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One Month Off Hormones | Update

It’s been a month now since I stopped using my NuvaRing and went off hormonal contraception. I promised I’d keep you posted on how it’s going, so I think it’s time for an update! In case you missed my first post about going off hormones, you may want to read that first. I explain all my reasons for why I decided to stop, my expectations for the transition period and after, and what I’m planning to use for contraception now.

I’m going to be honest with you straight away: this has been the most underwhelming change since I went vegan. It seems like whenever I make a big change like this, I go in expecting all these fabulous results that people on the internet get from it, and then… nothing happens. As of yet I don’t feel any different than I did on hormones. I do feel good, but no different than I did before. None of that it feels like a veil has been lifted feeling, no more intense emotions or “emotional flatness”. This may still change as it’s only been a short while since I stopped, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see about that. So far I feel the same mood-wise.  Now as with going vegan, I’m not actually doing it for amazing differences in how I feel. The lack of change in this department so far isn’t any reason for me to go back on hormones, and in fact I’m glad I didn’t end up feeling worse (which was a possible outcome as well).

As the month progressed, I wrote down any symptoms I experienced that might possibly be connected to going off hormones. I have no way of knowing whether they actually are connected, some of them may have had other causes, but I thought I’d jot everything down anyway as my main goal here is to share my personal experience. So let’s go!

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Spiced Pumpkin Stew | Vegan Recipe

Nothing says autumn like pumpkins, am I right? For that reason I’m bringing you another pumpkin recipe to day. You can never have enough pumpkin recipes! Today’s dish is a lovely hot stew featuring the warm, slightly sweet flavours of Northern African cuisine. I pulled out my ras el hanout spice mix again after a long time and I have to say, it works wonderfully with the creamy pumpkin. This recipe is a slightly modified version of a recipe clipping I found in my binder, originally from Allerhande. It’s super simple, just the way I like it, healthy, and delicious!

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Monkeys & Costume Parties | Loepsie’s Life

Happy Monday, my lovely readers! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. The weeks have just been flying by, November will be here before we know it, and I feel like there’s still so much I need to do before the move. It’s time to up my productivity! Luckily I have all of my content planned out for the weeks to come, I just have to film, edit and write everything and make sure it’s all scheduled. I’ve been trying to come up with a moving schedule today so that I know when to do what and to be sure I don’t forget anything. Any tips from experienced movers would be more than welcome! Anyways, let’s take a look at what I was up to last week through my photo diary 🙂

My brother helped me make a model of our new apartment in SketchUp, including most of the furniture we’re planning to buy. Look how tiny it is, haha! It’s actually even smaller in real life, as we made the kitchen way too long in the model. It’s really nice have such a 3D model of the house though, and to be able to move furniture around digitally before we decide to purchase anything.

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