I know during this time we are supposed to stay at home, isolated from others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go outside and have our fun in the sun. The question is, what is there to do while outside? Well, there are plenty of activities to do alone or in a group, so here is a list of activities to do outdoors.
I decided, since the official Earth Day is coming up, I'd talk about ways to help the earth through fashion. I actually mentioned a few ways in my other blog posts, but I decided to go into detail here.
Quarantine has really been messing with my anxiety and causing more physical symptoms than I normally experience. The first few weeks were rough, my focus was terrible and the future appeared so bleak to me. I felt as if everything was going downhill. I noticed that I was tired and needed naps more; the hours of the days were running together and slipping away so fast. Once those first few weeks were over, I began to feel better, feel more optimistic. I had developed an indoor life that had more normality and rhythm to it. I had been furloughed from my job and felt motivated to focus on my businesses. However, my anxiety prevailed, and so my jaw became tight, teeth hurt from grinding, developed neck pains and headaches, and a lack of appetite. Even when I thought I was better, my body has been telling me otherwise.
I have been plant-based since before “plant-based” was a commonly used label. I was eating this way before veggie burgers changed colors while cooking, before there was a plethora of vegan milks other than soy, before chain vegan restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, though, I welcome most of those changes.
The first time we visited a restaurant 8 or 9 years ago, my children distrusted everything. They all prefaced their order with, “Is that vegan?” We now visit that restaurant several times a year and it’s an outing that we continue to enjoy. In the beginning of our journey we were a soy milk family. Of course, that was all that the major grocers were selling at the time. We’re now regularly drinking almond milk. My point is that we embrace change, but this new plant-based burger boom frightens me. I’m still trying to figure out if it is real food.
During this time we are supposed to stay at home, but that is almost impossible considering we have to constantly restock on supplies. There are people who still have to go to work as well. Now, there are ways to prevent yourself from getting sick, like washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping yourself distant from others, but there is also another way that is not talked about as much. Eating foods with good sources of vitamin D and C is known to help boost your immune system. Strengthening your immune system helps you have a smaller chance of getting sick. So, for those who have to go to work or just want to not get sick, here is a list of vegan vitamin D and C sources.
I've been wearing nail polish since I was 5 years old. Over the years I've tried a few brands. I didn't stray too far from the brands I knew. I didn't want chemicals or animal byproducts in my nail polish.
Perhaps you don't know what makes nail polish not vegan. Well, I didn't know either. I only knew I didn't want it on my nails. So I decided to research it. Non-vegan nail polish contains gelatin, milk, lanolin, honey, beeswax, royal jelly, and carmine. However just because it's vegan doesn't mean it's cruelty-free.
While researching for this I found out about the toxins in the normal nail polish and realize that a lot of these nail polish brands are very harmful to us when we use them. So I've put together chemical free, cruelty free, and vegan nail polish into a list.
A few years ago it came out that RoundUp (a pesticide) and the chemicals in it were harmful enough to cause cancer in farmers and others who used it. The harm doesn’t stop there though, as traces of the product can be found in the grains it is used on, including oatmeal. My mom was alarmed by this and cut off all oatmeal making and oat products from being brought in the house in no time. It was a great decision, except now, we had to rethink breakfast entirely, because, literally, every morning was either oatmeal as a hot cereal or oatmeal in homemade granola.
When it comes to preparing meals for myself, I can be lazy. I’m like many busy moms. After I get my children situated with the myriad of things that children need: food, bath time, school, extra-curricular activities, and on and on, I try to do some self-care. That self-care often involves meditation, exercise, and preparing healthful snacks.
All of these things are very challenging for me to fit into my daily schedule, so if I can fit at least one in, I’m doing the dang ole thing. My go-to snack that includes as many nutrient dense foods as possible is the ultimate green smoothie. Sipping my food is my way of getting many of the foods down that I probably wouldn’t otherwise eat because of lack of time. My littlest sweetie is even a fan. Unfortunately, that means that I have to share.
Since we are in a troubling time, regarding our health, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone about good hygiene practices.
I was excited when I found Koi Footwear, as I am a huge fan of chunky and platform shoes! They are a 100% vegan show company that offer just that! If you are a fan of platform shoes, then please read the rest.
Looking Through Vegan Colored Glasses is a vegan lifestyle blog curated by a Black mom and four of her vegan raised kids, covering their opinions on health, food, and fashion.