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100 REASONS TO GET SKINNY THINSPIRATION


1. Imagine how you’ll look in tight clothes. No rolls no shame.
2. You’ll be delicate and small. No longer will you be the fat ugly friend.
3. Collarbones. Imagine having them to touch instead of just looking at them in thinspo.
4. You’ll have a thigh gap. No more chafing and no more disgusting fat just oozing off your legs.
5. Watching the scale go down every day instead of watching it go up and feeling disgusting.
6. Your sister will envy you.
7. Your friends will be jealous of your self control and tiny body. They can preach self love while secretly hating themselves all they want. It won’t matter because you’ll be thin and beautiful.
8. Thin hands and tiny wrists.
9. Delicate ankles and small calves. No longer will you be an elephant.
10. When you walk it will be virtually silent. People won’t hear you coming a mile away with disgusting hippo footsteps. You will be tiny and quiet. A shadow and a whisper.
11. People will ask how you got so thin. Oh they’ll be envious but none of them are strong enough to reach their goals.
12. For once you will be in control. No more binging, no more hunger after already eating. You will be powerful in your decision to achieve your ideal body.
13. You won’t be too embarrassed to draw yourself.
14. You won’t have to only date fat people.
15. In a relationship you will always be tinier than your partner. They’ll be able to pick you up and twirl you around.
16. People will give you piggy backs instead of you giving them.
17. Never again will you be too heavy for something.
18. You won’t be dictated by your fat anymore. Whatever you want, wear it! Everything looks good on thin.
19. Imagine how cute you’ll look in lingerie. Lace will just accentuate your tiny form.
20. Getting naked won’t be embarrassing. Let them stare. You’ll be beautiful.
21. It won’t always be unrequited love. People you didn’t have a chance with as a fat girl will love you. People need to get past the outside to see the inside. Nobody will bother getting past a disgusting fat outside.
22. Wearing makeup will be fun, not embarrassing.
23. You will be your own thinspo.
24. You’ll spend way less money on food. Food is temporary and a waste of cash. Instead spend it on games and clothes.
25. Looking in the mirror won’t make you want to break it.
26. A flat stomach is cute and tiny.
27. Your face will look thin and dainty. No more double chins and disgusting fat cheeks .
28. When people take pics of you it won’t make you want to cry. You’ll be the pretty one.
29. You won’t have to keep your hair short. Long hair won’t make you look like a greasy land whale.
30. Girls will envy you instead of pity you.
31. You’ll be the smallest person in your family. No longer will you be the fattest.
32. People will whisper about how thin you’ve gotten.
33. You’ll be light like a feather.
34. Food won’t control you. Eating is a necessity, not a crutch.
35. Think of bony shoulders. You’ll be defined and delicate instead of a shapeless mass of fat.
36. You’ll be able to count your ribs.
37. When you bend over people will be able to see the ridges of your spine. No more flubber.
38. You’ll have a tiny cute butt.
39. Thigh high socks will fit and look adorable.
40. Boots that travel up your calves will actually fit.
41. Shorts will look good on you.
42. Carnival rides won’t be embarrassing. The bar won’t touch your stomach. If anything they’ll worry you’ll slip out. You’ll be able to ride with anyone because your weight is barely anything.
43. Seat belts will fit easily. No more embarrassing struggle to strap yourself in while people silently judge you.
44. Any style will look good on you. Experimenting with fashion will be fun and interesting. Your body won’t hold you back.
45. You’ll be in the underweight category instead of the overweight one.
46. Your father won’t be ashamed of your weight. Your grandmother won’t keep getting shocked by how fat you’ve gotten. Instead she’ll fuss because you’ll be too thin.
47. There will be a huge difference in your before and after pics, and you’ll be proud.
48. You’ll finally get to fit your aesthetic. No more being ashamed of how you look. You’ll be the cute nerdy book girl instead of the fat gamer nerd slob.
49. Instead of eating you can follow hobbies like painting your nails, doing makeup, drawing, writing, and walking out in nature.
50. If you want some fun you’ll be able to hook up with someone of quality. No sloppy seconds. You’ll be first choice, not oh-my-god-never.
51. In a romance novel you’d be the beautiful thin one, not the tragic never loved fat one.
52. Shopping will be fun. You won’t have to keep looking for bigger sizes. Large will be too large.
53. If you want to you can shop at places that don’t carry plus sizes and be able to fit.
54. Changing rooms will be roomy and you won’t feel squished. Looking in the mirror to see how you look won’t be a disappointment.
55. You’ll fit in tiny spaces. No more bumping into walls when you go by.
56. Your breasts will be small and perky instead of fat.
57. Rings will look cute on your bony fingers instead of squeezing them like fat sausages.
58. The scale won’t make you want to cry.
59. Nobody will recognize you. They won’t be able to believe you went from whale to skinny.
60. Choker necklaces will look delicate and dainty on your neck. You won’t have double chins getting in the way.
61. Your jawline will be defined and sharp. No longer will you be soft edges and squishy fat.
62. You’ll be the pretty one.
63. Guys will actually like you instead of think you’re a blob of disgusting fat.
64. People will date you.
65. When you’re measured against other girls you won’t be the ugly one.
66. You’ll be able to love yourself.
67. At Halloween parties you can dress however you want and look good. No more ghosts or pumpkins.
68. Onesies. Just imagine.
69. Guys will chase you instead of you chasing them.
70. It will be okay to have something nice to eat every once in a while because you’ll be a pro at staying in control and if you do gain half a pound you can lose it just like that.
71. You could be princess carried without breaking someone’s back.
72. It’ll be “You’re so skinny” instead of “You’re not fat”.
73. When you’re at the gym you’ll be the one making people jealous and embarrassed.
74. Your feet will look delicate and dainty when wearing heels instead of like fat blobs.
75. Thinspo blogs will use your picture as thinspo instead of reverse thinspo.
76. ‘Cute’ will be the first word to describe you, not ‘nice’.
77. People will be concerned. Maybe they shouldn’t have called you fat and ugly all those years. Oh well, now you’re thin and beautiful.
78. You could be a model.
79. Crop tops will make you look cute, not fat.
80. No muffin top.
81. At family gatherings your snobby relatives will be blown away by how beautiful you’ve become.
82. Your exes will wish they’d never let you go.
83. You’ll be able to pull of cosplay like a pro. You won’t be the fat version of everyone you cosplay.
84. Every day will be exciting because you won’t hate the clothes you wear or looking in the mirror or stepping on the scale.
85. Shopping for a prom dress will be fun. You’ll look like an ethereal goddess instead of a sausage roll.
86. You’ll be able to pull off a bikini.
87. Going swimming won’t be embarrassing. You’ll be able to wear a sexy bikini without feeling like a joke.
88. You could wear baggy clothes and look stylish instead of like a slob.
89. You could wear your boyfriend’s shirt and nothing but panties and it would be the hottest thing he’d ever seen.
90. People will stare because they can’t believe you’re so beautiful, not because you look like you just crawled out of a gutter.
91. Unhealthy food will taste gross.
92. You’ll have a small stomach so when you eat small portions you’ll still feel full.
93. Eating will become so unimportant sometimes you’ll actually forget to eat instead of binging like a pig.
94. You’ll look like a ballerina.
95. If you’re eating less meat you’re helping the environment and saving animals lives.
96. No matter what else is going on in your life you will have control over your body. Nobody can take that from you.
97. Empty feels better than full.
98. Processed foods are extremely unhealthy. You’re doing yourself a favor by not eating them.
99. You’ll have so much more time and money if you’re not wasting them on food.
100. You will finally love your body.
☆Remember to stay safe. We want to be skinny, not dead. You can’t slay with a killer body if you’re decomposing six feet under. Be kind to yourself. Every pound is progress.

i wish the antizoo people could spend a day with me at work

Just the other day I was in a staff meeting where we were all discussing how we can each take species conservation into our own hands. We are a very small zoo do we can’t do big things like reintroduction programs because we don’t have the money (@ all you sayings zoos are only for profit). So we are trying to take personal steps to go out into our local communities to help save animals. We already donate thousands of dollars per year to conservation initiatives around the world. My teen volunteers alone raised $10,000. We want to do more though.

Then I watched everyone fall apart in the same week. We had two animal deaths. One was our very loved 21 year old jaguar. She is the second oldest jaguar in human care that has been recorded. I watched all of the staff- even those who never worked with her- cry. We saw our friends hurting, we felt the pain of loss ourselves- and we cried.

Good zoos are not cruel places. They are filled with people who put every waking hour into the painstaking care these animals need for the good of the global community.

The people who work there are hands down the most passionate and caring people ive ever met. i have yet to meet anyone other than the researchers and rescuers we donate to that is just as caring and energetic about their jobs as the people who work in animal care.

i feel truly sorry for those who are so closeminded and against zoos. they are missing out on a gem of education, conservation, and research.

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pete g. allinson spends four days to a week trying to photograph the sperm whales off the coast of dominica. there are about 150 whales living in the area, and allinson uses a hydrophone to find their general location, and then waits patiently for the whales come to the surface to breathe and socialize.

allinson, giving the whales plenty of space and using a snorkel so as not disturb the animals with the bubbles of a scuba tanks, then gets into the water in the hopes that they will approach him.  

notes allison, “when they interact with us they approach us very closely, rolling over again and again, trying to get us to rub their abdomens and bodies. when you start getting close to them you feel nervous and intimidated, and then as they interact with you, you feel intense pleasure. you realise they are intelligent.”  

he adds, "they are truly beautiful creatures and i photograph them in the hopes of helping to save the whales. the more people who understand these wonderful animals the better”  

sperm whales have been hunted for the last three hundred years by those seeking the oily white spermeceti found in their heads, which has been used in everything from lamp oil to cosmetics to pharmaceutical compounds, and which gives the whales their name.

currently listed as a vulnerable species, sperm whale numbers have rebounded thanks to hunting bans, though this still puts them at a fraction of their pre whaling numbers. 

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I WAS OBVIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT VERY IMPORTANT THINGS, LIKE WHY GENOS DOESN’T HAVE/USE FINGER GUNS HE COULD JUST SHOOT ENEMIES DISCRETELY BY POINTING. Something I of course wondered after I watched my favorite video again.

Today at the zoo

Today while working my volunteer shift at tigers, I had a mom and her daughter(probably my age) come up and were looking up at the tigers. The mom pointedly asked if the tiger was unhappy, because he had been pretty focused on the back gate, where the keepers work. I explained to her that because the keepers were nearby that he, like some of our other animals, would become fixated on them and it doesn’t necessarily indicate a distressed or unhappy animal. The mom then says to the daughter “see, do you feel better?” And she must have seen the curiosity on my face because the mom says “she hasn’t been to a zoo in who knows how long, i had to drag her to come.” Indicating that she wasn’t a fan of zoos.

Now up until now the daughter hadn’t made eye contact at all and just looked unhappy to be there. Because her obvious perception was that the animals were bored and unhappy, I started explaining the different enrichment we use, the fact we use perfumes and spices like cinnamon to keep them stimulated. And she laughed in surprise for the first time and looked at me: “wait really?” And I went on to explain training and even our ultrasound trained polar bear, our conservation efforts, our nonprofit status, and finally that she was contributing to us helping save species just by coming. She was helping us save the very tiger that she was concerned for at the beginning, and I thanked her for helping us save tigers and so so many other animals from extinction. By the end of it, she was moved to tears and hugged me, thanking me for changing her view on zoos, and that she’d had no idea we were making such an impact.

This is exactly why I do this. This is why good zoos matter. And this is what keeps me working towards my zoo career.

⋆✵ If you’re in need of some vegan inspiration or motivation, here is a list of my 101 reasons to go (and stay) vegan in 2017! ✵⋆

1: if you are already against violence and the exploitation of others, going vegan means you live your values and practise what you preach
2: the largest, oldest & foremost authority on diet & nutrition confirms that humans do not need to eat animal products to survive & thrive
3: if you consider yourself an environmentalist, omitting animal products is one of the best things you can do for the planet’s wellbeing
4: you’ll be part of the fastest growing lifestyle movement ever, it’s thrilling to be included in something that’s snowballing so quickly
5: there are now vegan versions of almost all our favourite foods, including chicken nuggets, meat pies, sausage rolls, ice cream and pizzas
6: veganism isn’t just for animal rights - Human Rights Watch describe slaughterhouse work as a ‘systematic human rights violation’
7: you’ll be freed from making subconscious justifications to yourself that don’t make sense (to feel better for enabling animal suffering)
8: standing up for animals with your everyday choices and knowing you’re actively making a difference can be extremely empowering
9: you may be inspired to go and volunteer at shelters or sanctuaries to meet and help animals the animals you are saving 1st hand
10: many popular snacks available in supermarkets are accidentally vegan - you don’t have to say goodbye to all your fave biscuits & sweets!
11: right now, veganism is now more accessible, easy & mainstream than ever before, and by joining the movment, things will only get better!
12: dairy is one of the worst foods for our skin, so many people notice that their acne or eczema improves massively after going vegan
13: once you learn how to perfect the art of cooking and preparing tofu, it is the gift that just keeps on giving. So versatile & delicious!
14: you will learn not to discriminate between animal species, and take a stand against ALL unnecessary cruelty & exploitation everywhere
15: you’ll learn labels like free range are senseless as long as NO suffering/exploitation is preferable to reduced suffering/exploitation
16: most restaurants now typically have AT LEAST one vegan option, so eating out with friends is not as tricky as you might have thought!
17: different sources calculate that every year each vegan saves between 198 and 365 animal lives (including land & marine species)
18: the chances of getting food poisoning and food borne diseases may decrease significantly
19: if you’re reading this, that means you are not a baby calf, so there is absolutely no need to be drinking breast milk from a mother cow
20: antibiotics in the meat industry are responsible for drug resistant bacteria, eating meat may increase risk of exposure to this bacteria
21: a healthy vegan diet can help prevent the majority of cardiovascular diseases
22: we desperately need to stop eating fish, if we don’t, we could see entirely depleted, fishless oceans as early as 2048
23: vegan food is versatile, affordable, colourful, filling & delicious - not “rabbit food” as some ignorant people say
24: according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, eating a vegan diet is an effective way to lower your risk of strokes
25: you can happily bite into a big, delicious burger without the worry of chomping on a piece of fatty gristle or sinew!
26: even unhealthy vegan food usually isn’t AS bad as animal junk foods -you can typically eat MORE of the foods you like & still feel good!
27: chances are you’re lactose intolerant whether you’re aware of it or not & will feel far less heavy, bloated & gassy by giving up dairy
28: a plant-based diet is an internal deoderizer - eating vegan can actually change and improve bad body odour
29: veganism (especially vegan activism) can give your life a massive sense of purpose, it feels utterly amazing to help and save others
30: if you love wild/exotic animals, you should be vegan - animal agriculture is the leading cause of habitat loss and species extinction
31: when you meet a fellow vegan, you often instantly feel this wonderful connection & understanding and have so much to talk about!
32: you can take part in single issue campaigns (Sea World, fur, etc.) without seeming hypocritical - ALL animals need freedom from harm
33: a vegan requires only 1/18th of the land needed to grow crops to feed to livestock to sustain a meat-lover’s diet -we save so much land!
34: just bc we CAN digest meat doesn’t mean we SHOULD, that we’re “meant” to eat it, or that it’s good for us! just look at our physiology!
35: alpro and oatly chocolate milks are absolutely heavenly, and don’t make you feel sick like cow chocolate milk does!
36: faux fur and faux leather look and feel just like the real thing
37: going vegan reduces your carbon footprint significantly more than giving up driving a car does
38: vegan restaurants are creative & use ingredients I’d never even heard of as an omni - I’d never have tried jackfruit, tempeh or seitan!
39: the vegan community can be massively helpful, friendly and supportive, you could make so many new like-minded friends!
40: vegetarianism is not enough, the egg & dairy industries have practises and elements as cruel as (if not crueller than) the meat industry
41: waking up in the morning feeling passionate about a cause that you can help every day might be the closest you feel to being a superhero
42: you will be boycotting the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, up to 91% of the destruction has been caused by animal agriculture
43: you’ll learn that a lot of the joy & pleasure from food comes from seasoning & preparation, not from whether it’s an animal or a plant
44: going to protests, demonstrations, vigils & marches is so exhilarating and really affirms how you are part of a social justice movement
45: veganism might help you grow into a more compassionate and understanding person as a whole, not just towards animals
46: eating meat can harm native carnivores that are killed to protect animal agribusiness, such as seals in Scotland and wolves in America
47: if you don’t need animal products to live a happy, healthy & comfortable life, there is simply no valid reason to keep on consuming them
48: people of colour, undocumented workers, immigrants and impoverished people are the ones most harmed by animal agribusiness
49: each vegan produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide than a meat lover
50: we absolutely do not require dead animals to get enough protein - ask Patrik Baboumian or any other vegan muscle man!
51: there is 0 cholesterol in plant food, our body makes its own natural cholesterol, & animal products just give us an excess we don’t need
52: going against the grain CAN be intimidating but straying from the 97%, unlearning twisted social norms & not being a sheep is liberating
53: most of us consider ourselves animal lovers, and going vegan aligns our actions with our beliefs: that animal abuse is wrong
54: you’ll learn to love, appreciate and rediscover vegetables which you may have only seen as a spare ingredient or overlooked before
55: a vegan diet has been called “a weapon against Type 2 diabetes”
56: there are plenty of vegan meal plans online for whatever you require: cheap meals, raw meals, high protein meals, gluten free meals, etc
57: with any given area of land, you can produce 15x as much plant protein on that land compared to animal protein
58: when you go vegan you omit food which is proven to be carcinogenic - processed meats “cause cancer” & red meats “probably cause cancer”
59: the more people that request vegan options at shops and restaurants, the larger the variety of options will become in the near future!
60: going vegan could help you fall in love with cooking as you experiment with new ingredients and methods
61: meat from diseased animals is sold to consumers (activists often film animals w tumours, infections & skin diseases in slaughter trucks)
62: there is so much to LEARN about the animal agriculture industry and the vegan movement, it’s exciting to get educated
63: we are not all rich, pretentious, white hipsters who live off kale and organic pine nuts, we are regular people -help break stereotypes!
64: depending on what type of meat you were eating, it probably had animal faeces in it
65: most vegans gain a more spiritual and wise understanding of our fellow animals once we stop using them for pleasure
66: eating red meat can weaken your immune system, so by cutting it out, you may get sick less
67: vegans use 1/11th of the oil and 1/13th of the water needed to sustain a meat-lover’s diet
68: non-vegans rarely consider the vegan option on menus -when you eat out you may end up eating things you may never have previously tried!
69: …some people claim that vegans are better in bed
70: every day, each vegan saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, and 30 sq feet of forested land
71: vegan athletes and body builders are living proof that you don’t need animal protein for human body peak performance
72: adopting pets from shelters instead of buying from breeders is an amazing feeling - literally giving an animal a second chance at life
73: not eating fish saves whales/dolphins; for every 1lb of “edible” fish caught up to 5lbs of other marine species are killed accidentally
74: a healthy digestive system free from animal products should not be underestimated! SHOUT-OUT TO REGULAR & HEALTHY POOING!
75: animal bodies are not ours to needlessly use, not matter how “humanely” we think our methods might be, their bodies are THEIRS, not ours
76: most plant foods are sustainable, for example, 1.5 acres of land can produce 37,000lbs of plant-based food, but only 375lbs of meat
77: contrary to misinformed belief, a vegan diet can be cheaper than an omnivorous one. the cheapest food staples in the world are all vegan
78: people who previously suffered from migraines could find that veganism alleviates their symptoms
79: pleasure is derived from many places, but pleasure, whether from food, fashion or entertainment, should never come from an animal’s pain
80: veganism means your compassion is not selective, it shows you care for ALL sentient creatures, even if they’re not rare, cute, or exotic
81: the amount of water wasted by running a shower for 4 hrs straight = the amount of the water needed to produce 1 hamburger (660 gallons)
82: veganism removes you from the imbalance of impoverished countries feeding their grain to fatten animals to be killed for wealthy people
83: veganism usually means your consumption of fibre & healthy fats increases, which aids healthy digestive system & general improved health
84: a vegan only needs 1/13th of the water needed to sustain a meat-lover’s diet
85: meat/dairy contains lots of saturated fat, even if you don’t follow a v healthy vegan diet, you’re likely to be consuming less “bad” fat
86: you learn a new level of selflessness, despite all the personal benefits, we’re in it for the animals and the planet -not just ourselves
87: if you eat a balanced vegan diet then your energy levels could be raised and you’ll feel great
88: people have literally been murdered for campaigning for animal rights, we must honour their lives by keeping up the fight
89: plant based foods provide various phytochemicals which help prevent and heal the body from cancer
90: it’s liberating no longer having to lie to yourself when faced with the similarities between livestock & pets -bye cognitive dissonance!
91: studies indicate that those who follow a vegan diet can have a lower mortality rate
92: consuming dairy may lead to breast lump development - countries will little animal product consumption have lower rates of breast cancer
93: 1/3rd of the planet’s land is now desertified, and animal agriculture is the leading driver
94: vegans can actually get a more complete diet than before bc they can be more nutritionally aware/know specifically where to find things
95: you’re free to meet and pet livestock animals you may encounter on your travels without any nagging guilt that comes from hurting them
96: it’s easy to research and replace your toiletries and cosmetics with versions not tested on animals
97: it’s easier than ever to get involved with save movements where you meet activists who will make you feel more passionate than ever
98: we each have an unwritten responsibility to try and not to unnecessary harm others, and veganism reduces harm in multiple ways
99: as well as feeling empowered, you will feel humbled, realising you are not entitled to another being’s body simply based on your species
100: it’s not a fad diet, it’s a whole new lifestyle, it’s a change of heart, and a rewiring of the brain. it is enlightening
101: veganism isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a joy

Wonder Woman Movie Thoughts: Charlie the Scottish Sharpshooter

Wonder Woman is a warm person who won’t leave you out. Even if it’s a dangerous war mission, she won’t turn you away. She’ll make you feel like you belong. She’ll be that friend who thinks to invite you when no one else did, because she doesn’t want you to feel left out.

Anyone else (*cough* Batman) would only care if you’re useful to the mission. He totally would have kicked Charlie off the team and probably make him feel bad about it. Wonder Woman is special. She gets the emotional help people (and animals!) need. She doesn’t just save lives in the life-or-death kind of way. She saves lives in the making-life-better kind of way. If you have PTSD and can’t shoot during a war, Wonder Woman knows the value of being inclusive. She’ll be the caring friend you need no matter who you are.

Being part of community and feeling included is a simple idea, but there are so many ways it’s an issue in the real world. Not everyone in society is included. Not everyone who has a mental illness is treated like a human being. Being a friend to someone who feels left out or alone in anyway is heroic. It’s a simple message but it’s powerful and overlooked like so many great teachings in the Wonder Woman movie. Wonder Wonder isn’t high above in the clouds or hiding in the shadows. She’s on the ground compassionately helping people.

This Brand-New Vegan Cookbook Will Help You Save Time, Money, and Animals

Toni Okamoto, co-author of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook and the brains behind acclaimed vegan blog Plant Based on a Budget, is at it again with an impressive collection of recipes: The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook.

Featuring 100 delicious, affordable, and easy-to-make recipes, this book tackles one of the biggest issues faced by vegans of all ages—how to make mouthwatering vegan dishes with little time and money.

The cookbook goes on sale May 30, but there’s no need to wait. You can preorder your copy today!

Here’s a taste:

Golden Garlic Rice

Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

½ tsp. poached garlic oil1 cup long-grain white rice¼ small yellow onion, finely chopped3 poached garlic cloves2 cups vegetable broth½ cup frozen mixed veggies¼ cup sliced shiitake mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Add the oil, rice, onion, and garlic to a medium sauté pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onions become translucent and the rice turns a golden brown (about 2 minutes).
  2. Add the vegetable broth, frozen vegetables, and mushrooms.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, and lower to a simmer.
  4. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Cooking Tip:

If you use organic rice that’s grown in the United States, it isn’t necessary to rinse before cooking. Rinsing does remove excess starch, however, so if you have an extra minute, rinse your rice in cold water before cooking for perfectly fluffy rice.


Click here to preorder your copy today!

March 28th, 2016 vs March 31st, 2017
262.6lb vs 229.6lb

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life and I consistently gained weight through my teen and young adult years. I’ve battled yo-yo dieting, sneaking diet pills from my mom, a secret eating disorder in high school, and body dysmorphia (the last of which I still have a hard time working past). I had the most toxic relationship with food, calories, and my body. I hated my body.

My whole perspective on food changed in August 2016, I found veganism and went HCLF/WSLF vegan. I eat clean whole plant foods in abundance and I nourish my body with plants in every color available. I have learned to love food because it fuels my body with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. My food choices are helping save animals, the planet, and myself. I slowly learned to love and accept my body, even as it changed. I’ve lost just over 30lb EASILY and EFFORTLESSLY by following a WSLF vegan diet.

I’m not perfect, and my body isn’t perfect. Honestly, I will never be perfect and my body will never be perfect. The important thing is how AMAZING I feel eating a clean, vegan diet. I no longer have acne, my skin is clear, my hair isn’t dry or brittle, my eyes are sparkling, I am so full of energy, and my soul feels lighter. My diet is saving animals and the planet. My diet is healing my body and helping me lose excess weight. I am gaining precious confidence in myself for the first time in years and I am slowly starting to love myself. So important.

For more progress updates and vegan food inspo, check out my IG: unqualified_vegan :)

Fighting the “new animal” itch

I think this is something that most keepers have struggled with at one time or another. Getting a new animal is just so thrilling that it’s easy to get caught up in the “oh just one more won’t hurt” mentality, until the moment that “just one more” is suddenly too much and you’re in over your head.

So today I thought I would just share some of my personal tricks for staving off the “new animal itch” when it strikes.

1) Recognize and set limits for yourself before you reach them. It helps if you can identify what your biggest limiting factors are (space, money, time, personal stress level, etc). For example right now my partner and I’s biggest limiting factors are space and time, so even though we may have the money for more animals we are avoiding getting any that would cut into our limited free time and herp-room space.

2) If you are trying to avoid getting new animals (whether indefinitely or until you have more space, time, money, etc) tell other people so they can hold you accountable.

3) Focus on upgrading enclosures or otherwise improving the lives of the animals you already have (or just streamlining your care of them). For me researching and implementing new diet plans or planning new enclosures (or upgrades of existing ones) can be just as exciting as planning to bring a new animal home. Instead of getting a new lizard maybe start breeding feeders so you can more cheaply and easily feed the ones you already have. Instead of a new snake start planning a naturalistic enclosure for the one that’s in a bare bones enclosure. Having an animal-related-but-not-a-new-animal project to focus on really helps me.

4) Make a “save for later” list of animals you really want to keep someday. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it helps me to just put an animal on the list and say “I can’t keep it in my current situation, but I’m putting it on this list to save it for later”. It also helps me remember that just because I can keep something right now doesn’t mean I should; even if I have the resources to keep a lower maintenance species right now I should hold off because it might later prevent me from having the resources to keep one of my dream species.

5) This is a big one: GET RID OF OLD UNUSED ENCLOSURES. Nothing is more tempting than having an empty tank lying around just waiting to be filled with something. Unless it’s a one-of-a-kind enclosure that you’ll never be able to find again just sell it or give it away.

I would love to hear any other helpful advice you guys have on this subject!

Big Lessons From Finding Dory

So I saw Finding Dory tonight and let me just highlight a few things that are very important that were shown in the movie but may have gone over other’s heads (none of these are spoilers, really but im tagging them anyways):

1. Not all marine life institutions are like SeaWorld. This film demonstrates there are a lot of really helpful marine life institutions out there who are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. It takes place in California and although they never directly call it the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can tell that is what it is based off of. Many aquariums like the one in Monterey and a local aquarium by me are completely dedicated to the rehabilitation of marine life/mammals and yes, they tag some animals, but it is just to track their migration patterns and conduct research. SeaWorld has given such a bad name to other marine life centers out there and to be honest, these centers are the kind of organizations we need to preserve our marine life. Most operate on a vast network of volunteers and they could really use your donations–especially when it is apparent that our government does not care about our waters to make any laws protecting it.

2. PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FINAL SCENE. (The one where Dory says the view before her is “unforgettable”). If you’ve seen the movie, you might have noticed something….well missing. In fact, a lot was missing. Much of the coral reef in this scene as they pan out has become discolored and is dead. Pixar clearly wanted to draw your eye to this scene. Our coral reefs are dramatically dying and if we don’t stop to care for them now, they can be gone easily in a lifetime–as little as 15 years. Those beautiful views will become forgettable if we do not do something about them now. Back when Finding Nemo came out 12 years ago, scientists were just starting to notice the dramatic changes in iur coral reefs. Now if you see recent pictures of the Sydney Harbor, the same one featured in FN, most of those beautiful colorful corl reefs are dead and gone. Although Finding Dory is supposed to take place one year after Finding Nemo, Pixar was really trying to bring that important message out.

So please, keep in mind as you spend money towards a movie ticket, maybe next time use that money and donate to ocean conservation funds. We really do only get one world, and she takes care of us so we should take care of her.