Food portions is a very important topic when it comes to calories and wellness. Our food portions have reduced significantly since becoming Vegans. We have really noticed the change of portions to the whole food plant based lifestyle that came naturally and without force. The better we eat the less we eat it was just a natural turnaround. Our plates have become smaller and we use bowls more. We just love the smaller portions the less washing up and the amazing energy we get from our good food.
My daughter works in a retail store and look what her manager gave her for Christmas. She was thrilled with the consideration of the items as she is at 16 a Vegan and very disciplined. What an amazing thought gift to a teenager from her boss. I had to share. She felt her manager listens and learns about her. The gift was thought out and respectful. Anyone can give anything however this was a well thought out gift that really empowered my daughter to know that she is valued at her work. She is the youngest on the team so this was awesome and she contributed to our cupboards right away. Really nice eh!
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Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You
A minute goes by like that (finger snap), but it’s more than enough time to do something that will help you feel good.
On any given day, we might not have an hour to go to the gym, 30 minutes to prepare a home-cooked meal, or 15 minutes to read. But who can’t find a minute here or there?
There are many things we can do that are good for us that take 60 seconds or less. Don’t believe it? Take a minute to read our list of 60, all practically guaranteed to make you feel good almost instantly. Ready. Set. GO!
- Drink a glass of water.
- Take 10 deep breaths.
- Think of something you’re grateful for.
- Scratch your dog’s belly.
- Pet your cat.
- Eat an apple.
- Swivel your hips.
- Shimmy your shoulders.
- Write a thank-you note.
- Call your parents.
- Do a yoga pose and hold it.
- Sprinkle a spoonful of flaxseed in something you’re about to eat.
- Hug someone you love.
- Hug someone you kinda, sorta like.
- Hug someone you don’t care for one bit.
- Sign up for an art class.
- Balance on one foot for 60 seconds.
- Balance on the other foot for 60 seconds.
- Floss your teeth.
- Schedule a complete physical.
- Eat a handful of almonds.
- Tell a joke.
- Do 60 jumping jacks.
- Close your eyes and think of nothing.
- Listen to one good song.
- Sing along to one good song.
- Dance to one good song.
- Eat a tomato like it’s an apple.
- Give someone a minute’s worth of your undivided attention.
- Make a cup of tea.
- Pay someone a compliment.
- Pay yourself a compliment.
- Jump rope.
- Do 10 push-ups, on your knees if you have to.
- Do 10 sit-ups, crunches if you have to.
- Make a list of your five favorite songs.
- Try a vegetable you think you don’t like.
- Stretch and yawn, even if you’re not sleepy.
- Read a poem.
- Lie on the floor with your legs up a wall.
- Call your congressman about an issue that’s important to you.
- Spin a hula hoop around your waist, neck, or each arm.
- Read the first page of a new book.
- Make a list of your five favorite movies.
- Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know.
- Make a paper plane and launch it.
- Take a multi-vitamin.
- Do 10 squats.
- Give yourself a temple massage.
- Bend forward at the waist and hang.
- Try to balance standing on your tippy toes.
- Eat a handful of berries.
- Open a window and take a breath of fresh air. Even if it’s January.
- Take off your shoes and walk barefoot. Even if it’s January.
- Look up into the branches of a tree.
- Send a check to a good cause.
- Wash your hands.
Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne
This is an amazing delicious dessert perfect for cold winter nights after dinner. In this recipe I put everything into a beautiful earthen bowl and warmed in the oven. To the bowl I put chunks of vegan chocolate cake and broken pieces of vegan muffins in the bowl. I added chopped figs, slivered almonds, crushed walnuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds, dark chocolate pieces, goji berry, a dab of coconut oil. I mixed together Almond Coconut Milk with a dash of Vanilla Almond Milk and I mixed in some Cacao then poured it over the cake seeds mixture and popped into a warm / hot oven to heat up and slightly bake. Careful when removing from the oven as the bowls will be hot to touch. Top with freshly chopped fig and serve hot to warm. Oh man this was goooooooooooood. The chocolate pieces melted into the cakes and milk – so decadent. Delicious. Some variations / alternatives could be: you could use Coconut Milk from tin or Coconut Cream; perhaps a cap of liquor (not for the kids though) that you enjoy dripped on top. Knock it out of the park with anything you want to add and wow your family and friends with an incredible heart warming dessert or treat.