Meet Kim-Julie (@brusselskim), our Woman Crush this Wednesday!

Her name is Kim-Julie and she is the face behind Brussels VeganBest of Vegan, The Vegan Reset and The Vegan Challenge. After years of leading an unhealthy lifestyle, she became an ethical vegan in 2011 and soon also discovered the many health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. As scary as it seemed then, it was the best decision she ever made. In 2013, she developed a passion for whole foods, which helped her get rid of allergies, chronic migraines, and many other health issues. She started Brussels Vegan and Best of Vegan to show people how easy it can be to change your lifestyle, no matter how hard it may seem in the beginning. In addition to vegan foods, she enjoys doing Yoga, drawing, reading, writing, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She loves helping others make the transition. That is why she wrote the book The Practical Vegan and regularly organizse vegan challenges.



How she practices self-love

We often talk about self-love and how important it is, but I think that sometimes the concept of loving yourself unconditionally can seem so foreign that we don’t even know where to begin. I believe that paying attention to the way in which we speak to ourselves and about ourselves is crucial. Gently catching the thought patterns that don’t serve us and trying to show ourselves more kindness instead is a great starting point. So, instead of saying “Why did I do that? I can’t believe I failed again…”, try saying “It happened and it’s OK, I’ll be OK. Now, how can I use this experience to learn and grow?”
At times I feel overwhelmed by the amount of things I have to get done and the pressure I feel to achieve my goals and not disappoint certain people. In those moments, it’s tempting to prioritize impressing other people over making sure you don’t burn out, but at the end of the day, you can’t serve a greater purpose or inspire others if you don’t take care of yourself first. So when I feel like that, I press the pause button and give myself a day or two to recharge in order to prioritize my mental health and overall wellbeing.
I like to refuel my body by staying hydrated and eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I love vegan donuts and other treats, but I make sure that most of my diet consists of whole foods and fresh produce as I know that those foods are what makes me feel best. When it comes to regenerating, I make sure I sleep enough, meditate, practice Yoga and spend time going for walks outdoors.

4 ways to veganize your Halloween!

Are you ready for Halloween?

You don’t need to avoid this festivity because of its unhealthy nature, turn it around and make it healthy & vegan! Here are four ideas you can use for your Halloween party to keep it good for the body:

  1. Sweets are a must

Who says you can’t have sugar? Instead of getting the typical candy, just exchange it for real and healthy sugar like fruits! Just look around for the seasonal fruits and give them a spooky twist.

2. Green juices turned spooky


You are usually used to seeing healthy drinks in a vibrant green color, but if you add a bit extra spirulina in them, the green will get a nice swamp-kinda green that will look scary!






3. Don’t forget pumpkin

Pumpkin is the seasonal food you can’t miss! And there are a lot of different ways to use it. One of the easiest is to add a nice spiderweb to your pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffins! As easy as that to give a touch of that orange color that defines Halloween.




4. Make the gingerbread man scary

And it’s as easy as adding a skeletton to any human shaped cookie, cake or cupcake. Kids will love it and you can make the desserts as healthy as you want with other vegan recipes.

This way, you will make sure that everyone around you, be it your friends, family or even yourself, doesn’t cheat too much on bad things for your body and can enjoy Halloween in the best way possible.

Always remember to love yourself!

What do you do to veganize Halloween?



Get To Know Our Man Crush This Week – Dominick Thompson

Name: Dominick Thompson (IG: DomzThompson)

A leading voice in the vegan & plant-based athlete communities, @domzthompson is an athlete, activist, and the founder of NYC-based start up @craziedandweirdos — hip, sustainable and eco-friendly clothing made from recycled and organic materials.  He is also the founder of @ironbrukal, a sports and fitness brand dedicated to the working professional, with plans to open training facilities in 2019.

Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur and activist, Dominick was a healthcare executive responsible for the business development and management of hospital systems and other providers across the eastern region of the United States. A working athlete, Dominick’s intense training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He competes in 10-12 endurance races per year, including marathons, triathlons, and ultra-races.

Dominick has been recognized for his activism across a variety of major news outlets, including NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Thrive Magazine, Origin Magazine, and more. Online, Dominick activates his 160,000+ Instagram followers with a pull-no-punches mix of brutal truth education with relatable, uplifting inspiration.

With all of the wonderful things he has going on, he still makes self-care and self-love a priority. Check out his three tips below:

Here are 3 Ways That He Practice Self-Love

1. Training for his next competition. Yes, training is fun for him. 🙂

2. Waking up every morning to be thankful for another day of living, and

3. Giving back to others and helping people and communities rebuild is something I enjoy as well.

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