Brown Vegan (fitness & nutrition)

Get all the show notes here http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/tracyemcquirter

The holidays are coming, so I had to invite Tracye McQuirter on the podcast to talk about how to navigate a vegan lifestyle during this season.

Tracye is a 30-year vegan, national best-selling author, public health nutritionist, international speaker, and vegan trailblazer. She was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times, and her national best-seller, By Any Greens Necessary, was the number one recommended vegan book on The Huffington Post. For 25 years, she's been teaching people throughout the United States and abroad how and why to go vegan for better health. She's been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including CBS News, Fox News, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. Tracye has a master's degree in public health nutrition from New York University.

 

Her tips:

  • Be gentle with yourself and others - RELAX!
  • Never talk about veganism at the Thanksgiving dinner table
  • Bring enough food for yourself and others
  • It's okay not to eat traditional Thanksgiving meals...even though you sure can do that! 

 

Notable Quote from Tracye: "Liberate your mind and your mouth will follow."

 

Other topics we chatted about:

  • The importance of determining your why when you're going vegan
  • Why community is essential to a long-term vegan life
  • How veganism is a black movement

  

Direct download: finaltracye.mp3
Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

I answered this question several months ago but wanted to put in with a podcast episode because it's so important.

How in the heck do you plan meals without meat being the center of the meal?

Get all the resources mentioned in this episode here... http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/how-to-put-together-your-vegan-meals

Some people think you can only get protein from chicken, beef, fish, eggs, etc. but this isn't the case at all. There are sooo many plant-based options that can easily replace the meat on your plate.

The best way to approach vegan life when you're getting started is to think about what you're already eating and how you can make a vegan version of that meal.

In this episode, I used vegan fried chicken, taco salad and chili as examples of how this would look.

Try not to overthink your meal planning, be gentle with yourself and I promise it will get easier once you're consistent.

 

 

 

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It was a pleasure having Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul on the show to talk about her transition to vegan life.

Get all the resources mentioned in this episode here...

http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/how-jenne-found-her-purpose-when-she-became-a-vegan

We discussed:

  • How she decided to became a vegan after working in a vegetarian restaurant around ethical vegans
  • Why meat alternatives are helpful when you're transitioning to a vegan life 
  • Some of her favorite food/meals
  • Whether or not celebrity vegans help or cause more confusion in the vegan movement
  • How to help your picky eaters
  • Why she credits finding her purpose from going vegan

 

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Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

I met Lynne several years ago online and since then we've had a chance to connect offline at local events. She's a big believer in balance and it extend not only to what she eats but how she lives her life.

Get all the resources mentioned in this episode here http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/-a-raw-cleanse-can-help-you-go-vegan

 

We discussed:

  • How she was able to get rid of her high blood pressure medication after eating a mostly raw diet for 4 months
  • How she was able to get her husband to embrace vegan life
  • Why balance is so important in a vegan lifestyle
  • Her love of cooking and how she prepares her favorite dishes

Quotes: 

"That month of raw food changed my life"

"Life is About Balance"

 

 

Direct download: lynnefinalfinal.mp3
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I first saw Elvis in a vegan Facebook group and was so glad when Gail Roddy made the introduction for me. This episode is truly a treat!

Get all the resources mentioned in this episode here http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/elvisgardin

We discussed:

  • How he was about to get mom to ditch 8 medications by changing her diet
  • His journey of coming back to vegan life after being gone for several years
  • Why balance is key is a long-term vegan life
  • How veganism will make you elevate other areas of your life
  • Why you are what you eat

 

New to vegan life? The free Vegan Starter Kit has tips, recipes and resources on how to get started. Click here to get it

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Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Dinner can be the hardest meal of the day when you're getting started on a vegan journey with your family. This is when some of the complaints come up and when you feel the most rushed. I can definitely relate to this!

In the podcast episode, I give you 5 tips to make vegan dinner meal planning easier for you & the fam.

Get all the resources mentioned in this episode here http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/29-how-to-plan-vegan-dinners-5-tips

5 tips to plan vegan dinners:

  • Think about what you're already eating for dinner and find a way to veganize some of these meals.
  • Ask for your family's input
  • Commit to just a few minutes a day to gather vegan recipes
  • Keep a food journal
  • Make enough for leftovers
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Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

In this episode, I chat with vegan chef and business owner Chef A Ifayomi Victory about how she overcame health issues and used healing herself to help others start a vegan journey.

Get all the resources mentioned in this episode here: http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/28-how-to-turn-your-passion-for-vegan-life-into-a-business

 

We chatted about:

  • The importance of being patient and research
  • Starting your business before it feels like you're ready 
  • Building credibility
  • We also chatted about how she did cooking demos at Whole Foods and received catering opportunities from word of mouth.

 

Direct download: chefifayomi.mp3
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In this episode, I chat with Naturalee Happee about: 

  • Her gradual transition from vegetarian to vegan 
  • How natural hair (we both have locs) empowered her to care more about the way she ate
  • Why she's doing a juice cleanse to help curb her love of vegan junk food.
  • Oh, and I found out sweet chili Doritos are vegan 

Get the direct link to the resources mentioned in this episode here 

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Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

In this podcast episode, I chat with Kawani Brown about how her children inspired her to start a healthy vegan life.

Get the show notes here and contact Kawani here 

We also chatted about:

  • How she was able to encourage her husband to start his own vegan journey
  • How the support of her family makes all the difference in the world
  • Why you don't have to go vegan overnight
  • Why organic food is so important to their family and everyone else
  • Why coconut oil is magic (it sure is!)

 

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Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

I received an email from a lady who said that she spends her whole weekend meal planning, prepping and cooking and how it was making her overwhelmed as a new vegan and had her thinking about quitting.

I remember those days and ain't nobody got time for that!

In this podcast episode, I some basic meal planning tips to save time and money. 

Get all the resources and show notes for this episode here 

http://www.brownvegan.com/podcast/stop-spending-all-weekend-on-meal-planning

 

Direct download: nomoreweekends.mp3
Category:fitness & nutrition -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT