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Why We’re STILL Vegan: Our Vegan Stories

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Why are we vegan? Are we thinking about leaving vegan someday for health reasons? Has veganism failed us? Anji & Ryan reveal all.

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32 Comments

  1. Jeries Rafidi

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Vegan for 5 weeks now. Thank you guys for helping me see the world more clearly. You guys are awesome!!!!!! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

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  2. frumT18

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Yikes, I dont know who you two are but you both look terrible! Not healthy looking at all…

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  3. Trevor Scott

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    It all started with movie babe when gave up bacon n all pig forth that matter I never really liked steak much or eggs so fast forward to me moving to from California to seattle n basically only eating chicken n dairy I started to feel kinda guilty like it was wrong to even eat the chicken then a year or so later I became really sick suffered from chronic constipation which really started to take a role on me not to mention scare me as had when I was just a few months old half my intestines removed because of a disease that had them eating my other organs n years of Chile’s good issues in that area so you can imagine my fear and anxiety couple that with whatever other horrible thing was plaguing my body I decided to make some change although at time I wasn’t sure what? Thanks to Netflix n its recommendations I stumbled upon a documentary vegucated wich had me in such shock n disbelief but being me I had to know more I had to watch any and all I could about it so as the Marathon of vegan docs played I had made the decision to be vegan for life I still remember the absolute gut wrenching feeling as I lay there holding my dog watching as animal after animal was ruthlessly murdered in sheer pain and agony I mean baby chicks being grinder alive I thought if I can’t fathom eating my dog why would I eat these poor creatures?! It was right then in 2014 that I became vegan for life little did I know that my whole list of problems including my chronic constipation would not only go away but become anew wonderful healthy being and in 2015 for my birthday I treated myself to a vegan tattoo to commemorate the day my life changed for ever the better and to cement vegan forever into my soul my dna my being so I drove to Portland visited scapegoat an all vegan tattoo n an hour later it was Addison like the writing on the wall like the blood in my veins I declared I’m am and will forever be vegan here to 5 years n counting here’s to the feather quill spilling it’s ink onto the me like blood spelling out the most important message in my life my true being vegan! That’s why I’m vegan for my health the animals the planet n for my amazing precious baby girl poodle because if I wouldn’t eat her then I won’t eat any other creature! Thanks for sharing your reasons thanks for being yourselves thanks for making me smile with your videos and the information in them thanks

    Ps I have to say your videos old what it is but to me are like asmr meditation gold n I’m absolutely obsessed happy healthy vegan

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  4. Joy Rose

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    8 months vegan here, no plan on ever going back!

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  5. Jim Bob

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    How come we feed babies animal proteins and saturated fat for the first 2-3 years of their lives

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  6. moominjean

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    You are such beautiful people 💚🌱

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  7. FluffyShark Datazz

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Vegan since 2015.
    Everyone in my family (including aunts, uncles, cousins, ect) are big. And they all have health issues. I have heart problems, I have fibromyalgia, and i was 19 feeling like I was 40 or 50. And I just said to myself “I can’t be like them. I don’t want to be unable to walk at 44, I don’t want to have to be on 21 different medicines, I don’t want to feel bad every second of my life” so I changed that. And I went from being unable to move more than 4 hours to just being in mild pain. Cutting inflammatory foods helped so much, and animal products inflame like crazy. I used to have heart tremors and loose my breath every single day multiple times. Now it’s cut to a handful of times a year. And 4 months after the health benefits I ordered something vegan and they accidentally put meat in it. And frankly I don’t believe in wasting a life, if it’s already been killed I would rather it be used rather than killed for nothing and I knew they’d throw it away so I ate it. And all those symptoms came back like a truck and I couldn’t get out of bed or go to bathroom by myself. And that’s when it kicked in that this is really going to keep me alive. I struggled with balance the first year so here and there i would lose energy or just not be healthy but I didn’t research what I needed for a healthy body all the way at the time. And now It’s not just for health. It’s for climate. Like I know some vegan foods are processed terribly but I eventually found that out. And committed to doing research on where all my food is from and how it’s made. And I’ve contemplated feelings and also grown to be passionate about living beings as well.

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  8. Blueshifted ••

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    In my experience, I have found that the majority of people who fail veganism don’t know how to cook, or prepare their own food. Instead, they rely on salad, fruit, or expensive processed foods that contain very little nutrition and are limited in variety.

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  9. Cow Princess

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I ate about 9 grams of mushrooms and came back a vegan 🙂 took an immersion into consciousness and understood the suffering and haven’t wanted to go back since!

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  10. Charles Brooks

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Despite the cringe, Anji is always bae. Oh, btw, I have that exact same picture somewhere in my discord 12:06.

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  11. gecco147

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    wow you are vegan and i am negan ;))) realize after stopped watching the vegan community for years, the vegan women start using more and more make up to cover up how old they look………

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  12. Andrea Anonymous

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I am vegan because I am not an animal abuser.

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  13. Molly Pocket

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Sending some love. Every time I need a pick me up I put your channel on. You guys are an amazing couple. I love to watch the chemistry between you both.

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  14. California Mountain Art And Life

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I love Duran Duran. By the way, Nick Rhodes has been a long time vegetarian, and I have heard he is vegan-curious. By the way, I was a vegan baby from until about five when in the mid 80s my mom was missing dairy. It was hard to be vegan in the late 70s and early 80s. The only advice was to eat nuts, etc. My mom wanted us to be vegetarian, but I rebelled a lot wanting to eat chicken. A few years ago it just started to feel wrong for me, so I started eating vegan. I do not feel compelled to say others must do this, but it has worked for me. I have never ate red meat in my life, and know how to make veggie burgers from scratch. We have all the old vegan/vegetarian cook books from the 70s when my dad first heard about this lifestyle in Loma Linda.

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  15. MACKENZIE POTTS

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I have been following you guys now for a while now… and I was so scared you guys dropped being vegan. I was so heartbroken cause someone said yall turned to eating meat. You know how when you are friends with a really happy married couple… and your emotionally invested into them… but they split. That feeling is the feeling I get when my favorite vegan youtubers quit veganism. 🙁

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  16. Hamdi Shaar

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I am vegan because it helped me overcome many medical problems that were too expensive on my current limited income. Also, after losing my job , living a starch based plant lifestyle became the only economically favourable alternative. Also, when I removed all animal based food ingredients when preparing my meals,cooking became much simpler and at least two times faster than before.

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  17. Miguel Carrillo

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    ive been vegan for about a year now and feel great, i did a blood test and almost everythibg was within range (i still have to suplement b12)

    about a month ago i started having somw digestive issues,(it started because i increased the amount of food i was eating and also trying to eat it in a short amount of time)
    so i recently started drinking apple cider vinegar just a wwek ago and those problems are gone almos completely

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  18. Christopher Colasanti

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Happy Healthy Vegan was the first vegan channel my girlfriend and I started watching when we were considering switching to a plant based diet. I was initially looking for a healthier alternative to the SAD diet after years of experiencing chronic digestive troubles. After watching a handful of your videos the evidence for a plant based diet was irrefutable, I was convinced that going vegan was the best thing, not only for my health, but also for our planet and the animals. Two years later my girlfriend and I still are still vegan and we plan on 'keeping it carbed' for the rest of our lives. Thank you for everything that you do for the vegan community, I hope you guys continue to make fun and informative content for many years to come.

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  19. Chris Moore

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Wow! You two have aged a lot in four years of imitating ruminant behavior.

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  20. Natalia Zufferey

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Loved hearing your stories and experiences! Your background in the straight edge seen is so cool Anji!! One of the biggest turning points for me going vegan was realizing that it would alleviate my chronic allergies and sinus issues (that I’ve had since childhood). Giving up meat for me was very easy, what was more difficult was dairy and cheese. I’m also a singer, so having allergies that would prevent me from being able to sing on a regular basis was devastating! Once I discovered how easy and satisfying it was to be vegan (not to mention the benefits for my health, the animals, and our planet) I could never imagine going back. LOVE your book by the way!! It’s given me so many ideas and helpful tips on how to maintain a well balanced vegan diet! Thanks for all you guys do!!

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  21. Libby Withnall

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I've been vegan for over a year now and my psoriasis is all but cleared up. Really is sad that medications/creams are recommended before dietry changes for most health issues. I also managed to get my cholesterol and insulin levels back into the normal range :-).

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  22. Susan Mendell

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Still Vegan to keep my good Karma going!

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  23. Natalie Norman

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Keep sharing your story! Longterm successful vegans are out here. We all need to keep on sharing so that others know they’re not alone, and that this lifestyle is fun, gratifying, empowering, healthy, and totally doable. Much love. 🍃❤️

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  24. Lee Kurisko

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Ryan and Anji, you should appreciate how fortunate you are to have each other. My wife gives me such a hard time about being vegan. She refuses to open her mind about it. I dropped my cholesterol by almost 190 points and cured my prediabetes with a whole food plant based vegan diet. My weight dropped a bit but I wasn't overweight. She is probably a 100 pounds overweight with plenty of health issues and simply will not give it a try. It is so frustrating for me and makes the relationship so difficult. A small part of me wishes that I never learned to truth about the health, moral and environmental aspects of this but if I hadn't found out about this a couple of years ago, maybe I would be dead by now because I'm almost 60 and my cholesterol was 330. It is now 142. She denies that my not eating meat makes any difference as far as animals being killed. So frustrating.

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  25. Mandy Mastrovita

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    sweet zines and Duran Duran t shirt Anji!

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  26. Lesley Dahlia

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    What got me vegetarian was the smiths meat is murder as well as listening to consolidated’s friendly fascism in the 90s! Even though I fell off the vegetarian wagon a couple of times, I dabbled with the vegan lifestyle on and off throughout the early 2000’s and then went vegetarian for good in 2008 And vegan as my New Year’s resolution 2010! And I have not looked back. I am vegan I am a vegan I will always be a vegan I’m not ever going to go back this is who I am this is my lifestyle is just who I am and I would never change that for anything!

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  27. French blue8

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Still vegan because the animals cannot help themselves, they cannot save themselves, they would if they could. They need us to never give up, trying to save them from their tortuous existence and barbaric fate. It is absolutely incumbent upon us to do everything we can in a given day, that will maybe mean less cows forcibly impregnated, more shelters and sanctuaries that can be created, and animals rescued, that more people can be shown they can thrive and heal many things on a whole food vegan diet, and that above all it is nowhere near necessary for them to eat these things.

    I think it's pretty much happens to everybody. At some point after you've become vegan, it's suddenly hits you like an amazing epiphany that you no longer even see these things as food anymore, things you used to eat every single day without a thought because you didn't know.
    But now we know and because we know we must act.
    My name is French blue 8, I am vegan nearly 5 years, feel wonderful on my whole food vegan diet and always have. In fact I feel better and better everyday. But even if I didn't I would not return to consuming those items because I no longer see them as food. It would be like eating chalk to me I know I wouldn't be able to get the first bite to my mouth even. I couldn't even imagine buying the stuff.
    I am vegan for life.

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  28. Blu Pam Marshall

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Love your channel i would love you to do a T shirt video, just how many do you have? Best wishes 😃

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  29. OLFINK

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Almost 6years vegan now. My main point is still about the ethics, but my health improved so much as well.

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  30. Darlene DeVegan

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I hope you guys never stop being vegan! XXOO

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  31. EK Unknown

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Born in 86. Turned veg in 2016 after pharmacy school (which included 30 lbs weight gain -> lots of bacon at denny's) trying to be vegan 2018 better in 2019. Read the China study because of my grandma's boyfriend. On my way to work today I remember sitting at the dinner table when I was 5 years old. My mom made stir fry and I did not want to eat it. I sat at that table for 2 hours in front of my plate. My dad finally let me eat a bowl of cereal and made me go to bed, don't tell mom. I feel like that may have been one of my first protests of meat. Now I have eaten plenty of bologna, or ham sandwiches since that moment, but I am waking up and being smarter about my food choices every day.
    I just wanted to share 😉 plant based is the way to be. I'll recommend it to any patient that wants to hear it and some that don't. Keep up the good work you beautiful people.

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  32. David R

    March 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    "Nothing negative about being vegan". I want to believe you but this blanket, "everything is better, nothing is worse", feels intuitively unlikely, especially in the light of similar videos from other vegans that express the challenges inherent in achieving a balanced healthy vegan diet. If it were true that everything is just automatically better, we wouldn't need to inject ethics into it, the health evidence alone would be all that was needed. The inclusion of ethics in the reasons why seems like scaffolding, and the science does not seem as supportive as it is often made out to be.

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