I’m not a health or lifestyle guru by any means, but through trial and error, I’ve finally found a summer morning routine that resonates well with me. This routine is going to be much different than my college morning routine, so if you’re interested in that, I’ll leave the link to that article at the bottom of the page!

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Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are the mornings I start off by going to the gym. I usually try to head there about twenty minutes after waking up, which can be kind of late, considering I’m out of school now. I don’t make breakfast until after my morning workout, but to hold me over until then, I’ll bring a nut bar with me. If you’re looking for a super organic, minimal-ingredient morning nut bar, I highly recommend any and all products by Larabar. The one I’m eating this morning has only two ingredients- cashews and dates.

I’m lucky enough to have a gym in my apartment building, so rain or shine, I make it a priority to go. I think of exercising as a way of pampering your body, and afterwards, I feel pretty amazing, energized, and ready to be productive (or not) for the rest of my day. If you, like me, are also a beginner at exercising, I recommend just running on the treadmill for an hour a few days a week. That’s what I’m doing- I’m not drastically trying to lose weight, but I would like to feel confident in a crop top this summer. So cardio is my go-to at the moment, and I try not to push myself too hard.

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I’m grateful to be home from college because it means I have access to adequate, healthy food again- and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day to cook. My mom recently bought a plethora of avocados, so in my attempts to eat them all before they go bad, I’ve been making a shitload of avocado toast. I also like to make a smoothie and throw in all of the produce I wouldn’t normally just grab and eat straight- like spinach, pineapple, and apples. If you also find that you don’t usually reach for fruit and veggies when you want a snack, I recommend tossing it into a morning smoothie. It’s a great way to get those pesky leafy greens out of the way, and trust me, I will not eat spinach unless it’s in a smoothie. I also have my black coffee, of course, because I’ll effectively turn into a monster without it.

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I think hopping into the shower after a workout is one of the nicest feelings in the world. My shower routine isn’t very exciting (does anyone have an exciting shower routine?), but I do have a couple of products to mention that I’ve been loving lately. First of all, as a curly-haired girl, this shampoo by Biolace changed my damn life. Seriously. I don’t think my hair has ever been this soft. In fact, my hair is so soft, it slips out of a ponytail every time I try to wear one. Because my hair is bleached and color-treated, it’s really important to me that my hair looks (and feels) as healthy as possible. This shampoo and and the conditioner have been doing that job so flawlessly, I actually look forward to washing my hair on Sunday nights. (I only get my hair wet and wash it once a week, which sounds nasty, but trust me, my hair feels incredible). Additionally, I’ve been using the CeraVe foaming facial cleanser for literal years now, so that’s another staple in my routine that I like to mention. I also use it to shave my eyebrows, which, if you didn’t know, I do quite regularly.

Putting on my makeup may very well be one of my favorite parts of the day. I don’t think I’m incredible at makeup, but I’ve been doing it since middle school, so I think I’m at least okay at this point. Now that I’ve been wearing more black, I’ve been extra-into extremely bright eyeshadow looks. The makeup look I did today is very colorful and gay, which is exactly what I wanted.

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It’s not really morning anymore by this point, so I can’t always predict what the rest of the day will look like. A normal afternoon will entail me writing articles, editing particles, posting articles, checking my email…usually productive, blog-y things like that. Sometimes I put on a full face of makeup and just dedicate the rest of my day to playing The Sims. Whatever it is I’m doing, I always try to give it everything I’ve got and totally pour all my attention into it. I leave my house too, of course, but considering I don’t have a car…there aren’t many places I can go. The good news is, I just applied to volunteer in the barn at an animal shelter with my mom, so I’ll hopefully have a lot of new blogging/vlogging material to share once I get started with that!

My COLLEGE Morning Routine: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/my-college-morning-routine/ 

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Short answer: Because my energy levels are suffering, because there is a such thing as eating humane eggs, and because I can.

Long answer: Normally, I wouldn’t dedicate an entire article solely to justifying myself and my lifestyle, but because veganism is such an extensive part of this blog, I feel like I owed it to you guys. And in complete transparency, my eating styles are hardly going to change at all as a result of eating “veggan.” I am still going to be posting tons of healthy vegan recipes, produce guides, and overall tips for eating a delicious plant-based diet. The only difference is, I have decided to reintroduce organic, ethically-raised, locally-sourced eggs back into my diet. (Hence the name v“egg”an!). One of the biggest reasons I went vegan in the first place is because I have an enormous respect for animals, and by going “veggan”, I do not want to compromise that respect. I’ve already gotten some flack from people who were supposed to be my “friends” for this decision, so let me explain to you why I, and many other conscious eaters, have decided to take this step in their diet.

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Like I said, the veggan diet is very similar to a vegan diet- I have just reintroduced locally-sourced eggs from home-raised chickens. This means I still do not consume meat, dish, dairy, honey, gelatin, or any other animal by products in both my food and clothing (no silk, wool and leather for me, either). And even though I have reintroduced eggs, I have been very adamant that the eggs I consume are ethically sourced, local, and organic. That means I’m not going to pull up to McDonald’s or Subway any time soon and order myself an egg sandwich; the only eggs I have consumed (and intend to consume) are sourced from small, humane farms in my community. There is, of course, animal cruelty in the egg industry, and like any ethical plant-based eater, I abstain from those buying habits as a moral, personal choice. I completely understand how a vegan would feel disrespected by someone calling themselves a “veggan” because it definitely can come across as being ignorant. I really want to make it very clear that I have put a lot of research into distinguishing commercially farmed eggs from home-raised ones, so if you are interested in learning more about cruelty in the egg industry (and how to avoid it), I’ll leave some links below.

Finally, to answer the question I’m sure a lot of you may have, why did I decide to reintroduce eggs?

The biggest reason has to do with my energy levels, which are depleted more quickly than other peoples’ due to other conditions I am currently dealing with. Psychically, while veganism has been incredible for me in strengthening my hair and nails, brightening my skin, and even helping me slim up a bit, I have noticed a definite decline in my overall energy levels. And yes, while it is possible to have adequate energy on a strict vegan diet, it requires a lot of effort and emphasis supplements and vitamins, like B complex and iron, to achieve. It’s easy for some people, but for me, it’s simply something I have struggled with a lot, even with the additional supplements. In 2019 alone, I’ve already experienced an iron deficiency that totally destroyed my energy levels and kept me in bed for most of the day. Now that I’m back home for the summer and I want to start exercising regularly, I just can’t afford to be feeling so exhausted and fatigued all the time. Not only is it not good for me physically, but emotionally, it has also taken a toll. Eggs, as you may know, are a fantastic source of B-12 and iron, and are also a complete protein. For my current lifestyle, current location, and current health, being a “veggan” is simply the best option for me.

Does that mean I’m never going to be vegan again? Of course not! It’s still an ultimate goal I would like to achieve again someday, when my personal circumstances and independence has improved. But in the meantime, if I have the opportunity to eat ethically-sourced, humane-raised eggs that support small farms in my area, I am going to utilize that without feeling any guilt. And trust me, coming to this hard decision did raise a lot of guilt on my part.

On the topic of guilt, a few of my other plant-based “friends” have reached out to me to express their distaste with my decision, but at the end of the day, it’s my body, and my choice to make. It’s not a competition to see who can be the best vegan, or who can be the most ethical eater. I still consider myself to be eating a moral, plant-based diet, and that’s good enough for me. I mention this for all the folks who will be tempted to leave their own unsolicited advice under this article- suggestions are fine, but if you’re going to bash me for my diet/lifestyle choices, maybe you should try to reread this article with a more empathetic heart.

I hope this article has been informative for you to read! Like I said, I will leave links at the bottom of the page if you are interested in learning about how to eat ethically, even if that does mean eating eggs. No matter what you do in life, always strive for what’s right in your circumstances, and what will make you the most happy. At the end of the day, your happiness is what truly matters when it comes to your body.

On a side note: I know my blog key still says “My Vegan Journal”, but I haven’t been able to find a way to change it. I am working on it, though, and will adjust it to say “My Plant-Based Journal” as soon as possible!

Links to check out:

https://www.eatthis.com/veggan/

https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-a-veggan-242979

https://animalsaustralia.org/features/egg-industry-secrets.php

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