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Vegetarian Awareness Month

I am a day late (usually for everything) but October 1 was the kickoff of Vegetarian Awareness Month. This makes me happy. I want to celebrate by sharing some of the lifestyle changes by means of household and beauty product switcheroos with you!

When I first became a vegetarian, one of the first habits I picked up was reading labels. I read labels of food mainly because I need to know what I am eating now. I also read labels of items at grocery stores too. I look for the manufacturer of the items I am purchasing and I look for whether or not the item notes if it is “NOT tested on animals.” If the wording is not there, there is a good chance it is.

COSMETICS

The follow symbol is what I look for when I buy makeup!

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This is the “Cruelty Free – WE DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS” symbol!

Actually it is the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program which administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers (source).

Luckily for me, I always was a fan of Urban Decay, who does not test any of their products on animals and a majority of their makeup is Vegan (it will be marked with a paw print)! Urban Decay is a little more expensive so when I need something from CVS or Duane Reade I use Almay. Almay has been Cruelty-Free for over 20 years! (source).

My favorite products!

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

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Urban Decay Naked Palette

Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara (my eyes tear like crazy so I need waterproof)

NAIL POLISH

I purchase a lot of Zoya nail polish as they are completely Vegan! It can be found at CVS or any drugstore and all beauty supply stores!

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There are a lot of great resources out there for information on which nail polishes are tested on animals. My favorite blog is Vegan Claws. The posts are backed with facts from the websites from the companies!

BATH PRODUCTS

I used to use Dove but I switched to St. Ives. I use St. Ives body wash and face wash and I absolutely love it! The back of the bottles state in bold print NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.

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HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

I switched all of my cleaning products (all-purpose, shower, glass, toilet), laundry products (detergent, dryer sheets), paper products and dish detergent to Seventh Generation.

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Seventh Generation is an eco-conscious company that offers products that reduce environmental impact. It is absolutely on the expensive side so I buy it on sites where you can get discounts like Soap.com through Ebates.com!

I also buy Method soap on Soap.com. Only the foam soap (because I freaking love foam soap). Method also has a lot of other products but the soap is the only thing I have purchased so far! I buy the big bags of the refills as well!

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There you have it, a little peak into my life (like you don’t have one already). Animal cruelty is something that actually means a lot to me though so although I am not one to protest, I do my best and I do my part. I love animals so it’s always better to do something than nothing at all. Keep in mind that not ALL companies test directly on animals. Many of them actually are cruelty-free, however, their parent companies are not. If you want to start somewhere easy, go with Procter & Gamble, the KINGS of animal testing. If you want to cleanse any of your household or beauty products, I added a link of companies that you should consider staying away from!

For a more detailed list of companies that DO test on animals, click here.

For a list of companies that DO NOT test on animals, click here.

We live in America, we can make our own decisions and choices. It is extremely easy (and quick) to turn over and check out a bottle of soap, detergent, cleaner, body wash or anything at all and look at the manufacturer and put it back on the shelf!

Think about the animals.

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SIDE NOTE: I am pretty embarrassed but I am going to be completely honest, as I wrote this post, I looked at my St. Ives face wash in my bag that I had from the gym this morning and saw that the manufacturer was Unilever. Interesting that I wrote this post and I am telling everyone to put the shit back on the shelf while I was purchasing it the entire time. Human error. Anyone have any suggestions for body wash and face wash NOT owned by any shitty companies? Crap.

These opinions are my own!

I Want to Live Compassionately Fit

This post is a bit overdue I think, but I have never put it into words before and I have never explained it in such detail so here goes.

I have only been a vegetarian for 9 months. I feel like I should have been a vegetarian my whole life. Just like running, fitness, frizzy hair and sarcasm are part of who I am, being an animal lover is as well. Unfortunately, the disgust I now feel for animal cruelty took 26 years to truly surface.

I was the definition of a carnivore. I ate all meat (I did not discriminate) and I ate it all rare. I was the asshole that said “I don’t give a shit, the animals taste good.” That asshole part of me slowly died during the months of November and December 2011. I am not even sure how it happened but I watched a video of undercover footage of a Butterball Turkey farm. I could barely watch it and was definitely crying at my desk at work. I spoke to Melissa about it every day for weeks. She told me she used to be a vegetarian as well and gave me some of her thoughts and tips. I heard about Oprah’s special on veganism (note: I never watched it and I’ve heard mixed reviews, but that is not what this is about). I did, however, watch the video part of the special of Lisa Ling’s tour of a slaughterhouse. I watched the entire video and I cried. I realized that prior to this I chose to ignore what was happening to the animals before they arrived on my plate. I ignored these videos that I knew existed because I did not want to see the way humans act towards other living creatures.

I did not make the decision to become a vegetarian that moment. I made my decision on New Year’s Eve 2011 after weeks, and tears, and plenty of drinks and chats with my friend Michelle (who is a saint for listening to me literally wail that night). I said before that part of me died when I made this decision, and when that happened, more importantly, another more eager and compassionate part awoke.

I was clueless when I started. It was so new to me. I had to learn, I had to evolve. I researched. The healthy living community helped me more than I could ever say. Personal stories and tips and recipes got me through each day! I also watched Forks Over Knives, a “feature film that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” It was extremely informative, if not mind-blowing. I have a list of videos and books that I still want to watch and read on the subject! The reason I became a vegetarian is apparent and will be with me everyday, I want to live a cruelty-free lifestyle. The environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet are an added bonus. I am now very aware of what types of food enter my body. I eat whole ingredients and I buy organic when I can. I am not interested in eating food that was grown with pesticides, chemicals or that was genetically engineered. I believe that my dietary choices will help me live a longer, healthier life.

Fun fact time? Ok!

  • I had no resistance from my friends or family, only unconditional support. Sarcastic comments about not eating meat were expected and they do not offend me. I am not throwing red paint on anyone.
  • It is not hard at all to switch your diet from 100% meat to 0% meat. When doing it for the right reasons, you will not miss it at all.
  • I do not eat any meat, fish or any faux meats.
  • I cut down my dairy intake significantly, but I am not a vegan.
  • I have discovered and eaten so many amazing foods I would have never tried prior.
  • I cook a lot. I am forced to. I enjoy it, but I still suck at it.
  • I no longer eat any fast food, there’s nothing for me too eat. BONUS!
  • I get plenty of protein through my diet. You do not need to make that the first question.
  • I slowly switched all of my household (and beauty) products to cruelty-free products. Slowly though, because it is expensive.
  • The only leather I wear now is my running sneakers, and I am in the process of looking for an alternative.

I am still learning and adjusting each day, but I can honestly say that I have never been happier, healthier or a better runner.

If anyone has any questions (or comments) – please do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment! It is definitely an interesting (and emotional) transition. I would never have gotten through it without advice from friends and family and online resources and blogs!

I think I will add more of this aspect of my life into my blog. It is very important to me. Let me know if you would like that, what you want to know, don’t want to know etc.!

Here are the links to the blogs that I used all of the time!

Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete – http://www.nomeatathlete.com/

Veggie Fitness – http://veggiefitness.com/

Forks Over Knives – http://www.forksoverknives.com/