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2018 Conscious Consumer Holiday Gift Guide

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Conscious Is The New Cool

Sustainable, eco-friendly, fair trade, local, small business, recycled, up-cycled, vegan, cruelty-free, organic, zero-waste, the list goes on and on! Needless to say, it’s cool to be a conscious consumer nowadays, and I’ve made it easy to be for the holidays!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | 2018 Conscious Consumer Holiday Gift Guide
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | 2018 Conscious Consumer Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s easy being green!

Show your love for mother nature & the power of plants with an Eco-friendly EatMoveRest Recycled Cotton Market Tote!

Whether you’re going to the farmers’ market, grocery store, coffee shop, or on vacation, this recycled cotton tote is perfect for carrying your goods in an eco-friendly, sustainable, zero-waste fashion! Unlike bulkier totes, this bag folds neatly and easily to fit into a small space.

Snag All 3 Styles Below!

Be sure to use discount code ‘TOTES’ at checkout for 10% off now through December 20th!

Favorite Tees With A Message!

Support the vegan movement and represent your healthy lifestyle with a tee by Vegetaryn!

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I’ve scouted the best and the brightest for your cruelty-free gift-giving this holiday season

Everything from vegan leather boots to faux fur shirts, down alternative duds, wool-free wears, recycled water bottle bags, + fruit-pigmented makeup!

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EatMoveRest | Erin Stanczyk | Nursery 2018

Since Dusty and I are waiting to find out if Baby S will be a boy or a girl (due date Dec 22), we decided to go gender neutral with bright whites and beiges in the nursery—which suits our style anyways! I can’t wait to share my mama and newborn must-haves, as well as finished nursery photos in an upcoming blog post!

To Top It Off

My favorite vegan straw hats made by Ginger Parrish of

Click each hat to check them out!

His + Hers Picks

Dusty’s top pick for our 2018 Conscious Consumer Gift Guide is his Wills vegan boots, and mine is my Matt & Nat vegan leather mini backpack!

Most Practical Pick

These Baxter Blue blue-light-blocking specs come in handy especially at night time, and help prevent hormone disruption and hiccups in our sleep cycles caused by the harmful blue-light emissions from our screens and devices.

For FREE Express Shipping in the US & Canada, use discount code 'ERIN' at checkout!

Fitness Faves

I have always been an avid cyclist, but especially since progressing into third trimester of my pregnancy, I have found stationary cycling to be the safest and most comfortable, low-impact cardio workout that keeps me feeling my best!

Below is my favorite stationary bike trainer by CycleOps, and my favorite road cycling shoe brand, Pearl Izumi.

Go Green Awards

My favorite handbag brand that I discovered this year is Samara. Not only are they a vegan company, they also use eco-friendly materials that are more safe for the environment than other vegan leather companies. They manufacture their products in a small factory where workers are treated well and pay the utmost attention to detail and quality! Use discount code ‘EATMOVEREST’ to receive 15% off your purchase!

Another company that I have really come to appreciate is prAna. Not only are they fair trade certified, they also carry a line of organic cotton garments. Organic cotton drinks less water, uses rainwater more efficiently, eliminates GMOs and harmful chemicals from your closet, and switching just one t-shirt saves 115 gallons of water! Use discount code WCESF18 for 15% off your purchase!

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The Reason For The Season

Ultimately, we all know that this is a season for giving, not just receiving! Two of my favorite charitable organizations are Love Justice (which fights one of the worst crimes—human-trafficking) and Charity Water (which helps to provide one of the most precious resources—clean drinking water). Feel free to read about them below, click, and donate to a worthy cause!

Love Justice

Based right here in Lincoln, Nebraska, this organization is very near and dear to me and Dusty’s hearts. Through transit monitoring and interception, Love Justice, Intl. attacks trafficking at the most strategic moment—while it’s in the process of occurring and before exploitation and enslavement. They now have 44 stations located all across the globe, and have intercepted over 15,000 individuals from slavery, exploitation, and abuse.

Charity Water

I love this organization because private donors cover all of their operation costs, so 100% of your donations go to providing clean drinking water to those in need. One in 10 people lack access to clean water and Charity Water is on a mission to change that. They’ve funded 29,725 water projects for 8.4 million people around the world.

The Countdown Begins

Save the Advent Reading Plan below to your camera roll, Share it with friends & fam, and pin it on Pinterest!

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The Next Chapter

From our (growing) family to yours, Dusty and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Merry & Bright New Year!

We can’t wait to continue sharing all-things EatMoveRest with you in 2019, and are beyond thrilled and excited for this new chapter in our lives!

We appreciate your well wishes, prayers, love, and support, and look forward to bringing Baby S along with us on this adventure called life!

Stay up-to-date with us on Instagram @ErinStanczyk & @DBStanczyk and be sure to subscribe to the monthly motivational In The Raw newsletter for exclusive EatMoveRest goodies!

Peace, Love, & Plants!

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7 Healthy Vegan Travel Tips + 5 Smoothie Detox Recipes

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

It's summertime, and that means we're all running around to kids' sporting events and activities, jet-setting, road-tripping, and doing anything but eating a nutritious, home-cooked meal. Am I right?!

Dusty and I just got back from Hawaii, and it was a breeze to eat clean there--vegan restaurants, smoothie shacks, and juice shops galore, and there was no shortage of fresh tropical fruit stands! But what about when we road trip to a family member's wedding in small-town Nebraska? Or vacation somewhere that's not-so-plant-eater-friendly?! 

Over the years, Dusty and I have learned how to navigate it all (without any embarrassment, guilt, or shame), because where there's a will, there's a way--and if your will is to be happy and healthy, 24/7, 365, then you better believe there's a way to do it!

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7 Healthy Vegan Travel Tips

1. Keep Calm + Carry-on

  • Bring washed and fresh-cut fruits and veggies with you no matter where you go! TSA will allow you to bring whatever fresh produce you would like onto an airplane, as long as it's clearly visible what it is. Our friend Robby, @mindfuldiabeticrobby even brings an entire box of produce as his carry-on--now that's commitment!
  • Dusty and I love to bring our wide-mouth ball mason jars and fill them with berries, and then bring a container filled with greens to munch on, like romaine leaves, celery stalks, and cucumber spears. Whether we're road-tripping to Grandma and Grandpa's or out running errands, we don't leave home without our 'fast fruit' ...or, should I say, 'weapons of mass nutrition.' 
  • It may sound funny, but I've been known to 'carry-on' a whole or half watermelon with me wherever I go in the summertime! It's the perfect hydrating, warm weather snack!


2. Mix It Up

  • Make a trail mix! If you're on a longer flight, fresh produce may not cut it--and that's where nuts, seeds, grains, and dried fruit come in handy! We love to mix up a bag full of walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, dried goji berries, dried mulberries, and pitted dates. These foods are more calorie-dense, and will keep much longer!
  • Sometimes we make enough trail mix to last us through our entire trip. Another option is to buy a box of cereal, mixed nuts, and dried fruit when you get to your destination, and make trail mix that way!
  • Our favorite option, of course, is our Raw Vegan Granola recipe!


3. Pick Sides

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  • Now this one's going against something we've all been told not to do growing up--but we want you to pick sides! When you're out to dinner on vacation, or you're at a small-town steakhouse with your grandparents, the panic sets in. The menu reads: beef on pork on chicken on cheddar on eggs on bacon with a generous helping of oil and grease--yikes! Have no fear--look for the sides; you're bound to find some steamed veggies, wild rice, maybe even a baked potato! If you order those 3 sides, you've got yourself a nutritious and delicious, plant-powered meal!
  • Don't forget about the salads! Ask your waiter for a fresh salad with the dressing on the side--or better yet--request lemon wedges or balsamic for your 'dressing!'
  • Don't care to belly up at the bar--that's okay, who needs the extra calories and the hangover anyway? If everyone around me is drinking, I order a club soda with lime--it looks like a cocktail, it's exciting to the tastebuds, and nobody will hassle you if it's got fizz and a lime wedge on the rim! ;)

4. Don’t Worry—Be Happy

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  • This one's a two-for-one! First, use the HappyCow app or website to find veg-friendly, vegetarian, and vegan restaurants nearby! Dusty and I even found success using this app in Italy! On one occasion, we stumbled upon a vegan restaurant that wasn't on the app, so I took the liberty of snapping some foodie photos and added it! Feel free to do the same if you stumble upon a hidden gem--it's a great way to benefit your plant-powered community!
  • The second part to this tip, is to remind yourself that perfection is overrated! Maybe you go to dinner and order some rice and veggies, but the whole dish is slathered in oil. Instead of beating yourself up, just remind yourself that you're doing your best, and that you're on vacation! Travel, adventure, and exploration is meant to push you outside of our comfort zone, so be comfortable with being a bit uncomfortable, and the trip will go much more smoothly! Don't worry--be happy! ;)

5. Stock Up

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  • When you arrive at your final destination, get on Google Maps and find the nearest grocery store or farmers' market and stock up! Get yourself some pre-cut fruits and veggies, and fruits that are easy to throw in a beach bag or backpack, like bananas, apples, and oranges! Other great grocery store items to keep on hand are whole grain crackers, hummus, and microwavable veggie steam bags.
  • Another insider tip is to check out AirBnB. Dusty and I love staying at residences instead of hotels, because you can usually get more bang for your buck, and you'll most likely get a full kitchen! We prefer to have a full-size refrigerator and stovetop so we can buy the typical grocery items we'd buy at home, and cook for ourselves! We were even crazy enough to bring our mini NutriBullet blender with us to Italy and Hawaii, and enjoyed fresh smoothies every morning on vacation--not to mention, it saved us money!

6. Pit Stop Quickies

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  • If you're on a road trip and nobody else wants to stop where you want to stop, and they're in a hurry to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible *cough* Dusty on the annual Canada fishing trip with my dad, G-pa, and uncles *cough,* then you've got to think quick! Gas stations almost always have fresh bananas, apples, and oranges, and if not, your next best bet is to opt for nuts and/or pretzels--that is, if you haven't equipped yourself with our Raw Vegan Granola! ;)
  • If you're lucky enough to be traveling with the ladies, they'll probably want to stop for coffee, and/or a nicer restroom facility--hello Starbucks! If you make a pitstop at a coffee shop, opt for herbal tea, instead of something caffeinated, which contributes to jet lag. If you're hungry, try the oatmeal, some pre-cut fruit or veggies, or a bag of nuts!
  • Annnd, if you're extra lucky, your pit stop might sell fresh-cracked coconuts to sip on! ;)


7. Ask And You Shall Receive

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  • This one's a biggie! When Dusty and I flew to Italy last year, we asked the flight attendant if they had a vegan dinner option, and they actually did! They brought us an entire vegan Indian meal--our favorite! She did go on to warn us, though, that it was rare to get that lucky, and she advised us to always specify under 'dietary preferences, restrictions, and/or allergies' when booking your plane tickets, and to call ahead to the airline to see if they can accommodate.
  • Finally, when you go out to dinner on vacation, simply ask and you shall receive! This one's easier said than done. For the longest time, Dusty and I both felt extremely uncomfortable placing our 'special orders' in front of our family and friends, but to our surprise, most of the time, they end up asking what we got and say something like, 'I wish I would have gotten that, too!' Now, both of our moms simply let us order and then they say, 'I'll have what they're having!' You've got to be bold, be brave, walk the walk, and fearlessly lead by example! You will gain respect, and what's more, you'll get exactly what you wanted to eat, and your body will thank you for it!
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Be sure to watch our Top 7 Healthy Vegan Travel Tips on YouTube to catch a glimpse at some of our recent and past travels! If you haven't already, join the EatMoveRest Fam and Subscribe to our channel, turn on Notifications to get alerts when we post new content, Like our videos if you enjoy them, leave us some love in the Comments, and Share with family and friends!

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Bonus EatMoveRest

Whether you're about to go on holiday, or you're just getting home, a detox is always a good idea, in order to look and feel your very best!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that I recently teamed up with Omega, the popular juicer brand, to develop 5 Detox Smoothie Recipes--yes--smoothies! Omega also has an amazing lineup of blenders, that in my humble opinion, blend nice cream and smoothies better than none other! While they are an investment, their pricing is far more reasonable than some of their competitors'.

Here is the blender I've been using and recommend!

**If you're interested in a more intense detox option, try my Juice Feast below!

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Remember Tomorrow

Two words that have helped me to make the best possible choices for my health and happiness are, Remember TomorrowIf you're battling temptation, think about how you will feel tomorrow. On the same token, if you don't make the best decision, remember that tomorrow is a new day to start fresh and be a better you!

Whether you've got a trip planned, or you're keeping busy close to home this summer, be sure to #EatMoveRest Your Best! Use the hashtag on Instagram and share you're experiences with us!

One last thing--be sure to check out our upcoming March 2019 7-Day Costa Rica Retreat for the ultimate healthy vegan getaway!

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