Where are the peer-reviewed research papers when I need them the most?!

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Hiya! My name is Alexandra Walker-Jones.

You know, people aren’t half kidding when they say it’s ridiculously difficult to write about oneself! Where to begin? What to include? And how to be first and foremost authentic when my job is usually to be creative?

And then comes the question of the deeper stuff, like who I am? What do I value most in life? How did I get here…

Because chugging an airplane bottle of alcohol to calm the nerves when flying by the seat of your pants is not recommended

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I am a stress-prone, type A, typical first-born child, with a whole lot of control freakiness trying to claw its way into organization of the day-to-day chaos.

I keep a calendar with not one, not two — but six different sections for every day. On it you’ll find wildly important pre-scheduled events such “paint nails,” “water plants,” and even occasionally, “make a to-do list.” I like to plan my meals weekly, my social life well in advance, and god forbid I go on holiday because my suitcase will indeed be packed roughly 30 whole days before departure.

In case you…

Backed by scientifically-substantiated claims on the physical, mental, and spiritual attainment of happiness

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Honestly, I write about veganism so much that it’s becoming a ongoing inside joke between me, myself, and I. Rest assured, it’s not that I’m particularly hell-bent on making every last person I know aware of the fact that I’m vegan — rather, it’s just that the subject of veganism, itself, acts as such an ongoing and positive source of inspiration for me.

It has ultimately improved every aspect of my life for the better.

No, but really (hand on my heart), the choice to trade in my SAD eating habits — aka those of the Standard American Diet —…

Backed by scientific research on longevity, nutrition density, the prevention of disease, and…well, general convenience

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Okay, yes — sometimes nutrition means chugging an 8oz kale shake first thing in the morning and trying not to inhale any of the taste through your nose while you’re at it.

There are times when these types of self-directed nutritional intervention are necessary (hello last weekend spent living exclusively on junk and fast food takeaways!), and you just have to prioritize what your body needs.

Other times, however, (better times), living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be so damn hard.

Proper nutrition isn’t something you wake up one day and achieve — rather it’s the collective sum of…

A study published this week examining the correlation between Covid-19 severity and personal diet may have ramifications for the way we view pandemic health

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, the West has seen a tremendous surge in the number of individuals subscribing, either in part or in whole, to a vegan and/or plant-based diet.

For reference:

  • The sale of vegan meat alternatives, alone, increased by over 280% in the United States, during March of 2020 — namely a result of the widespread slaughterhouse outbreaks of Covid-19 that were a source of major disruptions to the factory-farm supply chain (1).
  • Around 25% of Brits between the ages of 21 and 30 reportedly believe that the pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing. This…

Compiled by intimacy expert, youtuber, and certified sexologist Shannon Boodram and organized and arranged by none other than you!

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Listen up folks, it’s time to think about your desires. How on earth are you supposed to find “the one” after all, if you don’t even have an idea of what they look like?

I’m not talking brown hair and blue eyes, or whether they drive a Mercedes or ride a bike — I’m talking about the kind of stuff that has the potential to make or break a connection and determine the mileage of your relationship in the long-run.

You’re not alone if you struggle to think up a list of these qualities off the top of your head…

Backed by scientific research on nutrient density, the prevention of disease, and benefits of a plant-based lifestyle

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There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrition. In fact, part of the beauty of human physiology is our body’s inherent ability to thrive on variety in the foods we consume!

If you’re reading anything that says we’ve found a clear winner — aka one specific diet to suit the needs of every human being on earth — then I would advise you to quickly click away. Realistically speaking, evidence-based diets are not designed to provide you with a shopping list for the grocery store; they’re designed to provide you with the themes of one.

Across the board, all…

And how a thread of 6 year old emails became one of my most prized possessions

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My grandfather passed away on February 6th, in 2016, while living half the way across the world from me in Normandy, France. He was an individual I always felt especially close to throughout my childhood, and imagining all the things I would say to him if he were here now has the capacity to break my heart all over again. I cry often about him, and do so far more as I grow older than I did in the months that followed his death. An odd thing that is, death.

I keep a thread of emails we exchanged dating between…

Because in every way that really matters: a boy is a pig is a dog is a snail

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I killed someone yesterday and the worst part of it is that I was the only person who seemed to care.

Yes, that someone was a snail.

And yes, I’m aware that approximately 55 billion sea and land animals are killed per year to uphold animal agriculture within the United States…

But I have been an ethical vegan for over 5 years, and there are no words to explain how it feels to accidentally, personally, be responsible for the taking of an innocent life. …

On self-love, self(ish)ness, and the importance of being first and foremost for yourself

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The other day I came across a story on Instagram with a picture of a post-it note stuck to the wall.

The note read:

I think what self-love is: I would pick me. I would pick me to go on a date with. I would pick me to get hired for a job. I value and appreciate myself and would choose to be me. And if I ever had to option to choose to be someone else,

I would say no.

The quote was attributed to a popular you-tuber and sexologist by the name of Shannon Boodram (aka Shan Boody)…

Alexandra Walker-Jones

Writer and published author with an international background in psychology, nutrition, and creative writing. I’m just here to learn ;) awalkerjones.com

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