The stores are now selling a bigger selection fo fresh fruits and vegetables as well as ready-to-eat vegan meals like dumplings, artichoke spinach noodles, and pad Thai. The owner of the 7-Eleven at 84th and York told reporters that “we were scared no one would buy the [vegan food] but we’ve been selling out. We have extras in the back so we don’t run out.”
People are tired of the same old pork rinds and string cheese and a reaching for something filling, nutritional, and vegan. Can’t wait till more 7-Elevens are doing this. The people who run this company are brilliant. 7-Eleven is by far the best convenient store chain there has ever been.
My school has a bunch of vegan options like those sandwiches. I will have to post some of them when I get a chance.
So I found this article from the website NEWSER. I knew President Clinton was vegetarian for a while but found out from this article that he took the big dive. The full length article was on the Stir written by Julie Ryan Evans.
Who would have thought the president most famous for his penchant for fast food burgers would ever be hailed by PETA? But in some most unexpected news, Bill Clinton has been named as “Person of the Year” by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
And just when we thought Lady Gaga had it in the bag.
Forget the fact that Clinton once dined on a double burger, fries, onion rings, and a milkshake on the eve of an obesity conference. Or the fact that he was so well known for his regular trips to a certain fast food joint that Saturday Night Live did a hilarious skit about it. Bubba has seen the light, embraced a vegan diet, and impressed PETA along the way.
"Thanks to his new plant-based diet, he’s shed some pounds, decreased his risk of future heart problems, and spared the lives of many animals,” PETA said in a statement.
His change of habits was prompted by his previous heart problems as well as daughter Chelsea’s wedding. His says the difference he’s seen since making the switch has been remarkable.
“I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy,” he recently told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “It changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds, and I got back to basically what I weighed in high school.”
He went on to cite research that found 82 of people who follow a vegan diet have “begun to heal themselves.” Pretty amazing, and PETA notes a few other benefits as well:
"By choosing a plant-based diet, President Clinton has spared the lives of nearly 200 animals a year and reduced his risk of cancer, strokes, and other diseases. Of course, the reasons for going vegan don’t end there. The meat industry also contributes to world hunger, exploits workers, and devastates the environment."
Definitely food — or lack thereof — for thought. It’s hard to believe that someone like Bill Clinton could make such a drastic lifestyle change, but I guess it’s pretty motivating when you see such drastic improvements in your health as well.
I have been busy with work and school and didn’t get a chance to post, that December 1st was my birthday, which marked my first year as a VEGAN. The adventure has been such a exploratory, learning, and teaching experience. Being a vegan always seems to be an ice-breaker and topic of interest around people, and I love informing and teaching others about it.
Originally, I thought Veganism was going to be a weight-loss diet but as I mentioned in one of my first posts it really started to turn into a new way of living. Over the year, I have become more and more passionate for wanting to do this not as much for dietary purposes, but more for the rights of animals, preserving the environment, and it should go without saying, a healthier lifestyle. Now, I can’t go without saying the progression hasn’t been without troubles. Yes, I have had my share of non-vegan food a few times throughout the year as well as committing carbocide. I don’t want to be condemned or criticized (I am writing this as a general reflection) but, I will admit; here and there I ate a few of my favorite missed edibles that cannot be replaced. These foods include: McDonald’s Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel, Wendy’s Spicy Chicken, Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom, and the Hobe Sound Deli in my hometown. Yes, I do understand that eating these items wouldn’t consider me to be a vegan. However, I will assert that most vegans know it isn’t the easiest of adaptions or alterations, especially if you were raised omnivorously. The fact of the matter is that it has been a transitional phase and that I have been predominantly been vegan, with regards to my isolated breaches.
I definitely perceive and appreciate the new person I have become, and know that I have made a difference physically, mentally, morally, and inspirationally. Physically, I have really noticed that I feel so much healthier when I eat or see others eating. I have lost in total, a maximum of 30 pounds. In regards to physical fitness, exercise is all that is needed now. My mentality also seems much clearer. Morally, as stated before I have a dominant respect for animals and the environment. The inspiration I have given has been to those around me. My girlfriend and I lived apart for sometime at the beginning of our relationship, but a couple months after living in the same town again she decided she would try out the Vegan Lifestyle after being around me so much. Her transition began on June 1st. She has done so well thus far. Her attempt has been an effort to start and maintain a healthier lifestyle and figure. I am not one to purposely make others feel guilty and force information down their throat. However, if they inquire I fill them in. I would say my process is delicate and subtle, I plant the “seed” in other’s thoughts and return to it over and again maintaining where I left off in hopes that they rethink their ideals at their own pace. A few of my co-workers have turned vegetarian since I have known them. I won’t take full credit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I had some kind of influence. Like I stated before, my sweetheart started this for health concerns. I am more and more inclined to trigger another response from her, and that is the morality of animal rights.
Aside from just feeling like a different person in general. I have really noticed that I feel so much healthier when I eat or see others eating. I have lost in total, a maximum of 30 pounds. In regards to physical fitness, exercise is all that is needed now.
In order for me to be enlightening others, I was obliged to become more cultured myself. That I have. I have learned about so many more fruits, vegetables, and legumes that I like. I have also found a plethora of recipes that are indulgent. When it comes to eating out, it has become easier, beginning with looking online and then talking to my waiter as needed. Fortunately, I have also found a couple completely vegan eateries and shops. Some of the best discoveries have been alternatives for chicken tenders, bacon, and cheese, especially Mac and Cheese. I also switched from Silk to Almond Breeze. I find additional substitutes more and more.
Although I have had this blog since January I didn’t start using it regularly until August. And typically I am posting on my main blog. But, last week I posted a list of famous vegans and got more of a response than I typically do i.e., reposts and follows. Right then, it occurred to me that there are probably quite a few vegan Tumblrs out there and sure enough I found so much more information, recipes, and people to get to know no about.
As a final thought, I am so proud of my decision, and I look forward to pressing on with it and inspiring others to do the same. I will carefully plant my seeds and sow them with patience. The biggest trees did not grow overnight, and neither can the minds of individuals.
I know this is 4 days post-Thanksgiving, but I still wanted to share my Vegan Thanksgiving. Everything turned out well. Unfortunately, this was my first thanksgiving not going home due to my two work schedules working on both Tofurkey day and Black Friday. My roommates weren’t here either, and since almost everyone goes home I spent it by myself. I will not be doing that ever again. Luckily I was able to Skype with my girlfriend while I enjoyed my animal-free holiday. I am thankful for saving animals’ lives on an annual holiday which sacrifices over 45 million turkeys.
This list is continuously growing and changing. Actors, musicians, politicians, personalities, authors, activists, comedians, and athletes are all following the trending vegan lifestyle. Some, particuarly musicians and actors change their diets all the time so they may not stay vegan. This list was composed and cross referenced from a few websites. Let me know if there are any I left out.
Adam Russell, bassist of Story of the Year
Adam Yauch, musician of Beastie Boys
Alan Donohue, singer of British rock band The Rakes
Alan Park, comedian, Canadian TV Personality
Alanis Morissette, musician
Alex Greenwald, actor, musician
Alicia Silverstone, actress
Alyssa Milano, actress
Andre Tonelli, musician and instrumental guitarist
Andre 3000 Benjamin, musician from OutKast
Andre Moraweck, singer
Andrew G, actor
Andy Hurley, musician and drummer of Fall Out Boy
Anoushka Shankar, musician and sitar virtuoso
Anthony Kiedis, singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Anthony Rapp, actor
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, actor (fictional) of Simpsons
Barry White, musician
Benjamin Spock, M.D., pediatrician
Benjamin Zephaniah, performance poet and author
Betty White, actress
Bif Naked, punk rocker
Bill Clinton (almost completely vegan) Daughter Chelsea is.
Billy West, voice actor
Brandy, singer and actor
Brenden Brazier, ironman triathlete and author
Brian Bell, musician of Weezer
Brian Greene, theoretical
Bryan Adams, singer and songwriter
Bryan Money, Musician
Carl Lewis, Olympic Track Star
Carrie Anne Moss, actress in Matrix trilogy
Casey Affleck, actor
Casey Kasem, US radio host
Cedric Bixler-Zavala, singer of The Mars Volta
Chrissie Hynde, rock singer
Christofer Drew Ingle, Singer, Musician
Drew Ingle, Singer, Musician
Dan Piraro, cartoonist
Daniel Johns, musician of Silverchair
Daniel Negreanu, professional poker player
Daniela Sea, musician and actor
Danny Nova, singer and songwriter
Darren Boyd, actor
Dario Argento, writer
Daryl Hannah, actress and environmental activist
Davey Havok, singer of AFI
Demi Moore, actor
Dennis Kucinich, politician
Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmental activist
Ed Templeton, professional skateboarder
Ellen Degeneres, TV personality
Emily Deschanel, actress
Emilie Autumn, musician
Eric Roberts, actor
Erykah Badu, R&B singer
Fiona Apple, singer and songwriter
Fiona Oakes, athlete, ex-Olympian
Forrest Kline, vocalist and guitarist for Hellogoodbye
Fred Mascherino, musician of Taking Back Sunday
Gabe Saporta, singer and lyricist of Cobra Starship
Gabrielle Miller, actress
Georges Laraque, NHL player
Ginnifer Goodwin, actress
Grace Slick, singer and songwriter
Greg Cipes, actor and musician
Heather Mills, model, celebrity, and activist
Heather Small, singer
Howard Lyman, former cattle rancher turned activist and author
Huey Freeman, fictional cartoon character
Hunter Burgan, musician and bassist of AFI
Ian MacKaye, musician
Ingrid Newkirk, animal rights activist
Isa Chandra Moskowitz, punk rocker and vegan cookbook author
Issa, musician from Good Clean Fun
Jack Salley, Former NBA player
James Cromwell, actor and animal rights advocate
James Yorkston, musician
Jane Velez-Mitchell, TV News
Jared Leto, Actor and Singer of 30 Seconds to Mars
Jason Mraz, singer
Jason Scwartzman, actor and musician
Jenny McCarthy, actress, model
Joan Jett, punk rock musician and singer
Joanne Rose, actor
Joaquin Phoenix, actor
John Feldmann, musician of Goldfinger
John Peel, British DJ
John Robbins, activist and author
John Robb, musician and actor
John Salley, NBA Champion
Jonathan Richman, musician and singer
Jorja Fox, actress
K D Lang, singer
Kathy Kolla, Director, screenwriter
Kayla Laws, Actress
Kevin Nealon, comedian and actor
Kurt Halsey, artist
Kyle Vincent, singer and songwriter
Lea Michele, Actress and Singer
Leonardo Da Vinci, Just Awesome
Liam Wilson, musician
Linda Blair, actress
Lisa Edelstein, actress
Liv Tyler, actress/model
Lori Petty, actress
Lucy Stevens, triathlete
Luke Cummo, contender in UFC Ultimate Fighter
Lynda Stoner, actress, animal rights activist
Mac Danzig, athlete
Mariana Tosca, actress and activist
Martin Shaw, actor
Masami Akita, musician
Michael Franti, singer of Spearhead
Michael “Mickey” Madden, bassist for Maroon 5
Mike Tyson, Professional Boxer
Moby, musician and co-author
Mohandas Ghandi, spirtual leader and activist
Natalie Portman, actress
Nellie McKay, actress, singer and songwriter
Nicole Lapin, Journalist, CNN Anchor
Ocean, Indie musician and singer
Oliver Sykes, Lead singer
Olivia Wilde, actress
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, musician of The Mars Volta
Pamela Anderson, actress
Pamelyn Ferdin, actress and voice in Charlotte’s Web
Pat Neshek, professional baseball player
Pat Thetic, musician and drummer of Anti-Flag
Persia White, singer and actress
Phil Collins, musician
Portia de Rossi, actress
Propagandhi Band, political punk rock band Ö all members
Quinn Allman, musician ot The Used
Rikki Rocket, musician and drummer of Poison
River Phoenix, actor
Rob Bigwood, Pro Arm-wrestler
Robin Gibb, musician of Bee Gees
Robin Quivers, radio personality
Robin Williams, actor
Ruben Studdard, American Idol singer
Ryland Bouchard, musician
Salim Stoudamire, athlete
Sandra Oh, actress
Saul Williams, musician
Scott Goldberg, filmmaker
Scott Jurek, athlete
Sean Conant, actor
Seba Johnson, Olympian, actress, and writer
Sebastian Grund, musician
Shane Sweet, actor
Shane Told, musician of Silverstein
Shania Twain, country singer
Sinead O’Connor, Irish singer
Steve Kilbey, singer and lyricist of The Church
Steve-O, Stunt performer & tv personality
Stic.man, musician of Dead Prez
Summer Phoenix, actress
Supreme Master Ching Hai, Spiritual leader
Ted Leo, musician
Terry Geezer Butler, musician of Ozzy Osbourne Band
Thom Yorke, singer of Radiohead
Thomas Dekker, actor
Tim Commerford, musician of Rage Against the Machine
So I have really wanted a pair of TOMS shoes for some time now. I have always seen them at Whole Foods, but recently I went to their website and found so many pairs that I like. Getting a pair has a good cause and although they are usually about 54 dollars, they are comfortable looking and you are really buying 2 pairs. However, being a cash-strapped college student I can’t come around to buying a pair for me and my girlfriend.
Here are a few of the Vegan pairs that I like:
One for One
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about. The TOMS mission transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.
The TOMS Story
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.
As of September 2010, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need through Giving Partners around the world.
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.
It’s no surprise, then, that vegan blogs have been lighting up like Christmas trees with the news that Denny’s (home of the Bacon Slamburger) is now serving a bona fide vegan burger.
"That’s really cool!" one poster writes on VegNews. “While I VERY rarely eat out, sometimes it’s unavoidable and I’m kind of bored with having only fruit or fries to choose from.” The folks over at This Dish Is Veg somewhat hyperbolically cited the news as evidence that hell must have frozen over:
"Right about now Satan himself must be ice skating throughout the underworld like some red suit wearing, two horned Scott Hamilton."
While Denny’s did offer a veggie burger before, the Amy’s-brand burger that it’s now serving in its place is 100 percent vegan. The restaurant’s menu still calls it, simply, a veggie burger, however, and it rather obliviously includes melted pepperjack cheese as the topping of choice.
Denny’s spins the switch as trying to offer more choices to more customers, but as the nitpicking responses on some of the vegan blogs demonstrate, this demographic may be harder to please than Gordon Ramsay on a bad day.
"I wonder if the grill used to cook Amy’s veggie burger is the same one use to cook the bacon, beef, etc.," one poster asks, while another writes: "My husband is veggie, I am vegan, but he has an allergies to oat and tomato, and I am trying to determine if he can eat the one Denny’s is offering."
I am a month and a half into being a Vegan, and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It all started in the summer (2009) when I decided I would stop eating red meat. I never really was a big red-meat consumer to start with, but I decided it was a healthy decision to go with. At the time a close friend of mine, Blair, was vegetarian, and would soon become vegan, July 1st for her. If I can recall correctly, some time in September I decided to start cutting more meat out to the point of no meat. October 16th was my “last” day to eat meat.
Originally the no-meat plan involved a system of taking certain meats out each week to every two weeks including seafood. Seafood ended up going a little into November. November 1st was the first set date to stop eating meat but I decided to move it up so I would have more time as a vegetarian since ultimately I wanted to try out the vegan thing. I decided to throw some meats back in for the last month to fully enjoy some more meat. I wouldn’t say that I had red meat again as far as steak or roast beef, but I think I had my mom’s tacos one more time, wait I take that back, I think we made it with ground turkey. But I did have bacon and pepperoni and Blair’s mom, Kim’s famous pulled pork and some of her baked beans which involve bacon and beef I believe.
October 16th, started the real game. That month and a half leading up to the vegan date taught me a few things. The most important result was the weaning of being a Fast-Food-Junkie. (Side Note: In August, Blair and I both agreed to stop drinking Soda, and I included diet. No soda for one month was rewarding, but difficult to begin with. At the end of the month we were so antsy to finally be able to drink it again. We decided to go where you can get the best soft drinks, McDonald’s. We were like little kids in the drive through nervous and as excited as little kids on Christmas morning. Her favorite, Coca-Cola, and Dr. Pepper for me were not what we were expecting. Personally I didn’t enjoy it at all really, the carbonation killed my throat and the taste wasn’t the 23 flavors I usually expected. The next few weeks were not as filled with any “pop” as my family up north would call it. But, like anything within time I was back to it and still am. I want to do it again or at least leave a day out of the week for some Pibb or Pepper.)
Okay, I realize that was basically another story and not a side note, but I always get sodas from fast food joints. Back to fast food weaning, I soon realized that fast food didn’t have much to offer that was vegetarian friendly besides a god-forsaken side salad and fries. And to make matters worse, the best fries, well they used to be were McDonald’s fries which turned out to have “(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients).”#mce_temp_url#. I also realized a lot of restaurant meals I ate usually had chicken or turkey in it. A lot of my lunches at work included meat. Soon Taco Bell and Subway beckoned me to them. Veggie subs with cheese extra cheese were great. And Taco Bell offered cheese roll ups, pintos and beans, rice, and bean burritos. Awesome, fast food was still available. I would still hit up McD’s for my $1 large Dr. P and parfait with side salad, or maybe fruit and walnuts. Chick-fil-A grants some great Waffle Fries with Polynesian Sauce and fruit cups. Anyways, I am going off in a tangent.
I did fine for that month and a half, except one episode, the infamous Turkey Day. I had a small piece or two of turkey, and I really didn’t care for it all that much. The day that pretty much had a huge effect on my life was literally around the corner, well 5 days later. December 1st, my 21st birthday, (and World Aids Day) was my official starting day into the Vegan lifestyle. Unlike most of my friends and peers I did not have a grand shit faced night. I didn’t “properly” request my birthday or the day after off and it was in the middle of the week, also not having a lot of friends since moving back home and being in a rather small town, there was no party, bar, or club to not remember. Also in my defense I am not much of a drinker to begin with, so I enjoyed my six pack of Bud Light. I wouldn’t have even gotten that if it wasn’t for a text from my buddy Sean saying please tell me you are buying beer right now.
December was a pretty jam packed month so I will try to keep this as brief as I can. Veganism changed everything in the food industry for me. If you don’t know what it is I have a definition at the top. In all basics, nothing that can come from an animal. Being vegan is not a fad or diet, it is literally a new life style. (The lifestyle and reasons for being vegan is another topic I plan on touching base on in the near future.) When it came to eating, I always had to start investigating the ingredients on everything I ate. Fast Food almost has become a thing of the past minus the fries here and there and fruit cups. And processed food? Yeah right. On the ingredients list at the bottom and sometimes in bold you will see it say “Contains” For the most part the helps me in eliminating or being able to accept the food. If the contains section is clear, usually you still have to continue to investigate the remaining ingredients. Here are a number of examples of common food that Contain (the shit I have to avoid): Popcorn, Doritos, croutons all have milk. Boxed and flavored rices might have milk, egg, crustacean shellfish, and fish, Hungry Jack Pancakes milk and eggs. Pop-Tarts usually have milk but there were some that didn’t, however I investigated further and they contain gelatin. Most boxed and frozen foods almost always contain animals or their by-products. The list is probably endless, so next time you are making a meal or just a snack look at the ingredients and see if it has something that comes from an animal.
Most people wonder “What can you eat?”. Anything that grows from the earth. A lot of the vegan foods whether they are snacks or meals involve preparing. I mostly ate salads and fruit to start off with. I also ate some pasta and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I also started eating a lot of tortilla chips and salsa. It came down to whatever I could eat. For eating out at fast food it is almost the same fries and fruit salads usually with vinaigrette. Vegetarian was hard enough, vegan has been much more difficult task. Some of my favorite vegan friendly eats include Subway, Moe’s, Chipotle, Romano’s Macaroni Grille and Chili’s. I have also become fond of McD’s apple pies and Taco Bell’s Caramel Apple Empanada. One of the BEST is OREOs.
As my month passed I went to Whole Foods, probably one of my favorite stores, and I started purchasing some new things to try such as tofu, Tofurky, Soygurt, and Veganaise. I also got some other food such as vegan butter, Soy Milk (Silk), Vegan Waffles, and Morning Star Veggie Strips (Grilled Chicken Strips). Tofu was ehh, tofurkey is sick, Soygurt is something I plan to get used to, Veganaise has been the best “cover food”, the butter tastes the same, Silk is very adaptable as well as the waffles, and the “Chicken Strips” are great. Beans of all kinds have become a favorite food which is ironic considering I hated every kind except green as a kid.
From December 27th to January 3rd I went to Nashville, Tennessee. Although it is not one of my favorite places in the world, there are some friends and a special someone that I don’t often get to see that make it much more bearable. While I was there I was pleasantly surprised to see as Blair would put it “Good to know it isn’t all about B-B-Q” Considering it is a metropolitan I found myself with vegan options at a couple restaurants called Caypso Cafe and Cafe Coco. I won’t lie, It was pretty fuckin’ awesome to not have to ask my waiter if this or that had milk, or eggs, or any animals involved in my food.
While there I also went beyond salads, beans, wraps, and rice, I actually made vegan meals. My second day there, our friend Camille made Tofu Stir Fry and Rice and some pork to go with for the omnivores. It was incredible, I had just met her and felt very welcomed and befriended fast, turns out she can cook great. (Peace sign and squinty face to you if your reading this.) One night the lot of us went to Whole Foods and I was on a mission to cook pasta and pizza that night. Everything was vegan including cheese! I don’t remember what the pasta was actually called, there were slight changes made to the receipe but I always call it Lemon Pepper Basil Linguine. The pizza had green and red peppers, basil, Smart Deli Pepperoni, and tomatoes. Thanks to Camille’s help in the kitchen, everything turned out great. Catherine even made bruschetta. Everybody enjoyed the pasta over the pizza but said both tasted really good. I was particularly delighted by the pizza and the fact that it had “cheese” since I it had been absent for a month. One night I also made grilled “cheese” and tomato soup which was also pretty good. New Years Eve we had a party and I made mini pizzas on mini pitas, and hanky panky’s as they were originally called which are beef and cheese on the small deli breads. I had one mini pizza and didn’t even get to try to the hanky pankys before they were obliterated. I also made Vegan Belgian Waffles with chocolate chips(vegan of course) in them. I won’t lie they were the bomb.com. I almost forgot, I had fried tofu from Whole Foods from the first time, it was mind-bottling, “you know, when things are so crazy it gets your thoughts all trapped, like in a bottle” Blades of Glory. I also forgot to mention that I love tofu now.
Since being back home it has been a lot of the same foods as before but now I drink more Silk with my cereal, and Oreos. I also use more tofu and cheese. I also had boxed Macaroni and Chreese for the first time and it was tasteful, again, probably because I haven’t had real Mac and Cheese in quite a while.
Chips, salsa, rice, beans, wraps, and PB&J still remain staples but I have realized there are so many things that I have yet to try or take the time to make. I have been told there are ice creams for me too called tofutti and some made of hemp.
In some of my next entries I plan on going more into all the foods that I can’t eat, as well as some of the meals I plan on making. There will probably also be entries about being and going green. Perhaps an entry on cheating. I am also planning another rather lengthy entry hitting the most common question, Why Vegan?