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Holiday seasons are notorious for being stress-inducing months of full calendars, toxic messages, and lots of pressure to be perfect. Today, I want to share a few tips for managing stress during the holidays, and hopefully these strategies can help you experience a much calmer, more enjoyable season.

1) Know your boundaries (and the power of “no”)

This time of year, there are a lot of messages out there telling us that we need to do it all. But the reality is that we cannot do everything, and it’s important to listen to ourselves and what we need to feel…

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I am a white vegan, and I can do better.

People who identify as “vegan” do so for a variety of reasons. Some vegans focus solely on health, some especially highlight environmental or animal welfare reasons. But in my experience, most vegans describe a combination of rationales for choosing a vegan lifestyle.

I identify as what is known in the community as an ethical vegan. This means that, while the purpose of my own veganism is certainly multifaceted, for me, the overarching focus is definitively on reducing suffering. This certainly speaks to the welfare of animals, but I also feel…

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If you’ve spent mere moments in the wellness world, you’ve likely come across the ideas of manifestation and the Law of Attraction. Articles like “How to Manifest Wealth” or “10 Ways to Attract the Life you Want” seem to be everywhere.

While I’m not terribly well-versed in this philosophy, it troubled me from the first time I heard about it. And yet, it feels like there isn’t much room in many holistic wellness spaces to express frustration with it.

Luckily, this week I had the privilege of viewing an Instagram Live hosted by Holisticism about this very topic. It was…

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*Content Warning: This piece contains a reference to an eating disorder, which may be triggering for some*

How are you doing?

It’s a question we’ve been more intentionally asking each other, and ourselves, over these last few weeks than perhaps we ever have. The uncertainty, the distancing, the chaos… everything keeps changing so fast.

And I know at least for me, it has felt nearly impossible to keep up. But a bright spot in that fog has been the purposeful steps we’ve taken to interact, to check in, to authentically share. …

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I’ve seen a lot of articles and social media posts lately about people who made the change to plant-based eating, only to find that it did not work for them. As interest in plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan lifestyles increases, misinformation and lack of information have also seemed to become more pervasive. It worries me when these articles or posts are published, because it skews the reality of plant-based and vegan eating, and it highlights what is true for eating habits in general: uninformed eating of any kind will likely fail you.

Now, I am not here to say that there…

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When I was younger, the word “diet” represented both my enemy of and my savior for a myriad of problems. It meant hunger, restriction, and failure. It also meant perfection, beauty, and popularity. …

Alyssa McLean

Alyssa is a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach based in Los Angeles. She is the owner of Kind Living Nutrition & Wellness (

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