A brown rice medley topped with napa cabbage and shiitake mushroom stir fry, daikon radish salad with peas and scallions, spinach and mushroom sauté, and bean curd and celery stir fry with red bell peppers.
This Buddha Bowl was so yummy to eat, but the prep was like an hour long julienne session from hell. It was so worth it though! For my friends looking to practice those knife skills, this dish is perfect for you.
As humans, being told we have fallen for a trap does not sit well with us. We don’t like feeling duped and for good reason! Any perceived attack to the ego often gets automatically rejected and labeled as irrelevant regardless of how applicable it may be to our self awareness and growth.
Rather than responding defensively, I instead ask that we review the pertinent information with an open mind and cast the ego aside.
Only by looking at how we have fallen for consumer trickery and contributed further to the problem in the past can we truly become aware and consciously choose what we consume in the future.
In examining the relationship we have with our bodies, an important question to ponder is if we truly appreciate and express gratitude for all our bodies do for us. I know I certainly didn’t love my body for most of my life. Rather than treating my body like the precious vessel for my soul and beloved friend that it is, I chose instead to shun it and judge it based on arbitrarily society-constructed beauty standards.
Our bodies do so much for us – this is an undeniable truth. Our bodies engage in so many unconscious processes, which by their very definition, require no thought or effort on our parts. It fights off infection and keeps us healthy to the best of its ability. Our hearts keep the blood pumping throughout our bodies. Our lungs constantly provide us with prana – life force energy. Our feet carry us on all of our life journeys. Our hands hold close what is dear to our hearts.
A mouthwatering, creamy and tangy chickpea spinach curry with heaps of spices and zesty lime juice.
This dish is every spice lover’s dream! Leftovers are great for eating with tortilla or pita chips. I was definitely in a feel good haze for a good 30 minutes after eating this curry. I definitely was guilty of eating it for almost every meal for about 3 consecutive days.
When we examine the products we consume the most as a society, it becomes clear that the way the system must be designed in order to keep consumers coming back is to provide a constant turn over and progression of products. The heaviest consumption is that of food products, followed by clothing, beauty products, the latest technological advances, and other services.
This progression of products can be seen very clearly when we examine the fashion industries as we did in Part One: Media & Beauty Trends last week. For women in particular, the beauty industry has constructed an amazing scheme to keep us reaching for our wallets.
So you want to start eating healthier? Boy, do I have a can of knowledge whoop-ass to unleash. But for the sake of love and peace for humanity, I will stick to the most important points and encourage everyone in any stage of their journey towards health to read this.
Most of you know by this point, that I follow a vegan diet. However, this post was crafted with everyone in mind and all, whether you’re plant-based or a voracious animal eater, are welcome!
The major draw of consumer driven convenience products often is the fact that we do not have to contribute any of our precious time or energy into something that is perceived as mundane and tedious. For the day to day mentality, this works fine! It saves us time throughout the day that we have prioritized for other things.
What we cannot fail to acknowledge however is the long-term detrimental effects of convenience food culture nations on health, social connection, and gratitude towards our planet for providing for us so abundantly. Are these consequences truly worth the time spent preparing our own meals?
Sautéed kale with garlic, baby bella mushrooms, and pan-roasted red round radish.
This colorful seasonal vegan dish is a little bit sweet, a dash savoury, a touch garlicky, and a whole heaping bundle of delicious!
Oh, the glorious beauty trends of the 2000’s – sparkly lip gloss, crimped hair, spiked and bleached hair, thin eyebrows, soul patches, Spartan-esque abs, belly button piercings, and boob jobs.
My personal favorites I’d seen in my early teenage days were the layered polos with happily flaunted popped collars, decorated and doodled upon converses in all their colorful glory, and god did I want a hideous ruffled mini skirt. Who else is feeling way too grossly nostalgic right now?
Examining these fashion trends of the 2000’s, which were questionable at best, it begs the question, who comes up with this stuff?
A delectable, satisfying buckwheat soba noodle soup bowl with napa cabbage, daikon radish, red onion, celery, and tomatoes, topped with fresh scallions.
Oh. Good. Heavens. Guys, this noodle soup is off the chain! It’s insanely easy to prepare and will have your inner foodie singing. The tomatoes and celery make an incredible veggie broth. The infusion of rice vinegar and red pepper flakes gives it an additional dimension of flavor.
For most of us, Friday symbolizes all that is free and good left in the world – it marks the triumphant (albeit exhaustive) end of the day-in-day-out tedious drudgery of the work week.
Friday is the day we are able to collectively stick it to the man, shouting with exuberance, “You don’t own me anymore! …At least not until Monday.”
“I’m going to be extremely productive and go above and beyond this Friday!” said no one ever.
A flavor-packed, tastebud tingling peas and lentil curry with tomato, basil, ginger, garlic, and onion, served with toasted garlic naan.
We all encounter moments in life where our emotions and thoughts may become overwhelming. Our mind can begin to swirl with ruminating thoughts and we can feel the emotions running rampant throughout our body.
For some of us, these tumultuous states seem to appear more often than not (shoutout to my fellow anxiety-prone friends) and often, we are at a loss for how to stop these energies from taking over our day.
For those who have tried traditional therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, or dialectical behavioral therapy with little or no progress, here are 7 alternative therapies for those who better process experience and emotions through a more creative avenue.
Fiesta Quinoa Bowl with roma tomatoes, red onion, corn, orange bell pepper, black beans, basil, topped with scallions.
This southwestern inspired bowl is delightfully homey and hearty, and surprisingly quick to throw together if you’re looking for a minimal prep, healthy meal.
The idea of meditating can seem intimidating for many of us. Understandable when the word meditation is generally associated with having a tabula rasa empty mind for hours on end.
Meditation is much more than simply having an empty mind. It is a practice in which the individual focuses their energy, mind, and spirit in order to become intensely present in the Now. It sounds more daunting than it actually is!