Posts tagged the holidays
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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Holiday Pep Talk! (Part 1): Dealing with the Emotional and Social Aspects of your First Holiday Season as a Vegan

We have so many new vegans on board after the launch of our newest online course The Roadmap, and although the holiday season can be especially hard when you’re a new vegan, it can still be a bit of a challenge for seasoned vegans as well. We have many past episodes in which we talk about tips and the practical aspects of navigating the holiday season as a vegan, and we have a full video on it in one of the modules in The Roadmap. Today though, I thought I would hang out with you a bit and give you a little pep talk so that you can have the most joyful time this holiday season no matter how you eat, or how differently you do so when compared to your family members and friends.

I once heard a famous author and writing teacher say that one of the best writing prompts for a class are the words “I remember…”. This immediately transports you into the land of past experiences and inspiration. I’ll be stealing this little writing exercise in that I will be looking for past experiences I have had during the holidays, and I’ll also change it to “remember…”, to give you some support. Chances are that if you’ve been listening to our podcast for a while, or you’ve read our blog, many of the things I’ll mention will act as great, quick and gentle reminders of some of those issues that pop up for vegans this time of year. If you’re new, you’ll quickly see how so many of these are universal life lessons, that you’ve probably experienced in other aspects of your life, and they’ll serve as great reminders of how to deal with these issues around the table now.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Bars

Oh the fall. Is there ever a season as wonderful as this one? If you’re a pluviohpile like me, a Hygge addict like me, if you love the colors, the vegetables, the warming comforting meals, and that chill in the air, chance are, you’re in your very favorite season right about now.

I love the autumn and I partly blame The Gilmore Girls for my particular fall obsession. To me it felt like that show always took place in the fall, except of course for Lorelai’s classic smelling of that very first snowfall of the year, and who could forget the best spring break episode ever, in which The Shins make an appearance.

I love everything about the fall season. I mean, just think about it for a second: scarves, warm cute knitted hats, boots, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the rain, the beautiful golden warm colors in the leaves, cinnamon, ground clove, and yes… pumpkins!

The recipe I have for you today made Carlos raid the fridge so often that I think I only managed to eat a couple of these bars in total after we filmed them. They are so yummy to make, and a quick and easy vegan fall dessert.

This recipe is perfect to serve for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime you’re craving something absolutely yummy and that tastes like pumpkin pie and chocolate chips or Sausalito cookies had a baby.

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Thanksgiving Stories, Lessons Learned and the Best Roasted Carrots and Green Beans!

As you know, Thanksgiving was last week, and we showered you with tips, videos, links, content, in all shapes and sizes, to help you plan and cook for the big event. What we haven't told you yet, are the secret adventures we went through on that day, why my dog almost gave me a heart attack, why two people cried at our Thanksgiving, the yummy menu, the decor, and the two quick sides I made that were out of this world and that I'll teach you how to make today. Of course, there will be tons of photos, not to mention our usual lessons learned so that our holiday dinners can run more smoothly in the coming weeks.

Let me start by saying this, I LOVE Thanksgiving, and I especially love to host it because then I get to think of the decor, setting the table, making my little menus and place cards. It's almost as fun as the cooking itself.

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Conversations at the Table with Non-Vegans, Getting Ready for the Holidays

Carlos and I have been vegan for a few years now, and sometimes that means I forget what it was like in the very early stages of making this change. By now, all our friends and family know we're vegan, they know why we've made the change, they've even got familiar with vegan foods and they make delicious meals and treats for us! It's very rare that we need to explain the way we eat to people these days. On our latest trip to London though (which you can hear all about in our two most recent podcast episodes here: part 1 and part 2), we were surrounded by dozens of non-vegan doctors at the two incredible dinners we were invited to, and I remembered what it was like to have all eyes on the two different plates of food at the table, mine and Carlos's. Yup we were the only two vegans in the room! It was a great reminder that we just had to talk about this topic together in the blog and podcast before the holidays, and it was a great way to flex that "we're the same but we're also different" muscle. In today's post and podcast episode, I'm going to tell you about what usually happens in these vegan/non-vegan conversations, and tips on how to be yourself and inspire without preaching or relying on any specific outcome, and especially, how to have fun and enjoy your meals when all eyes are on you as you answer some difficult or personal questions. If you're an introvert like I am, you know what I'm talking about and how strange it feels to be under the spotlight.

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But It's Tradition!

We've all heard that phrase from our family at one point or another right? In my case, I've always been the annoying family member that keeps reminding people of that fact. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with traditions and keeping them alive. I love the idea of doing something because you did it the year before, and years before that your mother did it, and years before that your grandparents did it. I love the concept of it and I honestly think it's one of those essential components of being a family, whether your family is with your original family members, or the ones you have chosen and included almost as if you had shared a tire swing for years in the front yard. Especially this time of year, the thought of keeping traditions alive is really important to me.

Here's the thing though, a few years ago, little Miss Kim (that's me!), decided to go vegan. 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I love the meaning behind Thanksgiving. One day, surrounded by the people you love. and feeling all those feelings of gratitude wash over you. Most of us have so much to be thankful for. and although our day to day lives might keep us busy and disconnected from this fact sometimes, I bet if you sat down to make a list of your blessings it would be a long one. From waking up healthy to having a roof over our heads...

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