The Happy Healin’ Vegan

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Hello everyone,

I hope that you are having the most gorgeous day 🙂  I wanted to share a new, exciting venture that I am going on….

A few months ago I started feeling unsettled.  Although I absolutely love my career and clients, I felt like there was something more that I needed to be doing.  As someone who completely believes that there is a power greater than us (I’ll refer to it as the Universe, but it can be whatever you believe in), I started asking for help.  I journaled, mediated and tried to surrender my career to the Universal energy.  Then one night when I was taking a shower, because all of my answers come to me in the shower, it came to me….

I will become…….The Happy Healin’ Vegan!!!  And just like that I was flooded with purpose, emotions and tears of joy.

You see, two of the worst (and somehow most inspirational) days of my life took place over the previous year:  the day that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and the day that I lost my dog (and best friend).  Throughout my Lyme journey I have healed my body with proper nutrition, rest, meditation and a positive outlook.  With healing the grief and sadness of my lost pet, I have realized my true aching to help and rescue animals.  In addition, I have gone back to my vegan roots.  I will never aide in the suffering of another animal after watching my boy struggle to breathe.

I am extremely passionate about spreading my message, helping others heal from illness, and to educate the world about animal cruelty and how we can make a difference.  But I need your help…..

With any new idea, there are so many different ways of approaching it.  And in the world of social media, there are only so many things that you can do at one time.  I would love to hear from you to see what your needs are.  Which do you need help with: fitness, nutrition, healing through food, meditation, becoming more happy, vegan recipes, or anything else?  I am here to help you 🙂  In addition, would you rather that I create a separate website for this cause?

Thank you so much for all of your direction.  I am truly excited to see where this new purpose takes me 🙂

 

Medical Medium Treatment Update (check this out if you have a chronic illness)

Hello all of my beautiful friends 🙂

If you have been following my story, you read that I changed my Lyme Disease treatment protocol about a month ago.  Here is a quick update on the things that I have learned, the foods and supplements that I have incorporated and how I have been feeling.  Thank you all for the continued support and love.

***For people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Lyme, Thyroid issues, Chronic Fatigue or other illness, you may want to watch as well.  There is information that is worth hearing.  Best of luck to all of you with your healing.

 

Health Tips for Grocery Shopping

Hello lovelies! 🙂

It is almost the end of January and I know that so many of us had a New Year’s Resolution to eat a healthier diet.  Were you one of these people but honestly didn’t know where to start?!  I know that it can be so confusing and I am here for you.

Here is a start.  On today’s video I’ll take you through some quick basics on what to buy (and what NOT to buy) when shopping at the grocery store.  I hope that you find it helpful.  Please comment if you have any questions.

I’ll be back soon with more food videos so that we can make this the healthiest year yet!

My Loss and Tips on Dealing with Grief

Hello friends,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017!

I normally try to stay extremely upbeat and positive with my posts, and I promise that I will be back to those soon.  However, before I can move into this year I wanted to share this post with you.  Please forgive me 🙂

For me, as well as for many others, 2016 was a year filled with sadness and heartbreak.  There were many close to my heart who suffered great losses and I too lost a dear, loved one. I experienced my first real grips with death when losing my dog, Jake.  I know that some may be thinking, “come on, it’s just a dog!” But for me, Jake was my best friend.  He was in my life for over ten years and was honestly my child (since I haven’t been blessed with a human one yet).  We did absolutely everything together and no person will ever love me with the unconditional love that Jake did.  Plus, this was my first true experience with death and watching someone have their last moment on this planet.  It’s a tragedy that will take me a long time to get over.

I could go on and on about my Jakey but that is not why I am writing this.  I am here to give you my tips on how I am dealing with grief.  I share this with you for two reasons: 1) I know that so many people are suffering from grief right now.  If I can help you with even one of my tips, my job here is done. 2)  It’s cathartic.

Here are the tips that are helping me deal with grief:

  1.  Go Outside.  There is something about being outside that reminds me that the world is so much bigger than me.  It reminds me that there is good in the world, regardless of how sad I am in the moment.  Put your feet in the sand, look at the trees and flowers, breathe in the fresh air.  Staying inside and dwelling on our sadness never helps.
  2. Move Your Body.  For me the thought of doing a difficult workout during a period of grief is unbearable.  However, it is crucial to get out of your own mind and to move your body.  Increase those endorphins with some Yoga or go for a walk.
  3. Eat Healthy Food.  I know what you’re thinking, “all I want is comfort food when I am sad!”  I did too…pizza, soup, french fries!!  But did you know that some foods can actually make us more depressed?  Try to get in some veggies and healthy meals.  Also, try to throw in some grounding foods like sweet potatoes or beets.
  4. Talk to a Friend.  If you are lucky enough to have a good friend who will listen, talk to them about your feelings, experiences and memories.  Do not bottle it up.
  5. Take Care of Yourself.  Remember that grief can actually have a negative impact on our health.  We saw this through the passing of Debbie Reynolds after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died.  Self care is crucial during this period.  Take baths, increase your vitamins, get extra sleep, journal, meditate, etc.
  6. Remember that You are Human.  This tip is the most important of all!  There are days where I forget that death is a part of being a human being.  I try to be strong and hide my feelings but it is crucial to allow ourselves to feel the way that we are feeling.  If you are sad, it’s okay…more than okay….to cry.  It’s okay to be angry, tired, confused, depressed, selfish.  Feel the way that you need to feel to get through this.

 

I hope that some of these tips can help you through your healing.  If you are suffering the loss of a loved one, please comment below and share your story.  We can get through it together 🙂

I hope that this can be a wonderful year for everyone and I will be back with some happiness and joy soon 🙂

You don’t want to miss this recipe!

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Hello everyone, I am so sorry that I have been MIA for a little bit but I am back! And I am back to bring you one of the best vegan recipes that I have ever tried (don’t worry meat eaters, you’ll love this one too 🙂 )

This recipe is from the latest cookbook Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did and don’t wait to go purchase this amazing book!!!!

Mac and Peas

Ingredients:

-8 ounces dry pasta (such as macaroni or fusilli)…I personalize use gluten free pasta

-1 1/4 cups frozen peas, thawed

-1 batch All-Purpose Cheese Sauce (see below)

-White wine vinegar (start with 1/2 teaspoon/2mL and add from there, if desired)

-Sriracha or other hot sauce

-Fine sea salt

-Freshly ground black pepper

-Sweet paprika

-Garlic powder

Directions:

  1.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain.
  2. Return the pasta to the pot and add the peas and the cheese sauce.  Stir and heat over low until heated throughout and slightly thickened.
  3. Taste and season with vinegar, Sriracha, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to taste.  Serve immediately.

For the All-Purpose Cheese Sauce:

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup raw cashews

-1 1/4 cups diced peeled potatoes

-Heaping 1/3 cup diced carrots

-2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, to taste

-2 tablespoons refined coconut oil or other neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed oil

-2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons water

-1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste

-1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

-1 medium clove garlic

-1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar, to taste

-Sriracha or other hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water overnight or for at least 1 hour.
  2. Put the potatoes and carrots in a medium pot and add water to cover.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until fork-tender.  Drain.
  3. Transfer the cashews, potatoes, and carrots to a blender, add the nutritional yeast, coconut oil, water, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, garlic, and vinegar and blend until smooth.  If it’s too thick, you can add another splash of water or oil to help it along.  Taste the sauce and add Sriracha and more salt, if desired.  The sauce will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Clean Eating Challenge (lose weight, feel great!)

Did you know that when you are trying to lose weight, what you eat is about 80% of the game?  Clean Eating will not only help you lose weight but will also help you sleep better, overcome illness, and increase your energy.  Our last challenge group had amazing results and I am so excited to get started on our next group!!!

Here is a video that will explain the three week challenge!  I hope that you will join us.

*Programs run monthly and our next one starts on August 1st.