Canadian shopping trip at Trader Joe’s!

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you are all doing magnificent today!

Last week I visited Trader Joe’s food market for the first time! I’m Canadian and we don’t have those stores here unfortunately. We cross the border from time to time to do some shopping and decided to check our Trader Joe’s. It was a nice store with quite a few vegan options which was great. It wasn’t very big but it was packed with some pretty good finds however. To my American friends please let me know what items I should check out the next time I go there in the comments. That would be very helpful!

I decided to film a new video of my food Haul for you guys to see what goodies I picked up! Check it out! I’ll post link below. Please like & subscribe to my channeif you haven’t already. I’d love to see my wellness community grow on YouTube as well. Thanks!

Have a wonderful day!

Health, Joy & Positive Vibes,

~ VeganMommyDee

Roll Into Spring Energy Balls!

Hello everyone!!!

I hope you’re all doing well and life is good. Happy Spring! It’s been on the chilly side where I live still but slowly there is improvement. Spring is finally upon is for real this time. No more snow & ice storms!

I wanted to share another easy recipe with you all. I make a variety of energy balls as you know because I love how easy they are to make. I keep them in the fridge and then they are always ready for us to take on the go or when we have guests over. It’s the perfect snack! Depending on what you put in them they can sure be a power house of nutrition too! I love how you can add all types of new ingredients and create a new goodie. I love treats that make me feel good, provide my body with much needed energy and nutrients. They need to taste yummy too of course!

I played around with some new ingredients this time because I found Banana Flour at Homesense. I just had to use it in something right away! Banana flour … that’s an amazing find! I hope you all enjoy my yummy Spring Energy Balls as much as I do!

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Have an amazing weekend!

~ Debbie

Life is Short so Live it Up!

I used to be afraid of change until I realized that you miss out on too many opportunities living this way. I didn’t feel like I was smart enough or capable of going for these goals I wanted to accomplish. I felt like taking risks and going for new opportunities or goals was unacceptable as a parent because it was too risky. The problem with this way of thinking I learned is that your children start to have limiting beliefs about themselves as well as they observe our behaviors.

The people we surround ourselves with influence our decisions and either become our cheer leaders or our obstacle stopping us from our goals. I believe that was one of the reasons why I didn’t go for it and jump into new challenges. My former partner made sure I knew how little I could do on my own. He made me feel insignificant and small. He also made sure I had lots of obstacles ahead of me so that I would surely decide I couldn’t set my goals.

I hit a point where all of a sudden I had enough of the negative talk and energy around me. I decided to start my fitness journey and also go back to school part time. I was made to feel guilty about not being the best stay at home mom I could be anymore. I now had to focus a lot of it time to these new life challenges and goals I had set in place for myself. I put up with the negative talk but kept pushing through. I believed that both of my new goals would one day benefit my children and everything would be worth it in the end.

I waited too long perhaps to finally set my self free. There will never be a perfect time or situation so you just have to go for it. When your gut feeling tells you its time o start a new chapter then that means it’s the perfect time.

Life is short and yet we create all these rules upon ourselves and limitations. What’s the worst thing that could happen to you if you peruse something and it doesn’t work out like you imagined? You still learned from this experience and you will never live with the regret of not trying.

My cousin who was also my best friend passed away suddenly of Cancer years ago and it was a wake up call for me in so many ways. I finally saw how little time we have on this earth in this lifetime. Why are we wasting time living at a standstill when we can truly be living beyond our dreams? Taking those risks, trying new things setting those goals, and saying YES to those amazing life experiences when they come our way!

I say lets make 2019 a year where we set our worries and limiting beliefs aside. Let’s strive to learn and experience more! We are truly capable of living a magnificent life if we only allow ourselves to.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Let me know in the comments below if you plan on taking the plunge into a new adventure!

Don’t forget to connect with me across social media and pop by my YouTube channel as well. I opened up my channel with the intentions to create helpful and I inspiring videos. I allowed fear and worry to take a hold of me however and didn’t get a chance to post anything until recently. I’ve now made the commitment to post regularly and live the happy confident life I desire. I’ve taken the plunge and I’m loving the experience so far! Please Subscribe to my channel and share it with anyone you feel might enjoy it or find its content helpful. I appreciate your support!

I will leave you with these affirmations that will be helpful in reminding you that your amazing and special!

The 10 Foods I buy Every Week …

I get often get asked what my top foods that I buy are. I decided to make a little video showing you just that. These are staple foods that I buy every single week without fail. I buy organic as much as possible in order to minimize our exposure to unnecessary toxins as well.

Let me know what your weekly staples are in the comments below or on my video comments!

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Love, Health & Positive Vibes

~ Debbie

Organic Food at your Doorstep!

Hi everyone! This is my 1st post in 2019! Kinda late I know! Life has been super busy and I apologize.

We’ve had a couple storms and a lovely day full of freezing rain in my neck of the woods. Ugh. When is Winter over???! I’m so ready for the warm weather and most importantly my veggie garden! I truly miss picking fresh veggies from the backyard.

This year my veggie garden will be at my parents house because we moved and since this isn’t a long term home I will not be making a garden here. The great part is that my parents house is only a 5 minute drive away so my veggies will still be close by! Hooray!

I came across an Organic Food delivery service in my Community last month. What a way to start the new year! You can customize your order and pick what package suits your needs which is great. Apparently you can even substitute certain veggies or fruits as well. You can also customize how often you want your delivery to come too. I set it up to come every 2 weeks. So far that’s been working well for me. I know some people who prefer getting a weekly delivery and love how convenient it is.

I choose the Local Harvest as my delivery option because I really want to eat what is in season currently. They have a variety of options however.
I love receiving my fresh local Organic produce bag and now look forward to it coming. We can see online what will be coming too which is great.

I absolutely love the fact that I’m supporting a local business and family farm. Its win-win in my opinion. I get the much needed healthy food and I can also support my local community at the same time.

Do you subscribe to a food delivery service as well? If so let me know your thoughts on it below in the comments.

I made a YouTube video of my 1st Organic Food Haul which I will post below.
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Have an amazing day!

Health, love & Light to you all!

Healthy Energy Balls!

Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to share my easy to make Energy Ball recipe with you all! I’ll include the link to the video below as well.

I love having easy to whip up snacks handy! Especially now during the holiday season! We’re in a rushed state between shopping, holiday gatherings and our usual daily hustle. Its easy to reach for unhealthy snack options during this time. Keep staple ingredients at home so you can create healthier options in no time at all. The temptations will be there by the truck load. Its fine to indulge with loved ones on homemade goodies but lets try and create some balance.

Here is a super easy to make recipe for Energy Balls. Take something like this with you to holiday get togethers or just keep them in your fridge in case you need a treat to serve people. You don’t even have to bake these delicious Energy Balls! I told you this takes no time at all!

The recipe is in the link below … Enjoy! 😀

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Have a wonderful week!!! Let’s work towards a healthier more vibrant version of ourselves!

Mini Wellness Moments

Are you on a wellness journey but feel overwhelmed by all the challenges? I’m a true believer that small changes are the way to go. Simple changes in your lifestyle are sustainable. Eventually these small changes become the norm for you and a part of your routine.

People ask me all the time how I find the time to keep health and wellness in my daily routine. Honestly some days feel like a fail. If I really sit down and think about it those days aren’t nearly as bad as how my mind is telling me it is. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Everything big or small is a wellness victory!

It’s important to create time for wellness moments throughout your day. You don’t have to commit to an hour of working out or 30 minutes of meditation. Sometimes these larger blocks of time create a stressful mindset and more often than not your going to abandon the idea all together. Instead think about smaller 5-10 minute blocks of time. That’s totally realistic and your mindset will reset back to the positive zone!

I’m a mom of 4 plus my partner’s child and I’m able to create these small pockets of time because I can always find 5 minutes to spare a few times a day. I released the idea that if I didn’t have an hour to commit to something then I shouldn’t bother. When time allows then heck ya I’m going to meditate for 20 minutes or read a couple chapters of a good book for a half hour. I’m no longer going to stress about not being able to however. I always have my re-energizing 5 minute time blocks to get me through the day at least!

What does a 5 minute time block look like you might ask? Well for me its using my meditation app and doing a quick mini meditation a few times a day. It’s also time where I get to stop what I’m doing and listen to a favourite podcast for 10 minutes. I love to get out of the house and grab a coffee and sit and enjoy it while listening to a podcast sometimes.

Those small time blocks can be your time to put a well deserved face mask on, start a journal writing practice, create helpful mantras, paint your nails,do your hair, call a friend, get crafty, create a new playlist or practice yoga.

When the weather is good I take daily walks. That ability to connect to nature is a sanity saver that I never take for granted! I enjoy picking my home grown veggies and tending to my vegetable garden as well. That’s my time alone to relax, regroup and again connect with nature. That’s so important to me!

As I write this it’s already a winter wonderland outside and I’m not a fan! Connecting with nature outdoors hasn’t been possible so instead I’m enjoying new house plants instead. I admire them at my bay window while I sip on my morning coffee. It’s these little things that are making all the difference for me in my life!

Find what works for you and make an effort to include it in your life as much as possible.

Let me know in the comments below what your doing in your small time blocks? I’d love to hear what wonderful health and wellness practices your squeezing into your day!

Deep Breathing Practice

Life has us breezing through our days at top speed these days! We feel anxious and irritable and can’t seem to shake it at times. I feel like we don’t even know how to breath properly anymore! We don’t even take full breaths because of our rushed state of being.It’s import to be mindful of our breathing and implement techniques that will aid us in returning us back to our natural state.

Why is it important to be mindful of your breathing?

Deep breathing expands your lungs, sends a message to your heart and then it starts to actually beat slower. A slower heart rate calms your entire nervous system!

Observe your breath and get to know how to improve it. Are you shallow breathing? Holding your breath at times perhaps? Improper breathing can cause us to feel agitated, stressed, tired and annoyed easily. We need to recognize when we’re feeling off and implement deep breathing belly exercises to improve our health and wellness.

Here is a simple deep breathing / belly breathing exercise I implement into my lifestyle. It’s easy to do and you can do it anywhere. Yes you can even do this exercise in your car! Providing your seats are in fact comfortable that is!

Sit in a comfortable position or you can do this exercise laying down. If I’m home I like to lay down on my yoga mat or sit on my meditation pillow. Anywhere you find comfortable is totally fine.

Place your hands on your belly or one hand in the middle of your chest and one on your belly. Whichever you prefer is fine. You will feel more connected to your breathing when you feel you hands rising and falling with every inhale and exhale.

Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Take a deep breath through your nose. Release it by breathing out through your mouth. Repeat at least 3 – 4 times. Continue for as long as you like.

Once you feel like you got the hang of deep breathing you can try implementing the 4-7-8 technique into your practice. Sounds complicated? Nope, not at all! It will just further your deep breathing practice and keep you focused.

Inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds and release your breath through your mouth for 8 seconds.

It’s amazing how such a simple technique can improve your wellbeing so much. I’m a true believer that it’s the small healthy habits and rituals we do that impact us the greatest.

Make it a point to be mindful of your breathing and try including these easy exercises into your day. It takes very little time out of your day and once you get used to it it will become a healthy habit!

Drop me a comment below and let me know how you feel after trying the breathing exercises out.

I’ve also attached an affirmation below that I feel might be helpful to you as well. I hope everyone has a fantastic love filled day! Namaste 💓

The Universe is trying to tell us something!

Everyday the Universe is sending us messages and signs. It’s up to us to act upon or reflect on them. Think about all the times you were shown in different ways signs. Maybe it was something which you felt had to be done, a place you felt you had to go to, a person you had to call or an item you needed to purchase. There is always a reason for everything and nothing is a coincidence.

Pictured above is a little canvas I bought today. It’s new home is my home office nook upon my desk. I’m all about Tribe building and creating a community of like minded people at this time in my life.

I literally saw this canvas on three separate shopping trips in completely random places in the store. I thought it was kinda cool seeing it the first time. I liked what was printed on it but decided I didn’t need it. I’m trying to cut down on buying unnecessary items these days. On this first shopping trip this canvas was in the small appliance area. Weird I know. I guess it was left there by someone second guessing it, followed their gut and left it behind.

On the second visit it was in the home decor area. I thought it was nice seeing it again even though some time had passed. I admired it and it’s message but still left it behind.

On the third occasion I found it because I took a short cut through the store to the craft supplies area. I walked by a clearance rack. There it was again! I literally stopped in my tracks. ” Ok Universe I’m listening now! I will take it home with me today.” It’s meant to be mine and it’s message is exactly what I’ve been doing. It’s now happily in my work and study space.

I don’t know why I question signs sometimes. This is a reminder to me to just be open to the daily signs that come forth and reflect on them. What are they trying to tell me? What am I meant to be doing?

What’s your take on universal messages? I’d love to hear any of your experiences in the comments below!

It’s Water Challenge Time!

I posted a simple water Challenge on my FB page in order to encourage others to stay hydrated. My hope is that it helps others and reminds them to drink up and get at least the minimum your body requires daily.

I myself drink 3 L of water per day because for me that’s how much I need to feel at my optimal health. If I drink less then I sometimes get a headache, my mind is foggy, irritable and my energy level is terribly low.

How much water each individual person requires will vary because of things like your weight and activity level. If your a coffee drinker then it dehydrates you as well. You then have to drink more water to replenish the body. This is part of the reason why I drink a lot of water. I can’t give up my coffee, sorry!

Follow my super simple Water challenge below and modify as needed. I also think the Notes or Reminder app’s on our phone is a great to remind us to drink more water. If you use your Notes app you can checkmark the glasses as you enjoy them. The reminders app will go off as an alarm at specific times to get you drinking until you’ve accomplished your goals.

Now that we’re enjoying summer weather in my neck of the woods it’s pretty easy to drink above and beyond what’s minimally required. As we enjoy this beautiful weather our bodies will need more water and we really need to be cautious of becoming dehydrated.

If your not a huge water fan the mom in me wants to say tough and you will get used to it. Your health comes first. I will also add these easy tips however. Add lemon, cucumber slices, berries or fresh mint to naturally flavour your water. Just don’t ever drink those packaged water flavourings that are loaded with sugar and chemicals! Use real food to flavour your water if need be.

Good luck with the Water Challenge everyone! Let me know if you’ve increased your water intake and any tips you have.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend everyone!