Episode 39: Vegepisode 2.0!

Vegepisode 2.0 >> Guinea Pigging Green

Hi friends!

Hope you’re well and healthy and happy. You can listen to today’s episode using the player below or by subscribing to the show on iTunes here.

 

Laura has been a vegan for 2+ years and I have been a vegetarian for almost 6 (!!!) with brief periods of pescetarianism and veganism mixed in over the years. Right before moving to Korea last March, I had been happily eating vegan for about 3 months after my experiment with transitioning to vegan. You can hear our episode on that topic right here or see some of the meals I ate here.

In the show we talk about a few different facets of the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, including:

  • my experience being a vegetarian in Korea
  • what is and isn’t challenging for Laura being a vegan
  • The Official Podcast Boyfriend’s (read: Laura’s boyfriend’s) perspective on what it’s like to be a male vegan
  • having friends and family members who eat differently from yourself
  • some of our favourite veggie meals to eat:

We loved having this honest conversation with each other about food and our personal choices, it was really #real! It’s sometimes hard to talk about these topics, but we hope that sharing our experiences here will maybe make other people feel more comfortable with their own choices. We’re all trying our best and our best is always changing.

Again, you can find the show here or on iTunes. You can also let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram!

Thanks for listening! All our love and non-judgement,

Steph

#30DaysToVegan: Week 2

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Hey everyone, Steph here! Right now I’m doing a 30 day vegan challenge, you can find out more about it here and here.

What I Ate: Yummy food! I ate a nice variety of food – soups and stews and rice bowls and sandwiches. Pictured above: a spinach, tofu, mushroom, and broccoli rice bowl; ratatouille over couscous with a little sprinkle of Daiya; steamed green beans, a big green salad and veggie spring rolls; a veggie burger + salad; a Fieldroast apple sage sausage and sweet potato fries; a veggie rice box with corn, beans and roasted veggies; good old avocado toast.

How I Felt: Good. Again, I can’t say I felt overly good compared to pre-vegan days, but I felt good in general. I got lots of awesome support this past week from friends and family which made me feel great. With respect to keeping up with the vegan lifestyle, I felt totally fine. I’ve been surprised at how much of a non-event it’s been overall. It’s just…not that hard! I’ve also been lucky to have my wonderful mom making some wonderful soups and casseroles I can partake in which makes things easier, but my veganism has gone fairly under-the-radar for me.

Thoughts: Trying to think in terms of abundance instead of lack or scarcity, in all areas of my life. I’ve been thinking about that with respect to veganism as well. I’m trying not to focus on what I can’t have and focus on all the amazing vegan things I can create if I want to. There are vegan versions of literally everything. Thank goodness for the internet!

Anything else? I’m feeling strong for the holidays. I won’t be the only vegan at Christmas dinner, so that’s awesome. I only have to deal with half of the teasing and jokes. ;)

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If you’re interested in following along, I’ve been posting my meals to @GreenGuineaPigs on Instagram. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below or on Twitter.

-Steph

Episode 13: Making the Switch from Vegetarian to Vegan!

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As always, you can listen to the episode here, or find it on iTunes!

 

Today’s episode is all about transitioning healthily and happily to a vegan diet, specifically if you’re already a vegetarian. Laura has been a vegan for quite a while now, and I have been vegetarian for going on five years, but I’ve never felt totally ready to make the switch to being totally plant-powered. That’s all about to change!

Well, at least for the next 30 days. For 30 days, I’m going vegan! Bring on the veggies, load up the greens, and get me some almond milk, because we’re in for a heck of a ride. I decided that veganism is something I want to try because I realized that the reasons I’m a vegetarian would really dictate that I should also be a vegan. My values haven’t suddenly changed, I’m just starting to be more honest with myself and trying to make a choice that matches my values and beliefs. That being said, the idea of being a vegan kind of freaks me out (and also simultaneously feels like a totally awesome secret club that it would be awesome to be a part of), so I’m going with 30 days to start. I can do anything for 30 days! And we’ll see how I feel when it’s done. I’ll be blogging about once a week and sharing things on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #30DaysToVegan.

In the episode we talk about some ways to make the transition easier. One of those ways was to arm yourself with facts and feelings to give you some necessary motivation to make this change.

Laura wrote a great article about whether vegans should be obligated to thrive, you can read it here!

We also think that meat and dairy substitutes can be really great and helpful when you’re transitioning to vegan. Some of our favourite brands are Daiya, Tofutti, Gardein and Fieldroast.

And most of all, don’t forget about resources!

Once again, you can listen to the episode here, or subscribe to us on iTunes! While you’re there, we would love if you gave us a quick rating.

If you’re a vegan, do you have any tips or everyday recipes for me? I need all the help I can get! If you’re considering making this transition, what is holding you back the most? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @GreenGuineaPigs.

-Steph