge? Are you an oven addict?