Woman’s World Farmstand Diet: Flavorful and Rich Vegan Shepard’s Pie

Compassion begins on your plate! As mentioned in the cover story in the August 21, 2017 issue of Woman’s World Magazine on shelves now, attached is my recipe for whole plant-based, vegan shepard’s pie. I am so honored to be featured in the current issue of Woman’s World magazine for plant-based nutrition. To have my weight loss transformation be an example of a vegan, Whole Foods diet being the most compassionate and nutritious lifestyle is honestly a dream come true.

Although the article states you can lose 20 lbs in a week, my over-100lbs-lost story was a slow process over a year and a half, making good daily decisions on plant-based food choices. I never intended to drop the weight, just to do better. The weight loss has been a nice bonus. Always love yourself and your body at any weight. Make daily decisions on activities and food choices from love. Do all things from a place of love, not lack.

Also, I could tell you right now I would not have dropped weight if I continued eating cheese, even though the article suggests doing shreds of cheese on your salad. In fact, a huge part of my spike in energy was abstaining from any and all animal products and focusing on whole, real fruits and vegetables. Replace your eggs and cheese with tofu scrambles, like the recipe in the article.  They are seriously delicious and won’t slow you down. 😉 

I encourage you all to read “The Whole Foods Diet” book by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. He focuses on so many health benefits abstaining from animal products. He is so incredibly passionate about it. Case studies have shown people reversing and preventing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even cancers. Weight loss is the least important benefit to consider. 

Full Recipe: Flavorful and Rich Vegan Shepard’s Pie

Overnight Gingerbread Chia Pudding


Chia is an ancient Mayan word for strength. Introducing it into my diet has helped my hunger and stamina exponentially. It’s a good source of protein, fiber, calcium and omega-3. Eating chia puddings have become a staple for me on days I’m losing weight and feeling motivated to work out. My favorite cookie is definitely my mom’s gingerbread so combining her spices with chia pudding seemed like a perfect fit to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way. 

You’ll need:

4 tablespoons black chia seeds

1 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon* of cinnamon 

A dash* of ginger

A dash* of clove 

*Can be increased with preference.

Combine ingredients in Tupperware bowl and leave in fridge overnight. If you would like to make more for the week, just keep the ratio of 4 tablespoons per cup of coconut milk in mind.  

In the morning, enjoy a healthful, yummy gingerbread chia pudding ! 

Compassion Begins on Your Plate: How Plant-Based Eating Can Transform Your World

As a child, I basically ate whatever my parents decided to put in front of me. Until one day, I started questioning the choices of my parents. I was 14 years old when my dad’s side of the family all decided to be on the Atkin’s diet. I watched my dad order a beef burger without the bun, eat as much bacon and sausage as he wanted for breakfast, not eating many vegetables and completely cutting out carbs. Being someone who never particularly enjoyed eating tons of meat, I was repulsed by it. I called it the “flesh” diet. I declared I was a vegetarian and started preparing my own dinners. I didn’t really know how to be a healthy vegetarian, I just knew I didn’t want to contribute to the killing of animals. Once I researched documentaries like “Kentucky Fried Cruelty”, and saw the brutal treatment of animals in factory farms, there was no turning back. I often ate pasta drenched in garlic and olive oil, or omlettes covered in cheese. It wouldn’t be until years later that I truly would make the connection between food as medicine and vitality.

Back then I never could have imagined cutting out eggs and dairy. It took me seeing years later that it’s common practice that male chicks are ground up alive and baby calves are taken from their moms and slaughtered for veal- that there is no humane treatment of animals in any food industry. We are exploiting the most innocent beings on this planet by giving them a life of misery. This connection started making me think about energy in food and focusing on sourcing food that is “cruelty free”. If everything is energy, why would you ever want to consume a product sourced from an animal who lived in misery? It made me question how much negativity we bring into our own lives by absorbing that which we create from these tortured animals. 

It wasn’t until I started working at Whole Foods Market did I really put the idea into practice. I set out to eat the highest energy, nutrient-dense foods. I finally learned how to not only eat compassionately for the planet, but also how to eat compassionately for myself. I took E3-Live, a super nutrient-dense algae high in 65 vitamins, minerals and amino acids, every morning with my orange juice. I ate chia pods on my breaks instead of bagels and cream cheese. I often grabbed organic pink lady apples, bananas, and cashews if I was hungry. I always had Lara bars on me, and drank chia kombuchas. If I was craving cheese, I bought cashew cheese and gluten-free crackers. I replaced my morning omlettes with my now favorite dish: the tofu scramble. I often ate at the salad bar, but mixed an avocado from produce with lemon juice over my greens instead of dressing. This diet gave me so much energy I had no problem working out for a couple hours after an 8 hour shift. 

I was over 300 lbs when I first started working at Whole Foods. This change to a plant-based diet combined with regularly working out led me to drop over 90 lbs over the past year and a half. Little steps and daily decisions from the heart has led to a huge transformation in my life. It’s been less about the end goal, and more about how to make a loving decision towards myself and the planet in the moment. The weight has fallen off in the process. Every day we have choices to make. Every day we have the ability to channel love and light into every decision we make. It’s our little choices over time that lead to life-changing transformations. I truly believe compassion begins on your plate. What we decide to eat can literally transform our world: from our bodies, to our energy levels, to our environment.

Flavorful and Rich Vegan Shepard’s Pie

  
I personally want full-flavored, Irish goodness on St. Patrick’s Day. When you have decided to eat compassionately for the planet, you may find yourself feeling a little left out (and grossed out) amidst all the corn beef chomping population beside you. Luckily for all you plant-based eaters out there, I have decided to share my favorite Irish, vegan recipe. 💚

Start by boiling 8 red skinned potatoes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Filling

Add the following ingredients to a sauté pan with a little veggie broth:

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, cubed

8 cremini mushrooms, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh thyme

1 tsp fresh sage

Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Add two cups of veggie broth, slowly.

Add 1 cup of tomato paste. 

Add 1 cup of organic frozen peas.

Add a splash of red wine.

Let simmer until veggies become soft.

Add 1 tbsp flour, and continue to let simmer until thickened.

  
Potato topping

At about 15-20 minutes of boiling, the potatoes should be tender. Check with a fork or knife.

Drain the hot water from the potatoes. I usually cut the potatoes in half with a knife and leave them in the same pan.

Add 2 cups of your favorite nut milk (I use cashew milk).

Add garlic salt and pepper to taste.

The tender potatoes and added ingredients should be easily mashed and mixed by hand with a potato masher.

  
Putting it all together

I put a little veggie broth on the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking.

Completely cover pan with thickened veggie filling. Make sure it is even by spreading with the back of a spoon.

Evenly layer mashed potato mixture on top of the veggies. Make sure it is spread as evenly as possible on top to keep a good ratio between potato topping and veggie filling.

Cook pan on the top shelf of your oven for 30 minutes, or until potato topping starts to brown and crisp.

Let dish cool for 5 minutes before serving.

  
Voila! A delicious, full flavored vegan St. Patties dish!

Enjoy, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

What Would Happen If You Invested in Nutrition Instead of Make-up?

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One of the saddest aspects of our society is what the population idolizes as beauty. There was a time in my life, mainly my early twenties, when I seemed to invest most of my disposable income on my appearance. I was often riding trends. Head to the gym, cake on bronzer, go to the beauty store for some cover up, blow out your hair, chemically straighten your curls. When I look back at all of the time and money I invested in hiding bags under my eyes, bleaching my hair, powdering my face, and lining my eyes with black make-up, I see a lot of wasted energy.

While I finish editing my book, I have been working in a holistic health foods store. All of my disposable income has been redirected into good nutrition and whole food vitamin supplements. After a major lifestyle change, I feel I don’t have to try so hard to feel beautiful. A good nights rest and rolling out of bed is all I need. The left photo is what I looked like in 2009 spending hundreds of dollars a month on my appearance and spending countless hours in the bathroom. The right photo in the picture is what I looked like after rolling out of bed and throwing on a peasant top with my sugilite crystal. I should also add I just worked an 8 hour day on my feet when I took this photo. While some people may prefer the left, I prefer the right. I don’t have to try anymore and I feel like I have more energy than I did when I was 21.

There are a few things I changed up:

1. Moisturizer- Cell Food Gel. Cell Food has eliminated my need for cover-up or photoshopping wrinkles with a process that oxygenates your cells naturally. The product is full of enzymes, minerals, lavender oil, and aloe vera. I just put on a thin layer after I wash my face with hemp soap.

2. Probiotics- Megafood Megaflora Plus (50 billion) and fermented foods. Probiotics do so much for the immune system, skin, and digestive system. Having a healthy level of good bacteria in your gut can change your life in so many ways. I used to have dry skin and psoriasis that cleared up after a month of taking them. Probiotics help absorb more nutrients, making any other vitamins or produce you consume more effective and nourishing for your body.

3. Wholefood MultiVitamin- Megafood One Daily. Taking a good multi made a difference in my energy level in about a week. Over time, I noticed my hair, skin, and nails were better. I used to wear hair extensions all of the time and get my acrylics filled on my nails every two weeks. Now my hair is thick, long, and full, and my nails don’t break as easily.

4. Vegan diet- eliminating dairy. I was a vegetarian for 12 years before going vegan in 2014. I don’t get sick anymore, or have mucus issues in the winter, and I am losing weight. My work out regimen has been light yoga work outs, but cutting dairy alone has helped me feel healthier than when I consumed dairy and completed P90x in the picture on the left. Focusing on healthy plant food based on organic, non-GMO produce has also increased the nutrients in my diet.

5. Eliminate chemicals. No synthetics here. Having chemical-free hair products, dying my hair without ammonia, and removing chemicals from my diet has really changed up my lifestyle. There are so many natural, effective alternatives. I used to spend so much money on chemical-ridden strips to whiten my teeth. Now, they are white through brushing with Tom’s Fluoride-free toothpaste with Xylitol for whitening. Not only is it cheaper to use coconut oil on your hair than the leading chemical-ridden hair mask, it is super nourishing for your hair, scalp, and skin. Your body absorbs so much through your pores that you start to notice feeling healthier when you choose natural products.

These 5 changes have helped me feel so comfortable in my own skin. When I see old friends of mine still living in a lifestyle where they are spending so much money on the appearance of being healthy and happy, it makes me sad for them because in the end, they aren’t really being healthy at all. Spending money on nutrition instead of beauty products can transform your life. Your appearance becomes a reflection of the healthy being inside instead of a facade. The picture on the right is me today without any make-up. I am full of nutrients and natural products, and I feel I have never looked better. Try it for yourself. ❤️

5 Steps for Psychic Awareness Development

Your body, in all its glory, is an energy vessel. When our chakras are optimally functioning, we can harness ourselves like a tool to reach the divine. We can conduct universal love energy throughout our bodies to heal ourselves and others, and to channel to gain knowledge and wisdom. I am convinced that in the future the need for books and standard education will become obsolete through individual and collective meditation practices. Many of our ancestors had quite extensive knowledge when considering the hypothesis testing in science only surfaced in the more recent day and age. While there may be many reasons for obtaining knowledge, one obvious reason is that our ancient ancestors lived more in tune with the natural rhythms of their bodies, nature, and the universe. 

When we live in oneness with our higher self, miracles start happening through us and to us. I have found that being your authentic self at all times is like spreading magic wherever you go. When we live in the flow of all of life, synchronicity becomes the day to day norm instead of random rare occurrences. Confirmations from the universe are extremely useful and rewarding when shooting for an aim. For those who have never had this experience, the  unintended drug sub-context tends to surface. Many people believe that psychic awareness is not personally attainable unless the experience is induced by psychedelics. A close friend of mine is someone who truly believed this. I have exhausted long conversations regarding the subject. I found myself on a journey to be an example that true psychic awareness can be developed through non-chemical means or mood-altering substances. In fact, when your body becomes sensitive enough, these substances could come in between you and clear divine guidance. In my experience, I have found that the drug-free path has lead to an abundance of long-lasting and unmistakable insights. My path is definitely not the one and only path, but I wanted to share what I found worked for me getting started.

1. Caffeine-free: I was in a high-stress job and going to school full time when I was guided to go caffeine-free. I thought, there is no way I will have the energy to satisfy my duties. At the time, I was drinking about 5 cups of coffee a day. I was having difficulty sleeping and was always anxious so I knew something had to change. I replaced espresso shots with wheat grass in my daily routine. High potency dissolvable B12 in your grocer’s vitamin isle is also amazing for keeping your energy levels high (especially if you are vegetarian). Juicing is also more energizing and sustainable to maintain higher energy levels. It was about a week of feeling slighted until eventually I had noticeably more energy without crashing and better sleep at night. My sleeping patterns stabilized and my anxiety levels decreased.
 
2. Vegetarian or Vegan Diet: If vegetarian is not your thing, at minimum stay away from advertised foods or anything with a mascot. I’ve been a vegetarian of 11 years, which I’ve learned from fellow lightworkers can dramatically help heighten your intuition. This made sense because I randomly started having profound psychic experiences in my early twenties. When a being is tortured and killed, and you consume it, you are also consuming it’s energy. Having fear or stress in your energy field/ vortex disrupts the clear connection with the divine. Overcoming your own fears can be a daunting task on its own, let alone feeling the fear of a poor, defenseless animal that was tortured and killed. I find that many people who don’t believe in the experience do not even realize that they are stuck in a reality due to their eating habits and lifestyle. I started a vegan diet, which initially I was kicking and screaming about since I love cheese. I found that my psychic experiences with angels were extremely heightened. I stopped craving the cheese because I was enjoying my angels and guides on a very tangible level. Cheese becomes unthinkable if you think it could block witnessing such miracles. Sometimes in my area it is difficult to always be vegan when out to eat. I always make sure to pray over my food before I eat it, giving it an energetic boost. NON-GMO is also very important. Everything has energy and I find that the more natural a substance, the higher energy of life force is within the food. When a fruit or vegetable has been tampered with, it could also tamper with your clear connection to the divine.
 
3. Flouride-free: While it may be difficult to live a completely fluoride-free lifestyle, there are certain steps you can take to minimize your intake. Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland, making your third eye virtually inoperable. Many claim that fluoride was used both in Nazi Germany and Gulags in Siberia to keep prisoners docile and easier to control. This makes a lot of sense when considering fluoride inhibits divine guidance. People are way more likely to question authority if their inner divine guidance is beaming through clearly. It makes me sad to learn that fluoride drinking water is not only socially acceptable in the US, but a norm in our society. I always opt for water put through reverse osmosis. Boiling water does not remove fluoride. I also use Tom’s Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothpaste. A common complaint I hear from people who give it a try is that their teeth don’t get as white or that it doesn’t clean as well, but that would be false from my experience. In fact, I have freakishly white teeth and have never had a cavity to date. If you brush and floss regularly, there shouldn’t be a problem.
 
4. Natural Beauty Products:  Removing metals and chemicals from your beauty products will help you become more sensitive and intuitive. The most difficult part for me was deodorant. I use a few different brands and a combo of items. I personally like peppermint oil since its cooling on hot summer days. I also recommend crystal essence lavender. Tom’s also makes a chemical free deodorant stick that I sometimes use as a base for the peppermint oil, or any oil of your choosing. I also switched my hair products to be all natural. I prefer Moroccan or Argon oil hair products. I dyed my hair one last time to my natural color instead of bleach blonde to ensure I could discontinue applying harsh chemicals in my hair regularly.
 
5. Chakra Clearing: Last but definitely not least, Chakra Clearing is essential to detoxing. As we live our daily lives, we can become bombarded with negative energy depending on your day job or environment. After each day, it is important to release the events from the day. This is essential to ensure that your energy points will harmonize. You can enlarge and clear your energy points with a meditation regimen (morning and evening), and also with yoga. I would recommend a combination of both. If you are unsure on where to start, youtube a chakra clearing meditation and try working with it daily.
 
The goal is to be a clear and perfect channel for higher dimensional energies. Please feel free to share any experiences with this detox or other tips that may have worked for you. Namaste.

Ego versus Eco

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I have been a vegetarian of over 11 years and a vegan just recently. I always respected the innocence of animals and never wanted any animal to be in pain. This journey started when I realized that animals were not just being killed quickly, but absolutely tortured their entire lives. Throughout the years I have been teased, bullied, harassed, and manipulated into eating animal products unbeknownst to me. My philosophy became one that I wouldn’t tell you how I feel about you eating meat, if you would stop teasing me about being a vegetarian. This sense of complacency has really bothered me recently.

I thought I was doing the world a favor by being “respectful” of other people’s lives. Unfortunately, I forgot one other perspective: the animals. Now that I know that human beings are one with life, all creatures are beings created by God and who am I to stop another heart beat? Our notion that animals were put here for us to eat is extremely primitive in nature and an ego-based thought. When did killing become a sport? There are so many healthy alternatives to meat that killing anything is now just a game.

If you won’t stop eating meat for the animal, let me tell you how this energy is affecting your being. When bodies are stressed and fearful, chemicals are released. These chemicals are not taken from animal meat before you consume it. If you can picture your energy as a big ball around you, and everything you say, think, and eat powers this energy, would you want to power your energy with toxic fear? Fear is what keeps us from experiencing true oneness with God. Once this truth is realized, eating meat becomes blasphemous. Every being has a divine spark of light within.

Affirm: I am one with all of God’s creation.