Current Skin Care Products I'm LOVING!

I wanted to quickly share the skincare products I have been using for the past several weeks & OMG I LOVE them! They have helped clear up the detox acne I was having & they just feel SOOO good! They are incredibly refreshing in this warm weather & my my skin SUPER soft! This is NOT a sponsored post by any means - but if you're struggling with acne or any skin issue, I HIGHLY recommend this cruelty-free, natural, and vegan set of products by Yes To Cucumbers!

Raw Till 4, 80-10-10: Why I No Longer Eat A Certain Type Of Vegan Diet

Alright ... I've been thinking about writing this post for several days now, but I just couldn't find the courage to do so. Prepare yourself for a long one. I'm no longer continuing high-raw. There, I said it. There are many different reasons I made this decision, but I want to emphasize that I am super happy to have done it for the past 2 months! It taught me so much about myself and my body - and yes, I am still vegan! I will always be vegan; that won't ever change! Here are the reasons that contributed to this decision.

1) It isn't practical for me. I work a full day, 8-5, and take evening classes. I'm not home til 10PM and my weekends are when I study. I just don't have TIME or ENERGY for the prep work needed to make dinners and prep my fruit. I would rather use that energy for working out (which I shamefully must admit, I haven't done in several weeks due to exhaustion). I'm GO-GO-GO and I'm not an entrepreneur or a full-time blogger or Youtuber or stay-at-home mom like many raw vegans are. I am working, plus classes. It just isn't realistic.

2) It's making me obsessive and triggering ED-behavior in me. I have a very obsessive personality and I became very obsessed with making sure I eat ONLY raw fruits at specific times, even if I didn't want it. If the only option was to eat something that didn't fit my guidelines, I went hungry. If I craved a veggie burger or ate cooked food at the wrong time, I beat myself over it & cried for being a "failure". I was giving up things that I LOVED like coffee & chocolate. Even if it made me miserable, I became focused on purity. This isn't okay! I tend to be very OCD as it is, so it was taking over my mental health.

3) This isn't true to who I am - foodie extraordinaire! While I love the IDEA of high-raw, I wasn't loving it for myself. I LOVE eating out and eating gourmet vegan food. I don't have the patience to cook meals or peel veggies. I felt sad that I couldn't have some gourmet vegan cheese or my staple which used to be GF granola on top of coconut yogurt. I was becoming obsessed with the 80-10-10 numbers and if I ate a bit too much fat, I began to hate myself.

The fact is, I'm vegan. And now that I know that I'm gluten-intolerant, soy-sensitive, and do better without oil & salt, I'm going to keep that up whenever possible. I'm going to continue ShakeO because I truly enjoy including it with my breakfast. However, life is too short for me to become obsessive about food. I want to stay active and eat what I love. Of course, I am always careful about the ingredients in my food, so as usual no fast food or processed junk. I know many people who say eating completely raw is natural, but guess what - WE LIVE IN A MAN-MADE, CONCRETE JUNGLE! What part of our existence is natural? I don't need to subscribe to a particular "way" of eating vegan. The animals don't give a damn. If I eat salad from a package, oh well. It's better than Taco Bell. Yes, I will continue to eat HCLF, GF, limit soy, no added salt, & no added oil. Green juicin' every day (from a pre-made green juice). ACV everyday. ShakeO every day. Exercise 5 days a week (not weekends). Hydrate everyday. Be ME everyday. ENJOY LIFE EVERYDAY.

So ladies, I am inspired to be my true authentic self and keep focusing on healing through eating a BALANCED vegan diet and keeping active. I hope I'm able to explain better why I am all fruited & salad-ed out (BTW, I HATE salads!).

Check-In #1: 1-Month Weight Loss + Healing On Raw Till 4, HCLF, 80-10-10 Vegan

I've already done an in-depth update of my new lifestyle on my Youtube channel, but I thought I'd take a moment to actually give you some numbers!

I'm Doing FullyRawKristina's "Love My Body" 14-Day Summer Challenge & 5 Reasons You Should Too!

From June 8-June 21 (2015!), I'll be participating in FullyRawKristina's Love My Body Challenge! While I already eat high raw (the challenge asks you to eat at least one completely raw meal a day!), I'm doing this more for the motivational videos. While I strive to treat my body with the utmost respect, I have years of damage I need to recover from. The negative thoughts, while less intense, still creep up & I'm using this challenge for inspiration for recipes & for helping me heal. The challenge is FREE & participating could land you a prize. Go to Kristina's website to sign up & read up on the details! Not sure if this challenge is for you (it's the first challenge of hers I'm participating in)? Here are 5 reasons you should participate!

Review: Blossom Vegan Restaurant

One of the reasons I love living in the Bay Area is the plethora of vegan restaurants near me! One place I got to try last weekend is Blossom Vegan, located in Pleasanton which is about 20 minutes from me via freeway.

Labeling My Spirituality

Have you ever been asked what religion you are? I always feel like it's a "polite" way to find out whether or not you believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I get asked this question all the time & my go-to answer is simply "I'm spiritual, not religious", which, in essence, is as close as I can get to ever defining my spiritual beliefs.

Naturally Sukirti Goes Natural, 100%!

Alright ... so one of the things that has always been a goal of mine, but I haven't really stuck to is being more eco-friendly & using more natural products. I'm quite good about using natural, chemical-free, non-toxic household cleaners, & most beauty products. I'm not as great with makeup. Well, no more! I've been inspired to clean out my makeup! I'm not getting rid of it, but using it up with a bit more gusto! I'm devoting myself to clean ingredients only! If I can clean up my diet, I can clean up my beauty routine!

In terms of other aspects of my life such as home products & clothing, it can be extremely difficult to find chemical-free sofas & clothes. While it will always be a priority for me, this isn't about perfectionism. It's about doing the absolute best I can with what I have & know. I can control which beauty products to buy because there are natural brands popping up everywhere, but there's not a huge market for non-toxic area rugs. As always, I will do as much research as I can before purchasing.

For now, you can look forward to completely natural beauty videos & posts!

Beauty Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Having already tried Urban Decay's De-Slick Setting Spray, which throughly disappointed me, I decided to try their All Nighter Setting Spray as well, just to see how it compared to the other.

Has Freelee The Banana Girl Gone Batshit Crazy?!

Freelee The Banana Girl has never been one to shy away from the outrageous & controversial. From calling out Youtubers & their shitty, corpse-laden diets to getting sued by an Insta-Celebrity, she's never really had much of a filter on her mouth. But now, she's been making some pretty interesting videos on her channel that have really riled up the vegan & non-vegan community alike & have created a divide even amongst the vegan community. So what are my thoughts? Is she justified in wishing death on meat-eaters & feeling superior or is she shaming the vegan movement?

Review: Lenny & Larry's The Complete Cookie

Vegan desserts are my absolute favorite things to eat & specifically, I am a SUCKER for a good vegan cookie! In college, I lived off the Alternative Baking Co. cookies from my bookstore & when I saw these Lenny & Larry's The Complete Cookie, I knew I had to try it!

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