”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
The benefits of juicing are numerous. Skin health, hair health, immune system and your digestive system will all feel the joy from a daily juice! Truthfully, buying juices are costly and so are making them yourself. The only way around it that I can think of is buying all of your organic veggies in bulk instead of going to the traditional grocery store or farmer's market. Costco has an amazing array of organic fruits and veggies. I can't wait to utilize their selection in 2017. I will keep you all posted.
My Godmother gave me a fabulous juicer from Gourmia for Christmas. It is my favorite Christmas gift and I will use it all year long. I tend to make my juices ahead of time (even though that is frowned upon in the health community) and store them in jars so I can grab-and-go during the week. Its been working thus far and I feel that because of this practice, I will be able to keep my juice habit going. What's your favorite juice concotion?
Christmas is just moments away. This year, I've opted for sanity. I shopped mostly through Amazon and practiced line avoidance. When sending gifts to loved ones across the country, I used ground shipping (no matter how long it took for the gift to get there) instead of express shipping which typically costs more than the gift itself. Some of my loved ones will receive gifts after Christmas. This method was the best choice for me this holiday season.
No overrated hustle. No back breaking bustle. Just PEACE.
In 2017, my word for the year is PEACE. I am determined to achieve peace in my life. This is not an excuse to be lazy, it's a call to be aware and notice exactly what is happening to my spirit when I make decisions with my body, money, time, etc. I'm making a conscious effort to stay away from people and things that adversely affect my peace. I am working mightly to be the woman that I see when I close my eyes.
We all have things to improve, but there is a lot of good in who we already are. You are enough. Find peace in that.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!
Today, he tried it. . .but in a good way. One of my favorite co-workers tried a vegan Mediterranean meal. Now, you should know that said co-worker is a supreme carnivore (no cut of meat is off limits for him), so the fact that he tried a vegan meal of falafel, hummus, pita bread and the like may not seem like a big deal to you, but to me it means that he is trying to do better AND that my influence is at least making him think twice about his food choices.
I am vegan mostly for my health, but there is no way that I can deny the effect that veganism has on the planet and on our animals. If you have one vegan meal per week, you can save animal lives, reduce your carbon footprint, ease your conscious and cut and in most cases eliminate your risk of heart disease, cancer, food poisoning, etc. Additionally, you will feel like you can fly, fight crime and save the world at the same time.
It is said that the company you keep makes a huge difference on your outlook and habits. Here's hoping that I will continue to influence others towards a life of deeper consciousness and compassion. I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to write, speak, coach and teach about veganism and what it has done for me. What a great reminder to keep pursuing my passion without fail. He couldn't have given me a better gift in the month of November.
After scoping out the Ross in downtown San Francisco for my organic/non GMO snacks, I had to REALLY ask myself if buying organic really makes that much of a difference.
It does. . .
Foods that aren't organic are sprayed with pesticides in order to keep the insects and field critters away. Sometimes, even washing away the pesticides does not get them off. There is still a layer of toxic film on your apple that a quick rinse with warm water will not remove.
I hear some of my loyal readers saying "Buuut, I can't afford to eat organic!" I get the whole cost thing, so take a look at the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen to see which fruit and veggies are a must for organic versus an organic nice-to-have. There's a strong cost-benefit analysis that you really need to consider if cost is your conundrum.
At this point, buying organic has become part of my lifestyle, but it wasn't always part of the ritual. I made the switch to about 95% organic over time. Just like with any of my wildly successful self-development goals (natural hair, veganism, religion. . .uh, the jury is still out on the others), easy does it. I can't just jump into a change, I must dip my toe in to make it stick.
There are occasions that I've jumped in the water and it's worked out, but that's only because I stuck it out and didn't quit. For example, when I first got to The Bay, I had to sign up for an EBT card (times were extremely difficult), but I still bought organic with that card and I remained vegan during that period of time.
You can accomplish anything with determination! If buying full organic is a goal for you, don't lose hope if your pennies need to be pinched. Simply dip your toe in a little at a time. Start with choosing your favorite veggie and your favorite fruit and buy those organic and see how that works out for ya.
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Oh, as an update on my last entry, I had my first pumpkin chai tea latte on 10/17. :) Welcome To Autumn Everybody!! #ItsOfficial
I know some of ya'll don't wanna hear this, but I'm just NOT here for the pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkins pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin teas, etc.
At least not yet!
I'm well aware that it's October, but I'm the type of girl that likes to ride the wave.
Can we make it last forever?
Can we slow down?
Can we enjoy all that is early to mid fall without getting inundated with pumpkins all over the place?
*realizes that this blog post is reading like a rant and gets it together*
Pumpkins have major benefits such as:
However, I want to enjoy this season without pumpkin overload. Pumpkin (I've never typed the word pumpkin so much...haha) season is valid in my book it should last from about October 15th to December 1st. Then it will be time for gingerbread and peppermint. As you can probably tell, I'm a bit regimented about seasonal treats.
I'm still enjoying apples; at least until October 15th.
I believe that when your body speaks, it's your duty to listen. Adhering to the mental and physical cues that I'm receiving is paramount!
Lately, my body is giving off all sorts of fabulousness. My endurance has increased (due to my September goal of more jogging). I'm not sleeping as much; instead I'm up at 4am creating and praying (and then I go back to sleep before finally rising at 6:45). My body is less reactive and more agile. I feel a shift.
Additionally, it's getting colder in the bay area in the mornings (and at night) which means that fall and winter are coming. Whenever the seasons begin to change, I take on new tasks (know thyself). If I'm being REALLY honest, this summer felt a bit stagnant for me, so I'm ready to crush more goals this fall. What comes with that you may ask?
Crushing more fruit and veggies!
My plan is do a juice and smoothie feast one weekend per month until. . .until forever because well . . .
1. What good is a Vitamix if I'm only using it for the occasional smoothie, nice cream and sauce concoction?
2. I want to get into the habit of giving my digestive system a rest each month. Our bodies need to flush out, especially during season changes.
3. I have a wicked sweet-tooth and fasts/feasts help to calm that for me. It also helps with cravings and binging which I'm prone to.
4. My vegan and plant-based life is evolving. It's getting cleaner and brighter and I'm ready to make the shift. One day, I will be a mostly raw vegan, but until then I will take baby steps.
If you are down with the one weekend per month model of cleansing use the hashtag #SmoothAndJuicyWeekends so we can support each other! I'm starting this Saturday! As always, I'm all over Instagram, so don't be shy. Let's do this together.
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It's back to school time for our kiddos! I don't know about you, but my favorite part about back to school used to be brand new clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags! Since becoming vegan in 2012, I have given up leather everything. No leather wallets, shoes or handbags for ya girl. I figure if I don't eat 'em, I shouldn't wear 'em!
Before you cringe, know that there are amazing vegan handbag lines out there.
You don't have to look cheap.
You don't have to wear burlap.
You don't have to wear animals!
My favorite vegan handbag line is Big Buddha! Check out the bag that my Godmother gave me. It's the perfect fall bag! The faux leather is soft and the interior of the bag is beautiful and rich. I love the durable zip pouch, the lining inside of the pouch and of course, the fringe on the outside of the bag.
Get your cruelty-free shop on and enjoy!
*Picture courtesy of thechalkboardmag.com
Colds are common, so I've noticed that people flinch when I tell them that I don't take medicine. I used to take medicine for any and everything - allergies, headaches, colds, flu, stomach aches, etc. Honestly, as soon as I made my food my medicine, a lot of my aches and pains disappeared. Now, I rarely get sick! I no longer have allergies and headaches are few and far between.
Whenever sickness strikes though, I go into my arsenal and pull out my bag of "tricks". Some of the tricks are common sense and now is the time to practice it because more and more of us are becoming addicted to over-the-counter meds and it's simply unnecessary.
Incorporate these natural tips and watch your aches and pains disappear. Don't be afraid to change your lifestyle and remember that there is ALWAYS a natural remedy for any ailment.
Okay, I admit it . . .
I haven't been a conscious consumer. I've eaten great meals and used amazing products but I haven't done my homework on the companies I've purchased from. That all changed last week. With the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas, Texas, I received a much needed reality check! The world is messy with all sorts of biases, racism, hate, love, beautiful moments and tragic ones. No celebrity is going to save us. No politician is going to radically change our lives. It is up to us to put our intelligence and our dollar to good use!
Going forward, I have decided to research all of the places that I purchase items from, especially my food. I used to be an avid shopper at WholeFoods and while I miss it (just being honest), I cannot support the Republican agenda that WholeFoods donates its money towards. While I am liberal, I don't really like our Democratic agenda right now either, but I'd rather shop where my money is supporting causes that I can get on board with.
As an alternative, I've decided that when I need mass items, I'll shop at Trader Joe's (although while researching, I found this news troubling). When I need veggies and fruit (which is often, duh), I'll shop Freedom Farmers Market or Mandela Food Co-Op.
I'm just going to do BETTER, ya'll. I'm definitely closer than I was yesterday. Sadly, it took a major tragedy to get me here, but I'm here and I'm not going anywhere! I'm ready to go from unconscious to conscious. There's levels to this thing called veganism and life!
It seems like plus-sized vegans are damned if we do and damned if we don't.
We are supposed to eat healthy, but not "too healthy." We are supposed to lose weight but not "too much" weight. Just as long as we don't share what we know and upset the narrow-minded meat, egg, milk, cheese and fish population we're good, right?
I won't be silenced and I don't want my fellow plus-sized vegans to be silenced either.
Share what you know and if people don't accept it or you, that's their loss (and ignorance). There's a true epidemic going on in our nation of animal cruelty in factory farms and it has a direct correlation to the sickness that hospitals across the country have documented. We just won the battle of science; the medical community finally admitted that meat = cancer yet they still say that eating it in small quantities is okay. Yeah - okay! Soooo, a little bit of cancer at each meal is okay with you? Naw son! Sounds like the money of the meat industry is overriding the truth in our hearts and on our medical charts.
July is a month of celebration and mourning for me. My Mom died 3 years ago of PREVENTABLE diseases - cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure. She had 'em all. I would be an idiot if I gave up now and you shouldn't either. Killing animals for their meat is in turn killing us.
If we wait until we are "just right" in order to start on the path of better health and influencing others, we'll never start.
So if you are reading this and you're not quite "perfect", you are reading this, so you are on the right track! Don't give up on influencing your family and friends to eat better. Believe that your message will be heard and seen by people that will get it!
There are plus-sized athletes & models, why can't there be plus-sized vegans?
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