Why I Created a FREE Vegan School

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When I first decided to go vegan back in late 2015, I often found myself frustrated with the “what-to-do’s” and lack of “how-to’s.”

There was nobody there holding my hand to walk me through the process of completely renovating my lifestyle, and I had to do a lot of the hard work by myself. During the first few months, I feared that I would always fall back on my cravings of meat, cheese, & eggs. There was also a strain on our finances, due to the fact that my husband was in school for his doctorate, which affected the groceries we could afford. Additionally, at the time we lived in the deep south of food culture which made the “vegan option” an exception to the rule.

There never seemed to be enough time as I was running my own business and about to take on a new job, which left us at our wits end most days. I wanted to pull my hair out with everything I “couldn’t eat anymore,” what started to manifest itself as a “lack mentality.” My family and most of my friends, in the beginning, were not super supportive; and the community in which we lived provided many questions, comments, and disapproval for this radical transition I had decided to publicly taking on.

It was hard work.



That’s why I created Vegan School, the first official “NO BS” way for learning HOW TO go vegan without spending months (or years) in frustration trying to figure it all out for yourself. It’s FREE because I believe in this work, and I believe in the right for people to know the real information without the headache or money-sucking marketing schemes.

This course is for people who are ready to make a change, but just don’t know where to start. Not only will this be the starting block for healthier habits but a healthier mindset about food & its relationship to the body.

In less than 25 minutes, you will learn the best skills which are proven to have better health effects AND more positive environmental outcomes. This movement is so much bigger than what we eat. Our food decisions affect the entire planet’s well being as well.

If you need something that gives solutions to better, healthier habits, which doesn’t cost an arm & a leg or tons of time, Vegan School is for you. Not only will you be enrolling in the course material & receive a 4-day meal plan with shopping list, but you’ll gain access to an online community of “Veganners” where the hard questions are welcomed. There is nothing else out there like this!

As I will elaborate in the beginning of the course video, I never expect perfectionism. We don’t need a few people doing this perfectly; we need a bunch of people trying to make the planet better, imperfectly.

There is no “plan-et B,” so enroll in Vegan School now!. It’s risk-FREE. Enter your email address and receive free, lifetime access to this learn-able material via your email where I will walk you through how to actually succeed at this lifestyle renovation.

I believe in you, now let’s do it.

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Why I'm (Still) Vegan

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I have been asked the question, “What inspired you to go vegan?” a lot, and while that can be answered in one of my first blogs, The How and Why Behind ThatVeganWife, I think it’s good to take some time every once in a while to re-evaluate our values.

The simple answer to this “Why” question is: I was sick & tired of being sick & tired.

If you have taken time to read over my experience, then you’ll learn that I have an extensive background in chronic pain, the health-care system, and an ill-informed upbringing around food & its impact on the quality of our own lives. I also lived most of my years surrounded by a culture centered around its food, a lack of knowledge of what’s on the end of our forks, paired with the growing diet culture & food fads.

But, now… it’s become much bigger than any of those things.

After finally achieving a consistent state of health where I’ve been able to think & see more clearly, I have realized that choosing this lifestyle & the intention of compassionate living has allowed me to become part of a movement beyond my own health. While, yes, our health is important, the world around us is in need of a serious makeover. Here’s why I see it this way.

If you’ve been following me over the last almost-year & a half, then you’ll know that I am a weekly co-host on an LA Talk Radio show called, State of the Oceans. It’s over this time of being brought on the show where I lead the healthy vegan segment that I’ve found out how much I actually DON’T know.

Having the opportunity to sit next to some of the world’s longest standing animal activists & leaders in environmental conservation is something I never thought I would be doing, but I am so glad I’m here.

It’s with Captain Paul Watson & the other hosts that I’ve been “going to school” every single week, learning about the greater impacts that my food choices are making. They’ve taught me the importance of our oceans, how bad factory farming can be on animals & environment, and the inside scoop from experiences far beyond my own.

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It’s not just about how we feel inside, but the connectedness that this whole “vegan” thing can offer if you open your eyes to it. Look at it this way:

Our personal choices affect our environment/others,

the environment/others impact our food sources,

available food sources affect our physical & mental health,

health can impact our finances,

our financial ability funds our personal choices,

which takes us back full circle.

There’s still a lot that I don’t know, and these ambiguous terms could mean a variety of things to many different people, but if we’re not careful this can be a downward spiral of personal destruction. My own “quarter-life crisis” was the end of my own destructive downward spiral & woke me up to my own sleepiness to the fact that I CAN’T just treat my body how I want to and expect to get out scott-free!

If you’re joining me in this journey, and don’t know where to start, it’s okay. I’ve been in your shoes in some form or fashion and want to show you that this lifestyle is more attainable privileged bloggers have led the public to believe. I’m here to tell you, that this isn’t easy, but there are simple daily/weekly practices we can take in order to make the transition we’ve always wanted: into better health for ourselves and the world.

If that sounds like you, if you’re stuck with not knowing what to do or how to move forward, I am excited to tell you that I have a FREE “Vegan School” Course launching April 1, 2019, and I want you to be there.

This is NOT a nutritional-advice class, this a realistic-holistic training to get you headed in a better direction towards plant-based living. I am not a formally trained expert in the health arena, but I will quote the experts in their respected arenas.

If you’re curious for more, or just need a helping hand, make sure you sign up to be a part of early enrollment. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Denver, Colorado

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When you live in a place like Denver, Colorado, where the air is supposedly cleaner & people are more health conscious, you’ll be sure to find a place to eat that has vegan friendly options. One of the things that we did back when we first moved to the mountain state was scope out the best vegan places we could sink our teeth into. After almost 2 years of living here, I think we’ve finally found the best of the best.

So, in no particular order, here are the best vegan restaurants in Denver, Colorado:

1) Watercourse Foods

Watercourse Foods sits on the corner of 17th & North Emerson Streets in uptown Denver. This was one of our first stops on our ‘vegan restaurant tour,’ and we were immediately hooked. While this place sits in an uptown neighborhood, it is not far from high end cuisine. When you walk in, there is presence of good vibes and beautiful people trying to make the world a better place. The ambiance is nice and the service is great as the staff is generally pretty knowledgeable about what’s on the menu. There is also a great collection of treats, gifts, and a coffee bar up front. And yes, the food tastes better than southern comforts you’d expect of vegan options.

Find anything from the healthier salads, to their amazing brunch menu, and to classics like burgers, fries, and desserts to share.

  • Menu Go-To: BBQ Seitan Wings & The Southern Plate (pictured below), & a Kombucha of the Day… or Irish Coffee.

2) Meta-Burger

If you’re searching for the perfect burger during your time in Denver, make sure to stop by Meta Burger. While this place has only been around since August 2018, they have made a huge boom in the restaurant industry, taking home the prize for People’s Choice Plant-Based Burger at the Miami Food & Wine Festival last year.

That happened only 3 months into their business, by the way.

If their awards don’t speak of them enough for you, their plant-based patties sure will! You can find anything from a savory Patty Melt, to the Sweet Hawaiian Burger, to Chili Cheese Dogs, to even ‘Chicken’ Cesar Salads (if you’re trying to be ‘healthy’). I have yet to find something that we don’t like and am not embarrassed to admit that it has become our Sunday afternoon regular place to be. They even have Regular AND Spicy ‘Chicken’ Sandwiches (on Sundays)! Take that Chick-fil-a!

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3) Vegan Van

Finding the Vegan Van was like finding a miracle on wheels. This rolling establishment drove into our lives after my husband & I decided to make a date downtown where we found it sitting in front of Alternation Brewery Company. We were so impressed with the menu that we ended up asking for one of everything. In other instances, these kind of foods would make us feel sick, but they had not affect on our energy!

We’re talking burgers, brats, nachos, buffalo wraps, and even mac and cheese! If you’re looking for the perfect vegan junk food, make sure to find that Vegan Van.

  • Menu Go-To: Coney Island which is their vegan corn dog.

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4) Beet Box Bakery & Cafe

This little sweet shop has more to offer than just gluten-free, vegan donuts & cakes, but that’s a good enough reason to check this place out, right? This mom & pop shop is always a treat to meet up at with friends for lunch or coffee because of it’s ‘coffee shop vibes.’ It reminds me of the little coffee shop I’d frequent when I was working downtown Abilene, Texas, which takes me back to a simpler time.

Yes, everything on the Beet Box menu is vegan and their lunch menu has surprising selection of hearty melted sandwiches with a filling selection of sides to chose from.

  • Click HERE to see their sandwich menu

  • Read the Happy Cow reviews

  • Go-To: The Avocado Melt never disappoints!

5) Sputnik

This spunky little spot serves to be one of the best places for drinks & foods alike. We were surprised to find this little treasure trove on the busy street of Broadway which houses the perfect walking trail for window shopping and unique bars & buys. With a diverse menu, they also have made sure to include a delicious selection of food for vegans out there who are looking to enjoy this dive bar.

Sputnik is the perfect place to go for late night eats, drinks, & brunch. They have everything from salads, to corndogs & fried pickles, to even a delicious selection of vegan sauces for dipping. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Menu Go-To: White BBQ Sandwich with sweet potato fries (but really anything is good)

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Vegan Hair-Care Do's & Don'ts

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Vegan haircare is becoming all the buzz with the latest spike in plant-based interest, especially since the beginning of 2019! I am no stranger to this trend since I’ve been on the search for a perfect vegan hair routine after a few years of pursuing plants.

I have also been under the care of a “hair-apist” since the 7th grade and am no stranger to hair salon’s, stylists, and how to achieve beautiful hair. Traditional Texans are known for their big hair and I quickly allowed it to become my aspiration to achieve bold, beautiful locks.

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This is my hair stylist, Lindsay. via Instagram: @rebelhairartistry (she let’s me bring my dog)

From those early days in the chair, after learning how good hair comes at a price & patience most people wouldn’t have capacity for, I’ve come up with a serious list of “do’s & don’t’s” that any can be successful at.

DON’T be unrealistic

Patience (in hair-care) is a much needed virtue if you’re going to pursue beautiful locks. Get to know your hair. Is it thick? Is if fine? Does it feel brittle? Is your environment affecting it? These are all good questions to start asking when you’re deciding on where to go because you want your stylist to KNOW your hair. Every single time I’ve sat down in a stylist’s hair for the first time, I become my own advocate in letting them know the history of my hair & where I want it to be.

Also, if you’re walking into a salon asking for brown to platinum blonde or fashion color, it’s not going to happen over night! That’s the point. If you want a soft, flowing head of hair, you’ve got to understand that it’s going to take work to get there.

DO ask your stylist about the product’s they’re using

Becoming your biggest hair advocate while sitting in the chair is the best thing you can do for your noggin. Over time, after figuring out what is best for my body, I’ve been able to communicate more clearly what my hair needs to thrive! Sometimes this may not even be what your salon has in stock.

Do their products on hand make your head itch? Does your scalp react once you step foot out of the salon? Then maybe it’s time to check out what your stylist is using in your head.

DON’T settle for less

You’re going to be giving power to someone who has to ability to make or break the status of your hair. With that, find someone you are going to enjoy seeing! Salon time is self-care time, so make sure that you’re sitting in someone’s chair that makes you feel comfortable. Believe me, most salon stylists want to enjoy their clients, so giving yourself that is the best thing you can do for the both of you.

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DO take care of your hair outside salon care

Just because you’re doing salon care doesn’t mean that the work is not over. Going to regular salon visits is only one piece to this holistic hair puzzle. What am I talking about? I’m talking about what you are eating, the environment in which you live, supplements that you may or may not be taking, what sorts of products you are using. All of that stuff adds up into making a difference

Following these 4 simple tips and you are sure to achieve some beautiful progress, eventually. ;)

Luckily I have found an amazing artist right here in Colorado who has helped me accomplish my current #hairgoals: Rebel Hair Artistry at Revolver: A Salon on Steele Street.

How did I find my stylist? After going to several salons in the area & being disappointed with prices & appointment selections, I was recommended to Lindsay, who not only understand’s fashion color, but understands how important it is to me that the products I am using are friendly to animals, my body, & the environment. Check out her work on Instagram & check out the cruelty-free Kevin Murphy products (pictured above) her salon keeps stocked.

Got more vegan hair tips people should know about? Leave a comment below!

An Interview with Amy Rebecca Wilde | Vegan Scene

I have to admit: I’m still consider myself a newer vegan, especially since vegan living encompasses much more than what sits on our plates. I see myself as this “accidental expert” that has been based mainly on my experience, self-education, and leaning heavily on the real experts out there.

With the opportunity of acting co-host on weekly LA Talk Radio show, I’ve had the privilege to meet some of the biggest influencers & real experts in this plant-based movement, including someone else who started from scratch a lot like I did.

This was a long-time, dream-come-true moment getting to meet our special guest, Amy Rebecca Wilde. She not only started a few notable social media & IRL movements, but she’s an activist turned entrepreneur, living the vegan lifestyle for nearly 17 years. Amy spent a lot of her childhood volunteering at pet adoptions, even protesting outside the Los Angeles Zoo, and has also been the one behind the Fur Free LA Campaigns which have been successful lately in banning fur in LA.

Currently, she owns and runs the popular Venice Beach boutique Vegan Scene, and in 2017 launched her own vegan and ethical fashion line called, Legends and Vibes. Amy is the face behind the popular Instagram account, @VegansOfIG where she's taken it upon herself to organize a meet up tour though the account, connecting like-minded activists and vegans and educating the public.

The following is a snippet of what we talked about on the show:

TVW: We’re so glad to have you on! I would first love to hear about you, & your vegan story, as well as what has inspired you to launch these vegan fashion lines & companies.

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Amy: “Well thank you so much for having me!

Yeah, so I’ve always been an animal lover from an early age. Everything that I did was finding a way to not just have animals around, but to be able to take care them. So for me, the natural conclusion, once I had learned about vegetarianism & then veganism, was to make the switch asap. From there I made it my life’s path, whatever I was follow, to use veganism as a way to influence positive change.

And for me, [in regards to what inspired me], it’s a really simple answer, really: it’s realizing that something has not been done yet & it can be done, I just need to make sure it happens, and with that just going forward with starting it. The simplest answer for starting a vegan store was, I like to shop, and I was having trouble finding a place that was a 100% cruelty-free boutique of curated, cute stuff that I didn’t have to worry about.

There so much to talk about when it comes to a plant-based diet, as veganism expands into every aspect of our lives and how much animals are not considered beings, [in the eyes on most] they are just materials.

I’m so excited that a plant-based diet has come so far in the last few years but of the real push that we need to start making is for the entire lifestyle which means being conscious of the materials that we are using.

[There is] the big myth that the animal agriculture has about ‘leather and fur being a byproduct of getting the meat,’ when in reality that’s not really happening. And to touch on what Paul said earlier about Climate Change, we in vegan fashion like to say that veganism is the future because you simply can’t sustain current animal practices practices and expect a healthy planet.”

TVW: After reading your bio, I wanted you to tell the story about how Vegan Scene came about as well as the community that you’ve created. We’ve talked about this before on the show about how we [vegans] need to create community out of this movement. What is your take on this important topic?

Amy: “Yeah, I will say that I went vegan back in 2002, so I didn’t really have any vegan friends until about 8 years later. That was a big part of social media and being able to connect with more people and spreading the awareness that comes with that. Not only was I able to connect with other people, but I was able to use what I had known as my experience to help others.

For me, I am committed to the cause 100%, but I can see how not having that important connectedness that comes with community, that support system, can be a deterrent. [I] encourage others who become interested to get involved in veganism, as it is really important to make sure you provide a community & support. That could be as simple as sharing a recipe or giving some advice.

I started doing protests & different work and started meeting more activists. This was when Instagram was still in its infancy, but late one night I couldn’t sleep & created the @vegansofig account & just started sharing memes between vegans. Then I started getting comments from other people who that were new [to veganism] or interested [in going vegan]. After doing it for so long, I forget how many questions there are in the beginning. So I kinda started writing more informative posts and started listening to people and what they wanted me to say. “

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via Amy Rebecca Wilde Instagram

I [also] like to go out and meet people, and one of the things that people were talking about was having events so I started doing Meetups too. It was just in that LA area.

There were a lot of people commenting on having events at certain places. So I setup a tour around the country doing these events, and I brought my dog with me too! I got to meet vegans around the country and it was one of the best experiences I ever had. Which was illuminating into how much of a vegan community we have out there, but also the lack of vegan spaces.

I was having trouble finding places to host these vegan events and was having a hard time finding something that met up to my criteria. So that’s when I started looking into bars & places that have drinks that were “herbivore approved” and have pre-made vegan menus for everyone set up with the restaurant. It was a really big eye opener for me that there is a big group of us out there but not a lot of places to meet up that are completely vegan friendly”

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That’s when I created the first brick & mortar space to house vegan events and house a fashion boutique, Vegan Scene.

Want to hear the rest of the interview with Amy Rebecca Wilde?

Catch the rest of the recorded conversation by clicking HERE, and follow Amy Rebecca Wilde on Twitter, Instagram, and visit the websites for Legends & Vibes and Vegan Scene.

10 Vegan Meals That'll Leave You Feeling FULL

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One of the biggest myths about being vegan is that those who live this way can never get full. While my husband and I have actually eaten seemingly more food since going plant-based, we have come up with a list of recipes that we frequently uses as weeknight meals we go to when we’re wanting to get that “full-feeling.”

Here’s a list of 10 different vegan meals you could make any night of the week.

1. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Do I even need to explain the “stuffed” part? Not only are these relatively easy to make, it’s a great dish to bring to any gathering, and leaves you feeling full. These can even be made in less than 45 minutes and there are plenty of different flavor combinations to choose from!

Check out Ahead of Thyme’s Easy Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe.

2. Pasta Dishes

This is a go-to for weeknight dinners because pasta dishes are made of cheap ingredients, can be very versatile in flavor, and can be great for leftover lunches the next day. This is also the sort of dish that can easily be made gluten-free, if that suits your needs, as there are many (GF) options in most grocery stores made available.

Some of our favorite Pasta Dishes:

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Creamy Kale Pasta

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3. Veggie, Bean, & Rice Casserole

I know I’ve talked about this one before in my of my previous blog posts, but this honestly is one of the easiest things to make that provides a surplus of leftovers for later meals. This is also something that can be varied up depending on the types vegetables that are in season, and canned beans couldn’t be cheaper.

Pro-Tip: Buy your beans & grains in bulk to avoid weekly expenses.

Try the Veggie, Bean & Rice Casserole by V Nutrition

4. Curry & Rice

This is just the Indian version of beans & rice, but can satisfy any stomach for a long period of time. We love making this dish in our house because it takes 25 minutes or less (with the help of our Instant Pot) and typically can be made with inexpensive ingredients.

Try the Vegan Chickpea Curry Recipe by Hurry the Food Up

5. Prep-Burritos

If you’re looking for a filling lunch-prep meal, burritos are the way to go. Not only are they versatile, and easy to eat on-the-go, you can make a lot at one time and change your recipe.

Some of our favorite Burrito Recipes:

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Rabbits & Wolves

6. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

With the help of our Instant Pot, we’ve made ourselves a merry little meal plan with this simple recipe. Sweet Potatoes are definitely one of the easiest & cheapest ingredients to find, and each person can make their own version depending on their own taste-preferences.

Check out this baseline recipe for Loaded Sweet Potatoes by Kara Lydon.

7. Vegan Pizza

While there are many different options for Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought), there are more ways to make a vegan pizza. Making your own homemade batch of dough is pretty simple, if you know how to follow instructions, and ingredients aren’t super complicated & tend to be inexpensive. You can add vegan cheese, or you can do without. You can add vegan sausage or vegan pepperoni’s to make it feel like the real thing, or you can go straight veggie. The choice is up to you!

Use this Vegan Crazy Dough Recipe from Kitchen Nostalgia

Check out this collection of 50 Awesome Pizza Ideas from KeepinItKind.com

8. Vegan Chili

Pair this dish with some Jiffy Cornbread and you’ve got a meal that will last for days! This is a meal the hubby & I frequent back to when we’re feeling lazy because our Instant Pot does most of the work. You can also make chili in a crock-pot if you’re not that fancy. Slow-cookin is good-cookin.

Try this Vegan Chili Mac from The Garden Grazer

Try our favorite Instant Pot Vegan Chili recipe by Brand New Vegan

9. Vegan Sloppy Joes with Baked Fries

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Perfect Oven Baked Fries by High Heels & Grills

Sloppy Joes are basically chili on bread. What’s not to like? These are not only filling, but great for on-the-go lunches for the next day as well. Something that goes well with this meal is a side of fries. Bake fries are easier to make than you think, and aren’t full of all the extra oil and chemicals that regular freezer fries are made of.

Try these Sloppy Joe’s with Quinoa that’s Vegan AND Gluten Free

Take it up a notch with these Mushroom & Eggplant Sloppy Joes

Bonus: Perfect Oven Baked Fries by High Heels & Grills

10. Stir-fry with Tofu with added cashews or peanuts

This is a meal that we like to mix-up often because of how many different veggie-combinations you can make. Some of the veggies we use often are: Snap Peas, Bell Pepper, Onion, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Green Onion, Carrots, and Peas. Don’t let the tofu part scare you, consider that your blank canvas for flavor. Add this with rice or quinoa and you’ve got that full feeling you’ve been looking for.

Different ways to make your Tofu:

Bonus Read: How to Cook Crispy Tofu Worth Eating on SeriousEats.com

Need more recipes?

I’ve got you covered for 6 weeks with my Free 6-Week Vegan Meal Plan. Sign up for the Downloadable PDF. Follow me on by VEGAN Pinterest Board for continuing adds to my recipe collection!

Tell me what your favorite filling plant-based recipes are in the comments!

Vegan 101: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan

I’ve been on a creative hiatus over the holiday season, rethinking some of the ways that I frame this vegan lifestyle thing. It’s 2019 and seems that everyone is setting resolutions, goals, or intentions with the new energy only a “New Year” can bring. While I’m all for setting goals, I am NOT for setting unrealistic expectations in desperation for change. Been there, done that, it doesn’t work.

Change is a slow process requiring intentional actions while allowing room for failure. If I know anything about change, it can be difficult to say the least. That to say, if you’ve ever thought about going vegan, now is the perfect time to do it.

Veganuary 2019 is off to a running start with people supporting one another in the process. Unlike when veganism made it to surface in the 60s, there are so many options for vegans these days that it’ll have you thinking, “Wow I don’t even miss the ‘real thing’…”

So, with the a record number of you who are pledging to take the plunge into veganism publicly, as stated by The Guardian, here are some practical tips on making the lifestyle transition goes as smooth as possible.

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1.  Add lots of plants FIRST.

Like Leslie Durso shared with us in one of our latest LA Talk Radio State of the Oceans show, “immediately to start adding large quantities of produce into [your] diet.” Adding things to your diet is always easier than taking the once-familiar things out all of the sudden. Improving our quantities nutrients from produce is the best thing we can start doing because you’re training yourself to consume vegetables. As they say, “You are what you eat.”

Related: How to Go Vegan in 2019, an interview with Vegan Chef Leslie Durso

2.  Get to Know Your Kitchen

Teaching yourself how to cook is the greatest skill & gift you can teach yourself. Knowing how to cook recipes on the fly requires expert skill, so make use of the big-fat network some like to call, “The Internet.” Google, Pinterest, & Youtube became my greatest teachers & resources for recipes in this lifestyle switch, and best of all… that education & recipe collection was FREE!

Need recipes? Download my FREE 6 Week Vegan Meal Plan. There’s something for everybody to eat & enjoy.

3. Start Becoming a Label Reading Expert

This was something that can be done simply by doing it. Meaning: read the ingredients of the food you’re buying. Unlike fruits & vegetables that don’t need a nutrition label, processed foods can be tricky to navigate. Learning other names for animal products can help you stay on track & keeping animals off the plate.

Related: Supplement & Nutrition Labels: 101

4. Invest in a Food Processor/Blender

Having the basic cooking tools, like pots, pans, and utensils, is important. However, I’d go a step further to say that investing in a food processor and/or blender will be great for those recipes requiring smooth consistencies. Also, owning a blender is essential for on the go smoothies which are easy to make vegan.

Need a suggestion? We use the Ninja brand of food processor.

5. Have Grace. It's a Process.

If you’re new to the enlightened lifestyle of veganism, I have good news for you: you’re not alone! With the 300,000 people estimated to go plant-based this year, be assured that failing in the process is completely normal. Be kind to yourself in the process because the impact you’re making by trying is not going unnoticed!

What to  learn more  about this topic?  Click here  to listen to ThatVeganWife on LA Talk Radio have this conversation about her own journey.

What to learn more about this topic? Click here to listen to ThatVeganWife on LA Talk Radio have this conversation about her own journey.

Happy 2019! Eat more plants this year on me.

Happy 2019! Eat more plants this year on me.

An Interview with Leslie Durso | How to Go Vegan in 2019

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Instagram: @lesliedurso

It’s that time of the year again where people start to make their “New Year’s Resolutions…” and while I could go on a tangent about how you can make the switch to plants any time of the year, or share my favorite recipes, I’ll let the other vegan bloggers do that.

Some of you are choosing to go vegan in 2019 and I applaud you… but can I give some solid advice?

Actually, the following advice comes from a conversation we recently had on the radio show with our friend & vegan chef, Leslie Durso.

I love having Leslie on because she really knows what she’s talking about and she has expertise to back it up. Once simply known as Leslie the lab girl with Bill Nye the science guy, Leslie took her love of education and shifted from science to plant-based food. After establishing herself as a private chef for the NYC and Hollywood elite, Leslie emerged as a public persona, hosting cooking segments on television and online.

I took advantage of having her on the show to ask her, “HOW people can make the switch to a vegan lifestyle go more smoothly, and how to navigate holiday/public gatherings with people that don’t understand what vegan is.”

  • Listen to the entire LIVE recording of our interview with Leslie here.

For those of you who just here for the advice, here’s a little bit of our conversation…

TVW: For the newbie vegans out there who are just starting out, how do you stick to being vegan? Especially around the holidays? What do you do?

Leslie: "Yeah, the holidays are a tough time because going home, people can be very defensive about their beliefs, especially when it comes to how you eat. I'd say that you have got to be super respectful. Everyone is in a different place in their food journey and everyone deserves to be respected. So, the holidays might not be the best time to make a big scene at the table and tell everyone that 'meat is murder…' You might want to just play it a little bit more low-key.

Usually when you go vegan, things start to happen to you physically. Your skin gets brighter and better, your hair gets shinier, and you'll notice that people will just [naturally] ask you about it.

Let them spark the conversation as opposed to being the one that's preaching to everybody.

As far as what to avoid and how to get through it food-wise. You know, it is tough, especially when you're new and you don't know what's in everything. You might be eating something and your Aunt Betty says, 'Oh yeah that doesn't have any animals in it," except that she forgot that there's actually eggs in it. Don't beat yourself up, do the best that you can. If you can cook for everyone, even better. It's a great way to inspire conversation when someone tastes your delicious appetizer or cookies and says, 'Wow! These are really good," and you can show them that you don't need to put the eggs & dairy in them. It's just as delicious without!

Bring your own food with you so that you're not without when there's appetizers of cheese & crackers and you can't eat anything. Go get your favorite snack and keep a smile on your face!”

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TVW: “I know a lot of people that will be trying to go vegan this year in 2019 and a lot of those people are used to having animal products. While some of those things are addicting because of the chemicals found in them, it can be hard to start. Where do you start when you tell people to start [going plant based]? Is it taking dairy out first or should you go all at once? How would you suggest a smooth transition into veganism?

Leslie: "Well it depends on the person and where they're at, but I tell them to immediately to start adding large quantities of produce into their diet, so that you're substituting with really healthy food. I was mentioning that there are a lot of the plant-based cheeses and plant-based meats and those are so fantastic, but if you just sub out meat for those items, you're still not getting the foundation of your diet. The foundation of your diet should always be whole plants. So I encourage people to first do that and then to eliminate things out.

Then I usually ask them to start with dairy because dairy is the thing that people find hardest to cut out. I also believe that it's one of the most unhealthy things, so that it should go first. So, if you can get that out of your diet then everything else seems much easier."

Listen to the LIVE recording by clicking      here     .

Listen to the LIVE recording by clicking here.


So there you have it: solid advice about how to go vegan in 2019. Please take some time to read through more of my beginner’s advice on how to have the best experience of going vegan in 2019 like…


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