Hi friends, I wanted to share this great video about a hospital where Healing Touch work is being used as an adjunct for cancer treatment. I love this work so much and am blessed to be able to help people and animals here in Memphis with my Healing Touch work.
Hi there blog friends. I haven't been blogging much lately as most of my efforts go into creating YouTube videos every week. I was YouTubing three times per week, but recently moved to twice per week on Monday and Thursday.
This video tells you all about my new career plans which are why I shifted to videos twice per week. Enjoy!
I do see that people still read and comment on my blog which is great. I will have to get creative and come up with some ideas for how to add some fresh content here.
Simon & I threw together a made up stir-fry on Thursday which was SO GOOD I had to share the recipe with y'all.
I haven't had as much time lately for meal planning and grocery shopping, so I have been making things up with pantry staples and Farmers Market veggies. This was certainly a winner in the made-up recipe category. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Soba Noodle Stir-Fry Approx. 4 Servings
Ingredients: 2 bundles soba noodles
1 package extra firm tofu 1 teaspoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce
1 medium red onion, chopped into half moon pieces 1 very large or 2-3 smaller carrots, julienned 3 radishes, chopped into half moon pieces 1/4 of a large savoy cabbage, chopped 1/2 pound frozen spinach 2 tablespoons sesame seeds + extra Tamari & Sriracha for serving
Sauce Ingredients: 1 can full fat coconut milk 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup peanut butter 2 scallions, roughly chopped Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce 1 - 2 teaspoons Sriracha Directions: 1. Make sauce by blending all ingredients together in a blender on high speed until smooth. 2. Drain and rinse tofu. Cut into cubes. 3. Saute tofu in a wok or skillet on high heat with sesame oil and tamari. Cook 5-7 minutes until tofu is starting to brown and crisp on the outside. Stir frequently. 4. Add fresh chopped veggies and spinach, stir fry on high heat for another 3-5 minutes until veggies are crisp tender. 5. Add sauce at the end to coat everything, cook for another minute to heat sauce. 6. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and drain. 7. Add noodles and stir-fry to a big bowl, top with sesame seeds and extra Tamari & Sriracha to taste.
You can watch the last part of the video above to see exactly how I made it.
Or DOWN WITH DIETING! Either one will work. I tried a fairly restrictive vegan diet plan recently. Lean & Clean by High Carb Hannah. She has a vegan weight loss YouTube channel and is very popular. I purchased the ebooks, grocery shopped, and tried to get going on weight loss with a plan that was NO oil, NO sugar, NO salt, NO gluten, NO soy, NO caffeine, NO alcohol. I didn't last very long....
My latest YouTube videos share my experience. This one has a heart to heart about where I am at with dieting in general (see post title: I am DONE!) Doesn't mean I am not trying to lose a few pounds, I just need to do it my way. I have gone back to reading Geneen Roth books about intuitive eating, those are really helpful.
I hope you enjoy this video. Check out others that show my Lean & Clean plan attempt and where I am at now with intuitive eating.
Hello friends! It's gotten a little chilly here in Memphis lately. I am staying cozied up inside and enjoying my new hobby of making YouTube videos. This week I have shared two easy breakfast recipes - one cold smoothie breakfast, easily adaptable for any fruits & greens and one warm PB&J oatmeal recipe.
The recipes are in the video descriptions, but I will also share them here.
^^^^^^ This recipe video includes some clips from a night out at the Memphis Blues Society blues jam on Beale Street as well as some funny bloopers.
Here is my Basic Green Smoothing Recipe (customizable):
1 cup soy milk (or any plant based milk)
Up to 1 cup water (add as desired to adjust thickness)
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 large or 2 small Brazil nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
1.5 cups frozen berries
2 large handfuls baby spinach
3-4 stalks of kale, stems removed
Blend everything on high speed in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!
Swap out fruits and greens for any kind you like.
Add some agave, maple syrup, or any natural sweeter if you like your smoothies sweeter.
Add 1-2 Tablespoons cocoa powder for a chocolatey smoothie.
Add 1/2 - 1 scoop vegan protein powder if desired (I do this on gym days)
^^^^^^^ Funny little story about the British take on PB&J included in this video.
PB&J Oats Recipe:
1/2 cup oats (quick or Old Fashioned)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup soy milk (or other plant based milk)
2 Tablespoons defatted peanut butter powder (such as PB2) *Optional
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 heaping Tablespoon peanut butter
1 heaping Tablespoon jam of choice
Mix oats, water, soy milk & PB powder (if using) in a pan on the stovetop. Stir constantly over medium heat until oats get thick, creamy, and to your desired consistency. Turn off heat and stir in ground flaxseed. Pour into bowl and top with peanut butter and jam/jelly. Enjoy!
Hi friends! I have a Welcome video up on my YouTube channel. Just click on the picture or CLICK HERE to go check it out.
I say Round 2 because I spent a lot of time last week making videos, editing, learning how to edit and do little tricks like thumbnails for YouTube. However..... my videos were all about vegan weight loss and once again embarking on some big strict plan to try to get a few more pounds off and reach some perfect fit ideal body.... which I have never really had.
It didn't feel right. Didn't feel authentic. It's not where I am at in my life right now. So, I took those videos down and just had a chill. The video making experience was good and probably made my new welcome video a little better. I am still a little fake & stiff in front of the camera, but I am sure that will come around with time.
My new channel will be about living a fun vegan life in Memphis. Hopefully you enjoy the videos and a little glimpse into our lives. Enjoy!
Hey y'all! I have been inspired to give video a try. Dug out a little video camera that Simon chose as a 20 year service award gift from Dow Corning, testing out my new phone for video. Going to give Vlogging a whirl.
Watch this space for some video action soon.
It will be a learning curve, likely plain one take video messages to start, but hopefully I will come up the learning curve quickly on editing, music, all that fun stuff. Just going to start with a few updates on living a healthy vegan life here in Memphis. Then hopefully I will do cooking videos and other fun things too.
Long time, no post. This one will be quick too. Just a little explanation of where I'm at. The title says a lot. I am still vegan. Still loving our new city of Memphis. Exploring and doing fun new things all the time. Somewhere along the way I lost the desire to post about my food. I did some blogging with Flavor Mavens where I was developing recipes and doing all of the work to create, cook, take perfect photos, and load it all onto a blog (which wasn't even mine).
Anyhoo, I was taking some food pics on my phone here and there and the thought of doing all of the rigamarole of editing pics, doing a post, loading it all.... I don't know... Just lost the enthusiasm for it. Busy living life and loving life here in Memphis.
Somewhere along the way I also lost all desire to tell anyone how to eat or how to be healthy. Which is funny if you look at archives and about 90% of what is on this blog. I was telling everyone why they should eat a low fat plant based diet to save themselves and the planet. Honestly, I got a bit preachy about it, especially when I was a new convert. I understand now that this is quite common.
I stumbled across a quote lately that sums up where I am at with giving advice on how to eat to anyone:
“Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent” -Epictetus
I have humbly learned my lesson. I don't regret the work I did with Jennifer Parsley Nutritional Healing. I had some fun classes and shared some good information. I just think diet is so personal. I shan't go on.
I have thought about shifting the focus of my blog to just sharing what's happening with us living our fun lives here in Memphis. My brain just loops back to the amount of work involved in getting the right pictures or videos, editing, writing it up, publishing, blah, blah, blah. It detracts from me just enjoying the things that we do when I know I have to / want to blog about it.
So, that's where I am at with blogging. I unpublished my 'business' Facebook page and have never really been active on Twitter. I plan to keep this blog, because I may be inspired to blog in the future. Lots to share and I do believe in the power of storytelling to bring people together. Blogs can walk that fine line between narcissistic rambling and sharing life stories.
I do admire bloggers who share their lives regularly. I am hoping to be inspired to do that again sometime soon. Maybe I should start with baby steps and aim to blog again maybe once a month instead of seeing it as this big huge chore, which it doesn't need to be. That is the Type A engineer Taurus German perfectionist in me. Must blog every week with perfect pictures... then I burn out. Story of my life. Overachiever until I physically, mentally, emotionally burn myself out.
Right now I am starting some contract work here in Memphis. Project management, maybe some statistical analysis work. Working in the city government sector. Using my skills and education in a completely new way, yet using skills I know I am good at. Nothing to do with the chemical industry or vegan world and I am happy about that.
My blog is still here as a creative outlet, but won't be used for business in the foreseeable future. Just working out ideas in my head and doing a little narcissistic rambling today ;-) Maybe I will chat with y'all once a month. That sounds reasonable. But not demanding it of myself (see aforementioned tendency toward burnout).
We did have a lot of fun volunteering with the Memphis Blues Society at the Bona Fide Blues Festival this past weekend. That would have been good to blog about. But don't worry, we always have some fun up our sleeves.
Going to Clarksdale, Mississippi for a Blues weekend getaway later this month. Maybe I will ease back into blogging by sharing a bit about that. I can keep with the Memphis Vegan theme and share about Blues music and trying to eat vegan in a small town in Mississippi. It can be done, but it isn't easy. Glad we are renting an apartment. I will pack lots of our own food.
My poor neglected blog. I am sorry I have been a bad blogger as of late. I seem to go on streaks of energy for blogging. Highly correlated with how much other stuff is going on in our lives... which has been A LOT lately.
Just last week we had Simon's youngest sister, Kirsty, her husband Vince, and their friend (now our new friend) Kim visiting from England. I will do a separate post with details from that visit. We had two days to clean and prep the Parsley Memphis B&B for our next round of guests, my Dad and Stepmom, who arrive tomorrow morning.
We have other awesome news which requires a weekend away, more on that in a later blog post. We are leaving for the UK in about 4 weeks for Simon's sister Bethan's wedding. On that trip we are also visiting friends in Cardiff and spending a few days in Glastonbury.
Whew! This is why I haven't been blogging. No excuse really, but this year is just flying by. Filled with all sorts of fun and exciting things for the Parsleys, but definitely a busy, busy year so far.
This blog post is just a quick check in. I will be back with more details, pictures, food, fun, music, etc. etc.
Here is a picture of my sweet husband and I enjoying a Mississippi Riverboat Tour. We went on the tour with Kirsty, Vince, and Kim. We didn't join them in every bit of touristing, but Simon had never been on a riverboat tour and I had only been once from New Orleans about 15 years ago. We learned a lot of Memphis and Mississippi River history.
My last topic for this quick post. We have started receiving our CSA Veggie share every week from Roots Memphis, a collective of local organic farmers. We pick up a bag of beautiful veggies every week at the Cooper Young Farmers Market about 2 blocks from our house.
The picture at the top of this blog post is of little radish sandwiches we made with our local CSA radishes, CSA fresh pea shoots (delicious, I love those so much!), a bit of avocado, salt, pepper, and toasted homemade sourdough bread that we get from St. Honore Bakery, a lovely couple who sell breads and sweets at a stall at the end of our road. We also made creamy mustard herb potato salad with more of our CSA radishes.
Below are a few pictures of tonight's dinner - fresh lovely Vietnamese Spring Rolls which had red onion, carrot, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, CSA baby lettuce mix and toasted sesame seeds. We made half with a rice blend and half with noodles to add some more starch to all of those veggies. Wrapped up in rice paper wrapper and dipped into a lovely little sweetened soy sauce with fresh lime juice and red pepper flakes. Mmmmm! Dinner was so good tonight.
We have been making tons of great meals at home with our CSA veggies, I do plan to share plenty more along with recipes and life updates. I guess my life isn't slowing down anytime soon, so I will just have to make time to blog like I did tonight.
Good night my friends. I hope your summer is off to a great start.
P.S. - if you remember way back to my last post, I had started training for my first ever 5K. I completed the Great American River Run 5K this past Saturday. I met my only goal which was to run the whole thing. I will share more details in a future post.
Hi friends! We are starting to recover from having three sets of guests in March. I was starting to feel a bit unhealthy after lots of going to restaurants and stopping at the coffee shop (which usually includes a lovely sugary vegan treat for me) while out and about touristing. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I tend to relax in the morning and/or take a nap in the afternoon. Your self-care patterns tend to change or go out the window when you are hosting and showing people your new town. Not good.
I was also buying myself sugary (vegan) treats and soy cappuccinos many days to just deal with stress or as a pick me up. I could feel it wearing me down though. I wasn't sleeping well at night and was depending too much on sugar.
So, we are back to our normal schedules and I have time for healthy habits again. It feels great. I decided to give myself a little challenge and have no sugar and no coffee for all of April. I even started a couple of days early, so I am about 9 days into my challenge and feeling really good. Only very recently have I even thought about making some Protective Diet desserts which are only sweetened with fruit or a little stevia. I am feeling clearer, healthier, and sleeping better.
On the running front, in January I had given myself a little challenge for 2016. I wanted to run my first ever 5K and actually run the whole thing, no walking. I have no idea why. I am the type of person who always says I only run if being chased. I just know how healthy running is for you and I have some family members and good friends who are living examples of this.
I have tried running before, but just on my own up and down a very flat, boring country road. This time, I decided to ask for help. I went down to our local running store, Breakaway Running, and Adam sat down with me to help me find a good shoe. I wore the only pair of running shoes I have ever owned into the store as they say the wear patterns or whatever might help them find the right shoe for me. Adam was able to carbon date my old Brooks shoes to 11 years old based on his knowledge of every series of shoe Brooks has released. I was impressed. Not with how old my shoes were, but with his knowledge.
He had me roll up my jeans and run up and down the shop while he assessed my gait - over-pronater i.e. my feet lean in a bit toward my inside or arch side as I run. No biggie. He brought out shoes that would help support that and had me try out four different pairs. I even ran outside on the sidewalk for a bit as I will be training on sidewalks and streets. We compared the fit and feel and honed in on those Saucony beauties pictured above.
Adam gave me some tips on local running groups. The Thursday night group has free beer afterwards. How can you go wrong with that??? I am giving up sugar and coffee. Not beer. Mmmm, I love beer. I am not quite ready for a group that RUNS a whole 4 mile route, but I may check out the groups as I progress. He also recommended the Couch to 5K, or C25K as it goes in the running vernacular, training program. Good for a beginner like me.
Last week I downloaded the free C25K app on my phone, strapped on those brand new running shoes, grabbed my high energy pup and hit the pavement. The C25K program has you do run/walk intervals and gradually increase the length you run vs. walk over 8 weeks. You do a 30 minute workout 3X per week.
My first run/walk was hilarious. Couldn't find any headphones as we must not have unpacked that box of stuff from Michigan yet. I texted Simon and he led me to a pair in his bedside table. Couldn't find my arm band that holds my phone for running. It must be hanging out in the same unpacked box from Michigan. I had no pockets. Needed to take poop bags for the dog, my phone for the running cues from the app, and a house key at the bare minimum, so I needed SOMETHING. Couldn't put all that in my shoe or bra. I found a little wallet/purse that my Stepmom & Dad had given me, it had little pockets for all of the aforementioned stuff and will do until I find my arm band.
We finally got out of the house. I missed my first 2 running cues because I had notifications turned off for the app - oops! Tried to make up for that by lengthening my runs a little and running a bit more at the end. Riley pooped early in the run and then I didn't know where to put the bag of hot poo. Found a trash bag of yard waste on the road finally to free up my hands a bit. Riley was pulling all over the place.
But.....WE DID IT! Got through that first run! Yeah for us!
This training is going to be great for Riley too as he needs to be able to walk without sniffing and squirting every 5 seconds. I am fine to stop for a poo during a walk segment or warmup or cooldown. It's not like I'm training for the Boston marathon or anything, but he can be a bit more disciplined for the rest of our 30 minute training session. He is actually doing much better now, we just completed our 4th run yesterday.
Simon helped me get some music and podcasts stored on my phone since my phone is a bit older and Apple takes all your storage with their damned software. I had given up and didn't store any music on my phone. I need the phone because that's where the app is. Anyways, tech problems solved, doggy discipline coming along, I am starting to enjoy our little run/walks. Check back with me later when they don't let me walk as much - Eek!
The next thing I need to do is actually sign up for the race that we intend to run. My brother-in-law will be visiting us from the UK in late May and he suggested we all do the Great American River Run 5K. This is a new 5K in Memphis as part of Memphis in May festivities. Vince starting running a few years ago and has really started to love it and compete in some tough races - think marathons, running up mountains, mud run kind of craziness. He will be visiting us along with his wife Kirsty, Simon's youngest sister, and their friend Kim for 10 days in May. I wanted to run a 5K in 2016, so I said "What the hell? Let's do it!" Thanks for kickstarting my goal Vince.
This should be a lot of fun. In true Memphis fashion, looks like we have a beer tent afterwards and get free admission to a festival in the evening. Keep the par-tay going! Now that training has started, we really need to get officially registered, Vince probably is already. Simon is going to run with me. He will do a few training runs too, but he is a natural athlete, lifelong soccer player, and Mr. 0% Body Fat. He could wake up tomorrow and run a 5K faster than me after 8 weeks training. He is going to run WITH ME, which I think is really sweet.
So, that's what's happening with me lately. Cleaning up the diet and adding some running to my repertoire. It feels great. Thanks for checking in and leave me some 5K training tips if anyone has been through this. I do have my great friend, Kelli, who has run multiple Boston Marathons cheering me on. I go to her with all sorts of crazy running questions. Love having that help.