Vegetarian or Vegan?

I’ve recently discovered in the past few months that I’m slowly, more than ever, wanting to switch how I eat, and what I eat.

At first, I stopped eating pork entirely. Mainly because my body couldn’t digest it like before. Once I stopped doing that, I noticed that my GI tract improved. Over the course of 5-6 months, I ate meat 3 times a month, if that. My skin took a drastic change and started clearing up from ungodly blemishes. I was absolutely floored!

I am debating on whether or not to do the vegetarian or the vegan way of life. I’ve used Pinterest to guide me in certain recipes, as well as asking my lovely vegetarian/vegan friends. In the recent time that I’ve done my research, I’ve watch way too many “undercover” videos from organic farms, to the traditional farms to see the HORRIBLE treatment of animals. I have seen organic farms (which I only eat organic, non-GMO foods, so this was a SHOCK to me), abuse the crap out of their cows for their milk. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine that type of treatment to an animal, on an ORGANIC farm!

Cows are just used as a breeding machine in order for the farms to get their milk. They are used until they can’t even walk or run freely anymore. I don’t believe labels and what they say in regards to being “pasture-raised, humanely-raised” anymore. I’m stopping it. I’m done seeing the lies people expect me to believe.I don’t want to pump my money into an industry that is making millions of dollars with the horrendous of the treatment of the cow, chicken, pig, and whatever other species they butcher. Pigs get boiled ALIVE for the sake of bacon. Cows get their children ripped from them, the moment they are BORN. Chickens are DE-FEATHERED ALIVE, then their necks are cracked. Not a humane way in any situation for animals. There is no reason for that. vegetables-vegetarian-collage-Favim.com-485200

I’m off my soapbox now! 🙂

My goal is to post a monthly-ish blog about new foods/recipes to venture into. However, I will be traveling to Poland this coming week, so check back next month for a new entry! My blog will remain homeopathic for sure, but now I’m going to implement vegetarian/vegan foods too! If y’all have any recommendations for what brands to try or any recipes, please leave it in the comments below!! I’d love to hear everyone’s experience with new recipes. Please be respectful in other individuals choices to have a different lifestyle than yours. We are all allowed our opinions, and I expect people to respect that others just want to live and do different things. 🙂

As always, eat healthy!

~ Jillian

 

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Are you ‘Fed Up’?

Are you fed up yet?

Recently, I watched a GREAT documentary called ‘Fed Up’. I highly recommend anyone to watch it. As you all know, I am a HUGE geek when it comes to food, nutrition and exercise. This touched on all of those things, especially food and nutrition. The documentary is narrated by Katie Couric. Even though I am not a fan of hers, she does point out many great points of what is going on in our food system and what should and could be done to our food system. This is the documentary the food industry doesn’t want you to see.

There are 4 children who suffer from obesity in this documentary. My heart goes out to them. The first kid explained and KNEW why he was becoming obese.Children NEED nutrition and they won’t get it from eating processed foods. Diabetes is sky rocketing in today’s generation. It has been increasing year to year and it is so sad to see children have diabetes, whom are 14 or 16 years of age. Not everyone knows how to eat right, or exercise. Things are way to convenient when it comes to cooking a meal. Everyone either has no time, or they are too lazy to cook.

Many people say that eating organic is too expensive and they can’t afford it. However, what they don’t realize is that eating organic IS INDEED cheaper than eating processed, unhealthy foods. I understand that there are people who cannot afford to eat organic, but honestly, you buy organic and COOK your own meals, it WILL be cheaper. Prepping meals for the week and buying in bulk saves a lot of time and money for you. I am living proof that it does work if you put for the effort. I save an average of about $85 a month in food due to cooking my own meals. However, my household is just my dog and I. Feeding a family of 4 can be pricey.

I will be putting together a template ( hopefully soon ) about how to budget your food bills and save money. Stay tuned!

~ Jillian

A Few of My Favorite Soaps.

Hello everyone!

I have been doing some digging on soaps, such as: body wash, shampoo / conditioner, and laundry detergent. I was on Facebook when I saw a picture of all the companies who test on animals in my news feed. I stopped to look at the article and I was amazed at how many MAINSTREAM companies test on poor innocent animals. Some of them included: Lysol, Clorox, Arm & Hammer, Colgate, and those are just to name a few. Crazy, isn’t?

I then began to research if making my own soap would be cheaper and it actually would be, however my busy schedule would not allow me to even make time to cook up some soap. My last resort was to just dig, and by did, I mean contacting all the companies that were in the article I read. I called a few, which I won’t name, but they really didn’t answer any of my questions. I asked if they tested on animals and their response ( I am directly quoting the company I called ) was ” Our finally products are NOT tested on animals”. I then asked if the beginning products are tested on animals, and I was pretty much hit with the cold shoulder. Hmm. Interesting how you put these companies on the spot and they start to act like they’ve committed a crime. What do they have to hide?

I’ve been on the organic train for about 12 years now and the GMO free train for about a year and a half now. I have to thank my mom for showing me the better alternatives. Little did we both know that soap would be toxic as well. Especially ones that said “organic” or “natural”, but they were mainstream.

Everyone by EO. It's GMO Free!!!

Everyone by EO. It’s GMO Free!!!

I’ve stumbled upon a particular soaps that I am quite fond of and they are both cruelty free. The first one is the Everyone Soap. It’s made by EO, with ingredients that are pure, natural and organic. There’s a plus to this soap as well… it has 3 in 1 uses! HUGE $$$ saving plus. They also have lotions, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and much more. One more added bonus is, it’s GMO Free! HUGE plus for me.

The Honest Company! Great detergent!

The Honest Company! Great detergent!

The second one is, The Honest Company. I’m trying the laundry detergent with them. Has anyone tried this company yet? I’m quite new to it. I’m really liking how my clothes don’t become super “rough” after I wash them. I’m still doing more research with this company, however they are cruelty free and that is a huge plus for me.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps!!! Fair Trade & GMO Free.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps!!! Fair Trade & GMO Free.

The third one is, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. They are also GMO free and have tons, by tons, I mean TONS of different uses. Their products are cruelty free, vegan, biodegradable, hemp used oils, jojoba oils ( actually a lot of oils) and made with certified fair trade and organic ingredients. You can actually wash your car with this soap. AMAZING, right?

These are just to name a few of my new, and some old favorite soaps. If you have any questions, please leave your comments below! Also, if you know of any other great soaps, please let us all know. I love reading about “unpopular” brands. Thank you so much for reading my blog!

~ Stay healthy,

Jillian 🙂

Homemade Butter?

Just had an idea! I’m going to make my very own butter. I think it’s time to take control of what I eat from now on. Buying anything nowadays seems sketchy, so I’m taking matters into my own hands. I found this DELICIOUS looking recipe for butter that I think I’m going to try!…with GMO Free items, of course. I’ll let you all know how it turned out. Cheers to a happy Jillian and her butter!

Cook healthy!

~Jillian

Homemade Churn Butter on the Food Network. This is Paula Deen’s butter recipe and I absolutely LOVE that woman. She’s such a cute ‘ol Southern belle.

My Rant About Earth Balance Products.

So I have discovered with a bit of research that Earth Balance is NOT GMO FREE. Very upsetting and I will be on the hunt for a new peanut butter and butter spread. I think I will be writing a letter to the company to just double check. Apparently they have been verified by the Non-GMO Verified Project. Comes out that they are not GMO free and in fact still use GMO’s in their products.

Earth Balance Buttery Spread.

Earth Balance Buttery Spread.

This now makes me wonder if people are just saying that they are “GMO FREE” just to get their money. How horrid! This country needs to see the light of what GMO’s have down and will do!

**End of rant.

Buyer beware.

Stay GMO FREE!

~Jillian

 

Link to Earth Balance article. Courtesy of Undergroundhealth.com

GMO Foods and Auto Immune Diseases Article. Courtesy of Urbanorganicnews.com

Raw Milk. Drink It!

I know that there has always been that burning question everyone is dying to get answered…

Raw milk…is it safe to drink??

My answer to this always is…why not?! I am a firm believer that from farm ( or crop) to your plate is the safest possible way to live and be healthy. The USDA is all ate up with thinking that everything MUST or NEEDS to be treated. Call me crazy, but I think the government ( like I stated before) is trying to kill us by giving us foods that are not natural. There is no way that they are trying to help us. Who helps their people by giving them hormone filled, and abused animal meat or milk? Ew.

My interest in food documentaries has increased rather quickly. I just finished watching Farmeggedon. I highly recommend watching it. You will see how controlling our government really is. It’s all about population control! Wake up America. You can grab it off Netflix, plus it’s youtube and it’s the entire documentary. Great stuff!

I’ve discovered that raw milk not only tastes better, but it builds more immunity in your body than that of what I like to call, fake milk. It aids in your digestive tract and it’s just down right tasty. I’m overly passionate about food and how food in the raw form is the BEST form for you! I’ve found only one brand of milk that I can trust and that you can find almost in every grocery store that is almost raw milk. It’s called Organic Valley. Organic Valley is owned by family farmers all over the nation. It’s pasteurized, meaning: the major portion of the cows’ diet comes from pasture.That means that you’re getting almost farm to person products. I say “almost” because you are obviously buying it from the store. 🙂

I purchased this milk for roughly $3 or $4. Found it at Sprouts!

I purchased this milk for roughly $3 or $4. Found it at Sprouts!

My milk does not contain GMO feed that’s given to the animals, no antibiotics, no synthetic hormones or pesticides. I am still on the hunt for local farmers markets here in Colorado Springs. If you know of any, please let me know! 🙂

The best ways to find raw milk? Go to your local farmers markets. They usually run between May and October, sometimes November. They are local, cheap ( since they are not tied to the USDA ridiculousness…in most cases anyway)  and you know you are getting the best. I also shop at co-ops. They are easy to find…BING is your best friend when it comes to searching for co-ops. There are co-op memberships people get into. Meaning, they don’t sell to the public. You purchase a portion of what you want and pick it up when it’s ready. I’ve seen milk and honey be the top choices in those types of co-op memberships. I’ve been apart of them since living in New Mexico. Eggs are also part of that, as so are many others.

I went on a bit of a rant, but I think I got my point across.

Stay healthy folks!

~ Jillian