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going plant based
 

writer: Emma Ranne
picture: Emma Ranne

Vegan Breakfast and flowers

so... Can I just like go for it?

Congratulations! You have decided to go plant based and are about to discover a whole new world of delicious foods. Something has sparked your inspiration to give up all animal products and to start living what they call: ’’the vegan life’’.

But how do you do it? Where should you start? At the start everything can feel a little overwhelming. All of a sudden there are whole new aspects to the food you consume: you become more aware of its origins and ingredients, need to gain information about how to nourish yourself with a different palette of foods and face lots of social encounters where people all of a sudden become very interested and opinionated about what you put on your plate.

Well no need to worry, you don’t have to deal with all of this on your own. We’ve put together a little how to guide that will get you started.

 

What is a plant based diet? Am I like only going to munch on kale?

A plant based diet consists of only plant based foods. Basically when you go plant based you give up meat, fish, dairy, eggs and other animal products such as honey and switch them to legumes, fruits, grains, nuts, beans and such. It might sound a bit challenging at first, if animal products have been a solid part of your eating habits up until now, but soon you’ll discover a whole new world of surprisingly limitless options. Fun fact: it’s estimated that there are about 50 000 to 80 000 different kinds of edible plants in the world, and I bet you haven’t tried them all. What first might seem like narrowing down your diet, can actually turn out to be a broadening of your food horizons.

 

How do I do the actual switch?

Some people switch their diet in one night. Some need more time. There are many ways to go vegan and if you find it a bit challenging to make such a change in one go, you don’t have to do so. Maybe you are still pondering if this is your thing. Well babe, take your time. In the end it’s all up to you, and you’ll see what works best in your case. You’ve already taken a little step (I mean you would not be still reading this if you weren’t even slightly considering you could maybe do this switch).

Here are some ideas for how you can discover the vegan world, in baby steps. You'll have all control without there being a need for you to commit to anything (in the end, your're not getting married to anyone here, you’re just considering making a diet switch... for the better!)

 

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1. every vegan meal counts

Like really. Every single one of them. You could start with having one vegan day a week or a plant based meal a day. This will allow you to slowly build it up, get familiar with options and discover new recipes at a convenient pace that works for you.

 

2. Drop it one by one

You could also just start by giving up the animal products one by one. Maybe start off with dropping meat, then when you’re comfortable with that you can leave out the eggs and after that the dairy. This allows you to slowly build up your new eating habits and gives you time to consider replacers for each product one by one.
 

 

3. Ehhh... but how do I deal with giving up dairy?

Giving up dairy...how does one do that? This is most often found to be the hardest part. ’’Ehm yeah cool but how on earth can you give up cheese’’, is probably the most commonly asked question right after ’’where do you get your protein from’’ that new vegans face. Milk is easy. There’s tons of tasty alternatives out there ranging from almond to oat milk and so on. Cheese has quite a central role in many western cuisines and we are used to it being a part of almost any meal. Just start discovering alternatives. Put hummus or for example tahini on your sandwich, start using nutritional yeast on top of pastas, check out recipes from other cuisines like Asian and Indian where cheese isn’t a star ingredient and you could even try out vegan cheeses, that are pretty easy to find these days in the larger grocery stores.
 

4. turn it into an adventure

Keep it super varietal and exciting. Try out different products and recipes and go check out vegan restaurants and cafes. Soon you won’t even have time to miss the food you used to eat, because oh boy there are so many plant based recipes and products around. Just start browsing. 

 

+5. Explore together

Maybe you have a friend that is interested in going on this kitchen adventure with you. You could cook vegan food together, go out and give that one cool vegan restaurant a try and obviously it's nice to have someone to share your new vegan finds with. Also check out the infinite world of vegan Instagram accounts. Gather inspiration, connect with cool people and share your creations. 

 

We will be sharing more tips and thoughts on the basics of the plant based diet at Inlace soon. Meanwhile, stay tuned. Oh and if you haven't already...you're more than welcome to browse our recipe section! It's fully plant based, 100% delicious and will get you started.

orange juice reborn

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

Easy Orange Juice Tips

 

We all know freshly squeezed orange juice is like totally awesome. It’s sweet, healthy and delicious. But what if I told you that it could be even more than that? Using these simple hacks you can bring your OJ game to the next level, and make everyone a little jealous at brunch. Simply pop these ingredients into your juicer next time you’re making OJ.  You'll thank us later.

Carrot

Duh! Who doesn’t want to look a bit more alive during the winter? And give your tan an extra boost during the summer? Carrots have lots of Beta-carotene, which has numerous of benefits when it comes to your skin and immune system. Carrot can also reduce stress, which is like, totally a chill bonus.

Turmeric + black pepper

Freshly cracked black pepper helps your body absorb all the nutrients from the turmeric. This stuff is like the anti-inflammatory God, as you may have heard already. Turmeric is highly inflammatory and known as a natural ‘mood booster’. So how about a happier OJ? That's what we thought. Thanks for the better vibes turmeric!

5 + 1 easy habits for healthy skin
 
healthy skin tips

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Catarina Böckerman

How to keep this skin of mine happy, is something most of us wonder about every now and then. I bet everyone has those days when they just feel like their skin is only letting them down (and of course it always happens at just that one moment when it's most inconvenient. You know what I mean?)

Actually there's no magic trick to how to let your skin glow. It's just about a combination of simple every day things and a potion of patience along the side (as we have our moody days, we should allow or skin to have them too. Only every now and then though, obviously)

Here we've gathered the 5 most basic tricks your skin will love + 1 to help you out on those moody face days. 

1. Sun

Here in Finland we only get very little sunlight during the darker seasons, and almost all of us suffer from low vitamin D-levels. So every time there's a bright sunny day, you bet I'm outside with a bare face trying to catch all those rays. Remember to stay protected with a non-toxic sunscreen if the sunrays feel strong. And if you feel like you're not getting enough sun, remember to pop those vegan d-vitamin supplements into your diet! 

2. Sleep

It's crucial for our wellbeing to get enough sleep. The quality of your sleep counts just as much, so it's very important to have a stress-free zone, where you can sleep peacefully. Remember to change your sheets, and especially the pillowcase on a regular basis to prevent any bacteria touching your skin. 

3. Water

Try to get in 1-2 litres of water every day. Starting your mornings with a cup of hot lemon water is a good way to hydrate yourself, without shocking your body with cold water first thing in the morning. For the rest of the day, try to carry a water bottle around that is easy to refill when on the go. Play around and infuse your water with berries, fruits and herbs. 

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4. Beauty Products

Find the products that work for you and stick to them. I highly recommend using natural and organic cosmetics, that only include safe ingredients. Some of the chemicals that are allowed in non-natural products are very harmful for us. I've found Mossa and Mia Höytö's products work like a wonder for me. 

5. Food

The food you put in your body is literally the fuel of your life. It's important to find a balance that works for YOU. I find my body works best if my meals are balanced of whole foods. I'm not saying you can't ever treat yourself, (because I often do) but opting for a healthier treat like a piece of rawcake or some air-popped popcorn instead of chips is the best way to indulge, especially for your skin. Also having a vegan diet has been known to help with skin issues. I highly recommend staying away from all animal products, but especially dairy is known for it’s connections with for example acne. 

+ 6. Tea Tree Oil

This one is your saver in those situations when your skin decides to challenge you. For breakouts, tea tree oil is a true wonder. It’s a powerful antibacterial essential oil that I've found works well on blemishes and scarring. You can apply it directly onto your skin, you'll only need a little so a tiny bottle will actually last you for quite a while.