LITFL Review 355

Welcome to the 355th LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care.

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Vegan Pumpkin Caramel Tart

This creamy vegan pumpkin caramel tart gives pumpkin pie a serious run for its money. Made with a simple granola crust and a smooth cashew based pumpkin-filling this dessert recipe will quickly become a winter favorite!

This creamy vegan pumpkin caramel tart gives pumpkin pie a serious run for its money. Made with a simple granola crust and a smooth cashew based pumpkin-filling this dessert recipe will quickly become a winter favorite!

There was a time in my life when I judged people for how they ate. There, I said it. It’s true. In fact, there was a long while where I focused WAY too much on other people’s food choices. Not surprisingly, it was also a time in my life when I scrutinized my own.

I’ve come to learn that these two tend to go hand-in-hand. If you, or someone you know is hyper-focused on other people’s diet choices, I can almost guarantee it comes from a place of insecurity in your own body and diet choices. I can say this because I’ve been there and I know exactly what it feels like. I used to question people who went vegan or tried a Whole30 or made whatever other food decisions that every single one of us is entitled to make. And quite honestly, it used to make me mad. Why? Because I was deeply insecure that my own decisions were being threatened.

Other people were 100% a mirror for my own insecurities. Isn’t life fun like that?!

This creamy vegan pumpkin caramel tart gives pumpkin pie a serious run for its money. Made with a simple granola crust and a smooth cashew based pumpkin-filling this dessert recipe will quickly become a winter favorite!

Here I am over 5 years out from an eating disorder and I can say with complete certainty that I do not feel threatened or quite frankly, care a whole lot about how other people choose to eat. I am confident in my choices and love being able to provide resources to others but I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass if they look different from my own. I love vegan food, gluten-free treats and paleo cookies. I’m also not vegan, gluten-free or paleo. I have friends who are and they love it! I think this is awesome.

I also have friends and family who eat McDonald’s, won’t touch organic food and don’t eat any green vegetables. I can’t say that any of this thrills me, but I really don’t dwell on it. Everyone is entitled to their food choices and it is not my job to question them. It quite literally IS my job to provide helpful resources but I honestly believe that the best way to enact change is to lead by example.

This creamy vegan pumpkin caramel tart gives pumpkin pie a serious run for its money. Made with a simple granola crust and a smooth cashew based pumpkin-filling this dessert recipe will quickly become a winter favorite!

So here’s the deal: This Vegan Pumpkin Caramel Tart is, well, vegan. It just happens to be vegan and a healthier option. Jess, who developed this recipe is dairy-free. This recipe is also delicious and Jess is also an incredible human.

Can you promise me something? This holiday season, let’s all be a less judgemental about other people’s diet choices. Even if it looks different from their choices last year or different from your own. And if that’s really hard, I urge you to question why it is difficult for you to accept these differences in others. You may discover a thing or two about yourself that could help you get through to the other side.

And then eat this tart because it’s damn good!

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Vegan Pumpkin Caramel Tart

This creamy vegan pumpkin caramel tart gives pumpkin pie a serious run for its money. Made with a simple granola crust and a smooth cashew based pumpkin-filling this dessert recipe will quickly become a winter favorite!
  • Author: Jess @ The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 12 slices

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups of granola of choice
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted

Chocolate Layer

  • 3 oz dark chocolate, about 1 bar (I used 85% but feel free to use something slightly lower if you’re new to dark chocolate)

Pumpkin Filling

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours or overnight
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • A nub of ginger, peeled (about the size of your thumb will give you nice spicy flavor)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of ground cloves

Caramel Layer

Tools

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F. Line the bottom of the springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with coconut oil.
  2. Place the crust ingredients in a food processor and process until you have an even mixture with a texture like wet sand.
  3. Press the granola into the pan tightly and bake for 20 minutes until the crust is golden. Let the crust cool completely.
  4. Melt the chocolate and pour over the cooled crust. Place in the fridge and let it set for about 20 minutes. The chocolate layer doesn’t need to be solid all the way through, just enough that the top is firm.
  5. While the chocolate is setting in the fridge, make the pumpkin cashew filling. Place the filling ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  6. Pour the filling into the pan and use a rubber spatula to smooth the top as best you can.  Tap the pan a few times to release any air bubbles.
  7. Place in the fridge or freezer to chill while you make the caramel.
  8. To make the caramel, combine the ingredients in a small non stick pot and place over low heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring about every few minutes. The sauce will be a light brown, golden color. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
  9. While the caramel cook, toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over low heat. Remove from the heat once they become fragrant and start to make a popping sound.
  10. Once the caramel has cooked and thickened, remove from heat and let it cool.
  11. Once it is cool, pour it over the pumpkin layer and top with the toasted pumpkin seeds and flaked sea salt.
  12. Chill the whole tart in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but ideally overnight or several hours in the freexer. The pie will keep for about 5 days in the fridge. This dessert can also be frozen, allowing it to thaw for about 10 minutes before serving.

This creamy vegan pumpkin caramel tart gives pumpkin pie a serious run for its money. Made with a simple granola crust and a smooth cashew based pumpkin-filling this dessert recipe will quickly become a winter favorite! #vegan

How do you feel about my stance on other people’s diet choices? Do you find this challenging?

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Episode #83: Lee Vosburgh From Style Bee

On Episode 83 of That's So Maven, Davida is chatting with Lee Vosburgh of Style Bee all about sustainable fashion and making more conscious choices when it comes to your wardrobe

It feels like I’ve been waiting years to have an episode like this week’s. For one, I’ve wanted to chat with Lee Vosburgh for a long time. Additionally, I’ve wanted to have a show dedicated to sustainable fashion and making more conscious choices with your wardrobe for even longer. Lee Vosburgh, the ethical and sustainable fashion blogger behind Style Bee was the perfect guest to bring on the show to chat about these topics.

On Episode 83 of That's So Maven, Davida is chatting with Lee Vosburgh of Style Bee all about sustainable fashion and making more conscious choices when it comes to your wardrobe

Here are a few things we talked about in today’s episode:

  • Lee’s style journey and what led her to create Style Bee
  • Finding and identifying your fashion story 
  • The difference between fast and slow fashion
  • What does sustainable fashion mean? How about ethical fashion?
  • Creating her first Closet Mission and what she’s learned along the way
  • Building a capsule wardrobe and the 10 x 10 challenge
  • Her favorite sustainable brands and tips for saving money
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self

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Sustainable style is about knowing who you are…and in turn making choices that will serve you better and for longer


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The Conscious Consumer’s Holiday Gift Guide

This is The Conscious Consumer's Holiday Gift Guide, made for anyone out there that wants an eco-friendly gift guide this holiday season to offer friends and family the gift that just keeps giving.

I’m certainly not the first and I definitely won’t be the last blogger to be posting a holiday gift guide this year. I totally get both perspectives. From the consumer’s, the holiday season is busy and overwhelming and any kind of list that has been whittled down and curated can be super helpful. From the blogger’s…affiliate links baby! It’s true though. The holiday season is the most profitable for affiliate links. People are buying and I’m certainly never going to fault a blogger for making money. Yup – I’m always going to be this transparent!

This is The Conscious Consumer's Holiday Gift Guide, made for anyone out there that wants an eco-friendly gift guide this holiday season to offer friends and family the gift that just keeps giving.

That being said, as someone who cares deeply about the environment and more sustainable practices, the holidays can also be a time of over-the-top consumerism and honestly, just pure laziness. It is possible to make more conscious choices when it comes to gift giving and have a positive impact in addition to bringing joy to friends and family.

So in today’s post, I’m going to offer you different options for how to be more sustainable this holiday season, including small changes you can make and ethical gifts to focus on. This is the Conscious Consumer’s Holiday Gift Guide and I hope it can encourage you to gift with a conscious this year.

The Conscious Consumer’s Holiday Gift Guide

1. Ditch the wrapping paper

This holiday season I urge you to ditch the wrapping paper and use more sustainable sources. Reusing paper is great, or try gifting without. I promise no one will care. Reusable totes are also a great option!

2. Gift Experiences

Who doesn’t love a good experience gift? From theater tickets to cooking or art classes, there are so many options out there for experience gifts. Look into paint nights, pottery classes or if you know your receiver loves to travel, try an airbnb gift card!

3. Support local artists/producers

I could run off a list of local San Francisco artists and producers to support, but one of the most ethical choices you can make is to support companies local to you. From tea, to candles, to pottery I can guarantee there are local producers who you can support. Also you can never go wrong with plants! Go support your local nursery (avoid places like Home Depot that spray their plants with neonicotinoids) and give the gift that just keeps giving, plants!

4. Support BOGO companies

BOGO= buy one, gift one companies! You’ve probably seen more companies like this offering a gift or donation in return for your purchase. Companies like Warby Parker and Toms Shoes donate one item when you buy one. Or try subscription models like Thrive Market who donate a meal for every membership.

6. Make a Donation

You really can’t go wrong making a donation. If you know your gift receiver feels passionate about a particular issues this can be one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give. Of course, not everyone feels this way but when in doubt about your own wish list consider a list of organizations you’d like your friends and family to donate to.

7. Gift from companies who source ethically

There are so many companies out there who are more transparent about their sourcing methods and offering fair wages to their workers. In addition, there are tons of companies whose impact is further reaching than just selling a product. Here are some of my favorites:

This is The Conscious Consumer's Holiday Gift Guide, made for anyone out there that wants an eco-friendly gift guide this holiday season to offer friends and family the gift that just keeps giving.

Am I missing anything? Feel free to drop any companies/tips/experiences I should add to this list below!

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Being Behind-the-Scenes in the Wellness World

Hi! Davida here stopping in to give you a little context on today’s post. I am currently on a much needed vacation with my husband and we are totally off the grid. I am incredibly fortunate to have an incredible team of women who support THM and make it possible for me to do this and still run the business. I asked Tanya, my operations manager and right hand woman to step in and take over the blog for the day. I give her free-reign to talk about whatever she wanted and not surprisingly she’s full of inspiration and wise words.

Whether you’re the face of a brand or working behind-the-scenes, your work is valued and you matter. THM would not be what it is without Tanya, or Georgia, or Jess, or Emily or Eilise. Though it may have started out as just me, THM is infinitely better because of these women working behind-the-scenes. Here’s a little perspective from Tanya on what that might look like and why it’s important.

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When Davida asked me to write this blog, I knew I wanted it to be something about my freelance journey. I thought it would be about starting out and diving into freelancing but as The Healthy Maven team was debriefing driving home from Camp Wellness, I knew what I wanted to share: being behind the scenes in the wellness world.

Let’s back up a little in my journey… I graduated from college with a degree in nutrition and dietetics. I didn’t think I wanted to be a dietitian but didn’t really know what other paths there were. So I jumped into a retail job while I figured my life out. During that year, I heard of IIN, a nutrition coaching program which seemed like a great fit. It was a way to be in the nutrition/health world without going through registered dietitian certification process. I completed IIN and was feeling inspired to start my own health coaching business. I thought I wanted to individually coach people, have a blog, host workshops and all that jazz.

Spoiler alert: turns out that wasn’t for me. I was left feeling super defeated and honestly lost knowing my place in the wellness world. Being the face of a brand is hard. Finding your own clients that you connect with is hard. I remember thinking that I wanted someone to remind me why I was interested and involved in wellness in the first place. I was exhausted to say the least.

Fast forward a few years (yes, this was a long process) and I am finally in my groove. I realized that there are a lot of really incredible companies out there that can benefit from what I have to give. I’ve worked for wellness program startups, health food startups and now bloggers.

thrive being behind the scenes. What I realized was, I can do all of the things I love to do without being “the brand”. I don’t need to be in the spotlight and honestly would be ok if my name or face was never attached to my work. I support women in wellness. I know that I am valued by them and that’s enough for me.

SO for all of you babes that are questioning your place in the wellness world or maybe don’t want to be the face of a brand, I’m here to tell you that’s ok and that there is still a place for you. You can still be in the wellness world, making a difference in people’s lives, sharing your story while supporting other business owners. I Promise. Find others that have the same passions, have a similar voice and similar goals as you and reach out to them. When you find someone that aligns with you and the work you want to be doing, everyone benefits.

…and if you’re a badass boss lady who is running your own ship, us behind-the-scenes gals are crazy thankful for you! Keep doing you.

Do you prefer being the face or behind-the-scenes? Or maybe it’s a bit of both! Let me know.

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