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 Best Of My About Me Blog Posts

Looking to learn a little more about me? Check out the best of my blog posts that go into detail about myself! If you like what you read, leave a little love on the my posts from the past! 🙂

  1. I Don’t Blog About You
  2. Unintentional Asshole
  3. Proud To Be A Sorority Girl
  4. An Open Letter To My High School Self
  5. 11 Things Vegetarians Are Tired Of Hearing
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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!

The Hookup On: FREE Graze Boxes!

Okay, if you know me I’m all about everything free and I’m all about everything food. Also I sleep a lot, but that doesn’t really make sense to talk about here.

I got a free Graze box this week and I’m so impressed. I sign up for a lot of these deals where you get something free but you’re also signing up for a membership. This is the only membership I’m actually going to continue.

All of the food in my Graze box is so yummy and healthy. I’ve been trying to get myself on a health kick and this is really helping! It’s also actually affordable which is a big part of why I’m staying on for a membership.

If you want to try it out, you can get your 1st box FREE with my code ROSIEK6LP. Or you can just click here. If you don’t like it, you can cancel your membership and never get charged a thing. If you do like it and continue with the membership, you’ll also get your 5th box free by using my code 🙂

Guys, it’s free snacks. Who could pass that up?!?! Let me know if you tried a Graze box before! Also let me know if you use my code and end up getting one, I definitely want to know what you think!

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Nashville Advice Needed!

Hey guys!

This weekend I’ll be heading out to Nashville with a couple of my friends for the long weekend 🙂 We are getting into the nitty and gritty and my not so favorite part of vacation – the planning. So I thought I’d reach out for advice from anyone who has been to Nashville or even lives in the area!

My friends and I are mostly looking to eat a lot of good food (I’m a vegetarian but not all places need to be strictly vegetarian) and go to fun bars! We’ll also probably do some touristy stuff. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.

If you have any tips and tricks of what to avoid, best ways to get around, and what I should expect – please leave a comment on that too. Feel free to even drop a link if you’ve written a post on Nashville before!

Thanks to everyone who has commented and thanks in advance for any more advice!

xoxo
Rosie

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The Hookup On: Search Terms and Commonly Read Posts

Do I get some really weird search terms sometimes that direct people to my blog? Yes. But the most commonly searched and read articles are the following:

Chances you’ve already met your spouse:

I read that 82% of people meet their future spouse before they turn 16. I think a lot of other people have read this fake statistic too, I wrote about it here.

Dating someone with the same name as your ex:

I momentarily ran into this problem and it can get a little weird. It’s an easy problem for anyone to run into – you can read my solution here.

Hookup culture:

What is the hookup culture? Why is that your blog name? All the answers to your questions can be found here.

How do introverts flirt?:

Us introverts are a special breed of human. We’re pretty weird and pretty awkward and it can be hard to tell if we’re flirting. Here’s some helpful hints.

Things vegetarians are tired of hearing:

No, we don’t miss eating steak. Please stop waving your food in my face. And other frustrations can be read here.

Stop impressing others:

We all get caught up in impressing others rather than ourselves. You can read about it here.

Getting ghosted after a hookup:

It happens to the best of us, we go on a date or hook up with someone and never hear back from them. Here’s a quick read on ghosting.

I’ll also see things along the lines of trying to find a hook up on snapchat or instagram. I also will see just other very random things that I’m not sure what you’re looking for but I found it on my blog. As always, I write to help people as well as myself. So this link round up of my most commonly searched and read blog posts may help you – it definitely reminded me of a thing or two 🙂

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