Something New!

by Lisa on Tuesday: Oct 11, 2016

As you may have read in my recent Thinking Out Loud post, I’ve been contemplating doing something of a rebranding around here. The idea has been on my mind for a while, but I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go or how I would go about doing it. Now that my life and schedule has calmed down some, I figured it was time!

Why am I rebranding?

I’ve loved being Lisa the Vegetarian for many years now, but I do find myself writing about many more topics than just vegetarianism. I want my blog and blog name to encompass everything I enjoy, whether it be travel, food, fitness, beauty, planning or technology. Also, from a search engine perspective, it is a little difficult to track down my blog because of the famous Simpsons episode of the same name.

How am I going to do it?

I’ve already bought a new domain and will be working on moving over all my WordPress installations over the next week or two (not to mention designing a new template!). Once everything is moved over, I will publish my posts both at lisathevegetarian.com and the new domain for a few weeks before moving exclusively to the new domain.

I will do an official launch and make an update post over here once everything is figured out and ready to go. Stay tuned because lots of fun things will be on the way!

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Have you ever rebranded your blog? Any tips?

Tell me something fun from your weekend!

The Vitamin D Dilemma

by Lisa on Thursday: Aug 01, 2013

Around 4 years ago, I got some bloodwork done at the doctor’s office for the first time in a few years and found out that I was seriously deficient in Vitamin D. They told me my levels were so low that I had to go on a Vitamin D prescription of 50,000 IUs (that’s a TON) and that I should sit outside without sunscreen for 10 minutes a day.

All my life I’ve avoided the sun whenever I could. I just don’t like the way it makes me feel to sit outside in the sunlight, not to mention intense sunlight makes my eyes hurt and enough of it will give me a headache. I’m an indoors person, there’s no question about it. At the time, I figured that was all there was to it.

Then, a year later, my brother found out he was also vitamin D deficient. Then, my friend K. After another year, I met D, and a few months into our time dating, his doctor also told him that he needed to take supplements because of low levels. And if that wasn’t enough, around a year ago, his SISTER also got the same news.

What the heck was going on? Some of these people (especially my friend K) were sun lovers and did lots of outdoor activities.

Well, all of these people have something in common: we all grew up in Massachusetts and have lived here pretty much all of our lives. It is a well known fact that in New England, winter weather lasts at least 6 months, and there is little chance of doing anything fun outdoors most of that time.

According to this article:

Vitamin D can be produced in the skin from ultraviolet light. In the northern latitudes (such as New England), the intensity of the UV rays is only strong enough to create vitamin D for us in the summer months. For much of the year (about October through April), then, we need to get vitamin D from other sources. Even in the summer, using sunscreen, covering up with clothing, and spending time indoors can reduce the chance of us getting adequate vitamin D.

Since, that day 4 years ago, I’ve taken vitamin D gummy vitamins every day. They’re tasty and easy to just chew and go every morning. I still don’t spend much time out in the sun because there is a delicate balance here: too much time in the sun can lead to skin cancer and other issues while too little leads to a vitamin D deficiency. My skin is pale as can be, so I’m at an even greater risk of skin cancers and will burn easily in the summer.

I think the thing that alarmed me the most about these revelations over the past few years is that there is almost no one I know who’s my own age that also grew up in Mass that doesn’t have this issue. I wonder how widespread it really is!

The bottom line is: I’d highly recommend anyone living in the northeast get their vitamin D levels checked out. It’s worth it!

For more information on Vitamin D and why we need it, check out this link: Vitamin D


Friday blog hops:

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Soy chorizo tacos

by Lisa on Sunday: Jul 07, 2013

It’s been a long, tough week – so much so that this was the post I wanted to publish on Friday, but I just didn’t have the time to finish writing. Even so, I did join up with some Friday blog hops this week and they’re listed at the end. Sorry it’s 2 days late!

The reason things have been so hectic and crazy can all be traced back to one thing: work. Work has been insane, and I even had to sign on yesterday and work for 5 hours on a Saturday! As a result, I’ve only gotten in 2 workouts this week, but I’m trying to psych myself up for a third right after I post this post.

Recently, I’ve discovered a new (to me) food at Trader Joe’s, and I’ve had some fun experimenting with it…


Picture courtesy of whatsgoodattraderjoes.com

It’s soy chorizo!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I saw it in the store, I knew it was something I wanted to try. I love big flavors, and I love spice, so I picked it up and threw it in the freezer for a few weeks, trying to figure out what I could do with it. Having never even tasted “real” chorizo, I didn’t know what kind of flavors I was in for.

One night a few weeks ago, while D was out (he sometimes gets a little freaked out by some of my food experiments, so I tend to break out the new and crazy ingredients when I’m alone), I decided to go for it. I opened up the package and started heating it up in a skillet, the same way you would with a ground meat. I didn’t add any oil – just a little salt and pepper – and as it started to heat up, I thought it smelled remarkably like taco meat. After a small taste, it was confirmed: I would make tacos!

It was incredibly easy and quick to make these (just the kind of recipe I like). Once the soy chorizo was cooked, I spooned it into two taco shells, topped with some diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and ate it with a little bit of sour cream.


Sorry for the rough phone pic! I have since gotten a better camera.

The soy chorizo was very spicy and very tasty. Also, I wasn’t quite prepared for how filling it would be. I almost couldn’t finish two small tacos and the leftover chorizo that I had heated up lasted me through at least 3 or 4 additional meals.

This is one dinner that I’ve added to my regular rotation in the kitchen.


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7 Things I Want in A House

by Lisa on Thursday: May 09, 2013

Alisha from Musings of a Maniac Mama was kind enough to recently nominate me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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Thank you Alisha!

Receiving this award means that I need to share 7 random facts about myself. Seeing as how I recently gave you 11 random facts, I figured I’d switch this one up a little bit and instead I’m going to give you 7 random things I’m looking for in a house. My house hunting journey has just begun, and here are some of the things I’m looking for:

1. My number one priority in a house is the kitchen/dining area. I’d ideally like to have something that has a nice, open, modern kitchen and a separate dining room that would be big enough to host family gatherings during the holidays. The kitchen I have now in my apartment, is tiny, narrow and can barely contain two people without a fight breaking out.

2. Outdoor space: Having lived in apartments for my the entirety of my independent adult life, I’ve never had an outdoor space of my own. It doesn’t need to be anything big or extravagant, but a nice deck or patio would be awesome. Maybe having an outdoor space of my own would lead to me getting more sun and thus help out with my vitamin D problems.

3. LOTS of space: Between D and myself, we have way too much stuff and currently, nowhere to put it. D is a comic book collector and music/movie/video game enthusiast. This leads to having lots of media storage issues. Not to mention, I’m a big pack rat myself. Extra rooms or a furnished basement would be a great bonus for us. Plus a walk-in closet 🙂

4. Location: As is always the case in real estate, location is the one thing you can’t change about a house, and it’s the most important feature. We need to make sure we’re not too far from my work or D’s work, plus that we’re still close enough to our families.

5. Age: Okay, so here’s the thing. We live in Massachusetts and apparently that means that every other house you look at was built before 1900, and some are shockingly even older than that. Old houses come with nothing but problems, not to mention they generally don’t have many modern conveniences. We may have to pay more for it, but I want a new(er) house.

6. Bathrooms: D and I have been living together in the same apartment for the past 2.5 years and there’s one thing we’ve become accustomed to that we just don’t want to have to live without: Having two full bathrooms. In the mornings, it doesn’t matter who’s getting ready when, because we have two showers and we don’t have to budget time around each other. This is something we’d love to carry over into our new house.

7. Quiet: I don’t want to live on a noisy/busy street, and I can’t wait to have some privacy away from the hordes of neighbors that currently live in our building.

Thanks again, Alisha, for nominating me for this award!

11 Things

by Lisa on Tuesday: Mar 19, 2013

Some fun blog news: Meagan from Turkey Runner was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster Award. Thank you Meagan!

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The gist of the award is that the previous recipient nominates 11 of their favorite blogs that currently have fewer than 200 readers. The nominated bloggers then posts 11 random facts about themselves, answer 11 questions from the previous blogger, nominate 11 more blogs with less than 200 followers and post 11 questions for them to answer. Sounds like a fun idea, so here we go!

11 Random Facts About Me

1. In college, I majored in journalism because I always loved writing and editing. However, throughout the course of the program I figured out I wouldn’t be happy with journalism as my career because I’m way too shy to do all the interviewing, calling people up, ambushing people on the street for quotes, etc. Instead, I ended up as a computer programmer.

2. While I was in college, I had to awesome internships that I’ll never forget: Junior year I worked for Glamour Magazine (FYI – all the rumors you hear about the fashion industry are true) and senior year I worked for MTV.com. I would have loved to have stayed at MTV after college if I could have afforded to live in NYC on an entry level salary.

3. When I was a kid, I used to put on dancing and singing shows with my brother, and occasionally with a cousin or friend thrown in too. I would spend all summer choreographing and putting together the song list and then we would have a big show. I started this tradition when I was 8.

4. I didn’t have a sip of alcohol in my life until the age of 25.

5. My favorite snack of all time is nachos.

6. Some favorite TV shows: the Sopranos, Gilmore Girls, the Simpsons, Sex and the City, Real Housewives of OC, Seinfeld, the IT Crowd

7. I’ve been living with my boyfriend for 2.5 years.

8. I come from an Italian background, and my family is huge and loves food.

9. I took dance classes all throughout elementary school and high school. I did tap, jazz and ballet, but tap was my favorite.

10. My favorite type of movie to watch is horror. D and I try to marathon as many horror movies as possible during the month of October – it’s our Halloween tradition.

11. I became a vegetarian at the age of 16.

Questions from Meagan

When is your birth date? (you can just do month/day if you want) 8/28
How many siblings do you have? 1 – a brother
What is your favorite color? Purple
How many countries have you been to? Which ones? I’ve only been to one country outside of the US and that was Japan. I loved it there and hope to go back someday.
Do you have any hidden talents? What are they? I’m awesome at organization and planning – does that count??
What is your current TV show addiction? Real Housewives and Dance Moms (yes, I love reality TV).
What is your favorite workout? Dancing and zumba
Who is your celebrity crush? I don’t have one right now, but my biggest of all time were the boys from ‘NSync when I was a teenager.
Do you have a favorite team that you root for? If so, who? I’m not really into sports, but since moving in with my boyfriend, the two of us watch hockey a lot and we root for the Bruins.
Where did you grow up? Right outside of Boston, not far from where I live now.
Why did you start blogging? I’ve been a huge blog reader for years and years and had always wanted to start my own. Finally I just decided to do it!

My Nominations
I’ve got 6 – it was a bit tough to figure out readership counts, but regardless, I enjoy reading all of the blogs below. Here are my nominations!
A Runaround Life
Griselda Mood
Living n Learning by Amy
Healthy Nest
My Raw Recovery
The Fevered Pen

11 Questions for The Nominees
1. How did you meet your spouse/significant other?
2. What’s your favorite place to vacation?
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
4. Snow: Love it or hate it?
5. Favorite movie?
6. Favorite TV show?
7. Favorite blog?
8. Where did/do you go to college and what made you decide on that particular school?
9. What do you do for a living?
10. Opinion on reality TV?
11. Do you prefer going to the gym or working out at home?