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Holiday Pep Talk! (Part 2): Navigating Food, Body Image Issues, Comments and Diet Talk during the Holidays

Time for part 2 of our Holiday pep talk! In part 1 we discussed a few things that might help when you’re navigating the Holiday season as a vegan (and all the parties, dinners and gatherings that come with it). I stole Dani Shapiro’s writing exercise of beginning to dig deep by using the phrase “I remember…”, and then I turned it on its head with some support and reminders to you in the form of “remember…”. I just had to follow that post and podcast episode up by also talking about one of the topics we love here at The Brownble blog and podcast. I couldn’t leave you hanging without discussing the topics of food, body image, comments that might pop up regarding your appearance, as well as what to do when the inevitable January diet talk pops up, and you’re on this quest to find a better relationship with food, with your body and with yourself, stepping outside that diet culture paradigm of restriction and external rules of eating.

So here goes, are you ready?…

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Coco-Choco Halloween Truffles!: Spiders, Mini Bats and Monster Eyeballs

Halloween was a BIG deal at my house growing up. My mom would throw the most famous Halloween parties in our building, and all the kids from my class and the neighbours would attend. We would cover the house in cobwebs, have spooky treats, and my mom would sneak off at just the right moment, change into a very scary witch (to the point of being unrecognizable), and would then read the kids' fortunes. All of which were eerily accurate since she had called all their parents a week before, to ask about what was going on in their lives.

Needless to say, I love Halloween! The best part being the candy overdose of course, and the costumes. 

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10 Scrumptious Vegan Recipes for the 4th of July

I've always had a hard time answering the question "What is your favorite season?". Mostly because there's Christmas in the winter and I'm a Christmas-a-holic, also because I've always had a sweet spot for the colors of fall (and the first excuse to wear boots). Whenever I think either of these have beat spring and summer though, I remember... picnics, barbecues and potlucks.

Especially those barbecues at the end of a hot summer day.

During the summer, our grill is on almost every single Saturday, and yes, you can have the meanest and manliest of barbecues and make them 100% vegan. At our house Carlos mans the grill, but I do the marinating, make the seitan sausages or steaks, rub stuff on stuff and make the salads and sides. Yes, there is ALWAYS guacamole, and of course dessert.

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Easy Peasy Vegan Entertaining, Tips for Feeding a Non-Vegan Crowd, Hosting Delicious Dinner Parties and more

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.

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Our Thanksgiving, Behind the Scenes and Lessons Learned!

We're back! We took a little one week hiatus from the blog and podcast because we were soaking up the sun, and enjoying a little family reunion after almost 4 years without seeing each other. We went to Panama City and Playa Blanca in Panama, and you'll be hearing all about it soon, including of course an in depth post all about whether Panama is vegan friendly or not (cliff hanger!), which you'll get to read in a little guest article we'll be writing for The Nomadic Vegan. In the meantime though, I owed you our behind the scenes post and episode of our little vegan Thanksgiving. Although it feels like it was ages ago, it's actually perfect timing because the ideas I'll share with you, and the very important lesson I learned, will help you a ton if you're planning to host a vegan holiday dinner or lunch, and even if you're planning to take vegan options with you to your holiday gatherings. I sometimes call Thanksgiving the test run for Christmas, since I tend to experiment a bit more for T-day and have everything perfectly rehearsed for Christmas when we usually have more guests and more food will be served.

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