HEALTH & VEGANISM


MY DIETS

My 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.


Food Blogs

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. 


GOING CRUELTY-FREE

"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 BRANDS

When searching for products not tested on animals be sure to look for these symbols:
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Product labels might not show these though, some just state that they are not tested on animals. There are a number of resources out there that are super informative on what brands are cruelty-free and which ones are not.

These sites are helpful:
CRUELTY-FREE KITTY
BRANDS THAT ARE STILL TESTING ON ANIMALS

BRANDS I RELY ON

THE BODY SHOP

THE BODY SHOP

I've loved body butters from The Body Shop since forever, even though they are a tad expensive. Favorite scents are blueberry, grapefruit, honey, & passion fruit.

Elf Cosmetics

ELF COSMETICS

Thankfully I was already using Elf before going cruelty-free, so that made for an easy transition. Elf products are also super cheap, and good quality.

PETAL FRESH

PETAL FRESH

This is a new find, at Grocery Outlet no less. I use their body butter and facial cleanser.



RENPURE

RENPURE

I really love this brand; the Bamboo Coconut Water especially!



TRADER JOE'S

health & beauty products they sell are all cruelty-free! Even their toothbrushes!