Month: October 2018

6 Ways to Maximize Your Morning Brew

6 Ways to Maximize Your Morning Brew

  I don’t know if it’s my denial speaking…but I don’t mind drinking a good, warm, dark roasted cup of coffee. I mostly drink my coffee in the morning, but I do enjoy a warm beverage after lunch or after my dinner to wind down. […]

The Golden Ingredient

The Golden Ingredient

OKAY this is one of my favorite things to talk about it…. Turmeric!!! Turmeric turmeric turmeric. It honestly is one of the most transformative things I’ve consumed. For me personally, inflammation is a huge issue in my body. In my joints, in my digestive tract, […]

Spin 4 Crohn’s and Colitis

Spin 4 Crohn’s and Colitis

Hello friends!

I am raising money to find the cure for Crohn’s and Colitis and I only have 30 days to do it!!! (Ahhhhhhhhh!!!) At the beginning of November, I am participating in Spin 4 Crohn’s and Colitis put on by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and I am pumped. I, as a lot of you know, have had Crohn’s since I was 13 years old. It’s been extremely debilitating condition for myself and so many others disease. And the most disheartening part about it is that right now there is no cure.

This foundation is doing everything it can to find a cure for this condition. I didn’t know this but 1.6 million Americans actually suffer from either Crohn’s or Colitis, which amounts to 1 in 200. I would love to do my part to see this awful condition more treatable and, ultimately, curable.

I have the lofty goal of $1000 dollars to raise in 30 days! If you would donate to these efforts I know myself and literally millions of other Americans and IBD sufferers worldwide would be eternally grateful!

You can donate by:

Clicking this link

You can read about everything that Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is doing here!
And if you’d even like to join me in raising funds or even form your own team, you can check that out here!

Thank you for any amount you decide to donate!

Best,

Hailey

The Matcha Party

The Matcha Party

I am a little late to the Matcha Party. But better late than never. I joined the Matcha Party when I started working in the teabar at a meditation and yoga studio in Houston, Define Living. There we made herbal teas, Superfood Lattes, and Mushroom […]

What is the Magic that is Blue Magik?

What is the Magic that is Blue Magik?

WHAT IS THE MAGIC THAT IS BLUE MAGIK? …and why are people buying into this trend? A great question! It could be because of the vibrant blue it turns your morning smoothie bowl. It could be because it’s a trend that’s started to circulate in […]

Hailey Gowan

Hailey Gowan

MY STORY

I haven’t always been a vegetable eater. In fact, I used to be a hot cheeto eater. A Nacho’s Bell Grande from Taco Bell on a Saturday night kind of eater. I liked ice cream, I liked Snickers bars, and I liked Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I liked them until I realized liking these things and eating these things was slowly breaking down my insides, and, ultimately, my wellbeing.

I was very young. I was 13. Too young to feel like your insides are being torn apart, to feel like ripping your insides out was the better option. I was a very active girl, attending ballet classes 4 out of 5 nights of the week. But I couldn’t sustain this passion of mine as I was diagnosed with the unforgiving condition of Crohn’s.

I struggled to get through high school but made it through and trotted on through my late teens/early twenties feeling relatively healthy. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, as no doctor recommended any alterations of any kind. And I felt okay.

Fast forward to the year 2013. I was 21 and just begun my long-awaited internship with a creative director in Sydney, Australia. It was a highly stressful position, and before I could get through the third week of internship, the stress had deteriorated my insides and I found myself in a hospital bed in the suburbs of Sydney. I spent over a month there and escaped death and the surgical removal of my colon by the grace of God and by the guidance of my doctor.

It was at this point that I realized I needed to start implementing a change in my diet. I had flown back to Houston to live with my parents while I was recovering, and during my downtime I started experimenting with eating primarily vegetables. This was before I knew what plant-based eating was. Over time and lots of experimenting, I became a plant-based vegetarian, and eventually, a plant-based vegan.

This change has helped my gut tremendously. Since this flare up 5 years ago, I have only had one major flare up. I have struggled with a number of other auto-immune conditions, which I am still figuring out, but I am grateful to say that my gut is happy and I have traveled down this road of whole food, plant-based eating for a solid 5 years and am happily discovering new things about myself, my health, and my body everyday.

 

 

photo by @matthewjdaniel

Creamy Cashew Dressing

Creamy Cashew Dressing

…it’s creamy. It’s simple. And my favorite part, it’s very versatile.   Take this dressing recipe and adjust the water ratio to give it a different spin. Use a little less water to take your dressing to a drizzle. Use even less water to use […]

The ABC’s of Plant-Based Dressings

The ABC’s of Plant-Based Dressings

I’m really enjoying fresh, homemade salad dressings these days. I used to be intimidated at the thought of making my own, but once I started working on the Define Foods team (shoutout!), I found out it’s actually not that hard! It just takes a little […]