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Practical tips for going vegan | Easy Transition.

 
Recently I've been getting a ton of questions about veganism, following a plant-based diet, how to stick with it, how to go vegan on a budget, how to lose weight on a plant-based diet etc.
The questions have been pretty consistent ever since I shared my weight loss progress photos on Facebook and Instagram. While I personally did not start this lifestyle change  for weight loss, it was an inevitable by-product. I will admit that I was, however, definitely hoping that I would lose some weight as I was severely overweight at the time of making the plant-based switch. I made the transition overnight, I went from being a heavy meat and dairy consumer to a full-fledged vegan.
 
The typical questions I get are from people who are interested in losing a few pounds following a plant-based diet and are circulated around the diet portion of veganism so the tips will be focused on food and how to transition for someone who struggles with food. Vegan and cruelty-free products will be left for another post. :)

 

Vegan Transition tips.

I am not an expert, I am not a nutritionist or health professional. I'm simply someone who gets numerous questions about the vegan/plant-based lifestyle due to the fact that I lost about 75 pounds in about 7 months without exercise on a plant-based diet so...Without further ado, I decided to put together all of my beginner vegan tips in a clear, quick and concise post that you can refer if you're trying to go vegan or to share with your friends if you are a vegan and are trying to do some converting. :D
 
This post was made for the average person, not an already established hippy or health foodist.
 

1. Establish your "why."

At this point, I'm assuming you already established why you want to go vegan, and if you need a little extra push on all the great benefits I will be sure to dedicate a post to that topic alone. There are countless great reasons to go vegan, from Animal cruelty, lessening your carbon footprint, becoming more eco-friendly, our water, world hunger, wildlife, the rainforest, peace, saving money, (yes! I said saving) overall health and well-being, to weight loss and looking your best. Find your "why?" and keep that mind going forward.

For me personally, I went vegan for all of the above. I couldn't find a reason NOT make the switch.
 

2. Find vegan alternatives. There are vegan alternatives for everything you're currently eating.

There are vegan alternatives for everything these days. There has never been an easier time to transition. This is especially true if you're from a large city or in the US where you have a huge variety to choose from in standard grocery stores. Vegan bologna exists, of all lunch meats, vegan bologna is available in most grocery stores. You van find vegan cheese, burgers, bacon etc. right in everyday grocery stores here in Canada and in the US and I'm sure it's the same in the UK and Australia. You no longer have to make special trips to health food stores so excuses are hard to come up with.  I made a vegan poutine recently and when I first went vegan I would eat chicken burgers, hamburgers, and pizza every day. If that's what you're eating now you would benefit greatly by substituting. Taking this approach will allow for the easiest transition. If you feel it's unnecessary you can skip it but taking this approach will show you that being vegan can be easier than you thought. Everything you're eating now is available through vegan alternatives.
 
Start with the basics. Find a vegan milk you love, find a vegan butter, a cheese, and a few vegan meat products. For milk don't be afraid to try multiple. Jjust because you don't like almond milk doesn't mean you won't like cashew, rice, coconut, oat or soy. I personally prefer soy, it doesn't have an odd after taste, it's creamier and often has more protein than your average nut milk.
  hellmann's vegan mayo silk soy milkbacel vegan butter  

3. Experiment with new meals that you actually love.

Many new vegans begin their journey by eating nothing but fruits, vegetables, and salad, then end up feeling unsatisfied with their meals, thus decide veganism is just too "hard" or too much and inevitably give up. Eating this way for someone who already eats a pretty healthy diet or who was already vegan may be able to do this effortlessly, just look at all the raw foodists on social media. But if you're a new vegan who before ate a standard American diet you are more than likely going to struggle with this method of eating right off the bat.
 
Find a few whole food staples like sweet potatoes, rice, oatmeal etc. filling hardy foods to start with and experiment with preparing these meals in new ways until you find a few combinations of delicious meals that you actually really enjoy and would choose to eat over anything, else. Don't pick meals that you have to tell yourself you like, actually find foods that you genuinely love  and crave when you're hungry. You may have to do some experimenting which leads me to my next tip...
 

4. Watch vegan youtube videos and follow vegan blogs.

 Find a few YouTubers and bloggers and try a few of their favorite recipes, most vegan YouTubers and bloggers have been vegan for quite some time so they've done all the bad tasting and combining for you and are left sharing what doesn't taste like dog shit. This can help for finding the best alternatives and recipes. You will have to try things for yourself of course, but it will at least give you a pretty nice idea of where to start. This can also be great for inspiration if you can find someone who inspires you it's a lot easier to stick with when you consistently see them thriving.
 

5. Find vegan friends or a vegan community.

 Join a local vegan community on facebook, it could be helpful knowing that what you're doing is not weird or extreme and can remind you that there are vegans everywhere and if they can do it, you can do it. I mentioned local because it could also be a great resource for knowing what new alternatives are out, what vegan restaurants have opened in your city recently, and you might even make some new friends to eat out with. This can a great support system if you're finding your first month to be challenging. You shouldn't find it challenging, but I know a lot of people do and I think it's because they don't go out of their way to educate themselves or find food they actually love. So many people literally think all vegans have to eat is salad. 
 

6. Let your family know but don't preach...

At least not at first... If you're lucky enough to have a really supportive family then this type might not apply to you. I myself did have a very supportive family, (for the more part) but it still wasn't as easy when I was visiting them back home compared to when I was home with my very supportive boyfriend. Family members might mock you or try to convince you that what you're doing is unnecessary and all you can really do is educate and lead by example. The more you argue the more they will argue and try to turn you off. You just don't need the stress at the very beginning. Having people support you will make it easier. 
 
Lead by example, show them how great you're doing and how healthy you're becoming. Once you know what you're talking about and you know for sure you're not going to quit, start educating. Which leads me into my next tip.
 

7. Educate, Educate, and Educate yourself some more.

 You may have had 1 reason for going vegan but there are countless reasons to make the switch. If you're coming for weight loss alone you may view it as a diet, and cheat whenever you feel like you deserve it. The reason why this isn't recommended aside from the obvious environmental, cruelty and health reasons, is that you will loose some very important aspects of why people get in shape after going vegan; The accomplishment of succeeding and taking 90% of unhealthy food off the table as even an option. If you allow yourself to cheat... then you will. Just like you have on other diets, which brings all those unhealthy options and makes them available for you whenever you feel like you want and/or "deserve" them. It will be easier for you to cheat because you don't have the satisfaction of being able to say that you've been vegan for a full month or for a full 6 month "so why ruin it?"
 
Watch a few vegan documentaries. Check out Forks over knives, cowspiracy, earthlings and vegucated to start. Educate yourself so that when a meat eater jumps at you and criticizes you, you will have solid arguments to put down any point they come at you with. Educate and debunk anything you aren't sure about or that you feel like is holding you back in anyway. Whether this is weight loss concerns, whether or not it's the best diet for weight loss, fitness, muscle gains, whether it's truly healthy or cost effective, if it's actually going to do any good, what people are going to think. etc.
 

8. Remind yourself of why you're doing it whenever you need to.

 If you watched the documentaries and educated yourself as much as you could have, you should now have a pretty solid backbone of why you're skipping out on the Pizza and chicken wings on super bowl Sunday. You should be able to take on an argument whenever someone hassles you and you will have those reasons at the back of your mind when the pizza is just looking too good pass up on. If you're educated you probably won't even look at those foods as something you'd want to eat.

9. Meet with a vegan nutritionist or at the very least download Cron-o- meter.

You need to do research or meet with someone who is educated on your nutritional needs as an adult women or man. Everyone has different needs based on their gender, body weight, exercise level, and lifestyle. You need to make sure you have a source of iron, protein, omega 3s, calcium etc. These nutrients are not hard to find on a vegan diet, in fact, I'm going to dedicate a full post on different sources very soon so sign up to the newsletter to make sure you catch it. In the meantime, a quick google search will help you out. Use cron-o-meter, it will give you a guide to what your needs are and what you should be eating in a day. It allows you put input your daily food intake and it calculates the nutrition you got out of those foods for you.

10. Eat enough

Depending on the type of vegan diet you are following it could be easier to undereat. I would personally recommend not sticking to any specific vegan diet when you're starting out. I would say just be vegan, get used to it, make sure you're meeting your nutritional needs and if you do feel so inclined to follow a specific vegan diet do so once you're used to it. If you do decide to eat a fruit based diet, go fully raw, go on 80/10/10 or even just eat particularly healthy...it can be easy to undereat so maybe count your calories just at the beginning to get an idea of what you're eating. Many vegan bloggers will give you calorie amounts to eat, I wouldn't follow this either as every person has varying caloric needs. If you use cron-o-meter they will give you some estimates of you need in a day for for your body weight, height, gender and lifestyle.
 
This is a new blog so there isn't much content live, but feel free to subscribe to the newsletter to be notified when I put up new content. I'm currently still establishing a schedule but I'm hoping to publish a few times per week. If you are vegan and have other tips that you think would help people add them in comments! :)
 
Have a beautiful day!
   
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How to go Vegan | Complete Beginners guide.

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Practical tips for going vegan | Easy Transition.

 
Recently I've been getting a ton of questions about veganism, following a plant-based diet, how to stick with it, how to go vegan on a budget, how to lose weight on a plant-based diet etc.
The questions have been pretty consistent ever since I shared my weight loss progress photos on Facebook and Instagram. While I personally did not start this lifestyle change  for weight loss, it was an inevitable by-product. I will admit that I was, however, definitely hoping that I would lose some weight as I was severely overweight at the time of making the plant-based switch. I made the transition overnight, I went from being a heavy meat and dairy consumer to a full-fledged vegan.
 
The typical questions I get are from people who are interested in losing a few pounds following a plant-based diet and are circulated around the diet portion of veganism so the tips will be focused on food and how to transition for someone who struggles with food. Vegan and cruelty-free products will be left for another post. :)

 

Vegan Transition tips.

I am not an expert, I am not a nutritionist or health professional. I'm simply someone who gets numerous questions about the vegan/plant-based lifestyle due to the fact that I lost about 75 pounds in about 7 months without exercise on a plant-based diet so...Without further ado, I decided to put together all of my beginner vegan tips in a clear, quick and concise post that you can refer if you're trying to go vegan or to share with your friends if you are a vegan and are trying to do some converting. :D
 
This post was made for the average person, not an already established hippy or health foodist.
 

1. Establish your "why."

At this point, I'm assuming you already established why you want to go vegan, and if you need a little extra push on all the great benefits I will be sure to dedicate a post to that topic alone. There are countless great reasons to go vegan, from Animal cruelty, lessening your carbon footprint, becoming more eco-friendly, our water, world hunger, wildlife, the rainforest, peace, saving money, (yes! I said saving) overall health and well-being, to weight loss and looking your best. Find your "why?" and keep that mind going forward.

For me personally, I went vegan for all of the above. I couldn't find a reason NOT make the switch.

2. Find vegan alternatives. There are vegan alternatives for everything you're currently eating.

There are vegan alternatives for everything these days. There has never been an easier time to transition. This is especially true if you're from a large city or in the US where you have a huge variety to choose from in standard grocery stores. Vegan bologna exists, of all lunch meats, vegan bologna is available in most grocery stores. You van find vegan cheese, burgers, bacon etc. right in everyday grocery stores here in Canada and in the US and I'm sure it's the same in the UK and Australia. You no longer have to make special trips to health food stores so excuses are hard to come up with.  I made a vegan poutine recently and when I first went vegan I would eat chicken burgers, hamburgers, and pizza every day. If that's what you're eating now you would benefit greatly by substituting. Taking this approach will allow for the easiest transition. If you feel it's unnecessary you can skip it but taking this approach will show you that being vegan can be easier than you thought. Everything you're eating now is available through vegan alternatives.
 
Start with the basics. Find a vegan milk you love, find a vegan butter, a cheese, and a few vegan meat products. For milk don't be afraid to try multiple. Jjust because you don't like almond milk doesn't mean you won't like cashew, rice, coconut, oat or soy. I personally prefer soy, it doesn't have an odd after taste, it's creamier and often has more protein than your average nut milk.
  hellmann's vegan mayo silk soy milkbacel vegan butter  

3. Experiment with new meals that you actually love.

Many new vegans begin their journey by eating nothing but fruits, vegetables, and salad, then end up feeling unsatisfied with their meals, thus decide veganism is just too "hard" or too much and inevitably give up. Eating this way for someone who already eats a pretty healthy diet or who was already vegan may be able to do this effortlessly, just look at all the raw foodists on social media. But if you're a new vegan who before ate a standard American diet you are more than likely going to struggle with this method of eating right off the bat.
 
Find a few whole food staples like sweet potatoes, rice, oatmeal etc. filling hardy foods to start with and experiment with preparing these meals in new ways until you find a few combinations of delicious meals that you actually really enjoy and would choose to eat over anything, else. Don't pick meals that you have to tell yourself you like, actually find foods that you genuinely love  and crave when you're hungry. You may have to do some experimenting which leads me to my next tip...
 

4. Watch vegan youtube videos and follow vegan blogs.

 Find a few YouTubers and bloggers and try a few of their favorite recipes, most vegan YouTubers and bloggers have been vegan for quite some time so they've done all the bad tasting and combining for you and are left sharing what doesn't taste like dog shit. This can help for finding the best alternatives and recipes. You will have to try things for yourself of course, but it will at least give you a pretty nice idea of where to start. This can also be great for inspiration if you can find someone who inspires you it's a lot easier to stick with when you consistently see them thriving.
 

5. Find vegan friends or a vegan community.

 Join a local vegan community on facebook, it could be helpful knowing that what you're doing is not weird or extreme and can remind you that there are vegans everywhere and if they can do it, you can do it. I mentioned local because it could also be a great resource for knowing what new alternatives are out, what vegan restaurants have opened in your city recently, and you might even make some new friends to eat out with. This can a great support system if you're finding your first month to be challenging. You shouldn't find it challenging, but I know a lot of people do and I think it's because they don't go out of their way to educate themselves or find food they actually love. So many people literally think all vegans have to eat is salad. 
 

6. Let your family know but don't preach...

At least not at first... If you're lucky enough to have a really supportive family then this type might not apply to you. I myself did have a very supportive family, (for the more part) but it still wasn't as easy when I was visiting them back home compared to when I was home with my very supportive boyfriend. Family members might mock you or try to convince you that what you're doing is unnecessary and all you can really do is educate and lead by example. The more you argue the more they will argue and try to turn you off. You just don't need the stress at the very beginning. Having people support you will make it easier. 
 
Lead by example, show them how great you're doing and how healthy you're becoming. Once you know what you're talking about and you know for sure you're not going to quit, start educating. Which leads me into my next tip.
 

7. Educate, Educate, and Educate yourself some more.

 You may have had 1 reason for going vegan but there are countless reasons to make the switch. If you're coming for weight loss alone you may view it as a diet, and cheat whenever you feel like you deserve it. The reason why this isn't recommended aside from the obvious environmental, cruelty and health reasons, is that you will loose some very important aspects of why people get in shape after going vegan; The accomplishment of succeeding and taking 90% of unhealthy food off the table as even an option. If you allow yourself to cheat... then you will. Just like you have on other diets, which brings all those unhealthy options and makes them available for you whenever you feel like you want and/or "deserve" them. It will be easier for you to cheat because you don't have the satisfaction of being able to say that you've been vegan for a full month or for a full 6 month "so why ruin it?"
 
Watch a few vegan documentaries. Check out Forks over knives, cowspiracy, earthlings and vegucated to start. Educate yourself so that when a meat eater jumps at you and criticizes you, you will have solid arguments to put down any point they come at you with. Educate and debunk anything you aren't sure about or that you feel like is holding you back in anyway. Whether this is weight loss concerns, whether or not it's the best diet for weight loss, fitness, muscle gains, whether it's truly healthy or cost effective, if it's actually going to do any good, what people are going to think. etc.
 

8. Remind yourself of why you're doing it whenever you need to.

 If you watched the documentaries and educated yourself as much as you could have, you should now have a pretty solid backbone of why you're skipping out on the Pizza and chicken wings on super bowl Sunday. You should be able to take on an argument whenever someone hassles you and you will have those reasons at the back of your mind when the pizza is just looking too good pass up on. If you're educated you probably won't even look at those foods as something you'd want to eat.

9. Meet with a vegan nutritionist or at the very least download Cron-o- meter.

You need to do research or meet with someone who is educated on your nutritional needs as an adult women or man. Everyone has different needs based on their gender, body weight, exercise level, and lifestyle. You need to make sure you have a source of iron, protein, omega 3s, calcium etc. These nutrients are not hard to find on a vegan diet, in fact, I'm going to dedicate a full post on different sources very soon so sign up to the newsletter to make sure you catch it. In the meantime, a quick google search will help you out. You can also use cron o meter, it will give you a guide to what your needs are and what you should be eating in a day. It allows you put input your daily food intake daily and it calculates the nutrition you got out of those foods. Of course, there are other aspects that come into play on whether or not your are retaining those nutriants but some research will do you good in that area, and overall cron-o-meter is pretty good for letting you know what you are eating.

10. Eat enough

Depending on the type of vegan diet you are following it could be easier to undereat. I would personally recommend not sticking to any specific vegan diet when you're starting out. I would say just be vegan, get used to it, make sure you're meeting your nutritional needs and if you do feel so inclined to follow a specific vegan diet do so once you're used to it. If you do decide to eat a fruit based diet, go fully raw, go on 80/10/10 or even just eat particularly healthy...it can be easy to undereat so maybe count your calories just at the beginning to get an idea of what you're eating. Many vegan bloggers will give you calorie amounts to eat, I wouldn't follow this either as every person has varying caloric needs. If you use cron-o-meter they will give you some estimates of you need in a day for for your body weight, height, gender and lifestyle.
 
This is a new blog so there isn't much content live, but feel free to subscribe to the newsletter to be notified when I put up new content. I'm currently still establishing a schedule but I'm hoping to publish a few times per week. If you are vegan and have other tips that you think would help people add them in comments! :) If you're following me from makeup and beauty blog, my previous blog I will have beauty related posts here as well so stay tuned.
 
Have a beautiful day!
   
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How to go Vegan | Complete Beginners guide.

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Practical tips for going vegan | Easy Transition.

 
Recently I've been getting a ton of questions about veganism, following a plant-based diet, how to stick with it, how to go vegan on a budget, how to lose weight on a plant-based diet etc.
The questions have been pretty consistent ever since I shared my weight loss progress photos on Facebook and Instagram. While I personally did not start this lifestyle change  for weight loss, it was an inevitable by-product. I will admit that I was, however, definitely hoping that I would lose some weight as I was severely overweight at the time of making the plant-based switch. I made the transition overnight, I went from being a heavy meat and dairy consumer to a full-fledged vegan.
 
The typical questions I get are from people who are interested in losing a few pounds following a plant-based diet and are circulated around the diet portion of veganism so the tips will be focused on food and how to transition for someone who struggles with food. Vegan and cruelty-free products will be left for another post. :)

 

Vegan Transition tips.

I am not an expert, I am not a nutritionist or health professional. I'm simply someone who gets numerous questions about the vegan/plant-based lifestyle due to the fact that I lost about 75 pounds in about 7 months without exercise on a plant-based diet so...Without further ado, I decided to put together all of my beginner vegan tips in a clear, quick and concise post that you can refer if you're trying to go vegan or to share with your friends if you are a vegan and are trying to do some converting. :D
 
This post was made for the average person, not an already established hippy or health foodist.
 

1. Establish your "why."

At this point, I'm assuming you already established why you want to go vegan, and if you need a little extra push on all the great benefits I will be sure to dedicate a post to that topic alone. There are countless great reasons to go vegan, from Animal cruelty, lessening your carbon footprint, becoming more eco-friendly, our water, world hunger, wildlife, the rainforest, peace, saving money, (yes! I said saving) overall health and well-being, to weight loss and looking your best. Find your "why?" and keep that mind going forward.

For me personally, I went vegan for all of the above. I couldn't find a reason NOT make the switch.
 

2. Find vegan alternatives. There are vegan alternatives for everything you're currently eating.

There are vegan alternatives for everything these days. There has never been an easier time to transition. This is especially true if you're from a large city or in the US where you have a huge variety to choose from in standard grocery stores. Vegan bologna exists, of all lunch meats, vegan bologna is available in most grocery stores. You van find vegan cheese, burgers, bacon etc. right in everyday grocery stores here in Canada and in the US and I'm sure it's the same in the UK and Australia. You no longer have to make special trips to health food stores so excuses are hard to come up with.  I made a vegan poutine recently and when I first went vegan I would eat chicken burgers, hamburgers, and pizza every day. If that's what you're eating now you would benefit greatly by substituting. Taking this approach will allow for the easiest transition. If you feel it's unnecessary you can skip it but taking this approach will show you that being vegan can be easier than you thought. Everything you're eating now is available through vegan alternatives.
 
Start with the basics. Find a vegan milk you love, find a vegan butter, a cheese, and a few vegan meat products. For milk don't be afraid to try multiple. Jjust because you don't like almond milk doesn't mean you won't like cashew, rice, coconut, oat or soy. I personally prefer soy, it doesn't have an odd after taste, it's creamier and often has more protein than your average nut milk.
  hellmann's vegan mayo silk soy milkbacel vegan butter  

3. Experiment with new meals that you actually love.

Many new vegans begin their journey by eating nothing but fruits, vegetables, and salad, then end up feeling unsatisfied with their meals, thus decide veganism is just too "hard" or too much and inevitably give up. Eating this way for someone who already eats a pretty healthy diet or who was already vegan may be able to do this effortlessly, just look at all the raw foodists on social media. But if you're a new vegan who before ate a standard American diet you are more than likely going to struggle with this method of eating right off the bat.
 
Find a few whole food staples like sweet potatoes, rice, oatmeal etc. filling hardy foods to start with and experiment with preparing these meals in new ways until you find a few combinations of delicious meals that you actually really enjoy and would choose to eat over anything, else. Don't pick meals that you have to tell yourself you like, actually find foods that you genuinely love  and crave when you're hungry. You may have to do some experimenting which leads me to my next tip...
 

4. Watch vegan youtube videos and follow vegan blogs.

 Find a few YouTubers and bloggers and try a few of their favorite recipes, most vegan YouTubers and bloggers have been vegan for quite some time so they've done all the bad tasting and combining for you and are left sharing what doesn't taste like dog shit. This can help for finding the best alternatives and recipes. You will have to try things for yourself of course, but it will at least give you a pretty nice idea of where to start. This can also be great for inspiration if you can find someone who inspires you it's a lot easier to stick with when you consistently see them thriving.
 

5. Find vegan friends or a vegan community.

 Join a local vegan community on facebook, it could be helpful knowing that what you're doing is not weird or extreme and can remind you that there are vegans everywhere and if they can do it, you can do it. I mentioned local because it could also be a great resource for knowing what new alternatives are out, what vegan restaurants have opened in your city recently, and you might even make some new friends to eat out with. This can a great support system if you're finding your first month to be challenging. You shouldn't find it challenging, but I know a lot of people do and I think it's because they don't go out of their way to educate themselves or find food they actually love. So many people literally think all vegans have to eat is salad. 
 

6. Let your family know but don't preach...

At least not at first... If you're lucky enough to have a really supportive family then this type might not apply to you. I myself did have a very supportive family, (for the more part) but it still wasn't as easy when I was visiting them back home compared to when I was home with my very supportive boyfriend. Family members might mock you or try to convince you that what you're doing is unnecessary and all you can really do is educate and lead by example. The more you argue the more they will argue and try to turn you off. You just don't need the stress at the very beginning. Having people support you will make it easier. 
 
Lead by example, show them how great you're doing and how healthy you're becoming. Once you know what you're talking about and you know for sure you're not going to quit, start educating. Which leads me into my next tip.
 

7. Educate, Educate, and Educate yourself some more.

 You may have had 1 reason for going vegan but there are countless reasons to make the switch. If you're coming for weight loss alone you may view it as a diet, and cheat whenever you feel like you deserve it. The reason why this isn't recommended aside from the obvious environmental, cruelty and health reasons, is that you will loose some very important aspects of why people get in shape after going vegan; The accomplishment of succeeding and taking 90% of unhealthy food off the table as even an option. If you allow yourself to cheat... then you will. Just like you have on other diets, which brings all those unhealthy options and makes them available for you whenever you feel like you want and/or "deserve" them. It will be easier for you to cheat because you don't have the satisfaction of being able to say that you've been vegan for a full month or for a full 6 month "so why ruin it?"
 
Watch a few vegan documentaries. Check out Forks over knives, cowspiracy, earthlings and vegucated to start. Educate yourself so that when a meat eater jumps at you and criticizes you, you will have solid arguments to put down any point they come at you with. Educate and debunk anything you aren't sure about or that you feel like is holding you back in anyway. Whether this is weight loss concerns, whether or not it's the best diet for weight loss, fitness, muscle gains, whether it's truly healthy or cost effective, if it's actually going to do any good, what people are going to think. etc.
 

8. Remind yourself of why you're doing it whenever you need to.

 If you watched the documentaries and educated yourself as much as you could have, you should now have a pretty solid backbone of why you're skipping out on the Pizza and chicken wings on super bowl Sunday. You should be able to take on an argument whenever someone hassles you and you will have those reasons at the back of your mind when the pizza is just looking too good pass up on. If you're educated you probably won't even look at those foods as something you'd want to eat.

9. Meet with a vegan nutritionist or at the very least download Cron-o- meter.

You need to do research or meet with someone who is educated on your nutritional needs as an adult women or man. Everyone has different needs based on their gender, body weight, exercise level, and lifestyle. You need to make sure you have a source of iron, protein, omega 3s, calcium etc. These nutrients are not hard to find on a vegan diet, in fact, I'm going to dedicate a full post on different sources very soon so sign up to the newsletter to make sure you catch it. In the meantime, a quick google search will help you out. You can also use cron o meter, it will give you a guide to what your needs are and what you should be eating in a day. It allows you put input your daily food intake daily and it calculates the nutrition you got out of those foods. Of course, there are other aspects that come into play on whether or not your are retaining those nutriants but some research will do you good in that area, and overall cron-o-meter is pretty good for letting you know what you are eating.

10. Eat enough

Depending on the type of vegan diet you are following it could be easier to undereat. I would personally recommend not sticking to any specific vegan diet when you're starting out. I would say just be vegan, get used to it, make sure you're meeting your nutritional needs and if you do feel so inclined to follow a specific vegan diet do so once you're used to it. If you do decide to eat a fruit based diet, go fully raw, go on 80/10/10 or even just eat particularly healthy...it can be easy to undereat so maybe count your calories just at the beginning to get an idea of what you're eating. Many vegan bloggers will give you calorie amounts to eat, I wouldn't follow this either as every person has varying caloric needs. If you use cron-o-meter they will give you some estimates of you need in a day for for your body weight, height, gender and lifestyle.
 
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An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body
My top 10 Instagram pet peeves | 10 Insta sins | Rant.

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Top 10 Instagram sins.

I love me some Instagram, It's definitely my social platform of choice. It's visual, concise, pretty to look at, has high engagement, and the community, for the most part, is pretty great...However, I do have some huge pet peeves that I'm pretty sure can be agreed upon by most people...unless you're either not noticing what's going on or are guilty of some of these Instagram sins yourself. If you are may the power of the insta gods compel you and it's never too late to change. :) Most of these pet peeves are random but are all related to Instagram. In no real order, here are my Top 10 Instagram pet peeves and my personal list of Instagram sins. If you have your own share them with me so I can add them to the list. instagram pet peeves, instagram marketing, follower growth tactics,

1. Buying fake followers.

This annoys me less than some of the others to come as it doesn't personally effect me...However, it's still quite annoying because the only possible benefit is to rip off brands and to make yourself look more influential than you are. There's no real benefit to you, me or the brands you're working with. This may be more annoying to me compared to the average person due to the fact that I work as a social media manager and therefore work with brands. I can spot it pretty easily but the average person might not even think to take notice.

2. Body inspo accounts that aren't fitspo/fitness accounts.

Now, this, not everyone is going to agree with me on and this doesn't apply to anyone who is just sharing their body as that's just the body they have and they're showing it off as they should. That isn't the issue. This also isn't referring to body positivity accounts. I'm referring to accounts that are promoting a certain body type whether it be their own in an "inspiration/body inspo type way" or accounts that are posting other people's bodies but are often promoting something that's unachievable for most people because it's a very specific body type. I don't mean "skinny" body types or "curvy" body types. I mean very specific body types like a super tiny 22-inch waist, flat stomach, thigh gap with a fat booty. Who has that? Not even the girls in the photos have that. Most people are either slim, with a tiny waist or they have the fat ass and curves. This isn't a definite rule and If you do have it that's great and good for you girl! It's just tough when you're considering yourself to be an "inspiration page" and you're inspiring something that isn't achieved just through exercise and eating healthy. Fitness pages are great because anyone can get fit with the right mindset so you're inspiring something positive instead of inspiring unhealthy behavior and insecurity. This leads into the next one... Who has that? Not even the girls in the photos have that. Most people are either slim, with a tiny waist or they have the big booty and rap video curves. This isn't a definite rule and If you do have it that's great and good for you girl! It's just tough when you're considering yourself to be an "inspiration page" and you're inspiring something that isn't achieved just through exercise and eating healthy. Fitness pages are great! Anyone can get fit with the right mindset so you're inspiring something positive instead of inspiring unhealthy behavior and insecurity. This leads into the next one...

3. Photoshopping yourself to fit the "trendy" body type.

Photoshopped waists and booties are pointless to promote as an "inspiration" account if it isn't something everyone can personally achieve. If you're doing this then you know this as you're aren't even achieving it! Often the images you see of these girls who have a super thin waist with a huge bottom are photoshopped or "face tuned" these pages do nothing but make girls feel bad that they aren't walking retouched models and they make guys wonder why their girl looks nothing like that. There's a reason you never see girls like this walking the streets in real life.  I'm sure it's great just to look at but I can see how it can be damaging.

4. Selling shout outs and only keeping the post up for 1-4 hours.

What a rip off! This one is for the influencers on Instagram. As I mentioned I work as a social media manager and I have a client who often pays for shoutouts from "influencers" in their brand's niche. One page that will not be mentioned recently did a paid shout out for him and deleted the post after just 4 hours without telling him that the post would be deleted. He should have made this known. Selling promo posts is one thing but when you're refusing to communicate and offer real value you aren't doing yourself any favors. All this influencer did was ensure the brand would never come back for service again. The reason why this annoys me is because, for one, you're doing very little work to earn the money in the first place. It's actually less work just to leave it up. The brand I work for got nothing from it and said: "No" when the "influencer" reached out again. The client said they wouldn't be interested in working with them again...so it ended up being their loss financially in the long run as other influencers were able to work with the brand long-term.

5. "Get follower" comments and accounts.

This is pretty self-explanatory. It's referring to the comments trying to sell you, followers. How sweet of you! We don't need your fake inactive accounts following us, or accounts that follow from a batch follow dashboard.  Thanks though, I appreciate your bot comment. So sweet!! I find this one especially funny when the accounts commenting have no followers.

6. Request follow accounts.

If you are a request follow account that's not looking to build followers and just wants a small personal account then that's fine as that is what the "request follow" feature is meant for. However, if you have a request follow account and expect me to follow you back and are actively trying to build a following...why? People should be following for your content but we don't see your content or don't know what you post about.  If you want me to follow you back you should have a public account. When a "request follow" account follows me I assume you're okay with me not following back. What if I follow out of curiosity but then don't particularly like the content?

7. Follow for follow and like for like accounts.

Follow for follow and like for like hashtags are fine when you use them to actually follow through. I see so many people with "follow for follow" hashtag in their bio yet have 1,000 followers and only follow 300 accounts. You're essentially bribing people but then not holding up your side of the bargain and gaining a big following while doing it. I personally don't use the #followforfollow or #likeforlike hashtags as I don't particularly want followers who are only following me for me to follow them back yet aren't interested in my content. If you want me to follow you back and are interested in the content that's totally fine, however, getting a bunch of followers who aren't interested in what I'm putting out isn't super helpful to me.

8. Following only to unfollow once someone follows you back.

The holy grail of pet peeves. Also known as the reason for this post...My goodness, this is annoying and rude. Following to unfollow those who don't follow you back is fine in my opinion. If someone doesn't want to support you back after you've supported and shown their content some support then that's a non-issue to me. HOWEVER!!! Following, waiting for people to follow back then unfollowing them is kind of rude. It's kind of like you're taking advantage of nice people who decided to support you back in return for you supporting them. Some huge accounts do this. I'm not going to name any accounts but I know for a fact that a ton of huge follower accounts use this method to grow their following quickly and still have a nice looking follower to following ratio. I've caught a few 100k+ follower accounts doing this and many 10k+ follower accounts who have followed my account and the minute I followed them back they unfollowed. This just seems shady to me as when you get to having a following of that size you are making money from your Instagram followers. When you are making money from growing your following in this way that just seems super shady to me. You are using and taking advantage of nice people and making profit. You are seeing your followers as just numbers and not using social media in the way that it should be used, which is to build community and relationships. Sponsored post when the following was built in an ethical genuine way doesn't bother me at all. It's just business. But when you're doing business using shady methods such as buying followers, using bot dashboards or following to unfollow that's when it starts to annoy me. Now, some people may be able to stand up for this and introduce a different perspective. If you can stand up for this or bring a new perspective forward do so by letting me know what you think in the comments.

9. Using Instagram only to build your page and forgetting about community and relationships.

This next one stems from the last. Looking at followers as nothing more than numbers instead of community members, a network, real people, or people that you're serving and providing inspiration, knowledge, entertainment etc. for.

10. Caring too much about your follow to following ratio.

The top annoyance really boils down to caring too much about your follower to following ratio. It doesn't make you look famous or influential. All I care about when looking at influencers is engagement. If you are using these shady approaches and are caught it just makes you look like you don't care about your followers.  If brands use the above-mentioned tactics it's a whole other story that I'll leave for another post.

bonus: Accepting a follow request but not following back.

For whatever reason, this annoys me too. Sometimes here and there I will follow a requested account out of curiosity. When I followed I had no idea what their content would be like but I followed anyway. The fact that I followed your account not knowing what was on the other side, you allowed me to follow you and support you, meaning you took the time to accept and view my account but decided not to have a mutual relationship. It isn't like their accounts are so busy that people just get missed like it would be on a public account because they are actually taking the time to approve. They obviously approve everyone as they approved me, someone, they don't know or follow. It's just annoying lol. I unfollow you anyway as you simply insulted me as I know you took the time to accept and view my account. 😂 For public accounts, followers can just be unviewed. If you want a public large follower base then just keep it public so I that I at least know what I'm following. If you have your own Instagram annoyances/pet peeves leave them in the comments or stand up for any on my list that you disagree with. Share this post if you agree with any or all pet peeves listed. -Kat Laura Ann        

Jessica Alba turns 34 on Tuesday, and we’re celebrating with a look back at her best bikini pictures. Jessica’s been no stranger to the two-piece and looks equally as fantastic in a swimsuit on screen as she does while lounging on the beach.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:

Product

Source: FameFlynet
Source: FameFlynet

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

Brush
This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Liquid
Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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