Peace, Love & Knowledge

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The philosophy of happiness #1 (first of many more to come no doubt)

The philosophy of happiness #1 (first of many more to come no doubt)

What is happiness? Is it a feeling? Is it a way of life? Is it a condition? Well, it’s all of those things and more. Everyone may perceive it differently but it’s no secret that everyone searches for it and craves it like they crave food and water. People go about finding happiness in their own way. Some find happiness in shopping or drugs, others find it in other materialistic and superficial ways. This, however, is NOT the way to pure, complete peace of mind and contentment. It’s taken me a while to become content with my life and find true happiness. I too used to shop excessively and as a result I was sad and I felt empty inside. It was one morning when I decided that I would stop my compulsive shopping, rid myself of all the material things holding me down, and start fresh. What I discovered after that changed my life for the better and I would like to tell you how you too can find true happiness. It all simmers down into one simple concept…. Simplicity and love.

There’s a reason monks are happy and content. There’s a reason why people can be poor but not be down about it. There’s a reason many millionaires sit in their mansions with their clothes and their money and not feel any satisfaction. It’s because you start to realize that you can’t come to depend on materialistic things to make you feel complete. The day you let go of all the lifeless objects you hold on to, the more you’ll start to recognize the things that lift your spirits up and fill you up with a feeling of love and truth. You open your eyes to your family, your friends, nature, pets and so much more. The happiness you feel when you hug a loved one is not a fake, superficial, temporary happiness, it’s for real. I’ve come to the point where I can look at my little sister laughing and running around and feel on top of the world. No $200 purse or perfume was ever able to give me that same feeling.

Not only have I accepted the fact that money and objects have no soul and love, I’ve also come to the conclusion that we need to live in the moment.Now! This very second in time. We need to stop looking forward to the future and think that some other time will be better than the time we have now. Think about how many people say “don’t worry, tomorrow will be a better day” or “I cannot wait till next year, I’ll be so much happier then.” Why have we come to depend on future dates to excite us or keep us going? It’s because we refuse to come in contact with our present day feelings and emotions.

I present you all with a challenge. Look deep inside your soul right now and ask yourselves, am I happy? If you answered yes, then I’m happy for you. If you answered no, please take some time to consider what I have written and I assure you, things will get better  find love, give love, and let go of all that’s blocking your heart. Live in the moment and appreciate every minute of your existence.

-Gloria W.


Juicing; Why I juice daily and reasons why you should too!

It takes a strong, health conscious person to decide to juice everyday and reap the benefits that juicing can provide. It all relates back to the idea that you don’t need to pop pills everyday to be healthy or to cure a certain illness. Juicing, in fact, has been shown to help prevent and reverse many types of problems such as hair loss, obesity, arthritis, acne, and sooooooooooo much more. I know this is true from experience. A while ago I was suffering from some serious hard core acne. I know now that I was going through some hormonal changes that affected my skin in a negative way. Anyways, with a few changes to my diet and a determination to juice all that I can, my acne disappeared…. Like WHOOOOSH!! All gone. I now have radiant, clear skin that continues to amaze me every morning when I look in the mirror. Juicing takes all the essential vitamins from whatever you have chosen to juice, and injects them straight into your blood steam infusing you with energy and life!! I realize some say that juicing wastes all the fiber from the ingredients but honestly I get plenty of fiber in my diet and I compost so what’s being wasted? Some of my favorite vegetables and fruits to juice are:

Oranges: chock full with vitamin C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C helps boost your immune system to ward off illnesses and beta-carotene is a vitamin that helps your body produce vitamin A, which is great for hair and skin. (Isn’t it funny how many articles tell you what vitamins each vegetable has but doesn’t explain what those vitamins do for you? Lol)
Grapefruit: also a great source of vitamin C, significantly more tart than oranges.
Apples: used in many green juices due to the neural flavor of the juice. You can juice apples along with practically anything!!
Sweet potatoes: Now this is an interesting vegetable, many people didn’t know you can juice it raw. When I tell some people I juice raw sweet potatoes they get this suspicious look in their eyes like “is that safe?” I assure you it is and its sooooooooo healthy. Actually I read somewhere that sweet potatoes are almost as good to juice as carrots!! Now that’s something.
Carrots: my absolute fav!! Drinking fresh carrot juice everyday gives you more than enough beta-carotene as well as vitamin C and potassium. The potassium is great for cramps and muscle movement. Not only is carrot juice super nutritious, it’s also DELICIOS!
Swiss chard: I am so lucky to be able to go in my backyard and choose whatever greens I want from my mother’s organic garden. Of everything she grows, Swiss chard is one of my favorite greens. Swiss chard has an abundance of micronutrients and contains lots of precious iron. Swiss chard is so amazing that it’s been labeled a “super-food.” Yeah, it’s that awesome. Swiss chard works hard to regulate your blood sugar and supplies you with antioxidants.
Spinach: also rich in iron. Since everyone’s pretty familiar with spinach, you commonly see it being used in green juices.
Cabbage: even though cabbage juice may cause temporary gas, its benefits blow any concerns out of the water. Cabbage juice is full of vitamin D which helps clear your skin and iodine which is necessary for proper muscle development.
Beets: fresh, raw beets really pack a punch. They have an extreme benefit of detoxifying the blood and are great for those with anemia and high blood pressure. It’s important to use very little in your juice due to its potent properties.
Now that I’ve given you the run-down of nutritious, popular ingredients, let’s get to juicing!! Here are some of my favorite recipes. Feel free to throw in anything else you would like. The key here is to experiment and be creative. *juice is best taken on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning when your body wants it most*

The Orange Canary

½ medium sized sweet potato
2 small oranges
4 medium sized carrots
1 small apple

The Raving Lunatic (you’ll understand the name once you’ve tried it:p)

¼ small cabbage
2 handfuls of fresh kale
2 medium sized apples, any kind.
2 handfuls spinach
2 handfuls beet greens

The Pink Heartbeat

1 very small raw beet
3 oranges
1 grapefruit
4 carrots

I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have, simply comment down below or email me. In fact emailing me might result in a quicker response but whatever. Oh and if you have any new and exciting juice recipes I’d love to try them!! Viva la juice!

-Gloria W.

Appley-Pumpkin soup

Hello all!! I hope everyone’s having a great, spectacular day. I feel great partly due to the fact I spent my entire day making the most delicious, tummy-warming, who-cares-its-cold-outside soup. I call it, Appley-Pumpkin soup, and I would absolutely love to share the recipe with you so that you too can bask in its healthiness as well as the amazing aroma that I promise will fill your kitchen like a smell sent from heaven. Feel free to play around with the measurements; I honestly don’t worry myself about precise ingredients. Cooking is best when it comes from the heart, not from a page.

Appley-Pumpkin Soup

½ a pumpkin, depending on how much you want to make (I like making hugeee batches for a week of school lunches)
2 or 3 medium sized apples cored and diced. Fuji are great!
1 onion, roughly chopped, (don’t worry about how you chop it; you’ll just be blending it together later anyways.)
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
3 cups of vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
Assortment of herbs such as thyme, basil, and oregano. If you want a more dessert-like soup feel free to add cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The possibilities are endless!!
Salt and pepper.

1. First of all, you need to bake that pumpkin. I prefer to put the whole pumpkin on a tray, whole, and bake in the oven at 360 for about an hour. Leaving it uncut results in a moist, mash-able inside.
2. Sautee the onions in the olive oil in a pan with raised sides, you’ll be adding a bunch of stuff into this pan so make sure you use a suitable sized one. After the onions are translucent, add the chopped garlic. When fragrant, add the diced apple and stir for about 5 minutes or until the apple pieces are a little soft.
3. Meanwhile, add the broth to a big pot and bring to a simmer. Go ahead and add the onion mixture.
4. When you’ve taken the pumpkin out of the oven, slice sideways and scoop out the seeds and put them in your compost bucket. Scoop out the insides of the pumpkin and add to the broth mixture.
5. Add the herbs, if your totally lost on how much to add, I suggest just adding a tsp of each herb and then taste. *You can always add more but you can’t take any out.
6. Add the milk. This part is optional, but honestly it’s the milk that will give your soup that nice, creamy feel and taste. If you don’t want to add milk then leave it out and just add 3 tbsp of sour cream.
7. Once you have everything together in the pot, you’re left with a question. How to blend it all together. I own a little hand-held blended so I simply place it in the pot and blend till smooth. I’ve included a picture of my hand blender in case you’re having a hard time imagining what sort of invention I am talking about. It’s a lifesaver! Especially when you love soup as much as I do  anyways, if you don’t own a hand blender, place it in a normal blender and blend in batches till you’ve blended the entire pot.
8. Heat the soup back up till it’s the desired temperature, garnish with a sprig of oregano if you have one on hand, or decorate with a slice of apple.
9. ENJOY!!

If you happen to make this soup, please comment and let me know if I should alter the recipe a bit in case my measurements were askew.

Happy souping!

About Me/Contact Info

So I’ve finally decided to create a blog….. I had the intentions to start one a long time ago but simply didn’t due to the fact that I didn’t want to have one then get tired of it or realize that I truly didn’t have anything interesting to blog about at all. Nevertheless I’ve cast those fears aside and I present to you my blog, Peace Love and Knowledge. Here’s a little info about me, I’m 17 going on 25, I’m an happy vegetarian, I’m in 11th grade and taking a few classes at my local community college. My plans for the future include going to UNCA in North Carolina and becoming an environmental engineer. My hobbies include cooking, drinking coffee (though tea is also really good…especially earl grey), meditating, listening to music (alternative and indie rock I guess), reading good books over and over, (like the hobbit and all of the lord of the ring books lol) and spending some time on my polyvore fashion blog, ( check it out). I love nature and being good to the environment. (I harp my friends about the need to recycle those annoying little plastic baggies they pack their sandwiches in.) Anyways, yeah…..

If you would like to contact me for any reason at all, I suggest you just try commenting on my posts orrrrrrrr email me at

Feel free to email me or anything I adore getting mail lol

-Gloria W.