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Thank God for Dr.Oz and so many others that are showing a vegan diet can be healthy and are encouraging people to give it a try!

Specifically, a few family members of mine are taking Dr.Oz's 28 day vegan challenge and I'm so happy for them! And so of course I want then to enjoy the food so very much that they don't miss what they thought they might. I have about a zillion ideas so let's see…

*While I don't own this book I have heard good things. And I like to keep meals easy so this book could be a good choice: The 30 Minute Vegan

*Books I know and love: Eat to Live and Skinny Bitch

*Website: Post Punk Kitchen  – Loads of free recipes!

*One of my personal favorite dishes from a local PDX vegan restaurant called Blossoming Lotus is called the Green Gaia which is steamed kale, mixed greens, sprouts & avocado tossed in garlic olive oil, topped with sesame seeds with a choice of rice or quinoa. Actually all of Blossoming Lotus's bowls are fantastic and you could make them at home. I highly recommend quinoa as a great rice substitute. Find it in the bulk bins at the grocery store and cook it up like this:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups filtered water
Rinse quinoa well and drain.
Add water and quinoa to sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook on low heat until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy. Makes about 2 generous servings.

*Doing a bit of research online is very helpful. Exploring a food shopping site like Food Fight will give you lots of ideas of things you might want to try to find and/or ask your grocer to carry.

*Field Roast and Gardein are amazing. My meat-eating husband likes them. Seriously. So Good! I would suggest Gardein's Santa Fe Good Stuff with a big spinach salad. (Husband even diced it up and put it in a whole wheat tortilla with salsa, guacamole and greens once). Yum! Or the Smoked Apple Sage sausage from Field Roast sliced onto mixed greens, chopped celery and use fresh salsa as dressing. Delish.

*And last but most importantly increasing fresh low sugar fruits, eating more greens then you ever imagined possible, eating colorful veggies, orange peppers, broccoli, red peppers, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers… explore the produce section like you never have before. When I first started eating more raw foods I was not shy about asking the produce man questions, and most of them were basic, like how do I cut this open? And again going on line really helps just omit the dairy and meat from whatever recipes you find and use the yummy Earth Balance butter and eat more greens and eat more greens and eat more greens. Can't say it enough.

*My personal dessert of choice is Endangered Species 88% dark chocolate. One square satisfies my sweet tooth. And another sweet craving curbing food for me is Kombucha. I adore Kombucha. Here's a link to my fav: http://www.synergydrinks.com/ 

Coming up I hope to share breakfast ideas, more greens recipes, and smoothies. Tell me what you need and I will do my best. I hope I can help. Much love and yummy food to you all. Love you!

 

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I have documented here on my blog some struggles with rosacea and acne that I have had. I often try new products hoping for some new magic to shine through and give me clear glowing skin. Lately I have felt I barely need to put powder on which is Huge for me. I am loving my skin. The only problem is because I began so many changes all at the same time I don't know if there is one magic cure or a sacred combination in the mix. So, I thought I'd share it all! Starting with Simply Divine Botanicals a skincare line so pure you could eat it. One of my goals has been to use paraben-free products which is tricky when dealing with rosacea and acne because most lines dealing with these issues use them. But not this yummyness!

I've been using:
*Black Velvet Foaming Facial Cleanser for all skin types (I had tried You Can't Zit Here and found it too much for me). Black Velvet suits me perfectly- sensitivities and all! Daily.
*Gypsy Rose Tea Astringent for all skin types- amazing healing life changing product for me. Love! Daily.
*Face the Day! a seaweed serum I don't use daily but I love this when I'm feeling a little dry or have stressed skin (like from flying a lot!).
*Plump up the Volume facial mist is used to activate the above seaweed serum but sometimes I use this over Skincredible (below) because it just feels so nice.
*Skincredible. Seriously. Daily. Smells earthy and heavenly at the same time. Gorgeous results.
*Honey I Shrunk the Pores- I can use this every other day and the result is firm glowing skin. Love.

And because they deserve mentioning: Two body products I've been using from Simply Divine Botanicals are How Now Brown Cacao which is a rich chocolaty body cream- swoon! And You Glow Girl Glitter Body Butter which smells like lemon, lavender and sage and makes me all shimmery! Check it all out at http://www.simplydivinebotanicals.com/ and another fun place to shop for these is at http://www.oneluckyduck.com/

I've also been taking some new supplements and vitamins:
*Vitamineral Green almost every day a scoop of this green powder goes into my smoothies.
*On a whim after reading this article http://galadarling.com/article/i-love-my-magical-pills
I quickly snatched up and started taking both Multi + Daily Glow and Perfect Skin. I take one pill of each with food every other day. I didn't realize these weren't veg when I bought them but I'm going to continue to use them because I paid for them and I think they are helping.
*MegaFlora Optimal Potency Probiotic Formula, one every day before I eat breakfast.
*Whole Foods Blair's Liver Renewal. Also one with food every other day.
*Chlorella tablets   I munch on these with my smoothie after a good workout! Angela Stokes-Monarch has been known to eat these and her skin is to live for!

New routine:
*Drinking more water, tea and kombucha.
*Exercising six days a week without fail. Consistency in weight training, cardio, plyometrics, and sweat!
*Deep breathing & meditating.
*Yoga- spending a little time upside down every single day!

Happy October first! I wish you health, happiness, deep awareness and peace. And of course an abundance of love.

xoxo
Ami  

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