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Why You’re Struggling To Stay Vegan

Why You’re Struggling To Stay Vegan

Veganism isn’t a switch. It’s a series of choices you make for them to eventually become part of your subconscious. It’s a lifestyle rather than just a habit.

So why do people struggle to stay vegan? Well, there’s more than one answer to this question.

For some people, it happens instantly, but as we have learned over the years, that seems to be the minority. As some of you may know, this is how we became vegan.

But today I wanted to discuss why people take longer to transition and what may be holding them back from making the full leap.

Before I get into it, I want to note that I’m not judging others for their journey. I’m just hoping to help you relate with some of the reasons that may be holding you back. I completely appreciate that everyone’s situation is different and that any progress is progress in the right direction. Let’s all celebrate it.
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what to do when you do when you don't feel like a minimalist anymore

Clutter has crept back into your life, and you’re disappointed in yourself for letting it happen.

We’ve certainly felt this way recently, which we wrote about here. We overcommitted ourselves with running two websites while maintaining our day jobs.

As a result, we decided to shut down our online store so we could refocus on The Minimalist Vegan. Closing down wasn’t an easy decision, but one we felt was worth doing to get back to simplicity.

To help you get out of your clutter-rut, it’s important to understand what constitutes being a minimalist.

Fortunately, minimalism is non-exclusive. Therefore there’s no specific standard. / Read More »

Why We Don’t Want Kids

Why We Don't Want Kids

To have kids or not? That’s the question Michael and I have been asking ourselves for years. And only now, I feel clear and confident enough to explain why we don’t want kids.

I’ve resisted writing about embracing a child-free lifestyle because I thought I’d be in the minority and people would feel offended by it. This thought turns out to be incorrect.

According to research from the Urban Institute, birth rates among 20-something women declined 15% between 2007 and 2012. Additional data from the Pew Research Center reflects a longer-term trend of women eschewing parenthood as the number of US women who choose to forego motherhood altogether has doubled since 1970. / Read More »

Vystopia

Imagine a world where you felt overwhelmed and suffocated with all that was wrong. Everything you thought to be the truth, was lies. All lies.

As a result, our world becomes a dark place. A place where greed, superiority, and ego corrupt everything.

Doesn’t sound great, does it?

On the flip side, imagine a world where people regardless of their differences, the planet and animals live in peace and harmony together?

To help us better understand the gap between darkness and light, Clare Mann, author, psychologist and animal activist, has coined a new term called vystopia. We had the opportunity to sit down with Clare to discuss her book Vystopia: The anguish of being vegan in a non-vegan world.

In this conversation, we learn a little about Clare’s background before diving into what vystopia is all about. I must admit that after chatting to Clare weeks ago, Masa and I routinely throw the term vystopia around in our personal conversations, and how certain situations make us feel like we’re living in a vystopia.

Enjoy the conversation, and if you have any questions for Clare, please leave them in the comments at the end of this post. / Read More »

Vegan Buddha Bowl Three Ways

Vegan Buddha Bowl Three Ways

Most people nowadays know what a Buddha bowl is, but for those of you that haven’t heard of it before, it’s a bowl of whatever you like! Well, let me break that down for you. Typically you start off with a grain, add some vegetables, some form of protein, and a dressing of your choice. I typically add some seeds, fermented or pickled vegetables, and some sprouts if I have them in the fridge.

Essentially, it’s a colorful bowl of goodness using whatever you have in the kitchen. It’s a great way to use up produce and to have a healthy meal. We’ve been making some variation of Buddha bowls for years in our household and more so since becoming vegan. I wanted to share with you some basics around creating a Buddha bowl, what ingredients I generally use and three combinations of those that frequent our house the most. / Read More »

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