Topic: Advice

People are often surprised when they hear me say, "if you can only give up one animal product: Get off dairy." I find most people think dairy is the "best of the worst" — it's not nearly as "bad" as other animal products. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Although I could list hundreds of reasons why you should get off dairy, I'll narrow it down to some of the biggest motivators. Why? Because knowing your ...

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I love kale. Hail to the kale! 

When I first adopted a plant-based diet, I started... rediscovering the produce section of the grocery store. Even though the store hadn't changed their inventory, I kept having all these new discoveries — wondering where that particular fruit or vegetable had been all my life. (Note: right there all along, of course... I was just too busy buying packaged "convenience" crap to notice all the vibrant life I was missing!)

Anyway, "greens ...

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A few weeks ago this tweet came my way:

@happyherbivore went off being vegan this week, I am so sick now with stomach cramps. Memory lane not worth the fall :'(

Since I see tweets, emails, comments, etc. like this one, I thought I'd talk about it on the blog today.

First: Remember, above all: It's about progress, not perfection.

Second: You are on a journey. You might take a few wrong turns. You might back track and sidetrack ...

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I get so many emails asking about ingredient substitutions that I thought I'd put a big, all-encompassing post together like I did for baking. (See my baking post: Everything you need to know about vegan, fat-free and allergy-free)

: The easiest way to replace cornstarch is to use arrowroot. Arrowroot is available at all health food stores and larger supermarkets. Depending on the recipe and how cornstarch is being used, flour might work. For example, if the cornstarch is ...

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So often I get emails like this one:

" I just need to talk to other Herbies. Some days, I just really struggle with being vegan. I hate that I do. I've been Herbie since July 2011. I know it's better for me, and I do feel great eating this way, but yesterday was just hard and I ate some chicken and I felt disgusted after doing so and like I had failed. I did it at lunch. For ...

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