“I cannot say enough positive things about Kathleen and my experience with this retreat!
Although I was already healthy and active, I had drifted from my Ashtanga practice and vegan eating. This retreat brought me back to my Ashtanga yoga practice and gave me more vegan outlets to help me continue on that path. But more than that, it brought me inner peace and helped me reconnect spiritually.
Every morning I awoke early to walk Swami’s beach alone and meditate -I found it very healing. Just breathing in the air there is magical -it smells amazing.
Kathleen is a wonderful host with tons of yummy vegan recipes and cooking tips. Even my thirteen-year-old son is enjoying the recipes! This retreat was exactly what I needed. I came home feeling calm, centered, inspired and best of all- happy.”
-Jen Yeager Kansas City, KS
Thank you for saving animals with your food choices!
Taking time to cook for yourself is a wonderful act of self-care and saves money. I know it takes energy and planning, but you are worth it!
Cooking on the weekends and freezing soups and casserole dishes makes it easier to bring your lunch to work or when you get home after a busy day. Packing your own food helps you stay on your vegan path as well.
When I met my husband, Wade, at a yoga conference, he had packed his own lunch which I thought was cute. Now we do it all the time and feel like little kids with our tupperware.
I have experimented through the years with several mac n cheese recipes and have found this one from the Engine 2 Diet to be EASY and delicious! It also doesn’t use vegan cheeses, which are processed and are high in fat and oil, so it’s healthier too.
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“This is a beautiful life-affirming reminder that it all begins and ends with love- self, the Divine and to all the creatures on the planet! You feel her love and passion for yoga throughout the pages and it motivated me to get on the mat and let go of the struggle. Also practical tips to a smooth transition to a plant-based diet, for the betterment of all.“- Frangelica Fellini Amazon review
The filmmakers set up plant pods in small communities and provided plant-based meals for 10 days. It’s amazing how quickly their cholesterol levels dropped in a short period of time.
Have you had your cholesterol checked recently? Cardiologist Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, from Forks Over Knives, encourages people to get their TOTAL cholesterol below 150 to prevent the risk for heart disease.
Remember, a vegan diet has zero cholesterol and is high in fiber. Animal products are high in cholesterol and have zero fiber.
Cranberry Chickpea Salad: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell
This chickpea salad uses tahini (sesame seed butter) instead of of vegan mayo. The cranberries, walnuts, celery and carrots give it a delicious flavor and crunch.You can eat it on a bed of kale with rice crackers or on your favorite bread. It’s a perfect lunch to take to work.
Keep nourishing yourself with plant powered foods! It’s wonderful for your health, the animals and the planet.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! How do you feel about it?
Whether you’re single or in a relationship know how much you are loved and appreciated by me, God, your friends, family and community.
Your presence on the planet at this particular point in time is intentional. You have a purpose to fulfill, something you can do that no one else can do in your own special way. Let your light shine and keep sharing your gifts with the world. We need you!
Treat yourself to some healthy chocolate this weekend:
This recipe is vegan and oil free. It uses unsweetened apple sauce instead of oil, so it cuts back on fat and calories.
It also uses Ener G egg replacer, which can be found in the Asian food section of the health food store. It is made from potato starch and tapioca flour. It’s a great for baking and won’t increase your cholesterol. A plant-based diet has ZERO cholesterol!
Dr Neal Barnard founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible medicine says there’s 215 mg of cholesterol in one egg. To lower cholesterol consider omitting eggs and other animal products out of your diet.
You can find non-dairy chocolate chips at Costco (Kirkland Brand) or the health food store.
I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free All Purpose Baking Flour and topped them with powdered sugar. The recipe calls for regular flour.
Keep giving yourself the gift of self-love and be your own Valentine today and every day!
I love sharing plant-based recipes to help support you in sustaining a healthy lifestyle, while enjoying delicious food.
This Raise the Roof Sweet Potato Lasagna from The Engine 2 Diet, by Rip Esselstyn is one of my favorites! It is packed with nutrition and flavor for the whole family. It’s full of vibrant colors from sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, tofu and topped with blended cashews instead of parmesan cheese.
It makes A LOT OF food!
One 9 x 13 pan and a 8 x 8 pan, so you can freeze the leftovers.