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Crystal Healing - Self Love

So last week I made a blog post about essential oil wellness (click here if you would like to read it) and I had planned to make a post today about ways to use those essential oils. Sadly the entire post I had written up somehow got deleted from my computer so, out of frustration, I turned to my crystals and decided that sharing my go-to stones for self-love was the way to go this week! Below I have listed five stones I adore when it comes to different forms of self-love. I hope they can help you on your journey of self-love as well!









Amethyst

This crystal has so many amazing properties, but among them, it is said to bring not only emotional stability but also inner strength. With that comes a more positive self-image and building of one's self-confidence.




Rose Quartz

This crystal is one of unconditional love of every form, which is one of the most beautiful things about this crystal. It helps in purifying the heart and helps enable one to heal emotional wounds.




Tigers Eye

This stone is used to increase feelings of self-worth and creativity allowing you to see your abilities more clearly. It also aids in overcoming self-criticism.



Sodalite

Ah, the stone of truth! This stone aids in helping you verbalizing your feelings, which might sound uncomfortable at first, but is such an important part of self-care & loving yourself.





Labradorite

So many people say that this is their favorite stone because of the beautiful, colorful flashes it tends to have. Did you know those flashes come from cracks and flaws within the crystal? One of the many reasons why this crystal is on this list, our flaws make us beautiful as well! This stone strengthens our faith in ourselves and inner peace as well.




Clear Quartz (Bonus Stone)


Clear quartz is a gorgeous stone all on its own, but did you know that this stone helps amplify the properties of other stones? If you feel like the stones listed above just don't pack enough punch to get the job done in aiding you on your journey of self-love, stick a clear quartz or two with them to lift their properties even more!




Selenite (Bonus Stone)


This stone is one of my absolute favorites because it makes cleansing crystals so easy! Selenite is a self-cleansing stone and it also cleanses other stones as well! Stones are fragile and when you fill them up with all of the things you needed help getting rid of, they need some loving care as well. You can cleanse them in many different ways, but sticking them on a big piece of selenite or simply placing a piece next to them gets the job done easily!

*I understand being a skeptic, but there are so many people who swear by the properties of crystals and I am totally one of them. They can help enrich our lives in so many ways, but they do not replace professional medical care so people keep that in mind.


- Anne


Recipe!! Easy Raw Purple Potato Passion Recipe

          Easy Raw Purple Potato Passion        
*From Jan’s Raw Kitchen Kreations*


Does this recipe contain passion fruit? No, it does not, but the word expresses how I feel about raw purple potatoes and is indicative of the yumminess I experience whilst having it. Here is one really simple way to enjoy raw purple potatoes, which by the way, reminds me of cooked sweet potato as far as flavor goes.

I made a snack out of this recipe and added my favorite greens, Purslane and some of my green sweet and tart sauce. I hope you give this dish a try.




Servings
2 Persons

1 Cup Purple potatoes shredded or food processed to small pieces, peel first if desired.
2 Cups pure water,
1.5 – 3 Tsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). - Bragg brand.


Directions

Soak  shredded potatoes in water and ACV for 1.5 - 3 hours
Strain off the water,
Paper towel dry potato shreds ( now, lighter in color),
Top with a sweet/tart sauce of your preference, pair with greens of your choice and enjoy!


Jan P. López



Vegan Ratatouille Recipe!

Happy Tuesday everyone!! Today, I decided to talk about a recipe that doesn't actually need any alterations to it. That's right. It's Ratatouille! An all vegetable dish which is great to have hot or cold, or even in a soup. (I prefer the original way though; stewed). Some people do use Chicken Stock for this recipe. But, more often than not it's Vegetable Stock.

-Maranda



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Makes 10 Servings!
Ingredients:
  • 3 fluid ounces olive oil
  • 12 ounces medium-dice onions
  • 3/4 ounce minced garlic
  • 1 ounce tomato paste
  • 4 ounces medium-dice red pepper
  • 1 pound medium-dice eggplant
  • 12 ounces medium-dice zucchini
  • 8 ounces peeled, seeded, medium-diced tomatoes
  • 4 fluid ounces Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 ounce chopped herbs (thyme, parsley, oregano)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning.

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until soft.
  2. Turn heat down to low. Add tomato paste and cook until it completely coats the onions and develops a deeper color.
  3. Add vegetables in the following sequence: peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. Cook each vegetable until soft before adding more. 
  4. Add the stock and allow the vegetables to stew. Stew until vegetables are tender and flavorful. Season and serve!
  5. Enjoy!

The Top 5 Mistakes that New Vegans Make


As easy as it is to change to a Vegan diet, when transitioning to this way of eating (and of life) there are some things in my opinion that can keep you from being your best and make this shift more difficult for you. These are as follows:


1.       Eating a majority of vegan junk food
2.       Not getting the nutrition you need
3.       Consistently going back into old habits
4.       Expecting perfection right away
5.       Isolating yourself from your family and social circle



These are easy pitfalls to fall into when newly transitioned into veganism, the first one is something that I struggle with myself. It is very easy when switching to veganism to switch out every meat and dairy meal with it’s vegan alternative. While this is fine at first, if not properly managed after the first couple months of time then it doesn’t lead to good health for you. This also applies to other vegan “junk” food like different processed snacks and sweets. There are certain chips, cookies, candies and the like that are vegan but they do not contribute to good health just like with their non-vegan counterparts. If they are eaten for special occasions and just a couple times a week it won’t hurt you, but eaten every day they can sabotage the progress you might be looking for.


The second pitfall to successful veganism is not being aware of the nutrition that your body needs. There are certain things that you need for good nutrition that may need some help and that you should be aware of when you are eating an animal free diet. The Vegan Society gives some helpful tips on how to get all the nutrition you need from your food on their website like making sure that your diet contains a variety of fruit and vegetables (eat a rainbow!) and making sure that you are finding a reliable source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and Iodine. If you would like to know more I will link the website below. I also found this helpful plate chart from dieticians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina on the Vegan Society website as well and found it to be really informative.


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The third pitfall is that you consistently go back to old habits when going vegan. I also have struggled with this, as I sometimes am tempted to go back to eating cheese because well….it tastes good. While slip ups are going to happen, it’s not good to go back and forth. During the times that I consistently get back into eating cheese and dairy products, it makes it easier to reason that I can keep eating it and it devolves from there. So when you are beginning to start a vegan diet it’s better to stay away from old habits.


The fourth pitfall is expecting perfection right away, which is really hard not to do. Starting off, you will make mistakes but the key is just jumping right back onto it and not letting it derail your progress. If you accidently eat an animal product, just decide to do better next time and then get right back to where you were. Also, don’t beat yourself up about it. No good thing can come from negative self-talk, even when it comes to something as important as leading a cruelty free life. Just reaffirm your convictions and pick yourself back up, you are only human, be kind to yourself.



The final pitfall is to isolate yourself from your social circle and family after going vegan. For sure, this new step is going to be hard to tell your people about because of the inevitable questions and concern for your “welfare” but that doesn’t make it any less important. You never know though, you may receive more positive feedback than you think and you’ll never know unless you step out there. Another thing that is important to do is to find yourself a vegan support system, because if you have to do this totally alone you are more likely to go back into old ways. There are groups on social media you can join as well as meetups that you can find in your area. You can also always use the power of google and search for “vegan groups near me” and find many resources to help you.


I hope that this article gives you some tools to make your first steps toward to veganism and a more compassionate lifestyle a little less difficult. There will always be bumps in the road but with just a little dedication and preparation you can stay on this journey and being to be the change you want to see in the world.


Peace,
Sierra


References and Helpful Sites



Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich Recipe



Hi guys! Today I am going to share with you a brand spanking new recipe! The idea for this recipe hit me in the middle of the night. When I was growing up, one of my favorites was a chicken parmesan sandwich. Recently I have had a craving for something similar. I tried to find a cruelty free version, but I could not find one that was just right. What a better way to solve this problem than to create a recipe of my own!


When I started creating this recipe, I wanted something that did not have super thick batter and that did not require me to have to buy a whole bunch of abnormal things. This recipe's ingredients are all things that I keep in my kitchen! The produce used in this can simply be grown in a garden.


A few tips to help you make this recipe the best it can be! The first one is to make your own tomato sauce. If you are in a pinch or do not have much time it is easier to use store bought. I love the flavors that I can build up in a home made sauce. My second tip is to use stale bread for the breadcrumbs. Just take stale bread and through it in a food processor to make bread crumbs! My third and final tip is to make sure your eggplant is an appropriate size for your bread. I used a home grown eggplant, so it is smaller than the ones you would buy in the store. You may need to cut the slices of eggplant to size.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed making it and sharing it with you guys! Is there anything you miss from your before vegan days? Let me know, and I will try to Veganize it!

Happy cooking!
~Stella~





Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich
Makes 4 servings

1 eggplant
2 cups of flour (1 1/2 cup for batter and 1/2 cup for breading)
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 cups bread crumbs
Cooking oil
2 cups vegan marinara sauce
4 sandwich rolls
3/4 cup vegan cheese

1. Slice the eggplant into four 1/2 inch thick slices
2. Mix 1 1/2 cup flour, almond milk, and seasonings
3. Bread the eggplant. Coat in flour then cover in batter and coat in breadcrumbs
4. Pan fry in a pan with oil covering the bottom
5. Open sandwich roll
6. Put a spoonful of marinara sauce on bread
7. Set the eggplant on top of marinara
8. Spoon another few spoonfuls of marinara on top and top with vegan cheese
9. Serve! I served it with french fries


Health Tip ! What is a Colonic Treatment?

What is a Colonic Treatment?
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As was discussed last week, our colon health is paramount to our total wellbeing. CLICK HERE if you missed that post. The colon, large intestine or bowel is located in the abdomen and forms the last part of our digestive tract.
Our diet among other factors can affect our overall health. Colonics or colon irrigation/hydrotherapy can aid us in this regard.
During a colon cleanse, large amounts of water — sometimes up to 16 gallons (about 60 liters) — and possibly other substances, such as herbs or coffee, are flushed through the colon. This is done using a tube that's inserted into the rectum. In some cases, smaller amounts of water are used and are left to sit in the colon for a short time before being removed.
Proponents/promoters of colon cleansing believe that toxins from our gastrointestinal tract can cause a variety of health problems, such as arthritis, allergies, diseased anatomy, autoimmune states, and asthma. The belief is that colon cleansing improves health by removing toxins, boosting energy and enhancing the immune system. Some have debated that, there's no evidence that colon cleansing produces these effects. I however, can do nothing but STRONGLY disagree. It is believed that enemas are the predecessors to modern day colonic irrigation using state of the art hydrotherapy equipment.  
The therapeutic effects of   hydrotherapy are:
·         Improved Digestion
·         Increased Beneficial Bacteria Flora
·         Strengthened Immune System.
Now, these things, among other benefits can and have been tested. And therefore refutation of its ineffectiveness to health becomes void.

There are numerous cases of mucoid plaque removal after a series of hydrotherapy sessions. Cancer survivors whom incorporated this as part of their treatment regimen found it most effective, particularly in an endeavour to reduce acidity in the body. Assuredly, these protocols must be supervised by a trained professional.
Let us also not forget that there are more neurons in our gut than there are in our brains. One of the very reasons to ascribe to the fact that overall health is correlated to our gut health. Stimulating our ‘second brain’, with a healthy environ and beneficial gut flora only enhances our overall health when incorporated as part of a lifestyle and protocols which are geared towards a healthy mind, body, soul, spirit etc.
A Colonic should never be confused with an enema, Both are methods used to flush waste from the colon via water introduced into the rectum. Both can be highly effective in stimulating the colon to eliminate putrefactive waste from the body. However, there are notable differences between the two. The primary differences being as follows:

·Colonics tend to be more soothing and thorough, and less inconvenient – not often performed at home however.
·Colonics provide far more exercise for the colon.
·Colonics provide a cleansing action beyond the 8/10 inch length which enemas do.
These things in mind, why not talk with a healthcare professional,  registered iī this area, find a recommended Acidophilus, make an appointment and start on a protocol to improved health!
-Jan P. López.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Smoothie

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With another college semester beginning, balancing the many tasks I have in life can be challenging while running from job to job every day and beginning graduate school this month. Having healthy meals during the semester does not have to be impossible or even difficult.


This is a recipe that anybody can enjoy and put their own spin on. This recipe has a lot of nutrients including fiber, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and manganese. I just use a few simple ingredients and this recipe is great for being on the go all of the time, like myself. This recipe is great for getting your energy going and it includes few ingredients, so it is easy to prepare.
When I am constantly working and running around from eight in the morning to midnight most weekdays during the semester, I am putting in a long day of working on and off for 16 hours a day. Time can be a serious issue when you take on a lot of work. However, I wouldn't change it for the world because I love what I do and the journey I have embarked on. The changes in my life have improved so much for me and I have never felt better in my life. While taking on such long days, it makes sense that I would need energy, especially during my crazy weekdays. Fortunately, I have a Nutri Ninja and can blend some delicious treats up as a study snack or something to get myself through a shift at one of my jobs.


To start this recipe, you can use any blender to make this healthy, delicious recipe in a matter of minutes. You will need to have these following ingredients to satisfy your sweet tooth for chocolate...

1 tbs Cacao powder (I used powder from the brand Sunfood Superfood Organic)
2 frozen bananas
1 cup of any type of nut milk or soy milk


The type of nut milk or soy milk can depend on what your preference is….you can either use plain, original, or chocolate and I recommend using regular for a sweet effect but you are more than welcome to use unsweetened. I have tried several different types with this recipe and have been enjoying every combination equally!
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The first smoothie was topped with chia seeds and hemp seeds.


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In the next image I have topped it with shredded coconut and chocolate chips from Wegmans (the store brand is dairy free so no worry about milk allergies here!) Trader Joe's also has a dairy free one as well!

You can also use dates or cinnamon for extra sweetness and flavor, but I think you will be surprised how rich and sweet the flavor already is! Blend all of these ingredients for one minute, pour, and enjoy.  For toppings, you can choose anything, but my personal favorites include fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or any type of nut. If you want a bigger portion, you can double the recipe and make this into a smoothie bowl. Also, if more thickness is desired, just add more frozen banana and make it into “nice cream”! This smoothie can be a nice weekend treat as well. Happy Friday and everyone enjoy a safe, happy, healthy weekend! If you are dealing with “back to school” season, make sure to kick back and take it easy this weekend before the rush.

-Danielle


Essential Oil Wellness - Part One


Let me start this by saying that I totally understand if you looked at the title of this blog post and rolled your eyes. Essential oils seem like just another fad that people want you to buy into so they can make money and while on one hand you wouldn't be wrong, not all essential oil lines are ones where you have to sign up under someone else and essential oils have been mentioned as being used by the Egyptians during their embalming process. Since then & possibly even during those times as well, essential oils have been used for things ranging from helping someone sleep better throughout the night to healing bug bites! Below I will be telling you about six different oils and their helpful uses. In my part two post, which you will be able to view next week, I will be telling you about different ways to use the oils & about carrier oils to more safely use essential oils.



Peppermint Oil

This oil has properties that has anti-nausea benefits and can also helps headaches subside. Peppermint oil can also be used in homemade toothpaste as it is a breath freshener, in homemade muscle cream to help release tight muscles, and improve mental focus when used on the temples.


Lavender Oil

This oil is one of my favorite oils because it has a calming effect which helps reduce anxiety along with aiding in a more restful sleep which are both things I struggle with. Along with those very helpful uses, lavender oil can also help in reducing acne and can also help heal irritated skin when used in a homemade cream.


Orange Oil

This oil has been said to be used as an anti-depressant aide due to it's happy thoughts trigger in your brain. Along with that, this oil can be used to detoxify, in both the air and in homemade cleaning supplies.
Lemongrass Oil

This oil is often used in homemade deodorants as it is both anti-bacterial and anti-septic. Lemongrass essential oil can also aide in bring down fevers, battling infections, and used as an insect repellent.
Tea Tree Oil

This oil has so many uses which is why it's one of the most popular oils on the market. It can be diffused to clear mold out of the air, help heal acne + acne scarring, get rid of head lice, moisturize dry cuticles, remove foot odor, and be used as an insect repellent to name a few.


Eucalyptus Oil

This oil helps cleanse your body of toxins that make you feel sick which is why it is often diffused during cold season. When added to coconut oil, it aids in moisturizing dry hair & skin. Eucalyptus oil can also aide in odor removal, spot cleaning, air cleansing, & wound treatment.


*Please keep in mind that essential oils are not meant to replace professional medical care. Not all essential oil brands are safe to be used on your skin or to be ingested. Remember to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil (almond oil, coconut oil, etc) before using on your skin even if the oil says that it is skin safe.

-Anne