Monday, May 11, 2015

Holistic Healing Self Care for Mamas

This Mother's Day, I made a strong effort to take extra good care of myself.  My holistic, healing, self-care routine is extra important to me as a Mother of a very active toddler.  My holistic, healing, self-care has always been important to me, but seeing now that Motherhood is a full-time job and a lot of work, it is of the utmost importance to me to stay well and feel good.    This is why I make sure to stay well hydrated, rested, nourished, and enjoy as much healing laughter and calming relaxation as I can.  I've been a meditator for 20 years and it has literally saved my life in many ways.  I'm a passionate believer in being caffeine-free for many reasons and the most important reason is I do not believe in any stimulants.  When I feel tired, I get extra rest or I take a nice soothing hot soak in the bathtub.  I also enjoy soothing healing organic essential oils, like sandalwood and sweet orange, to help me feel rejuvenated and relaxed.  It's true what is said that a healthy Mama is a happy Mama.  

All children need their parents to be healthy, happy, comfortable, and well and it's our personal responsibility to make sure we stay well.    I always make sure to be silent and still and listen to my Inner Voice, my Intuition, that guides and protect me 24/7, and I always listen quietly during my meditation.  I'm also a holistic herbalist and I am a firm believer in treating my body like a temple.  I thankfully attribute my vibrant youthfulness to a very healthy sane lifestyle and I'm very thankful for the wise choices I make everyday, including not putting anything synthetic and toxic in or on my body.  My beautiful adorable son depends on me for love and care and he needs his Mama to be healthy and happy.  I also need to be a healthy example to follow so that when he's older, he will see his Mama as a healthy, strong, happy woman and he will understand the invaluable importance of holistic, healing, self-care.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Delicious vegan treat for your Easter Spring celebration

A special vegan recipe treat for my friends to celebrate and enjoy a compassionate healthy vegan Easter. Happy Spring!

A delicious recipe from my soon to be published vegan cookbook - enjoy!
 Philly Sheeze Steak Sub Sandwich
1 large whole wheat baguette, cut in 1/2 in the middle and then sliced in 2
2 small handfuls of Daiya vegan cheddar sheeze shreds
6 slices Tofurky philly sheeze steak style flavor

Instructions:   Gently and evenly spread the vegan sheeze shreds on the baguette until it's covered well.  Lightly toast the sheezy baguette for 15 minutes or until lightly brown and the sheeze has melted.  This is a delicious hearty snack.  Serve and Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My holistic beauty

When it comes to smelling and looking good, my approach is keep it simple, holistic, healthy, and organic.  I'm a very simple down-to-earth woman and I prefer to keep my beauty and personal care regimen simple and down-to-earth.  When I begin my day, I splash my face with cool water, drink a cup of spring water, and do a little facial yoga to keep my facial muscles healthy and comfortable.  When I shower, I use organic lavender castile soap and rinse my face under the shower.  I comb my wet hair and allow my hair to dry naturally.  I wear makeup only on special occasions, but when I do, I wear a little translucent foundation powder, a little blush, eye shadow, and lipstick that is all organic and botanical.  Sometimes, I just wear a little lipstick and absorb some Vitamin D from the sun, allowing the warmth to make my cheeks naturally rosy.  

When my skin feels itchy, dry, or uncomfortable, I gently massage the uncomfortable areas with a teaspoon of organic unrefined sesame oil.  When I want to smell lovely and feel good, I pour a drop of organic sandalwood oil on my wrists, ankles, and neck.  I'm grateful for the lovely gifts Mother Nature gives me.  If we could all learn to be grateful for the lovely gifts Mother Nature gives us and simplify our lives, perhaps we could learn to appreciate what we have and be happy without trying to make unnecessary dramatic painful changes to our appearance.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Special Giveaway Offer for my Vegan Cookbook

I am very excited about publishing my delicious vegan cookbook. I was all set to publish it before tomorrow, the Great American Meatout, but instead, for certain, I will be publishing it before Earth Day, a very important day that Honors the Earth and all the beautiful beings, animal and human, who inhabit the planet. As a special way to Honor and celebrate Earth Day, when you subscribe to my Organic Wise Mama newsletter, I will add you to my mailing list. I will be notified via e-mail when you subscribe and when my vegan cookbook is published, those who subscribe between now and Earth Day will be the first to be notified of the publication of the cookbook. I would like to remind everybody that I'm still offering everybody a chance to get a copy of my cookbook, valued at $18, by referring 5 or more friends or family who make a verified purchase for a limited time. I am also offering for those who may not have 5 or more a 20% discount, but only to the first 100 who order. After that, it will be available for the regular price. I also would like to mention that 10% of all sales will be donated to charity.

When I began dating my husband 23 years ago, we had a big challenge between us. Although he wasn't vegetarian yet, he had abstained from eating red meat for years and I was very carnivorous. Initially, I didn't think it would be a problem, but after a few dates, it became an obvious problem. One night, we went out for dinner to a burger coffee shop. He ordered a salad and fries. I ordered a greasy burger with everything on it. Needless to say, he felt very uncomfortable and very repulsed.

Although he didn't say anything at first, I could tell from his body language and facial expressions that he was anything but happy. Being the mainstream person I was, I was unaware, so I didn't grab a clue. He was very gentle, but firm and emotional in the way he expressed his disdain for my eating habits. After several bites and somewhat enjoying my meal, somehow, I no longer had an appetite for what I was eating. In fact, for the first time in my life, I was repulsed by it. Growing up with a meat and potatoes fast food and convenience food type mentality, I was suddenly very confused and felt emotionally vulnerable. I didn't know what to do.

For the first time in my life, I was with a special loving friend who appeared to be more enlightened than I was. He was exposed to information and lifestyles that I never knew about. At the end of the meal, he explained the importance of a meatless diet and explained that there were people all over the world who were vegetarian for many reasons. I felt lost, confused and weird. I also felt grateful for the knowledge he was giving me. Then he said something that scared me, but made me think. He expressed that he'd been off of red meat for years now and wanted to be with someone who cared about their health and the animals. He felt very uncomfortable with my carnivorous ways and made it very clear in a gentle firm way that he didn't want to see me again if I continued this way of eating. At first, I thought he was pretentious and audacious for saying this. But then I took a step back, looked at the situation objectively, and realized he was doing me a big favor and had a good heart. Here was a wonderful person who was kind, intelligent, very cute, who cared about me and was attracted to me. He wasn't telling me to cut my hair, change my appearance, or change my personality. He was simply asking me to give up the meat.

I tried it for a week and wow, I felt great! I didn't feel ill, tired, or sick. In fact, I felt wonderful and glad to be alive! That was it! That date with him and that week of going meatless changed the course of my life. My family was less than thrilled, but that didn't matter to me. All that mattered was that I was going out with a sensible intelligent person who loved and cared about me and wanted me to be healthy; what a crime. After that, it wasn't terribly difficult to go completely vegetarian and then, vegan. It's opened up my world to a whole new way of eating and thinking and today I can't even conceive of another way of living!

Unfortunately, this new found decision somehow began to complicate my life, instead of making it simpler. I had hoped for some support or a reaction of pleasant surprise when I announced my decision to my Mother and grandmother. Instead, they looked at me as though I had lost mind and expressed their chagrin. First, my grandmother asked me if I was serious and stated that young little girls like me needed their protein and would become weak and frail if they didn't eat their meat. They both asked me if it was because my new boyfriend had suggested it. Although I told them he had influenced my decision, I assured them that I made the decision on my own volition.

There were incidents at work and even more incidents with my family. I'm sorry to say my journey to this point of my life has not been easy, but I haven't allowed any comments or criticisms to deter me. I've tried many times to help my family understand, but I have given up on the idea and decided to accept it and let it go. Today, I am healthier and more vibrant than I've ever been. As of this moment, have not had to visit a physician. Little did I know that a few years later, the next step I would take would be to go vegan and today, my dear husband and I have been vegan for 23 years. My hope is that more people will wake up and realize the truth that the media doesn't want revealed. Until then, turn off your television, listen to something uplifting and meaningful and read!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Organic Wise Mama

As an eco, holistic, wise Mama in the 21st Century, I cannot unknow what I know to be true.  I am thankful to have a beautiful, healthy, happy, baby son and a wonderful dear husband, and it pains me to have to be a fighter in such a toxic world, yet I do it because it is my responsibility as a Mother, an Earth Steward, and a citizen of Earth.  The day I learned that my adorable beautiful three year old toddler son is autistic, my heart sank and I cried for hours in disbelief and heart-break.  Thankfully, he is very healthy and strong and happy and he has tremendous potential for learning, growing, and developing.  He is very playful and sweet and he has the most wonderful laugh and smile; I love to smile and laugh with him.  Thankfully, I think for myself and I know in my heart and Soul what is true and I know for a fact that this polluted toxic world we live in is the cause for my dear sweet son's autism.  The combination of all the toxic synthetic fragrance I was exposed to when I was pregnant, during my painful 18-hour labor, and all the toxic pollution exposure to synthetic perfumes, chemtrails, and vehicle emissions thereafter is a toxic soup that will make anyone sick, especially sensitive people like myself and my dear son. 

I'm trying to write this without crying, but it's very difficult to do that with what I know.  I try not to spend hours focused on the problem, feeling distraught about it.  I feel very angry and heart-broken that my child's future has been robbed.  But the good news is that strong, passionate, devoted, eco, holistic, warrior Mamas like me still have a fighting chance to make a positive difference and it can be done.  Nothing is impossible.  In addition to making our own healthy sensible choices in our personal lives that affect Mother Earth, we also have the power to help our friends make sensible healthy wise choices.  It's very simple.  If you know someone who is using commercial detergent that you know is toxic and is going to pollute the groundwater and make their family sick, lovingly show them how to replace it with 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar.  Lovingly show them how to make their cosmetics healthy and organic and vote with their wallets. 
While the problem seems insurmountable, all it takes is the willingness and desire to make the right choice and help each other.  There is no reason for any of us to suffer needlessly.  If we truly want to stop the greedy corporations from robbing our future and destroying life on Earth, we must make the change now and vote with our wallets.  Our children depend on us to make healthy wise choices and educate others to do the same.  Our children have the right to breathe clean air; we all share the same right.  We can do this and we must do this now. Please join me in making simple healthy sensible choices that are healthy, green, nontoxic, and organic, and are compassionate to Mother Earth.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Imagine A World

Imagine a world with such beautiful peace and quiet that  we don't need special places or holidays to enjoy the beautiful musical sounds of nature.  Imagine a world where the air is so clean and healthy and fresh that non-profit organizations can focus their time and energy on praising the citizens for their wonderful positive contributions and peace and love are healing the world and there is no need to ask for it.  Imagine a world where the animals are respected, loved, cared for, are acknowledged and known as our loving sweet wonderful friends and there is no need to fight exhaustibly for their protection.  Imagine a beautiful world where the paradigm is peaceful and loving and corporate greed no longer exists and no longer has a suffocating rein on society and its citizens.  Imagine a world where men and women love and respect each other and communicate in a healthy manner.  

This world can be real and it is possible with faith, trust, respect, and voting with our wallets.  The reason why this world hasn't come into existence yet or returned is because the citizens have given their power away to the corporations who are pillaging and exploiting Mother Earth and all her beautiful beings and children.  The first step toward peace and respect and gentleness is two-fold.  The first part is going vegetarian and enjoying the healthy plant foods and herbs that grow in the ground.  The second part is going completely holistic and herbal.  The Hundredth Monkey effect is real and true and is very powerful and empowering and healing when used in a positive manner.  Ken Keyes envisioned a world of positive social change through word of mouth.  It is possible.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Overfishing is Harmful to the Oceans

I'd like to share a few thoughts about eating a healthy vegetarian diet vs. eating fish.  Many holistic doctors are saying that we humans need to eat fish to get plenty of omega-3 because plant foods don't have enough to meet our needs.  First of all, this is not correct because many vegetarians eat a very healthy diet, including avocados, hemp seeds and granola, nuts, seeds, rice, and various other plant foods. Second, if people continue to believe this, all the beautiful oceans will be over-fished and the dolphins and whales that we care so much about and love and work hard to protect won't have any more food because people are taking it from them for their own personal needs.  Unless people live in a region where they cannot grow food and fish is their only source of food, there is no reason to eat fish.  Plant foods contain all the vital nutrients that we humans need to be healthy and it's very important that we help each other adapt a healthy vegetarian diet because the ecology is very delicate and depends on us for its protection and conservation.  We health minded eco warriors have as much business eating fish as we do meat.  Think about it.  We wouldn't slaughter a helpless a cow to eat it.  Why is it so easy to slaughter a poor fish who has a face, who has a mother, who has a family, just because it lives in water?  It still feels.  It's still a living breathing being.  This truly is a sad double standard when it comes to protecting endangered species.

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