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A New Year

January 1st, 2015

We find ourselves at a new year. 2014 has passed and we’re ready to take up 2015. Some of us will stay with our ways into this new year but some will advance and make changes.

A vegetarian or vegan diet change is a popular New Year’s resolution. Many jump onto the bandwagon in a desire to get healthy and run amok in the natural foods section of their local grocery store. If you are one of these people let me first say congratulations. You are on your way to making a change in your life that will make an impact few other simple changes can make. Energy, health and a sense of pride in knowing you are doing something right can be had if you set off onto this road in the right way. Allow me to give a few pointers.

1. Watch what you eat. This is a given but I don’t mean count your fat intake and watch your protein. I mean watch the processed foods. There’s a full range of fake meat products in the refrigerated section; these are aimed at the transitioning vegetarian. The one who liked their sausage and biscuit every morning can still have it with that roll of processed starch packaged just like a roll of Jimmy Dean. Those fake cheeses have come a long way in just the last 5 years. Daiya and Teese make some products that will fool a dairy cheese loving pizza freak but they’re still not the best for you. Sure they’re healthier than dairy cheese and a little here and there isn’t going to break you but use it in moderation.  If you want this new endeavor to make you shine and you want to get all you can look down the produce aisle or visit your farmers market. There’s power in those fresh veggies!

2. Don’t believe everything you read or hear. You will have people tell you that one cannot survive on a vegan diet because of a lack of protein.  It’s a common misconception. You will get plenty of protein on a vegan diet. There’s protein in that spinach. Black beans, or any bean for that matter, is packed with protein. The protein you’ll get from plants is a more soluble protein than the protein from animal products and you’re not getting any of the bad cholesterol.

3. Learn to cook if you don’t already know how. If you like cookbooks you’ll find shelves full at your big box bookstore and while some are much better than others there’s much to be learned from all if you’re new to the vegan kitchen. Vegan and vegetarian restaurants are much more plentiful now than they were 15 years ago when I decided to go down this road. Finding a vegan item on a menu that wasn’t salad was nearly impossible then. You may live in a large metropolitan area that has a Veggie Grill on every corner and even though you can find some great vegan restaurants these days nothing will give you more satisfaction in a meal than cooking it yourself. Not only will you save money but you’ll impress friends and family with how great those veggies can taste!

4. The vegan lifestyle is more than food. It is not only what you eat it is how you live. A compassionate outlook on the world involves many changes from your daily routine. From the food you eat before you walk out of the door in the morning to the toothpaste you use to brush your teeth before you go to bed. The shoes you wear and the soap you shower with will likely change if you continue your journey into vegan lifestyle. Don’t think it all has to be done immediately and instantly. You may only stop at the plant-based diet and not choose a vegan lifestyle but then you may go further and adopt all. It’s your choice but the bigger the choice the greater the reward.

If you have questions or need advice I’m here to help. You can use the contact form to reach me, leave a comment or find me on Twitter where I tweet about many things not only the vegan lifestyle. There’s a great community of good vegans out there who will be ready to answer your questions as well and it’s not difficult to find them. There’s also a group full of negativity who can crush you so beware.

I wish you the best on your journey!


A Vegan New Year VegNews Giveaway Winner

January 10th, 2012

VegNews Magazine February 2012

Congratulations to Sarah, the winner of  A Vegan New Year VegNews Giveaway! Sarah commented at number 52, which randomly randomized out of randomness, however it randomly does that with its random coding.

Sarah’s resolution:

My resolutions are mostly health related – floss daily, resume drinking lots of water, ride my new bike more often, do yoga 3 times a week. Good stuff! Totally doable.

Sarah will be doing yoga, flossing and drinking water while riding her new bike. Please watch for her and move over if you see her riding down the street. She’ll need the extra room.

VegNews Random Number

Thanks to everyone who entered, tweeted, retweeted and thanks to VegNews for the great magazine! The giveaway was so popular that I’m planning giveaways each month. Look for a new giveaway soon!


A Vegan New Year VegNews Giveaway

December 31st, 2011

VegNews Magazine

A new year is on the way. Time to pack up the holiday decorations and get ready for a bash to welcome 2012. People will be making resolutions and hopefully many of them will be to adopt a vegan lifestyle. What better way to feed yourself with the information you need than to get a subscription to VegNews? To help out I’m giving away a one-year subscription to VegNews  magazine. You don’t have to be making a resolution to go vegan to win but I would like to know what your 2012 resolution is.

VegNews Magazine

VegNews is a bi-monthly manual to vegan living. Recipes, travel articles and news from the vegan point-of-view on politics, animal rights and shopping. No other publication covers the vegan lifestyle the way VegNews does. You need this magazine in your life and you’ll have a year of joyous reading for FREE! If you already have a subscription to VegNews and win you can use this to renew your existing subscription.

To enter, leave a comment with what your resolution is for 2012. Be sure to use a valid  email address so I can contact you if you win. For an extra entry, follow me on Twitter and retweet this tweet then leave a comment telling me your followed and tweeted. Be sure to include your Twitter username in your comment. I will randomly select a winner from all of the entries on Monday, January 9 and notify them by email. Good Luck and Go Vegan in 2012!


Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

December 31st, 2010

A couple months have passed since I last posted.  With the hectic time of the holidays and work keeping me busy I neglected to take the time to update this site as frequently as needed. I will try to not let that happen again. I wanted to bring the year to a close with a general post just to thank everyone who has visited and commented on this site.  I started this site as a benefit to the Middle Tennessee vegetarian and vegan community and since it has grown to benefit so many more. Each day I check visitor logs and see people getting information from this site from all over the world.

This past year has seen travel from my first trip to New York City where I enjoyed some of the best vegan restaurants I have found to our usual yearly trips to St. Augustine and Colorado. There will be much more travel in store for 2011 with new destinations. I have plans on putting together many Nashville restaurant reviews in the coming weeks.  You will soon see more recipes than before, as well. The list of blogs and sites on the sidebar will also expand, as the should. If you would like to see yours listed just drop me a note using the Contact link at the top of the page.

With the exposure this site is getting I would like to pass it along. There are great vegan and vegetarian writers that may or may not have their own site and I would like to showcase some of those talents here.  I will be looking to include a guest writer on the site once a month.  If you would like to get some exposure for yourself and even for your own site don’t hesitate to let me know.  Whether you have a recipe to share or just would like to make a post concerning a topic on your mind sharing it here will get your ideas across to a wide audience.

Once again, thank you to each of you for helping make 2010 great. Let’s make 2011 even greater!


Another New Year

January 4th, 2010

2009 has passed and with the new year there are new resolutions. Many will be promising to put down the cigarettes, lose weight and save money. Some will make a promise to themselves to spend more time with family or travel more. There will also be some choosing to stick with a vegetarian or vegan diet. Many of these resolutions will go forgotten for whatever reason in a matter of weeks, some a matter of days. While I might not be able to help with some of those promises you might make to yourself I would like to think I can help with the vegan or vegetarian choice. Even if it is a question you have regarding a vegan diet that I may not immediately be able to assist with there are plenty of people here who lurk in the comments to give you pointers.

If you did decide to go vegetarian or vegan in 2010 stick to it! The benefits will surprise you and you will be glad you did!