Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry with Creamy Peanut Sauce | Oil Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

I love not following recipes, don’t you? This is just a crazy good experiment of mine inspired by Healthy is a Verb and Ambitious Kitchen.  Came out pretty bomb.  I have no idea what the exact measurements are, I was just throwing stuff together.  Feel it out, and make it with whatever veggies you like. With V day coming up, this is the perfect one to share with your hubby.  Or, save the rest for later gator! Have fun!

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The Stir Fry

  • 1/3 cup water, (keep a glass of water close by, this is used to prevent sticking to pan without added oil)
  • 1/3 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, grated finely using cheese grater or minced
  • 1 small chunk of fresh ginger, also grated finely
  • 1/3 head of broccoli with stem, chopped
  • 2-3 red cabbage leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/3 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup of mushrooms, rough chop
  • 2 leaves bok choy, thinly sliced, stem and all!
  • 1/2 roasted spaghetti squash, scraped
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped (I totally forgot about these until after I took pic and ate some of it, makes a great crunch!)
  1. If you haven’t roasted your squash yet, prehead oven to 400*F. Cut it in half the long way and place it open side down on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for ~45 minutes or until soft
  2. In a large frying pan over medium to high heat, heat the water, onion, garlic, and ginger, about 3-5 minutes, mixing often
  3. Throw in the broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, and mushrooms, let it get happy for another 2 minutes
  4. Next comes the bok choy and mix another minute, feel free to add water if needed
  5. Scrape out half of the spaghetti squash (keeping seeds- yum love squash seeds!) and mix that in
  6. Mix in ~1/2 cup of peanut pinto sauce and mix until well combined
  7. Peel orange and cut it into slices perpendicular to the way the sections go to make nice little orange pieces like in the picture. Makes for a delish orange, peanut, gingery kind of asian vibe
  8. Mix in orange chunks, and top with lime to squeeze and crushed / chopped nuts. YUM!

Peanut Pinto Sauce

  • ~1/2 cup dry pinto beans, soaked for 6 hours and boiled for ~30 minutes, [or feel free to use canned no salt added pinto beans, drained and rinsed (I like Eden’s brand the best, if using Eden’s, drain, but no need to rinse)] 
  • ~1/4 cup of peanut butter (the kind with one ingredient only: Peanuts. if there are “hydrogenated oils” on the ingredients label, toss it)
  • ~2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ~1 cup boiling water (from cooking beans)
  • juice of ~1/2 lime*

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.  Not sure about the measurements but I think it would be hard to make this combo taste bad. Hope you’re hungry!

*I put lime or lemon juice on everything, for flavor, for peak iron absorption, and it makes me feel amazing!

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4 tips to avoid the freshman 15 & 10 ways to eat enough fruit and vegetables

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Happy August!  The fall semester is coming up faster than you think.  Before I went to college, I was nervous about gaining weight and not being able to eat healthily.  Studies show that 60.9% of college students gain on average 7.5lbs their freshman year.

1. Exercise

  • Get a group fitness schedule.  Group fitness classes offer all kinds of workouts from interval sculpt, to yoga, to Zumba and beyond.  It is also a great way to meet like minded people.
  • Get it done in the morning.  By the end of the day, the workout is likely to not happen.  Let the workout energize you and get you ready and fresh to focus the rest of the day.
  • Sneak it in.  Try a 2-minute wall-sit while brushing your teeth, walking an extra block or taking the stairs.

2. Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

An even scarier statistic than average college weight gain? 94% of undergraduate students don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. 

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Here’s 10 ways to get enough in!

  1. Get a to-go blender so you can make green smoothies in your dorm room
  2. Steal as much fruit as you can from the dining halls
  3. Always have dried or fresh fruit in your backpack for a snack
  4. Whenever you eat a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, put a little bit of fruit on top
  5. Carrots, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, celery are great snacks to take on the go maybe with some hummus or peanut butter
  6. When making sandwiches in the dining halls, make sure to stuff them with lots of vegetables
  7. Try salad as a main dish, pile it high, and load it up!
  8. When you go to to the pizza or pasta bar in the dining hall, ask for light on the meat and cheese and PLENTY of vegetables
  9. Choose the vegetarian option at the hot bar
  10. Include a green salad with your dinner every night

3. Late Night Decisions

  • When we get stressed, we reach for high fat, high sugar, salty foods.  Avoid keeping a lot of junk food in the dorm room.
  • Purchase portioned out peanut butter or nutella packets to avoid overeating it
  • Keep healthier snacks like fat free granola, fat free popcorn, rice cakes
  • Try a brownie cliff bar instead of a brownie
  • Chocolate soy milk is a great dessert!
  • Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum: 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men per day is recommended

4. Be Careful Who Your Friends Are

  • Friends can pressure you to drink or eat more
  • Friends can judge you for eating healthily
  • Surround yourself with people who will encourage and support you to accomplish your goals

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5 Ways To Lower Cholesterol

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What’s the number one cause of death in America? According to the CDC, it’s heart disease. The preventable, unnecessary, easily avoidable, heart disease.  Half of men >65 years old are prescribed expensive statin medications that cause obnoxious side effects like muscle pain. Here’s 5 tips to decrease cholesterol naturally.

1. Minimize Dietary Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

Cholesterol and saturated fat stick to our blood vessels and cause them to narrow, leading to erectile dysfunction and heart disease
Cholesterol and saturated fat stick to our blood vessels and cause them to narrow, leading to erectile dysfunction and heart disease

Cholesterol is only found in animal foods like meat, dairy, eggs, butter, and mayonnaise, and products containing animal foods like pastries, ice cream, cakes, and cookies.  Our livers make cholesterol to help fat travel in the blood.  Cholesterol is not a nutrient and it is not necessary to eat it.

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Meat consumption is associated with a 25% greater risk of coronary heart disease

Saturated fat is fat that is solid at room temperature.  Most animal fats are saturated (fish being the exception).  Be sure to avoid processed  and red meats and high fat animal products like cheeses and creams.

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A few years after experiencing erectile dysfunction, one is likely to have a heart attack.

2. Portion Control Healthy Fats

There are lots of benefits to a little bit of healthy fat but be sure to remember the two key words here, LITTLE BIT! Healthy fats would be the fats from plant sources or ones that are liquid at room temperature, like avocado, olives, almonds, sunflower seeds, and olive oil.  The general rule is 1-2 tablespoons of healthy fat is enough per meal.  Think of it as a garnish, not a main event.  Try these 10 tips to help decrease fat intake:

  1. Steam, boil, or bake food instead of frying it.  Be sure to use parchment paper instead of spraying pans with oil. It is super quick clean up and very effective non-stick.
  2. Sautee in water, it tastes the same!
  3. Buy a nonstick pan, I have made perfect pancakes without any oil
  4. Replace some of the oil in recipes with apple sauce
  5. Instead of eggs try making a “flax/chia egg”: 1 to 3 ratio- 1 tablespoon of ground flax or chia to 3 tablespoons of water, combine and let sit for about 10 minutes to let it form a gel.  Or, a mashed banana also works as a great egg alternative.
  6. Choose low fat plant based alternatives when it comes to meat, cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, milk
  7. Incorporate more products that are already naturally fat free like salsa, fat free marinara, jelly and jam
  8. Instead of snacking on fatty snack foods like chips, try pretzels, fat free organic popcorn, fat free granola, or rice cakes
  9. Be sure to read ingredients labels and look out for any added fats and oils, especially “hydrogenated oils” because those are trans fats!
  10. When you go out to eat, ask for dressing on the side so you can control how much fat you are eating and let them know you are sensitive to oil so they won’t sprinkle any extra on top of your food.

3. Eat Plenty of Plant Foods

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The American Heart Association did not hold back when recommending plant foods like grains, vegetables, and fruits. 4-5 servings of fruit a day! That could be 5 bananas!

Plant foods like grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds are all sources of fiber.  Soluble fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels.

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4. Exercise!

The American Council of Exercise says most adults could gain substantial health benefits from 2 1/2 hours of weekly moderate intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or gardening.  That’s only 30 minutes a day 5 days a week! Our hearts are muscles too- gotta work those out!

5. Make Stress Your Friend

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal has a great talk about recent research showing if we believe that the stress response is a good thing, the negative effects decrease.  Definitely watch her talk and remember: our stress is good! It makes us perform better, and there is nothing that we can’t handle.

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Black Bean Brownies (Not Gross)

Want a dessert that truly loves you back?  These are delectably decadent and as moist as brownies can be.  Seriously delicious, and a great source of potassium, fiber, folate and natural sugars for sustainable energy- all of these ingredients provide beautiful benefits.  Save money, stuff your face, feel amazing, change the world, repeat. black bean brownies Adapted From Chef AJ’s Brownies Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted (maybe soak about 20 mins in warm water to soften)
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground + 6 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • topping: 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts

Steps:

  1. Line 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Add ingredients (except topping) to a food processor (S blade) and blend until completely smooth
  3. Spread batter evenly over parchment paper in the pan and sprinkle with topping evenly
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 18-20 minutes, until desired ooeyness. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

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Black Bean Brownies Portions: 20
Total Calories 92 Calories
Nutrients Amount Per Portion
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 8 g
Added Sugars 1 g
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Linoleic Acid 1 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0.4 g
Omega 3 – EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 – DHA 0 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Minerals Amount Per Portion
Calcium 34 mg
Potassium 203 mg
Sodium 87 mg
Copper 206 µg
Iron 1 mg
Magnesium 36 mg
Phosphorus 77 mg
Selenium 2 µg
Zinc 1 mg
Vitamins Amount Per Portion
Vitamin A 0 µg RAE
Vitamin B6 0.0 mg
Vitamin B12 0.0 µg
Vitamin C 1 mg
Vitamin D 0 µg
Vitamin E 0 mg AT
Vitamin K 1 µg
Folate 19 µg DFE
Thiamin 0.1 mg
Riboflavin 0.0 mg
Niacin 0 mg
Choline 9 mg
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A New Easter Favorite AND Kosher for Passover: Moist Chocolate Chip Carrot Morsels

What’s up, Doc? Carrots are surprisingly sweet. The vibrant orange color offers beta-carotene, which converts to the fat soluble antioxidant vitamin, vitamin A.  Ever heard carrots are good for your eyes?  That’s the truth!  Vitamin A from carrots may improve night vision.  These scrumptious morsels are sweetened with potassium and fiber-rich dates, and stuffed with brain-power boosting essential omega-3 fatty acids.

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Preheat oven: 350F.  Place 9 Cupcake Liners in 3×4 Muffin Tin.  Makes 9 Morsels

Ingredients I Used: (Feel free to play around with this, I rarely have all of the ingredients or measure)

  • 1 ½ cups steamed carrot (try grated carrot!)
  • 1 cup dates (pitted)
  • ¾ cup brown rice flour (try oatmeal- might be favorable texture!)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon (or cinnamon sugar)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 crystalized ginger pieces (or 2 tsp fresh or dried ginger)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax in 6 Tbsp water (two flax eggs)
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (or raisins, optional)
  • ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)

Steps:

  1. Combine dry ingredients: flour (or oatmeal), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, walnut pieces, chocolate chips, and craisins
  2. Blend wet: steamed carrot, dates, crystalized ginger, ground flax egg mix, vanilla in a food processor or high speed blender like a vitamix. Transfer to large bowl
  3. Fold mashed banana and dry ingredients into wet ingredients until well combined.  Be sure not to over mix.  Mixing too much can cause a tough product from the proteins formed depending on the flour used.  Still- practice minimal stirring.
  4. Divide mixture evenly amongst the muffin liners.  Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.  Enjoy in good health!

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15 Habits For The New Year: Resolutions To Live By

Habits are everything. Let’s make a list of the habits we are proud of and a list of the habits we are not so proud of. This year, continue to build those constructive actions that make you happy. Here, you will find inspiration for good habits to make, and how to work on them.


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1.    Wake up with an intention -Will it be gratitude and happiness or complaining and dismay today? The choice is yours. Make the decision, and set an intention to stick to. Make it a habit to wake up like this.

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2.    Spend time with loved ones – Let’s put an end to the habit of blowing people off for work.  Love and love and nothing else, is all we need. Workaholics (like myself) are prone to opting out of quality time. This year, put love on top.

3.    Have Fun – What do you absolutely LOVE to do? Are you doing it? Like, ever? Well, you should be! This life is too short to not do what makes us happy. Get in the habit of committing some time to fuel your fun. Trust me, it’ll make it easier to focus in the long run.

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4.    Turn around the negativity – Beautiful people are having complainy conversations these days, so let’s put an end to it. Next time someone complains to you, it is important to be empathetic, yes, but it is also important to recognize the good in life. Try not to let the complainers bring you down. Even worse is negative self-talk. We are all guilty of telling ourselves we suck now and then. Let’s consciously make it a habit to notice the negativity and turn it around.

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Apple Cinnamon 1 Ingredient Waffles: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Scrumptious Style

Just because I’m Jewish doesn’t mean my family doesn’t do something special Christmas morning ;-).  These babies are light and fluffy, with the perfect chewy to crispy-ness ratio.  So warm and satisfying.  Crowd-pleaser approved.
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The one essential ingredient for this recipe? MOCHI!

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Mochi is traditionally seen in japanese cuisine, and this Grainaissance brand is literally just brown rice!  But it puffs up like an incredible puffed pastry!  You can buy it unflavored, or savory, I like the cinnamon raisin one for waffles. 🙂

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Apple Cinnamon Topping:

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  • a grated apple
  • grated ginger (to taste- start small! this stuff is powerful 🙂
  • a drop of vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • a handful of chopped walnuts
  • mix well!

Serve with fresh berries, cinnamon, and real maple syrup :-*

* Magic! *

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Deadly Decadent Slimming Black Bean Brownies

I know, Black Bean Brownies?! EW Right?! I was honestly really nervous about these but they ended up being WAY BETTER than ANY BROWNIE EVER!

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I just had an incredible gluten free vegan dinner date with three of the sweetest dietetics students!  They LOVED these brownies that Chef AJ inspired me to make.  Want delicious food that you can eat eat eat and still be slim and feel amazing after? Well Chef AJ and Registered Dietitian Julieanna Hever have got the recipes you need! These are so decadent and moist.  I recommend serving with cold banana nice cream.  Fresh brownies out the oven, fresh frozen bananas on top. OOoo baby you gotta try this!!

blackbeanbrownies These brownies are REAL FOOD! None of this refined flours, sugars or oils making you go crazy.  These are virtually fat free with a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids from the flax.  I love the stable blood sugar keeping me fueled with carbs that are mixed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Black beans- great source of protein and iron. Oatmeal is basically the cholesterol sucker.  Dates- the potassium and fiber filled candy.  And antioxidant rich cocoa?!  Heck- I’ll eat the whole &^%^& pan!!!

Unprocessed Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate Soft Serve– gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, flour free, almost fat-free, nutrient dense ❤

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • optional: 1/3 cup vegan gluten free chocolate or carob chips, or chopped nuts!

Steps:

(I just threw all of the ingredients into my friends Ninja food processor, but I’m sure doing it this way would work well to ensure smoothness)

  1. Grind oatmeal in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add dates and black beans until smooth, adding in water or non-dairy milk if necessary to create a smooth, well blended consistency
  3. Add in the ground oats and the rest of the ingredients except optional topping and blend until smooth
  4. EAT ENTIRE BOWL OF BROWNIE BATTER
  5. ..just kidding..well, you could! Haha for brownies though: Spread brownie batter into a parchment paper lined, or sprayed with cooking spray, brownie pan and sprinkle chocolate chips or nuts on top.  Nuts would have also been really good folded throughout the batter for a nice crunch
  6. Bake at 350 F until desired ooeyness ❤
  7. Serve with Monica’s Chocolate Banana Soft Serve:
    • 1-2 frozen bananas
    • 2-3 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
    • 2-3 Tbs cocoa powder
    • optional 1 Tbs flax or walnuts or more chocolate chips!
    • Blend in food processor or Vitamix until smooth!

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Friends? Boyfriends? Superpowers? Do vegans lose all their friends?

It’s funny when people ask me, oh are you still talking to so and so? Because in my head sometimes I hear it as, : Like wait do you have friends anymore?

Recently, I don’t mind this question. I am too inspired. I just want to wake up and accomplish my goals. I am a beast at blowing people off … :-/

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I feel like I am consumed in an unhealthy relationship with a boyfriend who takes up all my time so I never see my friends anymore, but I don’t have a boyfriend…

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Funny how I love accomplishing goals and being inspired. In the back of my mind I have always thought things like, “aww I really want to be able to do a backflip before I die” (accomplished with senior year varsity cheerleading OW OW!!! WORKED MY @$$ OFF!!) or “I really want to be able to just run up a tree and do a back flip” here’s a list of the aspirations following my main goal of becoming a superhero:

  • I really want to go to Living Light Culinary School and learn how to “cook” incredible raw vegan healing food
  • I really want to go to Institute of Integrative Nutrition and become a holistic health counselor
  • I really want to go to “Conscious Eating”’s author Gabriel Cousens’s retreat in Arizona, Tree of Life
  • I really want to go to Hippocrates in florida and see them cure cancer
  • I really want to jump off really high cliffs and not be scared
  • Do 3 pull ups

Things like that. Being a strong superhero. Getting better at the activities I enjoy.  Looking fear in the face, loving challenges. Another disease, another challenge for the unstoppable ME.

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I would fall asleep thinking about these aspirations of mine. Getting excited about all the things I would do… once I got my degree. Because that’s what you do after high school. You go to college. So I was excited to study dietetics, nutrition, fitness, and health at Purdue! Where I have been a pretty good wanna-be superhero 🙂 .. anyways..

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When the superhero goal became a fuzzy glimpse in the distance, the universe sent me the most compassionate lad, halfway through my sophormore year, who has done all of my aspirations. Well, 5 outta 6. Holistic health counselor, raw vegan chef from Living Light, went to Gabriel Cousens, can do well over 3 pull ups, jump off high cliffs, and do fucking back flips off of trees.. and gives food to homeless people.. and is.. ya know.. a fucking angel.

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The universe sent me a superhero, whose time spent with me is always short, (or at least seems short), sweet, and much needed.  Containing all of the superhero qualities I desire, like strength, and the know how to save the world.

All I want to do now is accomplish my goals and inspire others by doing what I love. Because, from dealing frusteratingly with my sister and observing sick people that I care about, a superhero can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved, no matter how great their powers.

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We possess the most complex superpower. At my early stages of aspiring to be a superhero, I had no idea how complex our powers really could be.

They mess with peoples culture, their belief system, their comfort zones, and their habits. Though our superpower is extremely effective, it only works if the necessary individual accepts the stages of behavioral change.

I can’t help people. People help people. As my mom says a hundred times over,

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So- that being said- it is very difficult to not be a frusterated crazy person about veganism!

Is that a superpower maybe? Speaking up when necessary? Where’s the line between obnoxious/ anti social and effective and life saving? Where’s the line between being weird because you don’t see your friends as often as you used to, or as you should, or being fucking awesome for being inspired and loving what your doing and having enough passion to enjoy doing you and accomplishing more and more goals everyday?!

I am struggling with this idea, this balance. It seems I have been seeing people who are excited and passionate about the same things as I am lately. I do want to see old friends and have close relationships, but they seem to be slowly fading. At first I was really upset about it, but lately, eh, I suppose people are always changing, and as we grow older new relationships form that resonate more and more with who we grow up to be.  Which is nice 🙂 I met incredible friends at the Thai Fruit Fest! Its weird coming back from school for the summer. And its weird being all of a sudden so fucking inspired and passionate with saving the world and inspiring people and getting stronger and smashing it.

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I don’t mean to be anti social or antisocial seeming. But with veganism, and that weird superpower I was talking about about speaking up, ya know?  I think that a perfect situation can be a perfect opportunity. There are times when it is ok to say true to yourself and be honest (like when asked), and there are times when it is necessary to keep your mouth shut. I will never give anyone a hard time. And I hope nobody gives me a hard time! I am open to eating animal products if I so desire, honestly. (which I haven’t desired in a while! haha) It is the people who need to be saved who I am worried about.

All in all, I am the happiest luckiest girl in the world. A huge shout out to friends ❤ I am so lucky to have many great people in my life.  I have a superhero, not a boyfriend.. but I know he loves to make me laugh. 😉 And I can’t wait to accomplish everything on my list. I’m certainly working on it ❤

Xoxo the aspiring superhero

Confessions of a Vegan Girly Girl

As a sorority sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a 3 year Jergans tanning lotion junkie, bashful bra stuffer, and $$$ spender of all things high heels, chiffon, and trendy, I have had a pretty crazy change of priorities.

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No matter how many products you use or what your skin feels like right now, I hope you know how beautiful and incredible you truly are.  We don’t give ourselves enough credit.  May your opinion of yourself be the highest of all your opinions.  Your truest, best version of yourself is always better than a sub-par replica of someone else.

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You bring something unique that this planet needs.  Embrace everyday to it’s fullest potential, and show the world what you’re made of.  Perceptions from others will always change, but your perception of yourself won’t- and you will be living with yourself for a very long time.

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   You are not discount material, so treat yourself right, you expensive piece of heaven you!! Let your hair down ladies, let’s see you shine ❤

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1. Shower Minimally

In trying to meet my vitamin D needs in the dead of winter, it is essential that I keep as many oils on my skin as possible.  When I do shower- it’s always under 10 minutes and never too hot.  Hot water really dries out my skin and strips my oils.  It’s funny- I never shower, but I really don’t smell.  Working out at the gym, sweaty people walk by and you either smell this intense urea / ammonia BO (caused from excess amino acids leaching out through the skin, causing intense body odor- sounds bogus but so true- study ammonia pathways and how it is excreted!) or you smell the strong deodorants, which have been shown in many studies and articles to contain that ammonium stuff that may be a very preventable cause of breast cancer.  In staying hydrated and eating a mindful, delicious, high carbohydrate diet, my skin naturally seems softer and I find myself sweating out the grapefruits and oranges I ate for breakfast 😀 yumm.. citrus!

2. Toss The Deodorant

Haha, hippie freak much?  Yes, and proud of it.  Like I said, deodorant = disease.  I am happy to admit I do use a natural deodorant that the compassionateclimber made.  I just put it in an old BAN deodorant container and use it just the same.  I’m not sure of the recipe he used, but this recipe from wellnessmama looks good:

1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…

2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda)

3. Mix well

4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. 5. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.

6. If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!

This recipe from crunchybetty also looks good, and easier too.

 3. Cut Back On The Hair Care

I used to have an itchy dry scalp.  Washing my hair less (I wash my hair 2-3 times a week), keeping the natural oils, helps a lot.  Of course I still workout and get sweaty- can’t tell.  In fact, my bestie Caroline curled my hair on Friday, it’s Monday night, and I got compliments on my beautiful curly hair all day long!  WTF hahaha.  Gotta love minimal living.  Caroline’s like you’re hair’s still curled?!  My friend Elizabeth is like, “It looks so good!!”  Yup. Not washing it.  Not to mention the more I wash and straighten/ curl my hair the more dead and drab it becomes with more and more dead ends, which means more frequent trims, which means more $$$ flying out of my poor college student pocket!  Kale no!

4. Makeup is Unnecessary

Sigh I’ll admit.  I still like to wear make-up.  It’s a practice I’m working on though.  I only wear it a few days a week, like definitely on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s when I teach (because my classes are events and should be treated as such) Or when I need to look super professional.  I have noticed it is kind of unnecessary though.  Like I used to rely heavily on the foundation to cover up redness or bumpiness.  My skin is really pretty smooth and uniform these days, seriously can’t complain.  I recently bought some natural vegan mascara from Sunspot that I feel better about using occasionally, and am looking for more natural products to help ease my transition.  I know Karyn’s Raw has an amazing line in Chicago that I would like to look further into.

5. Coconut Oil Is The Wonder Product

Face, hair, lips, and legs, I put this stuff everywhere!  Chea on these frigid days I will definitely put a little on my face after I shower.  Coconut oil is perfect on my ends when I straighten my hair too- or if you’re looking for an all over deep conditioning treatment!  Lost your lip gloss- again?!  Slather on some coconut oil! Leaves a beautiful non-sticky shine and moisturizes like heaven!  Post-shaving, this stuff brings incredible smooth moisture and soft skin.  Not to mention- coconut oil is the perfect massage oil and naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial yummy smelling lubricant.  Have fun ladies!  Keep that coconut oil close by!

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