Monday, April 25, 2016

Running For Rhinos



There is nothing sexier than a man who loves animals. I don`t mean the kind of man that says he loves animals, rescues a puppy and throws a meat eating BBQ to celebrate his new furry friend. I mean the kind of man that truly loves all animals, a man full of compassion and empathy for all living creatures, a VEGAN MAN.

In my latest YouTube video I had the pleasure of interviewing one heck of a sexy vegan man. This man is super busy in his new career, pulled in all messy directions with a new baby at home as well as two furry children, always lending both hands to a pretty darn demanding wife, and yet he still finds time to take action for the animals. Damn, yes, wife, sorry ladies, he is taken.

Ryan from Running For Rhinos has put together quite the exciting fundraiser for rhinos. Ryan has teamed up with a foundation specifically to help raise money to protect rhinos and elephants from poachers. This foundation puts loads of money into flying small drones in Africa with night-vision cameras to spot poachers before they can even do what they have set out to do. How incredibly cool!



Please check out my interview with this superman of a man --- LINK --- Video - Interview Running For Rhinos
 
For more information about how you can help Ryan raise money for such a great cause please check out his new Facebook page that will link you to taking part in helping these beautiful creatures stay safe and free in their own homes. His Facebook page will also allow you to share in his journey of running numerous trail races all over Ontario, Canada in the next few months. Ryan is passionate about animals and he is determined to help make a difference.

Running for Rhinos Facebook Page ---- Running For Rhinos FACEBOOK Page

Monday, April 11, 2016

VEGAN CHOCOLATE BERRY MOUSSE


It has been ages since I have done a recipe blog post. Now that our little man is sleeping so wonderfully I have more time to do things other than chores :P

We love avocados over here. It was one of Liam's first foods and thus we are buying a lot these days. Avocados tend to ripen fast so we end up having a few too many ripe ones circling our kitchen these days. Chocolate to the rescue!!!

This vegan chocolate berry mousse is super easy to make and has only 4 simple and super healthy ingredients. I did not create this recipe (link to original below). I had some yacon syrup lying around the house and did not know what to do with it so Google did a search for me. I bought this up-and-coming sweetener because I heard it was crazy good, with health benefits and a low impact on blood sugar levels. I saw it on sale (it is crazy expensive) and thought I would try it out.





INGREDIENTS
1 medium avocado
1/3 cup mixed berries (or berry of your choice)
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 1/2 tbsp yacon syrup

DIRECTIONS
1. Blend all ingredients in food processor.
2. Eat and enjoy!




You can read all about Yacon syrup here---- YACON SWEETENER


 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Our Vegan Pregnancy

Hey HEY HEY!!!

It has been so long since I have been blogging, too long really. I was vlogging for a while, all through our pregnancy. Now I am just over six months post-partum and here I am, BACK! :D I wanted to create a blog post that has all of my pregnancy vlogs for you to check out. 

Being a pregnant woman was one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. It was so much fun to grow, change and learn all about pregnancy and how our little baby was developing. I had a great time shooting these videos and connecting with other pregnant mama`s. I wanted to create this series of vegan pregnancy vlogs so that people are aware that being vegan is safe and healthy while being pregnant. I share what I ate, what supplements I took, my feelings, my exercises, my challenges and some very personal information with you all. I hope that you enjoy the series and if you are pregnant or are hoping to be pregnant soon, I wish you the very best with your pregnancy and your birth experience.

Being a new mom (to a human baby) is the most challenging and yet at the same time most rewarding (by far) job that I have ever had. I am grateful for this blessing in my life.

I will also mention that I do have a new series coming your way that will be on YouTube as soon as I get a chance!

Now for the VEGAN PREGNANCY VLOGS. Here are all of the thumbnails for my videos so that you can watch me grow. The links to each video are below each thumbnail. Enjoy! :D

   


 















9-12 weeks pregnant















13 weeks - Our Secret Miscarriage

 
 

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Gender Reveal















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Response Video - You Cannot Be Vegan & Pregnant















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Our Birth Story
















Will Our Baby Be Vegan?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

OUR VEGAN PREGNANCY


 

Being a mom is not for everyone, but it certainly has always been my vocation in life. I have been a mom for 6.5 years to my furry daughter Miley and 4 years to my furry daughter ClareBear. Many people laugh when I say they are my children, but those people also tend to be the ones who do not understand why I am vegan. I TRULY love ALL animals. I was told that once my human baby comes, our furry girls will not compare. I knew in my heart that would never be the case. It is not that I love Liam less than I should a human, but rather that I love animals as much as one may love a human. A living being is a living being; my children are my children. I adopted two furry children and I gave birth to a less hairy, but totally adorable, little man. I love them all with all of my heart.

My hubby and I had a vegan wedding almost two years ago, January 2014.  That certainly paved the way for our friends and family in terms of understanding what it means to be living a vegan lifestyle. Therefore, it was somewhat understood that we would also be having a vegan pregnancy when the time came. My immediate family and vegan friends were the most understanding when it came to our plans. It is difficult to understand something that you do not take the time to learn about yourself so I am sure there were many skeptics.  However, I am happy to report that compared to the comments we got when planning a vegan wedding, continuing my vegan lifestyle while pregnant did not raise many questions or negative comments, at least they never got to me. What I have learned is that the longer one is vegan and true to their beliefs, no matter what the circumstances, the better those around them understand how important that lifestyle is to them and the less they question it. 

Surprisingly enough, the most slack I got about my vegan pregnancy came from other vegans. I do not want to get into here in this blog post, but here is a link to a response video I made after some interesting yet harsh comments from fellow vegans. 

 

I created a YouTube channel, SIMPLY VEGAN,  almost a year ago, not long before we found out we were pregnant. I decided to post weekly pregnancy vlogs about my feelings, food and fitness throughout our pregnancy journey. I wanted to show others that it can be just as healthy (and in my opinion –even more healthy) to eat a vegan diet while growing another human being. Liam, our little man born just 11 days ago, is living proof that eating a healthy vegan diet while pregnant can create a super healthy, or as our midwives have said – a champion of a baby. I sincerely hope to inspire others to at least take the time to do research of their own on this matter. We do not need meat, dairy or eggs to be healthy and in fact can be much healthier without consuming animals and their by-products. 


In my vegan pregnancy vlogs I share how I not only survived, but in fact thrived during the 41 weeks of being pregnant. I share what I ate, what supplements I took, what exercises I did and more.  I always heard how difficult being pregnant can be and how uncomfortable you can get towards the end of the pregnancy. Yes, there were difficult days, but honestly, I loved being pregnant and felt fantastic up until the end, the beginning, when we met our son.   

I also share about our miscarriage that we had at 12 weeks just over a year ago. Miscarriages are common, very common, and no, it had nothing to do with being vegan. I made this video to speak up for miscarriages, they are nothing to be ashamed of.


Last but not least, I made a post-partum video sharing about our birth story. Our home birth was miraculous and my recovery was almost instant. I have heard that vegan athletes have a better recovery time because their bodies are without acidic animal products. I truly believe that my pregnancy, birth and recovery all went super well because I eat a vegan diet, the credit goes to my vegan lifestyle. We had such a beautiful birthing experience, feel free to check it out here.

 
 
I just recently celebrated my 3 year veganniversary (August 19th) and have been blessed with a beautiful, healthy little boy. I am beyond grateful for all of my blessings and happy to say that this mama is proud to be vegan. Please feel free to share my YouTube channel and to help spread the vegan love. Peace and love to you. 

SIMPLY VEGAN YOUTUBE CHANNEL 

INSTAGRAM--- simply_vegan10

TWITTER --- @simplyvegan10

Saturday, October 11, 2014

COCONUT CREAM CHICKPEA CURRY

As the weather gets colder there is nothing more comforting than some healthy comfort food. This recipe is creamy, hearty and absolutely delicious! It is so simple to make, so please do not be scared off by the long list of ingredients as most are spices you most likely already have in your cupboard. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- small piece of ginger, grated
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp corriander
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp tumeric
- pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch salt
- 3 cups chickpeas, cooked 
- kale, as much as you want (optional) 
-400ml coconut cream 

PREPARATION
1. Heat oil in large pot and add garlic and ginger. After a minute add 1/2 cup water and sweet potato. You may need to add more water as the sweet potato cooks, but do not add too much or your curry will be watery.
2. Mix spices in a bowl and add to pot.
3. 5 minutes before the potatoes are fully tender add the coconut cream, chickpeas and chopped kale.
4. Eat with some white basmati rice for a complete meal.
Organic Coconut Cream
Mixed Spices
 You can always steam the kale separately (or other greens) and
 just dump the curry on top of rice and greens.

Or you can mix in the kale with the curry in the pot and
 then add it to your plate of rice.
VIOLA!