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@thatalexciccone  🌱 Vegan Life 📍Toronto 📧thatalexciccone@gmail.com

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6 months ago

Today marks 1 month that I married the love of my life. A special soul that I am forever grateful the universe provided. Thank you for being you and constantly inspiring me to be better each and every single day ❤ _ 📸@goodycambayweddingfilms

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8 months ago

📸While this looks like your typical insta post of peeps holding food, it's so much more. In saying that, sorry in advance if it's TLDR, but it's something I have been meaning to share for a very long while now, so I hope you find personal value in it. _ 🗣I have never mentioned this here before, but my journey on insta actually started as a result of being extremely dissatisfied with my previous career and it's inability to allow me to live my true purpose and passion in life - spreading awareness of veganism for the animals. This is why I diverted so much of my energy after work hours these past few years - grinding, creating content to both educate, and inspire even just one person to take the plunge to live a vegan life. _ 🙇‍♂️Despite my efforts to feed my passion and purpose while juggling my day job, things continued to not sit right for me. I still felt I wasn't dedicating my all for veganism and as cliche as it sounds, you only get one chance to make an impact. So rather than sulk over the circumstances, I searched for over a year, high and low, for a vegan job that I knew would fuel that purpose. _ 🙋🏼‍♀️Enter @eatinworkout. Words cannot describe the gratefulness I hold for this intelligent, charismatic and caring woman. Why? Well, she took me under her wing and allowed me the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside her to secure food/drink/merch vendors as a Vendor Specialist for the incredible @vegandalefestival. Having just completed the full festival tour in Houston, Chicago, Toronto and New York, I can say with the utmost confidence that I am living my best life. So thank you Eva, for a being a colleague I can always lean on and most importantly a near and dear friend. _ 👥The whole team behind this fest knows no bounds and the resiliency needed to put on such an event is nothing short of extraordinary. I feel extremely lucky to be around like minded, hard working individuals each and everyday and I cannot wait for the many successful events to come. _ 👍So if you are reading this and may be in the same boat, let that passion & purpose guide you because you just never know how & when the universe will provide. at Vegandale Food Drink Festival

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9 months ago

🍝A lil' pasta ain't hurt nobody🤣 PS. Vegan kids rock 😎

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9 months ago

😆It's not personal, it's just business💲

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9 months ago

☝️Save & share to let em' know where you get your protein💪🌱 TOP 20 VEGAN PROTEIN SOURCES per 100g! _ 👍There is a protein source for all occasions and personally for me, dependent on my goals and total caloric intake for the day I will play around with many of these. For example... _ 🙌When I am consuming more fat on a day-to-day basis I might rely more on nuts and seeds. If I'm consuming more carbs I'll rely more heavily on legumes and whole grains. And for pretty much any occasion, I will rely on high protein, lower carb + fat sources like tofu, tempeh, seitan (most faux meats) and protein powder. _ ☝️While we are highlighting these top 20, I just want to take a moment and mention that all plants have protein. Every single one. Yep that broccoli or those strawberries you eat, they have protein. Yes in lesser amounts but don't you kid yourself, it's there... _ 👉Hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to follow @thatalexciccone for more vegan living!🌱

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9 months ago

😏Not much else to say here other than, don't be fooled folks. All the same, just wrapped up in a different bow.🎁

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10 months ago

Brain teaser for the day!🤣 This just goes to show the amount of confusion around what one actually gets out of eating vegan on a day-to-day basis. _ 🌱If you stick to a whole-food based approach, the micronutrient density and fiber in plant-based foods is absolutely incredible. Where most go wrong is identifying their total daily caloric intake needs to support their activity. Many put themselves in an unintentional caloric deficit which leaves them feeling fatigued or lethargic. Which has nothing to do with the plant-based aspect, but all about not having enough fuel in the tank. _ 👍In saying that, I feel there are a few key micronutrients to be mindful of after going vegan - particularly B12 and Omega-3. I personally supplement with B12 and Omega-3. Why? Well, B12 is no longer present in plant-based sources as it once used to be, due to our sterile farming practices today. Omega-3 can be found in many plant-based sources, but algae oil is most concentrated in DHA and most bioavailable compared to other plant-based sources. _ 😊If you want to feel optimal, it is wise to do your due diligence to ensure you are getting everything you might need to thrive. So if you are still struggling with making the jump to being vegan because of your fear of not knowing how to eat plant-based... like most things in life, allocate a bit of time to research and educate yourself in order to line yourself up for success. And if you don't want to journey on this alone, there is always the option of finding a registered dietitian or nutritionist that is well versed with plant-based diets to help bridge that knowledge gap. _ 👍Best of luck in your transition and as always, keep it vegan! _ 👉Tag some friends who would find this information useful and don’t forget to follow @thatalexciccone for more vegan living🌱

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10 months ago

Ooo quinoa instead of rice?! They fancy🤣Who can relate?😂

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10 months ago

🤯So you went vegan, but oh noes! What about protein?! Keep reading... _ 🤔I think it's pretty safe to say that when most are asked about whole food protein sources, they automatically think beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs and maybe the odd person with a mention of dairy and dairy products. As you can see, the sad thing is that there is a pattern... they are all animal-based. _ 😊Well, have no fear because where do you think your previous animal-based sources of protein got theirs from? You guessed it... Plants. _ 👍In saying that there are vegan friendly sources of protein for all occasions. For me, dependent on my goals and total caloric intake for the day, I will play around with many of these in the info graphic above. For example... _ 😋When I am consuming more fat on a day-to-day basis I might rely more heavily on nuts and seeds. If I'm consuming more carbs I'll rely more heavily on legumes or even whole grains. And for pretty much any occasion, I will rely on high protein, lower carb and fat sources like tofu (extra firm), tempeh, seitan, plant-based meat products and protein powder. _ ☝️Now, while we are focusing on these six sources because of their higher counts of protein per gram, I want to also highlight the fact that every single plant-based food has protein. Yep, even items like broccoli or strawberries. Albeit in in lesser amounts, it's still there. _ 🗣So next time someone asks you where vegans get their protein... flash this info graphic and flex on em' 💪🌱 _ 👉Feel free to share + tag a friend who would find this post interesting and follow @thatalexciccone for more vegan living!🌱

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10 months ago

🎉TORONTO TICKET GIVEAWAY @vegandalefestival🎉 5 chances to win! 👀See below for contest details!  _ 🙌I've teamed up with @vegandalefestival to give 5 individual lucky WINNERS a pair of tickets to the Toronto event taking place on Aug 11-12 at Fort York, Garrison Common.  _ 🎁HOW TO ENTER & WIN: 1. Follow @vegandalefestival & @thatalexciccone 2. Tag 2 friends 3. Good luck! _ 📚Prize Description: Pair of tickets to @vegandalefestival 🇨🇦Toronto: August 11th & 12th _ Eligibility: 🔹Open to individuals in the Toronto & surrounding area 🔹No purchase necessary _ Entry Deadlines, Prize Draw & Odds: 🔹Entry deadline: August 2nd - 8pm Eastern Time Zone 🔹Date of Draw: Aug 3rd (determined with Random.org) 🔹Number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning _ Release of Liability: By participating in this Giveaway, all participants release Sponsor, its officers, directors, agents, employees and all entities associated with the development and execution of the Giveaway from any and all liability with respect to and in any way arising from participating in the Giveaway, acceptance or use of prizes. Winner hereby gives sponsor right to obtain and publicize name and likeness. at Toronto, Ontario

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10 months ago

🤗Last week to preorder your very own VEGANIZED tee - closes on July 31st. Available both in unisex and ladies fit over at www.thatalexcicconeshop.com (Link in bio). Use promocode PREORDER20 for 20% off! _ 😎So watcha waiting for?! Cause' ya know... are you even vegan if your tee doesn't say so??🤣

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10 months ago

🤗I am a strong believer in communicating positively in order to educate effectively. Why? Well I too was nonvegan at one point, and while I was blind and uneducated when it came to animal exploitation as a moral issue. I would like to think that I was still a kind, goodhearted person that could connect the dots when presented. _ 🙋‍♂️It was very important to me in my own transition that those outlets who were already vegan were educating in a positive and effective way. This is what lead me closer to becoming vegan and in turn, helped me spread awareness to friends, family and others, in a way that cuts through the knee jerk reactions and gets right down to the point. _ 🗣So next time you are in a situation where you are able to have meaningful dialogue with a nonvegan, don't take the road that is most easily traveled, anger and rudeness. Realize that this is much bigger than you, and if you truly want to get someone on board, the only way is to educate positively and enthusiastically. _ 👉Tag a friend who would find this information useful and feel free to repost to spread awareness.  _ 🌞Have an amazing day and as always don’t forget to follow @thatalexciccone for more vegan living! 🌱

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10 months ago

🇨🇦O' Canada lovin' them Beyond Meat A&W Burgers🤣

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10 months ago

💪Tempeh is on the rise, and rightly so! Keep reading for more... _ 🙌 A recent report by consumer research firm Persistence Market Research has shown that the global tempeh market will reach $5.8 billion by 2026. Why the hoopla? Well, Tempeh is a fantastic swap for any animal-based source of protein. _ 🤔Now, you may be wondering... How exactly is it made? Well, soybeans are made into cake form by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process. The final product is a plant protein source that is high in calcium, manganese, copper, fibre and a source of probiotics and isoflavones. _ 📚Studies have shown that the macronutrients, minerals and/or compounds that Tempeh is rich in can... _ 🔹Reduce bad cholesterol 🔹Increase bone density 🔹Inhibit cancer cell growth 🔹Support muscle growth  _ ⭐Oh Tempeh you ALL-STAR! So, next time you are at your health food or grocery store, give Tempeh a shot! _ 👌My favourite way of preparing Tempeh is as a "bacon" and serving it alongside some vegan pancakes for breakfast. Google "TEMPEH BACON RECIPE", choose your favourite and you're off to the races! _ ❔Have you ever tried Tempeh before? What's your favourite way of preparing it? _ 👉Share + tag a friend who would find this information useful & don't forget to follow @thatalexciccone for more vegan living!🌱 _ 📚RESOURCES: 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17413118 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2484567 🔸https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/S0007114504000674 🔸https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26399344 🔸https://www.WHfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=126 🔸https://www.tempeh.ca/en/

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10 months ago

😂🎶Kool & The Gang ring me in! It will be 5 years vegan for me on Canadian Thanksgiving and all I have to say is well... I'm not dead yet! So ye, party time! _ 🤣Jokes aside, I think when most think about going vegan, compromising their health in transition is a huge deal. Now while I personally don't care too much about the health aspects of going vegan (veganism is about the animals and well, rightly so it's all about the animals for me)... it's really hard to ignore the health benefits of eating vegan. _ 🌱When focusing on primarily plant-based whole foods, micronutrient and fibre intake tend to drastically improve with the switch. Also, usually a drop in caloric intake results, as meat, dairy, eggs and other animal-based foods that are generally higher in calories are ditched. Resulting in the "magical" weight loss that typically comes with most individuals transition. _ 😊In saying all that, no matter what your day-to-day eating habits might be, one must always do their due diligence to ensure you are getting everything you might need to thrive. So if you are still struggling with making the jump to being vegan because of your fear of not knowing how to eat plant-based... like most things in life, allocate a bit of time to research and educate yourself in order to line yourself up for success. And if you don't want to journey on this alone, there is always the option of finding a registered dietitian or nutritionist that is well versed with plant-based diets to help bridge that knowledge gap. _ 👍So best of luck in your transition and I hope one day you too can say "Hey, I'm vegan and I'm not dead! Surprise!" 👉Tag some friends who would find this information useful and as always don’t forget to follow @thatalexciccone🌱

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10 months ago

📥Had quite a few DM's and comments on my post yesterday about vegan friendly marshmallow brands, so here it is! You are good to go with any of these, which range from your good ol' classic vanilla marshmallow to marshmallow creme and the many flavors in between 😋. _ 🔥Time to fire up that vegan bonfire and get to work! _ ❔Have you tried any of these brands before? Which one is your favorite? _ 👉Tag some friends who would find this information useful and as always don’t forget to follow @thatalexciccone🌱

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10 months ago

👨‍🏫Had a debate this morning with a friend that most marshmallows are NOT vegan, so I thought I would repost the reasons why... _ 👆Right off the top, just so we’re clear, I’m not comparing the “healthiness” of either one. Both are processed foods made for the sole purpose of fun and taste. One just happens to be plant-based and the other animal-based. _ 🤔Believe it or not marshmallows date back to 2000BC but the marshmallow we know and love today was created in France during the 1800's. At that time they were also not vegan, combining egg whites and sugar. In saying that, the traditional marshmallow you find in stores today is also almost never vegan. Let's find out exactly why that is the case!... _ 🛇There are two ingredients that make your beloved traditional and commonplace marshmallow NOT vegan... Gelatin and sugar. I know what you are probably thinking... What the hell is gelatin and how in the hell can sugar not be vegan?! Let's start with gelatin... _ 🍖Gelatin is a protein produced by boiling water with the skin, bones, and tendons of animals. This substance is used as a thickener, binder or fining agents in many food products. _ 🍬Sugar is a refined product typically from sugar cane or sugar beet (which yes is vegan) but what could potentially make sugar not vegan is during a process in which sugar is bleached & filtered... This process may include the use of bone char which is a porous, black, granular material produced by charring animal bones. Non-vegan products don't go out of their way to avoid this kind of processing, therefore chances that the sugar in marshmallows used bone char during processing is pretty high. _ 📈Given the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and veganism, many alternatives have hit the market that veganize these non-vegan food icons. Dandies (@mydandies) All Natural is a prime example. _ 😄Hope you learnt a bit with that quick run down of Marshmallows! Definitely a fun treat that can be enjoyed at any age! _ ❔Did you know that most marshmallows are not vegan? _ 👉Tag some friends who would find this information useful and as always don’t forget to follow @thatalexciccone🌱 _ ◻Source: Kraft Jet-Puffed. Dandies.

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11 months ago

👉Actions speak louder than words. We are all familiar with the saying because well, it's true. _ 🙋‍♂️I used to be that nonvegan who would always say "I love animals". Unfortunately my actions on a day-to-day basis of eating and using animals for products and entertainment meant I was a walking contradiction. _ 🙆‍♂️When it finally dawned on me, it was a tough pill to swallow but I knew what I had to do. Take responsibility. And ever since that day I have never felt more mentally and physically sound because I was finally aligned. _ 🙇‍♂️I hope this information helps you in your transition! 🌞Have an amazing rest of your day and if you liked this post, don't forget to follow @thatalexciccone for more vegan living!🌱

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