Great Coffee Date

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Made with love at Cafe for Contemporary Arts, North Vancouver. Photo by Suzanne

Yesterday my daughter took me for a beautiful coffee date. This is the designs made with creamy almond milk poured beautifully into organic fair trade coffee. This was an awesome coffee date and one of the better coffees that I have had in a long time – filled with love. Cafe of Contemporary Arts in North Vancouver.  They offer good vegan food and an interesting interior complete with paper for drawing upon should you feel the urge plus wi-fi and awesome location.

Photos by Suzanne

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

http://www.livebetteramerica.com/Home/healthy-living/health/well-being/articles/sixty-60-second-tips-to-a-healthier-you

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!

  1. Drink a glass of water.
  2. Take 10 deep breaths.
  3. Think of something you’re grateful for.
  4. Scratch your dog’s belly.
  5. Pet your cat.
  6. Eat an apple.
  7. Swivel your hips.
  8. Shimmy your shoulders.
  9. Write a thank-you note.
  10. Call your parents.
  11. Do a yoga pose and hold it.
  12. Sprinkle a spoonful of flaxseed in something you’re about to eat.
  13. Hug someone you love.
  14. Hug someone you kinda, sorta like.
  15. Hug someone you don’t care for one bit.
  16. Sign up for an art class.
  17. Balance on one foot for 60 seconds.
  18. Balance on the other foot for 60 seconds.
  19. Floss your teeth.
  20. Schedule a complete physical.
  21. Eat a handful of almonds.
  22. Tell a joke.
  23. Do 60 jumping jacks.
  24. Close your eyes and think of nothing.
  25. Listen to one good song.
  26. Sing along to one good song.
  27. Dance to one good song.
  28. Eat a tomato like it’s an apple.
  29. Give someone a minute’s worth of your undivided attention.
  30. Make a cup of tea.
  31. Pay someone a compliment.
  32. Pay yourself a compliment.
  33. Jump rope.
  34. Do 10 push-ups, on your knees if you have to.
  35. Do 10 sit-ups, crunches if you have to.
  36. Make a list of your five favorite songs.
  37. Meditate.
  38. Try a vegetable you think you don’t like.
  39. Stretch and yawn, even if you’re not sleepy.
  40. Read a poem.
  41. Lie on the floor with your legs up a wall.
  42. Call your congressman about an issue that’s important to you.
  43. Spin a hula hoop around your waist, neck, or each arm.
  44. Read the first page of a new book.
  45. Make a list of your five favorite movies.
  46. Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know.
  47. Make a paper plane and launch it.
  48. Take a multi-vitamin.
  49. Do 10 squats.
  50. Give yourself a temple massage.
  51. Bend forward at the waist and hang.
  52. Yodel.
  53. Gargle.
  54. Try to balance standing on your tippy toes.
  55. Eat a handful of berries.
  56. Open a window and take a breath of fresh air. Even if it’s January.
  57. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot. Even if it’s January.
  58. Look up into the branches of a tree.
  59. Send a check to a good cause.
  60. Wash your hands.

Decadent Warm Fig Delight

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.

Pedal perfect: Bikers shed spandex to inspire new riders

People gather in downtown Decatur before setting off to ride, including Jae Schmidt, pictured with hat, the owner of Houndstooth Road bicycle boutique, who helped organize the event.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/13/living/bicycle-fashion-tweed-ride/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

I saw this article and want to share. This type of event breaks down barriers brings people together and reminds one that cycling and wellness can be for anyone – it’s never to late to start. It’s always good to have options. Imagine if you can get fit at the same time as having fun. Perhaps your entire direction will change completely. Personally I have always loved a good cycle however since changing my lifestyle to the whole food plant based one and losing all the weight I have my cycling time and adventures has increased dramatically. The fitter I become the further I can go the more weather I can take (rain, wind, winter) and it just keeps on getting better. Definitely many more people should be opening up to cycling – its a natural progression in my opinion to have as your only set of wheels (do Zip Car for example if you need one) or to have on. The rewards are as easy as getting on your bike and heading out there …

Colourful Creative Cycle

October 16, 2012 – 5pm Jump on my ride and hit the road to see what I could find. I found these beautiful images and lots of awesome energy around me. The negative ion intake was huge.

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Photos by Suzanne.

I was unable to make the gym for my stair master ride today so instead I hopped on my mountain bike and headed out into the tail end of a rainy day. The expressions and energy from nature was diverse as it was dramatic. Perhaps you enjoy some of these images while I was out for my exercise and creative cycle today.

Home at 6.30pm having taken in a good cardio ride seeking uphills and going for distance. I feel fantastic. Being a Vegan for 14 months now has allowed me to truly see that the limits we have are the ones we put on our selves. Like today: it was raining “I could stay home, it’s cold out side plus raining I could stay home, it’s getting dark out I could stay home”. Alas, the bucket of reasons why I shouldn’t go can get full very quickly.  These days – kick that bucket over I am going out anyway. Since being Vegan I find myself much more apt to simply get over the ego discussion and go and look what I came back with – beautiful images of life. Inspiring. Now time for this energetic Vegan to warm up some soup and settle into the evening.