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Friends of Philip Fish Sanctuary, by Cherie Hans, VLCE

Posted February 7, 2023 Many Vegans care for our furry and feathered friends without thinking twice. We have nothing against fishes, but many of us do not give them as much attention as we do to other animals. Philip on the day of his rescue (top) and months later, fully recovered. Photo from Gwendolyn Church. “A fish sanctuary is uncommon,” Gwendolyn…

Falling in Love With Life, by Victoria Moran

Jacqueline Whitmore, www.etiquetteexpert.com I’m stealing. There: I said it. This blog post idea is 100% filched (with permission) from my lovely friend, Jacqueline Whitmore, pictured here. She is an etiquette expert, spiritual seeker, dog mom, and woman with the best eyelashes I know of. If you’d like to get to know her better, check out her appearance…

Three Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Vegan Coaching Business, by Stephanie Harter, VLCE

Posted January 24, 2023 After I learned about the unthinkable horrors of animal agriculture in 2009, I found the Main Street Vegan podcast, and began my Vegan journey. I thought I knew everything about a healthy lifestyle, but after researching, I realized I knew very little. And so it goes with starting your Vegan coaching practice. Photo credit: Universal…

An Update on “A Vegan in Kenya,” by Kenneth Odhiambo Ndonga, VLCE

Posted January 10, 2023 Hello from Kenya! My name is Kenneth and I want to share an update on the work I am doing to enhance the growth of Vegan community in Kenya. As I shared last year (see A Vegan in Kenya), I live in a rural area and run the Sondu Vegan Support Center Group. 2022 Accomplishments Since founding this group in 2022, here is what we…

Social Eating and Drinking Survival Guide, by Jaclyn Rosen, VLCE

Posted December 27, 2022 Navigating Dinner Parties, Happy Hours, and Holiday Festivities While Plant-Based and Health-Focused I don’t like to deprive myself. No one does. It’s hard to resist when there’s a feast of delicious food, drinks are flowing, and you want to let loose without a care in the world. We also don’t want to be “that guest,”…

Five Books for Your Vegan Book Club, by Kimberly Harper-Colucci, VLCE

Posted December 20, 2022 My New Year’s resolution is always, “read more books.” Last year I did just that! I gathered a group of friends and dragged them along on a journey of getting off the rollercoaster of social media and into great books. Last year’s favorites ranged from beginner-friendly to veteran animal warrior. From recipes to lifestyle…

Unbreakable, by Renée Kornbluth, VLCE

Posted December 13, 2022 Photo credit: Renée Kornbluth Bob and I were invited to the wedding of his close friends’ son. On the response card, we checked off the “Vegan Dinner” option, impressed by the thoughtfulness of our hosts. At the reception, we were served exceptionally beautifully plates of Vegan food. Some of the other guests at our table…

Bones and All: A Vegan Review, by Victoria Moran, CHHC, RYT-200

When I was twenty-three, I saw The Exorcist. It was sufficiently terrifying that I waited forty-nine years before going to another movie in the horror genre. That happened two weeks ago, and the movie was the critically acclaimed and Oscar-buzzing film, Bones and All. Its key protagonist is a likeable teenager, Maren, who has a habit that becomes too…

Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve, by Cherie Hans, VLCE

Posted November 29, 2022 Photo credit: Cherie Hans Meet Mumu and Zuzu in the picture with me. I should not have favorites, but the goats melt my heart. They’re affectionate, adorable, and amiable. I learned about the Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve through Victoria Moran. For our anniversary last year, and again for this one, we gifted ourselves…

Making Natural Perfume Without Harming Animals or Yourself, by Jen Gallagher, VLCE, Dip. Aromatherapy, MEd, BEd, Cert. Nursing

Posted November 22, 2022 Did you know that throughout the history of perfumery, deer, cats, whales, and beavers have all been used for their fragrances, variously taken from different parts of their bodies? Were you aware that the perfume industry conducts animal tests, often painful ones that cause the  suffering and death of millions of animals every…

The Mindset of Permanent Weight Loss, by Stanley Bronstein, CPA, JD, LLM, VLCE

Posted November 15, 2022 Image credit: Stanley Bronstein Formerly weighing in at a max 367 pounds, I think I know a thing or three about weight gain and its cousin, weight loss. While I’ve lost count of the exact number, I suspect I’ve lost 50 pounds or more, probably fifteen to twenty times in my life. I’ve lost 100+ pounds twice in my life…

11 Ideas for Navigating the Food-Centric Holiday Season, by Dr. Stacey J. Anderson, MVLCE

Posted November 8, 2022 Photo credit: Dr. Stacey Anderson Allow me to say at the outset that Halloween is my last hurrah of the year. Gads, I love it—spooks, haunts, creepy costumes, weird people all around—heaven! Then follows two holidays American vegans put so much effort into navigating year-by-year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So much meat…

7 Things I Learned from an Ayurvedic Retreat, by Victoria Moran

. . .Remembering my messy, magical, healing week of “panchakarma” — when ayurveda pulls out all the stops Me, after my first day of panchakarma treatments at the Gerson Institute for Ayurvedic Medicine The instructions said, “Bring clothes you don’t mind getting oily.” I recalled from experiencing panchakarma, ayurveda’s signature detox…

Be a Soy Boy: Three Reasons Soy is Healthy for Men, by Vince Tucker, MVLCE

Posted October 25, 2022 The pejorative label of soy boy is often used to describe men who lack stereotypical masculine qualities. Recently, this term was made popular to describe men who support feminism, multi-culturalism, environmentalism, and sometimes animal rights—putting forth narratives that such men are “soft and delicate.” When examined…

Cod Skin Graft For My Surgical Wound? I Chose To Say No, by Rev, William Melton, VLCE

Posted October 18, 2022 My Tale of Woe First, I will remind you that the image you see above is a living being who had no responsibility at all for my tale of woe described below. Second, I will explain why I am writing this essay. In January of 2022, I developed osteomyelitis (a bone infection) in my right foot. It had developed to the point that surgery…

Juicing and Spiritual Fasting, by Laura Leal, VLCE

Posted October 11, 2022 Photo credit: Karsten Winegeart, Unsplash.com Juicing for three, seven, ten, or more days can be a way to detox and reset our bodies. It can even boost nourishment from all of the concentrated fruits and vegetables in these juices. But what about detoxifying our soul and sprit while we do this type of fast? Humans often celebrate…

When a Holistic Doctor Says You’re Wholly Wrong, by Victoria Moran

Having been Vegan for 39 years next month, I’ve heard most of the arguments and warnings about eating as I do. When my daughter was young and prone to respiratory and bronchial infections, I got it from both sides. On the one hand, the Vegans gossipped that she couldn’t be in this predicament unless she was getting dairy products somewhere. And…

A Vegan in Kenya, by Kenneth Odhiambo Ndonga, VLCE, with Cherie Hans, VLCE

Posted September 27, 2022 Photo credit: Kenneth Odhiambo Ndonga My name is Kenneth Odhiambo Ndonga and I am a Vegan from Sondu, Kenya. I was a graduate of the Winter 2022 Main Street Vegan Academy (MSVA). My hometown in Kisumu City is about 200 kilometers from our Capital Nairobi. I have been a Vegan for four years. A critical sickness that led me to…

Monk Coleman: Athlete, Spiritual Teacher, Vegan

Episode 473, original air date March 30th, 2022, on Unity Online Radio. Listen now at UOR, on your favorite podcast app.Love Over Fear author Monk Coleman believes the universe is working in our favor, and that raising the collective vibration on earth will benefit all beings. More about our guest: From the basement to the stage to leading a movement…

10 Ways Volunteering at a Farm Animal Rescue Is Therapeutic, by Patricia Campana, MVLCE

Posted March 29, 2022Photo credit: Patricia Campana Several years ago, pre-vegan but vegetarian, I toured a farm animal sanctuary here in San Diego County. During the tour I heard stories of these rescued animals and one story touched me the most—Gracie Lou, a rescued dairy cow. Gracie Lou was less than one year old and destined to be slaughtered…

Vegan for 50 Years

Episode 472, original air date March 23th, 2022, on Unity Online Radio. Listen now at UOR, on your favorite podcast app.Known as the community in which Joaquin Phoenix grew up, Gentle World has promoted vegan living and peace on earth for half a century. Its cofounder, Light, has eaten a peaceful diet all this time. More about our guest: In 1970, when…

The Five Rs for a Zero Waste Vegan Kitchen, by Christine Day, VLCE

Posted March 22, 2022Image Credit: Chris Day Have you heard about the Five Rs for waste management? These are the five most impactful steps in a journey to zero waste. Refuse Get comfortable refusing things you don’t need or want. Is your neighbor offering you a portion of their bumper crop of okra but you hate okra and know it’s going to spoil…

Is There a Diet/Covid Connection?

Episode 471, original air date March 16th, 2022, on Unity Online Radio. Listen now at UOR, on your favorite podcast app.There’s conjecture that a healthy diet has provided a layer of protection during the pandemic, but only now has a widespread survey, headed by Jiviniti’s Nivi Jaswal and Erin Sinnavae, PhD,  sought solid answers in their Project…

Fit and Healthy and Such Good Food!

Episode 470, original air date March 9th, 2022, on Unity Online Radio. Listen now at UOR, on your favorite podcast app.Champion bodybuilders and compassionate trainers Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor discuss fit vegan living for athletes and the rest of us. I don’t know about you, but having this conversation made me get more committed to showing…

Where the Wild Things Are

Episode 469, original air date March 2nd, 2022, on Unity Online Radio. Listen now at UOR, on your favorite podcast app.As a confirmed city person, I was in need of some rewilding and spending this delicious hour with wildlife ecologist Craig Carpenter Downer, PhD, did the trick. The particular expertise of this vegan scientist is the wildlife of the…


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