Herbivore

Hey Everyone!

After a long, busy, couple of weeks, I was looking up some vegan friendly bath supplies to throw into the mix and came across Herbivore on Pinterest!

Herbivore is a cute site that has some very good products. They also have a blog section with some very good reads!

One thing I found, is that some products are a little more pricey. However, I live in Canada so the shipping is probably the biggest thing. For my lovely American friends, they’re an American company so it will be easier and probably cheaper for you guys! Regardless, the products are worth the price! Honestly though, it’s probably the same amount I would spend at Lush.

I bought 2 items: a coconut milk bath (Which I’m surprised didn’t get flagged over the border as it was white powder in a jar 😉 ) and Detox Eucalyptus and bath clay salts. Eucalyptus is used for a number of ailments and I was sick before Christmas, that I need ALL the Eucalyptus! As for the coconut milk bath, it is amazing for your skin!

Both of the products smell AMAZING, especially if you mix them together. I found that you don’t need to use much of the product to get the benefits. It kind of depends on you! If you want a bath with a strong aroma, use more. The coconut milk bath you will have to use a lot to get a nice aroma, but the salts were fine!

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I seriously loved both products, I will be buying them again and trying more out in the future! Just as a quick note, the products are vegan and the jars are reusable if your New Years Resolution is to use more vegan products and be eco friendly 🙂 !

https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com/

Are there any products you like you want me to know about?! Let me know in the comments! I LOVE recommendations!

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A Vegan Dream- The Buckingham

Hey Readers!

Currently, I’m typing this up on the world’s smallest keyboard! I’m sitting at the airport ready to embark on my next adventure! Lol I made that sound insane, but really I’m just going to Vancouver….. So a province over! Still an amazing place and still super excited to be there!

Anyways, yesterday was what I ate Wednesday and I dropped the ball big time by not posting! I’m sorry guys! It was the Oilers game 7 and I’ve been crazy and now we lost so I’m actually kind of sad! But whatever, still an amazing year!

I wanted to talked today about a Vegan restaurant/club that Kathleen and I sometimes go to! She is still adventuring in Portugal, so I went with other people this time! It’s called the Buckingham or Bucks if that’s too classy for you to say! I used to go there all of the time to part because they play GREAT music! Classics like elvis, 80s rock- you name it! I always have such a good time dancing! However, we decided to go there for the patio and because they have an all day vegan menu!

It was super hot that day so I started off with a cold glass of lemonade and shared a ceasar salad and chips and dip with my friend! The chips are a deliciously deep fried and super crunchy. If you know me, you know my weakness is chips! It came with two dips guacamole and a dip called Pico de Gallo. Amazing and it tasted super fresh! We also had a ceasar salad with coconut chips and fake bacon- you can’t tell the difference at all! My other friend got the spices chicken tacos! I took a bit in order to confirm that she was telling the truth and that it was infact good! So with that meal, you get three tacos that are filled with pulled chicken, beans, tomatoes, onion, cabbage, cilantro, topped with salsa Verde and chipotle sour cream. So good and so healthy!

 

I recommend this place if you’re trying to eat healthy, if you want to go dancing in the evenings or bask in the patio, and if you want to try out some vegan foods, and I’d you are a lover of lemonade and alcoholic drinks!

-Erin

 

To Veg or Not Veg

Good Morning guys! It’s Monday and today I’d like to talk to you about motivation and diet. Diet, not in the sense of “weight loss”, but how you eat day to day; I’m a vegetarian, have been for ten years, and I have no problem identifying with that label. For the past two years I have been playing with being a vegan. I cook all of my meals vegan, I only drink non-dairy milks in my coffee, but I am hesitant to say I’m a vegan in front of my friends and family. When my boyfriend or family cooks dinner for me, I tell them vegetarian is enough of an accommodation, they don’t have to cook vegan; when I’m working (I work at a patisserie) and there are leftover pastries I eat them.

I can’t seem to figure out where this lack of commitment to veganism comes from so I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the connotations of vegan, and veganism. Aside from the obviously (hippies who only eat hemp etc etc we’ve all seen the movies), I think there is an inherent assumption that vegans are going to waste away in front of you. As a vegetarian I’ve had to deal with my fair share of “you’re never going to get enough iron”, “how do you get enough protein”, and back when I ate a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (eggs and dairy people), my answer was always “Well I eat eggs”, “I eat cheese and dairy”. But actually when I started to think about the treatment of chickens who produce eggs, or cows on dairy farms, they were being treated as terrible as those used for meat. Now when veganism comes up and they ask “But how do you get enough protein?” and I say lentils, I get a blank stare followed by the typical “well that’s not enough protein”. At this point my argument falls apart, I don’t have numbers to crunch in front of these people – I can’t say how much protein is in a steak versus a cup of lentils, all I know is that I’m getting enough protein. I’m not calcium deficient because green leafy vegetable contain calcium, so do almonds (and many other vegan foods), but I don’t have a number to tell you so you can compare it to dairy products.

At work I eat these pastries because I don’t want to miss out. But really miss out on what? Sure they’re super tasty but at the end of the day I would feel so much better if, when I go to bed, I had just left them.

Does anyone else struggle with this type of motivation? I’m so motivated to be a vegan I feel so good in my body and my heart when I eat vegan. But people sure don’t hold back on their opinions when they talk about veganism. I have started telling strangers “oh sorry I’m a vegan”, just to test it out and see what it feels like. News flash, it feels good and no one has challenged me to a “muscle-off” yet. Well it’s the start of a new week so I’ll just keep this vegan train rolling. Whatever goals you have this week, it’s Monday! Start fresh and keep that motivation going!

Good Luck!

K