Should You Become a Vegan?

Should You Become a Vegan?


Increasingly, more and more people are choosing to become vegans. Many people become vegans for health reasons, but studies show when compared to other forms of plant-centric diets the vegan diet doesn’t produce any real health benefits. Moreover, veganism is actually a philosophical position, or protest, against factory farming of animals or that the consumption of meat is harmful to the environment. Vegans also shun the use of all other products made from animals, such as leather.


The vegan diet is often referred to as plant-based, but this is not accurate. Veganism is a diet made up completely of plants, whereas plant-based diets, like vegetarian or Mediterranean diets, use plants as a mainstay with the addition of fish and dairy. While copious research does show increased health benefits from vegetarian diets, strict vegan diets frequently pose health risks.


People who consume higher levels of plant foods typically have reduced incidences of major illness, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. This is thought to be related to lower levels of bad cholesterol, or LDLs, and a higher level of good cholesterol, or HDLs. However, this same result is present when people cut out high-fat meats and dairy products, such as grain-feed beef, whole milk and cheeses.


Vitamin deficiency can be a major concern for vegans. For example, vitamin D is necessary for calcium metabolism. A large study in the Britain showed bone fractures were more common in vegans if they did not get at least 525 mg of calcium per day.


Plants contain no vitamin B12, and B12 deficiency can result in serious health issues, such as lack of coordination, loss of balance, nerve dysfunction, disorientation, memory loss and early-onset dementia. This is even more of a concern for people over 50, as these individuals typically have decreased stomach acid necessary to digest B12 from plant sources.


Long chain omega-3 fatty acids, typically obtained from fish, are crucial for brain and eye function as well as cardiovascular health. While vegetarian diets include fish and other seafood, vegan diets do not. There are some plants that have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, such as flax seed, canola oil, walnuts, tofu and soy, which the body can convert to omega-3. However, fish is loaded with low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs, the good cholesterol that fights the bad – so vegans loose out here big time.


Another problem with vegan diet is it is typically high is some foods that are shown to have negative health benefits, such as soy and rice. Soy contains trypsin inhibitors, known to cause stunted growth. Soy phytoestrogens interrupt immune function and may promote breast and thyroid cancer. Because of ground water contamination, and because rice is such a water-intensive crop, rice is beginning to show dangerously high levels of arsenic.


All things considered, a vegan diet is not the healthiest choice. If you are against the use of all animals products, as a moral or political position, than a vegan diet is your only option. Just be sure to do your research and plan your menus carefully to receive adequate nutrition. However, if you are strictly looking to improve your health than a vegetarian diet is the way to go.

The Most Beneficial Multivitamins for Women

The Most Beneficial Multivitamins for Women

How many times have I changed my multivitamin? Way too many to count! When you are staring at all of your options at the grocery store, it can be a little overwhelming. How do you know which ones are right for you? Luckily, I am here to help you determine which multivitamins are going to be the most beneficial for you.

One-A-Day Women’s Multivitamin

The One-A-Day Women’s Multivitamin is a great option for a number of women. It contains folic acid, iron, and vitamin D among other things. These are all elements that you should always look for in a multivitamin. The only downside of this multivitamin is that it is not suitable for women who are vegans or vegetarians. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the Target up&up Women’s Daily is virtually identical with the ingredients.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw One for Women

This multivitamin is a great option for women who want vegetarian, gluten free, and kosher multivitamins. In addition to these benefits, it contains 800 mcg of folate from naturally-occuring sources as well as 6 mg of iron. In comparison to other multivitamins, that’s a low amount of iron and a high amount of folate. This may be a better choice for women who don’t eat a lof of folate-containing foods or women who are not in need of supplemental iron.

MyKind Organics Women’s Multi

Garden of Life also makes a good multivitamin for vegans. Vegan diets do not contain a lot of B-12 which makes this multivitamin a good choice for vegans as it has 30 mcg of B-12. It also contains 10 mg of iron and 500 mcg of folate. This is recommended for women under age 40.

Garden of Life MyKind Women’s 40+

If you are over age 40, this is a great option for you. It is very similar to the other multivitamins from Garden of Life for women. It does include 60 mcg of B-12 as women over 40 begin to have difficulty with metabolizing B-12, and it does not contain iron as most women over age 40 do not need to supplement with iron.

When it comes to women’s multivitamins, there are so many different options to choose from. One of the best ways to decide which multivitamin is right for you is just to try it out and see how you like it.

6 Ways to Have a More Positive Body Image

6 Ways to Have a More Positive Body Image

All throughout the United States and throughout the world, women have issues with body image. Every day, we are bombarded with thousands of images of the media’s interpretation of the ideal woman. Models who all have the same body type are photoshopped to look even thinner than they already do, setting an impossible standard of beauty for women to live up to. Because of this, women often end up having a negative body image.

I would like to tell you, however, that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can have a positive body image and a healthy view of yourself. Here are six things to keep in mind when it comes to your own body.

1. Every woman is different. Throughout the world, there are women in all shapes and sizes, and all bodies are beautiful in their own way. Seek out images of real women, and you will start to see how you are unique and beautiful.

2. You are not an object. So much of the negative body image that is imposed upon us is a reflection of society and the media sending us the subliminal message and playing upon our fear that we will not be seen as attractive by those who we desire. In this way, the patriarchal society would have us believe that we are only valuable as sex objects for men. But as a woman, you are not an object. You are a subject. Claim your own beauty, not because of the way others see you, but because of the way you see yourself.

3. Inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. It’s good to have a positive body image, but placing all of your focus on your looks is not healthy. There is so much more to being a person than appearance. Instead, place your focus on the inner you. Feel beautiful on the inside, and it will radiate to the outside.

4. The world needs you. You are an individual and no one can offer the unique gifts that you bring to the world except for you. Do not compare yourself to anyone else. You are the only woman like you.

5. Be grateful for the body you have, and focus on what you appreciate about yourself. Maybe you are insecure about your body, but you have always loved your long red hair. Maybe you feel unsure about your thighs, but you have always had beautiful bronze skin. Find the aspects of your body and your features that you already love and begin your self-love by focusing on those features.

6. It doesn’t matter what size a body is as long as you are taking care of it. Some women who eat healthy foods and are active simply have a bigger frame. Some women who are inactive and eat junk food constantly look remarkably thin. Women who suffer from debilitating anorexia or bulimia are not healthy at all, but they often live up to the ideal standard of beauty imposed on us. You cannot judge a body by its size. Instead, focus on treating your body the right way and taking care of yourself.

Forms of Birth Control You May Want to Consider

Forms of Birth Control You May Want to Consider

No woman wants to get pregnant until she is ready to have children. For some women, this is when she is with a loving partner in a long-term relationship. Other women are ready to have children independently. Whatever your situation, the best way to prevent pregnancy until you are 100% ready to have a child is to utilize some form of birth control.

Luckily, there are many different types of birth control. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks for women. In this blog post, we are going to explore some of the different kinds of birth control.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are pills that a woman will take every day around the same time. They are very reliable and have a very high success rate. There are many different kinds of birth control pills so if you try one and your body does not react well, you can always ask your OB/GYN to switch you to another kind. On the positive side, they also can help with cramps, irregularity, and acne. On the negative side, they can sometimes have negative emotional side effects.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The IUD is a device that is inserted into your uterus and then it prevents pregnancies. This form of birth control is also highly successful. On the positive side, the IUD only needs to be replaced every three to ten years depending on the type of IUD that is used. On the negative side, some women have found them to cause discomfort at times.

The Patch

The contraceptive patch is a hormonal patch that is applied directly to the skin, usually on the hip. On the positive side, women who use the patch do not need to remember to take a pill every day and their partners can always see evidence of their birth control method. On the negative side, the patch will sometimes fall off.

Depo Provera Shot

Some women can receive a Depo Provera shot as a form of birth control. The shot is extremely successful. On the positive side, women on the shot only have to get a shot once every three months, and it may help with pelvic pain. On the negative side, some women who were once on the shot had issues with fertility when getting off of it.

Male and Female Condoms

Condoms are prophylactic devices worn on the genitals during intercourse. They prevent the sperm from entering the woman. On the positive side, wearing these devices does not require any medication or hormonal changes. On the negative side, these are not usually as effective as other forms of birth control.

When it comes to birth control, there are many different options for you to choose from. The most important thing, though, is that you choose the option that is right for you so that you will no longer be at risk for an unwanted pregnancy.

How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

Another year is upon us. Every year at the beginning of the year, we resolve to be healthier, better versions of ourselves. But then the days slip by, and we go back to our same routines, our same unhealthy patterns. But what if 2017 was the year we finally committed to being the healthiest, best versions of ourselves? The women that we all know we can be? Here are a few things you can do to make sure you have the best year ever.

Take care of yourself. This is the most important thing you can do to have the best year ever. Eat nutritious and healthy foods, get a lot of exercise, visit the doctor for regular checkups, do not drink to access, surround yourself with positive people, take bubble baths. There are so many things you can do to take care of yourself.

Do things you enjoy. Do you like going to the movies by yourself? Do you enjoy reading romance novels? Do you love to do yoga or go dancing? Make sure you make time to do the things you really love to do. Fill your life with more joy. That is one of the best ways to ensure that you will be a happier and healthier woman.

Try something new. Take some risks. Try new things. Maybe you want to try to do some hiking that you’ve never done. Maybe you want to start cooking. Maybe you want to try to learn French. It’s important that you learn how to spice up your life and give yourself some variety. Don’t be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone.

Take little steps to accomplish big things. Do you want to get into better shape? Do you want to write a novel? Do you want to remodel your house? Start with little steps. Go for a run for 15 minutes a day. Write for 20 minutes in the morning. Make a list of all of the little projects you can do around your house and do one project at a time. Breaking a bigger goal into little steps makes our goals more manageable.

Start a daily meditation practice. We can really get clear about what it is we want and need when we give ourselves some quiet time to get centered each and every day. In addition to the spiritual benefits, meditation makes you more relaxed, less stressed, and more mindful in your day-to-day life.

Love yourself. The best way to ensure that you have the best year ever is to love yourself. You will want to do everything else on this list if you cherish and honor yourself.