Life Update – June 24, 2018

Helloooo, friends ❤ I hope you all have had a fantastic, relaxing, and maybe productive weekend. I just finished some grocery shopping and made some homemade vegan salad dressing (recipe linked here!) I have to say, I’m not ready for Monday yet. I could use another couple of days to recoup. A few weekends ago, I found myself feeling sort of sickly on a Sunday, which lead into almost-death (okay, I’m exaggerating) come Monday. I don’t get sick often, y’all, but when I do, I get sick. I still don’t think I’ve fully recovered – I’ve continued to battle draining sinuses, late night coughing, and the occasional fever. I’m not sure if I just can’t kick a cold, or if it’s a side effect of my latest lifestyle change….

As y’all may know, I was a pescatarian for about four months. For those unfamiliar with pescatarianism, it means that my diet was meat-free with the exception of fish and shellfish. It was something that my moral compass lead me to do, because I can’t look into the eyes of a cow or a pig, and then feel right consuming one later. It made my heart hurt, so I made a lifestyle change. Recently, I started feeling like pescatarianism wasn’t exactly where I needed to be either. I justified it for awhile by convincing myself that fish weren’t aware of being sliced and diced, but were instead just happily confused and painlessly killed. Then I read an article that told me otherwise – that fish could feel pain. That made  me feel pain in my heart, knowing that I was making excuses to allow myself comfort. I decided enough was enough. I recognized my “why.” I felt it deep in my bones. Then, I decided on veganism.

Can I tell you that I’ve been eating strictly vegan for a week and I feel terrible? Only physically though – morally, mentally, I feel fantastic. I have no more guilt, but an abundance of love for all creatures. My body feels a little weak though, and I still feel like I’m battling a cold. From the research I’ve done, I’ve learned that these symptoms are pretty normal when cutting out dairy products after you’ve been used to them for so long. It will pass though, and I will be so glad when it does! I don’t feel tired at all, which is awesome. I just have some achy muscles, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat. I will gladly deal with these side effects that are only uncomfortable than contribute to inhumane treatment and slaughter of innocent animals. I’m a little passionate, if you can’t tell..

I just finished my first fully vegan shopping trip, and it was more exciting than I expected. LOL. I did most of my shopping at Aldi, and made it out with a cart full for $70! That included a few non-vegan items for John & Cy, too! I also picked up some vegan cheese at Natural Grocers, as well as some seaweed snacks at the request of Cyan. Apparently he’s had seaweed before and loves it! I almost didn’t believe him, as he doesn’t like mac n cheese every other day, along with many other things. We opened a package in the car though, and he was so happy with it. Kids are super weird, ya know? But I tried some, and surprisingly, it was delicious. I will definitely be purchasing again.

Besides a new diet/lifestyle, there’s not a whole lot that’s different in my neck of the woods. I still make wayyyy too many trips to TJ Maxx – no surprise there. OH – here’s something! I currently in the middle of my first foster placement! Last Sunday, I picked up a little Corgi-Australian Shepard mix, who I named Roscoe Dash! He and a few others had been dumped  near someone’s house, so when a friend of mine reached out looking for placement, I said yes. He is absolutely adorable. He gets along so well with the three other puppers AND the cat. I would love to keep him, but that’s just not an option. He will be going to a new home later this week, and while I will miss him soooo much, I am grateful for the time I got to spend with him. And his cuddles. And the white hair that is alllllll over my house, LOL. Must love dogs, right?

Anyway, I have tofu to prepare, so that’s all for now! 🙂 Do you have any tips or great recipes that are vegan? I love trying new things, obviously. Also – vegan skincare products! What are your favorites? If you’re interested in learning more about veganism, shoot me a DM on my Instagram – @calynb_xo and I will share the knowledge I’ve gained! Sending y’all light & love!

XO

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