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The Diet of 2018: Vegan-ish

2018 has had a bunch of hot diet trends (we’re looking at you juice cleanses, Whole 30, Paleo), but how do you know which diet is the right fit for you? With plant-based lifestyles gaining momentum, many people are transitioning to vegan style diets. Or as some call it, Vegan-ish. This diet of the year is perfect for those who eat a vegan diet the majority of the time, but want to make their own rules along the way! We’re excited about all the yummy recipes we’ve seen this year, along with meal delivery services like Thistle that make eating vegan-ish super easy.

Back to the Basics

Let’s back up. If you’re not familiar with the vegan diet, this means no animal products including meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Say hello to veggies and hummus and goodbye to cheese and charcuterie boards. So why are so many people eating mostly plant-based? Many go vegan for ethical and environmental reasons as well as many compelling health benefits. Clear skin, improved digestion, increased energy, and a lowered risk of disease are just a few common effects!

Why the “ish”?

Although there are awesome benefits, this diet can be tough to follow when you’re passed a piece of prosciutto at a cocktail party or need a pint of cookie dough ice cream after a long day. That’s why it’s time for you to write your own rules! Going Vegan-ish allows you the freedom to listen to your body and make the right decision for you on a case by case basis. Instead of feeling restricted, you should feel free and flexible!

Covet Picks

If you’re ready to try out Vegan-ish, we have some fun recommendations for you! First, head over to Instagram and follow these vegan-ish bloggers for some food inspo:

  • @minimalistbaker – easy plant-based recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare!
  • @sobeautifullyreal – stunning breakfast bowls and vegan treats full of nutritious ingredients
  • @andreabremis – this Portland-based farmer shares her recipe creations made with all local ingredients, with the occasional appearance of meat and dairy.

Ready to hit the kitchen? Be sure to try Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Herbed Tahini Dip or whip up a Creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl for a breakfast that’s so beautiful you’ll have to ‘gram’ it. And when you have a sweet tooth (which we always do), try these No-Bake Vanilla Cake Bites.

Healthy Meals, Made Easy

On busy days when you don’t have time to chop endless amounts of veggies, you can still eat vegan-ish! We’re loving Thistle, a healthy, plant-based meal delivery service that costs less than eating out and delivers right to your door. This means more time with your kids, friends, or special someone, and less time in the kitchen. Menus are mindfully designed to meet your body’s needs with whole ingredients. In case you’re not ready to go full on vegan, Thistle offers meat options as well aka the best of both worlds. Give it a whirl and sign up for your first week of meals at https://www.thistle.co/!

Cheers to happy, healthy eating!!

TGIS: Thank God It’s Summer!

TGIS: Thank God It’s Summer! During the season of sunshine, beach vacations and outdoor barbecues it can be easy to let personal wellness fall to the wayside, but have no fear Covet PR’s here to provide our favorite tips & tricks guaranteed to leave you feeling 100 all summer long.

Stay Hydrated

This may seem like a no-brainer, but between beach days, camping and airplane travel it can be easy to simply forget to drink enough water. We keep CORE Hydration on hand because it delivers naturally pH-balanced water in an easy to hold contoured silhouette, making hydrating on the go easier than ever. Pro Tip: Get the 44oz so you’re not refilling as often!

Switch your Sunscreen

Imagine this: The sunscreen you’ve been using is actually doing more harm than good for your skin. This summer ditch your chemical-filled sunblock and switch to a mineral based one. This next generation of sun protection reflects rather than absorbs ultraviolet radiation, says Dermatologist Dr. Mark Lupin. If you want your skin to really sparkle in the sun add our favorite, Kopari Coconut Body Glow to your SPF lotion. Sayonara sun damage, hello protection and shimmer!

Get Moving

Hangovers, Sunburns and Vacation Days, Oh My! Are you giving yourself every excuse in the book not to work out? Yes, this is the season of relaxation, but not making time to move is not helping when cocktails and barbecue snacks are in the weekly rotation. It’s easier than ever to get outside when the weather is great, so find a workout buddy to motivate you, look for outdoor workout classes in your area or even a deal at your local gym or fitness studio. Summer is slow for many studios aka discount classes galore! If you live in a place with great weather like San Diego, take advantage of the beach and go on a scenic walk or run. We love a workout with a view, so frequenting Torrey Pines State Reserve and Lake Poway are beautiful places for those who love to hike. Torrey Pines’ panoramic beach views are awed by locals and tourists alike, however, hikers looking for a longer hike or an Instagram worthy photo at “Potato Chip Rock” head to Lake Poway’s more challenging path. Whatever works for you, schedule the time and your body and mind will thank you later.

Covet Your PTO

There are so many benefits to taking time off from work. Studies show that traveling is the ultimate wellness ritual boosting your memory, creativity, and mood. Traveling not only relieves stress but is also essential for a healthy heart. According to the 20-year-long Framingham Heart Study, women who vacationed less than once every six years were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease than women who traveled twice a year or more.

Not all time off has to include a lavish trip across the globe cost an arm and a leg or use your full two-weeks vacation. Covet’s favorite weekend getaways are right around the corner, no flights needed. Here are our top staycation spots to get a little taste of those bucket list cities:

Island Getaway- Find yourself on Island Time, just a skip hop and a drive over the Coronado Bridge to Coronado Island. This peninsula off the coast of San Diego needs to be your next staycation getaway. Paddleboarding, Segway tours, beach time and incredible dining experiences are only a few of our favorite things to do in Coronado.

Tropical Tease- Tucked away in the heart of Mission Bay sits Paradise Point Resort. This tropical oasis offers bayside rooms, water skiing, tennis, relaxing spa treatments and so much more. If you need a taste of the tropics, head over to Paradise Point for a weekend of fun and relaxation.

For the Rancher- Just an hour outside of San Diego you’ll find Warner Springs Ranch Resort. This Ranch escape allows you to stay in quaint cottages while enjoying amenities like mineral hot springs, tennis and beach volleyball as well as hiking and biking trails, horseback riding and hunting and fishing. Ideal for the outdoorsy adventurer!

This season, take an actual break from work, put your phone down and use this time to not only relax but spend it with people closest to you.