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Mandi Hoffman from Chic Vegan talks to us about being vegan and fabulous

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1. When and why did you decide to go vegan?

I went vegan almost exactly 5 years ago. I went from being an omnivorous junk food eater to a strict vegan overnight after finally caving in and watching some factory farm footage. It was quite a shock to those around me, but to me it was like I was finally the person I always wanted to be. As lame as it sounds, it is like I was meant to be vegan.

2. What have been the health benefits you have derived from following  a vegan diet?

Where do I start? First of all, my skin looks AMAZING. I have more energy, I lost weight, my severe allergies disappeared, my migraines lessened, I think clearer, and I developed this wonderful sense of well-being.  I also noticed that I have a better connection with my body now. I can feel when something is off or how I react to certain types of foods. I also feel I have a stronger connection with animals since I have no guilt about eating them.

3. Your blog is really awesome! Please share with us some tips on how to become a chic vegan.

Well, the whole idea is to just be the best you that you can be. To live a conscious life in every aspect. I think respecting all life, supporting small businesses and eating healthy food pretty much sums it up. As long as you are confident with yourself, and make the best ethical choices you can on a regular basis, you are a chic, chic lady in my book. Oh, and be nice to people. Always be nice.


4. Do you have a favourite recipe you can share with us?

I have lots! My favorite recipe of all time is Chocolate Chili from VegNews.  It is so easy and cheap to make – those are my two deciding factors when cooking.

chocolate chili

Chocolate Chili

Serves 4 to 6
What You Need:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 4 cups cooked or 3 (15.5-ounce) cans beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
What You Do:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion, carrots, and garlic. Cover and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add tomatoes, chipotles, and chocolate, and stir until well blended.
  3. Add beans, water, and coffee, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until chili thickens and flavors have time to develop, about 45 minutes. Add a little more liquid if chili becomes too thick. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds before serving.

Enjoy!

*photo and recipe courtesy of VegNews.com

5. “The Ethical Girl’s Guide to Being Vegan and Fabulous!” Sounds cool! Tell us about it!

The Ethical Girl’s Guide to Being Vegan and Fabulous! is my totally FREE ebook that I released 2 months ago. It is essentially a beginner’s guide to going vegan and helps answer common questions like “where do I get my protein?” and “what do I do with my non-vegan clothes and accessories?”. It is 40+ pages packed with anything you could possibly want to know about living a vegan lifestyle. I am very proud of it and happy I could offer it for free to my beloved readers.

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6. Who is your favourite ethical designer? Do you think fashion is becoming more eco-friendly and cruelty free or do we still have a way to go?

Vegan fashion has come a loooong way since I first went vegan 5 years ago. I remember it was impossible to find a pair of nice looking shoes clearly labeled as “vegan”.  A warm, fashionable vegan coat was completely non-existent. I remember almost in tears looking at these horrendously ugly, boxy pea-coat things, wondering how I was going to keep warm during a harsh Northeastern winter.

Now we have wonderful companies like Vaute CoutureCri De Coeur,Olsen HausGG2GMatt and Nat, and so many others, making high quality, socially responsible products that are ultra fashionable. So, yes, I think that fashion is definitely becoming more conscious if you know where to look. However, fur and leather are still proudly gracing the runways and most people still have trouble connecting these things with the furry creatures they know and love. In that sense I think we still have a while to go, but we are making strides to get there.

7. Any last final thoughts or inspirations….

Live your life by your own terms. When in doubt, smile and nod. Stop trying to figure out what other people are thinking. Be polite. Above all things, always do what you think is right. And always, always wear clean underwear.

For more info about Mandi and her blog, please see the following:

Mandi Hoffman
chicvegan.com
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