Category Archives: Nurture

What are you grateful for?

Plenty of times we lose sight of the important things in life. Sometimes I like to joke about first world problems, let’s face it, most of us are lucky to have those kinds of problems. You know, that difficult decision about what drink to get or what outfit to wear…

Grateful for my flowers

Grateful for my flowers

Every once in a while I like to focus on what is important to me and what I am grateful for, here’s my list:

I am grateful for the wonderful friends and family I have
I am grateful for the opportunity to do something different
I am grateful for the fur babies in my life
I am grateful to be able to live a life of compassion
I am grateful to live in a time that women can do so much
I am grateful for the rain we get since it will give me a beautiful garden
I am grateful for spell check

What are you grateful for?

How will you celebrate Earth Day this year?

On April 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day. This is the day when everyone goes out and cleans up a park or plants a tree and thus proclaims they love the earth… yeah whatevs!

"Eco Concept - Earth In Hands " by jannoon028 | via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Eco Concept – Earth In Hands ” by jannoon028 | via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What about the other 364 days of the year? If you really love the earth then do a little more, lord knows it needs it. Some of the easy things to do include recycling, not idling your car, walking, biking. The not so easy things include reducing your consumption to reduce waste, reusing items before getting rid of them, not replacing items that aren’t broken… you get the idea.

So now that we’ve healed the earth, how are you doing? Spring is the time for renewal, shedding layers (YES IT WILL GET WARM AGAIN) and a time for new growth. It’s also a good time to review what you have been doing with yourself for the last four months and re-evaluating. Do you need to fix your eating habits? Do you need to add more activity into your life? Do you have enough love and friendship in your life – all those little things that add up to make you that wonderful you that you are.

So while you’re helping to clean up litter on Earth Day don’t forget that there are 364 other opportunities to clean up the earth and yourself.

PS if you haven’t seen it I have launched a YouTube easy cooking series. Tell me what you think and what you want to see more of! April’s episode should be coming soon.

It’s National Nutrition Month!

It’s National Nutrition Month! Now what?

"Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net".

“Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

I bet a lot of you had no idea that there is a  National Nutrition Month and that it’s in March. I know I didn’t until I started  my dietetics program. Isn’t that a shame. We get an entire month to celebrate beautiful dishes and healthy eating and hardly anyone knows about it.

How am I celebrating NNM? Well I like to think that I celebrate nutrition and healthy living all year round so I will keep doing what I am doing plus a few other things including trying new foods and new recipes. I have a NNM challenge for all of you. Try four new recipes and four new foods. So far I have made vegan tofu cream cheese and vegan chocolate chip cookies, I have also made mung beans which, believe it or not, I have never prepared.

mung beans

You may be wondering what to try, I think a trip to an ethnic grocery store could be a lot of fun. We have tons of Asian grocery stores and there’s always something interesting to try. I’ve been hooked on cassava, also known as yuca. I’m used to seeing it frozen in the bag but lately I have been buying the root and preparing it in the steamer. Something as simple as that will count for the challenge.

I saw and tasted a ton of great products at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, I don’t have any photos because I was too busy eating everything! Yay me! I have two more recipes to try and thanks to vegfest two new foods to taste.  Yikes and we only have a few weeks left, I have to think of what else I want to make and try, so do you! I would love to hear what you tried and made for my  NNM challenge. Please feel free to share in the comments section. And yes, the recipe and the new food can be part of the same dish.

PS I’ve launched my cooking show on YouTube here’s the latest episode!

Ex-vegans and what does being vegan mean to you?

Today I am writing this from the WordPress app, forgive me if it’s not perfectly formatted.

Over the last few months there has been news about people becoming ex-vegans. When this happens there is a lot of backlash. People get judgmental and all kinds of theories arise as to why they weren’t successful. Yes it sucks when we lose a member of the team. Ultimately though we shouldn’t care about these people as much as we do. I saw a great comment posted to a Jack Norris article that basically said instead of focusing on the ex why don’t we focus on all of the people that went vegan since then. So true.

So let’s focus on what being vegan means to you and why you went vegan. I will start. I am an ex-vegetarian, yep, I am one of those that left the flock, it was around 2000. I was a vegetarian for five years for health reasons, I would pick the pepperoni off the pizza, I didn’t care if it touched (though I never liked pepperoni so maybe not the best example) my food or it was cooked together. That made it very easy to go back to meat and I did for 10 years. Three years ago I did a cleanse that eliminated all animal products and never ate them again. Essentially it started with health and thanks to the Internet and all of the information out there I was armed with a lot more tools this time around.

My health journey then evolved to one of compassion. I learned about our food supply and vegan or not everyone should be concerned about the food supply. The more I learned the more I knew I had made the right decision. I also think it’s important to stress that there was a big learning curve with going vegan. You really have to dig in and do a bit of research to make sure you are meeting your nutritional needs. It’s not difficult but like anything you need the right tools to succeed.

This all lead me to be more active helping animals, and yes I help people too. In the last year we began fostering dogs and that has really been fulfilling. We have been very lucky that we have had some great dogs. The last one we had was the sweetest little guy that we couldn’t believe we had him for two weeks, the others went in one!

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This is what being vegan means to me. What does it mean to you?

Ps: When you find something that is important to you no matter what it is, finding like-minded people will help reinforce, support, educate and hopefully dispel the myths because there can be a lot out there. Don’t be afraid to follow your passions and let others see what is inside of you.

Nurtured with Nature

Today’s garden update is going to be about nurturing yourself and spending time in the great outdoors. For me the biggest benefit isn’t the literal fruits of our labor

It’s the time spent outside in the sunshine and touching the earth.

It’s also finding beauty in so many things, even a wasp and a mothy looking butterfly.

When you learn to appreciate those little things it opens you up to so many more wonderful life experiences. The gratitude to be part of this spinning ball in the universe makes all those moments count. That means getting outside to smell the roses, feel the wind in your face, the sand between the toes. Because when you get to do that you feel like you’re on top of the world and isn’t that basically what living life to the fullest means?