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How to Survive a Long Flight: Carry-On Essentials

CARRY-ON

Hello! This post outlines what I consider carry-on essentials for a long flight. After years of experience, I have learned it is just as important to pack for your flight as it is to pack for your vacation!

*Read the previous post in this series on “Choosing Your Seat”

Please note, this post does contain affiliate links.


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Tip #2: Carry-On Essentials

Know What You’re Allowed

We all know how strict airlines are with what you can and can’t carry-on a plane. Although the rules tend to be consistent amongst each airline, I always recommend you double-check your airline’s carry-on policy before getting to the airport. This will prevent you from possibly being forced to check a bag you intended to carry-on.

Carry-On Policies

Since long flights tend to book-up, airlines follow their carry-on policies very closely on these flights. Most airlines allow you to bring one carry-on and one personal item in the cabin with you (but keep in mind, these rules are constantly changing).

  • Carry-On: A small size luggage that must be stored in the overhead compartment (small luggage, weekender bag..)
    • Approximate Dimensions: 9″ x 14″ x 22″ = 22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm (including handles and wheels)
  • Personal Item: Any item that can fit under the seat in front of you (purse, briefcase, backpack, laptop bag, diaper bag..)
  • Additional Items: Most airlines will allow you to bring other little items on board with you in addition to your carry-on/personal item, such as a pillow, blanket, umbrella, or jacket.

Picking the Perfect “Personal Item” Bag:

On a long flight, your personal item will be your survival kit (you may think I’m being funny, but I’m not)! It is best to store anything you will need access to during your flight in your personal item since it will be stored under the seat in front of you. Therefore, I like a bag that is spacious yet compact enough that it doesn’t take away all of my leg room.

Here are some vegan bags I recommend:


What To Pack!

Now that you have the perfect bag picked out, let’s discuss what you should consider packing for the flight. It may seem like a lot, but you can pick and choose which are essentials for you during a long day of travel. (Side Note: all suggested items are made from non-animal materials or faux leather!)

Click here for a condensed PDF version of this carry-on packing list!

Travel Wallet &/or Passport Holder — 

Traveling is a good time to switch out your regular wallet for something a bit larger that can hold all your important travel documents (passport, tickets, hotel information, car rental, cash, credit cards, etc..). Organization is key! Plus, some wallets come with technology to prevent hackers from stealing your credit card information using RFID. Here are my picks:

Pillow & Blanket

The ones the airline provides are reused and it’s unclear what their sanitation process entails between flights (if there even is one). Since flights can get chilly & if you tend to be cold, dress in layers and pack a light blanket. If you are a fan of neck pillows, try to find one that inflates or is compactable. Here are my picks:

Self-Care Items

Just because you are on a long flight does not mean your personal care routine goes out the window. Remember, you are going to be on a flight for the majority of your day! Side Note: If you are comfortable with it, I recommend going make-up free so you can easily care for your skin during your flight.

  • Facial Wipes: Use these to freshen up mid-flight or prior to landing. Trust me, you’ll feel so much better with a clean face! Confession, I have even used these on my underarms when my connecting flight got canceled and I was stuck in an airport for hourssss. #lifesaver — Here are my picks:

Clothing —

Here is my advice on dressing/packing clothes for a long flight:

  • Please wear socks!! You will most likely have to take your shoes off while going through security so make sure you are wearing socks with your shoes otherwise you are going to find yourself barefoot in the dirty airport. 😣
  • Consider your footwear carefully… Make sure to wear shoes that are easy to remove and put back on quickly since you’ll have to do this at the security checkpoint. Also, keep in mind the climate of your final destination!
  • Dress in layers! Airplanes can feel warm/stuffy when you first get on but once you reach altitude the cabin quickly gets chilly. Save room in your bag by wearing a sweater/sweatshirt onto the plane (you can always take it off and use it as a pillow).
  • Pack or wear appropriate clothing for your destination! A long flight often equates to a drastic change in climate. If you’re heading somewhere tropical, yoga pants and a pair of flip-flops in your carry-on will keep you comfortable upon arrival. Going somewhere cold? Have a jacket in your carry-on or easily accessible from your luggage.

Electronics —

Entertainment —

  • Many long-distance flights have seatback entertainments systems which are a life saver! However, if watching TV is not for you, make sure you have some other source of entertainment. Long flights are prime time to start that book you’ve been meaning to read! Here are some suggestions:
    • Books/magazines
    • Adult coloring book & colored pencils
    • Drawing pad

Food/Snacks —

  • It is always better to pack your own meals & snacks. However, there are certain types of foods you should stay away from on a long flight. I have an entire post on what-to-eat during long-distance flights coming soon (“How to Survive a Long Flight: Meals & Snacks”). Stay tuned!

Miscellaneous Items —


Did I miss anything? I hope not (if I did, let me know in the comments)! This list may seem like a lot to pack but I promise it will all fit in your personal item and be a life saver on your flight.

Click here for a condensed PDF version of this carry-on packing list! 


Thank you for reading!

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Choosing Your Perfect Planning System: 2017 Edition!

Choosing Your Perfect Planning System: 2017 Edition!

Okay, I know it’s only November and may seem early.. but this is the best time to start thinking about your planner for the upcoming year! (Side note: how is it almost 2017?!) Most brands have officially launched their 2017 collections for preorder so now is the time to buy to ensure you get your ideal planner before it sells out (and trust me, they do)! I believe the key to starting off a new year on the right foot is being prepared. For me, that means having an effective planning system in place!

Maybe I’m old school, but there is something about a paper planner that I LOVE and cannot give up. I have tried using only my phone/laptop but failed miserably. For those of you who can use a digital calendar alone, kudos to you! I have finally figured out a system that works for me and it consists of both digital and paper planning. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as it saves you time and stress!

About this Post: 

Below I break down some of the various planning systems out there in the hopes it will help you figure out what is a good fit for you! I have tried A LOT of different planners over the years so I like to consider myself a planner expert (ask my friends/family, and they will support this statement ?).

I have physically purchased or used all of the planners I’m featuring in this post at some point in my life so they all come highly recommended. The large featured image of each planner is linked to its shop listing so if you find one you like, you can view its specifications and potentially purchase it.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to comment below this post or send me an email on my contact page! I hope this post helps you find some planner peace 🙂

Let’s get started!

Featured Brands & Where to Find Them:



Choosing Your Perfect Planning System for 2017!

Option #1 – Digital Planning

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What I Like About Digital Planning (e.g. phone/tablet/computer..)

  • Convenience – If you are someone who carries your phone on you at all times, then that means you also have your schedule with you at all times & it is compact/portable. This is perfect for on-the-spot planning (how I personally use my iPhone calendar). Being able to sync your calendar across all of your devices is another win.
  • Reminders – Who else has almost missed an appointment but a pop-up reminder came and saved the day? I doubt I’m the only one who will admit to this. I especially love this feature for reminding me of birthdays first thing in the AM!
  • Delete/Edit – I have to admit, not having to erase/whiteout schedule changes is a big pro.
  • Space – It is impossible to run out of writing space because you don’t have to write! You can put every detail about an event right in your calendar (time, address, reoccurrence, etc.) Your handwriting will no longer dictate what size planner you need.
  • Sharing – All it takes is a click of a button to send someone all the info about an event. So simple and easy!

Why It Wasn’t For Me:

  • Although I love all the features listed above, when I tested utilizing only digital planning, I found myself missing my paper planner. When scheduling through my phone, I somehow missed events or tasks. I think this had to do with the fact that I remember things better when I physically write them down and I also found my physical planner to have a better monthly/weekly view than that of my tiny phone screen.

How I Use Digital Planning:

  • Since I don’t always have my physical planner on me, I use my phone calendar to mark off events that come up when I am out and about. This works well for work meetings, classes, or shows. When I get home, I transfer the event from my phone into my physical planner.

Do you use digital planning alone? If so, I would love to hear how you have made it work for you – tell me about it in the comments section below this post!



Option #2 – Horizontal Weekly Planner

  • This format is one of the most common in the planner world.
  • Format: Week divided over 2 pages with sections for each day.
  • Works best for: List makers & task-oriented planners.

Sugar Paper: Weekly/Monthly Planner ($14.99)

Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($14.99)

 

Sugar Paper: Weekly/Monthly Planner ($10.99)

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Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($10.99)

Day Designer for BlueSky: Weekly/Monthly Planner ($19.99)

Click to Shop: BlueSky.com

ban.do: Weekly/Monthly Agenda – 17 Months ($28.00)

ban.do Weekly Agenda

Click to Shop: bando.com ($28.00)

 



Option #3 – Vertical Weekly Planner

  • Format: Weekdays divided into vertical columns over 2 pages. Columns usually contain divided time slots. Limited space for a daily to-do list.
  • Works best for: Scheduled events/meetings/appointments.

Day Designer for BlueSky: Weekly/Monthly Planner ($24.99)

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Click to Shop: BlueSky.com ($24.99)

inkWELL Press: Classic Weekly/Monthly Planner ($44.99)

liveWELL Classic Weekly Planner by inkWELL Press

Click to Shop: Office Depot Online or In-Store ($44.99)

*FYI: There is a horizontal (aka Flex) option available exclusively through InkwellPress.com!

Start Planner: Hustle Weekly/Monthly Planner ($55.00)

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Click to Shop: StartPlanner.com ($55.00)

 



Option #4 – Weekly Overview

  • One of the newer planner layouts!
  • Format: Weekly planning divided over 2 pages – one side for weekday-specific planning & one side for organized lists.
  • Works best for: List makers who also want daily scheduling capabilities.

Sugar Paper: Weekly/Monthly Planner ($14.99)

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Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($14.99)

Sugar Paper: Weekly/Monthly Planner ($14.99)

Sugar Paper Weekly Planner

Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($14.99)



Option #5 – Daily Planner

  • This format is harder to come by and tends to be bulkier/more expensive.
  • Format: Each weekday gets its own page including scheduling time slots & to-do list. Sat/Sun tend to share a page.
  • Works best for: People with busy days & varying daily schedules. Detail oriented planners. People who write large.

Simplified Planner by Emily Ley: Daily/Monthly Planner ($58.00)

Daily Simplified Planner

Click to Shop: EmilyLey.com ($58.00)

Day Designer by Whitney English: Daily/Monthly Planner – Flagship Version ($59.00)

Daily Planner by Day Designer

Click to Shop: DayDesigner.com ($59.00)

Day Designer for Blue Sky: Daily/Monthly Planner ($19.99)

Day Designer for Blue Sky 5"x8" Daily Planner

Click to Shop: BlueSky.com ($19.99)

Day Designer for Blue Sky: Daily/Monthly Planner ($29.99)

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Click to Shop: BlueSky.com ($29.99)

Start Planner: Hustle Daily/Monthly Planner ($60.00)

Click to Shop: StartPlanner.com ($60.00)



Option #6 – Monthly Planner

  • This format is much simpler and lacks supplemental weekly/daily planning space.
  • Format: Month view over 2 pages. Will sometimes include additional monthly planning pages.
  • Works best for: People with a consistent schedule. Long-term planners.

ban.do: 12-Month Planner ($20.00)

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Click to Shop: bando.com ($20.00)

 

Sugar Paper: Monthly Planner ($6.99)

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Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($6.99)

Sugar Paper: Monthly Planner ($6.99)

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Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($6.99)

inkWELL Press: Monthly Planner ($29.99)

liveWELL Monthly Planner by inkWELL Press

Click to Shop: Office Depot Online or In-Store ($29.99)



Option #7 – Pocket Planner

  • A compact planner intended easily to travel with you!
  • Format: Varies – typically consists of a standard weekly spread in addition to a 2-page month view.
  • Works best for: Those who need their planner at all times & prefer a paper planner to digital planning.

Sugar Paper: Weekly/Monthly Pocket Planner ($7.99)

Sugar Paper Snow Leopard Weekly/Monthly Pocket Planner

Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($7.99)

 



Option #8 – Wall Calendar

  • This format comes in all shapes, styles, and sizes!
  • Format: Large monthly view consisting of one month/page. Can be displayed on a wall/fridge.
  • Works best for: Families and major month events (anniversaries, birthdays, parties, holidays, etc.)

Sugar Paper: 15″ x 12″ Wall Calendar (2017) // $9.99

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Click to Shop: Target.com or In-Store ($9.99)

 

Day Designer for BlueSky: “Navy Floral” 15″ x 12″ Wall Calendar (2017) // $14.99

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Click to Shop: BlueSky.com ($14.99)

 

inkWELL Press: Desk Pad Monthly Calendar (2017) // $17.29

inkWELL Press Desk Pad Monthly Calendar

Click to Shop: Office Depot Online or In-store ($17.29)

 



Option #9 – Binder System

  • The most versatile of all planner systems!
  • Format: This is entirely up to you! There is an insert for every need.
  • Works best for: People who desire flexibility & the ability to customize their planning system.

inkWELL Press: A5 Planner Inserts ($34.00 – does not include binder)

Click to Shop: inkwellpress.com ($34.00 – does not include binder)

Day Designer by Whitney English: A5 Luxe Collection ($89.00 – includes binder & starter pack)

Day Designer A5 Luxe Collection

Click to Shop: DayDesigner.com ($89.00 – includes binder & starter pack)

Start Planner: A5 Fancy Pants Binder System ($98.00 – includes binder & starter pack)

Start Planner: A5 Fancy Pants Binder System

Click to Shop: StartPlanner.com ($98.00 – includes binder & starter pack)



Phew! I’m sure that was a lot to take in but I hope it helps you pick your perfect planner for 2017!

Which planning system in your favorite? Do you stick to the same one year after year or are you going to spice things up in 2017? Let me know in the comments section below!

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All You Need to Know About Vegan Leather

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So what do you do if you want to live a cruelty-free lifestyle but like the aesthetics of leather? Luckily, as with most animal derived products, there is a vegan option. Below is everything you need to know about vegan leather!

What is Vegan Leather?

Vegan leather refers to any material that was designed to look like leather without the use of animal products. In most cases, these materials are a form of thermoplastic, meaning they can be shaped/molded as a liquid but keep their shape as a solid. Such characteristics allow them to be molded, dyed and manipulated to feel and look like genuine leather.

Differences in Types of Vegan Leather:

MATERIAL

Over the years, many materials have been tested and used as forms of leather substitutes. Today, the most common versions of vegan leather are composed of either polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU). You may not realize it, but you already use these materials in one way or another. For instance:

  • polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
    • Third most common plastic in the world (aka “vinyl”)
    • Commonly used to make plumbing/pipes, window frames, IV tubing, credit cards, inflatable products, flooring, etc…
  • polyurethane (PU)
    • The #1 most common plastic in the world (you unavoidably come into contact with it daily!)
    • Commonly used to make plastic bags, plastic wrap, plastic cartons, straws, bulletproof vests, toys, etc…
    • Considered less harmful for the environment than PVC

Other materials not as commonly used are recycled nylon, cork, rubber, paper, kelp, cotton, cardboard, and tree bark!

QUALITY VARIES

Mimicking the texture, durability, and quality of genuine leather is not an easy task so there are differences in quality of vegan leather. Depending on the materials and methods used, the process can either be extremely cheap or extremely expensive. These factors are reflected in the final product:

  • “Cheap” Vegan Leather = can have a strong plastic smell, feel thin/flimsy, usually made from PVC, tend to be manufactured in sweat shops 🙁
  • “High Quality” Vegan Leather = hard to decipher from genuine leather, look and feel like the real thing, usually made from PU or other newer alternatives (i.e. nylon, cork, rubber, paper, kelp, cotton, cardboard, treebark, etc.), tend to be humanely manufactured

Advantages of Quality Vegan Leather:

A major advantage of vegan leather is that the items end up being extremely durable and water resistant. I have owned a few of my Matt & Nat vegan leather bags for several years and they look the same as the day I got them! They are easy to clean (wipe with a damp wet cloth) and you do not have to worry about them getting ruined in the rain! 🙂

Of course, the biggest advantage to vegan leather is that you get the aesthetics of real leather without the cost of an animal’s life.

Criticisms of Vegan Leather:

As functional as the materials PVC and PU may be, they do have their downsides. I’m sure you have heard of the negative environmental impact these and other plastics have since they are not naturally biodegradable and difficult to recycle. If untreated, these materials can remain in landfills for hundreds of years. Even worse, improperly disposed of PVC has been shown to leak toxins into landfills contaminating soil and water supplies.

Just because it’s vegan doesn’t automatically make it cruelty-free or ethical…

In this case, I am not applying the term “cruelty-free” to animals but instead to people. Yes, vegan leather does not harm animals but it can harm the humans who make it. During the manufacturing process, when thermoplastics are heated they release extremely toxic substances. If inhaled, these fumes can have serious health implications.

Because of the dangers of producing these plastics, they are often outsourced to factories overseas (most often China). While some factories are regularly inspected and audited to ensure safe working conditions, many slip under the radar. Without proper regulations, these workers are often overworked, underpaid, and forced to work in a dangerous environment.

We are ethically responsible to make an informed decision when purchasing products. I believe you should always ask yourself, who made this and where does it come from? This type of mindset will change the way you see the world and the products you buy.

How do I know if a vegan leather product was ethically made?

When looking to buy vegan leather, you have to do some research. Companies like Matt & Nat have strict guidelines in place for their factories and are passionate about their environmental footprint. For example, while the majority of Matt & Nat products are made from PU, they also utilize recycled materials in their line of products such as cork, nylon, and rubber. The majority of the linings in their handbags are made from recycled plastic bottles! They also require their factories be certified by the SA8000 standard, an auditable social certification for decent workplaces, and they perform random inspections to ensure these standards are a reality.

Ethically responsible companies will provide information about their manufacturing methods on their websites. If you still have questions, you can always send an email.

Some ethical vegan leather brands include: Matt & Nat | Angela RoiWillsOlsenhaus | Beyond Skin

If vegan leather is bad for the environment, shouldn’t we just stick to real leather?

To be honest, genuine leather is no better. You may not know, but animal leather has to go through a process known as “tanning”. This is a process in which animal skins are treated with chemicals to prevent them from breaking down and growing mold (after all, it is made of an animal that is supposed to decompose). These chemicals are highly carcinogenic to workers and tend to find their way into water sources.

Some eye-opening videos about the tanning process of animal-grade leather:

In addition, your leather products didn’t necessarily come from an animal someone ate. The leather and fur industry kill thousands of animals each year solely for the sake of fashion. This increases the livestock industry which is already responsible for over 50% of all greenhouse gas emission (I recommend watching Cowspiracy for more information).

What about the leather products you already own?

When switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle, you have to make some decisions regarding leather. Do you keep the leather items you already own or do you sell them/give them away? The answer to this question depends on what you’re comfortable with. I personally sold many of my leather items that were in good condition. Giving away your leather items means one less leather item will have to be purchased and maybe one more animal spared. I decided to keep one pair of leather boots that were already worn in. I figured I should get the most use out of them possible out of respect for the animal and replace them with a vegan option when the time comes.


My Favorite Ethical Vegan Leather Brands:

 


I hope you found this article informative and learned something new! Weighing the pros and cons, I am personally a fan of vegan leather and recommend you try it for yourself.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and/or experiences with vegan leather in the comments section below 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xo Caitlyn


Sources: Creative Mechanisms | Wise Geek | Study.com | Gizmodo

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How to Become a Vegetarian: A Step By Step Guide

How to Become a Vegetarian | smelltheroses.com

Switching to a plant-based diet is a decision that deserves a lot of thought. I thought about going vegetarian for a while before actually starting the lifestyle change. I have to admit, I gave more thought to WHY I should become one and not as much to HOW to (properly) become one. That being said, I am writing this post for any of you who have been considering it.

Before getting started, I want to make it known that I know not everyone wants to be a vegetarian and I don’t write this thinking everyone should be. It is a very personal decision and I respect that. 🙂 And remember, I ate meat for the first 23 years of my life so I would never judge someone for doing the same. This post is simply a resource for those interested that I wish I had before I made the switch!


How to Become a Vegetarian

Now, let’s get started.

1. Ask yourself WHY you want to switch to a plant-based diet. 

  • This is the most important step because your answer to “why” is what is going to guide you through the entire process. When it feels tough or you start having cravings, it is going to be what keeps you on track and motivated. I wrote an entire post on why I made the switch (read it here), but everyone has their own reasons. Do your research and be honest with yourself. If you are not passionate about this lifestyle then it will never work for you.

2. Pick what type of plant-based diet you want to follow.

  • Dependent on your reason(s) for going plant-based, you may want either more lenient or strict diet guidelines. In other words, you may want to remove all animal products from your diet or eliminate certain animal products. Read my post on types of plant-based diets to help decide which one fits your needs.

3. Map out your nutritional needs.

  • It is important to match your caloric and macronutrient needs (protein, fat, carbs) with your lifestyle.
  • Your nutritional needs will vary based on your gender, activity level, and personal philosophy. If you’re not sure what your target caloric intake and macronutrient ratios should be, I recommend starting with the presets on the My FitnessPal App (ComputeriPhone, iPad, Android). This app calculates each value based on your body mass index, activity level, and ideal weight. If you disagree with the app’s presets you can manually adjust them to fit your needs. Starting out, I logged all my meals/snacks on the app to ensure I was eating enough calories but also getting the right portions of macro/micro nutrients. (Side Note: For those of you who do not wish to switch to a plant-based diet, I still recommend this app. There is a misconception that by going vegetarian you will become malnourished but the average American’s diet is not properly managed.) 
  • As with any major dietary change, you should make sure you are following up with your doctor and getting annual physicals/blood work. If you have a complex medical history, I recommend consulting your doctor before changing your diet. 

|| Once you have completed these first three steps, I recommend one of two methods to start implementing this diet/lifestyle change. One doesn’t necessarily work more effectively than the other across the board; it all depends on the individual. Read both and see which one sounds more realistic for you. ||

4. Think gradual baby steps!

  • Unfortunately, it is not realistic to switch to vegetarianism overnight. Don’t get me wrong, I have heard of people who have done this but it is much easier said than done. Gradually changing your diet will make the change less noticeable and easier to make a permanent part of your life.
  • Option #1: Start by cutting out certain types of animal products at a time. I recommend eliminating red meat first (beef, pork, lamb, veal, etc). You can start by replacing these foods with chicken/turkey/fish alternatives if that makes the change less drastic for you. Next, gradually start eliminating chicken and turkey meat. Many believe this is the hardest step in the process since these meats are staples in most people’s diets. However, almost everything made with chicken can be made with an alternative (think eggplant, avocado, tofu, imitation meat – sounds gross but most are made from natural plant proteins & fibers, etc.). You will slowly redesign your favorite recipes to fit your new plant-based lifestyle. I can confidently say, there is a vegetarian version for just about every meat-based meal. Once you have reached this point, you can consider yourself a pescetarian (what I am although I follow a vegan diet most days). To be able to truly call yourself a vegetarian you must eliminate fish and seafood. If veganism is your ultimate goal, gradually eliminate eggs and dairy. The entire process can be as fast or slow as you like!
  • Option #2: Start by eliminating meat and/or animal products from your diet for one day of the week. You can eat meat as your normally would the other 6 days. Use those regular days to prepare for your plant-based day by writing out your meals and researching new recipes. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and unprepared. Gradually increase the number of meat-free days per week. Like option #1, this can be as gradual as you like. If you start feeling overwhelmed, slow down. There is no rush!

5. Always be prepared. 

  • More than likely, you aren’t going to be able to always prepare your own meals. Although restaurants and food stores are introducing more vegetarian options, there is still much progress to be made. Before going out to eat, I recommend looking up the restaurant’s menu. If you are going to a sports game or theme park, you will notice sometimes vegetarian options are so limited you have to choose between a hot pretzel and mozzarella sticks. In an effort to not eat like a picky 5-year-old, you have to plan accordingly. When vegetarian options are limited, try to eat something small before you go out (I suggest a protein shake) and have vegetarian-friendly snacks on hand.

6. No diet is perfect and mistakes can happen. 

  • Every vegetarian’s worst nightmare is the thought of accidentally eating meat (esp. if you went vegetarian for the animals). I will admit, it happened to me and I immediately felt sick to my stomach (I thought I bought tuna when it was actually chicken salad 🙁 ). A sudden rush of panic and immense guilt came over me and I felt like all my previous efforts were wasted. No one is perfect and mistakes happen. These mistakes are more likely to happen when eating out which is why I recommend cooking for yourself as much as possible. If it happens to you, think about what went wrong and make an effort to be more careful in the future. One mistake does not discredit the impact your previous efforts have had on the lives of animals!

I hope you have found this post helpful! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Leave them in the comments section or contact me directly by email.

Final thoughts: I am significantly happier living a plant-based lifestyle and think of food completely differently than I use to. This lifestyle’s benefits are truly endless.

Thank you for reading!

 

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Blog Launch!

Blog Launch

Welcome to Smell the Roses!

I am so excited you are here and that launch day has finally come!


I’m glad you have found my little blog and have taken time out of your day to check it out. Don’t worry if it seems barren; I am going to be rolling out content every few days and slowly filling up each featured category.. so check back often! You can follow along on my social media platforms to stay up to date on new posts and giveaways.


Make sure to stop and read the About Page to get a feel for my intention behind making Smell the Roses. This blog is focused on its readers so content will always be geared towards you.


I am hosting a huge launch giveaway so be sure to enter! This giveaway is valued at $245 and features an array of my favorite products.

Future Giveaways: I love giving gifts so I decided to host a giveaway each month. Giveaways will be announced on my social media platforms as well as in the Giveaway section of the blog.


If you have any questions, comments, and/or critiques please feel free to visit my Contact Page and message me. I want to make this blog something my readers love so your feedback is important to me.


Thank you so much for stopping by!