So far all we've talked about is what we've done during the day and about our eating habits as vegans, so we might as well tell you about the reason why and when this decision was made. Why not do a vegan-tag? Here we go!

1. What’s your name? And how do you like people to call you?

- Our names are Diana and Melanie, but we go by Dia and Mel.

2. How long have you been vegan?

- We made the decision at the beginning of september this year, after watching a documentary on Netflix, "Cowspiracy", and a speech about veganism by Gary Yourofsky on Youtube. You can watch it here.

3. Why did you go vegan?

- Our roommate Sophie has been a vegan for over a year and has made us watch documentaries, but the speech by Gary Yourofsky really got to us and we had no doubts about becoming a vegan after that.

4. How do you define your meal plan?

- We've made a "foodschedule" together with Sophie, so we have a meal plan for each week. It's a better way for us to make sure that we're only buying food that we need instead of just going to the store and spending money on things that we THINK that we need.

5. Is it hard to be vegan?

- It's not as hard as we thought it would be, because of all the facts that are discussed in Yourofsky's speech. The only hard part is when we're going out to eat and they don't have many dairy- and meatfree options. It's obviously harder to find a vegan place. For me (Melanie), it's been hard to give up Swedish cheese and Philadelphia, mostly because I haven't been able to find replacements that I like. A lot of people say that it's too expensive to be vegan, but that is nothing but a lame fucking excuse and also a lie.

6. How do you obtain protein?

- There's protein in a lot of vegetables, like broccoli, spinach and artichoke. We just have to eat more or bigger meals than usual to obtain the normal amount of protein for us. We use beans, quorn and tofu as protein sources as well. We're still trying to get used to all of it and also bought a vegan cookbook which has made things easier for us as well. It takes time to adapt, but it's worth it.

7. Do you eat fish?

- No, we don't.

8. What does your family and friends think about you being vegan?

- For both of us, our parents were first worried about us not getting the nutritions etc that we need. But we solved that problem.

9. Do you miss any animal product?

- We wouldn't really say "miss". We wish we enjoyed vegan cheese and Philadelphia, but sadly we don't. It's all still worth it though so we don't really care about that. Vegan butter is great. Dia misses eggs as well.

10. Is it expensive to be vegan?
- No. No. No. NO. Veganism is CHEAP, you guys. "I could never go vegan. It's too expensive!". Seriously? What we eat, such as beans rice and veggies, are some of the cheapest and healthiest things you can eat. What non-vegans eat, such as meat and dairy-products, that's what's expensive.

11. Do you enjoy veganism?
- We do. This is no lie, we actually do feel healthier. You really notice the difference when you stop eating meat and dairy as your body just changes. Both physically, mentally.


More similar posts will appear soon, we're just too lazy haha

Over and out,

Dia & Mel

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As we all know, the election was yesterday and I don't even know what to say except that this country is officially doomed. I might not be an American citizen but I am a citizen of the world, aren't I? I moved here for the sake of my education and experience therefore this country will be my home within the next four years at least. What really pissed me off was the actual percentage of people who didn't vote. 46 fucking percent of the nation decided to turn the other cheek and let someone else make the decision for them. Someone else as in the racists and homophobics that take over the majority of this country. There will never be a good enough explanation as to why someone would not want to take part of what goes on or who rules over their country because look at where it has gotten us. Congratu-fucking-lations! :D


Well, I guess I just needed to take out some of the frustration that has gotten built inside for the last 24 hours. I'm sad as to where America has ended up. Obama did an amazing job as a president and people who complained about how he handled the economy really should think about it more deeply. Who left all that shit for him to fix? George Bush. I'm sure Donald Trump will probably mess it all up because he doesn't seem to be able to handle his own personal economy due to the fact that he has over a million dollars in debt. Why? That cheap bastard hasn't payed taxes since the 90's. Jesus, it's like I'm arguing with myself because I actually get emotionally involved the more I type. Fyfan vad ful han är asså.

See ya loves,

Dia

(The image below is taken by me and edited by Melanie.)

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It's Saturday today and usually that means "study-day", but after studying for hours we decided to get out and treat ourselves with a little shopping at Westfield Valley Fair and Santana Row with our roommate Sophie. Stores we usually end up at are ZARA, HM, Brandy & Melville, Forever21 and Nordstrom. After that, it was dinnertime and we ended up at one of our favorite places to eat here in San Jose - Veggie Grill! They only have three restaurants and they're all located here in San Jose. The menu is meat- and dairyfree(!) although they do not serve any Coke or soda. But that is only a plus so you can easily exclude unnecessary sugar. Today I (Dia) decided to try the Mediterranean Supergreens Salad + Mini Quinoa & Beans bowl and Melanie went with, our usual, the VG-burger with fries.

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Coming home from grocery shopping and already starving to death, we decided to make "spaghetti med köttfärssås", also known as spaghetti bolognese. Since we don't eat meat, we replaced it with quorn. Quorn is a healthy protein source, it's low-fat and high in dietary fibre. If you want to add more protein, you can add beans and/or broccoli on the side. That's what we did and it turned out perfect!

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All things vegan. Peanut butter granola as a smoothie topping is to die for.

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Soymilk, peanut butter granola, strawberries, banana & all that good stuff

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After the meeting at the bank, we decided to grab a late lunch at this cute little café in Los Gatos. Since we're both vegan, the menu was slightly limited for us but we managed! We both decided to become vegans about two months ago, we'll write more about the reason why and the effects in another blogpost. 

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After our English class this morning, me and Melanie headed off to Chase for my meeting. While we're sitting here and waiting for my name to be called, this idiot decides to make herself comfortable and doodle with crayons that were on the table in front of us...
Anyway, after this we'll probably go out for lunch before our next class.

Ciao!

/Diana

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Last time either of us had blogs was 5 years ago. Since then, we've grown up (a little), become friends (and roomies), finished school in Sweden, and gone off to college in California. Ibland kanske vi börjar skriva på svenska, because at the end of the day, that's just how it is. Welcome.

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