Fail often.

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Some people have the crazy assumption that I have a perfect life. I do have an amazing life, one full of happiness, opportunities, privilege, support groups and lots of love, but many of this doesn’t come easy. I have had my fair share of failures. But I try to take each mistake as a learning opportunity and focus on the positives. What I share on social media tends to be 99% positive (which I have been ridiculed for), but not because I’m lying and hiding a terrible life behind a facade of smiles and filters, but because that is how I choose to shape my life: shitty things happen, I fail often, but I decide to turn 99% of all experiences into positive ones, and share positivity with the world.

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Cashew-Mac Recipe

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This delicious Vegan “Mac and Cheese” I have nicknamed “Cashew-Mac” because, lets be honest, it’s not going to taste exactly like dairy mac and cheese. My husband (who LOVES cheese) really supports eating vegan but has a phycological issue with any vegan cheese because since it is called “cheese” he expects it to taste exactly like cheese. Well people, vegan cheese does not taste like dairy cheese BUT is it still HELLA DELICIOUS! So we decided to nickname it Cashew-Mac so the expectation is eliminated and the dish can be enjoyed just as it is. And guess what?? It was cheese-lovin’-husband approved! So I guarantee non-vegans will also enjoy it, and love that they’re getting their vegetables hidden in something so yummy! 🙂

PS. Without baking this will take only about 35 minutes to make! With baking it takes about an hour.

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Common unhealthy reactions to injuries.

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As a yoga teacher I have asked my class, “Raise your hand if you have an injury or chronic pain,” ….and no one raised a hand. Then I’d say, “Ok who here has back pain, has dislocated a shoulder, sprained an ankle, tore their hamstring, had knee surgery, has chronic headaches, SI joint pain, soreness in the hips/shoulder/neck/wrists?” and suddenly everyone is raising their hand. If you’re a yoga teacher, fitness trainer, physiotherapist or really any coach/leader/therapist in the fitness industry you have likely had a similar experience. Truth is, almost EVERYONE has suffered some physical pain, yet we hide it or choose to not acknowledge it.

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One Pot Vegan Alfredo Pasta

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or vegetable stock (low/no-sodium)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk (see notes)
  • 1 tsp salt plus more to taste (reduce if using a salty broth – mine was no-sodium)
  • 620g bowtie pasta (1 box)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste (1-3 shakes of each)
  • chopped fresh basil or green onions for serving
  • 2 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Smaller pots will work, but require a bit more fuss to stir and submerge the pasta as it cooks.
  2. Add the garlic to the pot and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the garlic is softened; avoid browning.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, nondairy milk, salt, pepper, oregano, and chili flakes and stir. Add the dry pasta and gently prod it around to submerge it under the liquid. If not all of it fits now, you will need to gently push it into the pan after the submerged portion has softened later.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally, gently separating any pasta that starts to stick together. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened onto the pasta and the texture is to your liking. If too much of the liquid is cooking off, reduce the heat a little bit, and add more nondairy milk.
  5. Stir in nutritional yeast and cherry tomatoes. Let all warm up and cook together for another 2 minutes.
  6. Adjust seasoning to taste, and serve with fresh herbs and other toppings if desired. Best served immediately so enjoy! (you might have seconds, I had thirds!)

A Letter to my 10 Year Old Self.

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You were right. You were right all along.

I deviated away from the creative, self connected path you had manifested in our childhood to a destructive/self criticizing teenager, and now I am back full circle. I focused too much on the outcomes of my goals and ambitions and less on what truly made me happy. I focused on what other people thought of me and not about what I thought of myself. I focused on pleasing the needs of others instead of pleasing my own needs.

You were carefree, inspired, unique and completely happy with who you were. I don’t know why I turned away from you. I don’t know why I called you weird. You were the most beautiful person and I love you.

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