Shelby, 22, Austin TX

Vegan, raw, natural health and beauty, alternative medicine, yoga, weight loss, sustainable living

"Life is just a constant invitation to find out how vast you are."
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WATERMELON. FOR THE 1ST TIME IN MONTHS.  Also, I’m editing my best friend’s engagement photos & feeling all kinds of emotions. But mostly, I can’t stop smiling.
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Today’s green smoothie tastes like a milkshake! Greens, pear, banana, strawberries and a scoop of Vega energizing smoothie.
 A week ago, I doubled the amount of greens I put in my smoothies & I feel GREAT.
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The sun is out today! I love it I love it I love it.
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My favorite salad in the world: baby kale, arugula, roasted butternut squash, pickled red onions, corn, pomegranate vinaigrette + a black bean patty (it’s pink from the beets!) 
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Bittersweet final goodbye to one of the many places I’ve called home. So many special times here. I’m singing with Aretha Franklin and listening to the echo. (I know my neighbors will miss me.)
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Today I ate a lot of chocolate, wrote a lot of words, and sat outside, breathing in and out and in and out. Something about the breeze that really helps me turn inward. I am thankful for Spring (took long enough!).
Tonight, I’m attending a screening of #Speciesism: The Movie. Mind open and ready.
Sometimes my yoga is popping up against a wall & hanging out for a minute or two. Great for when I’m feeling tired or need a mood lifter.
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I just want to go on a hike and eat vegan breakfast tacos with you.

This sounds perfect.

Yesterday I let go of a toxic something that I had been clinging to for a really long time now. I woke up feeling lighter, and full of so much love for myself. And in that moment, I thought about yoga and the impact it has had on my life. I’ve learned how to breathe into discomfort. How to accept change and smile at fear. And most importantly, how to let go.
Tonight in class, I laid on my back in savasana and did just that: I felt my body sink into the floor and let go of all the emotional weight I had been carrying. Otis Redding (my favorite) started playing in the background and I couldn’t help but smile. #thankyou
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Gluten-free, vegan “buttermilk” biscuits.. Before the oven. I couldn’t find a recipe that was both GF & vegan, so I used 4 different recipes to create my own. Surprisingly, they turned out okay! Baking is hard work. It always reminds me why I love raw, whole foods so much.
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Instead of a handstand. (Me fact: I am deeply in love with trees & don’t think they get nearly enough appreciation)
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What's your opinion on the 80/10/10 diet?

I used to be a huge fan, and tried it myself for an entire summer 2 years ago. I loved it. I felt clear-headed and full of energy.

However, I would only recommend that lifestyle if you are very active. Do extensive research, and monitor your body very closely. I went into it thinking ‘just eat a lot of fruit and not a lot of fat’, but there is much more to it. 

Hi Shelby, I was wondering if you/have you ever binged?

Yes, I have. And yes, I still overindulge every once in a while (hummus, to be specific!). But the one trick that continues to help me: Have compassion for yourself.