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7 Years Vegan – Selective Compassion

Today is my 7-year vegan anniversary. Every year I try to reflect on how being vegan has changed the way I think, feel, live and look at the world. Because it does change – there are times I’m more angry, times I’m more sensitive, times I feel empowered and times I feel helpless. It’s certainly […]

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Why I Could Never Quit Being Vegan

  Whenever I have a vegan-versary or veggie-versary, I write an essay focusing on what veganism means to me, what struggles I work through or some other batch of feelings I need to express. July 21, 2015 marks 7 years to the day I watched “Meet Your Meat,” stopped eating meat and began my vegan […]

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Apologies and Love Letters: 6 Years Vegan

Today is my 6 year anniversary of becoming vegan. I was going to write a new essay but nothing I could write could express how I feel more than this essay that I wrote for my 4 year vegan anniversary. So I present it again, updated. Whenever people comment about the pictures of food and […]

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Animal Place and the Food for Thought Campaign

  In my mind, animal rescuers are the most wonderful, admirable and compassionate people out there. They tirelessly spend their time, money and lives saving animals from death, helping them to heal, get food, shelter and medical care and then, hopefully, homes where they can forever live in peace and happiness. The love and empathy […]

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5 Years Later

  It has been 5 years since I stopped eating meat. Five years ago my freezer was filled with meat, my refrigerator held various cheeses and milk and eating out always meant meat-filled dishes. Five years ago I didn’t know one vegetarian and I had never even heard of the word “vegan.”   So much […]

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The "V" Word Cookbook Preview

Hi loyal “V”-Gang! I have a surprise for you! You all know that I have been working on my cookbook and you also know it’s been taking me a long time. Between my normal full-time job, being ill and trying not to get too down from my handful of rejections from publishers and agents, I […]

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Apologies and Love Letters: 4 Years Vegan

46 Whenever people comment about the pictures of food and recipes I post, I always joke, “I’m not a chef. I’m just hungry.” There is some truth to that. I never cooked very much and when I did, much of it came from boxes or envelopes filled with flavored powders. When Tom and I began […]

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The "V" Word’s Top Ten Posts of 2012

One of the traditions of New Year’s Eve is the countdown to the New Year, the ball dropping, kisses and confetti. So here is a countdown of The “V” Word’s most popular posts of 2012. 10.  Happy New Year: Rosh Hashanah Menu for 5773          A delicious feast to start the new year off right including […]

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Please, Please Ask Me Where I Get My Protein

Ask some vegans what question annoys them most and you will probably hear “If you don’t eat meat, where do you get your protein from?” The runner-up question is probably, “If you don’t drink milk, where do you get your calcium from?” And why are these questions so annoying to many vegans? Probably because they […]

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VeganMoFo: Top Chef Masters Vegan Challenge

The “V” Word continues VeganMoFo, the vegan month of food, with its theme “If TV Celebrity Chefs Went Vegan.” Today, however, I am taking a break from cooking and twisting the theme a bit to “When TV Celebrity Chefs are Forced to Cook Vegan.” One of my favorite cooking competition shows is Top Chef. Even more […]

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VeganMoFo 2012: My 2nd Season

It’s October, my favorite month of the year. The weather is cooler and the leaves are turning to all my favorite jewel-toned colors: orange, green, brown, red and purple (hey, there are purple leaves!). It’s the month of Tom’s and my anniversary (our 5th wedding anniversary and our 9th since we met). This year will […]

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Celebrating the Day I Gave Up Eating Meat

Today is my 4 year veggiversary. It was 4 years ago today that I gave up meat (including fish) and became a vegetarian. Within 7 months of this date, I would become a vegan. Some people think that this date “doesn’t count,” that it is not as important as the day one becomes a vegan. […]

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Yesterday I Missed Being Fat

Yesterday I missed being fat. I actually had a moment when I said out loud, “I wish I was fat again.” Sounds ridiculous, right? Let me explain. Tom’s and my birthdays are coming up this month. We both needed new clothes and shoes so we reluctantly set out to go shopping. I say reluctantly because […]

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3 Years Vegan: What Really Counts?

Today is my 3 year anniversary of becoming vegan. It has been 1095 days since I consumed any animal products and 1312 days since I gave up eating animal flesh. Supposedly, I have saved over 300 animals although given the way I used to eat, that number might easily be doubled. I have lost 116 […]

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My Health Journey

It’s a new year and the time when people are making resolutions about how they are going to improve their lives. One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight and eat better. Unfortunately, too many resolutions are abandoned before the first week of the year is over. I tend not to make New […]

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The "V" Word’s Top Posts of 2011

 One of the traditions of New Year’s Eve is the countdown to the New Year, the ball dropping, kisses and confetti. So here is a countdown of The “V” Word’s most popular posts of 2011. 10. Mexican Sunday Brunch – a delicious feast of Mexican Tofu Scramble, Spanish-Style Potatoes, Pico de Gallo and Red […]

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My Vegan Christmas Carol

A friend of mine suggested veganizing holiday songs. Here is my version, a Vegan version of “Do You Hear What I Hear.” Said the turkey to the little lamb Do you see what I see On tables all across the land Do you see what I see Our selves, our flesh All cut up with […]

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My 10 Favorite Books for Holiday Gift Giving

I love books. Books are among my very favorite things. Is it any wonder I married a librarian? Books make wonderful gifts and these are my top ten choices for vegan/animal rights books (cookbooks are not included in this list; that’s a separate list to come). It was hard to limit my choices so I […]

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