My Zip Code, My Genetic Code–That’s What Separates Us! by Nivi Jaswal, MVLCE

posted September 13, 2022 She sat with vacuous eyes. Tears disappearing in her torn shirt. Nails digging into her own flesh. She shook, she trembled but couldn’t shake off the dread. Told she couldn’t stay– As she wrapped up all her life in a small broken suitcase, she touched her belly pregnant with another life …

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Loving Animals, Hating Cruelty. Meeting in the Middle?

It was the early 1980s. I was active in the local animal rights group in Kansas City, mostly comprised of women my mother’s age. One of these, Hazel, was fond of saying that her participation was not because she loved animals but because she hated cruelty. That sounded so strange to me, because I love …

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Keeping Off 100 Pounds as a Vegan: The Phil DeJean Story, by Cherie Hans, VLCE

posted August 30, 2022   I met Phil DeJean in the Winter 2021 online Main Street Vegan Academy. If you’ve ever attended a Main Street Vegan class or Compassion Consortium gathering on Zoom, Phil is the helpful and dapper tech guy not so behind the scenes. Phil and I bonded immediately as teachers with shared …

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Why Vegan History Matters: A Western Perspective, by Elaine Hutchison, VLCE

posted August 23, 2022 For many people, history is a boring subject, as dry as a laundry list and as dead and dusty as the people who inhabit it. That perspective would benefit from change, especially in today’s burgeoning Vegan movement. Someone said recently that Veganism is relatively new—only 78 years old—and hardly anyone knows …

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Eight Ways to Find Vegan Community, by Lisa V. Gotte, VLCE

posted August 16, 2022 Whether you’re new to veganism or have been vegan for years, like-minded friends make the journey easier and even more rewarding. A reliable vegan community is a strong support system and excellent resource when seeking guidance and information, asking questions, or just sharing opinions and feeling connected. Here are eight ways …

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Sharing Our Vegan Beliefs Effectively—With Compassion and Empathy, Guest Post by Bobbi Giudicelli

posted August 9, 2022 I believe that people who feel strongly about their political philosophies, their religious beliefs, their workout regimens, and their diets, tend to become very passionate and committed to those aspects of their lives. And that we surround ourselves with people who support our way of thinking, avoiding zealots who think differently. …

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Blending a Vegan/Non-Vegan Family, by Kimberly Harper-Colucci, VLCE

posted July 26, 2022 When I met my wife, I was over the moon. She checked all the boxes, rather she checked all the boxes except one—I’m Vegan, and she is not. Dietary restrictions are not problematic for most people. No capers? No gluten? No big deal. Veganism is more involved than that. We are …

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The Beautiful Bioeconomy of Upcycled Foods, by Michelle Schaefer, VLCE

posted July 12, 2022 Why Food Waste Is an Animal-Rights Issue Comedian Jim Gaffigan joked that he throws newly bought avocados directly in the trash on the way out of the store, just to save time. Each year, America throws out 40% of the food it produces—roughly 400 lbs. of food per person—and that’s no …

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Main Street Vegan: Entering Our 2nd Decade

(Note: Apologies for technical difficulties on Tuesday, July 5th. We’re using a new mailing service and something was lost in translation. This is the Main Street Vegan blog you should have received on Tuesday. Thanks for your patience.) I like to write blog posts about YOU — little inspiring bits to help you feel healthier, more …

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