Can I read your blog if I’m not vegan?

Absolutely! Since my primary focus is on the health reasons for eating a plant-based diet, I seriously doubt I’ll offend you if you aren’t vegan. If you have any questions about what I write about, please e-mail me (carrieonvegan<at>gmail.com) or comment on a post and I’ll get back to you pronto.

What do you eat?

I eat fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, avocados and whole grains made as simply and unprocessed as possible.

Vegetables are the basis of my diet. I’m always looking for creative and low-fat ways to incorporate more veggies. A typical day’s worth of food for me includes something like this:

Breakfast: A green smoothie made from hemp milk, raw greens, frozen fruit, flax meal, chia seeds and miscellaneous add-ins. Alternatively, I will have a raw buckwheat groats with chopped fresh fruit, chia seeds, almond or soy milk and some walnuts.

Lunch: An ideal lunch would include a giant salad with a nut or seed-based dressing, raw or steamed vegetables, fruit, hummus or beans and perhaps some avocado. I generally have some fresh fruit for dessert.

Dinner: I make a lot of different dinner entrees but I love having some kind of bean and vegetable soup served with a small green salad or some kind of fruit-based dessert. I also like making stir-fries, bean burgers and tacos.

Where do you get your protein?

Protein comes from plants so I get plenty of that from the variety of greens, nuts and seeds I consume. I usually eat at least one serving of beans or soy foods per day.

Do you use leather, wear wool, eat honey, etc.?

Being vegan is not about being perfect. I’m try my best to make the best, most ethical choices. I do not eat any animals or animal products, but I do still own some leather and wool items. I am trying to buy vegan versions of things like clothing, purses, shoes, cosmetics, etc. and I especially try to buy beauty products that have not been tested on animals. I am finding it easier than I thought it would be! I’m still learning about my options and would love to hear your suggestions.

What is Eat to Live (ETL)?

“Eat to Live” or ETL is an eating style based upon the scientifically-backed book of the same name by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified medical doctor. Eating a combination of raw and cooked vegetables, especially green vegetables, is the focus of this way of eating. Dr. Fuhrman also emphasizes eating plenty of fresh fruit and beans, plus nuts, seeds, and avocados for healthy fat sources. Other foods like whole grains, starches (like potatoes and squashes), and whole soy foods are included in moderation.

Are you on a diet?

I became vegan in September of 2010. It wasn’t until November of 2010 that I transformed my diet and my health. As of March, 2013, I have lost about 25 pounds. In the process, I significantly decreased my seasonal allergies and migraines. I consider myself to be right around my ideal weight now.

Are you gluten-free?

While Dr. Fuhrman’s plan does not exclude gluten-containing grains, I suspect that I have a sensitivity to gluten. So, as of late 2011, I avoid gluten-containing foods and all of my recipes featured on Carrie on Vegan and Vegan Delish gluten-free.

Why don’t you eat any oils? 

Oils are not a whole food, so I prefer to get my fats from sources like nuts, seeds, and avocados. The idea is that whole foods contain all of the original nutrients of those foods, whereas oils do not.

Do you get paid by companies to talk about their products?

As of February 2013, I have developed affiliate relationships with Mountain Rose Herbs and Vitamix, which means I get a commission from products sold using the link on my blog. The affiliate link for Mountain Rose is here and the affiliate link for Vitamix is here. I used products from these companies for over four years and felt very confident in the quality of these products before I made the decision to become an affiliate.

In February of 2013, I also began a relationship with BlogHer which is a company that puts ads on websites. I have been very clear in my communication with them that there are to be no non-vegan friendly ads on my site. If you see anything that you find offensive, please let me know.

As of August, 2013, I have also developed affiliations with Dr. Fuhrman and Amazon.com to get a commission on products that are purchased using my links.

Occasionally I accept food products or health-related books that pertain to health, but I always make it known in any review posts that I received a product with a discount or for free.

What is the Healthy Vegan Challenge?

The Healthy Vegan Challenge (HVC) mainly exists as a Facebook group (you can join here) where members offer support for those of us who want to set goals to be healthier. You don’t have to be vegan to join the group, but it is encouraged that you at least try a plant-based diet during the Challenge.

Also, just fyi, I write my blog as a hobby and a way to interact with the healthy, vegan community. I am so grateful that my readership has grown because it makes me feel that there are more people who are embracing whole foods living. Thank you for your support!!!

Got a question not listed here? Send me an e-mail at carrieonvegan<@>gmail.com and I’ll do my best to give you an answer! Please note that I cannot give specific health or nutrition advice.

Disclaimer: The information on this blog is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise program.