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Simple Formula for Eating Plant-Based When Your Family Doesn’t

Two vegans walk into a butcher shop…….

I’m sure there is a joke out there with a punch line at the end of that sentence. It popped into my mind as I started to write, “Two vegan’s surviving Turkey Day without a Family Feud”. Oh, the holidays……

My sister Aimee and I eat a whole food plant-based diet (it’s vegan, but different. I’ll explain that one in another blog). We had a great time with family in Florida for her first plant-based Thanksgiving, although she’s behind the camera in this picture.

So, if your considering eating this way, or are new to it, but your family or partner isn’t onboard, how do you do it?

First, know that it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. And for the record, there was no concern about us having a family feud on this or any other holiday. Our family has been very supportive of the way we eat. Especially since my sister’s transition to a whole food plant-based diet. Why? Because it probably saved her life. Who would argue with that? She was able to avoid the second heart-bypass surgery, lost 30 pounds, is managing her type 1 diabetes better than ever with a current A1C of 5.6, healed hashimoto’s thyroiditis, liver & bladder disease and is no longer chronically depressed. There’s more, but you get the idea. The only area that may not improve is cognitive function. At one point she was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s, but the diagnosis was downgraded to cognitive dysfunction. The years of seizures and uncontrolled blood sugars took a toll on her brain and it may not regenerate, however, she will be able to stop the decline and is so happy with her progress.

Why am I writing about Thanksgiving this time of year? Well, it will be here before you know it and the picture inspired the thought because we don’t have many of us sitting together for a meal. Plus a friend recently sent an email asking “How do you deal with the switch to a vegan diet when the rest of your family is not onboard? I think that is a huge stumbling block. What a pain to have to make one thing for me and something else for the rest of my family.”

That’s a great question! So, we’ll talk about it today and in the coming weeks, talk holiday strategies in more detail. The good news is that there is a simple formula for eating plant-based when your family does not. This issue usually presents at dinner more than other meals, so that’s where we’ll focus for now.

There are amazing plant-based recipes out there such as: sweet potato & black bean enchiladas, stuffed portobella mushrooms, bean chilis, lasagnas, soups, stews, casseroles, pizza’s, falafels etc. I have served up these dishes to the most die hard meat eaters without complaint. There are also great transition foods such as plant-based burgers, sausages, chicken-less tenders and cheeses. Veganizing comfort foods is not difficult once you learn about the ingredients, substitutions, methods and the nice to have kitchen tools. That’s where a coach comes in and can make the transition more comfortable. You don’t have to have a coach, I didn’t. But, boy if I had known that was an option, I would have signed up right away and saved myself time and frustration.

You’ll most likely not get away with serving your loved ones vegan meals every day. What to do? Make staple foods that the household will eat as side dishes along with their protein of choice that you’ll eat as your main course. What would that look like? Starches like potatoes, rice, pilaf’s, lentils, quinoa, beans, tortillas eaten with highly micronutrient vegetables raw or cooked/roasted, eaten plain or as salads, slaws or dishes. You can make old standby’s like mac & cheese vegan, no one will know, and make buddha bowls or poke bowls and explore spices and cuisines from around the world such as Indian, Thai, Japanese, Caribbean, Mexican, Italian, French or Spanish. It’s amazing how your palate and creativity opens when you go plant-based. You could opt to have more simple meals like broccoli & rice, quinoa stuffed potatoes, or bean burritos with a big salad or steamed veggies. Need more ideas? This is what I did with one giant pan of mushrooms one recent week:

1) Portobello burger
2) Stuffed with fava bean puree
3) In a massive salad
4) Made into a meatless loaf

Your options are endless and the portions, LARGE. This is about quality of food, not quantity. No calorie counting. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. How does that sound so far? If the formula doesn’t seem simple to you, reach out to me at Vegsetter.com for a complimentary” confidence boosting” consultation. I’d love to support you in eating plant-based, even if your family doesn’t.

I am passionate about helping others reach their best physical and emotional body. Are you ready for a supportive, interactive approach in taking charge of your life and health? Are you ready to rewrite your story? If the answer is a resounding YES! Contact me HERE

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This Strange Tapping Thing – In Action

The practice of Tapping might look strange at first, but one quickly gets over it when the magic kicks in. I am the “client” in the video below as a colleague and I work with each other on clearing blocks, cliches and limiting beliefs. You too may have some beliefs that are driving your unconscious thoughts and choices. Ever hear yourself saying ” Money doesn’t grow on trees” “Everyone in our family is overweight” “Nobody said it would be easy”. How is that serving you, and how liberating would it be to release these anchors?

Even though I was a magnet to mosquitoes, which was irritating, you’ll see that at around 1 minute and 15 seconds there’s a shift in my body. I recall the moment. What was happening is “happy” chemicals like Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins or Oxytocin were entering my bloodstream. Did you know you can access these feel good neurotransmitters any time by Tapping?

If you didn’t catch my blog last week, go back an check it out: Tapping Into a Delicious Life in No Time Flat.

I have used Tapping with great success to help friends, family and clients with pain, anxiety, phobias and panic attacks, but it’s my desire to transmute emotional overeating that inspired me to pursue advanced training. If you weren’t using food as a form of anesthesia, what emotions might surface for you? Sometimes we don’t know the answer to this question because we’ve never been “without” the food. The overeating continues so the emotions don’t surface. Are you numbing yourself and if so, what is it you are trying to supress?

But, this strange Tapping thing is too powerful to NOT use it for just about anything that keeps us from living our most delicious life. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals, including dozens of clinical trials, have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. So, if you have any roadblocks to being, doing or having what you most want to experience, I’d love to put this in action for you and show you just how much easier the shift can be.

I am passionate about helping others reach their best physical and emotional body. Are you ready for a supportive, interactive approach in taking charge of your life and health? Are you ready to rewrite your story? If the answer is a resounding YES! Contact me HERE

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Tapping into a Delicious Life in No Time Flat

Can’t remember when or how I first heard about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping. It was about 5 years ago when I was in massive download mode and a sponge to all things related to living a more delicious life.

I went on to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition ( Want to Become a Certified Health Coach? ) and a licensed independent educator with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I love teaching others the why and how of incorporating more healthy whole plant foods into their diet. It’s even more powerful when helping someone fully transition to a healthy whole food vegan diet. But often, a level of sweeping change comes from an emergency or struggle, like a heart attack, type 2 diabetes diagnosis or severe complications arising from a chronic disease. Whether the decision to make a lifestyle pivot comes from a place of urgency or not, it’s our mind and emotional body that will determine the level of lasting change.

Enter EFT Tapping. First, I must quickly gush about my recent week at the Omega Institute in upstate New York. I was there for professional training, being taught by one of the foremost EFT experts alive on the planet today, Dawson Church. Want to keep this blog shorter and sweeter for you, but Omega is worthy of its own post. AMAZING setting, quaint cabins, scenery, people and programs. The bonanza of locally grown plant-based meal options made my taste buds and body swoon. Worth Googling, if that sort of thing interests you. Back to Tapping.

What does EFT Tapping do? As you are tapping on meridian end points, areas of the body where acupressure/ acupuncture points converge, the tapping protocol calms the amygdala, a set of almond shaped “organs” in your brain that regulate emotions, especially fight or flight responses. In modern life, many of us live in some state of fight or flight most of the time. Traffic, deadlines, bills and bosses stress us out and flood our blood stream with cortisol, the fight or flight hormone. As you tap, you are also addressing different aspects of the issues that are presenting, breaking through emotional blocks and barriers. In a nutshell, tapping combines ancient acupressure with modern psychology to calm the nervous system, which opens up the potential to rewrite your story (and history) from a different point of view. It has been scientifically proven to be highly effective in transmuting cravings, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, pain and more. Continue reading Tapping into a Delicious Life in No Time Flat

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The Astonishing Effects of Food on Your Mood

Nearing the end of a weeklong workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, I’m in a really good mood. As I write, I’m watching fellow visitors enjoy the beautiful wooded setting and magical energy of this place. People here break into spontaneous laughter, song, music and dance. The energy at Omega is palpable, and its Energy Work, specifically EFT Tapping, that brought me here.

Food has the power to heal many things. It’s my go to medicine and first line of defense against anxiety and chronic disease. But, how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle long term? What is the best way to manage stress and daily triggers? Core beliefs about ourselves, the universe and how we fit into the world shape our life experience and our choices. And if we are seeking positive change in our health and want long lasting transformative shifts to occur, we need to uncover limiting beliefs and emotions that lay locked in our mind and even in our bodies. Often, it needn’t be a long or difficult process. That is what energy work can help us to do; dissipate stress and habits that don’t serve us. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has been well documented, studied and has been proven to be extremely effective. More on that next week.

What I want to talk about this week is how food effects your mood. When I stopped eating meat cold turkey on January 1st, 2012, I had no idea that I was on a journey to a more peaceful and delicious life. If you read my blog on Rewriting Your Story, you know that I narrowly survived a suicide attempt in 1981. What I didn’t know back then is that I was overfed and under nourished. My body was overloaded with sugar, processed foods and chemicals that triggered mood swings and depression. My body was also starving for healing foods and mood regulators found in whole plant foods. Continue reading The Astonishing Effects of Food on Your Mood