Navigating Protein Powders

Posted in Food on February 15, 2018

As a rule of thumb I always recommend to avoid processed foods and instead seek to consume everything it in its most natural state if possible, for the healthiest option. Yet sometimes we prescribe nutrients in supplement forms when needed for additional boosts in times of stress or overcoming illness – and they can be VERY effective. I have to wonder, in todays’s life, are we not all under a little stress… and perhaps our food is a little less full of nutrition because of our depleted soils and if […]




The Importance of Connecting To Spirit In Our Lives

Posted in Lifestyle on February 13, 2018

Connecting to spirit looks different for each and every one of us, but in my humble opinion, it is as important to carve time out in our lives to do so, as it is to eat and sleep. What even is spirit? Spirit is above and beyond religion and is the greater “energy” that exists beyond what we can see and touch. That connects us all, that runs through all. Religion can be the way some of us do connect to spirit, but is in no way, the only way. […]




Men CAN Be Strong Eating Only Plants

Posted in Animal Welfare on January 23, 2018

Shock. Strong men that only eat plants? No? The idea that you have to consume whole chickens, piles of steaks and wash it down with a smoothie containing a dozen raw eggs to be a strong man is still the general concept that is floating around, which may date back to cave-men days. Yet, thank goodness we no longer live in caves and now more and more prominent males in the spotlight are demonstrating that this is not the case. You can live a cruelty-free life and be healthy.  You […]




Veal; What You Need To Know To Make Your Choice.

Posted in Animal Welfare on December 05, 2017

Veal crates are just about the most barbaric contraption still used by a human on another living being. Just the picture of them reminds me of something from a horror sci-fi film. Like an experiment gone terribly wrong. Which it is. And it has. These crates are designed to prohibit exercise – really stop any movement by the calf – and normal muscle growth in order to produce tender “gourmet” veal. The calves are fed a milk substitute that is purposely low in iron so that they will become anemic […]




To Feed The Animals Or the People?

Posted in Food on November 27, 2017

“If you had a choice, would you support an organisation that would feed starving people or raise awareness about the plight of animals?” a friend asked me the other day after our yoga class. It is a topic that is often raised – and often confused, so I completely understood his questioning and perhaps even the pondering of where we should put our energy. Is it the people or animals that are more important? Whose rights do we argue for? But what if they are interrelated? Directly. Another friend had […]




Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb Of Yoga On and Off Our Mats

Posted in Lifestyle on November 21, 2017

While we often think the postures in yoga is the whole picture, Patanjali says that all eight yogic limbs need to be practised for the true purpose of yoga – the asanas are just one part of the whole system.  Pratyahara is one of the 8 limbs spoken by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras and translated from Sanskrit means, sense withdrawal.  On the mat, while we go through our postures, we can practise Pratyahara by bringing our focus to our breath and by stilling our gaze point- our dristi –  so that […]




Five Food Products Not To Buy To Change Your Health

Posted in Food / Health on November 06, 2017

Often we know when something isn’t working for us health wise, but changing our habits can be tricky… especially when we keep testing our resolve by still buying the problem foods and leaving them in the fridge or cupboard. Rule number one when wanting to change something in our diet – don’t buy it.  Simple yes. But for some crazy reason we often still put it in our shopping trolly and then have to say “no” to it again and again each time we open the pantry door, until we […]




Why I Say No To Horse Races

Posted in Animal Welfare on October 27, 2017

When I was a teenager I went to the ‘Running of the Bulls’ in Pamplona. It was such a wild, fun weekend. I didn’t think about the bulls. I didn’t want to. I was having too much fun. In the oh-so-many years since then I have learnt a few things. And one of those important pieces of wisdom is – Don’t have fun at the cost of pain to another. And I would take it as far as saying, there is something inherently wrong with doing so. If you believe […]




My favourite Bags and Jackets That Don’t Cost a Life.

Posted in Animal Welfare / Products on October 12, 2017

I may not be the most fashionable person but I still like myself a beautiful handbag, a great fitting jacket and shoes that help add some sass to my step. For over 15 years now I have not worn leather and in no way have I felt that it has let me down on the fashion front… rather I still get comments about my shoes or bags from people when I am out and they are not aware they aren’t leather, confirming to me that you can avoid leather and […]




Did Your Seafood Get To Your Plate From A Bottom Trawler?

Posted in Animal Welfare / Food on September 18, 2017

Bottom trawling is a widespread industrial fishing practice that involves dragging heavy nets, large metal doors and chains over the seafloor to catch fish. Globally, some reports show that still around one-quarter of wild-caught seafood comes from bottom trawling. The major issue is that these heavy nets consume everything in their path, resulting in a high yield of by-catch and they cause permanent damage to the fragile structures on the ocean’s floor, destroying the future of entire ecosystems. They strip the seabed of life, destroy large areas of corals – off […]




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