Story Time (Vegans Made Simple – Part 3)

Once upon a time… I told myself that I was Too old,Too busy,Too polite,Too family-oriented,Too traditional,Too “foodie,”Too introverted,Too interested in travel and culture To commit to a vegan diet. I told myself it was going to be just too hard. But something inside me was telling a story about food that was Kinder to theContinue reading “Story Time (Vegans Made Simple – Part 3)”

I Think You’re Right (Vegans Made Simple Part 2)

Do you think eating a Vegan diet is easier for millenials? Do you think it’s harder for people who travel a lot? What about for people who love sophisticated food? Or have a family? Or don’t have kids? Or live in the city? Or have a big garden? What do you think?   There isContinue reading “I Think You’re Right (Vegans Made Simple Part 2)”

Nudge Nudge (Vegans Made Simple Part 1)

If you are comedy fan, you may remember the Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink sketch made famous in the 1970’s by Monty Python. More recently “Nudge Theory” has emerged as a term to describe a part of what Behavioral Economists call Choice Architecture and the subject of Thaler and Sunstein’s 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, WealthContinue reading “Nudge Nudge (Vegans Made Simple Part 1)”

Watch This Space

Here at Michele Olender Coaching, we are getting ready to launch Vedge Your Best! Individual and Group Coaching  to support anyone interested in reducing or eliminating animal product consumption. Struggling with starting or maintaining a plant based diet? Vegetarian, Vegan, Flexitarian, Veg-Forward, Pescatarian Whether your reasons are environmental, health focused or ethical, Vedge Your Best is ready toContinue reading “Watch This Space”


In psychology there is a phenomenon referred to as “splitting.”It is characterised by all-or-nothing thinking:black or white,good or bad,yes or noidealized or demonized. Not to say there is no place for categorical thinking on some subjects, but it can be unhelpful when taking on a new undertaking. We are seldom able to walk,cycle,read,clean,drive,cook,speak in anyContinue reading “Splitsville”


When I was certified as a Life and Weight Coach, I assumed that I would primarily coach people who wanted to transition to a vegan or WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) diet. I had committed to eating vegan in my mid-50’s after never believing it would be possible for me to give up eating animalContinue reading “Excusitarianism”