2nd Annual Veggieversary Giveaway!

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It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already hit our second Veggieversary!  As a way of saying thanks to all of our wonderful podcast listeners, blog readers, and social media followers, we are having a giveaway!  Please see the official form below to earn entries into the drawing for some really cool prizes:

Thank you so much for your continued support and friendship.  We are so happy to have come to know so many of you as friends and look forward to continuing to grow Vegetarian Zen into a wonderful and accepting community of people committed to living a non-judgemental, plant-based lifestyle.

With much love and lots of veggies,

Larissa and Vickie

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VZ 085: A Veggieversary Quote-a-Thon

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’re excited to share the details of our second Veggieversary celebration! We also revisit the reasons we became vegetarians two years ago and share five quotes that best represent those reasons.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in […]

10th Annual Podcast Awards Nominations Are Open!

Hey Veg Zenners, this is the first year we are really in the running for a podcast award and we would love to have your support.  If you have been enjoying the Vegetarian Zen podcast, would you consider taking a moment to nominate us?

Nominating is simple and quick.  Podcasts can be nominated in one (and only one) of the main categories plus the People’s Choice or Best Produced.  We would like to be considered for the Health / Fitness and People’s Choice categories.  Please see the graphic below for details.

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If you would like to nominate us, please click the button below to be taken to the Podcast Awards website.

Podcast name = Vegetarian Zen

Podcast url =  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vegetarian-zen/id666811479?mt=2







Nominations close at 11:59 PM on February 6, 2015.  Thank you so much for your continued support.  Vegetarian Zen would not be the same (or half as fun!) without each and every one of you!!

Exercise Quick Tip: Do the Grocery Store Spiral

How do you walk the grocery store aisles? Like a snake, or in a spiral? If you’re like most people (including me), you probably snake the aisles, like this:

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Since I got my FitBit, I’ve become very cognizant of how many steps I am taking when I am doing things throughout the day. On my last trip to Whole Foods I found myself wondering how many steps I was chalking up as I added healthy foods to my cart. I also wondered which walking pattern would earn me more steps: the familiar snake or a spiral pattern, like this:

Grocery store spiral walk
So I did an experiment. Before I started my shopping I walked the aisles both ways and recorded the number of steps each one took. Here are the (not very surprising) results:

Snake pattern366 steps

Spiral pattern465 steps

It may not seem like a lot, but I’ll take 99 extra steps any day! Whole Foods is a small store compared to our local HEB grocery store, and I counted steps within the regular aisles only (not produce, dairy, or the bakery/deli sections). I’m interested to see how many steps a spiral trip to HEB will get me.

Yes, it does take a little longer, but if you’ve got the time, this is a great way to rack up some extra steps toward your daily goal. And you can use the long stretches of the spiral to up your pace a little.

Question: Will you try the spiral grocery walk to help you add more steps in to your day? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Commissions earned from affiliate programs like Vegan Cuts, Vega, and Amazon help us to pay for the costs of maintaining the Vegetarian Zen podcast and website.

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Come Get Fit(Bit) with Us…Join Our FitBit Group, Veggie Fit: Friends of Vegetarian Zen Today!

Do you FitBit?  We got our FitBit devices a couple of weeks ago (I got the One and Vickie got the Charge HR).  Now, Vickie has always been athletic and loves to workout.  But what about me?  Yeah, that would be a big NO.  I realized that most days I was actually taking LESS THAN 2000 steps!

I’m finding that the FitBit is extremely motivating.  I like being able to simply push a button to check on my progress throughout the day.  I have my daily step goal set at 10,000 and if I get to the end of the day and only have 7K or 8K, I often get up and move around (march in place, put on some music and dance, go for a walk) to get to that sweet 10K.

The other thing I enjoy about FitBit is the social aspect.  Vickie and I regularly challenge each other to reach goals, and the communities are nice.  And now we have a community of our very own!

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To join our community, Veggie Fit: Friends of Vegetarian Zen, simply go to your FitBit dashboard and hover over the Community Tab at the top of the page.  Select”Activity Groups”.  When the groups page loads, search for Veggie Fit: Friends of Vegetarian Zen.  Click Join Group and you’re in!

Be sure to leave a comment on the welcome post and let us know a little about yourself.  Let’s get Veggie Fit!!


VZ 084: Simple 5-Ingredient Recipes

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll be discussing some ideas for simple 5-ingredient recipes.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on iTunes, please consider leaving us a rating and review. Please note that some of the […]

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

Lao Tzu

An animals’ eyes have the power to speak a great language.

Martin Buber