Month: November 2014

health & wellness: detox with ginger & turmeric

I love going down to our farmer’s market on Sundays and getting myself a delicious vegan burger with organic, homegrown greens from my favorite local farm and then grabbing an ice cold lemon & ginger tea from the stall next door. I love this drink so much so that I’ve started making it at home (super simple). Then I stumbled upon a different version from Green Kitchen Stories (one of my favorite food blogs), so I wanted to share that with you today. Are you aware of the health benefits of ginger and turmeric? Ginger has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea and motion sickness. Turmeric is a very strong antioxidant and has been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine throughout history. It is considered a herb that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver. It is used to support digestion, treat fever, infections and inflammations. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine. So here is the …

6 reasons gratitude will change your life

I was reading Real Simple this month and came across a great article about gratitude. There is a lot more to being thankful than just saying thank you. I know we tend to focus more on the ideas of giving and feeling grateful as we inch closer to Thanksgiving, but I found this article to be really insightful and helpful for embracing the effects of practicing gratitude daily. Here are six reasons: 1 \\ You’ll feel happier . Just jotting down something you’re grateful for each day will encourage you to start looking at life from a different angle. You’ll notice when you feel grateful, when you feel happy, and you’ll document it. Practice writing it down physically to help you remember it mentally. 2 \\ You’ll boost your energy. You will learn to appreciate each day in life as something special, rather than just some drudgery and routine. In fact, even the most routine things will become something you work hard at asĀ  you feel a heightened sense of vitality. This reminds me of …

travel: barbados

Evan and I just recently returned from the island of Barbados. It was a work trip, seriously. No really, it was. We both presented our research at the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference, and spent a little time exploring Barbados on the side. The island is so beautiful: clean water, clear and blue. White sands, no trash. Easy to explore, we felt safe and everyone was friendly. The food was expensive, but that was to be expected. The diving was expensive, but we expected that too. I do want to go back. Here are just a few snippets of our week, which including sailing through the late afternoon, touring the oldest rum distillery in the world, snacking on soursop while getting lost through Bridgetown, entertained by a monkey on the beach, trying their local flavor Mauby as a vegan ice cream, and site seeing the other Caribbean islands as we hopped back up to Puerto Rico.