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This morning my smoothie is the most beautiful chartreuse green colour – think perfectly ripe avocado colour. But it doesn’t taste “green” at all; the flavour is mango and banana, so sweet and thick and creamy. YUM! And there is so much of this smoothie. Enough for second and third helpings for breakfast and for midday as well. Yesterday, I was not able to drink all of my smoothie, there was just so much of it. I was planning on finishing it in the evening, sort of as an evening snack/dessert, but sleep came instead. I was the first one in bed last night. My body desperately needed it.

During the day yesterday I was really energized — it was only in the early evening that I ran out of steam — I did a strength training workout in the morning and in the afternoon I was outside digging in the garden (barefoot of course) and mixing in the soil amendments with my bare hands. I was connecting with the earth on many levels, and soaking up some delicious sunshine too.

I found that I was easily annoyed and upset yesterday; I had a few episodes of “snapping” at my children for one thing or another, but by late afternoon that feeling was gone. Grounding myself outside in the garden probably helped.

So, after a good night’s sleep, today is another day. I am feeling really energetic right now after just one glass full of my smoothie; I think I’ll tackle some much needed house cleaning this morning and back out into the garden this afternoon. YES!


I received a beautiful email today from Kevin Gianni of The Renegade Health Show about how every day should be earth day, not just one day of the year. I couldn’t agree more — I mean what would become of us if we didn’t have this marvellous earth of ours. So, I thought I would share Kevin’s message with all of you.

It’s funny how we need to pick a day to celebrate
the earth…

Particularly when our ancestors celebrated every
moment they could. 🙂

We’ve completely lost our connection to the planet
we live on. I don’t even need to explain how (you
likely already know).

And the reason why is because we “think” we’re
individuals or separate beings.

It’s a ridiculous thought when you break it down.

Just like our bodies have different cells, fluids and

We have a similar relationship with the earth.

We are a part of a whole.

The slugs, the dirt, the whales, the rivers all are
essential cogs, just like red blood cells, neurons and
fat cells are a necessary part of your body.

If all your red blood cells were to suddenly disappear,
you would have a big problem.

So what if the all the bees disappeared from the earth?

I think you get where I’m going… 😉

So today, on earth day, I want to give you 3 things you
can do to reconnect.

1. Take your shoes off and walk around outside.

It’s simple and you can do it right now.

Your flesh to soil connection will ground you to the
earth and re-balance your electrical channels.

2. Smell the plants. Go into a park or the woods and
just pick a few plants and smell them. See which ones
smell bad and which ones smell amazing.

Your connection to instinct will be revived just slightly.

3. Look into an animal’s eyes.

If you have a pet or if you don’t…

Find an animal, maybe at a pasture or at the animal
shelter and look into its eyes.

You’ll see a wisdom no human would ever be able
to rationalize (And that doesn’t ever need to be

Just these simple things can help build awareness
and consciousness.

That is powerful enough to help make Earth Day
celebrations every day celebrations. (And who
doesn’t like to celebrate?)

by Kevin Gianni of The Renegade Health Show

What an incredibly gorgeous weekend we had. Sunshine every day and such warm weather, it felt like summer had arrived instead of spring. We spent so much time outdoors in the backyard. I designed a special garden plan for this year and Jean marked it out for me with string and stakes. Next weekend we are renting a rototiller to break up the soil and create my massive garden beds. I am dreaming big these days, and it looks like my garden dreams are going to come true. How exciting.

I spent some time starting more seeds in pots. I worked outside – barefoot. What a lovely feeling; and so healing, connecting with the earth in that way. I have recently been reading about the tremendous healing powers of grounding yourself to the earth in this way – bare skin touching the earth. Here is a better explanation about the importance of grounding yourself.

Our kitty Will spent some time outside too. He was a bit nervous at first, so that is why he is in his crate in the photo above. We opened up the door and after a while he was brave enough to venture out in the open.

What a wonderful feeling, being out in the open air, in our yard, actually spending some quality time together instead of each of us separately in front of one screen or another. All of us were so eager to get outside into the sun after the long cold winter indoors. Our hibernation is officially over. Just in time for Easter (what perfect timing), a time for new beginnings.

Last year at this time I was just beginning to get up enough energy to go for 10 minute walks. This year I feel so energized and raring to go. What a difference. I am so grateful for this increase in energy. This is what prompted me to step up my garden plans. Last year we did a tiny little garden bed. Just big enough for Jayla to look after, with my help. This year I am not holding back. Jean said he will help me with the initial set up of the gardens, but then it will be up to me to look after them. Hopefully with a bit of help from Jayla.

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I'm Colleen. I am a wife and a stay-at-home homeschooling mother of 3 daughters, living in Canada and beginning my journey towards becoming a raw food vegan. My new mantra is "transition slowly and gradually", which is where I got the name for my blog. Thanks so much for visiting and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by for a visit.
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