Friday, September 18, 2015

Vegan MoFo ~ Inspiration

Is it weird that this has been the hardest prompt for me thus far during this years Vegan MoFo?  Today's topic...honor a human or non human animal who inspired your veganism.
Well, I can't say I really have one, specifically, to mention here.  I think each step that every individual takes is a PLUS.  Vegan or Non-Vegan.  I can't say there is any one person that inspired me to go vegetarian when I was 15 years old - I just DID IT.  It was mostly because I didn't like meat and because I had daily migraines.  Then about 4 years ago I switched from vegetarian to vegan mostly because of digestion issues.  And I use the term vegan with some nervousness because YES sometimes I do 'screw up' but I believe it's about intention and not perfection.  I talk more about that in an old post you can find HERE.

But to follow suit with today's topic I figured I would blog a little bit about some of the people that have 'stuck with me' over the years.  First up is Howard Lyman.  If you aren't familiar with him he's an author and speaker and former cattle rancher (4th generation).  I met him about 13 years ago when he came to our area to speak and help with a fundraiser for a Farmed Animal Sanctuary I volunteered with for a while.  He's a heck of a guy!  

Another person I have great respect for is Dr. Neal Barnard.  He's the founder of PCRM (Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine).  I've read a few of his books and enjoy his blog.  I think it's great that he's a medical doctor that follows and recommends a plant-based diet.  So many people who aren't veg 'assume' that we as veg*ns lack certain vitamins and nutrients and are unhealthy.  All we have to do is educate ourselves and DO what we learn to make this work!  We need to lead by example and there are many of those that do!  These two guys included!  Of course there are other doctors that fit this bill, too, and I was going to list some of my other obvious favorites that have been in the media lately but I found THIS LIST online of vegan doctors and thought I would link it so you could take a look for yourselves!

Today I will leave you with a yummy treat!  It's very rich on top with a creamy bottom layer, too!
Check out this 2 Layer Cacao Pistachio Raw Vegan Freezer Fudge!

It was recently featured on The Raw Food World NEW Site's RECIPE Section!

Get the full recipe HERE.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What's the last dessert treat you consumed?

20 comments:

  1. Great, amazing post! I need that fudge in my life yesterday! i eat something sweet almost every night. I try to stick to a couple of squares of dark chocolate, but sometimes if i have vegan ice cream in the house it's not always pretty!

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    1. Awww thanks! What's your fave vegan ice cream flavors?

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  3. I love that quote and the fudge looks yummy. The last sweet thing I consumed was Cornflake tart which is coming up in a future Mofo post!

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    1. Thanks! When I found that quote I knew I had to post it! A lot of people get the wrong impression of vegans thinking we are all holier-than-thou but that's certainly NOT the case!

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  4. Nice post today. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Great post, lots of wonderful inspiration! The last dessert treat was the pina colada cashew cheesecake from Baagan and it was fabulous! :-)

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    1. That sounds AMAZING!!!! Wish I lived closer! I would love to visit that place!

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  6. Great sources of inspiration Jennifer! Vegetarian at 15? Wow =)
    Omg your freezer fudge looks sooooo good!!! Yum =)
    I had some super delicious raw cheezecake at a potluck yesterday. You know what the best dessert it? One someone else made haha =)

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    1. My parents weren't fond of the idea and thought it was a phase when I was 15. Once they realized I was serious they started supporting me. I know they were concerned but I'm super glad they understand me and IT more now! They are really supportive and great parents :)

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    2. It's so nice that they are supportive now at least. My family thought it was a phase too, but are pretty nice about it now.
      ps. I'm pinning your freezer fudge! Thanks for sharing at HVF =)

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    3. Hey - btw, thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I'm pinning this and it's being feature this week =)

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  7. I remember a girl I worked with who was a vegetarian. She freaked out because she accidentally ate beef broth. She worded it as "I feel like I undid all my hard work!" and that isn't the point. Veganism and vegetarianism is about avoiding products, not about "purifying" your body. Accidents happen, people try and "trick" you, people are uneducated. Just because you start your journey 3 years ago and just find out Morning Star isn't vegan now, doesn't mean you scratch out your past 3 years.

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    1. I'm not going to lie - the one time I thought a vegan dish had meat in it even tho it said it was vegan on the menu (and I got sick from it) and I freaked - but the chef assured me that it was vegan - which made me feel better because I have been veg for like 22 years - but I totally know what you mean! Accidents DO happen and we do have to trust that people are telling us the truth!

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    2. The chef assumed I had a weird reaction to a mushroom that was in the dish.

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    1. Thanks! The attempt was out of my comfort zone :)

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  9. It is not hard for me to honor a human or non human animal who inspired your veganism. I was moved at an early age by the work of Michio Kushi and the Macrobiotic movement. It changed my diet and my life! Thanks for sharing your vegan inspirations at the Plant-based Potluck Party!

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    1. I'm going to have to check that out more! I've heard a lot about the book!

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