A Vegan for Her Birthday Giveaway!

We can’t believe it’s been a year since Vegan for Her was released! And we can’t thank you enough for all of your incredible support.

Well, actually, we can thank you! We are doing a birthday giveaway!

One lucky grand prize winner will receive this Big Buddha “Arlene” Rosette Satchel, a signed copy of Vegan for Her, The Plant Plate magnet and three Vegan for Her notepads!

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Two lucky winners will receive  a signed copy of Vegan for Her, The Plant Plate magnet and three Vegan for Her notepads!

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363 Responses to “A Vegan for Her Birthday Giveaway!”

  1. July 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    More than happy to help you celebrate YOUR birthday by accepting your lovely gifts! LOL Thanks for the opportunity. :)

    Thanks for joining in at the #VeganFoodChat last night. It was awesome!

    Maria

    • Gretchen Jasek-Chin
      July 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      I really want to win

  2. Marlana
    July 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    My cousin is a great support source for my veganism. She has been vegetarian for approx 30 years and jumped on the vegan wagon with me. The vast amount of vegan restaurants here in Austin is also of great help even though the majority of the time I cook/prep my own food.

  3. Susan Stanfield
    July 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I have been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it.

  4. Megan
    July 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Daiya cheese has been a tremendous help to me

  5. Christine
    July 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks for choosing to celebrate with a gift for us! Happy birthday to Vegan For Her!

  6. Kim
    July 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Happy Birthday, here’s to another great year ahead.

  7. July 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Such gorgeous gifts, very generous of you both :)
    It was actually very easy for me to transfer from a vegetarian to a vegan diet when I got to know the horror behind the dairy and egg industry… And of course, good cookbooks helped too :))

  8. July 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    What a great giveaway! I love this book, it’s totally changed the way I think about food and has helped me plan my meals accordingly :)

  9. Jamie W
    July 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    It is my birthday month too! HBD Vegan for Her!

  10. Christa
    July 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!

  11. July 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway, JL and Ginny! 😀

  12. July 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Reading a lot of great cookbooks helped me! Happy Birthday!

  13. Crystal
    July 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Happy b-day! Hope I win! :)

  14. Marianne Howard
    July 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Happy birthday!

  15. July 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Packing my lunches for work instead of relying on cafeteria choices.

  16. Kendra
    July 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Chickpeas were my 100% essential tool in bridging the gap between omni and vegan. They are so versatile, inexpensive, and delicious! I have made my own hummus, mock “tuna” and “chicken” salads, bean salads, bean sausages – so much! I could not have done it without the mighty chickpea.

  17. July 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I know it seems basic, but Beans and Greens….when I first transitioned to vegan I did not properly educate myself and became really low in iron. I cannot take iron supplements (nor do I want to) and once I became aware of whole food sources my blood work has become better than it has ever been.

  18. July 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Happy birthday & thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Arlene S.
    July 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Wow, Wow and Wow! Happy Birthday! What beautiful gifts!

  20. SharonK
    July 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Adding extra veggies to any dish, tastes better and ups my veg intake. Happy Birthday!

  21. Edith
    July 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    It’s not really a trick – but the thing that helped me the most was simply being willing to experiment with new methods of cooking and new recipes, and not trying to make the transition overnight. Now vegan cooking seems like the easiest and most intuitive way of preparing food, because it’s what I know and what I’m used to. :-)

  22. July 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    I think the best tip I ever got was to focus on what you can eat and try new things, rather on focusing on what you are leaving out of your diet. I eat so much more variety now than I ever did before going vegan!

  23. Crissy
    July 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    In the beginning I used a lot of substitutes for meat/dairy. It made the transition easier.

  24. July 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Great giveaway! Happy Birthday!

  25. July 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    The tip that has helped me most was to look at veganism as an opportunity to discover new foods as opposed to looking at it as banning old foods.

  26. Emily B
    July 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I got this wonderful book. Happy birthday!

  27. July 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Happy birthday! This is a wonderful prize!

  28. Sheri
    July 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    The many uses of chickpeas has been very valuable, and my favorite low fat trick is to saute with vegetable broth instead of oil.

  29. July 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    My tip is don’t be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes, slip up, misread ingredients etc. Don’t beat yourself up, just shrug it off and be glad that now you know better for next time. Also, be prepared if you might be in a situation with limited vegan options. If you’re going to a potluck with lots of non-vegans, bring a delicious main dish to share so you have something yummy to eat. If you have a work lunch, call ahead to the restaurant. If you’re going to a concert or amusement park, take snacks with you in case there’s nothing to eat inside.

  30. July 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and buying a small share of a farm has been great. We’ve never tasted food so fresh.

  31. Christina
    July 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Happy birthday!! The food that has helped me is good old seiten, wheat meat. Homemade, of course!

  32. Katie J
    July 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    My Tip for an easier vegan diet would be Plan Ahead!! Whether it be researching menus before you go out to eat, or visiting vegan blogs for recipe ideas before going food shopping…this has helped me the most.

    Happy Birthday to your Book Release! I have a big birthday coming up rightttt around the corner too! :)

  33. Danielle A
    July 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Happy Birthday!. I watched a lot of different documentary and movies about the food industry. Then I started reading blogs and books. It is almost unbelievable how so many people just don’t care what they are putting into thier body. It is a sad situation.

  34. ilana
    July 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Knowing that veganism has environmental, health, and compassion implications. Aleso daiya cheese.

  35. Kristi
    July 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I love that this book is geared directly towards woman!

  36. Manette Gutterman
    July 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    I love roasting veggies, grilling veggies, and finding exciting recipes that keep me even thinking about meat.

  37. Martha
    July 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Happy Birthday. Oatmeal helped me go vegan. I love oatmeal :)

  38. Lori
    July 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Happy Birthday ☺️

  39. Krista
    July 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Has it been a year?!! Woot!
    It really helps to be prepared with some quick and easy meal and snacks you can turn to in a pinch–hummus, lots of hummus! And don’t look at it as a limitation, but a whole new world of food and cooking to explore.

  40. Lori
    July 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

  41. July 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I preordered Vegan for Her last year when it came out and read it cover to cover in no time! It is so full if valuable information, one of the best resources I have for my vegan lifestyle. I also recall reaching out to JL for more information on B 12 and was so impressed with how quickly she got back to me with a thorough response! Thanks for all the work you are doing to help us be strong, vibrant vegans!!

  42. Jodi
    July 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the giveaway.

  43. July 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Oh and my tip—–enjoy what you CAN eat not what can’t—oh and frozen veggie burgers like Dr. Praeger’s are great for a quick and healthy meal. :)

  44. Shelby
    July 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Getting excited about cooking and learning about new foods was really helpful when I first transitioned to being vegan. Concentrating on all the foods I could eat made it a lot easier when I was missing something I no longer ate.

  45. Jessie
    July 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    I found hummus or avocado can take the place of cheese in most things where unmelted cheese is wanted.

  46. July 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday! This is an awesome giveaway, which I will share on both of my FB pages, although I totally intend to win it! ;o) The bag was made for ME! And I really do need/want to read the book as part of my continuing self-education. Thanks for all you both do to spread the vegan LOVE!

  47. stacey
    July 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Although I usually steer clear of packaged foods, when I have a craving for sausage and peppers, Field Roast sausages have saved me! Thanks for he chance to win!

  48. Julie G
    July 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    My most helpful tip/trick in my vegan journey has been purchasing some good vegan cookbooks and studying the intro sections for tips/vocab, etc. And then cooking of course. The intro half to Veganomicon helped me tremendously, although the recipes were too complex at first for me. Also, using the internet by typing in “vegan lasagna, cookies, anything” is very helpful.

  49. jessi
    July 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Nutritional yeast!

  50. PM
    July 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!

  51. vanessa
    July 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Happy birthday. What a wonderful giveaway in honor!

  52. Flo
    July 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!
    What tip, trick or food that has most helped you on your journey to a more vegan diet?
    Being creative with Tofu!! That and nutritional yeast and cashew cream. Those two items help me with cheese cravings!

  53. Dina O'Neil
    July 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Having total support from my husband and having him join me on this journey has been fundamental in our success – it wasn’t too hard to convince him especially with all the yummy vegan food I make for our family!

  54. July 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I read a lot of cookbooks when I first started vegan and ate so many fresh fruit & veggies. I felt like a whole new person!!

  55. July 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    What has helped me most has been having other vegans around me (even if they are on the Facebook). Knowing that I’m not alone and that there are other people that are just as motivated as me to create a compassionate, vegan world has helped me IMMENSELY!

  56. amanda arsenault
    July 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    I have been wanting this book for awhile! I plan on trying to become pregnant at the end of summer/early fall and I know this will be full of good advice!

  57. Connie
    July 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Being prepared makes being vegan easier. If I’m going to a place where I think it might be difficult to find vegan food, I bring my own.

  58. Karen Pfeiffer
    July 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I appreciate your wealth of information and knowledge.

  59. July 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank for the tweet chat last night! It was a great discussion!

  60. Maria
    July 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Cashews and avocado are the things that have helped me the most. Happy Birthday Vegan for Her! This is a wonderful giveaway! Thanks :)

  61. Cole
    July 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Have some fun. Going vegan needn’t be stressful, taxing, or strictly healthy. And while eating healthy is important, especially when you make a big change to your diet, you shouldn’t have to associate being vegan with giving up all things that are delicious and fun. A cupcake or a slice of pie are a nice way of celebrating your change.

  62. Lori
    July 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Just eat, don’t worry about measuring or counting calories. If you think you’re hungry, eat another apple, take a second helping of dinner, don’t worry about it. You’ll settle in to a new normal, for now, just eat as much whole food as you want. It takes a lot more volume of whole foods to feel full than calorie dense meat, cheese & eggs.

  63. tina p
    July 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Daiya cheese! Avocado Reuben Sandwiches and Eggless sandwiches! I LOVE food! The library has been a huge resource for me. Educate, educate, educate. Thanks For the Opportunity!

  64. Kelly Mincey
    July 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    How exciting! Literally been interested in learning more about the book within the last two weeks so this giveaway would be nice timing 😉

  65. Michelle
    July 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I love looking through all of my vegan cookbooks, picking new recipes, and planning out meals ahead of time. Trying new foods or new ways to prepare things keeps everything interesting. And of course having some convenience foods on hand for super quick/easy meals is always helpful.

  66. Lauren
    July 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I guess vegan substitutes make things easy. I had been vegetarian since I was a kid, so giving up meat wasn’t an issue, but things like non-dairy milk and non-dairy butter make life easier!

  67. Kit
    July 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I do all my prep on weekends so I always have a freezer meal and snacks available. I make better choices when there are healthy options available.

  68. belinda
    July 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Happy birthday!

  69. Shayne Camantigue
    July 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY fellow veghead !!

    Thanks for having such a positive impact on the veg community !!!

    Great giveaway and thanks for sharing all your insights !!! GO VEG !!!

  70. Michele
    July 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m dyeing to read your book so I hope I win. I just discovered your book recently and FB page. Looks amazing! So happy to be a part of this community.

  71. LT Kerr
    July 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Great read, I’ve learned so much. Wonderful giveaway. Thank you.

  72. Jade McInnis
    July 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Thanks so much! happy birthday! :)

  73. July 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    A whole year! Wow! How crazy time flies!

    I’m not full vegan yet, but nut yeast has helped me with my cheese addiction!

  74. elle
    July 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Happy Birthday Vegan For Her !

  75. Jade McInnis
    July 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Also – what has helped me the most has been nooch and avocados! i never thought i’d be able to give up mexican-dishes with cheese but those two mashed together are better than cheeddar. :)

  76. Katie Maritz
    July 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Happy Birthday! You’ve been a constant source of knowledge for me. For all you give, I hope you get back tenfold.

  77. Kriss Garbowski
    July 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Congratulations on Vegan For Her’s Birthday!! I love how you are raising awareness on healthy vegan eating. :)

  78. Allyson E
    July 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    What has helped me most is to continue to read and watch motivating books. And great cookbooks! What an awesome give away! Thanks, ladies!

  79. Katelin
    July 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Congratulations, and happy b-day, Vegan for Her! One thing that helps me keep food interesting is trying new vegetables in dishes and learning how to cook them in different ways, for example cauliflower: roasted, mashed, steamed, sauteed in stir fry, and pickled, and of course RAW! Endless possibilities!

  80. leslie
    July 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Meal planning and food prep are my two absolutes- as long as I’m prepared all is well!

  81. Kaitlyn
    July 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Glad to help celebrate

  82. zerline
    July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    What helped me most is starting to make everything myself from scratch. Such fun :-)

  83. Tabatha
    July 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Awesome gift, Thanks for the opportunity!! Happy B-Day!!!

  84. Dana Emmel
    July 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!! It’s funny, because the day of the drawing, the 28th, is my 1 yr Vegan anniversary… What helped me the most, in my transition to a vegan lifestyle, was the wonderful support of my very few vegan friends… my family, not so much… they are very opinionated omnivores… but I found that Pinterest had a ton of recipes and ideas… and I bought Vegan for her & the 30 day vegan challenge… they both are so informative, my friends and I call them the Vegan Bibles… Lol… without them I wouldn’t know where I’d be. :)

  85. July 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I think reading cookbooks and the internet has helped me tremendously on my vegan journey.

  86. Carla
    July 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Vegan for Her!

  87. Ilene
    July 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Cooking in batch and freezing has really helped me. There’s always something to eat. Plus all the great support groups who share recipes and ideas online.

  88. Tabatha
    July 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    What has helped me most is practice, and learning how to cook with tofu. Tofu can be so delicious if prepared right. Since going vegan years ago it has forced me to be creative and I love it!!

  89. Grace
    July 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!

  90. Karine
    July 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Cooking mostly everything at home!

  91. Heather
    July 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Birthday bravo! I’m not personally a vegan, but my cousin is and she has found that planning ahead when traveling (something she does often) to be very important. She uses phone apps to find vegan-friendly restaurants, and takes various “essential” ingredients and snacks with her.

  92. Meredith
    July 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Water! Water has helped curb my overall appetite and kept cravings to a minimum, which helps me make better (ie. vegan) choices in my diet. Before I started drinking more water I would eat whatever I was craving. As a life-long meat and dairy eater who only recently went vegan, that means I often crave meat, but especially dairy. Drinking a big glass of cold water puts the brakes on my cravings and appetite and allows me to then take the time to really plan a good vegan meal or snack.

  93. Lakshmi
    July 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    It was really hard going vegan, up to that point I had been a strict vegetarian my whole life. The hardest to give up was cheese and chocolate. The thing that helped me the most was rescuing a cow from the dairy industry and also going to a sales barn/auction and seeing all the animals in distress. Seeing the baby calves, some were hours old and never even had their mothers milk. The cow we rescued/purchased from the farmer was 3 years old, had her tail cut off, never been on grass, had one calf and since she could not get pregnant and her milk production fell below 40 lbs a day she was due to go to the slaughter house. So that is what and who that keeps me on the straight and narrow.

  94. angela
    July 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    One thing that really helped me, since I was a self-proclaimed cheese addict, was to eat creamy, salty things to satisfy the cravings. So I ate LOTS of hummus, guacamole, and tahini-based things and it definitely worked.

    Can the plant plate magnets be purchased? I’d love to have some to give to clients (future RD, totally inspired by Ginny’s example :)).

  95. Rachelle
    July 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for all you have done for veganism and sharing the joy with everyone!

  96. Christina Oddy
    July 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Learning how to not center a meal on meat, has been the biggest lesson i have had to learn. Reading good books and blogs like yours, have really helped me on this journey!

  97. Nezumi
    July 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    The plethora of wonderful vegan cooking blogs. I don’t think it would of been that easy to be vegan without the internet.

  98. July 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    The biggest help was when my sister finally wanted to go vegan (20 years after I did). I hadn’t realized it but I’d become a lazy vegan…opting for processed foods and straying from a whole foods focus. Helping her make the transition really made me focus on my choices. I wanted her to be successful and healthy although I wasn’t doing the same for myself. Helping others is a GREAT way to assess how you are really doing. =)

  99. Jane
    July 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Happy birthday! What has helped me most is having a template to follow for breakfast lunch and dinner. It really CAN be easy to eat gluten free soy free vegan!

  100. Elaine
    July 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    I think it is wonderful that you have written this book for vegan women. Anything we can do to get the vegan word out is fantastic!

  101. Dyan
    July 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Yay! Happy birthday!

  102. Christine
    July 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    It’s my second year of being a vegan and I have no regrets. I only wish that I had done it sooner! The internet is my go-to resource in my vegan journey. I have a few cookbooks, but don’t own any vegan guide book yet, but I would really love to. It would be nice to have one on hand all the time ^_^.

  103. July 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Vegan cheeses helped me break my cheese addiction and finally go vegan!

  104. July 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    What tip, trick or food has most helped you on your journey to a more vegan diet? Remembering why I chose to become vegan makes it easy. I don’t miss the non-vegan foods because I surrendered my eating choices to the highest good of all sentient beings.

  105. Sheila
    July 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    the first food that ever made me think, “I could one day be vegan” was falafel from a food cart in NYC. it took some time for me to finally decide to do it years later, but now I’ve been vegan for 4.5 years and I’ve loved every second.

  106. July 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    My tip would be asking yourself a simple question: is this the most compassionate choice I can make? This is a great giveaway, I hope it’s open to Australia! 😀

  107. Carolina
    July 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been vegan for 18 years and was vegetarian before that. Avocados were key to my veganism. Every time I craved cheese, I would just eat an avocado or have something with avocado in/on it. Worked perfectly.

  108. bitt
    July 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Always finding new recipes from online and great vegan cookbooks.

  109. Cori
    July 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    What has helped me practice a vegan lifestyle the most is having both my husband and I both on the same journey, as well as having so many different options at our grocery stores where I live, as well as online recipe support.

  110. Stephanie
    July 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    The tip that most help me was to stick to the outside aisles at the grocery store. That way you avoid a lot of the processed food and spend most of the time in the produce section. Also, by the produce is where my store have placed their natural food selections. Win-win!

  111. July 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Yay! I’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes – prior to this, I didn’t even know type 2 runs in my family (thanks for withholding that little nugget of info, family members..), and knowing that my risk of getting it within five years of this pregnancy has shot up, I need all the help I can get to prevent it.

  112. Maureen
    July 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway. Would especially love the book, which I’ve wanted to purchase since it came out. :)

  113. Coral
    July 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Prepping on Sunday and having all my veggies chopped up and accessible. Even if I’m running late I can grab a handful of lettuce, quinoa, tomatoes and hummus and make a 15 second salad.

  114. Kelly R
    July 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Happy birthday!!

    Before I went vegan, I was a super picky eater. After going vegan, I made a goal to try one new food a week (usually picked up at the farmers market). It made me realise I had been missing out on a ton of amazing fruits and veggies, and it’s not only made me more open to trying anything plant-based, but it also helped improve my cooking skills. I now also feel like wherever I go, I can find something to eat.

  115. Claire C
    July 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Following all the great vegan pages on Facebook! Vegan Richa has wonderful recipes, I love our Vegan RD is always very inspiring, Olives for Dinner is great when I am trying to plan a fancy dinner, and of course Vegan For Her keeps me healthy and motivated!
    … and I apologize to the other pages I am forgetting as I follow quite a few …

    Gardein chick’n and Beyond meat have also been very helpful!

  116. Ann
    July 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Wow, Happy Birthday, what a lovely way to celebrate! Vegan for 2 years and loving it! Believe it or not one of the things that has made the transition easier for me is Pinterest, where so many other users have already collected and shared wonderful vegan recipes and how-to’s, and information about veganism. It is so easy to do a search for vegan recipes, or vegan/plant-based blogs to read. I now follow a number of boards where the users post recipes similar to what I want to eat–a plant-based and primarily whole foods diet. Inspirational quotes, images and references are abundant as well. And I definitely follow your boards!

  117. Adrienne
    July 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Vegan food blogs

  118. patty
    July 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Happy birthday! Looks like a great book!

  119. Jess C
    July 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Breakfast out/vacationing was very difficult for me in the beginning. Think pre-made oatmeal w/milk, dry cereal since there’s no dairy free option, eggs, etc. I had to get really crafty on Catalina Island as I was WAY too hungry for fruit. So I scoured the menu and came up with a peanut butter and banana wrap in a flour tortilla. WIN! It has since become one of my favorite on the go snacks. ☺

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  120. NicT
    July 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Wooo, mama needs a new purse! Happy birthday!

  121. Barbara Long
    July 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    What a great day to celebrate – congrats to you !

  122. Alyson
    July 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    I am so grateful to have you as a resource! I have been considering transitioning from vegetarian to vegan, and I know your book would really help.

  123. Alyson
    July 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Congratulations! The book looks great. I appreciate having you as a trustworthy resource.

  124. Lori Z
    July 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday and wishing you success on launch of your new book!!

  125. sue
    July 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    foodprepping on the weekends with my bf definitely helps! this way we both have yummy, nutritious options available and we have to hold each other accountable for not bringing junk into the apt!

  126. Maria
    July 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    What helps me on my healthy vegan path is watching videos of other vegans and their lives and recipes they share and reading fabulously awesome books such as Vegan for Her. One food I use to keep me on track is green smoothies.

  127. cat
    July 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m buying Vegan for Her for my mother who expressed interest in going vegan!

  128. Truc
    July 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Most helpful food: the soybean! Seriously, in between soy milk, tofu, tempeh, and edamame, I eat a truly ludicrous amount of it. But I love it!

  129. Laurie
    July 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    When I crave cheese or ice cream all I have to do is think of where it came from. Compassion for animals has helped me over my bumps in the road. Daiya cheese and Coconut Bliss ice cream are delicious alternatives!

  130. Julie L.
    July 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    It really helped me to be able to make mock cheese sauce with nutritional yeast. I have also made almond cheese. Giving up cheese was difficult for me.

  131. Cathy
    July 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Perusing vegan cookbooks, websites and blogs keep me motivated to eat vegan, and I love seeing the growth and popularity of plant-based eating.

  132. Danielle
    July 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Nutritional yeast is the best vegan food! Couldn’t live w/o it.

  133. July 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    A tip, trick, or food? The tip would be to choose your battles and not obsess over every detail. Some choices have a greater impact than others. A trick that has helped me is a lot of cooking at home from scratch. It’s the best way to know what you’re eating and it’s the most cost effective. A food would have to be seitan. Even though I am currently not consuming gluten I absolutely love it!

  134. July 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Yes! I love this book and recently just passed on my copy to a friend – well worth it, but I’d love to have a signed copy to keep for reference! (Also, that satchel is BEAUTIFUL!)

  135. July 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Also, the foods that have helped me go vegan are hummus, cashews (the sauces you can make!), and, well, chocolate tofu pudding.

  136. Melissa C
    July 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I can’t believe it’s been a year already!

  137. Elisha
    July 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I can’t wait to read the book!!! I have struggled with wanting to be vegetarian/vegan while also having celiac, so I am always on the look out for new recipes that will keep me going!

  138. Katharine Donelson
    July 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Hooray! Happy birthday!

  139. Jen T
    July 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Quinoa, lentils and chickpeas. Once I discovered how satisfying they were, I knew I’d never eat meat again.

  140. July 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Mushrooms as meat, it is the best substitute, so yummy!

  141. Candice
    July 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Cheese was the last and hardest thing for me to remove from my diet. I’ve been able to remove the craving, at first by substituting with vegan cheeses, but the biggest thing has been changing my thoughts about it. Now when I look at cheese, I see a grieving mother, a grieving child, a dead child. I can’t participate in that. Also, I have 269 tattooed on my wrist. It reminds me why I am vegan and who I am vegan for.

  142. Jill Hutchins
    July 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Always looking for a great new vegan book!!! Purse is gorgeous!

  143. BreAnna R
    July 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I have only been vegan for about 2 months now. Returning from the Philippines for a service of 1 1/2 years, my stomach was never right and I could not get better. I decided to go vegan because I know that its healthy and it wouldn’t hurt to try! Who would have known that that was the monster to my health issues. Meat. Bleh!!
    Im going strong and will never look back!!
    #Vegan

  144. Amy
    July 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Yay! I’ve been wanting your book! Although I’ve been an ethical vegan for about eight years, I’ve only recently started paying closer attention to the nutrition side of things…this would be super helpful for planning healthy and balanced meals!

    Pinterest and the plethora of awesome vegan food blogs are also great resources!

    Happy birthday!

  145. July 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    I found that researching the heck out of vegan nutrition (where to get protein, iron, calcium, etc. from) and having at least one great vegan cookbook by my side really helped make my transition to a plant-based diet much smoother.

  146. July 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I’ve been vegan for 18 months, and vegetarian for 10 years prior to that. What helped me as I switched from vegetarian to vegan was educational books and inspirational quotes, such as “With veganism, you give nothing up. You just stop taking that which is not yours.” – Jamison Scala

  147. Karin
    July 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Kale! Especially putting it in smoothies has been the most helpful.

  148. Angie D.
    July 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

    Cheese substitutes; exploring delicious vegan recipes…cutting out sugar and learning to appreciate the “sweetness” of fruit

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  149. Fanfan
    July 17, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m not fully vegan yet, but getting there… At least meat is a distant memory, I feel so much better, in my body and my mind: no going back!

  150. Emely
    July 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Congratulations on your anniversary! My secret vegan weapon is HUMMUS. I take it to parties, have it at my house and at work. It is so delicious and nutritious and is a real crowd pleaser. I know it’s not a super fancy dish, but it’s very practical, easy to make and easy to buy if you don’t have time to make it!

  151. Valerie
    July 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    What a generous giveaway. This book has been on my wishlist since it came out. Maybe this will be my lucky day! Such a cute purse too.

  152. Helen Kinsel
    July 17, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    A tip that has helped me a lot is to be patient with both myself and others. This has helped me not beat myself up if I make a mistake and also have more understanding for those in my life who are not the most supportive of my veganism.

  153. Anna
    July 17, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    What helped me the most was looking at changing my diet as an opportunity to try new foods and recipies-foods that I’d never have tired as an omnivore.

  154. July 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Congratulations! What makes it easier for me is constantly trying out new recipes to keep it fresh. Fortunately my husband is also vegan and we are fortunate to have many veg restaurants here in Toronto and the support of the TVA!

  155. July 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    To let it be a process, a journey over time and progress over perfection. If I slipped up, it’s over, no sense in beating myself up but instead to move on and try again!

  156. July 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Congratulations, and thanks for doing the giveaway. My vegan secret weapons is Lydia, my wife. I just help her prepare whatever she wants to cook. :-)

  157. Jacky
    July 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Being braver in the kitchen and learning to actually cook and not just throw together or reheat, as silly as it sounds. Now I make delicious meals from vegan cookbooks and blogs in bulk on the weekends when I have time and have nutritious vegan meals all week!

  158. July 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    How cool to share gifts with others on your birthday! Thanks for spreading the vegan message and showing women all over the world that you don’t need to eat or wear animals to be fabulous. Hope your birthday and the year ahead are simply wonderful!

  159. July 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh and my vegan tip: Be adventurous and explore the Internet to learn all you can about why it’s important to be vegan for your health, the environment and especially the animals. There are so many amazing blogs, recipes and people out there ready to help you on your journey. Think about all the things you can eat and wear, and not about what you can’t. And learn about the animals and why your consumer choices are life and death to them. That will keep you vegan for life.

  160. Deb E
    July 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Exercise first, before eating, even if it’s just stretching or yoga. It really helps regulate my appetite and I eat less. Just easier to exercise on an empty stomach too!

  161. Betsy
    July 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Lots of veggies and greens! Happy birthday!

  162. Laura McNamara
    July 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Happy Birthday! The best tip that helped me was to eliminate one thing at a time from my diet until all of the junk was gone. That way I was able to adjust to the changes without going into shock! I have been vegan for almost 4 years now and it is the best thing I have ever done for myself! I feel great!

  163. michele
    July 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    In 2013 my husband and I started cold turkey and never looked back. The only things I needed to convert to being a vegan was mayo, butter and heavy cream so Veganaise, Earth Balance and cashew cream came to my rescue. I could handle all the rest. We always ate veggies but adding more legumes and grains really helped.

  164. Beth
    July 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to read this book! I would love to win!!

  165. Janet
    July 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    What has helped me the most has been all the great substitute products out there! Field Roast hot dogs (for summer grilling) and Purely Decadent soy ice creams and Daiya cheezes, etc.

  166. Celia
    July 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Congratulations on the anniversary! Although veganism was such a natural transition for me, I might not have become as passionate about it, if not for all the invaluable online resources. That really is the best “tip” I can offer: to stay informed and to surround yourself with the knowledge and values found in this compassionate lifestyle :)
    Thank you ladies for all your great work!

  167. July 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! My best tip is that an amazing blender is so crucial. We eat vegan (except local honey), with high raw content, five full days out of any given week, and it’s so easy to make so much now that I have an amazing blender.

  168. July 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Happy Vegan Birthday!

  169. Sarah
    July 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Weekend food prep and cleaning out your pantry! Having good food to eat within reach keeps me vegan strong.

  170. Susan
    July 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Trader Joe’s many vegan options!

  171. Sandra G
    July 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    I get excited that my mom (who is a die-hard “meat-and-cheese-addict” and “chronic dieter”) has started asking me questions about certain ingredients that are vegan that she is unfamiliar with (typically mentioned in whatever diet-of-the-week she is following) and she is slooowly starting to come around and see the benefits of a plant-based diet. It makes me happy that I get to share all the things I have learned in my journey! 😉

  172. Hayley Armstrong
    July 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Remembering why I’m vegan (the animals) :)

  173. Dalores
    July 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! What helped most was plant-based cookbooks with awesome recipes!

  174. steph
    July 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Using spices when I cook has made food more exciting!

  175. Samantha
    July 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks Vegan For Her.

  176. Natalie
    July 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    Roasted garlic hummas helps me over the cheese cravings…

  177. Reba
    July 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Happy B day! :)

    Becoming a regular at the Farmers markets and getting in on an organic co-op box sharing program. Helped me explore new things.

  178. July 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    I’ve been vegan for a couple of years now, and was vegetarian for about 6 years before that.

    I think the biggest thing that helped me was finding natural substitutes for things I didn’t necessarily like having (like cow’s milk) but didn’t know how to replace. Example – almond milk instead of cow’s milk (or soy milk, which I always disliked the taste of), Daiya cheese in place of “real” cheese, and olive oil or nut butters in place of dairy butters.

  179. July 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

    Meal planning, reading blogs and other resources from other vegans, connecting with vegans online and in person. Never, ever judging others for their choices!

  180. Lisa K
    July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    One of the things that made it easier for me switch to a vegan diet is the internet. Any comfort food or favorite recipe has a vegan version out there somewhere, just Google it and away you go.

  181. Patty H.
    July 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Yay, Happy Birthday to Vegan for Her!! JL and Ginny, I love your book….I highlighted, and made notes, so much, and refer back to it often. It is one of the books, that I always recommend to veg-curious friends. Ok, so I’m not good at entering contests, so let’s see if I’m doing this right….I’m supposed to say what tip, food, trick, etc., has helped me eat vegan most easily, right………I think that would have to be the grocery shopping planning, and bulk cooking, and prepping my veggies right away, processes. I never wait to the last minute to, at the very least, think out what I’m going to eat. And, I always have an “emergency” meal-type bar in my bag, just in case. :)

  182. KathyD
    July 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Watching Dr. Greger’s videos regarding the positive values of eating plants.
    I hope I win the magnet!

  183. Patty H.
    July 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    ps. How can I buy some of those amazing “The Plant Plate” magnets?? I want to buy some of those, regardless of whether I win or not!! What a great idea!

  184. Asia
    July 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Time sure flies… happy birthday!

  185. Mary
    July 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    Anything can be veganized if you thin outside the box! 😉

  186. Ali
    July 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    I try to eat as many different colors of fruits and veggies I can each day to make sure I get a range of nutrients. I also like to challenge myself to find unusual produce at farmer’s markets to keep my diet new and exciting.

  187. Susan
    July 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Staying motivated by raiding vegan blogs, listening to vegan podcasts and reading vegan books and cookbooks.

  188. Sonya
    July 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Can’t believe the book has been available for a year and I still have read it!

  189. Valerie
    July 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    **Happy Birthday to YOU** ~ love this giveaway…how fabulous!! Vegan food is the B-E-S-T !! Many thanks, sincerely, Valerie :)

  190. Raia
    July 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Subscribing to vegan blogs to get new recipe ideas so I always have lots of variety in my diet and to find out what is and isn’t working for other people.

  191. Shannon
    July 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    oooo-would love a copy of Vegan For Her, it’s been on my to-buy list for a long time :)

  192. Sabrina Ormsby
    July 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Happy Birthday Vegan for Her!

  193. July 18, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Cookbooks helped me! Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Sarah Kramer taught me how to be vegan :)

  194. sarah
    July 18, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    always pack your lunch!

  195. Molly
    July 18, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Reading lots of vegan books and cookbooks helps me stay motivated. Also, soy milk really helped my transition to a vegan diet. I could still enjoy coffee and cereal without really even noticing a change.

  196. Katie
    July 18, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    I love exploring vegan blogs and cookbooks, and trying all the new recipes I find! Now if only my husband was as excited about being vegan as I am…

  197. Seychelle Morchell
    July 18, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Happy Birthday!

  198. Karen
    July 18, 2014 at 12:43 am #

    I am brand new transitioning to veganism but so far the best think has been finding easy go-to foods for when I don’t feel like cooking (which is usually, haha). Edamame frozen and microwaveable has been an awesome fallback snack or meal.

  199. Vedrana
    July 18, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    Can you get the magnet elsewhere if you don’t win?

  200. Dina Payne
    July 18, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    The two things that have helped the most are getting recipes from blogs and Pinterest and then spending Saturday cooking for the week. It has to be convenient and tasty.

  201. Ellery
    July 18, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Reading reading and more reading about the benefits of the plant based diet is what has helped to keep me strong and motivated to be and stay vegan :)

  202. Renata
    July 18, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    I get so much out of all you publish! Thank you!

  203. Theresa
    July 18, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    Super Awesome! Celebrating my 10 year vegan anniversary this August and would love this as a present!

  204. heidi
    July 18, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Congratulations on one year! Both my husband and I have birthdays this month, too–his is tomorrow! A very personal tip, at least for me, is to forgive myself when I slip up (like tonight, celebrating my hubby’s b-day with our grandkids…I could not resist the ice cream and brownie dessert) and to try again tomorrow with a happy, grateful heart. I’m thankful for this website and the time and effort you put into educating your lucky readers, and for the good health a 99% vegan lifestyle has brought me and my hubby.

  205. Kim
    July 18, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    Lots of fabulous cookbooks!

  206. July 18, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    Happy Birthday!!! Having my husband start this journey with me has been the most helpful. We started eating a whole-food, plant-based diet in March. It has been so much fun finding foods, and we feel great!

  207. Melyssa
    July 18, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    I would love these gifts. I think the foods that are most helpful to move toward a vegan lifestyle are fresh, in season fruits and vegetables. So tasty!

  208. Suzanne
    July 18, 2014 at 3:10 am #

    A great food that helped me transition away from cheese was hummus!

  209. Carolyn
    July 18, 2014 at 3:10 am #

    Happy Birthday! I love grains, beans, and most veggies, so going vegan wasn’t too difficult. Still struggle a bit when eating out and avoiding animal ingredients. I love snacking on nuts and fruits.

  210. Julie
    July 18, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    That bag is gorgeous!

  211. Stephanie B.
    July 18, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Happy book birthday! I’ve been an egg-free vegetarian for many years but am in the midst of making the switch to a fully vegan diet. I noticed a lot of people in this comment thread are listing ingredients they couldn’t live without. For me, my new favorite would be cashews. Where has cashew cream been hiding all my life? :)

  212. CJ
    July 18, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Happy birthday! The thing that helped me most in going and staying vegan is making vegan desserts. As long as I have cookies, cupcakes, a pie or cake in the house, I never feel deprived or like I’m missing out. My treats are so much better than anything I’ve ever bought!

  213. Bronwyn
    July 18, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Happy Birthday! Amazing giveaway in celebration! Keep up the great, inspiring and educational work :)

  214. Nadine
    July 18, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Would love to win this amazing bag and my own copy of the book.

  215. Katie
    July 18, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Tip: Research the ‘why’. Once you start, you delve further into the ‘why’. You may start to be vegan due to health, environment, ethics, sustainability, etc., but once you start learning it becomes less of a ‘chore’ to be vegan and more of a statement.

    Trick: Embrace your inner foodie. We all have one, and now’s the time to explore ethnic cuisines and the realm of your kitchen!

  216. Becca
    July 18, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Cookbooks and blogs have really helped me stay healthy with a plant based diet.

  217. Nina
    July 18, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    The internet! So many recipes and reviews of recipes at my finger tips.

  218. Leigh
    July 18, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Happy birthday!!! I discovered a fabulous vegan shake (rice, hemp and pea) that I have for breakfast in the mornings with oat milk. Delicious and fills me up in the mornings :)

  219. Victoria
    July 18, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Happy Birthday!! What helped me the most was just doing research; learning how to turn anything vegan by replacing things and still keep it tasting delicious. Chickpeas are incredibly versatile.

  220. Kate
    July 18, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Have food prepped ahead and in the fridge/freezer.

  221. Emily
    July 18, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Always be prepared! Call restaurants in advance! Always have an apple and a baggie of nuts & seeds stashed in your purse! Share the love!

  222. July 18, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Happy birthday! I admire you both so much, your blogs are really useful for a happier and healthier vegan life!Happy birthday! I admire you both so much, your blogs are really useful

  223. July 18, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Happy birthday celebration, and what a super giveaway. Love the fridge magnet too!

  224. July 18, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    How wonderful for you! And for your fans, I would love to have Vegan for Her in my collection. And the Buddha Bag? I could use another one…handy bags to have and the one pictured is pretty

  225. Ann smith
    July 18, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Taking baby steps helped me the most! Watching Forks Over Knives and really understanding what animal product do to you helped merger a grasp. On things!

  226. Jen
    July 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Vegan cheese! Really helped satisfy those cravings.

  227. Heather
    July 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Reading all the great vegan blogs and listening to informative vegan podcasts have been so important for me in my life. I am the only vegan I know and it helps to have an online community as support!

  228. Nina
    July 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Happy Birthday, J.L!
    That is a generous gift!
    Health & Much Happiness,
    Nina

  229. Diane
    July 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    How I feel when I’m eating vegan is enough of an incentive. When I don’t: Bleh. Love all you wonderful chefs and authors out there sharing the LOVE.

  230. Jennifer C.
    July 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Learn to really enjoy cooking — you’ll have do it a lot — and buy some really reliable cookbooks (I’ve never once made something from an Isa Chandra Moskowitz cookbook that was disappointing).

    Also: don’t eat fake meet/cheese/yogurt until you’ve been vegan for a long enough time that you’ve forgotten what the original is like — at least six months. It’s important to appreciate vegan foods on their own merits, rather than as a consolation prize.

  231. Audrey
    July 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Cooking at home has helped me the most with vegan eating. I don’t have many options for eating out but at least at home I know what is in the food!

  232. Deb Ray
    July 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Looking into a cow’s beautiful brown eyes, creating new favorites with vegan-ized recipes of old family favorites and the support of my adult children have all helped me on my journey! Happy anniversary to you!!

  233. Sferd
    July 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    The internet has helped me the most in finding delicious recipes–it helps that we were already pescatarian, so it wasn’t too big of a journey.

  234. July 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    I am in love with this book! It was the very first book I read when I decided to make the switch, and it was so helpful. Knowing what to eat as a woman is crucial, especially when making drastic changes to your diet. I was so glad this book existed!

    Cooking yourself was a HUGE help when I decided to become vegan. Also, educating yourself on why you’re vegan. Continually reminding yourself about the animal welfare and health benefits of veganism certainly help you stay on track!

  235. July 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    What a wonderful celebration! Cheers and Happy Birthday! All of the great resources available (such as VRG articles about sports nutrition) have helped me evolved my active vegan lifestyle into a dynamic, healthier one! In addition, the tools and education have provided me an enhanced education to solidify my vegan coaching business. I love the plant plate – and have practically memorized it! Thanks for all you do!

  236. rachael
    July 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    congrats on the success of your book. cooking at home and reading vegan blogs has been helpful

  237. Amanda
    July 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Congratulations!
    Cooking and trial and error have really helped me evolve as a vegan.

  238. July 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Congrats! Ginny, your blog, Examiner columns and your books helped make my becoming a healthy vegan possible. I find awesome recipes on my shelf of vegan cookbooks, on the Post Punk Kitchen site, on Pinterest and from non-veg friends who know I’m vegan and want to help.

  239. Barbara
    July 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    I think what keeps me vegan is the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of eating a plant based diet, the way my body feels in doing so, the horrors associated with eating animals and the environmental consequences.

  240. sharon
    July 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Happy Birthday! What helped me the most was exploring all the vegan recipes on line.

  241. Jessica
    July 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Mastering label-reading! While I prefer to support vegan food companies, there weren’t a lot of vegan-certified options when I first became vegan, and there are many times when traveling now that I can’t access a natural market.

  242. Pam
    July 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    I never ate / knew much about beans. Now I love heirlooms and find them versatile.

  243. July 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    It took me two years to go completely vegan but it has been more than 7 months since I have eaten dairy and I feel great! I started incorporating green smoothies into my day and try and keep the fridge stocked with lots of fresh veggies and fruits. I love trying new recipes!

  244. Kathleen Graas
    July 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Wow, good luck with the book…would love to win!

  245. JoAnne Zoller Wagner
    July 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Taking healthy vegan snacks with me wherever I go has been my most helpful habit for vegan eating!

  246. Elaine
    July 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the opportunity to win some great gifts! The number 1 trick I use to keep me moving forward on my vegan journey is to remember my body is not a graveyard. Thanks for all the help you give through your books, blog and FB page etc. :)

  247. Jen
    July 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    I’m so happy to be able to reference your blog to get good scientific nutritional advice. I want to make sure I’m feeding my family right. :) Discovering cashew cream was a major breakthrough in being able to veganize a lot of our favorite meals.

  248. Shawnna
    July 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!! Always having dairy free options on hand has helped me.

  249. Ines
    July 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Happy birthday! How generous of you!

  250. shelley
    July 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Well documented literature on veganism has supported my journey. Thank you for your amazing contributions, Ginny and JL!

  251. Marie
    July 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Smoothies are my day starter. I put in fresh or frozen fruit, greens, water, flax meal, kelp, cinnamon, and vegan protein powder to start. Some add-ins could be spirolena, cacao nibs, nut butter, coconut, etc. I feel like sticking to a healthful diet for the rest of the day when I have my smoothie in the morning. Thank u for the giveaway.

  252. faith
    July 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    The need to have more control over what goes into my body is what motivates me to eat vegan. I love to peruse cookbooks and recipes to add to my collection of inspirational dishes. I love preparing clean, wholesome, organic food for my husband and myself.

  253. Marina
    July 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Happy Happy Healthy Birthday! and thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

    A few tips that I would give people who are becoming vegan or introducing vegan foods in their diet are:

    1. Go at your own pace. Baby steps are usually good unless you can handle a huge change quickly. It will be more motivating to do one meal a day so you can tell the difference on how you feel when comparing one meal of the day to the others. There are no rules, just listen to your body and don’t give up too quickly.

    2. Foods that are high in particular enzymes will help metabolize foods and help the body function right. All raw foods have enzymes, so make sure to mix them in your meal plan if you eat a lot of cooked food. I love putting pineapple or papaya in many of my meals since they have enzymes that are very beneficial to digestion. They can also help with chronic illnesses and make you feel good!

    3. Greens are important. So make sure to fill your tummy up with some daily!

    4. I always treat my food with love when preparing. I was told by a Buddhist not to make any meals when I’m upset because that energy can alter the energy of the food that you are about to consume. Just a little extra love goes a long way 😉

    Hope this makes someone’s day brighter!

    Marina

  254. Erin
    July 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    I would love to win this book! I’m a student with minimal income and haven’t been able to purchase it yet. Happy birthday Vegan for Her!

  255. Kathy
    July 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    So happy to help you celebrate your 1 year anniversary! Thanks for the giveaway! I go to the professionals (here) for advice on my healthy lifestyle! :)

  256. Cory
    July 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Congratulations on the VFH birthday, and thank you for your consistently terrific ideas, recipes, and blog posts! For me, going vegan really wasn’t difficult – I had been a vegetarian previously and rarely consumed dairy anyway. I did eat eggs, but I haven’t ever missed them. For me, the thing that turned me vegan and keeps me vegan without any hesitation is knowledge. Once you know how much suffering is endured by animals – needlessly – it’s hard to eat any other way. Plus, the growing presence of amazing vegan recipes from cookbooks and websites like Vegan for Her make it easy. Add those two factors to the amount of energy and vitality I get from plant-based foods, and it’s a no-brainer!!

  257. Emily
    July 18, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    The biggest thing that helped me stay vegan during hard times was always having snackfood with me. That way I was never tempted to eat non-vegan food when a craving hit or I had to miss a meal for any reason.

  258. Chris T
    July 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Learning to bake sweets and make ice cream out of frozen bananas really helped me. Sweets and ice cream were the hardest things to stop eating, but now I can just make them vegan myself (or just buy them as a special treat when I find them at the store).

  259. Marty
    July 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Remembering always, it’s for the animals, and ultimately all of us.

  260. July 19, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    I love cashew cheese! I cannot wait to get the Artisan Vegan Cheese book, hopefully soon. This is really helpful to my Vegan diet…

  261. conniem
    July 19, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    Happy Birthday! What a generous gift!! Staying vegan is easy for me because I feel I am the healthiest I have ever been…EVER. I love your website and your blog posts. I borrowedVegan For Her from the library and was so sad to return it!!

  262. karen
    July 19, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    I just checked this out from the library,there are too many good things to copy,I’m buying my own if I don’t luck out in this contest.

  263. Shell
    July 19, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    What helped me most when I transitioned to an all plant-based vegan diet was all the amazing resources on the web, like vegan RD. There are so many generous vegans out there that have taken a tremendous amount of time and effort to share recipes and ideas! Although I have never met any of these folks, I feel a bond and tremendous gratitude for their efforts. Because of everyone, I have been able to enjoy delicious, healthy and energizing food as has my now vegetarian and vegan family. No need for meat or cheese substitutes. I have become a much, much better cook and we all feel better for these changes. Another wonderful benefit is knowing that we are extending our compassion to all living beings, and have lightened our footprint on our planet. Cheers to you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

  264. Shane Hopkinson
    July 19, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    Best support for vegan diets is vegan friends. Great gifts for my vegan b

    estie.

  265. Jo
    July 19, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Thinking about the animals really helped me the most, but food-wise, it was veggie burgers that really helped me make the switch 13 years ago!

  266. Jennie
    July 19, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    The best tip is to have fresh produce in the house, and take the extra hour or so to prep and store it. Makes it super fast to make a veggie sandwich, soup, smoothie, stirfry, or just grab some fruit or veggies for snacking.

  267. July 19, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Quorn – Happy Birthday!

  268. July 19, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    With all of my food sensitivities, it isn’t hard!

  269. Angela B
    July 19, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    awesome gift!!

  270. Johanna
    July 19, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Happy Birthday!

  271. Mariana M
    July 19, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    What helped me the most was meeting other people in my city who are also vegan/vegetarian, and always keeping in mind that my ideal is to be vegan but real people screw up sometimes, and that’s okay too (I tend to be quite perfectionist and at times really hard on myself).
    I also really enjoy taking “omnivores” to restaurants where good vegetarian/vegan food is served :)

  272. Joolz
    July 19, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    i was delighted to find engevita to give me that cheesy flavour in foods and then there’s the cashew nut – cheesecakes and sauces and cheeses! this book has been on my wish list for a while now, it’s amazing to be given the chance to win one. a very happy birthday to you!

  273. Lisa
    July 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Vegan food blogs! They were the biggest help during our transition!!

    Happy birthday!

  274. Becky
    July 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    It’s hard for me to pinpoint one thing that has helped me as a vegan, so I’ll mention two things. It opened up my world to the countless varieties of veggies out there, like greens–so many greens! It blows me away when I read how non-vegan chefs think veggies are boring.

    When I went from vegetarian to vegan it was remarkable how much better I felt after working out. I practice karate and go to 3-4 day trainings (ex. 14 hrs of practice in a 38 hr period). I used to come home feeling totally spent, but during/after my first one as a vegan I had more energy and recovered more quickly. My typical menu: peanut noodles with tofu & a veggie (broccoli or spinach), marinated portobellos, and homemade protein balls.

  275. Tracy
    July 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Honestly, the biggest trick for me was whenever I would want to slip up, remembering that the source of non plant so called food is an animal that would suffer for my slip up.

  276. Amy M
    July 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Constantly reminding myself of my compassion for myself, all living beings and the earth

  277. Sara Olive
    July 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I love your blog. I think the thing that has helped me most is to make myself accountable by telling all my family and friends about my decision to go vegan. Now I want to stand by my word; plus I get the encouragement of others to help me along. :)

  278. Tammy
    July 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    What has helped me the most is remembering my motivation for eschewing animal products – to help the animals. As I’ve grown older, I appreciate the health benefits more, too.

  279. Saniel
    July 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    What has helped me stay vegan is remembering cheese creates muscular and creates the varying monster. Thanks

  280. tanya
    July 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    I went (mostly) vegan one step at a time.
    First meat (well, when your child is given a mostly raw burger that’s easy),
    Then, I just slowly changed from milk to non-milk products.
    I’ve not really ever used leather.
    Finally I made the connection that my body doesn’t tolerate animal products well so I just DID IT. Now, meat makes me ill and dairy makes me feel too tired to be worth it.
    I’m doing it for my own health. Almost no animals or gluten and I am stronger and have less (MS) flare ups.

  281. July 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    This looks awesome, and I’ve been wanting this book for a long time!

  282. July 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Happy Birthday. I became Vegan in April this year. Big transformation to Body, Mind & Soul. Let’s transform the world 😉

  283. Sandra Parrish
    July 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Happy Birthday & thanks for the giveaway!

  284. Kim
    July 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Awesome giveaway! Happy Birthday!

  285. Michelle
    July 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    What helps me STAY vegan is reminding myself how cruel dairy is whenever I’m tempted, which really isn’t very often since there are so many ways to replace dairy cheese and other dairy-based foods. I’m so thankful to have cashews to use to make amazingly rich cream sauces and ice creams.

  286. Deborah
    July 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Reading blogs and trying new recipes.

  287. Kath Tietze
    July 20, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    I learnt how to use nuts to make cheeses

  288. Ree
    July 20, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Variety of great food, batch cooking, reading your blog!

  289. Rachel R.
    July 20, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    I’m not 100% vegan yet – have been vegetarian almost two years and am in the midst of transitioning to veganism. My best resource has been vegan blogs – so many great tips, recipes, and encouragement! My goal is to be completely animal free by the end of summer!

  290. Tribiah
    July 20, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    Happy Birthday!

  291. Tribiah
    July 20, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    What has helped me with a vegan food choices are the amazing vegan cooks. The way they can recreate a recipe so you don’t miss the animal products is awesome. Lentils are a great substitute for ground meat.

  292. Corrine
    July 20, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    Tofurky deli slices were really helpful in the beginning. I still have them once in a while but not as much.

  293. Lydia Claire
    July 20, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    The faux meats and cheeses have definitely helped a lot but I’d like to transition to a more WHPB vegan diet now.

  294. July 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    The tip that helped me the most was simply finding vegan equivalents of the non-vegan items I was used to eating (like Earth Balance for butter; almond and rice milks; Ener-G egg replacer, etc.).

  295. Koshka Felis
    July 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    What has helped me on my vegan journey has been flavored oils, sauces, nutritional yeast (yum!) and other condiments. Plain rice, noodles, cous cous, and the like become extra delicious with toasted sesame oil, nut yeast, tamari, vegan Worcestershire sauce, siracha..the list goes on.

  296. Deborah H
    July 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    I would have to say that the terrific blogs, such as “JL Goes Vegan”, “Choosing Raw”, “Oh She Glows” and the “Post-Punk-Kitchen” (just to name a few examples… there are many more), have made it easy to identify great tasting, healthy, and well-balanced meals. It also helps that I have a Whole Foods in close proximity to where I live :)

  297. Amy
    July 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Dairy-free butter, mayo, sour cream, soy creamer, and cream cheese have made our transition successful. Gardein also helped in the beginning. I checked out every vegan cookbook from the library, and started a collection of my favorites. I’ve also been inspired to grow more of our own food and this spring had a large garden area created in our back yard. Happy birthday on the release of this book. Can’t wait to check it out!

  298. July 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    what a spectacular way to celebrate your birthday!

  299. July 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Avocado is a great substitute for cheese in salads and sandwiches. You get the creamy texture without the bad fat.

  300. cynthia
    July 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    My family has not been interested in this journey, so I have been immensely grateful for the various blogs and support available through the internet. I know I’m not alone!

  301. Danielle Gardner
    July 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Vegan for Her!!! This book was a life saver for me, as I had just gone vegan when it came out! I love this book and have a bought a copy for all the women I love in my life. I’m still trying to get my mom to read it though; she is resistant as she has ovarian cancer and is going through her second round of chemo right now. The dietician at the hospital she goes to insists she won’t be able to get enough protein if she changes her diet, that she needs more because of the chemo. Im gently nudging her to try to include more plant proteins and have a picture of the plant plate that I printed out and taped to the wall. Even though I’ve never met either if you, JL and Ginny, you have both made a wonderful impact on my vegan journey. Look me up if ever you’re in Boulder, Colorado! (:

  302. July 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I garden has been my number one helper for a vegan lifestyle…I eat what I grow

  303. July 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Beans and lentils are the best

  304. July 20, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Nooch has been so helpful! I put it in everything! :)

  305. July 21, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Wow! Great giveaway, and happy birthday, Vegan for Her!

  306. Jennifer Seamans
    July 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Cashews! They blend up so creamy and offer a great texture and richness without a lot of processing and no mystery ingredients (I’m thinking of vegan “products” which often have tons of weird stuff in them to make them stable).

    I’d love to try making a cashew cheese one day…

  307. rhebes01
    July 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Great contest! I just got the book last week and am having a great time reading it straight through!

  308. July 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Cashews! I use them in just about everything to recreate my favorite creamy, cheesy dishes. I think getting into the kitchen and re-learning how to cook has been so helpful. Happy Birthday Vegan for Her!

  309. Tim
    July 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    My number one tip has been to treat veganism like a fun game — the sort of activity, like playing soccer, I would do just for the sake of the enjoyment of it. It’s actually quite fun, this whole self-improvement thing, and so I feel like I am “winning” irrespective of the results (which should not be understated: the results — weight loss, fewer hunger pangs, more energy, etc. — have also been quite lovely…)

  310. July 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    WOO HOO! Great giveaway! So glad we were able to celebrate Vegan for Her’s birthday on #VeganFoodChat last week!

    Good luck to everyone who has entered!

  311. July 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Focusing on adding, not removing. :)

  312. Adrienne
    July 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I am so excited to have found Vegan for Her! I am constantly finding inspiration for my vegan life ❤️ Believe it or not, the internet -in all its glory -has been a wealth of information, and that has been my vegan foundation. Between vegan blogs and websites, Amazon selling books by vegan authors, vegan recipe sites, and following Twitter and Facebook’s vegans, I learn and grow every day. Finding Vegan for Her is another blessing!

  313. Claire
    July 22, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Tofu has been really helpful – or rather, learning how to properly cook it. I don’t eat it every day, but its so versatile I can make so many things with it!

  314. Jennifer A
    July 22, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    I think pico de gallo has helped me the most. Or any type of salsa, actually. I put it on baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, rice, barley, bulgur. It’s the quickest and smartest topping for just about anything!

  315. Betty
    July 22, 2014 at 1:34 am #

    Your Plant Plate visual is a great teaching tool. Thank you for that.

  316. Hannah Wu
    July 22, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Funny you’d ask, because I started out by sticking to my will. Knowing what I know-or what I’ve been told- I made myself change through it. After you tough through the first month, everything is easier. I think vegan blogs and recipes really helped ease the transition, because there are seriously creatively healthy people out there!

    Being vegan has benefits to animals, health, and the environment. I see more pros than cons.

  317. M
    July 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    There’s no specific food that helped me eat a more vegan diet. Before i became a vegan almost 8 months ago i was a very picky eater and i really hated to try out new things, but because i became a vegan and alot of packed food/sauces have diary or egg protein in it I was forced to try out new recipes. I recently found out that i do like tomatoes when i use them in a curry and bell peppers when i eat them raw so my advice would be to try out new recipes or prepare foods you think you dont like at all in different ways to discover that a vegan diet isnt only ethically and health-wise the best thing to do but also fun!

  318. Christine
    July 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    My husband started doing fruit smoothies in the morning and that was a huge starter for us! He does green smoothies for lunch and I try to drink those occasionally! Being able to do it together and shop for the same foods and be on the same page was the biggest help in going Vegan over night and sticking with it so strongly! I think the one food item that helped me the most besides my husbands smoothies was Organic tomato sauce! I use it on soooo much! On veggie pizzas (no cheese), veggie pastas, veggie quesadillas! We definitely stay stocked on organic tomatoe sauce! lol :) Would love to win this contest! That bag is adorable and would love to read that book! :)

  319. Kasey
    July 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Always trying new foods has helped be become vegan. There are so many vegetables, spices, grains, and more. When there is something I’m excited to try. I don’t want the old, non-vegan foods. I used to have a list of what I wanted to try and crossed it off as I went.

  320. Candace S.
    July 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Great giveaway! HipCityVeg’s Philly Steak sandwich – that is my saving grace!

  321. Deb
    July 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    My local Costco has made it easy for me to eat vegan on a budget. It seems like every day they are carrying a new product in bulk, such as quinoa or nuts or almond milk. Fruits and veggies are affordable there too, and they even sell the Vitamix blender :)

  322. July 22, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    love love love your book, vegan for her. It is my #1 book rec to friends, family and colleagues who are interested in pursuing a more plant-based diet but are concerned about how to do it well. Thank you for all you do for the cause of healthy, compassionate living.

  323. suzanne
    July 23, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    I have learned to be more open and try new things, new recipes. So far so good.

  324. Christina A.
    July 23, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    I have to keep a constant flow of vegan food coming into my house so that I’m not tempted by other foods! I’m not fully vegan but I try to eat a large amount of vegan foods but I live with two full-on meat eaters! :)

  325. Anna B.
    July 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Stocking my fridge with fresh fruits and veggies has made quick vegan snacking a lot easier (and more affordable)!

  326. Simon
    July 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    OMG PICK ME !

  327. Sarah Angelique
    July 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    What helped me was all the information online/books about having a healthy vegan diet :)

  328. Deb
    July 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    The internet has been my “best friend – I can search for recipes to replace meals/foods that I miss or my family misses to keep us all happy and also just trying new recipes – there are so many things still to try!

  329. Rachel
    July 25, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    My vegan diet has been an interesting one and after 7 years meat free I started eating meat again about 2 years ago. I am now back to my herbivore ways and it feels like part of my identity. I’ve found the Vegan RD to be really helpful in this process. Turns out, for me being vegan also comes when I take more care of myself and my emotional health. The meat period also coincided with a particularly bad spell for me.

    Now having to gain weight (about 2 stone!) eating a plant based diet is the one that feels most nourishing. When you listen to your body it really does know what it needs. Make time for yourself!!

    It’s nice to be back!

  330. July 26, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    Beans are the best!

  331. Amie
    July 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Have a plan! It’s very difficult for me to eat healthy if I don’t know what I’m planning to eat. I don’t always make it happen, but making a shopping list knowing what recipes I’m making, always helps me.

  332. July 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

    • July 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Well that didn’t work! Don’t know what happened to the rest of my comment?

      OK, shorthand here…

      I’ve found the Twitter, Facebook and online community to be an invaluable source of information and support for a tranisitoning vegan (especially for one who skipped right over the vegetarian step)!

      Chickepas! I eat them roasted as snacks, in hummus, in salads and any other way I can!

  333. Bonnie
    July 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Finally a book that makes sense, gives great advice, and helps people become vegan. I found this book to be very helpful, compassionate, and based on scientific research rather that shoving negativety and guilt. Thank you!

  334. Natalie
    July 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    I became vegan on my birthday,and so far I am doing great. I would love to have this book!

  335. July 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! I love the vegan lifestyle, and can’t wait to venture in to vegan pregnancy! Your book has been a great resource of information!! 😀

  336. July 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Oh, and as far as tips and tricks go – learn to love smoothies! I love that they are so tasty and help me get a lot of the nutrients I need throughout the day! “D

  337. amie
    July 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Patience and creativity.

  338. Kara
    July 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Prepping lunches and dinners for the week are what help me stay on track. My family isn’t vegan so if I don’t prep for myself, I end up stuck with whatever they are eating.

  339. Dianne
    July 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Have been lacto-ova vegetarian forever, just crossing over to vegan (- soy). Excited.

  340. Isabella
    July 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    happy birthday! have been vegan for several years + happy :)

  341. Bonnie
    July 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    My tip is to find out which foods you like and which you don’t and go from there. You won’t be happy eating foods that you detest.

  342. Stephanie
    July 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    I think social support is key in going and staying vegan. That’s why I help run a meetup. New vegans should check meetup.com for groups in your area!

  343. Anita
    July 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Glad I found you here! I’m trying hard to go completely Vegan! I am a mom to a cheesaholic daughter, whose dad grants her her every dairy wish. :) I’m determined. I love animals too much to continue supporting the industry.

  344. Molly
    July 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Cogratulations!!! Thank you for all the awesome support you provide, especially baby vegans like me!

  345. Marcia
    July 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Joining the groups Animal Action Network and Vegan Life Colorado was instrumental in helping me make the transition to a cruelty-free lifestyle. Found both of these groups through meetup.com and am so glad I did!!

  346. Danyelle Cotten
    July 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Learning about the benefits of Quinoa and adopting it in my eating has been very helpful.I really enjoy eating it now several different ways.Slowly trying to learn what I can about this lifestyle,this has been my first step.Hope to gain more knowledge so that I can become fully plant based very soon

  347. Kelley
    July 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    I plan my meals, make everything from scratch and wherever I can, I make meals in bulk and freezez(like big veg soups) do that when short on time I can still eat well on nourishing real food :)

  348. Stacey
    July 27, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    This. Is. Amazing!!! Being Vegan is challenging, healthful, inspiring and simply fantastic, but being a Vegan woman is a challange times two! Would love to try these recipes for vibrant health and supportive nutrient base. Thanks for the giveaway!

  349. Jennelle Moran
    July 27, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    Anytime I crave those forbidden foods, I remember all the videos I watched & think about all the unfortunate animals who lost their lives for that food.

  350. Greg
    July 27, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    This book would be perfect for my partner, who has a mostly vegan diet because of allergies.

  351. July 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    How awesome, I’d love to win!

  352. cynthia
    July 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    i love being vegan. for the animals, for the planet, for me. it’s the one thing i know i am doing right and will never regret : )

  353. SexyVeganDiva
    July 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I went Vegan after seeing horrific undercover videos of animals being tortured and slaughtered. Two weeks ago on my 34th birthday,I made a commitment to Veganism and it is the best birthday gift I could ever give to myself: to have good health,save the planet and the animals.

  354. July 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    All nuts and healthy fats! They are the base for any healthy plant-based diet!

  355. Erica Rose
    July 28, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    In almost every meal, I try to have greens, grains, protein, healthy fats so I can absorb it all. Obviously this doesn’t work out for every meal, but I get pretty darn close!

  356. Amanda J.
    July 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Eating a variety of foods is what helped me when I first went vegan and it’s one of the tips I suggest to pre-vegans, too. Also, becoming a champ at navigating an ingredients label and a menu. 😉

  357. Paige c
    July 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I like to prep all my veggies and starches on the weekend o I have easy options all week long

  358. jeevon kay
    July 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    I love to use beans and any type of mushrooms to create delicious vegan meals for my family and myself.

  359. July 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    One super helpful tip for me as a newbie vegan: do not be afraid to try something new in the kitchen! Use stuff from the fridge, delicious grains, and whip up a yummy spicy sauce. Instant success!

  360. Ashley
    July 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Make sure to keep trying new recipes so that I never get bored! Pinterest has been a great invention in that regard. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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