What’s it like to live and travel through Southeast Asia?

Backpacking Southeast Asia

I’ve been away from the blog for an embarrassingly long time.

BUT!

It’s because my whole life has changed this year.

Literally.

My last post on the blog left off right on the cusp of taking off on my dream trip around the world. Man… if I had only known how much my world was about to change. 2017 has seen me giving up my longterm home, moving, traveling, recuperating, readjusting. Designing a new life for myself that honestly looks so radically different from 2016 that attempting to comprehend it all still makes my head spin. Everything has changed.

I spent this past winter and spring living and traveling on an epic backpacking adventure through Thailand, Vietnam, Bali and Cambodia. The longest I’ve ever traveled abroad for as well as a mind-boggling amount of plane rides, buses, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, taxis, and other forms of transit taken over these months. I have so much to tell — but let’s just start by saying this trip has thoroughly worn me out!

I’ve taken my time in coming back to the blog because my health hasn’t been the greatest (more on that later) and rebuilding my immunity and energetic stores after so much life change has been my number 1 priority as of late. Kind of a double edge sword because it is SO HARD to come back to something after being away for this long. It doesn’t matter how much you love it; getting back into the routine of writing is mega hard work. For that matter, forming any sort of routine these days has been a challenge after going so long this year without well, much of any.

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The importance of following your heart

Why you should follow your heart

If there’s one thing I’m committed to in life and that I feel pretty good at doing, it’s following my heart. I tend to group this closely together with following my intuition because to me, the two are inextricably linked. My intuition always leads me to wonderful people, places, and things that open my heart and mind. And my heart always wants to go where I’m feeling called.

I’ve never been very good at being the overly rational, logical type, though I certainly know what it feels like to prioritise that in life. Since starting up this site however, one of my biggest values – one of my biggest promises to myself – has been to continue following my heart. Life is just too short not to – I’ve written about this before in the past.

I’ve followed my heart all the way around the world. To Iceland, Budapest, Thailand, British Columbia, Freiburg, Bali. Every one of these spots I’ve felt passionately drawn to and without questioning it or disregarding the pull, I went. The experiences in each of these places has touched my heart in a way that I will remember and hold dear to me always.

Following my heart has led to my meeting soul sisters. It’s led to incredible opportunities, teaching meditation, discovering Kundalini and joining the teacher training I’m currently in, eating in a way that’s healing my body. And now it’s led to this journey of a lifetime that I’m about to embark on in one month’s time…

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Diet update: 6 months fully raw vegan!

Diet update: 6 months fully raw vegan

Just recently I celebrated a huge milestone — 6 months (half a year!!) of eating fully raw vegan!

Gosh! That time has flown by and while I haven’t been able to give nearly as many updates and recipes and all that good stuff along the way as I wanted to, all that’s about to change (but more on that in a bit…) :)

This 6-month mark has me feeling incredibly proud of myself for simply keeping this up as long as I have! For staying with it, for finding ways to make it work when I was in less-than-ideal situations, for keeping the commitment to myself because it was so important to me. Six months feels like such a major accomplishment and it’s exciting! I find that when you commit to something big like this, seeing it through, the empowerment and strength you feel afterwards is second to none. Keeping your commitment to a diet, to a project, to a big lifestyle change, bolsters the confidence and belief in yourself that you can truly do anything you set your mind to. Powerful stuff!

Eating raw vegan has brought up a lot of questions from people. I’ve found this lifestyle piques the interest of many others when they see the kinds of stuff I’m eating and want to know how I’m doing it, how I’m feeling, what has changed/healed because of it, etc.

So without further ado, my 6-month update for you:

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What I’ve learned after 2 months of being 100% raw vegan

What I've learned after 2 months being 100% raw vegan

As a follow-up to my last post earlier this month, I thought I’d take some time to write about several big lessons I’ve learned along the way whilst eating a 100% raw foods vegan diet. Never in my life did I think I’d go fully raw like this, let alone be able to maintain it for months! Yet here I am 2 months in and what’s more, still loving it! If you’re curious to try this way of eating either as a short-term cleanse (highly beneficial!) or even longer, here’s my personal experience so far along with some recommendations.

First I’ll explain a little of what I’m doing exactly, as there are a few different ways of eating raw vegan. The path I’ve taken revolves almost entirely around fruits and veggies. No grains, no oils, no sweeteners. I’ve recently started introducing a small amount of nuts and seeds in but kicked off the first month without them to really do some deep cleansing.

Interestingly enough, I just recently discovered there’s a diet out there that basically sums up what I’m doing which is called 80/10/10. This consists of eating 80% carbs, 10% protein, 10% fat (from whole food sources only). This 80/10/10 format is more or less what I’m following. I’m not a fan of adhering strictly to set diets out there but I AM adhering to the protocol given to me for liver cleansing and healing – which is to eat extremely LOW in fat (think no more than a couple spoonfuls of nuts or 1/4 avocado per day), as well as incorporate specific healing foods into my diet everyday.

The low fat part is the #1 most essential key to what I’m doing and also the big reason why I’ve chosen to make this a raw foods diet for myself over a cooked one. Without the addition of fats in the form of oils, meats and dairy, let alone no grains in the diet as well, I don’t feel any strong pull to eat cooked food. That’s just been my personal choice!

Ok so now that you’ve got the gist of it, onto the lessons and revelations…

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