A Plant Based Diet

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIt’s been a few months now since giving up all refined sugars, meat and dairy and what a fantastic journey it has been so far. Having a stocked pantry of your dry goods in air-tight jars is something we recently made a point of doing, as it helps to ensure you are getting all of those beans, lentils, grains, seeds and more with every meal. It helps to keep them fresh and guess what you can buy this in bulk and it actually saves you some money and has the whole grains, proteins and vitamins your body needs without any added chemicals or preservatives. Sort of a no-brainer right? Each week we buy fresh produce and feed our body with pure light energy! I myself have always been a vegetable lover, I’ll eat them raw or cooked.

There is information everywhere on how to improve your diet and make healthier decisions, it has not only changed the way we see food, but our daily mood is better, our digestion, cardiovascular health, my asthma is even better and it has enlightened our soul as well. I am not here to tell anyone what to eat, that is your choice and does not effect what I am doing, I am here to share my journey and how eating a plant based diet has already changed my life for the better and its only been a few months. I cant even wait to see what it does for my body and mind a year from now.

Yes there is a lot more cooking involved, not as much going out to eat unless you find restaurants that cater to a vegan/vegetarian diet which are popping up a lot more these days as people are realizing how good it is for us. I find when I tell people that we have made this lifestyle choice they become puzzled with all sorts of thoughts like “where do you get your protein?” which is already a tired question. Do the research, find out for yourself and you will see that there is a plethora of alternatives to absolutely everything out there just loaded with live enzymes, magnesium, iron, protein, vitamins and more than you could imagine. Benefits from the natural world are incredible and its so rewarding to gain such beautiful knowledge.

I am excited to share my own personal journey here, through different meals, shop updates, other stories and findings along the way. Lets feed our mind, body and souls, after all they are all connected.

We must eat to live not live to eat.

Weekend doings

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NAMASTE

fj7Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j2 presetEnjoying my copy of Strange Plants, some living room views, one of the best lattes I’ve ever had and potato wedge fries that I made for an afternoon snack Sunday. I sure do love Sundays at home with Sean and our pup, I made us a turmeric coconut milk latte while the snow came down, (yes there was a slight bit of snow today)!

Turmeric Coconut Milk Latte:

filtered water, turmeric root, ginger root, raw honey, cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, black pepper (I picked this Organic tea concentrate up at Willow Natural Foods) and warmed it on the stove with coconut milk and frothed it.

Russet Potato Wedge Fries:

4 Russet potatoes (good for two people)

1 tbsp Coconut Oil

1 tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 tbsp Red Curry Powder

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients in large bowl allowing oil to cover each potato wedge, add your spices and lay out on baking sheet. Place your potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes, take out and flip the fries and put back in for 20 mins or until outter edge is the perfect shade of golden crisp! Let cool for a moment and enjoy with your favourite dipping sauce. Comfort food at its best!

Mulling Spices

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FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetThere is a certain feeling that comes from trading items between friends or strangers. Its like we’ve gone back in time to the days of exchanging goods for other goods instead of using money as our currency, there is something refreshing about it. That is exactly how I came to acquire these mulling spices too make my own mulled wine or cider. Have you ever mulled your own wine?

I have yet to make mine, but plan to this weekend. You can find mulling spices from your local spice shop, let it soak in water and warm on stove without letting it boil, the longer you keep the spice in the more intense flavour you will produce, usually only taking about 5-15 minutes. Add some organic honey or sugar to give it a sweetness, discard the spice once it has reached the desired taste and laddle into mugs or glasses. You can also pour the finished drink into a crock pot and keep warm and ready-to-serve for hours. So great for holiday gatherings this winter.

A New Project

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NAMASTE / OH DEER SHOP

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Sean and myself have teamed up to create some special products for OH DEER that will be launching in December. With discovering more in the world of natural healing it only made sense for us to create something new to the shop that brings the same well being to our friends, families and wonderful supporters of the shop.

Currently we are working on a collection of all natural bath salts infused with dried herbs and pure essential oils. We are getting really excited about it over here as we brew them up and test them out for ourselves. This process has been largely fulfilling and we cant wait to share what we’ve been concocting. Everything we are using is 100% Vegan, organic, locally sourced materials and made with the purest intentions.

I will be sure to update this space with a peek at the new line of organic bath salts in November. Its a very busy time for us with some exciting ventures on the rise, so until than stay well and stay healthy dear friends.

Goji Berry Muffins

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe made some muffins folks and its the first batch of many! Sure you can find vegan muffins but more than likely packed with sugar and since we don’t eat refined sugar we thought we would make our own and add a super food like goji berries! I’ve never been so excited about food in my life. As we head towards a fully stocked pantry of dry goods and coconut milk, an almost empty freezer and enough produce to fill our fridge full, it is an exciting time, a rewarding time.

Slowly but surely we are making our way towards creating it all for ourselves in the most natural way possible. There is no better feeling than to know where your food has come from and what has been added too it. Yes its a lot more work, but when your doing something your passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work but a fun adventure together. We are getting excited about winter and all of the soups, muffins and granolas we are going to make and freeze for ourselves, do this for yourself as well. Nourish your body and mind. Eat what you know you should be eating, not what your taste buds have been trained to think tastes good to you. You know what I’ve discovered? eating organic, fresh and unprocessed foods tastes and feels so much better!

Love thyself.

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups Organic Whole Bran muffin mix

1 cup Cold water

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 cup Goji Berries

Mix well in a large bowl for 3 minutes, pour into your lined muffin tray and bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes. There you have hot and delicious muffins with an energy boost that leave you feeling full and nourished. We will be making a variety of muffins that I will share here. This muffin mix is great when you don’t have a lot of time but still want that healthy go-to breakfast or afternoon snack available to you.

Vegan Chinese Stir-Fry

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DINNER / FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetSometimes I feel like a little comfort food, and this can definitely be done even when eating a vegan diet, (which I will be sharing more about later this week). This is an egg-free Chinese noodle with carrot, radish, and green string beans, cooked with coconut oil and organic soy-sauce.

Ingredients:

10 chopped organic green string beans

2 chopped organic carrots

3 radish thinly sliced

Egg-free whole wheat chinese noodles

Method:

Turn your frying pan on low-medium heat and warm up coconut oil, than add your prepared veggies and let cook for a few moments adding soy-sauce to the mix half way through and any other seasoning you may wish to add. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add your noodles for only two minutes, letting them soften and separate. You can simply add to bowl and mix with veggies + sauce or add drained noodles to veggie mix on the frying pan for a few minutes. Let it fry, mix and serve! Comfort food in a mindful manor.

A Fresh Venture

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NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset I have recently had the opportunity too work for an incredible team here in Calgary that launched a store this past spring. Working independently is something new for me, but something I have been working towards for a while now. Seeing your manifestations come into fruition, well there is nothing more incredible. The shop is called PLANT, and its in a wonderful character neighbourhood that still has a lot of the original brick buildings from way back when and old sign-age along the shopping strip, it certainly has a great sense of community there which has been so refreshing.

What started as an even smaller business, making custom terrariums and other natural plant objects has now become a notable shop and the owner has such a beautiful spirit. Working with nature has been an exhilarating and meditative experience all at once. There is a plethora of information to learn when it comes to plant life and its so fun sharing that knowledge with the people who come in each day. Working with all natural materials, touching soil and making little works of art hardly feels like a job, but a pleasure. Lets let time stand still for a little, cant we? Another reason to never take each new day for granted but too be grateful for what you’ve got.