Happy Herald - Healthy Living https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8533-1-healthy-living.html <![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. ]]> <![CDATA[ Beyond the “Humane” Labels ]]> We are living in a viral information age. Unfortunately, that flood of information arrives in an array of truths, half-truths, sensationalist spins, marketing propaganda, as well as flat out falsehoods. It’s often hard to parse through this data wall and reach an educated and informed decision on any given issue. We must use a blend of our critical thinking, investigative research, as well as a healthy dose of our heart, compassion and conscience to reach the clearest conclusions.]]> <![CDATA[Countering the Stigmas of Animal Adoption]]> Many people are apprehensive about animal adoption. There is a commonly-held belief that rescue dogs might have “too much baggage” or that it is better to adopt a fresh-faced puppy who isn’t set in their ways. That apprehension would skyrocket in some when I would mention that we were looking to adopt a Pit Bull. I know with certainty that stigmatizing a dog based on her breed is unjust; just as it is unjust to place stigmas based on anyone’s appearance.]]> <![CDATA[It’s Summertime Bring on the Plant-Based Barbecue!]]> Summertime and barbecues go hand in hand. However, for those who adhere to a plant-based lifestyle, it can seem like something you have to avoid. There is no need to abstain from being social! Either throw your own 100% plant-based BBQ, where you set the terms - or dazzle the meat eaters with brilliant color, variety and flavor! Here are some suggestions for making your next barbecue a culinary delight.]]> <![CDATA[Vegan on the Road]]> A common concern regarding adopting a vegan lifestyle is how to eat while traveling, or on the road. There are a variety of options at every turn; it just takes a little preparedness. The Cooler If you are on a road trip, packing a cooler is the easiest and most affordable option. You never have to worry about what’s at the next rest stop, or where the nearest vegan-friendly restaurant is.]]> <![CDATA[Earth Day is Over… Now What?]]> We can combat world hunger! Animals raised for food actually consume as much as 80 percent of the global soybean crop, and 40-50 percent of the annual corn crop. It takes roughly 6.3 pounds of edible grain to produce just one pound of meat. If we fed plant crops to our human population directly, we would have more than enough food to feed the world several times over!]]> <![CDATA[The Plant-Based Cheese Renaissance Has Arrived!]]> As people are becoming increasingly more aware of the ethical implications of the dairy , industry - as well as the multiple health risks associated with consuming animal products, consumer demand has dramatically shifted towards plant-based alternatives. As a result, the plant-based cheese market has bloomed in diversity and availability. ]]> <![CDATA[Quick & Easy Plant-Based Food Prep]]> One of the common complaints I hear from people is that there isn’t enough time to prepare home cooked meals. One of the best ways to save time is using a food processor or chopper. In addition, here are some strategies to keep within your busy time constraints - and what you do to keep your produce fresh in the process!]]> <![CDATA[Plant-Based Food Shopping on a Budget]]> One of the common myths surrounding plant-based diets is that they are more costly than their meat-centric counterparts. If done properly, plant-based diets are affordable, easy and nutritionally sound. Here are some tips for the budget-conscious consumer on how to affordably fill your fridge and pantry with plant-based goodies.]]> <![CDATA[How do I go vegan? Get Started in 5 easy steps.]]> For those coming off a standard American diet, the plant-based meat and dairy alternatives will be key to getting away from animal-derived foods. As you experiment and expand your palate, your cravings will adapt, but these quick swaps will get your foot in the door right away and keep it easy. Note: In the long term, the processed foods will be treated more as a treat or a compliment to a nutrient-dense meal. Be kind to yourself. If you need to eat more processed food in the beginning, it’s ok. This is about long-term success!]]>