One of my goals for 2018 was to reduce my carbon footprint. I used to think that simply separating plastic and paper was enough, but I didn’t realize how my consumerism truly affected the environment.
After the trucks pick up our plastic, where does it really go? In my mind, I would imagine those milk jugs, plastic bags, etc. would turn into a nice park bench or a hair brush. I was wrong. After reading an article on NPR, I learned that the US exported half of its recyclables and nearly half of that went to China. Well, China has recently put a ban on 24 kinds of solid wastes.
Carra-what? If you're not paying attention to ingredients in your food, then you might not have heard of carrageenan. But, carrageenan is widely used within the food industry and even called a 'natural alternative'. You can find it in processed foods including organic & vegan food.
What is carrageenan?
Carrageenan is derived from an edible red seaweed. It's used in food as a thickener and a stabilizer. Think about how some of your drinks never separate, or why the texture of your ice-cream is so smooth. You can find it in everything from coffee creamer to yogurt.
Everyone knows that they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but with today's lifestyle, we find it to be akin to a mission impossible.
According to health.gov, the recommending daily servings are 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. To help you figure out what a serving is, they break it down as such:
It appears that we have all survived another year! We have seen the most trying year so far politically that at times I had to go on a news cleanse and just turn off the news channels, social media and turn on some calming meditative music.
We all have different ways of coping with such a crazy news cycle and for me, it was about connecting with myself spiritually, continuing my vegan food evolution and embarking on a zero-waste journey. How does this help me cope? Well, it gives me something else to obsess over and feel like I'm making a difference in the environment as well as my overall health.
In case you haven't noticed, there's a movement happening right now. That movement is about taking back our health and going plant-based. With the state of healthcare on a delicate tightrope act within our government, it is up to us to start making smart food choices.
Last year in March, I was introduced to Kombucha. I was in Miami at a farmer's market and being drawn to cool bottles, there was a table that was selling this stuff. I had no idea what it was, but I liked the bottle (I'm such a girl). I tried a sample and decided it was worth the $6.99 to drink this kombucha stuff and have a cool bottle to save.
After I got back from my trip, I decided to research more about kombucha. I'm one of those people who will do research for fun. I learned that it was an ancient probiotic drink. As someone who is gluten sensitive, I blame antibiotics for my affliction, helping all of my good gut bacteria seemed like a good idea. Plus, I like the way kombucha tastes.
I was buying kombucha at the store for a while, but that got really expensive at about $3.69 a bottle. They say you want to drink a bottle per day. My sister suggested that we start making our own kombucha. I was afraid to do it at first, but soon, I found out that it's as easy as making tea.. with some extra stuff.
I've been a vegetarian for 9 years and recently became a whole food, plant-based vegetarian. I used to eat eggs and dairy on occasion. Recently, I learned that eggs triggered my migraines. It's so funny to me how all these years I'd get headaches and feel nauseated and blame it on the weather or PMS, when all this time it was the food I was eating! I stopped eating dairy after watching this talk by Dr. Neal Barnard on Youtube. People give up animal products for different reasons and whatever reason you choose, you should make sure it is right for you. Now, I sleep better and just overall feel better...and so can you.
Before I started my husband finding mission, I was single for a very long time. And a year later at 40, I find myself single again. But, my theory on a perfect love and relationship hasn't changed.
First, let me start by letting you know that the video itself is 34 minutes long. I was going to edit it, however, I talked throughout the whole video explaining what I was doing that I figured I'd keep it as is and you can fast forward through parts as you choose. I might do more detailed videos showing just how I put on my eyeshadow and just my blush, but I haven't decided all of that yet.
I've been on obsessed with reusing everything glass that I have, from reusing the glass jars and glass bottles (you can read about that here) and now glass candle jars. I'm going on this zero waste kick and I can't be more pleased with myself. I say that if this world is going to crap, it won't be because of me!
I'm also all about saving money, and repurposing what you already have is one of the most cost efficient ways of doing this...not to mention that it's environmentally friendly.
Check out this super easy DIY project using glass candle jars that have tops.
Scarlett is a business owner and lover of pretty things. She started this blog to share some of her witticisms and favorite things.