#44 You Don't Have to Ditch ALL Dairy RIGHT NOW -- Here's Where to Start

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One of the most common question I get is, "how to get rid of dairy and/or eggs?"

The good news is, you don't have to eliminate all of your dairy products overnight.

You can begin by just replacing your cow's milk and butter with plant-based milk (almond, coconut, cashew, etc.) and vegan margarine (Earth Balance & Smart Balance are popular brands).

 

4 Reasons You Don't Need Dairy:

 

How to use plant-based dairy and vegan margarine:

  • Plant-based milk (almond, coconut, cashew, soymilk, rice, etc) can be used in cereal, oatmeal, cooking, smoothies, etc.
  • Vegan margarine can be used on toast, cooking, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc.

 

Where can I buy these products? You can buy plant-based milk in most grocery stores these days. Check out Earth Balance and Smart Balance websites to locate these products near you.

Remember, it doesn't have to be all or nothing to get started! Make gradual shifts and keep on moving forward.

 

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#43 What You Should Do to Get Back on Track | 5 Tips

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Here are 2 mistakes people make when they want to be vegan:

  • Expecting everything to always be perfect
  • Giving up on the journey too soon

The truth is, I'm not a "perfect" vegan. If you've been following me for a while, you already know this (if you're new here, hey boo hey!).

The only difference between me and ex-vegans is that I kept going!

Even when I was depressed, was binging on non-vegan crappy food, and barely cooked for months at a time, I always found a way to get back on track.

We're human, and the only thing we can do is strive to be our best every. single. day.

I'm not writing all of this to give you an excuse to not embrace vegan life.

I just want to make sure you know I understand your pain and struggles about wanting to maintain this lifestyle, and how other factors can make you second guess your decision. I've been there!

 

In my latest podcast episode, I give you five tips to get back on track if you've been struggling to make vegan life work for you.

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With everything I do, I strive to help as many everyday people embrace vegan meals and life in the most down-to-earth way possible.

I hope this podcast episode inspires you to take action and get back on track!

Tips Mentioned:

  • Get clear on your why 
  • Start replacing your struggle ingredients with vegan options
  • Make vegan life a priority -- meal planning, research, look for recipes, grocery shopping
  • Reflect and change things in your personal life, so that you can move forward
  • Stop beating yourself up

Resources Mentioned:

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#42 Being A Vegan Athlete, Food Talk & Vegan Travel A Conversation with Donta Harris

It was a lot of fun having Donta on the show to discuss his vegan journey, being vegan while traveling, vegan fitness, finding a vegan community, how he inspired his family to make changes to their own diets and mastering the art of tofu.

He's on a mission to scatter the stereotype of what a vegan looks out.

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Quick tips from Donta:

  • Form a community with like-minded people to keep yourself accountable - meetup.com
  • Don't be afraid to use mock meat and other vegan alternatives to help transition 

Resources mentioned:

Happycow.net - website for vegan options around the US

No Meat Athlete running groups

Vegan Smart protein powder

Field Roast hotdogs

TofuXpress - to press tofu

 

Music on intro & outro Method Man - "Make Up to Break Up" 

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#41 The 6: Lessons Learned From Being Vegan for 6 Years

In April, I celebrated 6 years as a vegan!  In this podcast episode, I share some of my lessons from the last 6 yrs and get candid about this misconception of a "perfect" vegan.

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Quick recap of the 6 lessons:

  • Didn't expect my family to get on board with me -- so grateful!
  • Cooking is required...especially if you have a family. Don't worry, I offered some advice and encouragement for this subject
  • You will get used to reading ingredient labels
  • You will find a vegan cheese that works for you -- so many options these days
  • Why this lifestyle hasn't been "perfect" for me
  • My struggle with losing and gaining weight 

 

Resources mentioned:

PETA

Vegan cheese brands mentioned: Heidi Ho, Field Roast, Miyoko's KitchenKite Hill & Daiya

Sistah Vegan book

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