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Following A Raw Vegan Diet on a Budget

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The endeavour to lead an all raw vegan lifestyle can seem overwhelming to many. The overriding reason being that of food, not only from the ' What will I eat? ‘aspect, but moreover,  ' How will I afford this? ‘, and 'How much do I need to eat? "


Let us address the most difficult to wrap ones mind around: Buying fresh produce without breaking the bank account. There are some fundamental things to bear in mind, put into practice and execute, which will often lead to wise choices which only benefit individuals on this journey. Here are a few:


1. Small Organic Farmers.


Get to know your local farmers: ~ moreso the truly organic farmers. By doing this, oftentimes than not, the individual sourcing directly from them will be  awarded lower prices, gaining from the direct supplier,  particularly if you can rally a team of purchasers who wish to purchase in bulk. Additionally, some farmers welcome additional harvesting hands in exchange for free/no cost, or at  drastically reduced prices on produce of your selection. This is a sure way to ensure that you not only eat locally grown fruits and vegetables of known quality, you are also ensuring you eat in season fruits and vegetables. In season foods are the most nutrient dense provided they are harvested at the optimum time and had when fresh.


2. Farmers' Market.


Local Farmers' markets are excellent places to: (a). Get to know your local farmers personally and (b). Source quality produce at generally reasonable prices, mainly because buying directly from the farmer means little to no markups as you would be subject to at a store, shop or supermarket.


Establishing a relationship with these farmers is also a good way to secure repeated bargains with consistent take offs.  Organic is the way to buy and eat, as well as the only way to know if you are spending your money wisely. Find out which entities are monitoring their operations to hold them accountable to the required standards and practices.


Organic produce is not only free of herbicides and pesticides; they are more likely to offer more nutrients from being nourished in nutrient dense soil and not be hazardous to the human organs as their GMO counterparts.


3. CSA: Community Supported Agriculture:



This is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture whereby associations of individuals or networks pledge to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.


This is an excellent way to secure produce of quality and quantity by becoming a part of one in your area, or better yet, starting one of your own.


4. Co-Op:


This is an Agriculture Cooperative which is simply a cooperative where farmers pool their resources in certain areas of activity. This lends to lower production and labour costs and thus lower produce costs. These farmers are generally a part of a credit cooperative, which is a major plus for them and by extrapolation, their purchases as well.


Find one near you, and your expense on food will be significantly reduced.


5. Grow your own:


Growing your own food is not as difficult as it may sound. Vertical gardens are great for maximizing on volume in mall spaces. If you have land, prepare sections of it to plant your own plant foods. Sourcing organic and organic heirloom seeds is quite easy: Check online for reputable suppliers as well as get or purchase from your local organic farmers.


6. Buy in bulk:


Whether you are single or have a family, buying in bulk is a highly recommended option. Increase storage space at home, cold and dry. Some fruits such as bananas, plantains, persimmons, jackfruit will ripen at room temperature. Though not my preferred option for fresh produce, stores and supermarkets often have great deals on bulk produce in season. Take advantage of these deals and stock up!


6.  'Ugly fruit

Many supermarkets, and some restaurants dispose of properly ripened fruits, and or organic fruits which do not look ' pretty '; these are the perfect food for us frugivores. Scout out the locations which would happily hand them to you at no charge or for very little.  Now, you are all set ~ Enjoy  the bounty.

~Jan~

Recipe!! Fried Cabbage

One of my favorite comfort foods is Fried Cabbage. Something about it just fills my belly up with all types of warm feelings and can make me feel better even on the gloomiest of days.

I was always a skeptic of cabbage, for some reason I was convinced that I did not like it. Until one day a few years ago my Step Mother made it for dinner and I decided that I did not want to be rude and I ate it anyway. Oh boy! I am glad that I decided to try it

There are many ways to enjoy cabbage, you can cut it into thick slices, grill them or roast them for cabbage steaks. You can Use the leaves as a shell for yummy fillings and make cabbage rolls. Or you can just chop it up and fry it in your favorite skillet.

For this recipe, a cast iron skillet is the best. This is the way that my Step Mother makes it and it is the best by far. If you do not own a cast iron skillet you can also use a regular skillet it will still taste wonderful!

If you have not already, check out our #loveyourself2017 page. We have lots of big plans for this coming year. Our E-book The Era of Self Love is available for pre-order right now and will be published on January 7th! We are looking forward to starting this wonderful journey with every single one of you.

~Stella~


Fried Cabbage Recipe
Makes 2 servings

- 4 cups of chopped up cabbage
- 2-3 gloves of minced garlic
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Cooking oil (I prefer olive oil for this dish)

1. Add the cooking oil to skillet and let it warm up
2. Dump all of the cabbage in the skillet. If it over flows, do not worry because it will cook down to about half of it's size.
3. Cook on medium heat
4. Put lid on top string every few minutes.
5. When cabbage if fork tender take it off of the heat
6. Let cool for 5 minutes
7. Serve!

Recipe!! Turnip Cake


There is a local restaurant here in Louisville that makes the best turnip cakes. It is actually a local favorite and people travel from all over to eat at this restaurant Sounds great right? Well, the issue is that it is clear on the other side of town. I rarely find time to drive all the way over there to get turnip cakes. So I decided to make them on my own!

The recipe is surprisingly easy and only has a few ingredients and is super easy to make. What really makes the difference in this dish is the seasonings. Turnips do not taste like much of anything so you would need to season it very well and serve it with an awesome sauce.

Most places service this fried with eggs, but if you are a vegan you can leave out the eggs and serve it on its own. Simply brown it in cooking oil. 

This recipe is a hit with everyone I have shared it with! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

~ Stella~




Turnip Cake Recipe
Makes 4 servings

- 1 pound of shredded turnips
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon of Sesame oil
- 2 cups of flour
- 5 cups water

1. Saute the shredded turnips in the sesame oil until fork tender
2. Season turnips with salt and pepper
3. Add the turnips, flour, and water into a skillet.
4. Slowly stir until mixture thickens
5. Turn off the heat
6. Line a stainless steel bowl with plastic wrap, add in the mixture and cover the bowl with cling wrap
7. Put over pot of boil water
8. Steam for 30 minutes
9. Let cool for 30 minutes
10. Slice and fry in cooking oil


A Quick Update From Michele!



Hey y'all 

I know I've been absent for a while, my MacBook quit on me and while I am waiting on my new one to arrive I have to use my iPad. 

Besides my recent technical difficulties I would like to talk about some of the things we will be doing in the new year. 

One of the things we will be doing is #loveyourself2017 and it's gonna be huge!! 
We currently have 3 love yourself products available in the Zazzle shop (see below) and we are currently working on a very special e-book that will also be for sale as paperback! 

We want to encourage everyone to develop a healthy loving relationship with themselves, and spread the love to others.

Use the hashtag #loveyourself2017 on all of your photos and updates on social media! Lets start a revolution of self-love!

I'm sorry this post is short, my computer will be here hopefully tonight!!! 

~Until Next Time~
*Michele* 


Natural Cleaning: Top 5 Cleaning Recipes For The Kitchen


A few months after I started my journey of removing animal products from my diet, I also decided I wanted to remove any products in my day to day life that harmed animals. So, I started taking a good look at which companies animal tested and which did not. 

It was surprisingly difficult to find out information about cleaning companies that tests on animals. Most of the resources I found were about cosmetic processes. At the time, I was trying to find out with Air Wick animal tested. I had a few of their air freshener plug in's and I wanted to know if I should purchase refills for them or if I should get rid of them. 

After an hour or so of research, I was not able to find very many reliable resources. I eventually came across an all-inclusive list of cleaning and beauty companies that test on animals from PETA (CLICK HERE to view that list) Come to find out that Air Wick does in fact test on animals and I gave the plug ins away.

I found that most of my go-to cleaners are on this list. So I had to rethink everything. I found that most of the cleaners that are readily available to me are also on this list. Then it hit me, I could make them from home! Not only would I stop giving money to companies that test on animals, keeping plastic bottles out of the landfill, and it would save me money.

Here are my top 5 homemade cleaners for the kitchen!

~Stella~

Dishwashing Soap
Makes a 22-ounce bottle

- Liquid castile soap
- 15 drops of lemon essential oil
- 6 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of berrgamont essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients in the bottle and use when needed.


Floor Cleaner
Makes 1 gallon bucket

- 1 gallon of hot water
- 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
- 15 drops orange essential oil
- 8 drops of lemon essential oil

1. Combine all ingredients into a bucket.
2. Dip a mop or rag in the bucket and squeezed of excess water
3. Dump after you finsih clenaing the flour


Degreaser
Makes 2 cups

- 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
- 1/8 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 cups eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 teaspoon borax

1. Combine all ingredients in a plastic bottle
2. Shake well before each use
3. Spray and wipe off with a damp sponge or cloth


Microwave Cleaner
Makes 1/4 cup

-1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 5-6 drops lemongrass essential oil

1. Combine all ingredients into a paste
2. Apply to the sides of the microwave
3. Wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge
4. Let dry before closing the door


Rust Cleaner
Makes 1/4 cup

-1/4 cup baking soda
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Juice from half a lemon

1. Mix ingredients into a paste
2. Apply to rust spot
3. Let sit open spot overnight 
4. Wipe away and rinse thoroughly

Easy Hummus Recipe

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a hummus recipe. Hummus is one of my go-to snack items and it can be so expensive to buy. I was asked to make it for a family gathering not that long ago and they suggested that I try to make it from scratch. After doing a bit of research and asking around I realized that it is so easy to make! 

I was able to make a big batch of it in 15 minutes and it cost me $2.00 to make double the amount that I usually get from the store for $5.00. I thought that this was so awesome that I could not share it with you guys!

This is seriously a skill every vegetarian and vegan should have. Even if you are not a good cook, you could figure this one out pretty easily. This recipe is a pretty basic recipe. You can add other ingredients to make other flavors. For example, you could add roasted red peppers to it or you could add lemon juice to it. If you search there are thousands of things you can add to your hummus.

Hummus can be used for many different things. I personally use it as a spread on sandwiches or toast and as a dip for crackers or vegetables. I have seen other people put it on pizzas, in wraps, with pasta, and in salads. The possibilities are truly endless.

If you love this recipe, share it with your friends! The share buttons are located in the comment section below!
~Stella~



Garlic Hummus
Makes 2 cups

- 1 can of chickpeas drained (or 1 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic (you can use more or less depending on your preference)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
- Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Add all ingredients to a food processor
2. Combine until smooth
3. Serve! This can stay in the refrigerator for about a week.

ENJOY!

Ten Simple Nuggets To Start A Healthy Lifestyle



Ten Simple Nuggets To Start A Healthy Lifestyle


In my humble experience, through trial and error over a number of years, the saying ' Fitness is 80% diet; 20% exercise. ' has held true to form. And to compliment fitness, one's lifestyle must be in alignment with the exercise and diet. In summation, this looks like:


1. Movement
2. Communing with our Intercessor daily.
3. Diet ~ Fresh fruits and vegetables, if not in entirety, as many as possible, or introduce slowly, incorporating food combing guidelines.
4. Skin Brushing
5. Hydration
6. Elimination of chemical products, ' foods (packaged, cooked and even frozen) ’, commercial deos, shampoos, cleaning agents, perfumes, and the like.
7. Colonics, enemas.
8. Dry Far Infrared Sauna sessions.
9. Fasting: water, dry.
10. Reducing to elimination of Stress.


1. Movement


The necessity of some form of exercise daily is a given, ' sitting is the new smoking ' applies without a shadow of a doubt. Based on recent studies, the evidence is clear. Cardio workouts are simple and easy: A 30- 60 minute brisk walk or run, is often good to start with, if possible in some sunshine outdoors in the morning hours.  Incorporating other forms of movement is quite easy - squatting every 30 mins whilst sitting for extended periods is another good practice to adopt. Parking farthest from your destination point is another way to clock those steps in.


2. Communing with our Intercessor daily.
   Spending time in the Word and abiding in God’s presence is a sure fire way to stay on track, and ensure we are                      
   open to His guidance.
   
3. Diet:


It is my overwhelmingly conviction that the absolute OPTIMAL way to eat is: As human’s makeup is that of a frugivore, or primarily so. Detail comparison of the teeth and intestinal/digestive make up point to this evidence (l will elaborate on this in another article), I therefore recommend that this diet be one of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their raw/live natural state.


4. Skin Brushing:


Employ DAILY in the correct way (a 7-10 minute regimen) to improve circulation and skin toning. There are many tutorials to help with this practice, but only few are truly effective. Much care should therefore be exercised in this endeavour.


5. Hydration:


The minimum intake( room temperature) of any pure water ( Distilled, Reverse Osmosis and Spring ), is what I have found most effective, and tremendously essential, once sipped between meals and had within a 24 hour period.


6. Elimination of Chemical Products:


With the growing awareness of how chemically toxic most if not all hair products , deodorants, toothpastes  laundry detergent, cleansers and other personal care products are, it is wisest to find the most natural, and safe products now available almost everywhere. An alternative is to make your very own- I have found this to be even more cost effective.


7. Colonics and Enemas:


Colonics also known as Colon Irrigation, as do enemas, serve a great role in eliminating unwanted intestinal and colon buildup when employed properly. The former has to be administered by a trained professional, whilst the latter is an easy at-home procedure.


8. Dry Far Infrared Radiation(FIR) Sauna:


This is a very relaxing and effective means of experiencing toxin removal at a cellular level with exit through the pores of the largest organ ~ the skin, as well as trough urination.


9. Fasting: water, dry.


Both Water and Dry Fasting are effective modalities which aid the body to heal and recuperate. Supervision is recommended for persons new to these modalities.


10. Reducing to elimination of Stress.


Stress is a killer’, and this is a certainty. The statics are resounding on this. Whatever may be the cause of any undue stress must be eliminated, and activities which are tension relieving, incorporated as often as possible. Some examples are: Swimming, running, walking, spending quality time with good friends, reading, getting away for the weekend for some ‘me’time.

It goes without saying that these are tips given in their most skeleton form, and it is therefore recommended that further information be sought before employing this Health and Fitness is a wholistic/holistic approach. 


~Jan~


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Recipe!! Vegan Zucchini Bread

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Today I wanted to share a vegan zucchini bread recipe with you. Zucchini bread is one of my Mothers favorite and we always had it this time of year. It is one of my holiday favorites. Since I am phasing eggs out of my diet, I thought it would be super fun to experiment with vegan zucchini bread recipes.

I tried on with a flax seed "egg" and one with bananas. The banana one was voted the better out of the two in my house. My husband absolutely loves banana bread so he also really enjoyed this bread. It is almost like a combination of banana bread and zucchini bread and taste absolute heaven. You can not even tell it is vegan, which makes a perfect dish to share with others.

For this recipe, I used a circle baking dish because I have misplaced my bread baking dish. This recipe works in pretty much any size baking dish you have!

Feel free to mix this recipe up and add other things to it. A few ideas of different things you could try is pineapple, cranberries or apples. This recipe also includes almonds but you could use any nut that you wanted or not nuts at all!

You have all the power with this one!

Did you try this recipe? Do you hate it? Do you love it? Have a request for another recipe you would like us to try? Leave it in the comments!

 ~Stella~

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Vegan Zucchini Bread
Makes 1 loaf

- 3 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
-1 1/2 cup sugar (or any sweetener) 
- 3 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 3/4 cups of sunflower oil (any oil would work)
- 2 cups zucchini 
- 1/2 cup of sliced/crushed almonds *optional*

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Mix all wet ingredients (this includes bananas) 
3. Mix all dry ingredients in another bowl (do not include almonds or zucchini)
4. Mix  together dry and wet ingredients until everything is moist
5. fold in zucchini and almonds
6. Put batter in greased baking dish
7. Bake for 60 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.
8. Let cool for 10 minutes
9. Serve!
Enjoy!

The Clean Palate Club!

Join the Clean Palate Club!


No that isn’t a typo.  Join the Clean Palate Club!  Stop eating crap!!  It’s bad for you.  The high sodium content overworks your kidneys, the msg makes you want to eat when your stomach is already full, sugar makes you tired, it’s addictive, contributes to diabetes, makes your skin look bad, etc, etc, etc…

STOP IT!!

Some time ago there was a video circling the internet of Irish people eating some of our favorite American junk foods and snacks.  They were repulsed by it.  Their palates had not been cultivated to our terrible tastes.


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This is a simple chopped salad with pumpkin seeds (I usually use sunflower seeds) and a homemade salad dressing.
Your body will naturally desire what it needs, if it’s not inundated with overly salty, sugary, fatty extreme tastes.  However, in Western Culture, we are walking around in what could be considered a giant test lab, eating processed junk that is full of high fructose corn syrup, msg, and harmful food coloring agents.  We crave it like addicts.  Because we are!  Food manufacturers knowingly use these additives
because are cheap, and because they actually cause us to crave more, and want to eat more!

Dairy is another culprit

Most of us (60 – 75%) of us are not able to properly digest dairy.  It causes most of us everything from bad gas to blotchy skin, to constipation (or diarrhea).  All mammalian milk contains casomorphins.  It exists to make an infant desire milk.  It’s MOTHER’S milk.  It’s why many of us are addicted to cheese!
I will always find it ironic that people laughed at me, or criticized me, because I had originally planned to nurse my daughter for 2 years.  We made it to 15 months.  I often regret not going longer with her but, honestly, the girl was starting to walk up to me and lift my shirt!  Or feel me up in public!!  I call daughter Baby Bam sometimes for a reason.  She’s strong!  And quite insistent!  Imagine how it was to shop with her at the supermarket, or at church when she wanted a snack.  I often thought I’d have to nurse her until she received her welcome letter from Hogwarts. Still I wish I’d figured things out, but I digress…


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My Thanksgiving Day plate.  Everything on it pained me to digest, except for the collard greens.  I’d been eating much cleaner for about six weeks, and simply couldn’t easily stomach certain foods anymore. I   Especially the macaroni and cheese.  Until that meal, I’d been feeling better for weeks. I never realized how often I felt bad until I started eating the right foods!


My point is that a woman will receive criticism for breastfeeding, or breastfeeding “too long”, but we think cow milk is good for us in middle school old.  Twenty-one years old…  Sixty-four years old….  It’s not.   In fact, it’s been shown in multiple recent studies that milk consumption can actually CAUSE osteoporosis - the main ailment we’re taught it prevents!!.  It’s so high in protein that it will draw calcium away from our bones.

One of the first things noticed when I cut way back on dairy, is that my skin cleared up in a couple of weeks.  I didn’t feel so bloated all the time.  That leads me to flour…

White flour has been stripped of all nutrients and vitamins.  It’s a pile of nothing worthwhile. Unbleached is bad enough, though it has more protein than bleached.  Bleached flour is full of chemicals – like chlorine and peroxide.

Sugar, oh my sugar…

Sugar is drug-like.  It’s highly, highly addictive. You might even experience withdrawal symptoms for a short while when you give it up (I trust you will try).  I’ll never forget the first time I let my son bite into a candy bar on Halloween when he was a year and half old (another parental mistake).  His eyes lit up like a thousand Christmases.  It seemed as if I could almost see something light up in his brain.  I wish I’d never introduced it and, at 5 years old, I am fighting the Sugar War on a daily basis.

Sugar, although probably not as harmful as high fructose corn syrup, still isn’t our friend.  Processing sugar depletes a lot of water, B vitamins and magnesium from our bodies.  It also makes us tired by creating insulin spikes – leading to “the sugar crash”.  If consumed too often that can wear our our insulin receptors, causing the body to underproduce it eventually – diabetes. It is believed by some that it may feed cancer cells, by causing acidity in the blood.

So, what happens if clean your palate?

Your cravings for salty, sugary and fattier foods decrease, your skin clears, your energy increases, you will sleep better, and your mood may even improve. There is an EXCELLENT chance of weight loss or belly fat loss.
Hippocrates famously quoted, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  Food can make you feel better, but can also cause you to feel worse.

How do you clean your palate?


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Blueberries, strawberries, cauliflower, apples, tomatoes, pears and banana - A pile of yum!!


By eating the right foods!! There are several approaches.  You could use your blender to juice for a week or two, or “go raw” for a couple of weeks.  Even a combination of the two.  Some people do that successfully with no issues.  I have never made it beyond 3 days! I was often hungry and felt deprived.  
What I did find easier to was to simply to eat whole.  Meat-free, no leavened bread, no white pastas or rice (whole grain or brown only), no sugar or substitutes, nothing fried, no meat or meat products (like milk, eggs, etc), no caffeine in excess of 200-250 milligrams (can cause hunger in the long run), no more than 6 ounces of concentrated, canned, or bottled fruit juice a day and no processed foods. No alcohol!!  You might want to cry at the mere thought of no weekend wine, but you can do it.  I know you can.  I have faith in you!  It will take a about a day or so to see that you won’t get hungry, your cravings will probably abate in a few days, and you will feel  a lot better. Try this lifestyle for 3 or 4 weeks.  You won’t be sorry!!

In a couple of weeks you’ll see that you’ll actually crave fruit over candy.  Salty things will be too salty, and sugary things will be too sugary.  I can say that with confidence, because when doing this, I fell off the wagon (for one meal) after a couple of weeks.  Hey, progress, not perfection, right??  Besides, if you want the occasional treat, it’s probably fine for most. Not every week though!!.  It’s never good to feel deprived.  However, most of the time, it’s better to eat clean.

Give it some consideration.  Instead of going on a crash diet after the Holidays, resolve to simply eat cleaner.  Eat better.  That’s a much easier, psychologically less taxing lifestyle.  You won’t have to starve yourself.  You don’t have to live in fear of potatoes, bananas and pineapples, because of NATURALLY occurring sugars, that have not been concentrated.  Those foods are good for you!  You don’t need to count anything.  Except water consumption!  It’s always advisable to drink at least eight glasses of water daily.  However, I find that feel my best when drinking more than that.  
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This was also full of yum.  It is a portabello mushroom cap, sauteed with onion, green pepper, and garlic.  It’s atop plain couscous.  I used small amount  salt and some other seasonings to help flavor.  Not much though!


There is absolutely nothing worthwhile to lose by trying. You’ll be amazed by how turned off you will become by junk food, and turned on, foods that are good for you!!


Enjoy the holidays!  

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~LaNanda

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