Fortunate Friday: Does your mind control your life?

Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, there’s no way that you could even begin to explore possibilities. Put on your positive pants! My mind is always at a constant race – overthinking situations – the root cause of past unhappiness. Generally, I’m content but I’m also not a robot, I’m human and I’m continuously “filled with feelings” for people, for the world, for the environment, for the animals..

Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, a compliment, or a small act of compassion – all of which have the potential to influence an abundant life. I’ve come to realize that talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit, let’s focus on joy & blissfulness.

I’m a firm believer in intention & mantras, both of which have been scientifically proven to influence perception. Think about this: Everytime the sun sets, luminous colors are left. These colors give promise to a new day. A new day brings new intention – choice, change, chance. I’ve learned (and still learning!) that energy introduces you even before an exchange of words.. because faith & doubt cannot exist in the same mind.

So, I’ve stopped apologizing for being “sensitive” or “emotional”. You should too. I’m no longer afraid of revealing my heart & letting others bask in its infectious nature. You should too. Showing emotions is a sign of courage so go ahead, acquire some strength & seek adventures to open your mind. The world needs it.

Good luck. Xo, T.

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Choose Meaningful Friendships

2016 has brought a plethora of changes – mostly positive, but some negative – boy, have I found myself in the deepest depths of reflection when it comes to all my friendships.

 Sometimes, we need someone to simply be there. Someone to just BE. Not to fix anything, or to do anything in particular but just to let us know that we are supported when we are scared. That’s when I’m reminded of the true meaning of friendship; someone to love you – the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you – because that’s what people are supposed to do.

If I’ve learned anything about this topic, it’s to consistently make an effort to hang on, stay connected, put in effort, fight for them & never walk away or be distracted, don’t be too busy or too tired and don’t take them for granted. Friends are a part of the glue that holds life and fate together – powerful stuff. With gentle honesty, close friends are truly one of life’s treasures to offer us a presence to remind us that we are never alone.

BUT..
If you have to force it, leave it.
Relationships, friendships, yoga poses, top knot.
Let that shit go.

When connections are real, they can never die but they can be buried or ignored. If you’ve found deep resonance with another being, connection will remain despite distance, time, situation or circumstance. If you’re doubtful, revisit to see if you can make sense of the spaces between. If it’s true, you’ll instantly find yourself being swept back into the moment with the same wonder, hope, comfort & heartbeat.

Q: What have your experiences with friendship been like?

Xo, T.

Plantiful Sunday: Rainbow rolls & ginger-peanut sauce

So much goodness in every bite. Seriously, you need/MUST make this and show your friends what “#brunchgoals” is really about. And don’t even get me started on the peanut sauce. Holy shit, I’m SO in love. Here goes!

Peanut sauce set up is simple:
1) In a bowl, add 2 TBS soy sauce (we use liquid aminos!), dash of chili flakes, 2-3 TBS of pure maple syrup, grated ginger, juice of half a lime, half cup of nut butter (we make our own so pb/almond/whatever works).
2) Pour a little bit of hot water and whisk all ingredients until desired consistency.

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Springroll set up is even simpler:
1) Slice all (and any) veggies/fillings you want – make it vegan. 😉
2) Dunk your rice paper in warm water for 20 seconds, remove & place on a damp surface, put in your fillings & wrap it like the pro that you are.

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Go ahead and nosh on this full force. I basically attacked this like a wild animal.. This is SO easy to make, and SO nutritious. Love that combo.

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Eat well. Xo, T.

Red Lentil Dal with Rice – OBSESSED!

Midterms are now finished & I can finally do what I do best, make my way into the kitchen to create (and share) some recipes with you. SO excited about this.

Ever since I transitioned into becoming a vegan, I made it my mission to follow a few rules:
1) Never give up any ingredients I love (Sorry, but I love EVOO & fats like avocado!)
2) Learn to tweak the recipe to making palatable for myself
3) Keep it simple, easy & convenient

I came across the delicious combination of basmati rice and dahl. This has seriously become a staple in our house because of AMAZING it tastes.. And who doesn’t like indian food? Seriously, we can’t be friends if you can’t hang with indian.

Set up is simple:
1) Cook 1 cup of basmati rice in a rice cooker or whatever you have handy
2) In a large pot, sauté 1 diced onion, a few minced garlic cloves and a small piece of ginger
3) Then add 2 cups of red lentils, 5 cups of water, 1 cup of veggie stock & some spices

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Allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes (keep an eye on it!). Then serve some for yourself and satisfy your hanger pangs. I LOVE adding lemon/lime/coriander to everything. Literally.

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Eat well. Xo, T.

Plantiful Sunday: Healing Mung Bean Soup

Staying warm in Ventura this week with this incredible, delicious and healing bowl of mung bean soup. A perfect plant-based addition to your cooking repertoire.

Green mung beans are filled with amazing healing properties. They’re easily digestible, anti-inflammatory and unlike other beans, they don’t cause any gas or bloating. Most importantly, green mung beans are one of the few tridoshic foods in Ayurvedic diets that can be eaten to balance all three dosha’s (energetic forces) in the body. LOVE THAT.

Set up is simple:
1 chopped onion, a few garlic cloves, 1 chopped zucchini, half cup of sweet corn, 1 cup of green mung beans, 7 cups of water, 1 TBS of turmeric, 1 TBS of cumin, s&p. Sauté onions & garlic until fragrant, add everything else and allow to cook between 30-45 minutes.

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Customize this dish with whatever spices and veggies you want & make it as flavorful as you desire – Serves for mindful eating. This is what works for my palate.

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Eat well. Xo, T.

Wellness Wednesday: Chasing Your Dreams

First simple rule in life:
If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.

By recording your dreams and goals in some kind of manifestation, whether it’s on paper or on a vision board, you set the motion of becoming the person you most want to be. Don’t be a slave to your problems and never allow the idea of “waiting” or “inspiration” to happen (I’m living proof, it doesn’t work -trust me). Be led by your heart, and give yourself the opportunity to experience the unknown adventure of taking risks because.. life is happening now.

If there was any valuable piece of advice I’d give, it would be by starting to tell you that life is short. Cliche, I know but so very true. I’d tell you that if there was any moment to pursue your passions, to do it now. I’d motivate you to completely revive your life, manifest your dreams and realize your worth. I’d suggest to stay humble and encourage you to work for a cause, not a sort of applause. I’d remind you to wake up every morning with a grateful heart and remind yourself that you’re a gifted being with talents that resonate beyond all social classifications like grades, or status. And lastly, I’d remind you to continue the ritual of passionate hard work and dedication while being removed from competition and comparativeness because surely, success will follow.

May the next moment turn into a period of magnificent transformation. Remember, if you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.

Good luck. Xo, T.

P.S: This post is a special dedication to a few, very select individuals in my life. Thank you for continuing to support me in my spiritual growth and letting me just be – with no questions or hesitations. I love you and your radiating energy.

Plantcakes for breakfast

Traditional pancake mixes contain ingredients that are unnatural and even worse… unseen mold can grow in there causing pancake-lovers to experience difficulty breathing and other internal and sinus nastiness. I’m NOT okay with that. Sorry to be the grim reaper of your life, but that $2 box of pancake mix is not worth it. So, make your own!

Okay, I’ll have to admit, I didn’t coin the term “plantcakes”.. But how clever is it to describe pancakes made completely out of plant-based ingredients? Not to mention, these plantcakes take half the time to cook than traditional pancakes.

Plantcakes:
Blend 1 banana, a heaping cup of oats, cinnamon & almond milk to a flour-like consistency. Cook them like traditional pancakes (bubbles form then flip).

Chocolate sauce:
Blend 4 dates, 1 tablespoon of raw and organic cacao and a bit of water.

Lastly, top your stack together, add some fruit & seeds and make it as pretty as you want before gorging into it like a wild animal. Don’t say I didn’t tell you these were addicting!

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Eat well. Xo, T.