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Breakfast is the perfect area to get started on a vegan journey! Meal planning isn't as overwhelming as you can easily switch out ingredients to make them vegan. In this podcast episode I talk about what a vegan breakfast looks like and how to plan it.

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Direct download: veganbreakfastwithmusic.mp3
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Vegan and business talk together? Yes ma'am! 2 of my fave topics :-) 

In the latest podcast episode, I chat with Jamel of The Veg about his gradual transition to vegan life and why and how he started his own vegan restaurant. 


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Direct download: 01_jamelfinalpodcast_1.mp3
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A few weeks ago someone asked whether or not my 3 sons (14, 12, 11) are vegans.
Even though my kids eat vegan meals at home....they are not vegans. 

Does this surprise you?

It sure surprised the lady who asked that question.

In my latest podcast episode, I talk about why my kids aren't vegan and share some tips on how to eat more vegan meals with your own kids.

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As always, it's so important to do what works best for your family situation. It doesn't have to be all or nothing to get started on a vegan journey.

Do your best every. single. day. and I promise it will get easier...even with picky kids (and spouses lol).


  • Add a daily green smoothie to your kids' diet
  • Start by transitioning to vegan breakfast & snacks I wrote a blog post with recipes and tips for vegan breakfast here
  • Get the kids involved in meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking
  • Keep calm - A balanced lifestyle will make for a long-term vegan life 
Direct download: vegankids34final.mp3
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Since I know many of us are thinking about our goals for work, health and life during this time of year, I want to give you some specific strategies on how to start your vegan journey in the new year. 

In the latest podcast, I give you 11 tips on how to do just that.

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Here's a quick recap of those 11 tips from the episode: 
*Determine your why
*Make the decision to go vegan
*Always be ready, so you don't have to get ready when it comes to meal planning, eating out, etc.
*Don't restrict yourself more than you have to
*Take time to get comfortable in the kitchen
*Find a supportive community
*Explore your grocery store/farmer's market in a new way
*Make a vegan version of your favorite dishes
*Realize that it doesn't have to be all or nothing
*Focus on what you can eat and not what you "can't eat"
*Progress over perfection -- always!


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Direct download: 11tipstogoveganfinal.mp3
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Before you think about meal planning, grocery shopping and eating out as a new vegan, there are 2 key steps you must take to start your journey.

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Direct download: 2stepsvegan.mp3
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The holidays are coming, so I had to invite Tracye McQuirter on the podcast to talk about how to navigate a vegan lifestyle during this season.

Tracye is a 30-year vegan, national best-selling author, public health nutritionist, international speaker, and vegan trailblazer. She was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times, and her national best-seller, By Any Greens Necessary, was the number one recommended vegan book on The Huffington Post. For 25 years, she's been teaching people throughout the United States and abroad how and why to go vegan for better health. She's been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including CBS News, Fox News, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. Tracye has a master's degree in public health nutrition from New York University.


Her tips:

  • Be gentle with yourself and others - RELAX!
  • Never talk about veganism at the Thanksgiving dinner table
  • Bring enough food for yourself and others
  • It's okay not to eat traditional Thanksgiving meals...even though you sure can do that! 


Notable Quote from Tracye: "Liberate your mind and your mouth will follow."


Other topics we chatted about:

  • The importance of determining your why when you're going vegan
  • Why community is essential to a long-term vegan life
  • How veganism is a black movement


Direct download: finaltracye.mp3
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I answered this question several months ago but wanted to put in with a podcast episode because it's so important.

How in the heck do you plan meals without meat being the center of the meal?

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Some people think you can only get protein from chicken, beef, fish, eggs, etc. but this isn't the case at all. There are sooo many plant-based options that can easily replace the meat on your plate.

The best way to approach vegan life when you're getting started is to think about what you're already eating and how you can make a vegan version of that meal.

In this episode, I used vegan fried chicken, taco salad and chili as examples of how this would look.

Try not to overthink your meal planning, be gentle with yourself and I promise it will get easier once you're consistent.




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It was a pleasure having Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul on the show to talk about her transition to vegan life.

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We discussed:

  • How she decided to became a vegan after working in a vegetarian restaurant around ethical vegans
  • Why meat alternatives are helpful when you're transitioning to a vegan life 
  • Some of her favorite food/meals
  • Whether or not celebrity vegans help or cause more confusion in the vegan movement
  • How to help your picky eaters
  • Why she credits finding her purpose from going vegan


Direct download: jennefinalfinal.mp3
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I met Lynne several years ago online and since then we've had a chance to connect offline at local events. She's a big believer in balance and it extend not only to what she eats but how she lives her life.

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We discussed:

  • How she was able to get rid of her high blood pressure medication after eating a mostly raw diet for 4 months
  • How she was able to get her husband to embrace vegan life
  • Why balance is so important in a vegan lifestyle
  • Her love of cooking and how she prepares her favorite dishes


"That month of raw food changed my life"

"Life is About Balance"



Direct download: lynnefinalfinal.mp3
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I first saw Elvis in a vegan Facebook group and was so glad when Gail Roddy made the introduction for me. This episode is truly a treat!

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We discussed:

  • How he was about to get mom to ditch 8 medications by changing her diet
  • His journey of coming back to vegan life after being gone for several years
  • Why balance is key is a long-term vegan life
  • How veganism will make you elevate other areas of your life
  • Why you are what you eat


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Direct download: finalelvisfinal.mp3
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