Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big Buddha-Animal Friendly Fashion

I recently started looking into vegan fashion, I thought if I'm not eating animals why am I carrying one on my shoulder.

So I set out and came across Big Buddha which is an animal friendly based handbag and accessories company.  Not only that but the line is very fashionable and affordable.  Big Buddha has been seen on the arms of many Hollywood actress's and featured in many top magazines.

You can purchase online or also some department stores carry them, Macy's and Dillard's to name a couple.

Remember it's all about small steps and making better choices in what we purchase.  Support great companies like Big Buddha that want to make the earth a better place.

I LOVE my Big Buddha purchase!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fermented Foods Good Source of Probiotics

Probiotics meaning "for life" are living organisms that include various bacterial strains, that help promote a good digestive tract and colon health.  The two most common strains are  Lactobacillus found in the small intestine and  Bifidobacterium found in the large intestine.  There are many food that contain probiotics.

Pickles and Sauerkraut

Fermented foods like sauerkraut and brine pickles, contain healthy bacteria and yeasts.  Look for brine pickles that aren't cured in vinegar.

Spicy Fermented Vegetables

Traditional Asian foods such as kimchi and pickled ginger are rich in probiotics.

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough starter uses the probiotic strain Lactobacillus for fermentation.

Unpasteurized Miso

Miso is a thick paste used in many Japanese soups and sauces.  It can be fermented using rice, barley or soybeans.  In traditional Japanese medicine miso is used to help an upset stomach.

So add a little fermented food to your diet to promote good gut health after all that is where 70% of our immune system lies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


LovingEco has everything from recycled jewelry and handbags to eco-friendly beauty products and organic clothing.  They believe that you don't have to compromise on style just because you are living the green life.

Tastemakers Picks from LovingEco gives you top picks from great entrepreneur's, designer's, actors, leaders, and stylish mom's out there.

Plus, LovingEco gives back.  For every purchase LovingEco gives back 3% to charitable organizations that support social and environmental causes.  Each designer has a different cause so when you make your purchase you will see where you are giving back.

LovingEco is very stylish and has great weekly sales.  Go check them out and you will be supporting great causes with each purchase.  Invite a friend, get $15 plus $1 goes to charity.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Runnin' Down A Dream

Meet Sam Fox.

Who is he?   Sam is a 23-year-old in the midst of an unbelievable, treacherous, and inspiring challenge: to run the entire 2,650 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail in less than 65 days. If he completes this challenge, he’ll break the current speed record, but that entails running an average of 40 miles a day for two months.

Did you hear that? 40 miles a day for two months! That’s nuts! But Sam has trained all year for this—and he’s determined to complete the challenge which started on August 25th.

Why is he doing this? His run is a charitable endeavor organized by his foundation, Run While You Can, to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s disease research. Sam’s mom, Lucy, was diagnosed with the disease more than a decade ago—and Sam started his foundation in her honor. The 22-year-old runner’s goal is to raise $250,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

 Where is he? Right now Sam is trekking through California, making his way south over tricky terrain. Sam’s run, which will take him over 60 major mountain passes and past more than 1,000 lakes will be daunting and sometimes impossible, not to mention filled with blisters, strained muscles and constant exhaustion.'s blog is chronicling Sam’s adventure: the good, the bad and everything in between. Besides amazing photos and very witty commentary, you get an unfiltered look at the athlete and the challenge.

What can you do? Donate at  Volunteer or even run a section of the trail with him if you are in the area. Follow his blog, cheer him on from afar, and watch him make his dream come true.

P.S. - Sam is not related to Michael J. Fox but we are sure Michael will want to adopt him after this heroic mission!

How truly inspiring is Sam's mission.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CNN Airs Pro Vegan Diet Special with Bill Clinton

You remember when Bill Clinton was in office and the media would make fun of him eating at McDonalds all the time and him chowing down on a dozen donuts at a time.  Well things have changed these days for Bill Clinton after his heart attack and undergoing heart surgery he no longer eats an animal-based diet.

His daughter Chelsea has been a long time vegan and even had a vegan wedding when she got married.  He says he feels so much better these days on his veggie diet.

Check out the CNN clip "The Last Heart Attack"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Product Review:PB2

We all love peanut butter right?  But, we don't like all the fat, sugar, oil, and salt that's in peanut butter either.

Well The Bell Plantation has come up with a product called PB2.  They use a special process that removes 85% of the fat without the chemicals that is normally involved when producing a reduced fat product.   PB2 has a natural roasted flavor without any preservatives.  PB2 also comes in chocolate as well.

I thought it was best added to smoothies and pancake batter.  I could see it being great in baked goods also.   All you do is add water to make the consistency you want it to be depending on what you are putting it on.

It is definitely worth keeping in your pantry.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Suggested Reading:Crazy Sexy Life:Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

I just finished this read and it was quite inspiring.  Kris Carr is the New York Times best-selling author and wellness warrior.  On Valentine's Day 2003, Kris was diagnosed with a rare, incurable stage 4 cancer.  She was basically told to go home and prepare to die.  Well the warrior Kris is wasn't going to take that as an answer.  She researched everything she could naturally to get her health back.  Life consisted of a vegan lifestyle, yoga, meditation and prayer among other things like living in a monastery.  Kris is super big into juicing also.

I first saw Kris and heard her story several years back on Oprah where Dr. Oz had come to her home and talked to her about her new lifestyle and how she was beating cancer.

Kris has a whole line of Crazy Sexy Books like, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips, Crazy Sexy Cancer, and a TLC documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer.

She is inspiring to so many not just people suffering from cancer but people from all walks of life.  Plus check out Kris' blog.   Get all kinds of information on spiritual wealth, health, happiness, and more.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Suggested Reading:The 30-Day Vegan Challenge:The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the award-winning author of five books, including the best-selling The Joy of Vegan Baking, Color Me Vegan, and Vegan's Daily Companion.  She has guided thousands of people to live a compassionate lifestyle through not only her books but through her lectures and her podcast "Food for Thought". 

The Vegan 30-Day Challenge challenge shows you how to live the cleaner, greener, healthier, and more compassionate lifestyle.  Colleen has all kinds of tips for stocking your pantry, her most tried and true recipes, where to get the best sources of your proteins, calcium, and other vitamins along with strategies on eating out, holiday and social gatherings.  Plus so much more it really is more than just a typical 30-day diet challenge.  Colleen gives you the tools needed to make this powerful transition.

Take the challenge, plus she even has in the book to use the buddy system when taking the challenge. 

Let me know what you think of her new book and your journey in taking this 30-day vegan challenge.  I would love to hear how it has changed the way you think and feel!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Free Day of Yoga-Dallas/Fort Worth

The long Labor Day weekend is upon us.........ahhhhhhh........we all need the break.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is holding it's 5th annual Free Day of Yoga on Monday September 5th.  Come get involved and have a little yogi fun.  There will be classes held from dawn to dusk around the DFW area.  Also, there will be a kick-off festival on Saturday September 3rd to celebrate.

This is a great way to try new studios and also different styles of yoga that maybe you have wanted to try but haven't yet.

This is me trying a little tree yoga last year at one of the Free Day of Yoga events.

Soooooo much fun I highly recommend it!!!

Free Day of Yoga is a great community event get your family and friends involved and show them a little yogi love on Labor Day.