Why I Don't Eat Eggs

Why I Don’t Eat Eggs

Eggs. This is a question I get a lot – and sometimes, a question I am not entirely sure of how to answer. I eat a plant-based diet (which is essentially a vegan diet with the exception of local honey) which excludes eggs. I used to eat eggs, but have grown to really be repulsed by them… which we’ll get into.

But sometimes people ask me if I would eat eggs if I had my own chickens. I mean… if there is no cruelty involved at all (which is my main concern), it should be fine, right? I think it’s a personal question and it will vary for different people. For me personally, I wouldn’t eat eggs even from my own hypothetical chickens. It’s not because of the cruelty at that point, but I am just kinda grossed out by the idea of eggs in general. Now that I have distanced myself from them for over two and a half years, I really have grown to wrinkle my nose at them. Joe will make eggs for breakfast, and just the smell is more potent than I remember – forget about the smell in the dishwasher! I have to soak his plates in the sink with soap and vinegar for hours before I even put into the dishwasher. He thinks I am crazy, but I can’t help it – I am just very sensitive to eggs and the smell of ‘em.

A lot of people wonder why eggs are cruel in the first place – and I don’t blame them. I never knew before I watched the documentaries and really educated myself on where eggs come from. So when someone asks me, “I get meat but why eggs?” I am not annoyed or put off – I really try to educate them on the real egg industry. I am not one of those people who will get crazy graphic or preachy, but I will just state my case. And I wanted to share my reasons on here.
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Vegan Egg Replacers

Vegan 101: Egg Replacers

I still have people asking me on a regular basis about my vegan diet and how I keep up with it. I absolutely love it! I love answering these types of questions, and I think it’s worth writing about on here. One question I was asked recently was about egg replacers and how to substitute. It’s a great question, and I am glad to see that people are finally starting to break away from using eggs.

The treatment of hens in factory farming is just awful – it’s not just a farmer going into a coop and collecting eggs like we’ve all been led to believe. If you can distance yourself from eggs, good. I am always a bit torn when people ask if I would eat eggs from my own hens (if I ever had hens, that is). My honest answer is no, simply because eggs just gross me out in general now. They are smelly and funky… I am just not interested anymore. But if you absolutely cannot give up eggs and raise your own hens… I’m not opposed to that. As long as the animal is treated with care and allowed to just do its thing and be, then why not? To each their own, right?

So, back to replacements. There are really two ways you can break this down: replacing eggs in cooking and replacing eggs in baking. I’m going to share my personal preferences for each category, and hope that you learn something new or feel inspired by these egg substitutes.
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Eating Vegan in Disney World 2016

Eating Vegan in Disney World 2016

Hi friends!

As promised, I’m here with quite a round-up of all the vegan food I enjoyed in Disney. As always, it was 100% vegan-friendly and I never went hungry. Actually, I definitely ate way more than I should have… but hey, honeymoon!

As long as you let your server/cast member know that you have an allergy/are vegan, they are very accommodating. Almost every time I mentioned it, they would grab the chef to come speak with me about options and review any ingredients/dishes I had questions about. It is very refreshing to see so much care!
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Disney World Honeymoon

Disney Honeymoon Plans + Tips

HI! This post is probably going to be long and consist of tons of yelling and excessive [!!!] because it’s all about our dreamy honeymoon in DISNEY! Disney, yes. I think I’ve said it before on here… but yes we are going to Disney because we are literally 2 big kids. It doesn’t matter if we go every year… there is just no place we’d rather be or celebrate the start of our marriage than the most magical place on Earth. Rollercoasters, delicious vegan food, fireworks, shows, shopping, pool, ahhhh. It’s everything. We’re also doing Universal for 2 days, AKA THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER! Eeeeeee! I haven’t been to Universal in at least a decade, so you can imagine my excitement.

I thought it would be fun to share some of our plans (I am quite a planner – down to pool time) and some of what I’m packing. Just a little peak into my travel bag and life ;)

Warning: really long post ahead.
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Meal Prep Bulk Cooking Tips in My Plant-Based Kitchen

Sunday Bulk Cooking Tips in My Plant-Based Kitchen

Hiii guys :)

I’m really excited to be writing this post today, but it is a question that I get A LOT… like all the time. Bulk cooking and prep for the week. It’s one of my favorite routines (just ask Joe!) During the summer (especially the scorching summer we had earlier this year), I rarely cook. It’s all about salads and grilling. But now that the weather is cool, I get to start my Sunday prep routine back up – weeeee!

The thing about bulk cooking – it initially seems like a pain in the ass, right? Cooking everything at once and portioning things out and cutting things up, rah rah rah. Sure, it sounds daunting, but if you do it right… it can quickly become one of your favorite things, too. I promise. SO. I wanted to share my Sunday bulk cooking tips here, because I am asked all the time how I manage to do it… plus, I want to make it a little less daunting.
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The Friendly Fig Vegan Food Diary

My Plant-Based Food Diary: What I Ate

Hi friends! Another plant-based day entry. Lots of vegetables for this lady, as you’ll see. With summer closing out, my fruit choices will shift – more apples, pears, pomegranates, and grapes for me. Occasionally, I will try to grab mangoes if they look good because I neeeeeed them, but mostly I just get disappointed. Fall, I love love love you above all the rest, but your choice in fruit lacks compared to summer. It’s fine, though. Autumn everything else makes up for it.

Anyways, here’s what I’m noshing on lately.
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The Friendly Fig Vegan Food Diary

My Plant-Based Food Diary: What I Ate

Hi friends! I feel like I haven’t wrote one of these posts in a little bit, so here’s a quick update on what I’ve been munching on lately. I really hope these posts serve as inspiration for anyone who is looking to eat more plant-based meals (or making the transition entirely). Definitely let me know if you’re still digging it. I don’t want to bore anyone to death ;)

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Eating Vegas in Vegas

Eating Vegan in Vegas

Hi friends! I promised a food update from Vegas :)

I’ve been so excited to compile this post… like basically the moment I got there. The very first restaurant we went to, I was floored by how many options I had – and this pattern continued throughout the entirety of the trip. I snapped pictures of (almost) everything I ate… my friends love me and totally get it ;)

I honestly can’t believe how easy it was eating here… but actually, it does make sense. Vegas is a top vacation destination in the US, so they sort of HAVE to be accommodating for the wide variety of visitors. It just made me so happy to know I didn’t have to go crazy with swapping out ingredients and all that jazz. I’m typically a little shy when it comes to that and just settle on french fries (haha!)

After the jump, I’ll break down each day!
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The Friendly Fig Vegan Food Diary

My Plant-Based Food Diary: What I Ate

Hiyaaaa friends!

It’s about that time for my sugar-free update! I mentioned in the past that I wanted to give this sugar-free lifestyle a go to see what happens… at least until the wedding (and no, probably not going to do this on my bachelorette weekend in Vegas).

So far, I’ve been feeling good. I noticed that I have been sleeping very well and getting up without feeling bloated/groggy. I do eat fruit, which is no issue for me. I actually prefer fresh fruit to sweets any day of the week. The hardest part has been not putting sugar in my coffee. So to be honest, I haven’t really been drinking much coffee, either! That’s probably a good thing. As much as I love it, I definitely think cutting back a bit is a good thing. With the fall quickly approaching, I know I’ll be back to my tea drinking, anyways. I LOVE tea during the cool months! Joe and I always have a couple mugs of tea while we curl up on the couch in the fall and winter. It’s a good habit to be in.

Anyways – here is what I am eating lately, sans sugar.
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