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  1. One of our fave local spots gets a write up.  Read about Khamsa in Erskineville.
  2. A new vegan skin care brand emerges.  Read about SkinbySyd.
  3. Take us there!  Check out Stella McCartney’s Sustainable Bloomingdales shop.
  4. H&M collaborates on vegan cactus collection with Deserto.  Read all about it.
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the wrap-up on scarves

Summer is unfortunately over, but the bright side is that winter fashion is on the horizon!

 

A staple scarf (or 3) is a necessity for those cute and cosy cold weather looks. However, finding the perfect scarf might feel a bit daunting when traditional options like wool are off the table!

 

Never fear, there are so many alternative fabric options out there that you’ll never need to consider buying wool again. We’ve listed some of the best options to keep you toasty and looking gorgeous!

 

Often, the classic winter scarf is a chunky knit, and cotton is perfect for this. The thick knits are surprisingly warm, and we love that it’s easy to find organic cotton these days! Plus, the range of colours and knits makes it so easy to find the exact right scarf to match your outfit or mood.

 

If you are in search of something super soft, faux fur is the way to go. In addition to being ultra snuggly, it gives a touch of elegance to any outfit. Look out for scarfs made from rPET (recycled polyester) to help combat plastic waste!

 

If you want something that is breathable, hypoallergenic and biodegradable, look no further than hemp scarves. They are perfect for creating an earthy chic look,and come in a bunch of knits so you can find a fit that’s just right.

 

If your number one priority is feeling super toasty, then go for a flannel scarf! Most often they come in a plaid pattern, but you can find them in just about any colour, too. We also love them because that wick moisture away from your skin, so are perfect for days when you’re running around between places with extreme temperatures (like from the street into the office!).

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3 top tips for new vegans
Did you love Veganuary and are now looking to take your veganism up permanently? We’re here to help with three tips we wish we had known as new vegans! 
 
  1. Wash your beans!
Our first and probably most important tip is about preparing canned beans. If you’re a new vegan, you’re probably eating a lot more beans (and fibre in general), which can cause a lot of discomfort. Whilst your stomach does need a little while to settle, one way to cheat the system is making sure that you rinse away all the excess nastiness that leeches out into the water within your cans. So, next time you’re cooking canned beans remember to drain them in a colander and then rinse until the water runs clear. Trust us - it makes a difference. If you’re still struggling with indigestion, try a cup of peppermint tea after meals. 
 
  1. Track nutrition 
One of the major reasons we lose new vegans is because it can, sadly, be easy to develop nutritional deficiencies while you’re figuring out your new diet. We love to check on our nutrition using websites like chronometer that take the guesswork out of calculating our nutrition. You don’t have to do this forever, but a couple of weeks in the beginning and check-ins here and there will end up doing you well - and can be great to show to your doctor when discussing your diet. 
 
  1. Look up the menu
Going out can be one of the hardest parts of being a new vegan because you have to adjust to your lack of options, and asserting yourself when there are no options available. One way we like to circumvent this issue is always making sure to look up the menu for wherever you are going several hours beforehand, because it's much easier to change plans in the groupchat than when you’ve already sat down in the restaurant.
 
Remember, one of the best ways to not feel alone on your vegan journey is to find your community: whether that be an activist group at university, a reddit page or discord server, or just interacting with our posts and newsletters! 
 
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Maca - the magic powder
Maca is having a moment.  Well, to be honest it’s been having a moment for quite a while, but its only lately that it seems that every ‘healthy’ product on the supermarket shelves has a ‘now plus Maca’ version.  So, in case you are unfamiliar, we wanted to introduce you to this Peruvian wonder.
 
Maca – Lepidium meyenii – is a high altitude plant that is from the same family as broccoli, cauli and cabbage (Brassicaceae), which should give you an idea of its nutritional cred, but really, that is just the start.
 
While it does seem to be showing up in every product under the sun, to get a decent amount of it, we normally recommend Maca as powder (of the dried root) that you can add to smoothies, acai bowls, porridge, bliss/protein balls, and any baked thing you can come up with.  Or just add it to water and knock it back – though we say that one with a smidge of caution because, to be honest, it smells rank.  For me, if I have it this way, I have to pinch my nose and just skull it.  You canprobably understand why it is usually taken with other things – to mask the smell.
 
But! Don’t let the smell put you off.  It is truly a wonder food.  For a start, one heaped tablespoon (25gms) provides over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. This is perfect in the lead up to winter.
 
On top of that, in that same tablespoon, you’re also getting over 20% of your daily iron needs.  Plus there is copper, potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, protein and some seriously heavy-hitting antioxidants.
 
The nutrient profile isn’t the only fabulous thing though, it has also been found to lift mood and improve energy, and has a great reputation for improving exercise endurance, libido, menopausal symptoms, and memory and learning capacity.
 
In terms of dosage, we recommend around a teaspoon each day – that’s what most studies are based on.
 
As always, there are some caveats.  By virtue of being a Brassicaceae, it can act as a goitrogen, so if you have a compromised thyroid, take care.  And, due to its reputed hormonal activity, it isn’t recommended during pregnancy or if you have a hormone-related illness, unless you see a nutritionist first.
 
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