Living Vegan in Charlotte, NC – and elsewhere!
I am PSYCHED to be part of the Charlotte VegFest team this year as Social Media Manager! It has been a very uplifting and exciting experience to work with people who are similarly passionate and enthused about animals, health, and the environment. Hopefully, if you are living in or around Charlotte, NC, you are already… Read More ›
What is the difference between flat leaf and curly parsley? Is one better than the other? The answer is, It Depends. Flat Leaf Parsley Flat leaf parsley is considered by many to be the “classy” parsley. (Curly leaf parsley is often seen as something “retro,” something restaurants garnished plates with throughout the 50s-70s.) Many consider… Read More ›
One thing long haulers agree on is that covid is a very inflammatory disease. People frequently report: A flare up in autoimmune diseases, that were previously dormant or well-managed Increased arthritis pain General joint and muscle pains in people who have not previously been diagnosed with any form of arthritis Increased allergic reactions Skin flare-ups,… Read More ›
It’s not at all unusual for those who have had Covid – even mild-to-moderate cases – to experience fatigue and exhaustion for a few weeks after the illness passes. For some of us, though, the fatigue and exhaustion can last for months. And, even when we begin to have good days and good weeks again,… Read More ›
I originally posted the below article two years ago, right before Covid struck. Everyone was frantically stocking their pantry and depleting the stores of groceries. Then rumors started we might go under complete lockdown, with the National Guard dropping off pantry items at each residence. I’ve organized food drives, and I knew there is very… Read More ›
Today we’re going to discuss another symptom of Covid long haulers that wasn’t discussed much in the media until recently – hair loss. Yes, hair loss. The first time I heard about Covid-related hair loss was when actress Alyssa Milano went public with her Covid-related hair loss in August 2020. She bravely posted a video… Read More ›
As a Covid long hauler, I have noticed a distinct lack of information / media coverage for those of us in that “middle range.” You hear about people who never knew they had Covid, who had no symptoms, but were “silent carriers.” And you hear about the people who were hospitalized. With pneumonia or on… Read More ›
It’s been a year and a half now, and COVID 19 is still with us. 9,257 new cases in North Carolina Thursday (8/26/21). In the beginning, we thought of COVID as similar to the “flu” – a wet cough and lots of chest congestion. Now it’s apparent this virus can manifest in many ways. In… Read More ›
A Bloody Mary seems like such a safe drink for vegans. It’s basically just tomato juice and potato juice (vodka), right? Wrong. Your Bloody Mary (or Virgin Mary) could have clam juice, anchovies, beef broth, or eggs! Let me walk you through a basic “template” for creating a Bloody (or Virgin) Mary. I say “template”… Read More ›
Take Can’t Out Of Your Vocabulary Family legend has it that even as a baby, I hated the word “no.” Every time someone even whispered it to me, I’d scream and have a temper tantrum. As an adult, I still hate the word “can’t.” When I mentor new vegans, one of the first things I… Read More ›
We’re always being chided about “don’t drink your calories” and reminded the quickest way to save money is to cut the wine, cola, juices, etc. and just drink water. But you know what? Water is f*cking boring. Let’s say you have a choice of your favorite IPA (mine is Noda’s Hop Drop, I swear it’s… Read More ›
This is my third year doing Dry January! By the looks of things, my cat needs to join me this year! Dry January is the brainchild of the UK charity Alcohol Change UK. It’s for everyone, whether your goal is to cut down, give the booze a break for a while, or go alcohol-free. Some… Read More ›
In these times of COVID, you have to be creative when traveling. Hotels Don’t Offer Breakfast Buffets Anymore. If you’re lucky, they might offer a “grab and go” breakfast consisting of a bottle of water, an apple, and a (probably non-vegan) cereal bar. So bring your own breakfast. A box of cereal and an aseptic… Read More ›
So, how do you prep for Eating Your Pantry (Originally, the Eat The Pantry Challenge?) This started out as a money-saving challenge, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eating from our pantry is something most of us are going to be doing. The CDC has recommended those over 60 and those with health conditions (such… Read More ›
This one’s mostly for new vegans and vegan wannabes, about how keeping a SIMPLE journal can help ease the transition. But even vegan veterans can benefit from occasionally keeping a journal.