What’s the deal with the “food continuum”?

December 14, 2010

I think this came from a comment Erin made, but I’m already 12 hours late on this one so sorry for not checking 🙂 There’s a concept I hear a lot, and I’ve fallen into it from time to time, that there’s a “vegan food continuum”: a logical progression from omnivore to vegetarian to vegan… […]

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Successful veganism isn’t about the food

December 10, 2010

Erin called me out in the comments about last week’s newsletter, thinking I was advocating a progressively more restrictive vegan diet (and again Erin, thanks for the feedback and it’s not your reading, it’s my writing that’s to blame for the confusion.) The truth is, you could eat nothing but mashed potatoes and vitamin pills […]

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When veganism feels like dieting

December 8, 2010

Lisa asked what to do when veganism “feels like dieting” and I can certainly understand where she’s coming from. It’s absolutely essential for deeper reasons to exist for your veganism that go beyond health and nutrition, otherwise it feels like dieting because that’s what it is, even if it’s not for weight loss: The video […]

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When someone says they “love animals” – and eat meat

December 7, 2010

Ely asked for ideas on ways to engage nonvegans who claim to love animals, even though they participate in killing animals every day.  I’m pretty sure everyone’s met someone like this – for instance, I’ll never forget the day that a co-worker saw a bird with a wing problem on the way into the office, […]

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Deflecting vegan criticism with the bearhino technique

December 6, 2010

I’m so pissed that I could have learned the bearhino technique, like, 5 years ago if someone had taken the trouble to type properly! I kid, I kid, but even when people think they’re kidding, criticism about your veganism can be hard to handle, even under the guise of your friends poking fun at you. […]

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“Keep trying new foods until you’ve tried them all”

December 3, 2010

Today’s video isn’t a response to a reader question, but it is a response to a reader comment, and hey, haven’t the comments this week been amazing?  In response to the vegan product selection in smaller towns video, Jinkies! (you have to pronounce the exclamation mark like I do in the video) said “My advice […]

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Where do you draw the line with animal testing?

December 2, 2010

Today’s question came via Nic, and it’s one I don’t have an answer for, so I’m looking for your guidance and experience to help me figure it out.  What are your personal policies on animal testing and consumer goods?  Sure, it starts easy enough, but in today’s world of multinational conglomerates, things can get confusing […]

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Meeting vegans in smaller towns

December 1, 2010

In part one of Matt’s question about “adapting veganism to the deepest darkest burbs” we talked about dealing with a lack of product selection, and today we’re going into the lack of vegan people selection: how do you meet more vegans when there aren’t any? And yes, most of these ideas will work just as […]

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Vegan product selection in small towns

November 30, 2010

Matt’s newsletter question was, and I quote, “adapting veganism to the deepest darkest burbs.” There are a lot of ways to take that one, so I’m going to break it into two or three parts.  Today we’ll cover how to deal with a less-varied selection of vegan products, and tomorrow we’ll handle dealing with a […]

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Advice for new vegans

November 29, 2010

Lots of questions in the queue from newsletter signups this week!  Jeff asked for advice for newbie vegans, but before I answer him, just what is a newbie vegan, anyway? I could have split this into 2 videos, but it felt right to keep it together even if I missed a point or two to […]

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