Silk Will Pay for Your Dairy Free Drink on National Coffee Day Sept 29!

We all know getting charged extra for requesting plant-based milk is no fun. Silk is taking one for the team and will pay for your dairy-free drink on National Coffee Day (this Sunday)!

“For one brew-tiful day only, coffee drinkers will be able to send Silk a PayPal request (silknationalcoffeeday@gmail.com) for the cost of one dairy-free coffee drink (up to $5 in value) purchased at their local coffee shop, with their drink order in the notes section, and we’ll pay them back,” the company described its offer. Silk’s initiative is meant to reward customers who order plant-based milk instead of dairy, a move that sometimes results in an upcharge of up to $1 per drink at coffee shops.”

Source:

https://vegnews.com/2019/9/vegan-brand-silk-will-pay-for-your-dairy-free-drink-on-national-coffee-day

Enjoy! ☕️☕️☕️

Impossible Burgers Launch at ALL U.S. Locations Next Week!

Mark your calendars! The Impossible Whopper will be available at ALL U.S. locations on August 8th!

This is a HUGE win for animals! The key to getting people to live more sustainable, animal-friendly lifestyles is by making delicious plant-based options accessible to the masses!

*omit the mayo to make it vegan! 🌱

Please make sure to support this launch by buying a burger or two! I’ll be first in line!

Story: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/01/business/impossible-whopper-national/index.html

Compassion Fatigue and Mental Health

So, this blog is a departure from my usual product reviews and activism. As I sit here in Starbucks enjoying a green tea, I feel compelled to speak on a very personal, yet common topic: Compassion fatigue and depression.

With all of today’s technology, virtually anyone, anywhere can be a vegan activist. You can be a keyboard warrior for animals on social media, you can produce hard-hitting documentaries exposing animal cruelty, you can write petitions and blog posts, you can march on the streets, or simply share posts! ANYONE can be an activist, meaning EVERYONE can make a difference.

To do these things mentioned above, the main ingredient needed is compassion! Compassion for the cows who suffer on meat and dairy farms, for the chickens who have the beaks sawed off and are crammed into filthy overcrowded facilities, for the piglets who die on the floor of CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) or have their heads bashed on the concrete because they don’t meet the criteria of a profitable pig.      

After being made of aware of the abject cruelty and violence committed against animals, the realization that all of these horrors are committed or supported by humans can be difficult to swallow. It can also be difficult to acknowledge that until you went vegan yourself, you were also part of the problem.      

Your grandparents eat meat and dairy, so does your significant other, your best friend, your neighbor, so what now?!      

The most important thing you can do is present veganism in a positive light! After all, it is a movement based on respect and compassion for all life… what’s not positive about that? What you DO NOT want to do is shame others for not being on the same level you are. You need to meet people where they are. Most likely, they grew up seeing endless advertisements for meat and dairy and fully believe that animal products are necessary to be strong and healthy (the meat and dairy industry spends billions to convince us – it is not our fault!). It is natural to get defensive when everything you’ve been told your entire life by family, friends, and the media is challenged, and ultimately, false.

So, how do you share veganism in a positive way? Lead by example! Cook and share some delicious vegan food! Watch documentaries together, have productive conversations, show them how easy and fulfilling veganism can be!      

When communicating with people who are not able to accept the truth behind the foods they consume, you can be bombarded with negativity. It is not a personal attack (or shouldn’t be), it is merely people protecting what they have been brainwashed to believe and most likely, they are trying to rectify in their minds the cruelty they have been supporting their entire lives. This is actually a good thing and a step in the right direction! Keep engaging them and show them that veganism is easy, accessible, and delicious! You will be surprised what a bite of a delicious vegan burger or cheese can do!      

Back to the original point of this post – Whether you’re an activist or you work FT for an animal protection organization like I do, constantly hearing about, watching, and witnessing atrocious crimes against animals can take its toll on your morale and spirit. It can also be overwhelming when people cannot see the cruelty of their ways or they flat out refuse to change. Over time, the feeling of defeat and disappointment can become something called “compassion fatigue.”

I am not a mental health professional, but I do suffer from depression and have since a young age – long before I became vegan or an activist. I will always be vegan and I will always fight for animal rights in some capacity! So… I have come up with a few ways to deal with mental health issues to continue my important work! *Please seek professional help if necessary!

It is important to practice self-care and to join or build a community with similar interests. If you need a break from activism, take one! Animals needs us, and we can only do our best work if we take care of ourselves! Spend a day, a week, a month, a year to refocus and recharge! Spend time in nature, try a new hair color, go exploring, volunteer, have fun! Remember to give yourself credit for all of the work you have done. It is not easy! To find like-minded people, try Meetup.com to start or join vegan groups in your area, or find groups on Facebook. There are tons!      

Like I said, I’ve dealt with life-long depression. Compassion fatigue made it even worse. In the same vein as self-care, it is so important to surround yourself with supportive people – including your living environment – who have your best interest and well-being at heart. People who will check in on you, make sure you’re alright, and offer words of encouragement and support because they truly care. People who can recognize when you’re feeling low and will make an effort to make you feel valued and included. If you do not live in that kind of environment (I didn’t), please do whatever you can to change it. Even if it seems impossible.

If you know someone dealing with depression, the best thing you can do is to let them know you care. They are most likely feeling isolated, misunderstood, and lonely. Send a text, give them a call, a hug, invite them out… they may not respond, but your words and efforts can mean the world to someone who is suffering. Just a few seconds of thoughtfulness can be the difference between life and death.

When I was finally able to leave (a few seconds of bravery can radically change your life), I started practicing self-care and allowing people to see the real me. You can too. YOU are worth it – to the animals, the world, and to me! You deserve a beautiful life. We ALL do! If that’s not the very essence of veganism, I don’t know what it is!

OK! I want to throw an offer out there to all of my vegan warriors! If you are experiencing compassion fatigue or depression for any reason (even if you’re not vegan), you can reach out to me at vegantreasurehunter@gmail.com or on IG @VeganTreasureHunter!

If you are feeling overwhelmed or feel like you want to hurt yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ to chat with someone!

You are important. You are not alone. You are loved.

Check out the First-Ever Vegan Burger Commercial to Air During the Super Bowl (SPOILER)!!!

This evening, the first-ever commercial advertising a plant-based burger will air during the Super Bowl for millions of viewers to see!

This 30-second spot humorously introduces Carl’s Jr.’s Beyond Famous Star Burger featuring the 100% plant-based Beyond Burger (just ask for no cheese or mayo to make it vegan)! If you don’t want to wait until the ad airs tonight, check it out below!

I must say, they did a great job with this! As the demand for plant-based options grows, companies like Carl’s Jr. are responding! This commercial will lead to countless people trying an animal-friendly burger and needless to say, I’M HERE FOR IT!

If you’re not already, follow me on Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter 🌱

Project You Australian Superfood Powders

Hello again! If you’re looking to take your health to the next level in the new year, you’ve come to the right place! I had the opportunity to review the Bushfood Australian Superfood Powders from Project You, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Project You is a company whose “goal is to help you achieve true health and longevity by engaging the three pillars of wellness– internal(nutrition and gut health), physical (exercise and sleep) and emotional and spiritual self-care – that together will help your body act and feel younger.”

Their Bushfood Australian Superfood Powders are made from powerful, vitamin-packed super fruits used in Indigenous Australian culture for 50,000 years. These powerhouse powders can be added to smoothies, soups, or just about anything you want to make healthier! Keep reading for the nutritional benefits of each flavor and visit the Project You website for flavor profiles and more!

Davidson Plum

  • An excellent source of potassium. Potassium plays a vital role in every single heartbeat. It helps our muscles move, our nerves work through-out our bodies and our kidneys filter out toxins.
  • A good source of Vitamin E and zinc; two nutrients required for glowing, youthful looking skin.
  • A unique dairy-free source of calcium.
  • An antioxidant powerhouse, containing high levels of anthocyanin, which is thought to improve cognitive function and protect against certain cancers and heart disease.
  • Contains more lutein than an avocado (thought to be the primary source of lutein). Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin that plays an important role in eye health, improving symptoms in atrophic age-related macular degeneration by inhibiting inflammation. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in aging Western societies.
  • Contains properties believed to have anti-diabetic effects and a capacity to reduce hypertension and obesity.

Riberry

  • Three times the folate of a blueberry. Folate is needed for healthy growth and development and is essential for the healthy development of a baby during pregnancy.
  • Rich in manganese and an important plant source of calcium.
  • Contains high levels of anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant that is thought to improve cognitive function and protect against certain cancers, heart and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Quandong Peach

  • Contains twice the vitamin C of an orange.
  • A great source of vitamin E, folate, magnesium and calcium.
  • A valuable vegan source of iron and zinc.
  • A rich source of phenolic-based antioxidants which boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and protect against numerous diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The kernel contains a range of complex oils and, which are recognized for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Contains rutin, a strong antioxidant that can help reduce the proliferation of free radicals. Rutin works with vitamin C to strengthen capillaries, reduce dark circles under the eyes and strengthen the skin from the effects of aging.

Kakadu Plum

  • Highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100 times the Vitamin C content found in an orange.
  • Due to its extreme potency, you only need 1g of Freeze Dried Kakadu Plum powder to match the Vitamin C content found in an entire orange.
  • Exhibits outstanding antioxidant capacity, being 5.2 times more potent than the blueberry.
  • Due to its exceptional anti-oxidant composition, it is believed that kakadu plum could help provide the most powerful Alzheimer’s treatment to date.
  • Celebrated for its medicinal properties and is a known antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent.
  • A vegetarian source of iron and Vitamin E and folate.

The Bottom Line

These powders are absolutely incredible! It can be difficult at times to get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform and feel its best. These powders eliminate that challenge. I simply added the suggested amount to my morning smoothie and/or oatmeal, and went about my day knowing I had consumed high-quality superfoods! After a week, I can genuinely say I have more energy and feel great! I highly recommend giving Bushfood Australian Superfood Powders a try!

Project You Bushfood Australian Superfood Powders
Bushfood Australian Superfood Powders