Posts tagged diets
Excess

Last week we talked about patience in this new series of episodes and posts in which we’re using little one-word mantras to help us on our journey. Today it’s finally time to talk about the little word that inspired the series: excess. I told you a couple of weeks ago how when a little Japanese woman on Netflix helped us declutter our home, I had some pretty massive realizations about my relationship to excess.

In case you don’t know who I’m talking about, I’m referring to the wonderful Marie Kondo and her Netflix show Tidying Up. A wonderful woman who turned our January into the ultimate “spring-clean-in-winter” fest. As you heard me talk about here, this process of donating bags and bags of those belongings that didn’t spark joy, was very meaningful. Not because we had the relief of having the tidiest closet we’d ever had (although that was part of it too), or because we could feel the breath of fresh air that naturally comes when you put away the last stack of unopened mail (even though this certainly happened), it was mainly because I had some pretty big realizations about my relationship to excess that had less to do with external things, and more to do with that internal world we love to talk so much about here at Brownble.

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Mindful Eating Basics

You've hear me talk about mindfulness and mindful eating a lot. It's because just as some people always place a pitcher of water or a salt and pepper shaker at the table, mindful eating is always a main character at ours. It wasn't always that way though. For most of my life, and even for most of our marriage we ate full of distractions, many times in front of the TV, and how much we ate depended on how much I, or the person making the meal, would put on our plates. While I was on the many diets I tried, it was the restrictive diet du jour which told me how much I should eat. Making it so that everything that was "allowed" was eaten, no more, and no less, regardless of hunger, of satisfaction, and even regardless of whether the food was enjoyable or not.

You've heard this little dichotomy I was so fond of before, right? If the diet du jour told me 1 cup of this or that, I followed it with rigid perfection. Then, when I couldn't anymore because, well... diets!, I would pile on the food, gobble it up mindlessly, feel overly full, and only if a second helping wasn't offered would I stop there. If seconds were even mentioned, or if it was a particular favorite of mine, or if serving platters were on the table and still had food on them, I would eat until plate, ladle and pot were squeaky clean. Not because I was really hungry, or because the food was giving me so much pleasure I just had to dig in, but because....well, diets. 

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The Dieting Chronicles, Part 1

If you read our last post or listened to last week's episode, you know all about what this new series entails. It's meant to tell you (and remind me) all about my personal stories with dieting, and there are many, in the hopes that we can finally start viewing food in a different way. That we can bring it back to the wonderful source of sustenance / creativity / delicious part of our lives that it actually is, and stop viewing it as a source of stress, calories, points, grams of this, as punishment or reward, and go back to listening to our bodies and enjoying food again. This anti diet philosophy is something I've been trying to share since the blog started, but it's also something I've failed at, many times over, hence last week's public apology

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The Dieting Chronicles Intro (Plus a Public Apology)

I have a confession to make, and a few stories to tell you (by now you know I love going to the past and telling stories almost as much as I love eating cupcakes and I LOVE eating cupcakes). Today's stories though, are so very personal and tough, because they have to do with one of my biggest struggles, the one I've had since I was a little girl, with my favorite best friend/comfort/nemesis/I forgive you let's be friends again/why are you doing this to me/that's it your grounded again bestie: FOOD. My relationship with food though, as much as I love to eat, went hand in hand with dieting. Almost all my life. Even until recently. Hence the public apology I want to start this post with.

A couple of months ago I published three posts and three podcast episodes titled the "A Way of Eating" series. I was so happy when I wrote these posts because my intention behind them was to separate veganism from all the dogma that is out there when it comes to food rules, i.e. oil free, gluten free, soy free, clean eating, etc. These posts had a little surprise in store for me, something I wasn't expecting at all. Something that came in the form of an epiphany/ice bucket in the head wake up call that caught me completely by surprise. 

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On Vegan Barbecues, Celebrations and Vegan Fondue!

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This week was a fun filled one for sure. We were busy as little bees getting our free 3 step guide to put an end to dieting and develop healthy habits up and running on the site, which you probably saw in our sidebar today. If you haven't, I know you'll go nutty over it and you can check it out below. It's a free three part videos series in which I share a very personal side of my story with eating and dieting with you, and I give you my 3 step guide for creating healthy eating habits for life, plus some very actionable tips and secrets for staying on the healthy and happy train. I'll be writing a separate post on it soon but you can head right on over by clicking below and start watching right now. I'm very nervous about this one since for the first time ever I'm sharing this part of my story on video, but I know it might be so helpful to so many of you, so I just had to rip the fear off like a really sticky band aid and share.

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NEW VIDEOS FOR MEMBERS!: PART 2 OF OUR WEIGHT LOSS VIDEO SERIES AND A LEMONY LEEK AND BLACK BEAN SALAD

First of all, thank you so very much to everyone who has written to say they love the new design of the blog! I'm in love with it too. I'm so happy to sit down and write in it I can't even tell you, and your support is a HUGE part of that. Today I'm really excited because I get to share a delicious recipe and part 2 of our weight loss video series with our My Brownble members. If you're new to the blog and you want to know what that is, My Brownble is our signature online membership program where I teach you how to cook vegan and do it in a way that brings joy and balance into your life. We get to cook amazing dishes together and talk about all sorts of things, and you can read more details about it here. Today we're cooking up this amazing lemony leek and black bean salad, well, tossing really, as this salad requires no cooking at all! I also teach you how to make that amazing red onion pickle they serve at Mexican restaurants. You wouldn't believe how easy it is to make, and is it just me or is it simply the best topping ever? 

We've also added part 2 of our weight loss video series which I know you've loved so far. Part 1 was all about practical tips and more food related, and in today's video we get deep into our mindset and the psychology behind diets and losing weight, and we talk about exercise. This video series is quickly becoming a member favorite so I'm very excited to finally have part 2 up for you to watch!

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