Monthly Resource Collection May 2021

My newest obsession (aside from quitting coffee- which is going amazing by the way) is learning about how beauty, health, and wellness spaces have been colonized and therefore systematically made inaccessible to many people because of varying identities. I’ve been seriously studying this topic because it inherently intersects with just about every “ism.”

As a beauty professional (but also just as a human committed to social change) I believe it is so important I make the effort to understand how beauty, health and wellness practices have been stolen and appropriated from different cultures and religions, but also how these sectors of business have been whitewashed and healing has been constructed as a privilege for the few. These practices have very real and dangerous ripple effects on the mental and physical health of our society, affecting some much more than others.

Currently I feel like I’m constructing my own college semester (or several semesters) consisting of books, podcasts, webinars, documentaries, and articles created by BIPOC, people of various body sizes and shapes, disabled folks, and LGBTQIAA+ folks to try to learn from those who have not been placed conveniently in the front and center of the behemoth which is our current beauty, health and wellness industrial complex.

I’ve been on my fitness, health and wellness journey for years, focusing on the physical components. As I transition into a me that still loves moving my body, but is much more focused at this time on working on my mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness I think it is imperative to seek out a wide range of perspectives as teachers. People who specifically consider and recognize intersectionality and social systems as inextricably entwined with our healing and wellness. Individually, and as a collective. Healers who understand the implications these systems have on physical bodies.

If you were to look at my home library, I’d like to think the diversity of voices there is great. But when I started looking at the wellness / self improvement section of my collection, the majority are written by cisgender, non-disabled, White women, with some cisgender, non-disabled White men sprinkled in there. I didn’t have ONE book on business, self improvement, fitness or veganism written by a Mexican (my other half). What a disgrace.

Instead of feeling disempowered or guilty, I instantly saw a huge blind spot in my learning and turned it into an opportunity for change and growth, that hopefully I can share with you. There are so many more amazing authors, teachers, badass fitness instructors, vegans, and holistic health practitioners that want to share their gifts with us. Unfortunately, it takes more than diversifying our social media accounts to find many of them. It takes effort. Research. Time and energy. It takes paying them for their services if you are able. Until one day when finding a Latina business coach with a emphasis on holistic wellness from an intersectional perspective becomes as easy as finding a White woman on social media, eager to help you lose weight.

These are the resources I found particularly enlightening this month, but there are many more coming.

Books:

The Body Is Not An Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor

Every. One. With. A. Body: READ THIS BOOK! I received it with my monthly subscription to http://www.feministbookclub.com and oh my, did it deliver. Taylor posits that in order to dismantle systems of oppression we must learn to practice “radical self-love.” This is different than self-acceptance, confidence, or even self esteem, which she argues are not “scalable,” but restricted to the individual. When we work to unlearn and dismantle the systems that have taught us not to love our own bodies this will translate into empathy for bodies different than our own, and ultimately help to create a world where hate and terrorism against bodies will no longer be acceptable or common practice.

When we speak of the ills of the world – violence, poverty, injustice – we are not speaking conceptually; we are talking about things that happen to bodies… Racism, sexism, ableism, homo-and transphobia, ageism, fatphobia are algorithms created by humans’ struggle to make peace with the body. A radical self-love world is a world free from the systems of oppression that make it difficult and sometimes deadly to live in our bodies.”

Check out Sonya Taylor: https://www.sonyareneetaylor.com

Vibrate Higher Daily, Lalah Delia

Lalah Delia is a “spiritual writer, wellness educator, and certified spiritual practitioner.” She is such a light in the world and I am so glad I am learning from her! This book is an overview of her concept of “vibrating higher daily” which is essentially a way of existing in the world in a positive and enlightened way that draws you closer to your purpose, the collective, and the “divine” in order to use your gifts to create a better world.

Lalah Delia also teaches amazing webinars on everything from energy cleansing to divine timing. I signed up for her monthly subscription at https://www.vibratehigherdaily.com and I have been extremely happy with the amount and quality of content available for the $22 / month. I highly recommend!

Podcasts:

Shine Brighter Together Podcast with Monique Melton
Season 3, Episode 29: “Do Better w Rachel Ricketts”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shine-brighter-together/id1464945623?i=1000518800938

Latino USA
5/21/21: “Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/latino-usa/id79681317?i=1000522634422

No Meat Athlete Radio
5/13/21: “NMA Chats: On Being a Vegan Activist in the Black Community with Jasmine C. Leyva”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-meat-athlete-radio/id476196931?i=1000521580114

Get Loved Up with Koya Webb
Season 2, Episode 47: “11 Rituals to Raise Your Vibration”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/get-loved-up-with-koya-webb/id1455677259?i=1000470869132

Black Girl in Om Podcast
12/17/29 59. #55. “Creating Space To Expand: A Live Conversation with Rachel Cargle”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/black-girl-in-om/id1117951237?i=1000459859296

Real Food Reads Podcast
Episode 22: “Decolonize Your Diet: Luz Calvo and Catriona R. Esquibel

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/real-food-media/id1215522970?i=1000414763700

Movies:

Seaspiracy

This documentary focuses on the environmental impact of fishing, but also touches on the human rights violations perpetuated by a highly unregulated global industry.

They Helped Me Go Vegan

I made a list of all the vegans and vegan brands who helped inspire me to change my lifestyle. Vegan food and fitness bloggers, vegan authors, bodybuilders, entrepreneurs, food reviewers. This isn’t a list of everything I love that’s vegan, or every vegan blog or YouTube channel I think you should check out. It’s a very specific list of the brands and personalities that are making huge changes in the animal liberation and plant based eating spaces. They have had a lasting impact on me, and I continue to watch, shop from, and be inspired by them today. Enjoy!

Food Bloggers:

-Baker By Nature / https://bakerbynature.com

-Crazy Vegan Kitchen / https://www.crazyvegankitchen.com

-It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken / https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

-Minimalist Baker / https://minimalistbaker.com

-Six Vegan Sisters / https://www.sixvegansisters.com

-Vegan Richa / https://www.veganricha.com

Instagram “Influencers:”

-@amysoranno / “An advocate for collective liberation through strategic activism.” https://www.excelsior4.org

-@badassvegan / John Lewis Film Director https://theyretryingtokillus.com

-@concious_muscle / Vegan Transformation Coach & Owner of @cmsupplements https://cmsupplements.com

-@domzthompson / Dominick Thompson Vegan Activist & Athlete / http://eatwhatelephantseat.com/

-@mainlyplants / Vegan Nutritionist and hilarious reviewer of vegan foods: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC-yvmuhrxX-PHJ84ez1UkuA

YouTube Channels:

*Some of the categories overlap. I would encourage you to find the accounts listed above on their multiple platforms. However, the accounts listed in this section are specifically ones I prefer to watch on YouTube. I tried to categorize them as clearly as possible.

-Kate Flowers https://m.youtube.com/user/indigostar2531

-Sam James https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCJOZu5FMz9mygTTpFSAYDeg

-Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCAbKLYEuTR1riockIgAWBiw

-Stella The Light https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCtFrw0aUPSItEe8V-9ZH3ZA

Podcasts:

-The Rich Roll Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rich-roll-podcast/id582272991

*I have to make a note here. Rich Roll’s podcast (and book, Finding Ultra) has been one of the most invaluable resources for my vegan journey. He has introduced me to countless authors, podcasters, athletes, and personalities that I otherwise may not have found. This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in a plant based lifestyle, entrepreneurship, fitness, and an abundance of other topics on wellness.

-No Meat Athlete Radio https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-meat-athlete-radio/id476196931

Documentaries / Books:

Cowspiracy https://www.cowspiracy.com

Eating Animals http://www.eatinganimalsmovie.com

Finding Ultra, Rich Roll

The Game Changers https://gamechangersmovie.com

How Not to Die, Michael Greger, M.D.

VegNews Magazine https://vegnews.com

What the Health https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com

Vegan Businesses:

-For Vegan BCAAs: Truth Nutrition https://www.truthnutrition.com

-For Vegan Uggs: Pawj https://www.pawjcalifornia.com (Use Code LIZ10 for 10% off your order!)

-For Fun Vegan Clothing:

-Care Wears https://www.carewears.co.uk

-Crazies & Weirdos http://www.craziesandweirdos.com

-For LOCAL Vegan Treats in Humboldt: Foodwise Kitchen http://www.foodwisekitchen.com

-Vegan Supply Co. https://www.vegansupplyco.com

Food Plan!

This is the food and fitness plan I used from Blogilates to initially help me go vegan! It’s completely worth the $100 (yes.. that’s it for a complete workout and food plan) and I highly suggest it to anyone who’s considering veganism. 28 days is all it takes!

https://www.piit28.com

What I Eat in a Week / 5 Year Vegan Anniversary!

Tuesday, March second marked my five year anniversary with veganism. Living a vegan lifestyle has been one of the most influential and important decisions of my life in so many ways, and yet, the most common question I still get is: “What do you eat?”

This post is for anyone who wants to incorporate more vegan meals into their life. It’s for the vegetarian/vegan curious, and simply for anyone wondering how I meal prep, or who may need new ideas and suggestions. I made sure to keep it real. I only made things in our regular rotation, and I included all snacks, drinks, takeout, and treats. I want to emphasize that I do not count calories or macros so this post is not about that. It’s about eating intuitively, and living an abundant vegan lifestyle.

Saturday, 2/28

I always start the day with one 20oz Yeti of coffee. I will not include my coffee of the day each day. You can just assume I had it. Note that currently we drink coffees from: https://cxffeeblack.com, https://ravensbrewcoffee.com, and https://jackiesjava.com. I always use plain or vanilla https://www.nutpods.com as my creamer – it’s delicious and sugar free.

Gujimane Cxffee / Nutpods French Vanilla Creamer

Breakfast:

Bagel Sandwich: Alvarado Street Organic Sprouted Wheat Bagels, Just Egg, Follow Your Heart Pepper jack Cheese, Beyond Meat Spicy Sausage Patties, dr. Praeger’s Southwest Hash Browns / Two Mandarins and a Banana

Lunch:

32oz Chocolate Smoothie: Unsweetened Almond Milk, Frozen Bananas, Cacao Powder, Hemp Seeds, and https://www.earthbalancenatural.com Coconut Peanut Butter

Dinner:

Potato Taquitos, Rice, Beans, Soyrizo Street Tacos, Fries and Chips, Salsa and Guacamole from: https://www.cocinamariposa.com

Dessert:

Cookies from: https://wholesomebakery.com and Coconut Bliss Mint Chip Galactica Ice Cream

I get all of our groceries from our local COOP. However, I did want to make sure all the direct links were here (if I did not already list them) for you to browse, or purchase if you do not have close access. Thrive Market is also a great option!

Alvarado Street Bakery: https://www.alvaradostreetbakery.com/index

Just Egg: https://www.ju.st

Follow Your Heart: https://followyourheart.com

Beyond Meat: https://www.beyondmeat.com

dr. Praeger’s: https://drpraegers.com

Coconut Bliss: https://coconutbliss.com

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Sunday, 3/1

Breakfast:

Oatmeal, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Flax Seed Meal, Cinnamon, topped with Granola from https://www.cascadianfarm.com

Snack:

https://www.larabar.com Protein Bar, Apple Cobbler

Lunch / Dinner:

Pizza from https://www.mountainmikespizza.com and Peach Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks

Dessert: Cookies listed above from Wholesome Bakery.

CBD Sparkling Water:

Beauty Bubbles from https://www.dramapothecary.com with Lemon

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Monday, 3/2

Breakfast:

Chocolate Smoothie My Recipe:

1.5 C Coconut Water

3 Frozen Bananas

2 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal

1/4 Cup Oats

1 Tbsp Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

Snack:

Bagel and https://miyokos.com Plain Cream Cheese

Lunch:

Jasmine Rice and Yellow Curry with Vegetables and Tofu from https://siamorchidthaicuisine.getrestaurantops.com

Dinner:

Vegan Ramen from https://rightfoods.com

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Tuesday, 3/3

Breakfast:

32oz Green Smoothie

My Recipe:

1.5 C Coconut Water

1 C Frozen Mango and/or Pineapple

1/2 Lemon Squeezed

1 C Spinach

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1/4 C Oats

Lunch:

Beans and Rice with chips from: https://www.fronterafoods.com and salsa from Oaxaca Mama

Dinner:

Pan Fried Extra Firm Tofu, Grilled Onions, and Chili Garlic Sauce over White Rice

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Wednesday 3/4

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I work in the shop taking client appointments. I prep breakfast, lunch, and snacks for those days, so they will all be the same. Dinners will vary. I also got some special desserts I will share with you!

Meal Prep

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (Same recipe as above but not pictured since I make them the morning of.)

Snack: 2 Apples and 1 Mandarin.

Lunch: Green Salad with Romaine, Bell Pepper, Cucumber, and Tomatoes topped with Baked Popcorn Tofu from our local COOP tossed in Frank’s Wing Sauce. With Follow Your Heart Ranch Dressing.

Snack: https://www.kite-hill.com Greek Yogurt topped with Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Apple Granola.

Dinner:

Pesto Pasta and Garlic Bread

Pesto Recipe: https://bakerbynature.com/super-healthy-spinach-basil-pesto-vegan-dairy-free-gluten-free/

Garlic Bread: 1 Loaf https://www.cafebrioarcata.com French Bread, Garlic, Olive Oil, and https://www.earthbalancenatural.com Soy Free Buttery Sticks

Dessert: Almond Tea Cake, Brownies, Seven Layer Bars, and Almond Tea Cake from Wholesome Bakery! I put in a huge order from their website after discovering the cookies at our local COOP. Obviously these will last a while!

https://wholesomebakery.com
https://wholesomebakery.com

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Thursday, 3/5

Meal Prep listed above, desserts listed above.

Dinner:

https://www.gardein.com Pan Fried and lightly seasoned Chick’n Scallopini, Broiled Brussel Sprouts tossed in Olive Oil and Salt / Pepper and Baked Potatoes

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Friday, 3/6

Meal Prep listed above, desserts listed above.

Dinner:

Kale Salad with Home Made Croutons

Kale Salad Recipe: https://www.veggiesdontbite.com/5-day-raw-food-reset-with-shopping-list/

Croutons: I chop Brio bread into medium-sized squares and pan fry them in olive oil with salt and garlic powder.

Drinks:

Polar Brand Seltzer Water, Lime