New year! Wee!
I know 2017 is going to be a year for the books already – will it top 2016? Yeah, I think so. Life has been uber good to me.
I love kicking off the year with a post like this, because I know a lot of people decide to “reset” and going vegetarian/vegan/plant-based is usually at the top of the resolution’s list (which makes me very happy). I’m here to help if that is the case for you… because everyone that knows me knows that I love nothing more than giving all the plant-based and vegan diet tips that I have. I am very passionate about this!
I know that transitioning is not easy, and I know that it can be extremely frustrating when you are face-to-face with a weak moment or day. Please – never get frustrated with yourself. It is never about being perfect – it is about doing the very best you can to feel the very best you can. Falling off the wagon is all a part of the process. Instead of feeling defeated, you should feel proud for revamping your lifestyle in the first place – no matter what your reasons are for doing so (weight, animals, planet, health – whatever!)
When all else fails, you’ll always have a place to go for motivation and inspiration… because I am all about that here! So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for any omnivores out there looking to transition to a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. These goals are attainable – especially if you try tackling them one at a time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a whole ‘nother year to get to where you want to be – what matters is that you are on this road NOW, and you are going to do great things!
Eggs. This is a question I get a lot – and sometimes, a question I am not entirely sure of how to answer. I eat a plant-based diet (which is essentially a vegan diet with the exception of local honey) which excludes eggs. I used to eat eggs, but have grown to really be repulsed by them… which we’ll get into.
But sometimes people ask me if I would eat eggs if I had my own chickens. I mean… if there is no cruelty involved at all (which is my main concern), it should be fine, right? I think it’s a personal question and it will vary for different people. For me personally, I wouldn’t eat eggs even from my own hypothetical chickens. It’s not because of the cruelty at that point, but I am just kinda grossed out by the idea of eggs in general. Now that I have distanced myself from them for over two and a half years, I really have grown to wrinkle my nose at them. Joe will make eggs for breakfast, and just the smell is more potent than I remember – forget about the smell in the dishwasher! I have to soak his plates in the sink with soap and vinegar for hours before I even put into the dishwasher. He thinks I am crazy, but I can’t help it – I am just very sensitive to eggs and the smell of ‘em.
A lot of people wonder why eggs are cruel in the first place – and I don’t blame them. I never knew before I watched the documentaries and really educated myself on where eggs come from. So when someone asks me, “I get meat but why eggs?” I am not annoyed or put off – I really try to educate them on the real egg industry. I am not one of those people who will get crazy graphic or preachy, but I will just state my case. And I wanted to share my reasons on here.
Happy Monday, loves :)
We had a super busy weekend (I am EXHAUSTED), but a great one at that. Trying to get back into the swing of things today… and 18 days until the wedding. So… there’s that!
Life aside, I felt like doing some digging into which celebrities are still vegan. I’ve wrote post in the past, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE about my favorite vegan and vegetarian celebrities, but these lists are dated. Like a normal human being, these people’s lives can change from one day to the next, so they may not always be sticking to a plant-based diet. I mean, a couple years ago I was excited to hear a rumor about Johnny Depp being a vegan, but have since then realized that it may have been pretty short-lived.
Hey, I have respect for anyone who gives it a go! Anyways, you may or may not know that the following celebrities are *supposedly* (still) vegan. I always think it’s interesting to hear who is, and these are some of the sexiest ones around.
Happy World Elephant Day, friends!
There’s no way I could let today pass without doing something to honor these beautiful beings. Elephants are one of Earth’s most majestic creatures. Aside from their beauty, they are absolutely intelligent and powerful. While we can all say, “aw, I love elephants!” can we all really say we know a lot about them? If you’re an elephant lover, you should take a closer look at who they really are as a species.
On World Elephant Day, let’s celebrate their existence by learning more about them. Here are some fast facts.
Good morning, loves :) It’s a cloudy morning and I’m up at 5:47 AM. I love blogging when the house is still quiet. It sets a good mood for the day, before having to go to work for 9 hours and all the hustle and bustle. I have my oil diffuser on (lemongrass and lavender!) and Lord Huron is playing in the background. Side note, Lord Huron is an incredible artist, and you should listen to this song. Anyone else a fan?
Anywayyyyssss. Today, I’m talking to all the Netflix bingers, Netflix-and-Chillers, and couch potatoes. When people ask me how they can get started with a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, I always tell them the same thing: watch the documentaries. I’ve said it over and over again on here, but it’s worth saying again because these are what really pushed and inspired me to go all in. After watching these, I never looked back. Whether you are looking to go vegetarian/vegan, bored, or just need some eye-opening facts to kick health into gear, these will do it for ya.
The following post is written by vegan blogger, Brooke, from How to Vegan.
“Vegan for the animals.” It’s a phrase that I hear or see almost daily, and one that I identify with whole heartedly. I am one of those people who gave up animal products from my life for ethical reasons, because the treatment of animals in industry is something that haunts my mind. I can distinctly remember the time in my life when I really forced myself to come face to face with the realities of animal exploitation. I can remember it because I was depressed and could not get these images out of my mind, 24 hours a day. I had finally forced myself to not look away, no matter how badly I wanted to. I made the connection between my plate and the lives of these animals, and it was haunting. I was sad, defeated, and overwhelmed by the reality that no matter what I do, I can’t even put a dent in the 10 billion animals slaughtered for food every year. There was no way.
I’m super excited to introduce you to a friend and fellow vegan blogger, Brooke from How to Vegan. You may recognize this name if you follow my Facebook page, since I recently posted a picture of her vegan mac and cheese (which is INCREDIBLE, btw). How to Vegan is a place to find recipes, answers to your FAQ vegan questions, and just some serious inspiration. I especially gravitate towards the vegan clothing/accessory posts because I’m trying to be better about this, myself.
I asked her a few questions so that we could all get to know her inspiring story better – and keep a lookout, because next week she’ll be sharing a guest post with us. It’s titled “How Committing to Cruelty Free Living Saved my Mental Health,” and it’s definitely something I think each one of us can relate to on some level!
Onto the interview ;) Continue reading
Ready for another round of inspiring vegan celebrities? These are my favorite posts to do. I always find out that more and more influential people are all aboard the compassion train. In some cases, I actually am surprised by who I find. I thought it might be fun to point out some of these guys and gals. Maybe some these will be news to you, too.
*cue new found respect*
I can’t tell you how many times I get asked, “Why vegan? Why not just vegetarian?” I guess vegetarianism would be easier, right? Well, no. Not for me. I can’t stomach the thought of male baby chicks being ground up alive because they are useless in the egg industry just as much as I can’t bear the thought of eating my animal friends.
Too many people do not understand the harsh, eye-opening facts that surround the dairy industry – eggs to milk. So hey, here’s some disgusting food for thought. Here are 10 reasons why I choose vegan, not vegetarian.
Confession: This veganism thing is new to me. And hard for me. For a long time I did “Vegan Before 6,” where the majority of what I ate was vegan. Then I decided to make the full switch. And I still slip up sometimes. I’m working on it, but I’m not making myself feel bad about it. I am a work in progress! As Bianca likes to say, “Do the least harm, and the most good.” I love her for that.
I know the torture animals go through for us to have meat, dairy, eggs. I’ve seen the documentaries. I’ve read the articles and looked at the pictures. I’ve texted back and forth with Bianca (And anyone else who will listen. Just ask my saint of a boyfriend and my patient mother.) about the horrors of the dairy industry (I can’t get over mama cows mourning their babies. I can’t.) and the animal testing industry. But sometimes, there’s nothing like a well-designed quote graphic to motivate you, right? Just ask my Pinterest board.