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  • Two Must Watch Films on Netflix: Okja & What the Health

    As soon as I finished watching Okja and What the Health, I knew I wanted to share them with you here on the blog. Both of these Netflix films are incredibly thought-provoking and eye-opening. I’ve been thinking about them over and over again ever since I first saw them.

    Both films cover controversial topics like the food industry, government, big business, factory farming, science and ethics. And both films are so powerful in their own rights that I really believe they have the ability to evoke so much positive change.

    Okja is a fictional story about the relationship between corporate greed and the food industry. It takes place in the future and follows the life of Okja, a genetically modified super pig created to revolutionize how we eat. What the Health is a current documentary that examines big business, its role in our healthcare system and what things really make us sick.

    While Okja will move you with its ethical examination of the food industry, What the Health will shock you with its scientific examination of the very same thing. And to me, as someone already in the plant-based world and fully embracing it, part of what makes these films so compelling is that while being such drastically different films, they both end up leaving us with the same message. Whether it’s for the sake of the planet, the sake of our health, or the sake of all living beings, both films encourage us to question the status quo when it comes to what we put on our plates.

    You can check out the trailers for Okja and What the Health below, and watch them in their entirety on Netflix. Hope you guys find them as inspiring as I do!

    xo,

    Tedi

    P.S. As I’m sitting here outside finishing this post, two men just sat down at the table right next to me and started talking about What the Health, Okja and how inspiring they both were! So don’t just take my word for it, take these guys’ word for it too! 😉

    xo,

    Tedi

     

  • fashion
  • Vegan Summer Sandals

    Hi guys! It’s finally warmed up here in NYC and I’m so happy about it. It’s time for dresses, tank tops, bathing suits, sunglasses, and of course, vegan summer sandals! If you’ve visited my blog before then you know I’m a firm believer that animals shouldn’t have to suffer for the sake of fashion. That means I’m all about buying clothing and accessories that are free of animal products like leather, wool and suede (just to name a few). If you’re anything like I used to be, when I would buy shoes in the past, I didn’t think twice about the fact that they were made out of a once living, breathing creature. But, it eventually “clicked” with me and I made the decision to buy clothes and accessories that are free of animal products.

    And while I’m a firm believer in not buying clothes and accessories that are made of animal products, and I have no trouble finding awesome vegan bags, vegan leather jackets, vegan sweaters, etc., I will also be the first to admit that the vegan shoe game is a challenge. Fashionable vegan shoes are not easy to come by. Not because high quality vegan shoes couldn’t exist, but just because that’s the way it’s always been – shoes have been made out of leather – and therefore, that’s how it continues to be.

    But that’s where we come in! How we use our money speaks volumes to brands and stores. When we buy shoes or other products that are vegan, we’re telling the brands and stores, “Hey, we want more of this.” It’s simple supply and demand. And the good news is more and more brands and stores are carrying sustainable/vegan options.

    In fact, back in April I was shopping at Nordstrom in Florida and found a pair of summer sandals (above) that I liked. I checked the inside of the shoe to see what materials they were made of (always a good trick when trying to find vegan shoes), and I was so happy to see it said “All Man Made Materials.” SCORE! Vegan and cute. Now they’re my go to sandals this summer, and I get so many compliments on them. Check out all my current favorite vegan summer sandals below.

    xo,

    Tedi

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  • food
  • A Cleaner Instant Ramen: Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods

    Did anyone else eat those ramen soup packets as a kid? I loved them growing up! My friends and I even used to eat them dry with the seasoning on them. (Who else did that too?!) Now that I eat a plant-based/vegan diet, I definitely wouldn’t eat those old-time ramen soups since they a. contain animal products and b. have lots of bad-for-you ingredients in them that I don’t want in my body.

    But, the good news is that nowadays there are brands like Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods that make healthier, cleaner versions of ramen and other ready-in-minutes foods that we grew up with. Ever since I first discovered Right Foods on the shelves of Whole Foods right after moving to NYC, I thought it was so cool that this is a brand that was actually created by a doctor who has committed his life to teaching people about nutrition. Dr. John McDougall is one of the leaders in the plant-based movement. He is a board-certified internist that has been teaching people about nutrition for over 30 years. He promotes a heart healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, rice, pasta and legumes. How great is it that he’s the one behind this whole line of easy to make foods?

    Right Foods has ready-to-serve and “just add water” foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’ve got all different types of varieties of hot cereals, soups, and quinoa salads. The chia berry organic oatmeal is one of my favorites and so are their ramen soups. It’s the perfect stuff to have around for when you just don’t have time (or the energy) to cook!

    And I really respect that Dr. McDougall and Right Foods care about the environment too. Their motto is “Sustaining the Earth, Sustaining You.” All the packaging used in their family owned business is made from sustainably managed forests.

    If you’re looking for food that’s healthy, plant-based, easy to make and requires minimal effort from you, keep your eye out for Right Foods. You can find Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods at grocery stores all over the country including Whole Foods, Target, Wegmans, Safeway, Kroger, Fresh Market and many more. You can see the full list of stores that carry Right Foods here.

    Dr. McDougall is also the founder and medical director of Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center, which offers programs for everyone to learn more about healthy eating. The McDougall Programs include a free online program, intensive workshops, a 10-day live in program to transform your health, dietary therapy and more.

    xo,

    Tedi

  • fashion
  • Vegan at Free People

    You guys know I’m all about fashion that’s free of animal skins and furs. In my book, there’s really no reason whatsoever that an animal should lose its life, or suffer, in order for me to dress well. Right? But, at the same time, I still like fashion. I still like to follow current trends. I still like the same stores I always liked. And I still like the same brands I always liked too. So, when I decided I wanted to shop a little kinder, I didn’t abandon all my connections to the mainstream world – not at all! Instead I learned how to shop more consciously and how to discern what clothing and accessories are made of.

    Because of how I like to shop, now I have a real sweet spot for mainstream brands that have vegan friendly options. When I hop on a brand’s website and see the word “vegan” anywhere on it, it makes me so happy! And one major brand I wanted to highlight today that offers vegan friendly options is Free People. Free People even goes as far as having a whole vegan shoes section on their website!

    Up above you can see two of the Free People pieces I’ve been wearing this season. The skirt is the cotton This Way or That Mini Skirt, which I love and have in black and white. I also have been wearing the super cute Dip Die Cut Off Shorts (above) and the Jax Denim One Piece Overalls, which are both made of cotton too.

    Below I’ve put together a list below of my current vegan friendly Free People favorites. Wish I had it all! So, so cute…and animal friendly! Which pieces are your favorite??

    xo,
    Tedi