The Gluten-Free Craze. Should You Climb Aboard?

04-Jun-2014

There’s always a fad floating around. Sometimes it’s jelly shoes and quinoa and other times it’s crop tops and juice cleanses. Then there are these crash diets that magnetically draw people in. You know? And it’s all great; it’s fun to be in mutual agreement with half the population for a change. But can we at least admit to jumping on a bandwagon at some point in our life without any reason or prior knowledge about it? Say yes. This is about gluten, by the way.

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Gluten-free, Health, Nutrition, Philosophy, Weight-loss

A Reminder To Love & Know Self

03-Jun-2014

The intention behind this piece is a reminder to know self. If we are in a place of suffering, it is a result not of our surroundings but rather our perception of our surroundings. This is a reminder to reflect and ask about the choices we make in perceiving our situation. If we can pause and reflect, on how we are looking at ourselves in the situation, we may find that we compare ourselves to the lives of others. Anytime I scroll through social media, or flip through magazines, I am comparing myself to the lives of friends (close and distant), colleagues, stars and total strangers. Whenever I do this, or I find myself believing life should look a certain way, and I am attached to finding approval and justification from my external environment, or situation. I feel somehow lacking, when I unwitting lose sight of myself.

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Psychology, Overcoming Depression, Positivity, Philosophy

Why Become Vegan?

02-Jun-2014

I've heard a lot of people say being vegan is bad for your health, but studies confirmed that it's actually the opposite: going vegan is a very good choice if you know how. An explanation on what vegan diets are you'll find in one of the previous YZL articles. If you ever struggled with the question "Should I go vegan or not?", here are some of the many reasons why the answer should definitely be: "Yes of course!"z

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Health, Nutrition, Natural Remedies

Lessons I've Learned From True Friendship

30-May-2014

I wrote this based on what I sincerely believe friendship is. This train of thought was greatly spontaneous, as I never quite imagined myself gathering the courage, nor strength to share my definition of the word “friend”, which I think is completely personal, but extremely universal as well. I’ve had my share of bad experiences involving others surrounding me, and as I am flourishing and entering the world of adulthood I see my past as a blessing. It takes time, but it’s alright because it does get better.

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High School, College, Philosophy, Inspire

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

29-May-2014

I can never make just one New Year's resolution, and I think that’s a good thing. Why not reach for as many goals as one can muster each year? Plus, I don't want to put all of my time and energy into losing weight- that would just drive me crazy. Instead, I always make a few resolutions for different areas of my life like: relationships, health, fitness, aspirations, family, spirituality, career, and self. This way as each year passes I am moving forward in as many ways as possible. I also don't beat myself up if I don't reach my goal in one year. Some goals take more time!

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Inspire, Philosophy, Positivity

Now is the Time

28-May-2014

Now that it's May it's a perfect time to check in with you all and see who has stuck to their New Year's resolution. If you have stuck to it-Kudos! Carry on. As the months fly by it's easy to lose the motivation that you had at the beginning of the year. You know that unwavering desire to change. Well, if you are waiting for a sign to get back to it, this is it.

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Health, Exercise, Weight-loss, Overcoming Depression. Philosophy

How To: Vegan Baking

27-May-2014

Ever since I became a dairy-avoider, baking became on of my biggest passions. For everyone who has experienced problems with avoiding dairies while baking, here is a list of how to substitute them. Butter How to substitute: Butter is probably the easiest dairy product to replace in vegan baking. The simplest swap is margarine and I don't know any vegan baker whose refrigerator doesn’t include a tub of Earth Balance. Unrefined coconut oil can add the thickness that butter would, and canola oil works in recipes with liquid sugars or solid fats, such as ground nuts or chocolate in cakes.

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Vegan, Recipe, Health, Nutrition

Delicious Vegan Protein Smoothie (Without Protein Powder!)

23-May-2014

Protein is a key macronutrient, and particularly important for vegans who chose to avoid meat, dairy and eggs in their diet. A breakfast with protein is the best way to start you day, as it keeps your blood sugar levels stable, is filling and keeps you from reaching for lollies and baked goods throughout the morning. However, many trainers recommend starting your day with meats – which are a great source of protein, however can leave you feeling overly full, bloated and heavy. Here is a simple protein rich smoothie made without protein powder or animal products; instead using all natural ingredients to leave you feeling satiated but not weighed down.

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Health, Nutrition, Recipe, Vegan, Weight-loss

Medicinal Herbs That Should Be Staples in Your Home

22-May-2014

Many people are turning to alternative ways to treat common ailments, rather than spending time and money at a doctor’s office. Eastern medicinal practices have become extremely popular, and the use of medicinal herbs is one of those practices that continues to see increased growth. Over thousands of years of trial and error, medicinal herbs continue to be a go-to source for the Chinese people in treating many illnesses. Whether you are new to alternative medicine and are looking to try a new method of healing or are simply brushing up on the uses of the most commonly used herbs, here is a list of the five essential medicinal herbs that every household should have on hand.

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Health, Natural Remedies, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition

A Glimpse of a Variety of Eco-Friendly and Organic Bedding Products

21-May-2014

Organic and eco-friendly bedding products are gaining immense popularity as it is safe, hygienic and comfortable beyond measure. Today there is a huge spectrum of earth-smart bedding products made available through various offline and online stores at affordable prices. The options for eco-friendly sheets are growing consistently with a huge range of products such as bamboo, wool, silk and cotton.

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Organic, Natural Remedies, Health, Eco-living
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