What You Need To Know If You Want To Go Vegetarian

This is a really great article on what you need to know about being vegetarian by Jeffron de Savoye!

Evergreen Healthy Living


Whether you want to go full-on vegetarian or just want to implement more vegetarian days into your week, here’s some information that will help you get started.


Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of all proteins. These amino acids are present in different combinations in the body. A complete protein consists of all the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids are those which the body cannot make on its own and have to be supplemented through diet.

There are 9 amino acids that are essential to your body.

Some of the most common forms of complete protein (all 9 amino acids together) are derived from animals like poultry, fish, seafood, shellfish, meat, cheese, milk and eggs.

These are 5 non-animal sources that provide a complete protein:

  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Hempseed
  • Blue green algae (spirulina and chlorella)
  • Soybeans (tofu, tempeh, soy milk)


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3 Tips for Graceful Change.



We can often get overwhelmed by the undertaking of life changes, including, moving homes, or cities, or countries; Career changes; relationship changes, etc… and more often than not, they always seem to happen at the same time. I am a change-oholic, so I’ve gotten very good at these 3 things:


1) Don’t micro-manage.


We live in a beautiful world, and it is a fricken miracle that we even exist. Tap into that energy and feel the immense love and magic from the universe.(god, whatever…) When you do that, things fall into place. So don’t fret, cause it’s simple… The more you create an energy of love in your body, the easier, and faster things happen… so tap in right now, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

(Side note: “How to not sweat the small stuff” exercise: Go outside, put your feet on the ground , close your eyes, gently smile and take like 10 beautiful huge breaths… done. Small stuff, un-sweated)


2) Own it.

There could be a million and one reasons why your life is changing right now… own it. We all have different circumstances, different people, different challenges, so forget any blaming, or self doubt, just own that it’s all happening, and KNOW that it’s always for the best! Move forward with your head up,  with a full heart and enjoy the ride!


3) Be grateful.

I don’t care what has happened, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. I’ve been through hard times, and I’m sure there have been times harder than my own, but nothing nulls that nagging energy like sitting down and writing down the things you are grateful for.  It releases any built up nagging energy in your body, and creates space for the change to happen gracefully. If you are having a hard time with gratitude I suggest getting my friend Julie Boyer’s book 30 Days to Gratitude. It is a beautiful guide to bring gratitude into your life daily!


Over all, change can be scary, but I really do believe it all happens for a reason. I have never made a change that I look back on and truly regret. There is always something wonderful and positive that made me a better person in the end.


If you are having a hard time with change, feel free to contact me.  I would be honoured to help you move through the tough times!  Shoot me an email to let me know whats going on!:  julierobinsonart(at)gmail(dot)com




Monday Mornings.


Monday mornings.

I’ve been getting up at the ungodly hour of 5:15 am every Monday and Wednesday for the past 5 weeks to take part in a strength class with my wonderful friend Sarah. It’s early and we work hard and then I am really ready to take on the day! My most favorite part though, is on my drive home at 7am, I have to drive through a local conservation area, and almost every morning, in the same spot, there is the most beautiful Hawk looking out onto the rising sun over the fields! I just find it absolutely magical, and I am so very grateful to have the perspective to notice his presence that early in the morning.
Hawk medicine.
Hawk is reminding me to take notice of the signals in my life, and receive them. He reminds me to look out for new opportunities coming my way, and reminds me to circle over my life and examine it from a higher perspective. What is working? What is not? What am I missing? With the power of Hawk medicine, I am able to discern any hazards that bar me from true flight, have a keen eye and a bold heart. I feel so blessed to have been given these gifts, and The Spirit of Hawk literally reminding me every Monday and Wednesday morning.

Have you read my blog post on Noticing? You can check it out here:

Remember to take the time to see the greater perspective. The universe works intricately for our greater good, and if we can see the synchronicities in the unfolding, it truly makes life magical.


Say NO to Gremlins.


I’ve always had a pretty good idea about following my intuition and letting the party unfold before me, but not until recently did it become SUPER apparent at how much turmoil it can cause if I ignore what my intuition is trying to tell me. I am not going to go into fine details, but really, if there is one thing I can suggest is: DO NOT IGNORE THE GREMLINS! Gremlins are the feeling in your tummy when you are not sure you are making the right decision, or have a difficult decision to make.  

When it comes to making decisions for myself or my business, it’s easy!  If I need answers, I take time to reflect/ meditate/ ponder the situation, and “VOILA!” my instincts dive in and direct me on my path!  Recently, I had to start incorporating others into my usually solo equation.  I chose people who I’ve known for a very long time to start delegating parts of my business to, and even though at the end of the day I felt the gremlins in my tummy, I ignored them because of not wanting to hurt any feelings…. BAD CHOICE JULIE!  I knew there was something afoot, and chose not to take immediate action. Well, it came back to bite me in the butt. I continued to move forward as I usually do, getting stuff done, working really hard, and it became apparent off the get go that I needed work on my leadership skills. I ignored those too, ’cause you know, I don’t want to upset anyone, and finally, it all came to a head and shit hit the fan…. and the worst part was I knew it was going to happen the entire time, and I still hoped that it wasn’t, but I was fooling myself.

Not stepping up to my fullest potential, not stepping into my full leadership roll, like I knew I should have been, resulted in an awful situation of having to let go of a lifelong friend 😦 Which could have been completely avoided had I stepped up, listened to my gut, and had the balls to say no in the first place. Lesson learned.

Always trust your gut. Your higher self knows when it’s the right or wrong decision… every.single.time.

Watch out for those gremlins.


My Retirement Plan.



I’m 32 going on 33, and this is the first time in my life that I have ever considered retirement. 

Yes, I am supposedly a little behind the game and I’ve never really planned for the future financially, mostly because of my artsy lifestyle and west coast living…  and I want to continue to live my freedom filled lifestyle without having to worry about my financial future.  Thank goodness I found USANA, and the vehicle they provide to build a solid residual income while I pursue my plethora of OTHER passions!

There are a few things that are a MUST when I visualize my retirement….

These are non-negotiables for my life, that I know USANA can provide for me if I continue to grow my business.

1) To be in optimal Health:

  • I want to be a thriving mother and grandparent.
  • I do not want any disease to ruin or rampage my life.
  • I want to live every day to it’s fullest!
  • I want to feel and stay inspired to grow as a person!

2) I never want to EVER have to worry about money…Ever.

  • When I retire I want to spend my days painting and travelling comfortably, on my own time.
  • I want to eat great food, and provide for the ones I love, so they can eat great food too.
  • I want to have a home on the water with a beautiful studio space that I spend ample time in.
  • I never want to worry about where my next cash infusion or pay check or measly pension check is coming next.
  • I’m over trading my time for money. Making money while I sleep is WAY better.

3) I want to continue to inspire others.

  • I want to be a sweet-ass roll model for anyone who wants to follow their dreams.
  • Usana not only allows me to teach others how to live an optimal healthy lifestyle,
  • it also allows me to teach true wealth, entrepreneurship, and a love of living LIFE. Strait up.

What’s YOUR plan?

Usana is the vehicle that allows me to create a residual income that will grow and grow over the years, as I fulfill my other passions and live my life!  Usana also provides me and my family with the nutrients our bodies need to have the energy and vitality to strive for our goals and aspirations, play outside, have fun and fully thrive!!

The best part is that I get to work with a team of inspiring individuals who have my back, and I’ve also got theirs. We are in business for ourselves, but we lift each other up to help reach our goals! There are never-ending sources of inspiration and information at my fingertips, and I continue to grow in my leadership, writing, speaking and creative skills.

Usana can fit it’s way into anyone’s life. ANYONE who has a craving to passionately pursue a lifestyle full of freedom.

Every Monday and Thursday at 8pm EST you can join me and learn more about how USANA can fit into your life! Just go to http://www.gamechangerswebinar.com and sign in as a guest! It’ll only take 30 minutes of your time, and it could change your life forever 🙂

Cheers to free livin’!


Vegan Chocolate Fudge Balls



I whipped up these bad boys recently, and they were a total hit at the baby shower I brought them to! You can use all sorts of different ingredients for these delicious balls, but I shared what I used in this recipe right HERE>>>


They are so easy its ridiculous. I usually make a batch or two at the beginning of each week, using whatever combination of nuts and whatnots in the pantry.





Red Sand Dune ~ Prince Edward Island, Canada

Can you feel the subtle, but powerful energies driving you in your life?  Do you connect the dots and notice the synchronicities? Are you aware of the world around you?

 My absolute favourite part of living, is noticing the unnoticed and capturing moments that otherwise would not be captured…. especially in nature.


Tofino, BC~ Vancouver Island, Canada

I’ve been to many beautiful places in my life.  When you are travelling and sight seeing it is not hard to  appreciate the new landscape that is in front of you!  It’s easy to bask in the glory travelling through the Redwood Forest, or the dessert Hills of Palm Springs, or watching the sunset from a sand dune on Prince Edward Island.  The vast beauty of some places, pierce the soul in an indescribable way, but I wonder, how often do you bask in the beauty of the surroundings of your daily life?

IMG_1967Desert Outside Palm Springs California

Do you take time to see the little birds gathering twigs to make their nests and can you hear them rejoicing in the anticipation of spring? Can you appreciate the squirrels playing and performing incredible gymnastics up in the tree?  Do you notice the deer eating at the back of the field or the caterpillars crossing the street? What about the falcon patiently waiting in the tree line?

 Truly there are miracles happening around us constantly, and I am often baffled and in awe of the intricacy of life on earth.


Redwood National Park ~ California 

So I challenge you this week to see the unseen. Take time to notice the little miracles that are taking place. Slow down, take deep breaths and soak in the miracle of life. Receive the gift of nature again, it is always there waiting to be noticed, and thus deepen your connection to earth, to the universe and ultimately the connection to yourself.




 Dragon Fly~ at home.

Use EFT for Pot Cookie Thoughts.


What are pot cookie thoughts, you ask? 

Long story.  A few years back, the day before my biz partner and I “officially” opened the doors to our new studio/ gallery, we had the door open, but no one really knew we were open yet. We were having a creative day, to get more stock ready for the summertime, and I wanted to tackle this HUGE canvas that I had sitting there.  So I decided that I was going to eat the pot cookie that had been gifted to me a few months back, that I had been saving in the freezer “for a rainy day”.  I figured this was going to be my last chance before we were full-on busy in our new endeavours, we had worked tirelessly to get this place open, and I thought I deserved a “release of energy”.  So I ate the cookie and started to paint this crazy wicked sky, on my huge canvas! As time passed,  I started to get major anxiety and thoughts started rolling through my head that I had never thought before… pot cookie thoughts.

I guess I wanted this dream to come true so bad that there was no time to think negatively about it, cause it was happening and it was gonna be awesome. Well, as soon as I “released the energy”, it was like one little gremlin was waiting in my brain, to riffle off every reason why I should NOT have pursued this dream. It sounded like this:

“You are STUPID, Julie”, “You aren’t even a really good artist, what makes you think this is gonna work?”, “Project Monster is STUPID, and everyone thinks he is STUPID“, “Why do YOU deserve to open a gallery?”, “There are WAY better artists out there then YOU!”, “This was a BAD idea.”… and so on…

I was literally in tears trying to combat this crazy voice in my head: “This can’t be true”, “I’ve NEVER thought like this before”, “This is not me speaking”, “This voice is a LIAR!!”…

I know, I know, sounds totally bat shit crazy. Thankfully, it took about an hour, but I got over it, and when I came back into my studio, it was like a won the battle of “Good vs Evil” and everything was glowing and beautiful in our new space, and I knew that I had made the right decision to pursue my dream of having my own studio/ gallery…. So obviously, I’ve never eaten another pot cookie, and endearingly call any negative self talk “Pot cookie thoughts”, cause they are just that… thoughts that are UN-TRUE, and keep us from our TRUE POTENTIAL.

WHY USE TAPPING to get rid of these nasty thoughts?

Tapping is the BEST, and EASIEST way to get rid of those anxious thoughts and feelings, in any area of your life.  I am a naturally positive person, and until that moment when the pot cookie thoughts arrived, I didn’t really understand what it was like to not have control of my thoughts and feelings.  It can be pretty scary!  Lately I’ve been battling these anxieties again, as I move into being more of a teacher and shifting my path a little bit.  Some of the thoughts that come up for me are “Nobody trusts you Julie”, “Why would they EVER listen to YOU?”, “You are NOT READY to step into your TRUE POWER”, “You are a coward.”, “You are NOT ready for this”…. Tough thoughts, eh? I know, I hate em!

Lucky I am conscious enough to know that they are not true, and when I can feel the anxiety building, I simply use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to easily move through them and into better feeling thoughts, ideas and emotions.


In laymen’s terms: EFT is a practice where you speak out loud what is bothering you while you tap on certain meridian points.  The tapping releases the pent up energy that is creating stress in your body and allows you to move through it with ease and grace. When we have stress in our bodies it releases more cortisol (stress hormone) and our bodies  react in a “Fight or Flight” response. Tapping will reduce cortisol levels and in return reduces whatever is stressing you out at the moment. You can use it for anything that ails ya.


Short Overview:

If I were to tap on my new issues of “Nobody trusts me” and “I am not good enough” I would start by creating a set up statement. While I tap on the Karate Chop Point on my hand, I would repeat 3 times:

“Even though I don’t think anyone trusts me, I deeply and completely accept myself; Even though I don’t think I am good enough to give advice, I deeply and completely accept myself; Even though I feel unworthy of giving advice to others, I choose to relax now”

Now I am ready to start on the tapping points while I let out all of the reasons and emotions that I feel at the moment. No sugar coating. Strait up yucky, gucky, shitty feelings. With each statement, I will tap on each meridian point, starting on the eyebrow point and finishing on the top of the head, and say something like this:

“I feel super sad that no one wants to listen to me. I am stuck on the idea that no one respects my opinion. I feel unworthy of other peoples respect. I feel like a big loser. I feel like people are laughing at me. I hate the feeling of not knowing that I am making the right decisions. I feel stuck.”

As I release this energy while tapping, it eventually allows me to say positive things about the direction I am taking. The pot cookie thoughts go away gracefully, and magically, new thoughts arise. I call them Warrior Princess thoughts.

“I have tons of knowledge! I am capable to give super solid advice! I have a great outlook on life, and feel confident in my knowledge. The more I put myself out there, the more people will listen to me. I have done many amazing things, and have a ton I can teach people. If I continue on this path, I will be successful.”

It’s kind of crazy how it works, but it most certainly does. The more you tap, the more you realize that there is a lot to tap on! More and more things will arise, but that is such a great thing, because you can tap on each symptom, release it and move on.

I am not an EFT Expert, but I use it often and it absolutely works. If you want to learn more about EFT there is a TAPPING WORLD SUMMIT that is FREE starting on February 24th. Just go to http://www.thetappingsolution.com and you can learn EVERYTHING you need to know about how to start using tapping on a daily basis.

It seriously eases the tension, and it totally worth learning and the effort.

So go on, don’t be afraid, and get rid of your pot cookie thoughts today!


Easy Steps To Manifest!



Wanna manifest something? Here is your step by step guide:

I will be using my own experience from when I moved back to Ontario from British Columbia, and looking for a new home….

1) Be Clear. What do you want? Be specific.

Me: I want a beautiful home that is in our perfect price range. It has a detached garage for our new art studio, and enough space in the backyard for a sweet garden!  It’s in the country where there’s lots of space, and near the beach and lake so we can keep our connection to nature.

2) Dream about it. Write it down. Get in touch with how it feels to have it.

Me: Take time each day to review what it is that I want in my new home. When I write down the details, it gets embedded in my being and I can start to feel like its already in my possession. I can feel my gratitude for the transition into my new home being so easy, and having all of the amenities I asked for!  I don’t sweat how it all happened, I’m just in awe that it happened so easily!

3) Take action. NOW!

Me: Looking at the papers, searching on line every day. Checking out all of the possible houses, even if they don’t look great on paper, cause you never know, right? Always putting my feelers out to anyone who knows of a homes for sale, or researching different outlets to find our perfect home.

4) Trust. Be patient. Have FAITH!

Me: As we are looking for homes, I know the perfect spot will come up. As we search from house to house, shit hole to shit hole, not once do I lose faith that our perfect home is still waiting for us. As everyone around me is ready to settle on something that is not ideal, I claim that it is not right, and we wait for the right home to appear.

5) Expect it to be BETTER than you imagined! Expect the best.

Me: As the time starts to run out, we decide to give the real-estate market another look. A new home has appeared, it looks great in the pictures. We make a call immediately to our real-estate agent to schedule a viewing. We go to see it the next day, and it couldn’t be more perfect. Everything is beautiful, no work needed, in our price range, near the beach, with a garage, and an already plotted garden. We make an offer, and its accepted the next day. Our agent, being our parents friend got a $1000 bonus for selling the house so fast that he gifted to us to pay for our lawyers fees. We move in immediately.


From the time I dreamt up our new home, to the time we manifested it was about 6 or 7 months. Moving is never easy, especially when its a cross-country move, but I truly knew that the details of what we wanted would be there, and as easy as possible for us to make such an enormous transition in our lives! And being by the beach really eases the tension, let me tell ya!


Be clear on what you want, and review it often. If we keep reviewing, it allows for more thought about it, and inevitably, some things change, maybe your vision will need a shift before it manifests, thank god you had the time to make sure it was perfect!

• You have to be able to FEEL what its like to already have it. This is the MOST important factor in manifesting. Walk the walk, talk the talk, its on its way, so feel like you have it today.

Take action. Emotion is energy in motion, so move that energy and make it happen! The more excited you are to take the steps to getting there, the faster and easier it will appear!

Trust and faith. No doubt is allowed. Every time your throw doubt into your vibration, the longer its going to take to come. You have to trust that no matter how long it takes, even if you need it right NOW, patience and faith are the two main ingredients to making sure that it will show up. Let it Flow.

Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t just be happy with ANYTHING, get stoked up on how AMAZING and MIND BLOWING it’s going to be! Because it will be just that… better than you could ever have imagined!

Now go get your manifestin’ on! YIEAH!


PS>>> Just remember that we did all of this with barely any money. Like NO SAVINGS AT ALL. Manifesting is NOT about money, it’s about knowing what you want and letting the universe take care of the details.

Here are some of the Pics from our home:

Our First Day of Ownership!


Our New Home:


Sunrise in our Backyard!!:IMG_2107

Sunset at the Beach:IMG_1729

And Our Garden 🙂


Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Muffins! Woop!

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Got banana’s? This is my easy go-to recipe for Amazing and Kind, Gluten-Free Muffins! YES!

Get the Recipe right Here>>>http://julieslusciouslife.com/recipes-3/gluten-free-vegan-banana-muffins/