“Cook with love. Dress up, put on music, make it an experience of love” says Candice the Edgy Veg.
“The more I read and watched, the more I became obsessed with not eating anything that I did not prepare with my own hands. I started my blog to make a point. Being healthy, whether you eat meat, are vegetarian, vegan or raw, is not difficult. You have one body, respect yourself and only fill it with the best! Food is a spiritual experience. My body is my temple.
Heh heh – well put Candice!
I bumped into Candice a few weeks ago in the Eaton Centre, she was picking up a vegan cook book and I had just finished teaching a Kundalini Yoga class at lululemon. Her words inspired me to look at what belief systems I have around food and to commit to eating in a way that is respectful to the planet and to my body temple.
But first I had a few questions for Candice:
Why go veg?
I was raised vegetarian. For me, it’s a matter of energy and respect. The meat industry does not treat animals as living beings; but as food to be harvested, not loved. The meat from these animals is filled with negative energy from stresses, losing their young, fear and mistreatment. Personally, I could not use such negative energy as a building block of my body. Not everyone can handle a vegetarian diet; however be mindful of the quality of meat you are consuming. Even “free-range” these days just means that the Animal is let out of its cage for 5 minutes a day. Animals are very intelligent and they are aware of what is happening to others and what will eventually happen to them. Respect yourself by choosing the best quality of food for your body.
What does vegan mean?
Vegan means that you do not consume any animal by-products at all. No meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, or any foods processed using animal products, such as refined sugar and some wines.
Why go vegan?
My decision to go vegan was based on a moral dilemma “If I am not going to consume the meat from an animal that has been mistreated; then why would I consume the same milk or egg from that animal? The by product is just as toxic as the meat; it has been fed the same harmful feed and has been injected with the same hormones and most importantly has been taken from an abused animal. I choose to eat only food that is in its most purest form. Eating a raw vegan diet created positive changes in my life; clear thinking, more energy. My work and life benefited greatly. I believe my body actually vibrates at a higher frequency because the foods I am consuming are alive and filled with usable/storable energy. Because my body is able to store this energy; the more nutritious the food, the less I need to consume.
The best part is that Candice clearly loves food. She’s found a way to eat well, eat a variety of food and use it to serve her greatest good.
In a moment of clarity, I asked Candice to help me establish a more vegan, and raw approach to food. Over the next 7 weeks, we will be exploring different recipes, tips and techniques for going vegan. I promise to report on all aspects of my experience. Check out the recipes below for a sample of what’s in store. I am excited for the adventure.
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1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup majool dates (pitted)
1/2 cup apricot
1/4 raw almonds
1/4 cup organic unsweetened shredded coconut
organic unsweetened orange or grape juice as needed
(Ensure that all of your dried fruit is sulphite free)
Process raisins, dates, apricots and almonds in a food processor until finely ground adding a small of juice if necessary to process mixture (This mixture should be dry and sticky, not overly moist). Form mixture into 1 inch balls with your hands and roll each ball in coconut. Place the balls in a covered container and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 package firm tofu (GMO free)
3 tbsp nutritional yeast (Engevita)
2 tsp organic garlic powder
1 pinch turmeric (for colour)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper, and to taste
1/4 -1/2 cup water
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until translucent. In a small bowl combine yeast, garlic powder, turmeric salt and pepper with enough water to make a sauce. Whisk until combined (no lumps please). Crumble tofu and add to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Pour the sauce mixture onto your tofu and stir frequently until the liquid has evaporated.
Throw in your favorite chopped veggies for some crunch! My favorite is red and green peppers, tomato and mushrooms.