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Emily Deschanel Reveals All About Vegan Parenting

Emily Deschanel Reveals All About Vegan Parenting

Vegan actor and mom Emily Deschanel, the titular star of the Fox drama “Bones,” has shared her parenting tips and why she values compassion toward animals and the environment above all.

She revealed her tips on the new vegan podcast Switch4Good, co-hosted by Olympic silver medalist cyclist Dotsie Bausch and “Baywatch” star and health coach, Alexandra Paul.

Deschanel, a vegan of 25 years, first became vegetarian “on the spot” after watching the 1991 documentary “Diet for a New America,” based on the 1987 bestselling book by John Robbins, the heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune. After the screening, she was further convinced by a debate between doctors on whether meat and dairy are healthy. About two years later, at age 17, she adopted a plant-based diet.

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New Year, New You: Going Vegan Outside of the Kitchen

New Year, New You:  Going Vegan Outside of the Kitchen

When you’re considering a vegan lifestyle, it’s easy to focus on the dietary changes you’ll be making. However, truly embracing a vegan lifestyle is about much more than food. In this post, we’re sharing some of the changes you can make to go vegan outside of the kitchen.

Giving Your Closet an Overhaul

Outside of the food you eat, one of the biggest changes you can make when becoming vegan is changing what you wear. This is the time to sort through your clothing and accessories to find the pieces made with leather, fur, feathers, wool, and silk. Donate the items that are still in good shape then take stock of what you’re left with. Luckily, there are many vegan clothing brands that are making high-quality pieces that look great and will give you peace of mind about being animal-friendly day to day.

Choosing Vegan Cosmetic Brands

More and more cosmetic brands are making the commitment to stop animal testing and create cruelty-free products. In fact, CoverGirl recently became the largest cosmetic brand in history to make that switch. Look for brands with the Leaping Bunny seal. This badge means that the brand has gone through all the necessary tests, audits, and processes to be certified as a cruelty-free company. With so many great options on the market, there’s no need to use anything else.

Being Vegan at Work

Can being a vegan influence what’s on your desk? Absolutely! Some brands are meeting the need for eco-friendly office supplies, so you can be sure that the things you’re working with each day are vegan. Look for the notebooks made of recycled paper, pens made with soy ink, and even pens designed to save the bees, with this list. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure you’re not wearing leather shoes or silk blouses if you’re embracing the vegan lifestyle.

Being Vegan While Shopping

When you’re shopping, whether for groceries or other goods, you’ll need to be a bit more mindful about your habits. Start by grabbing a set of reusable shopping bags. There’s some debate about whether different forms of plastic are vegan or not, but bringing your own bags to the store is an eco-friendly option regardless. As you shop, be sure you’re reading labels and clothing tags to find out what went into each piece you pick up. Hit the farmer’s market for unique home items and gifts in addition to your favorite foods.

It Doesn’t Need to be Difficult!

Making the switch to a completely vegan lifestyle doesn’t need to be difficult. With more companies seeing the need for cruelty-free products, it’s getting easier all the time. One way to add convenience to your vegan life is by subscribing to a vegan food home delivery service. When you can find ways to save time and make life easier, you’ll be more likely to stay committed to veganism and live a healthier, happier life!

A Vegan’s Survival Guide for Parties

A Vegan’s Survival Guide for Parties

People love to party this time of year. They enjoy getting together and spreading joy and merriment—or maybe just finding a way to unwind after an incredibly long year. Going to parties as a vegan can be challenging because you’re never really sure if they’ll have something for you to eat. This can be especially true about an office party.

Don’t fret, though. You aren’t the first person to face this dilemma, and you certainly won’t be the last. There are ways to survive the ordeal, and we’ve listed a few of them below.

    Ask About the Menu

    Talk to your boss or host about what will be on the menu. You won’t be the only one who has special dietary needs, so mentioning that you need specific foods could prove beneficial.

    You may also consider finding and offering (or even cooking!) some recipes that you enjoy or finding caterers who specialize in a variety of different foods, including vegan. This might help the party planner feel less stressed and worried about accommodating everyone’s dietary needs.

      Bring Your Own

      It may seem weird to bring your own food to a party, but if you’re worried about the selection, this will reduce your stress. You can make a small batch just for your enjoyment or bring more to share—totally up to you!

      In addition, you may consider eating beforehand. This will ensure that you don’t go hungry but still have the opportunity to enjoy yourself. Conversely, you may also opt to eat after the party. You’re in control, so you get to decide!

        Don’t Feel Bad

        Speaking of being in control and making choices, don’t let anyone make you feel bad for not partaking in the party fare. If they ask why you aren’t eating or try to offer you some food, you can decide whether or not you want to tell them about being a vegan. You don’t need to be preachy, political, or rude about it, but you can certainly express yourself and answer any questions.

        It’s your life, and you’re doing what you think is best for you. No one else has to understand that, but you can graciously answer their questions—if you so choose.

          Have Fun!

            Remember above all else that this is a party, and the main goal is to have fun. Food is one small part of the social gathering, so don’t make it the entire focus. There are steps you can take and things you can do to overcome the food issue, so this shouldn’t ruin your entire evening.

            Getting together with friends, family, and co-workers this time of year can be a lot of fun, and it’s a great time to unwind and relax before the craziness of a new year starts. In addition to the above suggestions, you may also consider hosting your own party and cooking the vegan foods you enjoy. Who knows? You may convince others that your lifestyle is incredibly delicious.

            For more tips on how to survive holiday parties as a vegan or to get some recipe ideas, reach out to Savor Living—we are happy to help!