Either It’s Trying Too Hard Or Not Hard enough

This post is going to be a complete shit storm, and I apologize in advance. But VEGAN CHEESE. Im going to try to keep this post short and sweet, because The Good Lord knows that I can (and have) rant forever about my thoughts on vegan cheese.

Now, let me start by saying that I love being vegan. I love this lifestyle, it works for me, Ive never felt better. In my time of being vegan I’ve tried some really incredible vegan food and vegan alternatives. Like, vegan mayo, or vegan ranch. Both of those dairy free alternatives are 11/10. Highly recommended. But vegan cheese…not just any vegan cheese, Daiya cheese. It’s the worst. Im sorry Daiya, but your “cheese” is inedible.

Where do I even begin. The package says “melts and stretches”, but let me tell you, audience, it doesn’t do either of those things. Its a garbage product, my dog wont even eat it and he eats his own sh**. Lets not exclude the other products by Daiya, because I honestly did give them a fighting chance to redeem themselves after ruining my margarita pizza with their shredded rubber. I tried their cream cheese. Now, it is very possible to be GOOD vegan cream cheese, I know because Ive made my own in the past and it tasted great (if I do say so myself), but somehow they managed to ruin that too! The taste is so indescribable.. it taste fake… like I shouldn’t be eating it. My mouth just completely rejects it. So I was like “okay, well maybe (just maybe) their mac and cheese isn’t so bad. This was their last shot to redeem themselves, after this I was done. If they could prove to me that they can do at least one thing right, then I wouldn’t write this post. Incredible….incredible how they managed to f**k that up too.

I just want to know, who’s working in that factory, sitting in a conference room, trying all these vegan alternatives and going “yup, taste good! Send ‘er out!” Because I personally want to go up to that person and smack them. How dare they. How dare they sell that over priced rubber bullshit in stores. Seriously who “OK’s” this crap.

With all that being said, im going to link some recipes or my favorite homemade vegan cheese to save everyone from eating something thats one molecule away from being a rubber band…

Cream Cheese

Mac and cheese

White mac and cheese

Vegan Alfredo

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Mindfulness

I think now more than ever Ive been super mindful of what Im doing and how it affects the things around me or within me. I do this with almost anything I do, I like to weigh out my options and how each choice might affect me in the future. And of course, the right option might always be the most fun, but in the long run it will benefit you in a positive way.  This could be as simple as what you eat to as drastic as selling your house and moving in with your parents to save money.

A constant debate I have with myself is always should I bike or should I drive. The correct answer should (always) be bike. BUT sometimes thats not always the case….unfortunately. As much as I would love to bike EVERYWHERE there are things I need to consider.

1.What is my time window?

2.Do I need to dress nice?

3. What is the weather going to be like?

Number 2 is usually what keeps me off my bike the most. (Business stuff you know?)

Music can affect you in a positive and negative way. Put good in, get good out, amiright? I try to listen to music that I know will affect my mood in a positive way. That sounds stupid and slightly narcissistic. But I can tell how my mood can shift if I listen to DMX or if I listen to The Lumineers. Two completely different Lydia’s. I like The Lumineers Lydia better.

Everyone has free will and everyone is given a choice. sometimes they’re given 3 choices and which ever you choose can effect you in the moment or in the long run. For instance, we can choose to ask “no straw” or ask for a straw. Neither one of these options will  impact you in the moment but rather maybe 10 years down the road when our oceans are pumped with over 14 billion pounds of garbage (most of it being plastic). So, be mindful and ask no straw…or bring your own reusable straw if your that adamant about using a fricken straw. Just think about who your hurting when you ask for one. BE MINDFUL.

I can go on forever about this topic, but Im working on keeping my blog post short and sweet, knowing we live in a fast pace world and not everyone has 20 mins to sit down and read… which I hate, but that a topic for a whole different post. So we’ll finish this with one more mindful topic. Think about your life. Think about your “extracurricular” (as my mom would call it). How do these things benefit you? If something doesn’t benefit you in a positive way, then why continue doing it? If that group of people make you feel like shit, then why hang around them? If you hate getting hangovers, then don’t drink.  Easy as that! Like I said the right choice might always be the most fun BUT its the choice that will be more beneficial in the future.

I’d like to dedicate this post to:

Jan Alvey (@jmalvey)

Larry Waldburger (@larryjaywaldburger)