Plant-Based Dogs Podcast

A new Meal Mentor podcast is ready for you!

In this episode Amy (my co-pilot!) talks about transitioning your pooch to a plant-based diet!  (Her girls Ana and Aubrey saw HUGE health benefits – just like my puggies). Amy also shares her recipe for DIY kibble and treats (recipes available to members in the forums) , and we gab about the various veggies our dogs like best! 

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Amy also lost more than 50lbs (yahoo!) and husband and sons’ story is a true testament that being thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Despite exercising regularly and having fit physiques, Amy’s hubby and college-aged sons had not-so-good numbers, but once they went plant-based, they had awesome bloodwork! The whole family (pugs too!) transformed.

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Have you ever been HANGRY?

Has this been you?

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Hangry = Hunger + Angry

You know the feeling…

Unexplained RAGE that comes out over the slightest annoyance…

My husband used to tease me, “Do you need to eat something?”

I used to be all kinds of HANGRY when I came home from work…

Cleaning up my diet—eating balanced meals—has helped nip the hanger.

Your brain needs energy to exercise self-control.

If you’re not consuming enough energy (food) OR if you’re eating foods that cause your blood sugar to go on a rollercoaster ride, then…

HANGER IS REAL.

If you’re hungry, you’re irritable…

…and if you’re irritable, you’re easily angered…

Eating healthy, super-satiating meals regularly will keep hanger away.

Set aside a little time to batch cook your meals.

PLUS having healthy, super-satiating meals at your fingertips is the ULTIMATE anecdote!

Fight back against HANGER with a meal plan.

Be prepared. Be consistent. And have food ready in case hanger strikes.

Happy batch cooking!

P.S. Batch Cooking BOOTCAMP will be available to members this Thursday! Don’t miss this workshop!

P.P.S. Add extra potatoes to your batch cook, and you’ll have the world’s easiest (and most satiating!) snack on hand and ready to go for emergency hanger prevention!

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Taking Charge of Your Health Podcast

A new Meal Mentor podcast is ready for you!

In this episode Dagney (my copilot!) admits that she’s not very good at taking care of herself. Although she faces some health challenges, this mother and grandmother shares the major strides she has made since adopting a plant-based diet!

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She also talks about taking charge of her health, discussing nutrition with her family, and the importance of having a supportive, positive community!

You won't want to miss this episode!

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Do you label food as “good” or “bad”?

Do you label food as “good” or “bad”?

It’s sooo tempting to do this (I’m GUILTY of it too!) especially when you are making a conscious effort to eat better and/or lose weight.

But this type of labelling – assigning morality to food – can actually have a very negative effect on us.

For example, say you order brown rice and steamed veggies...

Sounds healthy and filling, right?

But then the waitress tells you the restaurant only has white rice.

So you think: But white rice is bad… *I’M* being bad for ordering it…

You went from feeling GREAT... to down on yourself…

And possibly perplexed:

Should I get noodles?!

Scrap the whole thing and get deep-fried egg rolls?!

Calling a food “bad” only makes you feel bad or “wrong” for choosing to eat it.

Sure, brown rice is better for you nutritionally than white rice...

But that doesn’t make white rice BAD.

And you’re certainly not bad for eating it!!

Focus on DOING YOUR BEST in the situation you’re in.

White rice may not be optimal...

BUT IT’S A WHOLE LOT BETTER than the deep-fried egg roll, right?!

Keep this perspective and throw away the “good” versus “bad” thinking.

Be proud of yourself for choosing the BEST choice available.

That balance is what makes “living healthy” a SUSTAINABLE lifestyle.

The best, most perfect, ULTIMATE choice isn’t always possible in the real world.

And if you feel bad even when you make the best choice you can, it’ll be a million times harder to stay motivated and on track.

You’ll end up discouraged…

The meal plans help keep you from eating out, but “eating in” isn’t always possible...

Sometimes you have to go out for a work thing, or a friend’s birthday--or you just want to!!

NO PROBLEMO.

Have a life, find that balance, and do the best YOU can (and feel GOOD about it).

There are no good or bad foods—just better choices. DO YOUR BEST.

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Working at the Plant-Based Diet Podcast

A new Meal Mentor podcast is ready for you!

In this episode Mike (my co-pilot!) bravely shares how he fell off the plant-based wagon, but that he still believes in being plant-based and works at it everyday. I also got Mike to develop a new rule (hint: it has to do with salt)

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And you’ll LOVE his simple but brilliant suggestion for saying “I don’t want it” either to yourself when you’re tempted, or when others are trying to peer pressure you or get you to “cheat!” His thoughts on exercise and how moving your body moves your mind into making better choices is also spot-on!

By the way, Mike is the partner to Mandy, who you met on episode 20.

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Feel like you're "missing out?"

Does this sound familiar?

I'm trying to lose weight without giving up and missing out. Is that possible? What I mean, tomorrow night I have a Bachelorette party. I feel like I have maintenance down. I lose during the week but weekend gains keep it from going below a certain point. I literally always have something on the weekend. Do I miss out on the fun in the name of weight loss? Is that a lifestyle change?” —Ashley B.

Even if you’re NOT trying to lose weight, going vegan or adopting a plant-centered diet can dredge up these feelings.

One thing I like to remind myself of is that I’m not there for the food.

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Recently, I shared this photo from a friend’s birthday potluck, and one of the first comments was: “Were there other things for you to eat or did you have to eat what you brought?

As it turns out, someone else brought fresh fruit, but that’s not why I went.

I didn’t go to Zophie’s birthday for the food. I went to celebrate Zophie!

Food is a constant presence in celebrations and social situations…

but it doesn’t have to be the FOCUS.

You’re there to have a good time, socialize, make memories, and celebrate.

You’d still go to a wedding or birthday party even if there was no food, right?!

Adopting this perspective changes EVERYTHING.

Eating food should not be the way we measure involvement in an activity.

Let me repeat that…

Eating food should not be the way we measure involvement in an activity.

You can “miss out” on conversation, parties, and witnessing life events, but...

Food is not “fun.”

Food gives nourishment so we can have fun!

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