4 Easy Ways To Start Being Eco-Friendly

Happy Earth Day! Going plastic free and becoming a little more environmentally friendly have been my mission for a while now. I wanted to share with you all five easy ways I’ve started helping my planet – if you have any more tips please leave them in the comments!

  1. Cutting out meat
    I haven’t eaten meat in over 10 years, if you read this post you’ll know I started for the animals but continued for my health. Livestock farming contributes 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
  2. Buying reusable products to replace plastics
    We now own metal straws, lots of glass tupperware, reusable baggies, and even biodegradable dog poop bags! I have a list on my amazons shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/rosieculture (this is technically an affiliate link so I make $$$ if you purchase even though I’ve never made money off of it lol)
  3. We stopped buying and using single use plastics
    We get brown bags at the grocery store if we forget our reusable ones, we don’t purchase plastic wrap or tin foil, we even keep an eye on the packaging of our foods. If there’s a better option, we take that. Plastic bags can take 1000 years to decompose.
  4. Spreading the word
    I don’t like to preach to people, but there is always a time and place to explain why you’re using a metal straw or why they should choose to bring their lunch in a glass container instead of ziploc bag. I’ve seen a lot of people in my life make little changes and those are what we need to get started on saving the earth!

How do you help the planet?

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Why My Reasons For Being A Vegetarian Have Changed

I became a vegetarian in middle school. I dabbled in it for a while, then gave up, then going into my freshman year of high school I tried it again. I have been a “pescatarian” for the past 10+ years. Vegetarians don’t eat fish or meat, but they do eat cheese, milk, eggs, etc. As a pescatarian, I don’t eat meat, but I do eat fish, cheese, milk, eggs, etc.

I side a lot with being a vegetarian because I don’t eat that much fish. Some days I even border vegan because I’ve switched milk for almond milk for most of my diet. But in technical terms, I’m a pescatarian.

When I started this journey, I did it alllll for the baby animals. I have a huge heart for animals, I love them more than people, and I just wanted to do my part to help.

It was that way for a long time, but in recent years my mindset has changed a lot. I don’t just skip the meat for the animals, I do it for my health. Red meat isn’t great for you anyway, but even chicken or turkey isn’t great because of the way it’s raised. Most affordable meat options aren’t raised in healthy environments and tend to be injected with hormones. There is just something off to me about eating a chicken that grew in a cage of its own poop, never being let out.

I don’t like to preach about being vegetarian, I don’t think it does any good for me to show you videos of cows being slaughtered. Maybe when you’re young it’ll make an impact on you like it did on me, but once people are set in their ways a video they can’t relate to won’t make a difference.

I do urge people to know where they’re buying from, know what’s in your products. And that goes for everything you eat. Where were your veggies grown? What is actually in that processed crap? I’m not perfect, I don’t eat ethically or healthy all the time, but I do make an effort to be informed. I’ve always said that if I could really know that the chicken I was eating lived its years on a farm being able to grow naturally and live naturally, then I would probably start eating meat again.

But for now, that’s not a realistic expectation.

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The Hookup On: Vegan A Day

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

One of my goals for the summer is to eat vegan once a week. I haven’t eaten meat in over 10 years, but I do occasionally eat fish which makes me a “pescatarian”. I’ve dabbled with the idea of going completely vegan, but there are a lot of things I can’t give up – no matter how gross they actually are.

To walk you through one of my vegan days, I start the morning with a vegan smoothie with almond milk, mixed fruit, beets, and kale. Having a smoothie in the morning is kind of a luxury for me because I usually don’t have time to make them.

For lunch, I still want to make sure I’m getting enough protein which I feel is tough as a vegetarian so really tough as a vegan. I put together a chickpea salad with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and some lemon sprinkled over the top with salt and pepper. I have an apple and peanut butter as a snack along with some peanut butter pretzels.

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I always feel like dinner is a bit trickier because I want something heavier at dinner time. A yummy vegan rice bowl-style meal is always a go to for me. I usually put quinoa, pinto beans, onions, jalapenos, and corn with a non dairy ranch dressing on top!

Being completely vegan can be hard, it’s good to do a lot of research to see what your best option is when giving up meat and dairy. I gave up meat because of the way animals are treated on the “farms.” I never try to push my dietary lifestyle on anyone, but I do urge everyone to know where you’re getting your food from and what’s really in it.

A great way to see if vegan is right for you is to try it once a week and then up the days. You can also get your nutrient levels tested at www.healthlabs.com to make sure you’re getting enough of what you need to have a happy and healthy body! They test for different allergies and general wellness!

I think testing is a must because a big misconception is that vegan and vegetarians have a healthy diet. This is definitely not always the case. Yes, vegetables are vegan, but so are oreos. It can be cheap and easy to go for carbs or processed food when you cut out meat. I definitely recommend using a test like the ones at www.healthlabs.com to know how you’re doing as a vegan and in what ways you need to step up your food intake. You can even get 25% off with code ROSIE25!

Would you ever try going vegan?! Let me know in the comments!

11 Things Vegetarians Are Tired Of Hearing

1. Don’t you miss it?

Not really, no.

2. Oh so you’re not actually a vegetarian?

Yea, technically I’m a pescatarian because I eat fish but then you would start making fun of that too so…….

3. But like what do you eat…

You know all that stuff on your plate that isn’t meat? I eat that.

4. Do you do it for the animals or because you don’t like meat?

For the animals. But also I don’t like meat – does it matter?

5. You know you’re not helping any animals, right?

I’M HELPING MORE THAN YOU ARE

6. Don’t you want to eat this big juicy steak?

No, not really. And I would appreciate you not sticking your food in my face.

7. What happens if you eat meat?

Nothing. Unless I consumed a large quantity and got sick, but most likely nothing.

8. Would you be upset if you accidentally ate meat?

I didn’t do it on purpose and I didn’t continue once I found out so, no.

9. What about bacon!??!?!?

What about it?

10. Oh is that why you’re so skinny?

Not eating meat has very little to do with if you’re eating healthy or not.

11. Your life must suck.

As a vegetarian/pescatarian who DOESN’T shove their lifestyle down other people’s throats, kind of like what you’re doing when you ask these questions, no my life does not suck.

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