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  2. Carole Hallett Mobbs

    How to prepare for UN-packing day

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. How to prepare to receive your shipment Or, to be more accurate, Preparing For The Day All Your Shipped Items ... Read More The post How to prepare for UN-packing day appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  3. “Just so you know, I think you’re totally insane for wanting to do this.” That was my husband’s reaction as I lay out my plan for my journey back to Canada with our daughters.But let me back up a bit.… The post 13 Suitcases, 2 Kids, and a Trip to Paris: How I Managed, Logistically. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  4. Canadian Expat Mom

    Repatriating: Where I’m at.

    It was nearly sunset and we were all sitting around lounge chairs at a rustic, beach-front surfer bar late Friday afternoon. Our driver had dropped us off, then he’d leave the car for my husband who would join us for… The post Repatriating: Where I’m at. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  5. 10 Life changing benefits of going vegan that will blow your mind Admittedly when I first heard of veganism I thought it was some sort of weird & extreme cult. The stereotypical images of tie-dyed, long-haired hippies are now paving the way for lifestyle bloggers, social media inspirations and even celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Johnny Depp (hubba hubba), Serena Williams & Andre 3000 Heyyy Yaa But maybe you are wondering… Are vegans healthier? From the list of benefits below, you will clearly see that vegans have a more health-promoting diet than meat eaters. In fact, statistics show that mortality rates are substantially lower in vegans than meat eaters due to a diet higher in fiber & antioxidants and lower in saturated fats If you still need convincing, get this AMAZING book #preparetobeamazed Who is a vegan diet good for? A vegan diet is great for anyone! There are numerous wonderful books & studies that show how going vegan can reverse heart disease, reverse diabetes, prevent obesity and even stop cancer Not only is it safe to be vegan but you will THRIVE! Vegan diet benefits & disadvantages There are absolutely NO disadvantages to this diet. If you want to Look & feel amazing then this is the diet for you! Okay being realistic the 2 things I found to be annoying are Eating out. Note that I can always find something even in a nonvegan friendly country. But it would be nice to have more choice! Other peoples concerns/reactions. I haven’t personally experienced anything negative and if I did #whocares #1 VEGAN SKIN BENEFITS Due to the high amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in a vegan diet, expect your skin to transform! Animal proteins kill for a gorgeous glow and promote an aging face Get ready for GLOWING SKIN ACNE & ACNE SCARS DISAPPEARING FEWER WRINKLES PLUMPER & SMOOTHER SKIN #2 HAIR & NAIL GROWTH I tried to grow my hair for my entire life up to my mid-twenties and no matter what I did it ALWAYS stayed the same length *sigh* Since going vegan my hair DOES NOT stop growing. It’s actually too long. I know #girlproblems And even though my toddler pulls it out all day long, it still stays strong, Amazeballs With so much goodness in your body expect strong and flexible nails too! Here is a pic that shows my current hair length #3 IMPROVED HEALTH When I went vegan it was more for health benefits and judging from the list below you can see why A vegan diet: LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE LOWERS CHOLESTEROL GIVES 40% REDUCED RISK OF DEVELOPING CERTAIN CANCERS STOPS OBESITY Reduces the risk of: CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE STROKE TYPE 2 DIABETES DEMENTIA Not only that but it’s estimated that vegans live 6-10 years more than non-vegans! WOWZERS For more health reasons to go vegan read this post #4 WEIGHT LOSS ON A VEGAN DIET Celebs are growing the trend of veganism because it’s an easy way to lose weight and get in shape Vegan diets are: NATURALLY LOW IN CALORIES LOW IN FAT HIGH IN FIBER RICH IN WHOLEGRAINS, LEGUMES, FRUITS & VEGGIES CONTAINS NO TOXIC HORMONES One of the issues, when first starting to go vegan, is the volume of food you need to consume. Whole plant-based foods are naturally low in calories and saturated fat so you need to eat a ton to have adequate calories. A vegan diet is the most sustainable solution to losing weight. No calorie counting, no restriction & no deprivation! A vegan diet is much higher in fiber than a standard meat-eating diet that constipation will be a thing of the past! *Hello flat belly* Also, because of the quality of the foods eaten vegans are naturally leaner. Thus making it easier to stay in shape and stay leaner – without exercise hallelujah You can learn more by reading this life-changing book here #5 ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS Not only is going vegan incredible for your health & waistline but its the best option for the plant too! Livestock uses a whopping 45% of the worlds entire land By giving up meat & dairy you: REDUCE WATER CONSUMPTION BY 3700 GALLONS PER PERSON PER DAY 1 POUND OF MEAT PRODUCES AS MUCH WATER AS SHOWERING FOR 6 WHOLE MONTHS! 55% REDUCTION IN CARBON FOOTPRINT Did you know that: MORE & MORE SPECIES ARE BECOMING EXTINCT DUE TO A MEAT EATING DIET THE GRAIN USED FOR FEEDING LIVESTOCK COULD CURE WORLD HUNGER # 6 FEEL HAPPIER Going vegan changes your mood very quickly. When I first went vegan I noticed an impact immediately Eating more carbohydrates (something we are scared of in the west) provides a boost of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that elevates mood and alleviates depression. Vegans often feel more connected with themselves, nature and the planet. Veganism is a platform for self-growth Because weight loss is easy on a vegan diet you can also expect to have a better relationship with food and your body. As vegan foods are the ones we are designed to eat, it is much easier to listen to hunger and fullness cues more #7 BETTER IMMUNITY I used to catch everything going and get sick easily but since going vegan my immune system is amazing and I very rarely get sick! Going vegan makes you more conscious about your health in general. Because you are eating such nutritious foods you tend to avoid an unhealthy lifestyle overall #8 IMPROVED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE Eating carbs and fuelling your body correctly will give you ENERGY to exercise Worried about losing muscle on a vegan diet? Don’t! Check out these incredible vegan athletes who have all reported better physiques & quicker recovery times since starting a vegan diet. #9 PREVENT ANIMAL CRUELTY All animals are sentient beings. They have thought and feelings just like we do. By becoming vegan you can save animals & prevent cruelty Being mistreated is a total understatement for what is actually going on. And yes this applies EVERYWHERE in the world! THE ANIMALS RAISED WE RAISE FOR EATING ARE DISTRESSED & DISEASED AND LIVE IN THE MOST HORRIFIC CONDITIONS ANIMALS FEEL PAIN AND GET SCARED MANY ANIMALS DIE OF FEAR & SHOCK JUST ON THE WAY TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE 150 BILLION ANIMALS ARE SLAUGHTERED EACH YEAR FOR FOOD SUGGESTED: TOP 15 DOCUMENTARIES THAT WILL MAKE YOU GO VEGAN #10 HELP LOVED ONES Going vegan will get you a lot of reactions but one of the most positive benefits I have noticed is that I have inspired those around me to adopt a more plant-based diet. When you go vegan you will inspire others & improve their lives What supplements should I take as a vegan? When choosing supplements ALWAYS buy from a reputable brand that is high quality. Never use a generic supplement. They don’t work and are full of fillers. Get the ones that work and really feel the results. All vegans need to take a vitamin B12 supplement. B12 is a bacteria and not derived from animals. Animals ingest this bacteria, so those on a meat-eating diet will consume B12 – although many are still deficient. I always suggest taking a good quality multivitamin such as this one regardless of what type of diet you are on. You do not need to take any special isolated vitamins and minerals (unless you have a disorder that requires you to do so) A well rounded whole foods plant-based diet will cover all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats & carbohydrates you need! Probiotics are essential for keeping a bloat free & flat belly. These one are THE BEST For omega fats, 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed will give you adequate amounts So what are you waiting for! What benefits have you noticed since becoming vegan? leave your answers for others in the comments below The post 10 LIFE CHANGING BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND appeared first on Holistically Lizzie. View the full article
  6. Canadian Expat Mom

    Peter Pan Syndrome

    I woke up with all the Friday feels and once again, looking forward to the weekend. You’d think the weekend would be anti-climactic when you live in Congo. Generally speaking, we’re isolated and there’s not much going on where we… The post Peter Pan Syndrome appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  7. Carole Hallett Mobbs

    Preparing to leave

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. The last few weeks before moving abroad The decision has been made, the location chosen and many of the logistics ... Read More The post Preparing to leave appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  8. Canadian Expat Mom

    Hotel vs AirBnB

    I often get asked about travelling with kids and one thing that seems to come up regularly is questions about where we stay. I have a hard time giving a direct answer to that question because depending where you are… The post Hotel vs AirBnB appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  9. Can I get a drum roll please!!!!!!!! I started writing this book about a year and a half ago, in the passenger seat of our camping car, with a laptop on my knees, as we drove through the Skeleton Coast… The post African Safari: Book Release- The Kids Who Travel the World appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  10. Canadian Expat Mom

    An Interview on Repatriating with Nicole Webb

    When we found out it was ‘official’ that we were moving home, I wasn’t quite ready to share our news with the internet world, simply because I wasn’t sure myself how I felt just yet. I didn’t know what to… The post An Interview on Repatriating with Nicole Webb appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  11. Canadian Expat Mom

    We’re Moving…And it’s a BIG One!

    It was only two years ago that we bought our house in France so that we’d have a home-base to go to from Africa that was a bit closer to Congo than Canada was. I’ll never forget my Dad’s reaction,… The post We’re Moving…And it’s a BIG One! appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  12. Happy Mummy

    BLW Week 6-8

    Last few weeks I focused on introducing some more fruits, grains, meat and meals which content more ingredients in one piece. Sami tried strawberry and oranges beef steak chicken strips beef burger rice eggy bread vegetable fritters Progress: His has chewing improved a lot. We get now very few gags and he swallow has improved too. He still very much plays with the food and he is not in the “eating” stage yet. He had few days of very little interest in food guessing that was caused by teething. Sami has got now 4 teeth. He also improved at swallowing water form his sipycup. View the full article
  13. Carole Hallett Mobbs

    Life as an introverted expat

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Surviving expat life when you’re an introvert I wonder how many introverts are offended by that rather blasé definition? In ... Read More The post Life as an introverted expat appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  14. Canadian Expat Mom

    That Time I Got Malaria in Africa

    Palu. That’s what they call it here. In French, malaria is referred to as le paludisme, or palu for short. Where I originally come from, it’s not a word that’s even in your vocabulary unless you’re on your way to… The post That Time I Got Malaria in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  15. If you’re looking to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable and delicious way then switching to a vegan or plant based diet can literally melt the pounds away. A vegan diet is naturally much lower in fat and calories gram per gram compared to a traditional high meat diet. Thats why we get to eat so much HOORAY! However, being ‘vegan’ or ‘plant based’ isn’t magic and there are plenty of mistakes I see people make over and over again. They eat such a healthy diet but can’t seem to lose those last stubborn pounds. By following the below recommendations and tips, you can be sure to lose weight effectively, even if you are already slim and looking to define your shape. #1 EAT WHOLE & UNPROCESSED As much as it pains me to use the term ‘clean eating’ it is applicable in this case. Many people when first going vegan (myself included) get very excited about all the vegan compliment foods that there are See this post for 44 Accidentally Vegan Snack Foods Its amazing and its definitely good when you are transitioning but these foods are full of chemicals, hidden salts, sugars and artificial weirdnessness which have a detrimental effect on your weight and your health. So although these foods can have a place in your diet the bulk of your meals and snacks should come from whole plant based foods. Want my top resources for everything healthy and vegan? Sign up below for free #2 SAY NO TO OIL This may come as a surprise for you. Oil has been tooted to be the new health food, especially with low carb diets on the rise. Although some oils have certain health benefits, if you have stubborn weight that just wont budge and you want to feel more energised, I highly recommend cutting out all oils from your diet. Worried about missing out on vital nutrients? Don’t! Fat, in its whole food form (avocado, nuts, seeds) have health given properties and are an essential part of our diet for both health and weight reasons. Oil on the other hand is a processed food. All the valuable vitamins, minerals and fibre and have been stripped away from the whole food source to leave a pure fat. Stuck with how to cook? See this post by fatfreevegan which explains substitutes and techniques for fat free cooking #3 EAT MORE FOOD, I MEAN IT! Eating too little is one of the main reasons why people cant lose weight and tend to gain weight just looking at food We have been told repeatedly that to lose weight we must decrease calories and exercise more. This is simply NOT the case. What we need to understand is that FOOD IS INFORMATION Lets compare broccoli and french fries. 500 calories of broccoli would not absorb and digest the same as 500 calories of french fries, common sense right? Certain foods boost hormone activity in the body by: Firing up metabolism, Balancing satiety and hunger signals Keeping our energy stable. This helps us feel energised, stay slim and make you glow from the inside out! It cannot happen with foods that are nutritionally dead. ACTION Ditch the calorie mindset, its the quality of food that makes the most difference not the quantity. #4 LOAD UP ON CARBOHYDRATES via GIPHY Now I bet you cant believe I’ve just said those words in the same sentence can you?! Googling how to lose weight, you will see that there are billions of searches. No wonder is so confusing! one of the most popular ways to lose weight now is eating a low carb high protein and high fat diet. However, this can be detrimental to your health and your weight for many reasons Lets start with some basic facts: The tip of our tongue has a taste for sweet Our teeth are designed to chew carbohydrate rich foods (we do not have teeth to rip apart an animal and chew raw meat) The entire digestive system secretes enzymes that help process and digest carbohydrates. Our colon is 20 feet in length (not like a lion that has a colon length of 5 feet this is so the lion can tolerate high levels of protein to eliminate it as quickly as possible The FIRST and MOST PREFERRED use of energy comes from carbohydrate – NOT FAT and NOT PROTEIN Our nearest primates eat carbohydrates ALL DAY Breast milk is naturally very low in fat and protein and is the most nutritionally dense food we can have as humans! Do i even need to go on? Lets look from a hunger perspective: when we fill our plates with carbohydrates in the form of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and starches we feel full. If we deprive ourselves and eat a meal high in animal protein then we may feel satisfied but we usually need to eat more because our bodies haven’t been satisfied from carbohydrates. This usually leads to us needing coffee and 3pm biscuits to give us a false boost of energy. ACTION Eat a variety of whole plant foods. Focus on a high carbohydrate and low fat diet (trust me it works!) Get the complete resource guide for the best healthy plant based recipes, nutrition lectures and favourite bloggers for free here #5 GET A THYROID TEST SO many women have thyroid problems. This happens for many reasons, including the high levels of xenoestrogens and other hormone disrupted that we are now exposed to. The thyroid primarily effects weight and metabolism. So if you have: Weight gain or difficulty loosing weight Fatigue Intolerance to cold Dry hair and skin Brain fog And your eating a healthy whole food plant based diet and a low stress lifestyle. Then consider getting a thyroid test done In the book The hormone cure, Dr sara gottifred (a hormone expert from Harvard) gives fantastic natural treatments in how to help low thyroid function. You can get the book here. BEST THINGS TO DO: Eat a plant based diet Cook vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and beets as they are easier on the thyroid than raw vegetables Practice yoga Use stress reduction techniques such as mindfulness and meditation WORST THINGS TO DO: Eat a diet high in meat and animal products using too much plastic, BPA free products and harsh home cleaners Living in a stressful and anxious environment Have poor sleeping habits # 6 DONT OVER DO THE WEEKENDS Now I’m not trying to be a party pooper here but eating a healthy diet really means changing your entire lifestyle. Lose the mindset of being good all week so you deserve a treat. YOU ARE NOT A DOG Engulfing yourself in a healthy lifestyle does take time but it does happen the more you do it. The more you eat natural, unprocessed whole foods the more you will keep choosing them again and again. We can’t be 100% perfect all the time, I mean thats impossible. But moderation can hang as a loose term for some. What you consider moderation may be the stumbling block that you are facing with reaching your ideal weight. ACTION REALLY try to limit the treat foods as much as possible until you reach your desired weight and FOCUS on all the foods that are nourishing for your body. Don’t try to completely avoid all unhealthy foods as that can create unhealthy patterns. And for goodness sake, DO NOT cave in and start on monday! # 7 DETOX FROM THE INSIDE OUT So we know that what we put in to our bodies is so important but an area that often gets neglected is what is coming out of our bodies. Constipation can sound harmful enough but did you know that when we don’t go the loo, we actually recirculate waste and that waste goes back in to our cells. The cells that build up the rest of our bodies! so people can literally be full of !*&% A clean body also works more efficiently. Think about cleaning a really dirty blocked sink. The water will flow easier, it will come out cleaner and it will work more effectively. By eliminating properly and cleaning our insides we can help all the waste leave our system. Contributing to a more healthy lean body, clearer mind and glowing skin ACTION Book yourself in for a colonic hydrotherapy treatment If thats not available to you, try an at home enema system. Its not as thorough but it will definitely help Magnesium oxygen supplements can be useful to take at night to help move things through the colon #8 USE CALORIE DENSITY Studies suggest that most people eat the same weight of food every day. So to eat the same volume of food and be able to lose weight, we must eat calorie dilute whole foods. Aim to eat as much food as we want from the GO section whilst considerably limiting the amount of the STOP foods The more you eat this way, the quicker you will reach your goal weight. To maximise weight loss, you can also eat your meals in order of calorie density, for example: Starter – Salad, vegetables or fruit Main – 1/2 plate of vegetables Dessert – Finish with Fruit #9 EAT SIMPLY Eating more simply can also help shift those last few pounds. Firstly, when we eat more simply we are helping our digestive system by not over burdening it with different varieties of food. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins digest at different rates, so if put everything in at once we are overtaxing our digestion. The key to a perfect digestion (and healthy metabolism) means eating simple foods but eating more of them. Also, its easier to have simple cooked meals you can put together easily. So if you don’t have much time or there isn’t much food in the house you are not tempted by takeaways. Lastly, eating more simply gets monotonous. Because food is less enjoyable we tend to eat less over all ACTION Although trying new recipes is a great way to stay on track (and beats boredom), try eating more simple meals throughout the week and see if it affects your weight. #10 ADD MORE MOVEMENT If you’re not yet exercising then now is the time to start. Some of us may feel that because we are eating a good diet already that we do not need to do any form of movement. But this could be the change you need to drop those last few pounds. Notice the word movement. Movement, a very different word from exercise, should be built in to every day life and there is absolutely no exception to the rule. Daily movement is what adds up the most and has the most calorie burning effect (than a burst of exercise at the gym). Movement is natural for us, it stimulates our digestion, helps with blood flow and keeps our joints lubricated (as well as the thousand other benefits) Walking is a fantastic form of movement and is so underrated. ACTION Aim to walk 10,000 steps + per day. Start with 2 times 20 minute walks per day and increase from there. So there you have it, 10 powerful tips to boost weight loss on a vegan diet! I’d love to know what is your favourite tip! Are there any you are going to try. As always, let me know in the comments below. The post HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A VEGAN DIET: 10 POWERFUL TIPS appeared first on Holistically Lizzie. View the full article
  16. Veganism is growing more and more popular and for great reason. Whether you are doing it of health reasons, environmental or as an ethical point of view, going vegan literally changes your life. Interested to know my story? You can read it here BUT, going vegan can seem like an extreme shift with your current eating habits. Maybe you have decided that it is something you are truly interested in but you have absolutely no idea where to start and all you think about is.… WHAT THE HELL DO I EAT?! Since I have been vegan for a number of years, Ive compiled my top tips to get you in the right mindset to ensure you succeed. #1 RESEARCH Knowledge is power. You mustn’t underestimate how powerful this step is! Being armed with the right knowledge will help clarify your WHY. It will keep you motivated when temptation is lurking and it will help with those around you who are suddenly now concerned about you’re new diet. The BEST way to do this is to emerge yourself in as many resources as possible. OPT IN #2 ELIMINATE There is not a one size fits all approach to this unfortunately. Maybe you are someone who can easily make the change over night and do a full 360. However, for the majority, taking a gradual approach is far easier and will avoid relapse. TIP – You don’t need to tell anyone what you are doing. Some people will not understand and may be upset that you are making better changes for yourself. Not sure where to do first? You can start the gradual approach in this order: Remove all obvious meat sources Remove all obvious fish sources Remove obvious dairy sources Remove hidden dairy sources Remove animal by products such as honey Clothes, fabrics and skin/hair care can be swapped in whatever way is easiest for you TIP – Don’t forget to clear away anything that isn’t vegan friendly from your fridge, freezer and cupboards. What isn’t available, won’t get eaten! #3 CHANGE YOUR MINDSET Being vegan can sound scary at first but trust me its SO MUCH BETTER! Firstly, think about all the foods that you CAN have rather than the ones you can’t. There are SO many foods beside meat and cheese! Add new foods to your diet rather than taking away, eventually you will have so many good nutritious foods on your plate that you will crowd out the nasties. As everything in life, The more you learn and practice veganism, the easier its gets For whatever craving you have I promise there is a vegan alternative. Haggis, bacon and creme eggs included! SUGGESTED: 15 HEALTHY PLANT PROTEINS AND HOW TO USE THEM # 4 READ INGREDIENTS When going vegan, you will be shocked when you start reading ingredient labels. Personally, I find milk and its by-products to be the sneakiest culprit. PETA do a wonderful comprehensive list of all animal derived foods which you can find here. However, to narrow down on the everyday staples, avoid the following: milk, whey, casein, lactose honey, beeswax, pollen gelatin, confectioners glaze lard keratin, musk, pearl, glycerol vitamin D, cod liver oil # 5 USE TRANSITIONAL FOODS You will be AMAZED by how many awesome vegan products are out there. See this post on 44 accidental vegan snacks Although some of these may still be processed and unhealthy (including fake meat products), in the beginning they provide a great substitute. Here are some everyday items that are more healthy and easy to replace DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MILK Always opt for unsweetened varieties, preferably organic and do not contain added oils. Nut Varieties such as Almond, Hazelnut, walnut, brazil… you get my point soy – I find this tastes the best in a cuppa Oat, Rice, Hemp, Flax & Coconut are also great CHEESE There are many recipes out there for non – cheese – cheese via GIPHY Many cheese recipes are made from nuts, soy or any other concoction vegans can be creative with. Suggested: Vegan cheese post If cheese is your thang I recommend the books This Cheese is Nuts Chloes Vegan Italian kitchen Alternatively you can buy vegan cheese substitutes (because lets face it were all busy mamas here!) Brands such as Daiya, Violife and most supermarkets now stock its own range! YOGHURT Again tons of varieties such as soy, nut and my personal favourite coconut ICE CREAM Soy (so delicious) soy dream, rice dream almond dream & booja booja (THE BEST ONE EVER & SO HEALTHY!) Even more amazing, did you know theres something called nice’ cream? Its basically a healthy ice cream using bananas that takes less than 5 minutes #mumpoints Suggested: NICE CREAM RECIPE ROUNDUP POST If you’re vegetarian and still believe dairy is still ok, watch this video #6 BE PREPARED This is absolutely key! PREPARATION IS KING QUEEN! When you know what you are going to eat and you have those foods readily available you are much more likely to stay on track. Organise what you are going to have in advance. You don’t need a full weeks worth of meals prepared, but having a few days worth and some quick meal ideas will dramatically increase the chance of success. STAY ORGANISED Make sure you’re stocked up on items you know you can eat.Theres nothing worse than being hungry and trying to resist cravings MEAL PREP Not knowing what to eat AND not having any food in are both a recipe for disaster. Make meal planning simple and enjoyable. You don’t need to over complicate things. Overwhelmed by food choices? Stick to simple meals and allow yourself time to adjust to new recipes and meal planning. #7 INCLUDE ETHNIC FOODS Such as Thai, Mexican, Indian, Ethiopian & Chinese. Most ethnic foods have tons more variety and lets face it…taste way better than standard western cuisine! Plus many vegetarian options don’t contain dairy so they are already vegan. Food pic #8 ENJOY EATING OUT Yes you can still eat out on a vegan diet! Vegans are well catered for these days. Tips for eating out successfully: Choose ethnic restaurants first over standard British/American outlets. If you really think there might not be anything on the menu, don’t be afraid to call beforehand and REQUEST A VEGAN DISH. Chefs cater to allergies and dietary requirements on a daily basis. Choose a variety of sides and starters and make your own meal. This is sometimes better than the vegan option! Research and choose a place before you go so that you know you are catered for Use the happy cow app for vegan friendly places in your location. This has helped me out on numerous occasions. #9 DO A VEGAN CHALLENGE OR TAKE A PLEDGE Im sure some of you have heard of Veganuary, aiming to help people go vegan through the month of January. The following websites also offer challenges you can take for free. This can provide much needed motivation when starting out The Vegan Society PETA GO VEGAN #10 GET SUPPORT If you need support, real life or virtually, then get it. Its so easy these days with that little thing called the internet. Being part of a community can really help when you have questions or you need some encouragement. There are some people in the vegan community that get a bit high strung on exactly what vegan diet is right (high carb low fat, no fat, high fat, raw, starch based etc etc) But there are PLENTY of people out there that are very supportive. Be part of this friendly and inviting community right here on the blog *WINKS* Facebook groups to join Vegan UK McDougall friends Vegans United Veganuary Holistically Lizzie #11 Go VEGAN, SAVE MONEY Theres a misconception that being vegan and eating healthily costs more money. In fact its quite the opposite, my food bill has dropped so much by being vegan. I cant imagine what it would cost to eat animal produce! Youtube video cheap lazy vegan #12 TAKE THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS You certainly don’t need meat to get adequate amounts of calcium, healthy fats, iron and protein. More so, you will THRIVE on this diet However all vegans need a b12 supplement. I also recommend people to take a good quality multi vitamin and a probiotic. #13 REPLACE BEAUTY PRODUCTS Eventually there will come a time when you will want to change your existing make up, skin & hair care products for a cruelty free option, Although, this part of veganism isn’t my strongest suit, ill link some experts below BEAUTY/HAIR/SKINCARE The ultimate guide to cruelty free & vegan make up brands 2017 by Cruelty Free Kitty. This post complies a huge list of popular make up brands and lists those that are vegan. Her website is chock full of information on vegan & cruelty free products so I highly recommend taking a look. Ive recently found this blog and its super cute! Honesty for skin has a wealth of information on science backed skin care. She shares lots of fantastic tips, articles & resources. Vicki from Ethical Elephant has a great easy to read blog that answers questions on all things beauty, hair & skin so you know how to shop cruelty free. FASHION Elisa runs the popular blog style on vega. She has a cruelty free, ethical fashion and lifestyle blog. She has a great post on vegan fashion for beginners which is a great read Finally … # 14 DO NOT PREACH! If you have decided to go vegan then a huge congratulations to you because honestly, you will never look back. However, this is your journey and no-one likes the ex smoker who is critical of anyone else who smokes! LEAD BY EXAMPLE You will inevitably want to tell everyone how amazing you feel, how much weight you’ve lost, how all of your health problems have subsided and how much more connected you feel. But this is not how we learn people! we learn by modelling others behaviours of those we admire. Once upon a time you were not vegan but you are here now, let others find their path too! Of course if you know someone is interested then by all means give them the information and direct them here too for some inspiration. Link to resources opt in Insert quotes, pics, links and videos The post THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO GO VEGAN FOR BEGINNERS appeared first on Holistically Lizzie. View the full article
  17. Is Baby Lead Weaning a winning formula to grow amazing little eaters? The answer is NO in my opinion. I think it is a good start though. We did BLW with Emilia and without sounding immodest I think she is amazingly good eater . but I don’t think only because of BLW. Looking back there has been so many times things could take the wrong direction. ( phase between 18 months to 2.5 years mainly) I witnessed some of my friends and their BLW stories and many of them end it up with fussy eaters! So what is the winning formula then? Honestly I don’t think there is one as really they are all different and every single one needs a unique approach but if I had to choose few important tips to raise a good eater it would be: 1. Share as many meals with them as possible! Try to do a family dinner if not every day at least weekends? Eat the same food as they. Kids don’t need anything special. They are the same creatures as us adults right???( we are talking about healthy food- made from scratch- loads of veggies and fruit, meats, dairy, eggs, little bit of whole grain). Serving different food to them at home sends them clear message that they are different to you and therefore why they need to eat vegetables? or if mummy and daddy don’t eat healthily why they should? 2. Make the meals fun! Try to put as little pressure as possible (hand on my heart i am not great here but I am learning) talk about the food with excitement, talk about what it are eating what is it made from, what is your favorite part of it, offer to taste but don’t insist on trying on another hand praise for trying. 3. Variety variety variety! Never stop serving some foods because last time they didn’t like it. Never say “oh don’t eat it you won’t like it. If you could, try to do every week at least one new meal. If they don’t like it never mind- next time they might. Remember it can take up to 30x for a child to trust a new food. That’s why is so important to introduce as many different foods as possible within first year and then stick to it when they get into their terrible 2s… 4. Treats should be allowed. Don’t make it a tabu. But teach them to have a healthy relationship with it. Have it, occasionally( i am not a fan of dinner should everyday finish with a pudding), enjoy it, not a big deal, move on. Because you know that the next thing in their day will be a vegetable soup and a roasted meat and veg…There should be a balance in everything. ********** Baby led weaning – as a preferred weaning approach if appropriate to your child – you can watch this short video where I list conditions in which case BLW has to be discussed with your paediatrician https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSvVjaUb2QE. to give them the chance to trust the real food (tastes, shapes, textures) and get to know it in their own pace. View the full article
  18. Canadian Expat Mom

    Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go

    A few years ago my husband suggested we go to Namibia on holiday. Having Africa nowhere on my radar at the time, my first question was, “Is it safe?” I really knew nothing about Namibia at all. We started to… The post Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  19. This is a sum up of Sami progress: From the new foods he tasted – cheesy omellete – mash avocado – banana egg coconut flour pancakes – strawberries – chicken – pita bread – porridge (he really wasn’t impressed lol:) Otherwise he was getting loads of – steamed veggies carrots, broccoli, cauliflower (I steam a big bath and then keep it in the fridge up to three days and warm up whenever needed – raw veggies sticks : cucumber, carrots – roasted potatoes (I roast few and again keep in the fridge for busy days) – apples (I think he loves the texture of it) and bananas Sum up: He is definitely better at grabbing the food of the table and bringing it to his mouth quite accurately now. He bites of bits and still just mostly play with it in his mouth. We have still loads of gagging- remember this is totally normal process. Also i think he is still not comfortable about sitting up . He swallows very little although I can see the amounts are rising in his nappy:). Remember food until 1 year is for fun so don’t stress about the amounts they eat. He is interested in the whole process for about 5 min and then he looses interested which in reality is throwing foods on the floor and smearing it over his face and table:)))) then I call it the end. View the full article
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    Asai Breakfast Bowl

    I’ve meant to try this bowl for a long time. This recipe is just sooo yummy! Perfect way to start a busy busy. I think your children might like it too as it is essentially a sweet smoothie:) Try it and let me know;) 5 min preparation time Ingredients 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 large frozen banana handful of kale or baby spinach leaves 1tbsp Asai powder 1 tbsp chia seeds 40g protein powder (optional, don’t use for children portions) 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk topping of your choice (fruits, nuts, homemade granola, coconut or quinoa flakes) Method Soak the chia seeds for 10-15 min in the almond milk (if you have time) if not just put it in the blender together with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Combines the soaked chia with the rest of the ingredients Top with fruit nuts and seeds. Enjoy! View the full article
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    What is the best age to move abroad with kids?

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Is there a ‘best age’ to move children overseas? This is a frequently asked question in the expat (and aspiring ... Read More The post What is the best age to move abroad with kids? appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  22. Carole Hallett Mobbs

    What is the best age to move abroad with kids?

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Is there a ‘best age’ to move children overseas? This is a frequently asked question in the expat (and aspiring ... Read More The post What is the best age to move abroad with kids? appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  23. Canadian Expat Mom

    South Africa: The Must-See Highlights

    Our recent trip to Cape Town was a once in a life time adventure. Access to flights made it a bit tricky for us to get there, but we knew it was somewhere we needed to visit while living in… The post South Africa: The Must-See Highlights appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  24. Canadian Expat Mom

    Third Culture Kid. What’s That?

    You may have heard me talk about third culture kids, or maybe you’ve wondered why I sometimes add #tck to my Instagram posts. Before I was in the expat circle, and became a parent abroad, I’d never even heard the… The post Third Culture Kid. What’s That? appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  25. First two weeks of baby led weaning with our number 2. It is spring holiday and we have visitors so I have little time to record everything but here is a short video of Sami’s progress. So far he tasted: 1. Steamed veggies: Broccoli,cauliflower, courgette, baby corn, asparagus, carrot, long green beans 2. Roasted veggies: Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beetroot 3. Raw veggies: Cucamber, Pepper, Carrot, Parsley 4. Fruits: Apple (microwaved), Pear, Pineapple, Wattermelon 5. Meats: Minced beef 6. Other: Egg omelet First few days he was just trying to learn how to bring the food to his mouth and played with it with his tongue. He swallowed just very little and we had loads off gagging (remember this is normal- this is not choking. it is a reflex when the foods gets at the back of his tongue). Last 3 or 4 days he started swallowing more which is obvious in his nappy too. The most important is that he seems to enjoy the whole process! We keep each meal very short about 5 min max 10 (this is a recommendation from our physiotherapist and pediatrics) if he is enjoying. View the full article
  26. In this video you will learn whether the BLW is suitable for your baby. View the full article
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