Thursday, 1 October 2015

Why I've Decided To Go Vegan


Hey guys!

So this has been a highly requested blog post/video, so here I am finally getting the words out. I don’t know why, but for me, some things I find easier to explain via video, and other matters are best dealt with a pen to paper, or by typing away at a laptop. No matter how I try to get the message across, you guys know that it always comes from the heart.

I am now fully vegan, and I have been for some time. I actually made the change long before I told you guys, but I didn’t want to tell you all I’d “gone vegan” and then slip up and let you down. I never want to lie to you guys, so I want to let you know that I HAVE slipped up, on many occasions. But I’ve reached a wonderful place where I feel confident, happy and thriving on this new lifestyle. I know why I slipped up, so I can easily prevent it from happening again. My heart, body and mind are all working together with me on this one. There’s no going back.

So everyone wants to know why I’ve gone vegan, and I’m going to tell you. But BEFORE YOU READ ON, PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER!!

I’m just trying to explain my own reasons, and not trying to make anyone else feel in any way judged, guilty or upset. I respect everyones right to eat and do what they want (please bear in my mind that my wife is NOT vegan and I respect her as equally as she respects me.) Just as I don’t want to offend or upset you, please think carefully before you say anything that may upset or offend me. 

The reasons why I decided to go vegan are: 

1.) I was vegan before. I loved it then, but found it difficult to maintain because I had no support back then and had no idea about all the AMAZING vegan YouTubers! Now I have “What I Eat In A Day VEGAN” videos, countless cookbooks and recipes and an awesome bunch of followers on Twitter who make for an even better version of Google when it comes to honestly answering my questions.

2.) I truly believe that animals do not exist just so we can exploit them and use them for our own purposes. I love all animals and feel that it’s not fair to love my Cat and my Dog but then eat other animals, like there is a hierarchy of animals. 

3.) I have read up and informed myself of the damage that eating animals and farming animals does to the environment. I’ve always always ALWAYS cared about the environment (feel free to check out the earlier posts on my blog from around 2011!) and if there is any way at all that I can make a difference so the world can be cleaner and more sustainable for my future children and the future in general, I am going to jump on board and do my very best to help out. 

4.) I’ve cured a lot of my physical problems, and have never felt healthier in my entire life. This one kind of speaks for itself. If you’re feeling great doing what you’re doing, why change it? It is absolutely CRAZY how good I feel considering how much I DON’T exercise. I DO walk my dog twice, if not thrice a day. But apart from that, I am usually sat around, filming, reading, editing, or on YouNow talking to you chaps. I keep thinking, if I feel this fit now, imagine how crazy fit I would feel if I like, go JOGGING or something?! Haha, when I learn to get up earlier, I swear I’ll get around to it.

So yeah, that’s the story so far. I went vegan. Tripped up a few times, but got back on my horse. Feeling great. Wanting to spread a positive message. I read a really awesome quote the other day. I don’t know it word for word, but it basically said that veganism should be a positive thing. Making people feel bad about themselves is not what I’m set out to do, and it’s NOT going to make people want to join the club. All I’m trying to do is spread a message, like how eating animals impacts the environment, and how even just cutting back on meat can seriously help. I want to inform, not attack. 

Sooooooo, if anyone has some simple vegan recipes do share! I’m gluten free as well, but I’m sure I can easily adapt most recipes if they’re not GF. 

Thanks for sticking around to read this, and don’t forget to leave me a little comment!

Love,

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  1. Hey Rosie, great post as always.
    One recipe I like is vegan indian bulgur : just mix up bulgur, tofu, carrots, peppers, onions with a bit of curry, coriander and a spoon of olive oil. It genuinely tastes really good and is very healthy.
    Xxx

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    1. Thanks Juliette, I'll give it a try!! xxx

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  2. Have you tried Nakd bars Rosie? They're all 100% vegan and they're soo yummy! x

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    1. Yes!! Naked bars are my LIFE! I take them every time I go to a meeting or get on a tube which is basically always haha xx

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    2. The banana and peanut ones are life! xx

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  3. Love it!! I'm currently a vegetarian, but I'd like to go vegan soon. This was definitely a push in that direction :)

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    1. Yayyyy! I will be writing more in depth of my experiences and how much it has helped my mind and body! But this was just a little introduction :) xx

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  4. I love this post. I completely agree with everything you said. I want to go vegan as well (now pescaterian) but it's difficult to let go of cheese and eggs for me! >.< is there something you loved to eat that was difficult to let go of?

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    1. Honestly, for me no. I haven't got too much of a sweet tooth, I prefer to eat savoury stuff, which is perfect because I can still eat burritos, wraps, sandwiches, pasta, toast, potatoes, etc so I NEVER feel unfulfilled! If you DO have a sweet tooth, there are tonnes of chocolate chia seed puddings, vegan chocolate brownies, vegan ice cream, etc. Basically there are LOADS of alternatives to those fav foods you eat! The FIRST thing I did was find a vegan pancake recipe hahah! So yeah, just do a bit of reading up, watch some videos and you'll be sorted!!! xxx

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  5. This is an awesome website that has quite a few vegan recipes on it:)

    http://minimalistbaker.com/

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    1. Ah brill, thanks so much! i'll bookmark this now! xx

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  6. Hi! I want to do it.. to go vegan just to know how it feels and how it is..
    What do you recommend?. Love your posts and videos talking different themes ! thanks in advance!

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    1. I would recommend starting your day with a Vegan breakfast (like porridge oats with fruit or maple syrup or a smoothie or toast, anything you like that you enjoy.) Then slowly have a vegan lunch too, (Jacket potato with beans or salad, potato chips and sauce, pasta, sandwich, anything you want) then make a vegan dinner (I love making a vegan curry) and just slowly make more and more vegan recipes, then try to go one full day vegan, then 2, then three! Also, you will see the difference with how you feel! or vow to go a week vegan and see how you feel after that! xxxx

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  7. I've tried and failed to be vegan about twice now, mostly because I've really been discouraged by my family. They're in charge of buying food and hardly even eat vegetables as it is. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who eats and can name more than 5 veggies omg. But this post has given me a lil push to try again. So thanks for that. It probably won't stick forever until I have my own place and am in charge of my own purchases though, but I feel like even cutting some meat out a bit at a time is ok, right? Thanks again for the great post. Can't wait to read your next one :)

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    1. Of course it is! I was a vegetarian when I lived at home and my family made it hard too. When you move out and have more control over buying and cooking your own food it will be much easier. Don't be too hard on yourself! Just think that when you are more in control, you can eat and cook whatever YOU want! xxx

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  8. Very well put Rosie :) I'm not vegan but ok proud of you and respect you for taking that road ! It's hard but good for you xxx

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  9. Once again a fantastic read!
    I've cut out dairy, gluten and beef from my diet, I find it very difficult to find lunch's at work and all that mumbo jumbo, if you can suggest a good shop or book or anything I would be great full.
    You my friend have a serious talent in writing! Keep up the hard work!

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    1. I use a lot of gluten free products which aren't too expensive! So for a quick and easy lunch, I make gluten free pasta with a Lloyd Grossman sauce (most of his sauces are gluten free then I just check they are dairy free too, most are!) and chop some veggies in or mixed in some salad! That keeps me full! I also like to make a huge dinner and then put it in a lunchbox and eat that the next day too! So vegan curry is my fave, I make it with coconut milk, or just with chopped tomatoes,spices and chilli. You can also buy gluten free bread to have sandwiches!

      I suggest you search for vegan youtubers and also search 'gf' or 'dairy free' on instagram tags and look at the recipes people around the world are making! xxx

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    2. Thank you so much!!
      I will do thank you ! Xxx

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  10. I am an alcoholic, and as such, a support network and healthy outlets are necessary for my success in life. I commend you for your honesty and embracing a way of life that puts you in a happy place in your life!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you're getting all the support you need too! xxx

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  11. Rosie can I ask what are your thoughts on your sugar intake? Baked beans, fruits baked potato are high in sugars/ processed sugars! I completely get your diet is somewhat limited but research is now showing that sugar is our enemy not fats! Not a critisim at all just wondering your thoughts??? Amazing blog once again , you manage to make your blogs no about you preaching but sharing, something a lot of people can learn from!!! You have given ME food for thought in this one... ( no pun intended or actually a lot of pun intended)! Keep fighting the fight!

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    1. My honest opinion is that I truly think it is absolutely ridiculous that anyone could possibly think that FRUIT SUGAR is bad for you. Fruit is natural, so is its sugar. From drinking fruit smoothies in the morning, I have natural energy rather than drinking several cups of coffee. Processed sugar, yeah, I totally agree, is addictive and bad for you. Same with salt. So basically I read all the labels and try to make as much food as possible from scratch, so I can avoid sugar and salt or put in very little and know exactly how much I've had all day. I've named lots of easy quick comfort foods, like potato and beans, but I also eat TONNES of veggies!!! Those are just some quick options to help people integrate over to a vegan lifestyle. I basically cook everything I eat from scratch xxx

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    2. Sorry I should have made my comment clear, what I meant was in terms of the other sugar you are including in your diet coupled with all the natural sugars you are comsuming do you think it is too much for our system to take? But you're right, fresh food cooked from scratch cannot be bad for you!

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  12. Hey Rosie, nice blog! Quick question.. Would it be silly to become part vegan? Kind of like having a cheat day once a week?

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    1. I think that's a brilliant way to start! Jenna Marbles used to do that and now she's full vegan because she realised she felt better on the days she ate vegan and bad on cheat days in comparison. But no, it's not silly, it's a way to learn new recipes and get used to the lifestyle and see what you think! xxx

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  13. Hi Rosie!

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this topic on Twitter for the past few months, you've planted seeds (hehe) of veganism into the back of my mind. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's become more aware thanks to you, you're a great example of how to use social media to make a positive impact.

    The thing that had the most impact on me so far though, is the documentary "Cowspiracy" that you made us aware of when it came out recently. It illustrated the huge negative impact animal agriculture has on the environment. I was always aware that meat costs more resources to produce than other foods do, but I had no idea it is responsible for more green house gas emissions than fossil fuels or anything else. I catch myself thinking about it a lot, especially when I'm about to eat.

    I know I can make a change to my diet, I did it about a year ago (less sugar, more fruit and vegetables) which did great things to my weight and sense of well-being, so I'm not afraid to take it a step further. If only there were more vegan food everywhere, like at McDonald's. I'd be all over it, I'm sure.

    Keep sharing, Rosie! You're doing it well - and it's working.

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    1. Martin this is excellent news! Thanks so much for watching Cowspiracy! There are plenty of other documentary's on the subject but some focus more on facts, like Cowspiracy, and some focus more on the mistreatment of animals, and I don't want to shock or upset people. I;'m so glad I've planted some seeds (heehee!) in your mind! As a vegan, I love planting seeds in any form!!

      If you want to make a change, as you said, start with small, manageable adjustments, or throw yourself into the deep end if you love a challenge! I had slip ups, because no one is perfect!!!! xxxx

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  14. I am an alcoholic, and as such, a support network and healthy outlets are necessary for my success in life. I commend you for your honesty and embracing a way of life that puts you in a happy place in your life!

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  15. Hello Rosie!
    Oh dear, my comment is long…I ramble!
    That was an excellent blog! I have been a vegetarian for about 20 years (I’m in my 30s so I’m not the youngest chicken in the den). One day I want to go vegan. I don’t have any recipes to share (I’m not a great cook) but I have some links to some people you might want to check out. If you want, check out http://weanimals.org. The person who started We Animals is JoAnne McArthur, a photojournalist. She is one of the kindest, humble people I have met, and she is also very funny. I had the pleasure to meet her as she is based in Toronto, Canada where I am from and our paths crossed and I am very glad they did. She is also featured in a movie “The Ghosts in Our Machine” and I highly recommend that you check it out, not sure if its on Netflix but I think there are currently some screenings of the film in the UK. There are excellent links on this website as well. Another person who I think is brilliant and also very kind and cool and that you may want to check out is http://www.dianafleischman.com. She is based in the UK and has some very interesting things to say and many of her posts really stop and make me think, I recommend following both of these people on twitter, well if you initially like what they have to say. So people always say to me “you don’t eat meat! Where do you get your protein etc…” and I often respond by pointing out that Gorillas who are closely genetically related to us are primarily vegetarian (except for eating a few bugs here and there) and they are VERY MUSCULAR lol!! You can get lots of protein from plants! Not that this matters (but maybe it does) but lots of really hot celebrities are vegan lol! Oh, one more thing, I tried to twitter this to you but check out the great called “Bonobos” they are brilliant! 98% genetically related AND they (especially the females) are BORN BISEXUAL!! Its fascinating stuff, I study them (they often are lumped in with chimpanzees but they are totally different in behaviour), I strongly recommend googling “bonobo ape” and there are lots of cool books on them. Not enough people know about these awesome animals who look very human like. Oh dear, I ranted, lol, sorry! Anyways, keep on keeping on! Good luck, thanks for sharing you journey, you and Rose Dix are brilliant and VERY FUNNY, and I may be an older follower, but, I like to keep my mind young!
    Cheers!

    Sarah

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    1. Wow, this is so interesting!! Thanks Sarah I will check out these Bonobos!!! xx

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    2. Check them out, you won't regret it! I studied them for 3 months in a zoo and it was the most fascinating thing ever! If people think same-sex behaviour is "unnatural" they need to think again! The females do this thing called "GG rubbing" and they do it a lot, but it bonds them, and keeps the peace! Cheers, and take care! -Sarah

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  16. Fantastic post Rosie. Very well written and thought out. I personally am not vegan but know how much healthier one is if even just a vegetarian. From watching docs like FedUp, Food Inc, Forks Over Knives and others I've really learned just how poorly processed foods impact our bodies. Also how much the foods we put in our bodies have a direct impact on the ailments and diseases we have. It's also been show in many scientific studies how protein in animal meat can have a direct effect on terminal illnesses like cancer. I as well respect everyones wishes and just try and educate the people I know so they have the information to utilize as they wish. I have found that eating well combined with yoga equals the best you can feel.

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  17. This was worded so thoughtfully. I am thinking of going vegan myself but get put off time and time again by vegan people that feel as though the only way to get others to become vegan is to shame them into thinking that anything else is wrong. This was a really light hearted, lovely post to read but so inspiring at the same time. Thank you for posting this, it has really helped! :)

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    1. Thanks Lily, I'm glad you enjoyed it! xxx

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  18. This was such an amazing blog post Rosie! I'm feeling very lucky to see how much you grown up with your writing...this post it's so fresh, informative, easy to read and understand, well done girl!

    I have to say it, it's been a while since i'm trying to change my food diet. Specially because i want to have better health, also i'm dealing with anxiety problems, dealing with how to express my feelings and not saving it for me and of course eat better; but for me it's kind of hard because i'm living with my family and it's difficult to please everyone's mind.

    However, i need to give a BIG THANK YOU, because you inspire me everyday, with your writing and your tweets about vegan food and that Documentary, wow that was the red signal that i need it to keep moving forward, and my family watched with me.
    After that we are trying to eat more vegetables, stop eating meat, cheese and stop drinking milk, but it takes work and discipline hahahah. I'm sure that if i'm getting more and more involved in this, my family will get involved too.

    Thanks for beign so cool and for sharing your lifetime experiences with all of us! Hoping to one of these days becoming a full time vegan ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹

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    1. This is excellent news!! Thank you so much for listening to my tweet and giving the documentary a go, and to include your family as well, thank you!!! That's so awesome! My advice would be not to put too much pressure on yourself. Especially if you are dealing with anxiety. Don't be too hard on yourself if you slip up. Just write down your goals, try to follow them every day and keep up a positive attitude about it all! All this will help! xxxx

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    2. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜š nice idea, i'll work on that! Sending hi to Rose as well!

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    3. Hey Rosie! I was wondering if going completely vegan has helped your alopecia any. My mom suffers from it and I'm starting to see signs of it within myself. I know it's an autoimmune disease, which can't be cured, but it can be greatly effected by eating /not eating processed foods along with other life adjustments. I was considering implementing a vegan (or very close to) diet in the household because of all the health benefits. My mom's a skeptic, but if it HAS helped you at all, please let me know! She needs a little bit more convincing than I do to get on board with this, so if you've had positive results it'll definitely be a great influence!

      Lots of love!!!

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  19. Is Rose going to become vegan? I used to be a vegan when I dated someone who is a vegan, and helped me a lot until my family and friends don't agree how I ate so they encouraged me to eat meat and dairy again because it was expensive to buy organic and vegan food at the Whole Foods. I love vegan food expect vegan cheese. Haha. I am proud of you what you decided with your food choice and healthy for the right decision. I love you and Rose - best Youtubers, although I am deaf and I don't understand what you both say without the captioned but I read a lot of your blogs and gifs with the captioned on Tumblr which helps me a lot. You guys are amazing! <3

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    1. Rose eats a lot of vegan meals, as if I cook a meal, she will eat it with me, and help me cook it too, which we love doing together. She does want to eat less meat, and may become vegetarian first to start off with. She already eats mostly vegan meals though, and we have milk substitutes in the fridge so she doesn't have milk on her cereal or in her tea.

      However, I never want to force her into doing anything. I will let her decide, and if she does become vegetarian, and then maybe vegan that's great. I believe it's not fair for me to force her into it, just as it isn't fair for her to force me not to do it. I also believe that if she makes the choice for herself and not because she's being pressured into it, then she is less likely to give up and return back to old habits!

      I'm sorry your friends and family pressured you into changing the way you eat. No one should ever do that to each other :( xxx

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  21. Lovely Post!
    I am vegetarian right now, but would love to be vegan. The only reason I´m not is because i am currently doing an exchange year and dont eaven live with my family. we do have to admit that eating vegan is hard and i am really thankful to be here so i dont want to make it any harder. As soon as i am back home i will probably start eating vegan and you pushed me a bit closer to it!

    Rosie I want to say a massive thank you to you for recomending cowspiracy. That is an amazing documentary and it changes the way i look at things like animal agriculture now.
    Love you xxxx

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    1. Thanks Lin! I agree, at first when you begin being vegan it can be hard. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Wait till you are in a position where you can give it your best efforts then go for it! I'm glad you liked Cowspiracy!!! xxx

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  22. I am a vegetarian since I was 10, now I have 27 also I have gluten intolerance. I think being a vegetarian or vegan is a way of being, an attitude to life, respect for all animals makes us more human. Congratulations for being vegan, and if other people do not understand is normal.

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  23. Awesome blog , Rosie loved what you wrote and that you respect everyone in what they do and did not preach that everyone has to go vegan but why you are ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Badrov.K

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  24. Hey Rosie, you should check out findingvegan.com, it's basically a site that updates everyday and it compiles recipes from tons of different vegan blogs, sort of like an rss feed for recipes. It's where I usually go to find recipes.

    Also thanks for writing this and speaking about it in general. It can feel kind of alienating sometimes because the majority of people aren't vegan. Sometimes I don't want to mention that I'm vegan because as soon as I do, people start getting defensive and think I'm judging them when literally all I did was say that I'm vegan.

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  25. Rosie, I've been vegan for about 4 and a half months and I was vegetarian for 4 years prior. Hearing that you've become a fully committed vegan makes me so happy :) It's so refreshing to know that someone I look up to has the same views as me!
    One of my favorite things ever is a chocolate banana smoothie. Just blend bananas, a spoonful of peanut butter, cacao/cocoa powder, almond milk, and some ice! It's so satisfying and filling. I have a vitamix blender which I looove and is so good for making banana nice cream too!
    Love you!

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  26. Rosie, Thanks for your comments about your vegan lifestyle to be nonjudgmental and a positive experience. In college, I was vegan and an athlete. It was great and I felt great. I still carry my love of plant based eating with me to this day, even though I'm no longer a strict vegan nor do I train as hard anymore. ...I was also an environmental studies major in college and therefore have an interest in environmental issues. I wish you the best on your vegan journey.
    Cheers, Morgan from NC

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  27. Rosie, very nicely done! I didn't feel guilty for not being vegan or vegetarian, but did feel inspired to look further into what I can do to help improve the environment, and if down the road that leads to a change in diet, all the better. Thanks for the nudge!! xxx

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  28. I am no vegan and or vegetarian, and certainly not even close to being one. BUT thanks for sharing your stories and thoughts. They are always so insightful and well thought out and you are always inspiring.

    psst...i will tell you this little secret though, i have cut back on the meat consumption/purchasing(everyone at home hates me, but they're just gonna have to deal with it) and i can happily say it is because you.

    eh, i'm always late to your posting. hope you get a chance to see this. thanks Rosie and happy blogging

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  29. I love how you don't shame other people or force being vegan upon others! One of my friends was telling me today how her aunt came over for dinner and essentially equated my friend's family to savages for eating meat, all in an effort to advocate going vegan. Honestly, that would give me more of a negative connotation of the idea rather than help me. Don't worry though! I know that's not how most people are haha. I've definitely stopped eating as much meat because of all the documentaries and facts I've been seeing. As always, great post! I'm also really diggin' the "Love, Rosie" thing at the bottom with the flower. It looks good (:

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  30. hi rosie!!! as a vegan myself I'm so excited about this journey you've embargoed!!! i do have a couple of advices though.... first: don't live your life according to labels, I don't exactly like that about other vegans, they look every product like they were the gestapo of vegan products, sometimes cruelty free is good enough... second: it's incredibly hard to be a vegan in a predominantly carnivorous world so always look for new and exciting recipes, check out the minimalist baker page, it's not all vegan but their vegam desserts are unbelievable!!! the best of luck to you rosie as you begin this new trip,... love you!! :)

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  31. Hello Rosie! I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post and thought, "yayyyyy!" to myself as I must have become Vegan around the same time as you! I've been Veggie since I was 5 through choice and thought I'd find it hard to make the jump to Vegan, but it wasn't hard!! There's so much choice out there for Dairy free alternatives, I too couldn't live without Nakd bars!!! You said you are now "fully vegan" so have you changed make up and skin care brands too? I would love to know what you use now, that's the change I currently need to make at the moment! Thank you Rosie and can't wait for your next installment!!

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  32. Great post Rosie! I'm not vegan for now but I have found that veganism is an amazing source of healthy and creative recipes and so good for finding solutions to things like complicated dietary requirements or a lack of time to cook. It's funny that people (including me) always assume there's nothing vegans can eat when there's actually such a wide variety of ideas available these days.

    My summery favourite was this avocado pasta dish: http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/20/avocado-pasta/ It's so easy to make and has a really fresh taste to it because of the lemon and basil flavours.

    Also for lunch or a light meal these pitas: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chickpea-arugula-pita-sandwiches (either removing the tzatziki or using non-dairy yoghurt to make it)

    PS. Arugula is American for rocket, I thought it was some new superfood fad I'd never heard of haha

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  34. I'd love to go vegan but it's really hard for me since I live in a country where we don't have that many options when it comes to food =/ so we eat what we can, what we find, how do you know the difference of a normal and a vegan ice cream? Keep going!! Healthy life style is all!

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  35. Thanks for share your reasons, for me is difficult to understand how is possible not to eat meat, because, honestly I love the flavor, but, I need to be honest, since I met you (through internet, obviously, lol) and discovered you are vegan, my mind is confused it!!!!!, I love animals, really, I cant see when someone hurts any kind of animal and because of that I have had struggles when I eat meat, I´m hardly considering giving up meat, just to protect animals, but its really really hard :( actually I have a food business and most of my dishes are based on meats (specially chicken).

    I do my best to respect people as human beings and not by what they eat. The other day I asked you about why do you think people judge vegan people and you answered about your bad experience with most of the people reactions, believe me I DON'T understand, because I truly believe the most important thing is our feelings and how we are with people and our world.

    So, I value a lot all the reasons your share it, because, actually you don't need or have to do it, everyone lives life according to their preferences and nobody is obliged to explain why!!!, even thought you take the time to share it and gives us very important reasons to considered going vegan if we want to.

    I will keeping reading your blogs and of course, laughing a lot with you and Rose video experiences!!! Hugs Rosie :)

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  36. Rosie, your such a good example of all people around the world. I do believed that this messages of yours or something like a sort of advice will mark or zeal the heart of all people who have read it.it seems that you have a mission in this world.

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  37. Great Blog Rosie!!
    But I've stopped vegan because I was pregnant. How about you? will remain a vegan despite being pregnant?

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  38. "A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral." --Leo Tolstoy i like the idea mooore now

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  39. Congratulations and welcome Rosie on your committment to a vegan life. You should definitely checkout on twitter @veganchatroom @vegan_chic @TryVeg @ericameier @freeleeBG (freelee the banana girl on youtube) and checkout on youtube Edgy Veg, NinaAndRanda, The Vegan Zombie and Bite Size Vegan for broad look at living a vegan life.

    Someone already mentioned minimalistbaker.com (try the fudgy vegan beet cupcakes recipe) you should also checkout deliciouslyella.com checkout aquafaba on facebook and youtube (make meringues with no eggs or animal products).

    My staple recipes you definitely should try are: 1) vegan carrot dogs (or vegan carrot hotdogs) (steamed until just little softer than al dente, then marinated for 12 hours or more) then top like a hot dog or sausage. Lots of recipes if you google it; 2) vegan pulled pork sandwiches (canned jack fruit ( in water or brine, not in syrup) you drain the can of water, season the jack fruit with herbs and spices, break the jack fruit up with a fork, then slow cook in your favorite barbecue sauce with onions, celery, etc. I also love a traditional french ratatouille (vegetable stew) in the late summer / fall.

    I admire that you are going vegan and gluten free, but you will miss out on some wonderful seitan (vital wheat gluten / wheat meat) recipes, like some on the vegannomnoms.net website. I know there are some gluten free seitan recipes out there, but I know they are more trial and error to find the right mix of gluten free flour and starches for baking or breads. Luckily there is tofu, chickpeas (hummus and falafels, blackbeans, kidney beans, etc.) In the US we have OrgraN Gluten Substitute we can mix with GF flours.

    Me: 4 years as a vegan, and 17 years as a vegetarian before that.
    My 10 month old puppies are also now vegan, I make their food and I use v-dog.com vegan kibble as well in case you are thinking of letting wilma go vegan as well.

    Looking back it is so much easier now than it was when I first became a vegetarian, and being a vegan now is easier than 4 years ago. Be patient with yourself and educate others on the benefits to living a vegan life.

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  41. Great post Rosie. Since turning Vegan, I too feel better than ever...just need to be more organised prepping dinners and stuff.

    There is a meal, talk and film on 1st November for World Vegan Day hosted by the Society of Vegans if you're interested...http://karamelrestaurant.com/event/sunday-roast-with-live-music-2/

    Sophia.

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  42. I love your blog Rosie! I am reading and watching videos about becoming a vegan, I was wondering if you take any vitamin supplements and if you think it's neccesary?

    Love,
    Judith

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  44. This is fascinating and motivating, but to me it's so hard to became a full vegan. Have two youngs still living at home and those boys can't, won't go a day without meat and plus I'll have budget groceries just for me - can't do that at the moment. I do like the idea of one vegan meal a day... Thank you so much! Ana in Texas.

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  45. Hey rosie :) how are you managing gf and veganism? I've recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease and am finding it hard :( any yummies that you like? I like the 'good stuff' sweets they do cola bottles and they are lush, i'm pretty sure they're vegan too :D xxx

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  46. Hey Rosie, so I'm actually a pescetarian but I wanted to know the reasons you went gluten-free?

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  47. Hey Rosie!!! I've been meaning to read this post for months and I'm so glad I've finally been able to read it! I've been vegan for almost a year now and when I heard you became vegan I was so happy! You are such a great roll model (for many reasons) and couldn't be more happier for you! My 8 and 10 year old daughters are vegan as well and they love watching you and Rose! (The more appropriate ones ��) love you guys and thank you for being you!

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  48. Those are exactly the reasons I want to go vegan too, very soon but Im a student so it might be a bit harder than usual. But thank you so much for being that role model I really need, I honestly do admire and look up to you, Rosie. I appreciate you and Rose for everything you do, I wish you the best
    Love Georgie (Girl who turned up late to the cinema) xx

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  49. Hey, hi rosie, this is the first time that I read your blog and I thought it's so good and I want to say that I'm not really vegan but I want, and the way that you think really helped me to take tha decision to have a healthy lifestyle and make changes about my food
    Thank you so much
    Gettings from Cancรบn, Mรฉxico

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  50. Hey, hi rosie, this is the first time that I read your blog and I thought it's so good and I want to say that I'm not really vegan but I want, and the way that you think really helped me to take tha decision to have a healthy lifestyle and make changes about my food
    Thank you so much
    Gettings from Cancรบn, Mรฉxico

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  51. Conversational style post is great, represents a great version of yourself! I hope you and Rose realize that you are -sersiouly- ambassadors for our generation. I say genuinely that you stand for what many people of our age believe in, and are doing a sensational job as role models for those younger, same, and even older than us. Fantastic

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  52. Great post as always. I'm inching my way towards vegan by becoming a pescetarian , then I'll move onto vegetarian, and then a full blown vegan!

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  53. I love this! Exactly why I'm transitioning to veganism too and why I decided to start a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle blog :) hoping it'll motivate me to cook more haha!

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  54. Hi! I am a vegan too and my girlfriend (who I live with) is not. She is supportive of my choice but usually adds cheese or other animal products to dinners that I make. However, she constantly requests meals from "Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen" and she makes no alterations! The food is totally drool worthy and most of the dishes only take about 30 minutes to cook too!

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