Holistic, Holiday Meal Inspiration

Holistic, Holiday Meal Inspiration

There is something about stuffing in the food world that makes meals so much more exciting and appetizing. Sure eggplant and butternut squash are great, but stuffed eggplant and butternut squash? now your talking! Whether your stuffing a turkey or serving some plant-based inspiration this season, these ideas can be enjoyed by meat-eaters and vegans alike. Amaranth […]

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Easter Treat Ideas for the Mindful Mama

Easter Treat Ideas for the Mindful Mama

How the pagan fertility symbol of eggs got mixed up with the birth of Jesus is still kind of mysterious to me. The whole ritual of easter bunnies, eggs (which come from chickens not rabbits) candy and presents seems a bit strange in todays world. Don’t get me wrong, when I was a kid I […]

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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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The Non-Dairy Milk Quest

The Non-Dairy Milk Quest

I have tried many non-dairy milks over the years and found very few that meet all my overly-informed foodie requirements, (organic, non-GMO, soy-free, etc). I wanted to reduce my intake of soy products since being a vegetarian often lends itself to an abundance of tofu, veggie meats, milks and products that contain soy protein/lecithin. The last […]

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Cancerous Culture

Cancerous Culture

Like many of you folks out there I have a dear relative battling cancer. I am often sadden when I think of just how many of us know someone who has been affected by this incredibly horrible disease that eats away at our bodies, minds and spirits. The new Cancer Center on Loma Vista is […]

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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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Monsanto in Our Backyard

Monsanto in Our Backyard

As an active participant in the Label GMOs (genetically modified organisms) initiative I am saddened to learn that Monsanto the mega seed corporation has taken over Seminis in Oxnard. I not only fear that many of the surrounding agricultural areas will submit to the pressures of growing genetically modified foods, but also for the health […]

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