Forest Man

"Cut me before you cut my trees"

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If you think one person can’t make a difference, there is at least one man who can single-handedly prove you wrong. 

Jadev Payeng "The Forest Man", has planted 1,360 acres (larger than Central Park) since 1970 and the momentum he has constructed hasn’t stopped since then. The forest that he has built, including live animals such as; tigers, elephants, deer’s and rhinos, is on a sandbar in the middle of the world’s largest river located in North East India.

This extraordinary piece of land could be gone in the next 15-20 years due to soil erosion. With this, Jadev still continues to exert the effort to make the “shift”. He believes he can save his land and I believe, with effort, we can work to save ours.

He is but one man and the world is a big place, but with more individuals like this, we can create the “shift” right along with him.

The beauty this man poses brought tears to my eyes. Watch the video and be as inspired as I was. 

I hope you receive the same take away I did. 

Nutritional Knowledge

Hey Coconut Water drinkers, this is an important read!

Not all coconut waters are created equal especially when some of them are produced by Pepsi and Coca Cola. Most on the market are said to be 100% coconut water when if fact they are created from concentrated syrup.

Foodbabe has put together an extensive article breaking down some important facts and finds that I think all consumers should read.

Let’s stay informed and pass it on.  

Product Finds

Plantfusion Protein Powder + GIVEAWAY! image

I consider myself to be quite an athletic person. I did have the goal this year of finally participating in Tough Mudder and I did! Someday I would like to push myself even further and possibly aim for a triathlon, but at the moment I’m still basking in my post-Mudder experience.image

Being vegan, the inference I get the most is that I do not get enough protein. There are a lot of reasons why non-vegans think we don’t get enough protein but the truth is we do.

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Reviewed Restaurants

Gracias Madre Brunch

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I saw Gracias Madre had added a brunch menu with some new tasty brunchy items. You know what that meant right? I had to go check it out!

On this gorgeous summer Sunday, a cute couples brunch took place. A very relaxed vibe welcomed us as we took our seats.

At the table, I was the only one who has ventured to this Gracias Madre before, but I was a first timer when it came to the brunch menu. The menu had a nice mix of new starters, entrees and fun brunch type drinks.

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Personal Creations

Veggie Filled Salad with a side of Skinny Crisps Crackers

Well I finally opened my favorite Skinny Crisps, Plain Jane. I can’t preserve this bag forever and there is no better time then the present to enjoy these scrumptious crackers.

Tonight, I paired the Plain Jane’s with a tasty veggie filled salad made up of tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, romaine lettuce, spinach and jicima. I then topped it with nooch (nutritional yeast), avocado, Himalayan sea salt and Coconut Aminos. Mmm mmm good!

Try and take a minute to enjoy the simple things in life, as natural produce and products are our foundation to sustaining a healthy mind and body.

Klean Karma

Product Finds

Skinny Crisps

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I know I have written about Skinny Crisps before (check out Product Finds) but this time {Insert squeal} Skinny Crisps was kind enough to send me their full line of my absolutely hands-down favorite cracker on the market!

I have yet to find one that truly compares. Not only do I love the texture, flavor, consistency and crunch, but Skinny Crisps is also a small shop located in Boulder, Colorado (one of my favorite states) which makes them part of the “shift” in supporting small businesses.

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Restaurant Partial Review

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I finally made it to Flore Vegan in Silverlake with Sayward Rebhal, a very inspirational vegan blogger, author, mother and yes, scientist.

The parking was slightly nightmarish since it was Sunday brunch O’clock but it gave me some time to take a little stroll.

I never actually ventured into the quaint restaurant, as we were able to obtain outdoor seating on a classically beautiful, sunny LA day. Note for next time. Take a peek inside. When it came to the menu, I was overwhelmed! I’ve been told by many what I should order. Chick’n and waffles, eastsider tacos, nachos, flore burrito…I couldn’t order everything! Sayward made the decision to go with the gluten-free tempeh reuben and my tummy nodded in accordance with the idea of a sandwich. It rarely gets them. When I found out the bread was Rising Hearts Bakery, it sealed the deal.  Ohhhh the deliciousness that was the BLTA sandwich with the best damn gluten-free toasted millet bread. Seriously tasty and well-balanced. The tempeh was smoky, savory, plump and plentiful. They must of known my addiction to avocado because they didn’t skimp. I’m not a big potato salad person and after my last experience with the one from Sage, I rarely order it, but I decided to try it. It was good! It didn’t overwhelm my dish but actually was a nice complement. I definitely ordered well.

I will surely coming back soon to try the other “must-haves” as I was solidly impressed with my simple yet delicious sandwich. 

Nutritional Knowledge

No Need to Derail the Momentum because it’s 4th of July Weekend.
Let’s Find your Balance!

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(Beyond Meat meal)

Who ever said, “ You can’t have your cake and eat it too” was one somber individual who never grasped the concept of a harmonious balance.

We set guidelines for ourselves so we can try to obtain and maintain a balance within our lives. A constant adjusting of work/life, personal/social, diet/cheat, boundaries/adventure and so on and so on. If we were always yin or always yang, we would be in a constant struggle of unrest to try to rectify the balance.

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Reviewed Restaurants

Mud Hen Tavern

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Los Angeles has a few gastropubs floating around and by few I mean a few hundred!  I may be exaggerating…or I could be close, but either way I think you get the point. I think if you broke down the formula as to why a gastropub is so alluring, it would come down to: ambiance, accessibility, location, fare and an engaging staff. With any business you need to have a unique quality to gain popularity. It could probably be one thing from the list above or a number of things.
What Mud Hen Tavern has and is a bit of all the above. One of their main selling points is the owner Susan Feniger. Susan is one of the most expressive, funny, engaging, unique, creative owners I have ever come across. Some highlights in her remarkable career are; currently being the owner of Mud Hen Tavern with Executive Chef and Partner Kajsa Alger and Border Grill in Los Angeles, a cookbook author, staring in her own cooking show on the Food Network and being awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Restaurant Association.
The other selling point is their flair for creating innovative vegan dishes, as this is not a solely vegan restaurant. Their menu is actually saturated with meat/fish/dairy comfort foods like; bacon cheddar stuffed potato skins, green eggs and ham, their famous Kaya toast, fish and chips, whiskey maple barbecue brisket, etc.

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Nutritional Knowledge

A Glimpse into the Life of a Vegan/Non-Vegan Relationship

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I suppose I got lucky in the non-vegan boyfriend department. He is what you would call very vegan-friendly or an honorary vegan. It can work, if you work with each other. A degree of respect and acceptance needs to take place.

True, I could of made life a lot easier by choosing another vegan, but life didn’t have that in store for me. So you work with what you got and make it a learning experience…if the relationship is worth it to you. Mine is worth it to me and it is apparently worth it to him because he is taking the time to understand me being vegan and what it entails. I, in turn, am not trying to shove me being vegan completely down his throat. I offer nutritional guidance, snacks for trips, great recommendations for both vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and he makes his own choices from there. I take care of me and he takes care of him and then we take care of each other.

Vegans and non-vegans uniting!

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