I like to look put together. I’m no fashion model, and my hair and makeup routine is pretty efficient, but I have the basics down. Earrings are a must. Hair wrestled into straight lines or pulled back, enough makeup to look even-toned and bright-eyed. Outfit pulled together and un-spilled-upon (at least to start). Ready to… Read More Pulled Together on the Inside
Welcome to the very first GUEST BLOGGER post on Starfish Diaries! I’m beyond thrilled to introduce you to the talented, brilliant, hilarious Emilie Castro, who I have been so lucky to know for the vast majority of my life. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be a good… Read More Guest Blogger Emilie Castro: In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness Month
Since I became vegan, there have been certain foods I’ve missed more than others. My go-to comfort foods have taken the hardest hit. One of those feel-good casualties was mac and cheese. Specifically, homemade mac and cheese casserole. The creamy, bread-crumby, warm, gooey goodness that makes you want to curl up in the bowl and… Read More Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole to Knock Your Socks Off
“Stop worrying about whether you’re doing it right, because you’re probably not.” I heard some version of this quote on a podcast recently, in a discussion about the best advice one had ever gotten from a yoga teacher. I loved it immediately, not only because it rings comically true for my yoga practice, but also… Read More How to shake a bad case of the “shoulds.”
A few weeks ago, I finished up a 4 Week Food Plan with the intention of cutting processed foods out of my diet. For the first 3 weeks, I was writing weekly updates on my progress, and then, whether you realized it or not, I kind of let the subject drop. That was intentional, because… Read More Lessons Learned from 4 Weeks off Processed Foods, and My Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
I’m invading your inbox today not for a full length blog post, but to give you a sneak preview…a “taste” if you will…of some additions coming soon to Starfish Diaries! Numero Uno…Recipes! I’m certainly not a professional chef, but I have a lot of fun putting together creative, good-for-you, vegan recipes in the kitchen. My… Read More A Taste of What’s to Come
As a person with anxiety, I find that I have to be a vigilant gatekeeper for the information that I allow myself to digest. For example, I am very careful not to read books or watch movies that are very sad or very scary. Scratch that- even a little sad or a little scary. I’m… Read More The Vigilant Gatekeeper: protecting myself from anxiety triggers, and fun facts about popcorn.
I’ve been meaning to write a post on veganism for awhile, but struggled to find the right time. I know that any mention of a vegan lifestyle is an immediate turnoff for a lot of people, and it was important to me to establish myself as a non-judgy, somewhat normal (hmm, might’ve failed there) fellow… Read More Vegan is not a 4 letter word. And yes, I miss cheese.
We’re in week 4 of the 4 week plan to cut crap out of our diets, and for this final week we bade farewell to our processed snack foods. While I’m missing crackers and chips, I’ve found myself “snacking” on a new addiction…podcasts. Oh, the podcast. A beautiful invention, and available in endless flavors! Whether… Read More Sharing the Podcast Love
Week 3 has nearly come to a close, and I don’t know about you, but I’d pay good money for a piece of chocolate. The 4 week plan to cut out processed foods has overall been pretty painless, if I’m honest. Before I get into how I’m feeling, which I know has been keeping you… Read More 3 Week Check In: Takeaways, Thoughts on Gluten, and Fab Results