Q&A with Holly from FitQuick and PlantFit

Q&A with Holly from FitQuick and PlantFit

This weekend, a brand new cafe and gym is opening in Oakland, CA. Owned by Holly Works and  Ed Bauer, this is a one of a kind fitness and food experience. The PlantFit Strength & Conditioning Gym is combined with the FitQuick Performance Cafe to bring all of your plant based fitness needs to you in one place. The PlantFit gym will offer appointments for private personal training, small group classes, and monthly open gym memberships. The FitQuick Cafe will have food, drinks, FitQuick waffle mix, vegan supplements and more.

I first met Holly and Ed at a vegan fitness expo. Holly is not only a badass in the gym, but also in the kitchen. She is a chef but this year also launched FitQuick, a line of protein waffle mix. When I first found out about the new business that she and Ed would be opening I was beyond excited. Not only could I not wait to find out more myself but I also could not wait to share more with the readers of Logical Harmony! For those who are in the Bay Area, the grand opening of the event is this Saturday, January 17th. You can find details in the Facebook event.

Holly was sweet enough to answer some questions with me about how fitness has impacted her life, her cruelty free beauty favorites, and how she has been able to balance starting a business with taking care of her body.

Continue reading to find out more about Holly and more details about the PlantFit Strength & Conditioning Gym and the FitQuick Performance Cafe.

South Korea Animal Testing Ban News May Have Been Premature

South Korea Animal Testing Ban News May Have Been Premature

Last week the cruelty free blogging world was buzzing about a potential ban on animal testing in South Korea. What many blogs were posting was that animal testing on finished products was going to be banned. I did a lot of digging and could not find conclusive documentation to show that this was the case. In fact, very few reputable organizations were reporting that South Korea had changed their animal testing stance, much less implemented a ban on animal testing.

At the same time that I was digging, Humane Society International (HSI) reached out to me with an update from their end. HSI has always been very research driven and detail oriented. When it comes to organizations, I honestly can say that I trust their research about animal testing policies and changes more than that of any other organization.

What is important to know is that a five year plan has been proposed that, if passed, would potentially phase out animal testing for finished cosmetic products. This is part of one of several five year plans that have been proposed. There is no guarantee that this specific five year plan would be implemented. These proposed five year plans are now being reviewed by several departments before they would then potentially move forward with one. At this time, none of the proposed five year plans have been enacted and neither has a South Korea animal testing ban of any sort. 

What is also important to note is that, in South Korea, most of the animal testing occurs on ingredients and not finished products. The large majority of brands there have already phased out animal testing on finished cosmetic products. A real impact would be made if a ban on animal testing on ingredients was put into place.

Continue reading to find out more about the South Korean animal testing ban – what changes have been proposed and what they would impact.

Petit Vour December Beauty Box Review

Petit Vour December Beauty Box Review

The Petit Vour December Beauty Box was co-curated by fellow vegan beauty blogger Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review. I had seen some sneak peeks of this box and was so excited about the items that were included.

For those who are not yet familiar with Petit Vour, they offer a monthly beauty box. Everything inside the Petit Vour beauty box is cruelty free, vegan, and natural. I give a quick review of all the items included in the box in this post. Look for more detailed reviews of each individual product soon!

Continue reading to find out more about the goodies in the Petit Vour December Beauty Box!

Blueberry & Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Blueberry & Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Breakfast is, in my mind at least, the most necessary meal of the day. I get up early, workout, and need something that is packed with lots of nutrients and protein. Quinoa is a seed that contains protein, fiber, iron, zinc, potassium, and more. I love it’s unique flavor. This quinoa breakfast bowl is one of my favorite ways to warm up and refuel after a morning workout.

Continue reading to learn how to make this Blueberry & Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

Logical Harmony featured by Cosmopolitan UK

Logical Harmony featured by Cosmopolitan UK

Last week Logical Harmony was featured in the Cosmopolitan UK Magazine’s online article A Vegan Beauty Survival Guide!! In the article, Karris McCulloch, CEO of The Vegan Kind, shared her Top 5 vegan beauty tips. Both Logical Harmony and Vegan Beauty Review (one of my favorite blogs!) were mentioned.

“5) Get guidance from vegan beauty blogs

They regularly update Cruelty Free and Vegan lists. Our top picks are the lovely Tashina from logicalharmony.net and veganbeautyreview.com. You can also use the hashtag #veganbeauty on Twitter and Instagram to find some top vegan beauty picks and follow TheVeganKind beauty box @TVKBeautyBox for regular beauty updates.”

It is amazing to see an article about cruelty free and vegan beauty in such a mainstream publication. This is amazing progress! Thank you SO much to Karris and The Vegan Kind for your support!

If you are not familiar with The Vegan Kind, it is a UK based company that has a monthly vegan lifestyle box and a quarterly vegan beauty box.