Living Lively by Haile Thomas

Haile Thomas is 19 years old and has accomplished more in her years than most twice her age. At the age of 12, she founded the non-profit HAPPY (Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth) to redefine youth empowerment through holistic education and address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and wellness education in underserved/at-risk communities. At age 16, she was the youngest to graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is an international speaker, wellness and compassion activist, and vegan food and lifestyle content creator.

Her latest achievement is an inspirational cookbook/guide entitled Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential. Technically, it is a cookbook with eighty recipes but it is far more. Part I of the book is dedicated to points of power: wellness, mindset, relationships, social media, education, world perspective, and more.

Part II shares the recipes from Carrot-chickpea-quinoa bowl with maple harissa dressing to AB&J swirl brownies (almond butter and raspberry ginger jam) to Gluten-free Sunday morning herb biscuits.

Haile is a breath of fresh air and her book is what 2020 needs to whip our minds, souls, and bodies into fighting shape. It has been a particularly rough week. As some know, I have a special needs son and things go up and down, with more declining than the former. Today, I was particularly feeling sorry for myself – exhausted, sad, hopeless. This afternoon, I picked up Haile’s book again and it provided a much-needed boost of feel goodness (yes, that is how I am going to phrase that, #feelgoodness). Find your boost and pick up a copy of this fantastic guide to wellness.

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I have been struggling to find the words or actions that feel significant enough as we continue to see the blatant disregard and disposal of Black lives and the lives of people of color all across the globe. As I sat with these feelings of disempowerment and frustration…I thought โ€œwhat can I most immediately offer to myself and others in this moment?โ€ And the answer, for me, was a few minutes of peace. It can be so easy to overlook the healing power of finding some time in our day to be calm and prioritize our rest. Whether that be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or all of the above! I definitely donโ€™t have a clear idea of how we can most effectively dismantle destructive and inhumane systems/mindsets…but I believe energy and intention can guide us to the clarity weโ€™ll need to take inner and outer action that is centered in our highest good. So alongside your sharing, donating, calling, protesting, and petitioning…add an additional act of resistance: a few minutes of rest. Allow yourself to be and witness what is moving through you. Just in this act of self acknowledgement we can come to a place of self compassion and radiate that same energy out to those who need it at this time ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— Logging off today but I hope you enjoy this offering of a safe and loving space. I see, honor, appreciate, and love you ๐Ÿ’— #WeAreWorthyOfPeace

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