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Living the Vegan Lifestyle: A Learning Sharefest!


Do you want to learn some (or more) of the ins and outs of the vegan lifestyle?  Then please join us for this event. And if you have learned some cool or essential things in your pursuit of a quality vegan lifestyle, we want you to share them with us (but no sales pitches please)!

At this gathering we will learn from each other. This sharing of what we have learned will be facilitated/moderated by the host, who went vegan three years ago without a clue about making a vegan diet work.

Longtime vegans, new vegans, vegan wannabes, or just curious are all welcome for this informal knowledge exchange and meeting like-minded friends!

This event will formally end at 2:55 to make space for the Chicago Veggie Pride Parade planning meetup that starts at 3pm (click here for more info).

Please use the "Comment" area on the event page to offer/ask for rides and post any questions or comments.

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  • Joanna

    Thanks everyone for sharing. I also wanted to ask a question to any vegans who are also dog owners. Do you feed your dogs a vegan dog food? Seems that from online reviews, vegan cat foods seem to be ok but dog owners have had mixed results, some with serious consequences to the dogs. One of my dogs has an autoimmune disease and should avoid certain veggies that are harder on the kidneys, so I have been hesitant to try any new, different, commercial food (vegan or otherwise). If you are a vegan dog owner, I'd love to know if your dog is also vegan, what you feed them, and your thoughts on veganizing your pets. Unlike humans, I think dogs are natural carnivores and I'm torn on the issue. My pups enjoy some veggies but do also get dead animals as part of their diet. Thanks in advance!

    May 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      From what I've read dogs are omnivores but cats are true carnivores. I have 2 cats and I do not feed them Vegan food. I finally have them both at a healthy weight & I'm afraid to mess with that, but I did watch a video with Dr. Doug Lisle who does have his cats on vegan cat food & they're doing well so maybe I need to do more research. It would be great to have no animal products in my home.

      May 26, 2013

    • Vadim

      Joanna - You may connect via Facebook with Gill Gillono (email me if you have trouble find her). She lives in West suburbs and her dogs are completely vegan. I believes she also offers some vegan dog food for sale as she buys them in bulk (?) and some of my friends buying it from her. I am sure she can offer you some info about keeping dogs vegan.

      May 26, 2013

  • Vadim

    These pages were mentioned:

    Thank you to everyone who joined us and I am looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

    May 25, 2013

  • Reid

    Watch "Forks over Knives" here for free:

    Great resource website of John McDougall, author of "The Starch Diet":

    Another great resource:

    Mean attack on low-carb gurus:

    Good luck to everyone!

    May 25, 2013

  • Vadim

    Alan, Laura, Rosalinda and everyone - If you would like to share an information that is not directly related to the topic of the meetup, especially if you post links, please use our discussion/message board:
    For the sake of the amount of emails we all receive, let's try to keep Event Comments related directly to the topic of the event and share all other info at our discussion board. Thank you!

    May 24, 2013

    • Laura

      Vadim, I deleted my posts and created a new discussion about this topic but don't see it under discussions.

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, anti-Monsanto March calls

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would have loved to do this - but going to the March Against Monsanto. This would be great to repeat sometime - great idea!

    2 · May 24, 2013

  • Alan

    Sorry to miss this one. I'll be trying to keep our veggie food clean by joining March Against Monsanto,, Noon, Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn.

    2 · May 20, 2013

  • Ida

    Learning some interesting and creative cooking techniques and ways to stay excited about the journey

    May 19, 2013

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