I'm A Vegetarian, Now Leave Me Alone

I'm A Vegetarian, Now Leave Me Alone

It's not like when people say "Oh, I don't like salad" I suddenly push that on them and try to get them to eat it.
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I'm a vegetarian, and for some godforsaken reason, that seems to irk many people. No, I'm not the type that goes shoving animal slaughter videos in people's faces or telling them how the World Health Organization has linked 800 studies of cancer to meat. But WHATEVER.

Instead, I always politely say, "Sorry I don't eat meat," which turns into, "What?! WHY!? Do you eat chicken?! Fish?! How are you going to get your protein?! You know, it's natural for humans to eat meat" etc.

Then they start telling me how our teeth are like those of carnivores (although it is nothing like a lion's so I don't get their point) and then they start throwing the word omnivore around. Like, why can't you just let me be? People claim that we're pushy, let alone vegans, but just say that we don't support the treatment that these animals are being put through or the fact that it's not healthy for our bodies and suddenly it turns into an open battlefield.

I don't get why people would even want to push meat on me.

It's not like when people say "Oh, I don't like salad" I suddenly push that on them and try to get them to eat it.

People are allowed to have preferences unless it involves a meaningful choice and then it suddenly becomes an issue. It's as if they are trigger-defensive because somehow they feel guilty and know that it isn't right, at least for some of them.

Others just don't care because "It doesn't look like chicken anymore," like no, really? You just burned it to a crisp. It's really unbelievable to me that it is now 2018 and we are still eating animal flesh. So crazy!

Personally, I just don't understand why people must start a debate about it. I'm kindly refusing your offer, it's not like I'm running from the sight of it. I just don't understand how so many people think their diet is better than mine, as if their lifestyle choices are better than mine. Like, we are different and that is okay.

If you want to eat cow flesh and put it over fire and eat it, that is up to you.

To me, I don't see myself ever going back to eating meat and I will probably start my journey into veganism for the new year, as I have already cut out milk and replaced it with almond milk, but it's all a slow process and a transition, since my heart is there, but must be supported by actions.

I care about the planet thriving and want to be able to say that I care for all the beings that are here as well. Instead, just let me do me and you can do you. You choose what foods you want to put into your body, and I'll choose which foods to put into mine.

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​21 Things You Need To Do The Year You Turn 21

Cheers to twenty-fun!
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There’s a reason people call 21 "twenty-fun." This is one of those years that has the potential to beat all others. All you need are some great friends, a spirit hungry for adventure, and this list of 21 crucial things to fill your year with.

1. Get carded as often as possible.

There’s pretty much no better feeling than when you’re finally 21 and you can order drinks with no fear of being turned down.

2. Tell people what you want with #NoRagrets.

This year is no longer the year to hold in your thoughts out of fear that you don’t deserve what you want. Decide on your dreams (life, career, whatever) and shout them from the rooftops.

3. Find your “Go to Hell” outfit.

You know the one – that outfit you feel so good in that you could tell literally anyone to “go to hell” without blinking an eye. Yep. Buy it. Own it. Kill it.

4. Experience more than normal.

Look at life through someone else’s eyes, visit another country, practice empathy. There’s more to life than black and white. Just experience a little more than your normal. You’ll be a better person for it.

5. Kill the LinkedIn game.

It’s cool to be professional AF.

6. Go on a few dates.

With your significant other, mom, dad, best friends, that stranger you’ve been crushing on, yourself.

7. Learn how to be comfortable with uncomfortable.

Not everything is going to be your cup of tea and not everyone is going to be exactly like you. Learn to appreciate everyone’s differences and your days will get a little brighter.

8. Find a quality genre of music and stick with it.

Top 40 is cool and all, but there are so many genres out there so don’t be afraid to grow your musical palette.

9. Treat yo-damn-self.

To a nice meal out. To those new shoes. To that second Starbucks. To that big piece of cake. To that crazy concert. Self-love is important, too.

10. Strike up conversations with as many strangers as you can.

You never know who you could meet if you just take a second to talk to the person in line in front of you or walking the same way as you. This is the age to form good networking habits.

11. Explain why your license isn’t flipped the ‘right’ way.

Yes, you’re really 21. You just haven’t gotten your new flipped ID yet.

12. Make your forever friends.

What’s life without your forever friends?

13. Gym so hard.

Hit up the gym and eat some spinach every once in a while. It’s good for ya.

14. Buy your parents drinks.

Imagine how funny (or scaring) it’ll be hearing your dad tell the hot bartender some of his ‘high-quality’ dad jokes.

15. Splurge a little money.

Like I said before, treat yo-damn-self.

16. Save a little money.

But, treat yo-damn-self within reason. Your future self will thank you.

17. Always give a solid tip at restaurants.

A nice tip can go a long way… and I mean the monetary kind.

18. Perfect your Insta game.

Juno? Ludwig? Valencia? Choose your favorite filter and throw it over everything. Whether it be your #foodie lunch or your beach pics, find your ~aesthetic~ and stick with it.

19. Make sure your jerk radar is properly calibrated.

This will get you so far in life and save you so much wasted time.

20. Cross a few things off your bucket list.

If you don’t have a bucket list, now’s the time to make one and start checking things off one-by-one. You’ll never realize how much you’ve really done until you see a big list with a bunch of marks through it.

21. Live. A lot.

Okay, so maybe 9+10 is not 21 (#RIPVine), but this is a huge year for you. This might be your last big birthday before the big 5-0 so make sure you’re always living every moment to the fullest.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren LeBouef

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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