Podcast and Youtube Channel

Hey Guys,

If you follow my social media accounts, it should not be of any shock to know that I have been working on a Podcast and Youtube channel.  I have gotten a lot of feedback on which I should pursue and quite honestly that feedback has been 50/50.  Half of you guys want a podcast and half want a Youtube channel, so I decided to do both.

The Podcast titled, The Black Girl’s Guide To Holistic Wellness,  will be a go to holistic wellness resource for black women. Why?  Welp, for the same reasons we hear day in and day out.  Lack of resources, lack of knowledge, lack of places to get that knowledge, lack of fair treatment, even lack of transportation to get treatment. These issues span from reproductive care to mental health care.

According to an article by Time.com, black women in the U.S. are dying in childbirth and from pregnancy-related complications at many times the rate of white women, a national health crisis that has gone largely ignored.  You can read that article here.

Another issue is that black women, a lot of the time, simply don’t know their options, especially when it comes to holistic wellness.  They simply take the word of their doctor not knowing there are safer and more natural options.

With the Podcast channel, there will be tons of information and interviews centered around topics from sexuality to self care.  You name it, we are going to talk about it.  I am so looking forward to interviewing other black women who can bring in amazing knowledge and energy!

On the Youtube channel, there will be lot’s of DIYs, nutrition education, cooking demos and many other topics that need to be visually seen.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the Podcast, simply email me at inquiries@thenaturalistaskitchen.com and let’s chat!

I am so super excited and I hope you are too!  Let’s be great together!

Oh and before I forget, I am now on Pinterest.  You can follow me here.

XOXO,

Elke

 

Are You Working With Or Against Your Mitochondria?

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Let’s talk Mitochondria.  Basically, let’s talk Biology.  When I was in high school and my early years of college, I dreaded biology, chemistry and quite honestly, anything to do with science.  It was not until I decided to further my studies in nutrition and herbalism, that I gained a fascination with biology.  I never realized that proper nutrition and the way our bodies react to herbs are truly based on our own bio-individuality.

So what is Mitochondria? Let’s be honest, who really remembers what we were taught about it, right?  Well, our Mitochondria is basically the “powerhouse” of our cells.  Most of our cells have mitochondria except for our red blood cells. To make a long story short, they help with the process of creating energy for our cells to go about their job of keeping us alive and healthy.   If we are not nourishing our Mitochondria well, we end up with a lot of health issues and I mean A LOT!  And to really grasp the concept of how important they are, just know that they make up more than 20% of the total weight of the heart and liver and they have their own DNA.

So what happens when we don’t nourish these little cellular powerhouses that we have inherited from our mother?  Well, several things.

  1. Possible weight gain
  2. Risk of fatigue
  3. Chronic Disease
  4. Type II Diabetes

Do I have your attention now?  Good.  There are several “things” that stop Mitochondria dead in its tracks.  Here are some of those:

  1. Stress
  2. Toxins
  3. Lack of vitamins and nutrients
  4. Lack of cholesterol found in low-fat diets
  5. Fructose
  6. Decreased oxygen

This is all serious business but the good thing is you can very well support your Mitochondria for the good and it is not too late to get started.  Here are some ways you can do just that:

  1.  Get a blood analysis done to ensure your vitamin levels are in optimal range
  2. Utilize herbs that support Mitochondria such as cloves, cinnamon, parsley, and sage.
  3. Try supplements such as Krill Oil and B Vitamins (especially B-12)
  4. Decrease stress

While this is not an all-inclusive list, it will surely get you started on your journey to healthy and happy Mitochondria.   If you are interested in getting your lab results analyzed, you can do so by signing up here.  You will need your most recent blood lab results from your yearly annual.  Never skip your annual visits with your doctor, they are crucial.

Moral of the story?  Take care of your Mitochondria and it will take care of you!

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How To Prevent And Treat A UTI

 

 

Who loves a good UTI?  No one?  I didn’t think so.  Most of us have been subjected to one throughout our years and it is one of the most obnoxious feelings in the world.  I remember when I had a UTI, I just could not understand what was going on.  I was so scared to go near a toilet because I knew the pain would be practically unbearable.  I eventually went to my doc and got an antibiotic.  Yep, an antibiotic.  Cleary this happened before my holistic wellness days. I researched the causes and nailed the culprit down to drinking pop.  I am not and never have been a big pop person, but I had consumed more than usual around that time.  My body was accustomed to my favorite drink which is plain old water and obviously went haywire with the overload of carbonated sugar.

With all of that being said, recently, I have a had a few clients come to me needing support for their UTI issues.  I decided to make a quick post as a reference guide for you guys, so let’s get to it.

What is a UTI? A UTI is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. It is most commonly caused by the bacteria e-Coli but could be caused by other bacteria as well.  However, e-Coli is the most common one. 
 
Symptoms include the urge of always needing to urinate but only a little actually coming out, burning when you actually do urinate, blood in the urine and cloudy urine. The interesting thing is there is usually blood in the urine when they test you at the doc’s office but you can’t see it.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting a UTI.  Most of these are geared toward women as women are more susceptible to getting them than men are.
 
 Follow these steps to reduce your chances of getting a UTI:
 
  • Urinate after sex.
  • Stay hydrated
  • When you have to pee, go pee! Don’t hold it.
  • Reduce your risk of STDs
  • Ditch oral contraceptives. If you take them your chances of getting a UTI is increased by 50%. Another reason to not take oral birth control.
  • Make sure you are wiping front to back after you use the restroom.
  • Reduce your use of synthetic vaginal products (tampons,etc) and toilet tissue. Look into the diva cup, etc if you think this may be the cause.
 
What you can do to treat a UTI:
 
Antibiotics: Just know that when you use an antibiotic that you increase your risk of getting a yeast infection. Many bacteria that cause a UTI are antibiotic-resistant because people overuse antibiotics.  Slow down on the antibiotic use peeps.  
 
Herbs: If you occasionally get UTIs you can use herbs. If you frequently get a UTI, you can use herbs while figuring out the root cause of the infection. Remember, treat the cause, not the symptoms.  In most cases, I choose herbs first for my family and in 2017 alone, all of our minor health issues were taken care of with herbs and other natural remedies.  
 
And fellas, it is rare to get a UTI if you are under 30. Go to your doc if you do. Don’t wait. Just do it. If you are over 50, go to the doc and get your prostate checked.
For anyone experiencing fever, nausea and lower back pain, head to the doc immediately.
 
I have developed an herbal tea blend for UTI support. It is listed in the apothecary. If you want to get to the root cause of your frequent UTIs, sign up for a nutrition consultation. If you need a protocol to get rid of a current infection, sign up for an herbal consultation!  You can do all three of these through the apothecary. 
I hope this helps.  If you have any questions, list them in the comments and I will answer!

My 2018 Wellness Goals

 

Hey Guys,

It is a new year and as usual, I have some goals that I am determined to implement into my life this year.  One thing about me when it comes to personal goals, is that I try to not overdo it.  I do well with focusing on one or two goals at a time.  I do this mainly because with running 2 businesses, I am already knee deep in goals that I need to get done.  However, I know and understand the importance of taking care of ME!  Without being grounded and at peace, I won’t efficiently get anything accomplished, personal or business wise.

When I started out on this holistic wellness journey, I wanted to go in and follow all the rules, all at once.  Once I sat down and added up the cost and the time it took to properly educate myself and execute those goals, I started to feel stressed.  I knew that my personal goals should never cause me stress.  Goals are supposed to uplift, encourage, make you feel powerful and at overall peace all while being full of abundance and happiness.  And these are the feelings I wanted.  I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed, scared and intimidated.  Because I knew if I did, I would not see my goals through.  So I decided to take one goal at a time, master it and move on to the next.

I started to juice, learned that and move on to changing out our toothpaste and making our own.  I then changed out our deodorant.  I threw out all of my non-stick cookware and switched over to cast iron.  I learned how to cook from scratch more, etc.  You get the point.  I have made many, many changes and I only made one or two at a time.  I have successfully stayed committed to these changes thanks to my approach.  Please don’t think that you have to do it all at once.  Little changes make for big results.  This holistic wellness journey is not a race to the finish line.  It is a lifelong journey of just taking it one or two steps at a time, one day at a time.  It is a journey that is supposed to give you not only amazing health but mental and spiritual wealth and you simply can’t have that if you not trusting the process.  I am here to tell you, even if you have not started making changes and maybe you are in the planning phase, you are doing fine.  I trust your process and you should too.

With that being said, here are some of my 2018 holistic wellness goals:

  1.  Remove all remaining plastic from the kitchen:  I threw out all of my non-stick cookware and switched to cast iron.  I had issues with seasoning my cast iron in the beginning, but I finally got the hang of it and now we are BFFs.  I truly believe that food tastes better when cooked in cast iron.  Also, foods prepared in cast iron gives them an extra dose of iron.  So much better than taking an iron supplement right?  So now that I have cast iron cooking down, I want to change out all of my containers and water jugs to glass containers.  My family and I drink a lot of water so I buy a lot of water in plastic gallon containers.  I know that storing my food and water in plastic allows chemicals and toxins from the plastic to seep into my water.  I am ready to make that change.  There are tons of glass water bottle options out there, including gallon size.  They are pricey but, once you have them, you have them and the peace of mind that you get is worth the cost. Not to mention, it is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint
  2. Make flexibility a routine: Hey, I am not getting any younger and this is actually the last year of my 30s.  I want to make sure that my joints stay in working order.  I want to make flexibility part of my almost everyday routine.  The main way I want to implement a flexibility routine is by going to Yoga…..more.  With my schedule, I don’t have much time to hit the gym and go to Yoga.  I would literally have to pick one or the other and I simply don’t want to do that.  I want a balance between the two.  I must change this because when I leave a Yoga class my body feels strong and relaxed and my mind and spirit feels so cool, calm and collected.  I also want to simply stretch more and this is something I can do every day.  Simply taking a couple minutes a day to stretch my body. Stretching has so many health benefits such as reducing stress, reducing pain and stiffness, reduced risk of injury, improved digestion, improved blood flow and circulation and even enhanced sexual performance. So I encourage you guys to put flexibility on your holistic wellness to do list.
  3. Stop skipping breakfast:  Mornings are probably my busiest time of day.  I get up and get the older kids ready, get the younger kids settled, take the older kids to school, do some business related tasks and then head to work.  By the time I look at the clock, it is time for lunch.  I am really bad about skipping breakfast.  Recently, I have been really trying to make sure I eat breakfast every morning.  Not eating breakfast wrecks havoc on our metabolism and it is one of the biggest reasons why people overeat.  Now that I am eating a nutrient dense breakfast, I feel less hungry during the day, I have more energy, I am more focused and I have been able to shed some pounds.  So I am thinking that my problem all along was not eating breakfast!  My goal is to keep at it and make it a lifelong commitment.
  4. Stop doing things I don’t want to do:  By nature, we are people pleasers, even if that means that we take on tasks or other people’s problems.  We know what our boundaries are yet we continuously allow ourselves and other people to overstep them.  This only creates conflict and stress within yourself.  Know your limits and know when to say no!  If someone asks you to do something that you really don’t want to do, it is ok to say no.  It is ok to not sit and listen to a friend complain about the same things that they have yet to change.  Do you know what happens when you do this?  You start to take on their problems, fears, and anxieties?  It is ok to not sit and listen to people gossip about others.  It is ok to not enable people.  It is ok to not do that favor for someone when you know it will only make you miserable.  It is ok to not do things that you do not want to do!
  5. Dedicate more time to self-care:  What is self-care?  It is simple practices that focus on you and you alone.  Doing things that you love to do by yourself.  One of the ways I want to practice self-care is by getting a massage once a month.  A lot of my tension physically resides in my neck and shoulders.  When I am stressed I can feel the tension there and if I let it go on too long, I eventually end up with a headache.  Regular massages will help with that pinned up tension and will also give me time to tune out the world and practice a little mediation because you can never get too many meditation sessions in right? I am so looking forward to accomplishing this goal.  Also, if you are looking for a cost-effective way of getting regular massages, check to see if you can get a discount through your insurance’s wellness program or find a massage school in your area.  They are usually priced well below the average cost!

So these are my main goals.  I am sure I will add some along the way but these are the goals I want to focus on the most.  This list is doable, not overwhelming and they all add value to my life.  So……what are some of your holistic wellness goals for 2018?

Happy New Year!

Elke G.

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Cannabis and Pregnancy

Effects of Cannabis During Pregnancy

Cannabis use has been a long debated topic.  With medical marijuana legal support throughout the United States, many people are turning to this herb to help with various medical conditions.  In recent years, the use of cannabis during pregnancy has gained exposure considering it is the most used “illicit” substance during pregnancy.  

 

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a severe form of pregnancy-related morning sickness marked by continuous vomiting, rapid weight loss, and malnutrition.  It is the leading cause of hospitalizations during pregnancy.  It most often occurs during early pregnancy but can continue throughout the entire pregnancy in some cases.

 

It appears that many women are turning to Cannabis as a substitute for prescription meds such as Zofran mainly due to cost.  Unfortunately, there are not many studies on the effects of cannabis use during pregnancy and even less on if cannabis actually reduces the symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.   

 

According to a study done in Hawaii, 4,735 women responded to a study survey in regard to their cannabis use by self-administered mailed questionnaires with telephone follow-up call to non-responders.  The survey was completed at the 3 and 8-month postpartum mark.  The survey only represented data that where a live birth occurred.  

 

According to results of the study, 6% reported using marijuana in the month before their most recent pregnancy.  2.6% reported using marijuana during their most recent pregnancy.  Demographically, the highest estimates of pre-pregnancy use were from women of other or unknown race/ethnicity (12.1%), women below the age of 20 (10.3%), and women with less than a high school education (8.9%). For use during pregnancy, demographically, the highest estimates of use during pregnancy was unknown race/ethnicity (4.6%), women at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (4.1%), and white women at (3.8%) and women with 1-3 years of college education (3.8%).  Bear in mind that other or unknown include African American, American Indian, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican and all others.

Approximately 21.2% of women who had a live birth, reported severe nausea during their most recent pregnancy. Those women were more likely to report marijuana use during pregnancy as well.  Women who reported severe nausea during pregnancy also had a higher rate of marijuana use before pregnancy compared to women who did not report severe nausea during pregnancy.  The study states that the association between pre-pregnancy use and severe nausea during pregnancy was not statistically significant.  

 

The study states that since medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii since 2000, that the finding of marijuana use during pregnancy amongst the severe nausea group could indicate that marijuana was used as an antiemetic for those with severe morning sickness.

 

With this study, the findings were preliminary and admitted that further research needed to be conducted especially on Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome which is known as a medical condition of nausea and vomiting from a long-term use of marijuana. The question raised is that the possibility of severe nausea in pregnancy could be a result of undiagnosed CHS.

 

While this study provides a good deal of information on demographics, it lacks the information needed to make any determinations on the safety of marijuana use during pregnancy or even if women were actually using marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs to treat pregnancy-induced nausea.  The study did not make the survey questions available to determine the exact questions asked of the surveyors.  Also, the groups were not controlled.  It would have been helpful to have a group of women who started marijuana use during pregnancy and used it for the purpose of treating nausea and seeing the health results of their live births including any birth defects. The study did not include women who suffered stillbirths either. The study states that further research needs to be done and that is an agreed upon statement.  While this study provides decent background information, it could not be used to determine if marijuana effectively treats pregnancy-induced nausea or what effects the marijuana had on the infant after birth.  Also, the survey was conducted via mail, so the question of accuracy in answering is a concern.  While medical marijuana use is legal in Hawaii, marijuana use during pregnancy is still taboo and a Child Protective Services concern.  There are studies showing that surveys involving sensitive topics show mis-reportings quite often. Therefore if the study was more controlled, more reliable information would have been provided during the study.

 

According to a study done by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a study was conducted at seven prenatal clinics in the U.S. from 1984 to 1989.  The study took place through interviews with women who were in 23 to 26 weeks gestation.  The study included 7470 with different ethnicities included.  In this study, the effect of cocaine, marijuana and cigarette smoking was evaluated.  Overall,  11% used marijuana. The findings stated that Marijuana use was not associated with low birth weight, preterm delivery or abruptio placentae. The conclusion of the study was that marijuana use was common during pregnancy yet was not related to adverse pregnancy outcomes.  

 

While this information was supportive of marijuana use not causing adverse effects, it still did not represent women who strictly used it to reduce symptoms of morning sickness.  Most times women experience nausea during the first trimester.  The women in the study were interviewed at 22 weeks gestation.  The study included a wide range of women and was completed at a university-based clinic.  If a more recent study such as this was conducted, it would be interesting to see the outcomes.  Also, a comparison of the quality of marijuana used would be beneficial as well, as there is currently a concern regarding GMO medicinal marijuana.  

 

More studies need to be done to determine if Cannabis can help Hyperemesis Gravidarum sufferers without causing birth defects in the child.  While there were tons of reviews and meta-analysis on the subject of marijuana exposure during pregnancy, studies were hard to come by.  Even more scarce is specific studies of women who used cannabis for the specific purpose of treating Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  

Citations

Roberson, E. K., Patrick, W. K., & Hurwitz, E. L. (2014). Marijuana Use and Maternal Experiences of Severe Nausea During Pregnancy in Hawai‘i. Hawai’i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 73(9), 283–287.

 

Shiono, P. H., Klebanoff, M. A., Nugent, R. P., Cotch, M. F., Wilkins, D. G., Rollins, D. E., … Behrman, R. E. (1995). The impact of cocaine and marijuana use on low birth weight and preterm birth: A multicenter study☆. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 172(1), 19–27.

 

Take Control Of Your Nutrition In 2018!

Hey Guys,

So I have been going around and around about doing classes via conference call and in person.  I have finally decided to structure a nutrition class and offer it to you guys.  I feel that this is a good time to introduce the class due to everyone ramping up to start their 2018 nutrition goals.  This class is structured to give out a ton of nutrition info to make sure that we all get off to a good start for the upcoming year.  I will discuss topics such as what to look for while grocery shopping, how to prepare foods, which foods we should be eating for optimal nutrition intake as well as reviewing different diet types.  This class will be 1 hour long so there will be many other topics that I will discuss as well.  I will also offer a Q&A session toward the end of the call.  I also made sure that this class was affordable for everyone so the price has been set to $10 per person.

I plan to offer additional classes in the future on topics such as Hormones, Anxiety, Type II Diabetes, and Stress Management just to name a few.  This nutrition class will be a great starting point before jumping into the other classes because, at the end of the day, nutrition has an effect on all of these issues so it is important that we understand it.

I truly hope you guys can join me on this call.  I promise you will learn something that you did not know and you will feel prepared to Take Control of Your Nutrition in 2018!

Hope to hear from you December 30, 2018 at 5 PM CST.

To sign up for the class, please click here.  There are 30 spots available for this class.

 

Elke G.

 

 

5 Healthy Sleep Habits and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Daily Routine!

 

Hey Guys,

So, I have noticed with some of my clients that they are not getting adequate sleep.  Sleep is so important to our health.  I really don’t think we realize how important it truly is.  If we don’t get adequate sleep, it throws off our Circadian Rhythm.  What is our Circadian Rhythm you ask?  Well, it is like a clock that affects our hormones and protein receptors that control our sleep, mitochondria, energy, weight, disease and even our life-span.  Yeah, it is pretty important and not something to take lightly.  I will make a blog post that goes in depth about our Circadian Rhythm but, in the meantime, go ahead and subscribe and you will receive 5 very important pointers on how to get some good sleep in.  These are not complicated but they are life changing (for the better).

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Meatless Monday 8/7/2017

 

I am totally a soup person and starting in September, I usually cook a pot of soup a week.  My main reason for doing this is that during the fall and winter months, my family needs the extra boost of vitamins to ward off any winter illnesses.  We don’t receive the flu shot which is why I make sure that we up our vitamin C.  It’s pretty easy to do when you can throw herbs and veggies high into a pot and make a yummy soup.

Gone are the days of chicken noodle soups (or not) since we now live a plant based lifestyle.  However, I will not allow the absence of meat to stop up us from indulging in soups.  There are plenty of plant based meat options to add.  Field Roast has an amazing sausage.  Beyond Meat has crumbles that would go perfect in a lasagna soup.  Gardein has plant based chicken strips so that you technically will not miss out on those beloved chicken noodle soups.  If you are interested in those products, check out Amazon Fresh.  They have a great selection of plant based meat options.

I have been scouring the internet in search of some fun soups where I stumbled upon a cool site called Straight Up food.  There are so many plant based recipes, and I am sure that I will be posting lots of them from this site.  While peeling through all the plant based goodness, I came up with a recipe for beefless stew. This recipe is straight forward and super easy.  If you are a mushroom person (I totally am not), you will love it.  While there are herbs listed in the recipe, you could totally add your own as well. Dried strawberry leaf is high in Vitamin C and would be a great addition to this recipe.

So, without further ado, you can click here to get this feel-good recipe!

Insanely Easy and Delicious Vegan and Dairy Based Ranch Dressing

Have you ever had vegan mayo?  Trust me when I tell you that it tastes just the same as its dairy counterpart.  I was truly shocked that I could not tell the difference. With this easy  vegan ranch dressing recipe, vegan mayo is the main ingredient.  I prefer Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo brand which you can get at most grocery stores or on Amazon.  There are other brands, but the second runner up for me is Follow Your Heart’s Original Vegenaise. Both are really good brands, so you can’t go wrong with either of them.  This recipe will literally take less than 10 minutes to prepare. So, let’s get started.  Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1.5 cups your choice of mayo
  • 1/4 of non-dairy milk (I prefer Almond)
  • 1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional but it does help preserve the dressing longer)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Here is what you will do with them:

  1. Mix together in a bowl, KitchenAid, food processor, blender, or Nutri-bullet (basically whatever you have that will mix things).
  2. Pour into a mason jar and cap.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.  You want the ingredients to come together.  I would suggest storing overnight.  You can totally use it right after making though.  But be warned, you can tell the difference in taste if it’s stored at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Use within one week.

This is the base recipe for the dressing.  You can totally make this your own recipe.  Once you get accustomed to making it, you can switch up the ingredients.  Add more dill if you like dill.  Add less garlic if you are not a fan of garlic. Perhaps add avocado. I like adding turmeric to my dressing.  Play with this recipe.  Just remember you may need to add a little more milk just in case your dressing becomes a little too thick for your liking.  Add a little at a time until you have the consistency you want.

You can also make this a dairy based recipe as well.  Whole milk and buttermilk work just as well.  You can even use your favorite dairy based mayo along with almond milk.  The best part about this recipe is that it is totally interchangeable.

So, there you have it.  Simple, easy and so delicious.  Let the dipping party begin!  Sooooo…..what are some extras that you plan on adding?  I need ideas!

My Top 5 Favorite Plant Food Based Instagram Accounts

Did I ever mention how much I love Instagram?  Well, if you didn’t know, now you know.  I use Instagram as an educational tool.  If I need a recipe, I check out Instagram.  If I need to learn how to grow a plant in the garden, I head over to Instagram.  I find so much inspiration due to the visual aspect of it all.  I mean, who does not like looking at pretty pictures, right?

Needless to say, when I first became vegan, I tried to follow as many vegan Instagram accounts as possible.  My fear was that I would get bored with fruits and veggies and I wanted to make sure I stayed excited about my journey.  Instagram totally gave me my Vegan life!  I have been able to find tons of recipes to try simply scrolling down some cool feeds.

I am one who loves sharing the knowledge, so I thought it would be a great idea to pass along some insanely inspiring Instagram accounts that I absolutely love.  Pull up a seat with a cup of dandelion tea and enjoy!

  1.  @Rawspirations You will totally fall in love with the beautiful pics of sunsets and fruit on this plant based, gluten free, and refined sugar free account.  When I am not in the mood to get in my vitamin C, I just head on over to get a little inspired. You can also check out Rawspirations website here.
  2.  @therawboy When I first became vegan, I watched Neto’s videos on Youtube for major inspiration.  He has such an infectious personality and his recipes are very simple to make.  If you are interested in becoming a raw vegan, or at least getting more raw plant material into your body, his account is a must follow.  You can also catch him on Youtube here.
  3. @veganfoodshare  While their account may not be what is considered “healthy” vegan food, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t indulge a little, right?  To say that this account is vegan food porn is an understatement.  They post tons of vegan restaurant foods from all over the world so they would be a great account to follow to find out where  all the hip vegan food spots to hit are.
  4. @gangsterveganorganics Fresh cold pressed juice, plant based food and cool tees.  It can’t get any better.  Gangster Vegan Organics is a restaurant based out of PA with locations in Norristown and  Phoenixville.  I would highly suggest purchasing a cool tee here and making a visit to this amazing restaurant to meet the owner while having some good and wholesome vegan fare.  Vinny (the owner) loves to give back to the community and he is so passionate about people getting the rights foods into their body.  How gangster is that?  Even if you can’t make it to the east coast, the website has plenty to offer. Vinny’s account was one of the first accounts I followed on Instagram which inspired me to keep the pace with my juicing journey.  I am so happy for Vinny’s success story!
  5. @buddha_bowls I could not round out this list without mentioning an amazing buddha bowl account.  A bowl full of wholesome goodness made just how you like it.  OMG!!!!  Heaven!!!!!  Buddha bowls are great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Easy to make and perfect for meal prepping.  There are so many options that it is hard to get bored with it.  This account truly gives you tons of inspiration and I am talking inspiration for days, Honey.  They also feature these lovely creations in really neat coconut bowls that are eco-friendly.  If you are interested in those, click here.

So there you have it.   My top 5 favorite plant food based Instagram accounts.  Post below some of your favorite plant food based accounts.  I can never get enough Instagram!