Posts tagged health tips
How Toppings Helped Me Go Vegan

If I asked you what your favorite type of ice cream was when you were a kid, would you say it was two scoops served in a cup to go? How would you answer that question? Raise your hand if you answered "an ice cream sundae with lots of hot chocolate or caramel fudge on top, chopped nuts, sprinkles, and a cherry", or, if you were anything like me, you may have answered "a banana split with three flavors, chocolate sauce and a ton of whipped cream". Toppings transport us to childhood. They mean that not only are we having something delicious, but also that at a very young age we were able to choose exactly what we wanted. We paid attention to what we were craving, and then it was all about creamy, or crunchy, or tangy, or sweet. It was the toppings that made the whole thing extra fun and enjoyable. It meant my ice cream could be different from your ice cream and that I could make the most whimsical creation that was special. Just for me.

If you've been reading our blog for a while you've probably heard about my childhood fantasy of owning an ice cream shop that only carried one ice cream flavor (chocolate! Hello!), but that had the walls lined with endless rows of toppings.

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Tips for Dealing with a Resistant, Unhealthy Parent or Partner

I get it, family's tough. When we're on this journey to healthy eating and living, and especially as vegans, talking to family members can be even tougher. We've read so many books, watched so many documentaries, read blog posts and heard from the experts, and we want to quickly run to our loved ones and share what we've learned. That we've discovered the way to optimal health and that that way is through our plates. It's right when you start telling people they need to change their eating habits that the road gets rocky. Food is so personal and emotional to each and every one of us, that it's almost like asking someone to alter their entire life, move to another country or change their religion. Yes, it's that engrained, and it's so hard to try something different, especially if that something needs to be a permanent change, and not just a quick diet after the holidays.

It's especially hard if our loved ones have developed a somewhat unhealthy relationship to food, depend on it emotionally, and have started to become unhealthy. You would think that getting a scare or even just a recommendation at the doctor's office would inspire change, but sometimes it's just the opposite. Today we aren't going to talk about how to deal with a partner or family member who isn't vegan after you've already made this change (that's coming next week!), instead, I'm going to give you some tips for dealing with a parent, partner or other family members or friends who are unhealthy and very resistant to hearing you when it comes to changing their habits and their food.

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On Vegan Barbecues, Celebrations and Vegan Fondue!

(*Audio version of this post available for listening on the go! Click read more to access)

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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OUR ONLINE PROGRAM JUST GOT BETTER

Can you feel our excitement? I know I haven't talked about this in the blog, but if you're a member of our online program and you've been logging into your member area in the past few days, you've probably noticed some changes. You now have a new and improved dashboard, new descriptions and search options for your video recipes, new features, a new batch cooking section which is coming soon, an easy access resource and printables section and so much more. The best thing is, this is nothing compared to what's coming in the form of content. We have revamped My Brownble in a way that has made me feel even prouder of this space we share together. We've been slowly bringing new life to our online program so that it can become your go to guide for healthy living. We are such complex individuals, with social, psychological and physical aspects that affect our lives, that Brownble is getting bigger and bigger every day. Not only to give you the most rockin' recipes and kitchen tips, but take you out of the kitchen to a total place of optimal wellness. I don't want to give too much away, but things are about to get crazy cool in here, and that whole process is starting today and will continue to happen and grow every week from now on (we already have over 20 videos just waiting to reach you, and Carlos is editing around the clock to make it happen asap!).

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NEW VIDEO FOR MEMBERS! TIPS AND THOUGHTS ON WEIGHT LOSS AND HAVING A HEALTHY NEW YEAR BEYOND JANUARY (PART 1)

I'm so excited about this video we're sharing in our membership program today as part of our Let's Chat section, which is quickly becoming a member favorite! Thank you so much to everyone who has written to say how much they like it. We've got so much coming your way! Today, as January quickly comes to an end, I want to talk to you about weight loss, dieting, exercise, and how we might all be looking at it the wrong way.

As someone who gains weight SO easily and who tried every single diet known to man, I want to give you my tips and thoughts on how I manage to stay healthy and fit in spite of working with food around me ALL THE TIME! I want to inspire you to stop looking at diets and weight loss as a set of restrictive rules you need to follow "or else!", but more as tips and guidelines you can actually incorporate for life as part of your daily habits. Anything we can't do for the long run, will simply keep us in that "on the wagon-off the wagon" mentality, it will add stress into our lives and it will only yield temporary results. I want to share the things that I do, so that you are healthy and happy for life, no matter what size, weight or shape you are.

We're tackling part 1 today which is all about food, portion sizes and little tips you can start using today, and next week in part 2, we'll be getting deep into the psychological and mental aspects of weight loss, exercise, and more.

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