Life Update: 43 Days in the Czech Republic

It’s been a while.

I’ve now been in Europe for two months which is insane to me. I have turned twenty-two, have visited two countries for the first time, and have reunited with friends that I have not seen in years!

I started graduate school a month ago, and I’m just starting to get the hang of things. I enjoy my program, I am happy with my professors, and Brno is quite nice.

The culture shock has been something else here. People don’t smile very much and are not open and friendly. I had different expectations, but it is what it is. All I can do is make the best of it. I’m in a European country where I have met incredible people. Of course, I expected to learn Czech while I was here, but I still have not made one single Czech friend. I only interact with Czech people when I’m in the store or dealing with the university administration.

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Eating Habits: I’m Going Dairy-Free!

Folks, you’ve read it here first. I’m going dairy-free. I’m giving up the goodness and saturated fats of cheese, butter, yogurt, milk, cream cheese, and the delicious, but dangerous desserts that I enjoy. I’m not going vegan, I am keeping fish and eggs in my diet, but I improving my health, while reducing my carbon footprint.

For the past several weeks, I have toyed with the idea of going vegan for the sake of my skin, physical health, and mental health. I have noticed over the past years, specifically since I turned 16, that my lactose tolerance has decreased. This is actually quite normal.

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Documentary Talk: What The Health

What The Health is the new documentary that has everyone rethinking whether they want to drink a glass of cow milk, or if they should opt for a glass of almond milk.

Netflix recently released the documentary What The Health, which follows filmmaker Kip Anderson on his quest to uncover why health organizations do not try to prevent, or help reverse chronic diseases, through an actual healthy diet. Anderson interviews various physicians, many who are part of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit organization, that promotes a plant-based diet, and alternative medicine to prevent or reverse diseases.

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Eating Habits: Journey To My Pescaterian/Vegetarian Diet

At the tender age of nine, I flirted with the idea of leaving meat behind. I actually disliked the taste of meat, but my mother would not have any of it, with good reason though. I did not like meat, but I also was not very keen on vegetables besides beets and cucumbers. As a nine-year-old, I loved sweets of any kind and white rice. That was about it.

Fast foward to my college years…

My freshman year of college as I was meeting new people from different parts of the country and the world, I found that many were vegetarians and vegans–more vegetarians, though. I thought that was insane. I mean who would want to give up bacon?!

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