Posts in Vegan
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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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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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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LUSH Haul + Product Reviews

Treat yourself on Valentine’s day- and every day- with these low-impact, minimal waste, vegan beauty products!

*not sponsored, just in love*
Two years ago, I finally did it- I purchased a Lush bath bomb. Oh my gosh, they are the best! Obviously that’s not all I got though. I left Lush with so many goodies, and I want to share with you my thoughts on some of these low-waste, vegan, hand-made beauty products.

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Probiotics: The Basics

Probiotics are live bacteria! But like, the "good" kind. Consuming certain probiotic bacteria strains can provide a variety of health benefits. Since they focus on gut health by improving the gut flora (the naturally existing good bacteria in the gut), most of the benefits associated with probiotics are related to digestive health.

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The Ultimate Vegan Hot Chocolate

I came up with this ultimate, amazing af, vegan hot chocolate recipe. Now I'm going to share it with you. It's been approved by friends and family time and time again, nobody even knows it's vegan- it's just rich and thick and amazing. Get ready for winter paradise.

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