Shelby, 23, Austin, TX

vegan, gluten free, natural health and beauty, yoga

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Last minute picnic (post-hike). What we ate: Guacamole on oat bread (gf/vegan), topped with a ton of greens. On the side.. Lentil chips and bananas. Easy & quick & it woke me right up.
If you’re in Colorado Springs, you have to visit Outside The Breadbox! It’s a gluten-free bakery & the bread is fantastic.
"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim."
how do you make your own Sauerkraut?

Check out the article I wrote for the Blue Osa blog

hi sunshel! really love your blog. but where do you get all your informations about healthy food from?

Everywhere! Books, especially (check out my resources section). 

I like this planet. (at Garden of the Gods)
Vegan AND gluten free. “The Savory Waffle” from City O’ City (vegetarian) in Denver, Colorado. Topped with seasonal vegetable ragu and vegan cheese fondue. I love visiting new veg restaurants!
Update. I’m in Colorado, surrounded by beauty! (at Rocky Mountain National Park)
Hump day on top of my favorite reading chair. My solution to most problems, big or small: Read a book. (Or meditate or take a bath or stare at the sky… One of these usually works).
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Heyy! So, I've been trying to lose weight recently. I'm vegetarian by religion so I don't eat any meats at all, including fish (i felt the need to include that because a lot of my friends seem to think fish doesn't fall under the meat category). In fact, I don't even eat out anymore! (last time I ate at a restaurant was perhaps 7 years ago). I've gone from 300 down to 265 however I seem to have hit a roadblock. What do you suggest I do to continue to lose weight? <3 Thanks a lot!!!

Hey, love!
Great that you’re vegetarian, and especially great that you don’t eat out. And congratulations on those 35 pounds. That is definitely something to be proud of!

As for the rest of your weight loss: I would recommend that you focus on healing your gut. Functional medicine has been my most recent area of study and I have learned so much in the way of weight management. If you want to read more about it, a great book is The Microbiome Diet by Dr. Raphael Kellman. I’m vegan and it doesn’t really cater to my diet, but I have taken a lot of the main principles and made it work for me, and I am still seeing results.

Some things that you can start practicing right now:

  • Consume more greens. Start every day with a green smoothie. You’ll notice countless benefits to your health and it’s one less meal to worry about. My gut healing smoothies have low glycemic fruits (berries, sometimes a green apple) and a huge handful of greens. I also add coconut oil, ground flax seed, Vega One nutritional powder, coconut oil and L-glutamine. Remember, the focus of these smoothies is to get your daily greens in a quick and easily digestible form, so make sure your smoothies aren’t mostly fruit and hardly any greens.
  • Less sweets, rich foods, high-carb meals… more vegetables, legumes (chickpeas, lentils), greens and healthy fats. More whole foods. A good rule of thumb is to try to avoid all packaged foods and stick to the produce/bulk section.
  • Take a daily probiotic. Look for one with 50-200 billion. You may need to order it, because many of the brands in-store do not contain this many, and are not as effective.
  • Digestive enzymes and/or diluted apple cider vinegar before meals.
  • Move every day. Whether it’s yoga, walking, dancing… get your body moving. And this reminds me, don’t sit or lie down after eating. Go on a 10 minute walk around your neighborhood. Your digestive system needs it!

I would need to know way more about your diet, lifestyle, stress level, etc to be able to really help you, but if you follow the tips above and check out the book I recommended, you will be well on your way to losing those pounds!

How do you normal cook your chickpeas - spices, garlic, etc.?

I like to cook them starting with the dried bean, but lately I’ve been using the cans.

Spices: some kind of onion (regular onions, onion powder, green onions), garlic, salt or dulse.. sometimes cumin.

  1. Rinse and drain the beans.
  2. In a pot, sautee the onions and garlic, using coconut oil or water. If using onion and garlic powder, skip this step.
  3. Add the beans and spices and cook until warm.

Sometimes instead of adding salt, I like to eat the chickpeas with sauerkraut (non-vinegar.. a good brand is Bubbies). It actually tastes pretty good and it’s a good way to get your daily serving of fermented vegetables.

OH, and another way to cook chickpeas is to roast them.

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Tonight’s dinner:
Quinoa (with turmeric &amp; broccoli)
Garbanzo beans (with green onion &amp; Dulse)
Roasted asparagus (lemon juice, leftover veggie soup broth, onions, garlic, rosemary, salt)
And my brother made some guacamole!
Perfect perfect perfect.
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Vegan, gluten-free buffet (BUFFET!) in San Antonio, Texas.
This weekend I tried out two vegetarian restaurants, juiced and made vegan pancakes… All with someone I love. I am so full of gratitude. 
Baked Jicama Fries (Vegan, paleo, low-carb)
Like a potato, with way less starch (for those of you watching your carbs). You can also eat them raw! 
1 jicama, skin removed and sliced into thin strips
Coconut or olive oil
Seasoning of choice (maybe paprika, onion powder, garlic, cayenne, salt)
Preheat oven to 425F
Use a paper towel to pat dry the sliced jicama.
In a bowl, coat with oil and seasoning.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Each &#8220;fry&#8221; should be at least 1/2 inch apart. Bake for about 30 min (or until slightly brown), rotating halfway through.
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The closest thing to a chocolate milkshake. Scoop of Vega One, 1/2 tsp L-glutamine, coconut oil, a few blueberries, water and ice. Blended.

Yoga and a lot of arms today. Here&#8217;s something I never thought I&#8217;d say: I&#8217;m starting to enjoy exercise. (!!!!)

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