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November 25, 2013

THE HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES WEEKEND WRAP UP

Healthy Housewives support the Margarita Ball Dallas!

Healthy Housewives support the Margarita Ball Dallas!

I wanted to share some deets and pics with you guys about our fun filled week last week. 🙂

A couple months ago Brittany Madrid from Barre Be Fit asked me if I wanted to pair up with her and Dish to throw a Healthy dinner party. I thought that was an AMAZING way to spread the health and fitness love to people who were interested in getting together. We love meeting new people and sharing our health and fitness tips with others, plus we get to learn a few things along the way too.

Healthy Housewives and Barre Be Fit

Healthy Housewives and Barre Be Fit

So last Thursday we threw our very first Healthy Dish dinner party at Dish Restaurant. We started the menu of with a lean green salad, the main course offered a vegan and a meateater choice, and for the sweet ending was fresh cut strawberries paired with champagne sorbet. It was light, refreshing, and perfect for the occasion.

Our HH approved menu

Our HH approved menu

Due to the wicked weather that night (and we Texans freak out if we hear severe thunderstorm), our turnout wasn’t as big as the RSVP list. But that was ok; we had a great time getting to know the people that came out for this. I met some new faces and ran into old friends. It was a pleasure running into Marqui Williams, she is a distributor for SunWarrior, a vegan protein powder supplement company. I met her at my women’s entrepreneur group. You guys should check her out. She ROCKS!

Marqui and I at the Healthy Dish event

Marqui and I at the Healthy Dish event

It was a fun event even though the weather was extremely chili. I don’t know about you but I am already looking forward to spring. I only like cold weather if I am skiing! Not much fun to be cold otherwise.

Then on Saturday, we went to a charity event called the Margarita Ball (a charity event for children). We had a HUGE group of good friends and some new faces ready to get down and dance. The event is held every November that collect toys and donations for children. Last year they collected 10,000 toys! That is so awesome that they do that. Their silent auctions is also one of the largest in Texas, they had over 600 items valued at $800,000! They also had a band on one floor, a DJ on another floor, and a casino. There were lots to do for sure that night. We had danced, socialized, and of course, LOTS OF PICTURES!

Dinner with friends before the ball.

Dinner with friends before the ball.

This is my one day a year where I get dressed up in a GORGEOUS gown. I went with a gold Nicole Miller dress. It was very old Hollywood. I was inspired to do my makeup and hair like Veronica Lake. I have to say that I did a very good job on myself. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off because my hair/make up people were super busy that day. My advice for when you are in a pinch, look at youtube videos. That is what I did for my make up/hair.

My old Hollywood glam look the night of the ball

My old Hollywood glam look the night of the ball

The night was a hit! Can’t go wrong with meeting new friends, hanging with good friends, and donating to charity.

Then last night my client Madison Plott competed in the Miss Teen Oklahoma pageant. She placed 4th runner up! So proud of how hard she worked for this. Can’t wait for her next pageant! She is one determined little lady!

So proud of my client Madison! GORGEOUS!!

So proud of my client Madison! GORGEOUS!!

So what is next for us? A smell a healthy holiday party!

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Marzia

November 25, 2013

Show Your “Creature Love”

Meet Clove, my new "adoption"!

Here’s Clove, my “adopted” turkey–isn’t he handsome?

Do you feel called to do more this Thanksgiving than go meatless? I’m right there with you. Here’s where Thanksgiving becomes bittersweet for me—a special meal with loved ones is a precious idea, but the sacrifice demanded of our creatures is too much for me to bear. So, what’s a tender-hearted vegetarian to do to help our animal friends this time of year? Why, adopt a turkey, of course!

Farm Sanctuary

You guys, I am THRILLED to sponsor a turkey this year through the advocacy group Farm Sanctuary. For almost 30 years now, Farm Sanctuary’s efforts to rescue and shelter abused and neglected farm animals, improve the terrible conditions for animals on factory farms, provide community outreach, encourage awareness, educate institutions, and influence compassionate legislation have helped ease (but not erase) the suffering of these animals. Their mission completely resonated with me: To protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

Now, I am not vegan (yet), but I am a passionate vegetarian and lover of all animals, so you can imagine my delight at finding that I could “adopt” a turkey already living at one of the three sanctuaries. For $30, I now have a dapper new turkey friend named Clove (that’s him above), and my donation goes to rescue animals and care for Clove and all of the other creatures at his home. And if I’m ever in Northern California, I can go visit Clove and his friends at the sanctuary, though I would physically pass out with joy if I ever had the chance to do this!

Want to Help?

If you feel called to spread the love of the season to our winged and furry friends, there are so many ways you can help. All it takes is a few keystrokes on Google and away you go.  But if you need a quick, fun, and heartachingly sweet option, do what I did and check out the Adopt-a-Turkey program through Farm Sanctuary. You can sponsor a single turkey, two turkeys, or a whole flock (7 turkeys)! Need a sweet gift idea? Delight your friends and family with a sponsorship of one of this year’s special group of turkeys, and Farm Sanctuary will send each of your recipients a picture and certificate of their special bird and his or her story.

And the love doesn’t stop there. Even after the holiday season has passed, Farm Sanctuary and many other advocacy groups have programs to educate people on compassionate living, eating, and advocacy for all animals. My sweet friend and fellow animal lover Lacey and I have often commiserated about how we can do more for the animals that share our planet, and frankly, the odds of affecting a huge change are very disheartening. But we must do what we can, when we can, however much we can. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite poems, which is a guiding light in my occasional despair and an inspiration in all my other days.

Be blessed and much love, Brooke

If I can stop 2

November 25, 2013

Surviving Thanksgiving (as a Healthy Vegetarian)

thankful for vegetarians

Happy Monday, Friends! Brooke here. Thanksgiving is just around the corner . . . so close I can taste it (but not the turkey, of course!). A day devoted to gratitude, love, and sharing a delicious meal is a beautiful one, appealing to our better natures and reminding us to give thanks for our blessings. Plus, every now and then, a much better cook than you ends up doing most the cooking for everyone—jackpot!!

You may wonder how vegetarians manage to find a square meal during such a meat-centric holiday as Thanksgiving. Never fear! We veggies are a creative and resourceful lot, accustomed to finding our own way around buffet tables and family gatherings. When one chooses to take a road less traveled, one must rely on oneself for rations and supplies. As many vegetarians or vegans already know, you cannot expect your family and friends, no matter how loving, to cater to you alone when Thanksgiving dinner is served.  So help them out, ok?

Be a Gracious Guest

  • Ask your host or hostess what you can bring to dinner. Simply asking what you can do to help may relieve an enormous amount of pressure for your dinner planner. There’s a very good chance she’s been concerned about your meatless meal. And if you make your offer even before she asks you about your dietary preferences, you may become her favorite dinner guest ever!
  • Bring a healthy, veggie-friendly dish of your own. I would suggest doing this, even if your host tells you to just bring yourself and your appetite. This is a win-win for everyone involved: 1) you will actually have something clean to eat if you discover everything at the table is spiked with chicken stock or other “natural flavors” (more common than you think); 2) your impeccable manners will be noted and appreciated—you may even get an invite back next year; and 3) you can prove to any naysayers (usually these are family members) that your clean, compassionate food is much more delicious than the wallpaper paste that they all suspect it tastes like. Go ahead—wow ‘em!
  • Eat a snack beforehand. If the big meal is hours away and your stomach’s already growling, be sure to eat a little snack to tide you over. You don’t want your healthy eating to be destroyed when your plunging blood sugar drives you to fall crazily upon the sweet potato casserole! A nice green juice or smoothie plus some nuts or trail mix are excellent options—the veggies and fruit lift your energy while the protein and healthy fat in the nuts help fill you up and slow down that appetite. Another idea is Greek yogurt mixed with fresh berries and nuts or a protein shake with almond milk and a piece of fruit, such as a banana, grapes, or apple. This plan also works for weddings and other functions, where the promise of food is vaguely (cruelly) dangled sometime after the main event.
  • Be smart when you fill your plate. Mindful portion control (and healthy snacking ahead of time) is the key to avoiding the dreaded holiday food binge. Help yourself generously to green salad (and less generously to the dressing), steamed or sautéed vegetables, greens (if not cooked in meat stock), and the relish dish. Ah, what memories . . . the relish dish and I have become indifferent friends over the years. “Oh, look—something I can eat. Raw broccoli and carrots again . . . yippee.” You need more fuel than just green veggies, so have a moderate helping of quinoa or couscous if they’re around (maybe they will be, since you brought them!), rice, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or stuffing if it’s meat- and meat stock-free (that’s a big if, usually). As for dessert, go ahead and enjoy a slice of your favorite pie. It’s Thanksgiving after all, people. Live a little! If you’ve been eating clean in your everyday life, you can handle a little holiday fun. Just keep your helpings in control, enjoy, and don’t feel guilty. The Stepmill will be waiting for you when you get back home.
  • Grin and bear it. If all else fails and you arrive at dinner without a meat-free or healthy fallback, do the best you can and do it with a BIG smile. Be kind and gracious if anyone voices concerns on your behalf—you don’t want to ruin dinner, do you? “Are you kidding? These green beans are amazing! And this cornbread is delish!” See? It’s easy.

May you always run out of time before you finish counting your blessings,

Brooke