Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Vegan, oh my!

Hello, my name is Cheli and I’m a vegan.  Yes, I’m one of “those” people.  LOL

It’s funny how I get different reactions from people who find out I’m a vegan.  Some act as though I’m bizarre and wonder how on earth I could survive without eating meat.  And others are very interested about it and don’t treat me as though I have the plague.  I’m not sure why some people find vegetarianism so odd but to each their own.

I am NOT one of those animal activist type who preach that everyone should stop eating meat and I would never try to convert someone to the dark side.  However, if someone decides to talk down to me about my choice to not eat meat then I will certainly point out their bad choice of eating meat.  I am more than capable of having a calm and adult discussion about why I don’t eat meat if somebody is interested, but the tone of the conversation completely depends on the other person.  I don’t judge what you eat so please don’t judge what I eat.  But I digress.

So I wanted to post about the differences between being a vegetarian, a vegan and a raw vegan.  Some people get confused by this and are very interested in understanding the difference so I hope this helps.  I may later do another post and go into some of my experiences and the pros and cons of them but for now I’m going to keep to the topic at hand.

A vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.  And to make things more confusing, there are two types of vegetarians:  A lacto-ovo-vegetarian is a vegetarian who includes dairy and eggs in their diet and a lacto-vegetarian includes dairy but NOT eggs.

A vegan is a vegetarian who omits all animal products from their diet.  So of course this means no meat, fish, fowl, dairy or eggs.  How I like to say it is, if it has eyes or came from something with eyes, I don’t eat it.  LOL

And last, but certainly not least (as this is my favorite), a raw vegan is a vegan who does not cook their food.  The theory behind being a raw vegan is that if you cook your fruits/veggies above 118 °F then the vitamins and nutrients are destroyed.  The raw vegan diet consist basically of raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and grain.  But don’t let that fool you into thinking that they eat a boring and bland diet, quite the contrary.  The diet can be as simple as mono meals (meaning one particular fruit or vegetable in a sitting) to gourmet raw meals that would tickle even the fussiest of taste buds.  It also consist of a lot of juicing and smoothies.

I will be sharing much more on being a raw vegan in the future as this is what I am.  If you have any questions on any of this or would simply like a vegan buddy, feel free to hit me up.

 

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Homemade natural deodorant/antiperspirant.

Yesterday I was browsing a vegan group that I’m on and came across a post that someone shared about a recipe for natural and chemical free deodorant/antiperspirant. I thought to myself “damn I can make that and would much rather use something natural and chemical free”. Then I looked at the recipe again and realized I had everything to make it.

I couldn’t wait to get home and whip a batch up. So as soon as I got home, that’s exactly what I did. It was so quick and easy.

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I kept peaking at it to see if it solidified yet, it was like watching paint dry.

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I put it on this morning then kind of forgot about it throughout the day. Well I just got home from working all day and realized……IT WORKS!!! This stuff is amazing, I had ZERO perspiration all day. I wasn’t actually expecting it to work but it did.

So I want to share the recipe, try it out and let me know what you think.

1/4 cup refined coconut oil
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
20 drops essential oil (optional for scent)

Slowly warm the coconut oil on the stove top. Once it’s melted, add in the mixture of corn starch and baking soda. Mix well until it’s creamy. Add in the essential oil and mix well. It WILL solidify so don’t add extra corn starch thinking it’s too creamy. It is thin and creamy when you first pour it but below is a picture of it the next day to show that it does become a solid form.

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This recipe made enough to fill a 4 oz. mason jar perfectly. Next time I’ll probably pour it into an empty deodorant container for easier application. But scoop out a pea sized amount and rub it under each armpit.

And there you have it. All natural, chemical free deodorant/antiperspirant. It’s healthy, quick and easy to make, for a fraction of the cost of store bought.

Natural remedies

So I see it’s been a while since I last posted but life has been busy. Work has been crazy and my personal life has been very busy, but that’s good because it keeps me out of trouble. There have been a lot of stressful issues as well in the last month but I’ve been dealing with them and things are starting to look up. So yayyyyyy me!

However, I’ve been fighting a horrible head cold for the last week and I’ve had enough. Then yesterday my friend at work brought me in a jar of something that she made for me and said it gets rid of colds naturally. And me being one who suffers through most illnesses instead of taking medications for them, I was happy to give it a try.

elderberry-spoon1-1024x753It’s Elderberry Syrup and it taste sweet so it’s easy to take. I took some yesterday afternoon then forgot to bring it home so I didn’t take more until this morning and I just took some at lunch. I don’t know if it’s working or not but I’m willing to keep taking it today and hopefully I’ll notice a difference in the morning. I know it’s not a miracle cure and probably need a good day or two of it in my system.

My friend has a book full of natural remedies and I need to find out what it is so I can go get my own. In the meantime, I did a quick search on the net and found a couple of cool sites that share this Elderberry Syrup recipe so I wanted to share them here. There are some variations so use the one that appeals to you most. I’ve also added some links to sites on natural remedies in general, not just the Elderberry. Enjoy.

Here’s to good, natural health:

How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Colds and Flu from myhumblekitchen.com
Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Cold and Flu Prevention from holisticsquid.com
How to Make Elderberry Syrup from thehungrymouse.com

Herbal Remedies from anniesremedy.com
Natural Homemade Remedies on Pinterest
Free Home Remedies and Simple Herbal Medicine Making from learningherbs.com