• 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

  • inspiration
  • Hello, Again!

    Hi guys! It’s been a hot minute. I ended up taking a totally unplanned hiatus from the blog because I had a whirlwind month of traveling, work at my hospital job (which I love, but at times it can be really intense!), and biggest of all…turning 30! Somehow with all that happening all my time to work on my blog just slipped away. But now I’m back and I’ve got so many great things planned for the blog this summer.

    I had some mixed feelings about turning 30, but now that all the hoopla and anticipation is over, and my 30s are actually here, I’ve settled into this new decade of my life with so much happiness and gratitude. And as you can tell above I was extra happy with my delicious birthday cake from Vegan Divas, which is located here in NYC and delivers to all 50 states. I also had a fabulous birthday dinner at one of my favorite little spots, Ladybird, in the West Village.

    As my birthday was approaching I really took time to reflect on what I’ve learned these past 30 years. I certainly don’t have all the answers in life, but at the same time, I’ve learned so much. There’s so much knowledge that I bring with me as I step into my 30s that my 15, 20 or 25 year old self didn’t know – or at least didn’t believe with as much conviction as I do now. So today I wanted to share with you 17 of those tidbits of wisdom – both big and small – that I’m bringing with me into this new chapter of my life.

    Some of it is lighthearted and some of it is serious. Some of it is based in science and some of it is based in a more spiritual realm. Some of it I learned formally in graduate school for counseling psychology, or in my professional work, and some of it I learned in my own real life. Some of it I learned from happy experiences and some of it I learned from very sad experiences. But at the end of the day, as I step into this new chapter of my life, these are the things I’ve learned that hold true and resonate with me, and just maybe, they’ll resonate with some of you. 🙂 Here we go…

    1. We can get every single nutrient we need from plant foods.
    2. Spend 90% of your time at the grocery store in the produce section to ensure you’re filling your grocery cart and body with the healthiest foods, grown directly from the Earth.
    3. Erase everything you think you know about health and nutrition and start over with a life changing book like Whole.
    4. Disease like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, etc. need not exist to the degree they do and can be largely cured and controlled by diet. (Read Whole from #3 above to learn more).
    5. Feeding our pets real food is a great way to ensure they live long, healthy lives.
    6. Loving a dog and being loved by a dog is one of life’s most rewarding experiences.
    7. The Secret is real. As is The Power and The Magic.
    8. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a f&*%ing duck.
    9. There are zero reasons to make animals suffer for the sake of fashion.
    10. Even the most crushing emotional pain eases with time.
    11. This one I’ve learned firsthand from my work at a children’s hospital: With the right therapeutic support, kids facing unimaginable challenges can be so incredibly resilient.
    12. Forgiveness is so important. So is setting boundaries and taking care of yourself.
    13. The cure for the pain is in the pain.
    14. If you’ve been through a trauma, therapy and EMDR can be so incredibly helpful.
    15. The most important message to tell someone when they are hurting is, “I See You“.
    16. When it comes to love, never, ever settle.
    17. Good things come to those who wait. 🙂

    xo,

    Tedi