Emmy’s Holiday Gift Guide

by Emmy on December 10, 2014

Are you having trouble deciding what to give your loved ones this holiday season? I admit, I’m struggling with a few people on my list. So, I thought I’d make a little gift guide to help you out. These are products that I own, and love, which is why I’m recommending them to you!


Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black – I’d recommend any Fitbit product, but I personally own the Flex, and it it probably my favorite fitness tool. It syncs with an app on my iPhone and wit Myfitnesspal, so my activity for the day is added to my account automatically. It’s water resistant so I can shower with it, and it’s sleek so it doesn’t really stand out as a tracker.



FlipBelt – World’s Best Running Belt & Fitness Workout Belt  – I was lucky enough to win one of these from a fellow blogger, and it is fantastic! I never knew what to do with my keys or phone while running, and this belt lets me store the things I need, but keeps my hands free.



Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss – You’re probably tired of hearing me talk about Dr. Fuhrman, but I can’t help it! This book is his most popular, and gives you an introduction to his nutritarian style of eating.



Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes – I have several Happy Herbivore books, but my kids will eat anything I make from this one. That’s saying a lot!


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Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer – This is my favorite kitchen gadget. You can make “noodles” out of any veggie with this! Easy to use, and easy to clean, and the blades are stored on board so it doesn’t take up a ton of space.


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Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker with Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior, 6-Quart/1000-watt, Latest 3rd Generation Technology – OK, this one is a bit more expensive. But, I wouldn’t put it in this list if it wasn’t amazing! I hate to cook, and this thing actually makes me want to use it. It cooks everything in is a fraction of the time of traditional methods. It’s not at all scary to use like a normal pressure cooker, and clean up is so easy! It even comes with a small book of recipes to get you started.


Shaun T’s FOCUS T25 Base Kit – DVD Workout – This one is expensive too, but I can’t leave you without a workout suggestion! I LOVE Shaun T, and this workout is just the best. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but there is a modifier so you don’t have to be in the best shape to get started.


So there’s my holiday gift list! I hope you found some of my suggestions useful and that you all have a fantastic holiday season!



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Vegetarians Who Go Back to Meat

by Emmy on December 8, 2014

My Facebook feed has been full of posts about a study that says that 84% of vegetarians and vegans go back to eating meat. This study was conducted by the Humane Research Council and it appears that the research was conducted to learn the reasons why they go back, so as to provide more support. However, most of the posts I’ve read on the subject spin it to mean that plant based diets are no good for you or sustainable.

This was a small study. A little over 11,000 people were in the group, so I’m not sure how representative of the whole that really is.  I think most people who really care to do their research know that vegetarian and vegan diets are healthy if done correctly, and very sustainable. Even if you don’t want to try them for yourself, if you’re rational, you can accept that.

One tidbit that I did find very interesting is that 63% of those studied said that they didn’t like how this way of eating made them stick out from the crowd. Now that, I can relate to.

I gave up meat the first time when I was in high school. I think I lasted about a week. It’s very difficult to embark on a dietary change when you’re not buying your own food. It’s even more difficult when you’re also eating public school lunches. Vegetarian options in a school cafeteria are abysmal. There’s also the pressure to be like your friends, and not stick out from the crowd.

I’m not even sure how long I’ve been vegetarian now, and I’m still working on dropping dairy entirely. You’d think that part would be easy considering dairy makes me rather ill, but it hasn’t been as easy as I’d hoped. I don’t keep track of how long I’ve been eating this way because it just doesn’t matter.

Lately it seems to be quite in fashion for noteworthy vegans and vegetarians to announce their return to eating meat. I guess, in some cases, if you’re popular enough you kind of have to let people know. If they’re following you because you don’t eat meat, and suddenly start sharing chicken recipes, they’re going to notice. But I think a lot of them go overboard with the announcement. Just say you’ve decided to make a change and be done with it. It doesn’t have to become a campaign to discredit a lifestyle that many people do thrive on, even if you did not.

But the pressure to conform to traditional American ways of eating is very real. I find when dating that I have to tell my date because it becomes a much bigger deal than it should be. I get picked on about it a lot. I would never think of going up to one of my meat eating friends and saying they were murdering pigs for their love of bacon, or send them factory farm videos. However, it seems like no one thinks twice about showing me a cute little pig and telling me how much they can’t wait to eat it. I can understand how people get sick of that, especially young people, and go back to eating meat.

I share my interests in plant based eating on my social media channels, but that doesn’t meat I think you’re evil if you eat meat. I know there are plenty of plant eaters who do love to harass meat eaters, but I’m not one of them. It would be nice to be afforded the same courtesy. It’s really no ones business what someone else wants to eat. Just be supportive, and make people feel included. I don’t ask my friends to go to restaurants where they can’t find a meal they will enjoy, and these days it’s easy for us to all be satisfied if you are willing to take the time to think about where to go.

I can’t tell you that I will be vegetarian or vegan for the rest of my life. It’s going fine right now, and I have no desire to return to eating meat. I can’t foresee that changing.  But if you give it a try, and you don’t make it, that’s OK. You gave it a try. Most people who decide to give up meat at all do it for health or because of the animals. Most people who eventually go back to eating meat view it in a different way because of that. They generally eat less meat, and they choose meat that was more sustainably raised. They may never give it up again, but I would venture to say that most never think about it the same way again either. I see that as progress.

I think we can all get along.



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