Posts tagged organization
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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5 Tips to Help you Get Organized with Vegan Meal Ideas

So many of our unhealthier choices stem from that moment of complete brain freeze when we have to get dinner ready and we have no idea what we're going to make. Keeping a varied, fun and delicious diet is so important when it comes to sticking to a plant based way of eating, and especially if you were, or are, a total meat and potatoes person like I used to be, the transition to a vegan diet can be overwhelming sometimes, and you can often find yourself making the same dish over and over again and eventually grow tired of it. Not to mention the fact that glowing nutrition comes hand in hand with varying up those veggies and beans and whole grains and textures, flavors, colors. That's the sweet spot!

One of the great changes that veganism has brought to my life is how varied and colorful and creative my dishes are now, when compared to what I ate before, but this isn't something that just comes automatically the second you go vegan. Nope! I had to do a little leg work and wrap my head around some systems that now take no effort at all, and that made all the difference for me. 

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How to Organize your Recipes: A Recipe Storage and Meal Idea System that Works (or life lessons from trying every system on the planet!)

One of my biggest tools for success in the kitchen and especially with healthy eating is definitely organization. You know this if you've watched our latest FREE video series in which I help you revamp your healthy eating habits, and I give you a tour of my kitchen and pantry and how I get it organized. This is certainly the biggest tool in my organizational arsenal that ensures I eat really really well, but another part is having easy access and a system for all those recipes and meal ideas I love and make time and time again.

When it comes to systems to organize recipes, I can tell you I've tried absolutely all of them. I went back and forth for years and I still couldn't find a system that worked for me. 

I tried notebooks, large binders with magazine cutouts, online storage systems, and even a recipe organization software. It may sound extreme to you but when you're a recipe creator like I am and you spend most of your waking hours in the kitchen, you need a system or you end up having the same problem most of us have:

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