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KIM-JULIE HANSEN  🌱30🌱NYC VEGAN ✉️ kimjulie@brusselsvegan.com I also run @BestOfVegan, @VeganReset & @VeganChallenge🌱

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Epic vegan lunch in Baltimore with @the.korean.vegan, @hailethomas, @tattedvegan, @livepurejenna & @rainbowplantlife 💚🌱 This was at Liquid Earth. Great food:) #expoeast #baltimore

It's definitely an avocado toast kind of day. 🥑🌱 Ingredients: ripe avocado, chili flakes, shallots, cilantro, lemon juice, chives, grape tomatoes, onion flakes, garlic powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, smoked salt and pepper. What's your favorite way to make avocado toast? (Plate: @jonathancastrodesigns)

"How do you react when you think you need people's love? Do you become a slave for their approval? Do you live an inauthentic life because you can't bear the thought that they might disapprove of you? Do you try to figure out how they would like you to be, and then try to become that, like a chameleon? In fact, you never really get their love. You turn into someone you aren't, and then when they say "I love you," you can't believe it, because they're loving a facade. They're loving someone who doesn't even exist, the person you're pretending to be. It's difficult to seek other people's love. It's deadly. In seeking it, you lose what is genuine. This is the prison we create for ourselves as we seek what we already have."

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Smoothie: 1 cup frozen mango, 1 pack frozen pink pitaya (dragonfruit), 2 bananas, 1 tsp maca, 1 tbsp almond butter & 1/2 cup water.

“People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” ― Pino Caruso

This account has always been about more than just food for me. So from time to time I like to share articles that have inspired and/or helped me. This is one of them. A few weeks ago, I came across this article by @jenni_bee and it hit home in so many ways. I’m sure many of you will be able to relate, so I’ll copy paste it here and in the comments below. I’ll link to the original in my IG story and you can look for it on ravishly.com as well. Written by Jenni Berrett for @Ravishly: “You Aren't Lazy — You're Just Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism -  I have been writing this article in my head for three weeks. Every time I sat down to type out the words, I came up empty. I’ve sat in front of this computer for whole hours, staring at the blinking metronome of my cursor, trying and trying and trying to write something “good,” but failing every time.
I skipped a week of writing this column because I let the deadline fly right by me, all the while berating myself for being lazy, unproductive, and incompetent. Even this draft, the one I’m typing right now and hopefully publishing by Wednesday, is woefully late.
I’m experiencing paralysis about writing about paralysis.
I am no stranger to paralysis, and my guess is that neither are you. I bet this sort of scenario sounds familiar: you start a project determined to execute it perfectly. (continued in the comments below)

“How would you feel if someone outside really started talking to you the way your inner voice does? How would you relate to a person who opened their mouth to say everything your mental voice says? After a very short period of time, you would tell them to leave and never come back. But when your inner friend continuously speaks up, you don’t ever tell it to leave. No matter how much trouble it causes, you listen.” ― Michael A. Singer

Happy #WorldPlantMilkDay 🌏🌱🥛 Here's some homemade cashew, almond, coconut & soy milk for the occasion;) and a list I shared a while back that I thought would be very fitting on this day: .
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6 THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT DAIRY BEFORE GOING VEGAN
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1.) Cows have to be pregnant and have a baby in order to give milk, just like humans.
2.) Dairy cows are artificially inseminated over and over again throughout their lives just so their milk can be used by the industry. (i.e. us) When they are considered too old and don't produce milk quickly enough anymore, they're slaughtered and their meat is sold (to the fast food industry, for instance.)
3.) Once a dairy cow gives birth, her calf is taken from her and killed shortly thereafter just so he/she doesn't drink the milk that's meant for him/her (Hello, veal industry). If the calf is female, she may also be raised (not on milk - because that's sold to humans) to step into her mother's footsteps.
4.) Dairy isn't ideal for human consumption and causes much more harm than good simply because it's designed for baby cows, not humans.
5.) We are the only species on earth that drinks milk into adulthood.
6.) We are the only species on earth that drinks the milk of another species. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
No one's perfect and this isn't about judging anyone. I spent over two decades drinking cow's milk every single day because I was told it was not only good for me, but necessary. We have so much more power than we think. Every decision counts and can have an impact. So what can you do to help change things? Explore different options. There are SO many vegan alternatives to dairy nowadays, most of which you can easily make at home. Educate yourself, watch documentaries like "Earthlings", "Cowspiracy" or "Forks over Knives" or read books like "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. When you're ready, make the decision to go dairy free and if it seems overwhelming, try starting with a month, a week or even just a day. This is your journey, you decide the pace. Going dairy-free means taking a huge step towards a more compassionate and kind life. 🥛🌱

"That’s what it takes to get what you want. Not big scary leaps once a year. It takes small, but irritating moves every single day." - Mel Robbins @melrobbinslive ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
Pic: super ripe #papaya with lime juice as a snack today 🌱💞

I was tagged by @rainbowplantlife and @elavegan to share 10 facts about myself, so here we go... 1. My passport says I'm from Belgium, but technically speaking I'm only 1/4 Belgian (the rest is Scottish, Danish, Congolese and Irish). Most of my family lives in Belgium though.
2. I travelled the world while completely broke. If you're willing to work and sacrifice comfort at times, anything is possible.

3. I started smoking at age 14 and was a chain smoker for over ten years.

4. I haven't felt homesick since I moved to New Zealand on my own at age 16. I feel about homesickness the same way I feel about dairy, I remember the taste of it, but the concept seems so foreign to me now. lol

5. I was raised in a trilingual household (my mom spoke to us in French, my dad in German and they spoke English with each other). I spent a lot of my childhood translating between my parents.
6. I was born in West Berlin's American sector, two years before the wall fell (because of it, I used to have a German passport as well). As much as I now love and appreciate the culture and language, I never felt at home there and remember always wanting to leave.
7. I don't want children. I've never had the desire and used to feel like I had to pretend I hated children in order for people to accept my decision. The truth is, I love children and I'm so happy for my friends who have them, I'm just happier not having any of my own.
8. Books are everything to me. I don't spend nearly as much time reading them as I'd like to, but I need them around me at all times. One of my favorite quotes is "I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books." by Borges.

9. I was a sleepwalker until the age of 18 (who knows, I might still be 😂). 10. I stopped drinking alcohol for 3 years from 2013-2016. It was one of the most insightful experiences of my life. I don't regret going back to occasionally drinking wine though:) If you're tagged in this picture, your turn to share 10 facts:)

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."

- Anaïs Nin
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Green smoothie: frozen banana, kale, spinach, maca, chia, hemp, soy milk, vanilla extract, coconut water ice cubes, basil & ginger.

Green pasta love 💚🌱
Quinoa spaghetti with a corn zucchini lime pine basil cilantro sauce for lunch today:) Happy Friday 🌱 [plate by @jonathancastrodesigns 😘]

"The paradox of tolerance, first described by Karl Popper in 1945, is a decision theory paradox. The paradox states that if a society is tolerant without limit, their ability to be tolerant will eventually be seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Popper came to the seemingly paradoxical conclusion that in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance." (via @heatherandersen_ )
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Pic: one of my new @jonathancastrodesigns rainbow bowls filled with creamy oatmeal, homemade walnut vanilla milk, chocolate tahini drizzle, papaya, blueberries and chopped hazelnuts 💕

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