The Necessary Steps For Protecting Our Environment

The planet Earth is in danger, and we have only ourselves to blame for this occurrence. Human negligence and irrational behavior have resulted in a series of issues that are having a detrimental effect on our environment, and it seems that the situation is getting worse and worse. With every passing day, the amount of industrial waste and air pollution is increasing, which causes global warming and a broad range of other consequences. The bottom line is that our future generations will have difficulty finding fresh water or fresh vegetables, and not to mention that lush and green forests will be a remnant of days gone by. To prevent such a scenario, we have to take care of our environment, and here are the methods which can help us preserve our sensitive ecosystems.

Incorporating Permaculture Into Our Daily Activities

Incorporating Permaculture Into Our Daily ActivitiesPermaculture is predominantly a philosophical system, but it also contains a wide array of pragmatic tips and guidelines on how to lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. That is why Vladislav Davidzon, the founding father of Regenerative Leadership Institute, invites everyone to join him and his friends in their efforts to protect the planet as much as possible. Permaculture is not a new kid on the block, and this system of teachings was established during the 1970s, but it seems that modern generations could further exploit the benefits of its principles and strategies. For instance, urban permaculture is becoming an increasingly popular method for promoting a healthy and green lifestyle in the middle of modern-day concrete jungles.

The Use Of Renewable Resources

The use of fossil fuels is quickly running to its end, which means that we will eventually run out of these precious resources. Since they are expendable, there is no way to replenish the supplies or increase the amount we have “left in the tank”. That is why other methods of energy production are a necessity, not a hype, and we simply need to start using renewable sources if we want to continue living on this planet. methods for producing energyLuckily, the Earth has provided us with several incredible solutions, including solar power, the energy of the wind, and so on, and all of these methods for producing energy are easily accessible and highly convenient. With the advancements in technology, it is becoming easier to harness the potential of these natural elements, and we should incorporate as much as possible of these methods into our lifestyle.

Make Your Home Green

Make Your Home GreenAnother necessity is to transform our household into self-sufficient units, which means that the use of renewable resources and efficient gardening should be combined and incorporated into a cohesive unit. By doing so, your home will produce food and energy on its own, without harming the environment and without causing unnecessary expenses. Green homes are easily achievable, but you have to demonstrate the willingness and the desire to preserve the life on this planet. Without a proactive approach, things will remain the same, and our planet will become more and more polluted.







Thai Vegetable Quinoa with Spicy Peanut Sauce {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Gluten Free & VeganQuinoa and Cookies

Full of veggies and flavor, this Thai Quinoa Bowl is bound to become a staple on your dinner table!

As I mentioned last week, Brendan and I have been on a bit of a healthy eating kick lately.  While lentils have become a total staple in our kitchen, I can’t neglect my tried and true quinoa.  It may be a bit pricier than the dried beans I buy, it’s just so freaking tasty and versatile!  Last week, we knew we wanted quinoa, but Brendan requested “something different.”  That didn’t really give me a lot to go on, but hey, I’m always up for a challenge.

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Most Important Topic in the History of Humankind

Most Important Topic in the History of HumankindMorris Hicks, writer. speaker. activist.

Our Food Choices in the 21st Century

Our Food Choices in the 21st CenturyI bought this book on Kindle on Tuesday and have just about finished reading it. See video of author below.

Life began on our planet about four billion years ago. The human species emerged just 200,000 years ago. If you crammed those four billion years of history into one year, we’ve been here for just the last 26 minutes of the last hour of that year. And our population has exploded from one billion to seven billion in just the last two seconds.

And during those last two seconds (from 1800 to 2015), we’ve completely taken over the entire planet. So, how are we now using our planet? Primarily to feed ourselves. It is a well-known fact that over 70% of the world’s useable land mass is devoted to agriculture. The problem is that we still don’t have enough land to meet the growing human…

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Sustainability & Travel, Part 2: Bringing Home the (local) Bacon, and Cheese, and everything good

Sustainability & Travel, Part 2ESCAPE YOUR EVERYDAY

What do we remember most about home? I remember the smells and tastes of my grandmother’s kitchen–spaghetti boiling, fudge setting, chicken grilling. Kitchens and food are sources of warmth and invitation the world around. In Ukraine, kitchens are the warmest room in the house, and therefore the center of family life. In Afghanistan, guests are made welcome by sharing naan–a porous sourdough bread. Food is pivotal to establishing a sense of place, not simply sustenance. What is France without pastries, Ethiopia without injera, Mexico without…well…everything?

Food is central to the idea of travel–we remember amazing and iconic meals, the subtle tastes and unique smells, long after our return. Great meals create a time signature for our journeys, from which we can weave together our understanding of place. The moment on the Istrian peninsula, a light salt-tinged breeze flickering candles while dining on fresh-caught seafood, that’s my memory of Croatia. I have…

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5 Ways to Get Soy-Free Protein on a Plant Based Diet

One of the most common questions posed when people are making the transition from a meat-diet to a fully plant based diet is “Where am I going to get my protein”? One of the easiest and most commonly known meat substitutes is tofu and other soy based consumables. But, with more and more soy allergies cropping up, and the increased risk of disease from the consumption of too many processed soy products,  it’s important to know what other plant based foods can provide your body with the protein that it needs.


Quiona is what we call a “complete protein”, in that provides all of the essential amino acids in a proper balance for the human body. One cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein.  It is a starchy protein that is full of iron, magnesium, and fiber. It’s starchy consistency lends itself to being not only a great substitute for rice, but also a wonderful substitute in baked goods as well.


Chia seeds have some extraordinary properties. In addition to having a whopping 4 grams of protein in just 2 tablespoons of seeds, they are very high in soluble fiber.  This means that when they soaked in water, the seeds turn into a gel substance. This gel substance is great to use a natural thickener, an egg substitute in baking, or pudding-like dessert when mixed into almond or soy milk.


This is obviously a very broad category, but that’s because most nuts are very high in protein.  Some sources say that almonds and pistachios are the most beneficial, seeing as they have the highest amount of protein compared to saturated fat.  On average, a quarter cup of nuts can contain between 7-9 grams of protein. Nuts in general are extraordinarily versatile, and can be added to almost any meal with little to no preparation.


Buckwheat, a relative of rhubarb, is most often ingested in the form of soba noodles. But the seeds can also be ground and turned into flour, and the kernels can be cooked to create an oatmeal-like breakfast food. Buckwheat is another source of complete protein, and 1 cup of cooked buckwheat produces a serving of 6 grams of protein.


Again, this is another broad category, because beans as an institution are a fantastic source of protein. Beans are a starchy protein that are also a great source of carbs and fiber, and provide a similar protein content to most meats: they average 15 grams of protein per cup of cooked beans.  For that reason beans are usually the immediate answer to a new-plant based dieter’s protein needs.

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5 Ingredient Taboule

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It’s summmmaaatime! Okay, well after this weekend it is. Pull out your white pants and gingham, because Memorial Day is upon us! I whipped up this super simple 5 ingredient “taboule” that is the perfect vegan/gluten-free dish to bring to your Mem Day BBQ or just eat all week like it ain’t no thang (as I did – none of this taboule salad made it to see the weekend, nom nom!). Instead of the usual suspects bulgur and couscous, quinoa is used as the grain here, and is complemented by chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley. Drizzle that sucker with some olive oil and you have a super simple, super delicious, fresh-tasting summer dish. The best part about this dish is that with simplicity comes options – you can jazz it up any way you see fit. Add avocado and feta, garlic and lemon, or rice vinegar and onions and…

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Eat More Sustainably (Part 1)

Food production as it currently stands is incredible detrimental to the health of the environment. Unsustainable food has been contributed to large scale erosion of topsoil, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, and the undermining of genetic diversity. There are a few things that you can do to make a positive impact on the environment without forcing you to completely change the way you live and eat.

Buy and Eat Organic Foods

It’s true that organic foods are always significantly more expensive, but if it is within your budget, you should try to buy organically. Organic food allows you to avoid directly funding a system that actively pollutes the environment. Production of organic food must follow certain standards to create and maintain a balanced eco system. Organic vegetation does not contain any man-made pesticides, antibiotics, or fertilizers. Organic meats come from animals that are not fed any growth hormones and are not fed anything that contains less that 95% organic ingredients.

Eat Sustainable Seafood

The unfortunate reality is that seafood is often caught through highly unsustainable means. Many times, the fishing process destroys the ocean habitats (most often by damaging the sea floor.) The most common problem is overfishing, where fishermen catch populations of sea animals more quickly than they have time to reproduce. Try to find supermarkets or grocery stores in your area that sell sustainable seafood.

Try to Cook More From Scratch & Don’t Waste Food

One great rule of thumb is to try to use as much of the food you have in your home as you can before you go out and buy more groceries. Another great solution is to try to make the foods that you usually buy in packages. The internet is full of easy DIY recipes for foods like peanut butter, nutella, jelly, and a whole host of other items.

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Are Humans Capable Of Consuming Meat?

The amount of vegans and vegetarians has grown exponentially in recent years. Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions about humans and our capacity to eat meat. This video tackles the claim that humans are not capable of digesting meat and tackling it by supplying outliers and the counter generalizations.

Live A More Sustainable Everyday Life: A Few Simple Ways to Make an Impact

We hear about sustainability in almost every facet of our lives these days. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to increase sustainability, and cities all over the world are being pitted against each other to determine which ones are the most sustainable. In a society where consumption has been the longtime front-runner in the determination of one’s social standing, sustainability has become a necessity in trying to preserve our planet. It may seem like a daunting, even impossible task, but there are simple things that can be incorporated into our lives that contribute to an overall more sustainable life.

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Shop Less. Begin to unlearn the conditioning that has taught you to purchase so much “stuff”. Instead of buying items that you don’t really have a use for, and will be ultimately be obsolete sooner rather than later, save your money for experiences. Remember the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”.

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Image courtesy of Getty ImagesRemove Plastic from Your Life. Most plastics are not biodegradable, so they are essentially going to be here forever. Billions of pounds of plastic are currently in the ocean, and they’re killing marine life and destroying ocean eco systems every day. You can immediately start reducing  your plastic use by bringing reusable bags when you go shopping, switch to reusable water bottles (preferably glass or metal), and ditching the unnecessary plastic when buying vegetables and meats (you’ll be rinsing them anyway).

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Image courtesy of Getty ImagesImage courtesy of Getty ImagesDrive Less. This is not a viable step for everyone (depending on your location or place of residence). But, if it is available, opt for the use of public transportation or a carpooling set-up. If you want to take it a little further, and improve your health in the process, start walking or biking instead of driving. If driving a car really is your only means of transportation, be sure to keep your car tuned up; a properly maintained car uses less fuel.

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Image courtesy of Getty ImagesEat Less (Red) Meat. Our society’s meat production process is one of the most destructive industries we have created. The production of meat requires huge amounts of water, creates pollution, and contributes to carbon (greenhouse gas) emissions. Opt for locally grown fruits and vegetables to provide most of your caloric intake, and you will be simultaneously saving the earth.

Click here to see more steps that can lead towards a more sustainable life.

from Vladislav Davidzon – Sustainable Living


Spring is here: Asparagus Risotto

Spring is here: Asparagus RisottoThe GF BFF

Fresh local asparagus means spring is finally here! The Jean Talon Market is full of asparagus and it inspired me to make risotto as the first alfreso dinner at my new apartment. After the winter we had in Montreal eating fresh food outside is more than a treat! Risotto is one of my favourite dishes to make and pretty hard to screw-up once you learn the basic steps. There are thousands of risotto recipes but I love this one from Thug Kitchen as it is simple, delicious and gluten-free. It is also fun to follow recipes from Thug Kitchen as the blog is serious about food but doesn’t take it self too seriously and we can all use some laughs while cooking.

You can find the recipe from Thug Kitchen here. This recipe is vegan as it but I made a few adjustments. At the end I added a pat…

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