The Flower Of Power

Spring is here! Are you ready to bloom?

The Wildflower Project and Generation Green are excited to feature Natalie Reimer Anderson, Self-Love and Sovereign Life Coach for a one day workshop to plant the seeds of purpose and possibility in your
life!

The ‘Flower of Power’ Process Workshop is a focused and fun-filled day where you will be guided step-by-step to create your passion-driven and purposeful life plan.

If you listened in on our Podcast episode with Natalie, then you already know just how special this event is going to be!

 

 

 

Natalie will help you gain clarity of your desires by:

• Identifying what areas of your life need attention
• Recognizing and releasing limiting beliefs that are blocking your abundance
• Determining your core values so you can stand firm in decision making
• Getting in touch with your soul’s desire to consciously create
• Giving yourself permission to live your dreams

You will create a personal action plan with practical steps to follow that will move you confidently and with greater clarity toward your goals.

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This Special Day Event Includes:

  • Workbook resource of easy exercises, yours to keep!
  • Guided meditation
  • 5 hours of instruction & support from a highly in-demand expert
  • Community connection with other like-minded conscious creators ready to bloom
  • Swag Bag of Treats provided by Generation Green
  • Healthy and delicious lunch from Acorn Cafe
  • Coffee, tea and snacks
  • A life plan created by you with easy clear steps to begin to implement immediately!

This investment in yourself is being offered from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at Generation Green in The Exchange, 433 Main Street at Bannatyne Ave.  Limited seating so don’t wait!

Earlybird Special Pricing is being offered for $250 until midnight April 1st/2019 then the regular price of $300 will be in effect.

Registration begins today!  Click here to begin your flower to power experience.

Natalie Reimer Anderson is a holistic self-love coach and speaker who combines her expertise in cellular nutrition, spiritual practices, cutting-edge health and fitness hacks, along with cognitive therapies to transform lives. She is known for her inspirational personal story of healing her autoimmune condition though the power of self-love. 

Her multi-disciplined approach in her signature coaching system- The Cell to Soul Self-Love Solution, serves to remove limiting-beliefs about our self-worth, draw clear personal boundaries to reclaim self-sovereignty, consciously design and manifest your best life, and support the body to optimal health.  

 

 

Conscious Consumerism – Fashion

If you’re looking to be a more eco-friendly consumer when it comes to your clothing, you’ve come to the right place! Fast fashion is mass produced inexpensive clothing retailers create in response to the latest trends, which leads to the over consumption of clothing by customers, ultimately creating more waste on Earth. There are more than a few problems with fast fashion. First off, have you ever thought about why you can buy that H&M top for $5? Well, huge producers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, etc outsource their factories in developing countries, paying their workers unbelievably low wages, in poor working conditions in order to sell their clothing so cheap. Second, producing such inexpensive clothing based off trends that come and go creates a problem for our environment. Often these clothing items don’t last long due to poor quality and when the trend dies off, that cheetah print top you bought last month will most likely end up in the trash or stuffed in the back of your closet.

The fashion industry is one of many huge polluters destroying our planet, thrifting your clothing is just one more way to live a greener life. If you care to learn more about the damaging effects of the fashion industry I highly suggest the documentary “The True Cost”, which discusses the ethical and environmental dangers of fast fashion.

Holly in one of her thrift find outfits

To counter the effects of over producing clothing, thrifting is an amazing alternative way to shop. There are already so many stunning pieces out there just waiting to be found! Thrifting is about finding pieces you love, that you might not normally think to get at a big department store.

Since starting to thrift I’ve grown into my own style, discovered pieces I love to wear, that make me feel confident. Not to mention the excitement you feel when you find a pair of jeans that hug your curves just right, and you only paid $2.00 for. In addition to the great pricing, your style will become completely distinctive. Finding cool and unique pieces ensures you’ll never have an awkward ‘who wore it better’ situation at work or school.

Also, you can find high quality clothing items that will last you much longer, and survive the come and go of trendy fashion. We have some great local fashion designers right here in Winnipeg that design and manufacture statement pieces that will take you through all seasons and last forever!  Check out a couple of our personal faves; Prana Vida StyleLennard Taylor & Sarah Sue Design Plus your supporting local! Win Win! But if you really want to stick with the trends you can still find them at the thrift store, often for a way better price.

Plato’s Closet is one second hand shop that selects the clothing they sell, and they choose pieces that are more trendy and appeal to the fashionistas out there. Plato’s is a great place to start if you’re just getting into the swing of things. Value Village and Salvation Army are also really good chain thrift stores and I highly suggest giving them a shot as well! And last, but definitely not least, there are many vintage shops in Winnipeg that offer a wide variety of vintage clothes.  

All in all, thrifting is great for the environment, your wallet, and your style. What could be better! Check out the tips below on how to begin your thrifting journey, and good-luck!

Thrifting tips:

  1. Don’t expect to find everything you want the first time you go. Thrifting is a process, and it takes time and patience.
  2. Look in ALL the sections, some of my absolute favourite jackets, jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters are from the men’s section.
  3. Keep your eye out for colours and patterns that you love and go from there. Having a place to start can make the huge selection a little less intimidating.
  4. Don’t forget to look at accessories! Purses and jewelry can be very expensive to buy new and the thrift stores have a large selection for a quarter of the price.
  5. Try EVERYTHING on! You never know until you try it! If you find something your not 100% sure about, give it a shot and you might surprise yourself.

Written by: Holly Simpson

Let’s Talk Brain Health – Part 3

If you’ve been following along on our brain health posts then I think you’ll agree this is of most importance!

We need to do all we can to support our cognitive functions and we now know the foundation is a healthy diet that is loaded with colorful foods that feed our brain and give it the fuel it needs.

Now I’ve heard many people complain that they have trouble remembering names, what they were looking for or even what they had for breakfast!  I think there are things we should be doing to exercise and stimulate and challenge our brains!

Here are just a few ideas:

Harmonic Arts Lions Mane
  • Do puzzles – crossword, search word or  jigsaw
  • Learn something new!  How to crotchet, play an instrument, a new sport or even try to learn a new language
  • Try making a list and recalling it by memory and see how many you can remember
  • Play games! Nothing like a good trivia game or even match game
  • Stimulate your senses!  Try and name the flavors your tasting, be descriptive describing how something feels or what your hearing and take in all the visual beauty!

Of course rest is also important for brain health.  Getting enough sleep and taking time to quiet the constant chatter that runs through our mind all day is crucial for our moods, immunity and dealing with stress that can greatly affect our brain health.

Lastly, being social and connecting with others could help with memory loss.  Stimulating conversation and close friendships are proven to release oxytocin, the feel good hormone counter acting against the fight/flight hormone response.

If you’re looking for a well-known brain boosting adaptogens, one of our favorites is Lions Mane!  Lion’s mane mushrooms have been studied for their neuroprotective benefits and their ability to regenerate and protect brain tissue.  You can try it out in our Acorn Cafe by adding into your beverage, or purchase from our Harmonic Arts stock and add into oatmeal, soups, etc.  Great for those foggy brain moments too!

Check out one of those studies from the US National Library of medicine here.

I hope you have enjoyed our brain health series but please remember that these are all suggestions, please consult with your family doctor and do your own research.

 

 

Generation Green’s Wildflower Project

We’ve been sharing some hints about our new project, and we’re finally able to release some information about this latest venture of ours:

Generation Green’s Wildflower Project – Launching January 2019

This has really become a passion project and we are so excited to get started! That being said, there are going to be different elements to this project, and as much as we would like to do them all at once – we need to do it slowly so they turn out as amazing as we have dreamed they’ll be! Now without further delay, we’re ready to begin phase one!

First, let me start off by telling you exactly what Generation Green’s Wildflower Project is all about…

Connect · Grow · Bloom

These 3 words are the foundation to this project.

The need to connect as humans, to grow through lifelong learning, and when we do both those things, we bloom!

When I opened Generation Green 6 years ago, the intention really was to help people. Having an administrative background, I wasn’t really sure how to “sell” but I knew what I liked and what I was needing as a consumer and I genuinely care about the wellbeing of other people so naturally wanted to share what I was learning.

As the opening of Generation Green unfolded, I was meeting so many amazing people with knowledge in many different areas such as holistic wellness, herbalism, waste free living & starting movements to name a few,  and I really wanted to connect more with them in order to continue learning!  I also loved getting to know so many customers who were all at different places in their natural living journeys. These customers either had so much information themselves to share or were eager to learn more. I started thinking about ways I could help all these different, beautiful people connect, so we could all learn and grow together…and Viola! The idea for the Wildflower Project began!

The Wildflower Project begins with connecting our journeys by starting conversations. Conversations about all the different life stuff we’re dealing with at so many different levels. We are going to do this via a Wildflower Project podcast! We believe you will appreciate our honest, uncensored, and unscripted discussions that we hope you can all connect with.

For the podcast, we at times will start a conversation on a specific topic (and attempt to stay on topic), we then are going to find experts or other amazing people who we can learn from and who can enlighten us more on said topic.

Finally, we want to invite you to have a seat at our table to continue the conversation with us and others.  Our table discussions will be interactive, at times hands on, but always a place of acceptance. All this in an effort of building a community that grows together on this journey called life.

If you are in Winnipeg, where we are located, you will be welcome and able to purchase a seat at the table for any conversation/workshop being led by our featured expert that is of interest to you.

The podcast episodes and then meetup/workshop dates will be posted here on our website as well on Wildflower Project’s Instagram account here. Of course our monthly newsletter will have details as well so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of them!  Stay tuned for our first episode!!

I invite you now to follow along as we continue to unfold this project and like all those wildflowers to be, let’s see where the wind blows us!

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If you, or someone you know would be a great person for us to interview or do a workshop with please contact sherry@generationgreenwpg.com

Nourish Me Please!!!

Acorn Cafe has something new & exciting happening on Tuesday’s!

We started asking on our Instagram page what folks were wanting to see on the menu, and it was from that feedback that we did some tweaking to the menu!

First our cafe manager Lily set out to find a way to jam pack some nourishment in a lunch item & voila!… may we present you our  “Nourish Bowls”!!

These sustenance filled bowls will alternate weekly so be sure to try them all!  We’ve already started with the first two (pictured) and all I can say is wow!! So yummy, so loaded with goodness and food fuel to help you get the most of your day!

In additional to the “Nourish Bowls” on Tuesdays, we are also making pizza buns!  These are great for grab & go lunches, or an afternoon snack and can be eaten warm or cold.  We are making our pizza buns using the newly stocked vegan pizza dough from Diana Cline of Diana’s Cucina , a 5 time International Canadian Pizza Award Winner!  This Moosehead beer based dough is for sale and can be found in our freezer section.  Adding to the deliciousness is DeLuca’s pizza sauce and topping it off with Vegan Fromagerie’s mozzarella! yummmmm!

Wednesdays have also become our baking day, so expect some drool worth scents when you walk in the door as savory scones, muffins and coffee cakes (all vegan of course) are being taken out of the oven!

Be sure to check out our other daily features on our menu by clicking here and our full menu can be found here.

We’re here for you so keep those comments, suggestions and feedback coming!

Let’s Talk Brain Health – Part 2

We can’t talk about brain health without looking into our gut and recognizing the relation between the brain and everything gut related.  What happens in your gut/GI tract is essentially what happens in your brain. This has scientists calling the gut the 2nd brain! The gut and the brain are in a big time romance. They are entwined and can effect all of our bodily health, including brain function and how we feel everyday.

You’ve heard the term “having a gut feeling,” and well, it’s definitely something you can pay attention to.  Our brains have hundreds of millions of neurons connected to our nervous system which control our gastrointestinal system.

What’s even more amazing is that within the GI tract, it is estimated this is where 80-90% of the body’s serotonin is made (that happy hormone!) So the brain operates our bodily functions, but the gut can also send messages to the brain.

Not convinced?  Think about how certain foods affect how you feel, like chocolate. Chocolate releases endorphins in our gut and sends that “feeling good” message to our brain.  Of course this can work the opposite way too. High fat processed foods for instance, can make us feel tired and sluggish.  There is so much going on in brain-gut connection that I really encourage everybody to take note of how foods make them feel and maybe even keep a journal for reflection and assessment. This is obviously such a complex system, so if you are keen to research more, you might like this research manuscript I found that really delves into exactly how food controls the brain and cognitive health.  It’s a big read but very interesting!

So to aid our gut health, which would also aid brain health is to not only eat healthy “rainbow foods”  that I spoke of in the first part of this series, but also by adding fermented foods and kombucha into your diet. Both of which are perfect for assisting in balancing the gut flora. We have billions of bacteria living in our body, so we want to be sure that there is enough strong, good bacteria in there to keep viruses and fungi away. Which also helps to prevent disease. Adding 1 or 2 servings of kombucha or fermented foods daily can have a huge impact on your overall well-being, especially, of course on your brain health!

If you are interested in learning more about kombucha and even how to make your own, we have two upcoming workshops with Wolseley Kombucha. You can register here. Or you can always purchase a growler from us and fill it up at our Wolseley Kombucha tap, in-store!

 

 

Let’s Talk Brain Health – Part 1

Over the holidays and spending time with aging family members, I really became aware of how forgetful they were becoming, how they had trouble recollecting memories or were experiencing general confusion.  I started reading up on these issues and discovered that this is something we really need to be concerned about.

I first found this overwhelming statistic that stated if we live to the age of 85, half of us will more than likely develop Alzheimer’s.  According to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba there are more than 22,500 Manitobans that have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This number is growing at an alarming rate and by 2038 it is expected to reach over 40,700!

There are of course risk factors listed on their website and areas that we should look at changing in our lifestyle, but there is no known cure at this time.  Now this of course is alarming because we easily take our organs for granted and our brains have a 24/7 job like the rest of them!  Unlike the other organs that perhaps have a main job, our brains are responsible for multiple!! Our brain is responsible not just for our thoughts, but our breathing, our organ functions, our movements and is basically the power source of our whole body!

So if there is no cure and we need our brains to be fully functioning, I of course then looked further into preventative information.

One of the common threads I was seeing in my research all pointed towards our gut health.  Apparently, our gut is a major contributor to brain issues, cognitive decline and memory issues if we have insulin resistance (aka diabesity). Some researchers have now begun to call Alzheimer’s disease type 3 diabetes and say that our guts are actually our 2nd brain. So nutrition is the key if prevention is the focus!

The good news is that a brain diet basically consists of eating wholesome colourful foods, a rainbow of brain nourishment!  Plant pigments found in those colourful foods can feed our brains the vital nutrients they need.  Here are just some of those pigments and where you can find them.

lycopene foodsRED/PINK an antioxidant pigment that helps combat free radicals (those wayward, naturally occurring cells that cause big time stress on our bodies, which can lead to premature aging & disease) – look to tomatoes, pink grapefruit, papaya and watermelon! Lycopene’s antioxidant properties may help prevent seizures and memory loss experienced in age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

chlorophyll foods – GREEN and probably the most well known as a vital source of energy but did you know they optimize our brain function?! Yup! They say chlorophyll is the blood of plants and is comparable to our own and when we introduce them into our bodies it’s like having an energy transfusion! All green veggies contain chlorophyll however some are definitely better than others such as spinach compared to broccoli which is actually considered more white.  You want a green that goes green throughout.   Look to those leafy greens as those are the best source but also kelp, algae, spirulina and don’t forget those green tops from beets & carrots!

beta carotene foods ORANGE and long known as being beneficial for vision and skin, but carotene foods have now been thought to reduce the risk of cognitive decline in men (according to a report released in the Nov. 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine). Researchers found that oxidative stress, which damages brain cells, is a major contributor to the aging of the brain and associated cognitive decline.  This beautiful vibrant pigment is also found in sweet potatoes, squash, cantaloupe, peppers & apricots to name a few.  For best absorption of this fat soluble vitamin, try adding oil or nuts.

anthocyanins (a type of flavonoid)  foods – BLUE/PURPLE & RED found in the skins of glorious blueberries, blackberries, grapes, strawberries, pomegranates, kidney beans & red onions just to name a few!! They are probably the most consumed as there is such a variety of foods that offer these. Some of the many anthocyanin benefits that research has uncovered include fighting heart disease, cancer, memory loss and neurological disorders.

Besides a rainbow diet to keep our brains healthy, there are a few other suggestions such as taking time to learn something new like playing an instrument, learning to play a new sport or finding a new hobby to learn.  Keep our brains ignited through learning but be sure to also disconnect from devices!  Turn off the TV, put away the iPhone and instead start connecting with others.  Play a game of cards with a friend, enjoy a coffee together with good o’l conversation or best of all connect with ourselves out in nature.  Fresh air, exercise, laughter and some colour are the perfect prescription I think for prevention of many health issues, but certainly for brain health.

Next Up – Brain Health: Continuing the conversation – ” All Things Bubbly”

 

 

 

Holiday Entertaining Specials!

It’s December!!!  (Cue bells ringing and Little Drummer Boy doing his thing!)

The most magical time of the year with fresh snowflakes, twinkling lights, wonderful scents and getting together with friends and family!

We’re here to help with your entertaining needs by offering up some must have, sure to please yummies!

First, stock up on Happy Dance Hummus! Freeze & thaw any (or all) of the 4 flavours, Creamy Dill, Chiptole Lime, Curry Masala & Garlic Jalapeno! Find these stocked in our freezer always!  While your at it, be sure to grab a bag or two of locally made LaCocina perfectly thin tortilla chips and pair them with Crampson Made Salsa!

From our decadent vegan baker Nosh On This,  we can pack you up a tray of assorted goodies that will have your guests feeling oh so special! Some of her holiday treats include; gingersnaps, fig & anise cookies, sugar cookie truffles and the must have New York slice aka Nanimo bars! (Please order ahead by sending us an email to acorncafewpg@generationgreenwpg.com).

Lastly, our incredible vegan cheese maker, Celine of Vegan Fromagerie has opened up the ordering this month for all the cheese selections and some really amazing holiday specials!

In addition to the December feature of Chevre Cheese (a cultured cashew cheese that is soft, tangy and salty), you can also pre-order Dill Havarti, Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Smoked Gouda, Cream Cheese (pair with John Russell Red Pepper Jelly)…are you picturing and salivating over that charcuterie board yet?!?! And of course, we can’t forget the Feta, Cheese Sauce & Sour Cream for those Amanda Lynn Perogies (vegan & gluten free) that you can also find in our freezer section.

BUT WAIT, there’s more!!! A Cranberry/Pistachio Chevre rolled log, AND an Antipasto Cheese Ball, AND a Glazed Seitan Ham!!! Yum! Yum! & More Yum!!!

All the cheese/ham must be preordered by 6pm each Friday for pick up on Monday’s.  Last day to order will be the exception with the order cutoff being Monday, December 18th with pick up on Sunday, December 24th by 3:30PM.  Easy, safe, online ordering now available, click here.

Time to send out the invites! Happy Holidays Everyone!

Nature’s Pharmacy – Microgreens

We often overlook nature’s pharmacy, where so many health answers and remedies are available. One little green sprout can help with so many different health condition!

Skeptical? Keep on reading!

There are so many different microgreens we could talk about, but the one that has me fascinated is broccoli microgreens.

Broccoli itself has always been a grocery must-have! It’s delicious, and also full of nutrients! Broccoli microgreens though, have these benefits, x 1000! (*An expression, not a fact*)

This is because of a specific food molecule called sulforaphane. It is commonly found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, or cabbage. But the highest amount of this miracle molecule can only be found in broccoli sprouts!

Every kind of these amazing microgreens are an abundant source of antioxidants and proteins. They can help protect against aging vision, fight against cancer, against diabetes, revitalize tissue, calm inflammation, activate digestive enzymes which detoxifies the body. They also assist in helping to create an alkaline environment in the body, which keeps disease from growing inside us.

They are easy to grow, but if that’s not your thing, we do offer pre-order & pick up of locally grown microgreens from 3 Guys Greens. The best part is you can order them all year long!  The sprouts come as a living tray that you simply snip to harvest 1-3 days after you receive them. Store them in a sealed container in your refrigerator.  They’ll last you about a week (because they’re so nummy and you’ll eat them all right up.) $13.50 per tray, and grown to order, so you pre-order about 2 weeks ahead of pick-up at Generation Green on Fridays.  There is no long term commitment – try them, love them, re-order as you like or sign up for a weekly tray.  You can order directly from 3 Guys Greens here.

Getting power nutrients like this into your diet is as simple as adding these tasty sprouts to anything like smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, stir fry, or simply (do like I do)  snip and eat for a snack! They really are that yummy!  We’ve added the microgreens from 3 Guys Green into our menu items at Acorn Cafe, like our vegan cream cheese bagels with cucumbers. And trust me when I say you’ll be left craving another!

Health is important and prevention is crucial!

Connecting to Mother Earth

I have always felt the most present when in nature. I have also found that being in nature is the easiest way to find inspiration, or answers, that I may have been searching for. Ever since my childhood days of laying in the grass – watching the clouds move and form into shapes, to attempts at gardening or walks on the beach, I’ve known it is something necessary in my life.

When I heard about “earthing,” it made some sense – as essentially it is connecting our bodies with the electrical energy of the earth. Like energizer batteries for our bodies, that can keep us going, keep our charge, and basically optimize our health by making us feel better. However, as with many “natural remedies” it is often met with skepticism. Many will agree there are electrons coming from the earth, but that they are do nothing special as far as helping us with our health.

Perhaps skepticism comes because products have been made that claim to create that earthing effect, such as earthing mats, bands, or sheets – and it is meant to discredit them.

Whether those products work or not, I’m not sure! But I wouldn’t dismiss the benefits that come from eliminating barriers between us and the earth and its energy.  It’s undeniable when you think about walking barefoot in the grass and how great it feels, not only on your feet, but also how it affects your mood!  There have been studies that show a benefit to walking barefoot everyday, in eliminating some stress, anxiety, and even physical pain. Why couldn’t that be from the earth’s energy?  We are, in fact, made up of energy and therefore benefit from sourcing any that we can, directly from the earth.

We always create barriers between ourselves and the earth with everyday things. Such as rubber soled shoes, or just being cooped up indoors.  How much barrier-free time do we really spend connecting to mother earth? Being considered the “indoor generation” is not surprising.  Between work, school, being connected to technology, and sleeping, how much time are we connecting to the earth?

Winter is especially difficult for those us that know the benefits of walking barefoot or digging in the dirt. So what can be done to connect?

Some of my searches gave me the suggestion that winter is a time for planning and contemplation. So things like meditation, and visualization, or connecting to other elements such as fire or water – via a fireplace, candle flame, or warm bath with epsom salts.  There was also a suggestion to indulge in organic root vegetables to connect to the ground!  I also think maybe connecting with other people, to exchange energy can be helpful.

If all else fails, take a trip, if you are able to, somewhere warm where you can kick off your shoes and allow mother earth to care for you the way she knows best.