ADOPT at your local shelter

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The idea of adopting never came across to me until 1 year ago my sister explained to me how dogs/cats end up in the shelter. At first, I was a bit hesitant like anybody would when they hear about the adoption idea. I thought if I could buy a pet from the pet store why wouldn’t I? They are clean and vaccinated. However, little did I know that approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are being euthanized each year in the US alone because of the limitation of space at shelters. Basically, many dogs/cats are abandoned by their owners and brought to the shelter and too little people are adopting.

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False Assumptions about Shelters

1. Many of them have contracted some sort of disease, categorizing them as dirty. 
Most of them are generally pretty healthy. When the dogs/cats are brought into the shelter, all of them are vaccinated and either spayed or neutered before they are brought to a new home. So you can be sure that they are going to be healthy and given proper health care before you adopt. 

2.Most of the animals are in their senior years.
Many people assume that shelters’ cats/dogs are probably a 5+ years old, however you may be surprised to find some of the youngest puppies/kittens as young as a few months old. 

3.Many have experienced abusive homes.
 Many people assume that the animals brought into shelters have probably been abused and that’s how they end up there. However, most pet owners turn their pets into shelters because of lack of time, allergies, financial issues, and many personal reasons.
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One thing that really caught my attention about the pet industry was how we are indirectly supporting puppy/kitty mills when we purchase from pet stores. Puppy/kitty mills are basically a factory that breed dogs/cats for profit. These mills do not consider the welfare of animals and forbid the buyers (pet stores, internet) from seeing where the animals are from. Parents of puppies/kitties are kept in cage for many years and basically they are used to breed until they have no ability to breed anymore. When they become no use to the mills they are either killed or abandoned. Many studies have shown that many puppies/kitties who have experienced in these mills are most likely to have behavioral or health problems in the future.

Please ADOPT if you can at your local shelters! It’s cheaper adopting than buying from a pet store!
SPCA or Humane Society are some of the well known shelters you may want to look into near your home. You can now view the profile and pictures of the pet online and find the right match before seeing in person!

Source Humane Society

Turkey Less Thanksgiving

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U.S. Thanksgiving is just around the corner before you know it. It is a holiday to say thanks and express your appreciation to the ones you love. I would like to say thank you to everyone that has been part of my life and has helped shape the person that I am now! Without you all I will never be the same. And I would like to say that even though I have started this blog one month ago, I really appreciate the supportive comments that I have been getting! So, thank you!

Twice a year turkey is indulged on for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Turkey is such a common ritual food that we may not even consider purchasing meat less alternatives. Above displays two of the recent purchases I have made to try for Thanksgiving dinner. Tofurky is a brand that I have been trying out for months and let me tell you they are one of the masters when it comes to vegan foods. Trader Joe’s is something new I have been taste testing. Their Turkey-Less Stuffed Roasts are so crispy on the outside while still staying delicate within. I have given my non-vegan friends a try and they were astonished by how similar this can mimic to the real thing. I do have to say though these products contain soy and wheat products. For those who are allergic, I am sorry that these products aren’t suitable for you. There are so many options out there I am sure there are other alternatives that suit your needs.

There are definitely doubts when it comes to vegan foods. Many people are skeptical of meat less products and are always judging these products as something you will never get your nutrients at. I can say for sure, I have no doubts of the nutrition in vegan foods, there are definitely enough proteins to satisfy your body’s needs. “Never judge the book by its cover”, yup that’s definitely true. Don’t judge too quickly if you haven’t had the chance to experience vegan foods yourself, otherwise you are missing out the good stuff!

 

Stay Hearty!

Rewind backward

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*IMG_0140IMG_0072Most of you guys are probably wondering why I named this look rewind backward. It actually has something to do with the place I took the picture at and my outfit. This place is called the Bradbury building, built in 1893. A very old building for sure though it still looks very modernized. I found out later that this building featured many prominent films including Blade Runner, The White Cliffs of Dover, the German Film… Historic buildings may seem old but this architect will never fail to impress. As for my outfit, do you guys still remember wearing overalls back in the 90′s? Trends definitely jumps back and forth, so be sure to bring out your overalls from your closet that is if you still have it…
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crop top Urban Outfitters
overalls Nasty Gal
bag Michael Kors
shoes Steve Madden

 

Must eat ORGANICS (fruits/veggies)

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I have briefly touched upon the organic topic in the PLU codes post. If you haven’t seen it yet, check HERE. If you don’t already know, most of the foods at the grocery are conventionally grown. They differ greatly from how the organic foods are grown. The term organic is not interchangeable with the word natural. The word natural can be applied anywhere. However, there are production regulations when it comes to using organics in labels. In the US, “USDA ORGANIC” is used to refer to foods that are certified organically. Organic foods are grown like how they were used to be back in the days, when you didn’t have access to chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotic and growth hormones for animals. Instead of using all that man made chemicals, manure and compost are some of the options when it comes to natural fertilizers. Mulching, hand rotation, hand weeding are natural weed controls and nets are used for controlling insects/animals. Not only are people benefiting from chemical free produce, they are also obtaining higher nutrition. Organic foods contain higher amounts of vitamins C, D, E, beta carotene, polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids.. Therefore, you are paying more for the nutrition when it comes to buying organic even though it’s higher in price.

The following are foods that contain the highest pesticides level when produced conventionally. Thus, it’s best to buy these foods organically!

DIRTY DOZEN

Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Cherries
Kale/Collard Greens
Potatoes
Grapes (imported)

SAFE conventional foods can be eaten due to low pesticides levels.

CLEAN 15

Onion
Avocado
Sweet Corn
Pineapple
Mangos
Sweet Peas
Asparagus
Kiwi
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet Potato
Honeydew Melon

Remember to… Stay Hearty!

Sources thedailygreenOrganicconsumerassociations, mayoclinic

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