Author Archive | Rhea

Extreme Vegan Makeover: Improvisations Edition: "McVegans," Cheezeburgers, Corn on the Cob with Spicy Chile Garlic Butter, Sweet N’Crunchy Color Slaw & Simple Summer Salad

Between Tom and I being in between homes and living out of bags like nomads since last winter and the effects that has had on my health (including being out of work), we have missed out on a lot of things. We haven’t seen or spoken to our friends, we haven’t been able to attend […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Breakfast Edition: Tofu Scramble with Mushrooms and Red Potato and Onion Home Fries

Like many people with food and weight issues, I never used to eat breakfast. I usually didn’t wake up hungry; in fact, too many times I woke up still tasting the unhealthy food I had eaten too much of the night before. Or I might be rushing to work, thinking I didn’t have time to […]

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Save The Children

Chloe had been happily anticipating the birth of her new baby. She carried her baby inside her for nine long months. They were one, mother and child. It had been a difficult pregnancy, as Chloe did not live in optimal conditions. Her home was small and crowded and she did not have a lot of […]

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2009 Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals

Sunday, October 4, 2009 was Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals in NYC. This was my first time attending and the first time I ever attempted fundraising. My husband and I registered and created a fundraising page on Firstgiving. We named our team “Farm Angels” and used the logo of angel’s wings. We set a goal […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: "Meat" Loaf Edition

A self-confessed food television addict, most of the shows I watch have nothing to do with vegan cooking. They don’t have much to do with healthy eating either. Still, I tune in to Dinner: Impossible, Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Iron Chef and one of my favorite shows, Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I love to watch […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Eggplant Rollatini Edition

Tom’s favorite food is Italian food. Lasagna. Pizza. Baked ziti. Stuffed shells. When we went vegetarian, nothing really changed. We made sure we got marinara sauce instead of meat sauce and that was that. However, when we saw the light and went vegan, everything changed. Sure, I continued to make Italian food – yummy pasta […]

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The Benoni Challenge

It was the end of June, a Sunday. My husband, Tom, and I took our dog, Benoni, to Central Park for the day. After walking for hours, we exited the park 20 blocks from where we had parked the car. Suddenly, the gray skies opened and the rain poured down. Benoni (or Benny, as we […]

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Weight Watchers: You Had Me at “Step On”

My relationship with Weight Watchers (WW) has been like a tumultuous love affair: we met, we hit it off, we shared good times and rough times, we broke up, we tried other relationships, we got back together, we broke up again… You know the movie: girl meets weight-loss plan, girl loses weight, girl cheats with […]

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My Vegan Journey

I have always been an animal lover but I have since learned how that particular self-concept fell short, in part, because of how and where I was raised. Born in the South Bronx, I never saw a lawn, a garden, or any animals other than dogs, cats, fish (in tanks), pigeons, rats and roaches. Lots […]

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The "V" Word

Two years ago, I had never even heard of the “V” word. Now it’s not only a word I use hundreds of times each day but one that I have found elicits a wide range of reactions from people: from pride to shame, from welcoming to fear, from knowing to ignorance, from admiration to disgust, […]

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