22 May

My name is Lauren, and I am a 22-year-old technical communications major/nutrition minor at Texas Tech University. And I’m vegan! And it’s absolutely one of the best decisions I’ve made for my life. Since becoming vegan on Jan. 1, 2011, I’ve lost weight, gained more energy, had clearer skin, gained confidence in my beliefs and identity, and learned that the best way to live is with respect for ALL beings. I’ve discovered a deep compassion within myself that I’ve never felt before.

I, like many people I’ve encountered, used to scoff at the word “vegan”, thinking it was a term for a crazy, unrealistic person having to pop multivitamins all the time just to stay nourished. But how wrong I was. I’ve always been health conscious. I feel like taking care of your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it really does have a huge impact on how you feel each day. I’ve always been researching the latest findings in nutrition, so naturally I came across articles and websites actually describing the benefits of a vegan diet. And once I checked it out for myself – read some books, cooked my own vegan recipes, and realized that living without meat, eggs, and dairy was actually more fun and made me feel better than a diet with them – I have not looked back. This blog is just to record aspects of my vegan life, and I hope you enjoy šŸ™‚

Recommended books:

Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (This is also a cookbook.)

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell (I have not yet read this, although I have heard wonderful things about it and plan to have my own copy soon.)


The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Nixon (FAVORITE)

Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon (ANOTHER FAVORITE)

Vegan College Cookbook by PETA (If you’re a college student new to cooking and/or veganism, especially if living in a dorm, you need this!)

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin

Stevia: Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks, and More by Rita Depuydt (This is not actually a vegan cookbook, but I very easily make the recipes vegan, which are delicious!)


Fork Over Knives

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Food, Inc


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