Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Whole Foods Market and Monsanto Partner Up to Halt GMO-Labeling

Whole Foods, also known as "Whole Paycheck," and Monsanto (yes, the company that has patented plants) have partnered up in order to keep you in the dark about GMOs. Wow. Whole Foods and Monsanto. I never would have seen that one coming. Its not just Whole Foods, either. It's other brands that promote themselves as being pro-organic like Stonyfield, Organic Valley, etc.  They have helped create a new "GMO labeling compromise" in the U.S. Senate that isn't a compromise, at all.

The proposed "compromise" says that there is no requirement for the labeling of GMOs. That's a compromise? That sounds very one-sided, to me. And why would Whole Foods not want GMO labeling, anyway? Well, they have many products in their stores that have GMOs constructed by Monsanto, and if people saw that they had GMOs in their stores, they'd lose a lot of business. Well, I think this might make them lose even more business. They have sold out, and are paying people off, in order to make more profits, while threatening the health of their customers, and the children of the parents shopping at Whole Foods, thinking they're a reliable company.

I am literally in shock. I can't believe a company like Whole Foods would even consider doing this. Their customers have faith in them to give them the best quality foods. I guess they're fine with deceiving they're customers, and jeopardizing their health, in order to have more profits. I don't know about you, but I feel deceived. I buy food from Whole Foods because I thought it was better than giving the money to "big corporations." Well, I guess Whole Foods is now on the list of companies not to buy from. They have completely lost my trust. I am now wondering if their food called organic is even really organic. It probably is, but that's how much they have lost me.

I have a feeling they may lose a lot of workers, as well. People work at Whole Foods because of what it is. Once they find this out, they're not going to want to work for them. They'll feel like they are supporting the enemy. I know I would.

If you DON'T WANT WHOLE FOODS AND MONSANTO TO GET THEIR WAY, click here for the Food Democracy Now page to take action now.

This needs to STOP!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

10 Travel Tips For Healthy [AND CHEAP] Vegans

Hey there! I'm in Pueblo, CO, visiting my grandpa, and since his bedtime is pretty early, I thought I'd make a post! Anyway, I wanted to give you all some tips on traveling (whether on a plane, or not) while trying to eat healthier, being vegan, and saving money. Some of these things you may not have known you could take on a plane, or would even benefit you while traveling. Trust me, they do!

So let's get this started!

1. Bring An Empty Water Bottle Through the Secuity Checkpoint

Did you know that when you're at an airport, you can't bring a bottle of water, but you can bring an empty one! Water can be expensive to buy anywhere, but especially the airport, so this is one thing you won't be forced to buy! After you get through security, and you're waiting for your flight, just fill it up at the nearest water fountain! People will see you and think, "Why didn't I think of that?"

2. Stay Hydrated!

While traveling, sometimes we forget to drink. You need to drink water, and lots of it! While traveling your schedule gets all out of wack, whether you're going 2 hours away, across the country, or across the world! When my schedule gets weird (i.e. waking up earlier, eating when I'm usually not, etc.) I feel groggy and have a dry mouth. Water always helps!

3. Bring Fresh Fruits and Veggies!

Now, you can't do this if you're traveling to another country, but if you're staying in your country, do it! Apples and carrots are what I like to bring because apples are nice and juicy (and provide fiber), and carrots are something good and crunchy to snack on!

4. Bring Dehydrated Snacks, If Possible

I bought a dehydrator from a thrift store for about $4, but that's the only reason I have one. Dehydrators range from $50-$100, maybe even more. I'm cheap, so I won't buy something, unless I can get a really good deal! Since I am able to dehydrate, I brought some apple and banana chips, and kale chips. Some stores sell dehydrated kale chips, zucchini, banana chips, apple slices, broccoli florets, you name it, someone's dehydrated it. So, if you don't have a dehydrator, you might be able to find some good snacks at the store. BUT, always make sure to look at the ingredients! Some snacks that are different flavors might have some things you can't pronounce, as well, so make sure it doesn't!  Just because some packaging looks rustic, has a picture of a farm, or just looks natural in general, doesn't mean its good for you!

5. Be Sure to Refuel Throughout the Day!

While traveling, its easy to get to a point where you're absolutely starving, and it is set in your mind that you will eat everything on the menu at those airport restaurants! If you refuel throughout the day, you won't get the urge to buy something you think you want. I brought some protein bars with me that are organic, and I got them on clearance at Sprouts! Watch my food haul video to see how much I got, for such a low price! They have 200 calories each, and 21 grams of carbs! Perfect for us vegans who want tons of calories, so we can stay full! ;)

6. Heck! Why Not Bring a Meal?

A couple years ago I went to California with my mom and step dad. (They're who I got my thriftiness from). My mom found out that you can bring a cooler bag full of food as a carry-on, so guess what? That's what she did! We had stuff to make sandwhiches (bread, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, avocado, etc.), carrots, apples, bananas, grapes, and some other stuff I can't remember. We ate our sammies at our lay over and were tied over until we could eat something that night! You can save money, and not be hungry while traveling!

7. Stay "Regular"

When I say "regular," I think you know what I mean, but just in case you don't,  I mean keep pooping.  Sometimes its hard to do this while traveling because, like I said before, you're schedule gets out of whack! What I do to overcome constipation while traveling, is by eating fruits! Especially apples! No matter what, apples always make me go! They have to be fresh, though. The dehydrated ones are too dry.

8. Take Sprouted Nuts and Seeds!

Don't even think about buying nuts and seeds already sprouted, unless you're leaving in less than 5 days! Sprouting nuts and seeds is so easy, even I can do it, and that's saying something! The big investment here, is buying truly raw nuts and seeds. I would recommend starting out by just buying Raw Almonds and/or Raw Sunflower Seeds. They are the best ones to start with, and the sunflower seeds aren't badly priced.

9. Don't Sweat!

Okay, not literally. But seriously, don't over think your food. That's the worst thing you could do because you will constantly be worried about what you're going to eat. When you first get to where you're goibg, go to the grocery store near by. They'll have fresh, healthy fruits and veggies! Some places have pre-cooked dishes, etc. I know Whole Foods does, although they can be a bit pricey. When we went to Cali, we stayed in an Extended Stay for the week and a half we were there because we wanted to cook our own food. And we did. It wasn't difficult. But, if you can't cook all of your meals, or you're going somewhere that doesn't have any grocery stores around, remember this:  No matter where you go, there are always options. At restaurants you can get salads, a la carte, and some places do vegetable plates where you can oick 3 or 4 sides for a set price. Also, try to find some Indian restaurants! Traditional Hindu Indians are vegetarian, so I'm sure they'd have plenty of options! Also, check out the website:

10. Enjoy Yourself!!!

Go see all the sights you've been wanting to see since you were a kid! Make sure to do all the free ones first, then the paid. I say to do this because free means no money spent, yet, and you have a clearer mind. Once you start spending money, you might worry about going over your budget. Do the free stuff first, and you'll see how much money you have left!

I really hope you found these tips useful, and realize that you can travel easily and affordable as a vegan, raw vegan, or any other thing you like to call yourself!

Thank you so much for reading!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Buying REAL, HEALTHY Food Does Not Have To Be Expensive...

Hello everyone! I've been thinking lately about how a lot of people think that eating healthy is expensive. Yes, some things are more expensive than other things, but over all, it really isn't "expensive," if you really think about it. Usually the people who think its expensive, are spending massive amounts of money on cell phones, entertainment, etc, so I thought, 'I wonder how much the average American spends on entertainment.' I wasn't shocked by the numbers, but it gives me some leverage when trying to prove my point. HAHA I found this amazing chart that lays out how much each financial group spends a year on the different areas of entertainment. The chart is from 2013, but it is the most recent one I could find. Here is the page:

I'm going to talk about the Third 20 Percent because that's the middle class, and probably where more people will fall who are reading this.

The Third 20 Percent of People spent $1,997 a year on entertainment. The highest expenditure of this $1,997 was Audio and visual equipment and services. So, basically, watching TV and having a TV. The average person spent $885 a year to watch TV. That's roughly $74 a month. $74 is a lot of money that could be spent on real and healthy food like, more fresh produce, an organic alternative to what you already buy, etc! Now, I'm not saying get rid of your TV! But, I am saying, cut down on your service, or get a new one all together.  A lot of people are using Netflix, now, and why not? Its cheap, and you can watch a lot of stuff! For a streaming plan through Netflix (you have an account, and watch shows/movies through the internet), it is only $8.99/month! Another positive is, you don't have to worry about recording anything because you can watch it anytime you want, anyway! With this service, you can only use it on one device, but for $4 more you can use up to four more devices simultaneously. If you and a few friends want to save some dough, I suggest this! You can just divide the cost, and then it would be $3.25 a month to watch the shows you want to watch! That's a lot less than the $74 a month I mentioned earlier!

This is just one area of life where you can cut back, while still having a life, but start living a healthier one!

Before you go any further, please read my article on How To Save Money On Organic Produce!

I hope this was informative!

Thank you for reading.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Vegan Collagen Therapy For Healing Leaky Gut

Hello everyone. I am so sorry it has been a while since I have done a post. I went on a weekend trip two weeks ago, and I was going to make a post when I got to the hotel because on the way there I was typing it all out on my tablet. The things is, when I got to where I was going, some how the document got deleted. :( That kind of discouraged me, but I'm back, now!

 As you hopefully know by now, I have Leaky Gut, and I am trying to heal it while staying Vegan. I've been doing okay about eating right, and everything, but I'm not doing enough to let my gut heal on its own. When people look up "How To Heal Leaky Gut," or something like that, usually the first thing that comes up is a Bone Broth Fast. I am not bashing Bone Broth because I know it has worked for so many people, but Bone Broth is not vegan, and that's what I'm all about! I researched why Bone Broth is so beneficial, and I found out that its because of the nutrients that come out of the bones while simmering it. These nutrients are: Glutamine, Proline, and Glycine. Once I found that out, I researched what vegetables have the most of those nutrients, and I found that Parsley, Spinach, and Cabbage have the most Glutamine, Cabbage has the most Proline, and Spirulina has the most Glycine. I have decided to do an experiment! I'm going to try to do a smoothie/soup fast, with these foods, for three to five days, and see what happens! I'm going to buy some Spirulina powder because it will be easier to put in smoothies, and in soups. My videos on YouTube will keep you updated on how this is working. I'm not sure when I'll be starting this, but I will make a video and post when I do!

Thank you for reading! I hope this was informative!


Please watch my video on this below: