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Dallas Stand Up! This Queen is Representing!

Eye want to take the time to honor one of our very own Texas native woman, who is taking the term “giving back to your communities” to heart. Chelsia Renee, a 26 year old mother and day hairstylist with an entrepreneurial spirit, is putting in endless hours to create change for young ladies in the Dallas, Fort-Worth area. Although she was born here in Ft. Worth, her mother decided to move to Marlin, Texas to begin a new life, where she met Chelsia’s father. After growing up a bit she noticed that father was always on the lookout for ways and opportunities for betterment, and because of this, her family moved around a lot. DFW is where she has been stationed the longest, and she’s making some serious strides in her communities that we can’t help but to honor.

  During the day you can find her at the Chelsia Renee Hair Studio at Good Hair Day Salon, located in Duncanville on the south side of Cedar Ridge, in suite 259. Because Chelsia prides herself on women empowerment and self-love, she considers herself a Natural Hair Stylist. Meaning, she has the ability to transform your natural hair into a style all its own, that you are bound to love! She does however, provide protective styles for those interested. When not at the salon, Chelsia is putting in real work in her local community. She is the founder of Dallas’ own, Girls That Reach & Teach, where they support, educate, assist and empower young ladies and women to continue the legacy in making a difference in our communities. Girls That Reach & Teach (GTRT) speaks on the importance of mental health and creating healthy opportunities for progression and perseverance.

      We reached out to Chelsia to sit down with her for a one on one, just to pick her brain a bit and get more information on the wonderful things she’s accomplishing within the community. Here are some Q&A’s from her interview with us.

Empire of Gems (EOG): “Do you think you got your entrepreneurial spirit from your folks?”

Chelsia Renee (CR):  “So here’s the thing… until I met another part of my family that I never knew growing up and then realized ‘ahhhh, that’s where it came from’. … Plus I know it’s some ancestral isshh too.”

EOG:  “Eye see you spend your days doing hair, so what makes you different than any other hairstylist out here doing it?”

CR:  “There are times I feel extremely centered and connected, so I use those moments to still operate in purpose. Many of my clients leave and text saying how something I said has touched them, or they are now aware of something that they weren’t before they came in. I don’t try to be like any other stylist. I know my lane and I stay in it.”

EOG: “Eye noticed you have a non-profit organization here in DFW, what made you venture towards nonprofit?”

CR: “So many things. … The things I experienced growing up. I had great parents who instilled great things in me but, I didn’t always do what I was told and ended up in some unfortunate situations. As I grew older I paid close attention to the women in my family and I felt a responsibility to change some things. .. I sat on the vision for years and when I birthed my daughter Ayla Irie – Girls That Reach & Teach became a PRIORITY!”

EOG: “What inspired the name ‘Girls That Reach & Teach’?”

CR: “Well first, I WAS THAT! I was the girl who wanted more. It reflected my life, who I was, who I AM, and my purpose here in this life. The ‘Reach’ part represents learning, growing, evolving, and overcoming; while the ‘Teach’ part represents passing the baton to others”

EOG: “What do you hope to achieve with GTRT?”

CR: “I hope that through GTRT people are reminded of their purpose, I hope they know that they were created in divine order and with an assignment that only THEY can carry out. I hope that GTRT can serve as a reminder to people that they are more than what this world says they are and once they know it… they too will become a reminder to someone else who may need to be reminded.”

EOG: “Does GTRT offer any programs or extra-curricular activities to help keep young women on the right path?”

CR: “As of now we offer after school programs to provide ‘outreach’ INSIDE the school walls. We also host community events for the girls.”

EOG:  “If someone wants to get involved with Girls That Reach & Teach, where do they start?”

CR: “Don’t hesitate to reach out. The easiest way to get in touch with a GTRT team member is through email at gtrtoutreach@gmail.com you can also reach us at GTRTOutreach on Instagram and Facebook.”

EOG: “Before we go, earlier you stated that your ‘after school programs provide “outreach” INSIDE the schools’, how exactly does GTRT achieve this?”

CR: “Often times people associate “outreach” with community work… Outreach is an activity of providing services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. So we take it INSIDE the schools. There were things I wished I could’ve learned about life while in school, those vital moments that mold us ‘in life’, we provide a space for the kids to talk about.”

EOG: “And if you could say one thing about the after school program, what would it be?”

CB: “Authentic. Raw. Necessary. If I could offer it to every child around the world I would.”

There you have it ladies and gentlemen (and everyone else in between J ) , one of Dallas’ very own making big changes in her community. Girls That Reach & Teach is headquartered in Mesquite, and the team is working diligently towards purchasing a building to provide even more opportunities. Being from the DFW myself, it is an honor to present and bring light to a Texas Girl. Especially one working towards breaking generational curses, and building generational wealth. Eye encourage everyone to go follow this Queen and her movement on social media. For those wanting to help or looking for a way to be a PART of change, you can help these young girls by donating to the Girls That Reach & Teach Outreach Programs, at the following resources.

Cash App @ $gtrtoutreach

PayPal @ gtrtoutreach@gmail.com

Checks can be made out to Girls That Reach & Teach.

Girls That Reach & Teach is also in search of a company/business to partner with where GTRT can host their events more consistently. If this is a way you can give back, please don’t hesitate to contact Chelsia Renee.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

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Vegan Meats?

Many people have this misconception that if you decide to go vegan you’re giving up your favorite foods, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now, the health benefits of eliminating meat, dairy, processed foods and sugar are almost unlimited, not to mention the mental clarity that comes with changing your diet. Did you know there are numerous substitutes to the foods that toxify our bodies and bring us illnesses? Eye always tell people that going vegan doesn’t mean you lose the joy of eating foods you like, it just means you have to prepare it a little differently. So here are a few options Eye found in a vegan cookbook by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, for substituting meats for a healthier beginning.

Chicken

Gardein Chick’n Scallopini: Cook and slice onto salad, shred for tacos, or serve beside a pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.

Maitake Mushrooms: Also called “Hen of the Woods”, these ‘shrooms lend a chicken-like texture to enchiladas and veggie stir-fries.

Ground Beef

Beyond Meat Crumbles: Browning these chewy crumbles with onion and Mexican spices makes the perfect base for tacos.

Lentils: The humble lentil, when cooked, is a dead ringer for ground beef in Bolognese sauce or Sloppy Joes.

Sausage

Tofurky Italian Sausage: Sliced thinly, it’s pepperoni for your pizza. Straight of the grill and onto a bun, they trump any meat based burger.

Nuts & ‘Shrooms: For a heart sausage flavor and toothsome texture, you can try the combination of mushrooms and walnuts.

Bacon

Lightlife Tempeh Bacon: Sizzle a few slices and sandwich between layers of juice tomato and crisp lettuce and you’ve got an even better BTL!

Carrots: Yup! Carrots! A great alternative for breakfast when throwing some long, thin strips of seasoned carrots in a sizzling pan for pig-free bacon!

Pork

Field Roast Celebration Loaf: This stuffed when-gluten loaf will remind you of Sunday mornings at your Grandma’s house.

Jackfruit: Season canned young jackfruit with a tomato-y barbecue sauce, and you’ve got pulled-pork sandwiches!

Fish

Gardein Fish Filet: Wouldn’t you love to get the fish-stick flavor without the fins and the scales? Now you can, and it taste even better than the frozen fish fingers from childhood.

Tempeh: A bit of mayo and chopped up onions transforms steamed tempeh into a tuna salad facsimile that is amazing heaped on toasted bread.

These are just a few different recipes and alternatives for those wanting to change their diets but not sure they can go without the taste of meat, and Eye hope they help those just embarking on their health journey. Also make sure to check out the vegan cookbook by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, Eye Am grateful to share their recipes with you!

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

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Let’s Roll Avocado!

Avocado Hand Roll with Ginger – Tamari Sauce

This hand roll has all the flavors of a veggie sushi roll, but it takes half the time to prepare. It can be loads of fun forming the sushi, as if it’s edible art. Plus, there are so many different fillings you can add to your hand roll, making a great alternative for dinner parties. The best part is, these hand rolls pear perfectly with a cold Japanese beer, or a hot sake depending on the day’s weather.

THIS RECIPE IS GLUTEN FREE AND NUT FREE | MAKES 6 – 8 HAND ROLLS

FOR THE RICE:

-I cup sushi rice (or brown rice) – 2 tbsp. rice vinegar – 1 tbsp. evaporated cane sugar – 1/2 tsp. sea salt

FOR THE FILLING:

1 (6oz) block gluten free baked Tofu, cut into thin matchsticks – 1/2 ripe avocado, pealed and cut into thin segments – 1/2 red or orange bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks – 1 carrot, cut into long strips – 1 Persian (or 1/4 English) cucumber, halved and cut into thin strips – 4 toasted nori sheets (sea moss), halved – 2 tbsp. wasabi powder mixed with 1 tbsp. water (optional) – 1/2 cup pickled ginger

NOTE: Not all wasabi powder and paste is vegan. Search the label carefully for any added dairy.

To Prepare the Rice: Cook rice according to package directions. When cooked, transfer to large bowl. With wooden paddle, incorporate vinegar, sugar, and sea salt into rice until slightly sticky. Set aside to cool.

To Prepare the Filling: Arrange tofu, avocado, bell pepper, carrot, and cucumber on a plate within easy reach.

To Form the Hand Rolls:

  1. Place 1 nori (shiny-side down) in one hand. With dampened other hand, spread about 1/4 cup cooked sushi rice evenly over half the nori in a square.
  2. Place small amount of desired fillings in a diagonal line across rice, pointing toward thumb.
  3. Gently roll into a cone shape and seal edge with a few grains of sushi rice or with prepared wasabi (if using). Serve with ginger.

Eye got this recipe out of a vegan book written by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, and Eye hope you enjoy making it as much as Eye did. Let’s Get to Rolling!

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

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Are You Co-Signing Negativity?

The fact that words hold vibrational frequencies which manifest into the electromagnetic field of your reality should be enough information to be cautiously aware of the content you choose to dispute. The ultimate power source behind an incantation is in the words you chant, that is why they call it SPELLING. The origins of the ancient word ‘Abracadabra’ may derive from an Aramaic phrase meaning ‘I create as I speak’, however in the Hebrew language the phrase translates more accurately as ‘it came to pass as it was spoken.’ Nonetheless, the importance of the origin is insignificant compared to the monumental capabilities the word shelters. It was believed by the physician of the Roman emperor in the third century AD, that the word possessed incredible healing powers when scribed on an amulet in the form of a triangle, or ‘abracadabrangle’. It was used as a magical formula, or spell, to invoke the aid of beneficent spirits against disease and misfortune.

    You see, for centuries humans have been utilizing the powerful vibrations that transcend through speech to literally create the facts of their own existence. So it is extremely important that you be mindful NOT to co-sign the negativity manifestations of others. For example, when someone you know makes comments similar to “I can’t do that, I’m broke” or “Sorry, I just don’t have the money”, as a generically automated response we say, “Girl me too!” or “I’m right there with you” not realizing we just hopped on their negative bandwagon. Then we have trouble understanding why all these financial burdens appeared, or why we didn’t receive that promotion at work we worked so hard for. A simple “Not today” or “I’ll take a raincheck” will help recondition your mind to speak the things you seek in life. Although it will take conscious effort to retrain your Self, with consistency and positive reinforcements you will begin to experience tremendous change. 

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Got Milk?

Milk has been proved to be the rising cause of Osteoporosis. Researchers (Harvard and Swedish Studies) found that milk drinkers have significantly more bone loss and hip fractures than non milk drinkers. But don’t get too sad just yet, because as always, there is an alternative to this cow’s secretion that will still allow you to enjoy some of your favorite meals. The following recipe is for Hemp Milk, and is ten times healthier for consumption. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Spring Water
  • 4 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 2 tbsp. Raw Agave
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Sugar (optional)
  • Dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Dash of Sea Sale

Preparation:  Blend all ingredients for 3 minutes. Store in glass jar and use in your soups, cereals, etc. It is good for up to 4 days refrigerated. No diary. No preservatives. No added chemicals!

This was really simple but Eye’m aware of how many people are dependent on Milk, so Eye hope this provides a little help towards a healthier you!

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Have An Alkaline Day!

Since the death of Nipsey Hussle, many have begun to wake up to the messages he was attempting to shower us with. Nipsey was working on releasing a documentary on the trial of Dr. Sebi, a Honduran Self Healer who was sued by the United States Government for actually healing people without a medical license. With over 70 witnesses speaking on his behalf proving that he did indeed reverse their health problems, Dr. Sebi won the lawsuit against him. If you do your own due diligence, you will see that he proved all dis-eases stem from the mucous carried in the human body. He proved that if we remove the mucous we remove the dis-ease, and decided to create a plant based alkaline diet in order to help others achieve healthier lifestyles.

Alkaline Breakfast

Alkaline Blueberry Spelt Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Spelt Flour
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup Spring Water or Alkaline Water
  • 2 tbsp. Grapeseed Oil
  • ½ cup Agave
  • ½ cup Blueberries
  • ¼ tsp Sea Moss

Directions:

  1. Mix your spelt flour, hemp seeds, sea moss, agave, and grapeseed oil together in a large bowl.  (It is important that you DO NOT add the hemp milk now, as it may form lumps once in contact with the grapeseed oil.)
  2. Mix in 1 cop of hemp milk and add spring water until you get the consistency you want.
  3. Fold the blueberries into the batter
  4. Heat your skillet to medium heat and lightly coat it with grapeseed oil.
  5. Pour the batter into the skillet and let them cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side.
  6. Enjoy your alkaline pancakes!

Note: If you would like the pancakes more cooked through, you can also try baking it in the oven at 350 for a few minutes.

Alkaline Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • ¾ cup Spelt Flour
  • ¾ Teff Flour
  • ½ cup Blueberries
  • 1/3 cup Agave
  • ¼ cup of Sea Moss Gel (optional)
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • Grapeseed Oil

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 365 degrees
  2. Grease 6 regular-size muffin cups or line with muffin liners
  3. Mix together coconut milk, flour, agave, sea salt, and sea moss gel in a large bowl until blended well, then fold in blueberries.
  4. Lightly coat muffin pan with grapeseed oil and pour in muffin batter.
  5. Bake 30 minutes, until golden brown and springy to touch.

Alkaline Lunch

Chickpea Burger

This recipe makes 3-4 burgers

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour
  • ½ cup Onions, diced
  • ½ cup Green Peppers, diced
  • ½ cup Kale, diced
  • 1 Plum Tomato, diced
  • 2 tsp. Basil
  • 2 tsp. Oregano
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dill
  • ½ tsp. Ginger Powder
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne Powder
  • ¼ to ½ cup Spring Water
  • Grapeseed Oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all seasonings and vegetables, then mix in flour.
  2. Slowly add water and mix until mixture can be formed into a patty.  Add more flour of too loose.
  3. Add oil to skillet and cook patties on medium-high for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Continue flipping until both sides are brown.
  4. Serve on alkaline flatbread and enjoy!

Alkaline Electric Flatbread

This recipe makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Spelt Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Grapeseed Oil
  • ¾ cup Spring Water
  • 1 tbsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Oregano
  • 2 tsp. Basil
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne

The best thing about this recipe is that it only takes about 20 minutes, and is great for sandwiches, wraps, or mini pizza.

Directions:

  1. Mix together flour and seasonings until well blended.
  2. Blend in oil and about ½ cup of water into the mix. Slowly mix water until it forms into a ball.
  3. Add flour to workspace and knead dough for about 5 minutes, then separate dough into 6 equal parts.
  4. Roll out each ball into about 4-inch circles.
  5. Place in an un-greased skillet on medium-high heat, flipping every 2-3 minutes until done.
  6. Enjoy your Alkaline Flatbread!

Alkaline Dinner

Vegetable Lo Mein

Ingredients:

  • Spelt Spaghetti Noodles or Kamut Noodles for Gluten free
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Onions (save for last)
  • Key Limes (optional)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Ginger Powder or Fresh Ginger
  • Sea Salt
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Agave
  • Onion Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Tamarind Concentrate (optional)

The great thing about this recipe is, you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. The base ingredients to ensure the noodles taste right is: sesame oil, agave, ginger, onion powder and sea salt.

This is high in fat due to the oils used, so this is not a meal you want to make a lot of.

Directions:

Get some water boiling for the noodles, and make sure your water is salted, or has a little bit of oil (Grapeseed oil works, and sea salt is best).

 Make sure not to overcook your noodles.

Heat skillet to medium-high.

Grease skillet with Grapeseed Oil and about 2 tbsp. of Sesame Oil.

Add in vegetables to skillet.

DO NOT cook vegetables until soft and tinder, you want them to still have a small crunch to them.

Add in mushrooms to skillet.

Stir and sauté while adding a tsp. of Sea Salt.

Add a tsp. of Onion Powder.

Stir in ½ tsp. of Ginger Powder or 1 tsp. of Fresh Ginger.

Stir for a few minutes. STIR FRY is best, LIGHTLY COOK your vegetables.

The more vegetables you make, the more spices you use.

Taste your vegetable to make sure they don’t need any more Onion Powder, Ginger Powder or Sea Salt.

While your vegetables finish up, get a separate bowl for your sauce.

Pour 2 tbsp. of Sesame Oil, and 2 tbsp. of Agave.

Add juice from 2 Key Limes.

Add in a heaping ½ tsp. of Ginger Powder.

Pinch of Red Pepper flakes (optional).

Add 1 tsp. of Onion Powder.

1 tsp. of Sea Salt.

STIR.

OPTIONAL: ¼ tsp of Tamarind Concentrate to help with the taste. You do NOT have to have this ingredient.

MIX IN WELL.

After your vegetables have been lightly cooked, add your noodles and sauce to the pan. Make sure you mix the noodles and vegetables well. Once mixed, stir in about 1 cup of Green Onions and 2 tbsp. of Sesame Seeds.   

Vegan Alkaline Ribs

This recipe makes 1 serving per mushroom.

Ingredients:

  • 2  portobello mushrooms
  • ½ cup of Alkaline Barbeque Sauce
  • ¼ cup Spring Water
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • ½  tsp. Cayenne
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Basting Brush
  • Cast-Iron Griddle
  • Skewers (optional)

This recipe can also be made on the grill, cooked in a skillet, or baked at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes (after step 4). If you do not have skewers, you can always cook the mushrooms like riblets.

Directions:

  1. Scrape gills off the underside of each mushroom cap to avoid an earthly taste and slice mushrooms about ½ inch apart.
  2. Add mushrooms to a large container and add seasonings, water, and most of the barbeque sauce.
  3. Cover with a lid, shake, and store in refrigerator for about 6-8 hours. Flip container over every 2 hours.
  4. Take a skewer and push through 3 mushrooms around the middle, add other skewer, then add about 2-3 more slices. If any slices break, you can cook them as riblets.
  5. On medium-high, brush griddle with oil and cook ribs for 12-15 minute, flipping every 3 minutes. Brush with more barbeque sauce if desired every few flips.

Alkaline Barbeque Sauce

This recipe makes about 8-10 oz. of BBQ sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Plum Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Agave
  • ¼ cup Date Sugar
  • ¼ cup White Onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Smoked Sea Salt/Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Cloves
  • Blender
  • Hand Mixer

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except date sugar, to blender until smooth.
  2. Pour blended ingredients and date sugar a saucepan at medium-high heat and stir occasionally until boiling.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover with a lid for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Use stick blender to make the sauce smoother (optional).
  5. Allow the sauce to cool and thicken further before serving.

These recipes are pulled directly from the guide of Dr. Sebi’s alkaline diet. It is no secret that eating healthy can enhance your mind, body and spirituality. Eye hope that these recipes show you a glimpse of just how fun and exciting eating vegan can be.

LIGHT = LOVE | RISHI OMKARA