Lotus and Luna Blog
It’s crazy to think about how a celestial body some 250,000 miles from earth is responsible for the ocean tides that rise and fall every single day. In astrology, the sun is responsible for our zodiac personality and the moon is responsible for our emotions. Where the sun gives us our spirit, the moon gives us our soul.
The moon has a feminine energy in general which is responsive, reflective and receptive. Since about 70-80% of our bodies are water, it makes since that the Moon rules over how we react as well.
Sunlight helps lighten our mood so much that the lack of it can actually cause a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Since the light of the Moon is reflective of Sun, the subtle glow of the moon can be just as valuable to us as the sunlight. Just as we create tea which the help of sunlight, we can also make tea with the help of moonlight.
A lunar infusion is simply an herbal tea, left to brew during the night under the soft moonlight. Lunar infusions make for an enchanting and fun full moon ritual. Sip in the morning to fill your body with Lunar Magic! Here’s how...
Lunar Tea Instructions:
- First, find a bowl, cup or pitcher that speaks to you and fill it with water.
- Place the water in the moonlight and add herbs to your liking.
- Next, place the bowl in the moonlight and let it brew overnight. You can place it wherever speaks the most to you. Try placing it in a garden or surround the bowl with your favorite energy stones!
- Once morning arrives, strain and enjoy!
- Some of our favorite herbs to put in our lunar teas are chamomile, hibiscus, passion flower, borage flowers, and lemon balm. There’s no exact amount, just add what feels right to you.
Other ideas to try:
- Self Heal
If you want to feel the effects of the Moon a little more try wearing a bracelet with Moonstones or adding some Moonstones to your tea overnight (don’t forget to wash them before and take them our before drinking)!
Use the code: LUNARMAGIC20 for 20% your next purchase!
P.S. Have you signed up for our Full Moon Club yet?!
Written by Kaylee Bustamante
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Written by: Micaela Ideker
Who doesn’t enjoy fudge? A fun way to build your holiday spirit this time of year is to take a little time to bake something delicious. This recipe for peppermint fudge is simple, festive, and tasty.
Per Serving: 89 calories; 2.9 g fat; 14.1 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g protein
Prep 20min/ Ready 2hrs 20min
2 (10oz) packages of vanilla baking chips
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 ½ cups of crushed candy canes
1 dash of red/green food coloring
- Line an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and grease the foil.
- Combine the vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until almost melted, remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. When chips are completely melted, stir in the peppermint extract, food coloring, and candy canes.
- Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill for 2 hours, then cut into squares.
Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
By Cameron Godbehere
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by Cameron Godbehere
Easy, long-lasting weight loss.
This was one of the main reasons I came to this lifestyle. I had no idea what veganism was but had heard/seen of several women who were all about 5-10 years deep in the “plant-based whole foods lifestyle”, looked amazing, felt amazing and claimed to be eating abundantly and freely.. I wanted in!! Within the first few weeks, you will drop inflammation/digestion issues and gain energy and clarity! You will absolutely crave movement. My body has changed not only from the foods I eat but the energy I now have to move my body in such crazy ways! That pure energy and craving for movement never gets old! Weight loss/optimal body weight comes naturally, easily and with no restriction .. and it lasts (no RE- gaining the weight you lost while low-calorie dieting!)
Amazing digestion.We all know how depleting poor digestion is. It lays a blanket of anxiety on us and makes you want to hide in a big sweatshirt away from the world. Bloat, indigestion, gas, constipation, heartburn .. it all just STINKS! The increase in fiber alongside proper food combining and the detoxing from poorly digested meat/dairy = a flowing, clean digestive tract! Within the first 2/3 weeks of consistency, you will feel the body flowing with ease! Most of my own clients lose anywhere from 5-15 lbs just from dropping the bloat, inflammation and digestive sludge that has been backing them up. I used to think going to the bathroom 2/3 times per week was normal. I now go at least 1-2x per day with ease (no scary poos! LOL)
You get to eat way more food!
Meat/dairy and junk food are very calorie dense foods — hence why we have to set limits/portions for these foods. Luckily, plant-based foods can be eaten in abundance due to their low caloric density! I will pop a photo in here to give you a more visual idea of what I mean! PHOTO HERE. By cutting the animal fat, fatty breast milk and refined junk from your diet you are able to eat 2-4x the portions of what you are eating now! Which never gets old!
Saving 75% of your money.
This is not a trick! Think about how you eat now - How many times do you eat out? How many times do you stop and grab takeout, fast food, snacks, drinks etc. How much is your current grocery bill with pre-packaged items? This all adds up to $1000s!
By going plant-based I save about 3/4 the $$ I used to spend on food. Explained: We ate out at LEAST 2-3x for dinner and 2-3x for lunch, we got snacks to go all the time and our grocery bill was full of expensive meat/dairy and pre-packaged items! Now we prep most of our food ourselves and the foods we buy at the grocery store are essentially the cheapest: rice, oatmeal, potatoes, seasonal fruits etc! Take a look at how much you are spending on food - imagine how much money you could save all while amplifying your health and happiness!
Biggest impact on the environment!
Did you know that if the world went vegan we could reduce our carbon footprint by up to 73% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds! .. that’s a pretty big deal! This was another perk I knew nothing about when going plant-based, the fact that I could make such a difference with such ease. It is one of the best feelings in the world to know I am helping to bring this planet back from the damage it has sustained over the years from us being so careless!
If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of this lifestyle, let’s get you started! Visit StellaTheLight.com for more info on my 30 and 7 Day Coaching Programs, E-Books, Client Reviews, Recipe Blog, Free 14 Day Group Challenge + much more!
Tell me YOUR story, goals, struggles, current eating habits and why you wanna go plant-based!
SPAGHETTI + (no)MEATBALLS!
These are a favorite with my vegan partner, Damon. He has them not only with pasta and sauce but will also dip them in ketchup or bbq sauce! They can be made in bulk (double or triple the recipe) and frozen in an airtight container .. the perfect meal prep for easy, very cheap dinners! + the comparison of a high saturated animal fat meatball vs these is crazy! Jam-packed with protein just no animal flesh, fat or cholesterol! + you can have double or triple the amount of meatballs because they aren’t as calorie dense as a normal meatball! (Goes along with the perks of eating more as a plant-based vegan!!)
1 15oz can of organic black beans (or kidney beans work, too!)
2 cup oats
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1.5 tbsp ground flax
2 tsp garlic (or to taste)
1 tsp salt (can omit)
a few dashes of liquid smoke OR 1 tsp smoked paprika
about 2 tbsp italian herb mix
bread crumbs (optional)
NOTE: Feel free to saute up some onions, carrots, mushrooms etc and add into the mix.. this gives it a very textured meatball which is lovely!
Pre-heat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper!
Blend oats + ground flax in a blender or food processor until it becomes less oats but not exactly a fine powder — you want to leave some texture in there!
Set aside in a big bowl + add the spices (herbs, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt and smoked paprika if you’re using that!)
Rinse beans and pop in a vitamix OR food processor and blend until smooth (add in liquid smoke if you are using that)
Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly (mix in any sautéed veggies as well!)
Roll into small balls and roll in breadcrumbs (or not!) and lay evenly on parchment paper.
Bake in the oven at 425F for 5 min (flip) and another 5 min on the other side!
Serve with wholesome pasta + sauce of choice (we make our own using the recipe from my ebook!) Pastas we use: Corn pasta, Quinoa pasta, Rice Pasta, Bean Pasta, Lentil Pasta, Whole Wheat Pasta.
by Stella the Light
Happy Halloween, witches!
- 1 ½ Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 small red chili or serrano pepper (stem & seeds removed, thinly sliced)
- 1 large red bell pepper (thinly sliced lengthwise)
- 4 Tbsp red Thai curry paste
- 4 cups or 1 lb peeled and cubed pumpkin or butternut squash
- 3 ½ cups unsweetened coconut milk--the thicker the better
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp lime
- ⅔ cup roasted cashews
- ¼ cup fresh basil for garnish
- Jasmine rice, brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice
- Add coconut oil, onion, ginger, garlic, and chili to large pot. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add bell pepper and curry paste and stir. Cook for two minutes, then add the pumpkin/butternut squash and stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add coconut milk, maple syrup, turmeric, sea salt, soy sauce, and stir. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Once simmering, slightly reduce heat to low and cover.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the pumpkin is tender, add lime juice and cashews and cover, simmer for 3-4 additional minutes over low heat.
- Serve over rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.
- Garnish with basil and enjoy!
Personally, I have the unique and fulfilling privilege of travelling all the way to Thailand to work with our talented artisans and sharing their beautiful creations with all of you. Having the opportunity to see first hand how our impact has improved their local economies and overall quality of life is one that I never take for granted, and that reinvigorates and inspires me with every visit. Here is a little update from my most recent trip, where I worked on our upcoming Spring/Summer '19 Collections.
This past trip was a quick one - two weeks in Chiang Mai. I always stay in the old city, which is about an hour away from both of the two villages I visit. One is in Doi Saket and the other is in Mae Rim.
Bead by bead, I design each bracelet with a particular collection's theme in mind. When I finish laying out the design, Rung assigns an artisan to make the sample. Physically being in Thailand and communicating with them directly makes this process a lot easier than doing it from overseas on a different time zone. A few of the artisans are even picking up some English through this process, so as I teach them English words, they teach me a little Thai and then we all giggle at our mispronunciations!
After many days of creating the designs and samples, our collections are laid out and finalized. Rung then assigns each artisan a bracelet design along with the materials needed and they are able to make each bracelet from the comfort of their own home. Although we may only have five to ten artisans working with us at Rung's there is a constant flow of artisans coming and going on their scooters to pick up materials and deliver finished bracelets - it's really fun to watch!
Wilawan is one of Lotus and Luna's first artisans! She helps translate and communicate with our artisans who do not speak English. Sometimes I think she cracks jokes about me in Thai and then translates something completely different back to me--it's pretty hilarious!
Rung's village started with one small order of a couple hundred singles, which she made all by herself. In 2018 as a whole, that order is about five hundred times the size, and employs roughly sixty five people full time. Imagine one artisan- Rung- making our order- to 65 staff in her villages all working together, but from the comfort of their homes, surrounded by their families. A few short years ago, these same artisans were working long hours, sometimes late into the night, selling their goods one by one at the markets, or working hard in the rice fields.
Seeing how these people are directly benefiting from our company mission is an amazing feeling that I cannot begin to explain. From small house improvements, to new roads and an ever-growing team, we are humbly honored to be changing lives. In all honestly, my life has changed as well. Being out in Thailand I picked up a new sport that I absolutely fell in love with, Muay Thai--which I've continued to do even back in the states. I wake up every morning grateful for my health, friends, and family, and also for being able to do something that I love that actually makes a difference in someone's life.
With that being said, I want to thank you...Without you, Lotus and Luna would not be able to make a difference in so many people's lives. So I'll be sure to keep doing my best in creating designs you love and we can work together in building this new cycle for these amazing artisans.