Note: This is a guest post by Brigitte Gemme, a busy mom of two who tries to feed her family as many home-cooked, made-from-scratch vegan meals as possible. To save time and the planet without losing her mind, she created many templates and resources that have helped her and hundreds of others. She welcomes other parents on her web site, the Smart Vegan Kitchen.
Like so many other vegans, the only regret I have about veganism is not embracing it earlier. Going vegan in my mid-20s would have been so much easier. Back then, I was living with roommates and mostly cooking for myself. I even ate a lot of accidentally vegan food, just because it was cheap.
Unfortunately, it was only in my mid-30s that I became truly aware of the many uncomfortable truths of animal agriculture. I was raised on a farm, so I knew where meat and dairy came from. It took me two years of breastfeeding my own child to start seeing things from the cow’s point of view. As a bike commuter and mindful consumer, I previously thought I lived an eco-friendly lifestyle. I am grateful to have stumbled upon a few philosophers who forced me to reconsider my definition of a good citizen… and to the cookbook authors who taught me to feed myself differently. / Read More »
I have been craving fluffy pancakes for breakfast for quite some time and seem to be making them pretty much on a daily basis. When I first became vegan, I thought that this was one thing that I would definitely have to give up as most recipes contained ingredients that I don’t deem as ‘healthy’, are hard to find or wouldn’t work if I didn’t have a non-stick fry pan. I don’t like non-stick fry pans as they are toxic and release chemicals every time you heat them, but this could be a post in itself! / Read More »
Michael and I got back from an amazing trip up the West Coast of North America a couple of weeks ago, going through legendary vegan eats the whole way up the coast. Still on a high from all the amazing nature we saw, food we ate and people we met, I wanted to share some of that experience with you. It may help you on your trip or even explore more of your own back yard. We have eaten our way through this wonderful area in just under a month. So here it goes!
First off, I wanted to give a big shout out to an app that is so under-utilised (or not even known by fellow vegans!) called Happy Cow. I have mentioned it in this post before, but for those of you that haven’t read it, I am compelled to share it with you because without it, we would have wasted so much time and energy searching for where to go (in addition to all the wonderful suggestions we got from our readers). And no, we are not being paid to say this, they have just created a really valuable source that everyone should know about! / Read More »
Having a Ghanian background, peanut soup was always a staple meal growing up. My mother used to make this thick soup with all kinds of meats and seafood. Since becoming vegan, it’s been a meal that I’ve missed dearly. So I decided to take it upon myself to make an African Vegan Peanut Soup recipe which is just as delicious as my mums original! / Read More »
Veganism has been a transformational journey for me. A journey about compassion and also a journey about pain. It still hurts me so deeply to see all of the suffering in the world. At the same time, it warms my heart that people are becoming more open to this lifestyle and saving animals as a result.
Besides this friction between pain and joy, they’ve been some other big learnings since I became vegan almost three years ago.
In this post I’ll be sharing my honest experiences and lessons of what it’s like to be vegan.
This is not a post about glorifying veganism. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I think many vegans are so focused of putting themselves in the best light in an attempt to inspire others to make the change. I get it. This very blog is a prime example of that.
However, there’s also value in absolute honesty in what it’s really like to live a vegan lifestyle. It’s refreshing to see the challenges and what you could potentially expect.
So without further ado, here are my top 6 honest experiences of what it’s like to be vegan. / Read More »