YUMS!!.......FORAGER PROJECT: THE BEST DAIRY-FREE YOGHURT!

Did you know that 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk?   And that livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. (source: cowspiracy.com) The more we switch out animal products from our daily lifestyle, the greater we can help protect the planet's precious resources.

From a health perspective, dairy milk is designed to grow things BIG. Specifically, cow milk is designed to grow a small baby calve into a huge1,800 pound cow. Consequently, eating excessive dairy products causes growth and chronic inflammation in the human body, too.  Recent research reveals that dairy consumption has been found to be a leading cause and contributor to prostate, breast, testicular and colon cancers.  In other words, the growth factors inherent in an animal product designed to help animals to grow huge - also grow cancer cells.  Dairy products also contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease and can cause other serious health problems. Due to it's acidic nature, dairy has been linked to more rapid aging, poor skin and digestive problems. 

A HEALTHY NEW ALTERNATIVE

Having become aware of these issues, not to mention the unimaginable cruelty and abuse cows and calves endure in the dairy industry - I stopped buying "regular" yoghurt, something which I loved, for the past 7 years.  And none of the plant-based alternatives at the time tasted smooth or creamy enough.  That's until I discovered Forager Project's Cashewgurt.  I instantly fell in love!  Smooth and creamy, it is the best-tasting plant-based yoghurt ever!  Since my children approved it as well,  you can find me clearing the shelf of Whole Foods market buying the unsweetened version by the case-load.  Forager’s creamy Dairy-free Cashewgurt is made with organic creamy cashews and offers us an amazing yogurt alternative that is rich in probiotic goodness. All of their plant-based yoghurts (and beverages) are certified organic, non GMO, free of lactose, gluten and soy (and are kosher, too.)

It is delicious served for breakfast or as an afternoon snack topped with freshly sliced banana, strawberries and other fresh fruit and granola (optional.)  I use it on savory dishes, too, topping a delicious bowl of sautéed vegetables and rice with Cashewgurt. My kids and I are nuts over this nut-based yoghurt that is better for the environment, non-harming to cows and better for our health!  

Give it a try today and let me know if you love it as much as we do!  x G. 

 

A New World.

One day we will see other living beings in the same way we see ourselves.

We will recognize that they too care for their families - just like we do.

They too feel loved, happy and safe as they feel fear, pain and suffering - just like we do.

One day, we will no longer tag their ears with numbers reducing them to "property" or a mere "commodity."

We will not push them into crowded, dark places to grow isolated from their Mothers.

We will not allow the Mothers to grieve repeatedly for stolen children. 

One day, we will not steal their milk, their flesh or their skin. 

We will see them as the beautiful, gentle beings that they are - just as we are.

And we will love them. 

Let us be Peaceful. Let us be Protectors. Let us be Heroes.

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#thefutureisvegan

 

Go Leather-Free: for the Animals, Human Health + the Environment

I used to buy leather shoes, belts and purses and didn't give it a second thought.  It was the "normal thing to do."  And I used to think buying leather and suede jackets were cool in my late 20's.  Although I never ate a lot of meat, I used to think that leather was a by-product of the meat industry.  But as I evolved and educated myself on the subject, I changed.  Now I strive to lead a leather-free life.  Here is why:

LEATHER IS NOT A BY-PRODUCT OF THE MEAT INDUSTRY.

Despite popular belief, leather is not a byproduct of the meat industry.   It’s produced because it is a highly profitable and a very lucrative billion dollar business.  In fact, much of the leather sold, especially the growing demand for exotic leather, comes from animals killed primarily for their skins.

WHO + WHERE DOES LEATHER COME FROM?

Cows provide the bulk of leather used, while goats, pigs, sheep, ostriches and dogs and cats (in China) supplement the high demand for leather products. 

Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals.  (source: Peta)

Most of the leather in the U.S. and Europe comes from India, China, and other countries that either have no animal welfare laws or have laws that are totally unenforced.  Frightened and innocent animals are often forced to cram into a train to endure long, brutal and grueling journeys without food or water, where they are confronted with an unimaginable end.  Slaughterhouses often process up to 400 animals per hour.  So it’s not uncommon for an animal to be stunned incorrectly and therefore skinned alive.  In fact, in some countries,  this is the actual method for obtaining the skin of animals such as lizards and snakes, because of their belief that it keeps the skin supple.

Furthermore, in China – the world’s leading exporter of leather – an estimated two million cats and dogs are killed for their skins.  Consumers cannot detect who is in their leather products due to a complete lack of labeling.  Moreover, in China, India and several other developing countries, wild animals are poached (often illegally) for their skins. These include (but are not limited to) alligators, elephants, lizards, ostriches, snakes, and zebras. 

LEATHER + THE ENVIRONMENT + HUMAN HEALTH

Animal hides must undergo a three-step process to become leather, which includes tanning and usually dying. Harsh chemicals including ammonia, cyanide-based dyes, and formaldehyde are just a few of the toxins released into the environment during these processes. Since the majority of leather comes from India and China, countries with poor environmental and workplace standards, leather workers often have virtually no protection against toxins that result in cancer, blindness, respiratory problems, skin diseases and birth defects in their children.  Furthermore, these toxic pollutants are also released into the air, soil and water supplies in communities surrounding tanneries, poisoning nearby people who have nothing to do with the leather industry.

CRUELTY-FREE + CONSCIOUS IS THE NEW COOL

A growing number of people are becoming aware that the leather industry is no less cruel to sentient animals than the fur industry.  So an array of innovative manufacturers are designing a wide variety of cruelty-free, leather-free (vegan) fashion for men and women.  Take top designed Stella McCartney, for example.  Her shoes and purses are made from innovative soft, leather-like materials that are made with vegetable coatings and materials that are free of animals.  Ms. McCartney says, "Half of the women here probably don’t even know the bags aren’t leather, and I find that very exciting."

A range of other brands from around the world offer us a range of choice to be fashionable while sustainable and kind. Brands like

A range of other brands from around the world now offer us a range of choice to be fashionable while sustainable and kind.

Check out the photos featured above.  Brands like Recman Brasil and Matt and Nat "upcycle" recycled hoses, inner tubes or plastic bottles to make their products lead the way for waste reduction, pollution prevention and designing beautiful eco-conscious products. OlsenHaus, Labante London, Mooshoo, and Beyond Skin also produce non-leather handbags and/or and integrate recycled materials and environmentally-conscious production methods.  Shoppers can also find “unintentionally vegan” products from major brands like Steve Madden, Nine West Outlet, BCBGeneration and hundreds more.  The quality of faux leather from these brands is often so high that it is difficult to tell the difference from genuine leather, and their durability is testament to the fact that synthetic leather can last just as long as the real thing. 

Remember also when purchasing couches or car seats for new cars, choose the leather-free options such as ultra suede, canvas, or velvet (for couches) and leatherette or cloth seats (for cars.)   Buying alternatives to leather has never been easier.  You just have to search for it.   We do not need to compromise Style or Fashion for Cruelty-Free, Eco-Friendly choices. 

Reducing the demand for leather products will minimize the unthinkable cruelty and detrimental impacts to billions of innocent animals, human health and the environment. 

XOXO - GG. 

UPCYCLING - the new Trend protecting the Earth

UPCYCLING ::  Almost all of us has heard of the term "Recycling."  But what about the term "Upcycling?"  With this innovative eco-friendly concept, we turn someone trash into another person's treasure.  Upcycling - also known as creative reuse -  is the process of transforming waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into fresh, new materials or products of better quality and/or better  value.  In the photos above by Recman Brasil, for example, old inner tubes (of tires) or fire hoses are upcycled into stylish and durable (vegan) handbags, wallets or belts.

Upcycling is incredibly sustainable for the Environment as it:

  • reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products.  Reducing the use of new raw materials reduces: energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions.
  • reduces the accumulation of waste and pollution in overcrowded landfills, which is a great environmental consideration.

Since many landfills around the United States are filling up rapidly with our discarded waste, upcycling creates a truly sustainable economic model where waste products are seen as a valuable resources to be used again and not trashed in landfills where they sit for thousands of years. 

It is a true act of living Green and REDUCE, REUSE + RECYCLE!

GOING VEGAN : The Single Most Powerful Way Individuals Could Save the Planet

photo:  @thesashadiaries

photo:  @thesashadiaries


As conscious as some of us are becoming, humans continue to generate all the pollution and cause all the damage on the precious planet.  From deforestation for Palm Oil and development, overfishing, climate change,  industrial chemical waste, ocean pollution, air pollution to our growing trash filling and closinglandfills around the world....we must start to make collaborative efforts to tread more lightly on our home.  People often ask me: what can we do as Individuals to help the planet?  There are many daily things we can do to reduce waste and energy use. 

But the single most powerful thing we can do daily is to adopt a plant-based diet.

Ethics and not wanting to hurt animals is my #1 motivator for this lifestyle. From an environmental perspective, however, each person can REDUCE their impact on the Earth in a significant way by going Veg. 

Just ONE PERSON can annually REDUCE :

400,000 gallons of water 💦
15,000 lbs of grain (fed to livestock instead of hungry people) 🐷
7,000 lbs of CO2 Emissions
11,000 sq ft of Forest from being clearcut for cattle - destroying the habitat to millions of animals 🌳🌳🌳
365 Animals from being consumed (not counting fish.) . 🔪🐮🐔🐥🐷

The days of eating salad as a Vegetarian are over.  There internet is overflowing with an influx of resources (instagram, pintrest, google) and recipe E-books with everything from the most bad-ass veggies burgers, the most delicious breakfast, lunch and dinners, acai bowls, and gorgeous nutrition-filled smoothies and raw meals. 

You can do it gradually, (or watch movies such a Earthings, Unity, Cowspiracy, and What the Health) and do it overnight. I am happy to help guide as well.  

 

AN ECO-CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE

 MINDBODY WELLNESS • VEGAN|HEALTHY LIVING • ECO-FRIENDLY CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE 

 MINDBODY WELLNESS • VEGAN|HEALTHY LIVING • ECO-FRIENDLY CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE 

:: Welcome to GOLI LIFESTYLE :: 

WELCOME!  MY LIFESTYLE BLOG is conscious living made simple.  It is a Blog + Resource Guide for:  inspiring yoga stories;  healthful plant-based nutrition; new ways of thinking;  and innovative + thoughtful eco/cruelty-free products that enhance our Health + Wellness, Personal Style + Fashion without compromising the planet or animal welfare.  

It is also a movement about growing + bringing community of like-minded people together through events + gatherings. 

With each simple step we take, we can better improve our health, the health of our planet and the well-being of the billions of animals we share the planet with.  

Much love, XOXO - G.

9 Gifts of Stillness.

Pause from the fast-paced, busy day. Close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. Create space. 
Be curious....listen. 

In stillness, we can break away from the inundation of information entering our mind, and make space for our own unique creativity to spark.  

In stillness, we create the space to access our inner Calm.

In stillness, we can listen to our inner guidance system.

In stillness, we experience those "aha" moments of full presence and connection to all people and all life.

In stillness, we can feel how deeply our souls are connected to Nature.

In stillness, we can listen to our Truths.
 
In stillness, we can be attuned to which areas in our life require tenderness, healing and courage.  

In stillness, we can hear that little voice that whispers what our next steps are for growth and expansion.  

In stillness, we can tap into the power of our Soul.