The Amazing Benefits of Kefir!

16-Jul-2014

Kefir has been a part of my morning ritual for a couple of months now. It's literally the best decision I've made for my health! It is so quick and easy to make that you have no excuse not to add it into your daily routine. I personally make water kefir as I am lactose sensitive, but if you prefer the dairy kind, feel free to change the recipe accordingly.

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Health, Nutrition, Organic, Vegan

Make Your Days Extraordinary

15-Jul-2014

There are 365 days in a year. How many of these days are you productive? How many of these days are wasted on being lazy? I believe that each day of our lives is a gift and a chance to do something extraordinary and make the world a better place. So, how do we change a seemingly ordinary day to an extraordinary one? I believe we can accomplish this by paying close attention to the choices we make each day. Choices (even small ones, such as deciding what to wear or what to eat for breakfast) can have a positive or negative impact on your day. The morning is the perfect time to prepare yourself mentally, physically and spiritually for the rest of the day. The morning is the perfect time to get inspired, energized and ready.

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Health, Overcoming Depression, Weight-loss, Inspire, Philosophy, Psychology, Positivity

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

14-Jul-2014

Bell Peppers - Bell peppers are first off low in calories. So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. A good bonus is that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C. This powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. You can get the highest Vitamin C in the red bell pepper. The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation. Also the sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.

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Vegan, Recipe, Health, Nutrition

The College Thrive Guide: Preparing For the College Transition In 5 Easy Steps!

11-Jul-2014

It’s that time of year! The inevitable changes and goodbyes of graduating high school often bring up anxiety, fear as well as anticipation of the journey ahead. While it’s completely normal to feel this unease about the transition, there are effective tools to help calm your worries and feel totally prepared to take on life as a college kid. Use these 5 simple steps to help you prepare for an awesome first year at school. In using these tools it’s a great idea to keep a “transition journal” as a way to jot down ideas and actively use the 5 steps.

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High School, College, Inspire, Philosophy, Psychology, Positivity

Sundried Tomato Alfredo Pasta

10-Jul-2014

For years I have missed the delicious creaminess of Alfredo sauce… until now! Sun-dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta is a creamy gluten free gourmet dish made with nutritional yeast and cashews instead of heavy cream. The sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers in this pasta dish add a punch of flavor and the red pepper flakes add a spicy kick.

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Health, Nutrition, Vegan, Recipe, Gluten free

What Yoga Has Taught Me About Life

09-Jul-2014

I've been a yogi for four years now and the learning never stops. Yoga not only helps me to become flexible and strong, but it also affects my state of mind. Many of the obstacles I had to overcome in my yoga practice are a reflection of the roadblocks in my daily life. Patience. I'm very impatient when it comes to myself. I don't want to waste any time. Let's keep it moving! It took me almost a year to be able to do headstand. But here I am now, finally able to do it. Good things take time and practice. And I'm not just talking about yoga asanas. Everything in life worth having takes patience. Sometimes you only have to wait a couple of hours and sometimes it takes years. But if you keep holding on, you'll get there.

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Yoga, Health, Exercise, Philosophy, Positivity

Nature is Speaking to You

08-Jul-2014

Scientist, doctors, moms, teachers have told us to eat healthy. It’s been discussed how good it is for you to enjoy a healthy diet that benefits your body in every possible way. That being said, many studies have confirmed that some very specific vegetable and fruits, when ingested, have specific, very beneficial effect in certain areas of your body, such as:

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Health, Nutrition, Raw, Vegan

For Those Of Us Who Are Going Through The Toughest Time In Our Lives

07-Jul-2014

It’s been a little over a year that I heard one of the scariest words any human being ever wants to hear coming from a doctor, cancer. It wasn’t a diagnosis for myself, but rather for one of the most important and influential human beings in my life, my mother. Since that day, a lot of things in my life have been put into perspective. Life can seriously be way too short. I’m writing this post so that if there is anyone out there reading this who is going through a tough time in their lives, they can know that they are not alone and please do not give up hope. There are ways to overcome and move forward.

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Inspire, Philosophy, Psychology, Overcoming depression

The Good Thing About a Bad Day

05-Jul-2014

Everyone experiences a bad day, some more often than others. However, “bad day” is a vague term that can have a variety of meanings in terms of its severity. On the one hand, a bad day could be quite severe: the death of a loved one, a child’s parents announcing a divorce, a career-ending sports injury, or a natural disaster. Less severe bad days could include missing a flight and getting delayed in an airport, spilling coffee on one’s laptop (or self!), or having a full day of stressful meetings ahead that don’t end with good results. These latter types of bad days are far more common, as we’ve all likely experienced a bad day or two like this in the not-too-distant past. Yet these days can actually be quite good if they are put in the right perspective.

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Philosophy, Psychology, Positivity

Butternut Squash Soup

04-Jul-2014

Butternut Squash Soup is thick, creamy and bursting with fall flavors. It’s a comforting soup that will warm you up on a chilly day. If you want to save time you don’t have to roast the veggies but I would recommend it because it does wonders for the flavor. Butternut squash is a wonderful ingredient because it’s high in beta-carotene (Vitamin A), antioxidants and fiber. It is one of the most concentrated vegetable sources of alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega 3 fatty acid that is important for heart health. Vitamin A plays a key role in lung health by protecting the lungs from the damaging effect of cigarette smoke. Butternut squash is also an excellent source of energy producing vitamin B1 and B5 along with free radical scavenging manganese.

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Recipe, Vegan, Nutrition, Health,
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