Why I Became a Vegetarian, Part-Time Vegan

Vegetarian, Part Time Vegan: I do not eat meat including seafood. For the most part, dairy and all animal products are out of my diet and my beauty care but I will still mindfully consume it in small amounts from time to time.

It all started with my acne. I am 24 years old, almost 25 and I still had at least three huge pimples on my face on any given day. I had so many large blackheads on my nose that they started to look more like dark freckles. When I was younger, I thought that acne was just a puberty thing and that it would subside when I was 21 and surely when I turned 25. Not the case.

So, I upped my skin care routine and my face cleared a bit but I still wasn’t fully satisfied. A few months ago, I did an experiment where I tried my best (again, no where near perfect) to be vegan for an entire month and I remembered my skin clearing up a bit during that point too. Maybe if I paired my new skin care routine with being vegetarian/part-time vegan I could finally have the skin I wanted.

And so my journey began. Ironically, when I logged into Netflix that night a few new documentaries were in my suggestions list including “Cowspiracy”, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “What the Health” which are all beautifully written, well-done documentaries about the meat and dairy industries. Seriously, the journalism in my blood was pumping at rapid rates from watching these…

What started with acne now turned it something a little more…

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My Top Favorite Skin Moisturizing Products

I have always thought that it is most important to take care of your natural beauty first and then you will always look lovely no matter the situation. That comes from eating well, exercising, drinking water and of course, moisturizing. I have four staple products for my skin that will forever have a home on my dresser…

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Tips On How To Love Your Body Right Now

Throughout my life, I have always struggled with body image. I remember a specific day when I was younger that me and my mom were trying on pajamas at Target. Pajamas were honest to god my favorite clothes to go shopping for because of how comfy and cute they they were especially at Target. I tried on so many pairs and got frustrated because I thought my body looked horrible in them. The tears started flowing and I asked my mom why the pajamas couldn’t fit me like they did the girl on the poster hanging above the sales rack I found them on… the skinny, heavily photoshopped girl on the poster.

Shopping for pajamas, my absolute favorite, suddenly became unenjoyable and that memory has always stuck.

It has taken me a long time to come to the understanding that a body can be absolutely beautiful and also a work in progress all at once. And to be completely honest, I am not sure how I began to truly understand that but I have come to know the following truths…

  1. True beauty, and I mean genuine, honest beauty, is a state of mind.

Confidence is key. A smile is always beautiful. The art of not giving a damn of what anyone else thinks.

2. You need to wear clothes that make you look and feel amazing no matter what number or letters are on the tag.

My favorite jeans are two sizes bigger than what I am supposed to be… Do I care? Hell. No.

Why? Because I look and most importantly feel good in them.

3. List all the things your body does for you on the daily.

Your body allows you to dance. In my case, not very well but still. It allows you to tell your parents you love them. To enjoy food. To regulate your breathing. Fights infections. Can make amazing music. To paint. To laugh until your tummy hurts. To feel emotions. This is all amazing stuff. Hold onto the idea that your body is an instrument, not an ornament.

5. Find exercise that you LOVE and do it because you love your body, not because you hate it.

6. Putting signs around your house and work that remind you of your beautiful personality really does help.

Mine are on both mirrors in my bedroom.

7. Talk to yourself like you would your friends.

You wouldn’t tell your friend that she’s fat (if you do, you might need to work on your friendship skills). So, if you wouldn’t talk to your buddy like that why are you talking to yourself like that? Whenever negative body thoughts come creeping into your mind, ask yourself if you’d say those things to your best friend. If not, make a conscious effort to reverse those thoughts.

8. Practice self care.

What have you done today to reward your body?

It took me a long time to get to a comfortable place with my body. The road that led me there was rocky and filled with highs and lows. And even so, I am still working on my improving my health as well as my mindset. You can be a masterpiece and a work in progress all at once.