October 2014

HAPPY WORLD ANIMAL DAY everyone!World-Animal-Day

Please ask yourself what can you do for animals today and any other day, because they all do deserve better lives too.

I’m vegan because I believe that all animals deserve better lives and better deaths too. Many people ask why should they care about animals when they or other people suffer, why should they care about something what doesn’t think. I say why not? Just because our lives are not perfect or better jet doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t care about somebody else. And animals are SOMEBODY not someTHING – they feel – they care! And there wouldn’t be a hunger if we wouldn’t waste our food and water to feed farm animals to produce small amount of food, if we would feed this food directly to people there wouldn’t be hunger.

Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and contributes to animal suffering.

It takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat, and even fish on fish farms must be fed up to 5 pounds of wild-caught fish to produce 1 pound of farmed fish flesh.

It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from plant protein.

For more visit: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources/

If it’s too hard for you to go straight to vegan diet – try first vegetarian diet, try meatless Mondays and add Wednesdays and Fridays… make a step the right direction for better life for you, your family, animals and our planet.

October schedule

But on the other note:G - october-2014

I can’t believe that is already OCTOBER here. How did it happened so fast??????????! I’m like 3 weeks in PIYO workout with my own schedule…of course my diet is not perfect and also my fitness is not what it used to be back in Austria, but I’m moving…. some days more than others . The weather is changing … it’s cold and rainy and many times I’m not feeling like getting out of the bed. But staying in such a state of mind is also not helping so let’s put some fun music on and let’s do it!

My PIYO workouts – 3 weeks in

Of course I’m missing accurate measurements to compare to (again I forgot to measure myself when I started- silly me, but never mind). 8)

Some workouts are more challenging than others, but I’m learning the moves and improving my form. Still not able to do triceps push ups, but I will get there. I’m slowly improving my flexibility and working on my strength.

I also started Chalene’s 30 Day Challenge to Master Organization and Achieve Your Goals and here is the link: https://teamjohnson.infusionsoft.com/app/form/success/42699f485e18e0f7362dcef71941c94d/887173/276f9c7a9ff95ab5682a87ee949c2cb8

I really like Chalene and her personality.

And this time I decided to write down my measurements here so I get better motivation to succeed ..fingers crossed 😛

so here it is:

R arm: 31cm
Chest: 86 cm
Waist: 72.5cm
Abs: 82.5cm
Butt: 89cm
R Thigh: 54cm
R Calf: 34.2cm

 

I will post update of my schedule when I will know.

My October schedule is not entirely decided yet ..it all depends when I’m leaving to UK and so on…

that’s it for now.

Peace and love,G.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year everyone! May 2014 shine bright and fill your lives with health, happiness, prosperity and success!

New Year – Fresh Start

The New Year is a great time to add some healthy habits into a daily routine. And I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t do those! Most of them don’t last past January and if they do mostly they end up shortly after. Why? Because you are setting the resolutions on what you should be doing instead on what you want! …so there is not much commitment or real motivation there. And again its holiday season you are in good mood you think you can fly at this point but after the holidays usually reality checks in again and you are busy with your life more and more….

Yes New Year is perfect time for fresh start…. Everything what happened or didn’t happen was LAST year. So stop thinking about that this year is another book in your life, now you have again 365 blank pages a front of you  so write them like you want…day by day.

If you want to change your life this year write down the goals you WANT to accomplish not that you SHOULD do! Write them down and put them somewhere where you can see them. Make visualization board which can inspire you to accomplish them. Be positive! Be patient! And believe that YOU CAN DO IT!

Make changes which will make YOU happy! Yes you can dream big but remember that nobody is perfect! One bad day or one small mistake doesn’t make the entire week bad and it doesn’t mean that you should quit completely.

For most people it’s new year beginning of new diet so why not try plant based one. Start with one plant based meal a day – for example breakfast and continue with lunches and dinners. Or start adding to your meals more and more fresh produce and then swap one meal to just plant based one. And if you see the benefits you can adapt vegan lifestyle. These days it is not so hard anymore. You can find many vegan substitutes for your previously favorite meals. Give it a try. You will feel better, you will look better. You will do something good not only for yourself, but for the animals and planet too.

Happy New Year everyone!

Please make some steps towards cruelty free lifestyle! And go vegan! Believe me you will feel better.

Peace and Love, G.

Happy Worlds Vegan Day

November is Vegan Month.

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…it’s time for celebrating and promoting veganism throughout this month. The aim of the month is to reach out to as many people as possible and show that is possible to be  healthy and happy in long term with this lifestyle and that is not just good for us, but also for animals and our planet. 

Nobody has to turn vegan overnight, especially if it means succeeding. Take small steps … make one meal a day vegan and keep adding more when you are comfortable with it. Even small changes are better than no change at all.

Search for support groups online, find healthy and easy recipes online… it can be easier than you think. Stay positive and keep moving forward…

Please go VEGAN

….. for the ANIMALS

….. for the PLANET

….. for YOURSELF

Peace and love, G.

Vegan and Cruelty Free Products Introduction

Vegan and Cruelty Free Products

My last blog post in this section was about what it means when the products are cruelty free and vegan. My following posts will be about brands and products which I use or I’m planning to buy and are vegan and cruelty free. I have spent some time researching the availability of organic, vegan and eco-friendly cosmetics and body products, and will share what I’ve found with you — but, truthfully, I’ve only just begun!

It is really crazy out there. Just try searching on the internet about dangerous ingredients in cosmetics and believe me you will be shocked and disgusted. Even when we are luckier here in Europe more than in US it is still not completely safe. (You can read more about it here: http://www.divinecaroline.com/beauty/makeup/american-beauty-why-europe-bans-cosmetics-america-won%E2%80%99t ). So if you are already concern what you are putting into your body (healthy diet) you should also be aware what are you putting on your skin and also what are you using in your household.

Try using as minimum chemicals as possible, if you can imagine living without make up and another unnecessary stuff… lucky you … but for rest of us which are not. Choose Natural, Organic and Vegan products.  Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask in the shop or contact the seller. Careful also with natural cosmetics just because the name of the products says so doesn’t mean that it is true.

You can read interesting article about how Natural Make Up can improve your health here: http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/natural-beauty-cosmetics/natural-beauty-tips?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=nl_dgr_gbt_non_080210_natural-beauty-tips&kw=ist

When buying vegan cosmetics, there are some points you should keep in mind:

– When a product says:
“cruelty free”, it simply means that there was no animal testing done on the ingredients or the finished product, not that it is vegan.
“no animal ingredients”, it doesn’t mean “no animal testing”; the product and its ingredients might have been tested on animals, therefore making it unsuitable for vegans.
– Some common ingredients found in cosmetics that are not vegan:
* Beeswax/pollen/propolis/ cera alba/ honey = bee derived products.
* Carmine, cochineal = Red coloring made from crushed beetles.(also referred as Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, CI75470.)
* Collagen = from animal tissue
* Elastin (from cows)
* Lactose/ lactalbumin/whey = milk products.
* Lanolin = wool fat.
* Lard, tallow = animal fat.
* Pearl Powder
* Silk, silk powder
Some ingredients -such as glycerin- can be derived from plant or animal sources, so make sure it is mentioned as coming from a vegetable source.

For full list on ingredients go to:
http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredients-list.aspx

 Vegan and cruelty free symbols

– Always check on product if there are two symbols which are saying cruelty free or not tested on animals and vegan or suitable for vegans.  This is the best way how can you be sure that the products are really vegan. But you can also do research yourself on the internet.

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There are some companies which are testing on animals and own also brands which are saying that they do not test on animals. Personally I would not buy anything from them because it is like supporting what they are or they were doing.

For example:
Aveda and MAC cosmetics are owned by Estee Lauder
Original Source is own by PZ Cussons
The Body Shop is own by L’Oréal

Where to shop for it?

You can always check your local store or you can find all the products and many more online.

So here are some special shops where I was or still am shopping:
Aldi own brand cosmetics, make-up and personal care products and household cleaning products
Sainsbury’s own brand cosmetics, make-up and personal care products only.
Tesco all own brands
Waitrose own brand cosmetics, make-up and personal care products only
 Superdrug Stores PLC (trading as Superdrug) is Britain’s second largest beauty and health retailer. All of Superdrug’s own-brand toiletries, beauty and household cleaning products are BUAV certified. And they are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
DM Drogerdm_196iemarkt , a drugstore chain, offers quite a big range of vegan products. Especially their own brand “Alverde” includes body lotions, shampoos, and any body care products, most of them vegan and even with the Vegan Society’s logo on the packaging. Also a few of the DM products by “Balea” are 100% vegan, and all of them were not tested on animals.

And you can always find on the internet if there is any vegan shop close by depends where you live.

Online:

You can search for vegan online shops, or you can buy vegan products on amazon or ebay…
I will be repeating myself but do you own research, you know best what you are searching for and what you criteria are. Please always choose CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS!

I know there is a new law here in Europe which bans cosmetics tested on animals, but the ban applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on animals was carried out. It doesn’t mean that shops will stop selling products which were tested on animals before. But there are some companies that adhere to a Fixed Cut Off Date scheme. Also watch for companies which are selling their products in China, because China requires that all cosmetics be tested on animals. Therefore, cosmetics companies selling products in China are not cruelty-free. Brazil also requires that some, but not all, cosmetics be tested on animals.

I was thinking for some time about how should I actually write this in the best and simplest way. Not an easy task, but I decided to divide it into four parts:

1. Cosmetics, Face and Body Care Products
2. Hair care and Hair Dye
3. Feminine products
4. Household Products