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Vegan Friendly Youtubers You Need To Check Out

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Something I struggle with on an almost daily basis is eating well. There’s periods where I crave orange & raspberry smoothies, avocado on brown bread and black bean burgers with leafy green salads… but if I am honest 99% of the time I just want a big bar of Galaxy chocolate and a flat white. I’ve seen the sugar documentaries, the vegan documentaries and Jamie Oliver’s (brilliant) Ted Talk.. but on a day to day basis my stomach seems to overrule my brain when it comes to thinking about how beneficial a bowl of soup is over a plate of chips.

The one thing that’s helped me the most in this area is… youtube! From chef’s to vloggers, my main foodie inspo comes from Youtube. The following channels either provide 1) Tasty recipes 2) Drool worthy aesthetics or 3) Both. They’re also mostly vegan (or at least vegetarian) which I personally think is the healthiest, most environmentally friendly & ethically superior diet on the planet. I am  a vegetarian (which means I can’t eat meat/fish but can eat dairy/eggs), but I tend to make mostly vegan food if I am cooking for myself. I might go into this further in another blog post but for now I am going to avoid the ~ controversial ~ topic of veganism and preaching at y’all about animal agriculture and instead woo you to the veggie/vegan side with aesthetically pleasing, drool-worthy food that will make you feel good too. Promise.

1) TheHappyPear

First up is Ireland’s very own Stephen and David Flynn! The Flynn twins have two cookbooks out, a café in Greystones and a range of products now available in Supervalu like pesto’s, hummus’s, soup’s… basically they’re the Irish version of Jamie Oliver. Now I know a lot of people think they’re annoying af but personally I find their enthusiasm really endearing. My favourite thing about their channel is their “5 minute dinner” series which is perfect for students like myself who need something quick, easy and cheap!

(Fun fact: 3/5 of my family members have actually met the Happy Pear and tasted their food… but as is life, the fan, aka me, is not among those three. Sad face.)

2) BonnyRebecca

Bonny is one of my favouriteeee youtubers. She makes lots of videos including vlog type what I eat in a day videos. She’s super positive and her vlogs always make me smile! I enjoy seeing the amazing vegan food she can get when she eat’s out in Australia (and the drone shots of her beautiful country) but the main reason I am including her in this video is for the recipes she shares in her vlogs/recipe videos. A lot of the time she’ll vlog herself and/or her boyfriend Tim making their meals which provides lots of inspiration.

3) ThrivingOnPlants

Next up is Cherie Tu. Cherie is an eighteen year old vegan from Sydney.  Her “What I Eat In A Day” videos are so calming and I love the fact that they’re so short (usually around the 3 minute mark) and she literally just shows you what she makes. She always includes the full recipe in the description box below the video so you can make her beautiful recipes too.

4) CosmicColette

Colette is an Irish gal living in Berlin aka the vegan capital of Europe. My favourite thing about Colette is that she isn’t a size 6 sunkissed glowing skin vegan insta model… she looks like your average gal, and it’s brilliant to see her promoting the vegan lifestyle as a “normal” diet, with vegan junk food to boot! She always posts videos talking about body positivity, eating disorders and even money management and seems like a cool gal all around. The video I’ve embedded above is one where her boyfriend voiced her “What I Ate Today” video and it’s hilarious!

5) JessBeautician

Jess is a British Beautician who loves simple & natural make-up and food. Her recipes are always so simple and easy-to make.. what’s not to love?

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An Ode to Ireland

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It’s that time of year again – St. Patrick’s Day. The one day when the world is painted green. From the green lights cast on the Empire State building of New York to the Sydney Opera house and London’s Big Ben, there’s no other country on the planet that is celebrated as much and as widely on its national holiday as Ireland. What is it about Ireland that encourages such festivity?  Well, I would argue it has very little to do with the land, lakes or landmarks, much rather it is the Irish people that are truly worth celebrating.

Being Irish mean’s loving and drinking a good cup of ‘tae’ (sometimes in equal proportion to ‘the black stuff’). It means being able to finish a Father Ted quote without thinking. It means going on holidays and finding the Irish pub. It means trad sessions in the local. It means calling yourself a catholic but only going to mass at Christmas. It means ‘I will yea,’ ‘ara sure look,’ ‘jaysus,’ ‘grand so’ and ‘savage’ are all part of your vernacular. It means always having something to complain about (especially the weather). We Irish are hilarious and hypocritical, celebrators and complainers, dancers and dreamers – and proud, proud people.

From our inception, Ireland and its people have been a proud nation. The Irish Free State, established in 1922 (later to become known as the Republic of Ireland) was born after years of bitter fighting for freedom from the British Empire. It’s no wonder, therefore, that the pride of being Irish and the love for our country is so deeply ingrained in all of us (and that undeniable competitiveness when placed against the Brits in any kind of competition!) This pride is part of what makes us great. You will find no greater supporters than the Irish, travelling all over the world for soccer matches, rugby, boxing, horse-riding etc. As a small nation, we don’t have as many sports superstars, and the resources to produce them as many of our neighbouring countries do, but when the likes of the O’Donovan brothers or UL’s very own Thomas Barr emerge out of the shadows – the whole country gets behind them. Then there’s all the creative folk that our fair island has produced; from Hozier to the astounding Riverdance dancers, the genius of W.B Yeats and the beautiful Saorise Ronan, Ireland is known for and can be proud of its people and their contribution to the artistic world.

Perhaps our creative folk produce such varied material due to the paradoxical fact that the Irish are both home birds and travellers. From necessity to wanderlust, the Irish have populated the globe with O’Sullivans, Murphys and Walshes, with roughly one million Irish-born people currently living around the world. Wherever we went, we brought our most valued asset; the Irish spirit and culture. We brought Irish dancing to the UK, Irish music to the US and GAA to Australia. Sure, it might just have been us participating for the most part, but there’s something nice about our refusal to leave behind what we’ve known, even whilst embracing the new.

However it has to be noted, we don’t just barge into everyone else’s country without returning the favour! The Irish are renowned for their hospitality and welcoming nature. One of the only Irish phrases we all get right is the beautiful, “Céad mile fáilte,” translating as “one hundred thousand welcomes.” From tourists to asylum seekers, adventurers to economic migrants, the Irish people envelop all in their compassion and warmth. This compassion has led to many young people embarking on vocational trips to places as far as Kenya or Ghana, and influential activists such as Adi Roche, Bob Geldof, and Fr Hugh O’Flaherty.

Ireland, once seen as a small, insignificant, old fashioned country, is now a hub of multinational companies, IT firms and highly respected universities. The change Ireland has undergone in recent years is truly remarkable. This, I believe, is entirely down to the forward-thinking, inspiring, and hardworking men and women of Ireland. The once crippling influence of the Catholic Church has been significantly reduced, resulting in our republic becoming the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. This show of understanding, empathy and kindness would never have happened a decade ago. Currently, there’s an ongoing campaign for abortion to be outlawed as a crime in Ireland. Regardless of what side you are on, or which way the eventual vote will go, it is a victory that Ireland has reached the stage where we can all discuss important issues such as these, in a mature and reasonable way. This change is a credit to the empathetic, forward-thinking youth of our remarkable country and I can’t wait to see the future Ireland this generation will create. I am sure it will make Ireland and its people an even prouder institution.

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Some thoughts on Facebook comments and communication

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Here’s a blog post addressing discussion and anger that I intend on sharing on Facebook that will no doubt be met with minimal discussion and unfounded anger. I apologize in advance.

Recently I’ve found that whenever I share anything mildly controversial on Facebook, a video that might question our daily actions or maybe an article about some political figure or what not..   it always seems to be met with angry or defensive comments from people who might disagree with what the source says or what my own opinion on it is.

I am 100% cool with you, my Facebook friend, disagreeing with my opinion. I am obviously not always right (and neither are you!) and I am open to hearing what you have to say. Maybe I’ll learn something new or change my opinion entirely, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I embrace it.

All I ask, Facebook commenters, is that you are kind and respectful when leaving comments. Otherwise it just leaves me feeling like I can’t share thoughtful or controversial content, and it leaves my other Facebook friends feeling like they can’t interact without being attacked. And that’s really sad.

Without getting too philosophical, I really believe the reason people are becoming more “extreme” in their thoughts (whether that be conservative or liberal) and the reason we appear to be living in more divisive times, is because of our inability to communicate effectively with one another. Sites like Facebook and Youtube further facilitate this by showing us content similar to that we’ve already shown to like and agree with. If we never expose ourselves to other viewpoints and ideas how can we ever evolve and better ourselves as people?

Maybe I’ll write a more informed and coherent blogpost about this at some point, but for now, I’d just like to thank you for reading this post instead of watching another cat video. I’d also like to encourage you to engage in discussions with other people on Facebook, but please keep it kind, respectful and open-minded.

On a sidenote, I apologize if sharing posts about being kinder to the planet, the animals & other people pisses people off.. I am only doing my best to do what I can to make the world a better place and hopefully encourage some others to do that too 🙂

(Couldn’t end the blogpost without a bit of sass now could I?)

 

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