My Top 5 Excuses for Not Being Vegan (and the no b.s. truth behind them)

A vegan diet can be super expensive, just like any other diet. If you’re out buying steak and lobster every night, your non-vegan diet doesn’t work for broke folks either. But I can have a fairly healthy vegan diet for less than the cost of the Hamburger Helper and Ramen Noodles diet I grew up on with a single addict mother- so that whole it’s-too-expensive myth is garbage.

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3 Quick & Easy Vegan Meals to Keep on Hand

I’m learning that balancing a happy-medium between meals I actually cook creatively and have fun with and meals that I can just throw together with minimal effort is the most effective way to eat well and avoid wasting lots of money and food each week! Here are my 3 go-to meals. I love them because I can make them work with different flavors and ingredients as long as I have the staple ingredients (which are super affordable!) on hand.

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How to Speak Up Without Being an "Angry Vegan"

I always wanted someone to write me up a post like this, and I haven’t seen one yet. So, now that I’ve figured it out I’m going to share it with you!

Just kidding! Here’s what I realized: if you’re vegan for the animals or for the planet, you’re going to be angry! Here’s how to still communicate effectively and what you can do with that anger.

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How to Eat Out Vegan (Without Feeling Weird About It)

Do you ever just get a water because you’re afraid to ask for substitutes and don’t want to “pull out your vegan card” in the middle of a restaurant? Well, first of all, stop that! You’re worth the time it takes to ask a few questions about your meal. Here are some ways to manage the weirdness and still have a great experience.

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Why Milk Is Cruel | A Straight-forward Explanation

If you’ve visited this page, I’m assuming you’re here to educate yourself a little more and understand why people go vegan and what is so bad about milk. I want to make it clear that this post is not about you- it’s not to attack or judge you. It’s just the facts, it’s the philosophy I, and many vegans, live by. I hope that you find this information helpful and that you are able to make a decision that aligns with your values and the kind of legacy you want to leave behind in this world.

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How to Manage Cystic Fibrosis on a Vegan Diet

People with cystic fibrosis have a harder time digesting fats and absorbing nutrients, especially fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

The primary method of combating this struggle and avoiding malnutrition and dangerous weight-loss with CF in the U.S. is for people with CF to consume upwards of 5,000 calories per day, with most of those calories coming from fat and protein.

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My Journey to Vegan ~ The Unfiltered Truth

Story time, especially if you’re feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, or uncertain with where to start or how to continue sustaining a lifestyle that aligns with your values. Here’s what it looks like for me. (Hint: It’s not what you expect!!!)

I’m making this decision for my health, for my soul, for the animals, and for the beautiful planet I don’t want to continue destroying. It’s not about perfection, it’s about doing the best that I can in each moment.

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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Lifestyle

We’ve done our best to be conscious of how much we consume, and before moving in with a roommate we were approaching zero waste! Now that I’ll be able to do it again- I’m going to share some of my tips with you. These are changes we’ll be making (again!) now that we’re going to be back on our own feet and in our own space- woohoo!

Reducing your waste doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take baby steps, and do what makes sense for your household. Give things a try, you can always go back if it doesn’t work. These are tips anyone can use- personally we use them for downtown apartment living and they really make a difference.

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My Top 5 Favorite Vegans on Instagram

We all need some vegan inspo once in a while, and these are my favorite 5 IG accounts to check out when I’m struggling with sticking to my vegan choices, missing making really awesome meals but not sure where to start, or when I just need to feel like I have an actual vegan friend for a sec.

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How to Slowly Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle (For good!)

Many people turn vegan over night or over the course of a few days… and there are some really passionate and fired up vegans who will tell you that the minute you see the cruelty, you STOP it immediately, or you’re scum.

Personally? I think that fire and passion for the animals is incredible and I admire it!! But I also think that the fired up approach isn’t going to work for everyone. I think budget constraints, health struggles, and just the mindset we approach life with can really impact our ability to not only “go” vegan, but to STAY vegan. It really is an entire lifestyle shift, and for that to be sustainable some people need to take it in small bites, that’s OKAY!

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What to Do When You Witness Animal Cruelty

I’ve lived in a roommate situation for over a year now, watching this guy not care about his animals and assuming it was because he knew I’d do it. Ultimately though, I learned that it’s just not a big deal to him if the animals go a while without food and water. In fact, he’s really proud because his massive dobermanns can go 2 full days without food and will still be complacent and obedient, and not aggressive toward him. Yeah, he thinks that’s a cool status thing. We’re talking about a real jerk here.

Something I’ve been struggling with though, is how can I make sure the animals are cared for when I’m gone. Here’s what I’ve learned to do after witnessing animal cruelty.

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A Conversation About Boundaries

Setting a boundary might feel mean or impolite, but it can actually be done from a place of love. Never setting boundaries leads to toxic relationships, bitterness, resentment, exhaustion, overwhelm, frustration, and a massive feeling of being stuck or moving in circles in your life.

If you’re someone who genuinely loves to give and be of service, but you’re feeling exhausted and any sort of resentment, you probably haven’t been setting fair boundaries with yourself or others. So let’s talk about setting boundaries from a space of love…

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Bringing Balance and the Elements into Your Bedroom

We are meant to live in nature. We are animals, and nature shouldn’t just be something we visit. It should be part of our every day lives.

This doesn’t mean we need to live in the mountains all alone or all go join a commune- though I’m guessing we can both agree those are actually pretty fascinating ideas, and not entirely off the table some days. Instead, we can bring the balance, beauty, and divinity of nature into our daily lives through thoughtful decorating and even gardening.

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Journal Entry: WTF am I doing with my life? (& how to answer that question for yourself)

Life has thrown me a few curve balls and my mindset and attitude have really faltered along the way. Today I caught myself asking what to do when your attitude and energy just aren’t working together, and I decided to reflect back on this post and take my own advice. So from me to me (and you), here’s a little advice and insight from the wise and abundantly joyful, brilliant Jessica of early 2016!

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How to Get That Instant Healthy Clean Feeling

You know the feeling you get after eating something fresh where you just feel so clean and refreshed? You’re a whole different person for having eaten that salad or drinking that kale smoothie or tasting the ginger tea sample. I’m not the only one who gets this, right?

I’m obsessed with that feeling, and when it comes to staying on track with my vegan goals. Here are a few ways you can get that feeling for less than $10 (some of them are free)!

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