Veganized

This past December, I made a very out-of-character decision. I became vegan!

Yes, I went from eating cheese and meat with literally every meal to consuming absolutely no animal products, cutting it out of my diet all at once, cold turkey (pun intended).

My main reason for doing so was I wanted to fully commit to a healthy lifestyle in attempts to lose weight. At the time, in my mind, this was going to be a very temporary thing until I reached my fitness and health goals because, one, I grew up on meat and cheese as the true Wisconsinite I am, and two, I think becoming vegan may be a sin for a Filipino.

Three months later, I am absolutely loving my vegan lifestyle. My overall health has improved, and I feel light and refreshed even after big meals that leave me full for hours. Also, to my surprise, finding vegan options, even while traveling around Europe, is very easy.

More and more people are becoming vegan. So, there are now more vegan restaurants opening around the world as well as restaurants adding vegan options to their menus. One of the best and most exciting things about this lifestyle is discovering foods that you can eat that you would never think are vegan. My favorite discovery thus far: OREOS!

Some vegans are more strict than others. I personally eat anything that is not directly made with eggs, milk, etc. and will eat it even if it says it may contain traces of such products. This helps me have a wider variety of options, especially when traveling.

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Brunch at Le Pain Quotidien.

I have had some of the best meals of my life since becoming vegan. Le Pain Quotidien, a chain restaurant all around Europe with some locations in the United States, has DELICIOUS vegan and vegetarian breakfast and lunch dishes (just to name a few: açaí bowls, hummus bowls, and, my favorite, warm oatmeal with fruit and chocolate).

I’ve found a couple of bakeries in Madrid with vegan options. My favorite is called Celicioso that is completely gluten-free, and their vegan options are also sugar-free. These particular vegan pastries are absolutely. To. Die. For. (Picture below: Vegan, sugar-free chocolate cupcake).

 

IMG_0166There is also a completely vegan bakery called freedom cakes with several locations in Madrid’s city center. Can you tell I have a huge sweet tooth?

The best part about being vegan is I know I’m always eating healthy! And, I don’t have to eat things that taste bad, that I don’t like, or leave me hungry. I can feel full and eat good food that I want without feeling guilty!

If you’ve ever thought of becoming “veganized”, I would highly recommend it, and there are so many resources that can help you on your journey along the way.

Why Anything and Everything?

Welcome to my site!

I thought for my first blog post, I would start by answering the question: why am I doing this anyway?

There are two reasons. First, I felt that I wasn’t writing enough. I have journals and diaries and I have had a personal blog in the past, but I still wasn’t motivated or finding the time (or making the time) to write in them.

The second reason is that I wanted to build a dynamic portfolio and stay relevant in the PR/Advertising/Marketing world while I live out my dream to live in Madrid, Spain for one year. I am hoping this blog will help me to stand out in my future job application processes.

So, I am combining my love for writing and my passion for the PR/Advertising/Marketing industry to motivate myself to keep up with this blog and website not only for professional growth but for personal growth as well.

Why call it Anything and Everything?

Anything and Everything is not just a blog, it’s also a website, a dynamic portfolio and a resume. But, I’m not strictly using this blog/website for professional reasons. This is why it is composed of fun, personal blog posts. So, this little project of mine has many different layers and is truly a little bit of anything and everything!

The tagline, “A little bit of everything all rolled into one.”, comes from one of my favorite 90’s songs, “B*tch” by Meredith Brooks (not the most classy title, I know). In the song, Brooks lists all of the adjectives she identifies with, all of them contradicting one another. This. Song. Is. Me.

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Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

I am many contradicting things all in one 22-year-old woman. There are so many layers to my personality, to my background, to what makes me, me that it would be so unfair to describe myself as just a few agreeable adjectives.

I want Anything and Everything to be a reflection of myself and who I really am: a little bit of everything all rolled into one.

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