Happy Earth Day!

It’s that day again. Every year, we dedicate this day to our love for Mother Earth, to our commitment to preserving the beauty, diversity, and awesome miracle that is the life of, and the life on, this planet.Today, people talk about buying a new reusable water bottle, walking instead of driving, or planting a tree. All of these things are wonderful, and we should be doing these things, but I often wonder…why stop there? Why not make every day Earth Day?

By going vegan you can do just that. Every time I eat a meal, I am making a conscious choice to conserve. I am choosing not to take part in the most egregious destruction of our earth. By eating vegan, I am standing against the violence inherent in animal food production, including that which is inflicted upon our living earth.

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Eat Your Greens on St. Patrick’s Day: Double Dose o’ Kale Salad

Considering all of the indulgences associated with St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d offer up some lighter fare; a dish that is every bit as celebratory without the dehydration and crash associated with excess alcohol and sugar. This hearty salad is made of a wealth of green foods including nutritional powerhouses like kale, avocado, and parsley.

As I was making my green juice the other morning, I became curious about blending the juice with avocado. I know this is a thing that people do, but I always thought that if I’m going to add fat and fiber, I may as well just make a smoothie instead of a juice. When I blended it up though, it was so creamy and smooth. It was very light, too. I totally get why avocado is a popular add-in at juice bars. I was going to drink it, but because of its thickness I thought it would work well as a salad dressing. It worked beautifully! And because my juice had kale in it, you’re getting an extra dose of kale in the salad!

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8 Ways to Respond to Loss During the Holidays

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

 
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. For those who love with their heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”
 
-Rumi

Thanksgiving is one of the few special times a year that unite families under one roof. Relatives will travel from far and wide, the cooks will spend all day preparing the food with love, many stories will be shared, and everyone will catch up on each others busy lives. This year, my family came together a couple weeks early because we lost someone very dear to us. A loved one of ours passed away; it was unexpected and heartbreaking.

For the second time in as many years, I lost a loved one right before Thanksgiving. Family means everything to me, and I would hate for holidays to conjure up unresolved emotions from death and loss (Seriously, I am already dealing with a dead turkey or pig on every holiday table). I wanted to release my heavy emotions, not only for the sake of the season but for my own sanity as well. I also wanted my peaceful vibes to bring cheer to any of my family that is still feeling stuck in sadness. Continue reading