un-bekannte said: Hey! You seem like the most amazing person to be friends with, so positive and lovely! Hope you're having an amazing night xx

Aw, thank you so much peach! This made my night and gave me another reason to go to bed smiling. If you ever want another friend, even if it is just online, then you know where to find me! Thanks for being a sweet soul, you are so precious x

Anonymous said: your listed as one of essena oneills fave blogs on her site!

Oh wow, this is so humbling - thank you so much for making me aware of this, bug! I’m so overjoyed! She constantly challenges me to think about things from a different perspective, I’m so flattered!

Anonymous said: I eat over 1,500 cals a day of high-carb plant foods! I dont exercise much maybe 3 times a week and I'm gaining weight I think (?) It seems like I'm losing body fat although I'm actually going up clothing sizes? I dont know its super weird and maybe I'm just overthinking things. But many people on a high-carb vegan diet (I still eat 40g of healthy fat or so a day because im not 80/10/10) say that your stomach flattens out heaps! My question is do you think the weight will come back off? xxx

Hey friend, I totally understand where you’re coming from on the whole overthinking thing - I’m the kind of person who sees everything from eight different perspectives which is both a blessing and a curse! In summary, yes! I think that the weight that you feel yourself gaining will come off - it could be a combination of different things related to how your body functions and what you’re eating. First of all, your ‘going up in clothing sizes’ could be caused by a number of things. Do you consume a lot of salt? Salt can cause your body to retain fluid, therefore giving you that ‘puffy’ feeling and appearance. Do you drink at least eight glasses of water per day? It’s important to make sure that you’re flushing toxins out of the body, or the same effect can occur. How long have you been eating plant-based, high-carb foods? If you haven’t been living the lifestyle for long, it’s possible that your body is still adjusting to the different foods that you’re eating. Not only do your muscles have to work a little quicker in comparison to when eating meat and dairy, you also have to give your bowels the time to establish greater bacterial colonies that thrive off and specifically break down that high-carb high-fibre goodness. Also, within the first few months of being vegan a lot of changes go on in your body, including hormonally, and this can cause weight-loss or weight-gain depending on how your body adjusts. Don’t be discouraged by your apparent ‘weight-gain’ - it’s probably your body just regulating itself and establishing a new, efficient way of digesting all that plant stuff!

As a side note, seeing as you exercise occasionally I think it would definitely be a good idea to up your intake - the average teenage female body requires 1500 as a bare minimum to function, and 2000 for it to even begin to thrive. Sometimes, if you’re not eating enough, your body can hold onto extra weight as a mechanism to ensure that you’ll have enough energy if there’s no more food for you to eat (thank you, cavemen days!). For this reason, you should up your intake to somewhere above 2000 calories per day (wherever is comfortable and feels natural for you) and see if your body responds in any way to this. On days that you exercise it’s important to eat a bit more too, to counteract the energy lost and to keep giving your cells the sweet nutrients that they use as fuel. Otherwise, keep up the fantastic work peach, you’re doing well! Hang in there, and if your body doesn’t regulate itself within the next few months then it sounds like additional exercise, more sleep, more water, and more you-time is on the cards x

loony-lena said: Hiya beautiful! How are you? Nice to meet you! I absolutely LOVE you and your blog! You're so amazing and down-to-earth, and your recipes are to die for! Have a marvelous day and keep smiling that STUNNING smile of yours all day every day! :-***

Oh Lena, aren’t you just the sweetest little dumpling! The world seriously needs more kind, loving souls such as yourself, shining your light on everyone… sending so much love right back at ya, peach! x

gaining-life said: 2, 15, 63 xx

I’m currently seventeen years old, turning eighteen in a little over two months time. So excited for what lays ahead, but also a little freaked out that my childhood has flashed by so quickly!

I mentioned one of my favourite songs in the past post, but another good one is 363N63 by King Krule, and No Rest for the Wicked by LykkeLi, and Ode to Viceroy by Mac Demarco! Agh, there are just too many!

I have a big fear of vomiting, for some unknown reason. I know that everyone has that fear but I seriously can’t even handle the thought of it, and if someone tells me they feel sick I go into full on panic mode and hold my breath at random times and use tons of hand sanitiser and avoid touching things in public places where germs could lurk (ew). But my biggest fear is losing loved ones. I think they’re both pretty common, understandable human dislikes.

samlemerle said: 12, 15, 46 :)

My last dream was about my two best friends and I swimming across this lake that mysteriously materialised in front of our school - we found ourselves at ‘Stanford University’ and were invited inside but couldn’t because we were soaking wet. The water was really warm and blue, and we jumped off this rickety old wooden pier on our way back (thrill seeking, much).

My favourite song most definitely depends on my mood! Currently I’m obsessed with Rice Queen by Superhumanoids, it’s a wonderful sleepy track that’s also got the right rhythm for working out, study, and anything really!

I am an INFJ, a healer, which is enormously accurate and almost scarily true!

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These Spiced Apple Pie pancakes with sticky caramel sauce were the bomb dot com - I could totally go for a plateful right now. Only a few days until the ebook and you guys can get your hands on some of this panfried goodness, so excited 🐒🌿

These Spiced Apple Pie pancakes with sticky caramel sauce were the bomb dot com - I could totally go for a plateful right now. Only a few days until the ebook and you guys can get your hands on some of this panfried goodness, so excited 🐒🌿

Anonymous said: Hey Ashlee! I need some advice! Lately I've shown a major interest in our world and I think I've become more peaceful and happy about myself. I'm all about random acts of kindness and helping others but at school I find that my friends purposely get on my bad side to make me mad and I absolutely crack the shits. When I try to say how spiritual and peaceful I've become they don't believe me. It's because they get on my nerves and I react annoyed and pissed off! What should I do? ☺️😔

This makes me so happy because you’re feeling content with yourself, a feat that can take many people a long time to achieve! You’ve taken an enormous step forward in terms of revealing your true self as opposed to just doing what all of your friends, family, and the rest of society want and expect you to be doing - be proud, bug! What have you become more interested in? You could develop this passion into something bigger, and greater, and expand your interests. The world is such a big place and it excites me that you’ve begun to discover new parts of it!

As for dealing with your friends, I don’t think that much can be done on your part. Insecure people are often close-minded, and I’m not suggesting that your friends are any lesser human beings than you, but they are probably jealous of your self-acceptance and love for who you are. I got a little bit of hate when I was super fit last year, and I heard through the grapevine that someone was bitching about me for running and wanting to improve my health, fitness, and overall wellbeing. Jealously really is an even, green-eyed monster that can get the best of the loveliest people, and unfortunately it sounds like your friends have fallen victim to it. If they’re purposely rude to your face, you could tell them how it upsets you when they do that and you don’t appreciate their remarks about your newfound self-esteem and awareness. I would recommend to always be the bigger person, never stoop down to a level that would paint you as the mean one, because you’re not! You’re being intentionally provoked by those you trust, and that sucks. If raising awareness for your dislike of their attitudes doesn’t work, then perhaps you will have to find other people to discuss your new passions with. It really sucks that your friends won’t accept you for who you truly are, but sometimes people come around eventually! Just keep being the sparkly little human being you are, be content in your own skin, and remind yourself that it’s not your problem - it’s theirs! x

EBOOK UPDATE - I will be releasing my ebook ‘Sundae Morning’ next week, which includes 30 sweet vegan recipes (predominantly icecream sundaes, pancake stacks, sauces, syrups, an oatmeal pie, and a few smoothie bowls), all totally free of refined-sugar and some even suitable for gluten and nut free lil bugs out there! It also has an introduction with a little bit about me, how I became a vegan and interested in healthy eating, pantry essentials, frequently asked questions in relation to veganism, and tips on how to make the perfect banana icecream! I’ve decided to price the book at $10 NZD, which equates to around £5 and $8.50 USD. I will be posting a recipe list in a few days, followed by a competition in which I will be giving my book away FREE to a lucky munchkin! So much exciting stuff to come, but in the meantime, enjoy this photo of my Peanut Butter Cup Sundae, one of the 12 icecream sundaes in the book. Not long to go! 🌿🐒

EBOOK UPDATE - I will be releasing my ebook ‘Sundae Morning’ next week, which includes 30 sweet vegan recipes (predominantly icecream sundaes, pancake stacks, sauces, syrups, an oatmeal pie, and a few smoothie bowls), all totally free of refined-sugar and some even suitable for gluten and nut free lil bugs out there! It also has an introduction with a little bit about me, how I became a vegan and interested in healthy eating, pantry essentials, frequently asked questions in relation to veganism, and tips on how to make the perfect banana icecream! I’ve decided to price the book at $10 NZD, which equates to around £5 and $8.50 USD. I will be posting a recipe list in a few days, followed by a competition in which I will be giving my book away FREE to a lucky munchkin! So much exciting stuff to come, but in the meantime, enjoy this photo of my Peanut Butter Cup Sundae, one of the 12 icecream sundaes in the book. Not long to go! 🌿🐒