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Meghan Pearson

Conscious Chef, Eating Disorder Survivor, & Yoga Teacher in Costa Rica

Meg Pearson embraces the title of "Nutri-tarian", finding it hard to label her food philosophy that focuses on the benefits of a plant-heavy, whole foods diet, and the importance of seeking total life balance in flexible ways. She is also a passionate vegan/vegetarian cook, Culinary Nutrition Expert, certified Raw Food Chef and Instructor, yoga teacher, Reiki Practitioner, and the owner of “MAP Wellness”. Meghan spent many years fighting her own food battles, suffering with bulimia from her early teens, and has found comfort and strength in sharing her affection for food creativity with others.

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Twitter: @MAPWellness
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How To Make Matbucha, The Juicy Salad

This dip-dish of tomatoes and roasted bell peppers seasoned with garlic, is traditionally served cold alongside other Israeli appetizers, and is actually considered a salad. Although I would use that term very loosely, as the finished dish is more of a salsa, and warm pieces of bread or pita are the ideal vessel for transferring the ruby substance to the mouth. It's long cooking time allows the juices to cook way down, offering up a rich, almost sticky, sweet finish.
08/24/2016 12:50 EDT
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Recipe: Mean Green Soup

Anyway, I recently had the opportunity to feed a group of yogis visiting from Brooklyn, NY. They were a fascinatingly fabulous bunch, and I am not too humble to say that I think I turned a few of them vegetarian (loving, anyway) while they were here. At lunch one day, I decided to toss this green-bomb their way, to great reviews.
01/20/2016 05:33 EST
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How to Eat Mindfully

Mindfulness is simply the awareness of the present moment. It's living in the here and now. Not only is mindfulness valuable in day-to-day life so that we may be more aware of the bliss in every single moment of our lives, it is also a useful tool in keeping our physical body in health
03/02/2015 06:09 EST
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Falling in Love With All the Local Fall Food on Offer

It has been so exciting to visit local markets, meeting the farmers who work so hard to bring us the very best, and there is no shortage of stalls anywhere you go in Ontario right now! Inspired by the vast variety the harvest has to offer, I filled my reusable bags with carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, kale, apples and more.
10/06/2014 12:53 EDT
A Colourful Recipe for Meghan Pearson

A Colourful Recipe for "Chakra" Salad

I had long been contemplating designing a dish that contains all the colours of the seven main chakras as per yogic tradition/belief. And wouldn't you know it, I just so happened to have all the shades accounted for in my refrigerator.
09/16/2014 05:34 EDT
From Costa Rica to Canada, This Smoothie

From Costa Rica to Canada, This Smoothie Rules!

Just off the plane from Central America, I am feeling blessed to *finally* be finding the time to blog here again. I think my last update here on Huffington was way back in December 2013, when I shave...
06/11/2014 03:58 EDT
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How Living in the Jungle Has Inspired Me

I have only been living here on the grounds of Hacienda del Sol in Costa Rica for a month and a half, but already the energy here has inspired many shifts within me. So, what have I figured out thus far?
12/12/2013 05:31 EST
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Celebrate the Holidays With Delicious Raw Carrot Cupcakes

And what better way to celebrate any occasion, than with a decadent raw food dessert like Hacienda's own Raw Carrot Cupcakes? The below recipe and many others are featured daily in our raw restaurant, and will also be available in the soon to be published Hacienda Del Sol Cookbook! What are you waiting for? Make these cakes.
12/01/2013 07:35 EST
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A Canadian Living in Costa Rica

I am experiencing a glorious welcome as I settle into my new home in Costa Rica, here at Hacienda Del Sol. It is hard to believe that it has been almost a month since I left Canada, as it was in early October I caught my flight from Toronto to Panama City.
10/31/2013 12:02 EDT
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I Divorced TV

My decision to leave my career in TV, and to not own a television, have made it much easier for me to really see, smell, taste and feel all that this life has to offer. I urge you to turn off your set this week, if only for one eve. And witness the best story line there is: yours.
10/14/2013 10:54 EDT
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Is the Green Smoothie All It's Cracked Up to Be?

It was interesting to me when just a short time ago, Matthew posted an article on his website where he spoke in depth about his distaste for the famous green smoothie, and what it may represent in the yoga community.
10/01/2013 12:28 EDT
Scars, Spaces, and Life in the

Scars, Spaces, and Life in the Raw

As a teen, I was your typical moody and private daughter, who thought nothing more important than to yack on the telephone with my best girlfriends for hours on end, from the minute I got home off the...
09/08/2013 11:23 EDT
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What Is Ayurveda, Anyway?

Back when I did my yoga teacher training with 889 Yoga in Toronto, I was really stoked to find out that Ayurveda was going to be a huge part of the program. Huh, you say? Pitta, Vata, Kapha? What language is that? Well, it's sanskrit, and the aforementioned names are the three types of doshas, or constitutions that comprise our energetic makeup.
07/19/2013 12:22 EDT
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Thriving Through Chaos and Dancing Into Bliss

I recently spent two weekends working as guest speaker, culinary nutrition expert, and yoga teacher with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, as part of their "wellness weekend" events for s...
07/19/2013 04:20 EDT
RECIPE: A Raw Soup and Wine Pairing Fit for Meghan Pearson

RECIPE: A Raw Soup and Wine Pairing Fit for Summer

A lot of people assume that healthy eating and wine consumption are mutually exclusive. But that's not the case as far as I am concerned. I have long enjoyed a good glass of vino with dinner. I wanted to offer up this sleek, simple, and sommelier-approved soup recipe, that pairs sublimely with a cool Chardonnay.
07/12/2013 12:16 EDT
RECIPE: A Protein-Filled

RECIPE: A Protein-Filled Smoothie

Quick! Hunger strikes! And your body craves protein, plant fibre and flavour! Do not fret, I got you covered. After making this much-loved smoothie for myself once again this afternoon, I decided that it is just too damn good not to share. NOW.
07/07/2013 10:27 EDT
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RECIPE: Chocolate Blueberry Cream Cake

It appears that the season of splendor may finally be making its full appearance here in Ontario, after a spring of cold weather, grey skies, and much rain. A reason for celebration, I'd say. with a chocolate blueberry cheese cake.
06/16/2013 09:51 EDT