Vedge Your Best Through The Holidays

December 15 – Vedge Your Best is a podcast too! I include Stoic wisdom in most of my weekly episodes. Today a wonderful quote from Zeno that encapsulates the Vedge Your Best ethos. “Well being is realized by small steps, but that is no small thing.” Progress not Perfection. I believe there is almost nothing that we can do individually every day that would make a bigger impact than moving toward a Whole Food Plant Based / Vegan diet.

Vedge Your Best Through The Holidays

December 14 – If you are interested in losing a little bit of weight during this period, I recommend that we “front-load” our meals with water and low density soups and low oil salads and greens. Get those filling, hydrating and satiating foods in first before the rest of your meal of more densely caloric foods. It also allows you to slow down the meal to really give your body a chance to register as satisfied.

Vedge Your Best Through the Holidays

December 13 – is Santa Lucia day – the longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere according to the old calendar – the winter solstice. 1 in 5 Swedes under 30 identifies as Vegan or Vegetarian and 50 percent of Swedes overall report the they are more interested in eating Vegan now than even a year ago! We may not think of Sweden is a an innovative Plant Based market but we would be wrong!

Are Mushrooms Vegan?

December 11 – At Vedge Your Best we have neglected to mention that Plant Based Diet staple – the mushroom! They are not animals. Not plants. Fungi! Yes there have been some questions whether because of the “feeding” habits of some varieties of mushrooms they are “vegan.” At Vedge Your Best we are confident in recommending mushrooms as a delicious, umami laden, source of B vitamins and the only non fortified source of Vitamin D in the Plant Based diet.

Vedge Your Best Through The Holidays

December 10 – is the first night of Hanukkah. When we are just starting to limit or eliminate animal products cultural and religious food traditions do not need to be where we begin. Though it is perfectly possible to enjoy a Vegan or Plant based Hanukkah, remember that you might prefer to start with the many other choices available to you during this holiday month!

Vedge Your Best Through The Holidays

December 9 – When you are making new Vegan and Plant Based choices, watch your language. You are choosing more plants, more fruits, more greens, grains, beans, seeds, legumes and fresh water. This is not just meat LESS, it is much much more. To speak with Vegan / Plant Based Life Coach Michele Olender, email info@micheleolendercoaching.com to set up a free session.

Vedge Your Best Through The Holidays

December 8 – If this is the first holiday season you are planning to limit or eliminate consumption of animal products, consider not making it too much of a point of discussion at larger family gatherings. Remember that though you may feel others are not respectful of your choices, those same people may also think that you are condemning them for their choices. Let the gatherings be full of love – and if they want to talk to you more about it, make time for a phone call on another day.