Sun, Jan 6, 2019
Most of us have the feeling that we are here to accomplish something big in our lives, and if we haven't done something that fits the bill we may feel as if we are waiting. We may feel incomplete, or empty, as if our lives don't yet make sense to us, because they don't line up with our idea of major accomplishment. In some cases, this may be because we really are meant to do something that we haven't yet done. But in most cases, we can let ourselves off the hook with the realization that just being here, being ourselves, is enough.
As we live our lives in this world, we share our energy and our spirit with the people around us in numerous ways. Our influence touches their lives and, through them, touches the lives of many more people. When we strive to live our lives to the fullest and to become our true selves, we are doing something big on an inner level, and that is more than enough to make sense of our being here on this planet at this time. There is no need to hold ourselves to an old idea in the back of our minds that we need to make headlines or single-handedly save the world in order to validate our existence.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018
Nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten and sugar. What do these foods have in common? They tend to top the “do not eat” list among people with atopic dermatitis, who swear that certain foods can trigger an eczema rash.
But is there really a correlation between eczema and food allergies? According to Dr. Peter Lio, assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University in Chicago, founding director of Chicago Integrative Eczema Center, the answer is yes.
Food allergies are considered related health condition of atopic dermatitis alongside asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and depression. Researchers have found that up to 30 percent of people with AD also have food allergies, Lio said.
For some people, exposure to a single peanut becomes a life-threatening emergency that can lead to anaphylaxis and death without the intervention of an EpiPen. For others, eating certain foods like sugar, eggs or dairy won’t necessarily kill them, but causes their skin to erupt in a raging eczema flare.
As a result, they believe that if they could just cut certain foods from their diet, such as gluten or dairy, their eczema will go away. Unfortunately, said Lio, it’s not that simple. “The No. 1 question my patients ask is ‘Could this be related to food?’ And my response is generally this: ‘I wish it were!’
“For patients who have dermatitis herpetiformis (the specific skin condition related to Celiac disease caused by a specific reaction to gluten), it’s often very straightforward. If they avoid the gluten, the skin generally stays clear. But we’re not that lucky for eczema patients as they, by definition, don’t have this condition.” Lio said.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018
Sun, Dec 9, 2018
When we live with intent, we own our actions; instead of habitually performing them.
We tend to associate the energy of intent with complicated or profoundly meaningful actions that require our full attention and effort in order to succeed.
For example, walking a tightrope, taking a test, and taking a vow are all tasks that call us to be fully present and single-minded. However, intent can also be applied to everyday events, like eating breakfast or going to work. In fact, everything we do benefits from the presence of intent, which has the power to transform seemingly mundane tasks into profound experiences. You only have to try it to find out.
Intent is one of the cornerstones of the Zen tradition in which monks work for years to develop the stillness and sharpness of mind to do only one thing at a time. Most of the time we are doing one thing and thinking of something else, or even doing three things at the same time, such as talking on the phone, doing dishes, and boiling water for tea.
There is nothing inherently wrong with multitasking, which seems necessary at times, especially in the midst of family life. However, balancing this with a healthy dose of intentional activity can provide valuable insight into the benefits of doing one thing at a time, being fully present with whatever the task at hand happens to be.
Wed, Nov 21, 2018
Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well.
Kindness is an ideal that is easily accessible to all of us. We all know that a small kindness can make our journeys lighter and more enjoyable. Even bringing an instance of kindness to mind can put a smile on your face days or weeks later or perhaps even inspire you to share kindness with another. Though it may seem simple to the point of insignificance, many cultures throughout the world and history have recognized kindness as a powerful virtue. It may be the simplest way to experience and share all the grandest ideals of humanity.
We can make the choice to act from the best place within ourselves at any time, while simultaneously recognizing the highest potential in another with the smallest of acts, nourishing the seed of hope in each soul we encounter.
Tue, Oct 23, 2018
Our newest retail partner is Verde - a sustainable, zero waste market located in sunny Miami, FL.
With everything from refil stations to fresh juices, bulk foods and personal care products, Verde is taking a sustainable, plastic-free way of life mainstream. As they say, small changes lead to great movements!
If you're in the area be sure to stop in, sample our products and others and get into the zero waste movement!
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Thu, Sep 13, 2018
Fri, Jul 27, 2018
Back to school season is upon us! The aisles of local stores jam packed with gardening and pool floaties have seemingly transformed overnight to rows upon rows of pencils and notebooks. Where did the summer go?! But stationary isn't all you need this back to school season. Below are Meadowlark’s must-have organic picks to ensure you and your little ready for another successful school year!
For Your Tinys:
Lavender Room Spray After a summer of staying up late, your kiddo might have trouble adjusting to an earlier sleep schedule. This soothing organic/vegan lavender room spray can help calm their active minds and get them swiftly off to sleep. Spray into the air or even spray onto your kiddo’s linens/pillowcase. It’s also safe for pets!
For Your High Schooler:
Activated Charcoal Scrub
Your preteen or teen may be fighting a constant battle with acne, or perhaps they just want soft healthy skin. Either way, this facial scrub fits the bill by combating acne without dryness. The detoxifying power of the activated charcoal will help remove impurities. Natural lemon, tea tree, and lavender leaves skin feeling clean, smooth, and soft.
Fri, Jun 29, 2018
The 4th of July is around the corner- time to break out the grill and fireworks! But what to grill if you (or a guest) are vegetarian or vegan!? We've got you covered - try our 4th of July menu!
We’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes - pick and choose a recipe or two or use them all for a tasty, vegetarian, four-course meal. Either way, you’ll have great meals for your plant eating peeps!
First Course- Appetizer
A fun spin on the ubiquitous vegetable tray
Grilled Vegetable Platter
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Dash of salt
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
3 small carrots, cut in half lengthwise
1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients. Place 3 tablespoons marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Add vegetables; seal bag and turn to coat. Marinate 1-1/2 hours at room temperature.
Transfer vegetables to a grilling grid; place grid on grill rack. Grill vegetables, covered, over medium heat 8-12 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning occasionally.
Place vegetables on a large serving plate. Drizzle with remaining marinade. Yield: 6 servings.
Note: If you don’t have a grilling grid, use a recyclable foil pan. Poke holes in the bottom of the pan with a fork to allow liquid to drain.
Second Course- Salad
This salad is so delicious, even carnivores will enjoy! To veganize, just leave out the feta or use a non-dairy alternative such as Daiya or Treeline.
Grilled Summer Salad with Corn, Peppers and Chili-Lime Dressing
4 to 6 cups arugula
1 large red bell pepper, seeded, membranes removed, sliced into 1-inch wide strips