Beat the Meat: Let’s go Vegan

By Leigh

I’m your average American. I love MEAT; steaks, hot dogs, BACON. You name it, I want it. For the past weeks I’ve heard, through social media mainly, about the newest documentary on Netflix called “What the Health?”. Most of my friends would post messages about how this two hour film changed their lives; they could finally see the light! I’m quick to tell my plant loving friends “veggies aren’t my thing”, “healthy is plain”, or any countless number of ignorant remarks about why I don’t enjoy eating plant based products. Plus what makes this documentary so different from the others; using footage of the disgusting livestock conditions as a means of encouraging Americans into a healthier lifestyle. I’ve seen Supersize Me, Food Inc, etc and I still eat at fast food establishments with no regard as to where my food is coming from. As I sit at work, starving, because my McMuffin didn’t pack the nutritional punch like I wanted, I started thinking about “What the Health?”. So I found it on Netflix and immediately found myself absorbed.


Kip Andersen, narrator and director, started by telling his story. He explained, at the beginning of his researched he assumed that the illnesses that we suffer from (diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, etc) were purely a result of our genetic disposition. Unfortunately and fortunately, this is not true. Though a small percentage of us do contract illnesses from our genetic makeup, the main cause is diet. It was found that those that consume large amounts of animal product, including but not limited to meat and dairy, from all domesticated livestock such as cow, pig and chicken, have significantly higher chances of contracting these diseases.


WHAT?! How is this possible?! My entire life I’ve eaten cheese burgers, chicken wings, deli meat with no concern about the effects that it was having on my body. It took for me to step outside of self before I realized: I’m my own problem. I’m the reason why I can’t seem to get healthy and lose weight. I’ve been going about it the wrong way.


Starting today [July 15, 2017] I am going to experiment to see what will happen to my body over the next month by living a semi-vegan lifestyle. As a lover of cheese, processed cheese, that is going to be the hardest thing to give up, so I expect to have some problems with that. Substituting tofu for my beloved steak is going to be so so sad. Right now I sound like an addict and to a certain degree, I am addicted to the unhealthy lifestyle that I live. So with that being said, wish me luck as I detoxify myself over the next 30 days.


Have you seen the documentary? Did you love it? Thoughts? Please feel free to leave us a comment letting us know what you think.


Dust Yourself Off

By Jenna

I have a problem. I am a sugar junkie. I like sweet foods. When I am craving sweets, I’m usually craving chocolate. This week I satisfied my chocolate craving by making avocado brownies. Oh man, were they delicious! I made a double batch because I had already mashed up two avocados instead of the one needed for the recipe. I also had used a base recipe which endured multiple changes. Coconut oil is out as a fad and I am using real butter in my cooking when I’m not using another oil. I also had to swap sugars for raw sugar and honey, instead of the called for maple syrup. These changes amounted to a decadent fudgy brownie. They also made sure my already sugar laden treat was even more sinful! I baked the brownie in a bundt cake pan because it is easier to cut up and serve to others.


I didn’t make it so far as to serve my creation with my family though. I ate almost a half the brownies on the first day!! That evening I started my spiral into shame and guilt. I had let myself slip up on food and exercise, and my body is paying the price. I fell off the wagon. I am tired, sluggish, and overall lazy. I am trying to get rid of the rest of my indica too so I can get to the dispensary for sativa. I had gotten some Skywalker because I embrace my geeky side rather than remembering I get mad munchies with indica. I gained a whopping 5 pounds back that I had worked hard to lose.

So, today is a new day! I have a plan to getting back on track.

Step 1: Medicate (Aka get HIGH!)

Of course you know that sativa strains can assist you with weight loss! The sativa helps suppress my appetite. Mostly out of coincidence and some planning, I often wait to cook and eat until after I’ve smoked. I don’t feel the pangs of hunger which drive me to reach for a less than healthy snack.


Step 2: Throw out junk food

I have thrown out the last ⅕ of the still yummy avocado brownie. It hurt to throw that last bit of brownie out instead of eating the deliciousness, but eating it would push me back another day. I also threw out Snack Crate leftovers, more on that in another post maybe. I’m proud of myself that I got all the junk snacks that don’t provide nutrition. There were a few things I kept though. I kept crackers, easy Mac, ice pops, and a little gummy candy because my kids or husband eat those. I don’t typically eat those items, even during my munchie times. While I’m writing this post I’m munching on cucumber with the kiddos.


Step 3: Meal Plan

Food is the key to successful weight loss and a healthy body. To that extent, so is a plan for what you are going to eat. When you have a plan for a healthy meal you are more likely to execute that plan. Defrost things a day or two in advance. Use the calendar on your phone to track what you are doing throughout the day. This will let you plan healthy snacks instead of rushing to grab fast food because you and your kids are starving! I have seen the bins in the fridges with the snacks and meals set aside, but those always seem to take a lot of space. Instead, I leave the snacks that my kids, 2 and 1 years old, can grab and eat them without me fearing their quantity or messiness. I don’t plan meals more than a week in advance because life changes too much. I use a weekly whiteboard from the dollar section at Target.


Step 4: MyFitnessPal

I have learned that I am most in control of myself when I am accountable for what I eat. Even when I eat the same thing every morning, actually logging the food has helped keep me in the habit of logging my food for lunches and dinners. It also helps that I can simply scan the barcode and the nutrition and serving size is added for me. I can also track my weight loss and goals with the app.


Step 5: Water

A healthy body starts with what you put inside. I don’t drink enough water, period. I haven’t tried to do the water challenges. This is what I am working on doing today. I’m not a fan of carrying around a gallon of water with me, but I’m at home most of the time. I have a 24 oz Contigo bottle that helps me keep track. If I can drink a minimum of two per day I’m good. If I can drink 3 a day I’m hitting my “recommended amount”. One thing I am doing different is adding fruit and veggies to my water. My favorite foods to add are lemon, mint, cucumber, and chili powder. (Not all at once).


Step 6: Exercise

A short 30 minute, high intensity workout is all I need to get my body rebooted. I need a fast exercise to restart and boost my metabolism. I have a short workout that can be done in 30 minutes and gets my heart rate going. It is primarily body weight exercises that require me to use multiple muscle groups so I can get back on track.


Here I go, it’s time to jump back onto that fitness wagon. Once I get my routine started up again, I will feel stronger, more alert, more active, and most of all healthier! Got any questions or comments? We want to hear from you!


One for the Dads

By Jenna

There are no two fathers in my life that I appreciate or respect more than my own father and the father of my children. These two men could not be more different, yet they bring stability and strength to their role as fathers.

My father and I had a difficult time getting our relationship established because we were separated for many years. When he did come back into my life it was hard to fill the gap of so many years. When we began to smoke together, that gap became smaller and smaller. Each time we would sit down for a session, it would peel back the layers. I may have not turned out how he expected, but he did raise me well. My most fond memories of my teens were camping with the family and hanging out with my dad while we smoked. Our conversations were always strained, but sitting down and smoking helped us open up. My dad did everything he could to give me more than he had when growing up. I am forever thankful for his hard work and the struggles he faced trying to be the father he wanted to become. He is now a happy grandpa!

My husband has been a wholly different father for our children. He is strong yet loving. He expects great things from our children and breaks his back to give us the world. I saw the love and desire to see a happily sleeping baby as my husband woke up at 2am on Father’s Day to soothe the crying baby, or at least attempt to soothe the baby, back to sleep. As he stumbles back to bed, realizing he isn’t able to complete the task, and attempts to sleep. I see him at his greatest when he is so exhausted from work that he can barely keep his eyes open, yet he still helps change diapers, feed children, and in general be a present father.

I couldn’t be happier or more thankful for the two most influential fathers in my life. To show these men a little love, I made a delicious blueberry cheesecake, which my lovely daughter stuck her grubby fingers in as soon as it was brought out of the refrigerator. I found the recipe on TASTE OF HOME and executed it exactly as directed. This is new to me because I rarely follow any directions I’m given. I typically like to put my own spin on things. I wish I had made some extra amendments of my own though.

There will be a cheesecake post, or a few, in the future. In the meantime, Happy Father’s Day! 

What A Day! By Jenna

Today was rough…with a savory ending. Little #2 is being weaned and is not happy about the change of schedule. He is already a mama’s boy through and through, which I love! I would have just barely survived my day if it weren’t for cannabis. Had I not taken the small amount of time to smoke and adjust my perspective I would be crying right now. Little #2 has needed extra attention and affirmation of my love for him today, which means he followed me constantly crying for me to hold him. I am not able to tune out anything, let alone crying.

So, I stepped outside and found relief in the form of beautiful green flowers. Upon my return, I do not leave my children alone FYI, I was able to address his needs with lots of hugs, games, reading, and of course food. He cried a lot when I had to put him down, but the cannabis helped me get my son through this stage. It also allowed me to concentrate on making a kick ass and healthy dinner!

I made mashed garlic and rosemary cauliflower accompanied with a herb and honey glazed lamb. Though the lamb recipe is not mine, the mashed cauliflower was done upon inspiration. The last time I made mashed cauliflower, it was watery, overcooked, and flavorless. This time I made a few adjustments in my cooking method and cook time. Also, instead of mashing the cauliflower by hand, I used my Ninja mixer.


Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Cauliflower


1 head cauliflower broken apart

4 cloves garlic

½ sprig of fresh rosemary

2 Tbs butter (or Cannabutter for an elevated meal)





  1. Boil water in a pot (hehe, pot!) and add your cauliflower. Boil until just fork tender. If you overcook the cauliflower it will retain more water and you will need a cheesecloth to get rid of the excess water. Once the cauliflower is cooked, about 10 minutes, drain the water.
  2. Blend the cooked cauliflower, garlic, rosemary, butter, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  3. Plate and enjoy once cooled.


I wish I had a picture of the completed lamb and plating, but it was too delicious to let sit enough for a nice picture. All in all, I had another great day as a Cannamommy.

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