Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Welcome 2020

Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020.

I have been gone for some time now and I owe you all an explanation. 

2019 was a year of ups and downs. I made a lot of mistakes, I pushed my metal health to its absolute limits and ended up way further than rock bottom. I had no motivation to write blog posts or participate in anything that I enjoyed. It was a very dark patch of my life and it was extremely difficult to get myself out of it.

However, 2019 wasn't all doom and gloom. In fact, I ended the year in the best place mentally that I have been in, in about two years. During 2019 I moved into my own home in a new town. I met someone new and entered into a new relationship. I made new friends. I left a job that was destroying me mentally and went back to a career in a job sector  I never thought I'd return to. This has allowed me to feel much lower stress levels and to finally find time to do things I love. 

I have made myself a list of things I want to achieve in 2020 and they are all so positive. One of my resolutions you may say, is to keep this blog live and active and to enjoy it once again. I have plenty of ideas swimming around my healthier mind and I can't wait to see what 2020 will bring.

Thank you to everyone who supported me through 2019 and continued to read my blog posts despite my absence. I hope to have your continued support throughout 2020 and to be able to bring you content you love.

Love and light.

Monday, 1 April 2019

5 Vegan Calcium Sources

When you follow a vegan lifestyle, it's super important to get all of the nutrients and vitamins you need to stay healthy. Although there are many omnivores that are deficient in many different nutrients, it only ever becomes a problem when you tell someone you're vegan. Also, when you first become vegan, it can be overwhelming when trying to find foods to substitute to get all the nutrients. 

So, today I thought I would share with you five vegan sources of calcium.

1. Tofu
In 100 grams of tofu, there is 250mg of calcium. That is a wonderful amount of plant based calcium. Tofu is incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways. As an extra little nutritional bonus, tofu is also high in protein which we all know we will get asked about as soon as we mention we are vegan. So there you go!

Firstly, there is silken tofu which has the highest water content and is the softest type of tofu. It is also known as Japanese tofu. This can be used to recreate scrambled egg or can be used in smoothies, to name a few examples. If you're interested in more recipes using silken tofu, try Pinterest on the link here. Firm tofu is the type of tofu that is available most widely in UK supermarkets, which can be used to make nuggets, can be stir fried, pan fried etc etc. For more ideas of recipes using firm tofu, check out Pinterest here. There are many other types of tofu you can find to use in your vegan recipes to get in that calcium!

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2. Broccoli
Broccoli is probably my number one favourite veggie. I would happily have it with every meal, whether it should be there or not. In one cup of broccoli, there is 60mg of calcium and of course, it's one of your five a day. Broccoli can be had on its own, in a stir fry, in different sauces, in pasta or risotto. It's so versatile and so yummy. I like to put broccoli in my risotto but I also love to just have a big plate of it with some gravy. Simple or complicated, it's a yummy and fresh tasting plant based calcium source.

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3. Spinach
When you were a kid, did you ever watch the Popeye cartoons or the movie starring the late great Robin Williams? Popeye used to eat spinach to become strong and do you know why? Because in half a cup of spinach there is a 145mg of calcium. That is s much calcium is such a small amount of leafy green vegetables. Spinach also has lots of iron, magnesium, zinc and lots of different vitamins to help you in your plant based diet. I love having spinach in salads or in pasta dishes but it's such a versatile vegetable that you can have it with almost any type of meal.

[pc: Well-Being Secrets]

4. Pumpkin
Would I really be the spooky Halloween queen if I didn't mention pumpkin somewhere in this post? Luckily, in one cup of mashed up pumpkin, there is 40mg of calcium. So, pumpkins are good for more than just Halloween! You can make pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, you can roast the seeds or if you're feeling adventurous, you can eat it raw. I would suggest cooking it in some way through as raw pumpkin can be hard to chew and is more difficult for the human digestive system to digest. As well as calcium, you also get Vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium.

[pc: BBC Good Food]

5. Oranges
I think it's only fair that I include a fruit in this list of wonderful plant based calcium. As well as oranges being one of your five a day and being full of vitamin C and potassium, oranges have about 65mg of calcium in, depending on the size of the orange itself. Oranges can of course be eaten on their own, be put into a fruit salad with lots of other fruits or you can drink their juice. They come fresh, frozen and in tins so no matter what your situation, you will be able to get those yummy calcium filled oranges.

[pc: Delish]

What is your favourite plant based calcium source?

Monday, 25 March 2019

Where Have I Been?

So, it's been a couple of weeks since I published a blog post, and I wanted to make a small explanation as to why that has been. 

As you will know if you've followed my blog for a while or follow any of my social media, I suffer quite badly with depression and anxiety. I have done for about seven years but in the past year, it has made a nose dive into the floor and beyond. In 2018, my long term relationship broke down. I threw myself into work to the point of burn out and I had a mental breakdown. I was signed off work for six months so I could start my journey to recovery. I was put back onto medication and attended three months of art therapy sessions. I am still currently on a waiting list for one one therapy to really delve into all of my problems and issues and completely work through them.

In November, after I returned home from my holiday, I received some life changing news about a family member, which also played on my mind. I spent two months at home with my family, spending a lot of it in hospital visiting, then there was Christmas. We spent it as one big family and it felt so lovely. I came back to Leeds to celebrate new year and then, in early January, I went back to work part time. I then built up to full time which has been a huge achievement and I am so proud of myself for getting back to normality in my career.

However, with the highs comes the lows. Life isn't all perfect, especially when you have a mental illness. I am constantly exhausted. I very rarely have the motivation to do anything once I get in from work. At weekends, it's like my brain releases all of the negativity it's been withholding all week and it just gives up on wanting to do anything. As the hurdles of 'first year without's come up, such as valentines day, anniversary and then the first year of the break up, my mind has found it difficult to jump them. This means that some things have had to be pushed to the side so I can concentrate on my mental health and getting better.

My blog, unfortunately, has become one of those things that fell to the wayside. Hopefully though, I am starting to improve and I can get back into writing and sharing content with you guys. To all who have supported me and still read my blog posts, I appreciate you so so much. Thank you to all of your continued support and I hope I can make you guys proud during the rest of 2019 with the content I will produce.

If you suffer from a mental health problem, please know that I am always here to listen. If you need help, please reach out to someone, anyone. Please do not suffer alone. It will get better, it has to! I am so proud of the journey you are making and how far you have come. 

Monday, 4 March 2019

5 Smaller Goth YouTubers You Should Support

I wrote a post during Blogtober last year about my favourite Goth YouTubers, which you can read here. Today, I thought I'd dig a little deeper and share with you some of the smaller Goth YouTubers that you need to support. These content creators are fabulous and deserve all of the recognition. 

1. The Fod Fairy
Sophie is a smaller Goth YouTuber from Lancashire and the main reason I love her videos is she's just so down to earth in them. None of this YouTuber bravado, just a friendly girl sitting in front of her camera talking about things she loves. She does videos on Goth fashion from Killsar hauls to Goth on a budget, collection videos and fun random videos. She has 8.8k followers and deserves so many more! You can view her channel here

2. Unic0rn Pies
I've watched this YouTuber for some time after discovering her outfit of the day videos. Her channel has evolved from Gothic fashion to a more witchy vibe and I am loving it. I'm so glad she has returned to YouTube! Whilst she may not consider herself truly Goth, that's how I discovered her channel over three years ago so she takes pride of place on this list. A wonderful YouTuber from Australia who deserves all of the love and all of the recognition. Currently sitting at over 12k subscribers! You can visit her channel here.


3. Callus Lestrangers
I discovered this YouTube channel when looking up Goth outfit of the day videos to use as inspiration for my own wardrobe. The account is run by two sisters from Germany and their content is so wonderful and wholesome. From vlogs to hair tutorials and outfit of the day videos. They are currently sitting at 10k subscribers and haven't uploaded in three months but I'm hoping they return to YouTube soon as I really enjoyed their content. You can view their channel here

4. Manic Moth
Although Manic Moth is sat at 26k subscribers, compared to other Goth YouTubers, I shall consider her smaller. Again, I discovered Manic Moth when looking up Goth outfit of the day posts. What I love about her style is the nature witch aspect of it. Annika is from Germany and honestly, is one of my favourites at the moment and her style is inspiring me to look outside of the box when it comes to my style. Her make-up looks are incredible and honestly, she needs so much support and deserves so many more subscribers! Give her all of your support and check out her channel here. You can also support her shops Vesper Moth and Vesper Moth Fashion

5. Kinga Kurek
This channel is one I only recently discovered and I was actually their 200th subscriber. I first followed them on twitter and then discovered their channel. They have wonderful outfit of the day videos and vlogs to watch and honestly, I can't wait to sit down and binge watch all of their videos. I enjoy discovering new Goth fashion YouTubers and could spend hours watching outfit of the day videos. You can check out her channel here and why not subscribe and share. Helping out smaller YouTubers is so important these days, given their horrendous algorithm and new monetisation rules.
Do you have any favourite smaller Goth YouTubers?

Monday, 25 February 2019

5 Things To Buy Second Hand

In 2019 I am making a conscious effort to buy items second hand. Buying brand new items can damage in the planet in quite a number of ways. From pollution, to unsafe working conditions for manufacturers and the use of single use plastics. 

For today's blog post, I thought I would share with you five items that you should buy second hand as a way to help protect our planet.

1. Clothing
Fast fashion is something that has come about in the last couple of decades. It is defined as inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass market retailers in response to the latest trends. Styles come and go and we are encouraged to follow the changing tides and follow the latest trends. When an item breaks, we're encouraged to simply throw it out instead of mending it. This means that a lot of discarded clothing is 'piling up in landfill sites and fibre fragments are flowing into the sea when clothing is washed' [BBC]. 'Disposing of clothing and household textiles costs the UK about £82 million a year' [The Guardian] which is a staggering amount of money to recycle materials and clothing.

A lot of companies have factories and warehouses across the world that create these garments and store them for shipping across many countries. In these countries that manufacture the garments we wear, it is a high possibility that the people employed are paid very little wage, work in horrid conditions and are treated in deplorable ways. They may also succumb to injuries and illness depending on the machinery and materials or chemicals used. Not only does fast fashion have an impact on human rights, it also has a detrimental effect on the environment. Dyes from the clothing run into local water sources and pollute the environment. Single use plastics are destroying our ocean life.

If you want to learn more about the effects of fast fashion, you can watch The True Cost on Netflix or this Real Stories documentary on YouTube entitled Fashion Factories Undercover

[pc: BBC]

2. Books
Not only is buying second hand books a lot cheaper than buying brand new books, it is also better for the environment. CO2 emissions are a big factor when it comes to the productions of books. 'According to the Green Press Initiative, the book industry in the United Stated releases 8.85 pounds of CO2 per book, each time a new book prints and ships' [Book Scouts]. Another way in which buying second hand books is better for the environment, comes in the form of paper. If the average text book contains between 500-750 pages, every time you buy a new textbook of that size, you're consuming those pieces of paper. Times that number by the amount of students in a class or people in a line at a book store and you have a lot of pieces of paper being consumed [Book Scouts].

My personal favourite place to buy second hand books is charity shops. You can usually get them for a couple of pounds and sometimes you can even get a couple of books for a pound depending on the shop. You can also find websites online that sell second hand books such as eBay, depop and Book Scouts. here's also places like Music Magpie and Vinted/Shpock. I do understand that if you love an author and they release a new book, you may wish to buy it immediately on release day. However, if you are wanting to collect their older novels, buying second hand is definitely a good way to go about it. Here is a list of 13 reasons why you should buy second hand books from the Huffpost.

Oh, there are libraries too where you only borrow the book and then return it when you're done or by a certain date. This way, there's no unnecessary clutter in your home and you are not spending any money!

3. DVDs/Blu-Ray
As with books, DVDs/Blu-Rays are the same. Buying second hand and used DVD's is much better for the environment, and your pocket. By buying used DVDs/Blu-Rays there is less chance of them ending up in a landfill, which we all know, are filled with many materials that are not biodegradable and will be stuck there decades if not centuries. Of course, streaming is a much better way to be more environmentally friendly, however, not everyone can afford these streaming services per month. So, second hand DVD's from places like CEX and eBay are a much better choice. 

What is the environmental impact of buying a brand new DVD? Well, creating the disc the movie is imprinted on, creates 'one kilogram of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere' [Duplication Centre]. It is believed that due to the worlds population and the amount of CD's, DVDs and PC games that are created, '2,455,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide are created every year' [Duplication Centre]. By buying a second hand DVD, you do not take part in this creation of extra carbon dioxide pollution.

Once again, there is also the option of popping to a library and renting the DVD for a little while and watching it as many times s you please in the time given. Places like Blockbuster used to be a thing when I was a child, but I'm not entirely sure rental places such as these are a thing anymore. If they are, please feel free to leave them down in the comments below!

4. Furniture
Furniture takes a lot of energy and materials to create, and a lot of the materials that are used to make modern day furniture, are rather bad for the environment. A lot of furniture we use, such as desks and chest of drawers, are made from a material known as particle board. This board 'usually contains formaldehyde in the resin to bind the woodchips' [Green Living Tips]. For those who don't know, formaldehyde is a carcinogen and known to be an environmental toxin. Another material used in furniture that contains formaldehyde, is PVC. 

A lot of the modern furniture created with these materials is cheap and will break down quickly and easily. This then leads to the need to replace it and buy more furniture. This is why I would highly suggest buying second hand furniture from charity shops, auctions, or websites such as Gum Tree. Second hand furniture isn't always old and rubbish, sometimes you can find real hidden gems. Even if they need a bit of an upcycle, you can create a wonderful home, to your own tastes and styles, in nothing but second hand furniture.

5. Household Items
Here is another suggestion of items you can find online in places such as eBay and Gum Tree, as well as in charity shops. So many people donate their household items when they redecorate or move house and if they didn't, they would throw them in the bin and they would end up in a landfill. Why not buy them for much cheaper, without the environmental impact of creating new items and give new life to someones older and unwanted items? 'With household electrical's like blenders, toasters and coffee machines, most people simply don't know that they can buy high quality, tested appliances from charities' [The Guardian]. Honestly, next time you are near a bigger charity store, or one that specialises in furniture and household items, go in and take a look. You may be surprised at what gems you find. 

Buying second hand household items also reduces the waste aspect of consumerism. Buying from a charity shop or Gum Tree usually means the item will not be wrapped in single use plastic, which is great, seeing as that can't be recycled.
[pc: Medium].

Are there any other things you would suggest buying second hand in order to live a more environmentally friendly life?

Monday, 18 February 2019

My February Killstar Wishlist

As an alternative person, one of the brands that I lust over frequently is Killstar. They are constantly releasing amazing clothing that fits my style and the clothing style I love perfectly. So, I thought I would do a Killstar wishlist so that I can lust over their items eve more.

Of course, I still avoid fast fashion and always look to buy things second hand. Killstar is no different. I will always check sites like eBay and depop to find pieces I love second hand, rather than buying brand new clothing. Even though this is a wishlist, I would be buying them second hand if I found them, not brand new. Buying second hand from charity shops and places like eBay is also another great way to avoid a lot of single use plastics.

I've always been a big fan of dresses and already have many in my wardrobe. I like lace, collars and victorian-esque designs but with the occasional modern twist. I don't like to put myself in too much of an alternative box but at the moment, those are the types of dresses I am most drawn too.

Again, when it comes to tops, I like blouses, lace and anything Victorian inspired. When it comes to choosing certain items of clothing, I like to find things that I can wear for work as well as wear casually or dressed up. I like items that have multiple uses.

When it comes to the bottom half, I'm quite a simple girl. I like simple and comfortable, something I can move around easy in and something that is flattering. 

Again, when it comes to footwear, I prefer comfortable shoes. I do occasionally wear heeled shoes but you are more than likely going to see me in flats. Naturallly, any shoes I do purchase for myself are always faux leather.

I'm not usually a huge accessories person, however, Killstar has some amazing ones that I'd love to one day make part of my collection. I'm looking to accessorise more in my day to day life so these would be excellent choices for me. Once again, everything is faux leather.

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Well, I've been nominated for a blogger award. It's the first month of 2019 and someone already feels like my content is worthy of being nominated for this award and I couldn't be more proud. Thank you to my friends over at Women With Gifts International for the nomination for The Sunshine Blogger Award. You can read their wonderful post at this link here.

The Sunshine Blogger Awards is peer recognition for bloggers whose content inspires positivity and joy. To be nominated for this award, as someone who considers themselves a vegan activist and mental health advocate, is an incredible feeling. It means I must be doing something right if there is someone out there who believes my content falls under these two headers. So thank you once again Women With Gifts International for this nomination!

So, the rules for this blogging award are as follows:

1. Once nominated, you must like and retweet the blogger who nominated you. 
2. You must then read their post and answers.
3. Write your own blog post by answering the questions set to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Must include the Sunshine Blogger Award below
5. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate and create 11 questions for them to answer!

 1. What do you feel makes you different from any other writer?
Out of the bloggers I follow and read, I seem to be the only alternative environmentally friendly blogger. I pride myself on the term eco goth and have steered my blog content for 2019 further towards that mantra.

2. What inspires your writing?
I take inspiration from a lot of things. From conversations I have seen online regarding veganism or being environmentally friendly. I am inspired by pins on pinterest of clothing which can give me ideas for alternative fashion posts. I take inspiration, but do not directly copy, from other bloggers. I will always credit and state that the post was inspired by that blogger and make sure everyone knows to go and read the original post and hype that blogger up.

3. Besides gender, what do you feel is the difference between male and female writers?
I think women are more likely to be personal and open in their writing because society says we are emotional. Society tells men that in order to be manly, they shouldn't be emotional or express their feelings about things as they cannot be seen as weak. Which is what we call toxic masculinity. It's ridiculous and I love hyping up the male bloggers who are completely open about their feelings and their mental health because it needs to be shown that it's okay for them to be that. 

4. What makes you and your writing unique?
I'm not sure what makes my writing unique. I do try to put my personality into my writing and as mentioned above, I've not seen another alternative person blogging specifically about how to be an environmentally friendly goth. Maybe that's my unique selling point?

5. How do you express yourself through your writing or your blog?
I am able to express my alternative style as well as my tree hugging and planet saving ways in creative and healthy ways. I think getting the word out there about veganism and saving the planet in written format can perhaps help those wanting to educate themselves or transition to veganism or a more environmentally friendly way of life. Some are put off through street activism as it doesn't speak to them. Sometimes, written word and personal experience can.

6. Name a female author that inspires you
Ever since I was a young child, I always adored Jacqueline Wilson's stories. Even now as an adult, I could happily talk about my favourite books from back then. I would happily read them all again, as well as her more recent publications. I enjoyed her stories because you really got invested in the characters and could lose yourself in their world. May seem like an odd option for an adult, but I think Young Adult fiction is incredibly important and you should never be ashamed of loving the genre or still loving the books and authors you enjoyed as a child.

7. Name your favourite female artist
I think one of the artists I remember loving the most was Debbie Harry from Blondie. I was brought up with a range of different rock bands, but having a band fronted by a woman was so inspiring to me. If you're wondering, I think my favourite Blondie song is Atomic. It's always the one I get stuck in my head and you'll never see me skip it. I've always loved strong women in my music, television and film. Blondie's music always cheers me up and I tend to find myself bopping along down the street. I've actually written two blog posts about the strong women I admire; Women Who Rock and Strong Women Rolemodels.

8. As a writer, what is one thing that you feel you lack
The patience to check and edit my work. It's so unprofessional but once I've written a post, I schedule it and don't look at it again. I make a good few mistakes at times and I really need to get into the habit of editing my own work and not leaving it till a friend tells me there's a spelling mistake or error.

9. If you make any changes to make women’s lives better what would it be?
Where do I even begin? I would make sure that women have equality in everything. From employment, to voting, driving etc depending on which way they are oppressed across the world. Make child marriages illegal in every country across the world. Cat-calling would be illegal. Unsolicited dick pics would end in a fine, as would sending online abuse and hate based on the fact the woman declined the males advances. Or perhaps, the person gets their social media accounts terminated for this instead of a fine. Either/or/both. During trials for sexual assault and rape, a woman's sexual history, clothing, intoxication or underwear choice would not be allowed to be used as evidence in the trial. By law. Tampon tax would be abolished, as would the luxury tax on women's items that isn't on the same mens' items; e.g razors. I'm sure there are plenty of others I am missing out but I could go on forever about how I would make the life of women across the world better. 

10. Why do you think women have a hard time getting along?
I think sometimes it comes from the pressure that is placed on women. Whether you're told you're not pretty enough so you become bitter and jealous of women you deem prettier than yourself (spoiler alert, you're beautiful too), fighting over a male's attention or hating women that your significant other is near because you deem them better than you. There are many of examples but I think, it's because society says we should be jealous, or bitter or angry all the time because of other women. 

11. If you could create a writing category that doesn’t exist what would it be?
This is difficult as a lot of categories already exist but I think I'd like to see more branches of the alternative community who are as environmentally conscious as me? Like eco punk or eco mod. I think that would be cool. Representation in the vegan and environment community is important. We're not all rich white men with privilege. Too controversial? Welcome to my 2019!

Now that I have answered the 11 wonderful questions set by Women With Gifts International, it is time for me to tag my favourite bloggers who spread positivity and joy or bloggers I find influential. I also have to set them 11 wonderful questions to answer in their blog post.

My Nominees
Lizzie - It's Lizzie Bee
Georgina - She Might Be Loved
Kiah - Spooky Kiah

My 11 Questions
1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
2. Do you have anything on in the background when writing?
3. What is your go to cheer up movie?
4. Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
5. What are your favourite type of blog posts to read?
6. What is your happiest memory?
7. Is there a colour that makes you feel instantly happy?
8. What place in the world do you want to visit the most?
9. What is your biggest life goal?
10. Favourite life hack?
11. On a bad day, what brings you joy?

I look forward to reading all of your responses!

Monday, 4 February 2019

5 Goth Bands You Should Listen To Right Now

So, since all of January was dedicated to Veganism, I think it's time for my first alternative post of 2019. As many of you already know, I consider myself to lie under the umbrella term of Goth. Although I'm far from an elitist Goth, I do believe that you should know something about the history of the movement if you are going to hold that title. One of the main aspects of the Goth subculture, is the music. The music is where the movement all started, the fashion was an after thought.

Today, I thought I'd share with you, five Goth bands that you should listen to in order to get a feel of where the Goth subculture began and where it's roots lie.

1. Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy are one of my favourite Goth bands; I could listen to their music over and over and never get bored. They were formed in the 1980s in Leeds and gained popularity a few years later. They did stop recording new material in 1993 though as they were having disputes with their record company. The band has gone through a few line-ups and a couple of breaks however their music is timeless and really shows the original roots of the Goth music scene.

2. The Cure
Who hasn't heard of The Cure? They formed in 1976 and were one of the first well known bands of the post-punk/goth rock era. I think their lead singer, Robert Smith, is one of the more famous faces of Goth bands with his pale face and black, back-combed hair. They are such an influence in the Goth subculture movement, that they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

3. Siouxsie and the Banshees
Who doesn't like a female fronted band? I love Siouxsie and the Banshee's as their music is so original and different. It's not all doom and gloom on their albums, they have some pretty upbeat songs that can really make you feel in a happy mood. They formed in 1976 and so, are one of the OG's of Goth rock. Siouxsie also became a really big Goth fashion icon with her big backcombed hair, eyes surrounded in black eyeliner and her fishnet tights. 

4. Bauhaus
Another one of my favourite Goth bands. Another band formed in the late 1970s and one of the OG's of the Goth music movement. Peter Murphy is perhaps another one of the more famous Goth icons, however, Bauhaus broke up in 1983 after only five years as a band. They reunited for a few anniversary tours and plan to do so again for the 40th anniversary later this year. I'd best get saving for tickets for that ay?

5. Joy Division
Another OG from the 1970s formed by Ian Curtis, Bernard Summer, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris in Salford, Manchester. They decided to form a band after seeing the Sex Pistols in concert. The Pistols were a part of the Punk movement which made way for the post-punk movement; also know as the Goth rock movement. Although Joy Division eventually split up and some members formed New Order, Joy Division remains one of the founding fathers of the Goth subculture.

Who are some of your favourite Goth bands?

Monday, 28 January 2019

50 Reasons To Go Vegan

It's the final week of Veganuary and so, this post might be a little late but there is method in my madness, I promise. For those who have participated in Veganuary, this post will give you fifty wonderful reasons to stay vegan. If you didn't try Veganuary, this blog post will give you fifty wonderful reasons to go vegan. I'm going to try and keep this post as positive as possible but we all know not every aspect of the world is positive.

1.       A 2016 study from Oxford argues that a mass-adoption f a vegan diet could cut 8.1 million deaths a year.
2.       Veganism in 2019 has never been easier.
3.       Lower chance of heart disease.
4.       There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world for you to try.
5.       No puss and blood in the milk you drink.
6.       Lower cholesterol
7.       Vegans on average are twenty pounds lighter than meat-eaters.
8.       Lowers chances of cancer
9.       You will be showing kindness and compassion to sentient beings.
10.   Veganism can treat or reverse some current health conditions.
11.   Meat production causes enormous amounts of pollution.
12.   Being vegan is great for your health.
13.   Vegans are making a positive change in the world.
14.   Lower chance at diabetes
15.   We are not baby cows and therefore do not need to drink cows milk.
16.   No longer funding abuse of animals.
17.   Meat and dairy are difficult for our bodies to digest.
18.   You can make lots of new wonderful friends through veganism.
19.   Vegan food is nutritious and delicious.
20.   No longer funding the slaughter of sentient beings.
21.   The animal agriculture industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change.
22.   No longer funding the separation of calves from their mothers.
23.   Less chance of high blood pressure.
24.   Cholesterol and saturated fats found in meat, egg and dairy products impedes blood flow to vital organs.
25.   There is no such thing as humane animal farming.
26.   Animal flesh is often contaminated with faeces, blood and other bodily fluids.
27.   By going/staying vegan you are better helping to feed the hungry.
28.   Animal agriculture is the leading driver of rainforest destruction.
29.   Meat is not environmentally friendly.
30.   Vegans tend to have more energy than meat-eaters.
31.   Meat production is wasteful.
32.   A vegan diet is more effective than switching to a ‘greener’ car in the fight against climate change.
33.   The human anatomy resembles that of herbivorous animals such as the Gorilla and Elephant.
34.   Cutting out dairy can help reduce acne.
35.   Animals used for food are every bit as intelligent as the animals we have as companions.
36.   Pigs can learn how to play video games.
37.   There are a number of the hottest celebs who have adopted a vegan diet.
38.   Animals love life and fear death.
39.   Six billion male chicks are destroyed every year by being suffocated or ground up alive.
40.   Science has confirmed we have no need to consume animal products.
41.   Animal agriculture is a war on wildlife.
42.   The United Nations has called for a global shift to a vegan diet to combat climate change, world hunger and ecological devastation.
43.   Humans are not obligate carnivores, such as lions, and do not need meat to survive.
44.   Veganism can help save you money.
45.   Vegans tend to statistically have a lower risk for being overweight and obesity than meat-eaters.
46.   High milk intake has been associated with higher fracture incidence.
47.   We naturally love animals and we know deep down it’s not right to eat them.
48.   Eating animals that are not companions is speciesism.
49.   Slaughterhouse and abattoir workers are on low pay with horrific conditions and are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts.
50.   A lot of the time, red dye are made by crunching up cochineal bugs.