Taking you online shopping with me

I love the print and oversized fit of this blouse.

Koi Fish Shirt from Zara for $49.90

I found this in the men’s section but I might just buy it for myself. It reminds me of the Miami Marlins and even though I’m not a baseball fan, I like how it reminds me of home.

Hooded Swordfish Print Jacket from Forever21 for $26.99

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I’ve thrifted for mom jeans and high-waisted shorts before, but they never quite fit the way I want them to. It might be time to buy brand new jeans.

Mom Jeans from Urban Outfitters for $79

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This shirt has a nice bowling-silk pajama-greaser inspired look that I quite enjoy.

Bad Luck Greaser Shirt for Lazy Oaf for $68

I probably won’t buy any of these items. I have a window shopping problem. I’ll fill up my shopping cart with all sorts of things, then close the window and act like none of it ever happened. ūüėā  I can’t be alone in this. Please comment if you’re a shopping cart deserter like me, or if you like any of the items in this post! Thanks for reading ūüôā

 

Vegan Side Effects: Healthy Brain & Healthy Heart

Vegans are typically health-conscious individuals who, after cutting meat and dairy products from their diet, also choose to eliminate¬†highly processed foods from their diets, even if those food products are vegan (like Spicy Sweet Doritos, for example). ¬†The benefits of following a healthy vegan diet (it’s okay to cheat on your diet with vegan guilty pleasures every now and then) are many, but the most impactful benefits are the benefits to your heart and your brain.

Heart Benefits

  • At least 25% reduced risk of mortality from¬†ischemic heart disease (Source)
  • TMAO, which increases the risk of heart disease, is lower in vegans/vegetarians than in meat eaters (Source)
  • Reduced¬†risk of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Stage B Heart Failure Burden (Source)
  • Reversal of existing coronary artery disease (Source)

Brain Benefits

  • Reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease (Source)
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (Source)
  • Reduced risk of Multiple Sclerosis (Source)
  • Reduced risk of senile dementia (Source)
  • Reduced risk of having a stroke (Source)
  • Regression of diabetic neuropathy (Source)

Check out this fun article on brain superfoods (11/12 vegan options).

Some other benefits: reduced risk of cancer, obesity, hypertension, gallstones, cholesterol, diabetes, and more. Vegans also have lower mortality rates.

Please feel free to google around for more sources. It’s fun¬†to do your research, challenge your beliefs (and challenge assumptions in others’ beliefs), and in the end learn something new!¬†If you’ve ever tried the vegan/vegetarian diet, leave me a comment! How did you feel afterward? Did it help you? Did it not? I’d like to know! Thanks for reading ūüôā

Looking at the Menu

The world has changed a lot since 2011, a time when being vegan/vegetarian meant you were forced to stick to the appetizer and sides menus at restaurants. In 2017, nearly every restaurant I go to has at least one meatless entree item and choices that accommodate the dairy-free. When I went to this restaurant called Earls a few weeks ago, I ordered a vegan burger which prompted the manager¬†to come by¬†our table just to tell us that they offered a vegan alternate to every item on their menu (side note: Earls has the best vegan sushi rolls I’ve ever tasted, which the manager gave to us on the house).

If I’m out to dinner and there’s someone at the table I’ve never met, one of our mutual friends will undoubtedly make my diet a topic of conversation before the waiter comes by to take our order. It usually starts off with someone saying, “oh, Natalie is vegan by the way,” to which this new acquaintance will either say “me too!”, or ask a bunch of questions about what it means to be vegan like “where do you get your protein?” or “do you care if I eat meat in front of you?”

As a culture, we are desensitized to what it means to eat meat. Even as a vegan, I can’t say it bothers me to see people eat meat because it is so engrained in our culture. But if I really think about the question “do you care if I eat meat in front of you?” I have to think, why are you eating meat if the ethical option is there for you? When we think about the health risks of eating meat, how animal agriculture is damaging our environment, and the millions of animals who are suffering for five minutes of our gustatory satisfaction, contributing to this industry seems insane but our society does it anyway.¬†The¬†right¬†choice is clear but we’ve designed it to be the alternative, and although the groupthink is changing, it’s¬†not changing fast enough.

This week I’m going to write about the three common reasons people become vegan/vegetarian: health, environmental, and moral. I think a lot of people who aren’t vegan/vegetarian assume vegans/vegetarians abstain from meat eating because we¬†don’t think animals should be killed for human consumption. While that is part of the reason for many of us, it’s not all of it.

Spoiling Your Loved Ones On Valentine’s Day–Gifts For Girls

Valentine’s Day is next week! Here’s a list of things a¬†girl between 15-30 would love. You can buy any of these items for a sister, friend, significant other, what have you! These are all cruelty free gifts ūüôā

 

LA VEDETTE MESH FULL BLACK for $114 at CLUSE

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ROUGH EMERALD RING for $35 at RINGCRUSH

 

VEGAN PUPPY LOVE or PRETTY IN PINK 16 pc. for $24.95 at ROSE CITY CHOCOLATES

 

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PEACH EMOJI HAT for $14.99 at BRAINDAZED

 

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 90 INSTANT FILM CAMERA for $123.00 at FUJIFILM

Where Do Vegans Get Their Calcium?

Hi guys! I made another¬†clustered bar graph to show my¬†common sources of calcium. The graph is based on the serving sizes on nutritional labels. If you haven’t tried Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Milk, you’re missing out!

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For more information on vegan sources of calcium, click here. Below is a quote directly from The Vegan Society webpage which easily explains calcium absorption.

Some foods, such as spinach, contain a high amount of calcium but is bound to a substance called ‘oxalate’ which hinders calcium absorption.This is why replacing spinach with low-oxalate vegetables such as rocket, cabbage and kale are key to a calcium-rich diet.

Interestingly, calcium in cow’s milk is not as easily absorbed, meaning that vegetables such as kale are much better sources of calcium than animal milks or ‘dairy’.

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My Top 3 Vegan Restaurants in South Florida

There are plenty of vegan/vegetarian restaurants to try in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Below are my top 3 based entirely on the taste of their food. I wish we had a “Loving Hut” down here (it’d definitely make the list). If you’re ever in South Florida and only have the time¬†to eat¬†at one of these, go to¬†Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin. It’s¬†a tiny little restaurant with the best vegan/vegetarian food you’ll ever try.

Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin

Address: 73 NE 167th St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Menu here

Eden In Eden

Address: 1248 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145

Menu here

Plant Food + Wine

Address: 105 NE 24th St, Miami, FL 33137

Menu: here

 

Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?

Every vegan/vegetarian has been asked¬†this question at least once. I made this little clustered bar graph to show the common sources of protein for me. The graph is based on the serving sizes on nutritional labels but I think most of us usually¬†eat more than the recommended amountūüėā.

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If you’re a vegan who’s into working out and getting big, there are several vegan bodybuilders you can learn from like this guy. Let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help :).