Being A Vegan - Am I Healthy?*

One thing is for certain, since choosing the vegan diet and lifestyle just over a year ago I've never felt better. I have more energy, my skin and hair are in a better condition, I have a much healthier relationship with food and I've had countless comments from family members and friends telling me I seem to 'look' better off for eating a plant based diet.

There are three main reasons why people choose to go vegan; the environment, the health benefits and of course the animals. My big one was always the animals and even 14 months down the line, the animals are still the number one reason why I choose to maintain my vegan choices. But little did I know the major impact the meat and dairy industries have on the environment and also, my health.

Something I noticed when I switched to a vegan diet is how my skin seemed to detox itself and my face started to come up in a fair few spots. There was one point where I thought that they just wouldn't stop appearing and I found myself researching skin 'issues' when switching to a plant based diet. Turns out, it was more than likely that my skin was flushing out any dairy that was in my body and the common advice I found was to wait it out and within a couple of months it should clear up and sure enough, it did. I also noticed that after eating I no longer felt bloated or sick, which was a pretty standard sensation I felt after eating my meals before being a vegan. It led me to wondering whether I had in fact had any mild allergies to dairy or intolerance's.

A huge percentage of visitors to my blog are located in America *a big wave across the pond to you all!* and luckily for you there is in fact the leading lab testing service HealthLabs who are available to carry out a variety of tests in one of their 4,500 laboratories across The States. If you did have concerns around the vegan diet and whether it could be for you, they can carry out some tests to see if you are allergic to anything meat or dairy related using the skin prick method, which I can also confirm doesn't hurt as I had some allergy tests done using this method a couple of years back for some flare ups I was having. This is a great option if you're currently exploring the vegan diet and may be interested in the benefits, or whether you suspect you may actually have some allergies to certain animal based foods. HealthLabs also have a test for deficiencies as after all, the vegan diet can have some common deficiencies such as Vitamin D or B12.

Their tests start at $149 and I also have a delicious 25% off all of their vegan testing services for you using code ELLIS25 should you wish you go ahead and get yourself tested. Their conveniently located labs means you also don't have to wait for a doctors appointment and you can receive your results within 1-3 working days! Pretty speedy! Although they're currently only available over in the US, I'm hoping they expand over to the UK because the tests could be extremely useful for people who may be thinking about going vegan since they can provide so much valuable information around your health.

Before choosing to live the vegan life I never would have thought that it went beyond being kind to the animals. I didn't realise that people may choose a plant based diet to improve their health; my husband's number one reason for being a vegan is the health benefits and we sure do feel so much better for it. That's not to say however that you just switch your meats to tofu and be done with it. If you're choosing plant based, you need to make sure this is going to be a positive change for your body and that you're not missing out on any of the essential vitamins. Having said that, it's also not just about gorging on the green stuff either! I'm a huge sucker for baking and all the naughty foods and there are SO many products that are accidentally vegan and millions of recipes for making the most amazing cakes. It all about balance after all!

Do let me know if you're a vegan of even if you've ever thought about changing up your diet to include more plants! Also...let me know where you are in the world!

Thanks for reading!

This post is sponsored by HealthLabs*

Watercolours With Cass Art*

One of my favourite mediums to work with when it comes to painting is watercolours and although they're not a huge strength of mine, I love their delicate nature and the relaxing vibe they seem to bring whenever I sit down to create some art with them.

Cass Art are an arts and crafts supplier who have a crazy impressive range of watercolour materials as well as many other things, but they recently got in touch and asked if I would like to get involved with their watercolour campaign...can you imagine my excitement? I was able to choose a couple of products from their watercolour range to test out and create some art with so I went for a couple of pretties that I wouldn't normally go for, that I currently don't own anything similar to, to really have a play about and explore something completely new.

Ecoline watercolour ink, watercolour ink, ecoline ink, ink, art ink, drawing ink, art blog, art blogger

Ecoline watercolour ink, watercolour ink, ecoline ink, ink, art ink, drawing ink, art blog, art blogger

Ecoline watercolour ink, watercolour ink, ecoline ink, ink, art ink, drawing ink, art blog, art blogger

I went for these watercolour inks because a huge weakness of mine is pretty bottles that make me feel a bit like a scientist. I chose the primary colours set of inks from a brand called Ecoline who prior to this opportunity I had never heard of before. I researched them before deciding on my chosen products because as I've mentioned in previous posts, going forward with art supplies I'd also like to stick to vegan friendly brands and according to the Vegan Womble arts supplies page, these inks are vegan. The primary set consists of a blue, green, lemon yellow, magenta and black; I had in mind a sort of galaxy animal for my artwork and thought I'd try mixing some colours to achieve a gorgeous range of purple shades. They did not disappoint!

These inks go such a long way as they're incredibly pigmented so one drop of colour packs a real punch. You can water them down, mix them easily to get lots of different shades and they're extremely clean to use due to their lids coming with a glass dropper. I dabbed just two drops of each colour onto a ceramic plate and found it was plenty to create my galaxy horse painting.

I'm also a huge sucker for pens so when I saw these watercolour brush pens again by Ecoline they seemed like the best of both worlds. Again they're vegan and I've never actually learnt any calligraphy with brush pens before so that's something I'll definitely be practising for a future blog post! But something I do like to do whenever I get new pens is swatch them all, as other brands I have tried in the past haven't been true to colour at all and this can cause a problem if you accidentally use a colour you weren't intending to use. These however, are some of the most pigmented, vibrant and true to colour pens I have ever had the pleasure of testing out. I went for the pack of 20 which is great value for money with a pretty decent range of shades, all of the main colours are there and it even comes with a clear blender brush to help blend colours together.

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Ecoline watercolour ink, watercolour ink, ecoline ink, ink, art ink, drawing ink, art blog, art blogger, brush pens, brush pen art,

I had such a fun time over the weekend testing these out and I can't wait to create some more pieces with them. The pens especially I think will be fab for sketching with and adding a dash of colour. Since they are a pen form, you can take them out and about with you without having to worry about spilling paints and water everywhere. Now that's an added bonus! If you wanted to check out the products I used I'll link them down below and a huge thankyou to Cass Art for having me on board for the watercolour campaign!

Thanks for reading & take care,

*These products were gifted to me by Cass Art to review on my blog

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