veggieterrain 1st meal i've made in 2 months {aka: the best salad ever} | today marks an incredible milestone in my recovery. my surgeon finally cleared me to slowly start putting weight on my injured leg again (while continuing w/ crutches, for now). it's a scary, painful, & completely bewildering process to begin leaning to walk again, but i'll do whatever i have to in order to keep moving forward... one thing's for sure: the 1st thing i did upon being able to place my foot on the ground was get my ass into the kitchen! salad, though simple, was the perfect way to get into the swing of things again. so, okay, maybe i need the counter to hold me up, & i can't move w/o being 99% sure my leg will snap, but "standing" in the kitchen while chopping up lettuce & dicing an avocado & has never felt more glorious. 3d
  •   veggieterrain Thanks gals! I'm excited to begin a new phase of recovery! Your kind words are greatly appreciated. @veganmiam @misa_vegan @kymventola @katrin_locc 3d
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  •   veggieterrain Thanks a million! @craftyangie I've definitely missed Instagramming! You're the best for sending me positive vibes! 3d
  •   veggieterrain Oh man, @khansis! I'm so sorry that you had to go through this, too. I keep saying that I wouldn't even wish it on Dick Cheney! I can't imagine going a whole year... I'm 2 months in & just now able to bear weight, which makes a huge difference, as I'm sure you know. Which part of your leg did you break? Mine's the tibial plateau (+ a torn meniscus ). I have a metal plate & 6 screws; my mom's already calling me Bionic Woman. Lol! I love that your friends have a nickname for you! 3d
  •   bhjuliaj Yay!!!! This is great news. Way to go!!! Remember you are a warrior. 3d
  •   veggieterrain You're such a sweetie! Thanks @buttercup1986! I hope you & your man are doing great! 3d
  •   veggieterrain Oh, you! @bhjuliaj 3d
  •   spicedcuriosity Good for you! And that salad sounds crazy delicious. 2d

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veggieterrain anti-inflammatory breakfast {chia seed pudding + berries} | in my quest to heal my body naturally post-surgery, i've rediscovered the power of chia seeds. did you know that chia seeds have the highest anti-oxidant concentration of any known food? they're also full of fiber, calcium, protein, & omega fatty acids. in addition, these little wonder seeds help w/ your body's circulation, energy, & digestion. and, as a result, they make the perfect breakfast for someone who's fighting inflammation due to bone growth! (that someone is me, in case you haven't already guessed .) in my post from the ER, i shared that i fractured my tibia. unfortunately, it's actually my tibial plateau (the bone surface on top of your shin, behind your kneecap), which is far worse in terms of pain & healing, i'm told. as a result, i'll continue to be non-weight-bearing for at least another month, which is obviously taking its toll mentally & physically, as i watch the summer days go by without me... but the bottom line is this: i WILL get through this. i WILL heal. I WILL learn to walk again. the daily struggle to do simple things... the sleepless nights... the painful hours of physical therapy... it all has to be for something, right? right! thank you - from the bottom of my heart - to everyone who has reached out to me/left comments/etc. i can't even articulate how much all of your love & support means. truly. my heart is so full knowing that so many people care. ️ now, to the healing power of chia seeds! 4w
  •   happy_whispers wishing you a complete recovery and strength throughout the process 4w
  •   bhjuliaj Hey!!! Hope each day brings you more and more strength and peace and healing. Huge hugs!!!! 3w
  •   bhjuliaj Hey!!! Just checking in to see how you're doing. Hoping each day is getting easier and that you are finding the strength, energy, and peace to conquer this set back. You're going to be stronger than ever!!!!! 2w
  •   kymventola @veggieterrain Jess! How are you doing? Worried about you! 1w
  •   veggieterrain Sorry for the very late "thank you," but thanks so much! ️ You guys really lifted my spirits! @raikonyelo @babydeerie @happy_whispers @buttercup1986 3d
  •   veggieterrain @bhjuliaj What can I even say?! You are an absolute doll for always checking up on me! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support & concern. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, but I hope you know what an amazing person you are! Thanks a million! 3d
  •   bhjuliaj So happy to hear that you are getting stronger everyday. Woo- hoo!!! You are a superstar!!!! 3d
  •   veggieterrain OMG @sharnaraw! I don't know how I missed your comment, but I did! I'm so sorry to hear that you went through such a similar experience, but am SO glad to hear that you healed & are exceeding all expectations - running?! AMAZING! How far out are you from your injury? I'm 2 months from surgery & was just cleared to begin putting weight on my leg, which is both exciting & frightening, which I'm betting you can relate to! I'm working hard in PT & am hoping to keep moving forward steadily... Thanks so much for sharing your experience & for inspiring me to keep on pushing! 3d

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veggieterrain reflecting on happier times {brooklyn} | nothing beats marrying your high school sweetheart/BFF. nothing... photo credit @kymventola 2mon
  •   veggieterrain Thanks, dear! And ditto re: all of your AMAZING engagement pics! WOW! @buttercup1986 2mon
  •   khad @veggieterrain Haha! Yes. It really is. 2mon
  •   bhjuliaj Just checking in. How are you feeling?!? Big hugs!!! 2mon
  •   veggieterrain Can I just say, for the record: I ️ you! @bhjuliaj Thanks for checking in! I'm looking into physical therapy options, which at least makes me feel productive. I hope you're doing great - strawberry picking must have been lovely! 2mon
  •   bhjuliaj I am always thinking of you & your little pup. Just sending you both love & light. Strawberry picking was fun. A bit hot but it was worth it. Good luck with PT. stay strong!!! xo 2mon
  •   kymventola I love ya girl!!!! I just gasped when I read your story.....UNBELIEVABLE! I'm here for you! 4w
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  •   veggieterrain Thanks so much! @texturetexture 3d

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veggieterrain vegan hospital food {emergency room, brooklyn} | well, guys, i have some insane news to share... on tuesday, i was carrying our new puppy while walking through a crosswalk (i had the 'walk' signal), & out of nowhere, a woman blew through the light at 30-35mph & hit me w/ her car. it's impossible to describe how terrible it was - the car collided w/ my body, violet flew out of my arms, & i was struck so hard that i landed on the street, bouncing my head off the front of the car, & landing facing the complete opposite direction w/ my leg tangled under me. total strangers rushed to my aid - offering water, instructing me not to move, calling 911, & holding my puppy while i was hysterically lying in the street, completely terrified, utterly alone, & going into shock. i could hardly speak when the fireman & police arrived, & I couldn't move my lower body. somehow i managed to convince two police officers (thank you SO much, NYPD!) to take the puppy back to our apartment where she'd be safe. i was put in a neck brace, splinted, strapped to a gurney, & rushed by ambulance to the ER, where i spent the past 4 days. i had emergency surgery for a fractured tibia & torn meniscus (there are now 6 screws & a metal plate in my leg), & i won't be able to walk for at least 3 months (plus the untold # of months of physical therapy after that). i'm in an incredible amount of pain, but am grateful to be alive, & am INCREDIBLY grateful to the NYPD, NYFD, emergency responders, nurses, doctors, surgeons, & every-day new yorkers who saved my life. @billdeblasio 2mon
  •   veggieterrain Oh, gosh! Sorry for the late response, but thank you so much for your encouragement & well-wishes! @theveganchemist 3d
  •   veggieterrain Thanks a million @rachaelgeee! Things are improving slowly, but I'm definitely headed in the right direction. PS Sorry so late w/ responding! 3d
  •   veggieterrain You're so sweet to think of me @terramilo! I feel terrible about not getting back to you sooner, but wanted you to know that your lovely comment means so much! 3d
  •   veggieterrain @zerbitt OMG! I'm so sorry to hear that you were hit on your bike! I seriously can't imagine that - you're so brave to continue riding... I'm not sure I'd have the balls to do it anymore! Thank God you were relatively uninjured (although the mental part can be just as tough). As for me, things are slowly getting better, but I still have a long way to go. I'm so grateful for all of the support & ️ from everyone on Instagram - it definitely helps lift me up! 3d
  •   bhjuliaj I came across this quote & thought of you- 2d
  •   bhjuliaj Oops here it is - whatever you are physically male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy -- all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but YOU are the light inside. - Cassandra Clare 2d
  •   veggieterrain Oh! This is so lovely! I'm completely flattered & inspired that you read it & thought of me. ️ Believe it or not, since the accident I've been absentmindedly saving quotes that speak to me in some way, so I think it's really cool that you sent me this. You're the best! @bhjuliaj Thanks so much! 1d
  •   bhjuliaj Such a huge lover of words and quotes. I have notebooks full of them. I think they really do help. Where in Brooklyn are you? Williamsburg or Greenpoint? 1d

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veggieterrain cinnaholic {berkeley, ca} | one of our most delicious honeymoon stops - designing cinnamon buns (& sampling almost every frosting flavor available!) at the AMAZING cinnaholic. @cinnaholic 2mon

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veggieterrain spiral diner {dallas, tx} | this cashew-quinoa burger (+ avocado!) was heaven on a bun. and the scoop of vegan potato salad didn't hurt either... @spiraldiner 2mon

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veggieterrain puppy love {second chances} | please allow me to introduce you to violet, our darling new french bulldog puppy! 2mon
  •   heidistclair Baby! 2mon
  •   veggieterrain She's not; it's a second chance for us w/ a new puppy. We're so happy! @caitlow615 2mon
  •   veggieterrain ️She's puppy-perfection! @sweetlikemaple @alex_innamoramento_art 2mon
  •   veggieterrain She's such a doll! And so tiny... @heidistclair 2mon
  •   veggieterrain Thank you! She's a dream! @spicedcuriosity @bellalovesbeau 2mon
  •   veggieterrain Thanks! Violet's the best! @rachaelgeee 2mon
  •   mixdblaquesheep Omg im looking into getting a frenchie or a baby pit for my bf im in bk too, where did you get yours! 2mon
  •   veggieterrain Oh man, you have no idea how tough it was... I tried rescuing a pup to begin with, but every time I tried it fell through. It was seriously heart-breaking. (You might have better luck though - check out petfinder.com, adoptapet.com, or even Animal Care & Control of NYC!) When I finally made the decision to go through a breeder, I kept running into people who were just looking to make a quick buck, & who didn't care about the health, well-being, & temperament of their puppies. I finally ended up adopting from a reputable breeder in Dallas, TX, who shared health & lineage info w/ me, & who answered every single question I had. I highly recommend doing as much research as possible before making a decision - I met so many people who wound up w/ sick dogs or inadvertently supporting puppy mills (via pet shops or so-called "breeders.") Red flags w/ Frenchie breeders, in particular, are if they breed "exotic" colors, won't share pedigree info, have litters available all the time, and/or are willing to ship their puppies (it's really dangerous for short-faced breeds to fly as cargo bc of breathing issues). Anyway, sorry to give such a long answer, but I felt like I was lost at sea when I first started looking for a pup... Hope this helps a bit - good luck! @mixdblaquesheep 2mon

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veggieterrain easy vittles {brooklyn} | settling in to watch the correspondent's dinner w/ sunchips + a homemade wrap. it's a wild saturday night! 3mon

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veggieterrain summer survival secret {brooklyn smorgasburg} | kelvin all-natural slurpies on a perfectly sunny day. iced tea-lemonade bases for both; one w/ green apple, & one w/ raspberry. so yum! 3mon

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veggieterrain ikaya daikaya ramen shop {washington, dc} | hold. the. phone. this vegan ramen's SO incredible (i mean, brussels sprouts & snow peas on top?! come on!) i'd almost give up watching the show 'girls' if it meant i could slurp up this gorgeousness every single day. almost... @daikayadc 3mon

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veggieterrain cava mezze grill {washington, dc} | had this surprisingly delicious falafel salad (topped w/ hummus, cabbage salad, tomato cucumber salad, & a scrumptious greek vinaigrette, + spicy harissa & a pita on the side) at a chipotle-style mediterranean place we found while hangin' out in columbia heights. 3mon

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veggieterrain gracias madre {san francisco} | i couldn't resist ordering the special: sopes topped w/ black beans, plantains, guacamole, pico, pineapple-habanero salsa, & cashew cream, served w/ beans (on the right). my husband got the enchiladas con mole topped w/ cashew cheese, & served w/ greens + beans (on the left). we also shared horchata & a lime-jalapeño soda. it was pure bliss! 4mon
  •   thecrunchyradish Ok! @veggieterrain thanks!! 4mon
  •   everybite Wait, this is in SF?! I'm so excited! Do you live here? 4mon
  •   laurenlouisa I would like this for breakfast now even hahaha x 4mon
  •   veggieterrain Yep, it's in SF, baby! I live in NYC, but was visiting for a week for my honeymoon. You should check it out - & Papalote, too. Their veg burritos are great! You're in Oakland, right? I'm pissed that we didn't make it there... Next time though! @everybite 4mon
  •   everybite How fun! My parents visited SF for their honeymoon ️ I live in oakland but I work in SF. The Husband and I are going to be in NYC super soon! Any food I have to eat (besides pizza) 4mon
  •   everybite ?? 4mon
  •   __ladygrey This black beans look like heaven!!! 4mon
  •   helloimvegan @veggieterrain I was just there today, wished they had the sopes 4mon

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veggieterrain boba guys {san francisco} | it's tough to pass up a good vegan bubble tea (aka: boba tea). so i didn't. this one's jasmine, lightly sweetened. 4mon

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veggieterrain davey jones deli {sausalito, ca} | the only way to improve upon an impromptu picnic on the bay is w/ the best veggie wrap EVA! 4mon

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