7 Self Love Holiday Gifts

December has began and we are always on a hunt for like-minded individuals that are offering nourishing, wholesome, conscious items. Instead of doing a traditional list of items for others we have gathered a list of gifts for yourself. Sister, its time to love yourself even more. The season is often marketed about giving gifts to others; but we want to remind our Tribe that it is just as important (if not more) to give yourself extra love. The day planners just might be filling up with events for family, friends, and work; leaving you with little to no time for yourself. Carving out space to spend more time on the moments you love is the BEST gift you can give yourself. Gifts don’t need to be given in a physical form as an item; they can be given to you in small moments throughout the day. Maybe some quite space with a hot cuppa before you start your day? Or maybe even an extra dose of self loving meditations to ease up the stresses of the holiday businesses? Make it be a priority in your day to say yes to LOVE.

SELF LOVE MOMENT: Schedule in YOU time into your month to allow space to nourish yourself. 

We have scheduled in some extra self-loving moments and now it is time to share our favourite items to gift yourself

  1. Mastering Your Mean Girl Book by Melissa Ambrosini : This book has transformed my self talk/self love. We all have a inner voice that doesn’t serve our highest self and Melissa writes so beautifully on how to master this voice by choosing love over fear. She is an absolute gem and I am forever grateful for this book and how self love is the outmost important thing we can do daily. This is the book of 2017, I feel it. We need a whole lot more self love.

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2. Clary Calm from Doterra : Essential oils are 80 times more potent than the dry herb. With all of the hormone disruptors we encounter everyday this blend is nourishing, balancing, and soothing to the womb space. The essential oils that it includes are: clary sage, lavender, bergamot, roman chamomile, cedar wood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa, and vitex.

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Clary Calm Purchase

3.  The Soap Trio by Herbivore Botanicals: I love these soaps and the brand. They use the finest all-natural ingredients that are plant-based, organic, and food-grade leaving the skin very happy. They do not test on animals and all ingredients are added for a therapeutic reason. The pack includes Blue clay, Pink clay, and Black charcoal.

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Nourish my Skin: purchase here

4.  Green Dream Superfood Bundle by Philosophie: Giving your body an extra boost of greens to keep your body thriving throughout the busy month. The holidays are often an indulgent time with all of the lovely baking and events that we don’t want to miss out on our greens. Add these items into smoothies, curries, morning oats, and baked goods.

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Dreaming Green? Purchase Here

5. Following your Intuition Mala by Mala Collective: 108 sacred beads from Bali that are woven together to make a mala. This mala is to listen to the inner voice that doesn’t use words.  The soft pink correlates with the heart chakra.

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Intuition Mala

 6.  Cast Iron Tea Pot Set by Mountain Rose Herbs: Imagine waking up boiling yourself a pot of water and enjoying a cuppa. This pot and cup set is a beautiful turquoise with a gold design setting up for a beautiful tea experience.

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7. Kundalini Gown by Myrah Penaloza: this gown makes you feel like a princess. The white hand stitched gown has pockets for you little gems to sit in and beautiful buttons that feel like shells of the beach. It is a beautiful addition to your morning mediations, women gatherings, yoga, and daily ritual sits. screen_shot_2016-04-12_at_11-05-47_pm

Evoke the Kundalini Spirit: Order here

We start our self love journey by gifting ourselves extra moments within our day of nourishment and laughter. These items above are all created by beautiful artisans that are evolving the world to a better more sustainable, vibrant earth. All of these items above are items that align with Eating Intuitively’s philospohy on purchasing good. Gifts for yourself or a loved one that holds a greater consciousness than mass produced items that drain our earth of its resources. When buying items whether for the holidays or not ask yourself “Where might this be coming from?” . When we strive to support local and conscious businesses we start to change the world.

Happy Holidays,

B.

All photos are directly from their beautiful websites that have an abundance of other goodies that we love. By clicking the link below you will be taken right to their sacred online space.

F*ck Fast Fashion Series: Part 1, Scared Straight.

Fast fashion. It’s been a popular buzz-phrase in 2016, much like ‘millennial’, ‘ghosting’ or ‘Trump.’ Well, what is it? Fast Fashion is a term that refers to the fast AF process of fashion retailers getting trends onto the market as quickly as possible. Like this year for example, suede chokers, embroidered bomber jackets and over the knee boots seemed to pop up everywhere overnight, appearing with the same aggressive swiftness as a new snapchat filter that you didn’t even know existed until four of your friends are sending you snaps as Pugs.

For most people, fast fashion makes up the entirety of their wardrobe. We have been become accustomed to buying these items without stopping to think or even question the path in which it takes to get them into our hands. The wastefulness of this industry should be obvious, even to the most avid trend chaser, but there are several hidden issues as well. Issues including: the environmental impacts, labour abuses and not to mention the slow erosion of our soul and self worth (sorry, too dramatic?)

To start things off, I am just going to give you some disturbing facts à la scared straight.

  • A typical pair of jeans requires 7,000 litres of water to produce. That is ten times the amount of water the average person drinks in A YEAR! Your fave pair of jeans is #THIRSTY.
  • Fast Fashion is the world’s second largest polluter, second to the oil industry.
  • The world consumes 400% more pieces of clothing than 20 years ago. We are eating up those trends like hungry little hippos.
  • On average, most articles of clothing are worn 7 times before being thrown out.That number is high in my opinion. Seriously, how many times did you wear that sequin NYE dress? Yeah that’s what I thought.
  • The majority of workers in this industry are women making less than $3 a day. Less than what I pay for coffee. Like $2 less.
    Our consumption is increasing, but overall the wages of garment workers is decreasing.

If any of you were brave enough to watch The True Cost, a documentary about the ethics surrounding fashion these facts will come as no surprise. And to all of you operating under the “ignorance is bliss” framework when it comes to this category, stop being an asshole. It’s 2016 and ignorance ain’t cool, ya feel me?

So now that I have you super sad and confused, I am going to leave you to reflect on your decisions. Like a bad first date, or a level 10 hangover. But DON’T FRET, I am not ghosting (HA! buzzword). In this series I will be providing some glimmer of hope in what you can do to throw that middle finger up to fast fashion (lemonade style). Stay tuned for part two of #FuckFastFashion

Unrelated note: Stevie, spend less on coffee.

 

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Written by Tribe member: Stevie J.

3 Ways to Ease the Shifts of this Chapter (2016)

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I have been seeing a lot of posts regarding this year and how it has been the most challenging year of many people lives; and I definitely can toast to that. There has been a lot that has happened and the magnitude of it wasn’t always pleasant but… life never gives you anything you aren’t able to handle. We are meant to experience everything we have this far. It is here for a reason and you don’t always need to know ‘the why’. With everything that has happened this year I choose to handle it with love and compassion. If you are experiencing a rough year or a year that has really uprooted a lot of old patterns; here are three ways to give yourself some freedom and light from the situation.

 

  1. Take extra time everyday to slow down. REALLY SLOW DOWN. I don’t mean come home early and watch an extra show or two. I literally mean put on the brakes. Free your schedule, have an extra long bath, read a little longer, cook food with no rush, and sit in stillness. Our nervous system will respond so well to slowing down. As we move through different experiences they can become stressful on the system and this only causes us to feel even more bogged down and tired.
  2. Give yourself some gratitude. What have you loved harder? What moments of laughter have you had? When was the last time you did feel grounded and happy? Take those moments and blow them up in your mind. Let them shine there and give yourself some gratitude. Life may have been chaotic but there was still beauty around. Even the ‘darkness’ is going to transcend into beauty if you allow it too. Yes, life may have felt the hardest this year. But it really is preparing you for all of the incredible experiences you are about to experience. So, right here. Right now. Tell yourself, “the good times this year out-weigh the chaos.”. Give yourself a huge freaking hug. You made it. No matter if you disagree. You have a heartbeat and your breath.
  1. STOP listening to the small voice in your head. “why me?” “I don’t deserve this.” “I do deserve this” “I can’t handle anymore.” “Pour me” “I feel so bad for myself.”….. The voice is there and it needs to quiet down. Your highest self does not run off this frequency. You are the light. We can start stories in our head about why it is happening or why things aren’t happening. But at the end of the day this voice isn’t going to serve you. Catch yourself when this voice comes into your head. Allow it to be there but let those thoughts go. Don’t get hung up on them. They create illusions and more chaos that will only make us feel even worse. Next time a little thought comes into your mind that you know doesn’t bring joy and happiness. Leave it. Fill your room and mirrors with affirmations that are the opposite. These affirmations hold a greater frequency that will bring more ease and peace into your day. Stare at yourself and say them outloud. No matter how silly or odd you feel. DO IT! soon enough you will feel these words in your body.

 

Truly life is BEAUTIFUL no matter how painful it may seem. This ‘pain’ can be transformed into something much lighter if we learn to handle it in a different way. As we learn to slow down, feel more gratitude, and stop listening to the small voice we see and feel the bigger picture. We connect to our deepest self as we learn to grow from what life gives us. It may not feel great in the moment but it ”too shall pass”. As cliche as that may sound; it really does with time.

 

xxx,

 

B.

 

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It’s a Date! The non-negotiable for a healthy holiday season

“Life does not happen to us, it happens from us.” ―Michael Wickett

It’s all about the date.
…with me, myself and I, of course.
I’ll let you in on this little ritual.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season setting in, a self date is just necessary. I put aside a date with myself, usually on a Friday night or a weekend morning, to go through a “mini-self retreat” as I take a deep look at three major entities in my life: the body, the mind & the soul.
Even if this seems a little far fetched… hear me out and I’m certain you’ll get something out of this!
Set out a non-negotiable date with yourself. Pencil it… wait, actually PEN it into your agenda, phone calendar, etc. and do whatever necessary to make sure you stick to this time so you can avoid rescheduling this hot date in fear of it being forgotten!
Set yourself up with a nice glass of wine or hot tea and bring out your journal, open a fresh word doc, have your agenda handy and get at it!

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MIND
This starts with taking a good look at how aligned you feel with your life’s purpose, your dharma as it’s called in Sanskrit. Write down what goals you want to accomplish from now until the end of February. Three months in advance seems to be the sweet spot to set myself up with realistic goals that take into consideration the holiday time that I will need off to spend quality time with family.
Order your goals into priority of what week they could best get accomplished. I physically write them out in my agenda so I can see where I’m at as the weeks go by. I suggest reading my post for in depth goal crushing strategy to really tackle any goals that may be giving your grief!
This goal setting review is crucial to the process because by committing to your goals, your mind can be at ease as you are ready to actually check them off as you go! Knowing this is all written down and already visualized, your mind will no longer need to be mulling these thoughts over and over causing unnecessary anxiety.
BODY
How does your body feel?
Is there anything your want add or subtract from your eating habits?
Where is your self-care at?
Take an honest moment to check in with your answers to these questions so you can address what needs to be changed. Make those appointments on the spot or add them into your goals for the upcoming week to make sure they happen.
This is non-negotiable time for yourself because for you to be doing your work in the world, you’re going to have to make sure your taking care of that beautiful body of yours!
At this point I usually go in to my gym calendar and book the next three months of yoga classes, strength building and cardio times. This way, those classes are booked, I’ve add them to my agenda, and it’s one reason more that I will be get my butt to those classes, during the inner battle of bed vs. workout!
I like to choose one thing in my eating habits to focus for a month so I can make sure it becomes well, a habit! I try to keep it simple and straight forward so it’s easy to remember on a daily basis!
My personal eating habit change for the month of December is getting more exotic fruits into my diet. Harder to find and a little on the pricy side, but I’m aiming to keep me aware of the how much fruit I am or am not consuming daily!
It’s all about non-judgemental awareness!
SOUL
At the end of this process of writing goals, reflecting on the hard questions and knowing where you want to see yourself in two-three months from now, you deserve to give yourself a a few silent moments of gratitude for the work you’ve just done. This also is a time to hold space for any fears, insecurities, doubts as well as excitements, clarities and sensations of reliefs that has arose from this process.
This is where you take time, perhaps in a meditative form, to just sit and thank yourself for honouring your body mind and soul up to this point and for your ability to continuously create your healthy and happy lifestyle.
By making this date with yourself your opening opportunities of self-growth and you’ll gain more from the holidays knowing your on the track to getting what you need accomplished and keeping yourself healthy during it all!
I’d love to know how you set yourself up for a healthy & sustaining lifestyle during the holiday season! Leave a comment below!

 

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Love & Light,
Carolina

 

 

 

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Why work with a Nutritionist? …. A Holistic Nutritionist.

Hi there,

Its Britt here. I am the creator of Eating Intuitively and have been passionate about well being since an early age. There was health imbalances and always a question lingering around me ‘why?’. This word, why, is a powerful word I see being used everyday by many people to seek for more. We ask why to learn, grow, and evolve. We, as a collect, are waking up to journeying through our own inwardness. A seed was planted within us to ask why. To wonder and explore the different areas of life and well being. This seed has gifted us the ability to explore more than what is told on media. So why work with a nutritionist? What is the purpose? What do we do? How does it look?

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Lets look at food first. How many times are we programmed to think we need to eat? some would say 3, some would say 5, and I say when you are physically hungry. Mother Earth has provided an abundance of edibles to nourish us. These edibles come in all forms: plants (vegetables and fruit), nuts/seeds, legumes, grains, herbs, and other medicinal options.

Why do we eat?

  • We eat and need to eat food (nutrients within) that we can not intrinsically make.
  • We eat for pure connection with mother earth and our surroundings.
  • We eat gathered around a table for love and togetherness.
  • We eat, to receive the nutrients that are needed for our bodies to thrive.

On the contrary if we all ate the edibles Mother Earth provided, nourish the rhymes of our subtle bodies, and followed what spoke to our heart; would we even health care practitioners? No. I truly believe we all have the capability within ourselves to know exactly what is imbalanced and/or what needs more attention.

This is where I am come. See me as the navigator that is leading you finding the root cause of whatever imbalance you may be experiencing. I work with you directly on an individual level to unweave all of the confusion and or unconscious patterns. I am not an advocate of any particular eating regime except eating WHOLEFOODS as abundant on your plate as possible.

We start with food but we really go a lot deeper than that. There is a lot to be said about what we put in our mouth but without care to all other areas of our being we won’t reach our truest balance. Working with a nutritionist, especially a holistic one, we balance all areas of our life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Because life is so much sweeter when we take more time out of daily schedules to give ourselves a lot more self love10473976_437593116395970_332924297615586162_n

But what does this all look like… There are many ways we can work together. I have worked with people through Skype, FaceTime, in person, and email. The recommend meal plans all change depending on what we are working on together. This can come in the form of a day to day plan or a weekly overall plan. All of my programs that I offer you receive special client prices for workshops, events, cooking classes, and other products. This is a little gift for you to take advantage of more knowledge on your own journey and learn various topics and make everyday the tastiest day every.

If you are feeling pulled to work with a nutritionist, lets talk! I offer a free 15min FREE introduction call.

 

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I will be posting upcoming events, workshops, and classes for 2017 on the event page.

 

 

 A Love Letter to my Hometown

 

Dear Regina,

 

It’s been one year since we ended our relationship. I shouldn’t have ghosted you, and I definitely should not have moved out in the wee hours of the morning, but I didn’t know any other way to end things. I was getting resentful near the end, I said some things I didn’t mean. I was feeling smothered, and bored and I couldn’t handle one more conversation about THE GODDAMN ROUGHRIDERS.

I know every three months I came crawling back in a moment of weakness – but holidays are lonely, okay. AND you got to keep all of our friends in the break up. They say time heals all wounds and this year has allowed me to realize what we had. So in honour of our one year breakup anniversary I have compiled a list of things I love and miss about you.

 

 

1.Friends/Family.

You got my friends. All of them. But I don’t know how you managed to get my family on your side. Snapchat stories alone make me tear up more than a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon (including Dear John, and that one was garbage). I think it’s a little bit greedy, but I am coming to terms with it.  I appreciate you taking care of them but if you ever need a break, just send them my way. Please. Even for the weekend. I promise I will take care of them. Just so I can have no mo’ FOMO.

 

2. Affordable rent.

Ooooohhh how I miss the days where buying avocados wasn’t a luxury. Truly, the best of times.

 

3.Free Parking.

 

You were so generous with your abundance of parking spots and I should have appreciated your meter-less streets while I had them. And your non-permit parking is something I dream of. Much love.

 

4.Gym Prices.

In the words of Fergie, you really did want me to be workin’ on my fitness. I never had to google “how much can I sell my eggs for” in order to pay a drop in fee.

 

5.Reasonable commute time.

 

Getting from A to B took 20 minutes max, no matter where I was going. I never had to deal with the soul crushing feeling that follows “fastest route” including: 2 buses, a train, and a 15 minute walk.

 

6.Buying Used.

I never had to say “my boyfriend is waiting in the car” and silently deal with the fact that no, he is not in the car, because I am single. Oh, so single. Not to mention the risk that my craigslist purchase (i.e. my bike) may in fact be a stolen item.

 

 

These are six things I took for granted and I have learned my lesson. I hope this gives us both a little closure. And as much as Taylor Swift usually captures my feelings perfectly, we might get back together. Just not right now.

 

Go Riders!

 

…..Nope. Still don’t care. I tried.
Love, Stevie.

Cyprus Tales: Larnaca & Pafos

After 7 days immersed in the culture deprived Ayia Napa, we made our way south to the city of Larnaca. For what this city lacked in beautiful beaches, it made up for in its ridiculously perfect mix of traditional Cypriot alleyways and modern hipster decor.


We only had 2 days in this city and I left feeling as though I had just been to a real life version of my ideal pinterest decor board. To my absolute joy I found a cafe called BakeIt and enjoyed probably the best cappuccino of the trip. But then again, after drinking nescafe for days on end, my taste buds may have just given the fuck up on me.

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I spent the morning on the beach which was not as picturesque as those in Ayia Napa but give me a beach and I shall lay with a smile on my face. I spent the afternoon wandering the streets and delightfully found myself in an area that from western culture could only be described as hipster. With cafes and bars situated in the small alleyways with tables set up lining the sidewalks it was very much my scene. We made our way back there in the evening for some drinks. We decided on a place called Stories, which is now inspo for my apartment. Dark stained wood was accented with brightly painted shutters and neon velvet furniture. I stuck to beer because I’m a broke ass student, but my travel partner got a seriously delicious passion fruit cocktail.

 

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We left the next morning and made our way to the archaeologically famous city of Pafos. And you guessed it, another beach town. Pafos itself is a little bit of a bore. To give you some context; according to Tripadvisor,  the number one thing to do is visit the archeological park seconded by visiting Aphrodite’s brewery….I’m sure you can guess which one of those we did.

We made it our mission to get to the brewery. And let me disclose that the Cypriot bus systems are not the easiest to figure out so inevitably we got off at the wrong bus stop. Fortunately the stop we got off at was basically in someone’s front yard.  Looking like two confused tourists, the homeowners quickly came to our rescue. They spoke little English and us no greek but they understood where we were trying to get to.  Instead of pointing us in the right direction like most Canadians would have done, they proceeded to start cleaning out their vehicle so they could drive us. Turns out we were not too far off, only about a kilometer away.

The little mishap was so worth it. If for some reason I end up on death row, this meal would be my last request.  The beer was not so much our style (mostly darker, heavier beers) but the pizza was something from my dreams. We both ordered the fig and goat cheese pizza with capers, red onion, arugula and a balsamic reduction that I would take shots of. I will be comparing all future boyfriends to the happiness this pizza brought me, and I will probably fly 11,000 km to eat it one more time in my lifetime.

 

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Cyprus is a beautiful country with warm, kind hearted individuals and amazing scenery.

Pafos restored my faith in humanity and the kindness we were shown in this city was exceptionally heartwarming.  I left Pafos slightly less of a cynical asshole than when I got there and that’s a win in my book.

Written by: Stevie Johns

Chocolate is a Fruit.

Botanical name: Theobroma Cacao

Well… It comes from a fruit. This fruiting tree which is wildly popular around the globe produces a beautiful fruit that is made into cacao or cocoa. We will go into the detail of the difference later on. Once picked, dried, and fermented there are two components of the fruit we eat: cacao powder and cacao butter. Both extremely nourishing yet super delicious when made into what we love: chocolate.

Cacao is the rawest state that hasn’t been heated or treated with anything. You may remember reaching into your grannies cupboard for the cocoa to make a hot cup of hot chocolate in the colder months. Cocoa comes from the same plant although it has been treated. This denatures all of the healing and healthy benefits of the plant. That is why I recommend purchasing your ‘’chocolate’’ in its purest form: cacao. Listed below are a few health raw cacao gifts to us.

Benefits of cacao, but not limited too:
1. super source of antioxidants. Nearly 4 times the antioxidants than the store bought chocolate brands
2. contains a good dose of magnesium (yes ladies this is wonderful to ease menstrual cramping)
3. lots of fibre to ensure our bowels are working at their optimal function
4. trace minerals to support our bodies daily functions
5. aphrodisiac properties
6. essential fatty acids to support brain and hormonal function
7. raises your serotonin levels giving you a sense of relaxation, happiness, and calmness

While all of these benefits are fantastic the truest gift about cacao is the heart opening ability is holds. Two people recently came into my life to share the extensive benefits of this divine fruit. They have gifted me with so much joy, inspiration, and knowledge of this fruit and the subtleties this fruit can provide. We recently hosted an Uncooking Class at Glow Juicery that was name: Chocolate is the topic.

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Our night started with a mini Cacao Ceremony lead by Kyle to open our creative minds and centre our hearts. After the ceremony Jillian and I constructed a Double Chocolate Bliss Cake (recipe below) and shared the nutritional benefits and how simple it is to make nutrient dense cake that doesn’t give you a sugar hangover the following day. When I was leaving the night my heart was beaming (and still is) with so much love for these two people that came into my life and everyone that joined us that evening. We had an incredible turn out and will be hosting more chocolate infused nights very soon. You will have to keep checking our Events page and on Eating Intuitively’s social media for dates.

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Double Chocolate Bliss Cake
Creators: Brittany Reid, Jillian Jordan, and Kyle Jordan
Makes 24 slices

A sweet heart centered raw cake that nourishes the soul with silky mouse chocolate ‘cheese’cake filling and a graham style crust that is infused with ceremonial cacao.

Kitchen Equipment:
– Food Processor
– Blender
– Mixing bowl
– Spatula/tamper
– Measuring cups and spoon
– Spring form pan (12 inch)
– Parchment paper

Crust:
– 28 medjool dates
– 1 cup coconut shreds (unsweetened)
– 1 cup almond Meal
– 2 tsp vanilla bean powder
– good size pinch of sea salt
– 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
– 1/2 cup ceremonial cacao powder

“Cheese”cake Filling:
– 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple
– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 3/4 cup lemon juice (freshly pressed)
– 3 tbsp. cacao butter (melted)
– 2 tbsp. coconut butter (softened)
– 2 cups almond mylk (room temperature)

– 4 cups raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours and rinsed)
– 1/2 cup cacao powder
– 1/2 cup ceremonial cacao powder
– 2 tsp. mega mushroom blend (New Earth Organic)
– 1 tsp. maca powder
– good size pinch of salt
– 1 tbsp. vanilla bean

Any ingredients you feel drawn to for decoration

Process:
1. Start soaking your cashews (2 hours) and review items that need to be melted or made into a powder (ceremonial cacao). Line your pan with parchment paper.
2. In food processor, combine all ingredients and blend into a fine consistency. Once the mixture is blended finely and is sticky remove from the processor and press into a cake pan. *** you will still want it to have some texture.
3. Rinse the cashews and start adding all liquid ingredients first then the dry ingredients into the blender. Tip: start by adding the liquid first and then the powders/solids.
4. Once you have added all ingredients, blend on a high speed to create a creamy consistency. You may need to use a tamper to help blend as it is very thick. If you don’t have a tamper simply stop the blender and use a spatula, scraping down the sides.
5. Pour the mixture from the blender into the cake pan over the crust.
6. Set in the freezer overnight to solidify.
7. Decorate with any ingredient that is in your pantry that you are drawn too. We have added ceremonial cacao shavings, coconut shreds, and cacao nibs.

Vegan, 100% nourishing, Gluten Free, Artificial Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

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Lots of sweet chocolatey love being sent your way.

If you try out this recipe please tag @eatingintuitively in your photos and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Please check out: www.cacaosoundmovement.com and www.facebook.com/cacaosoundmovement to learn more about the celebration of the nourisher, Cacao.

xo

B.

Photo Cred: Jillian and Brittany

Israel…It Got Real

Israel wasn’t on my travel bucket list. In fact, I knew as much about it as I know about how taxes work….literally nothing. But my best friend was there and watching Broad City, swiping on tinder, and doing homework is no fun alone. I booked myself a plane ticket and off I went. After 17 hours of flights, there she was, in true BFF fashion, waiting for me at the arrivals gate at 3:00am with a sign that said “BOO! Dis Good, Dis Real Good”

 

My first couple of nights were spent in Tel Aviv. I really immersed myself in the culture…. a.k. a. stayed out until 5:00am for multiple nights in a row. For me this is a fucking miracle as I am perfectly happy being in bed by 9pm, but I was just doing as the locals do. The nightlife in Tel Aviv is a more chill version of the sloppy binge drinking culture over here in Canada, which was to my delight because I suffer from hangovers from hell.  For some reason,my body refuses to acknowledge i have ever had a taste of alcohol.

 

My second favorite thing about the nightlife scene was the Israeli guys. They seem to be almost too polite/shy to approach you which for some might be frustrating but for me it was a refreshing experience not having to explain to some drunk bro that “it’s a girls night” or some bullshit like that to get him to leave us alone.

 

While in Tel Aviv and hungover AF, I attended my first Shabbat. Shabbat is a weekly day of rest in jewish culture. It begins Friday at sundown and goes until Saturday at sundown. This is a time where friends and family get together and have dinner and drinks and the following day is spent resting. Public transportation does not run, and most businesses are closed which can get a little interesting when you are not jewish so you forget and then run out of food and are forced to go out for insanely expensive dinners. I saw my credit card start tearing up at one point I swear.

 

My first shabbat happened to fall on my birthday and we went to a house with about fifteen other young people, each of us bringing a dish to share. There is a brief prayer before dinner but other than that, it does not feel as though it is a religion based get together which is great because religion is something i’m not super into. Everyone was so incredibly friendly and they even put together a little birthday cake with some candles for me. So as 15 strangers sang me happy birthday, I sat there like a fucking weirdo but being incredibly thankful for their warm welcome nonetheless.

 

The rest of the time was spent in Jerusalem. If you are wanting any insight, opinions, or a history lesson on the politics surrounding this city…too bad, this isn’t NPR. I had a weird fear of jerusalem after hearing a story of my friend being kicked in the market by a hasidic jewish man for wearing shorts. Yes, you read that right….he kicked her. But fear was quickly put to rest or at least replaced by my fierce love for falafel. I would love to sit here and tell you that I ate it a couple of times a week and at least pretend like I had some form of self control but that my friends, would be a dirty lie. I ate falafel almost every damn day. Should I have done it? No. Do I regret it? No. Do I wish I ate more of it? Yeah, I do. Sue me.

 

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I did get some actual culture in by going to see the western wall, the tomb of jesus and the Dome of the Rock Mosque. Aside from the beauty of the mosque none of these places meant much to me as I am not religious so I really just left confused as to why people were rubbing their souvenirs in plastic bags all over the Jesus’s tomb….it all seemed very odd to me.

 

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The “Shuk” is the local market in Jerusalem. It is one of the coolest places I have ever been. Fresh produce, spices, tahini, baked goods, fish, and cheese are sold amongst the small corridors in the Shuk. There are coffee shops placed amongst the vendors where you can sit and sip a cappuccino while watching the locals shop for the day or just watch several groups of jewish teenage Birthright tour groups snapchat their little fingers off.

 

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But the real magic of the Shuk happens at night. When the produce vendors shut their stands down, several bars and restaurants open up in the same areas. Whether you want traditional israeli food, lebanese, italian pasta, craft beer, or hookah; the shuk at night has got you covered. Spending time at the Shuk, listening to live music, drinking craft beer, and sitting amongst the dope ass street art made me feel much cooler than I actually am so I tried to spend as much time as I possibly could there. I hoped some of the Israeli we-are-so-hipster-we-are anti-hipster coolness would just wear off on me but it didn’t, I came back as basic as I ever was.

 

The Shuk is my perfect nightlife situation because it’s super chill…way more chill than Tel Aviv.  Hanging out for one beer and being in bed by 11pm is acceptable (JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT!). We did take a wander down to the actual club scene one night. My friend had turned in her last essay of the semester at midnight and was dealing with a one day old break up wound and drama like that deserves whatever the fuck she wanted. I’m sure she could give you a better review of the club scene because honestly whether it’s Saskatchewan, Vancouver or Israel, a club is a club and I hate them all.

 


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Aside from the falafel and craft beer one of the coolest things I was able to do was visit the dead sea. The dead sea, which is actually a lake, is a salt lake located 400 metres below sea level (it is the lowest point on earth.) And that water is no joke. Make sure you are a stable floater because if you get that water in your eyes, you are going to want to die because it stings like a bitch. But once I rinsed my burning eyeballs out, I got my zen on like never before. I have never been in a float chamber, because I’m broke as shitttttt, but I would imagine its just like that but in nature and beautiful. And like the canadian tourists we were, we covered ourselves in that dead sea mud because it is the closest I will ever be to feeling like a Real Housewife at a spa and I wasn’t about to pass that up.

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Israel is confusing, exciting, relaxed, hipster, stressful, beautiful, and interesting. It is 100% worth the trip once in your lifetime. Also, everyone is good looking so that should be of some motivation…and did I mention the Falafel?

 

Shalom My Friends, Shalom.

 

 

*Apologies for the lack of photos from Tel Aviv…as mentioned above I was too drunk/hungover the whole time to take any.

 

Written by: Stevie J.

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