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Shop Audacia – We Have Launched Our Online Boutique!

Shop Audacia – We Have Launched Our Online Boutique!

Hello Everyone! Today we have a big announcement for everyone! After months of hard work, researching, sourcing, and $$$, we have finally launched the Audacia Boutique! Click HERE to check it out now! Use code WELCOME10 for 10% OFF your first order and FREE Shipping! 

How To Be More Positive- 10 Ways To Be An Optimist!

How To Be More Positive- 10 Ways To Be An Optimist!

Hello everyone! Today I will be talking about how to be more positive and ways to be an optimist! Being positive is an essential attribute that is critical to leading a happy and fulfilling life. A recent study found that people who identify as an 

How To Stay Productive During The Winter- Combat Winter Blues!

How To Stay Productive During The Winter- Combat Winter Blues!

Hello everyone!

Today I will be talking about ways to be more productive and to stay on track during the winter! Combatting winter blues and winter unproductivity can be a tough thing for a lot of people. Don’t beat yourself up! This is a common situation for many people that live in parts of the world with harsh winters. There’s less sunlight, it’s cold, your appetite changes, and many other myriads of not-so-positive changes. But don’t fret, wintertime can be a fun, productive, and enjoyable part of the year if you approach it correctly!

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Affiliate Disclosure: Posts on Audacia may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product or service through one of those links, you will not be charged extra but you may receive either a discount or promotion (this varies on a case by case basis). Audacia will receive benefits from these purchases which helps us to keep bringing our audience great content!

So let’s get into it!


1. Take Vitamin D

Taking vitamin D supplements or increasing the source of vitamin D found in your diet is essential. Along with other vitamins (C, E, A), your vitamin D levels may drop during the wintertime because of the lack of sunlight. Vitamin D keeps your bones, muscles, and teeth healthy!

2. Get Outside

It may be hard when it is super cold but try to get outside every day! Sometimes, we can forget the benefits of fresh air during the colder months but it is essential to healthy living. Try to pick up hobbies that you can do outside and dress accordingly! A lot of people the going outside because they are improperly dressed for the weather. Bundle and enjoy the outdoors!

3. Workout

The winter/ holiday season is notorious for weight gain. Besides keeping a healthy diet, you want to stay active and healthy! Whether it’s inside or outside, try to build a realistic workout schedule you can stick to during the colder months. Being active can fight off the fatigue, sluggishness, and mental fog you may feel in the winter.

4. Schedule Your Time and Wake Up Early

Sometimes during the winter, the day can get away from us as a result of the decreased sunlight. To combat this, schedule your days accordingly! Try to build a daily schedule that will keep you on track. Use the Pomodoro method if necessary.

In addition, not everyone is an early bird but waking up early is very important during the winter months. Daily sunlight time is important and you can miss it if you sleep in regularly. You’ll also need to put in extra effort to keep your circadian rhythm on track as it is very easy to oversleep in the winter months as well.

5. Get a Sunset Lamp

A sunset lamp is a great way to simulate and make up for the lack of sunlight during the winter. It also adds a relaxing ambiance and can be a nice addition to your nighttime routine.

6. Spend Time With Family and Friends

When it’s cold, we may want to just stay in the house under the covers but we need to fight this urge! Make sure you are still spending an adequate amount of time with your friends and family. Isolation during the winter months is common and can lead to anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Call your family or invite your friends over!

7. Stay Healthy

Eat your vegetables! Make sure your diet is still in check during the cold months. Our diets and gut microbiome are intrinsically linked to each other and also to our mental health. Poor diets that are rich in trans fat and carbs are tied to anxiety, depression, and weight gain. Colourful diets are linked to good skin, more energy, and being happy! Be smart with your food choices and try not to over-indulge!

8. Get Outdoor Hobbies

Keep yourself entertained! Being inside most of the winter is not great for your health. If you can, try out outdoor winter activities! Enjoy the wintertime as much as you can instead of seeing it as a curse of your living situation. Dress appropriately and try out some snowboarding, winter walks, skating, etc- it’s more fun than you think!

9. Take Your Down Time Seriously

When you’re feeling tired or have some time to yourself- use this time seriously! Check in on yourself and treat yourself to a self-care day. The holiday season can be busy and stressful and we can forget to take care of ourselves! Plan out fun or relaxing activities do to when you have the time.



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How to Be More Articulate- Learn to Speak With Confidence!

How to Be More Articulate- Learn to Speak With Confidence!

Hello everyone! Today I will be talking about how to be more articulate and learning to speak to anyone, anywhere. So what does being articulate really mean? Being articulate is having the ability to speak eloquently, fluently, and coherently! Whether it be job interviews, a 

How To Turn Your Life Around in 7 Practical Steps!

How To Turn Your Life Around in 7 Practical Steps!

Hello everyone! Today I will be talking about how to turn your life around in 7 practical steps. We all get into a rut sometimes and it may feel like there’s no way out. Especially near the end of the year, we can start reflecting 

Nighttime Routine For Relaxation- 7 Tips For A Better Rest!

Nighttime Routine For Relaxation- 7 Tips For A Better Rest!

Hello Everyone!

Today I will be sharing a nighttime routine relaxation and some tips to get better rest! Beauty sleep is a real thing! I can go on and on about the crucial need to have a proper sleep schedule but the most important aspects are recharging your mind and resting your body. An irregular sleep schedule can result in brain fog, feeling sluggish, and further affect your school and career performance. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule that works for you is necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

Maintaining a normal sleep schedule is difficult, to say the least. The best way to go to bed earlier is to get up earlier! Waking up at 11 am makes it infinitely difficult to go to sleep at 10 pm. Try forcing yourself to get up 15 minutes earlier each day until you get to your desired wake-up time! Make your mornings fun by curating a morning routine, working out, or making a good breakfast! Sleep is one the only times you can truly and completely rest- do not take it for granted!

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Affiliate Disclosure: Posts on Audacia may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product or service through one of those links, you will not be charged extra but you may receive either a discount or promotion (this varies on a case by case basis). Audacia will receive benefits from these purchases which helps us to keep bringing our audience great content!

So let’s get into it!


  1. Have a dedicated wind down time

Having a dedicated wind-down time is a great way to keep to a consistent sleep schedule. I would set a wind-down time about 45 minutes to an hour before your actual bedtime. At this time, I recommend avoiding all electronic devices and you can use the time to do your nighttime skincare and partake in any relaxing activities. A dedicated wind-down time allows you to fully prepare for your rest and should not be seen as a frivolous activity. This time helps you avoid falling asleep while watching Netflix or scrolling meaninglessly through social media. This dedicated “you” time can include meditation, stretching, or yoga or reading an interesting book! Some people may prefer to listen to nature sounds or spa-type music. Nighttime teas and lighting a candle are also pleasant ways to slow down and unwind. Find what works for you and allows you to get the highest quality and most refreshing sleep!

2. Avoid caffeine after noon

A good rule of thumb is to not drink copious amounts of caffeine after 2-3 pm! Some people have a caffeine tolerance and can handle a late-afternoon coffee but if that is not your situation, try to avoid it as best as you can! Caffeine near your bedtime can disturb your sleep, reduce your deep sleep, and cause you to be very groggy in the morning. I recommend drinking matcha for a less intense and slow-releasing form of caffeine. In addition, matcha has many health benefits as it is very rich in antioxidants. Barley tea is another drink that can help curb your coffee craving without the up and down energy effects of caffeine. This tea is very creamy and also serves up some great antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals!

3. Try to exercise in the morning

Exercising in the morning helps increase your energy levels throughout the day (no more coffee) and improves your sleeping quality. Daily activity, especially outdoor, helps regulate our circadian rhythm and burns off that extra energy that quicks you awake longer than needed. I personally find that nighttime workouts get my energy levels up, making it more difficult to wind down and go to sleep. Also, waking up early to get a morning workout in is a great way to get a proper waking and sleeping schedule. Not only waking up early but getting a rigorous workout in is a sure-fire way to improve your tiredness at the end of the day. Your sleep should be deep, long, and refreshing!

4. Meditation, stretching, or yoga

Meditation, stretching, or yoga are great ways to loosen your muscles, slow your heart rate and your breath, and put your mind at ease. Not only great for exercise recovery and flexibility, but these activities can also help improve your body and mind health in the long run. It can improve your circulation, mindfulness, concentration, and body posture.

5. Comfortable pyjamas

Comfortable pyjamas are essential to getting a night of better sleep! I personally like to wear silk pyjamas most of the time (I have a short sleeve pair and a long sleeve pair depending on the weather). Silk is also great for your skin and hair because of its smooth texture. Smoother skin, less hair breakage, and less acne are a few benefits of wearing silk!

Do you tend to be hot or cold while sleeping? Try adjusting your nighttime wardrobe and wear what is most comfortable.

6. Comfortable temperature

Try to adjust the room temperature for maximal comfort. Turn on the heat or add an extra blanket if you tend to get cold. If you warm, try to turn on the air conditioner, fan, or open a window. Our peripheral body temperature actually increases when we sleep so it is best to go to sleep a little cooler than normal.

7. Lighting

Lighting is very important in getting a good night’s sleep. Sleeping in a completely dark room may be unnatural for some but it is the best way to get some deep sleep. Try to unplug any lights or cover small lights with a post-it note to allow your bedroom to be in complete darkness. On the other hand, I actually do not recommend using blackout curtains or completely shutting your blinds. The sunrise helps us wake up in the morning and can help regulate our sleep schedule. Instead of having to wake up and shock yourself with some bright light, let the natural light from the window wake you up gently. You’ll find that your circadian rhythm becomes more in tune with the natural sunrise and sunset schedule.



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Social Media Etiquette-  5 Tips on Appearing More Mysterious!

Social Media Etiquette- 5 Tips on Appearing More Mysterious!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be talking about social media etiquette and ways to become more mysterious while online! In this social media age, it has become commonplace to overshare and overindulge your followers in your personal life, drama, and goals. As I have said 

How to Focus- 5 Tips for Ultimate Productivity!

How to Focus- 5 Tips for Ultimate Productivity!

Hello everyone! Today I will be talking about how to focus on anything and giving 5 tips for ultimate productivity! Focusing on tasks for long periods of time and being productive may be hard for some. Especially for those in school, it can be easy 

Fall Fashion Items You Need In Your Wardrobe- 11 Statement Pieces for Autumn!

Fall Fashion Items You Need In Your Wardrobe- 11 Statement Pieces for Autumn!

Hello Everyone!

Today I will be talking about some fall fashion items you need in your wardrobe! When the weather gets cooler, you’ll need to make some small adjustments to your wardrobe. It may seem like a headache to alter your wardrobe every season and every time the trends change but building a timeless wardrobe with staple pieces will avoid this! Many of the items on my list can be thrifted or you can buy quality items to last you a lifetime. Building a timeless wardrobe will help reduce your headache when trying to find outfits, save money, and most importantly time!

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So let’s get into it!


1. Cardigans

Cardigans are perfect for the autumn weather! They can be easily layered, dressed up or down, and are super cute.


2. Thigh-high suede boots

Thigh-high boots had a huge boom years ago but they’re back. Regular booties are also a must-have but thigh-highs are THAT look. You can wear them casually or for a night out. They keep your legs warm and are a great addition to your shoe collection for fall!


3. Sherpa sweaters

This is a great addition to your closet for cold weather. Having a sherpa sweater in the house instantly makes you 1000x comfier (sorry I don’t make the rules). It’s easy to throw over a cute lounge set and still manages to look very stylish!


4. Fur Coat

Fur coats are a classic look. This look does not have to be super dramatic and bougie but a fur vest can also serve the same purpose. A small cropped fur jacket can add a simple “je ne sais quoi” to your outfit and make you look prim, clean, and fashionable.


5. Knitwear

Knitwear is a no-brainer. Thick sweaters and knitwear sets are a must for fall. You can pair it with a t-shirt or collared shirt underneath for more layers.


6. Matching sets

Matching sets are a blessing! They are easy to style and take the stress out of coordinating and finding a daily outfit.


7. Silk, Satin, and Leather

Best materials and textures to be wearing this fall. Silk camis, satin scarves, leather jackets, leather pants. Dare to wear some heavier materials while the weather cools down!


8. Blazers

Blazers are super in right now! Whether daytime or nighttime, a blazer is an easy way to class up (and warm up) your fall fashion look. It can be worn casually with a pair of trousers and sneakers or dressed up with a dress and some heels.


9. Monochrome outfits

Who doesn’t love a monochromatic outfit? Beiges, tans, whites, blacks, greens are great colours to pick for your monochromatic fall fashion look. Don’t be afraid to spice up this classic look by wearing different shades of the same colour! This look makes you clean and put together.


10. Long dresses

Midi knit dress- do I need to say more? They’re warm, cozy, and sexy. Ditch the mini dresses for fall and get something that will keep looking hot and feeling warm.


11. Oversized everything

Oversized, baggy clothing has been trending for a while and will continue to be in fashion during the fall-winter months. Don’t overdo it but wearing sweaters that are a few sizes large or wearing the 90s straight jean look is.


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Practical Fall Essentials – 10 Items You Need This Fall!

Practical Fall Essentials – 10 Items You Need This Fall!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be talking about some practical fall essentials you need this fall! As the weather gets cooler and daylight time gets shorter, we must change our routines, our schedules, and manage our time differently! Our skin gets drier, our vitamin D 

5 Amazing Things You Can Learn Online- How to Turn Your Screen Time Into Productivity!

5 Amazing Things You Can Learn Online- How to Turn Your Screen Time Into Productivity!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be sharing with you all 5 amazing things you can learn online! Whether you are in lockdown or your area has resumed to normal, these are great skills you can learn in your free time online. If you are feeling 

How to Wake Up Early- 6 Benefits of Waking Up Early!

How to Wake Up Early- 6 Benefits of Waking Up Early!

Hello Everyone!

Today I will be discussing the benefits of waking up early. From brain benefits to relaxation, waking up early is a beneficial part of a productive morning routine. Although it may seem hard to switch from being a night owl to an early bird, once you make the switch you won’t regret it! Mornings in the summer are especially a great thing to experience. The morning dew, cool breeze, and quietness are something to truly behold.

I personally was never a morning person growing up. As I get older, I realized I am healthier and way more productive when I have a good sleep schedule and when I wake up relatively earlier. Hating the mornings is commonplace and it’s understandable why. Who wants to wake up from their comfy bed to go to work/ school/ do chores? Not many people. But once you change your mindset, you’ll begin to love waking up early. The most crucial part of enjoying waking up early is preparing something you’re excited about!

So let’s get into it!


  1. More time

The most obvious benefit of waking up early is gaining more time. If you change your wakeup time from 10 am to 6 am, you instantly gain an additional 4 hours of free time to be more productive. This can save you from the “morning rush” that leads people to hate the mornings. If you wake up late every morning and have to rush around to get ready- how can you expect to. I recommend trying to wake up 15 minutes earlier each day before you get to your desired wake-up time. Use this newfound free time to meditate, stretch, do yoga, read a book, enjoy a nutritious breakfast, schedule out your day, exercise, or get ready for the day. You’ll find yourself also having more free time in the evening that you spend doing things you love with people you love!

2. Better concentration

Waking up and immediately jumping into your day can cause brain fog and grogginess for the first half of your day. By waking up earlier, you can ease into the day both mentally and physically allowing you to be fully ready to start your day! I remember waking up for high school at 7:45 am when my first class was at 8:15. Needless to say, I was unable to concentrate and truly focus in that class (and it was physics). Reading a book or writing out your daily schedule is a great start to get your brain out of sleep mode and ready for learning/ working!

3. Improve the quality of sleep

Waking up earlier leads to going to bed earlier. How does this improve your quality of sleep? The actual feeling of tiredness should not hit you around midnight- that means your circadian rhythm is complete. Begin rising with sunrise and going to bed at a conservative time. This will allow you to get deeper and higher-quality sleep because your hormones are in line with your environment. If you ever worked consistent night shifts, you can still get a full 7-10 hours of sleep but the quality of sleep is much different from when you work at night versus the morning.

4. Increases organization

Having more time allows you to be more productive and organized. By having more time in the morning, you can use a daily planner and schedule your entire day! I prefer writing a to-do list, appointments, and things that must get done at certain times. I love using a physical daily planner as it helps me remember my task more efficiently and it feels peacefulness. Also, with your morning free time you can physically help your day run more smoothly by making your coffee at home, meal planning for the day, doing laundry, or packing your gym bag. All of these can aid in your days running much more efficiently allowing more time for hobbies and other things.

5. Commute efficiently

Waking up earlier can get you on the road and to your destination. Rush hour in the morning is caused because many professionals and students all start their day around the same day. Getting up a few hours earlier than the general population can help you get that jump start on your day. Avoid the traffic and long coffee lines by setting your alarm a bit earlier.

6. Solitude and sunrise

The morning solitude and sunrise are variably unmatched. When waking up earlier, you have a unique piece of free time that is peaceful, mindful, and relaxing. Using this time to set your intentions for the day is a game-changer. Even if you wake up in a bad mood, you have time to recalibrate yourself and your emotions for the day. Especially if you are in a full house, this time may be one of the few that you have by yourself. Sometimes when you’re so busy and always surrounded by people, you can forget to check in with yourself. How have you been feeling? Have you been neglecting your self-care? Are you getting burnt out? This time in solitude is great for self-care, mental health, and physical health.

Sunrise is also a special experience that we take for granted. Expressing gratitude for your life and blessings is another way to appreciate your early mornings.

Tips

  1. Prepare an exciting breakfast
  2. Play music
  3. Express gratitude and set intentions for your day
  4. Plan an outfit you love
  5. Go outside and enjoy nature


Are you a night owl or early bird? How do you feel you benefit from waking up early? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Journey of Self-Acceptance In The Age of “Glowing Up”- A Deep Dive!

The Journey of Self-Acceptance In The Age of “Glowing Up”- A Deep Dive!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be discussing the journey of self-acceptance in the age of glowing up. Glowing up can be referred to as the process undergoing an extreme makeover either physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. This new culture has been beneficial in motivating many people 

12 Wardrobe Essentials – How to Build a Timeless Closet!

12 Wardrobe Essentials – How to Build a Timeless Closet!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be discussing 12 wardrobe essentials and how to build a timeless closet! Do you ever look into your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear? It may be time for you to revamp your closet! As I always 

7 Components You Must Implement In Your Workout Routine!

7 Components You Must Implement In Your Workout Routine!

Hello Everyone!

Today I will be discussing 7 components that you should have in your workout routine. When starting your fitness journey, it may be intimidating to build an all-encompassing regime for your goals. If you are a complete beginner, I would recommend following YouTube videos or a program such as Chloe Ting to learn the basic movements and flow of different types of workouts.

Exercise is a non-negotiable part of a healthy lifestyle therefore your exercise routine should be catered to fit your needs, lifestyle, and goals! Don’t feel pressured to run 10km every morning or complete hour-long intense weight training sessions but you should aim to challenge and push yourself at least a little bit each workout.

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So let’s get into it!


  1. Warm up

Warming up is the most crucial part of exercise!

If you are jumping right into lifting weights or high-intensity intervals you are at high risk of straining your body and injuring yourself. When I used to be a part of a track and field club, my coach told me that the best way to warm up is to just move your body. Avoid static stretching and slowly perform some squats, butt-kicks, high knees, side lunges. This literally “warms up” your body from your previous static state and increases blood flow to your muscles, therefore, decrease the chances of strain during activity.

Our muscles can be compared to an elastic band. If you pull the band hard when it is cold (static state), it can easily snap and break. But, if the band is warmed up sufficiently when it is pulled it will stretch. When you are in the gym, you can also do some stationary biking, jump rope, or walk on an inclined treadmill. Try to warm up for 10-15 minutes, you’ll feel much more energetic for the start of your workout!

2. Cooldown

Cooling down occurs after your workout and helps in your recovery. This can include walking and/or stretching. A cool-down session is great to get your heartbeat back to normal, restore your breathing, and stretch your muscles. I would recommend stretching or walking (if possible) for 15 minutes.

3. Stretching

Stretching can be down in conjunction with the cool down and warm up. I prefer to stretch after I have warmed up and before I cool down. Stretching can improve your posture, range of motion, blood circulation, and your recovery. This does not have to be a full yoga routine but a simple 5-10 minute “flow” to actively stretch the muscles you have worked the most that day.

4. Flexibility training

Flexibility training is a part of fitness that is heavily neglected. This training is not adjunct to just stretching in your warm-up and cool-down routine- it is a dedicated session to increasing your flexibility through various ranges of motions and poses. Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility! I recommend adding some morning or evening yoga sessions to your routine. If you’re a bit more advanced or looking for a challenge, ballet stretching routines are a great addition to your regimen. I recommend adding in a 20-45 minute session every week.

5. Balance training

Balance training includes many different forms such as tai chi, yoga, pilates, barre, and the addition of equipment in resistance training (bosu and yoga ball). Your stability, leg, and core strength can improve tremendously by incorporating some balance training into your regimen. I recommend adding in a 15-30 minute session every week. This type of training is low-impact and can be done everywhere.

6. Weight lifting

If you are a cardio fanatic or you’re scared of bulking up with weights- I am here to say resistance training is a necessity of a healthy lifestyle! Weight training is the most popular form of resistance training but it is not the only form! Resistance training can include modification to basic movements, exercise bands, weighted vests, and inclinations. This form of exercise helps improve muscular growth, strength, and endurance. Resistance training also helps in strengthening our bones which is crucial in ageing healthily. I recommend adding in a 20-45 minute session a few times a week.

7. Cardio

On the other side, if you love lifting weights you also need to make sure you are getting your cardio in as well. Cardio is great for your cardiovascular (heart and circulation) health.

Bonus: Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities are a nice way to enjoy some fresh air and have fun! Hiking, swimming, gardening, are some non-intense ways to increase your activity levels.

Bonus: Aerobic sports

Aerobic sports are another way to get a great workout in while not focusing on the actual exercise part. Tennis, basketball, soccer, hockey, and volleyball are just a few sports that are super fun and are a fantastic aerobic workout.



What new components will you be adding to your fitness regimen? Do you prefer cardio or strength training? Let me know in the comments!

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Healthy Lunch Ideas-  6 Easy and Nutritious Recipes!

Healthy Lunch Ideas- 6 Easy and Nutritious Recipes!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be talking about some easy and healthy lunch ideas you can make this summer! Easy meals are the best way to ensure you stay on track with your fitness, weight, and beauty goals. You should make sure you are getting 

Gut Health- Why It is More Important Than You Think!

Gut Health- Why It is More Important Than You Think!

Hello Everyone! Today I will be talking about gut health and why it is super important! As you will learn today gut health goes beyond our digestive system to affect other parts of our body. Also, the gut microbiome is a growing topic of research 

Vegan Diet- The Good and the Bad!

Vegan Diet- The Good and the Bad!

Hello Everyone!

Today I will be talking about the vegan diet and whether it is just another trend or if it holds some valuable health benefits! Many influencers and celebrities have now been advocating for a vegan diet. Although this is not a new way of eating, it seems to have gained popularity in the past years. There are now many plant-based foods at restaurants and common grocery stores alike. With this new gain in popularity, the question must be asked- is the vegan diet really good for everyone? There are strong arguments and anecdotal evidence from each said but the answer remains untold. The vegan holds some obvious benefits and possibly some unnoticed drawbacks which I will be discussing in this post.

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1. Vegan Definition

Oxford Languages defines a vegan as “a person who does not eat any food derived from animals and who typically does not use other animal products” (noun) or “eating, using, or containing no food or other products derived from animals” (adjective). Some define vegan as a diet and others refer to it as a lifestyle. People may choose to eat a plant-based diet but are not as rigorous in ensuring that other aspects of their life as in line with the tenets of veganism.

As described by The Vegan Society, the other components of vegan living include vegan medicine, charity supporting, ethical entertainment, and natural beauty products, cleaning products, bathroom items, clothing, and etc. Vegas opt to use natural products and do not support the testing of animals with any of their products. Also, they choose not to support entertainment and business such as zoos, aquariums, dog racing, horse racing, and anything else of this nature.

As reported by Claire Suddath in Time, veganism was first coined in 1944 as a term referring to the avoidance of animal products. This can be traced back to the ancient Indian and eastern Mediterranean societies. In conjunction, vegetarianism is also a principle seen in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, believing that we should not inflict pain on other animals. In 1847, the very first vegetarian society was formed in England and in 1944, a British woodworker by the name of Donald Watson made the term vegan for vegetarians who did not eat dairy and eggs.

2. Benefits

There are numerous benefits to eating a strict vegan diet. Studies have shown that vegans have better heart health, less chance of becoming obese, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, decreased incidence of diabetes, cancer (especially GI, breast, ovarian, and uterus). Vegans also tend to have a lower BMI (body mass index) than those who eat animal-based products as veganism has also been known to promote weight loss.

Veganism also has numerous mental benefits. A vegan diet, or a healthy diet in general, has been known to improve mood and emotional stability. Animal products are said to create an inflammation cascade in the body which can cause feelings of anxiety, stress, hopelessness, and depression. Furthermore, a vegan diet is rich in vital nutrients that can promote feelings of happiness and well-being through supporting the production of important neurotransmitters.

You can eat:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • legume
  • nuts and seeds
  • bread, rice, and pasta
  • vegetable oils
  • dairy alternative
  • plant-based meats

You can’t eat:

  • beef, pork, lamb, and other red meat
  • chicken, duck, and other poultry
  • fish, shellfish, crabs, clams, mussels
  • eggs
  • cheese, butter
  • milk cream, ice cream, and other dairy products
  • mayonnaise
  • honey

WebMD

RUSH

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

3. Drawbacks

Veganism also has drawbacks, mostly based on incorrectly implementing this strict lifestyle. Animal proteins can shortchange you on protein, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin B12. All of these except vitamin B12. can be easily added to your diet by adjusting the types of vegan options you eat. Vitamin B12 must be taken as a supplement when starting a vegetarian or vegan diet as a result of its primary source being meat. Vitamin B12 is essential in the creation of red blood cells and also DNA function. Just because you are eating vegan does not mean you are automatically getting all your vital nutrients! Make sure your diet is encompassing all the necessary carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

Planning meals and the inability to eat out at a lot of places can pose a barrier to many people. If you have a busy lifestyle, it may be hard to meal plan and find restaurants near you that provide vegan options. In conjunction with being time-consuming, the vegan lifestyle can also be expensive with buying vegan alternatives, supplements, and organic foods. With the correct amount of planning, it can be done inexpensively but it more or less will be time-consuming when you first get started. My post on meal planning is a great way to organize your cooking and grocery shopping!

Vegan protein sources include nuts, soy, quinoa, and beans.

Calcium sources are soy milk, fortified drinks, tofu, broccoli, kale, and almonds.

Omega-3 fatty acid sources are flaxseeds, vegetable oils, and plant-based sources.

Iron sources are tofu, soy nuts, peanut butter, and fortified cereals.

4. Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet refers to focusing on consuming non-animal products while not necessarily cutting them out of the diet. This is a great option for those who are not ready or willing to commit to a vegan lifestyle. Many celebrities such Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Gisele Bündchen, Natalie Portman, Woody Harrelson, Russel Brand, Lewis Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. For all those who think you can’t build muscle or maintain your weight with a vegan diet- if the terminator can undertake (and promote) a plant-based lifestyle, I’m sure you can handle one as well!

5. Organic and non-GMO Diet

Although not required in the vegan lifestyle, most participants try to ensure their diet is also organic and non-GMO. Organic foods ARE non-GMO as GMOs refer to genetically modified organisms that are prohibited in organic production. GMOs involve genetic technology that changes the genetic makeup or structure of a product making it unreplicable in nature. Common GMO foods include corn, papaya, and potatoes. The purpose of genetically modifying these foods is to increase the resistance to pests, disease, and environmental conditions.

GMO foods are said to be safe by some and dangerous by others. I urge you to carefully research and vet the source of information while learning about this topic.

CCOF

Kimberton Whole Foods

SPH

6. Final Thoughts

A vegan lifestyle, although may seem like a fad, is rooted in some rich history. The vegan diet has undeniable benefits but also can be time-consuming and inexpensive. Before diving into this lifestyle, I recommend you do your own research and determine what your body needs nutritionally. If you have any health conditions, be sure to consult your doctor and if possible a nutritionist to point you in the right direction. Many people prefer to transition into a plant-based lifestyle slowly to make it sustainable. Start by introducing a couple of vegan days a week and see how you feel! Don’t feel pressured to radically change your lifestyle but don’t be too scared to try!



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