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7 Tips for Discovering Your Best Self

A common question we receive about hemp is, “Can it help me lose weight?”.

One might expect a self-described health company like us to display our product’s weight management information in sky writing – after all, weight loss products are an easy sell! However, we at HempE pride ourselves on being both a heart-lead business that puts our principles before our pocketbooks, and an evidence-based information and education center, ensuring that truth trumps profit. As such, we would like to unpack this loaded question, and offer what we believe is an accurate, but fresh, perspective.

Sometimes, when someone is asking about weight loss, they are actually asking, “Will this product improve my health?” The answer, of course, is an emphatic YES! Hemp is an excellent source of Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and more! We’ve written about some of the ways it can improve your health in past blogs, which you can read here, here and here.

Other times, the question means just what it says, “Will it make me skinny?”. We, as a culture, have become obsessed with thinness. We have come to see it as synonymous with health, and even as a barometer for worthiness. We have created a toxic climate that fosters disordered eating, mental illness, and shame.

Of course, acting as your own bus driver, you are allowed to choose whatever path to health you feel called to, including intentional weight loss. There are a lot of articles that support the idea that hemp will aid you in your weight loss journey, which you can read here, or here, or literally thousands of places that a quick Google search will reveal to you. However, before you go, we would like to offer some ways you can support your mind and spirit while you seek health for your body:

  1. Honor your hunger: Our bodies are amazingly intuitive, and if we pay attention, they are actually telling us exactly what they need to be healthy and satisfied. Often, diets ask us to ignore what our body is telling us, but by doing this we are undermining our bodies inherent wisdom. If we deny ourselves for too long, we trigger a biological (not psychological) drive to overeat, and we eventually lose the ability to hear what our body is saying at all!
  2. Give yourself permission to eat – the ‘Satisfaction Factor’: These days most of us have sectioned off a portion of our psyche for the Food Police to obsess over every calorie. The Food Police are the ones with the internal megaphone that tell you you’re ‘good’ if you eat nothing but celery, or ‘bad’ if you enjoy a cookie. We get so wrapped up in our anxiety fueled self-denial that we overlook one of the most basic blessings of life – the pleasure and satisfaction we gain from eating good food. The Food Police won’t tell you this, but when you allow yourself to eat what you really want, the pleasure you gain from that experience is a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied. If you do this while listening to your body, you’ll find that you need a lot less food to decide you’ve had ‘enough’.
  3. Respect your fullness: Slow down, breathe, taste your food and listen to what your body is saying. When we are present in our bodies while we eat, not only do we enjoy the experience of eating more, we are also more likely to hear our body tell us when we are comfortably full.
  4. Honor your feelings without using food: Negative feelings, such as anxiety, loneliness, boredom or anger are very difficult emotions to sit with. It is natural to seek comfort or even just numbness from the pain. Food may feel nice for the short term, but it doesn’t solve the problem. If anything, once the food hangover wears off, we are left with the same difficult emotions along with a dollop of food shame on the side. Sooner or later, you’ll be left to deal with the source of your pain, as well as that bloaty feeling. 
  5. Respect your body: Your body is worthy of love and respect just as it is, in this moment. Really. Our bodies do so much for us every day and we don’t always remember to treat them with gentleness and gratitude. When we learn to respect our bodies, and let go of our self-criticism, we can finally seek a more holistic health that supports our mind and spirit, as well as our body.
  6. Pleasurable Movement: Cross fit will definitely get your heart pumping, and if this is your jam then high fives all around. However, if your local gym feels more like a medieval torture chamber to you, it can be hard to motivate yourself to stop pressing the snooze button to get there on time. This is especially true when we are exercising because we are unhappy with our bodies and not because they are precious, and we want to take care of them. Find an activity that brings you a sense of joy and connection with your body. Go for a walk in the park, pick up a hula hoop, join a soccer team, find something that is accessible to you, and makes you feel good in your body. There are more ways to fitness than burpees and flipping tractor tires.
  7. Honor your health: While it is true that our diets don’t have to be perfect, we still need to make food choices that honor both our taste buds and our health. Consistently adding nutritious choices, like hemp, to your diet can go a long way towards making you feel well. That is, after all, what we at HempE are really here for. We want to honor your health, the health of your family, and the health of our planet, with love. We want you to know that no matter what path to wellness you chose, you are worthy of gentleness, respect and delicious food.
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A, B, C’s and Omega-3s

In our last blog post, we touched on in importance of Omega-3s for both your physical and mental health. Bad cholesterol? You need some Omega-3s, my friend. Depression? Try some soothing Omega-3s! Auto-immune Condition? You guessed it: Omega-3s! Stubborn carpet stains?! Ok, maybe not that last one, but I’m sure the point is not lost on you. Omega-3s are essential for nearly every aspect of your health, so it should be no surprise to learn that children need it at every single stage of their development.

In the 1980s, several clinical trials were conducted to measure the effects of consuming supplemental Omega-3s on pregnant women and their developing babies. The women were divided into 3 groups: group 1 received an Omega-3 supplement during pregnancy and lactation while the women in groups 2 and 3 received an olive oil placebo or nothing. The women in the first group had longer gestational periods, allowing for increased grey matter density in the baby as well as a lower rate of preeclampsia. The babies had heavier birth weights, higher visual acuity, higher mental processing scores, and higher hand-eye coordination scores. This is because Omega-3 fatty acids are a foundational component of every cell in your body, and are especially important for the development of the Central Nervous System.

The Central Nervous System begins developing 3 weeks after conception, and in a way, never stops. However, during the first 3 years of a child’s life, the brain is incredibly impressionable, both environmentally and chemically. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who receive sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids lower their child’s risk for a host of psychiatric, learning and behavior disorders, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and ADHD. They are also associated with increased social skills and attention span, as well as a decreased risk for asthma, heart disease, autoimmune conditions – and more!

Sadly, as amazing as our bodies are, they are unable to synthesize their own Omega-3s which is why it is so important to supplement or consume Omega-3 rich foods. Most doctors and medical professionals will recommend a fish oil supplement, but with concerns like rising ocean mercury levels, over fishing, and questionable fish processing practices, it is no wonder a growing number of people are looking for alternative sources for their Essential Fatty Acids.

Hemp is a sustainable, anti-carcinogenic, healthy and balanced source of Omega-3, protein, amino acids, vitamin E and fiber. It can be easily (and enjoyably) consumed in the form of seeds and oil or in capsule form. It is the perfect food for anyone who is pregnant, or breastfeeding, and for children at every stage of their development. Try this super food today!

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Hemp is a Healthy Option for Animals

Are you wondering about the benefits of adding hemp to your pet’s diet?

You’re in luck.  Since hemp offers an excellent balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, it is an ideal supplement for your pet’s health.

Much like when humans consume either hemp oil or protein, the effects can be felt in a wide range of areas from reduced inflammation to cardiovascular health.

The Misconception

There is a common misconception when it comes to hemp.  People perceive it as a drug, and therefore refrain from consuming it or sharing this superfood with their pet.  

By nature, the hemp plant in its entirety contains extremely nominal traces of THC, and in many cases 0% in end products derived from hemp seeds.  It cannot get you high, no matter how much you eat of it.   Same rule applies to when you feed hemp protein or oil to your pet.  Don’t miss out on this healthy boost due to misinformation.

Healthy Dose

Since most hemp foods are designed and distributed for human consumption, it’s understandable that you may not want to serve your pet a portion.  That’s why there are great companies out there dedicated to bringing the right products to market, designed specifically for animal well-being and health.

Hemp for Horses

We at HempE are thrilled to be carrying Elite Three products.  These have been specially crafted for horses however can also be consumed by larger dogs too.   Elite Three offers hemp oil and protein, encouraging both be added as dietary supplements.

Why Hemp Oil?

One of the most notable benefits of hemp oil for horses relates to their stamina and heart rate.  It promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and provides a sustainable energy source for fuel.  An added bonus of feeding hemp oil to your animal is that it has been shown to increase calmness and focus through its natural unique properties.

Why Hemp Protein?

Derived from the by-product of pressing hemp seed oil, the protein powder offers many of the same benefits of the oil without the added fat and calories.  Hemp protein is high in fibre and aids with digestion.  Speaking of digestion, due to the make up hemp, it is known to be one of the most digestible protein sources which reduces lag time between ingestion and absorption.

Other Pets

We know that not everyone has a horse, so we also carry a great hemp seed oil supplement for other pets.  HemPetz is a staple for the average pet owner and has shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.  The fatty acids found in this supplement are an important to the overall health of your pet’s skin, coat, joints, and other body systems.

Share the Love

Animals bring so much joy to our lives, why not share the love with a healthy addition to their diet.  The increase in overall health will be of benefit to the both of you.  Go natural at mealtime by supplementing hemp along with their staple food.

Do you feed hemp to your pet?  We’d love to hear about the effect it’s had on their general health and overall well being.   Join the conversation on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

If you’d like to learn more about omegas as they relate to hemp, give a read to this great post all about brain health.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

 

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Dill Delight Salad

This mixed greens salad is good to the last bite & full of nutrients.  Great as a lunch or side salad.

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Zesty Ceasar Salad

This recipe yields approximately 2 servings and can be made dairy free by using the vegan friendly substitutes noted below.

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Seeds are the Source of Life – Part 2

How is your garden growing?

It’s been about 2 weeks since posting Part 1 of this blog.  With the strong sun and warmer weather, plants will be gaining strength and starting to show growth.

Depending on what you have planted in the garden, you will likely see the next stages in the days and weeks to come.

If you are noticing that your plants are being nibbled, consider what might be eating the leaves.  If it’s slugs, try watering your garden in the morning.  Slugs like moist conditions and often come out at night.  If you water in the evening, you are creating more favorable conditions for them to thrive.

Slugs aren’t the only creatures that enjoy fresh leaves and healthy gardens.  Squirrels, rabbits, skunks, cats, and raccoons might all find their way into your plot of plants.  If possible, add some reinforcement to the area with chicken wire.

Now, onto the next stages of plant growth!

Budding

Another much anticipated phase in the growth process is when the first buds of your plant start to show.  This is a good time to introduce phosphorus into your soil to help stimulate this vital stage of crop growth.  

In understanding the pH level of your garden, you will avoid over fertilizing your crops.  Read through this informative article to get a better grasp of the science behind soil.

Flowering

The bud emerges, and a flower starts to show!  A good indicator that the fruit or vegetable isn’t too far behind.  Just like in the last two phases, natural fertilizer can be applied to your garden to help boost this stage of plant growth.   However, if you have already tended to your garden well in the earlier stages, your plants won’t need much more than water, sunshine, and love.

Ripening

It’s the moment every garden is waiting for. The crops begin to bear fruit, and the colours begin to turn.  Keep watering your plants throughout this stage to keep them hydrated, and help to flush out use of natural and organic fertilizers.  Being vigilant will help at this stage, since as mentioned, furry friends like fruits and vegetables too!  

Harvest

This is when all your hard work pays off.  You reap what you sow, and if you have taken all the right steps in your garden, you will enjoy the feast.  Harvest usually happens towards the end of Summer and into the Fall.    Plan out this stage well to allow enough time for you to pick your fruits and vegetables, and preserve them for months of enjoyment.

Learning as you Grow

While there are many stages to plant growth, each one is unique and rewarding.  By participating in the process, you begin to learn that seeds are micro miracles and the source of all life.   Enjoy yourself as you connect with the Earth and the food you grow!

We love hemp for its endless uses – what’s your favorite seed to plant? Join the conversation on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These allergy-friendly, vegan, & gluten-free Chocolate ZucchinE Muffins are moist and nutritious – a family favorite!

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Hemp Banana Pancakes

This mouth watering banana pancake recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and allergy friendly –  making them a hit in every kitchen.  They come out moist and fluffy, just like banana bread and have a crispy outside, the perfect combination!

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Seeds are the Source of Life – Part 1

Have you ever thought about the power of a single seed?  

When you eat seeds, sure, it takes a good handful to gain nutrients from them.  But what about when you plant one?  A single seed grows into so much more come harvest time.  The journey from seed to mature crop is unique and important to understand for farmers – both professional and hobby – as well as end product customers.

No matter which end of the spectrum you fall under, learning about the growth stages from germination to harvest can be quite intriguing!

Germination

This is where it all begins.  The seed comes to life with water, oxygen, a favourable temperature, and time.  Whether you are germinating seeds directly in the Earth or in little pots indoors, this initial step is what gets everything started.  

You’ll want to take this first step in early Spring, and take proper measures to deal with your particular climate zone.  The germination stage lasts between 2-10 days, so be patient as you wait for something green to sprout.

Seedling

Perhaps one of the most exciting stages, the point when the little seeds pops out from the Earth and begins to develop a stem and small leaves.  This is when the seed is becoming established, and starting to take roots.  

Keep in mind, all stages of plant growth require patience – especially these first two.  A lot is happening underground, so it’s normal not to see a lot happening with your seedling.  This is when you want your plant to grow down, establishing strong roots.  

If you have your plants in small pots at this time, find the ideal place in your garden, and get them in nutrient rich soil by adding compost when preparing the soil.  Consider putting a protective guard like chicken wire around them, as they are particularly fragile in the beginning phases.

Vegetation

Spring is quickly turning to Summer, and your plants are starting to grow up.  When a seed grows out of the seedling phase, vegetation starts to show.  Leaves become bigger and broader, the stem gets thicker and stronger.  Roots are well established, so avoid moving these plants around in your garden. 

Depending on the health of your soil, you may consider adding a nitrogen boost during this stage of the growth process.  Here are some great tips on how to apply organic fertilizer to your garden.

You might also consider adding some potassium to your soil at this point – check out this helpful article to learn more.

Checking In

If you have a garden in your backyard, now’s a great time to check in.  Take a look at the overall health of the plants.  Are the dead leaves weighing it down?  Do you have little holes in the foliage?  How’s the pH of your soil?

Assessing your garden today will give you the chance to make any improvements to the conditions in order to ensure a better harvest in the months to come.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post where we will cover the next stages in plant growth.  If you have any tips that you’d like to share with others, join the conversation on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Peach Pancakes

Do you like Peaches & Cream?  Give this delightful breakfast a try by combining a serving of our Allergy Friendly Pancakes, and topping with Hemp Cream, Earth Balance margarine, and fresh peaches.

Recipes

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Dill Delight Salad

This mixed greens salad is good to the last bite & full of nutrients.  Great as a lunch or side salad.

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Zesty Ceasar Salad

This recipe yields approximately 2 servings and can be made dairy free by using the vegan friendly substitutes noted below.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These allergy-friendly, vegan, & gluten-free Chocolate ZucchinE Muffins are moist and nutritious – a family favorite!

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Hemp Banana Pancakes

This mouth watering banana pancake recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and allergy friendly –  making them a hit in every kitchen.  They come out moist and fluffy, just like banana bread and have a crispy outside, the perfect combination!

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Peach Pancakes

Do you like Peaches & Cream?  Give this delightful breakfast a try by combining a serving of our Allergy Friendly Pancakes, and topping with Hemp Cream, Earth Balance margarine, and fresh peaches.

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Hemp Cream

Try this delicious Hemp Cream recipe straight from the fridge, or stick it in the freezer for some Dairy-free ice cream.

There are so many ways to enjoy this refreshing treat – frozen with berries and cacao nibs, for dipping apple slices, or spread it onto cinnamon raisin toast – how will you eat this delightful burst of proteinfiber, & omegas?

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Allergy Friendly Pancakes

Who can say no to pancakes??

Not too many people can!  Try this healthy Allergy Friendly Pancake recipe that your friends and family will love!

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Stuffed Mushrooms

I couldn’t believe they tasted exactly like the cream cheese ones I was craving! Creamy, delicious, and nutritious. I saved this recipe for you from Easter. There was none left over, just compliments and second helpings. 😊

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Protein Bars, or Grandma’s cookies..? Soft and chewy, quick and easy

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Ham and Pasta

Quinoa and Rice pasta, leftover ham, avocado, Tex-Mex seasoned hemp seeds, and ketchup for lunch.