Plant Based Family

Tyler and I recently made the decision to become plant based vegans. We are super stoked to be on this health journey together! We made this decision after a lot of research, experimentation, thought, and consideration so it was definitely not on a whim. We are feeling better than ever and it’s only been a week so far! We have been eating in abundance and are having so much fun in the kitchen cooking plant based meals. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.

We are adopting this lifestyle primarily for health reasons. We both want to live long healthy lives full of vitality and free of health issues. We are so fortunate that we are both healthy young adults without any health problems but we want to ensure that for our future so that we can thrive, not just survive. Our bodies are temples so we should power them with the best possible fuel, which are plants. Plants are the most nutrient dense food on the planet and our bodies are biologically designed to eat them. Plants are also wondrously not calorie dense so there are no caloric restrictions when eating a plant based diet because there’s no way you can get fat by eating plants. That’s pretty cool if you ask me! Some people think being a vegan is extreme but it has been truly freeing to eat until completely satisfied without feeling guilty.

A plant based vegan diet has proven in many studies to prevent, and even reverse, cancer and disease, the two things that are killing our population more than anything else. Processed meat is classified as a group 1 carcinogen, just as smoking cigarettes are. That’s crazy!! Most people probably don’t realize that their diet is doing the most damage to their bodies. There is truly no reason to consume animal products and there is nothing that you need from them that you can’t get from plants, even adequate protein!

Another reason to go vegan is for ethical reasons. I’m not going to dive into this too much but we want to be socially and environmentally responsible. I personally do not want to promote animal cruelty or industrial agriculture. One of my favorite quotes is, “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian” by Paul McCartney. It’s very hard to watch but educating yourself will make you realize there is an awful lot of suffering that occurs to produce food products that we are really not meant to eat. It’s actually making our population fat and sick. Voting with your dollar is the most effective way to make a change and promote what you stand for.

We initially took steps towards clean eating back at the beginning of 2016 by adapting the paleo diet, which I shared here on the blog. We both lost weight/toned up however, we didn’t feel better on the inside and didn’t feel truly nourished. It was really not sustainable eating a very high protein and low carbohydrate diet. You don’t feel well. The carb flu is real and not fun. We are enjoying eating a diet rich in plant based carbohydrates! We also realistically do not need nearly that much protein, no one does. Bottom line, paleo may work for some people but it did not work for us and we knew it was not a healthy long term lifestyle for us. The health of internal organs is much more important than the size of your waist. However, loosing weight on a vegan diet is just an added bonus! I’ve actually read about many former paleo people going vegan because of similar reasons to what I stated. It’s always good to become an expert on yourself and learn what works best for you and try things out for yourself because everyone is different.

Check out What The Health and Forks Over Knives on Netflix, The China Study book, and of course there is a ton of great information on the word wide web. A few of my favorite vegan bloggers Ellen Fisher, Earthy Andy, and Oh She Glows. Serious Eats also has a really awesome vegan recipes section. There are so many resources out there to educate yourself on why a plant based diet is truly optimal for health and wellness!

We will definitely be posting some of our favorite vegan recipes on the blog, and maybe even some cooking videos! Here are a few photos of some vegan dinners we have enjoyed.

vegan sushi
vegan vermicelli with a side of kimchi
local pawpaws- they’re like a mango, banana, and citrus had a baby DELICIOUS
vegan ramen

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

This post is long overdue but better late than never! Tyler and I rented an Airbnb in southwestern Colorado about 2 weeks before we got married as a little pre-wedding getaway! Our Airbnb was an awesome, remote cabin in Cimarron, Colorado on multiple acres in the mountains. We knew the chaos and excitement of all the wedding festivities were going to start up soon so we figured it would be good for us to have a mini vacay. We both went on our separate bachelor/bachelorette trips but we wanted to go somewhere as a family (Waldo included, of course) before we officially tied the knot! I highly suggest doing this with your spouse just to ground yourselves and relax before your big day. We made campfires and s’mores every night and just enjoyed being in nature together. Waldo had a blast running around in the woods. It’s such a beautiful and underrated area of Colorado!

One day we explored the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This was my 5th National Park! Forewarning, if you are afraid of heights or get vertigo easily, this is not the national park for you haha. All the lookout points along the main park road were literally right on edge of the cliffs looking straight down and some of them even hanging out and over into the canyon. The canyon is deep, steep, and vast carved out by the Gunnison River. It was truly breathtaking! Our favorite spots were Chasm View and Painted Wall. This was by far the biggest, most beautiful canyon I’ve ever seen!

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Earth + Ocean Inspired Skincare

I first discovered OSEA Malibu skincare products at the Halele’a Spa at the St. Regis Princeville on Kauai. I instantly fell in love with the glass packaging, plant based ingredients, natural scents, and luxurious textures. OSEA products are made with quality ingredients such as seaweed, plants, flowers, salts, botanicals, and essential oils. So much goodness!

I don’t know about y’all but every time I go to the beach my skin just looks and feels healthier. One of my favorite parts about using OSEA products is getting that same effect at home! Seaweed is the foundation of most all their products. The organic proprietary seaweed trio is rich in bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. It’s important to nourish your body using natural ingredients from the Earth + Ocean.

I am admittedly very picky about what I put on my skin and I believe everyone should be! My primary concern is using non-toxic products and my secondary concern is efficacy so I am happy to find such an awesome company that is in line with these values. I have been using the Ocean Cleanser, Atmosphere Protection Cream, and the Red Algae Mask for about 2 weeks now and I am loving the results! The Ocean Cleanser is so refreshing and balancing. The Atmosphere Protection Cream is the perfect moisturizer because it’s light yet hydrating (so thankful for humidity because now I don’t have to glob on heavy creams). The Red Algae Mask is purifying without drying and can be used once or twice weekly. These are the products recommended for my skin type (normal/combination) however, OSEA does have oily/blemish prone, age defying, and dry skin products to address your specific skin concerns.

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We Moved to Virginia!

In late July, we started a new adventure and moved to Richmond, Virginia! We will miss Colorado and always reminisce on all the wonderful memories we have from our time living in Boulder. I lived there for about 6 years and Tyler for about 5. We both had the BEST college experience at CU Boulder. We made such amazing friends, had SO much fun, took full advantage of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and went out with a bang by getting married at Chautauqua. But it was time for a new adventure for this little family!

Boulder is very much a college town, which makes it such a blast, but we eventually grew out of that party scene, especially as a young married couple. We also both really missed the South. Richmond is Tyler’s hometown and where most of his family lives. This was definitely an attractive factor because family is important to us. Tyler’s family is so awesome and I’m blessed to call them my family now! We thought long and hard about our decision to move and made the choice very intentionally, considering all factors.

Richmond is a really cool/hip, charming, sleepy Southern city with so much to do! You get the best of both worlds because it’s an hour to the Blue Ridge Mountains and 2 hours to the beach. We are living in a great house in a precious neighborhood and we are loving it! There are cute little neighborhood grocery stores, restaurants, and old pharmacies. The weather is also another underrated factor we considered, Virginia truly has 4 beautiful seasons. It’s the dead heat of summer right now and it’s honestly pleasant (plus I love the humidity). It’s truly the perfect place for us to start our lives together and we look forward to all our adventures on the East Coast!

Here are some beautiful pictures that Tyler took at Pippin Hill Vineyard and Farm when the limelight hydrangeas were in full bloom. Virginia is so dreamy y’all. I’m falling more and more in love with Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains!

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Kaua’i Paradise

The last of our pictures from our honeymoon in Kauai!! I fell in love with this island. We already want to go back to do more and see more of its wonder! These are miscellaneous pictures that we took throughout the trip. Here is a little mini travel guide of things we recommend doing in paradise!

Kauai To Do: 

  • HIKE the Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast to Hanakapiai Beach (4 miles roundtrip)
  • SNORKEL at Tunnels Beach, Ke’e Beach, & on the Na Pali Coast
  • BOAT with Na Pali Experience along the Na Pali Coast into the sea caves
  • SWIM at Hanalei Bay Beach (and jump off the pier!) & Queen’s Bath
  • EAT as much seafood, fresh fruit, & sushi as possible but a few of our favorites were Trucking Delicious, Sushi Girl, The Dolphin, St. Regis Makana Terrace, Wishing Well Shaved Ice, Kauai Bread Co., Shaved Ice Paradise, & Foodland (they have tons of yummy local stuff and their poke is delicious)
  • DRINK fresh coconuts from fruit stands, Kauai Juice Company, Kauai Coffee Company, Aloha Maid canned drinks, Aloha Juice Bar, & Koloa Rum
  • LUAU at Smith Family Garden in the Wailua River State Park
  • MEET locals at Ha’ena Beach Park, Hanalei Beach Pavilion, Hanalei Pier, & Hanalei Farmer’s Market
  • PACK as light as possible, only the essentials (no closed toed shoes!)
  • RENT a jeep, snorkel gear, & surf or SUP boards
The prettiest church ever in Hanalei. They have a ceremony in Hawaiian every Sunday.
In a red ginger forest fairyland. Pure bliss!

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Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach, KAUA’I

Tunnels Beach is on the north shore of Kaua’i and it quickly became one of favorite and most frequented beaches! The snorkeling is amazing and it’s an absolute must if you are visiting the island. There are literally tunnels and archways in the reef that you can snorkel through! Hence the namesake. We got some GoPro footage of one that we dove through but there were many others. We did another one that was more of a full tunnel and was deeper down in the reef. Tyler went into a few others that I was too scared to go through haha. In the parts where there is no reef, the water is literally turquoise!

There is a sweet man who sells fresh coconuts in the parking lot at Tunnels Beach/Ha’ena State Park! They’re super refreshing and hydrating after snorkeling. We made friends with some of the locals who live on the beach full time. All the locals are SO incredibly nice and welcoming! We definitely felt the warmth of the aloha spirit! The Louisiana girl in me really appreciated the hospitality and all the shaved ice 🙂

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Sneak Peak of Wedding Pictures!

We got married on June 24, 2017 at Chautauqua in Boulder, Colorado and it was the BEST day of our lives! Everything was absolutely perfect. We had so much fun celebrating our marriage with all our friends and families! We truly feel so loved by everyone and we are thankful to have so many special people in our lives. Thank you to everyone who came out to Boulder to party with us! We also had people in our hearts who could not make it that were with us in spirit. Tyler and I are loving married life and we couldn’t be happier! You can now call me Camille Glotz!

Just wanted to give everyone a little sneak peak at the wedding pictures I received from our photographer thus far. I will post the rest of them and the link to view them all once they’re all ready in a few weeks! I love every single one and will cherish them forever. Tina Joiner was our wedding photographer and she did a fantastic job, I highly recommend her if you are getting married in Colorado. Ladybird Poppy also blew it out of the water with our stunning bouquets and archway. We were blessed with a beautiful Colorado summer day and a totally stress free wedding!

P.S. I had to throw in an iPhone video my friend took of us getting sent off 🙂

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Napali Coast Adventures

We stayed in Hanalei, Kauai for our honeymoon and it was such a dream!! The island of Kauai is magical and absolutely breathtaking everywhere you look. We explored pretty much the entire island however, we spent most of our time on the north shore. A few of our favorite things were the flowers, waterfalls, rainbows, food, marine life, mountains, beaches, seafood, and tropical fruit. Kauai is definitely called the garden island for a reason! It was seriously the best week of our lives!! We have so many pictures from our trip so our trip to Kauai will be broken down into a few blog posts.

The highlight of our trip was definitely the Napali Coast! We boated, hiked, and snorkeled the Napali Coast. We set out on an early morning boat trip on our second day with Napali Experience which was amazing! We chose this trip mostly because the type of boats they use are best for going in and out of the sea caves along the coast. The snorkel spot we went to was also pretty killer! We saw many spinner dolphins, sea turtles (Honus), flying fish, and a MONK SEAL! It was super special to admire and float around with a monk seal. They’re endangered and super rare to see. The majestic old man was just hanging out near the reef where we were snorkeling and we were just checking each other out. He actually reminded us a lot of Waldo hahaha!! Unfortunately, I didn’t get footage of this because I put the GoPro back on the boat.

Another day we hiked the Kalalau Trail  to Hanakapiai Beach which is a 4 mile roundtrip hike. It was cool to explore the Napali Coast on foot and to hike through the jungle. The views were spectacular the entire trail! We relaxed and wandered in the caves at Hanakapiai Beach. It’s crazy to think that all the sea caves completely fill up with water in the winter months. Tyler was brave enough to crawled through a cave into another which was pretty cool. Hawaii changes the game with hiking to beaches. It’s the best! One day we will definitely backpack the entire Kalalau Trail (22 miles roundtrip)! After our hike we snorkeled at Ke’e Beach (which is at the trailhead) to cool off 🙂

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