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happyandhealthylove said: Hello! Can you please share your recipe for the vegan vanilla bean rice milk custard? :) looks awesome!


Sure thing! I simply put 1 3/4 cups of unsweetened plant milk (I prefer rice) into a saucepan and bring up to just below a simmer. Mix 2 tablespoons of vegan custard powder (most are, you just have to check the ingredients list. I used Edmonds which is a New Zealand brand) into 1/4 of a cup of the plant milk until dissolved. Also stir in 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or the pods of half a vanilla bean if you want to be all fancy. Pour into the saucepan with the other milk, stirring continuously until it begins to thicken. You’ll really need to watch the edges to prevent sticking and burning. Finally stir in a little coconut sugar, then pour into a bowl and top with chopped fruit and whipped coconut cream! If you like your custard a little less thick then I’d use around 1 1/2 tablespoons of the powder. Enjoy friend!

Anonymous said: having an absolute melt down about school, ive just started a course, and im also doing year 11, i’m not eating or sleeping so i have no energy to exercise so i feel even worse about myself… any advice? im having a bit of a mental breakdown...


Aw man, messages like this are so sad but you’ve come to the right person because I get like this so often! The first thing that I find that helps me is to write stuff out. I was shown this technique by a 15-year-old girl in my dormitory - she overheard me being upset and came into my room, sat me down, and wrote down all of the things that I had to do that was stressing me out. She then made a plan for the next few days for me (think of a mini-schedule) which I stuck to, and you know what? I was totally fine. Sometimes our minds overload because they’re just not made for this kind of stress. Learning so much information and trying to retain it whilst balancing your social life, physical, and mental health are a little too much for everyone sometimes! Please don’t feel alone!

Secondly, I would try and fix your sleeping and eating habits. This is essential to feeling energetic and lively enough to tackle all the assignments and tasks that are flying your way, and you need all the fuel you can get! Perhaps peruse my recipes tag and blog and see if any of the recipes sound appealing - they’re all really good for you and will help you feel a little better. Plus they will make you feel better even if you’re not exercising! For breakfast you could have a bowl of cacao oatmeal with crushed nuts and sliced banana, or a big bowl of banana icecream with blueberries and coconut sugar, or some yummy granola with coconut yoghurt. Snacks could include carrot and celery sticks with hummus and peanut butter, rice crackers, fresh fruit, diced watermelon, pineapple slices. Lunch could be some vegetable sushi or a fresh salad with avocado and chickpeas. Dinner could be vegetable curry or a stirfry, with optional (hint hint, mandatory) dessert of some kind. Find solace in making your food - it’s a great relaxation tool for me and I find that focussing on creating something that’s both tasty and aesthetically pleasing calms me down and takes my mind off my worries.

As for your sleeping patterns, please make sure that you put away all your devices at least an hour before bed and develop a little ritual that allows your to wind down and appreciate some free time. I personally like to roll around on the ground and do some random stretches and (enormously improvised) yoga poses to some quiet, relaxing music (I love Garden City Movement and some of King Krule’s more chill songs), then make a giant cup of green tea and lie in bed with a good book (currently Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). You need a life outside of the computer and the world of school and the past and the future. You need the present, you need to acknowledge yourself as a friend who needs care and nurturing, and you need to take time out to do what is fun and relaxing and lovely for you.

My next tip is to cut back on some of your extracurricular commitments - it took my five years of overcommitting myself in high school, and actually dropping out of the International Baccalaureate, to realise that just because something is good in the eyes of society doesn’t mean that it’s good for me. You come first in every which way, and if something is making you unhappy then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Don’t feel bad for not excelling in everything either, and this is coming straight from the heart - I have perfectionism issues which leads to nervous breakdowns and severe anxiety attacks (it sounds a little bit like what you’re experiencing), and nothing helps me more than contemplating how little what I’m doing matters in the grand scheme of things. The fact that I’m leaving school in a few months and rewarding myself with a gap year is so exciting - you need to give yourself something to look forward to! Even if it’s something little like a small trip in your school holidays, take the time one weekend to plan it out and remind yourself of what lies ahead when you’re stressed! Otherwise life can seem like one giant pit of doom that drags on and on and on (it’s easy to forget what you’re passionate about when you’re swamped in expectations and pressure). Also, try the 7/11 breathing technique when you’re feeling an anxiety attack coming on! Simply sit still and breath in for 7 seconds, then out for 11. It sounds too simple to work but it is amazing - it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which communicates to your body that you are safe. Our bodies are amazing - please learn more about yours so that you can begin to appreciate how much of a miracle you are and how much good you deserve, both mentally and physically.

Speaking of physically, the topic of exercise frustrates me. We live in a society that guilt trips people (females in particular) for not dedicating an hour plus per day to exercising and improving - sure, it’s good for our bodies, but it’s not realistic to fit this into our days when we have so many things on our plate, PLUS most exercise is done purely for superficial purposes e.g. to look hot in a bikini. Don’t let the pressure get to you - you do not need to run everyday. You do not need to spend tonnes of money on some flash sports gear or a gym membership to be fit and healthy and happy, unlike magazines and television and other media outlets tell you. If anything, exercise should make you feel happy and alive, and you should actually want to do it, not out of obligation but out of excitement and passion. This could simply be a walk in nature followed by a chill yoga session, or perhaps a hike, or even a social sport or gym class with friends. Whatever you do, make sure you’re doing it for you, not for anyone or anything else.

Finally, don’t do what I’m doing now and PROCRASTINATE. I have a classical studies exam tomorrow and I’m here - not a good idea. I hope that this will help you a little, because I do know where you’re coming from and I truly know that it sucks. If you ever need to talk to someone I’m always here! Sending my love xxx