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Before I was vegan (and legally allowed to drink), I remember sneaking the Kahlua from my parents' liquor cabinet and making what are called White Russians -- essentially a mixed drink consisting of Kahlua (a rum/coffee liqueur), vodka, and milk or cream. Over the past 20+ years, I've forgotten about that concoction, but it's made an appearance in our home as of late, thanks to my hubby developing an interest in the fine art of mixology.

There are several variations (Black Russian: no cream; Dirty Russian: chocolate milk instead of cream; White Cuban (rum instead of vodka), but we're stuck on the classic (for now). And we both agree that it wouldn't be half as good without the addition of Califia Farms almond milk creamer. It's crazy good (and very sweet) and also works beautifully with their hazelnut creamer.

So, we tested it out on some friends during a game night of Cards Against Humanity, and it was a hit -- as was the...


Had a delicious day of silence -- one of my favorite ways to ground and center myself, especially in the middle of the week. I scheduled no meetings or interviews, and I had to catch myself only a few times when the kitties were talking to me and when I went for a run and spotted a neighbor. It's during silent days that I realize how often I just talk to fill up the space -- often saying nothing at all and wasting energy. I'm so much calmer and mindful on these days, and I'm more thoughtful about my words the next day when I resume talking. What do you find in the silence? (I found this beautiful sunset.)



A small subset of opinionated, passionate, well-intentioned people perpetuate the stereotype of the angry, self-righteous, perfection-focused animal rights vegan when they spew invective at anyone who is not "vegan enough" in their eyes. They are otherwise known as The Vegan Police. Listen to today's episode for my perspective on how we can speak up for animals -- online and in person -- without alienating people who are trying to make compassionate choices.

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My word for 2015 is "Connection." It manifests itself in a myriad of ways, including connecting more deeply with people already in my life but also in terms of making new connections. As a writer and content producer, I spend a lot of time alone in my own head, in my own world, and even though I'm "connected digitally" with colleagues I've known "virtually" for years, that's not the same as knowing them, friending them, and collaborating with them.

And so while using this visit to connect with followers through today's booksigning at The Last Bookstore, I also made several lunch and dinner dates with friends and colleagues. Recently, in an interview with Vegan Street, I was asked "What do you think are our biggest hindrances to getting the [vegan] message out effectively?" And my answer was "Small thinking. Fear. Egos. Competition. Fear of success. Fear of other people’s...



When you look at the arc of history in terms of human violence against animals, there is no doubt that things are significantly better than they were in the past. We've still got a lot of work to to, but when we step back and look at it from a broader perspective, we can see the paradigm shifts that took place in terms of how we regard and treat animals. One of those shifts can be traced back to what is called The Age of Enlightenment, and that's what we explore today.

After listening, do you think these thinkers, philosophers, and theologians contributed to the improved treatment of animals in practice -- not just in theory? I’ve got my opinion, but I’d like to hear yours. Comment below.

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Managing PR for The 30-Day Vegan Challenge has been intense, but it's paying off. In January, I appeared on CBS' Good Day Sacramento, FOX 40 in Sacramento, and KTVU, Oakland's FOX station. And guess what? I'm returning to all three!

I'll be featuring aphrodisiac food for Valentine's Day on FOX 40 on Wednesday, February 11th in the 8:30 a.m. hour. I'll be whipping up some vegan Mardi Gras foods on Oakland's KTVU on Sunday February 14th in the 9:30 a.m. hour. gets better!

My dream has been to connect with a TV host who will officially take The 30-Day Vegan Challenge in front of their viewers, having me return for several episodes for shopping, cooking, and eating out segments to guide the host and of course provide fantastic content for the...


Today, a young deer was attacked early in the morning by an off-leash dog. A number of concerned neighbors called various wildlife rescue organizations. After losing blood and lying in distress for quite awhile, the deer ultimately limped her way into the wooded area between the houses, and her fate is yet unknown.

Many of us happen upon wildlife in distress in our daily lives, but we don't often do anything about it. We may be afraid, we may not know what to do, we may be too busy. Listen to my brief story about a little raccoon with distemper whose suffering took precedence over my fear.

Today's Tweetable: "One life matters - especially to the one whose life it is." Please share & tag @joyfulvegan

Resources: Please add both Animal Control and local wildlife services to your phone. For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, the following organizations respond to wildlife issues:

Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue - (510) 421-9897




For millennia, humans have engaged in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide variety of desired outcomes: reducing anxiety, alleviating grief, deepening faith, or even making it rain. Though rites and rituals can be used for positive or innocuous effects, they can also disguise discomfort and make unjustifiable actions seem legitimate. They can be meaningless, arbitrary, and archaic. They can also mask cruelty to animals by being shrouded in religious sanctity. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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"There is no rule book for being vegan. You just let compassion guide you." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately. Read more short "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Change Your Behavior" quotes from the book.



The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is the ULTIMATE guide for transitioning to a healthy, compassionate lifestyle, and it's the ULTIMATE resource for vegans. Packed with tools, tips, recipes, and menu ideas, it answers every question related to eating, cooking, nutrition, and the social aspects of living vegan, including eating out, holidays, living with non-vegans, etc. We already know the material inspires vegans. Now, we need to get this book in as many hands as possible -- for the animals, both human and non-human. Here's how!

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