5 Ways To Impress A Vegan
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5 Ways To Impress A Vegan

They're so elitist, you'll need this guide.

Whether platonically or not, chances are that at some point in your life, you'll meet a vegan and feel the overwhelming need to impress that snooty asshole somehow. If you're fresh out of ideas, here's a few:

1. Tell them about the time you won that hot dog eating contest.
Bonus points if you then offer to do it again.

2. Eat only meat around them, but in a very in-your-face way.
It's even better if you get the meat sweats. Everybody loves the meat sweats. If you don't love the meat sweats you are a liar.

3. Tell them you are stronger than them.
Challenge them to a push-up competition and tell them that eating only salad makes them weak little babies. They will not only appreciate your muscle, but say, "Yes, you are correct, I am a weak little baby. I am impressed by you."

4. Try to share your cheese fries with them.
They will appreciate the offer so much, you're so thoughtful! If they decline, you should really just wave it in their face. They'll buckle eventually, right?

5. Explain why their diet is stupid.
Somebody has to tell them, right? They'll be very impressed by your critical thinking and argumentation skills.

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The Five Best Instagram Accounts: Veg Edition

Vegan eyes only...

If you find time between tagging your friends in embarassing memes and stalking celebrity feeds, check out these awesome vegan/vegetarian Instagram accounts, featuring delish recipes and links to websites with even more veggie-centric inspiration.

Oh She Glows
This account is run by Angela Liddon, who is devoted to featuring delicious and healthy vegan recipes. Her inspiration for this work comes from her recovery from an eating disorder and seeking a healthy lifestyle, with food playing a huge part in this, which is pretty cool. She also has her own website and a cookbook.

My New Roots
Visually on point, this account features veggie-centric dishes like Sri Lankan curry to "Rawlos" (that's raw/vegan rolos for you non-vegheads). But the perfection of the photos alone is enough to make you want to say sayonara to meat for good. Sarah B., the woman behind the feed, is all about plant-based eating, which also includes a lot of grain-free recipes--shout out to my gluten-free friends.

Rawsome Vegan Life
Besides having a pretty badass name, this account run by Emily von Euw features recipes ranging from oh-so-simple dishes to more complicated meals. The account has a kind of minimalist and elegant vibe and incorporates some photos not focused on food (like Em's vegetation-inspired tat).

Plant-Based Pixie
This UK-based food blogger snaps some veg-inspiring pics with a large focus on veggie bagel toppings and avocado accents. I'm also really digging all the recipes on her website, like this one for vegan naan.

The Dreamy Leaf
The photos and recipes on this account are professional AF. Maya Sozer, the vegan chef and curator of this account, has a background in visual art (which is definitely clear from her pics). She and her partner, Emre, are the veghead duo behind the Dreamy Leaf website. They also have a cookbook coming out this summer.

The Sasha Diaries
Sasha Gill, the creator of this account, also runs Holy Basil, a popular vegan blog. The pics on this Insta are especially cool because they have a botanical feel to them; check them out and you'll know what I mean..

HCLF vegan fried rice (holla) + homemade sweet chilli sauce = ??

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Follow These Steps If You Want To Be A Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Positively perfect.

For anyone unaware of the term "manic pixie dream girl" it was first coined by film critic Nathan Rabin in 2007 - although the character trope has been around for decades.

His description of this awful character is perfectly spot-on: "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures."

We've all seen this girl in movies - and even in real life - she's Summer Finn from 500 Days of Summer, Penny Lane from Almost Famous, Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim, Holly Golightley from Breakfast at Tiffany's and even Hannah Baker from 13 Reasons Why.

All of these female characters have tiny quirks that their male "counterparts" consider their entire persona.

It becomes the only thing the men in their lives can focus on, dream about and fall in love with.

If you're looking to become a MPDG, or want to avoid it at all costs, the following list is for you.

How to act:
1. You must always be chipper and happy.
You've never gotten into an argument with anyone and every day is be better than the last. The sound of singing birds is probably your alarm in the morning.

2. Quirkiness is a given.
Do strange things like wear different colored shoes or eat pancakes for dinner. You must insist that whatever you're doing is completely normal, and that other people are the weird ones.

3. You have to have a sense of mystery.
Leave them wondering: "what did she mean by that?", "where did she come from?", "what does she do?" A true MPDG tells her partner nothing about her personal life, he needs to imagine it all on his own. Which is what he wants to do anyway.

4. Be polite.
Your manners must be impeccable, but you still have to appreciate the occasional curse word. You always say please and thank you, especially if he does something for you.

How to look:
1. As a MPDG, you have a requirement to be effortlessly stunning at all times.
Every man who comes across you must do a double take and think you're the most beautiful thing he's ever laid eyes on. Of course, you must never acknowledge this, you have to stay humble.

2. Consider wearing skirts or dresses, regardless of the weather.
You can just throw on a patterned scarf or a fun jacket if you get cold.

3. You must be dressed casually, but not too casually.
Find the fine line between the two. Just rolled out of bed and you're wearing sweats? Never. A sweater that's perfectly oversized and a no-makeup makeup look? Perfect.

4. Vintage clothing is crucial.
Whether it be a dress from the 50s, a jacket from the 70s or sunglasses from the 20s, a good MPDG must own something from another era.

What to like:
1. You must like the same music he does.
This is where his obsession usually stems from, so make sure to always be in record stores looking for the next song to impress him with.

2. You play video games and don't nag him to do the dishes.
And on that note, you never take too long to get dressed and you never get too drunk at parties. He's never embarrassed to have you around his friends because he knows you'll always be on his side.

3. You've gotta eat - but never gain weight, of course.
He likes a girl with a healthy appetite and is so happy you didn't try to order a salad - even if you genuinely like them.

There you go, a few simple steps you can follow to become the manic pixie girl of every guy's dreams. You're welcome.

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This Gutwrenching Film Will Make You Rethink Eating Meat

A tale of friendship and consumerism.

Major movie networks better watch out, 'cause Netflix is coming for them and their money. The popular streaming website's latest release, Okja, is undoubtedly one of the best films I've seen this year. No exaggeration.

This movie's brilliance could only be achieved through the combined efforts of its Korean director Bong Joon-ho (check out his other amazing film Memories of Murder), sound designer Jaeil Jung and its all-star cast who give the film the very best of their acting abilities.

Tilda Swinton gives an award-deserving performance as two wildly different--but equally evil--CEOs, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a character equal parts psychotic and peppy--you'll want to punch him halfway through the film--and Paul Dano is the hero the world desperately needs. The greatest performance however, comes from thirteen year old Seo-Hyun Ahn as the movie's main character.

The film revolves around a so-called "super-pig", Okja, who is sent to live with a young girl, Mija, and her grandfather in the mountains of Korea in the hopes of making her the biggest super-pig yet.

After ten years, Okja is eventually reclaimed by the Mirando Corporation, the company that created super-pigs and profits from their meat. Okja's kidnapping is fought by Mija, who has an unbelievable bond with the clever creature, and the ALF (Animal Liberation Front), who want nothing more than to get Okja and the rest of the super-pigs out of harm's way.

Everyone in the film is constantly scheming and looking to do anything they can to achieve their goals, whether or not those goals are for the good of mankind or for the good of their wallets.

The movie doesn't preach, it doesn't have a specific agenda, it's just telling a story that eerily mirrors the real world.

Overtaken by greed and a lust for money, the Mirando Corporation physically harm hundreds of people and blatantly lie to the consumers they're feeding by the millions. Of course, even after their wrongdoings are revealed to the public, they receive no backlash and continue to thrive. Sound like any companies you know?

The ALF are able to spread the word about the super-pigs, but they wind up unable to rescue anyone, especially Okja. She is forcibly bred with other super-pigs (aka: raped) and suffers horrible atrocities which include getting meat samples taken from her while she's alive.

While some could argue that this is understandable and she's "just a pig", Okja is no ordinary animal. She and Mija are shown to be unbelievably close, to the point where they can understand one another. This fact makes the harm that befalls Okja even more unsettling, because you truly care about this animal--just like Mija does.

One of the final scenes of the film is set inside of a meat processing plant, where all of the super-pigs are rounded up and thoughtlessly slaughtered. You see the carcasses of super-pigs hanging from the walls, their blood pooling onto the floors.

It'll make you sick, but this facility is like hundreds of others, the only difference is that Okja is inside it--so you care. And when you see all of the super-pigs, crying in a large and dirty pen--piglets too--you'll have to hold back tears.

By the time the film is over, you'll have gone through a roller coaster of emotions, and you might need a few moments to collect yourself. Hell, I did.

After watching Okja, I was left with a horrible knot in my stomach and a sinking feeling that I would never be able to look at meat the same way again--I actually had to cancel my dinner plans because I felt so nauseous.

While not a vegan or vegetarian myself, this film managed to make me reconsider my dietary preferences like no other has--and I've watched Cowspiracy.

You should definitely take the time to watch Okja and see how it makes you feel about your food.

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Sweats or Nah?

... The perennial question

Getting ready for a college class is a significant step down from the process of getting ready for a day spent in the halls of high school.

Getting ready for an 8-hour high school day was first set to my favorite playlist, which served as the perfect soundtrack to the 28-minute process of getting ready for the day. There was the typical brushing and washing, followed by wiggling into a pre-selected outfit, then hair, makeup, and finally, breakfast.

Don't get me wrong, I wasn't blowing out my hair every morning, or perfecting my contouring skills before 7 a.m., but looking put together for the day was important to me. Seeing my BFFs on the reg, making sure I looked great when walking past my ex's locker, and timing my walk perfectly to cross paths with the cute seniors demanded a great pair of jeans and a perfectly balanced wrist of accessories.

But in college, these are no longer rituals that demand attention. Walking from class to class is an act often performed in solitude, rather than a bustling social event every 45 minutes, ? la high school. Today, I can easily stroll across campus in the sweats I slept in, and no one would look up from their phone long enough to even notice.

So I found myself faced with the perennial question: in college, should one even bother getting ready at all?

I dipped my toes in the pajama-filled pond, and allowed myself to hit the snooze a few more times than usual before heading off to class. I sported a carelessly-executed ponytail, a wrinkled sweatshirt, a pair of athletic shorts, and neon running shoes. Was I comfortable? Hell yeah! My feet will take sensible, supportive soles over strappy sandals any day.

Nor was I a pariah in class. In fact, I fit in more than usual. I didn't get any side-eye or weird looks. So my feet were happy, my peers were happy. (Well, actually I'm sure they couldn't have cared less, but I wasn't breaking any social norms), so what was stopping me from adopting this fresh-out-of-bed look for everyday?

In a word, motivation. Sure, being swaddled by my favorite sweatshirt and not having to think about putting underwear on under my shorts, (which have a snazzy built-in pair, YAS) was great, but nothing tells your body "I could easily sleep through this class," like wearing clothes you could, well, easily sleep in. My appearance required no effort, and my brain went along with it. Honestly, I missed feeling coordinated and collected--and my energy level showed it.

So the answer the perpetual college question: sweats or nah? My findings were: For me, comfort for me lies not in the coziness of my pants, but in the routine of getting up and getting ready to start the day.

But hey, if you rock the snuggie to class and can manage to keep your head in the game, more power to you. But as for my internal debate, I have gladly discovered that I don't need to replace my daily wardrobe with sweatshirts and built-in underwear shorts now that I'm on a college campus.

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5 Things Vegans Love To Hear

We love it.

Unless you're super out of touch with reality, chances are you know somebody who is vegan. Or maybe they've made sure you know.

Regardless, veganism is a diet that is growing explosively in popularity. Nowadays, it's easier than ever to be vegan, with more meat and dairy alternatives available in grocery stores and in restaurants.

However, not everybody is committed to the lifestyle nor has any intention to be, so being vegan always brings some repetitive questions and statements from non-vegan people, though. Like, always.

Most of them are genuine concerns, but sometimes (not always, but sometimes) they also mask the ulterior motive of trying to talk the vegan out of veganism. Most of the time it just feels like this. I'm not even trying to have the meat-eating debate.

So, I, one of those annoying plant-eaters, have compiled a countdown list of my favorite things to hear when I mention my diet.

5. What if cows overpopulate the planet if we don't eat them?
I mean, humans are already overpopulating the planet, so I just want to mention that real quick, but in response to the actual question: the answer is no. In animal agriculture, the animals are very frequently forcibly inseminated by the factories to produce more livestock to keep up with the demand for meat.

There's lots of cows, chickens and pigs because we've bred so many cows, chickens and pigs. Without that demand, they won't be forcibly inseminated and will breed less.

Mother Nature also does indeed do her job. If those animals returned to the wild, their populations would decrease before they stabilize, and their populations would function as undomesticated animals do. Additionally, no longer farming land to keep up with the meat demand would cause an increase in biodiversity; a biodiversity we destroy trying to keep these livestock.

Anyways, I digress, I love the idea of a world overpopulated by cows. They're grass puppies. However, it won't happen, even if cows would totally run the world better than we do.

4. Aren't you eating the animals' food?
...Cows aren't even supposed to eat corn...

Additionally, one acre of land produces 250 lbs of beef... or 50,000 pounds of tomatoes or 53,000 pounds of potatoes

While there is a complex series of issues regarding distribution and humanity's uncapped population growth (use condoms, people!), there's much more food that can be produced with land and resources that are currently going towards our livestock (they eat 70 percent of the grain and use 70 percent of our domestic freshwater in the US!)

Imagine what we could try to do to feed the hungry if we devoted all of that to people instead. I promise the chickens and cows will be fine.

3. But bacon...
Believe me, I loved bacon when I was still eating meat. It was also the first thing I gave up when I was making my transition into veganism.

"How?" you may ask.

Honestly, while watching videos about what they do to animals in factory farms was more than enough to convince me, I was starting to get grossed out by the grease and fat in bacon anyways.

Also, nobody needs to eat a bacon-wrapped Oreo, bacon-wrapped hot dog or bacon-flavored lollipop ever. My arteries hurt just thinking about it.

2. I could never give up cheese!
I said the exact same thing before I decided to make the change. Some people get grossed out or develop allergies to meat or dairy and decide to transition, but a lot of vegans genuinely loved the taste of meat and dairy and made the change regardless.

Cheese was one of the harder things to give up since there's actually addictive substances in it, but there's some really awesome substitutes that taste a lot like real cheese without the health risks and guilt. Check out Field Roast's chao cheeses or Follow Your Heart!

We aren't meant to consume any milk of any kind past babyhood anyways, so that yucky feeling you might have after having something with dairy in it could be a sign of lactose intolerance (cashew milk is great, btw).

1. How do you get your protein?

America as a nation places a huge emphasis on protein, so naturally this is the first thing I'm always asked. Believe it or not, though, the average recommended protein intake is 42 grams a day... which everybody goes over, typically getting 70+. Unless you're a bodybuilder, protein isn't really something you have to worry about no matter what your diet is.

However, the answer to the question is chickpeas, beans, and even veggies like broccoli (which a single serving of has 4.2 grams of protein). Fake meats and even non-dairy milks have protein in them, too. It's actually very easy to get your daily intake without meat.

(Please don't ask me anymore.)

Whether you feel me on hearing these things or are the one who might be saying them, hopefully this list helps you either have a more cohesive answer to these questions or made you reconsider asking a vegan these questions altogether. We don't mind explaining the lifestyle to people, but it's definitely annoying to have to say the same things over and over.