Want to know what a vegan breakfast looks like?

Ever wondered what a vegan eats for breakfast without eggs or bacon? Do you envision them knawing on raw carrots and lettuce hovering over a bowl of kale and hemp seeds?

WRONG!

A vegan diet can not only be filling but completely satisfying and full of flavor. Here is what I just ate for breakfast.

  • Small potato medley
  • Black beans
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Cubed extra firm Tofu (Tofu is flavorless, imagine it as flavorless scrambled eggs that will take on the flavor of whatever you cook it in)
  • Avacado Oil
  • Organic fajita seasoning
  • Whole wheat flour tortilla
  • Chao vegan cheese
  • Dollop of soy-free vegan Earth Balance butter
  • Salsa

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With all the new oil blends and seasonings you have an unending plethora of mouth-watering flavors. Do not be afraid of tofu since it is in fact flavorless. The extra firm literally has the consistency of scrambled eggs. Whatever it is cooked in, is how it will taste. Imagine it as a seasoned filler. In this case, it was my egg like substitute. The end result of this recipe was a cubed crispy fajita seasoned filler.

Black beans,  tofu, and potatoes offer a very filling base to this breakfast burrito. Where the fire roasted tomatoes, onion, fajita seasoning and avocado oil add it’s deep flavor. I added Chao cheese to the tortilla for a little more flavor and topped it with salsa.

Other options would be to top with vegan sour cream and avocado. (I totally would’ve already added avocado but I am out since I ate them all already!)

I topped my meal off with organic coffee with a small squirt of real maple syrup as my sugar or sweetener substitute and a couple tablespoons of vanilla almond milk.

I got all of the flavors, filling, and nutrients without all of the processed chemical s!#t storm that comes from various other everyday options such as sugar-laden cereal, processed meats, nutrient-less commercially produced eggs, and other empty calorie foods that just sit in your body offering no value.

Needless to say, I am now full and ready for a nap!

Into Essential oils?

Into essential oils? Here are a couple blends for your Sunday morning.
Make sure your oils are all natural and pet friendly! 🌏🌱🐷😉
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Be An Overcomer

I am all too familiar with the saying, be an encourager because theirs already enough critics in the world.

Today this hit home more directly than ever. In a discussion with a fellow Christian, she proceeds to enlighten me of her unsolicited opinion pertaining to mental Illness. She without hesitation insists mental Illness is a lie brought about by Satan. And that if everyone had Christ their would be no need for pharmaceuticals or psychiatrists.

I have only heard about the naysayers following the belief that since you cannot see it, it must not be real banter. I had never actually been faced with someone who boldly preaches this opinion without reservation.

My first thought goes to Mathew 7:1, Judge not lest ye be judged.

But an interesting thing happens when your more enlightened with God’s grace. You no longer second guess your own stance or opinion at the fist sign of opposition. Instead you stand firm in your beliefs and extend that grace to your critics.

Proverbs 15:1-2, A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

I could spend an entire day reciting medical journals, scripture in the Bible where I feel we should have learned to be accepting of various afflictions, genetic changes over years of modified environmental factors, and a barrage of other reasons I believe there is hard evidence to support legitimate diagnosed mental illnesses. But today, I will remain steadfast in my pursuit to educate that in mental Illness and with modern medical treatment and therapies you can focus on God and Christ and be an overcome of not just mental Illness but also the stigma from those who choose not to understand such a complex issue.

Never give up, always look up, never shut up, and continue to talk up mental health!

End the stigma!

Is Your Mind Playing Tricks?

 

Proverbs 25:21-22
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.” 

Keep your friends close, your enemies closer. I am not sure why I remember this lesson from my father so vividly. But I question now, did it even come from my father? Maybe it was instilled at some point in my life by some other means because God knew it would have a more spiritual impact at a later date? And it does. As I sit and reflect on all the things I am considering the enemy right now, and which is or isn’t, I would like to alter my mantra, as Jesus would want me to do.

Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and pray for them. Whether I am praying for a specific person who I feel is an enemy (most likely NOT) or something that I know is created in my mind as the enemy. Pray for it, pray that I always know its reality as false. Pray that I keep it in the forefront of my mind as falsely created by the enemy himself. Thus keeping it close in my light to recognize it for what it is…..now null and void.

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Wearing The Armor Of God Against A Self Destructive Relationship With Food.

I recently shared in an online Bipolar Disorder Support group how I had struggled with bulimia and binge eating during my highest bouts of depression and mania and still tend to struggle with self destructive eating habits. I was far more surprised at the number of, “Me too’s” followed with some expression of self loathing. My go to verse came to me because it is so relevant in areas of great internal struggles. Like the war we rage on ourselves when we refuse to let go of our shame and guilt. Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against the flesh…..”. Yet we take out all our rage on our own flesh every day that we self destruct through food. I want to vow with everyone else fighting this same fight, that I (we) can give all that burdens our minds to the Lord and free our spirits from the wrong battles. The ones we take up on ourselves as orchestrated by the darkness and evil plaguing our minds, and instead put on the Armor of God to protect ourselves so we may give all that holds us back to Him. And fully understand how all our sins and all our past circumstances are forgiven and cast out by Jesus so we may be free. 

Now I say on this day, it is written, that I give this burden to God and move forward in peace. 

Did You Just Say, “Get Over It”?

“Did you just say, Get over it?”

Even in 2018 people are still saying this as a response to mental health. This is exactly why I and countless others are talking about it so openly. Yes, I may tell you to pray about it and focus on scripture to get you through it. But, I am never suggesting prayer in itself will cure your diagnosed illness or singly get you through a season of depression. I mean, miracles do happen, but those stand to serve a much greater purpose. That is what best-selling novel turned movies are made of! And let’s face it our God is a marketing genius! But he is also the same God who looked at Apostle Paul and declined his request to heal his affliction. (2 Corinthians 12:8) What I advocate is be proactive by staying on top of your prescribed medications. Seek a specialist in your illness to discuss the specifics about how you’re feeling. And when you do that, you’ll be clearer to hear God speak His grace and peace to you. You’ll be better focused on prayer and worship. You will then be better equipped to fight off your messenger of Satan sent to buffet you. (2 Corinthians 12:7)

To those who have used this response I say, you are essentially telling the person there reality and emotions make you uncomfortable and for selfish reasons, you’d like them to not talk about it and stop having their opinion. And I assure you, this response never ends well and by not validating their feelings it could be the ticking time bomb that sends a person over the edge. And yes, we should be talking about our feelings despite prior generations of teachings to stuff them aside because it’s not proper to discuss in public.

Unless we, those afflicted, do not stop talking about it, we may always stand to be met with, “Just get over it”. My first inclination is to suggest you simply stay clear of those people. But how do you ignore this response from friends, family, or even pastors? Well, first is to submit ourselves to the understanding we alone may not be able to change their minds, but as a wave of overcomers’ committed to change, it will come. And on that, I end with Romans 5:3-5, Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”.

Have a Safe Word (or Photo)

Much like a safe word, my husband and I have a photo we use to serve as a prearranged signal to indicate a “troubled” day.

Often times I cannot verbalize what I am feeling, maybe I can’t, or I don’t want to and the photo is sent via text. It can be this overall sense something is not right and I am about to behave in an otherwise unbecoming, distant, or on the flip side, needy way. But in fairness, my husband needs to be alerted to my instability. I want him to know, that despite what may come out of my mouth, how I may react, or how I behave that day that it isn’t me, but rather the chaos seeping in and wreaking havoc on my mind.

I think for any marriage or relationship where one suffers from a mental illness a safe word or safe photo in our case serves as a useful tool to thwart hurt feelings, miscommunications, and raise awareness to your partner so they may be supportive. If they aren’t anticipating your mood changes, they may react defensively and take it personally. It is so simple, yet incredibly important so they may maintain an understanding and supportive role.

In turn, they will do whatever it takes to assist you in feeling loved and cared for or if you prefer,  the space to work through the mood.

*The photo attached is the picture I send my husband ` My Monster Slayer 🙂

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