About Lauren

Hello, everyone!

My name is Lauren, and I am a 22-year-old technical communications major/nutrition minor at Texas Tech University. And… I’m a 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 25 pounds (without trying), gained more energy, clearer skin, stronger confidence in my beliefs and identity, and have learned that the best way to live is with respect for ALL beings.

I, like many people I’ve encountered (I live in West Texas), 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.

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My baby, Lilly! Another reason I have so much respect for animals. She’s the best!

Lately, I’ve really taken an interest in creating my own recipes, all of which end up here. I like quick recipes that don’t sacrifice nutrition for convenience. Along with my recipe experiments, I also just use it to record aspects of my vegan life, and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Recommended books:

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.)

Cookbooks

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!)

Films

Fork Over Knives

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Food, Inc

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