In our excitement, I think we have all bitten off more than we can chew, and it takes some real truth seeking, and sometimes a true moment of bravery to recognize that, and step down from the merry-go-round of motion. So as I move through the journey that will be 2013, I plan to slow down and know when to say no.
Conscious Creation Coach, Chef, Writer, Eating Disorder Survivor, & Retired TV Director in Costa Rica
Meg Pearson is an international chef & coach based in Costa Rica. After leaving her literal life of bankruptcy, bulimia, addiction and depression, she now embraces the title of "intuitarian", finding it hard to label her life or food philosophies, both of which are about seeking total life affluence and balance in flexible ways. She is also a passionate writer, dancer and traveler, and shares her own story unapologetically in hopes of inspiring others to step into their own truths and co-create the life of their very own dreams! <br> <br> Connect with Meg: <br> Twitter: @MAPWellness <br> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MapWellness <br> Web: http://www.meghanpearson.ca
Stefan Sagmeister is bringing his happy to Toronto. I had the opportunity to attend the opening night gala of his exhibition "The Happy Show" in early January. Here, a brief look into how I interpreted the exhibit, and the top six things I learned about all things cheerful, sunny, and full of delight.
01/17/2013 12:02 EST
By default, January is usually the month that best suits slurping up soup. Short days, long dark nights, cold winds, and freezing flurries. So far, this month has come in rather like a lamb, wouldn't you say? So let's talk food. Raw food.
01/14/2013 12:38 EST
I am not actually an advocate of the "New Year's Resolution." Alternatively, I think it wise to keep various purposeful projects going all year long, and to me the New Year merely represents yet another checkpoint. So today, I would like to offer up a few of my ideas about how anyone can start making 2013 a year full of love, happy life, and laughter, and some small and manageable, yet very impact-full changes for better health.
01/07/2013 12:20 EST
The holiday season may be over, but that's no excuse not to continue stocking the freezer with sweet (healthy) treats, right? Keeping in line with my love for the functional and humble coconut, I decided to create yet another bite-sized delight using the tropical treat as the main attraction. The result? A sinfully sweet and royally rich mound of goodness, that is both easy and quick to create!
01/04/2013 12:12 EST
I am not a strong believer in New Year's resolutions. However, it became clear to me as 2012 was winding down, that I had some cleaning up to do. 2013 is going to be the year that I truly show up for. Why don't we all make that deal with ourselves when the clock strikes midnight on Monday night?
12/31/2012 12:20 EST
It feels good to bake for those you love. And it feels even better to give the gift of goodness, and watch as every morsel is savoured with sweet satisfaction. So this year I challenged myself to create one new vegan seasonal recipe. And I went after the big one; I went after gingerbread.
12/17/2012 12:14 EST
I had never even heard of "FTD" (frontotemperal dementia). Immediately, I hopped online and began researching. Within minutes I discovered the truth -- Dad was going to die. Shortly after that, he began misplacing his words, not knowing how to verbally express what he knew he wanted to say. Soon it got to the point that he could only answer yes or no questions...and then by December 2010, he lost his words entirely.
12/14/2012 08:21 EST
I don't really have much of a sweet tooth myself these days, but when I teach my food workshops, I like to welcome my guests with a sweet introduction to class by offering up a decadent treat to kick things off. The best part? These cupcakes are totally raw, vegan, and gluten free!
12/12/2012 08:39 EST
I think we all have at least one area in our life that we truly want to change for the better. Quite often it is simply an issue of our "child-like" selves resisting the ideas for change brought on by our "adult" selves. So yes, I talked to myself. Out loud I might add. I must have looked mildly of a crazy person walking through Rosedale muttering words of encouragement under my breath. But I did feel better after the "talk."
12/07/2012 12:19 EST
The one food that I knew I was going to miss in this plant-based world, was cheese. Up until that time, I was a self-confessed cheeseaholic. I have since developed a few good fermented nut-cheeses that I am convinced would fool more than a few dairy lovers. This following ditty is a sure-fire winner.
12/04/2012 12:19 EST
People told me that doing a yoga teacher training would be intense. Life-changing. Tough, rough, physical and fun. What they didn't tell me was that I would cry. Like, on my very first night. I am just over two months into my LYP, or Living Yoga Program with 889 Yoga, and let me tell you, I am a changed person.
11/28/2012 05:48 EST
To me, fall means root veggies of any kind. And one low-cost option that I always seem to have in my crisper is the humble carrot. Here, I am offering a super simple, low maintenance side, one that you can prep and forget. Lovely honeyed heirloom carrots!
11/28/2012 05:46 EST
When I was craving something sweet, tart, chewy and tiny, there was nothing else to do but create. And I just so happened to have a pantry full of staples, a handful of fresh lemons in the fridge, and a few spare minutes in my day. Try it, your taste buds and tummy will thank you!
11/22/2012 12:33 EST
I have attempted to develop many a baked good since taking on a fully plant-based diet. And it has proven quite the challenge. Yes, vegan baking can be tough. But I think I may have finally mastered the game, or at least created a single recipe that I am totally in love with. And after a long run of testing, I feel I am ready to share. And this is why I call these my "Miracle Muffins."
11/19/2012 05:40 EST
I have been in a perpetual state of anxiety about the future. When I get those jeans, nab that boyfriend, lose those 10 pounds, learn that dance move, I will be happy. I have always had this sinking feeling that I was waiting for something to make my life perfect. But my life IS perfect. I have a life after all, and every single second is beautiful and precious and needs to be acknowledged and given great attention.
11/15/2012 12:16 EST
I have been seeing coconut macaroons all over the place as of late, and until now, this was one recipe that I had not given a go myself. It only seems fitting that I reproduce my own version of this sweet treat of that allows the celebrated coconut to take centre stage.
11/12/2012 12:20 EST
I had been toying with the idea of visiting a Naturopathic doctor for a couple of years when the opportunity came up for me to take the plunge. I have been OK with how standard healthcare has treated me thus far. But I have decided that I want answers. Not just band-aid solutions, or easy fixes. Enter Dr. Erin Wiley, ND.
11/08/2012 08:26 EST
Not one, but two of my pantry staples had run out? Inconceivable. So I improvised. And what was I left with at the end? A half a can of soft and mushy unused lentils in the fridge, that I gave new life to via this humble yet delicious take on hummus. With an extra kick of good fat and protein thanks to the addition of hemp hearts!
11/05/2012 05:44 EST
Raw food is often seen in one of two ways: super bland and boring or far too complicated. But, there are also days when I just don't have the energy or time to commit to a prep-heavy menu, and on those occasions all I want is to be able to present as many fresh foods I can, in the quickest and simplest way possible. That's where this quick and easy raw applesauce comes in.
11/01/2012 08:12 EDT
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