I’ve made tons of different juices, but there is on particular recipe that I always get tons of compliments on. It’s also my favorite.
Juices are amazing for your health because they don’t have all of the skin and fiber for your stomach to work hard and digest. The nutrients go into your body without your body doing too much work for it.
It’s also better to make the juice then drink it right after. As soon as the juice gets exposed to air, its live enzymes begin to degrade, therefore decreasing the nutritional content. Regardless how long you wait to drink, it’s still better than a hamburger!
Who knew a vegan box subscription could make you feel like it’s your birthday, every month. I’ve tried to find products like these in stores near me, but sometimes stores are behind on the times and don’t have many vegan products yet.
LoveGoodly is awesome because it always has common items that you use a lot, so you never get something you have to much of or something you don’t need. Not to mention everything is 100% VEGAN! In my spring April/May box I got sooo many goodies I can’t wait to show you guys. I love all of the products but right off the bat my favorite was the mascara and eye masks.
The average woman uses 168 chemicals in their personal care every day and up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream. LoveGoodly made it their mission to help women use products that are safe at a reasonable price. Products that are better for our planet.
*5% of each purchase supports a cause!
1. Youth Preservation Serum
This serum makes my skin feel like a babies bum. It also made my makeup go on very smoothly!
2. Pure Eye Masks
I am truly amazed by these two little guys, they work wonders! I wasn’t expecting a huge difference because my under-eyes aren’t usually bad (or so I thought) and because I’ve tried eye masks before but they didn’t work.
They tingled a lot and thought maybe my skin was too sensitive for them, but when I took them off I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror. I don’t remember my under eyes looking so good! I was actually able to put them back in their container so I could use them again.
3. Coupons Galore
Inside is packed with coupons for vegan products! One is a $10.00 coupon for juices!
4. Maracuja Mascara
I can’t stop sniffing this mascara. I have never had a mascara that smells good, but I could eat this one it smells so good.
5. Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Sponge
I have always struggled with acne and I’ve found the best two things are eating vegan and charcoal face masks, charcoal face wash and now this charcoal sponge.
IT’S VEGAN WINE TIME, PEOPLE!
If you’re like me, you like to relax with a nice bottle of wine. Trying to find a bottle that doesn’t use any animal products shouldn’t be difficult, but if you don’t know the vegan brands it might be.
I’m sure you’re shocked not all wine is vegan. Surprisingly, companies figured out a way to make wine not vegan. How you might ask? Well some companies decided that bone marrow is a great way to filter their wine. Gross!
Here’s a taste of Vegetacouple’s most delicious vegan wine, so you can find that heavenly bottle of wine in a jiffy.
KEEP IN MIND: SOME OF THESE COMPANIES HAVE NON-VEGAN WINES.
1. Shutter Home
This is a very popular brand carried in most grocery stores. Shutter Home’s vegan wines include:
2. Yellow Tail
(red wines only; not white or rosé)
Another popular brand is Yellow Tail. They have a couple vegan red wines, perfect for all the animal lovers out there. Sangria is one of my favorites!
3. Frey Organic Wine
This winery is pretty awesome. It is America’s first organic winery! Vegan, gluten free and no added sulfites.
4. The Vegan Vine
A family-owned operation located in the Northern Central Coast of California who believe in making wine with compassion.
5. Carmel Road
Carmel Road has a couple unique vegan blends.
For a more extensive vegan wine list, check this wine directory.
- 2 Bananas
- 1/4 Cup vegan chocolate chips (adjust to your liking)
- 1 Cup oats
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Mash the bananas in a bowl until all of the clumps and lumps are gone
- Pour the oats and vegan chocolate chips into the bowl
- Make bite-sized balls and separate them on a baking sheet
- Bake for 15 minutes and let cool
Voila! Enjoy your cruelty-free treat.
Pipelines have been a controversial topic, especially following the protests of the the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
More than 10 have been arrested after protesting the Sabal Trail Pipeleine — what many are calling Florida’s version of the DAPL.
Construction on the Sabal Trail Pipeline began in August of 2016, and by mid-2017, the two pipeline systems are set to be complete.
Critics say the pipeline will raise significant environmental issues related to drinking water supplies, sensitive geologic formations, wetlands, conservation areas, environmental justice communities, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
The steel pipeline is a $3.2 billion investment designed to carry unrefined natural gas. The gas is harvested using the hydraulic fracking process and transferred under high pressure over a 515-mile stretch from Alabama to Florida.
Being unrefined, the payload will contain a volatile mixture full of known toxins and carcinogens. The area of Florida that the pipeline is traveling through is covered with old sinkholes and other ripe areas that could easily collapse, critics said.
A rupture in the pipeline would result in a disastrous outcome, especially if contents seep into an aquifer or ignite according to the Save Florida Waters Now organization.
In a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the EPA stated its concerns over the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
“The EPA has substantial environmental concerns that local community water supplies could be adversely impacted in the future,” Chief of National Environmental Policy Act Program with the Resource Conservation and Restoration Division Christopher A. Militscher said.
Based on EPA calculations, the proposed pipelines would impact a total of 1,255.1 acres of jurisdictional wetlands, Militscher said.
The letter stated that the proposed project will also directly impact 177.8 acres of conservation areas, including the Green Swamp in Florida.
“The EPA has substantial environmental concerns with these dedicated conservation areas being permanently converted to a pipeline easement,” Militscher said.
The EPA also questioned the assertion that hundreds of acres of wetlands impacted by construction would ever return to their natural state.
“[The EPA believes] there will also be potential long-term impacts to natural resources including water quality and aquatic resources in and adjacent to the easements,” Militscher said.
The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, filed a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“They are out there digging in the dirt trying to lay down pipe as fast as they can because the public is now getting wind of it,” Sierra Club representative Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson said in a Tallahassee Democrat article.
Any Florida resident who depends on water from the Floridan aquifer could be at a long-term risk of dealing with contaminated water.
Though the EPA raised substantial concerns and Florida residents didn’t approve it, the pipeline was given a green light.
When asked why the Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline, they sent the following response to AccuWeather:
“The Corps of Engineers permitted those waters and wetlands within our jurisdiction. We always work to ensure we provide the regulated public with fair and reasonable decisions while providing protection to the Nation’s aquatic resources,” Public Affairs Specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers Nikki Nobles said.
Opponents of the pipeline said the agencies in charge chose profit over people.
“Conflicts of interest and corruption are endemic from top to bottom here,” Adam Dubbin with Save Florida Waters Now Organization said. “The politics of this state are such that business comes before the environment.”
Four congressmen have taken a stand against the environmentally-hazardous pipeline, including Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr.
“…common sense would suggest that a pipeline carrying a highly flammable substance and a massive polluting industrial facility should not be placed in any residential community, much less an environmental justice community,” Congressman Bishop said.
Dubbin said those who oppose the pipeline can help by protesting, calling, emailing, donating to organizations working to stop this pipeline like Greenpeaceor 350 and sign petitions.
“They can divest their money from banks that are invested in hydrocarbons and other destructive industries and open local credit union accounts, many of which have better rates and ownership benefits,” Dubbin said.
Crystals play a big role in health and healing, so that’s why we love sharing information about them!
For an introduction on crystals, we put together some basic crystal information.
Many people aren’t sure if they should believe the effects of crystals or not, mainly because they usually need to “see it to believe it.” Check out these facts to see for yourself.
1. They raise your vibes! Crystals have energy and vibrations
3. Crystals and gemstones resonate with liquid crystals in the body and heal them
Healing stones communicate information to structures within your cells to encourage rejuvenation in the body.
4. You can get the effect of crystals by placing the stones in your aura. Place them around your house, on your Chakras or wear it is jewelry.
5. Your body picks up on vibes and will be attracted to the energy it needs
Finally, make sure you buy stones that are natural and not man made. And I will actually be doing a whole separate video on how to tell if crystals are real or fake!
When I went vegan I was trying to force my friends and family to go vegan.
I was going about it the completely wrong way. You have to remember that going vegan is a completely different lifestyle. When you try to pressure someone to go vegan, you are changing everything they’ve known their whole life.
It is hard to unlearn everything we thought was healthy and good for us and relearn new healthy ways of eating. Some people don’t make changes until they’re ready.
So here are some tips I learned that actually work
1. DON’T PRESSURE ANYONE TO GO VEGAN
People, friends and family will watch you, see your transformation and go vegan if they’re ready. If someone asks questions about your diet, that is when you can educate them. I hear vegans always frustrated when people ask “what about protein?” Don’t get frustrated because they’re opening the can of worms. That gives you a green light to talk about veganism and educate them because they could genuinely be wondering
2. FEED THEM
This is so crucial because most people think vegans eat nuts and salad all day… which is definitely not true.
When you show them they can eat delicious food that they are used to, without killing living beings they will be more open to it.
3. Go to the grocery with them
Show them the little health food sections and vegan food. They will probably say they never saw any of those things.
4. Help them veganize their favorite recipes
All you have to do is replace cheese with vegan cheese, eggs with vegan eggs, bananas or applesauce, and milk with one of the million other milks out there like almond, hemp or coconut.
5. Suggest documentaries
Give them a list of documentaries they should watch with world renown doctors talking about how plant-based diets are so much healthier for us. There are tons of great documentaries on Gaia.com if you want to check those out, I highly recommend it.
6. Tell them how you feel
For example, before I was breaking out and I didn’t have energy, but now my skin looks amazing and I have so much energy.
Most importantly, if they make any steps to go vegan make sure they know you are proud of them. Even if they only change a little bit, its better than not changing at all. And accept it if they don’t want to go vegan and just work on yourself… maybe one day they will come around.
Gaia.com has tons of amazing ones.
Forks over Knives
Whats on your plate
Drum roll… IT DOES! Research shows that vegetarians and vegans live on average 3.6 years longer than meat eaters.
A report published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that low meat consumption decreases risk of death and increases life expectancy. The same report showed that societies with plant-based diets are more likely to live past 70 years of age.
A 2012 Harvard School of Public Health study, found that people who eat red and processed meats are much more likely to die from heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Study participants who ate nuts or other plant-based foods instead of meat had a significantly lower risk of dying young.
“Think about it: Vegan foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and other essential nutrients. They’re often packed with protein and cancer-fighting phytochemicals, and vegans can easily obtain all the vitamins (including vitamins B12 and D) and minerals (including calcium and iron) that they need.
Meat, eggs, and dairy products, on the other hand, are high in artery-clogging cholesterol, saturated fat, and calories. They don’t contain fiber or various vitamins, and the hormones, toxins, and antibiotics that are often found in animal-based food have been linked to a litany of health problems.”- PETA
However, just because someone is vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean they are necessarily healthy. A junk food vegetarian or vegan is a person who regularly consumes highly processed foods which are essentially made in science labs. Oreos, Doritos, Pringles, Lay’s potato chips and the list goes on.