Atlanta has no shortage of festivals of all kinds. There are festivals of all sorts, for all tastes, year round in Atlanta. My favorite category has to be the food festivals! Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta Vegfest. It's been going on for several years, but this was my first time going. It is a gathering of various businesses (mostly food related) that share a general foundation of being vegan-friendly, plant based and environmentally conscious. RIght up my alley!
Happy Fall! One of my favorite seasons has arrived and it brings with it weather that makes being outside much more bearable than the summer heat. I recently set out with my husband to explore something new, Lula Falls. The Lula Lake Land Trust consists of over 8,000 acres of protected land, with selective visiting dates each year. They are only open May-November on the first and last weekend of each month. This helps to preserve the area according to their mission statement per their website:
"The Lula Lake Land Trust preserves the natural and historic landscapes surrounding Rock Creek and Bear Creek, and their tributaries, through conservation, education, and low impact recreation."
Amongst the beauty of North Georgia, tucked away in the mountains, are a plethora of waterfalls that you can easily visit on a day trip from the city. The Georgia mountains are about an hour and a half to a two hour drive depending on where you're coming from in Metro Atlanta. This makes for an easy afternoon trip to get away from the city and into nature. Up until recently, I had only been to two waterfalls in Georgia and realized I was overdue to see some more. So this Labor Day weekend was the perfect time to head out and check another one off my list.
In this article, I’m going to share wth you a brief intro into herbalism and how you can incorporate it for some relief from common ailments. There are a multitude of factors that can contribute to the way we feel and how our bodies are functioning. For example, our diets, environmental factors, relationships, etc. can all effect how we feel.
So, what exactly is herbalism anyway? The formal definition of herbalism is “the study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants, now especially as a form of alternative medicine.” Utilizing plant-based alternatives instead of traditional pharmaceuticals can help us avoid toxic chemicals and harsh side effects. Just listening to a commercial for certain medications can be alarming when they speed through the long list of potential side effects. Herbal alternatives are safer for consumption, more affordable and easy to find.
Now let’s discuss some common conditions and see what plants and herbs can help us to overcome them!
While I love some of my favorite staple foods, I enjoy trying new recipes to mix things up a bit. During the week I tend to go for quick breakfasts (smoothies, oats, etc. ) that are easy to grab and go. However, on the weekends I like to slow down a bit and make a bigger breakfast. I was recently craving pancakes and I found a recipe with a title that really spoke to me---Minimalist Baker's Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Double chocolate? Sign me up! If you are not familiar with minimalistbaker.com, they share their plant-based recipes (that are also mostly gluten-free or offer gluten-free suggestions depending on your preference) that typically take 30 mins or less to make.
In a recent post I discussed the Curlbox I received featuring Obia Naturals. I used most of the products during that wash day, and finally tried the others recently! So in this post I will be sharing my review of the Babassu Therapy Hair Mask and the Sweet Almond Heavy Cream.
I absolutely love smoothies! They are a quick and convenient way to boost your health at any time of the day. You can squeeze in a solid source of fruit, veggies, antioxidants, nutrients, etc in one punch. An added bonus is that by it all being blended in a smoothie, it makes it that much easier for our bodies to digest. Here's a smoothie recipe I like to use when I need an afternoon pick-me-up, an energy boost before (or after) the gym or just a delicious snack.
Today I'm excited to share with you my review of the CurlBox Natural I recently received featuring Obia Naturals! If you're not already familiar with CurlBox, it is a monthly subscription box filled with goodies for curly hair (and sometimes body products). Every so often, they have special, non-subscription boxes that you can order to receive great products in a discounted bundle.
This particular box is the last of their CurlBox Natural series. Here's why they are ending this particular series (from their email): "When curlBOX Natural launched 6 years ago, the idea was to feature under-the-radar brands without a large reach that featured all natural ingredients. Our mission has been accomplished and healthy, quality products are no longer an exception but the norm! Thanks to social media and word of mouth, previously small brands are creating demand to land on your favorite store shelves. For the final curlBOXNatural, we’re featuring a line that perfectly represents this shift—Obia Naturals (@obianaturals)."
Slowly but surely, the days are getting longer which means spring is just around the corner! However, we are still in winter and the cold weather makes me crave my favorite warming foods and beverages. One of these is hot chocolate. Being plant-based, I enjoy making my own hot chocolate from scratch versus using a pre-packaged one. Not only does this allow you to have more control over the ingredients, but it’s cost effective (you may already have some of the basic ingredients at home), simple and pretty quick to make!
Each fall and winter we know that the cold and flu season comes around along with the cooler temperatures. The winter temperatures here in Georgia tend to fluctuate quite a bit throughout the season and can contribute to us feeling under the weather. If you're looking for natural ways to arm your immune system (even if you're already sick), one of many ways is with elderberry syrup or extract.
Elderberry (also known as sambucus) comes from a flowering plant and is often used in medicine. Sambucus nigra, or European elder (aka black elder) is the specific species of elder that is most commonly used for medicinal purposes.