Guess who’s back, back again…I’m back with another fresh batch of unpopular opinions. Let’s get to it!
1) The junk food vegan vs. health food vegan war has to stop.
Recently, I came across this quote on someone’s Instagram story basically saying “Trust the junk food vegans, they’re the ones in it for the animals” and TBH it made me a little mad. I would classify myself more as a health food vegan though I’m always ready to get down on some West Coast fries from Green here in Phoenix. I eat mostly whole foods and the packaged food I eat is minimally processed and made from ingredients I can pronounce. I am not by any means one of those holier-than-thou vegans who thinks everyone has to subsist on spinach and bananas. I’m totally cool if people want to eat vegan junk food, though I wish they would eat nutritious options too just for the sake of their health.
Let me clarify that I originally went vegan for health reasons. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about animals or the environment. Over the years, I’ve come to understand those aspects of veganism more and now I believe they’re all important. I just think it’s silly for people to insinuate that the only “true” vegans are those who eat a bunch of processed crap. As if those of us who also care about our health are selfish. News flash: you can’t do much for the cause if you’re suffering from health problems caused by your vegan junk food diet. Plus, it just pits vegans against each other and that certainly doesn’t help the cause.
So if you wanna still eat your Oreos and Carl’s Jr. Beyond Burger, that’s fine, but make sure to throw in some kale and beans in there too. And don’t act like you’re better than the vegans who care about their health.
2) I don’t understand the obsession with collagen.
If you follow nearly any healthy living blogger/Instagram influencer (at least the non-vegans), you may have noticed their love of collagen. They’re putting it in everything from their morning coffee to baked goods and even soup (?). They sing the praises of a certain brand known for its collagen products and swoon when they come out with a new item (the latest obsession: collagen water).
I mean, I understand that collagen has health benefits but it’s not as if these influencers are lacking in it. If they eat animal products (which they do, if they also eat collagen) they’re getting enough of it from their regular diet. Vegans and vegetarians can be lacking in collagen, but fortunately there are plant-based alternatives. Plus, our bodies naturally produce collagen, so most of us are probably good to go.
I think the obsession with collagen stems from our society’s addiction to protein. We’re constantly told to eat more protein, when most people probably eat too much. When was the last time you heard of someone being protein deficient? Uh, most likely never. Even those of us who eat a plant-based diet usually get plenty of protein from fruits, veggies, nuts and legumes (yep, it’s not just meat/dairy that has protein). So do people need to be throwing collagen into everything they eat? Probably not.
Not to mention, the idea of collagen just icks me out. It’s made of the skin, bones and connective tissue of animals, which is just ewww. Most people wouldn’t be comfortable eating these in their whole form, so why is it okay to eat it as a powder that sometimes comes in fun flavors like mixed berry and vanilla?
I mean, you do you but you probably don’t need to be eating collagen brownies.
3) Iced coffee > hot coffee, always.
Let me just say upfront that I am not someone who relies on caffeine to get me through the day. The only reason I drink coffee is for the taste, because it does absolutely nothing for my energy levels. Like, I have had coffee before after 7 pm and I was still able to fall asleep easily. So I don’t drink coffee on a regular basis, usually only on the weekends and not even every week. I’ve actually gone about a month since I had my last coffee because I keep forgetting to buy it at the store, that’s how chill my relationship with it is.
But if you try to tell me hot coffee is better than iced coffee, I will fight you. I cannot drink hot coffee EVER, even if it is below freezing outside. I’ve tried, trust me, but it always makes me feel overheated and gives me a headache, whereas iced coffee doesn’t. Plus I feel like you can taste the roastiness of the coffee better when it’s cold. Cold brew is even better, but gimme any iced coffee and keep the hot stuff for yourself.
4) Running onesies are my new favorite thing to wear.
Remember the days when people threw on an old t-shirt and pair of shorts and went out for a run? Yeah, me neither because for the past 5+ years, it’s been alllll about the stylish athleisure. Which I am all about, don’t get me wrong. What I am not about is paying almost $100 for a pair of leggings just because everyone swears by them (*cough cough Lululemon* — which I also refuse to support because their CEO is a misogynistic dick, but that’s another story). Even the leggings at stores I love like Free People and Spiritual Gangster are pricey, so what’s a girl to do?
Well, for starters I pretty much only buy leggings when they’re on sale, and most of my pairs are from Victoria’s Secret because they’re not quite as expensive. But also, forget leggings because the running onesie (or runsie) is my new favorite thing to wear while working out or for just running errands.
If you already like and wear rompers, a runsie is just like that, only for exercising in. What’s not to love about an all-in-one piece? It makes it easier to get dressed and it’s cheaper because you don’t have to buy a separate top and bottom.
I bought my first runsie from Free People (on sale!) and I freaking love it so much. Mine is super sporty but cool — it has a hood, a zipper in the front, cinch waist and built-in shorts with a pocket! As someone who likes to run hands-free and is currently not using her Camelbak, having a pocket for my phone is essential AND hard to find with most leggings and shorts, even those expensive ones.
As a bonus, it looks cute enough to wear out and about. I’m typically not someone who wears leggings and a tank top to go to the grocery store or Target, but I totally would wear this in public proudly.
5) I actually like the self-tanner smell.
So I’ve been on the self-tanner train lately, and before I decided to buy the one I’m using currently, I was toying with my options because I’ve tried several brands/types in the past. I considered ease of application, how natural the color looks, lack of streakiness…but the one thing I didn’t consider? The smell.
Everyone seems to complain about the self-tanner smell, which I guess is an actual thing for some people — others don’t experience the odor. And I feel like I must be part of the latter group, because I’ve never used a self-tanner that smells bad. TBH, it smells a bit like sunscreen to me, which is a scent I actually enjoy. Some formulas also have added scents to cover up the smell (the Tarte one smells like legit cinnamon rolls) but I have yet to come across one I don’t like based on the smell.
I gotta say though, if you can’t stand that smell, go for the new St. Tropez watermelon infusion lotion (the one I’m using now). It’s got a light fruity scent that won’t bother your nose.
Do you prefer hot coffee or iced coffee? What’s your take on collagen?