What Kind of Vegan Are You?

Conflict occurs in our daily lives and it’s inevitable. I’ve been thinking lately of the question of the “kind” of vegan I am because of a recent conflict in our supper club. I’ve also been busy editing my first novel and haven’t been writing for this blog, which made me think ”What kind of vegan am I for not trying to spread a message of compassion every chance I get?” Then I watched a movie that touched on the differences between the abolitionist vegan movement... Read More

Is being vegan extreme?

I have heard this argument from people who defend eating meat. I don’t think veganism is extreme at all. What is extreme is feeding grain to cattle to make them sick and then using medicine to fix the problem. It is extreme to feed cattle 5 pounds of grain to get one pound of meat. It is extreme to feed 50% of U.S. grain to animals while 800 million people around the world suffer from starvation and malnutrition and 22 million will die. That pound of meat also requires 2,500... Read More

My First Year As A Vegan

In my first year as a vegan, I feel as though I’ve learned a tremendous amount about myself and about other people. As I’ve heard many people say over the year, there was a time in my life when I never could have imagined myself living this lifestyle—but then again, I really had no idea what that even meant! I think I’ve proven to myself that following my heart and instinct is always the right way to live. Over the course of the year, I’ve co-founded this blog with my... Read More

We’re the Radicals

Is it me or are there more stories on the web lately about “reformed” vegetarians and vegans? My definition of reform must be different than others, as I’ve always thought of reform from another perspective (you know, beneficial change). As I’m always interested in words in general, I looked up reform in my trusty online dictionary (yes, I still use the hardcovered one too) and found this definition on Wikipedia—“Reform seeks to improve the system as it stands, never... Read More

I choose to be vegan

I was inspired to write after reading some commentary about the dreaded Vegan Police, of which I’m not a fan. Veganism isn’t about policing; it’s about expanding your thoughts about what you eat, not reigning people in. Veganism isn’t about being exclusionary; it’s about sharing all of your wonderful recipes with people who might not have thought to bake with tofu or mash taro. Veganism isn’t about being right all the time; it’s taking the time to explore all... Read More

5 foods I never thought I’d like before I became vegan

If someone had told me years ago that I would have a new appreciation for food if I became a vegan, I’m not sure I would have believed them. Like many people, I just never realized how many doors you open when you lead a vegan lifestyle. One of those doors has food behind it–a delicious array of glorious, mostly nutritious morsels. I listed just five things here that I think I had closed my mind to at one time; but no more! I have three of them in my fridge right now… Avocados.... Read More

Planning healthy school lunches with your kids

It’s September and kids are going back to school. My daughter came home after her first day of middle school and told me that her cafeteria sells ice pops (and other assorted ice cream; but she was interested in the ice pops). This reminded me of my regular lunch in middle school—ice cream sandwiches. Junk food ruled my life back then. Now’s my chance to make sure that my kid makes better choices than I did when I was her age. Here are some simple ideas for guiding your... Read More

Encouraging Activism within your Family

I’ve always been a voter, but other than that I never really considered myself an activist. It turns out that I’ve been  “pocketbook activist” for quite some time. I’ve spent time looking for recycled products, even though they are sometimes a little harder to find and a bit more expensive. I’ve elected to not eat meat or dairy products or purchase products that are tested on animals. I drive a Prius and purchase wind power from my power company. I have an organic... Read More

Why I Became a Vegetarian and, now, a Vegan

Like most people I grew up in a meat eating household. My mother is a good cook and made most of our meals lovingly from scratch. She even made her own pizza dough and some homemade breads and my father loved making his own potato perogies. We hardly ate out or had any frozen or prepared meals. We had well balanced meals with fruits and vegetable, rice and beans or pasta and there was always some sort of meat. I was a city girl, I grew up in Philly and then São Paulo, Brazil,... Read More

Why I Stopped Eating Meat

You would think that being born in 1967 in Daly City, California that I would have grown up a vegan hippie child in a commune. You would be wrong. My grandfather was a butcher and I became an omnivore. I loved meat including steaks, burgers, hot dogs, ham, turkey, chicken, ostrich, and buffalo. I was willing to try most stuff including shark and alligator even though I did draw the line at Rocky Mountain oysters or menudo, not the Puerto Rican boy band, the traditional Mexican... Read More

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