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There are soooo many essential oils to choose from, but I recommend starting with these 5 bad boys because they are super multi-purpose and can support almost any health goal you have. 1. PEPPERMINT: Think cooling, digestion, headaches, breathing, oral health & energy The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753.  Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. Digestive support Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate…

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To recap from my previous posts, essential oils come from healing plants and act as antibacterial, anti-fungal and insecticidal agents to said plants to allow them to flourish in nature. Because humans and plants share similar cellular functions, what is beneficial for some plants can also be beneficial for us. Hence why we painstakingly find ways to consume kale! Because essential oils hold internal benefits for the body, many people use them for things like promoting healthy cell function, supporting gastrointestinal health, or maintaining healthy immune function. Essential oils provide a safe, natural way to deal with many of the…

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I wanted to jot down what I liked to eat in my first pregnancy so I can remember come the 2nd time around (God, I’m so not ready to think about that yet…) and I figured it could perhaps be interesting to anyone out there struggling to keep their food choices healthy and not boring. Hope this helps! PRENATAL VITAMINS It’s important to start your prenatals before getting pregnant to build up your supply of folic acid. I started with Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal but taking 5 – 8 a day was a little much, so I switched to Rainbow Light Prenatals…

lunch at the park

Sigh. I received some bad news guys. My nutritionist has strongly recommended that I incorporate more animal-based protein and healthy fats into my diet, and as a proud weekday vegan, I’m obviously a little sad about it. LONG STORY SHORT: I went to see a nutritionist for help solving a few issues including chronic fatigue, hormonal breakouts with bouts of moodiness/sadness. I thought it was the London weather and homesickness, but it turns out I’m anemic, which is not helping my hormones and is affecting my brain and therefore mood. The fastest way to get back on track is changing my…

So I haven’t blogged in a really long time, and for many good reasons: I broke my camera I was busy doing my yoga teacher training I was busy at work and didn’t have the energy to keep trying new vegan recipes and writing about them etc. etc. But as I’m living in London now I thought I’d use this space to continue to share my travel, health and yoga tips through the lens of my shiny new London experiences.  

bowl of health

My naturopath gave me this salad recipe as part of a program to reduce the acidity in my diet and eat more alkaline foods. I like to refer to it lovingly as a “big ass bowl of health”. 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 bell pepper, diced 1 cucumber, sliced 2 carrots, grated 1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped 1/2 cup alfalfa or sunflower sprouts 2 sprigs green onions, chopped 1 raw beet, grated 1 avocado 3 tomatoes, medium sized (or 6 grape tomatos, sliced) 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds Chopped walnuts (optional) For variety add 1 cup of green…

pre-workout smoothie

I’m so proud of this smoothie creation! I invented it on the fly when I woke up late and risked missing a yoga class on the weekend. It powered me through an intense 1h15 minute class, so I officially deem this smoothie a great pre-workout snack/light meal. 3 cups almond milk or non-dairy milk 2 tbsp almond butter 1/2 cup of blueberry and raspberry mix banana 1 scoop of vegan protein powder 1 tbsp maple syrup Dash of cinamon I think some spinach and nutmeg could also go well in this smoothie as well. Enjoy y’all!

lentil veggie dish

A good way to spice up dreary lunches is by swapping that boring salad for a warm veggie dish. The lentils make this “salad” filling so you can also have it for a light dinner. 1 cup green or puy lentils 3 zucchinis, chopped 2 red peppers, cubed (rough chop) 4 cups spinach 1 avocado, diced 2 medium onions sliced 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/4 cup sundried tomatos 3 sprigs of fresh thyme 3 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper Preheat the oven at 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss the red peppers and zucchini in a bowl with…

barley, carrot, cauliflower salad with ghee

I’m currently trying recipes to balance my Ayurvedic Dosha of Pitta (more on that here) and cooking with/eating ghee seems to be a staple in the Ayurvedic world. Ghee is clarified butter and does not contain any whey, milk protein or lactose at all, just milk fat. In Ayurveda, ghee is used as a carrier for the nutrients in herbs and to lubricate the intestinal tract and all the tissues inside the body. It’s said that ghee cools the digestive fires to restore balance in the stomach and intestines. So I decided to make a warm salad – it’s atrociously cold…

pitta balancing smoothie

Ayurveda, meaning “life-knowledge” in Sanskrit, is a holistic system of traditional medicine that looks at one’s constitution to identify balance and health, or imbalance and disease. I wrote extensively about Ayurveda and my Ayurvedic consultation here, but the gist of it is that every person has a primary dosha (like DNA, a set of elemental forces that make you who you are) and maintaining balance in your dosha is a crucial factor to health and well-being. My dosha is PITTA – VATA and as you can guess from the title of this post, it’s out of balance. WHAT IS PITTA…