Logical Harmony in Vegan Lifestyle Magazine – January 2014

Logical Harmony in Vegan Lifestyle Magazine - January 2014

The January 2014 issue of Vegan Lifestyle Magazine is now available! This issue is full of amazing recipes, features on Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods, vegan gardening, and an article by myself on what China’s potential changes in animal testing laws could mean for the cosmetics world. I’m very excited to be able to write for such a wonderful magazine!

You can find Vegan Lifestyle Magazine in the app store (it’s available for both the iPad and the iPhone) or buy directly through iTunes. You can also preview the magazine online.

Tone It Up Tuesday – A Week in Review #LoveYourBody

Tone It Up Tuesday – A Week in Review

Each week that I stick to the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge I feel positive changes. Each week certain routines get a little easier. Each week, new challenges present themselves as there are new routines added into the challenge. There are just over two weeks left in the challenge and I am impressed with how much I am still loving it.

Here is what the past week in workouts looked like:

  • Monday – Love Your Abs x 3, 4 miles of cardio
  • Tuesday – Cupid’s Cardio x 1, Love Your Full Body with Kettlebells x 1, Foam Roller Workout x 2, 2 miles of cardio
  • Wednesday – Malibooty x 2, Love Your Arms & Abs x 2, 3 miles of cardio
  • Thursday – Love Your Booty x 3, Wild Child Cardio x 1, 3 miles of cardio
  • Friday – Cupid’s Cardio x 1, Love Your Arms & Abs x 1, Love Your Total Body 2 x 1, 4 miles of cardio
  • Saturday – Love Your Body with Kettlebells x 1, 3 miles of cardio
  • Sunday – 4 miles of cardio

Since the Love Your Body series started, here is where I am with my goals:

  • Working out every day: Yes! I have continued to work out daily since the start of this challenge on January 2nd.
  • Bootycall workouts 4 days a week: Yes! I’ve been able to fit in a morning workout 6 days out of the last week!
  • Checking in on social media: Yes! I have been checking in daily with a recap of my workouts for that day. Tone It Up has a great online community. I use Instagram for my check-ins with the hashtags #LoveYourBody and #TIUteam. It’s also a great way to hold yourself acocuntable.
  • #100byVDay: Part of the challenge is to do 100 miles of cardio (any kind!) by Valentine’s Day. I’m currently at 95 miles! I’m going to strive to hit 150 by Valentine’s Day!

Curious what’s on the agenda for this week? Check out the most recent schedule online! I’d love to hear how things are going for you with the Love Your Body Challenge!

Vegan Mango & Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

Vegan Mango & Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

The other day I had a craving for ice cream, but was too lazy to leave the house. So I took a quick look in the freezer to see if there were any smoothie options available. Instead, I decided to try to make my own creamy sorbet from simple ingredients. I had never tried making sorbet and had never search for a vegan sorbet recipe, so I just crossed my fingers. It turned out well and now I’ve been making it several nights out of the week. I love that it feels like such an indulgence, but it’s really not at all.

What you will need to make Mango & Raspberry Sorbet:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon agave (optional)
  • Toppings: chia seeds, frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries, hemp seeds (all optional)

How to make Mango & Raspberry Sorbet:

  • Combine the frozen fruit and the almond or soy milk in a blender. Add the agave now if you want it extra sweet. I used my Vitamix for this but, since I didn’t use any of the high speed settings any blender should work just fine.
  • Turn the blender on to it’s lowest speed setting.
  • Blend until creamy, about 3-5 minutes. You may occasionally need to turn the blender off and stir so that it doesn’t get stuck around the blades.
  • Top with toppings if desired and enjoy!

This is one of the easiest and most delicious deserts I’ve made! If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

5 Ways to Help You Stick To Your Goals

5 Ways to Help You Stick To Your Goals

When I first set my resolutions for this year, I wanted to keep things simple and realistic. So many people set crazy and unattainable resolutions and then wonder why they stop doing them two weeks into January. Not only did I not want that to happen but, more importantly, I wanted to choose goals that I was truly committed to. I told myself, “This is what you need to do for yourself to grow and develop as a person. These small steps will help you get to the next level. They are worth all the effort and energy.” Once I made that decision, I not only started with these goals but I have kept up with them on a daily basis.

I’ve been reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein everyday and doing my daily assignments. I will be starting A Course In Miracles soon. I’ve been working out using the Tone It Up program seven days a week. I’ve been responding to more emails, drafting more blog posts, and working towards behind the scenes goals here at Logical Harmony.

Often times, people ask me how I stay motivated and inspired. I wanted to share my tips here in case anyone needs some motivation.

1. Make yourself accountable. For me, that meant making my goal as public as I could and checking in on social media (specifically Instagram) to show my updates. This has worked great for my Tone It Up check-ins because people are constantly cheering me on, and they also notice when I don’t post. I know that each day I need to post my fitness check-in and, you know what? Each day I do it!

2. Buddy up! A goal buddy is someone you know that has the same, or similar, end goal. You can check in with one another on a daily or weekly basis. One of my buddies is Kristiina from Typical Housecat. We met via Instagram and both wanted to work on May Cause Miracles, A Course in Miracles, and Tone It Up in 2014. It’s a friendship that was just meant to be! Having someone whose goals are in tune with yours will keep you motivated, and you have someone to talk to when you struggle.

3. Create to do lists. If I have something written down, I know I need to do it. So each day I make a list of what I need to do that day to help me achieve my goals. Usually it looks something like: Morning workout, PM workout, May Cause Miracles in AM, May Cause Miracles in PM, respond to five emails, draft one blog post. I cross things off as I complete them. Knowing that I’m making progress feels really good! When I’m lacking motivation, I can look back on previous days and see how many days in a row I’ve completed these tasks. Why stop now? Keep going!

4. Reward yourself for the small steps along the way. It’s important to celebrate small successes. With my fitness goals, I noticed changes in my body. Fitness routines that I used to struggle with were fun and I could do them multiple times. To celebrate this small success, I bought myself a foam roller. Even little things like a bubble bath, manicure, or a new book can keep you going along the way.

5. Trust that you can achieve your goals. At the end of the day, the only person who can help you achieve is you. Trust completely in yourself and know that you can do it if you really want to. Sure, there may be hard times and there may be hurdles you need to overcome. But those hurdles just make you stronger and help you push towards your end goal.

How do you help yourself stick to your goals? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Revlon Keeps Their Required by Law Animal Testing Stance

Revlon Keeps Their Required by Law Animal Testing Stance

Recently Revlon announced that they may be exiting China. Many were under the impression that this change meant Revlon would stop sales in China and become a cruelty free brand. After doing more digging, that appears to be simply a business move that would likely not effect their animal testing policy. Their plans are to cut operating costs and staff at beauty counters. In China, Revlon is mostly available at beauty counters, but it can also be found in drugstores.

I emailed Revlon to find out if there was any sort of official statement that I could get about the brand leaving China, what that may apply to, and how it may effect their animal testing policy. I wrote to them asking if they were simply cutting jobs and costs in China but would remain in the market there. This is the reply that I received:

Thank you for your recent comments from our website and for taking the time to contact us.

To address your inquiry, the articles you have read are a true statement.

We appreciate your observations and comments about our product. Please be assured your comments have been noted and forwarded to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you for your interest in our products. We hope to continue to serve your cosmetic needs.

This reply seemed a bit confusing to me and it felt like they were not directly answering my questions. They confirmed that the articles about China are a true statement, but beyond that there was no information of value.

I replied to the email and asked for further clarification – most articles stated that they were cutting costs in China, so does that mean they will continue to sell there? I also asked if this decision effected their animal testing stance in any way. This is the reply that I received:

Thank you for your recent comments from our website and for voicing your concern to us.

Revlon does not conduct animal testing and has not done so since 1989. We comprehensively test all of our products using the most technologically advanced methods available to ensure they are both innovative and safe to use. We believe that women should have the opportunity to express themselves through makeup, so we sell our products in many markets around the world and as such, are subject to local rules and regulations. Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements. Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which our products are sold, and supports the advancement of non-animal testing alternatives and methodologies in our industry.

Thank you for your interest in our company. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.

While it is still unclear exactly how the Revlon announcement may effect their sales in China, the brand has not changed their stance on animal testing despite the announcement. This still leaves a lot of room for speculation as to what the brands business decision is and how it effects their sales.

From what I have been reading in articles by the press, it sounds if they are going to change their distribution method to be easily available in more stores. Their animal testing stance seems to be in line with this. However, without a statement from Revlon themselves it’s hard to know which direction the company is going in.