• News & Notes

    My Favourite Vegan YouTube Channels

    As many of you know I was a vegetarian for 1 year then vegan for 15 years (1995-2010), but with my midlife crisis I fell off the wagon for a few years and then got back on this spring. When I returned to my vegan waysI felt like lots had changed between when I stopped being vegan, the few years I ate eggs and dairy (2010-2013) and then when I also ate land and marine animals (2013-2016). To refresh myself I decided to look to some of my old favourite sources of information (Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, Vegetarian Resource Group and VegNews) AND the latest additions to the vegan info scene. This is where YouTube came…

  • Body & Wellness

    Protein Chia Seed Pudding

    I adore Protein Chia Seed Pudding. I think one reason is because I’ve always enjoyed tapioca pudding. As a kid I liked the texture and the creaminess. When I have tapioca pudding today (usually the vegan coconut version at Chu Chai – a fantastic veg Thai restaurant in Montreal) it reminds me of the comforts of childhood.  Rich, creamy desserts are a powerful thing. Now I’ve discovered that Protein Chia Seed Pudding is my adult version of this. Bonus – it’s much healthier than the original dessert version. I found this recipe from Georgie of Vegan Fitness TV (my favourite fitness YouTube channel). She and her partner Darren offer a free…

  • Day in the Life

    Hintonburg

    I spent this afternoon walking through Hintonburg. It’s a neighbourhood in Ottawa that I’ve heard lots of good things about. It’s my understanding that the neighbourhood is under going gentrification which on one hand means higher rents and displacement of long time residents (something I know well having lived and worked in St Henri in Montreal), but on the other hand it means young entrepreneurs opening interesting shops and restaurants that offer local and sustainable fare. I certainly don’t have the answers on how to address these types of controversial community transitions – especially in a city that is new to me, but I don’t want to ignore small businesses trying their best…

  • Body & Wellness

    How Not To Die – Video

    As many of you know I am a bit of a nutrition information junkie and I really enjoy the work of Dr. Michael Greger. He claims to have read every nutritional research journal of the year (now that is a nutrition info junkie – wink), He examines the research and synthesizes it for the average person interested in how food affects health, quality of life and longevity. He also brings a critical eye to how research actually doesn’t translate to improvements to the food industry. As someone who wants to live a healthy AND a simpler, more frugal life his work has been a very useful resource. Most of the things that make…

  • Personal Journey

    I Fell Off The Wagon – Vegan Edition

    On January 1st 2012, after not eating meat (no fish, cow, pig, chicken, sheep, goat, turkey, etc…) for nineteen years (fifteen of which I was vegan – no eggs, dairy or honey) I had a Big Mac. A cold Big Mac because I was too ashamed to eat it in the restaurant. I brought it home by taxi and ate it all by my lonesome. A true reflection of how disconnected I was from my self, my soul. That night I felt such shame which then turned into numbness. Cognitive dissonance kicked in, separating me from the consequences of my actions – the animal, environmental and human suffering associated with our…

  • Body & Wellness

    My Favourite Kale Recipe

    Ingredients 3 TBSP of Water 1 Clove of Garlic (crushed – though I love garlic so I thinly slice it) 1 tsp Red Chili Pepper Flakes 1 Bunch of Kale (or about four loosely filled cups – wash as you would lettuce and spin it but leave a wee bit of water on them) 1 TBSP Raisins 1 TBSP Coarsely Chopped Kalmata Olives 1 TBSP Lemon Juice (or more if you like lots of lemon) or Apple Cider Vinegar Using a large sauce pan sauté garlic and red chili pepper flakes in water for a few minutes (I choose water instead of oil because I like to reserve oil for…

  • Body & Wellness

    How Breakfast Changed My Life

    Breakfast. It all started with breakfast. But first let me back up a bit. After 17 years of being together I left my then-husband and went to live on my own. It was scary in many ways. It was the first time in my life that I ever lived alone. I was 39 and I went through a multi-year learning curve on the simple and complex aspects of being independent. One of the major adjustments I had to make was to learn to cook for myself – and only myself. I was used to cooking for us. At the very beginning I was all about convenience foods that I could…