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

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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.

#1 PROTEIN

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.

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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

 

~julie

 

Monday Mornings.

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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:
http://julieslusciouslife.com/2014/02/26/noticing/

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.

~julie

Say NO to Gremlins.

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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.

~julie

My Retirement Plan.

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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’!

~julie

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Balls

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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>>>

http://julieslusciouslife.com/recipes-3/vegan-chocolate-fudge-balls/

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.

Enjoy!

~julie

Noticing.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Peace,

~julie

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 Dragon Fly~ at home.