It was so much fun welcoming guests to the first official class at Ahimsa Health & Harmony recently. There's nothing like digging in the dirt and playing with food to make you feel like a kid again!
Twelve of us gathered in the classroom space to learn about "veganic" growing methods for kitchen gardens. This takes the principles of organic - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or industrial products - a step further by also avoiding animal products. Instead of using bone meal, manure, blood meal or other animal byproducts, we use "green manure" such as seaweed, cover crops, and compost.
Everyone received a recipe for Chimichurri made with wild garlic mustard, dandelion greens, parsley and oregano, as well as a taste sample on some baguette. I hope these little pots inspire everyone to get digging in their gardens and grow a bountiful harvest to share with family and friends!
It was a whirlwind of excitement welcoming everyone to my new vegan wellness center Ahimsa Health & Harmony this weekend. Thank you to all who attended the Grand Opening!
I've been reflecting on the many accomplishments over the past 13 years running my vegan personal chef service Well on Wheels and it seems like this was the perfect time to expand into a permanent home. People come to me because they want to eat a healthy diet that doesn't harm the planet or animals, but they don't know where to begin. I help make it easy for them by cooking whole foods plant-based meals in the comfort of their own kitchens, and have shown hundreds of people how to make the vegan transition through private lessons and wellness coaching, cooking classes at public libraries, schools, adult education programs, engaging presentations at conferences and private events, staff retreats, and menu consulting.
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to do more of this at Ahimsa He...
Connecticut-based chef and entrepreneur Mary Lawrence has opened the state’s first all-vegan wellness center, Ahimsa Health & Harmony, an organization that uniquely provides products and services that are 100 percent vegan, following the Buddhist principle of practicing nonviolence in oneself and with all other living beings (“ahimsa”).
Over the past decade, there has been an exponential increase in interest in veganism and curiosity about how to make the transition to a healthy, plant-based diet. Ahimsa Health & Harmony teaches people of all walks of life about making connections between their food choices and overall well-being, embracing an understanding that everyone has the ability to manage his or her own health when given the proper tools.
Led by Executive Director Mary Lawrence, who’s been teaching, counseling, and living a vegan lifestyle since 1997, the center offers such services as wellness coaching, plant-based nutrition instruction, yoga, meditation, art and nature th...
It seems only fitting that with income taxes due April 15th, April has come to be known as Stress Awareness Month. I can't imagine any other time of the year that I'm more troubled by stabbing pains in my neck and back, restless sleep, grogginess in the morning and panic attacks that strike for no apparent reason. Except maybe Thanksgiving through New Year... but that's another story.
And then there's the recurrent theme of recession plaguing the media.
In a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 80% of respondents said the economy was a significant cause of stress in their lives. During these difficult times it’s often tempting to turn to comfort foods as a coping mechanism, reaching for the quick fix of candy, baked goods, fried foods and ice cream. But instead of sabotaging your wellbeing with refined sugar and fats, why not choose to take control of the situation by eating healthfully? Practicing these simple healthy eating habits will not only emp...