Posts tagged lifestyle
Stuck in a Rut: Adding Variety to your Cooking, Exercise Habits and Life

When I was planning out this post, I first thought there would be lots of head scratching if I told you about my relationship with routine. Then I thought that there are probably many of you out there who might read about my two sided dilemma and say "yup! That sounds about right!", so let me paint a picture for you. I love and I mean LOVE having a steady routine I can depend on. I thrive on knowing what the next day awaits, and I love those great comfy feelings I get when I know which days I have time scheduled for going to the farmer's market, or to the movies, or when a hike is coming so I can spend quality time with my dogs and my husband. I love being able to plan things out and having a written schedule really helps me focus and get things done. I love the calm that comes with knowing where life is at the moment and where it's going, and I stick to my people for life. In a way, I find that sticking to what I know and what feels comfortable is right up my alley. I am however, also very prone to get extremely moody and feel overwhelmed when I've had the same exact routine or structure for too long. I start to fret, begin feeling anxious and less energized in the morning upon waking, and I find my mind wandering, I feel unfocused and uneasy. It took me years until I finally understood what was going on, I was stuck in a rut and I needed a boost of variety to bring me back to normal. Knowing that I could get a little bag of tools I could whip out at any time gave me the biggest sense of relief, and that's what I'm going to share with you today.

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WHEN MY PARTNER ISN'T VEGAN...

When you decide to make such a big change in your life and diet such as going vegan, so many fears, myths and issues are swirling around in your head. Many of these can even keep you from going vegan for months or years as was my case, and one of the big ones, perhaps the biggest, is our partner in love and life. This brings up so many issues in us that it can often be the most detrimental aspect of going vegan, but it doesn't have to be, and that's what we're going to talk about in this post. I'm going to tell you why this question kept me from going vegan for years and why in the end it didn't matter. We're going to talk about some of the most common concerns, and I'll give you some tips for living with an omnivore after going vegan. We're going to talk about shopping, prepping, planning, cooking, going out, your in-laws and even raising kids, a BIG one.

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Scandinavian Hygge and Why you Need to Start Practicing it Immediately!

After a little break from the podcast last week, and after a very deep and personal topic in our most recent Body Image Series, I thought it was time for some comfort. Yes, we're going to talk about delicious comforting food, but we're also going much deeper into the world of "comfy". Today I'm teaching you about my favorite word/philosophy/perfect new winter hobby: hygge. Hygge (pronounced /hiu-guh/) is one of the reasons I love Scandinavian culture. I love their design, their decor with those earthy tones and pops of color in just the right places. I love their architecture and practicality. I love their education philosophies and strategies, as well as their simple way of living, but after discovering Hygge it was like a window opened up into their uniqueness and I realized: "ahhh.. this is why they're so cool and so happy!". I was in on their secret and today I'm sharing the Hygge love with you!

So what is Hygge anyway? Hygge, now finally in the Oxford English Dictionary, is defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)". Here's another definition: "a type of lifestyle practiced in Denmark where the focus is on simple pleasures, comfort and coziness, and spending time with friends and family." (Macmillan Dictionary). In other words, it's a philosophy or a way of life that inspires you to do everything you do while making sure you're feeling cozy when you do it.

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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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Wellness Detective Work and Your Identity

Last week we talked all about visualization, weight loss, body image and I told you the reasons why my personal visualization is in a beach. Not any beach, but a very specific one due to the fact that it played such an important role in shaping my identity. As I promised last week I'm going to tell you all about it, not just for the sake of going down memory lane, but because it's a little exercise I want you to do too. In doing a little wellness detective work into the moments or places where your true identity was formed, lies a little gold mine that we seldom think about. It's something we simply title "nice childhood memories", and then we put it back in the shoe box with all the old photos and trinkets. Today I want you to dust off that box, leave it wide open until you find some very special tools that will help you find wellness today, wherever you're at in your life, and especially if you're currently going through any bouts of stress, anxiety or turmoil.

You know that our focus here at brownble is mostly on cooking, food and our relationship with food and our bodies, but you've also heard me say it countless times:

When our lives are calm and we reach that place of emotional wellness, all the pieces of our eating puzzle start coming together. We're able to make better choices at the table, and we're also able to set food aside and move on with a day that is filled with other experiences.
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Vegan Travel: A Conversation with Wendy Werneth on Traveling as a Vegan

It's a special day at Brownble today. We've got our party shoes on, champagne is out, we're doin' a little dance around our coffee table... why? Because we have a very special guest today! You've met her before if you've made our delicious oat coconut cranberry bars, none other than the incredible Wendy Werneth from thenomadicvegan.com

Just in case you haven't met her before, she's basically the top vegan travel blogger around, and I'm incredibly lucky to call her a friend, not to mention a source of inspiration for being adventurous and exploring this beautiful planet of ours. Every time I'm on her site I feel like packing a bag, grabbing her e-book on the way out the door and heading out to explore a new destination.

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ONLINE PROGRAM PARTY! OUR VERY FIRST BATCH COOKING SESSION

Guess what day it is today? I'll give you a hint: today I started my day with a workout, a walk with the dogs, breakfast with my hubby, long awesome conversations with friends, and coming up next I'll be diving into delicious vegan sushi and a romantic vegan fondue dinner for two, and yes there will be cupcakes... made out of chocolate... with frosting... Can you guess? Today is my birthday! As you can probably tell, I never celebrate without bringing you guys along for the ride, so today we're unveiling our brand new section in the online program with our very first batch cooking episode!

If there's one practical tip that has helped me eat really healthily and remove stress from my busy life it has been batch cooking. A.k.a. preparing some basics over the weekend (or whenever you have the time), and have a fully stocked fridge, filled with healthy whole foods that I can mix and match for delicious veggie bowls, or use in other recipes throughout the week. This once a week ritual has been a lifesaver, and whenever I skip it I can really tell throughout the week. I spend more money, order more takeout than I probably should, and I'm a bit more stressed trying to cook everything day in and day out. Batch cooking helps so much with this.

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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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