Cartoons that depict my INFJ personality

Not only am I an INFJ personality type, but I am also highly Empathic and borderline HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). I am a true INFJ and a hold all the traits of an Empath but can also show moments of HSP depending on what I’m going through in life. I ran across these on Introvert Dear. They had a total of 24, but these are the ones that completely resonated with me. The others seemed to be an incomplete representation of me so I left the others out. But if you’d like to read the article in its entirety, head over to 24 Cartoons That Will Deeply Resonate With Introverts (Especially INFJs) to read on!

Unfortunately, sometimes even those closest to you don’t “get” your need for alone time.

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If you’re an INFJ (or similar introverted personality type), you read others well and intuitively understand the things that go unspoken.

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Underneath your calm exterior is a rich, emotional world.

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And you don’t let just anybody into your life.

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You live to connect intimately with others.

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Because you do care — intensely — even when others don’t see that.

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Want more cartoons? Check out Aaron’s book, Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life.

Empathic?

em·path·ic
/emˈpaTHik/
adjective
showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
“an attentive, empathic listener”

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“One of the main problems for Empaths is the lack of transparency and honesty in the world and the consequent resentment of having to process all the energy that is not in full view. Of course lots of of these sensitive beings struggle also with things that are in full view too.” ~ Openhand

♻️ This could not be more true for me, but I would change the word resentment to experience or something more compassionate in nature.

 

 

 


ARE YOU AN EMPATH?

  • Can you sense others emotions easily before even speaking with them?

  • You have the ability to sense their reactions to life. Even sensing where they are going wrong or when they are on the right path?

  • You choose who to surround yourself with very carefully, you almost know in an instant if friendship can be between the two of you? Yet you are also drawn to people who are in need of fixing and need time away from them to recharge?

  • Strangers seem to trust you easily and people are at ease telling you things they would only tell those they’ve known a long time?

  • You get ‘premonitions’ or ‘visions’ of others, things that can help them?

  • Do you take on others pain? Do you start to feel sad or heavy when you meet someone before they’ve even talked to you, then found out they themselves are very sad or in pain?

  • You may have been called a ‘know-it-all’? Do some get uncomfortable with you when you tell them what you ‘feel’ or ‘know’?

  • You are very in tune with animals? Feel a nurturing pull to protect them all?

  • You feel the sadness, stress or burden of the world and the harm humanity has caused through war, pollution, etc…?

  • Do you feel the urge to champion to those who cannot speak for themselves, like children or the underdogs/rejected of the world?

  • You’ve never really felt a sense of belonging, even in your own family, and even when nothing has caused you to feel that disconnect?

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I’ve felt this way my whole life. I always know when people are lying. I always know when people are hurting. I always know when something is off with people. Sometimes this can be painful and difficult to maneuver through life. Normal pleasantries you have with new acquaintances are difficult for me. Since I usually know if your being truthful, I also know if you really aren’t all that into knowing me, or if you have a bias towards me. Most people go through life fairly oblivious to the subtleties that to me are more like gigantic stop signs or caution lights.

Clairsentience, which means clear sensing, is the ability to feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of others, without the use of the normal five senses. Psychics who are clairsentient are able to retrieve information from houses, public buildings and outside areas. ~ The Psychic Library 

Over the years I realized I am developing into a clairsentient, which is a heightened state of being and empath with a touch of psychic ability? I don’t know, I always felt perhaps I should be a detective or a profiler (aka forensic psychologist), I know I would be really good with this odd skill set. I was always told I was overly sensitive as a child, but never felt this was true. I was always calm when I spoke of things and it came from what I thought was reason and logic. Crowds can bother me if I’m not grounded well. Because I sense to much at once. But once I ground (hug a tree, earth my feet, or wear grounding jewelry), I’m perfectly fine. My perception has always been heightened and I tend to see/feel things with more precision than others do. And I know that some people, when I meet them, or even just pass them by somewhere, give off a dark energy that makes me physically ill. And my ‘knowing’ things actually some times manifests physically, like goose bumps. Of course there are a zillion variables that affect that ‘sense’, including, when I choose to ignore the feeling. 

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An empath reads body language, tone of voice, body movements, the words people choose when they speak, the words they avoid, the logic they use and the hidden things that only an empath can sense inside another person. And yes it’s very much a skill a forensic psychologist can utilize.

I’m also an INFJ-A personality type which one of the qualities is:
Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, Advocates step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. Advocate personalities see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.

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I don’t know. I wrote this because I’m trying to live my life in a more authentic way. But as I see this I wonder, maybe I do need to consider a career field where these abilities can be used to better the world in some way. Another thought to ponder. But it’s getting late and I’m sleepy….

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Do you feel you may be an empath? Here are some additional writings to check out:
I’m An Empath + I Feel EVERYTHING. Here’s What It’s Really Like
Feel to Live: The Secret Life of an Empath
16 Personalities
The Life Of An Empath

Tag Me Tuesday

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Tag found on Starring Pamela so if you want to check that pin out, I’ll link it here.
Happy #BirthMay Pamela!!

20 Questions Blog Survey – Get to Know Me Better

1. Do you have any nicknames?

I did and I do. I used to be called gypsy. At the time that was what I went by anonymously on social media and it was my site identity for an old website I had. My family knows me as Suzi and when I used to write poetry I went by Suzen (which I have since started to pick back up again). Even considering a legal name change. But the nickname I’ve had the longest and the one some still know and call me by is Angel.

2. Are you named after anyone?

Not anyone. But I was named after a song that my Great Aunt loved called Susie Q. My Great Aunt Nany (Nancy) was more like my Grandmother than an Aunt. My Grandmother (Dads side) died very young and I never knew her and my Dads Aunt Nancy stepped up and took on the role.

3. Do you have any siblings?

Brother and sister, one of each.

4. Where did you grow up?

The suburbs of the Cleveland Ohio area.

5. What activities did you do in high school?

Hmmm. My first year of high school was the absolute worst. Once I settled in I was a rebellious cheer leader. I was the anti-cheerleader because I never fit into any of the norms of being a cheerleader lol. In my own quiet way I stood up for all the square pegs that didn’t fit into the round holes.

6. Where did you go to college?

I did not. Classroom education as in lectures and sitting for hours listening to someone talk was never a great learning experience for me. That’s changed over time, but I never had any real interest in college. Learning and education, yes, but college not so much.

7. What activities did you do in college?

N/A

8. What did you study in college?

N/A

9. What was your first job out of college?

N/A

10. What kind of music do you like?

I like a lot of different genre. I’m not a fan of country music at all. I don’t really listen to folk either. It all sounds like the same song to me. And I don’t delve too deep into rap. But I listen to everything from EDM to pop, r&b, metal, reggae, symphonic metal, ambient (meditation type music), house/trance and a bit of blues. I can appreciate opera and I like some musical theater.

11. What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?

I plan to hike more than I have been. I’m hoping to take up violin soon and I would love to get back to pottery. I’ve been dabbling with learning Tibetan bowls lately.

12. What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a songwriter. I used to write a lot of poetry that was written like song material. But I think I’ve since found different outlets for the emotions that writing soothed because i haven’t been inspired to write like that for a long time.

13. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list?

Career changes for sure. My Reiki certifications I feel are just the beginning of a holistic therapy focus in my life. I’m looking into coordinating fields of education. I had also been thinking of heading back to school to become a vet tech but I worry that doing that job would be too heavy for me emotionally on a day to day basis. And I’m still thinking of studying something along the lines of nutrition. Now it’s all a case of narrowing the focus and making a plan of action for career changing.

14. Do you have an irrational fears?

Yeah. I’m terrified of fake haunted houses that they set up at Halloween, but I have no fear when it comes to real ones lol. I’m also a huge ocean lover that still can’t swim. Why? Because I’m scared of drowning. I know, I know, it makes zero sense. Which is why this is the year I am conquering that!

15. Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where?

Canada is as far as I’ve been. But planning is always on the agenda!

16. When’s your next vacation and where are you going?

Next planned vacations aren’t really vacations. We are planning a trip to Ohio to visit family and a trip back to Virginia to see our friends back there. We are planning a short trip to Maryland (a weekender) and are loosely planning weekend trips to New York City and Philadelphia PA. But at the moment no long or faraway trips are in the planning stages for this year.

17. Do you speak any other languages?

Not yet 😉

18. What’s one talent that you wish you had?

I wish I could play an instrument!! I also want to learn Tai Chi or or Qigong.

19. What’s something that you wish you could do one more time?

I would love to go back and explore more of Canada. And I want to go back to Colorado with the hubby!

20. If you weren’t in your current job, what would you want to be doing?

That list is long…
nutritionist
vet tech
massage therapist
life coach
counselor/therapist
coffee shop owner
holistic healthcare practitioner
(multiple areas of focus for overall mind/body healthcare)
holistic business owner
aromatherapist

So that’s my 20 Questions to Get to Know Me Better tag! Let me know if you do this tag since I’d love to read it!!

Thanks for reading!

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Future Plans Bucket List (Part 1)

 

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I have a lot of goals. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and dreaming lately, with more emphasis on planning since the dreams are kind of been there a long time. I’m unsure how yet I’m pulling it all together to form a cohesive unit but that’s a work in progress. I’m blessed and filled with gratitude that my husband supports my focus on career shifts and my holistic goals. We are blessed he has a good career to afford me the luxury of pursuit of my dreams. It’s all not as pricey as you may think. I’ve researched a whole lot!

I am presently finishing up a Crystal Healing certification and will have that info up on the blog for you to see, very soon. But I also have other projects and certifications for the near future. I am getting certified in holy fire and archangel light reiki, both level 1. This differs from the usui reiki certification I hold in that usui reiki is a hands on practice, whereas my new certifications are a different style and technique. I decided to do this not only to give clients options but also for me to delve further into reiki studies which will only enrich my practice. All the above certifications will be held before the month is over. 

Longer range plans? I would love to add aromatherapy to my practice, as well as adding pranic healing and maybe eft work into my grab bag of healing modalities. More and more doctors and hospitals are utilizing alternative therapies into their treatment plans and this is my area of focus. 

I’ve also been looking into receiving some life coaching training. Among my friends I’m considered wise and am usually the one they come to for life advice. A long time ago I had considered teaching and I know all those quizes and tests people take to realize their life’s goals and ambitions have always pointed me in the direction of teaching and healing, and so, here we are. 

I’ve also just started dabbling in crystal and tibeten bowls. Sound healing is profoundly good for my psyche and if I can share that gift with others, all the more beautiful.

I’ve always had an itch for photography and my husband keeps pushing me to invest and learn since that’s something that is useful even if just for blogging or my future website. I would love to snap exquisite photos when we travel! 

For my Arbonne biz I’m looking into expanding my skill set with doing some classes in makeup and considering heading back to school to become an esthetician. Our skincare line is the absolute best in my opinion and I’d love to mesh the two!

The next few years are going to be so BUSY! Even my hubby’s headed back to school soon! 

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Some of my favorite tv shows

I’m a Marvel fan and they cancelled most of them, so..in random order this is what’s left that I watch..

  1. Supernatural
  2. Survivor
  3. The Amazing Race
  4. Agents Of Shield
  5. Blacklist
  6. Star Trek Discovery
  7. Westworld
  8. The Great British Bake Off
  9. The Voice
  10. A Series Of Unfortunate Events 
  11. Criminal Minds 
  12. Medici
  13. Game Of Thrones
  14. Law & Order SUV

What are your favorite TV shows?

The Emoji Challenge

The Rules

  • Tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • Share one thing you learned about the person who tagged you
  • For each prompt, you can use a maximum of three emojis
  • Tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

 

About Karalee

One thing I learned is that Karalee is a gamer 🎮❤

 

The Emojis

  1. What country do you live in? 🇺🇸
  2. What was your dream job growing up? ✒📚
  3. How many siblings do you have (if any)? 1️⃣
  4. What are your top three favourite activities? 🐬🧘🏻‍♀️🥾
  5. What is something you’re very good at? 👩🏻‍🍳🗨 🔮
  6. What is something you’d like to become better at? ✍🏻🧗🏻‍♀️🏊🏻‍♀️
  7. How many languages do you speak? 1️⃣ 🇺🇸
  8. What is something you could talk about for hours (non-book related if possible) 🐶🐱🔭
  9. What’s your favourite book genre? 👻
  10. What is your favourite season of the year? 🍂
  11. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what animal would you be? 🦉

 

I am not going to tag anyone for this challenge, but if you would like to do it, then feel free!

Find Your Passion Quiz (see my results)!

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Passion for Envisioning

Rational/Cerebral/Emotional/Limbic Brain

Imagine, Recognize, Achieve, Attain

 

You like to use your right rational brain more than the other three quadrants. This means that your passion is to envision your self, your life and everything in it in a new a exciting fashion. For you, seeing the future and where you are heading gets you, and everyone else around you, gets you fired up and excited about possibilities. Curious, inventive and imaginative, all you need to do is get the picture of something you can achieve or create and you are raring to go. With your sights on the future, you get excited when you are ahead of everyone else and you will work hard to make sure you stay in front. It’s easy for you to see who you want to be or what you want to do. Your ambition, combined with a strong work ethic, makes sure that you make your vision come to life.

When you don’t direct your passion, you can appear arrogant to others who don’t “see what you see,” or they may even consider you a bit flaky. It’s not uncommon for people with your passion to take center stage and wow others with your big ideas and latest schemes. To others, your passion can be frightening, as most people prefer to hold on to what they have instead of dreaming the big dreams that come so naturally to you. Because you like to win or be the “best of the best”, you can easily attract the envy of others and will be surprised when people undermine or try to dismiss your passion. You have a tendency to disconnect from your passion or downplay it to avoid unpleasant reactions from others when they devalue, dismiss or ridicule your dreams.

Use Your Passion at Work
Whatever place you start, you have the destination in mind. This means that in order for you to use your passion at work, you need to be able to “see” where you are going. You do well in your own business as an entrepreneur: where you can have a vision for what you want to create and then set about to achieve it. A career where you make plans, predictions or systems is energizing for you. Goal-driven jobs like sales, consulting, or marketing, where you set targets and win, will ignite your passion. Work where you may have the opportunity to make cutting-edge discoveries in your field, or produce innovative products or solutions, also fuels your passion.

Use Your Passion in Leisure
As a Seer, you are always on the lookout for new things to ignite your passion. You can get fired up about a lot of things and you do best to have a number of projects on the go that you can rotate such as reorganizing your home (and having someone else do the work), gardening, a jigsaw puzzle, knitting or beading. You get a picture of what the end product looks like and will get started with zest. Don’t beat yourself up for not finishing things because the passion for you comes with seeing what something will be and trying to make it. If you can’t get there fast enough, you will start something different. Taking courses on psychology, astrology or other subjects that fuel your passion for seeing why people do what they do are also compelling.

Want to find out your Striving Style? Visit WhoAreYouMeantToBe.com to take the Striving Styles Personality Assessment.

Let’s talk diet specific goals and shame….

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For a long time I battled a war inside me bouncing between veganism and being a meat eater. Every time I ate meat I felt it was wrong. But I had no clue how to juggle healthy vs compassionate. And I began disliking myself more every bite I took. I was ashamed to stand and say I was an animal rights activist and yet I still ate meat. I lied often, so I could still stand up against animal cruelty and not receive condemnation from vegans. I think a large reason I have had weight issues has been over guilty eating and dislike for myself because of eating meat. Most of the time when I was trying to be meat free, I ate a lot of junk food. I wasn’t healthy. 

And it’s difficult trying to speak with people who go meatless because of animal rights issues when quitting meat was a breeze for them. But nutrition is a complicated jungle and if you have any health issues stacked on top make it even more difficult. And many in the animal rights community (at least who I’ve encountered) meet people with nutritional concerns and questions with disdain and anger. Feeling they are not actual issues when compared to the plight of animals. And although I agree, a life is indeed more important that a pork chop in my belly, my human life and health is also important. 

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So why did I personally struggle so much going vegan? I only knew how to cook your basic meat and potato meals. I was born and raised on meat, potatoes and sweets. Vegetables were not a big part of my Mom’s cooking, but meat was. Beef and pork were like an every other night swap. With a night for chicken, or a pasta night thrown in. I grew up in a turbulent home and sweets were a refuge and an “I’m sorry” for what I did. Into adulthood I loathed the taste of almost all vegetables. My staple veggies on my adult table were, corn, corn and oh yeah, corn. Eventually I branched out into salad with a cucumber thrown on top with mounds of cheese and croutons to cover the taste of the green stuff.

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Fact was, when I first tried to be a non meat eater, my diet may have been kind, but nutritionally it was a major disaster. I ate salad (as in lettuce), processed boxed crap, pastas and, you guessed it, sweets. I lived off coffee cake, muffins, and bread. I was tired allllll the time. And during this time is when I found out how unhealthy all that boxed stuff was that has a list of 30 ingredients with names you can’t pronounce. And was also finding out that many of the vegan brand products (which I already thought tasted like cardboard or too much green vegetation) had the same problem, a lot of unhealthy added ingredients. Plus I was hearing the negative aspects of eating soy and wheat gluten on a daily basis and recently learning that wheat gluten makes me bloat and may have a big part in my stagnant weight loss. And processed sugars are extremely unhealthy period!

But I’ve learned a lot and am ready for the next steps towards a kinder, more environmentally friendly, and healthier nutrition plan. What are my nutritional goals based on all I’ve learned? As we move closer to the end of my 30 Day Challenge and headed towards the New Year, here is what I’m aiming for in our kitchen…

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My husband and I have been moving towards a gradual shift to become meat free. We’ve both been at different stages, and at different times, for different reasons. My husband’s tastes lean vastly more towards a Mediterranean Diet. And I too have found greater health benefits in the Mediterranean Diet, the more I learn about nutrition, and how my body reacts to foods. But I also know that wheat gluten affects me, so now I know that after this cleanse is over I need to lessen the amount of gluten I have in my diet. I won’t be eliminating it, but I do see the reasons to reduce the amount I eat. It’s a filler for the most part, with minimal nutritional value in comparison. And I’m sick of belly bloat!

You can lessen the amount of gluten you eat with some simple changes. Switch from eating regular pasta to a rice pasta, or you can easily make/buy gluten free breads. Also watch labels.  

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life worrying what others think of me and my choices, and I’m tired of playing this game. I worry what vegans will think, I worry what my friends and family will think. No more. My husband and I have taken the time to learn about nutrition and alternate choices when it comes to meat, dairy and sweets. We are making a hard core commitment now in implementing all we’ve learned along the way and all we will learn as we make changes permanent. The chart below shows the breakdown of  the nutrition plan that my husband and I can both work with as we progress our way to a Vegetarian/Vegan lifestyle. I modified the Mediterranean Diet to rely less heavily on fish, this would be called an to be Ovo-Vegetarian/Pescatarian diet. 

This Is The Basics Of A Mediterranean Diet

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Starting From The Top….

Tier 1 – Sweets, especially those made with processed sugars and animal products will be severely limited. There are enough raw recipes that have no funky ingredients that can be sweet and delicious. It’s just a matter of either taking the time to learn to make them, or finding a good vegan bakery that maybe specializes in raw treats. Here are some examples …. Raw Deserts

Tier 2 – is all about my glass or two of wine I have when we go out to dinner or are at a social event where drinking is available. We don’t buy alcohol for the house unless it’s the holidays usually. In the summer we may get sangria or beer. But it’s an occasional thing. 

Tier 3 – Fish and sea food for now will remain in our meal planning. But over time I want to phase it out and either move it up to the top and one day I will finally be completely meat free and it will no longer be in our kitchen. 

And tier 4 – Eggs are a pretty regular part of our diet and like fish will be phased out too. 

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This right here is the future of protein and could very well one day be our main source of protein. I highly recommend this soy free, gmo free product for your Meatless Monday and beyond!

 

 

I could survive almost completely off of tier 5 through 8 –  I’m a pasta lover but until I discovered and actually used gluten free pastas, it meant I had to live with tummy bloat. Tier 5 through 8 is my rock now and we already have been about 90% dairy free (cheese on pizza mainly),  but are now 100% dairy free. The supplements I use from Arbonne keep it all nutritionally sound. 

Avoiding: 

  • Added sugar: Soda, candies, ice cream, table sugar and many others.
  • Refined grains: White bread, pasta made with refined wheat, etc.
  • Trans fats: Found in margarine and various processed foods.
  • Refined Oils: Soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil and others.
  • Highly processed foods: Everything labelled “low-fat” or “diet” or looks like it was made in a factory. Other than Beyond Meat and a few other similar plant based meatless options. 

One day, I will be completely meat free as I play with more and more recipes and become a better cook in my kitchen. I tried and failed so many times doing it the wrong way so that it would become permanent change. Soy can be unhealthy, as well as gluten can be. I feel very lucky to have come across Arbonne. Because in learning how to be gluten free I’ve learned how I can leap to being meat free without being unhealthy. You just need the right fooducation 😉. To be healthy, you need to cook. And to be a more compassionate consumer you need to cook, and cook the right things to be healthy. We are changing our habits, and you can too. For the animals, for the planet and for YOUR health!

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How To Talk To Friends And Family About A Plant Based Diet

In summary: Just like 3/4 of the rest if the world I’m trying to find healthy. And just like all the other animal advocates out there I’m trying to live kinder, but I also want to be healthy. I know I’m not the only other animal rights person who has had issues with becoming vegan. And I know many vegans don’t understand my dilemma. I know many who had trouble with health and veganism hide in the shadows afraid to admit they just don’t have the skills to live life a healthy vegan. I’m trying to find my way back there, but this time in a healthy way. So don’t bash me if you’re a vegan who just doesn’t get it. Help me, share recipes with me and tell me how you found the balance. And in the meantime, I will continue to move forward towards healthy and ethical sustainable living by learning and experimenting with cooking. And as I learn, I will share what I’ve learned so others can lead a kinder more ethical life with food.

Why Veganism Is The Future

 

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The info below is from PETA. I am personally not a fan of PETA and the way they themselves treat animals and their views on euthanasia and especially their views on the Pit Bull breeds. There are many other animals rights/welfare organizations that are more compassionate and much less egotistical. But they are a wealth of information on veganism and sources for vegan products. Arbonne is PETA certified for the products being vegan and cruelty free!

 

 

Meatless;  Soy-Free and Gluten-Free 

  • Neat “meat” is a new product made from a mix of nuts and garbanzo beans. It comes in four flavors: Mexican, Italian, Breakfast, and Original.
  • Great Life by Lucinda has a variety of veggie burger mixes.
  • Beyond Meat’s Beyond Beef Crumbles come in both Feisty Crumbles and Beefy Crumbles flavors, and they’re made from pea protein.
  • Beyond Meat’s Beast Burger boasts the fact that it contains more iron and protein than its meaty equivalent, and more omegas than salmon.
  • Cool Foods’ Vegi Bacon are “bacon bits” derived from pinto beans, and are ready to top your baked potato, salad, or soup.
  • Sunshine Burgers are made from a variety of beans, seeds, and brown rice. They come in eight flavors, including Shiitake Mushroom, Loco Chipotle, and Hemp & Sage.
  • Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger is made from quinoa, garbanzo beans, nuts, and vegetables.
  • Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Bites and several types of veggie burgers are made with grains, beans, seeds, and greens and are certified kosher as well.

Meatless; Gluten-Free (*These are not certified gluten-free, but the ingredient labels do not list gluten or wheat.)

  • Gardein offers four gluten-free varieties: Chick’n Scallopini, Chipotle Black Bean Burger, the Ultimate Beefless Ground, and Garden Veggie Burger. These delectable options are made with a soy protein base.
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP) is a dehydrated soy product that looks like little flaky nuggets and is a great stand-in for ground beef. It can be rehydrated in about a minute and works well in spaghetti sauces, chili, tacos, and veggie burgers.
  • Butler Soy Curls are perfect for grilling or cooking in soups, salads, stir-fries, and fajitas.
  • Simply Balanced Smoky Chipotle Meatless Chickenpacks a lot of protein and is perfect for the summer grilling season.
  • Simply Balanced Korean Barbecue Meatless Chickenis another variety from this brand, which is carried exclusively by Target.
  • Simply Balanced Mushroom Miso Meatless Turkeyis the brand’s third faux-meat flavor. Mushroom miso sounds delicious. It’s time to taste-test these cruelty-free meats!
  • Tempeh is a fermented soy product that comes in the form of a dense cake, perfect sliced or cubed and then steamed or fried and added to stir-fries, pasta dishes, salads, and sandwiches. It’s especially delicious when smoked for a “BLT.”
  • Praeger’s veggie burgers come in both kale and California varieties.
  • Amy’s Veggie Loaf is packaged ready to eat! You can also opt for the low-sodium version.
  • Beyond Meat has delectable chicken tenders that you should stock your freezer with ASAP.

Meatless; Soy-Free

  • Seitan is a delectable meatless option made of wheat gluten. Available from many companies, it’s popular because it soaks up flavors extremely well and the texture is chewy and satisfying. You can also make your own!
  • Field Roast vegan meat products are all wheat- and grain-based. They specialize in links, roasts, and meatless loafs—perfect for the holidays or anytime.
  • Bahama Rice Burgers are rice-based and come in seven flavors.
  • Amy’s California Veggie Burgers come in original and low-sodium varieties.
  • Hot Dang Original Grain Burger is so delicious, but remember that only the original flavor is vegan.

*I found a pretty clear explanation here about my issues with soy, and she lays it out much better than I ever could!  Wellness Mama – Is Soy Healthy

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