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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 thatย 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.ย  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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Pumpkin Sage Pie | Vegan Recipe

When I was in Edinburgh this summer, we sat down in a little restaurant called Mums Great Comfort Food to have dinner one night. The place was packed, usually a good sign, and I ended up ordering aย pumpkin sage pie off the menu. My oh my, was it good! Deliciously soft pumpkin covered in a creamy tomato sauce, with a subtle hint of sage, and crispy puff pastry on top… After I came home I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to cook my own. Of course I have no idea how they make the pumpkin sage pie at Mums, and I don’t remember exactly how it tasted either, but what I do know is my own version is pretty amazing, if I dare say so myself. It’s fragrant, it’s full-bodied, it’s healthy, vegan, and just plain delicious. Try it yourself!

Oh, of course it wouldn’t be a Loepsie dish if it wasn’t also impossible to photograph ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegan Pumpkin Sage Pie

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Lentil Soup | Simple & Delicious

Autumn is soup season for me. As soon as temperatures go down and it gets dark early, I start to crave comfort food, and in my opinion there’s nothing as comforting as soup. Or lentils, which are my all time favourite food. Needless to say, lentil soup is the best of both worlds. I like to make a huge amount of a good, hearty soup on a Tuesday, and then enjoy it all throughout the week. This week I made a super simple lentil soup, which turned out so great that I wanted to share it with you. As you know I have a knack for making dishes that are impossible to photograph nicely, but hey. It’s all about the flavour ๐Ÿ˜‰

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