Posts tagged vegan tips
Moving Forward with Positive Changes without Shame or Overwhelm Attached

Now that The Roadmap is finally live and so many of you have already signed up and are enjoying the course, I thought it was time to discuss the topic of making positive changes and why sometimes we can start feeling overwhelmed when we realize there are so many different levels and choices within any new habit.

In today's episode we'll be talking about the wonderful changes we're all trying to make. Whether they're regarding our self care, health, activity levels, our relationship with food, our body image, etc., or whether they have to do with trying to help animals, our environment, our fellow humans. Every choice we make has even more choices and options within it, and it can be so hard to navigate this without feeling overwhelmed, and without judgement. Today I want to give you my two cents on this issue, and how we can keep the train moving forward and create wonderful changes in this world and for ourselves, but how this will vary for each of us, and why there needs to be space for that too.

I share a 3 step process that will help you keep the ball rolling with any habit change you’re trying to create, and I talk about the importance of knowing your own template. Yes, that’s right, we have a template! It can help us so much to understand it, especially when it comes to adjusting new changes to the way we are, so that they last and so we’re comfortable.

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"Othered" and "Othering": Feeling Separate, Distant or Isolated When Going Vegan

After the long and way too fun post and episode we had last week in which I answered a great listener question, we talked all about my favorite books, the three books that have changed my life and our vegan library of resources, I thought today we needed a shorter but inspirational episode. Today we're going to talk about something that's behind so many of our readers' and listeners' concerns or feelings of sadness, anxiety and loneliness some people experience when going vegan. When we get your lovely questions and comments that have to do with the social side of going vegan, we tend to focus on the habits and external tips and tricks (and I sure have many of those to help you with), when it comes to sharing your life with people who aren't vegan. Today however, we're diving in deeper, because the truth is sometimes we need to go below surface level, go deep into the dark waters and shine a little light on what's really going on so we can enjoy the views of the reef down below right?

We've talked about having a non-vegan partner before, and we've covered so many of the social aspects of going vegan, as well as some of the physical and emotional changes we might go through when we go vegan. We haven't talked about how veganism in a way draws an invisible line in the sand. One that is sometimes reaffirmed and dug into deeper, when we look into the ethical aspects of making this change, or we read certain books or listen to certain advocates. This is the line that separates us as vegans from people who aren't vegan, especially our friends and family who haven't decided to join us. 

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First Sneak Peek of "The Roadmap: Going Vegan Made Simple" (The secret project we've been working on!)

Boy are we excited about what we have to show you today.

You're about to get one of the very first sneak peeks into The Roadmap, the vegan online course we've been working on for the past year and which, as you've probably already heard, goes live this fall (2018)!

This has been a wild ride, and we wanted to take you along some behind the scenes footage we shot while filming on location. This is just the first of many little glimpses that you'll get to enjoy while you wait for the launch of the course.

Enjoy a little sneak peek below, and then sign up to make sure you're on the list to be notified as soon as the course is live and receive our early bird special deal!

Ok, now I'm nervous / excited / giddy like a little kid. Here we go!

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Now Vegan Me, Meet Year One Vegan Me: Lessons Learned through the Years while Being Vegan

Sometimes Carlos and I have these super fun brainstorming sessions over beers or veggie burgers in which we make a list of topics we want to cover in videos, podcast episodes and blog posts. I love getting his perspective because he always gets these awesome ideas that are really helpful and in line with the many questions we get from all our readers and listeners. Today's episode and post is entirely his creative baby. A few weeks ago we were talking about how differently we see things now, a few years into being vegan, as opposed to our first year, and he jumped up and said: "oh my God! You should make a podcast episode where your now vegan self meets your year one vegan self and gives her a slightly different perspective, based on all the lessons learned through the years!".

I know... genius right?

So that's what we're doing today, our current vegan selves are going to share how different things are now, from how we see and understand veganism now, to the kind of content we share, to the way we advocate, to the worries that were eased with time, the social situations that were handled better with time, and how they got so much easier and much more.

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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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10 Unusual Tips for Sress-Free Holiday Cooking and Entertaining

As I mentioned last week, we've been hosting tons of holiday gatherings this year due to the fact that we finally have family living near us this year! I've shopped, planned, prepped, tested, decorated and cooked round the clock this holiday season, and even though I thought I knew all there was to know about saving time and energy when entertaining, every year I learn something new.

I've given you tons of entertaining advice in the past, and we've covered the basics including very helpful tips such as setting the table the night before, making your shopping list a week ahead of time in case you're in the neighborhood of some of your specialty stores. Planning out your menu so you don't need 6 stove burners when you only have four, and making sure you enlist some help. These are all part of having a stress-free holiday gathering, but today I thought I'd talk to you about some of the more unusual tips that might just make a world of difference. Sometimes it's those teeny tiny tasks that either make or break you, and if you need a seven hour nap after a seven hour cooking marathon, something's gotta give! It's time to change things up so that you can enjoy your holiday gatherings as a host just as much as your guests do.

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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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The Importance of Community in a Non-Vegan World (Lessons from a Young Motorcycle Rider)

've become obsessed with this new podcast called Kind World, a show in which they tell very short 8 or 9 minute stories in which people were helped through random little acts of kindness. I listen to it while I walk the dogs in the morning and I tear up every single time! If there's one trait that I value the most in people it's the ability to show kindness to others. This show tells us harrowing tales of grief, loss, fear, struggles, and the people who came along, usually unexpectedly, to provide a little shining light. In the episode I listened to today, a little boy came home to his mom with an injury on his head after a bully at school had slammed his head against a wall.

The boy had been and was being bullied daily at school. At home he would think about being bullied the next day. At night, he would dream about being bullied, and eventually, he started dreaming about ending his own life. Not knowing what to do, his mom enlisted the help of a a man who had a motorcycle club, i.e. a group of friends who would ride their motorcycles together everywhere.

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