The Veggie Hating Vegan

A Picky Eater's Journey Toward a Adopting a Plant-Based Diet and Cruelty-Free Lifestyle
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Being a man is okay.
Being a chauvinist is not.
Being straight is okay.
Being homophobic is not.
Being white is okay.
Being racist is not.
Being a vegan is okay.
Being oppressive of carnivores is not.

I love carnivores! Lions, tigers, sharks,…

Happy Friday!  This morning’s breakfast shake is an Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie.  SO tasty and chock full of goodness!  I added a tbsp. of Maca for good measure.  :)  The nutty taste of Maca goes perfectly with the flavors in this shake!

This morning’s breakfast smoothie - 1 cup almond milk, 2/3 cup mixed berries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup rolled oats, handful of spinach, and 1 tsp agave nectar. Yummm!

The last thing other animals need is another reason not to care about them. How we act towards other people can provide just such a reason. Being rude or judgmental doesn’t help any nonhuman. A coping technique I use (to quell my impatience, when I feel it bubbling-up in my throat) is to think of the people who ask questions I’ve been asked hundreds of times as mirrors. Yes, I think of them as mirrors. When I look at them, in other words, what I see is a reflection of who I used to be.
Like them, there was a time when I didn’t know how other animals were being treated.
Like them, there was a time when I knew but didn’t care.
Like them, there was a time when I knew and cared but not enough to change how I was living.
Like them, there was a time when I was … them!
That’s what I try to remind myself. I don’t want to come across as self-righteous or arrogant. That would give the questioner another reason not to care about other animals, and I don’t want to do that—I don’t want to be that reason.
Tom Regan

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie for breakfast - Made with almond milk to veganize.  Sooo delicious!

(Click hyperlink or picture above for recipe.)

Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
Andrew Boyd (via purplebuddhaproject)

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When people ask me “Why I am Vegan” the majority of the time I give them the honest answer. I was abused. It turns a seemingly innocent question or casual conversation into a serious one that really needs to be talked about.

I was in a long term emotionally/verbally abusive and manipulative…


Growing up and even now I have learned in depth about wild animals and other creatures. But when I learned about farm animals and other commonly eaten animals I was taught “milk comes from cows!” “chickens lay eggs!” very basic facts about how we consume and use them. When really these animals are so interesting and are not just “dumb” or “food” animals. People disconnect themselves from these animals so they feel less guilty when eating them.

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Incredible Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Field Roast Smoked Tomato Deli Slices and Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup

I haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich in the 1.5+ years I’ve been vegan… until now!  My boyfriend likes the processed vegan cheese slices (like Tofutti and such), but I don’t.  That’s why I set out to make my own, homemade vegan cheese! 

I bought all three varieties of the Field Roast Deli Slices last week, and was looking for some creative ways to use them.  I thought the Smoked Tomato variety would pair very well with this vegan moxarella cheese recipe I found, and I was right.  ;)  The moxarella recipe was super easy to make, and incredibly delicious!  The preparation of the rest of the meal was easy, too.  I simply placed the deli slices on one piece of bread, spread the “cheese” on the other, sprinkled some basil over the cheese, and grilled the sandwich in a pan with Earth Balance Buttery Spread.  I served it with a bowl of Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup (store bought; I was going for an easy weeknight meal).

The first bite was heaven, taking me back to the many grilled cheese sandwiches I enjoyed throughout my childhood.  Talk about comfort food; I didn’t think I’d ever enjoy a grilled cheese this much again!  I’m so excited to find more uses for this moxarella recipe.  :)

Cruelty Free on a Budget

e.l.f. (eyes lips face) is a certified cruelty free cosmetics brand sold at many major retailers including Target, Walgreens, K Mart, Walmart, etc.  I picked these up at my local Target store today.  This was my first time purchasing e.l.f. products and I couldn’t believe the incredible prices!  

  • Concealer - Originally $2.73; $2.04 after Target’s Cartwheel smartphone app discount
  • Oil Blotting Sheets - Originally $1.02; $0.91 after Cartwheel discount
  • Lip Stain - Originally $2.04; $1.02 after Cartwheel discount
  • Ex-tra Lip Gloss - Orginally $2.04; $1.83 after Cartwheel discount

Cruelty free does not necessarily mean more expensive!  

I’m so glad the major retailers are carrying this inexpensive, cruelty free brand, considering most drug store brands (such as Revlon, L’Oreal, Cover Girl, Almay, Neutrogena, etc.) test on animals.  Click here to discover which companies do and do not test on animals.