Veganuary: How to Go Vegan and Not Hate It

Greetings, friends, and a very merry Veganuary to you! After the approximately 500 years that comprised 2020, it’s nice to take a clean step into 2021 and entertain a shred of optimism that this year may be better. And while we can’t control what The World at large does, we can at the very least somewhat control the “better” in our own lives. And one way to do that is via what we eat.

When it comes to going vegan, most people exist somewhere on the spectrum between “ugh, never” and “tHiS iS tHe BeSt ThInG eVeR!1!” As with most folks, I myself started on the “ugh, never” side and am now firmly entrenched in the “best thing ever” camp.

But why? Why go vegan? Could we perhaps have the reasons in a handy list format that makes everything clear and easy to read? 

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Actual recipe! Chocolate-Date Pie.

Greetings! I’ve been half-awake for most of the morning, but I’ve still managed to teach some lessons, correct some homework, and do some cooking. As the cooking was actually successful, I thought I would include a recipe here, more so because the creation I speak of actually did not come from someone else’s recipe, and instead came from the depths of my fevered, chocolate-craving mind: CHOCOLATE DATE … Continue reading Actual recipe! Chocolate-Date Pie.

Vegan Stuff!

Greetings, friends. I’m off to the shower in a moment, but I thought I’d share the fact that I’ve compiled a page of links and resources for anyone interested in vegan stuff or plant-based eating. It is, creatively, entitled, “Vegan Stuff,” and you can find it either in the top site menu or right here: VEGAN STUFF <–Here. Check it out, peruse, consider, and feel free … Continue reading Vegan Stuff!

On being “not one of those” vegans

When I decided to start eating vegan, it was with the solemn promise to myself that I would not become an angry, evangelizing vegan. I wouldn’t be “one of THOSE” vegans, I told myself. I would be a peaceful, breezy, “live and let live” kind of vegan, and all would be sparkly and good.

Yeah, unfortunately, that’s turning out to be a bit tougher than I’d first anticipated. :P

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VEGAN VLOG 27: Cravings, exercise, and delicious junky junk food

Today, a discussion of my struggles to eat healthily and get enough exercise, plus a tragic tale of egg in my rice. Additionally, my microphone has betrayed me yet again, so the sound isn’t as crisp and clear as last time. Alas. Someday I’ll sort this stuff out, rly. Continue reading VEGAN VLOG 27: Cravings, exercise, and delicious junky junk food

VEGAN VLOG 26: Darla + Coffee = Probably Bad, and “Raw, Vegan, Not Gross”

In which I further discuss my attempts at raw vegan eating (including some frozen berry-inspired trauma), Darla attempts to attract my attention by attacking various nearby objects, and I am a good Samaritan tragically trapped in my home for (probably) the rest of the day. Also, headset = actually functioning, so you may be able to hear me in this video. Hooray! Continue reading VEGAN VLOG 26: Darla + Coffee = Probably Bad, and “Raw, Vegan, Not Gross”

VEGAN VLOG 25: In which Chicago is cold and I try some raw vegan (non-)cookin’.

So, news flash: Chicago is cold! Also, I’ve been experimenting with raw vegan dishes in an attempt to avoid post-meal regret and general suffering. Hurrah! Also, I’m not sure the camera app on my computer actually uses the headset microphone, as the sound quality on this video is less awesome than I’d expected. Sadface, etc. Continue reading VEGAN VLOG 25: In which Chicago is cold and I try some raw vegan (non-)cookin’.

In which I walk around the couch a lot and try to eat healthier (also, Chinese!)

So, as it turns out, working from home when it’s freezing cold outside is pretty nice. :D Unfortunately, this pleasant new development also results in me not getting much in the way of exercise, so I’ve had to improvise. In my previous job, I was both incredibly stressed and receiving a crapton of exercise (lifting children, chasing children, chasing and lifting children at the same … Continue reading In which I walk around the couch a lot and try to eat healthier (also, Chinese!)

VEGAN VLOG 22: Thanksgiving rebound, deformed spring rolls, and an abused tree

In which I discuss the ravages days of Thanksgiving food has wreaked upon my stomach and the methods I’ve undertaken to reverse the horror. Also, there is some discussion of fruit juice, giant salads, cauliflower-related injuries, and deformed spring rolls, plus a bonus ramble regarding my hair. Enjoy. :P Continue reading VEGAN VLOG 22: Thanksgiving rebound, deformed spring rolls, and an abused tree

VEGAN VLOG 20: How to burn your homemade granola

Part I: The hopeful beginning, when I still suspect something edible may come out of this experiment. Part II: Reality comes crashing down on our intrepid young (?) baking hero as she looks in horror at the Uncle Owen/Aunt Beru situation in her oven. Oh, well. I ate the carrot sticks (along with some Trisuits and yellow bell peppers) with the remainder of my tofu … Continue reading VEGAN VLOG 20: How to burn your homemade granola