Shelby, 23, From Austin, TX // Currently living in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Vegan, raw, natural health and beauty, alternative medicine, yoga, weight loss, sustainable living

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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! 
Ingredients
1 jicama, skin removed and sliced into thin strips
Coconut or olive oil
Seasoning of choice (maybe paprika, onion powder, garlic, cayenne, salt)
Directions
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.
Visit my Facebook and Instagram page for more healthy recipes and meal ideas.
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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Bum in the air for Instagram @riva_g_’s #yogaprincipals. Go to her page for a breakdown of this pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)!
Hello, Dinner.
-Greens with orange tahini dressing &amp; hemp seeds -Beets. Plain, in all their glory. -Brown rice with peas -Not pictured: the heaping spoon of sauerkraut I added
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Love your blog! I was wondering if most of the yoga pose pictures are of you? And if you have any tips or poses that you would recomend to someone who wants to start doing yoga? Have a great day!!

Thank you :)
Every yoga picture that I post is of me.

Some tips:

  • Just start. Don’t use excuses like “I’m not ready” or “I’m waiting for ____”. Go to a class or sign up for a free trial on yogaglo.com.
  • With that being said, a little research would definitely make you feel more confident. This section of yogajournal.com is very helpful. Learn a basic sun salutation (surya namaskar), as this is the core of most vinyasa classes.
  • As for finding a studio: You’ll probably want to try out several before you find your ‘home’. Many studios offer free or discounted trial periods. Take advantage! Ask yourself if you like the teachers. Do you like the style of yoga? Is this studio a good environment for you to grow in your yoga practice? Does it have the amenities you’re looking for (towels, showers, free water, etc)? Is it close enough to home that you’ll be able to attend class often?
  • Workshops. Find a beginner or basic workshop at a studio in your area. They’re usually 2+ hours, on the weekend.. and can be from $15-$45. Workshops are great because they break down a certain physical (or spiritual) component of yoga and you often get more attention from the teacher. There are inversion (upside down tricks) workshops, arm balance workshops, heart opening workshops, etc. 
  • Consistency. Make time in your schedule for yoga and honor that commitment. Whether it’s 10 minutes every morning, or an evening class every other day. Consistency is key if you want to see improvement in both your practice and your well-being.

Hope this helps!

Post-workout beans &amp; greens.
Leafy greens, kale, tomatoes, orange tahini dressing, garbanzo beans (cooked with Dulse flakes, cumin, garlic and lemon juice)
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My baby jar of salad dressing.
1 orange (juiced), 1 lemon (juiced), tablespoon tahini, tablespoon nutritional yeast, garlic to taste.
Sugar-free, salt-free, so good.
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passionateworks:

This is Shelby a young women living in costa rica who found her passion for health and personal growth (physical, mental, and spiritual) as well as helping others do the same. She first had found her passion about 4 years ago when she was 19 after watching the documentary Food Inc. After watching this documentary the “blindfold she was wearing was removed”. She had realized her passion for having a good diet. Once she took up cleaning her diet up she went to cleaning up her mindset. Thus creating her passion for growth. Her tips she shared with us are
1- Don’t define yourself and most certainly don’t let others define you either. Give yourself permission to change your mind whenever you want and grow into yourself. People have always given me a hard time for going from one hobby to the next but there is nothing wrong with that!
2- Focus on removing obstacles that may be blocking you from your passion. Make your environment one you can grow in! No more negative friends junk food drugs etc.
3- Start journaling. Write about your days , dreams, feelings,etc. Start a list of your strengths and interests. Her lists includes yoga, photography, nutrition, writing letters, and dancing. She sometimes goes back to this and thinks of how to incorporate them all into her life. ( You can have more than one passion! )
4- Cultivate a friendship with yourself and the world around you! The more positive energy you put out the more you get back!
It was such a joy reading about @sunshel ‘s passion ( that is also her own picture) and i hope her tips will help you guys like they are me thankyou Shelby!

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