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.
Part Three: The Consumer Trap
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.
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.
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.
Part Two: The Need To Acquire More
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.
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!
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!
Hey friends! This is the first part of my new series, Consumerism And Self Worth in which we examine the correlations between the two. I’ll be releasing parts two, three, and four on every Wednesday over the next month. Stay tuned for Part Two next week!
Part One: Media & Beauty Trends
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?
A delectable, satisfying buckwheat soba noodle soup bowl with napa cabbage, daikon radish, red onion, celery, and tomatoes, topped with fresh scallions.
This soba bowl is perfect for warming up on chilly days and leaves bellies feeling toasty and satisfied! Napa cabbage and daikon radish are both seasonal to autumn.
Friday, oh glorious Friday!
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.”
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.
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.
When we hear the word Meditation, we tend to envision some enlightened guru perched atop a mountain, seated in full lotus pose, both hands in Mudras resting on his robed thighs, mind clear as a summer’s day.
The Tattoo Taboo – Ink As An Argument For Freewill Philosophy
What Is Pranayama?
Prana is defined as life force energy.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning extension of the prana, or the practice of breath control. This is an essential yogic practice that originates from ancient India.
Hearty oven roasted teeny tiny potatoes and carrots with fresh organic thyme and rosemary, flash sautéed spicy basil haricot verts with orange bell peppers and garlic, and maple pear and baby arugula summer salad topped with raw sunflower seeds.
Spiritual Wellness – It’s More Than Just Soul Health!
Many of us discount the importance of having a healthy body in our path of spiritual growth. People would argue that being spiritual has nothing to do with the physical body – I would firmly disagree with this notion.
No matter how spiritually evolved we may consider ourselves to be, the fact remains that we have been sent here to experience the human existence.
How many times have we tried to accomplish a particular goal or make a passionate dream of ours a reality, only to have it fall short?
Or how many times have we made a small amount of progress, only to settle or give up before reaching the height we set for ourselves?
I know I for one have, on more than one occasion.
A brown rice medley with sautéed garlic spinach, basil roasted corn and tomato salsa, fresh baby arugula, and sautéed sugar snap peas with scallions.