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Consumerism And Self Worth: Part Four

Part Four: Conscious Consumerism

In American culture, so much of our lives are dictated by a mirage – an image of what our lives “should” look like. According to Forbes magazine, the average American is exposed to 4,000 to 10,000 advertisements per day. Whether that’s via television programming or social media, the fact remains that we are being programmed to chase an unobtainable illusion. It’s no wonder that so many of us are unhappy and lacking fulfillment in our lives. Read more…

Consumerism And Self Worth: Part Three

Part Three: The Consumer Trap

As humans, being told we have fallen for a trap does not sit well with us. We don’t like feeling duped and for good reason! Any perceived attack to the ego often gets automatically rejected and labeled as irrelevant regardless of how applicable it may be to our self awareness and growth.

Rather than responding defensively, I instead ask that we review the pertinent information with an open mind and cast the ego aside. Read more…

7 Steps To A Healthy Body

In examining the relationship we have with our bodies, an important question to ponder is if we truly appreciate and express gratitude for all our bodies do for us. I know I certainly didn’t love my body for most of my life. Rather than treating my body like the precious vessel for my soul and beloved friend that it is, I chose instead to shun it and judge it based on arbitrarily society-constructed beauty standards.

Our bodies do so much for us – this is an undeniable truth. Read more…

Chickpea Spinach Curry Recipe

A mouthwatering, creamy and tangy chickpea spinach curry with heaps of spices and zesty lime juice.

This dish is every spice lover’s dream! Leftovers are great for eating with tortilla or pita chips. I was definitely in a feel good haze for a good 30 minutes after eating this curry. I definitely was guilty of eating it for almost every meal for about 3 consecutive days.

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Consumerism And Self Worth: Part Two

Part Two: The Need To Acquire More

When we examine the products we consume the most as a society, it becomes clear that the way the system must be designed in order to keep consumers coming back is to provide a constant turn over and progression of products. The heaviest consumption is that of food products, followed by clothing, beauty products, the latest technological advances, and other services.

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7 Tips For How To Start Eating Healthy

So you want to start eating healthier? Boy, do I have a can of knowledge whoop-ass to unleash. But for the sake of love and peace for humanity, I will stick to the most important points and encourage everyone in any stage of their journey towards health to read this.

Most of you know by this point, that I follow a vegan diet. However, this post was crafted with everyone in mind and all, whether you’re plant-based or a voracious animal eater, are welcome!

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Consumerism And Self Worth: Part One

Hey friends! This is the first part of my new series, Consumerism And Self Worth in which we examine the correlations between the two. I’ll be releasing parts two, three, and four on every Wednesday over the next month. Stay tuned for Part Two next week!

Part One: Media & Beauty Trends

Oh, the glorious beauty trends of the 2000’s – sparkly lip gloss, crimped hair, spiked and bleached hair, thin eyebrows, soul patches, Spartan-esque abs, belly button piercings, and boob jobs.

My personal favorites I’d seen in my early teenage days were the layered polos with happily flaunted popped collars, decorated and doodled upon converses in all their colorful glory, and god did I want a hideous ruffled mini skirt. Who else is feeling way too grossly nostalgic right now?

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Autumn Soba Noodle Soup Recipe

The Dish

A delectable, satisfying buckwheat soba noodle soup bowl with napa cabbage, daikon radish, red onion, celery, and tomatoes, topped with fresh scallions.

This soba bowl is perfect for warming up on chilly days and leaves bellies feeling toasty and satisfied! Napa cabbage and daikon radish are both seasonal to autumn.

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3 Ways To Find Your Focus

Friday, oh glorious Friday!

For most of us, Friday symbolizes all that is free and good left in the world – it marks the triumphant (albeit exhaustive) end of the day-in-day-out tedious drudgery of the work week.

Friday is the day we are able to collectively stick it to the man, shouting with exuberance, “You don’t own me anymore! …At least not until Monday.”

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7 Therapy Alternatives For The Creative Mind

We all encounter moments in life where our emotions and thoughts may become overwhelming. Our mind can begin to swirl with ruminating thoughts and we can feel the emotions running rampant throughout our body.

For some of us, these tumultuous states seem to appear more often than not (shoutout to my fellow anxiety-prone friends) and often, we are at a loss for how to stop these energies from taking over our day.

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Fiesta Quinoa Bowl Recipe

The Dish

Fiesta Quinoa Bowl with roma tomatoes, red onion, corn, orange bell pepper, black beans, basil, topped with scallions.

This southwestern inspired bowl is delightfully homey and hearty, and surprisingly quick to throw together if you’re looking for a minimal prep, healthy meal. 

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