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Vegan Thanksgiving

Food is an integral part of social life.

I have such fond memories of the stew that my Mom would cook for every birthday, of the local burger joint that we used to go to on the last day of school, of leaving campus at lunch with my best friends to grab lunch at Taco Time.

And then there are the holidays.

I’ll never forget driving down to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas. We would open presents and then sit down for the traditional meal of ham and Grandma’s famous (and very weird in retrospect) green jello.

Who doesn’t equate those beautiful, serene, and happy holiday moments with the smells wafting from the kitchen or sitting down with loved ones...

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Fall weather has finally arrived here in Southern Arizona. The cold weather is usually at least a month late in this part of the country, but it does arrive eventually.

Temperatures are dropping and I’m getting excited for tea, soup, and cozy evenings reading by the fireplace.

This also means that certain, yearly, recurring events are soon upon us. That’s right, I’m talking about holiday-pocalypse 2014!

What? You think I’m being over dramatic? That if I had TiVo it would be filled with soap operas and telenovelas?

Ok, maybe I’m being a touch sensational, but holidays can be quite stressful for many of us on the plant-based path.

It may mean...

Plant Based Success Story

I'm often blown away by the success stories I hear from those who have adopted a plant-based lifestyle.

Almost everyday I read about someone who has lost 20, 50, or even 100 lbs, reversed their type 2 diabetes, reduced or eliminated blood pressure or cholesterol medications, and generally improved their quality of their life to the point where they feel like an entirely different person.

I want to start sharing these stories with you.

As you know, it's not the easiest thing to stay on the path, especially when making health a priority can make you a bit of a social outcast.

It's my hope that hearing from others who have stuck with it and changed their...

The Six Pillars Of Lasting Health and Accidental Weight Loss

When I used to fall off the plant powered wagon, I would experience anguish that can only be understood by watching this hilarious youtube clip of Denver the Guilty Dog.

Oh the guilt!

And I’m not the only one.

When we take a tumble, we often say things like, “I am having so much trouble following through...I don’t know what is wrong with me.” “I feel like such a failure for not being able to stick with this way of eating.”

 We think that our failure is due to the fact that we lack willpower, discipline, and motivation, and come to the conclusion that we are somehow faulty human beings!

Not only are we left with the guilt and pain of failure, but...

Why Can't I Lose Weight

Last time we spoke, I revealed my oddball approach to losing weight. The best way to reach your goal weight and stay there?

Stop trying to lose weight. Instead, focus on getting healthy.

Are you rolling your eyes at such an ambiguous and non-sexy statement?

Did you already start frantically googling the Top 10 Diet Tips To Lose 5 Pounds In 24 Hours?

It may sound silly, but shifting the focus from losing weight to gaining health can completely change the game.

If your interest is piqued, take a look at the previous article where I share how this very mindset shift tipped the scales for Nora, catalyzing over 100 lbs lost to date.

Because...

The Great Diet Hoax (And What To Do Instead)

Hey friend,

It’s a typical Saturday night. The whole world is getting dressed up and ready to go out, but where am I?

Getting ready to settle into a fun-filled evening of...perusing holistic health and weight loss groups on facebook.

Ok, this may be a wee exaggeration, but I do spend an embarrassing amount of my free time browsing these groups.

Why?

I love reading the advice that people give, understanding what allows some people to succeed while others continue to struggle, and seeing how people support each other.

Anyway! While perusing one particularly interesting facebook group, I came across a post by a woman named Nora.

Nora...

Start With Why

Hey friend, sorry I missed writing to you last week; life doesn’t always go as planned.

My grandpa passed away and so Regan and I ended up traveling to Salt Lake City for the services.

It was of course a sad and difficult event for our family and friends, and I’ve greatly appreciated the many condolences.

Grandpa lived a long, successful life and his unconditional support was the foundation of our family. His memory and legacy lives on.

And while heartbreaking, I think these difficult events also offer us a special opportunity. And that’s what I wanted to share with you today.

Life is a precious and fleeting affair, and the silver lining is the...

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

If you ever want to take a deep dive into the weirdness that is the human mind, there is a surefire way: try to get healthy or lose weight.

Last week, I shared the story of one gnarly craving that I struggled with for months! I then asked what kind of cravings you struggle with.

I received some fantastic responses (thank you!) and want to share a few with you.

My biggest challenge with living 100% plant-based is "cravings", especially when I'm bored or tired. I work from home and the kitchen is only 10 feet away! I eat great for breakfast and lunch -- green smoothie, fruit, salad, veggies. But when I hit a mid-afternoon slump of boredom or getting sleepy, I crave...

Plant Based Diet Social Skills

I didn’t expect this to be such a big deal before I made the decision to make my health a priority.

But it ended up being one of the most continually frustrating and difficult challenges that I faced.

To what am I referring, you ask? Why don’t you just spit it out, you say?

The number one struggle was, is, and will be how to deal with the social dimension of adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Family, friends, holidays, travel, going out to eat.

I swear I could put together the absolute best comedy routine based on the weird, sad, enraging, frustrating interactions I’ve had with others in regard to my dietary choices.

Bringing my own little slice...

Plant Based Diet Recipes

Quick question: Do you live in a self constructed tree house in the woods and make your own clothing out of moss?

No? Then I would wager that you are busy. REAL busy.

Ah this modern life of at least a 40 hour work week, household chores, taking care of your kids AND your parents AND your grandkids.

We get so set on getting things done that even when we aren’t busy we feel like we should be.

You get a quick minute and think, “well shouldn’t I be cleaning the house? The car could use an oil change. I should really call second-cousin Ed and catch up.”

Life can be exhausting. And when life is exhausting what tends to go out the window first?

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