#WomanCrushWednesday featuring Shantelle

Meet our woman crush Wednesday Shantelle: mother, herbalist, food blogger, plant-based chef and cooking instructor. Shantelle is also the president of Let’s Be Vegan LLC. and the creator of the popular vegan website Letsbevegan.com which is the home of her rapidly growing online herb shop which features her handcrafted organic medicinal herbal blends. It is also the home to her many cookbooks, tips and her popular vegan recipe food blog. Her creative twist and easy to follow recipes have helped her aid thousands of people and families in transitioning to a healthy plant-based diet.

Shantelle’s journey started many years ago when she realized how unethical and unhealthy the meat and dairy industry was.

“I knew that I could no longer continue eating meat but I had no clue where to start. It was a struggle for me. It took me a few years to get the hang of it but once I made the transition I knew it was my responsibility to share what I learned with others and that is how Letsbevegan.com was born. I knew so many people were afraid to make the transition to a plant-based diet because they simply did not know what to eat or they were under the impression that the food will be bland and boring and I wanted to change that.”

Prior to creating Letsbevegan.com Shantelle owned and operated restaurants which is where she developed her skills in the kitchen and fell in love with cooking. Currently, Shantelle spends most of her time traveling and teaching plant-based cooking workshops and events as well as teaching people how to incorporate herbal medicine into their everyday lives.

Shantelle shares 3 ways she practices self-love

1.   I stay connected to nature. I collect beautiful healing crystals and make elaborate crystal grids. They help me work through my thoughts and align my energy and intentions. I also go on long hikes and forage for wild food and herbs for medicine. Most importantly I meditate daily and practice yoga.

2.   I listen to music all the time. It is an essential in my life. Good music has a way of keeping your spirit lifted and feeling good. I listen to it while I cook, write and create. I love everything from Rock, Jazz, Soul, Alternative and Trap.

3.   I talk to my mom. Being a busy entrepreneur and mom can be overwhelming. It’s good to have someone that you can talk to that understands what you’re going through. She is also an entrepreneur and she just gets it. We call each other when we need a pep talk. I always feel regenerated and refocused after we talk.

#ManCrushMonday Featuring Letef Vita

Our Man Crush Monday this week is Ietef Vita. Ietef is is the O.G. organic gardenervegan chef for NBA Player Wilson Chandler, and eco-hip hop artist Dj CaveM. This activist Dj uses eco-hip hop music to inspire youth to make healthy meal choices. 2017 has been a fruitful year of blessings for Ietef and the communities he’s touched.


He started 2017 as a guest on the Rachel Ray Show, received and honorary PhD in Urban Ecology, and released his new juicer with Champion on the Sway in the Morning show.   He’s officially partnered with Earth Guardians as an artist and board member. Earth Guardians youth director, author of ‘We Rise, and teen environmental activist, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Ietef are conducting Culinary Climate Actions (CCA) around the globe with incredible initiatives to inspire environmental change. For example:
Recipes for Resistance – a Culinary Climate Action workshop that:
  • highlights the power of organic plant-based foods nutritionally, and musically with our Plant Based-Records patented technology, which turns fresh produce into live instruments by touch
  • how to reduce our carbon footprint by sourcing food locally reducing wastes
  • how to grow communities through soil regeneration
And environmental action campaigns such as: 
#KeepitFreshDay – A national environmental wellness “day of action” officially declared on June 14th by the mayors of Denver and Baltimore!
#LiquidStasche – Over 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the U.S. Join with them to ditch the plastic straws, and share your state!
How Ietef practices self-love:
“Well as a culinary climate action activists my focus is showing myself love is for my environment by consuming consciously.  As a personal vegan chef, eating plant-based for the past 18 years my life has been transformed with compassion for the animals on the planet, but My deepest connection comes from ancestors by transforming the soil and our people”
-Dr. Ietef Vita aka Dj CaveM.
 If you want to stay up to date with the amazing work our feature is doing, follow him on Instagram @ietef

#womancrushwednesday featuring Ashley Amanda

Ashley Amanda is a holistic lifestyle guru that teaches the benefits embracing plant-based foods along with incorporating healthy holistic practices such as meditation, the law of attraction, affirmations, and yoga. She is the creator of the brand Crazy Urban Vegan famous for the 14-Day Vegan Weight Loss Challenge. Ashley has practiced a holistic lifestyle for over 15 years. Her passion is teaching progress instead of perfection. She has recently launched the She’s Holistic Tribe, which is an online group for women that are wanting to transition over time to a holistic plant-based lifestyle. Ashley currently lives in Tampa, Florida. You can stay up to date with Ashley’s work at crazyurbanvegan.com

3 ways Ashley practices self-love:

1. I meditate daily to connect with myself. I believe that healing and growth come from within. So often we are focused on what’s going on below the neck when it all actually starts above the neck in our minds. Our mind creates our reality so it is important to keep my mind healthy.

2. I wake up at 5:30 am daily drink lemon water and then workout. In the morning I eat plenty of fresh organic fruits to nourish my cells.

3. I listen to motivational videos when I’m in the car to get my mind programmed in the right direction. I love Les Brown, Oprah, Will Smith, Earl Nightingale, Lisa Nichols, and Diddy!

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