Japan is an absolute wonderland. It’s beautiful. It’s clean. It’s well-preserved and forward moving, It’s everything I never knew I wanted to see in a country. And it is also everything I never knew I wanted to taste. I, of course, had my set of […]
…that is the question.
I recently got a little bag of Bee Pollen fresh from Unicorn Island (yes…Unicorn Island!!!!!) in Southeast Asia. I’ve seen it used at juicebars and even put it on top of my smoothie bowl a couple of times without really knowing what it does for me. I decided to do some investigating to see just how this lil superfood is meant to affect me, and if I should really consume it on the reg or not.
My findings were pretty interesting.
I found out that…
Bee pollen is actually a complete protein.
I have a hard time finding non-meat forms of complete protein so I loved finding this out! Complete proteins, in short, offer you all the necessary amino acids, and incomplete proteins don’t. Woohoo!
Bee pollen can strengthen your immune system.
As a generally immune-suppressed individual, this is certainly a convincing finding.
Bee pollen is extremely nutritionally dense.
These little guys certainly pack a punch, boasting a whopping 250 active ingredients per serving. That’s a LOT. It has your standard proteins, fats, carbs, but it also has enzymes, nutrients, minerals, etc. that are hard to get otherwise.
Bee pollen REDUCES INFLAMMATION.
Moooove over turmeric, there’s a new natural anti-inflammatory in town. Apparently, Bee Pollen can work as strongly as a naproxen/ibuprofen does in your body to fight off inflammation. Say more no fam. I’m taking Bee Pollen every day.
Bee Pollen can cause allergic reactions.
For me personally, I can’t foresee this being an issue, but if you are any type of allergic to pollen, Bee Pollen is probably not for you! Sorryyyy. You win some, you lose some.
There are a lot of benefits to this little superfood, and the bottom line is that I am prettyyyyyyyy sure that I will be putting this on my smoothie bowl as often as I can. And you should too (if you’re not allergic of course).
Okay that’s all I have for now.
Peace, love, and bee pollen,
You are probably familiar the different types of vitamins and a lot of us know their basic function. Vitamin A is great for your eyes. B vitamins gives you energy, Vitamin C keeps those darned colds away. And a lot of us know which sources […]
…but I am still plant-based.
So I am bidding farewell of the title of vegan. And saying hello to new ventures in my diet. I’ve been trying to figure out just exactly how I want to approach this, but I think I’m figuring it out.
Earlier in 2018 I took a blood test to see what I was allergic to food-wise. I was anticipating some sort of allergy to meat, dairy, eggs, etc. When I got my results back about a month ago I found out I was allergic to NONE of these things. I had been experimenting with introducing fish and bone broth into my diet so I can’t say I was entirely surprised at some of my results considering the success I had with these two things thus far.
Taking this test was something I really needed because I also found out that I was severely protein deficient. I got my levels checked consecutively after finding this out and my protein levels were STILL severely low, no matter how much plant-based protein I incorporated. I was struggling with energy levels and things like cuts and wounds healing at a ridiculously slow rate so finding this out made a lot of sense.
After making this gradual change of incorporating fish and bone broth, I’ve only seen improvements so far. My energy levels were a lot better. My skin conditions are improving. All good things! I do have to say I have to make a pretty conscious effort to eat these things, because I’m in the habit of gravitating towards the salad section of the menu at restaurants. One step at a time!
I will say that I will be maintaining a 90-95%-ish based plant-based diet. I had a colonoscopy at the end of December to see how my intestines were doing. From top to bottom, my entire digestive tract looked, according to my doc, fantastic! I know that I can accredit a lot of this to my anti-inflammatory food choices, and so I intend to maintain those things, but will definitely be incorporating more protein by means of fish, more nutrients, more omega-3’s, more soothing gut-properties from bone broth, etc.
I am excited about this “journey” for lack of better words. I have the best support system with this (shout out to my fam and my guy and my galpals) and can’t wait for my health to continually improve in this new year!
Until next time,
photos taken by Danny Lovve
Good gracious I can’t go another minute without consuming HOT CHOCOLATE. The second the temperature dropped below 60 degrees I started thinking about what warm beverage I wanted to have. At first I wanted coffee. But then I didn’t want the jolt of caffeine coffee […]
It’s that time of year. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are in every coffee shop. The weather is crisp and cool. And, if you don’t live in Houston, the leaves are most likely falling. And the holiday season is upon us.
For some people, this can be exciting. But for others, it can be a little bit stressful to try to stay on track with their usual habits, whether that be eating plant-based, exercising, budgeting, etc. I like to do my fair share of mentally preparing for this time of year so it stays a positive experience for me, and that includes looking up ways to have a delicious, nutritious, on-point Thanksgiving feast that myself and my loved ones can enjoy.
I always imagine the things that would make me enjoy my Thanksgiving meal while still feeding my body the things that would nourish it, not harm it. Focus on whole foods, plant-based, and incorporate warming, cozy spices.
For sides, I like incorporating roast veggies. Carrots. Sweet potatoes. I love sprinkling cinnamon along with salt and oil on my sweet potatoes before I roast them.
Think of a good protein option will keep you full and happy. If you have your plant-based staples (insert link) on hand, this makes your plant-based cooking that much easier.
For dessert, I usually refer to my favorite vegan or plant-based bakers. This is, admittedly, not my specialty, so I often refer to The Minimalist Baker or even stock up on baked goods at my workplace-Define Foods. I love having Turmeric Lattes and spicy, sweet teas with my desserts as it fill my tummy with calming ingredients to let that food digest properly.
And most of all, give yourself grace today. Allow yourself to indulge a little bit more than usual and don’t you feel bad about it. These days come around but once a year. So go ahead and eat that second serving of sweet potatoes! 😉 I know I will be!
Happiest holiday season to you and yours,