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  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    So… I wrote a book.

    An ebook technically, but it still counts. I’ve been working on this book for the past month or so, and I’m really excited about it. Here it is:

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    It’s called The Ultimate Guide to Going Vegan, and it’s all about the transition into veganism and how to make it easier, staying healthy, and how making small changes in your everyday life can help the planet. It’s a good read for new vegans, anyone considering a plant-based diet (or just eating a little healthier), or even a longtime vegan who needs a little brush-up on their vitamins and minerals.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    It includes tons of super useful pages and diagrams, such as:

    • An Introduction to Veganism
    • 10 Reasons to go Vegan
    • Plant-Based Benefits
    • How to Stock a Vegan Pantry
    • Eating on the Go
    • How to Make the Transition to Vegan Meals
    • How to Go Completely Vegan in 2 Months
    • The Vegan Plate (AKA What You Should Be Eating)
    • An Extensive List of Necessary Vitamins and Minerals

    And so much more. It’s a non-preachy way to explain veganism without any graphic images or descriptions, and I hope you guys love it!
    Going Vegan is available in my Etsy shop, which is linked here and also down below. And because I love you guys so much, I’m offering 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until July 26, all you have to do is enter coupon code GOINGVEGAN.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    This is the first of a few ebooks I have planned, and the first of many vegan materials that I’ll be releasing throughout the next few months (I’ve had a few people ask about ecourses… so be on the lookout for that too!). Enjoy! ♡

  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    Adopt, Don’t Shop! – Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    This post is sponsored by KitNipBox.

    If you know anything about me, you know that I am a huuuge advocate for “Adopt, Don’t Shop”, which is the mentality that if you want a pet, try to adopt from a shelter before you buy from a breeder.
    I truly believe that rescue animals make some of the most loving and loyal pets. Whenever I’m thinking about getting a new pet, I always check shelters first, and I always end up falling in love and adopting.

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions:

    Adopting a pet means you’re saving a life (technically, more than one!).
    Millions of unadopted animals are euthanized every year. By adopting, you’re helping to clear out shelters and make room for more animals that need help!

    Rehabilitating an animal is so rewarding.
    Cassie was really badly abused before I rescued her, and it still shows. She’s been my pet for almost 8 years now, and she still flinches when I move too quickly. But after learning little tricks to make her feel safe, like making sure she always has an escape route and doesn’t feel trapped, she’s learned to trust me. I literally tear up when I think about how far she’s come, and how I’m giving her a good life to make up for her awful past.

    Adopting a pet is cost-effective.
    Animal shelters sell pets at a very cheap price (sometimes you can even get one for free!), plus all pets get their shots, vaccinations, and spayed/neutered before they’re sent home with you.

    Rescue animals are just as healthy as regular animals.
    Animals brought into a shelter always undergo a full medical examination and get treated for any illnesses they may have (many shelters have a vet on staff 24/7), whereas animals from a puppy mill can carry all types of diseases without ever being treated. Rescue animals have a bad reputation of being old and sick, but most are perfectly healthy animals that have just been left behind or abandoned.

    They only want love.
    All Cassie wants is love. She’s so content just laying next to me while I’m on the computer, or sitting next to my feet while I’m baking. I try to spend as much time with her as I can, even if it’s just something small like brushing her or throwing her mouse toy around. But this month, I wanted to do something special, so I got her a KitNipBox, which is a monthly subscription box just for cats! I love this company for two main reasons: you get so much stuff for a great price, and every month they donate to different animal welfare causes.

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Truth be told, Cassie tends to be a little picky when it comes to toys and treats. But as soon as I set the box down, she went crazy pulling toys out and throwing them all over the house. This month’s box was Rock n’ Roll-themed, and included a bag of catnip, Wellness Kittles Chicken & Cranberry Treats, and 5 toys: a keyboard, a microphone, a catnip-stuffed t-shirt, a red crinkle pillow, and a leopard-print wand. She’s especially fond of the crinkle pillow!

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Please go check them out, they’re an awesome company and I know your cat is going to love it.
    Aaand I always have people ask about Cassie’s adoption, so here it is!

    Cassie’s Adoption Story:

    I was in LA going to culinary school, and since I was living alone, I wanted a pet to keep me company. I came home one weekend to visit my parents, hoping to adopt a cat and bring it with me back up to LA. I started looking through cats on the humane society website, and immediately fell in love with “Sasha”, this sad-looking cat with a huge stripe down her face. My dad started joking around and said her face looked like a Picasso painting.

    The next day, we went to the shelter, and I noticed a tiny little face poking out of a cat tower cubby. I asked the girl helping us, and her exact words were, “Oh you don’t want that one”. I snapped, “Don’t tell me which cat I want, I asked you to tell me about that one” (PS, if you work in the humane society, WHY ON EARTH would you tell someone not to adopt an animal? It still baffles me to this day).

    She finally told me about this little stripe-faced weirdo, who happened to be the exact cat I had been obsessed with the previous day. Sasha was a stray they found wandering with her four kittens, clearly abused and very dirty. They brought her in, cleaned her up, and got her healthy, and all of her kittens got adopted (which is adorable). She had been in the shelter for over a year: no one wanted her because she was super skittish, anxious, and “ugly”. Immediately, I was like “That one. I want her. Give her to me, now”, and she’s been my best little buddy ever since!

    PS my dad named her Pablo Picatso, but it’s Cassie for short.

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Thank you guys so much for reading! If you have a rescue animal, tell me in the comments! ♡

    Thank you to KitNipBox for sponsoring this post!
    (All opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with brands that I use in my everyday life.)

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    9 Tips for Easy Vegan Living

    Happy 2018!
    Starting a new year always fills me with hope. I know you don’t magically become a new person overnight, and 90% of new years resolutions are abandoned within 6 weeks, but there’s still something about January 1st that makes me feel like I can do anything, or like I have the strength to change anything I want to.

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    I know a ton of people are planning on going plant-based for 2018, which is super exciting. Veganism has been skyrocketing this year (plant-based eating has increased 600% in just a few years!), and vegan products are becoming more available and more affordable. However, I know a lot of people don’t know where to start with transitioning their diet. The two things I always hear from people are “I could never give up (meat, cheese, etc.)” and “I’m afraid I’ll slip up”, which is totally understandable! I’ve been vegan for over four years and still slip up on occasion (never with meat, but with dairy). But being vegan is not nearly as hard as people make it out to be. Yes, it requires a bit of planning and a bit of adjusting, and yes there will be times where you feel like you’re missing out a little bit (just being honest). But after a month or so, your body will feel better, your mind will be clearer, and you’ll adjust, I promise.

    To celebrate the new year, I’ve compiled a list of my personal tips for transitioning into a vegan lifestyle:
    1. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet.
      Whether you’re doing it for health reasons or because you love animals, any type of veganism is still a lifestyle change. Yes, you will feel healthier and yes, you will probably lose weight, but not always. It’s not a cure-all or a quick solution, it’s a lifestyle shift that will take some getting used to.
    2. Do what works best for you.
      Some people find it easiest to quit overnight, some people find it easier to cut things out of their diet over a few months. Find what works best for you, because then you’ll be more willing to stick with it.
    3. Slipping up is ok as long as you’re still trying.
      Don’t give up! I know it can be discouraging if you slip up, but it’s ok, just keep going. It can be really hard to change your diet when you’ve been eating a certain way your whole life.
    4. Some change is better than no change.
      There are people who will argue with me on this one, but I firmly believe that some change is better than no change. It doesn’t matter if you are vegan, vegetarian, or just do Meatless Mondays; educating yourself and changing a little is better than no change at all.
    5. Set yourself up for success.
      Take an hour to cut up a bunch of vegetables to cook throughout the week. Or if you have the time, try meal prepping. Stock your fridge with healthy ready-to-grab vegan snacks. Stock your freezer with frozen fruits and veggies. A lot of people fail due to hunger or laziness, and it’s easy to grab junk food out of habit. But set yourself up for success by preparing snacks and meals ahead of time, or at least halfway preparing them so they’re easy to throw together.
    6. There are vegan substitutes for everything.
      If you find yourself missing a certain food or ingredient, chances are they already have a vegan substitute for it. This is a controversial topic, because a lot of vegans hate ‘meat substitutes’, and carnivores hate that vegans buy ‘meat substitutes’ (I’ve literally had people confront me while looking at vegan burger patties and be like “IF YOU’RE GOING TO BUY THAT YOU SHOULD JUST EAT A COW HAHA”… idiots). But to be honest, I’m all about vegan substitutes and they definitely make a plant-based diet a little easier. It means when my family is barbecuing, I can enjoy a cheeseburger with them, and that’s awesome. Obviously you shouldn’t depend on substitutes, because a lot of the time they’re not very healthy. But a little vegan sour cream on a baked potato, or some vegan parmesan on your pasta? It’s nice to enjoy something familiar without feeling like you’re sacrificing anything. And honestly, some substitutes are almost indistinguishable from the real thing; try Follow Your Heart cheese or Beyond Meat!
    7. Make sure you’re eating correctly.
      With all the vegan substitutes available, it’s easy to sink into the habit of making a quesadilla or grilled cheese every night (trust me, I’ve been there). But you still need to make sure you’re eating correctly (and eating enough!). Fill up on leafy vegetables and snack on fruit. Plants contain more than enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle (even though we are led to believe differently, plants actually contain more protein than meat). When in doubt, have a smoothie or a juice. It’s an easy way to get your daily boost of vitamins and greens.
    8. Try, try, try.
      Try new recipes (pssst, I’ve got a TON of great recipes over on the recipe index), or simply substitute plant-based ingredients in your current favorite recipes. Try new ingredients, even if they seem foreign (like jackfruit, a fruit that tastes like freakin’ pulled pork, NO JOKE). Try new restaurants, or try getting vegan dishes at your current favorite restaurant. Just try, try, try until you find things you like. Make veganism work for you.
    9. Remind yourself why you’re going vegan.
      Watch a documentary, read articles, educate yourself on the meat and dairy industry and remind yourself why you’re going vegan. Educated minds are more likely to make a change, even if they don’t go full vegan. When you find yourself craving meat, remind yourself that you’ll be healthier and happier without it. It only gets easier!

    If you guys ever want to read my personal vegan journey, need any guides or vegan resources, or have any other questions about a plant-based diet, please let me know! I’m always happy to help.
    And be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what delicious vegan foods I’m making this week!

    ♡ What’s your best tip for sticking with a vegan diet?