Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Starting tomorrow, I am offering two FREE challenge groups every Monday! They will both run for 7 days at a time and participants will have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes!
The first is a Go Vegan Challenge. This challenge will be great for anyone who wants to go “cold-kale” for 7 days, for someone who wants to try new recipes, or for anyone who wants to eat more plants. It’ll include a grocery list, recipes, easy vegan swaps, cooking demonstrations and support.
The second is for anyone who wants to Get Active For the Animals. It will encourage participants to do something for the animals every day, for 7 days. It’ll include a list of ways that you can advocate for the animals with large-scale organizations, at the grocery store, on social media or in restaurants.
Did I mention that both challenges are FREE????! They will start on June 3rd and will run every week from now on. You are welcome to participate week after week.
To sign up, simply click on the link below:
Have a great day! I cannot wait to work with you! ❤
I hope you are doing well. I am so sorry that it has been so long. Somehow the month of April got away from me, but I am back!!!
Two quick things:
First, I am kicking off some FREE challenge groups, starting in June 2019. One challenge group will be for anyone who is interested in going vegan. The second group will be for people who are already vegan but may want to become activists. Both challenge groups will be run on Instagram so please make sure to follow me there (@happyhealinvegan). You won’t want to miss out; both groups will include some amazing prizes!!!!
Second, I have just published a new video: My 10 Favorite Vegan Foods for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet. This video includes some amazing products and is great for vegans and non vegans alike.
I hope that you continue to have a great week and I promise to be back with more content soon ❤
I hope that you are having a wonderful week so far!
I have been in kind of a funk lately, and I realized it was because I was coming up on an anniversary of one of the worst days of my life. Two years ago yesterday, I lost my best friend and fur baby, Jake. Jake was the most incredible dog I have ever known and was part of our family for 11 years. Not only was he part of our family, but was basically a child to us (since we don’t have human babies). He was there when I woke up, went on every trip with us, spent the entire day by my side and snuggled against my stomach all night long. Jake was never grumpy and was always filled with unconditional love, compassion and the energy of a puppy (until his last week on this planet).
Jake became ill in September 2016. We had noticed a small lump on his paw, which we were praying was just an infection. Unfortunately, after many round of antibiotics, it didn’t go away and testing came back positive for cancer. We ended up amputating his toe to try to stop the spread and were initially successful. All of the margins were clean, and his blood work and X-rays were impeccable. We had many long months of bandage changes and keeping him calm, but were optimistic about the future.
Right after Thanksgiving, Jake developed a cough that wouldn’t go away. We finally took him into the vet one late Monday night and were praying that maybe it was a cold or even whooping cough. When the vet came back in with the X-ray results, she just said, “You guys, I am so sorry.” Jake’s lungs were completely filled with cancer and there was truly nothing we could do. She said it could be weeks, months or even years but she really didn’t know how long he would make it. Jake was gone by the following Sunday.
What I didn’t realize at the time, was that losing Jake would transform the rest of my life. Not only because this was my first real experience with death, but also because he helped me discover my true passion: saving animals and helping people. You see, when I watched Jake suffer and take his last breath, I realized that I never, ever wanted to contribute to another animal’s suffering for as long as I live. I also realized at that moment that ALL animals want to be loved, feel fear and want life. There is no difference between a dog, chicken, cow, pig, sheep, fish, cat, horse, donkey, etc. So why would I fight so badly for one while paying someone to torture and kill another?! At that moment I became VEGAN and later discovered animal activism.
I will miss Jake every day for the rest of my life, but I am so grateful for the lessons that he taught me. It’s amazing how one, little, 30 pound dog can change your life forever <3. Thank you buddy!
Did you know that there are other sources of dairy than just cheese and milk?!
I think that one of the hardest parts about transitioning to a vegan diet is that dairy is found in so many foods. In addition, dairy isn’t always labeled as that. It can be referred to by many other names.
Let’s start with the basics. Dairy from cows or goats (yes, goats!) is used to make cheese, ice cream, whey, yogurt, Greek yogurt, milk, ghee, cream cheese, cottage cheese, butter, milk chocolate, kefir, and creamer. It can also be found in processed foods such as crackers, candies, vitamins and medication.
One of the best ways to check to see if a food is dairy free is to read the ingredient list. Stay away from the list above as well as the following: casein, lactose, galactose, rennet, quark, lactate, cream, nisin preparation, recaldent, natural flavors.
The best way to avoid dairy all together is to stick to a whole food plant based diet and to avoid packaged foods. You can also look for the “Vegan” label when buying packaged items.
I hope that helps a little bit. If you need even more help transitioning to a dairy free life, please read the following blog posts: How to Make “Cheese” without the Dairy and It’s easy to give up dairy with these awesome alternatives! Also, feel free to contact me anytime!