HEALTH & VEGANISM
MY DIETSMy husband and I have been doing the plant-based diet 3 (three!) whole years now, as well as being gluten-free for 5 years. We omitted wheat flour because I realized I have an intolerance to the ingredient causing me bad stomach aches. Luckily however, the intolerance was simply to processed wheat flour, and not wheat products like soy sauce, oats & rye, and anything made with “vital wheat gluten", though we generally avoid that anyway.
Being vegan and gluten-free has it's obvious problems. Bread is vegan, but most gluten-free bread has egg whites to replace the elasticity that's found in wheat flour. And, a “normal" loaf of gluten-free bread is generally 6 inches long, with 2-inch wide slices, and for the whopping price of $5 and up. Gluten-free and vegan is another story entirely. So we eat a lot of corn tortillas.
This is a collection of the vegan/vegetarian/healthy food blogs that I follow and depend on.
Over the years I've learned a lot about conversions and replacements. It's almost second nature to me. Except I won't ever make brownies out of black beans or avocados—that just steps completely over the line.
"Cosmetics or other commercial products manufactured or developed by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals."Since cutting out animal products from our diet, I've also decided to go cruelty-free with bathroom and some clothing products. I figured it only made sense. Toothpaste was always gross—once we switched to Tom's Toothpaste I have no idea why I never tried it before. I feel a lot better only buying cruelty-free products. Granted I'm not out there raising hell with PETA, so I at least try to do my part by not supporting bad companies.
CRUELTY-FREE BRANDSWhen searching for products not tested on animals be sure to look for these symbols:
These sites are helpful:
BRANDS THAT ARE STILL TESTING ON ANIMALS
BRANDS I RELY ON