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Vegan Advice: Supplements + iHerb

Should you take vitamins and supplements as a vegan? Some people say that you should only get your vitamins through your diet and food. I used to be like this as well. It is very possible to get all of the necessary nutrients through food, even on a plant-based diet. However, incorporating vitamins into your routine can improve your health even more.

I avoided vitamins for around 6 months (as a vegan). My blood work was great and I didn’t have any deficiencies (even b12). But I had moved into my dorm and I noticed, I was more prone to sicknesses and I would get tired more easily. Even after adjusting how I ate (still vegan) , I still had the same “symptoms”. It could have been caused from stress or lack of sleep. I am not really sure what caused this, but incorporating certain vitamins/supplements helped tremendously.

The two vitamins I take on a regular basis are a multivitamin and a b12 vitamin (you could also take a b-complex). I take these everyday. There are some that I only take as needed. I take a vegan hair, skin, and nails supplement when I feel like my skin is too dry. I take l-lysine (as needed) for my hair and skin as well. My multivitamin has vitamin D in it, which is also important for most people to take.

Due to soil depletion, our soil is not as nutrient packed as it used to be and that is why more and more people should be taking vitamins (especially b12). I think it is super important for vegans and nonvegans to take some type of vitamin, especially if you are always busy like I am. I recently ordered some items off of iHerb that I wanted to share.

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I stocked up on my b12 vitamin and hair, skin, and nails supplement. I got a cruelty free cleanser, that I like so far. I also ordered a greens powder, which I have also been liking so far. Not all of these are necessary, but I do enjoy them. If you want 5% off you can use the code: KAL2060. You shouldn’t rely solely on vitamins for nutrition, but they can help immune support and improve your general health.

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*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Please seek out professional assistance when making any big lifestyle changes. I do not receive commission with the iHerb code. When I use affiliate links, I always disclose that.

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Vegan Thanksgiving Recap

This is a little late, but there is still one day left in November so I guess it’s okay. Thanksgiving can be stressful for vegans or those on a plant based diet. Your family might not be supportive or could pressure you to eat animal products.

If I am being honest, I had some of these feelings too. My family has no problem with my vegan lifestyle, but I still had a little anxiety about the holiday. Turns out, it is really easy to “veganize” thanksgiving food.

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I was so grateful because my parents made all of the sides vegan friendly. I didn’t make a tofurkey this year, so I just ate sides and it was delicious! We had roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes with pecan topping, vegan friendly stuffing, and vegan friendly mashed potatoes.
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I also made a vegan and gluten free dessert. This is sweet potato bread and it is topped with pecans, almond butter, and agave. This isn’t my original recipe, the recipe is from: http://frommybowl.com/sweet-potato-bread/

Thanksgiving and holidays in general are great opportunities for spreading the vegan message. I like to use the holidays to showcase how great vegan food can be and I respectfully talk about why I think it’s a great lifestyle. This is the important part (respectfully). People will be turned off if you constantly criticize them about how they live and eat. Please keep this in mind during the holidays.

Now, I can’t wait for Christmas! I will for sure be posting more holiday related content, keep your eyes peeled!

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Goodwill Haul | Round 2

In my opinion, a vegan lifestyle partly involves reducing waste. I have never enjoyed shopping and I typically prefer going to thrift shops before going to a mall. There is so much waste and consumption that goes into producing new clothing. Also, let’s not forget that factory workers spend 8+ hours a day in poor conditions producing clothes. I believe that it is super important to go to thrift stores, second hand stores, or even just swapping clothes with friends.

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This trip to Goodwill, I bought a patterned blouse, a pair of cropped jeans, and some dishes. I also like to get dishes at thrift shops because it makes my Instagram look more unique. I always check to make sure what I am getting is in decent condition. We need to break the stigma surrounding used items. People discard perfectly good items. You should not feel ashamed for saving money and reducing waste.

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They Were Hurting Too

When you are hurting emotionally, it’s easy to be consumed with your own feelings. It’s much easier to despise the person (or persons) that hurt you, than it is to just forgive them and move on with your life. I haven’t felt this kind of hurt in a long time, but I stumbled upon a quote one day that said, “forgive those who have hurt you, for they were hurting too”. It made me think of those times where I was hurting. I never even thought about this, I was just blind with anger, self-loathing, sadness, and basically all of the feelings possible.

I don’t think this justifies someone’s hurtful behavior, but it is important to think about what the other person might be going through or feeling. If they are also feeling down, they are going to want to lash out. If you are both feeling crappy, you are just going to resent each other. Most friendships and relationships fail because of communication issues.

Let’s say you are in an argument and the other person says something you don’t want to hear. Fast forward a couple of weeks or a couple of months and you and that person no longer talk. You might be thinking that it is entirely the other person’s fault. Maybe, you also hurt them. You might have said something insensitive in the heat of the moment without realizing it. Or you didn’t register their feelings as valid. You don’t have to become best friends with that person, but being consumed with hurt and anger will only hold you back. You don’t even have to apologize, you just have to realize that you cannot hold onto that resentment.

I know we have all been told that, “you don’t know what someone else is going through”. This is so true though and so important to remember when you are mad at someone. Thanks for reading!

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October Overview

This month has been go, go, go. I want to apologize for not posting very much this month. Blogging isn’t always my top priority. Getting that out of the way, I thought I would share some of what I have been up to lately.

I have been spending a lot of time outdoors and a lot of time stuck in the classroom this month. This year my academic program has been a little more strenuous than normal. To become a social worker, you have to have a set amount of unpaid agency experience. One of the places I volunteer is a home for developmentally disabled adults. It just so happens that this home is on a tree farm, so it has been a great place to relax and get nice photos. Most of my photos are from here, but I also included pumpkin patch photos and a few others that I took throughout this month.

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My friend staring off into the distance.
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To relieve stress, I like to go on random drives.
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Me feeding an Alpaca.
 

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Fall Inspired Meals (Vegan)

Just like any other blogger, I am crazy about fall. Lately, I have been more creative in the kitchen and I want to share some autumn inspired meals. I forgot to write down the full recipes, so I’m apologizing in advance for that.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

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Don’t know what to call this…Sweet potato, mashed red lentils, spinach, and couscous. 

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Pasta with roasted tomato and spinach. Steamed Broccoli and seasoned sweet potato wedges. 

Most of these dishes have sweet potatoes. When I think of fall, I think about sweet potatoes and pumpkins. I think of vibrant oranges and reds so those colors inspired my meals. I think next I will use pumpkin to create new recipes. Feel free to leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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Running Your Best

To some, running is hell. It is the workout that everyone dreads. I felt that way several years ago. But now running has become a regular part of my routine. My running journey has taught me several things. One thing I have learned is that it’s hard to run your best each time. Some days it’s hard to pick up your legs and other days running a half marathon seems like a piece of cake. I want to share advice that helps you run great each time (I’ve also included a helpful graphic).

One of the most important things is fueling your body. For me, following a vegan lifestyle has been the best for my energy levels (and the animals). Plant-based diets are great for cardio workouts. Inflammation levels decrease and your heart health increases. Whatever eating plan you follow, just make sure that on the days you run you are eating more fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, and plant sources of protein.

Building a base and wearing the right gear. Running takes patience and it is important to stay consistent with your workout routine. Building a base makes running so much easier and strengthens your muscles overall.  It is also important to wear the right gear. Dress for the weather and also invest in good running shoes. You don’t need tons of Nike gear, but your shoes should be the most expensive part of your running routine. Choose a pair that will last a while and that suits your running needs.

Staying calm and focused. Being calm when you run will improve your breathing and allow you to run longer. Also, focusing on your form will distract you from your sometimes labored breathing and tired legs.

Running at the right time. In my opinion, it is best to run in the early morning or at night. One of the reasons is because it is cooler and you will be less likely to get dehydrated. I also like to run in the evening or morning because it is a good way to either wind down or start the day off right.

My last pieces of advice are: stretch, hydrate, and refuel. You don’t have to do these things in order, but it is super important to grab some water and then stretch. I like to do a quick 10 minute yoga video to loosen my muscles. I will also grab a snack. I like having a banana with some peanut butter or a small smoothie after I run.

I wanted to include this graphic from Aaptiv. Aaptiv is an audio fitness app. It provides workouts and is like having a personal trainer in your ear buds. If you are new to running, I strongly suggest checking this app out. Next month, they are launching new 5k trainings so that will be super helpful to your running routine.

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I hope this post was helpful! Running is a great way to stay healthy and it always relieves my stress. If you have any other running tips, please leave them in the comments! Thanks for reading!

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Full Circle

If you have been reading my posts for a while, you might think I am a very moody person. Sometimes I try to be motivational, other times I talk about sad experiences. My life is hectic and I have ups and downs (which is normal).

But, I have come to this point in my life where I feel like everything is working out like it’s supposed to be. Trust me, my life is not perfect. I don’t know how to describe it, other than saying that my life has come full circle. As full circle as the life of a 21 year old can be. This doesn’t mean I have it all figured out. I would not necessarily consider myself a wise person. Recently, I’ve just been having this overwhelming feeling that everything is interconnected and that the positives and negatives are meant to happen.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives. We don’t stop to think about everything around us. We don’t notice the small flowers in sidewalk cracks. We don’t pay attention to the beggars on the street corners. Humans are all ego sometimes. But, sometimes there are magical moments where it all makes sense. Moments where an overwhelming feeling of gratitude surrounds us. These moments come and go so quickly. They happen to us because we need to be reminded to slow down, to breathe, and to enjoy life.

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