About Danielle

Danielle here — Just your average 20-something postgrad with a blog.

I like:

  • Fun coffee cups (and delicious coffee in them)
  • Three day weekends
  • Cross stitching
  • “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who”
  • Cooking

I dislike:

  • Open water swimming
  • Onions
  • Fish (ahh scary!)
  • Humidity
  • Seeing the movie before reading the book

I am:

  • A Copy Editor | Page Designer for The Elkhart Truth
  • A Truman State University alumna
  • A vegetarian of 10 years and a vegan for just under a year — and counting
  • A research fanatic
  • Shy until you get to know me

 

 

18 thoughts on “About Danielle

    • Hey there!
      I am LOVING being vegan thus far. Thankfully, the adjustment hasn’t been too terrible since I was vegetarian for so long, but I can still tell a major change in how I feel physically and just the relationship I have with food — it feels so much stronger.

      I thought I would miss dairy a lot but shockingly enough, I don’t! Chobani Greek yogurt was a staple in my diet (and one of my weaknesses) and I thought I would miss that and I really don’t. Even though it has only been a little over a week and a half, the idea of dairy just doesn’t appeal to me at all anymore. No cravings for anything from a cow! I actually just finished a really interesting chapter about dairy farming in “Main Street Vegan” this afternoon which only strengthened by existing thoughts about living dairy-free! 🙂

      • Hi Danielle,
        That sounds great to hear you saying that. Good luck and I hope you stay vegan. I helped a work colleague who kept asking questions about veganism. I went vegan not for health but for ethical reason so I managed to help with some literature and documentaries. She has been vegan for 1 year now and is feeling very good. She also has been looking at the moral reasons behind why I went vegan and found the arguments too logical and now believes , like me for morality reasons using sentient being for food or using them for their body parts is not right… I have been vegan for 15 years now after being vegetarian before that like you…. If you have any questions just let me know please as a fellow vegan blogger.. I also have followed you on twitter too… I also have a ton of vegan recipes on my blog too 🙂 Have heaps of fun 🙂

      • Thanks, Thomas! The support I have gotten has been tremendous and is so, so appreciated. It definitely makes me excited to extend this vegan switch beyond just thirty days.

        That is SO awesome that you have been vegan for such a long time! Did you transition into veganism or did you make the change “cold turkey” (such an awful pun!)?

        Can’t wait to interact more on Twitter and on your blog and share my excitement with you in this journey. Thank you SO much — it means the world! 🙂

      • Hi Danielle, I was a vegetarian and then went vegan. For years I thought I was doing no harm to animals if I consumed dairy (I did not eat eggs at all) I really liked cheese and milk so I tried once to become vegan and failed.. simply because I was not thinking the animal right through in my head well enough. I read about the horrors of the dairy industry and then went vegan straightaway. I also read cheese has an enzyme called “casomorphin” which you probably know about and it has an addictive quality which is design for the calf to ont reject her mother whilst she is suckling.. makes sense, but this casomorphin is addict for humans too so it made sense why my first time i had trouble. Since I became vegan I sleep better at night and I am at peace with myself, because I could finally say that no animal as long as I live would have to suffer, died or be used in my life. I really felt so happy and also noticed that I had more energy and felt very good… nice to meet you in this cyber world 🙂 enjoy your weekend 🙂

      • Hi there!
        All of this sounds so, so familiar to my experiences thus far. I never thought cheese or Greek yogurt would be something I would be able to go without since both of those things were staples in my vegetarian diet. After learning about the dairy industry, I really wanted to make the switch even though I knew it might be hard.

        I also have ready about that enzyme in cheese — it makes cheese so addictive and when you try to quit eating it, some people experience similar withdrawal symptoms as they would with caffeine or even smoking…how crazy is that?!

        All of the side effects, albeit positive ones, that you listed have been so reflective of my experience, too. I sleep at least eight full, quality hours every night and don’t have that grogginess that I used to in the morning. Most of all, I just feel like a much more happy, compassionate person who has a stronger bond with all living things. I feel so content with myself and with the world. It’s a wonderful feeling.

        So glad to meet you too — the support I have gotten from you and everyone has been phenomenal! 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!

    • Hi Bandhna!
      Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂 I always love getting feedback from you guys!!

      That’s so awesome that you are vegetarian, too! So many cool foodie options exist with vegetarianism — so many interesting things to try and explore! How has being vegetarian impacted your travels (I see you have been everywhere from Japan to London and just about everywhere in between, that’s so cool!)

      Looking forward to speaking with you more! 🙂

  1. Hey Danielle, I just discovered your blog through Miles for Thought and I love it!! That’s exciting that you’re going vegan. I’ve been vegan for almost two years now and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. I started for health reasons, but after watching the movie, Vegucated, I became an ethical vegan. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better! Celeste 🙂

    • Hi there, Celeste!
      Thanks so much for the kind words, what a pleasure to e-meet you, also! I absolutely love being a vegan and did it for ethical reasons and I agree, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have also seen “Vegucated” and it definitely reinforced my choice. Can’t wait to get to know you better, also! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Martine! 🙂 It has been such a joy and honestly, being vegetarian first really helped me stick with being a vegan! Best of luck to you! xoxo

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