Health Benefits of Nature

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” -Gary Snyder

Our planet is extraordinarily beautiful.

And yet…the majority of the time we find ourselves amidst artificial and man-made surroundings that fail to inspire and nourish us as nature does. We are adapted to be in nature, but rather than seek fulfillment and healing in the natural environment, we turn to computer screens, gadgets, and pharmaceutical drugs. This movement away from nature and towards …

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Exercise Tips

Experts are now saying that most important factors in preventative medicine are nutrition, quality relationships, and exercise. However, the majority of Americans don’t eat healthily nor do they exercise. The fact that most of us are following the Standard American Diet (SAD) and not exercising goes a long way towards explaining why our healthcare system is broken and why we spend billions of dollars on pharmaceutical drugs every year.

Despite their habits, I believe that …

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Healthy Eating Tips

The key with any long-term healthy lifestyle is to research, experiment, and figure out what works for you. Some vegans find they thrive on a raw diet, while macrobiotic vegans feel best when they eat mostly cooked foods and whole grains. My diet is a cross between macrobiotic and raw – I eat lots of cooked foods and a gluten-free whole grains like quinoa and brown rice, but I also drink green juice and kombucha …

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Vegan in Anguilla

The Caribbean as a whole isn’t an easy place to be vegan, but I wouldn’t say it’s particularly hard either. It’s all about perspective and preparation. If you bring vegan snacks and know that you’re options will be limited there, then you will likely be pleasantly surprised and not disappointed when there’s nothing even remotely vegan on the menu and you’re forced to improvise.

My aunt, uncle, and cousins have been going down to Anguilla …

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Tutta Verde Herbal Pizza

This recipe is so easy, delicious, and all-around awesome that I’ve been making it pretty much every weeknight for the past two weeks. Fresh, filling, cheesy, and a little spicy – it’s the perfect pick-me-up after a long day’s work.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • ¾ cup cashews
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lime or ½ medium-sized lime
  • ½ shallot or ¼ medium-sized onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ small jalapeño
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Vegan Bags

When most people think of leather, they tend to think of luxury, value, and couture. But for those of us who know how leather is made, we see a leather bag on display in the store as more than just an alluring accessory.

Our consumer culture is not set up in a way that allows for contemplation of matters such as supply chains and how the products that we see in stores got to be …

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Veggie Tacos

I made up this recipe while I was lying in shavasana after a hot yoga class. I really should have been meditating but was instead thinking of how I could throw together a healthy and delicious but super-fast dinner that would satisfy my craving for refried beans. Given that it took under 10 minutes, I was blown away by how good it was. It really hits the spot and is so delicious and filling!

Ingredients

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Vegan Supplements: The Basics

If we eat whole foods plant-based diet that is rich is legumes and nuts, alkalizing vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, then we can rest assured that we’re reaping far more benefits from our diet than someone on the Standard American Diet (SAD). However, there are a few missing nutrients in the vegan diet that I wish I had known about when I first started out. These nutrients may sound esoteric and random to a

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Decluttering and Smudging

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu

In our “make it happen” oriented society, we love to talk about goals, resolutions, and new habits we want to implement. But in order to bring new habits into our lives, we have to relinquish the old us, as well as things that are distracting us from growing and evolving. Otherwise, our energy remains stagnant and there’s no room …

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Vegan Outerwear

As a vegan, the most difficult fashion challenges are shopping for vegan shoes, outerwear, and accessories – as these are the clothing and accessory categories that are most saturated with animal fur, hide, and feathers.

I faced this conundrum a few months into being vegan, when I realized that almost all of my shoes, bags, or coats were sourced from animals. I had already been feeling overwhelmed about the insidious ubiquity of animal products in …

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