What Vegan Coaching Is Really Like

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Ever since I learned about Main Street Vegan Academy’s vegan lifestyle coaching certification program a couple of years ago, I knew it was the thing for me.

I had been vegan for quite awhile, am a trained chef, and had been running Homemade Levity since 2012. But I wanted to take my vegan knowledge and activism to another level.

Last year, I joined MSVA along with 12 other students from around the world. In this life-changing experience, I learned how to effectively coach, counsel and educate people about this healthy and compassionate way of life.

I’ve been pretty low-profile about the launch of my vegan lifestyle coaching practice, partly because I’m not a huge self-promotor. (Quite possibly to my detriment!). But also because I’m one of those people who likes to get their head around things before talking too much about them.

Now that my practice is in full swing, I wanted share what vegan lifestyle coaching is all about.

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How To Eat More Vegetables

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Many people start out going vegan by quitting meat and dairy ‘cold tofu.’ One day they wake up and it’s plant-based eating from then on. But for others, a gradual dial down of animal products is in order.

The problem is, when you eliminate animal products, you need something to replace them with. Otherwise you’ll go hungry! Eliminating foods also creates a perception that a vegan diet is about deprivation, which is so not true.

Simply enjoying more fruits and vegetables in your diet is a great way to introduce plant-based habits into your eating. It also helps increase your comfort level in shopping and preparing these foods. When you’re ready to let go of animal products, you’ll already be equipped with vegan options.

Eating more plants is tasty and satisfying. And then there’s the disease-fighting antioxidants. But it also needs to be easy. Here are three ways with simple recipes to add more plants:

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3 Ways To Move Toward Veganism

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For many people, a vegan lifestyle starts with food. Whether we do it for health reasons, for the animals or the environment, our dietary choices are a big part of how we identify ourselves. But once we figure out how to navigate restaurants, … [Continue reading]

How To Eat Vegan In Different Cuisines

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It used to be that when contemplating dining out as a vegan, people would recommend, “Eat before you leave the house.” That’s just depressing, not to mention, totally unnecessary. I like going out to eat. A lot. And most of the time, my dining … [Continue reading]

Light Bulb Moments In Going Vegan

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There are moments in going vegan that people often describe as: Something just clicked. A switch was flipped. A light bulb went on. Suddenly, I got it. I love these descriptions because they add a bit of drama to a story, and they refer to … [Continue reading]

Thai Edamame Salad

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You don’t see a lot of recipes on this site for labor-intensive or instruction-heavy dishes like chocolates or sushi or cheese or fermented things.I know, people make that stuff. Good for them. I like to look at their food pictures.But these … [Continue reading]

Roasted Vegetable Strudel Recipe

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Many people don’t realize that store-bought frozen phyllo dough is simply a mix of wheat flour, water and a bit of salt. It’s totally vegan and a versatile ingredient for creating easy and elegant savory and sweet recipes.My Spicy Swiss Chard and … [Continue reading]

Gardein Fishless Tacos

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Gardein Fishless Filets may be my favorite of the Gardein product line. They're super convenient to grab from the freezer on a busy weeknight, and I love the slightly greasy, crispy batter and the flaky inside texture. It's not exactly like a real … [Continue reading]