Potato Balls

08-May-2014

These potato balls are one of my favorite foods. They are so light and delicious. When it comes to benefits of potatoes, potatoes are not just carbs. They can reduce inflammation. The Vitamin C in potatoes make them great antioxidants which repair cells in the body. And potatoes may offset incidence of kidney stones. Lastly, potatoes have excellent vitamins and minerals for your skin. It is a little hard to do this recipe, but eating them is really pleasant. Here’s the recipe.

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Health, Recipe, Nutrition

Reusable Menstrual Products

07-May-2014

I first learned about alternative menstrual products around 2006. When I started using cloth pads at the end of 2007, my life was changed! Excruciating (sometimes to the point of near fainting) cramping for three - four days turned into one day of manageable cramping. Heavy, long periods turned into moderate, shorter periods. This past July I first tried a menstrual cup. Best.Thing.Ever. Reusable menstrual products do not contain any chemicals that disposable products contain, such as chlorine or dioxin. They are healthier for you and the environment, and last many years; you may even forget you have your period!

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Eco-living, Health, Philosophy, Inspire

Do You Like Green Beans?

06-May-2014

Health Benefits Antioxidant Support from Green Beans Best studied from a research standpoint is the antioxidant content of green beans. In addition to conventional antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene, green beans contain important amounts of the antioxidant mineral, manganese. But the area of phytonutrients is where green beans really shine through in their antioxidant value. Green beans contain a wide variety of carotenoids (including lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin) and flavonoids (including quercetin, kaemferol, catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins) that have all been shown to have health-supportive antioxidant properties. In addition, the overall antioxidant capacity of green beans has been measured in several research studies, and in one study, green beans have been shown to have greater overall antioxidant capacity than similar foods in the pea and bean families, for example, snow peas or winged beans.

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Health, Nutrition, Weight-loss, Vegan, Recipe

How Moving Your Body Differently Can Help Your Health

05-May-2014

I used to think stretching was just a practice of tugging my body in different directions to stretch it out one way or another. Recently I discovered this isn't really the case. I learned through martial arts that any extra movement that is not towards your goal can make your goal more difficult to reach. After some thought I realized that can be applied to stretching too. Most of the time when I stretch now I notice the lack of flexibility or out of alignment parts are more because of a way of holding myself then from a lack of bodily capability. In most cases, I don't really need to get more flexible or stronger, I just need to get out of a habit of holding my body in a way I don't want to.

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Yoga, Health, Philosophy, Weight-loss

Mac 'N' Cheese (Vegan)

02-May-2014

This Mac N Cheese is different than any other Mac n Cheese! Why? Well firstly because there is no cheese! Cheese is not cool, unless it is organic! I have used nutritional yeast in this recipe because it is dairy free, vegan, gluten free and high in vitamins like B-Complex Vitamins, selenium and zinc. It is a best friend to a vegan who likes the taste of cheese! Secondly, the pasta is made with brown rice so it is gluten free as who wants to feel bloated after eating pasta? It is also high in protein and a great meal to eat before or after a workout! Brown rice pasta is also high in Manganese, Selenium and Magnesium, all which provide the body with energy and relaxation. People have said they feel calm after eating this meal!

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Health, Vegan, Nutrition, Recipe

Understanding, Trust, and Love

01-May-2014

A few weeks ago I wrote an article asking people to talk about how they perceive love. In that article I suggested that the more we talk about it, the better we can understand it. I talked all around the subject, but never offered any of my own thoughts on what love means to me. I realized upon reading the article that I had not done a good job of leading by example. If I suggest that people would benefit from talking about what love is to them, it seems to make sense that I would benefit the same way. Accordingly, here are some of my thoughts.

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Philosophy, Psychology, Love, Positivity, Overcoming Depression

Live Your Dream Life: 5 Keys to Unlocking Your Power

01-May-2014

“You are powerful, provided you know how powerful you are” ~ Yogi Bhajan There comes a moment in our lives when we suddenly wake up, metaphorically and literally, to the understanding that everything we need is within us. Rather than believing that life happens to us, we be begin to understand that life is a process of co-creation and we have the power to alter the course and direction of our lives.

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Philosophy, Positivity, Overcoming Depression, Inspire, Personal Triumph

Chocolate Almond Penut Butter Cups

29-Apr-2014

This is one of my favorite recipes because I love chocolate but I don’t love what is in regular store-bought-processed-chocolate! That kind of chocolate is high in refined sugar, has dairy, soy, gluten and often genetically modified ingredients that leave me feeling bloated, gross, low energy and hungry for more! This chocolate is the real kind of nutrient rich chocolate that the ancient people made before machines took over! These chocolate cups use cacao powder which is one of the highest foods for anti-oxidants, more than green tea, red wine and blueberries! Cacao has so many benefits for the human body including healing especially for people with cancer, diabetes, depression and skin issues. The reason we feel so good, relaxed and happy after eating chocolate is the magnesium in the cacao which relaxes the body and instantly releases serotonin to our brain. It can also aid weight loss and many people including myself have lost weight while eating this chocolate daily. When people replace all processed chocolate with this kind of chocolate using cacao and plant based ingredients, they say their entire life changes. The almonds in these chocolate cups make for a snack that is high in protein and great before or after a workout! It is also high in Vitamin E making it excellent food for clear skin!

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Health, Vegan, Weight-loss, Recipe, Raw

Listen To What Your Life Has To Say

28-Apr-2014

Have you ever asked your life “how is she”? And that’s a rhetorical question, because of course we can’t talk to your life, but for some time now I’ve learned to “listen” to what my life has to say. Exactly, I’ve been treating my life as a separate person, I know what you must be thinking, “what is she talking about?” Well, what I’m talking about is that I’ve discovered that talking to myself is something that helps a lot, but not in the way that I’ve been looking for.

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Philosophy, Psychology, Positivity, Overcoming Depression

Vegetable Juice

25-Apr-2014

This juice is a great one for people with diabetes as it is lower in sugar and calories than most other juices. It is also high in Vitamin C, so it can boost your immune system immediately! It is an inflammatory so this is a great juice to drink if you are feeling sore, pain in your muscles or bloated. Because of the peppers in this juice, it warms the body and helps burn calories. This juice is a great one for weight loss, for getting a daily dose of vegetables and for detoxification. The lettuce in this juice helps aid digestion and has a great affect on the skin. Drink this juice and then experience how much energy you will have immediately after drinking!

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Health, Vegan, Raw, Nutrition, Recipe, Weight-loss
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