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If you have not already, urge your favorite and other USA based animals rights and / pro-vegan organizations to release an official statement and action plan in how they do not support white supremacy/racism(if they have not yet).

Urge them to not take the ‘cosmetic diversity’ approach and to understand that racism can take many forms, not just Neo Nazis and KKK groups.

Urge them to commit to fighting against white supremacy and systemic racism in a way that integrates it into their organizational goals and values.

Urge them to learn how to operationalize racial equity ( as well as other forms of equities along gender, class, ability, sexual orientation ).

Let them know that they cannot be neutral about the white [supremacist] elephant in the room (and that ‘room’ is a white settler nation called the USA in which the logics of white supremacy were its foundational CORE values and still operate today– from the logic of neo nazis to the logic of white savior complex to the logic of racial profiling to the logic of gentrification to the logic of tracking in K-12 education to the logic of engaging in missionary language when campaigning about animal rights and veganism).

And on a similar note, if you know of pro-vegan and/or animal rights organizations and businesses that are mostly white led and constantly try to convert communities of color to ‘go vegan’, yet have not issued any statements and action plans that show a true commitment to fighting against a white supremacist USA racial caste system, call them out. Many of these entities  will claim that they don’t understand why their organization or business is “so white”, or that they can’t get non-white people “on board” , or that they arean equal opportunity employer and don’t need to talk more about racism– yet they continue to not make it clear that they are actively fighting against white supremacy/racism.

Hold them accountable and make sure they are not engaging in either possessive investment in whiteness or culturally competent racism while asking,  How could ‘we’ have let Trump happen?  

Hold them accountable if they have used images of Black people being lynched, Jewish people in the Holocaust, or Native American genocide to promote non-human animal rights but have yet to issue any action plan and/or statement of ongoing true solidarity with anti-racism and anti white-supremacists activists.

Hold them accountable if they continue to use racial micro-aggressions such as “All Lives Matter” yet have shown zero commitment to ending white supremacist racial caste system.

Hold them accountable when they tell you that talking about race is “divisive” and that “we all are oppressed”. Remind them that this is the same tactic and logic when Trump makes the claim that there is “hate on many sides”, implying that to focus on white supremacy and racism is divisive if we are to bring the country together.

Do it now.

And same goes for non-vegan/non-AR groups, businesses etc. Urge them to do the same and if they don’t make it clear that they will, consider no longer supporting them until they make it clear that they will be committed to both anti-racism and anti-speciesism. Shift your support to the organizations and businesses that are powerhouses in their anti-racism/anti white-supremacy and anti-speciesism work.


To everyone in the struggle against white supremacy in the USA, from Charlottesville VA to Ella Baker Center in Oakland, CA, I will continue fighting. My heart goes out to the victims of the violence of white supremacist racism from last weekend in Charlottesville VA and the countless numbers of people in the USA over the last 5 centuries here. It is a continuum I hope to see vanish within my lifetime.

Dr. A.Breeze Harper (Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)Dr. Harper is the creator and editor of the first of its kind book about veganism and race: Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society(Lantern Books 2010).

Dr. Harper holds a PhD in social science from University of California Davis (with an emphasis in Black Feminisms, Critical Theories of Race, and Ethical Consumption). She has a Masters degree in Educational Technologies from Harvard University, with emphasis on Black Feminisms. Her thesis earned her the prestigious Dean’s award. She does diversity and inclusion consulting, training, and workshops with a focus on ethical consumption and animal-rights oriented organizations and businesses. Her upcoming event Black Mama Scholar in October 7 2017 is a live webcast that will speak critically about her work as an anti-racism activist and ethical vegan within the often racially hostile climate of mainstream veganism in the USA (and beyond).

Dr. A.Breeze Harper (Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014) interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact being a Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. She has taught university staff and students how to use the book as a tool to develop literacy around unconscious bias and understand how deeply impactful systemic racial and socio-economic inequities are.

After observing numerous white vegans making the claim that race doesn’t matter (i.e. the passive-aggressive responses to Black Lives Matter with “All Lives Matter”) , Dr. Harper organized the highly successful and professional conference The Praxis of Black Lives Matter. The conference taught participants how to operationalize racial equity during an era of Black Lives Matter with a focus on plant-based foodie culture like veganism and raw foodism. 

In 2016, Dr. Harper collaborated with Oakland’s FoodFirst’s Executive Director Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez to write the report Dismantling Racism in the Food System, which kicked off FoodFirst’s series on systemic racism within the food system. Dr. Harper is well-known for her talks and workshops  about “Operationalizing Racial Equity” and  “Intersectional Anti-Racism” in ethical consumption, which were given at top universities this past year (University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Penn State to name a few). 

You can check out Dr. Harper’s 2016 talk at Whidbey Institute below about Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape as well as the University of Oregon-Eugene talk Reading Food Objects: A Black Feminist Materialist Reading of Scars in Oregon.


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Apple Cider Vinegar: Friend or Foe


By Dr. Scott Schreiber

History records the use of vinegar around 5000 BC when the Babylonians were using it to make wine from the date palm.  It was also used as a pickling agent to preserve food. Apple cider vinegar first appeared around 400 BC, when Hippocrates prescribed it along with honey to cure coughs and colds.

How is it made?

Apple cider vinegar is made from taking apples and adding water and letting it sit. The apples are then fermented into vinegar. This can easily be done at home. The mother of vinegar is jelly like substance that is combination of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that is used to ferment alcohol from the apple and oxygen into acetic acid, creating the characteristic sour taste of vinegar.

Is it Good For you?

There are many uses for apple cider vinegar. It has been shown to assist with weight loss. The mechanism is believed to "turn on" genes involved with fat breakdown. Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to regulate blood sugar. Studies show it having equal effectiveness to medication.

 It has been thought that most of the medicinal properties come from the mother, an amino-acid like substances, found in the unfiltered form.  Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a probiotic and helps with digestion. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to decrease triglycerides and cholesterol.  Hippocrates used it as an antibacterial for wound healing.   It also may prevent cancer, but more research needs to be done.  Other uses, yet unproven, include treating acid reflux, warts, hot flashes and gout. These can used as an ingredient in recipes and can be dissolved in water.

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How to use it?

It is best used incorporated with food, such as salad dressings.  However it can be diluted in water and drank.  A common dose is one teaspoon to one tablespoon per day.  It is possible to take it in pill form, but the vinegar content is questionable.

If you have any more questions regarding apple cider vinegar or any other nutrition questions, contact Dr. Schreiber at www.drscottschreiber.com.

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Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Curry


-2 cups medium or long grain brown rice (soaked overnight), rinsed, drained and cooked
-1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 brown onion, chopped
-1/4 medium cauliflower head, cut into florets
-2 medium potatoes, cut into 8 pieces
-1 14-ounce can tomatoes
-1 13.6-ounce can coconut milk
-2/3-inch piece of ginger
-3 garlic cloves
-1/3 cup curry leaves
-1 tablespoon garam masala
-1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
-1/2 cup cashews
-1/8 teaspoon chili powder
-Salt, to taste
-Coriander, for garnish (optional)


-Cook the rice by following instructions on the packet.
-Place the coconut oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat.
-When the pan gets hot, add the onion and sauté it for around 2 minutes.
-Add in the cauliflower and potatoes and cook them for another 5 minutes, stirring them occasionally so the potatoes don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
-In a high-speed blender, combine tomatoes, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, cashews, hot chili powder, and salt.
-Blend this until you reach a smooth and thick consistency, then add it to the saucepan. You can add some water if you want it a little runnier.
-Cook for around 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally. It’s ready when the potatoes are cooked.
-Serve with brown rice and garnish with coriander.

Recipe is from onegreenplanet.org

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27 year old Australian actor, Liam Hemsworth, switched to a vegan diet two years ago and has said that's it really been a positive change for him. It all started when he went to a nutritionist to do a blood-diet analysis and everything came back fine. Based on the results, the test was saying that red meats were doing well for him and that he should continue consuming. Unfortunately, the more he ate, the worse he felt. One of his friends had suggested a vegan diet as they had been vegan for over 30 years. Liam gave it some thought. So, between his own health and his understanding of the mistreatment of animals, he became a vegan. He feels that it's truly been a positive change for him and that nothing bad has come from being a vegan. He loves the diet so much that he even got his older brother, Chris Hemsworth to go vegan! Chris, who stars in Thor, really had to work out for his film and in the beginning was eating a lot of meat. Eventually, he cut back and started eating more of a plant based diet and found other ways to get his protein.

Liam also has a great breakfast smoothie recipe that he loves and even drinks them a couple of times a day:


  • Couple Handfuls of Spinach
  • Handful of Ice
  • Handful of Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries)
  • One Banana
  • Almond Butter
  • Almond Milk
  • One Scoop Plant Fusion Protein
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Is It Vegan App

Have an iPhone or Android? Tired of going grocery shopping and spending time reading labels to figure out if they're vegan or not? We have a solution!

And it's an app called Is It Vegan.

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Is It Vegan is an app that helps users who want to eliminate animal products from their diet. Whenever you're at a retail store or gas station, simply open the app on your phone, scan the UPC bar code on the product's packaging, and it will tell you if it's vegan, vegetarian, or neither. It even tells you the vegan ingredients in the product! How great is that?

Sometimes the ingredients can be misleading and we can overlook ingredients that aren't vegan, such as carminic acid. This app is a great tool to use if you're unsure of the terms of animal products. It's been very well received since its launch and the reviews have been nothing but positive. Many users say that Is It Vegan is their go to app and it has never steered them wrong. It's truly helped people who had just started to become vegan and made their transition into veganism so much easier.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites

This great and easy recipe is gluten free AND vegan friendly! They make around 18-20 bites.


-1 heaping TBSP ground cinnamon
-1/4 cup (around 65-75grams) Vanilla Protein Powder
-1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup
-1/2 cup almond meal or peanut flour (you can also just finely grind raw almonds)
-1/4 cup nut butter (creamy no stir works best)
-3/4 cup of gluten free quick oats or gluten free cereal of choice
-Vanilla extract


-Grind up your oats or cereal in a food processor and transfer into a mixing bowl. This is optional. You can keep them whole as well and adjust the addition of maple syrup.
-Add your almond meal, protein powder, cinnamon, and nut butter. Stir ingredients all together.
-Add in your maple syrup and vanilla then mix again well with hands.
-Roll into 1-1.5 inch balls and place on cookie tray or plastic ware with parchment paper underneath.
-Let them freeze for 20-30 minutes then transfer into a Ziploc bag.
-Dust with additional cinnamon and vanilla protein if desired.
-Keep in fridge or freezer for up to 6 weeks.

*From CotterCrunch.com*

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Cruelty-Free Clothing and Accessories

Being vegan doesn't mean just eating animal free products, it means being cruelty free with your beauty products and clothing as well. We love giving tips on where to get the latest cruelty free products and items, so we are showing you where you can purchase vegan clothing!

1. The Vegan Collection is a cruelty free clothing and accessory company. They are based out of Los Angeles, California and what's great about this company is that 25% of the proceeds go to organizations that help the animals! They also use recycled products, like shipping boxes, because they are so environmentally conscious. The Vegan Collection was started in 2008 by a vegan of over 26 years! He's so passionate about what he does and what his brand is about that his company makes sure that the people who are manufacturing his products are treated fairly and are receiving a fair price for their work. When you're purchasing an item from this company, you can be assured that it's 100% authentically cruelty free and that you're playing a role in saving the animals. Their prices are pretty reasonable, too! Below are just a few items that you can purchase:

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2. Grape Cat is another vegan clothing and accessories business. They are located in Pennsylvania and have become the largest online retailer of cruelty free and environmentally friendly clothing and accessories. The owners, James and Christine Lucas, are completely dedicated to "making the world a better place for animals, people, and the environment" as stated on their website. Here are a few examples of what they sell:

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3. MooShoes, is a cruelty free business that sells things such as footwear, books, t shirts, and more! You can purchase their items online or in store at their two different retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. MooShoes was founded in 2001 by sisters Erica and Sarah Kubersky. Check out their footwear below!

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Vegan and Vegetarian Juice Bar in Florida

If you live in Florida, visiting, or planning to visit, you must go to Raw Juce! They're a vegan and vegetarian juice bar that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. They have a few locations around Florida: Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Weston, Miami Beach, and Aventura.

They are a USDA certified organic juice bar and it is honestly amazing. It is expensive, but it's worth the price. Their juices are cold pressed to make sure the minerals and nutrients stay intact. Their menu has a wide variety of items, which is great if you're indecisive or picky. With their selection of juices, smoothies, acaí bowls, oatmeal, salads, and treats, you can never leave unsatisfied.

Here are just a few examples of what they have:


@brittanycarel Fave Smoothie Bomb- Turmeric Gold! ? Hard to believe that something so healthy, can taste so delicious ?

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That's how @barrett.sharpe likes her RawJuce!


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Tasty and Fresh.... USDA Certified Organic too ! ??

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Vegan Sausage Pastries (aka, Pigs in a Blanket)

"Pigs In a blanket" is an appetizer consisting of small sausages wrapped in pastry. We hate that name so we came up with our own!


Daiya Cheddar Cheese Shreds

- Vegan hot dog brand (Any kind you'd like)

Immaculate Baking  Crescent Rolls


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil - or grease it lightly.

2. Pop and roll out your crescents. Assemble your piggies! Slice the "dogs" into either halves or quarters and roll them into the triangle crescents with a pinch of vegan Daiya cheese.

3. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes 8!

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The Misconceptions of Being Vegan

When you tell someone that you're a vegan, you get a mix of positive and negative reactions. There are a lot of misconceptions of being vegan and we think it's time everyone realizes the reality of it.



These days, everything is a trend and while some do follow a healthy way of living as a trend, most do it because they want to change their ways due to morals, health issues, etc. Being vegan ISN'T a trend, it's a lifestyle. To choose veganism is to choose to be cruelty-free and to not consume animal products. Whether you do it for your health or because you want to save the planet, it's your choice.


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Veganism isn't gendered. A lot of people seem to think that only women follow the vegan diet and that men are the carnivores. This is false. People of all walks of life can be vegan and are vegan. Someone's gender does not determine their dietary needs and choices.



Vegans are human beings that live on Earth like everyone else. They care about what's around them and they are being conscious of what is happening on our planet. Why do labels need to be thrown around?



Not all protein comes from animal sources and you can get a lot of your proteins and nutrients from plants!   Aside from plants/vegetables, another great source of protein comes from nuts, lentils, etc. Your calcium can also come from vegetables, so vegans are definitely good in the nutrient department!

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Sexy, tousled waves and wispy bangs are back in a big, big way this year. Here's what you'll need to get this look with cruelty free styling:

Derm Organic's mousse is perfect for building big volume into the hair and giving that sexy lift. Add to damp hair and brush through thoroughly.

Blow-dry hair upside down for maximum lift. Hit that cool button once the hair is dry,  to set the roots in place so that your lift will last all day. Be sure, when drying your bangs, to brush them back and forth to dry.

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Take a comb or small brush and comb through your bangs until you like the swept and piece-y look of them, spritz them lightly with the Giovanni form hold spray and let dry for a minute. This will keep them in place without looking shiny or crunchy.

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And if your looking to go full Bardot and sweep your hair up and leave the bangs out, be sure to smooth out and comb the hair with this boars brush, vegan friendly alternative. Once pinned and tucked into place, spritz with spray once more for all day hold.

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About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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Amazing Lentil Tabbouleh

This super easy recipe serves 4 and cooks in 30 minutes!


  • 200 grams of puy lentils
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 200 grams of ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large bunch of fresh-leaf parsley
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint
  • 4 tbs of Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper


  • Rinse the lentils, then cook in plenty of salted water until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Trim and finely slice the spring onions, halve the tomatoes, then pick and finely chop the herb leaves.
  • Mix the cooled lentils with the spring onions, tomatoes, herbs and 4 tablespoons of oil. Add the lemon juice to taste, season with sea salt and black pepper, then serve

*Recipe from Jamie Oliver*

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Totally, Accidentally Vegan Foods

Ever stroll the aisles of the supermarket, watching other shoppers roll past by with their totally affordable (but non vegan) items and wish you could just grab some inexpensive, convenient and yummy items yourself? Being vegan doesn't have to be difficult. And you'll probably be surprised at what snacks are accidentally vegan...

For instance, let's say you need to whip up some cupcakes, brownies or a cake last minute. Most of us know the pleasure (and pain) of creating from-scratch vegan baked goods and meals. Unfortunately, this can become pricey quickly and can be absolutely time consuming. So here we are to bring you the normal, everyday things you can grab while you're rolling through the aisles of your local grocer, without hitting yourself in the wallet.

Cake/Cupcake & Brownie Mixes


Most cupcake and cake mixes are actually free of the milk, eggs and butter they call for in the recipe. Just be sure to double check ingredients,  but mostly they are just made up of flours, sugars and flavors.

Try the Duncan Hines Double Fudge Decadent Brownie mix for a fudgey cake or brownie batch!



Icing doesn't have to be a pain in the butt either. Our favorite and inexpensive way to whip up a thick, fluffy batch? Vegan butter and powdered sugar! Just use your stand up mixer and add each one slowly until you get your desired icing texture. Add cocoa powder to make a delicious chocolate frosting, or fresh strawberries. YUM!



If you are supposed to bring the chips and dip and are tired of tortilla chips (or don't want to show up with a veggie tray just to hear groans of disappointment, try Fritos corn chips, Doritos spicy sweet chili flavor or the Original Lay's chips or Ruffles Originals. Doritos, Fritos and Original Lay's are kind of a staple at most parties anyhow. Or if you want something less processed and with only a few ingredients just try grabbing a bag of pretzels and some organic peanut butter!

Snacks for Work/Trips


If you need some truly pocketbook friendly munchies than grab some Nabisco 100 calorie pack Oreo thins, BBq Pringles, Wheat Thins Ritz Original crackers. (We recommend adding vegan cheese slices in between or you fave nut butter), Kettle brand Sea Salt & Vinegar chips or some Nature Valley PB granola bars.

While all of these snacks are certainly not of the healthy variety, we have all been to parties, gas stations and grocery stores where we have little time or very little cash on us and need a bite. It's always good to know your options, also this way you don't have to give up your morals to get some calories (aka energy) in your body. So next time you're at a party with chips, and crackers, you'll know when you can enjoy.

What's your favorite surprisingly vegan food?

About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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Our Top Vegan Eye Creams

Acure Organics Eye Cream- $10


Acure is one of our favorite brands, chock full of natural ingredients and plenty of vegan friendly products available.

They are also now carried in Ulta, Whole foods and Target!

"Acure Organics Eye Cream Superfruit + Chlorella Growth Factor is chock full of line-fighting Organic Superfruits

like Pomegranate, Acai and Goji berry that reduce puffiness and diminish wrinkles, dark circles and crow’s feet. You won’t believe your eyes!

You’ll scream for Acure Organics Eye Cream!"

100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream- $25


A total cult favorite, this little gem is packed with coffee bean and natural caffeine to brighten, tighten and awaken the eyes.

"For all skin types. For those who desire reduced puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles for the delicate skin around the eyes."

Dermae Hyaluronic Eye Cream- $17


The perfect creamy, moisturizing formula for sensitive and tired eyes that need serious love.

"This blend of skin specific nutrients is deeply hydrating for the sensitive skin around your eyes. It dramatically hydrates and nourishes for optimum skin health. Only derma e® has blended these two highly effective,

deeply penetrating ingredients with other supporting skin vitamins into a rich, nourishing crème safe for the delicate eye area."

About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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Too Sweet: Is Sugar Bad For You?

by Dr. Scott Schreiber 

Certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist

Editor’s Foreword: We’ve heard it time after time that sugar can be bad for you, but do you actually know the many names of sugar to avoid? Is sugar bad for you at all? Check out Dr. Scott’s expert advice on why sugar is bad, his list of over 60 names for sugar, and some simple advice! 

The many faces of sugar…

With the government recently changing the appearance of food labels, specifically including added sugar, one glaring question needs to be answered.

In reality, is sugar bad for you?

How much sugar is too much?

Considering over 74% of packaged foods contain sugar, we are probably eating too much.  In one year, the average American consumes one hundred fifty-six pounds of sugar!  That’s thirty-one five-pound bags!  Most of it comes in the form of high fructose corn syrup, a highly processed sweetener that is added to just about everything.   The World Health Organization released guidelines that the maximum amount of sugar should account for only 10% of daily calories.  To put that in perspective, that is eight heaping teaspoons for someone eating a two thousand calorie diet.  One can of soda has at least ten, putting you over the edge very quickly.


Where is sugar hiding?

Surprisingly, according to the USDA, only twenty-nine percent of sugar consumed yearly comes from table sugar.  The rest comes from food.  Just to be clear, that is 111 pounds of sugar per person per year from food!  Over thirty-three percent of added sugar comes from consuming soft drinks.  These are highly processed beverages and have been associated with several chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Foods such as crackers, yogurt, ketchup, peanut butter, pasta sauce, condiments, and canned foods are all loaded with sugar.  Another source of sugar are low-fat products, which up until recently were all the rage.  Sugar is even hidden in plain sight, a deceptive labeling technique used by food manufactures.  Pretty manipulative!


Sugar’s many names:

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Here are sixty-one creative sugar labels.

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Palm sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar


Are all sugars the same?

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All sugar must be metabolized to glucose to be used as energy.  Whether it is rice syrup or musovado, your body does not discriminate; sugar is sugar and will metabolize it as such.  With that being said, fiber, a polysaccharide, actually slows down the absorption of sugar and helps regulate blood levels.  When reading food labels, be on the lookout for multiple sugar types.  This is one sneaky ways that food manufactures add additional sugar to their products, and it is all legal.

Is sugar really unhealthy?

So, is sugar bad for you then and how? When sugar enters the blood stream, insulin is required for sugar to be absorbed by the cell.  Without insulin, blood sugar will rise.  Over time, elevated blood sugar decreases causes the pancreas to excessively produce insulin, eventually destroying the insulin-producing cells.  High blood sugar causes your blood vessels to clog.  Clogged blood vessels can lead to kidney problems, strokes, heart attacks, vision loss, decreased immune response, erectile dysfunction, nerve damage, decreased circulation, especially in the legs and feet, and slow wound healing.

At the same time, the excess sugar is being converted to fat and stored in and around organs as well as under the skin and abdomen.  Recent research has correlated excess sugar with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and gout, as well as a major cause of the obesity epidemic.   In a nutshell, added sugar is unhealthy and unnecessary, especially when eaten excessively.

Are there any good sweeteners?

At this time, the only reasonably safe non-calorie sweetener is stevia.  It is plant derived, however it is processed with dextrose or erythritol to maintain freshness and stability.  Dates can also be used as a sweetener. Being a dried fruit, they contain over thirty percent sugar as well as fiber and iron.

Just as anything, do not eat to heart’s content, because sugar is sugar no matter how you look at it.

Author Bio:
Dr Scott Schreiber Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over 11 years.  He is a chiropractic physician, double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition, a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.  He can be contacted via his website www.drscottschreiber.com.

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Just a GIANT compilation of all the vegan things you need and where to find them when you're out on the town or running errands!




















About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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Do you ever miss your old fave restaurants you use to visit before going vegan? Wishing you could still visit and actually eat there too? Ever get invited out to dinner, drinks or to an event at a restaurant and have zero options? Well, according to analysts and some food predictions, it looks like 2017 is going to be even more the Year of the Vegan.

Restaurants, even popular ones, are starting to see the rise in not only veggie options but requests for entirely meat-free plates. Food consulting firm Baum and Whiteman says, "They're pushing animal protein to the side of the plate... or entirely off it," which couldn't be better news for all Vegan Options in Restaurants to Skyrocket in 2017!of us already on the plant-based train.

As the popularity rises in 2017, trends and options will change and the 2020's are looking very bright for cruelty-free food stops and meals. Our hope is not for the places that serve non vegan foods to disappear, but to start offering wider varieties of things we can eat and love. We want places like Ihop, Uno's, Papa John's, Apple Bee's, Wendy's, Panera, Chipotle, Moe's Subway, Coldstone, Cheesecake Factory to put as much time and research into plant-based recipes and meals as they do for the non vegan dishes.

Veganism has also boomed lately because of teens and Instagram. With inspiring posts of vegan #fitspo and out of this world smoothie bowls, younger people are being drawn into this cruelty-free lifestyle. Most vegans are in the age range of 15-35, so mostly young adults and we all know how hungry young people are. So we think it would behoove the restaurant industry to really work to cater to the new, plant-based young person. Welcome to the age of the vegan foodie.

How wonderful it would be to no longer hear, "Where do you eat?" or "What do you even eat?" We could just be invited or tag along and enjoy wherever we go! So, here's to a new year full of cruelty-free restaurant options and to many more places to visit for eats, treats and dates.

But if you really want to see more vegan options out there then here's a major tip: Don't be shy to make some suggestions at your favorite restaurant; they may be open to accommodating you, especially if others do the same.

About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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5 Top Rated Practically Ready Vegan Roasts

Sometimes you really wish you could take the time to cook a savoury, homemade veggie dish to wow the family. Sometimes there's just no time! What is one to do? There isn't always time to bake a 25 ingredient, 2-day prep work, veggie roast of your dreams. (Though it's totally worth it if you do.) So, here is our compilation of the BEST and already put together, veggie roasts:

Tofurky Veggie Roast has to be the number one plant-based roast we hear fellow plant people rave about time and time again. From texture to seasoning, they admit it is the perfect dupe for the typical holiday centrepiece.

Field Roast's Classic Celebration Roast is our personal favorite and it's so full of flavor and pairs really well with some homemade cranberry sauce and one can usually find it on sale. Win-win! Sometimes we even buy two or three and have one for each holiday meal. Personally, we think Field Roast has some of the best veggie products in the market.

Smoky Forager's Roast (also by Field Roast) This one is for the people who have refined taste or simply want something less faux turkey and more faux ham. With a pienapple mustard glaze, stuffing and gravy, you will definitely need to wear stretchy waistband pants, because YUM!

Gardein's Holiday Roast Another one of our favorites - this roast is a tad on the salty side but it's very flavorful and stuffed with wild rice and cranberries and the texture is perfect. With a bit of juiciness and chew, it's a great roast to feed everyone at the table.

Vegetarian Plus "Ham" Roll is yet another great alternative to all the faux and imitation poultry rolls. Made with non-GMO soy protein and an apricot/plum glaze, this is sure to be not only a crowd pleaser but one you could roll out at Easter time too! (You see what we did there?)

Eating a plant-based diet shouldn't mean missing out on events or special holidays or even great food. Be sure to check out more of our recipes that would be perfect to add to your table this year. Let us know your favorite holiday rolls and roasts too!

About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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You've Got Food on Your Face

EASY, DIY, plant-based skincare to get you through this crazy and finicky skin time of year!

Hey there, Pumpkin


Skin never knows what it wants to do, but we have no problem getting right on top of our skincare regimen and figuring out how to solve our skincare woes asap. Dry, dehydrated, oily t-zone or congested skin- there's a simple DIY fix to help and it's all wallet friendly.

One of our favorite things to do while scooping out the pumpkin innards during Fall, is to freeze and save them. Pumpkin has natural enzymes and vitamins to not only get rid of dead skin and dryness, but it's rich in vitamins that can firm and brighten skin. We love slathering this on all over before hopping into the shower. We use it as a face pack most of the time though. The best way to do this is to use a high speed blender ( thank you Vitamix gods) and blend until smooth. Then just slap it on your face. We always get glow-y, soft skin.

If you are feeling particularly dry or lackluster, add in some scrubby. Take some sugar and add it to the pumpkin puree to make an amazing glow scrub. If you end up freezing and saving the pumpkin insides, just defrost on the counter thoroughly before pureeing.

No time for cutting up pumpkins? Canned pumpkin works too, it's gentler for sensitive skinned folks too!

Sweet, Sweet Cinnamon

Cinnamonum verum

Yes we said cinnamon. Cinnamon is a great DIY lip plumper, but as with all things you're going to be putting on that beautiful face- use caution! Cinnamon is a warming spice and really heats up fast. Be sure to use sparingly and slowly at first and no need to rub the skin hard or be rough with it. Cinnamon is used in so many holiday dishes, we figured why not add it to our skincare and use it up! Add it to gloss for lip plumping, add it to your face for some serious cell turnover and a fresh glow.

All we do is dampen our face and start with a small amount of cinnamon and make small and gentle circles using our fingertips. Just gently buffing the skin. The cinnamon will increase blood flow to the skin, aiding in cell turnover and brightening. So you'll be a tad pink at first.

Rinse with cool water thoroughly and pat gently dry. Immediately follow with your favorite moisturizer. Ours is fresh aloe. You glow girl- or Boy!

Sweet Potato Pie Face


Eating a bunch of sweet potato pie while delicous, isn't what we are suggesting, but have a few slices anyway. Getting in plenty of sweet poatatoes is amazing for your skin. It helps to repair and firm and brighten. Rich in vitamins and minerals especially vitamin A which is great for acneic skin, it can help cut down oil production and battle cystic ace as well.

You can also juice them and add the juice to clay masks or on their own to dampen the face and help to brighten the skin. This also helps to decrease dark spots and plumps the skin. Just add the juice to the face, allow to dry and rinse and pat dry.

What's your favorite face food?

About Amarie Halley

Amarie is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Skincare Specialist, Makeup artist and Cruelty-Free beauty guru. She's natural food buff and loves holistic remedies, tinctures and healing foods. Her passion is bringing beauty and compassion together, for inside and out gorgeousness!

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