Vegan Coffee Alternatives

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For some people, the adrenaline rush that they get from caffeine is a bit too much for their body to handle, others cannot function unless they have a minimum of 3-cups worth. We all know the old adage, ‘everything in moderation’ but how many of us in this go-go-go world actually apply that philosophy to our caffeine consumption?

For all it’s pros, caffeine has many dangerous side effects when used excessively. After all, it’s still a drug. Like all drugs, caffeine triggers a release of dopamine that gives your body a warm and fuzzy feeling that makes makes you crave another cup. Caffeine is the world’s most popular drug, and coffee is possibly the second most valuable product after oil.

Up to 90% of Americans 🇺🇸 of all ages consume some caffeine daily and more than 50% consuming coffee daily. More than 50% average 300mg per day, with an average daily dosage for all consumers of about 200mg. One report estimates nearly 95% of Brazil’s 🇧🇷 population consumes caffeine daily,

Personally, I am a coffee wimp. One cup of coffee can sometimes send my body into an anxious frenzy and at times, it makes me bloated. Espresso seems to agree with my body a lot more than coffee but even still, I have to make sure that I am not drinking it on an empty stomach, otherwise I’ll have splitting headache the rest of the day. To make a long story short, I think it can smell my fear 🤓.

For me, coffee is a something that I indulge in when I want to treat myself and it’s more about the ‘ceremony’ of drinking coffee rather than any real benefits. I had to ask myself: is the short pleasure that I receive when I have a cup of coffee or espresso really worth putting up with these symptoms?

Whether you’re a casual drinker or a full on coffee machine, you should check out the 5 reasons why you should think about swapping out coffee for one of these recipes below. Learn how to make delicious caffeine free and vegan Rose Lattes, Lavender Lattes, Golden Milk, and Matcha Lattes with these easy recipes that will pick you up without dragging you down later.

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How to Not Get Sick and Boost Your Immunity

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It is officially winter, the time of year where people expect to have sore throats, itchy eyes, and stuffy noses. For many people, this time of the year is synonymous with the common cold.

But you know what?

It doesn’t have to be that way at all! There isn’t something in the air in the winter that makes people’s immune systems break down, and there isn’t an increase in the amount of cold viruses among us in the colder months. The increase in cases of the common cold and even the flu can all be attributed to habits and lifestyle choices. Stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep and exercise, and little to no sunshine can all be kryptonite for your immune system. If you’re working with any combination of those….

how to not get sick and boost your immunity

Whether you need some help protecting your immune system while dodging coughing co-workers, or if you’re already a little under the weather and need to make a 180º STAT, I can help you learn how to not get sick and boost your immunity. There are so many natural and inexpensive ways to bolster your immune system: warm tonics, nutrient-packed fresh juices, herbs & supplements, and countless tips and tricks that can help you feel invincible in these cold winter months.

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DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

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Is conventional hand sanitizer doing more harm than good? Learn how to DIY hand sanitizer for family and friends.

Have you ever accidentally tasted your fingers after applying hand sanitizer and almost lost all your tastebuds? Then this post is for you.

Damn you, ETHYL ALCOHOL!

I’m going to show you how to DIY hand sanitizer that is vegan, easy, and cruelty-free. But first, what’s wrong with conventional hand sanitizer?

Ethyl Alcohol is the main active ingredient in almost every conventional hand sanitizer on the market (even the ‘green’ ones), usually reaching percentages as high as 70%. There’s even more alcohol in the inactive ingredients in most conventional hand sanitizers in the form of Isopropyl alcohol.

There have been many studies on the effectiveness of hand sanitizer and some doctors suggest that over-sanitizing leads to antibiotic resistance. In a 2011 study by the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that health care employees who were most likely to use hand sanitizers over soap and water were nearly six times more at risk for outbreaks of Norovirus, which causes most cases of acute gastroenteritis.

Sad news for all you germaphobes out there.

Not only are conventional hand sanitizers potentially harmful, but they can leave your hands feeling extremely dry. I’m talking scrubbing the floors all day Cinderella-style dry. After all, the active and inactive ingredients in most hand sanitizers can double as industrial cleaners, no wonder they are so drying.

Here’s another reason to give up conventional hand sanitizers: they’re shady. Legally, companies are not required to disclose all of the ingredients used to make whatever fragrance is added to the product. What does this mean for you? It means that you could literally be rubbing an unknown toxic soup onto your hands, and then inadvertently into your mouth, onto your food, and onto your kids….

Yikes.

Are you put off by conventional hand sanitizer yet?

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DIY Non-Toxic Mineral Sunscreen

☀️ It’s officially summer and that means people are rushing out to buy sunscreens all over the world. Sunscreen for their face, sunscreen for their body, spray on sunscreen, makeup with sunscreen in it, sunscreen for your lips, etc., etc., etc. Learning how to make your own DIY Non Toxic Mineral Sunscreen is a lot easier than it sounds.

In case you haven’t heard, sunscreen is a big deal to a LOT of people.

It should be simple enough: it’s summer, you need sunscreen, you go out to buy sunscreen from your favorite store or just the most convenient store and you expect all the sunscreen options they offer you to be safe because…why wouldn’t they be? Would companies really put harmful, toxic and even carcinogenic products in sunscreen? Could the very disease you are trying to prevent (cancer) really be lurking in that bottle of Coppertone? Could that really expensive sunscreen from Sephora with the French name really just be chemical soup in a pretty bottle?

The answer is yes. There are a TON of toxic chemicals in the most common and the most exclusive sunscreens on the market. So what is a person covered in skin supposed to do?

Well, you can spend a few hours online sifting through the varying (and contradictory) reports on the safety of sunscreen which will eventually cause you to abandon the reconnoissance mission and reach for a bottle of wine instead…

OR…you can scroll down and read up on the research that I’ve found and, as a bonus, watch a video on how I made my own sunscreen. (I know, it just keeps getting better 😉)

It’s about to get reaaaal simple 😊

First thing’s first:

  • There are TWO types of sunscreens: chemical and mineral and I bet you can guess which one is better for you.
  • SPF stands for Skin Protection Factor, SPF protects against UVB rays, and it is actually unnecessary to entertain SPFs higher than 50 as the added protection of higher SPFs is minimal
  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of the sun’s UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks 97%. SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 70 blocks 98.5%. See what I mean?
    • A lot of companies touting 70, 90, and 100 SPF don’t mention that for that fraction of increased protection you’re actually getting almost double the toxic ‘inactive’ ingredients. So, make sure to use a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF and no higher than 50 (unless you made it yourself and used non-toxic ingredients)  *A great rule of thumb for skincare and cosmetics: if the ingredients list is more than 10, pull out your phone and get to Googling those 11+ word ingredients and see what you find. Chances are, it won’t be pretty.
  • UVA vs UVB rays
    • UVB rays are what causes sunburn
    • UVA rays cause radiation, aging, and skin cancer

Ok, so SPF protects against UVB rays which cause sunburn…whoop-dee-do, they’re annoying but they’re not deadly. UVA rays sound way more scary so how the heck do you protect yourself from those? Is that even possible?

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Juice with Vitamix | 4 Easy Recipes

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Can you really juice with Vitamix?

You sure can.

I hope you guys enjoy these 4 juicing favorites of mine. If you don’t have the time to prep lots of veggies throughout the week, juicing is a great way to compensate! Just takes about 1.5 hours for all four, that can be knocked out on a lazy Sunday for the upcoming week. I would not be juicing if I couldn’t juice with Vitamix, I love that machine and it makes it easy for a juicing-newbie like myself. I bought mine refurbished from their website and it works good as new 🙂

Check out their refurbished models here

I did 4 different recipes:

  • 1/2 beet, 1/2 cup grapes, kale, 4 carrots, 1 thumb ginger, 1 apple (not green), coconut water
  • 1/2 beet, 2 stalks celery, 1/2 cup grapes, lemon, lime, 1 thumb ginger, 1 apple (not green), coconut water
  • Carrots (6), 2 apples (not green), ginger, 1 orange, 1/2 pineapple, lemon, lime
  • 2 cucumbers, 1 cup spinach, 1 1/2 cup kale (not chopped), 1/2 pineapple, 1 thumb ginger. 2 apples, lemon, lime

The key is to add the toughest items first (at the bottom) you’ll also want to have about 3/4 liquid in the blender, whether that’s water or coconut water or a mixture of both is up to you. Blend on low for a few seconds and then crank up to the highest setting. Once everything is smooth strain until desired texture. I strain mine at least four times. Carrot juice will have a lot more excess pulp than the other recipes. I like to strain my juices until the consistency is silky smooth. This takes about 3-4 passes depending on the ingredients.

As far Vitamix waste vs. juicer waster, I will say that you can repurpose both. Since the Vitamix waste is liquid, then you can freeze the excess and save for a smoothie or smoothie bowl for later. The juicer waste, or pulp, can be used to make muffins, crackers, bread, and much more. As far as deciding which investment to make, it all depends on your preference and how much time you have to prep.

These recipes make approx 32 oz of juice post-straining and will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Learn how to juice with Vitamix here:

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