It's finally time for part 2 of our bikini revolution series! In part 1 we talked all about those inner body shaming voices that constantly jump out, take the reigns and put us down in an effort to make us small. We talked about the stories we tell ourselves when it comes to our self worth as it relates to our bodies, and how to change them. I also shared the four resources that helped me change my relationship with food and eating, the way I talked to myself and the way I saw my body. It's still a work in progress, but I'm working on it, every single day. It's still a work in progress because we live in an imperfect, weight obsessed, patriarchal society that insists on pushing us down when our little heads start coming up to the surface.
When I was growing up my house was always full of the most interesting characters. My mom was an archaeologist and for a very long time worked in the science and art museums in town, which meant my house was filled with artists, scientists, writers, adventure seekers and sometimes a combination of all four. This meant two things, I was blessed to grow up in a house where I saw a lot of people living their lives in so many different ways. Some were married, others were not, some were gay, some were straight, some had high paying jobs, others had several low paying jobs, some were the corporate type and came in suits, others were hippies who loved living off the grid. Some had children, some had cats.
It also meant that there was ALWAYS food being served at our house. Perhaps it's the reason why people were always hanging out there! My mom was known for inviting people over for full English teas (cucumber sandwiches, buttery scones and all), in the middle of the tropical heat and weather of Venezuela, might I add.
You know me and snacks. I love 'em. They've had times when they've been put on a pedestal, then deemed unhealthy and unnecessary and now they're back to being the cool kids again. That's not why I love them though. I love them because when it comes to having a balanced relationship with food, it's so important to listen to your body, not only when it's satisfied and it's time to put down the fork, but especially when it's telling you it's hungry and it's time to re-fuel. Sometimes this happens between meals and that's totally ok because snacks are amazing!
Snacks are a quick and easy meal that can help you feel satisfied, and it will prevent reaching your next meal like the shark from Jaws. All good stuff.
As you know, one of the main topics we cover in the blog and in our podcast has to do with improving our relationship with food and eating. Weird for a vegan cooking website, I know. The thing is, we can't talk about cooking without talking about food, and we can't talk about food without talking about the way we eat, and as you've heard me say many times before, we can't talk about the way we eat without looking at our relationship with our own body. One of the reasons why I decided to open up today's topic is because bikini body season messaging is already filling the air. Almost like when you pass a bakery, get a whiff of those baguettes and suddenly all you can think about is bread.
We've been celebrating Mother's Day in so many ways this year at Brownble, starting off with this collection of 8 mouth-watering vegan breakfast recipes for Mother's Day, or this video on helping mamas get organized in the kitchen, but today I wanted to actually sit down and talk about moms, and not only the human ones. Although we celebrate motherhood every year at Brownble, this year was extra special for me (hence all the mom content!) for reasons I'll hopefully share at some point with you regarding my own mother, who as you know passed away many moons ago. We all feel our mothers are the best ones, so I hate to sound like a broken record when I say mine was THE BEST! Even after having a disability, a serious chronic illness and facing the grueling task of raising a child on her own, she did it in the most remarkable and special way. I'm not a mother (other than to my two cutie pie furry babies), but I know that mother and child bond well. We all do! Mothers are caring, they would give an arm and a leg for their kids, they spend restless nights
Moms surely don't get enough credit for all the work they do. They are professional jugglers, they've mastered the art of developing a figurative third arm, plus a third eye in the back of their head, they can run marathon style or slide to second base in one second flat when their kiddos are headed straight to the pointy corner of the coffee table. They can give and give even when they feel they're running dangerously low on fuel.
Mamas are basically superheroes.
With Mother's Day quickly approaching, I thought it was time to do another scrumptious compilation and share some of the delicious vegan goodies found all across the web. Yes, Mother's Day should be celebrated every day, but let's face it, mamas need a day that is internationally recognized and sanctioned so they can actually kick back, relax and let the pampering begin. To me, that starts with breakfast.
Moms work so hard, and this usually starts with early risers jumping up and down on their bed requesting breakfast asap. No matter how tired, groggy, or how much Jimmy Kimmel they watched the night before, they still have to get up and feed everyone from the kiddos to their partners to the hamsters, dogs and cats. This means Mother's Day breakfast is the perfect form of revenge. You get to hang out under the covers for as long as you want while everyone else in the house makes you breakfast for a change. What could be better?!
Hi there! Before we begin today's post which is perfect for the gadget crazy like me, I have to share this AH-MAZING blog in which we were featured this week, I'm talking about The Minimalist Vegan created by Masa and Michael Ofei. A blog I've been recently obsessed with, so you can only imagine the happy dance I did when we were suddenly included in this incredible roundup of 50+ High Quality Vegan Blogs Worth Following.
Not only am I a super huge fan of the work Masa and Michael are doing, but we're in this collection along with so many of my idols of the vegan blogging world like Oh She Glows, Faring Well, No Meat Athlete, The First Mess, Vegan Yack Attack, Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Life, Kris Carr and so many others I now know thanks to this wonderful article.