Making the Switch

GUEST AUTHOR /  Lauren Roberts, Nutritional & Wellness Consultant  www.wombtreewellness.com

GUEST AUTHOR / Lauren Roberts, Nutritional & Wellness Consultant www.wombtreewellness.com

I was raised in a typical, American-style meat & potatoes kind of home. I grew up thinking that in order to be healthy, I had to eat meat while commercials that told us “Milk does a body good.” My parents ensured that I consumed plenty of dairy, as well as a constant assortment of meat, bread and unhealthy desserts. It wasn't until I became a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant that I felt there was no other choice to be a plant based, kale eating, spaghetti squash loving herbivore for life!

During my training to become a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, I discovered that not only do you not need animal protein to be healthy, but that it can actually be harmful. My partner and I woke up one day and decided we would give a plant based diet a try. We knew that it wasn’t going to be long before we began thinking about starting family, and we both agreed that we should be healthy and have healthy habits when that time comes...

Healthy living is a priority for me & my clients, and I always say it starts with your attitude/relationship to the food you eat. I love having energy; I thrive feeling nourished from healthy foods that come from the earth. With a clean diet, I see positive changes in my body, also noticing that I am sleeping better and able to manage my emotions/moods more easily. My meditation practice is consistent, and my yoga class has never gone more fluidly. It was a quest for health that had finally begun feeling RIGHT in my body the minute I became fully plant-based.

Cutting out processed food, meat, dairy and eggs was a huge step in the right direction. Some people think that it is such struggle to eat a vegan diet, and that those who choose plant based are missing out on all the “good stuff”. But I have to disagree…For me, the “good stuff” is a beautiful environment, sustainable living practices, and a happy, healthy family. Once I learned that a plant based diet is not only healthy for the individual, but for the planet as a whole, I knew that I could never go back to the Standard American Diet.  I feel more connected to my body and to the world around me. I am living in alignment with my ethics, and I still enjoy life...Every last bite! 

However, we still had a "sweet tooth" and eating (although delicious!) fruits & nuts, we still wanted a healthy dessert that wouldn't bog us down. Incorporating Mama's Cookies as part of our practice & diet has been such a joy. We treat ourselves to one when we've had a challenging day, and we both indulge in one before we go to our community yoga class, we even catch each other grabbing one for a midnight snack! YUM. We can't get enough!

Along with being a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, I am working with women who want to reconnect to their monthly cycles, helping them go deeper with their true nature as a woman. A plant based diet is always my first recommendation for women looking to heal their body, mind and spirit...and Mama's is a great go-to treat during "that time of the month." Sometimes women complain that they can’t give up on their cakes and sweet snacks, and I have just one thing to tell them: You don’t have to!

With wonderful vegan companies like Mama’s Cookies, none of us have to miss out on a single delicious sweet treat! I love to tell my friends about this not-so-guilty- pleasure. With only a handful of ingredients, they are too good to keep them all to myself! I am so thankful for Mama's Cookies...and so are all the friends I share them with!

-- Lauren

Mindful Practice: You Are What You Eat!

I’ve always known the phrase “you are what you eat” but it wasn’t until I started contemplating this a bit deeper that I realized the true meaning of this day old phrase. Does that mean I’m a veggie burger? A hummus plate? I realize that what this overused line is insinuating is within the intention behind food is what you become. What you eat can transform the way you feel, and can alter your feelings, outlook, thoughts…and not to mention the physical sensations! I hated feeling bogged down from unhealthy food. This is why I have come to declare that I will only put food in my body that will nourish me, sustain me, and make me feel happy! 

Choosing a plant based diet has many benefits, and for me most of them pertain to the spirit and connection to the ground. When I eat food that has come from the earth, I feel oneness; I’m intuitive, and in my body. It allows a whole new space in my heart to open in gratitude, a space that is ready to receive, and in turn, ready to give. The “giving” that I’m referring to is LOVE. A pure, innocent, deep type of love that extends past those around me, and into the earth below my feet. By choosing a plant based diet, I’m choosing love. 

What I especially love is eating a diet with tons of positive intention. Studies show that intention can physically alter the molecules in a drop of water, and that the growth of a plant will vary depending upon the words being spoken to it. What would happen if we thanked our food each time we ate something? We’d start to physically change the components within, altering them to be the healthiest for you and your body. 

When we say that Mama’s Cookies are “Homemade with LOVE,” we aren't just referring to a generic slogan. We’re actually meaning LOVE. L-O-V-E: unconditional, infinite, supportive, earthly, that “from-your-mother” type of compassion. With each batch, we’re taking our time, being mindful and intentional with our quantities, handling our ingredients with care, and usually smiling while we do so! Once they’re cooled down, they are placed in the packaging ever so gently, wrapped in tissue paper and slowly a bow gets tied, attaching our Mama’s logo to the top. Inhale & Exhale, we find inspiration from the Earth for this process, never leaving out a single step. We offer gratitude to the lucky home this box will find it’s way to, in the same way we offer our thanks to our Earth through mindful practice.  

By putting vegan foods in my body (also gluten-free!) I am able to expand my heart space, engage my senses of gratitude to extend to something larger than me. I am connected to a community…a group of families, yogis, athletes, nutritionists as well as the thriving health-conscious community of San Francisco. I feel the love with each crunch, I embody the love with each reach into my cookie box! To me, eating Mama’s Cookies is an act of love. If “you are what you eat,” I’ll choose nothing else other than to be LOVE. 

-- KATE, Sales & Social Media Coordinator