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Vegan Shaming

This post is one big rant and I swear a couple of times. If that offends you I suggest you check out some of my other blog posts. This post is specifically about vegans being shamed by other vegans, this has nothing to do with people who are not vegan.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed today and I started to get very angry about some of the posts and comments I was seeing from members of the vegan community! If you’ve read my previous post Why I’m Vegan you’ll know that I’m relatively new to the lifestyle as I’ve only been vegan for 5 months. During my transition I joined a lot of Facebook groups for vegans to help with finding recipes and connect with people on a similar journey. Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of vegans are being shamed by OTHER VEGANS. I see people constantly getting judged because they didn’t know something was vegan or they chose to keep non-vegan items from before they made the switch and that really pisses me off. I am so sick of this “vegan purity” shit.

I want to talk about some things I have seen recently that have really irked me. One woman had a carnivorous pet that needed live prey and was looking for the most ethical way to supply it with food. While most people were very supportive and gave her suggestions on how she could do this others were seriously judgemental. They were telling her that vegans don’t have a carnivorous pet, that there is no ethical way for her to feed this animal (although I’m quite positive it’s unethical to starve it), and that she flat-out shouldn’t have it. This seriously pissed me off, these people had no idea if this woman had just recently gotten this animal or if she had it before her transition, they don’t know if it came from a pet store or if she rescued it. Nobody knows what her situation is and they have no right to tell her that she can’t have this animal or that she’s not a vegan because she does. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it is fine to discuss it, there are ways to do that without shaming someone about their lifestyle choices.

In another post there was a woman asking about buying animal products (clothing and shoes specifically) second-hand, and if it is ethical or unethical since you are not directly contributing to the demand. Again, a lot of people were able to have a mature discussion about their opinions and were RESPECTFUL of other people’s views, but of course not everyone was. I saw a couple of comments along the lines of “real vegans don’t wear animals EVER” or “the thought of that makes me sick.” This also brought up the topic of keeping animal products that you had before your transition which also makes some people “sick”. This is totally a matter of opinion and you don’t want to wear or own animals products regardless of how you get them that’s cool and that’s you choice. There is no need to shame other people about their choice though. Remember that not all people can afford to replace their furniture and clothing when they go vegan and that’s ok. These people are looking for ways to live more ethical lives and they shouldn’t be judged for doing so!

What I’m trying to across is that nobody is perfect and nobody is going to go through their whole vegan life without making mistakes. We’ve all been there, you accidentally bought or ate something that wasn’t vegan. That’s okay, you learn and you make a better decision the next time around. But apparently to some people if you aren’t a “perfect” vegan 100% of the time then you’re not a vegan at all and if you don’t agree with their views on the vegan lifestyle then you’re a bad person. If you’ve been told you’re a “bad vegan” I want you to know that as long as you’re doing your best you’re fine. We all chose this lifestyle because we want to live more ethical lives and not a single one of us is any better than anyone else. To all the “perfect” vegans out there that think they’re better than everyone else, fuck you! Stop shaming other people! Help build them up instead of tearing them down.  The vegan community needs to be supportive of people rather than making them feel like shit about themselves.

Remember to be conscious of the comments you post and how you respond to people seeking advice. If they’re looking for advice they clearly want to be better and you have the opportunity to help them rather than judge them. If you’re vegan and you’ve ever been shamed (or have seen someone else get shamed) about a mistake or decision they made let’s talk about it in the comments. If you have any suggestions for future posts please let me know!


“How would your life be different if you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” – Steve Maraboli

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Healthy Habits to Change Your Life

It can be so easy to get caught up in the typical flow of your day without thinking about what you’re actually doing. A goal of mine is to be more mindful when it comes to how I live my life and what I spend my time doing every day. I’ve decided to talk about some very simple habits that you can be added into your daily routine. All of these are ideas are quite general and can be adapted to fit into any lifestyle. If you want to start feeling better, mentally and physically, this is the post for you!

WAKE UP EARLIER

I’m not telling you to wake up at 6 am daily and go to the gym. If that is what works for you then great but there’s no way in hell I’m doing that. What I’m suggesting is that you wake up an hour or even half an hour before you normally would. It gives you some extra time to chill out in the morning before things get hectic. Instead of rushing to get ready and out the door as soon as your feet hit the floor you can gradually start your day. Take that time to make your favourite breakfast, plan your day, or exercise (yoga in the morning is fantastic). You’ll notice a huge change in how you feel, mentally and physically, throughout the rest of your day.

SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS

Get your butt outside at least once a day!! There are endless benefits of spending time outdoors! It can strengthen your immunity and improve your mood, focus, and mental health. Even if you spend only 15 or 30 minutes outside you will feel noticeably happier and more focused. There are many ways that you can get your daily dose of fresh air! Some of my favourites are going for a  walk with a friend, eating a meal on the porch, walking or biking to work or school, and exploring nature. I will be writing another post specifically on activities (indoor and outdoor) to do during the winter so keep an eye out for that one!

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES

This is so important, always make sure you have time to spend with the people you care about. It can be so easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget to pay attention to what is going on with friends and family. Call or visit your parents just to chat and hang out, let them know what’s going on in your life and ask them about theirs. Get together with your friends for lunch or have them over to play board games. Cook dinner with your partner or family members and then eat together. Really try to connect with the people who are important to you, it will benefit your life more than you may realize.

EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS

It can be so easy to grab fast food on your way home from work or order a pizza once you get home. Try your best to cook at home and eat as much whole foods as you can. This means eating an abundance of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds. The quality of food that you put into your body directly correlates with how you feel and if you’re eating crappy junk food all the time you’re going to feel crappy. Eating whole foods will benefit your skin, weight, and how you feel overall. When I’m cooking and eating whole vegan foods I notice that I have much more energy and that I’m more focused than when I’m eating a lot of processed vegan food.

SPEND TIME RELAXING

Treat your self! Whether it’s working yourself into a burn out or spending too much time on social media it is very important to remember to take time to shut down and relax. Take an hour every day and turn off your phone and computer, put away whatever work you’re working on and allow yourself to completely forget about the rest of the world. If you have a hobby, now is the time to throw yourself into it. Meditate, read a book, take a bath! Whatever it is that you enjoy, do it. Remember that there is life outside of work and the internet.

DRINK MORE WATER

Do you actually know how much water we are supposed to drink every day? I did my research and found out that it is about 2.7 litres for women and 3.7 litres for men but of course your height, weight, and activity level have an impact on that. Ask your doctor if you’d like to know exactly how much you should be drinking. Regardless, it is a lot and you’re probably not getting enough! My best advice is for you to carry a water bottle with you whenever you go out and fill it as much as possible. If you need an extra reminder, set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour. Your skin will thank you!

GET ACTIVE

Raise your heart rate every day. This doesn’t mean that you have to go get an intense workout at the gym every morning but it does mean doing something active. It will improve your physical health, mental health, and definitely improve your mood. I absolutely hate “typical workouts” I don’t enjoy going to the gym or going for runs very often. I tend to look for activities that are enjoyable and raise your heart rate. Here are some easy and fun ways to be more active: walk your dog, take a fitness class (try something out of the box like Zumba or pole fitness), hiking, and rock climbing.

These are just a few small ways to feel happier and healthier in your daily life. Don’t try to add all seven things into your day at once, it will be overwhelming and none of them will stick. Instead, try adding one or two at a time until they become effortless then work on another. If you have any tips on how to incorporate these things into your life I would love to hear it. What are the healthy habits you have adopted into your life?


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

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If you’re vegetarian or vegan I guarantee you’ve heard most of these things from a meat-eater at some point. I’m so sick of all the stupid questions people ask so I decided to responded to them once and for all. If you are vegan, I hope you can relate. If you’re a meat-eater, please stop asking these questions!!

“Where do you get your protein?”

The same place your “protein” gets its protein from!!! PLANTS! Beans, lentils, and seeds never scream.

“You don’t know what you’re missing!!”

I do actually, I ate meat for 18 years…

“Okay, but what if you were stranded on a desert island with nothing but animals?”

What if you were living in an area where you had an abundance of plant based foods readily available to you and you had the opportunity to live a life that is healthy and cruelty free? Your situation is a hypothetical, mine is a reality.

“You’ve probably just never had a good steak!”

Believe it or not, within my 18 meat eating years I did have some good steak.

“We have canines like lions so we have to eat meat”

Okay, you go kill some prey with your bare hands and eat it raw, just like the lions.

“How could you ever give up bacon?”

How could you ever contribute to the slaughter of innocent animals because you think they taste good? But I mean you’re right, heart disease is delicious!

“Plants feel pain too..”

Plants do not have a nervous system. When is the last time you heard broccoli scream?

“Did you even do research before you went vegan?”

Have you ever thought about doing research about the animal-based food you eat? I did, and that’s why I’m vegan.

“But if we don’t eat the cows they might eat us!”

COWS ARE HERBIVORES they are not going to eat you chill out.

“We need dairy to keep out bones healthy.”

Read a study done on this that WASN’T funded by the dairy industry…

This post was purely for fun, I hope you enjoyed it! If you have any more stupid questions that you get I’d love to hear them! Also let me know how you answer these questions when you get asked them!


“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.” ― Linda McCartney

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15 Ways to Use Less Plastic

Plastics are made of completely synthetic materials that do not naturally occur, they are known to be harmful to our health and the environment. Although recycling helps, only certain types are accepted. A huge amount of plastic gets thrown out and ends up in landfills or our water ways (harming poor animals). The best thing to do it stop using plastic completely, however, we are so surrounded by it that this can seem daunting. Here are 15 simple ways to use less plastic in your life!

  1. Switch to a reusable glass or metal water bottle.

    Choose a reusable bottle that is glass or stainless steel (or even a mason jar works), it’s better for the environment and your health.

  2. Carry a cloth bag with you wherever you go.

    Even if you’re not going shopping or intending to buy anything, you never know when you might need a bag. Keep one in the bottom of your purse or backpack just incase!

  3. Bring a coffee thermos to Starbucks instead of buying a paper one.

    Most coffee places will be more than happy to make your drink in your reusable cup instead of a paper one. Bonus: It will keep your drink hotter for much longer!!

  4. Store your left over food in glass containers rather than plastic bags.

    Plastic baggies are a one time use item, if you have left over food store it in a reusable container instead. It is even better if you have glass or stainless steel containers, no harmful chemicals getting into your food.

  5. Stop purchasing products with microbeads in them.

    Microbeads are tiny plastic balls that are unnecessary and harmful to our environment! Watch out for them in exfoliants, toothpaste, scrubs, shower gels, and other skin care/beauty products.

  6. Cook food at home rather than ordering takeout!

    When you order food it comes with so much unnecessary packaging. Cooking at home will not only save you from the extra plastic but it also saves you money!

  7. Buy produce from farmers markets when possible.

    During the summer and fall months take advantage of your local farmers markets. You can get yummy in season produce, save money, and it comes package free!

  8. Say no to plastic straws! Don’t use one at all or invest in a reusable metal straw.

    More than 60 million plastic straws are thrown out every day!!! They are so unnecessary as well! If you absolutely need to use one invest in a reusable metal or glass straw.

  9. Make your own beauty products at home and store them in glass containers.

    Most store-bought beauty products come in an abundance of plastic. Making your own can be a lot of fun! If that’s not your thing look for someone local who sells products in reusable containers.

  10. Compost your food scraps, less plastic garbage bags!

    Composting can save so much from going into the trash. You can turn your food scraps into soil for your garden! If you don’t garden give it to a friend who does or sprinkle it around your neighbourhood.

  11. Stop buying paper towels packaged in plastic, use cloths and rags.

    Paper towels are so unnecessary! Use cloths or rags to clean and wipe up spills. If you have any old t-shirts you can turn them into cleaning rags (up-cycle)!!

  12. Invest in a reusable set of cutlery to use instead of plastic when out.

    You can find bamboo cutlery to take with you when you go out to eat. Keep it in your bag, you never know when you’ll get hungry. You’ll never need to use disposable cutlery again.

  13. Bring your own container to restaurants for any left over food!

    Bring a container from home when you go out to eat in case you have any left over food! That way you won’t need to use the plastic containers the restaurant provides!

  14. Shop at bulk food stores and bring your own glass containers.

    Fill your glass containers up directly from the store at bulk food stores! There is no need for plastic bags or wrappers! You can find so many foods at bulk food stores from baking supplies to dried beans!

  15. Clean your house with vinegar and water.

    Make your own natural cleaning products that don’t come in plastic packaging. Bonus: You aren’t putting any harsh chemicals into your environment!

Let me know any other ways you are reducing your plastic use!


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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Why I’m Vegan

The question I get asked all the time is “So why are you vegan?” and usually my answer is something along the lines of “because I can be!!” Most people that ask me really don’t care why I chose this lifestyle they just want to argue with me about protein. It can be really difficult when you’re so passionate about something and people just want to tell you that you’re wrong. Of course there are legitimate reasons as to why I went vegan and I find new reasons to continue being vegan every day. I want to be able to share these with people who genuinely care about the lifestyle.

When I first decided to go vegan it was mostly for my health. I was vegetarian for about a year before going vegan but had been interested in a plant based diet for quite a while. I started watching some documentaries and it was Forks over Knives that got me really hyped about making the transition to a fully vegan diet. I was shocked to see such a strong relationship between degenerative diseases and eating animal-based foods. That gave me a strong push to cut dairy and eggs out of my diet and the way my body reacted was so rewarding. I feel light and never overly full after having a meal, plus I can eat as many vegetables and fruits as I want without having to worry about the calories. On a plant based diet I am losing weight without having to restrict myself and constantly worry about what I put into my body.

It took my a little bit longer to get to the “I’m vegan for the animals” stage but now this is one of my main motivators. I still haven’t had the guts to watch Earthlings but if you don’t understand the horror of animal agriculture I definitely suggest you do. When I was vegetarian I was under the impression that I wasn’t causing any harm since I wasn’t consuming meat, I could not have been more wrong. Obviously by being vegetarian I was helping in the fight against animals being slaughtered for food but the story behind the dairy industry is just as sickening. The lives that dairy cows live completely breaks my heart. They are repeatedly artificially inseminated and their calves are torn away from them as soon as they are born in order for their milk to be produced for our consumption. Male calves will either become veal or be fattened up for beef production and females will see the same fate as their mothers. Knowing this I was unable to go on consuming dairy and I will never touch it again.

The effect that I have on the environment by being vegan wasn’t a main focus for me in the beginning but recently it has become insanely important to me. I am all about being as eco-friendly as possible and reducing my waste as much as I can. By choosing a plant based diet you are not only saving the lives of animals, you are also saving an abundance of resources. I have been vegan for only four months and already I have saved about 500,000 litres of water, 2200 kilograms of grain, 330 square metres of forest, and 1000 kilograms of carbon dioxide production. When you’re trying to make a change in the world it can be discouraging, you might feel as though one person can’t make a difference, but these statistics prove that you will make progress. With the vegan community continuing to grow we are truly making a difference in the world and in the lives of so many animals.

These are just the three main reasons that I went vegan and continue to be vegan but within these categories there are so many benefits you learn about along the way. If you have any interest in transitioning to a plant based diet I really encourage you to give it a try. Watch some documentaries, do some research, and find a motivation. You don’t have to be passionate about all the benefits that come with the vegan lifestyle but if you have even just one thing driving you it is worth it. You have the opportunity to live a cruelty free, environmentally friendly life and you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

If you’re vegan or are considering becoming a vegan let me know what your main motivation is. I would love to hear it!


“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

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