Fall Video Update: The Book, A New Site & The Holiday Survival Guide

Hello loves! I miss YU. A lot. So, I wanted to check in to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you. I know that these past few months new posts and recipes haven’t been as frequent, but it’s for a great reason—I’m working hard, building lots of goodness for you behind the scenes.

Psst: share this video update with pals on Twitter >

Here’s what’s been going on:

1. The YumUniverse book. I can’t say it enough, I’m so grateful to have partnered with BenBella Books. They believe in what I want to create for you, so I’m lucky enough to be writing, designing and photograping the entire thing with the exception of a few major photo shoots with some very talented, generous ladies (thank you Marta SasinowskaSage ReedJulia Stotz and Mele Ortiz). I’m not a patient gal, so it’s borderline torture that I can’t share with you what they’ve created yet. But I can say that this book is going to be very special—loaded with over 150 NEW recipes, know-how, the works. 

I’m keeping momentum rolling (while balancing the workload) with a nice daily routine that you may want to try out, since the season of stress is headed our way. I’ve been waking up, shuffling to the kitchen and preparing variations on the following inflammation-reducing goodness to enjoy throughout my day. It’s helping me minimize the health-diminishing side effects of this exciting, yet stressful process:

Chicory root tea boosted with roasted dandelion root and licorice root: helps protect the adrenal system when cortisol and adrenaline levels are high from too much stress and excitement. Homemade almond milk or poppy seed milk (reduces inflammation)

• My favorite Pear, Cilantro Green Smoothie—healing greens, detoxifying cilantro

Chia pudding loaded with whatever goodies I have in the pantry—toasted coconut, popped quinoa, toasted pepitas—protein and beneficial omega-3s? Check.

Put it all on a vintage tray to make it more special and get to work…

YumUniverse Writing the Book

Fall is hands down my favorite season and like an old friend, it’s familiarity has helped me find some healthy balance.

I’ve battled workaholicness all my life, so this writing process is a perfect opportunity to practice the art of changing those unhealthful habits. I’m no master yet, but I’m getting better at it step-by-step. Going for walks, making sure I’m exercising regularly, and trying to get into bed by 10pm are routines that I’ve been able to maintain pretty well. Small feats for some, but huge for me since the pesky little you-can-get-more-done-if-you-skip-the-walks-and-work-until-2-am devil perches on my shoulder all too often. I just pat her on the head and say “not today.”

YumUniverse Fall Update

So, I have been sneaking away from the laptop for some outdoor action…

YumUniverse Fall Update

It’s pretty much a responsibility when I live in such a beautiful region…

YumUniverse Fall Update

… the local battlefields are so quiet. The colors, downright edible.

YumUniverse Fall Update

I seem to be keeping up better on Instagram lately, so if you want more on-the-reg updates, ideas, quick recipes and pics, be sure to follow me over there until my manuscript is complete.

Creating a book kicks up a humbling combination of emotion, no doubt about it. Empowerment. Vulnerability. Overwhelm. Excitement. Exhaustion. Energy. Fear. Confidence. Fear again. However, I think it’s a combo that comes with anything that matters—anything that has the potential to make a difference.

I know that making lifestyle and dietary changes like you all are, comes with these feelings, too. They’re there because what you’re doing is important work.

If we can learn how to welcome, accept and dance with it all, that’s what makes the adventure great. And one day at a time is the name of the game.
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2. YumUniverse.com has freshened up.
I’m sure you’ve noticed, but our home has a new look. I wanted it to be easier for YU to use the site on-the-go, so we’re finally responsive (which means the site works and looks better on phones/iPads). I’ve also made everything easier to navigate so newbies can find the free goodies and articles/help they need to get started. It’s also easier than ever for Lifetime Members to access their resources, eBooks and each other.

Help me spread the word? Tell your tweeps that YU has a new look >
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3. The Holiday Survival Guide is also back so YU can maintain your goals this holiday season without compromising taste.

YumUniverse: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes—The Holiday Survival Guide

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I really have to admit that I have no idea what day it is most of the time lately, but I do know that the holidays are upon us! And I have no intention of leaving you hanging during what can be a stressful and challenging time for those dedicated to making health a priority.

So, I’ve brought The Holiday Survival Guide back—it’s full of my best gluten-free, plant-based recipes just in time to help you plan, party and celebrate this holiday season. Get your hands on over 50 recipes for stuffing, pie, ice cream, caramel sauce, main courses, cobblers, cookies and more. You can enjoy the holidays without compromising your health, so check out the Holiday Survival Guide and have a stress-free, memorable, delicious season ahead.

It’s only available for a limited time, so share it with pals who would want some support this season >
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Even though I may seem MIA, know that I am working hard for YU and it’s all good stuff! Thank you for your patience with me during this important time. Ok, better get back to it. I have a lot to pull off these next few months. Cross some fingers and toes for me…

If you have suggestions for the book, the new site or you just want to share some tried and true holiday tips of your own, please share with a comment below.

I would lovelovelove to hear from YU with a comment below…

Read the comments or add yours.

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  1. Maureen

    Hi! thanks for your holiday recipe book
    Is the book available in hardcopy or only downloadable?

    • Heather Crosby

      Hi Maureen,
      It’s only available in PDF format, but it’s designed in 8.5″ x 11″ so it can be easily printed at home on standard letter paper. I encourage folks to keep a binder they can customize—filling it with favorite recipes and eBooks from the site. x H

  2. Mark C

    Heather … great revised web site and I love the pictures, the colors are amazing and I think I know where that cannon is located … Love, Dad

    • Heather Crosby

      Thanks, Dad. x

  3. Allison

    You’re amazing! The video is fantastic! Good luck with the book my dear! We miss you! xoxo A

    • Heather Crosby

      Thanks so much Allison! Kiss that adorable little man of yours for me (and I hope he responds with that signature “look” just for me.) xx

  4. Kimberley de Haseth (you might know me as Pancakes ;)

    Heather What a gorgeous video, thanks..
    You just need, no.. Must inform me about those cutesie fab shoes your wearing on the two photos below! ps in what beautiful region do you live?
    We are a young nomand family and on search full time for beautiful regions
    Speak soon!
    Kimberley de Haseth (Pancakes)

    • Heather Crosby

      Hi Pancakes! (I love this nickname)
      Thanks for the love about the video 🙂 I live in a historic Civil War town on the Potomac River on the border of West Virginia and Maryland—the Appalachian trail runs through my “backyard,” so it’s a region I recommend! Moved here after 16 years in Chicago this past year, wanted to change things up. I picked those shoes up in Chicago somewhere, I can’t remember where, but I loved them because they looked kinda grandpa-ish, but were wedges—a unique combo. Safe travels to your nomad family! x

  5. Pam Bridges

    Thank you for all your work on helping those of us interested in plant-based diets. I have been experimenting with whole food recipes like a scientist carries out an experiment. But your recipes are a great help.
    Heather, I am reading a book you may find interesting. It is a good read. The title is Eating on the Wild Side. The book gives information on the history of our food both vegetables and fruits, the benefits of each one, how to store it and some recipes sprinkled throughout the book. I found it at Barnes and Noble on a table. I have given out about 5 copies of it to friends and one acquaintance/new friend, whose husband just had quadruple bypass surgery. You may be interested in the information.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. brigita

    heather your shit keeps getting better! LOVE the new website look, YU are glowing in all your pics 🙂 Can’t wait to use my lifetime membership accessibilities more these days! I must say your appreciation of nature and color and aesthetics inspires me every day! TOTALLY trying the roasted beet/balsamic reduction/crispy onions for thanksgiving.

  7. Elizabeth Gallery

    Good stuff! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  8. I love YU! Gorgeous video and I’m totally digging your bangs and the Breyer horse in the corner. I have a Breyer at my workstation too! 🙂

    • Heather Crosby

      Thanks Fern! I have a whole collection of those horses… used to play with them as a little one 🙂

  9. Andrea Noble

    Hello Heather I am so excited to hear about the book! I wanted to tell you, that living where I do it has been quite an experience finding fellow plant based/clean whole foods eaters, or those interested in transitioning. But then I started a facebook page with a friend for our community called Healthy Living Kenosha Style. On it I pooled in all of the research and local resources for clean living I had sniffed out over the past year or two for those that needed a quick reference. Out of what seemed like thin air the number of people exploded wanting to know more. I started a periodic recipe share with my own recipes and also shared the YumUniverse site for the best recipes and how to’s. I found myself recommending your site often 🙂 so a friend of mine and I thought about making videos of making recipes and referencing you. Would that be ok?

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