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FOOD + HEALTH Christine DesRoches Carlo Cao
SACRED LOVES That Protein Raw Living Spirulina Svelte Boho Bars The London Essence Co. Sakara Green and Gorgeous Organics Butter London The Laundress In Bed Herbivore
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smien Hamed Ben Walgate Beretta Farms
JOURNEY Jasmien Hamed Ben Walgate Cynthia Beretta Simon Hill Sam Webb Maryam Montague
GYPSETTER NEWS Wild And The Moon Spell & The Gypsy Kul Kul Farms Greedilulu
TRAVEL Casa Cook Chania Berber Lodge Coqui Coqui Merida Riad Kitula Marrakech
Happy Happy Hemp and Baobab Super Protein ÂŁ14.99 GBP www.thatprotein.com A member of the Bombacaceae family of plants in Africa, raw and organic baobab powder is the optimal vegan alternative. Use it as a staple ingredient for smoothies, protein shakes, or even for baking purposes. Rich in Vitamin C, it is considered to be one of the most alkaline foods ever, balancing the bodyâ€™s pH levels and helping to defend it from chronic diseases.
Raw Living Spirulina
Raw Living Spirulina, 16oz $70.00 USD www.rawlivingspirulina.com Transform your health and increase your energy with this superfood! Raw Living Spirulina offers a plant-based protein solution in its natural form, rather than a processed powder. It's top quality and 100% fresh, harvested from the company's own farm and shipped out daily.
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Not only is food one of humanity's basic needs, it is essential to living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Here we learn about better living through healthy eating and transformed diet, with delicious recipes and trending food practices.
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Christine DesRoches My Natural Kitchen www.mynaturalkitchenblog. Christine DesRoches is a Canadian food blogger based in St Catharines, Ontario. Her recipes are healthful, vibrant, and plant-focused, and she finds joy in creating beautiful and delicious food that is also gluten-free and allergyfriendly. She began her current lifestyle after recovering from a debilitating illness with the help of her naturopath and natural healers. She now loves to study herbalism and wellness practices. You can find her recipes on her Instagram account, @mynaturalkitchen, and an archive of past inspirational content on her website, www.mynaturalkitchenblog.com.
Papaya Salad with PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTINE DESROCHES
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Papaya Salad with a Moroccan Twist Ingredients 1/4 cup fresh mint, packed 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw honey half of a medium-sized ripe papaya, peeled and seeds discarded
3-4 ripe figs 5 Deglet Nour dates, pitted and slivered 1 tablespoon salted almonds, finely chopped 8-10 dried rose petals, crushed argan oil, to drizzle
Directions 1. Slice the papaya into 1/4 inch slices. Take each slice and then cut again into 1 inch sized bites. Place in a bowl and set aside. 2. Roughly chop the mint, then transfer to a mortar and pestle, and add the honey and orange blossom water. Use the pestle to crush the mint and work it into a paste - this takes only a few minutes. Itâ€™s okay if there are some slightly larger pieces of mint remaining, but you should aim to have a wellintegrated paste without chunks.
3. Slice the figs into thin wedges and add to the bowl with papaya. Add the dates, almonds,and mint paste and gently toss to combine. Add most of the crushed dried rose petals (saving a bit for garnish) and toss again. Divide the salad into serving dishes, drizzle each with a tiny bit (approximately 1/4 teaspoon each) of argan oil and the remaining rose petals and serve. 4. Keep any leftover salad in a covered container in the fridge, and consume within the day.
Green Spinach & Tahini Sou Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 stalk celery, diced (reserve a small handful of leaves, if you have them) 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper, plus extra to taste 1 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus extra to taste
1 liter water 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 cups parsley leaves, tightly packed 6 cups baby spinach, packed 2 tbsp tahini 1 tsp ghee (optional - omit if vegan) Garnish (all optional but delicious!): Sautéed Shiitakes
8 oz package shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp coconut oil or avoc oil 1/4 tsp sea salt Extras: herbs (parsley, basil, cil are all nice) pea shoots hemp hearts poached eggs (1 per serv
Directions 1. Place a medium-sized pot over medium heat and add the coconut oil. Swirl to melt, then add the diced onion. Sauté for a few minutes, then add diced celery, garlic, salt and ground pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until softened. Add the water and applecider vinegar and bring to a simmer. 2. Once simmering, add the parsley, baby spinach and celery leaves and stir. Once the greens have wilted, remove from heat. Purée using a hand blender, or transfer (in batches,if necessary) to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Add tahini and ghee, blend again, and taste - add extra salt (I generally add another 1/4 teaspoon), pepper, or tahini to taste. It should be balanced, light and slightly salty and you should be able to taste the pepper.
3. As the soup comes to a simmer, heat a small pan to medium high for the mushrooms. Add oil, sliced shiitakes, an salt and stir to coat. Let the mushrooms in the pan without stirring for 2 minute then stir and leave to sear for another 1 minutes. Reduce heat to low until ready use. 4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Carefully add a poached egg to each bow then garnish with herbs, pea shoots, sautéed shiitake mushrooms, hemp hea and extra black pepper. 5. Leftover soup keeps well refrigerated 3 days. Reheat gently to serve. Enjoy!
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Carlo Cao Vegaliciously: Plant based Food Instagram: @vegaliciously Carlo Cao is a 25-year-old Swiss-Italian recipe creator and food photographer in the Alps who is now living in the chocolate capital of Europe: Switzerland. He celebrates vegan food through his innovative and easy-to-make recipes that are accessible to everyone. As an active travel, he loves incorporating food styles from all over the world.
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Lemon Hummus Ingredients 1 1/3 cup dry chickpeas 2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tbsp tahini 1/2 cup cold water
1 garlic clove juice of 1 lemon lemon zest of 2 lemons salt & pepper
Directions 1.Put the chickpeas in a bowl, cover with water, add 1 tb of baking soda, whisk. 2. Let it soak overnight (12 hours). 3. Rinse the chickpeas, put them in a saucepan, add 1 tsp baking soda bring to a boil, and then cook at a low temperature for 45-60 minutes (the water should NOT be boiling or you‘ll have a chickpeas puree instaed of cooked chickpeas!). 4. Once cooked, rinse the chickpeas and let them cool down completely. 5. In a food processor add the tahini, and process it for 1 minute.
6. Add the COLD water and process for another minute. Then add the lemon juice, salt, garlic clove and lemon zest and process for another minute. 7. Add little by little the chickpeas and process until it reaches the perfect consistency. 8. The hummus you‘ll get should be quite thick (that‘s how I like it) if it‘s too thick just add a little bit of water 9. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, some thyme & pepper!
Tofu Balls with Turmeric Sauce Ingredients Turmeric Sauce: 2 carrots 2 garlic cloves 3 tbsp condensed tomato purée 3 tsp turmeric powder salt and pepper 6 dl vegetable broth 2 dl soya cream coconut oil
Tofu Ball: 600g tofu 2 carrots 2 garlic cloves a parsley bunch 150g breadcrumbs 100g flour salt and pepper coconut oil
Directions 1. For the sauce, finely chop onion, garlic and carrots. Grease a pan with coconut oil and fry the ingredients until golden. 2. Add condensed tomato purée, turmeric, broth and mix until lumps smooth out. Let it simmer for an hour and a half adding water from time to time. 3. Put the sauce in a mixer and blend until it reaches a creamy consistency. 4. Pour the sauce into the pot previously used, add the soy cream and simmer for another 15 minutes. 5. For the tofu balls, using your hands grind the tofu.
6. Finely chop carrots, onions, garlic and a parsley bunch and add to the tofu. Mix the mass, adjust salt and pepper, and add the breadcrumbs. 7. Using your hands, mix the mass to obtain a homogeneous mixture. Moisten your hands before forming every tofu ball. 8. Once all the balls have been formed, mash them with flour. Grease a frying pan with coconut oil and fry them until golden. 9. Once cooked, dip them and cover them with turmeric sauce. Add a spoonful of parsley and ENJOY!
Organic Protein Shake - Cappuccino $31.00 CAD for a pack of 8 www.amazon.com Svelteâ€™s plant-based protein shakes are certified gluten-free and organic. They are made with organic soy milk, spices, and inulin. The Cappuccino shake is made from a tasty blend of organic soy milk and organic coffee beans, and is perfect for breakfast on the go or an afternoon pick-me-up.
Apricot Coconut Bars $39.99 CAD for 12 bars www.bohobars.com Packed with dried apricots, tahini, and shredded coconut, Boho Bars provide a delicious boost of energy with 9g+ of protein per serving. In addition to being gluten and dairyfree, Boho Bars are free of refined sugar, artificial additives, and processed ingredients.
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Journey is a significant section of Sacred Lifestyle which shows readers various Influencers in the world who have led an inspirational journey and make a strong impact on others. These individuals have changed their paths and shifted their energy in a new direction that has not only served to better themselves, but also everything around them.
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Jasmien Hamed TrĂ¨s Nomad www.tresnomad.com Traveling at a young age, Jasmien was a free spirit exploring rich cultures and fashion. As a fashion stylist for over 20 years, she witnessed the harsh realities of the fashion industry. Unsustainability led to low quality of garments which provided a platform for retailers to sell high-end brands at a lower price. This vicious cycle of fashion often affected the talented artisans and craftsmen that were paid unfair wages. Her vision was to create styles that blend artistry and quality craftsmanship. This led to establishing the concept of slow fashion. TrĂ¨s Nomad favours mindful alternatives; sustainability over waste, quality over quantity, and timeliness over trends.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What inspired you to get involved in the fashion industry? I was born on Halloween, raised in The Netherlands to an Egyptian dad and a Dutch mother. As a well-traveled child I was always fascinated with rich cultures, folklore and costumes. I moved to San Francisco in 2003 to pursue my career as a wardrobe stylist and worked on many different projects, from fashion to commercial to advertising and even an independent film. I started Très Nomad as an antidote to fast fashion. After working as a fashion stylist for over 20 years I witnessed the quality of garments declining. Most retailers are selling the latest fashion trends at low prices. I realized this concept was unsustainable—for the environment and for the workers that are often paid unfair wages. I was ready to spread my own vision and created the line. I taught myself how to make patterns, cut fabric and hired a local seamstress. Each piece I create is made-to-order, cut & sewn one piece at the time per our customers' measurements, and then overdyed by hand in one of the 40 nature-inspired colors I developed.
What obstacles have you faced on your journey and how have they impacted you? The hand-dye process never comes out 100% consistent. Throughout the years I have perfected the process and will get a lot better results. I always give a disclaimer at checkout, that the clothes are not made by robots and therefore will have inconsistencies! In my opinion, this adds to the charm of a handmade piece.
You are hardworking and dedicated, what is a way you recharge your soul? Travel!!! I love to travel pretty much anywhere (close and far) and plan about 2-3 trips per year. Traveling is an incredible way to be humbled, change your perspective, learn, get inspired, and meet incredible people along the way. And the added bonus is that I can photograph my pieces while I travel which adds to the value of the trip. I just have to be careful that pleasure and work are in balance!
If you were to give one piece of advice to your former-self, what would it be? Trust! I have come to learn that everything happens the way its supposed to, and if you have trust in your own abilities and in your own power of manifestation, you can really do anything.
When are you most at peace and why? When I am in the present moment. When I remind myself that I am here now in this moment, I am in my body, my temple, and I am enough, that everything is perfect the way it is, and that nothing else matters. This helps me be mindful and pay attention. I do not meditate per se, but try to practice this several times a day.
What are some of the important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? Climate change is my biggest concern: Resulting in desertification, wildfires, floods, drought, temperatures rising, crops failing. I know that humans will probably adapt (or maybe just get wiped out from our planet entirely). But it comes at the expense of the "other" kingdoms (Plants, Animals, Protists, Fungi,Â Archaebacteria,Â Eubacteria). Due to our mistakes they are all under serious threat. We all must do our part to minimize our impact on this planet and hopefully restore it before it is too late.
Share with us your new adventures you wish to explore going forward. So many ideas! We are currently working on more accessories as well as bags. We are releasing a printed line, where we are printing actual photographic images that we created, directly on the silk. We started with 6 different animal prints, from bugs & beetles, to butterflies, birds and snakes to honor their beauty. I am very excited by this offering. We want to build out a kids' line. I made a mini version of the Kaftan for my best friend's daughter, Skye. I see how much joy she has from wearing her piece. Creating styles that would last them for several years. It would be so fun to offer kids the color pallet and really have them play a part in the design process. Colors is a big form of self-expression, it shows who you are and how you want to be perceived in this world. Then a menâ€™s line, obviously, because I can not wait to dress my husband and male friends. And eventually a home line for timeless wabi-sabi living where we use honest materials and create luxury pieces that would last a lifetime. With everything we will implement the mindful consumption model.
What is a quote you live by? There is a quote by a French Druid Triad, Franรงois Bourillon: "When you die, only three things will remain of you: What you have taught to others, what you have created with your hands and how much love you have spread. Love, love, love people around you for the light of love heals everything."
What is Sacred to you? The love between my husband and me. We treat it like a sacred vessel and try to pour as much positive energy and thought into it. It's important to us not to get distracted and dilute this vessel. It's important to communicate like adults, listen to each other and treat each other with most respect. We are each others servant and count our blessings for walking beside each other.
Ben Walgate Tillingham Wines Limited, and Co-Founder of Tillingham Wines www.tillingham.com Ben Walgate, former CEO of Gusbourne Wine Estate, has branched out with his very own biodynamic English winery, Tillingham Wines. Reviving the ancient Georgian Qvevri revelation, he hopes to restore the tradition of the natural wine-making process. With minimal interference, no use of additives and the right approach, there is potential to produce rich and sensational still wines with real flavor and elegance in every sip.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. What has inspired you to begin your very own organic wine venture? I didnâ€™t realize it at the time, and itâ€™s really only recently occurred to me, but I was raised on a farm, and come from a long line of farmers, I turned my back on that when I went to university, and it was only through getting into Biodynamic wine and subsequently visiting biodynamic wine producers, that I realised that farming grapes and making wine were my destiny. The fact that I have come full circle and am continuing a family dynasty of farming, and farming well, is inspiring to me.
What do you love most about the path you have chosen? One of the attractions of doing what I do (there are many!) has always been the idea that you are creating something that is in part a piece of yourself: your work, your practice and belief, married with the essence of a place, and a living system. That the wine is unique, and potentially delicious are also appealing.
From being the CEO at Gusbourne Estate to setting up your own biodynamic English winery, requires determination and courage. What obstacles have you faced on your journey and how havethey impacted you? What to some looks like determination and courage, to others could be considered stubbornness and stupidity! I feel like half of what I do is the former and half the latter.
People say you make your own luck, but I also feel I have been extremely fortunate along the way, to have been given the chances I have been given and to have met the people I have met. Ultimately the greatest obstacle has been me, on the one hand, blind passion, curiosity and self-doubt have driven me, but these same characteristics have created big challenges.
Are there any significant events that have helped shape the way you think about organic wine? Just want to set the record straight on Organic wine, I’m not into Organic wine. I make low intervention wines made from a very natural style of farming, it’s beyond organics. Organics isn’t a bad thing, quite the opposite, but it doesn’t describe what I do. There have been many experiences along the way that have shaped the way I think about what I do, one quite profound experience, was while I was running a vineyard on the Isle of Wight, I was studying Biodynamics at the time and was getting really in tune with the place and the lunar calendar, there was a super moon and that same day mushrooms were up all over the vineyard floor. The invisible world of microbes was not on my radar back then, but it was an important formative moment. The importance of microbes in our bodies and in the environment is something we are only just beginning to appreciate. The impact of our style of farming, and of what we consume has on these tiny organisms is so important to our wellbeing and the health of the planet.
If you were to give one piece of advice to your former-self, what would it be? Listen—listen to others, listen to yourself and listen to the world around you. It’s easy to get caught up in the journey and what has to happen next, as a result we find it hard to listen, but we also miss what is happening in the moment. If someone else is in that moment with you, imagine how that makes them feel—way less important than you or your journey.
What values do you try and incorporate into your daily life? Fun—we only have one life. Luckily, I’m a very optimistic person, and despite sometimes feeling overwhelmed by how ambitious my plans may seem, I try to ensure that we have fun, that the people I work with have fun. Food is very important to me, so I like to feed people well, employees, customers and my family.
What are some of the Important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? There’s something in Biodynamics or at least what has come from it, whereby you have diverse farming systems, which rebuild the soil, that produce food that it is not just tasty, but healing. That generates significant employment and also fosters collaboration amongst other businesses in a way like no other. Most importantly it teaches us respect for our soil, for our wider environment and draws us closer to the earth. It is a lesson to us all about balance and about respect. Wines from great producers making wine in this way,
is a great calling card for these values. The more we embrace this approach, the greater the awareness will be of how much is wrong in the conventional way of producing our food, which is a dead end for the environment and a dead end for us. We only have a handful of decades left before our soils are barren and the fossil fuels we depend on for chemicals (fertilizers) have been exhausted.
Share with us your new adventures you wish to explore going forward. Next year we will be opening the farm up to the public, offering accommodation as well as food. Simple food from the farm and from high quality producers around us. I’m excited about sharing our story and welcoming people to the farm, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
What is a quote you live by? I’m a bit of a romantic. "Beauty is truth, truth beauty." - "Ode to a Grecian Urn," John Keats
What is Sacred to you? My children – my kids are 5, 7, and 9 – they are beautiful and still innocent, I cannot conceive of how I could cherish anything more.
Beretta Farms Cynthia Beretta, Founder of Beretta Farms www.berettafarms.com Beretta Farms, passionately started by Mike and Cynthia Beretta, has been committed to providing healthy alternatives for families since 1992. It all started with a dream to raise animals in a safe and sheltered environment. As the family grew, the couple wanted the best of both worlds: animals raised organically and without the use of antibiotics, and fresh, hand-picked produce. The couple quickly realized that other families also desired a healthy and satisfying meal on their dinner table. The popularity of raising grass-fed, organic, and hormone free animals opened up new doors for the Beretta Family to expand their brand through Beretta Butcher shop. Now Beretta Farms is comprised of over 40 ranches located in Western Canada. These ranches work to raise Beretta animals using the same practices and values that started it all.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. What has inspired you to start Beretta Farms? My name is Cynthia Beretta, and along with my husband Michael we are the founders of Beretta Farms. Family and food are two of the most important things in my life. My world truly revolves around both, family first and then what I feed them! Michael and I started farming because we wanted our family to have the best food that we could grow for them. Beretta Farms grew out of our hard work and commitment to feeding not only our growing family but other families that wanted great food.
What do you love most about the path you have chosen? Michael and I took the path that was less travelled and it has truly made all the difference in our lives. What I love most about our path is that it has and continues to take us up and down and around many smooth and rough corners, but we love the ride.
What obstacles have you faced on your journey and how have they impacted you? In life you will always have obstacles, no matter your path. It is your reaction to these obstacles that will define you and your business. I always try to learn and grow from each and every obstacle that presents its self.
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Are there any significant events that have helped shape the way you think about Organic Farming?
When we sold our first farm. Michael and I had worked so hard with our blood, sweat and tears to convert it to our organic slice of heaven. The new owners moved in and right away started farming it conventionally again. It took us a while to realize that it is peopleâ€™s minds that we were going to have to change if we wanted to see more organic farmers in the future. That is why education is such a big part of what we do each and every day.
Raising a family as well as farm animals requires persistence, patience and dedication, what is a way you recharge your soul? Great question! Taking time for yourself is difficult for any parent, let alone when you have a barn full of animals on top of three children! Recharging is so important, especially when you also work with your husband. This past year I set a goal to do my first Triathlon, which I completed last weekend. It was my time with this incredible group of women training that helped keep me focused on my goal and truly did recharge my soul.
What values do you try and incorporate into your daily life? Everyone had different values and different things that are important to them in their life. Honesty and integrity are two values that I treasure most in myself and in other people. We all make mistakes and none of us is perfect but if we are honest and take responsibility for our actions we can accomplish anything with time and effort.
What are some of the important world issues that you feel we needto be conscious about? I was born on the very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. My mom always told me I was destined to save our Earth in one way or another. When Mike and I started to farm organically it didnâ€™t surprise my parents. We only have one Earth and preserving it is something we are always conscious about.
Share with us your new adventures you with to explore going forward. New Adventures, love them! I am in the process of writing my first cookbook, which is so exciting and scary at the same time!
What is a quote you live by? "Food without fat is like Life without Love!"
What is Sacred to you? My Family.
PHOTO OF CYNTHIA'S FAMILY
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Simon Hill Founder of Plant Proof www.plantproof.com Transitioning from a meat-based diet to a plantbased diet is often overwhelming. It raises doubts, feelings of uncertainty and one questions whether it is the ultimate path to leading a healthy lifestyle. Simon Hill was one of the many that shared similar fears regarding the vegan lifestyle prior to transitioning from animal foods to a plant-based diet. As the Founder of Plant Proof, he invites his audience to be part of his personal journey and explore a wide range of ways to enjoy and bring variety into their everyday plant-based diet. Through inspirational and engaging blog posts, appetizing yet easy-to-make recipes and countless hours of podcasts, Simon is your number 1 guide to a Clean and Healthy Lifestyle.
Tell us a little about yourself. What inspired you to begin Plant Proof? So much of what we have learned growing up in terms of healthy eating is unfortunately based on corporate agendas and profit and loss statements rather than science. Having completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy with a research Honours in 2004 and now doing a Masters in Nutrition I have seen how important it is to actually look at the science and not be a passive bystander who believes what is on TV, or on a packet of food. I can put unhealthy food in the hands of a professional athlete, and with a big enough budget, make young kids across the world think that food is good for them...with zero science to support the message I am delivering. All because I want to sell more units of that food and make more money so I can buy a big house, a sports car and fly first class. When you understand this mentality and the actual science you become morally obliged to share to the world what is really happening and help them make truly healthy food choices which are not driven by any agenda other than being the very best food choice for them. Plant Proof is about provoking deeper thought...getting folks to dig a little deeper and giving them the information and resources so they can UNDERSTAND what’s going on. I don’t want to "preach" and tell people "you must eat like this rah rah"... My mission is to put authentic, credible, truthful information out there and in doing so help people...help people avoid chronic disease, spend more time with their friends and families over their life ..it seems like a very simple mission but I don’t think it needs any complicating. I am so passionate about this.
What do you love most about the path you have chosen? My father had a heart attack when I was 15 and I was conditioned to believe that based on genetics my fate could well be the same. Through my 20’s I started to understand the role of nutrition and how 80% of your risk of developing chronic disease, including heart disease, is from lifestyle decisions. Over 40% of all deaths in Australia, USA and most Western Populations are from cardiovascular disease and sadly its self-inflicted through being unaware of the right foods to put in our mouths and the mouths of our children. There is only one diet that has been shown to reverse or halt the progress of cardiovascular disease and that is a Low Fat Plant Based diet so in my mind should be the default diet in this society until someone comes along with a diet that performs better at a clinical and scientific level.
What obstacles have you faced on your journey and how have they impacted you? It was difficult at the beginning explaining to friends who were coming from really zero nutritional knowledge. I had to learn to point them in the direction of basic resources or go through things really slowly and gently rather than getting too passionate and coming across as a know-it-all.
Are there any significant events that have helped shape the way you think about Healthy Living? Certainly my father's heart attack when I was 15 and also my blood test results when I was on a typical "bro science" diet in my 20s which consisted of chicken, salmon, lean beef, broccoli, sweet potato etc...My cholesterol was very high, as were my triglycerides, which are indicators of a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In fact, with that diet it's highly likely I already had asymptomatic signs of cardiovascular disease, like narrowing of the arteries, which science has shown can even begin when an infant is in the womb.
What is a piece of advice you would give to someone indecisive about plant-based diet? Do it at YOUR own pace. Whatever that may be. And gather a few of the main resources and get confident with the information so as you swap out animal products you know what plant foods to include. I have several blogs at plantproof.com including a blog on "Grocery Tips" to help with this.
What values do you try and incorporate into your daily life? Be kind and humble as much as you can. If you do that then you are going to see everything in a really beautiful, positive light. I’m amazed by how kindness has become such a huge part of my life during my transition to a vegan diet. I care more about others than I have ever before…I’m less selfish and I find with this kindness I am finding myself with more opportunities, tighter friendships, more happiness and essentially a higher quality of life. Kindness is something money can’t buy...it’s taught me to slow down and to actually care about what I am doing on a moment by moment basis.
What are some of the Important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? Feeding people in a sustainable manner. Helping people live longer lives that are full of life rather than long over medicated lives of poor quality. Caring more about the condition of Earth that our successors find it in which means educating ourselves more about the impact we are having on the planet on a day to day basis so we can do more of the positive things and less of the negative things. I recently watched "A Plastic Ocean" and itâ€™s awful what we are doing to the oceans...all because we are too lazy to reuse things like cutlery and straws and rely on single use plastics. Sometimes as humans we have become too innovative...too smart at the detriment of the planet and all other inhabitants who have no choice but to deal with the consequences that humans create.
Share with us your new adventures you wish to explore going forward. I am looking forward to releasing a new book in the coming year or so and building out the Plant Proof podcast with many special guests on each week. I also want to build a retreat in the Byron hinterlands for people to come and stay and experience a conscious weekend eating locally grown plant based foods and listening to special guests talk about important topics.
What is a quote you live by? "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
What is Sacred to you? Time with my girlfriend Tanya and puppy Gnocchi with zero distractions, light music and a candle. Everything slows down, itâ€™s beautiful and is honestly my favourite thing to do in the entire world.
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Rosemary Kale Chips $14 USD www.sakara.com This trendy wellness lifestyle brand offers an organic, raw, vegan and gluten-free super snack. Made with organic kale, this snack is great for its cleansing minerals and compounds and is a great source of protein and is very high in fiber.
SAM WEBB Actor and Co-Founder of LIVIN www.livin.org
Sam Webb's Mental Health movement, LIVIN, was born after the untimely death of his friend, Dwayne Lally, who took his own life after suffering from a mental illness. His movement has now become the voice of many others who are suffering in silence. Sam has starred on Australian Survivor and recently debuted on Channel Ten soap, "Neighbours"; however, his newfound fame has never stopped him from realizing his bigger purpose in life: to end the stigma of mental illness. Through LIVIN, he encourages individuals to raise their voice and talk about their feelings because "It Ainâ€™t Weak to Speak." LIVIN offers variety of programs such as LIVINWell, which is designed to enhance the self-efficacy and wellbeing of students, at workplaces and community groups. Whether it is about participating in fundraising events or encouraging important conversations via LIVIN merchandise, LIVIN offers a great platform for anyone who wants to lend a hand and build a meaningful future.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. What has inspired you to start the Mental Health Movement, LIVIN? Hi, my name is Sam Webb. I was born in Sydney, Australia. I have my excessive amounts of energy to thank for my self-inflicted motivation and desire to chase my dreams. I started pursuing my acting career in 2013 after many years on the sidelines making excuses. Acting for me brings calmness and clarity into a somewhat chaotic existence. People are fascinating and I love exploring the nuances that make each of us very unique, yet complex. LIVIN started in September 2013 after the tragic death of my good friend Dwayne Lally. Dwayne took his own life. I like to explain this point in my life as a tipping point. For me I needed to do something to also stay alive and I have Dwayne to thank for me being here today.
What do you love most about the path you have chosen? What sets LIVIN apart? LIVIN is part of my DNA. It is a life commitment. There isnâ€™t any work more rewarding than this and I am equally grateful to be able to help people from all walks of life. LIVINâ€™s vision is to "Break the Stigma of Mental Health," and the cool, unique
approach we take to such a taboo topic is something this world needs and something I am extremely passionate about.
What obstacles have you faced on your journey and how have they impacted you? Obstacles are inevitable. Obstacles are a way of life, and without them none of us would be the people we are today. I think it is about taking a step back and looking at the obstacles from a new lens. This can really help change the way that you think and operate in life. Use your struggles as armour, not shackles.
What are some significant events that have helped shape the way you think about Mental Illness? My own lived experiences from both sides of the spectrum has helped shape the way I look at mental health. Having lost friends and family directly to suicide and also having my own personal mental health challenges, that has helped me better understand the subject. Getting to the core of the conversations and really putting yourself out there and in someone elses shoes is powerful and also extremeley beneficial.
What piece of advice you would give to someone suffering from Mental Illness? What is the one thing you want to teach people about Mental Illness? Never give up on yourself. There is someone in this world whether they are a new friend, an old friend, or someone on the other end of the phone who wants to help you live. In 3 months from now, or 12 months, you will look back and be glad you are alive. "It Ainâ€™t Weak to Speak."
What values do you try and incorporate into your daily life? Vulnerability, Loyalty, Integrity, Empathy, Family and Having Fun!
What are some important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? Technology is immensely powerful and it is changing the way human beings are communicating and interacting with each other. More and more people work from satellite offices, and social media platforms/phone time is increasing out of mind. This is impacting societal connectedness and increasing loneliness. We need to encourage human interaction because that should never be replaced.
What values do you try and incorporate into your daily life? As an organisation in a forever changing landscape, we need to be agile. We need to remain relatable and cutting edge. We need to keep challenging societal norms and the status quo. Safety is our first priority. People are the beat to the earthâ€™s heart and we need to work with each other to collectively make impacts across the globe.
What is a quote you live by? "If in doubt, reach out."
What is sacred to you? My life and my struggles. I will never forget why I am on this mission.
MARYAM MONTAGUE Founder and Owner of Peacock Pavilions www.mmontague.com There is a fine line between founder, designer, and entrepreneur. However, Maryam Montague has mastered all of them with her creative approach and humanitarian passion. After visiting diverse places around the world such as Namibia, Senegal, and Nepal, Maryam found just the right place to call home, Marrakech. With an interest on tribal designs and architecture, Peacock Pavilions—an artisanal boutique hotel in an olive grove on the outskirts of Marrakech—was born. Montague's work in humanitarian aid led to workshops of countless artisans. This led to the start of M.Montague Souk, a curated online shop of Moroccan home décor and vintage homewares. All products and services under the M.Montague brand support Project Soar, a non-profit organization established with the purpose of empowering local Moroccan girls through art, sports, and various other activities.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. What has inspired you to begin your brand M.Montague? Many years ago, I moved to Morocco, sight unseen. Working in humanitarian aid, I had been a nomad, living in places as diverse as Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Pakistan, and others. But when I moved to Morocco I found something I hadnâ€™t felt beforeâ€”a feeling that this was "my place." And so with my architect husband, I built my brand M.Montague that encompasses a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavilions and a homewares shop, the M.Montague Souk. Marrakech was my muse.
What do you love most about the path you have chosen? Marrakech is filled with adventurers and travelers, writers, designers, and entrepreneurs. I love being surrounded by such human inspiration; it pushes me to try more, risk more, and stretch myself in totally different ways. I make my own schedule and am free to run my own experiments in living.
How do you incorporate the idea of giving back through tribal design styles and ideas? With a 25 year background in humanitarian aid, I am deeply committed to giving back. The M.Montague mission statement is "Be good. Make good. Do good." So 5 years ago we founded the non-profit, Project Soar, to empower teen girls. We are now in 20+ locations in Morocco, empowering hundreds of teen girls. M.Montague has donated thousands of dollars to the organization and I have given many many hours of my time, as the organizationâ€™s Executive Director. All of our hotel guests are invited to participate in Project Soar, so that they can align their values with their vacation. And every sale in our shop has cash set aside for the organization.
What obstacles have you faced on your journey and how have they impacted you?
You are enthusiastic and dedicated, what is a way you recharge your soul?
I believe the universe tests your dreams, to make sure that you really want them. So I have faced many hurdles and setbacks, from runaway building contractors to significant debt. But these obstacles only made me determined to try harder. Perseverance is essential.
I treat my body and mind as a human experiment. I have gone on silent meditation retreats, where I have meditated for 10 hours a day, Ayurveda retreats where I have learned.
You are committed to many successful projects; how do you maintain a balance between personal and professional life? I donâ€™t. But thankfully I love what I do. Peacock Pavilions functions primarily as a retreat center with 30+ retreats a year. Yoga, meditation, photography, and other creative/ wellness instructors come from all over the world with groups of participants to run their retreats at our place in its own private olive grove. I have been lucky enough to participate in many workshops.
What values do you try and incorporate into your daily life? As humans we all fail daily. But I start each new day with a determination to do better. I start my day with reading a list of personal affirmations so that I can better step into the person I want to be. What is a quote you live by? "I am not afraidâ€ŚI was born to do this." - Joan of Arc What is Sacred to you? My ability to expand and create.
Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Candy Floss $18.00 USD www.butterlondon.com Butter London nail polish has a smooth finish and is chipresistant, and promises up to 10-day wear. And, above all, it is gluten-free and vegan! The formula includes bamboo extracts that help promote stronger and healthier looking nails and prevent breakage. This soft blue hue is the perfect color for any outfit or occasion.
Sacred Home is a special element of Sacred Lifestyle. This section is a portal to wondrous living spaces around the world that are anything but ordinary. See how people from all walks of life create sanctuaries that allow them to live a more Sacred and well-balanced lifestyle.
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Orient House Mallorca, Spain
Based inside the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range of Spain, Orient House is a perfectly picturesque home. The mixture of modern wood architectural designs and simple, neutral-colored interiors creates a serene balance within the scenic landscape. In addition, large, panoramic windows overlook the gardens and allow for natural light to illuminate the living and dining area. Orient House is also the perfect starting point for hikes up to the stunning view of Castell dâ€™AlarĂł. Rental inquiries: www.boutique-homes.com.
Signature Detergent and Fabric Conditioner Duo $38.50 USD www.thelaundress.com 100-Percent biodegradable, this detergent is made with organic materials and perfect for those who take their everyday laundering seriously. Laundress Fabric Conditioner is derived from canola and will leave your clothes and linens with a fresh clean and scent.
100% Linen Duvet Cover in Moss $340.00 USD www.inbedstore.com In Bed teamed up with We Are Triibe to create an exclusive new linen color, Moss.â€¨In Bed is known for using only highquality, natural fibers in all of their fabrics, which are made from 100% flax linen. All In Bed linens are also pre-washed for an amazingly soft feel.
Indira Crystal Cascade Necklace $49.00 AUD www.globalsisters.org
Beautiful turquoise gemstone chips complement an elegant natural quartz crystal pendant. This stunning necklace has been crafted by talented female artisans from a collective in Old Delhi that proudly supports fair trade, ethical and sustainable business practices.
Pienza Country House Tuscany, Italy
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Pienza Country House stays true to its traditional Tuscan style, yet still allows for an upgraded and restorative feel with its vintage and modern designs and colorful accents. Located in Tuscany, Italy, the villa is situated among some of the most iconic Italian landscapes.
This magnificent stone house also houses a lush private garden that is perfect for private lounging, as well as an infinity pool that extends out to the horizon with outstanding views to revel in. Rental inquiries: www.boutique-homes.com.
Green and Gorgeous Organics
Organic Natural Dry Shampoo Powder Grapefruit and Sweet Orange $30.00 USD www.gandgorganics.com Get clean, great-smelling hairâ€”no water required. This dry shampoo is natural, organic, vegan and free of drying perfumes, so you can keep your hair healthy and looking its best.
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CALM Soaking Salts $18.00 USD www.herbivorebotanicals.com Made primarily out of Himalayan pink salt, this calming bath add-in offers beneficial vitamins and minerals. It is infused with a therapeutic blend of Ylang Ylang and vanilla, so you can achieve a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home.
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Sacred Travel is an outlet that motivates readers to explore new cultures and eclectic communities, and inspires and educates travelers about the world. Encounter gorgeous utopian destinations that will inspire you to continue developing your Sacred soul.
CASA COOK CHANIA Chania, Crete
This newly built resort, nestled away on the luxuriant Greek island of Crete, is the perfect getaway. Casa Cook Chania is heavily focused on activities for the entire family. Kids can go out exploring around the lush tropical landscape, and parents can receive massages in chic outdoor tents or enjoy the fully functional gym and outdoor yoga classes.
All rooms are equipped with either private terraces or swimming pools, and combine minimalist, modern styles with sustainability; they also boast designs that are made from wood, concrete, and Cretan stone. Casa Cook Chania offers guests the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in the discrete luxury of its modern sanctuary and soak in all that the Mediterranean lifestyle has to offer. Rental inquiries: www.casacook.com/chania
BERBER LODGE Oumnas, Morocco
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The Berber Lodge is a Moroccan countryside lodge located at the edge of the village of Oumnass. 12 miles south of Marrakech, this stunning lodge is comprised of 9 individual and spacious lodges, giving it a more village-y feel. Lodges are designed with neutral earth-toned interiors, giving them a modest-yet-stylishly-modern flair.
Vintage fabrics, rattan furniture, and the natural textures of baked-tiled floors and reed mats create a cozy, country-like feel while still relaxing you with a luxuriously prolific view. This serene and spacious lodge brings simplicity to another, truly sophisticated level. Rental inquiries: www.berberlodge.net
Weekender Duffle Bag $168.00 USD www.feedprojects.com The Weekender Duffle Bag in Pale Fog is the ideal companion for your adventures abroad. Designed to transport your traveling essentials, it includes easy-grip top handles and a functional interior build to keep everything organized. With every purchase, The FEED Foundation will help raise funds to eliminate hunger and malnutrition across local communities and around the world.
COQUI COQUI MERIDA MÃ©rida, Mexico
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Within the Coqui Coqui Residences & Spa portfolio, Merida’s L’Epicerie combines the big city’s energy with the beauty of a century-old hidden colonial home. The luxurious belle époque building provides a gorgeous escape from the excitement of Merida’s city streets. The boutique’s atmosphere is defined by upscale local handicrafts, the classic style of the Epicerie, the scent of steaming floral and herbal infusions, and the refined range of gourmet honeys and cacaos — in addition to the unique urban spa. Each of these elements take guests on a journey backwards in time to when the opulence of the "White City" was in its prime. The "White City" is the prime location for Coqui Coqui’s L’Epicerie. The fading glamour of the inland city of Merida has captivated bohemian sophisticates and artists, who have restored buildings that were in a state of decline in order to bring back their allure. To book your stay: www.coquicoqui.com
FRAGRANCE BY COQU
Inspired by its roots in the Yucatan and Polynesia, Coqui Coqui Perfumeria offers fresh and delectable tropical scents in both its Yucatan and Polynesia signature collections. All scents are available individually, or in other forms, like room sprays, bath oils, and natural beeswax candles. Each of the unique and natural scents manages to transport the wearer to a relaxing state of bliss, allowing them to escape the constraints of everyday life and imagine themselves in their own unique paradise. But if imagination just isnâ€™t cutting it, you can even venture to one of many beautiful vacation spots, like Merida or Bora Bora - each of which inspired its own individual scent in the collection and boasts its own Coqui Coqui Residence and Spa to enjoy!
RIAD KITULA MARRA Marrakech, Morocco
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A beautiful private house surrounded by beautiful greenery is the ideal place to take your next vacation. The Riad Kitula Marrakech is fashioned in a classic riad style and was once part of Kalif's Palace, which was originally built in 1750. The estate is surrounded by calming hues of white and green and takes a naturist-designed approach for its luxurious resort. This quiet oasis is sure to be the perfect backdrop for a reinvigorating getaway. Book your stay: www.kitulamarrakech.com
Gypsetter News is for trendsetters, innnovators, and travelers seeking inspirational and innovative places to travel, stores to explore, and new products to discover. We are meant to try new things and push the limits of our creative selves, as life is a contant journey of self-discovery.
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WILD & THE MOON Paris, France
A wild take on veganism, Wild & The Moon offers a healthy alternative to its urban counterparts. 100% organic, hormone-free, and gluten-free, the restaurant invites guests to discover the power of a raw and plant-rich lifestyle. The delicious menu includes cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, soups and desserts that are designed specifically by vegan experts, chefs, and nutritionists that advocate for a holistic approach towards healthy living. For more information: www.wildandthemoon.fr
SPELL & THE GYPSY C Byron Bay, Australia
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Spell & The Gypsy Collective showcases luxe, bohemian styles through their eclectic collection which includes the Spell Bride Collection, must-have swimwear, and charming accessories that reflect the magic of the cosmos. Spell & The Gypsy has the perfect outfit for every occasion, whether itâ€™s a formal event, a night out with friends, or a lunch date on a lazy Sunday. To support their artisans and talented craftspeople, the Collective has partnered up with the Indian Fair Trade Organization to help minorities become self-sustainable and financially independent decision-makers in their communities. For more information: shop.spelldesigns.com.au
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KUL KUL FARM Bali, Indonesia
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Kul Kul Farm is located in Bali and is focused on growing healthy food and promoting a deeper connection between people and the land they live on. With an emphasis on permaculture, Kul Kul Farm teaches individuals how to grow produce in a way that works in tandem with the natural design and conditions of their space for the most successful and efficient harvest possible. They offer workshops or weekly farm tours that come included with a full, organic, straight-off-the-farm lunch! You are guaranteed to leave feeling inspired and connected to the natural world on a completely new level. For more information: www.kulkulfarmbali.com
GREEDILULU Mornington, Australia
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Greedilulu brings together a unique mix of local and international products with a vintage touch and bohemian feel. Their products include homeware, textiles, jewelry, and artâ€”all of which incorporate the cultures of places across the globe, including Bali, Egypt, America, Europe and Thailand. The retailer is a proud supporter of fair trade with a strong focus on building relationships with small Australian businesses. GreediLulu hopes to educate the local community on design styles inspired by different ways of life from around the world. For more information: www.greedilulu.com