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Beauty Benefits of a Vegan Diet + A Shameless Plug

We all know being vegan has a bazillion (no, I didn’t fact that check that) health benefits, but how does it help you be more aesthetically pleasing? Keep reading, my friend for some vegan beauty tips!

1. It Helps Clear Acne

Milk contains an abundance of the hormone IGF-1 which is great if you’re a baby cow. However, in humans it leads to inflammation which can cause redness and swelling. It also makes us produce more oil, which leads to more clogged pores, more acne, and a breeding ground for P. acnes bacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products. The milk and acne effect is well documented in the literature. In the last decade or so, a number of studies have found a strong link between the consumption of milk and increased occurrence of acne. For example, one such study found that teenage boys who drank milk broke out more often, and more severely, than those who didn’t drink milk. (source)

2. It Makes Your Skin Glow

“You look as good as you eat. Researchers at the University of Nottingham revealed in a recent study that eating vegetables makes you appear better looking to others. Despite the many advantages to eating fruits and vegetables, including living longer, being smarter, avoiding chemical exposure (with organic foods), and reducing the carbon footprintvegetarianism is not a food plan for everyone. Now there may be another compelling reason to give up animal protein. Results from the university’s study claim that eating carrots, tomatoes and mangoes improves your skin and makes your face glow naturally. Dr. Ian Stephen who examines the perception of skin color, conducted the research at the school’s Malaysian campus where participants ate five extra portions of fruits and vegetables daily for two months.

Students then examined photos of participants, comparing various pigmentation and chose which were more attractive. Those with increased vegetable and fruit intake won the beauty contest. The diet raised carotenoid levels which provides appealing gold tones to the skin. Packed with antioxidants, the anti-inflammatory properties are healthier.” (source)

3. It Can Help You Lose Weight

I’m not saying you have to be skinny to be beautiful, everyone’s body is different and comes in lots of gorgeous shapes and sizes. However, I think we can all agree that being fit is beautiful. That means eating healthy foods that makes our skin glow, easily toning our lovely bodies and feeling strong with extra energy. That sounds sexy!

“There has been an incredible amount of science coming out as of late in support of a plant-based diet, and how it helps you to lose weight and turn your health around. It is becoming all the more evident that a nutrient-dense, high-fiber diet can not only tame obesity, but it can prevent and reverse the killer diseases of our time: heart diseaseType 2 diabetes and even some kinds of cancer.” (source)

4. It Helps You Smell Pretty

When you walk into your favorite department store (*cough*Nordstrom*cough*) and you go into their extensive makeup/beauty section, what else is there? Fragrances, of course! It’s essential to beauty. Scent is tied into so many emotions and hormones on a deep subconscious and sometimes conscious level. So, smelling great is just part of the pretty girl package aka “Smelling pretty”.

“Meat and dairy consumption has been directly linked to a higher amount of acidity in the body and the amount of stinky breath and body odor. As someone who eats tons of plant foods, I can tell you I personally haven’t worn deodorant in almost 8 years and I do not suffer from body odor, even while sweating. On a normal basis, I don’t have bad breath, unless I eat garlic, which I avoid because it really makes me smell terrible! It’s all about that acidity factor in meats and dairy. They are the most acidic foods available to us, and when we eat them, our bodies literally process their acids directly as waste, which our bodies try to eliminate through sweating, odor and the breath. An alkaline body doesn’t produce nearly the amount of toxins and thus there are less to eliminate through the pores. Garlic and onions are simply odor-producing foods for the breath due to their healthy antioxidant sulfur, which is actually a detoxifying agent to the liver” (source)

5. Inner Beauty is Sexy

As a parent, I always instill values in my boys and one of those is that inner beauty is a better attribute than physical beauty. Physical beauty has it’s ebbs and flows from awkward teenage brace face years to aging and saggy boobs. I think we can all agree there is some beauty in each of those stages, but one thing everyone notices– one that is truly timeless is inner beauty. One of the best things about vegans is their compassion for all life, one life is not better than the other. For me, the ant has just as much as value in this world as I do. This beautiful compassion extends to all of nature and humans alike. I love helping others, encouraging others and respecting all people and animals. Now what is more beautiful than that? Vegans and their compassion has an inner beauty that benefits the entire eco system, and that my friends, is hot!

Now onto my shameless plug…

I was speaking with PETA about possible photo shoot campaigns to work with them on and they told me that in the meantime I should join their “Sexiest Vegan Next Door” contest. I was hesitant since I HATE voting campaigns but when I saw that Humane Trip was offering a free trip to Hawaii for the lucky winner, I quickly changed my mind. Please vote for me! You can vote one time per email address, so if you have multiple email addresses and some time, I would appreciate any and all votes. Also, share this PLEASE, the more votes the better! Thank you for your support, everyone. You all mean the world to me! 


10 Reasons Why Bob Barker is My Hero (And Why He Should Be Yours)

If you were a ’70’s, ’80’s or early ’90’s baby, I’m sure one of your favorite things about missing school or being on summer vacation was that you got to watch the Price is Right. It’s a fun game to play at home, the cars are always amazing and the people are priceless. Most people love how charismatic Bob Barker is, he’s so charming and how on earth does he look so amazing? Well a vegetarian diet of course! Bob Barker is a pop icon and a game show legend, but who exactly is this man? 

I remember being home schooled in Kindergarten and watching the Price is Right. I knew from the age of 4 that I wanted to move to Hollywood, CA and be a Barker’s Beauty. As I got older, I wondered who he was and I started reading up on him. That year I became vegan, the next year I moved to Hollywood (right off of Sunset Blvd) and I sent my photo in numerous times to be a Barker’s Beauty. I have a past pageant history and many things that connected me to Bob Barker, but my ultimate goal was to meet him. By the time an open casting call happened, it was for the new host of The Price is Right and I knew without Bob being on the show I wanted no part of it. Even now I forget it’s still an ongoing show because without Bob it’s not the same. When people ask me who my hero is I say “Bob Barker” and it always gets me the weirdest looks. When I explain why they’re blown away by the awesome person that he is, but few really know life details about him. Fun fact about me: I paid over $200 for a ticket to go to the Daytime Emmy’s simply because they were honoring Bob Barker’s career after he retired from the show. I still have the book and photos I took from the event. It was an honor to be there to see the legend that I love, honored for his work.

Top 10 Reasons Why Bob Barker is my hero, and why he should be yours:

10. He refused to emcee the Miss America & Miss USA Pageants if They Didn’t Stop Using Fur Coats

Bob Barker’s late wife, Dorothy Jo quit wearing the fur jackets that Bob had been giving her. She educated him on the abuse that goes into fur. He then told the Miss America pageants that if they didn’t stop using fur coats in the pageants, then he would quit hosting. They stopped for awhile, but in 1988 they started giving fur coats out as prizes and he quit hosting. He definitely stands up for what he believes in, that’s a true man! 

9. “Have Your Pets Spayed or Neutered” 

This iconic statement is known by most, this is how he ended each episode of the Price Is Right from the ’80’s and on. Bob Barker established the DJ&T Foundation, named after his late wife, Dorothy Jo and his mother Matilda “Tilly”, to financially support low cost spay and neuter clinics. 

8. He is Vegetarian

With his wife’s help he went vegetarian in 1979.  “I gave up red meat and fowl, and gradually fish and dairy products as well. I did it out of concern for animals, but I have certainly learned why so many people are becoming vegetarians out of concern for health reasons. I can control my weight better than before, I feel better, I have more energy, and I think that it is certainly a healthful way of life.” -Bob Barker. If you’ve seen how amazing he looks in his 90’s, you’ll believe in the power of a plant based diet!

7. He Rescues Zoo Animals 

Bob Barker spent approximately $1 million to get three African elephants from the Toronto Zoo to an animal sanctuary in California. The Toronto City Council allowed for their removal in 2011 after activists such as Barker voiced their concerns about having large animals held within zoos. With the addition of Toka, Iringa and Thika, the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 compound has a total of 11 elephants.

6. He Helps Stop Whaling in Japan

In 2010, Barker donated $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to fight whaling off of the Japan coast. In 2014, Japan didn’t kill 1 whale!! 

7. He Supports the Teaching of Animal Ethics and Law

Bob Barker has donated $2 million to his alma mater, Drury University, to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights to create and Animal Ethics course at Drury. Bob Barker has also made several million dollar donations to schools such as University of Virginia, Columbia Law School and Stanford Law School to establish animal law programs. 

6. He Helped Ban Circus Elephants from Circuses

Elephants have been shown to be as smart as humans and while I think keeping an animal in a circus is an act of abuse, it especially is for elephants. The bill, HR2929, calls for the banning of the use of elephants in circuses. “Elephants have suffered terribly ever since they have been used in circuses, and many, if not most of the people who go to circuses have no idea how miserably the elephants live and how terribly they are treated in order to make them perform,” Bob explains. “I am doing all I can to help expose this cruelty. I am also hopeful that as people become more aware of the terrible suffering of animals in circuses that they will refuse to attend them. And that animals in circuses will become a thing of the past.”

5. He’s An Advocate for Using Shelters, Not Breeders

Bob Barker has adopted all of his animals from shelters or in the case of his dog, Winston a friend couldn’t find a home for him and generously took him in. His animals are his family,  “I can’t exaggerate how important they are to my life. I don’t know what my life would have been without animals. When I come home, they’re there to greet me, and they’re the last things I see when I leave for the studio. I absolutely adore them and love them, and I think it would be a very lonely life without them. I recommend them for any old, gray-haired man living alone.”

4. He’s a Bad Ass

He has a black belt in Karate and trained under Chuck Norris. 

3. He Always Made Sure Prizes on The Price is Right Were Animal Friendly

Bob Barker was not asked to appear on the 40th Anniversary of the Price is Right show. He said, “Because I have been critical of them for giving away prizes that I consider inappropriate.” He complained to producers for awarding tickets to Sea World and the Calgary Stampede as prizes. Both organizations “are notorious for animal abuse,” Barker said. When he was host of the long running show, Bob had said, “We stopped giving away fur coats many years ago. In addition we don’t give away anything leather, no hunting safaris, and if it is a trip to Spain, the last thing you’ll see is a bullfight.” He adds that “Once a week we’ll have an animal on the show in some sort of setting that came from a shelter. I will mention that if you don’t live out here, just go to the shelter near your home and you’ll find a fine friend.” I, personally have quit watching the show since Bob left because I support his policies and I feel that they don’t honor his wishes anymore.

2. Barker Leads Animal Rights Protests Against Walmart

If you know anything about me, you know that I hate Walmart as much as I hate animal abusers. So, of course, my hero would lead a protest against Walmart. He’s my knight in shining armor after all. He warned people of the pork sold at Walmart stores. They were treated very inhumanely at Christiansen Family Farms for being in confinement crates before being sent to slaughter. 

1. He Puts His Money Behind Words

One of my favorite things about Bob, is he stands up for what he believes in. If you’re an animal rights activist you will know that it’s never easy to stand up for what you believe in. It’s very controversial and people think you’re talking crazy. But Bob does it in the face of adversity and stands up to huge companies for his personal beliefs. He’s a true gentleman and friend to all animals. He’s inspired me to create my blogs to spread my message about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and to show people how to do it so they understand it is pretty easy. He taught me to stand up for what’s right regardless what people think. He has also spent milions and miliions of dollars as you can see, to further animal rights and activism. He should be anyone’s hero because he makes this world a better place and raises awareness for animal injustice. 

Thank you Bob, you’re a legend!

Factory Farming Facts

*Information courtesy of Organic Consumers Association*
Random Factory Farm Facts
  • Globally, about 65 billion animals are slaughtered for food every year.
  • In the U.S., nearly 10.2 billion land animals were raised and killed for food in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Of those, 9,210 million (91%) were chickens raised for meat, 464 million (4.5%) were chickens raised for eggs, 276 million (2.5%) were turkeys, and the remaining 202 million (2%) were cows, pigs, other mammals, and ducks and geese. In addition to the 9,278 million animals who were slaughtered, the total figure includes the 875 million animals, or 8.6%, who died lingering deaths from disease, injury, starvation, suffocation, maceration, or other atrocities of animal farming and transport.
  • About 95 percent of all poultry and the majority of beef and pork come from factory farms, or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
  • Every year factory farms dump 220 billion gallons of animal waste onto farmland and into our waterways, posing a major threat to public health.
  • The raw liquefied sewage produced by CAFOs is 25- 100 times more concentrated than human sewage, plus has milk house waste, blood, dead animals, sanitizing and other chemicals mixed in, all of it stored in an open pit that holds millions of gallons…often…contaminating drinking water intakes, threatening recreational users and harming fish and other wildlife.
  • Most factory farms store animal waste in open lagoons as large as several football fields. Lagoons routinely burst, sending millions of gallons of manure into waterways and spreading microbes that can cause gastroenteritis, fevers, kidney failure, and death.
  • CAFO manure has contaminated drinking water in many rural areas, caused fish kills, and contributed to oxygen-depleted “dead zones” (areas devoid of valuable marine life) in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and elsewhere.
  • Four-fifths of the antibiotics used in the United States are given to completely healthy farm animals.
  • Force-feeding animals antibiotics helps breed antibiotic-resistant superbugs (bacteria that antibiotics can’t kill). And every year over 70,000 Americans die because of bacterial resistance. 
  • The USDA estimates that more than 335 million tons of “dry matter” waste (the portion of waste remaining after water is removed) is produced annually on farms in the United States, representing almost a third of the total municipal and industrial waste produce. Animal feeding operations annually produce about 100 times more manure than the amount of human sewage sludge processed in U.S. municipal wastewater plants. Unlike human waste, the law does not require that livestock waste be treated.
  • Twenty-six billion pounds of beef from 34 million cattle is produced annually in the U.S., more than in any other country.
  • Hog manure has ten to 100 times more concentrated pathogens than human waste. We treat human sewage, but we don’t treat animal waste.
  • The methane releases from billions of imprisoned animals on factory farms are 70 times more damaging per ton to the earth’s atmosphere than CO2, according to a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
  • Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than cars, according to a United Nations report.
  • CAFOs release over 400 separate gases, mostly due to the large amounts of manure they produce. The principal gases released are hydrogen sulfide, methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide.
  • Twenty-three million pounds of antibiotics are added to animal feed every year, to make the animals grow faster.
  • The U.S. is the only country that feeds slaughterhouse waste, blood and manure to livestock.
  • Manure can contain pathogens, antibiotics, drug-resistant bacteria, hormones, heavy metals and other compounds.
  • Agricultural Waste is the number-one form of well-water contaminants in the U.S., where at least 4.5 million people are exposed to dangerously high nitrate levels in their drinking water.
  • Japan inspects 100 percent of its beef for mad cow disease; the European Union inspects 25 percent; the U.S. inspects less than one percent.
Sources and Resource

Why I’m Vegan

Before I start converting your favorite Pinterest recipes into the vegan version, I’ll explain the events that lead up to me starting my vegan lifestyle. 

Almost 8 years ago, I had a friend that was vegan. At first, I was very curious as to what vegans eat. Growing up in Idaho, being near a vegetarian or vegan was a rare occurrence. I asked many questions about their eating habits, just trying to get a sense for how they survive. I’m a very picky eater so I was positive I’d never be able to go vegetarian, even if I wanted to….but trust me, at the time, I did not want to. 

I found my curiosity dissolved into feeling annoyed by this person’s diet. At the time I was very religious (now I’d say I’m more spiritual than religious). I was thinking, “God gave us dominion over the animals so we can eat them if we want, this person is crazy for not doing this. Don’t they get it?”. Their diet really challenged my beliefs, it made me frustrated and angry. I felt like such a small person that someone’s diet, a diet they’re choosing and not pushing on me at all, would make me feel so many unwanted feelings. 

I talked with my friend about why they felt going vegan was best for them. How could they choose this? Why couldn’t they be like everyone else? Hoping I could finally use their reasoning to justify why this is not right for me and put this issue to rest. Instead, their answer was not something I could hide behind, it was not something I could ignore and move on. They started telling me what really happens at slaughter houses, what the animals endure, how they hurt. I went home and googled all this information to make sure I wasn’t being told exaggerations, it seemed very far fetched anyone could treat animals this way and not be arrested.  However, the information I read and the photos I saw brought me into hysterical tears. Growing up in Idaho, I saw cows wandering fields, I had no idea how factory farms really treat their animals. They hide it so well. 

At that point, I started feeling guilty. Every time I ate, I knew I was supporting animal abuse, but I didn’t know how to stop. I didn’t know how to eat. I tried so hard to just push this out of my mind and keep on doing what I had been doing. Trying to justify to myself how this isn’t a big deal, everyone supports this industry, it’s just life. It plagued me for weeks, every time I ate. I kept reminding myself I’m just one person, if I stop eating meat how will that help? It’s not going to change anything, the factory farms will keep on doing what they’re doing. I can’t save veal calves and dairy cows by not eating dairy. I can’t save chickens by not eating eggs. I can’t change the supply and demand by only me not eating meat.  

After about a month of these thoughts that plagued me, a life changing event occurred. I was in my car in Meridian, Idaho. It was a beautiful day, I had my windows down and my sunroof open. I sat at a stop light on Eagle Rd. A semi-truck pulls up next to me, in the truck they have about 10 cows, I know the slaughterhouse they’re headed to. It’s a hot day and I know they’re miserable in that truck being hauled to their death. I tried so hard not to look over, but I felt like someone was staring at me, you know that feeling, you try to ignore it but you have to look over. I looked over and there was this cow staring at me so intently. Looking at me with these beautiful big eyes. I just felt like she was begging to be rescued, begging to be helped. You could see the look of desperation, you could see the misery and terror she felt, on her face. It sounds crazy, but in that moment it was like I could feel her feelings wash over me–the sadness, the uncertainty of her fate. I started crying and vowed that day that I’d never be responsible for taking an innocent life. That beautiful cow was no different than me and that day I saw it. I felt it. I felt her desire to live, her desire to be free and not to be a prisoner. She was not a meal but a living creature. From that day forward I am happy to say I’ve never eaten another animal. I used to be tempted the first year I went vegan, but I’d think of her and that look. After that day, I quit thinking dominion over animals meant exploiting them and hurting them and realized dominion means protecting and loving them. I value their lives and now every year, I save 95 lives by not eating meat. She changed my life that day, for the better, and I’m forever grateful.