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ROO #79: Kyle Finch and KamGi Chak on Making a Life of Service with Be Love Apparel

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Kyle Finch and KamGi Chak are the founders of Be Love Apparel and are social activists.

In this episode, Kyle and KamGi tell the story of how they met in Thailand and their journey creating their home in Topanga, California. They reveal what inspired them to start their apparel company Be Love. Kyle and KamGi discuss the power of the yoga community and how it has helped Be Love grow. They explain what organizations Be Love supports with their profits, including the LA-based Alexandria House. Kyle and KamGi reflect on the challenges they have encountered in owning their own company. They provide insight on how Be Love remains authentic in the fashion world. Lastly, Kyle and KamGi share unexpected moments of discovering their Be Love apparel and how they unplug from work.

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Helpful Healer Bowl

As you may remember from my Mystic Mountain Mama and Coconut Revive recipes, one of my favorite restaurants in Cambridge is Life Alive. They make scrumptious, nourishing meals that are primarily plant-based. I highly recommend visiting their restaurants if you are in the Boston area (they also have locations in Lowell and Salem)!

My go-to warm meal at Life Alive is their Healer Bowl. I have recreated and renamed it the Helpful Healer Bowl. Anytime I find I need to reset my palate, this meal does just that. The zesty earthy, and nutritious ingredients help heal me from the inside-out.

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Ingredients:

  • Brown rice
  • Kale
  • Kelp  (I bought my kelp from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables at Whole Foods)
  • Broccoli
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Lemon
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Braggs Liquid Amino Acids
  • Garlic

Recipe:

  1. Cook brown rice
  2. Soak kelp for 10 minutes and then simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.
  3. Saute kale with garlic and set aside
  4. Steam broccoli and set aside
  5. Mix sauce ingredients (lemon juice, grapeseed oil, and Braggs Liquid Amino Acids)
  6. Add brown rice, kale, kelp, broccoli in a bowl. Pour sauce over bowl ingredients and season with nutritional yeast.


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ROO #78: Goldie Graham on the Power of the Yoga and Running Communities

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Goldie Graham is a yoga teacher, community organizer, and runner.

In this episode, Goldie describes her yoga background from why she first stepped on a yoga mat to how she knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher. Goldie offers advice for people who are interested in doing a teacher training. She recounts a recent memorable yoga class she taught at Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Vermont and what made it so special. Goldie discusses the details behind organizing a yoga-run event called More Movement and what it was like to teach 600 people. She tells the story of how Brogan, her husband and cofounder of November Project, met. Goldie reveals what is her favorite workout in the November Project weekly schedule. She reflects on her upcoming New York City Marathon. Goldie provides insight on living yoga off the mat through the practice of patience. She shares yoga teachers that inspire her and how she unplugs. Goldie explains her philosophy on nutrition from her favorite juicing recipe to her top eating spots in Boston. Lastly, she previews upcoming projects.

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* To learn more and donate to Julia’s work with the Yaya Girls Running Program in Ethiopia , check out http://startsomegood.com/empoweryayagirls.

* The yoga teacher that inspires Goldie that she could not remember her name is Meghan Currie who is teaching at Back Bay Yoga on Thursday September 25th, 2014.

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Tuesday Truth: Ethiopian Proverb

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“Where a woman rules, streams run uphill.”

- Ethiopian Proverb

{Photo from the Yaya Girls Race Warmup on Website}

This week’s Tuesday Truth was inspired by my upcoming travels to Ethiopia, where I will be working with the Yaya Girls Running Program for four months. I have 8 days left to raise $5000 which will fund four girls for a trimester and also pay for food, supplies, and equipment. Whether you donate $5 or $100, your contribution makes a difference in creating a new class of Ethiopian female role models. Please check out my donation page to learn more.


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ROO #77: Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi on Founding Nuttzo and Living Life Like You Mean It

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Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi is the founder and president of Nuttzo, cofounder of Project Left Behind.

In this episode, Danielle shares why she started Nuttzo, the only seven nut and seed butter on the planet. She discusses her journey adopting her sons from the Ukraine. Danielle explains how risk taking is essential in starting one’s own business. She reflects on Nuttzo’s biggest breakthrough when it was featured on the Dr. Oz show. Danielle reveals why her mantra is “Live Like You Mean It.” She captures what inspired her to found her nonprofit Project Left Behind that works with orphaned and neglected children around the world. Danielle describes her favorite way to eat Nuttzo and the most unexpected place she has come across Nuttzo. Lastly, she previews upcoming projects for Nuttzo, Project Left Behind, and her family.

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* To learn more and donate to Julia’s work with the Yaya Girls Running Program in Ethiopia , check out http://startsomegood.com/empoweryayagirls.

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Sweet Potato Pad Thai with Nuttzo

During high school, I ate at my first raw vegan restaurant. I was amazed at how they made spaghetti with long zucchinis strands— how did they do this, I thought! I soon found out about spiralizers. Sprializers allow you to slice long vegetable strands in seconds! I found my spiralizer on Craigslist for less than $10 and after a few years of letting it dust on the shelf during college, I have rediscovered its magic.

I love sweet potatoes, almost as much as I love pad thai— so why not combine them?! This recipe requires a spiralizer so that you can make long sweet potato noodles. My favorite nut butter, Nuttzo, makes the pad thai sauce have a delicious, seven nut and seed taste! As I recently announced, I have become an Athlete Ambassador for Nuttzo. Check out my post on what Nuttzo stands for and why I joined the Nuttzo family.

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Ingredients:

  • You need a spiralizer for this recipe— look on Craigslist :)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen edamame
  • Oil (I use coconut oil)
  • Sauce Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons Nuttzo
  • 3 tablespoons lemon
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch chili flakes

Recipe:

  1. Peel your sweet potatoes and then spiralize them.
  2. Cook spiraled sweet potatoes in a skillet over medium heat with oil for 5-7 minutes until noodles become bright orange and slightly limp. After cooked, place in a large bowl.
  3. Steam broccoli and place in large bowl.
  4. Add frozen edamame to boiling water, cook uncovered for 4-6 minutes, and place in large bowl.
  5. Spiralize zucchini, chop finely, and place in large bowl.
  6. Blend sauce ingredients in food processor until smooth and silky.
  7. Add sauce to large bowl, mix everything, and serve! (Serves 4-5 people)

 

If you are interested in making this tasty Sweet Potato Pad Thai with Nuttzo and want to buy Nuttzo online, use my Running On Om discount code that will give you 15% off your Nuttzo purchase with the code of Runningonom-15.


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ROO #76: Jackson Foster on Living Plantriotic

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Jackson Foster, plant-based advocate, yoga teacher, creator of Plantriotic, environmental activist, artist, and student at Colorado College.

In this episode, Jackson explains how became vegetarian at the age of 14. He describes his time biking across the country where he witnessed first-hand the health and diet epidemic across the country. Jackson discusses his travels to Borneo, Indonesia where he volunteered at an orangutan orphanage and saw how a plant-based diet created a healthy and strong population. He details his transition to veganism and cooking balanced plant-based meals. Jackson shares what it is like to be a Vegan college student and his founding of CC Plant Strong, a plant-based club at Colorado College. He reveals how the mental focus of yoga and meditation balances his activist work. Jackson describes the transformation he has undergone in building muscle on vegan foods. He explains why he is experimenting with a fruitarian diet now and what he eats on a day-to-day basis. Jackson pays homage to his numerous mentors and inspirations. Lastly, he reveals upcoming projects for CC Plant Strong, and his Plantriotic Blog and YouTube Channel.

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