Being Vegetarian | CharlotteBehappy

NOTE: No blog posts will be going up from Saturday 26th of July to Saturday 2nd of August. Normal posts will resume on Tuesday 5th of August since I'll be on holiday and I'm not sure I'll be able to upload. However, there will be a post about my trip. 

I thought I'd do an FAQ type post on being a vegetarian. Hope you enjoy!

1. How long have you been Vegetarian?

I've been Vegetarian from the day I was born .

2. Why are you Vegetarian?

Although it's unclear exactly the reasons, I believe it's because my Grandma's a Buddhist, and it's part of Buddhism to not eat meat, in a similar way that Muslims must eat Halal meat. I also don't want to eat meat, partially for animal rights. Livestock also uses up a lot of freshwater and land which is scarce and it's simply inefficient compared to how much  profit and biomass (food) they make. I believe in equal rights of animals and humans think that in this day and age, humans don't need to eat meat to survive whereas as cave men, hunting was our instinct.

3. Do you not ever want to eat meat?

Not particularly, especially since the texture and flavour of all sorts of meat are completely alien to me. Since I've never had it, there's no appeal to me.

4. Do you ever look at an advert on TV and think 'I want to eat that chicken'?

Nope, like I said before, this is mainly because I've never had it. Like with most foods you've never tasted, you don't generally have a great desire to eat it. The desire comes from knowing what something tastes like and enjoying that taste.

5. Are you family vegetarian?

Everyone on my Mum's side are: My grandparents, aunts (plus one spouse) and all my cousins. No one on my Dad's side is Vegetarian (including my Dad) who eats a non-vegetarian diet.

6. What do you eat? 

A lot of carbs and meals where the meat is replaced with vegetables. In terms of brands, we rarely eat Quorn but eat a lot of Linda McCartney meals. We also eat some Kosher food that's vegetarian. We eat fish occasionally (although I'm giving this up once 16). We don't eat lots of meat substitute meals and mostly eat meals that a meat eater would eat that happens to be vegetarian (eg. pasta).

7. Do you eat protein?

I get protein in the form of fish (since it's needed to grow). I eat lentil based meals often as well as tofu occasionally. I don't get much protein from Quorn and personally, I don't eat eggs (or products that contain a lot of dairy due to the fact that I dislike it) but you could get a high protein source from there.

8. If you love animals so much, why do you eat their food?

This is ridiculous. Like I said before, animals use up so much land and freshwater and food that could be used feeding many starving people. For every field, we can grow so many more crops than we can breed meat. Animals are often left in terrible conditions but crops provide a home for many insects and animals, therefore providing life for them.

9. Do you find it hard to find food to eat when you go out?

Generally not, there's usually a vegetarian item on every menu. Obviously, I'm not going to go to a steakhouse. The general rule is that if a restaurant only has one vegetarian option, it'd be terrible. Oriental and European restaurants as well Mexican usually have a really good selection of Vegetarian food that tastes good. 

10. What do you eat at Christmas/Sunday Roast?

It varies from year to year. We often eat Yorkshire Puddings etc but substitute the main meat part with something else. Not often nut roast but some sort of pastry or vegetarian piece.

11. Do you eat tofu?

Only when I eat Japanese food. Personally, I don't see the fuss. It doesn't taste of anything by itself. It's designed to be eaten with other foods so that it tastes a bit more interesting but still providing a healthy, low fat, protein source.

12. Are you healthy?

Apart from the fact that I eat a lot of crisps, I'd consider my general diet quite healthy. Vegetarians generally have good digestive systems due to their large intake of fibre.

13. Have you ever tried meat?

When I was very young, I did although I don't think I liked it. I have no desire to try it again.

14. What would happen if you ate meat?

I would most likely get food poisoning, even if a trace of meat touches my food. This is mainly because my body is not able to digest it. However, if you previously ate meat and then went back to eat after being Vegetarian, you'd probably be fine. If you didn't eat meat for years, it's likely to make you ill.

15. Vegetarians are just fussy eaters and annoying.

I don't see anyone complaining about it if it'd for religious reasons (Sikh, Hindu, Buddhism) or if I only ate halal meat and didn't eat Pork (Islam). This is just bigotry. 

Being a Blogger - Top 10 tips | CharlotteBehappy

Since I've been doing this for almost 1 and a half years, I thought I would give you some tips if you're starting out or want to improve your blogging.

1. Don't be embarrassed

When I started off, I was too shy to share my blog with anyone I knew. I told a few friends but didn't actually give them the link. However, now I happily promote my blog on social networks where people from my school follow me. This actually really helped by confidence with this blog as people were mostly supportive. What's the worse anyone can do?

2. Self promote (and promote your friends)

Social networks are a great way to let people know what you're posting, to introduce them or to remind them. I don't have many followers on anything but I've noticed an overall improvement in readers in posts, and regular readers. Promoting friends that have just started is also a nice and useful thing to do.

3. Know your stuff

I regularly read music magazines (Q, NME) or follow music blogs and websites (NME) to keep up to date. Why would anyone read someone who doesn't know what they're talking about? You don't have to be a genius or only use technical jargon but it's good to stay in trend and know what works and what doesn't. Also, copying information from other people without credit is plagiarism and is illegal (aka they can sue you). There's a difference between learning something and using it in your work, or just copying it. DON'T DO IT.

4. Good grammar and spelling

No one will take you seriously if u type lyke dis. It's important to make what you say clear, and with standard English. Non-fluent English speakers may read your blog and typing illiterately will not help and turn them off your blog. Typing informally and using idioms is fine and brings some style to your blog.

5. Write things you'd want to read

There's no point writing things that you think people will want to read if you wouldn't read them yourselves. If you wouldn't enjoy reading a post you've written, the chances of anyone else wanting to read something you've written is very slim. It's always important to enjoy what you're writing.

6. Take on criticism well

Many people have said to me that they prefer the non-music posts more (and my stats would suggest that too) so I have a balance. I try to post more beauty/life posts that I know will please my audience as well music posts that I enjoy writing.

7. Post regularly

If you post once a month on the 23rd of each month, that's fine! If you post everyday, that's fine too! However, if you post twice in one day and then not for another 5 months, that's useless. In your bio, include when you post (and even approximately what time) and have a set date that you prepare posts for. It will allow your readers to know when to come back. Posting more often = more views, and is most likely going to keep readers hooked on your blog. For example, I post Tuesdays (6-8am), Thursdays (6-8am) and Saturdays (8-10am). 

8. Change it up

Posting the exact same type of posts can exclude (and make your audience niche) readers. Having different series and different types of posts (even about the same subjects) will interest readers and attract different readers, encouraging new readers and keeping old readers. I have 3 styles of posts, and having some wordy ones, some with more photos, series in half term and things like that.

9. Only put up posts you feel proud of

I would often just post anything as posts would take so long for me to do. This meant I then deleted a lot of my old posts because they were bad. It's better to take time and effort into posts so that you're proud of every single one and you'd be happy for each one to be your most popular post.

10. Don't make it a chore

If you find that your blogging experience is miserable, and you're not enjoying blogging: stop. Lower the amount you're writing and make sure you're not cancelling plans for it! It's better do it when you're in the mood (e.g. for me, once I've eaten on a Sunday, not a Tuesday after school or Saturday morning). This means you'll have a better quality of writing. You're supposed to enjoy it after all! 

Skincare | CharlotteBehappy

My skin is in no way perfect condition. However it's much improved by using these products. I thought I would just do a run through of the products I use. Just to let you know, I have oily to combination skin so I experience all types of dry, oily, greasy and normal skin.

First thing, every morning, I jump in the shower and use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 wash and mask. As a mask, this is pretty average but as a wash it helps to unclog pores as well soothe dry areas. For oily skin, clay based washes like this are much better then scrubs. Scrubs simply exfoliate and remove dead skin and excess oils. They do not get rid of dirt in pores which causes spots. Scrubs can also irritate spots. A clay based wash is gentler for sensitive skin and gets rid of dirt and oils that causes spots. An exfoliant should only be used once or twice a week. Something clay based also does not strip the skin of oils, which could cause your skin to produce more oil, and lead to acne.

It's always important to moisturise. This is the Nivea Day Cream. This smells clinical and helps to restore the natural balance of your skin. A day cream helps to lock in moisture and stop skin from feeling dry after washing/cleansing/exfoliating. A thick cream at the start of the day can leave your skin getting extra oily and greasy. Avoid all products with alcohol/ethanol in them as these irritate skin, and causes acne to become more red as well as causing breakouts, despite being an anti-bacterial. If you want a cream to put on spots, sudocreme is an anti-septic which can be applied on spots. This is a good alternative, although toothpaste can help to dry spots.

On most days, I'll wear makeup, but even if I don't, I use this Boots tea tree and witch hazel foaming face wash. This claims to cleanse, wash, remove makeup and tone the skin. I usually work this into my eye area carefully and it removes all mascara meaning I don't have to use an eye makeup remover (which can drag on the skin). A makeup remover that's a good cheap alternative is baby oil. The oil has no strange chemicals and breaks up the makeup. This gets off all makeup and leaves the skin feeling very clean. Wipes can dry out the skin and cause dragging.

The next step is toning (I use this simple toner). This restores your skins natural balance after being washed and dried out. Although it feels like water that doesn't do much, not using it can lead to the excess production of oils on your skin which can cause acne (trust me, I learnt the hard way). A toner will also remove and leftover makeup.

Like I said earlier, Johnson's Baby Oil is a good for removing eye makeup as well as for hair removal. This can also be used on sunburn (even on the face for a night time facial) to restore moisture. I use this on dry patches on my skin every other day. These are eczema like patches on my skin that generally don't improve with an average moisturiser. This helps to really condition them. I'd only recommend using this in the evening as it can leave the skin very greasy at night. After this, I'd apply the same day moisturiser as before (I haven't yet got a good night cream) in order to lock in any moisturiser and prevent overnight drying.

Before I go to bed, the last thing I do is put the original vaseline through my eyebrows (slightly above and below) and on the top and bottom of my upper lashes, as well as through the bottom lashes. I do this at the root and along the lashes. This conditions and makes the hairs really thick and less suspectible to fall out. It also encourages the growth of new hairs (thicker eyebrows = not having to fill them in). These isn't an instant overnight amazing tip, but over a few weeks (doing this every night), I've noticed a general improvement in thickness of my hairs as well them falling out less. It can be a nightmare to pluck, but once done, my eyebrows are naturally thicker with less sparse areas.

I hope you enjoyed this posts, and the tips in it. I also hope you enjoyed the new photography set up. Let me know what you think in the comments!