These days, I cannot complain in the slightest. I'm as happy as a clam.
You may remember a while ago I was feeling a bit low. I'm a creative person and absolutely nothing creative was happening in my life. For anyone reading who paints, writes, performs or plays... you'll know what I'm talking about. If you cannot spend much time doing the thing you love - you start to feel it draining your soul a little.
Thankfully, that is no longer the case! I put it out into the universe "MAKE ME BUSY!", got my butt in gear, went to a million auditions and happily I am insanely busy again. I'm rehearsing with a wonderful new theatre company called 1956 Theatre on some brilliant new plays and have some other projects on the go!
This Sunday I'm doing a day of filming for a music video and I'm even playing Linda Lovelace in a new play being performed in November. I may include some photos in this post if I'm feeling bold ;)
What I'm trying to say is - I'm bloody busy again. Busy, busy and I love it. The down side is, it's harder to set an entire day aside to make food and do amazing food photography and have my blog being at the standard I like... but that will not last long, I promise!
What I love about these times, is that I am not living in the "ideal" way of making every single meal I eat, having enough money to buy the best kinds of food or even sleeping enough, if I'm honest. I am working less to make time for rehearsal, which makes me pretty broke and means a lot of food I'm eating is cheap, convenient and a bit samey. My Instagram has never been so bloody boring. Follow me anyway!! ;)
So many people seem to think being vegan is more expensive. Is it BALLS! I have to laugh when I hear these things. Being vegan is no more expensive than any other diet or lifestyle - you are just choosing to spend money on one thing instead of another. In what universe are mushrooms more expensive than chicken? Sure if you want to buy mountains of organic fresh fruit and veg every day, that's expensive, but when you're a struggling actress like myself, this just will not be the case.
So, how do I do it? How am I still eating, sleeping, walking, talking and thriving as a broke, penniless vegan actress? Well, here are the secrets....
Thank God For Oats
And on the seventh day.... God created Oats.
Because he was awesome and he didn't want us to eat the animals. And he knew one day we would have to pay for everything and Oats would always stay cheap.
I'm not religious. But whoever did discover Oats - thank you. You have saved my life. The best, best, best thing about Oats is that they are HEALTHY AND CHEAP. Healthy and CHEAP! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm not-too-ashamed to admit that I'm literally eating Porridge or Overnight Oats nearly every day at the moment.... some evenings, if I'm exhausted and haven't eaten enough in the day, I may even make myself a late night bowl of porridge and sit, relaxing for a little bit.
I always have Oats in my flat. The most convenient way to have them at the moment is Overnight Oats, so I can just eat them on the go!
God Also Created Bananas
I am so sorry, I don't know why I keep talking about God .. but it seems appropriate to praise something holy for Bananas.
Again - healthy and cheap! Massive staple in my life. Bananas don't have to be bought Organic because they have a nice, thick skin and you can buy them in bulk, fairly cheaply and leave them to ripen. I usually include some banana in my oats and have bananas handy as a snack during rehearsal too.
HIGH CALORIE SNACKS
It's so important to get the bang for your buck when you have very few bucks.
For rehearsals - I've been snacking on dates and figs to get me through, as I know they will give me enough energy to get through till dinner time and I won't feel remotely deprived! This tiny bag of figs (only 250g) is a whopping 1000 calories (THAT'S A GOOD THING.) Some people may hear that and freak out - but I promise - if you're a vegan and an ACTIVE vegan and if you're eating mostly fruit and veg - you want massive calories. You need to feel energized and good.
Figs ain't gonna make you fat ;)
Free Transport :)
Have you met my beautiful new bike? Her name is Goldie and she means I now spend ZERO on transport. This has completely changed my life. Goldie means I'm accidentally exercising, am covered in bruises and spending even less money.
Simple is GOOD
Don't be afraid of simple food... especially if you're broke! As long as what you're putting in is good and healthy and you're eating until you're satisfied, don't get weighed down thinking you need Quinoa every day or green super drinks or anything else fancy. These things are obviously good, but it's unrealistic to set such high expectations for yourself every single day. If I can only afford potatoes, then I will eat an epic meal of potatoes and that's okay! Try and get some salad in, but don't stress about what's on your plate if the basics are healthy. Stress can be just as harmful as dairy ;)
Some people live on chip sandwiches and coca-cola. If you're eating fresh vegetables, you're already doing a lot better than most of the population!
If You Need Fast Food - There ARE Good Options
Sometimes when finishing late - cooking an epic dinner just isn't an option, sadly. Rest assured - I would SO MUCH RATHER cook every single meal I eat, as you all know, but this isn't a bad back-up-plan is it? I am lucky to live in a big city that has options like this, so hopefully you have things similar. There are a few amazing "fast food" Falafel joints in Manchester and they make epic salads like this for a mere 4 pounds. Nod bad, hey?
I am Happy
Always the most important thing, of course :)
If you are happy and doing what you want to do, then you will always make it work. Being vegan makes me happy, eating vegan food makes me healthy and I will never compromise on those things, no matter how broke I am. Nearly everywhere you go for a "quick" option, you can find SOMETHING vegan and chances are it'll be better for you than the non-vegan versions!
Here's a sneaky rehearsal shot ... because I'm feeling generous.... ;)
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