Happy Herald - Healthy Living https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8533-1-healthy-living.html <![CDATA[Finding Personal Stasis During the COVID-19 Pandemic ]]> It’s simply reality: We are not always going to be in our healthiest state of mind, particularly in these unprecedented times. It is important to be able to realize and accept this, and allow space to heal. We all have cumulative stressors in our lives, which is why finding personal means of release is critical. ]]> <![CDATA[The Importance of Having a Morning Ritual]]> The value of establishing a constructive morning ritual is immeasurable. When we first wake up, we are very impressionable. Our conscious mind has been in a passive state, or in a “reset” mode. In these early moments, we actually have a golden opportunity in two profound respects: First, we get to shape the overall vibration and outcome of our day. Secondly, at this crucial time, we have a direct line to our unconscious mind, so we have greater influence over its underlying programs. ]]> <![CDATA[The Medicinal Powers of Mushrooms]]> Mushrooms have been used for their potent medicinal properties across the globe for millennia, but have recently had a resurgence in popularity. They are used for their immune-boosting and antimicrobial properties, inflammation reduction, cognition enhancement, adaptogenic (stress-regulating) properties, and even for fighting cancer.]]> <![CDATA[Mother Nature’s Most Powerful Herbal Immune Boosters]]> It’s winter, and people are sick with colds and flus all around us. It’s an important time to preemptively give ourselves a natural immune boost. Let’s face it – antibiotics are overused, if not abused. Repeated or long-term antibiotic use can destroy our gut biome, and kill the good bacteria along with the bad, leaving us with an overgrowth of Candida, leaky gut, and other dangerous conditions. When they are truly needed they can be miraculous, but it is wise to try the less risky, natural approach first, so we can still rely on antibiotics’ efficacy when we truly need them.]]> <![CDATA[The Evolution of Plant-based Diary Alternatives]]> The dairy industry has been bemoaning a downward trend in consumer demand for several years now, despite millions upon millions of dollars in annual government subsidy bailouts (which results in millions of gallons of unwanted, dumped milk). Even with the large artificial deflations in consumer costs that are a result of these bailouts, the dairy industry still can’t seem to keep their heads above water.]]> <![CDATA[Creating the Ultimate Vision Board]]> A vision board can be a very powerful manifestation tool. It can even serve as a visual enhancement to your daily meditation. However, a vision board is only as useful as its intention and execution. In this article, I will detail the ingredients and techniques necessary to create the perfect vision board – and the things to avoid, that would likely dilute its effectiveness.]]> <![CDATA[Clearing Out the Clutter in Our Lives]]> For years, I have held on to stuff that I knew I needed to get rid of. Like so many things, I don’t know why it took me so long to open up that first box or drawer and just begin. I suppose I fell prey to my brain’s default scarcity conversations (too little time, low priority).]]> <![CDATA[Fall Into VegFests!]]> Are you curious about going vegan, or learning about plant-based cuisine? Looking to meet likeminded people? Are you drawn to eco-conscious, local and crueltyfree products? VegFests are an excellent way to get immersed in all of the above. They range in price from FREE to exclusive VIP perks (some can be a little pricey).]]> <![CDATA[Do I Need to Take Supplements?]]> There are lots of factors to consider when exploring supplements. Some are whole-food sourced (wholeplant-derived), while most are either synthetic or heavily processed. I strictly use whole-food sourced nutrients, because the body recognizes them as food, rather than forcing the body to assimilate an isolated nutrient that is grown in a lab.]]> <![CDATA[Zenning Out On Your Busy Life]]> Many of us have kids, companion animals, and a multitude of daily responsibilities that need to be dealt with continuously, or they become unmanageable. With that swirl of constant activity, how do we stay grounded, centered, focused, and above all, happy? We can take micro-breaks. Here are a few techniques I employ on a regular basis, and I find they make my life brighter, happier and fill me with gratitude.]]> <![CDATA[Healthy, Plant- Based Pups!]]> Can dogs eat a plant-based diet? People are often concerned about whether it’s safe for dogs to eat an exclusively plant-based diet. Dogs are omnivores, so as long as they are getting their proper nutrients, the source does not need to come from animals. If planned thoughtfully, it is not only possible, but they can absolutely thrive!]]> <![CDATA[Is A Vegan World On The Horizon?]]> Interest in veganism has been steadily on the rise in the last decade, particularly among the younger generation. But while individuals have heeded the call to live a more responsible and compassionate lifestyle, the business models of the biggest contributors to the evils of animal agriculture – the fast food industry – have remained largely stagnant… until now.]]> <![CDATA[10 Must-Try Vegan-Friendly Restaurants and Cafes in South Florida]]> South Florida is really becoming a hot spot for the vegan lifestyle. Between the endless meetups and events, VegFests and dining experiences, not only is it easy to be vegan - it’s a joy! Here is my list of must-visit spots in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.]]> <![CDATA[Combating Burnout and Emotional Fatigue]]> I have learned how to strike a balance – not by default, but out of necessity. We cannot stay strong and effectively take a stand for those who need us if we are continually consumed by grief. We cannot forge loving and positive connections with other people if we believe that people are heartless, cold and selfish. What we focus on and draw our attention to is what we manifest into our lives. We can be a stand for justice by becoming an exemplary ambassador of the human race.]]> <![CDATA[Financial Prosperity in the Philanthropic Realm]]> Money is neutral. Money is a physical representation of cosmic energy, and it is an extension of the intent and beliefs of those who wield it. I am intent on creating a new inner dialogue about money. After all, I have a world to help heal, and I need to be available to transform it! I will leave you with one more quote that Sonia shared, and I am making it my new mantra: “Money flows easily, freely and from everywhere.”]]> <![CDATA[A Special Kind of Animal Sanctuary]]> Animal sanctuaries can specialize in a variety of different species, including primates, birds, reptiles, big cats, and domestic animals. There are several wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers that offer public tours, especially here in Florida. They play a critical role in supporting the abundance of indigenous species that face environmental and existential threats (mainly man-made).]]> <![CDATA[The Inner Lives of Fish]]> Many people have said to me in conversation, “I don’t eat meat - just some fish”. I, myself, used to be a pescatarian, making a mental distinction between sea animals and land animals, as if somehow, sea animals were exempt of sentience, feelings and sensory perception. But as recent scientific studies demonstrate, this assumption is erroneous.]]> <![CDATA[“Bite-Sized” Vegan Wisdom on YouTube]]> As a vegan educator and transition coach, people are constantly asking me for educational resources. If someone is committed to reading a book or sitting through a two-hour documentary, I am enthusiastically ready to get them reading and watching. Unfortunately, most people have crazy schedules and scant time to do anything outside of working, taking care of their families and doing chores. ]]> <![CDATA[Spices of Life]]> What are the two main components of food that create a heightened sensory and culinary experience? Texture and flavor! Of course, many foods have a fabulous flavor without a stitch of seasoning (mainly raw fruits and veggies). However, exposing oneself to the abundant variety of spices that translate to ethnic modalities such as Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Thai, Korean, Italian, Vietnamese, or any other international cuisine is truly a joy!]]> <![CDATA[Spiritual Living Through Ahimsa]]> For those who are unfamiliar with the word and philosophy of “Ahimsa”, it is a Sanskrit word (in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions), used for the principle of nonviolence toward all living things. We obviously need to eat to live, and perfection is an unattainable status. However, consuming plants – rather than sentient beings who can experience pain and a wide range of emotions – is energetically sound. ]]>