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Common Genetically Modified Ingredients, Where They Lurk & How we can Avoid Them

Common Genetically Modified Ingredients, Where They Lurk & How we can Avoid Them

Some of the food products that are available now are a far cry from the types of wholesome foods that where consumed less than 100 years ago. Its no surprise that the rise of many illnesses and diseases are a direct result of increasing processed foods being introduced into the market. Many of them are touted as […]

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Putting the "Veg" Back in Vegetarian

Putting the “Veg” Back in Vegetarian

Just Because its Vegan Doesn’t Mean its Good for You! When I began to phase out a majority of animal products from my diet many years ago, veg-versions of foods I was familiar with made the transition easier. But over the years as I have continued to grow in my awareness of healthy eating and proper […]

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Integrating the Shadow - A Shamanic Food Medicine Journey

Integrating the Shadow – A Shamanic Food Medicine Journey

After recently catering an EFT  (Emotional Freedom Technique) retreat in Ojai I was re-connected to my passion to provide food for people doing healing process work. Learning to eat well and take better care of myself was a huge step in my own personal healing journey. Years of child sexual abuse had lead me down a […]

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3 Keys for Compassionate Eating

3 Keys for Compassionate Eating

When I first began to understand what it meant to eat compassionately I identified three key factors for doing the least amount of harm to: No. 1 The Earth Eating locally grown organic foods contributes less toxins to the soil, air and waterways. Plus supporting local farmers who use eco friendly practices to feed their communities […]

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Big Sky Cafe in SLO

Big Sky Cafe in SLO

Hard to believe I had never eaten at Big Sky cafe in all the years of vacationing to Pismo Beach and surrounding areas. And now that I have a son named Sky there was no excuse! I had heard rumors of their veg-friendly menu and organic, locally sourced produce and beverages, so while visiting my partners family […]

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Food Medicine

Food Medicine

Years ago when I first infused my belief system with compassionate eating, it had a core that focused on issues affecting the environment, animal suffering and our bodies and health. More recently my life path has lead me deeper into the healing realm of food as medicine and I have been fascinated by my findings. […]

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Its Easy Being a Veggie

Its Easy Being a Veggie

  On a recent outing with the Ventura County Vegans I found myself in the company of sensitive, animal loving people who where concerned with health and issues relating to world of food politics. The alternative lifestyle that balks meat and dairy products is still in the minority but is slowly gaining popularity in the […]

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New Traditions

New Traditions

Ah yes the holiday season is upon us, and with it often comes the pressure to buy gifts, the stress of traveling and the hopes of seeing (or avoiding) family. Topping it off with a sense of ethical responsibility, conscious consumption and the desire to do the right thing can be overwhelming for many of […]

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Chewing With Gratitude

Chewing With Gratitude

Over the past few months I have been carving new pathways in my brain and attempted to incorporate new habits and rituals to my daily life. Change can sometimes be hard. We often cling to the familiar even when it is harmful or no longer serving us, we still resist. I’ve come to realize that […]

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Embracing Empathy

Embracing Empathy

By: Bianca Rose Martinez Published in the Ventura Breeze 6/23/11     When I became a vegetarian about 11 years ago, it was a result of an empathy circuit in my brain that had been re-activated. I had always loved animals as a kid (who didn’t?) and had lots of pets and stuffed animal toys […]

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