Monday, June 16, 2014

Recipe Series!! Breakfast Banana Bread Muffins!

Hey hey hey! I just posted these on Facebook, but i seriously couldn't resist posting the recipe for you!


It's so easy!


You'll need:

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour (or white whole wheat or spelt)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar (i used organic cane sugar)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1.5 cups soy milk (or almond or rice milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degree
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together with a wisk, set aside. 
  3. Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl, making sure to mash the bananas well. 
  4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and make sure that there are FEW lumps. If the batter is super duper thick, you can add more milk.
  5. Pour into a jumbo muffin pan and put in the oven, turning the oven down to 350 degrees. 
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. :)
  7. Oh then of course, scarf down at LEAST two!
Nutritional Information for ONE jumbo muffin:
164 calories
1.3 grams of fat--0.1 grams saturated
193.6 mg of potassium
31.2 carbohydrates
4.3 grams of fiber
9.5 grams of sugar
5.6 grams of protein

Obviously if you dont HAVE a jumbo muffin pan (a very VERY wise investment, I might add) you can always use a standard muffin pan, just cut the nutritional info in half ;)

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your muffins!
~Kiah

Friday, June 13, 2014

Man, does life change quick!

Hey guys!!

I've missed my little blog friend! & all of my readers of course. ;) I'm just kiddin, but a ton has been going on lately! 

Almost everyday something happens that i feel would make the perfect blog post, and then time completely evades me & I don't end up writing it. 

I've created my own recipes, and i will share them all in good time ;) but first:

I got a new job. I know, weird right? And you know...it's not that exciting. It's still a restaurant job and it's still in my hometown. But it was something i did for MYSELF. I could have easily stayed at the job that i had for yet ANOTHER crazy summer. Said hello to all of the grumpy tourists. Took the heat when their table doesn't open up soon enough, and then of course walk away teary eyed when they raise their voices and embarrass me in front of everyone.

OR

I put in my two weeks, and made sure that EVERYONE knew that i loved them, and I found a new job. I know that it doesn't seem like much of a big step, but i really truly did love the people that i worked with and i miss them like crazy! But i couldn't get stuck doing the same thing that i had been doing for the last 4 summers. I was going to go insane. So i changed my path. I was pretty proud of myself.

But honestly? I'm tired of it. I'm tired of tourist season. I'm tired of talking to annoying people that demand so much out of me (us), and totally ruin my day. I'm tired of the inconsistent schedules & never knowing when i'm going to work. I'm tired of a restaurant job! Which is totally funny right? Because i'm a culinary student? Well you know what? Just because i'm a chef in training, does NOT mean that i have to work in a restaurant. I do NOT have to wait on people for the rest of my life. & I am absolutely not trying to degrade the people that do work in restaurant jobs for a long time. I have the UTMOST respect for everyone that does. It's quite possibly the hardest job ever. Kudos to ALL of you. But i just don't think it's in my cards.

Which is A-OKAY with me!

My mom actually introduced me to something AMAZZINGGGG. It's called "Young Living" Essential Oils. It is this company that sources their own essential oils. They actually own several farms across the globe where they raise their own crops and bottle said oils. These oils are INCREDIBLE natural products that have an infinite amount of benefits. From joint pain to headaches to sore muscles to mood improvers to fat burners, there's everything! I'll blog more about those a little later ;) there's still SO much to learn! But to give you a preview! Hahaha

My newest "issue" other than my job...is my car. The poor thing needs an entirely new engine. Yup. That happened.

And last but not least, I am SO so so so so so so happy. I was emailed from a complete stranger because my blog inspired them. I am so glad that I could help someone and inspire them to live their happiest life possible. I want to thank the woman that emailed me, because you have truly inspired me to keep doing what i'm doing. Keep pushing forward with my blog, my healthy food, my job and my life.


Much love to all of you! & so sorry for not posting in a while! Here's a little picture timeline for my life lately!

I made a freaking awesome sandwich at work. ;) ahaha! Peanut Butter, jelly & banana on sourdough & TOASTED. Fanfreakingtastic!














My favorite seniors EVER graduated! I was able to coach them in softball this year & would not trade that for anything! It was and incredible experience. 







I bought a KitchenAid mixer! I am so excited! I got it 50% off with mPerks & meijer deals!















We lit fireworks at Kyle's house and his family bought paper lanterns because I LOVE THEM & we set them free! This fetish is all because of the movie Tangled btw ;)














My softball girls after our loss of the District Championship game. My seniors & two juniors. I am so proud of their efforts this year and could not have asked for a better first year as assistant coach. 













I have a new obsession with thrift shopping! I found these gems at GoodWill and paid literally LESS than $15 for all of it. Seriously new favorite thing!










I bought herb plants! Peppermint & Genovese Basil. My two favorite herbs EVER. I'm so excited to make my own vegan pesto & then of course peppermint smoothies. :)









Thanks guys! Have a great Friday! ;)

~Kiah!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Image... is all in your head.

Hey guys.

I know it's been a long time since I've posted, but i'm not going to apologize today. I've been SO super busy with finishing up my semester in the mornings and then coaching softball in the afternoons, I've hardly had time to think, let alone post to the blog, or even COOK FOOD for that matter, which is REALLY scary.

But now that i am DONE with school for the summer, I'm ready to get to talking to ya' ;)

So today i'd like to share something.

Something that has seriously been bugging me lately.

Self image.

Why is it that I can never be happy with the way that i look, or feel about myself? I constantly look in the mirror and see things that i want to improve. My stomach, my arms, my double chin. I'm overweight right now, based on my body type and it is SO hard to tone up. SO SO SO hard. No i am NOT trying to give excuses for me being lazy, or my lack of effort somedays, i'm simply telling the truth.

I tend to munch on snacks late at night--my favorites right now are dry roasted peanuts, chex mix (the original kind is vegan), and cereal, and i seem to get hungry right around the same time every night. Not sure why--unless i have a late dinner, then i don't bother.

I eat very well for a typical 18 year old. I don't eat out that often, I eat PLENTY of fruits and veggies with very minimal junk food.

I haven't worn jeans--or non stretchy pants--for over 3 weeks, because I hate the way i look in them. and the way i FEEL in them.

So aside from the fact that YES i do need to tone up a bit, why is this bothering me so much? Because of the way that i see myself. I don't see the beauty that i know i have within, even if i am overweight. Someday's i catch a glimpse of her, smiling and laughing--I know that she's in there. but what i primarily see is flaws. And you want to know why that is? Because that's what i've been taught.

--Heavens NOT from my mother--or the rest of my family. My mom's amazing and has always believed in everything that i was. If i had a complaint about the way that i looked, or sulked a little bit, what did i get? "so what are you going to do about it?" what can YOU do to change it, kiah?--

I don't want this to be yet another rant-fest on the influence of media, this is more about SOCIETY. What kind of standards are we as a society setting for girls?! Is it impossible for a woman to be happy about the way she is? NO ITS NOT! But its slowly becoming that way! You see pictures of women with rock hard abs, and completely gorgeously toned arms and think "Dang. I wanna look like that."

It's not bad to set standards for yourself, but you CANNOT set someone ELSE's standards for yourself! All you will get out of that is disappointment and you'll end up slumping again. Believe me. Every person is built differently. Every person metabolizes differently. Every person LOOKS different. There's a reason!




If life was perfect, i would be teeny tiny, superbly athletic & playing college softball somewhere. But you know what? I'm not. I'm small--i've never been teeny tiny. I'm pretty athletic--i workout regularly & was as close to a stud in high school as i could get. And I'm coaching softball instead of playing. I am SO blessed by the way my life turned out, and so thankful that things happened the way they did--i wouldn't want to change ANYTHING.

but WHY do i constantly feel like it's not enough? I always feel like there's something more that i'm not doing. Now, i'm all about shooting for the moon, but what if i miss? (yeahh yeah i know, "you'll land among the stars") is that really what girls are learning?? When they look at a TV screen and see actresses that are dolled up in makeup and hair is always always always done perfectly. Who are they learning to be? Themselves? Or those fake girls on TV? 

It's honestly ridiculous that someone like me, a small town SIMPLE girl, with a big heart and a great loud laugh can't even look in the mirror and feel "normal".

So what am i going to do? I'm not going to look for those other girls anymore; those actresses with perfect bodies, perfect makeup and skin. I'm not going to strive to be someone that i will NEVER be. I'm going to strive to be the person that *I* want to be:

Makiah Leigh Eveland: Strong. Athletic. Beautful. Level-headed. Coach. Friend. Pet-owner. Girlfriend. Bad driver. Carb-lover.

So girls, or ANYONE for that matter. If you EVER look in the mirror & don't like what you see, think about WHO is really there. It's YOU. It's not anyone else.

Much love & inspiration,
Kiah!

P.S. Here's an adorable picture of Kyle & I because i love it & it makes me giggle. ;)  -->

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recipe Series!! 2 Ingredient Heart-Healthy Homemade Milk Chocolate!

Hey everyone!

I've got a new recipe for you! The original recipe is actually NOT my own, it's food_health_happiness's from Instagram. But i tweaked it just a little bit to be a little simpler & I'll tell ya, it's pretty delicious. ;)

I have always loveedddd chocolate, but you would not believe the ingredients that they put in manufactured chocolate! Milkfat, butterfat, high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils...to name just a few. There could easily be 10-15 grams of UNHEALTHY fats just lurking in those to attach to your hips & belly! Lol, but seriously!

Well what if i told you that there was a way to eat chocolate...with 9.3 grams of HEART HEALTHY fat and only ONE gram of sugar?

You'd get excited right? Thats what i thought!


You're going to need TWO ingredients (3 if you want something extra ;), a mixing bowl & an ice cube tray.

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (measured before melting)
1/4 cup carob powder (you can totally use cocoa powder too, but carob has a lighter more sweet flavor to it—it's more similar to milk chocolate. use cocoa powder if you are a dark chocolate fan--i sure am!)
1 tsp sugar (will not dissolve), agave nectar (will disperse better), a sprinkle of chopped nuts, anything else that you might find good in chocolate (TOTALLY OPTIONAL)

You literally mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl until they are smooth & spoon into the ice cube tray. The recipe will make about 8-12 cubes depending on the size of your tray. 

Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes and wa-la! You have heart healthy vegan "milk" chocolate!

The ones I have pictured are coconut oil, carob powder & I added a teaspoon of xylitol (a sugar free sweetener, that is actually used to sweeten gum! It's great for your teeth! I'll give a full review of xylitol later) however I did NOT think about the fact that the xylitol wouldn't dissolve into the oil. Duhhhh. But it somehow turned out to be like a crunchy-sweet chocolate—I was amazed. It totally reminded me of a Crunch bar, but no rice.  

Nutrition Facts: (for ONE cube, mine made 12 cubes)
Calories: 90
Fat: 9.3g
Saturated Fat: 8.3g
Carbs: 2.3g
Sugars: 2g               
Calcium: .7% DV















Please NOTE! Coconut oil does have a high fat content, but it is a very healthful saturated fat, with similar benefits to the fat in avocado!

(coconutoil.com)






I'll post again soon! :)
Enjoy your chocolatey goodness!

With much chocolatey love, Kiah

Monday, March 31, 2014

Recipe Series!! The most delightful Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Sweetness you'll ever eat.

Hey everyone! 

So, jumping right to my amazing awesomeness that IS these Lemon Poppyseed muffins...I decided a few days ago that i wanted to bake. I truly love baking! It's so fun to come up with your own ideas and throw them together to see what they create. 

I haven't had the greatest of luck in the past when i made my own recipes, just because i didn't know enough about the importance of all of the ingredients. But after a lot Lot LOt LOT of experimenting, I sorta got the hang of it. ;) 

These came out like a charm! & are seriously SO super easy!


You'll need: 


  1. Grease a muffin pan.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur. You could also use all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar (It doesn't HAVE to be organic, but that's really all I use)
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp baking powder (mine is alluminum free)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I used So Delicious Sugar Free, but any kind will work here too, even almond milk!)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon flavoring (Optional)
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together & mix well, making sure all of the poppyseeds are dispersed evenly. In a medium mixing bowl combine all of the wet ingredients. The lemon juice will actually make the coconut milk separate a little bit, but that's totally normal. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan, about 2/3 of the way (if you want an extra little treat--sprinkle a little bit of sugar on the top of the batter before putting it in the oven) & place in the oven for 20-22 minutes, or until done.  You can use the toothpick test to determine if they are done. :)

Seriously they are SO moist & so delicious. SO super satisfying, and truly exactly what i look for in a lemon muffin. :) I'm working on a recipe to try and get them a LITTLE bit fluffier, but until then: these are the puppies to go to!

Enjoy them! Believe me, I have been!

Till another day,
Kiah :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Recipe Series!! Only the BEST non-dairy-frozen-dessert you'll ever eat!

Hey guys!! Guess what?! NEW POST! i know you are all as excited as i am. ;) I wanted to post some of the recipes that i come up with, but i wanted to make sure that they are distinguished from the other posts that i have--non-recipe ones. So anytime that you see a post that starts with "Recipe Series" that's it! Get excited!

First i'll give you a lil update on what's going on with me :)

I'm into my 9th week of my last semester! 5 more weeks to go! That's pretty exciting...well now that i think about it it's actually 6 weeks to go since it's only Monday...shoot. Anyways! I am also assistant coaching for my high school's varsity softball team--which i am SOOOOO stoked about! Yeah! 

I'm gonna be shooting for at least 2-3 posts this week, so feast your eyes on this LOVELY deliciousness that i put in front of you.

Yeah i'm pretty crafty that way ;) I had seriously SO much fun making this. I've seen lots of different recipes for Banana Ice Cream, and i have actually made some before, but NEVER like this.

I'll tell ya a story about my adventures with Dairy-free vegan ice cream. I have this raw food recipe book (because i'm not sure if i CAN, i won't disclose the title) that made vegan ice cream with cashews and orange and agave. It was DELISH, however it was a WHOPPING 220ish calories per serving! and it was a SMALL serving! Now, this recipe was NOT unhealthy by any means & if it's relatively healthy, i don't worry about the calories so much (they are SUCH a hassle to count), but i was shocked. 

So then i found a recipe using BANANAS! & i loved it! However, the first time i made it, it was wayyyyy to banana-y for me. I love bananas, but the flavor was slightly overwhelming. 

So over a year later, here i am. With this amazing BLUEBERRY PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM recipe for you. 

I wanted something fancy for lunch one day that wasn't really all that "lunch-y" & i did it. :) Here it is:

~2 frozen bananas--i left mine in overnight so they were SUPER hard
~2 tbsp almond milk--i made my own, but that's a different recipe. I actually posted it to my instagram! Go follow me! kiahleigh3 :)
~1/2 cup frozen blueberries (this is totally not an accurate measure, i just dumped them in, but it shouldn't affect how the ice cream turns out!)
~1 tsp  creamy peanut butter
~chia seeds & extra blueberries for decoration

Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender (blender will take longer due to lack of liquid) and puree till smooth! That's it! Then transfer to a pretty bowl & garnish with the chia & blueberries & eat up! 
There are APPROXIMATELY 270-300 calories in this, 270 not including the blueberries. I didn't add those because i didn't think it's a big deal. I can explain the method to my madness later, but in all seriousness? You need to make this. It is SO creamy & satisfying you won't regret it! 

Till another day! Much love!
Kiah

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm not who you think I am. I am SO much more than that.

Hey guys! So i wanted to apologize again for not posting sooner, but my classes have been KILLING me for the last few weeks, but guess what?! They're almost over! This is my last week and I'll be 1/2 way done with my Spring semester!

So with keeping up with my resolution of posting more, i decided it would be easier if i just did SMALLER posts more often! Duhhhhh kiah! I can't believe it. I'm certified GENIUS.

So i think you'll really enjoy this post. I'm going to warn you, it WILL be a LONGGG one, but I promise you it's worth it, stick with me here, okay?. I want to truly explain to you how I became the person that i am today. It's not just a typical story & I feel it worth sharing. 

Hmm lets see......where do i start???

ABOUT ME.

When i was five years old, i was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Easter Sunday to be exact, and i remember that day, obviously not only because i spent the next three days in the hospital, but because when my mother said that we were going for a "ride" i got SO excited. For the first time in WEEKS, I was excited.

A couple of weeks previous to that car ride, I had been feeling absolutely awful. I was lazy, I rarely got off of the couch--I skipped a few beautiful days outside for gloomy ones on the couch; I wet the bed almost every night. I even went to the American Girl place with a few of my really good friends in Chicago, and had to go to the bathroom just about every 1/2 hour the whole way there. I literally felt sick the whole way there--I didn't know what was wrong--I WAS FIVE, for crying out loud. I could only imagine how my parents felt. They had to stand by and watch me deteriorate for weeks. (or what felt like weeks, I don't remember exactly what time.)

I continued to be excited about the car ride, I watched out the windows & wondered where it was that we were going. 

The rest of that ride was pretty much a blur. I don't remember how i ended up in the ER getting my finger poked, but there i was. Crying & some guy was holding out my hand and stabbing me with a GINORMOUS needle. (just kidding, it wasn't that big)

And before i knew it, i was on a stretcher & everyone was running. Running running running, i can't keep up with it in my mind. I was asked who i wanted to ride with me in the stretcher, and i said my dad, so there we were: me laying on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance & my dad sitting right next to me handing me a sprite (another perk). 

Then another blur happened and i'm laying in a hospital bed, hooked up to so many machines with all of these cords attached to my arms. I remembered screaming bloody murder when they had to put the IV in my arm--they put those REALLY far!! And i also screamed bloody murder when i had to take my "shot" for the first time. By "shot" i mean, the first of several THOUSAND shots of insulin that i would have to take in my lifetime. 

And before i knew it, i was back at home sitting at my kitchen table testing my blood sugar. 

As a side note: I have to test my blood sugar on a minimum 4 times a day, and there is NO maximum if i'm not feeling 100%. My target blood sugar is about 80-120mg/dl (medical terminology--don't ask me what it stands for). 

So that's the way i grew up. From age 5 till now I have had to test my blood sugars daily, remember to give myself insulin BEFORE i ate my food, and well basically not let myself pass out. Ahaha, no i'm just kidding. But it really got in the way, you know? If i wanted to go to my best friends house when we were younger, I had to remember to bring extra test strips, because if i forgot then i couldn't test my blood sugar & then i couldn't bolus with the correct numbers, then i could face going severely low & passing out or going high & feeling like....gross. I had to bring extra pump supplies because i couldn't go without insulin or my BG (blood glucose, blood sugars) would get high again. I had to remember to test my blood sugar all the time. 

Entering the teen years was really difficult. I mean, i never let my diabetes overcome me & become something that i couldn't handle--I NEVER wanted that, & i NEVER will--but, aren't the teen years difficult for just about everyone? So many pressures! Pressures to be popular, pressures to be the best athlete, pressures to look good, pressures to get a boyfriend...anything!

Well, like any teenage girl, i became aware of my weight. I wasn't a BIG girl, by any means--i'm 5'2" and weighed around 110-120 lbs, maybe? Anyways, I seriously felt like i could see it. I could see the weight being put on as i went through my days as a typical freshman. I NEVER suffered from an eating dissorder or anything like that--they scared me--but i slowly became obsessed with what i looked like. 

I was also an avid softball player. I dreamed of being the BEST pitcher that our school had ever had. Or at least very close to it! I pitched regularly, but nothing--as far as training goes--that set me apart from the others. Well one weeknight, at a basketball game, my training changed. A very close friend of mine's FATHER came up to me & asked me about pitching & how i've been doing. I responded accordingly & then he said "Well we really need to get you on a weight program! Bulk up a little bit!" ....Safe to say, i was scarred. I thought that after all of my efforts, he would notice me for trying my hardest & see that i've improved. Nope--instead he tore me down for the ONE thing that i wasn't doing. 

So the next school year, i started powerlifting. & i am SO glad that i did. I was stronger & I visibly looked better. My pitches WERE faster, much to my dismay that my friend's dad was right. I set records for my school in my weight class & i began setting records in softball too! (that didn't really happen until my senior year, but it still happened.) I wanted other girls to be interested in it too, so i convinced a lot of softball girls to join the team & it was SO amazing. We bonded & became a stronger team because of it. I was even able to care a little less about my weight because i was lifting! I was getting bulkier & obviously the scale was gonna show that. I weighed probably 135-145 lbs throughout the rest of high school. 

I did P90X the summer after my sophomore year, and i toned up & lost 8 lbs! I was so proud of myself. I felt great & i knew that i looked great too! & besides, what junior could say that they completed P90X? Prolly not many! Guys were even interested in me! & believe me, for a junior without a lot of confidence in herself, that's pretty exciting!

Well this girl should have had a little bit more confidence in herself. 

When i was a junior, i let someone completely tear me down emotionally. After that, it was really hard to find myself again. I was wearing clothes that i didn't actually like & i was hanging out with  friends that i didn't agree with & truthfully?  I didn't know who i was anymore. That should NEVER be something that a person should feel. So guess what? I disconnected. I stopped talking to people. I continued to train hard & be the athlete that i always wanted to be, but i didn't really do anything outside of that. 

Then my life changed. By ONE person's influence. One of the few friends that i talked to told me that a boy liked me. & i know that this story sounds ridiculous because, heck, why would a girl's life change because of a BOY? Clicheeeeeee. But it's the honest truth. I didn't really know who he was,  but i knew OF him. But that story is for a different day. 

My amazing boyfriend completely changed my life. He taught me that you know, it's OK to be who you are. If you don't want to talk to people, then DONT! If you aren't the person that you truly want to be, then what are you doing? You don't have to prove anything to anyone. You don't have to BE anyone that you don't want to be. I wasn't a crazy beyotch. So you know what we did? We defied odds. We battled catty rumors from girls that i used to talk to. We walked & talked & smiled all day long. & We did it TOGETHER. 

And ever since then, I've never forgotten who I was. I am a beautiful person that knows what she wants in life. I am driven. I am determined. I am an inspiration. 

So when i was a senior, we had to do a senior project & within that project we had to do a job shadow. I did one at a raw vegan cafe in IL. & at that point, i was NOT raw, much less vegan. But it was amazing! I saw people literally eat & order ALL of the food in an Appetizer, Entree & Dessert! Pasta made with zucchini; nacho cheese made with cashews; the most AMAZING brownie i have ever tasted made with cashews. 

& while i was there literally realizing my life's dream: a woman that was working there said something to me. She had noticed that i was diabetic because of my insulin pump & so we began talking about it & how her son was one as well. She mentioned that her son watched this documentary film called "Simply Raw--Reversing Diabetes in 30 days." I couldn't believe it. Eating RAW food could CURE diabetes? WHAT?!?!?!?!?! There's no way! 

So I began learning about veganism & watching LOTS of documentary films. & then one day at lunch my senior year, i decided to take the plunge. I stole a tortilla chip off of my friend's tray & then looked at it in horror. I was having a "fat" day & felt like that tortilla chip was going to add about 50000 lb to my figure if i ate it. I texted my mom & said "you know what? I'm sick of this! I'm sick of fat days! I think i'm gonna do it. I'm vegan!" & my mom was the most amazing person; she said: "You go, Kiah!" & from then on out, i have been a vegan. (and i still ate that tortilla chip, BTW).

Sure, being a DIABETIC vegan is difficult, sometimes. But I wouldn't have it any other way. My boyfriend is SO supportive with anything that i have to say about veganism & my mother decided that she would go vegan right along with me. My dad & brother, not so much, but i don't get tooooo much grief from either of them. I have learned so much about food & the way that the body uses it. I've learned WHERE diabetes actually comes from (which is also another story for another day). I've learned about the welfare of ANIMALS. I've learned about SO many vegan restaurants in my area. I've learned to respect myself for WHO i AM & not who i was. 

My diabetes HAS definitely improved, for those of you who were wondering. My HBa1c (average of BG's in 3 months) has gone down from 8.9 (september-october-ish when i was making the transition to being a college kid) to 8.2, which is INCREDIBLY significant. Yeahhhhh partayyyyy kiah! :) & hopefully when i have my next check-up mid march, it will have declined more still! 

I can never see myself going back to eating animal products; the thought of it is actually vomit-provoking. But i can TRULY & HONESTLY say to you ALL right now, that i feel SO much better as far as my health goes & as far as being a person goes. 

I want to thank you ALL who have stuck around & kept up with  me for my blog. It truly means a lot. Please feel free to share & like it! I'm on a mission to touch & change as many lives as i possibly can, & any help from you is MUCH appreciated. 

& BTW. thank you SO much for letting me share my story!

~Kiah

Monday, January 27, 2014

Confession time!


Hey hey hey! Welcome to my first ever college snow day ;) and guess what? Tomoro is yet another one! Kinda crazy! But truly, as most of you can right now, if you look outside, you can absolutely bet why. Oh you know, there's just waist deep snow drifts in my back yard. I think they are pretty amazing! There's a huge swoosh almost, to the snow! Like it was whisked there. It's wonderful! :) & it is multipurposeful too (if that's truly a word). This is what my dog looks like after a day like today:
 
It's pretty freaking awesome, actually. He is out COLD. Snoring and dreaming and all. By dreaming, I mean that he grunts & wiggles his legs like he's running. It's so adorable, i don't know what to do with myself sometimes. 

So aside from my deep love for my dog, I did have a TRUE talking purpose to this post. I want to involve you guys in this one! 

I have a confession to make: 
I have weaknesses. 

HA. Totally not what you were expecting right? You thought I would  say something like "I actually eat meat & love it dearly" right? HAHAHA. Nope. 

You know, everyone has weaknesses. EVERYONE. There is not one single perfect person in this world. 
But there's a difference between the people that dont LOOK like they have weaknesses & the people that let their weaknesses get the best of them. It's exactly the latter. They let the weaknesses become who they are. They become defined by those weaknesses. Be it chronic laziness or excessive drinking. They let it become them. 

So as part of my New Year's Resolutions, I wanted to keep up more with my blog & be more involved with it; this is the first step to doing so. 

Weakness #1: Coffee. I can seriously drink almost unlimited amounts of coffee during the day. Starbucks dark roast & soy lattes are my absolute FAV. My coffee typically consists of SUPERBLY strong coffee, soy milk & about a teaspoon of Natural sugar, or brown sugar if there's no other option. I guess it's really not too terrible, considering other options there are, but to a health conscious person: that sugar can add up! But yet, as i make that coffee i think to myself "ohh just one more cup won't be that bad!" Every, single time. The money totally adds up after a while too. Especially when i didn't have gift cards, or when i think that i NEED a coffee so bad before class so i go to the cafe on campus that is SO expensive. Seriously. But it's good coffee so it's worth it, right?  

Weakness #2: LifeSaver's mints. Totally addicted. Kyle and i went to the dollar store the other day on one of our dates and bought a dollar store movie. & In tradition of the not so health food junkie that HE is, i suggested we get candy. My vegan candy is a LifeSavers mint. & other than giving Kyone in the car & my mom one when she saw me snag a few, i ate the WHOLE bag. The whole entire bag, by myself, GO KIAH! 

Weakness #3: Junkie Cereal. AKA Reese's Puff's, Captain Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, the works. Why? I'm not quite sure. I used to eat these HARDCORE as a kid, & maybe that's why. I like the flavor of them! Even though the majority of them all taste the SAME. have you ever noticed that? Captain Crunch & Fruit loops taste the exact same. They are SO fake & artificial, i seriously wish i got a stomach ache every time i eat them. But i dont. Damn you, digestive system!

Weakness #4: Procrastination. No no no, these are not ALL food weaknesses. Even though a majority of them are. I am a complete procrastinator. For everything. I don't do my homework until the last minute. I don't do research for a paper until the day before we start to work on it. I don't develop an idea for something until i ABSOLUTELY need to. I don't refill my gas tank until it is on the little tick mark above E. I know that is so bad for your car, but it's the truth. I've been a procrastinator for forever! I'm working on it ;) slowly but surely, i will be more efficient with my time!

Weakness #5: Tortilla chips. Doesn't matter what brand (unless they SOMEHOW aren't vegan), what flavor, homemade, restaurant style or deep fried. I love them. I love them with salsa--definitely a classic, guacamole, hummus, vegetables. Whatever they may be involved with. It truly doesn't matter. I try so hard at work to not give in to temptation because i know that they are deep fried & greasy & therefore my skin on my face will be clogged and oozy (ahaha, sorry for the visual), but they are SO good. Perfectly salty & crunchy. Dang it! 

Weakness #6: Diabetes. You know...this one could get really sentimental, kinda like my last post, but it's so true. Sometimes, i REALLY don't feel like going through the day to day motions. Wake up, test blood sugar, do my thing, test blood sugar, eat food, bolus for food before it's actually eaten, do my thing, test blood sugar, eat more food, bolus for more food before its actually eaten, do my thing, test blood sugar, go to sleep. & the cycle continues. I really dont like to complain about my situation, because i know that so many other people have it way worse than i do. WAY worse. but sometimes, i would really like to prepare my own meals, eat it & go about my business like anyone else does. Or i would have liked to play softball the way any other girl on my team did & could. I constantly have to be conscious of how i'm feeling & if something is off. I don't like it. & like i explained in my bio (at least i think i did), THIS is why i became vegan. It's the first step in making a difference in my life so i don't have to go through the same old thing for the rest of eternity. I want to change. I'm ok with change. Change WILL happen!

So my closing question to you is:

What are some of your weaknesses? They don't have to be ALL food, necessarily, but maybe some things that you really know hold you back sometimes.

Thanks so much for reading guys!!
Until next time,
~Kiah

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Me? Sentimental? Nahhh

Hey guys!! Newest blog post coming right up!

So, i start my second semester of college tomoro, and i am BEYOND pumped. Ok maybe not beyond--i have thoroughly enjoyed having an entire month off and am going to FOR SURE miss it. But going back just means i am one step closer to graduating! Wooo hoooo! *insert bursts of confetti*

Before i go back though, i wanted to share another post with you.

As i told you in my previous post, I am going to be an assistant coach for the varsity softball team that has been my alma mater for the past 4 years, this spring! & believe me i am SOO very excited for it. I cannot wait to share my "wisdom" with these younger girls and watch them grow into this sport, and soak in all that it has to offer them. I posted this on the team's Facebook page earlier today, but i feel so strongly about it that i just want to share it with all of you also!


"Hey ladies! So i took this picture because i wanted to share something with you. As i was unpacking boxes in my bedroom (yes i moved over a month ago, but it's a slow process) I counted how many softballs i have accumulated throughout my lifetime. Pictured are 14: not counting the ones that are floating around the garage; that i've given to my dog as a sacrifice; or that i've lost in the woods on our property. But i realized something. All of these mean something very important to me. My first and only career homerun--signed by all of my favorite people in the world. My squishy indoor ball that is LITERALLY falling apart, but i refuse to get rid of. 2 weighted ones given to me by a past coach that is near and dear to me, when i was ready to step up my game. A stolen one from Lee when we played them & my blood sugar kept me from the first inning & they were SO cocky--i felt that they didn't deserve their ball back. A ball signed by all of the seniors in my class from our last home game before districts. A bedazzled ball that i won't let ANYONE touch because it was given to me on the day of my very last career game.
At the moment i received or acquired these treasures, i didn't realize they would be so significant. But now that i've graduated, and will never again play an intense high school softball game, they look different. Each one was a simple moment in time, and now is an amazing memory.
So, even if you aren't a senior yet, think about your actions. You subconsciously take these simple moments for granted as they come, but when you've moved past the time of opportunity, you'll wish you could go back and live it again, just to soak it all in. All the time you should be thinking who, and especially how much, your actions will make an impact. If you can't do something for yourself, at the VERY least, do something better to help out the sister next to you.
Love always,
Kiah
"

And i believe in everything that i've just mentioned. I wish that i could go back to those moments and relive them. Soak up all of their goodness. I didn't know at that time that they would be my last! But who would? You never know when it's going to be your last! Nobody ever knows. It's redundant, i know, because everyone says that--or atleast something like that. But you never truly understand it until you live it. It doesn't have to be about dying. It doesn't have to be about anything terminal. It's just something about a memory that you can never have back again. 

I will never be able to go back to my last game ever and try to fix all of the mistakes that happened. I will never be able to go back to Lee High School and smack their smug faces right off of them. I will never be able to go back to Bangor and stand on home plate an smile at my homerun ball. I can never do that again. & you know what? That's ok! I have SO many great memories from my career in softball; so many that some resurface out of nowhere sometimes. And ALL of those i can carry with me for the rest of my life. Ask kyle. We talk about this all the time: how much we miss it. The team dynamic, the competition, everything. The memories that we made during our 4 years are irreplaceable. & Just because we can't go back, doesn't mean we can't take them wherever we go. 

And because i feel SO strongly about this, it truly hurts to see girls throw that away. They won't ever understand until they are in my position now, or some time and place even further from here. They don't see that everyone is affected by what they choose to do. Teammates are pained knowing something is missing from their team dynamic, and that KILLS me. I wish that I could go back to my senior year and give every girl a hug. Something simple to show them that i appreciate them. Maybe that would have made a huge difference for now. It's not enough to just CARE about something. You have to truly be COMMITTED. 

Because what is caring without commitment? 

Nothing. 

With love & passion,
~Kiah

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy Almost New Year!

Hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello!!
I'm so excited to be posting! This one should be loads of fun for you to read! You get to learn lots of things about me! It'll be fun, right?

So earlier in december there had been all of these posts going around on Facebook about "things you didn't know about me/my pregnancy/ my husband" & since i don't have either of the last 2, i wanted to share some little known (hopefully) facts about me, just for fun :) enjoy them!!

1. I adjust my rear-view mirror just about every day, or everytime i get into the car. I must just sit in a different position every day!
2. I'm afraid to go outside in the dark at my boyfriends house. He's surrounded by an apple orchard...who knows who's looming in the shadows!
3. I have a weakness for junkie cereal. Explanation: reese's puffs, fruit loops, honey-nut cheerios, frosted flakes...thats right people. the health nut has a weakness!
4. I'm secretly afraid of going to work because i'm always thinking that it's going to be SO insanely busy that i'm going to want to strangle everyone. (those feelings have occurred before)
5. I love football, but i hardly understand it.
6. I am a VERY messy/unorganized person, but i have to FEEL organized. make sense?
7. I sleep on the couch more than i do my bed.
8. Even the tiniest snakes make me want to cry.
9. I swear my dog knows me more than some people do.
10. My best friend is a diabetic too.
11. I am entirely flattered when people tell me they follow my blog.
12. I am NOT the greatest driver in the world.
13. I love vintage clothing & jewelry.
14. However, i dont really wear ANY jewelry that often.
15. And my wardrobe consists of yoga pants & hoodies but i want to TRY wearing the cute stuff.
16. I used to be a huge cat person, but now the only 2 cats that don't hiss at me are my own & kyle's sister's
17. I love cloudy, rainy days.
18. I can't stand the smell of stale beer.
19. I love little babies. they are the sweetest to cuddle & talk to (no they do not ever answer)
20. I was creeped on at the gym on campus.
21. I LOVE grocery shopping.
22. I am going to be an assistant coach to the powerlifting/varsity softball team in the spring.
23. I will forever be a small town girl.
24. There is one other vegan in my family besides me: my mom.
25. I want to get a tattoo SO bad.
26. I named my car bumblebee (bee for short) after the transformer.
27. I despise ketchup.
28. I have a fetish for lamps & lampshades.
29. I have a girl-crush on Jennifer Lawrence. She's awesome. ...seriously.
30. I hate squatters. NO not the exercise squatting, that's AWESOME. I'm talking about the strangers that come into the restaurant and drink (a LOT), eat a 3-4 course meal, cash out with their server and then proceed to sit at the table for over an hour. Those are squatters.
31. I have a fetish with the number 3. I like things to happen in thirds. My softball number was 3, when i send emoticon's in a text I'll always send three--likewise with punctuation. Also, i learned this quote at camp when i was younger: "God first, friends second & i am third."
32. All of the radio stations in my car are in numerical order.
33. I can't ever post a status on Facebook without starting a debate, so i don't anymore!

& notice how i finished on the number 33? HAHAHA you'll never forget that now will you?
Here are a few things that i've been up to since my last post!

HOMEMADE POPTARTS. Dead serious. These things taste exactly the same as the real thing. I wan't to take credit for the recipe, but truly, it was the blog "ChocolateCoveredKatie". She is an amazing inspiration for trying to make desserts healthfully! Thanks so much Katie! 

Mug cakes! This is a vanilla mug cake with peanut butter protein frosting and chia seed sprinkles. I'm hesitant to post the recipe, but here it is! 
~1/4 cup of flour of your choosing
~1/2 very ripe banana
~2 tbsp soy milk/almond milk of your choosing
~vanilla extract
~ tsp sugar if you WANT (totally optional)
---for the icing: 
~2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (i used plant fusion)
~1 tbsp soy milk/almond milk of your choice
~ 1/2 tsp peanut butter
Mix the batter for the cake in a bowl until smooth or very slightly lumpy. Grease the inside of a coffee mug & pour the batter into it (DUH). Microwave on high for at least 2 minutes. While that's cooking mix the frosting ingredients in a bowl until superbly smooth! When the cake is done, it should be springy on top. Pour the frosting on top of the cake and sprinkle with chia seeds if available. ENJOY. 
This is my darling dog cooper. Actually he is my mom's dog, TOTALLY. Momma's boy to the max. But he was wearing a tie! Tehehe! Adorable right!
This was the desert that i brought to Christmas dinner at my grandparents house. It is a brownie/cookie/pie thing. That's the name that i came up with. It was SO amazingly fudgy. i can absolutely not explain how delicious this was. My mom & i ate half of this....each. HA. 

Thanks so so so much for keeping up with the posts! I'm sorry about not being able to post as often, but hopefully they're interesting enough for you!
Love you guys!!
xoxo ~Kiah!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Coming back from sabbatical!!

Hey guys! I'm coming back from my over-one-month-long "sabbatical" of blog posting, and BOY do i have a lot to share with you guys!!

I don't even have an idea of where to begin telling you what happened in these almost-30-some odd days. Ummmm..let me see here.

We moved! A lot of time has been taken up by packing up my house...or atleast pretending to while my mom truly did a majority of the packing. When you're in GR all day long for a majority of the week, it can be difficult to do things! and lets face it: im LAZY. Much much much much much much much love to my momma for all of her hard work! We didn't move anywhere far, but we at least moved out of the sketchy ass neighborhood that we were in previously. My parents found their forever home and it is truly one of the cutest little houses! needs a LOT of TLC, but hey. That's all the fun, right?!

I got the smallest room in our house, pretty typical since Noah (my little bro) got to see the house before i did & claimed his room. I don't ever go in my room enough anyways, so i guess it's not too much of a problem ;) just a little difficult to find space to put everything! Ill share a picture of the house later: i don't currently have any on my phone, and well...it's dark outside!

I've been working like a fiend (DEFINITELY an extreme exaggeration) on the weekends. I work at a cute little bar & grille in my hometown & for the last 3 sundays i've been training to serve! Whoop whoooooop! I've worked there since i was 15--that's a sophomore in highschool, and believe me: i cannot WAIT to serve. 4 extremely busy summers of nothing but hostessing is definitely taxing. Don't believe me? Wait until mid-july or august and come to this place. Wait for a table for 1.5 hours & watch me run around like a chicken with their head cut off (ironnnyyyyyy hahahaha cuz i'm a vegan) for 5 hours. SO MUCH FUN.
Just kidding, please dont do that. It's mean. 

School has been going pretty well..I'm getting ready to prepare for my government final that's on the 11th and actually just realized that my Sanitation final is due this thursday. SHOOOOT. The final project for this class is a mock "inspection" of a restaurant or foodservice operation of our choice. So i obviously was just going to do the one that i work at. I keep forgetting about it & now i have to write it up & present it by thursday!! Hurray for an honors student! hahaha, just kidding, I'm not a college honors student. I'm not a BAD student by any means, but i decided that after high school, i did NOT want to slave over subjects that i didn't like as an honors student in college. No way, no how. Ok, rant over!

This past week has been my thanksgiving break! & I have had SOOO much fun experimenting in the kitchen creating my own different recipes....based off of some recipes that i read & remembered from online, and some that i just decided sounded good. HA! Here are a few:

These lovely gems are my most recent favorites ^ i call them "Banana-Flax Oatcakes" because they aren't necessarily "pancakes" but they're not really anything else either. Haha! I ate them with a teensy bit of maple syrup (because they are certainly sweet enough already) and some clementines. If you are interested in any of the recipes that i post on here, feel MORE than free to comment on the post & of course recommend my blog to your friends! ;) hahaha no advertising here...uh uh!


This ^^^ was my attempt at a homemade "Qdoba" burrito which is my absolute FAVORITE Mexican place ever. They aren't really "authentic" Mexican, so i don't really know if i can call it that, but you get my point. To the left you have my Cilantro Lime rice--could've had more lime, but hey--...In the middle is my stir fried fajita veggies with green onion & lime; and to the right you have my vegan version of the finished product. I added black beans to the middle of my burrito and ate it with tortilla chips and salsa! DELISH. 


 This is ALMOST a daily occurrence for me. I like to call it fruit cereal, because truly, i don't really eat packaged cereal anymore (small story about that later). Typically it consists of banana (a MUST), a harder fruit--i like apples or softer pears (hard pears are grosssssss), blueberries or in this case pomegranate (my current obsession), kiwi if available, some type of nut if im feeling like i need some more calories, and then i top it off with some chia seeds & cinnamon. It is SOOO good, and because it is all water dense fruits, you feel like you are eating more than what the calories represent. It's AWESOME.
 This was a sandwich that I didn't personally make, but a chef at my work so kindly made for me. This is a whole grain ciabatta bread with avocado, spinach, tomato, grilled tofu seasoned with soy sauce, red onion and a fancy sauce that he made me (i truly have no idea what is in it). On the side was soy sauce to dip it in and then more sauce that he had spread on the bread. I was absolutely in love. & of course we were busy that day so it was cold by the time i finished it, but it was STILL amazing. I loved it so much that i had to post it. Kudos, Scott!
 This was an entirely veggie stir fry that i made with quinoa. Peppers, carrots, tomatoes, onion, kale, and fresh avocado added afterwords. DELIGHTFUL!
 This is just a picture that i took in class of the pomegranate that i was eating! Pomegranates are an amazing choice for fruit and if you decide you want a SUPERFOOD!! (insert image of superman here) They are zingy and sweet and delcious.

Finally for this lovely blog post today are my cornmeal pancakes! When i was younger and was routinely at friends houses for sleep overs--my friends mom ALWAYS used to make these for us. She used Jiffy cornbread mix, but i found out those aren't vegan, so i decided to make my own. They aren't EXACTLY the same, and they crumble easily, but they bring back that nostalgia i have from the original ones. (did that sentence make sense?) I eat them with a banana on the side or another fruit and with warm maple syrup. AMAZING!








Thanks so much for keeping up with my posts if you have been!! Sorry it's been SO long, but a busy kid is a busy kid. Stay tuned for the next one! Love you all!
~Kiah