CANDi.

19 Nov

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If you have ever vacationed in the Caribbean and ventured out of the beautiful resort areas you probably have seen the completely heart breaking sights of starving, abused and homeless animals.

I have experienced this all too often. My last trip to Mexico I found myself in the outskirts of Playa Del Carmen trying to get food for a starving dog I saw dying under a car. I ran around like a nut job and ended up in a shit hole Bodega scooping up mad cans of wet dog food as the locals looked at me like some ‘Senora Loca’.

Another time while in Monterrey I was taking an early morning walk and met a homeless, sick starving Chihuahua. We kicked it for hours, I brought him back to my hotel so I could feed him. I didn’t bring him inside just into the parking lot and I was asked to remove him at once. It was heart breaking. I cried for months over, Alto, that is what I named him.

I have seen the same awful sights in Dominican Republic and Jamaica and lots of other travelers have as well. So they decided to do something about it so together they started CANDi. A volunteer based animal rescue group founded and run by tourists, travelers and animal lovers that aims to clean up the stay dog/cat problem in these Caribbean nations.

This is something that is long overdue. It is wonderful and I could not be happier but it is long overdue. Americans fail to realize how impoverished these countries really are. All most of us see are the fancy resorts and the pretty beaches when in reality, the reality of these islands is nothing like that.

So yes, as a tourist and as a traveler I do feel that it is our job to help those animals in need.

Because turning a blind eye is not only wrong it is immoral. Because we are using their country for leisure even though the majority of their population couldn’t afford leisure if we bought it for them. Because when we benefit from something, it is our duty and honor to pay it forward.

Period.

Read and donate to CANDi here… http://www.candiinternational.org/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Luna Burger.

16 Nov

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Like most veg heads, I am all about veggie burgers. And like most veg heads I am super picky about my veggie burgers. Enough with the whack veggie burgers. It’s 2014 and if we want the masses to know what’s really good with a plant-based diet then we need to bring the real to the masses.

That’s pretty much what Luna Burger did. They brought the real to the masses.

I have only had ‘The Classic’ but I can safely say it was the best veggie burger I had outside of a veg restaurant. It is of total restaurant quality and I am not shocked to learn that many veg restaurants are offering Luna Burgers as their veggie burger option.

It tasted amazing, it was big, it didn’t fall apart, it was easy to cook, it fit on a basic burger bun and it was vegan. Add to all that Luna Burgers are free of corn, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and have no added oil. They are also certified vegan and verified non-gmo.

‘The Classic’ Luna Burger is made with Black beans, spelt berries, oats, onions, carrots, kale, beets, blueberries, molasses, garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt, rosemary and black pepper. All that adds up to 6 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, 40% of your daily vitamin A needs, 10% of your daily iron needs, 6% of your vitamin c and 4% of your calcium all in only 160 calories and 2 grams of fat.

Made by hand in Columbus, Ohio, they only use locally sourced ingredients.

They are the real.

http://www.lunaburger.com/#about

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Redmond Clay.

13 Nov

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Redmond Clay is kind of a crazy thing. An O.G. thing to be exact.

Native American type O.G.

Full of trace minerals, Redmond Clay can be digested as a nutritional supplement or it can be used as a facial mask or even used to cure rashes and bug bits.

I am personally OBSESSED with Redmond Clay. No I do not eat it but I have used it to cure a rash that nothing else could manage to make better.

I have used it on bug bites.

And at this current moment, I am using it as a facial mask. Just 10 minutes and you have clear, glowing skin.

It comes in powder form so to turn it into a facial mask or a paste just add water.

I make a bunch at once then store it in a Ziplock bag in the fridge. Just taking it out when it I want to use some. I find it is easy to spread on the skin when it is cold and premixed.

Learn all about Redmond Clay and it’s million uses below.

http://www.redmondclay.com/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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If You Think I’m Pompus and You Think I’m Bitchy…

11 Nov

The title is totally meant to be read in tune with Rod Stewart’s ‘If You Want My Body.’

Now that we got that cleared up let’s clear up the rest.

I don’t know if I ever addressed the fact that I struggled with my weight and my health for a long time before I became a vegetarian.

But I did. For 27 years and 7 months.

So if I come across bitchy at all know that I am not. I have simply already walked a lifetime in your shoes.

I struggled with my weight, hard. I am 5’4′ and at one point I weighed 180lbs.

I ate HORRIBLE ‘food’ and battled depression which was only exasperated by my awful eating habits.

I drank A LOT, everyday. For years.

I did hard drugs, lots of them too. For years.

Long and short, I was a mess, my life was a mess and never in my life would I have made the choice to go vegetarian. And never in my life did I think going vegetarian would save it.

To sum it up, on February 16th, 2008 I had what some would call a ‘divine intervention’.

I was out to dinner and I was eating chicken mole at a very nice Mexican restaurant.

During dinner I got cold and felt a presence about 4-6 feet above my head, I was then delivered a message that was told to me from above. It was spoken down to me, not in my ear.

The message stated : ‘This is the last time you will ever eat meat.’

I did not hear a voice, only the words.

I TOTALLY IGNORED IT, GOT FREAKED OUT, DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING, DIDN’T TELL ANYONE…

And woke up February 17th, 2008 as a vegetarian.

Since that day I have stopped battling my weight, my depression, my early on set arthritis (I played soccer and basketball hard) and my bad eating habits.

Obviously the hard drinking and hard drugs have flew the coop as well.

My thought process, the way I view the world, the way I view life and the way I view myself have all changed.

Changes I now wonder if I would have been strong enough to have had made on my own.

I don’t think I would have.

I don’t think I would have ‘seen the light’, I was blessed enough to be ‘shown’ it.

So that is my story and that is why I share.

Because being a vegetarian took me from a egotistical, over weight, depressed, alcoholic to a humble, blessed, compassionate and kind human being.

Which is probably who I really always was but my poor choices did not allow my goodness to shine.

Becoming a vegetarian saved my life and if sharing this helps save one more, my job here is done.

Stay Chizzle,

M.

Ps. And let it be known that I am not what one would call a religious person.

But 7 is the God Number.

I was 27 years and 7 months old when I received my¬† ‘intervention’.

2+7+7=16

1+6=7.

Makes you think, huh?

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5 Benefits Of Dark Chocolate.

11 Nov

Have you ever read the nutrition information on a piece of dark chocolate? If not, just for kicks, do so next time.

Dark chocolate is FULL of health benefits, just one scan of a nutrition label will show you a crazy amounts of both iron and fiber. But one dig deeper and this is what we discover…

1- Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants. As we all know antioxidants are super important to our bodies.The antioxidants in dark chocolate fight all the free radicals which systematically destroy our bodies. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others.

2- Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun. The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.

3- Dark Chocolate May Improve Brain Function. One study of healthy volunteers showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain. Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency and several risk factors for disease.

4- Dark Chocolate May Lower The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease. In a study of 470 elderly men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by a whopping 50% over a 15 year period. Another study revealed that eating chocolate 2 or more times per week lowered the risk of having calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%. Eating chocolate less frequently had no effect.Yet another study showed that chocolate 5+ times per week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.

5- Dark Chocolate Is Very Nutritious. 100 grams of 70-85% dark chocolate has 11 grams of fiber, 67% of your daily Iron needs, 58% of your daily Magnesium, 89% of your daily Copper needs, 98% of your daily Manganese and lots of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. All of these things are crazy good for your skin. Hint Hint :)

So there you have it. Dark chocolate is not just good, it is really good for you.

Eat in moderation and reap all it’s health benefits…

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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In The Near Future : Obesity To Be The Leading Cause Of Cancer.

7 Nov

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While American main stream media chooses to flood our minds with nonsense, there are some huge scientific strides being made in the cancer forefront. The most recent study I came across shows us that cancer from obesity will take over the crown from tobacco. Tobacco is currently the leading cause of cancer but the fatter we all get, the more that changes.

These days 1 out of 3 Americans are overweight and 1 out of 5 cancer deaths are directly linked to obesity. Yet less than 10% of the American population even knows about the connection between obesity and cancer. Good on the main stream media, they have us all hemmed up on the b.s all while keeping us blind to the real.

As of now 75% of Americans eat fast food monthly, almost 50% eat it weekly and less than 5% of us get any exercise. Period. That means over 95% of Americans don’t do jack in terms of physical activity. Unless you are physically handicapped, some embarrassment should be felt.

Eating garbage food has been linked to depression in children and adults, junk food impairs children’s ability to focus and learn. All this fake food we consume has made us obese and since we choose not to exercise we are only getting fatter. And after all this, it is finally giving us cancer.

The types of cancers obesity has been linked to are as follows…Breast (in women more so after menopause), Colon and Rectum, Kidney, Uterine, Esophageal, Pancreatic, Thyroid, Gallbladder and Endometrium (lining of the uterus). Further research is also showing links to Ovarian, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Liver, Prostate, Multiple myeloma and Cervical cancers as well.

So if all that doesn’t scare you into taking some ‘life inventory’ then I don’t know what will. What I do know is that we, as a society, need to wake up. We are killing ourselves via food and laziness, two things which we have TOTAL control over.

Now let’s get it together already!

http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/obesity-and-cancer/obesity-weight-and-cancer-risk

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/11/06/3589905/obesity-tobacco-cancer/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Read This : The Wu Tang Manual.

6 Nov

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One of the last books I read was The Wu Tang Manual. It is the bomb and that is why I am suggesting you read it.

I know some of you are like ‘is this chick really recommending that I read a book about the Wu Tang Clan?’ and the answer to that is simply…’YES’.

The writing is rather ‘street’, indeed there are some curse words and slang but the book is far from being rated R, I would say PG-13.

It is an easy read yet it is not.

What is not easy about it are the subject matters that Rza touches upon. Rza is a really, really worldly and intelligent dude. He is on the next level knowledge tip and the way he shares it makes it almost addicting to want to learn it all.

Overcoming adversity, rejection, poverty and fame, Rza talks about living a clean, honest life. A life you can be proud of, a life void of harmful ego and gluttony.

A vegetarian based life.

I cannot recommend this book enough, if you are a Wu Tang fan even better. But the bottom line is that this book has the ability to speak to everyone if they approach it with an open mind.

It’s also the perfect holiday gift for the ‘hip hop head’ in your life.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wu-Tang-Manual-RZA/dp/1594480184

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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