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16-Year-Old Vegan Stuns The World With His Gorgeous Desserts And Breakfasts

Jose is a 16-year-old vegan who creates masterpiece dishes. Not only are they nice to look at, but they’re delicious, too!

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Vegan food gets so much flak from meat-eaters who assume the diet is tasteless, unsatisfying, and boring. Vegans would obviously disagree as, with just a little effort and know-how, plant-based foods can truly drown our mouths with flavour. I mean, many Indian dishes are vegan, and they’re working with the largest spice palette in the world.

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Fortunately, many vegan food bloggers have won over the tastebuds of the masses by not only providing delicious and healthy recipes, but also delivering amazing images of their final result. Even amongst these creative masters, however, few can top the way this 16-year-old displays his stunning pieces of food art.

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Jose is quickly becoming a vegan star by whipping up amazing vegan desserts and breakfasts and putting them up on Instagram (check out his account here). One might wonder what’s so special about a smoothie bowl or vegan cheesecake, but one look at Jose’s creations will explain all.

It’s worth mentioning too that the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle have been brought to the forefront over the past few years, and with the help of a few documentaries like What The Health?, more people are considering making the switch. The typical Western diet is comprised largely of animal products, sugars, and fried foods, all of which cause a number of health issues, whereas a plant-based diet can help prevent over 60% of chronic disease deaths. What’s more, in addition to the physical effects animal products have on our well-being, they also wreak havoc on the environment, too.

The planet and its many creatures owe much to activists like Jose, who take their love for the Earth to a whole new level. Why not have fun with your passion and show care for the Earth at the same time?

ECLIPSE Smoothie Bowl Topped with frozen blueberries & blackberries, sprinkles and a chocolate moon Made just with frozen bananas, blueberries and butterfly pea powder. Inspired by today’s eclipse!

Left or Right? Smoothie Cups made with frozen bananas, strawberries & butterfly pea tea powder Topped with strawberries & frozen blueberries. Love these for breakfast! ✨

Galaxy Smoothie Bowl Used @matcha.blue in this smoothie to get this natural blue colour!

Which Slice would you pick? Chocolate, Cookies, Coconut flakes, Frozen blueberries, Blackberries or Raspberries? All of them were delicious! Recipe for this vegan vanilla cake with melted chocolate posted last week✌

1, 2, or 3? Fruit Cone Party! filled with whipped cream, frozen raspberries & blueberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana and chocolate So yummy and easy to make! ✌✨

Blueberry Swirl Bowls ❄️✨ Smoothie bowls topped with chocolate, banana slices, coconut shreds, dragon fruit & frozen blueberries

Vegan cheesecakes: choco-mint, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, passion fruit, chocolate & cherry Love this cake party! ✨

Waffle party topped with frozen berries, kiwi, strawberries, banana, frozen blueberries, or chocolate? All of them were delicious! ✌✨

Frozen blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Vanilla ice cream, Chocolate ice cream, Coconut flakes, Chocolate, Sprinkles or Cookies? All of them were delicious!✌
Recipe,
Peanut Butter Brownies:
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup coconut or almond yogurt
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 flax eggs ( 2tbsp flaxseeds + 5tbsp water, wait 5 minutes before adding)
Preheat oven at 375F(195c). Whisk everything except flour until combined and then add the flour. Transfer to greased or lined pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the brownie starts to pull away from the sides.
Topped it with more peanut butter, healthy candy, fruits and vegan ice cream.

Sweet toast party! ✨ These toasts are topped with: chocolate spread, coconut cream with blue spirulina and blueberries, frozen blackberries, blueberries, raspberries & banana slices Love these for breakfast!✌⚡️

This is a warming oatmeal bowl I had as breakfast today Topped with sliced banana, chia seeds, frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries and passion fruit✨ The syrup is a passion fruit syrup i made some days ago, so good! (Recipe some posts back) Hope you are having a nice day Can’t wait for the new food emojis to come!!

Banana boat party! ✨ Banana boats are topped with: peanut butter, frozen raspberries & blueberries, strawberries, chocolate and shredded coconut Easy snack idea! ✌✨

Smoothie bowl party! ✨ Smoothies topped with: banana slices, frozen blackberries, chocolate, strawberries & frozen blueberries 1, 2, 3 or 4? ✌✨

AQUA Smoothie Bowl ✨ Made with frozen bananas, blue pea tea powder & matcha. Served in a coconut and topped with frozen blueberries & blackberries Oceanic Breakfast! ✌

Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake @xanjuschx made this cake with blueberries in the middle Who would you share this with? ✌✨

Layered breakfast jars! These ones are filled with chia pudding and three smoothie layers: mango, raspberry and blueberry for purple!⭐️ I topped them with banana slices, frozen raspberries, blackberries and mango balls! Recipe for these jars in the comments! Hope you are having a great day!✌

Strawberry Smoothie Cups ✨ Topped these with chocolate, frozen raspberries & strawberries, chia pudding at the bottom Smoothies made with frozen bananas & strawberries. Pink Breakfast Vibes! ✌

Blue ombré vegan cheesecake Used @matcha.blue for the natural blue color & topped it with frozen blueberries So yummy! ✨

AQUA Smoothie Cups ✨ Smoothie layers topped with frozen blueberries & kiwis, chia pudding at the base Smoothie made with frozen bananas, butterfly pea powder and matcha. Who’d you share these with? ⚡️✌

Toasty tuesday party! ✨ These toasts are topped with: peanut butter, frozen blueberries & blackberries, strawberries, shredded coconut, dark chocolate and banana slices

Creamy raw blueberry fresh thyme cake by @vanelja ✨ There’s herbs & berries in this delicious looking dessert, recipe on her page

1, 2, 3 or 4? Fruit Popsicles! Made these with coconut milk, blue tea, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate & banana, dipped in chocolate Perfect snack for a sunny day! ✨

AQUA Smoothie Bowl ✨ Made with frozen bananas, blue pea tea powder & matcha. Topped with sprinkles, frozen blueberries & blackberries and kiwi Oceanic Breakfast! ✌

If you’d like to check out more recipes and beautiful images for a worthwhile cause, you can check out another ’16 year old vegan boy’ named Simon (@fruitysimon), who created an Ebook filled with vegan recipes and tips (click here to get it). 100% of profits go to Mercy For Animals!

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Veggie burgers, chickpeas, veggies, nitritional yeast and other seasoning 🙏

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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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  • The Facts:

    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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  • The Facts:

    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

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    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Are Lockdowns Affecting Children?

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  • The Facts:

    We spoke to activist and mother Stephanie Sibbio about her co-creation of an organization called 100 Million Moms which seeks to empower women to stand up against injustices.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we choosing virus mitigation methods that are short sighted and harmful over the long term? Are they more harmful than the virus itself?

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The potential downsides of lockdowns during pandemics have been explored quite a bit – and the truth is the scientific community is quite divided on whether it’s the right move. On one hand a case can be made for effectiveness of lockdowns, but at quite a cost, while on the other hand many have shown lockdowns to be ineffective in slowing spread. How a study is organized and conducted can also dramatically change results.

Interestingly a study in Nature showed that “less disruptive and costly NPIs can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown).” This essentially states that governments could choose effective ways to mitigate virus spread effectively without inducing unwanted and long term side effects on society as a whole via lockdowns – regardless, lockdowns are still widely being used.

One question we might have is, what about factors that are not so easy to measure right away? Things like long term psychological damage of being constantly stressed, out of touch with community and friends, and confined to our homes. What affects are children experiencing in their development and learning? We may not know exactly for quite some time.

I felt inspired to speak to a mother who has not only be asking this question with regards to her child, but who has decided to do something to push back against government measures, like lockdowns, that many citizens and scientist don’t agree with.

Along with another activist, Stephanie Sibbio created a movement called 100 Million Moms who, as their Instagram states, are a rights-based movement empowering moms all over the world to stand up against injustice. We advocate for natural health & medical freedom.

I spoke to Stephanie about how she has seen lockdowns affecting children, and her story in co-creating 100 Million Moms. In this discussion you will learn how you can get involved as well.

Further Discussion

A large meta analysis on mask wearing has shown that children are having physiological issues and learning challenges with prolonged mask wearing.

A group of doctors did a panel worth considering that discusses the potential harms of lockdowns and the science that supports the idea.

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