Food For Thought

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 30, 2015

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Since I announced my pregnancy last year, I’ve been asked quite often whether we would raise our baby vegan. If I saw the question on my blog or social media, I would respond by saying that we decided not to label her diet or lifestyle and I explained why if I had the time. Since I was asked this question so frequently I recently decided to write a blog post on the topic to be transparent about our decision (see: Will you raise your daughter a vegan?). I’ve always been an open book on the blog and figured I could share our thoughts and also ask you to share your own experiences. I enjoy hearing other perspectives because I’ve never been someone who thinks that there is one correct way to do anything. What works for one family might not work for others.

As I expected, there was a wide range of opinions on the topic. Many of you left thought-provoking and respectful comments (whether you agreed or not), and I greatly enjoyed reading them. They led to some wonderful discussions with friends and family this week. However, there were some hateful and threatening comments attacking me, my family, and our decision. According to some, I’m no longer welcome to call myself vegan. This wasn’t entirely surprising; over the past 6 years I’ve often been accused of not being “vegan enough”, being “too mainstream”, or not “doing enough for the vegan movement”, yet here I was receiving hundreds of comments and emails each month from readers telling me my recipes changed their lives, that they were happy to be helping animals, reducing their carbon footprint, and getting healthy even if they weren’t “perfect”. Apparently, my welcoming and non-judgmental approach was indeed the catalyst for major change.

I realize that the scrutiny I’ve faced over the years is from a small percentage of vegans. Tearing each other down is never conducive to furthering the movement though. The majority of vegans I know are incredibly kind and compassionate both to animals and humans alike. However, the personal attacks have made me reflect greatly about whether this label continues to be right for me. Do I want to live my life striving for an elusive perfection that I know I’m too flawed to ever achieve? Or can I do it my way? While some of you will say “don’t let it bother you” and “don’t let them win” I’ll be honest in telling you that experiencing hate on a public forum from your own community wears you down over time. It’s a distraction from my overall purpose and you know what, it sure as hell takes the fun out of the journey.

In the end, I will keep on doing my thing, but without a personal label on my diet or lifestyle. Going forward you can expect to see the same types of crowd-pleasing plant-based recipes on this blog and in my next cookbook; this is how I love to eat and what makes me happy. My goal has always been to encourage others to reduce their animal consumption and embrace more plants in their diet. This is my passion in life not only because of how it has greatly improved my own and those close to me, but for countless other reasons. I still believe that the greatest change happens when we elevate one another, celebrate progress, and of course, share delicious food that challenges the norms of the standard diet. So that’s exactly what I intend to keep doing. There are many ways in which compassionate individuals can spread their message and this is what speaks to my heart. I have no doubt there is something out there for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, and also, for reminding me why it’s important to remain authentic even in spite of criticism.



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Ashley March 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

I have more love + respect for you than you could ever possibly know! xo

Adrienne J March 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

Ditto! Without fail, I spread your recipes weekly to friends, family, co-workers, whoever will listen. You do so much good for us (humans and animals), I greatly appreciate it.

Liana March 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Likewise! I’ve been a longgggggggggg-time follower of yours and it is because your blog is so approachable and accessible (as are your recipes) that I was able to transition from veggie to 90% vegan (and still going). It was also how I was able to show the most staunch carnivores that meat-free recipes can be delicious (and not just taste like you’re eating plain iceberg lettuce! lol). Sorry to hear you’ve met with extremists at all, but I suppose it’s not surprising. Thanks for sharing and continuing to share your inspiration :) Know that your supporters vastly, vastly, VASTLY outnumber and outshout your critics! xo

Angelina April 22, 2015 at 11:23 am


Sarah March 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm

I just had to jump on Ashley’s comment because it was so on point.

<3 to you both.

Kristin March 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

I have to tell you that I am also someone who gets attacked for not being “vegan enough”. I LOVE your recipes, I love that you are so wonderful at meeting everyone where they’re at, and I love that you speak your truth honestly and compassionately. I fundamentally believe that we are all good and that we’re all doing our very best, and that whatever works for someone is what works for them as an individual. I have finally reached a place where I realized that the people that are attacking my choices, or anyone else’s, are doing so from insecurity, which has allowed me to be compassionate towards them. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t put up boundaries, and I think that’s what you just did, with so much graciousness, kindness, and integrity. I am so impressed–and I am so glad that you will still share delicious recipes and wonderful viewpoints. Thank you! And by the way, I just recently dove into some of your soul-soothing african peanut stew, and like always, I smiled as soon as I had the first spoonful. Man I love that stuff!!! :)

Darcy April 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I found Kristin’s comment to be on point! I’ve always found your blog to be a source of inspiration – both in my current adventures in moving towards being vegan (not quite there!) and in your musings on life in general and the challenges that everyone runs into. Her description of you responding with “graciousness, kindness and integrity” are so true. Please know that there are many of us who are incredibly grateful for the way you move through the world, the way you communicate that to the rest of us and the incredible recipes you share along the way. Peace and Love!

Alane April 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Angela, thank you so much for doing all that you do. I’m sorry anyone has been unkind to you, or shaming in anyway. You’ve made plant-based foods accessible to so many and you have helped so many people live healthier, happier lives feeling better.

Thank you for being willing to continue. I think setting aside labels is a good thing in this instance, that way you won’t have to justify yourself to anyone. You never should have to. You are doing good in the world.

I popped on here today to grab your recipe for a lasagna I’m making on Easter, for a man who nearly died from a sudden heart attack last fall. He’s been sort of low because he’s had to switch to a plant-based diet, in order to keep living. I was so happy to be able to invite him over, with his wife and know that I’d be able to cater a truly delicious meal to his dietary requirements without any problem. That it will be delicious and maybe even give him hope that he isn’t giving up anything, he’s on an adventure filled with new and delicious foods.

You’re the person who made that possible. Thank you, you are a light in the world.

Bonnie March 31, 2015 at 8:49 am

I respect the care you took in the decision you have made. Angry, judgmental folks worldwide are creating an atmosphere that inspires a version that inspires suppression of our authenticity. I am not suggesting you are hiding. But the hate and anger you experienced reminded me of how Jews today are being told not to wear their yarmulkes in some areas of Paris or when they travel, the Muslim women who walk in fear of what their head covering will inspire, Democrats who avoid espousing their political views with a republican or vise versa.
Fear creates the haters and the haters send others iinto a state of fear. So it goes. Sad.

Lauren Trank March 31, 2015 at 9:57 am

Dear Angela,
Thank you for speaking up and promoting diversity and wholeness = goodness, love, and compassion for family, people, community, and the world. You lead by example. Yes, I love your recipes, blogs, and book. However, it is bigger than that and you risked going there too. It is a way of life.

Many thanks,

Marie March 31, 2015 at 10:21 am

I’m with you Ashley. I love Angela and her whole attitude to food and eating healthy without being over strict. I am 90% vegan. I occasionally crave an organic egg or a piece of organic cheese, but when this happens I listen to my body as it must be lacking in something that these foods can fix. Keep up the good work Angela. We all love you and your recipes. xxx

Cassy March 31, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Here, here! Keep up the good work. :)

katemakesmusic March 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Nearly every group of human beings contains a small number working out their issues in an extreme way. Your recipes are great and you offer a lot. I’m delighted that you are continuing to do this! From a non-violent and appreciative vegan :-)

Tom ~ Raise Your Garden March 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

One thing I’ve learned in life….judge not. Especially about how people raise their kids! My wife and I have learned just say nothing and smile, it’s ok to disagree with people but we respect how other people make their decisions. And I think Kate is right, it’s a small percentage of people who probably have other issues that they need to work out!

Daphne - The Daphne Files April 2, 2015 at 4:09 am

Spot on Kate & Tom! Love both your replies. If you’re content and happy with your own life and way of living you won’t feel the need to lash out to people that make other decisions in life. It’s a waste of energy.

Laura March 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

I adore your recipes even though I’m not a vegan! As a college student trying to eat a plant-based diet on limited time and with a lot of unhealthy options/situations, I relate to the food experiences and self-image struggles you talk about in your cookbook. Don’t let the minority of people make you feel guilt for approaching food and life with a healthy, confident mindset. You’re successful and popular for a reason! Keep doing you.

Traci March 30, 2015 at 8:32 am

People say the most biting things on the internet, things that most(!) would never never say to your face. Your reaction is mature and thoughtful, as is how you are raising your daughter.
Also, beautiful photograph of broccoli!!

Joanna March 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

Angela, you are an incredible mother and a wonderful friend!!! I am so proud of you and so sorry that you had to experience this. You are changing lives and keep focusing on the positive feedback and love!

April March 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how cruel some can be. But know there are so many more good ones out there sending peace, respect and love into the world. Keep doing what you are doing – so well – authentically your own way. I am a non-vegan trying to add more plant based meals into my and my family’s diet – and it is helping us in more than just the measurable ways. Thank you for the good you bring into our home, time and time again.
Love, April

Chris March 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

Honestly, I had some issues with some of the reasoning in your previous post but I’m profoundly disappointed to hear that you got hateful and threatening comments from others professing to be vegans and I totally agree that tearing each other down isn’t going to help anyone. I’ll continue to enjoy your vegan recipes regardless of whether you label them as such.

Brynn March 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

Beautifully said. Forget the labels and do what is right for you.

Jessica DeMarra March 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

What ugliness people have brought to this inspiring site. During this time, I am sure there are no words to bring comfort to you and I find the questioning of your parenting particularly distasteful but don’t let the negative comments tear you down. You have been an inspiration to so many and your message of non-judgmental positive eating has motivated the masses to be the best that they can. You are enough, you do enough.

Susanne March 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Well chosen words. I completely agree.

Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Jessica speaks for my heart towards you as well. Thank you so much for all you have given me…you have been such a blessing through this blog. May your heart and home be filled with peace and love. So many people care about you and your family! You are precious to me, to us.

Kathy April 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

Christine, Susanne and Jessica, I agree with you spot on. I was downright sad – really upset – to read the venomous comments leveled at Angela. And I’ve really missed Angela’s presence on the blog. If I was there in Canada I would’ve made something chocolate and given her a hug! (I’m in the US)

Angela, the amount of change and hope you have inspired in my life and that of my immediate family’s from your blog and cookbook (I bought 4 for Mother’s Day presents last year! :) – it immediately became a fave and one of the gals is now going Vegan because of it) is nothing short of a miracle. I am so sick of people saying that “because this is my definition of how I do life, everyone else must follow.” It ignores the basic fact that we are humanity. Each different, each beautiful and each so important to the overall fabric of life. I would never have continued to scout out Vegan alternatives were it not for your “you, too, can do this Vegan thing” attitude (out-the-door power chia donut for snacks, anyone? Homemade granola without all the crap and less than half the cost of the store-bought stuff?)

I’m so glad you are continuing to do what you do with such passion and verve, while pulling in and protecting yourself. As others have said, there’s a reason why you are wildly popular in print, on the web and immensely respected: you give others the tools they need to live life to their healthiest, while be well-versed nutritionally, a great photographer, a kick-ass Mom/wife, and a voice we NEED now more than ever in a world of bagged-up convenient living.

I raise my Green Monster in gratitude to you, and just want to say, “Thanks for keeping on.”

Laura ~ Raise Your Garden March 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

Maybe I’m just super naive, but I’m shocked that you get hate mail and that people are attacking you. I’m not vegan, I still eat meat, and I don’t see myself becoming a vegan either. But what you have done is convinced me to eat less meat and more plant based foods. You’ve introduced me to recipes that incorporate healthy foods that I can eat instead of meat and that’s a miracle in itself! And honestly, isn’t being compassionate to others just the way to be? That driver who cuts me off in traffic, or that person who cuts me in line in Target, honestly, I have no clue what they’re going through and I’m just going to show them mercy and say nothing.

J Crawford March 31, 2015 at 7:09 am

I, too have been very positively impacted by your blog and cookbook in the last 5 months. And while I’m not vegan or vegetarian, I see a positive shift in what I eat and have you to thank for it as stumbling upon Oh She Glows is what changed it all for me. So, thank you.

Monica April 4, 2015 at 12:30 am

Laura, great response. I am not vegan either but Angela’s blog has inspired me so much to eat healthier in such a fun way. The recipes are fantastic and show eating plant based meals go way beyond your basic, boring salad. I am not a big fan of meat and this website has shown me how to make filling meals from just plants. I love it. But compassion is the main point here. We should be more compassionate to our fellow humans. You never know what someone else is going through. I think we should be happy for each other for making positive changes, even if it is just a little at a time. So much emphasis should not be put on what labels SHOULD be and support should be given to those who try!

Anna March 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

I’m so sorry you experienced all that hate! As a dedicated omnivore, I have definitely benefited from the seeing the tons of options for tasty, healthy living you put out there. Thanks for all you do!

Kyra March 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

You can’t please everyone in the world, but you are doing what is best for you and your family, which is all that matters at the end of the day.

McKenzie March 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

That’s upsetting to read. I didn’t see any of those comments, but I’m so sorry you had to read them. Your blog has always been a really positive part of my life and it’s where I come to find recipes that I know will make me and my family better, if only for a meal! That’s no small thing.

Shena March 30, 2015 at 8:40 am

I read both your posts and I am sorry to hear and I did see some of the nasty comments that were made about your decision. As a new “vegan” that isn’t prefect either and has also decided not to label my children’s diets, and allow them to make their own decisions regarding food, I applaud you! My children eat a well balanced diet, containing more fruits and veggies than ever! They try new things and the bulk of their diet now contains more “vegan” meals than meat (guilty by association I guess). My choice to be “vegan” was mine, not theirs. Do I hope in the future they will take the lessons I teach them and make healthy decisions regarding food? YES – but I hope they do that with all the life lessons I teach them.
I love your website! Your cookbook was the first “vegan” purchase I made and I check your site at least once a day! Keep being the awesome person you are!!

Laura March 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

I’m shocked some would respond so negatively. I think it’s great you are exposing your daughter to all of the options so she can one day make her own informed decision and in the meantime get all the nutrients she needs. My own son has several nut allergies. I don’t k pw how I would even begin to get him all of the fats and proteins he needs without some animal products.

Great post, keep up the good work (on the blog and with your little one). :)

Stepfanie March 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

Thank you for standing up for yourself and sharing your story. I also feel the pressure of being “not vegan enough.” Our lifestyle can feel, quite frankly, rather clique-y. I choose to eschew labels as you do and keep doing the best that I can for me and my family (aka a husband who “breaks vegan edge” for dessert and three cats who are definitely not eating plants).
Love to you and yours. Keep doing this great work.

Lauren March 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

That was a beautiful response.
I stumbled upon your blog 4.5 years ago when I wanted to be healthier and have a better relationship with food. You have taught me to seriously consider what I am eating and to recognize it as fuel for my body. I loved your post about how y’all came to decision to feed your daughter because that’s what I want for myself and loved ones. No labels, but access to really good whole foods.

Elise March 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

I am disappointed to read this. Your blog is one of the most well-known vegan blogs on the web, so it’s sad to know that non-vegans won’t find that label here anymore, prompting them to learn more about veganism and its benefits. I am sorry a small but vocal group of vegans decided to be hurtful to you. The “vegan police” (as Colleen-Patrick Godreau calls them) only work to hinder the efforts of veganism, as they have achieved here by your decision to distance yourself from veganism.

I know you’re hurt by their mean words, but know that you have done amazing things for veganism! Your delicious recipes and positive attitudes have no doubt brought people to veganism, as well as encouraged non-vegans to eat more plants. I appreciate the work that you do, and I hope someday you decide to call yourself vegan once more.

bex March 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I second Elise’s comments. Extremism has it’s place in bringing issues to the forefront for society to discuss or be aware of but moderate voices are the ones that lead most people to change their lives. Most non-vegans are turned off by extremism and will shun the whole concept out of defense of feeling they are being attacked. A less extreme stance gets past people’s defenses and allows them to make changes that have a domino effect. More and more people today are eating in a more compassionate way for more of their meals. Who knows what the effect will be in another 10 years.

I would keep the label of vegan meals but maybe describe your stance on where you stand. Your core audience, who have been helped by your creative and compassionate meals, are probably already aware of your thinking on this issue and will continue to use your recipes. (And fyi, when I make your recipes for the people I know, I always get requests for your recipes and I send them straight to your blog. None of them are vegans but many are interested in learning to make meals that are vegan. Domino effect right there!)

Anne March 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I third Elise’s comment!

giina March 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

i completlely agree! THANK YOU ANGELA! for your honesty, vulnerability and LOVE*

Marie March 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Well put Elise. I couldn’t express it better myself.
I know having a blog exposes us to scrutiny and it must be hard, but I agree, we shouldn’t let those who have extremism views win.
Stay strong Angela, but also, know that we support you no matter what.

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan March 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

Major kudos to you Angela! I agree that tearing each other down isn’t conducive of change or collaboration, it only serves to provide a temporary frustration for the person it was directed towards. The way you have approached the vegan diet has been inspiring, uplifting and all together AWESOME for the plant based and vegan communities. You were the first blog I came to when I went vegan and the one I refer back to the most, so you keep doing what you are doing! xo

Catherine @ foodiecology March 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

You’ve handled the criticism beautifully. I’m sure it stings and you can’t just shake it off, but just know that you’ve inspired so many people with your passion, food, and compassion.
As a new mother myself, I can say this is unfortunately just one of the ways you’ll be criticized for your choices as a mom; it sucks even more, though, to have to take such hate-filled criticism from people who preach compassion for all.

There were a lot of respectable and thought-provoking comments (I read through the pages with both an open mind and utter shock), but the only reasoning and logic you have to follow is yours and your husband’s (because she’s both your daughter and his, of course).

Keep doing what you do so well and beautifully. I’ll continue (as an omnivore) to find tons of inspiration from your recipes!

Emily March 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

Just wanting to speak up to say that I appreciate your accepting & supportive point of view, I loved and shared the post you refer to, and though I live in an omnivore household we make many of your recipes. So, thank you!

Linda K March 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

Angela, I love your blog and your recipes. I identify as a pescetarian (is that a real category?) and my husband is an omnivore. We offered our kids various types of food. My son chose to become a vegetarian when he was 8 years old (he’s now 10) but then transitioned to be a pesecetarian. My 7 year old daughter loves meat, so she and my husband occasionally have meat at home, and often when we go out to a restaurant.

I love your approach to food and life. All of us need to do what works for us and our families. Keep on keeping on Angela! You have a lot of fans out here in the interwebs ;)

Amy March 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

My husband and I are decreasing the amount of animal products we consume, but do not intend to label our diet. However, I have been making recipes from your site for the past few months and am so thankful to have it as a resource. I made your Italian bean balls recently and my husband told me that he is really enjoying our meatless meals and doesn’t miss the meat at all. So thank you for your recipes. I’m also a new mom and love reading about what you are doing with your daughter. People are hateful because they are dealing with something inside of themselves. I hope you will continue to write honest and thoughtful posts and recipes.

Audrey March 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

Putting yourself out in the scrupulous public eye of the Internet takes a lot of courage. I personally enjoy your blog and recipes and as a new mom, I can sympathize with your struggle. It makes me sad that you would question wether or not it’s worth your time! Unless it becomes a joyless, dreadful task, please carry on! Your voice is a voice of reason and centrism and it’s fully appreciated. I support you whole-heartedly.

Lisa March 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

I’m not vegan but love your blog & recipes! I just wanted to say that reading the way you plan to raise your daughter was so refreshing to hear! So many people are judgmental and have such extreme views. Yours will encourage your child to be able to make the right decision for her and not push one on her.

Miriam March 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

This is a fantastic post Angela. Even when my diet was mostly vegan I’ve always avoided labeling myself because of some of the backlash I’ve seen from actual passionate vegan or vegetarian friends. To your own self be true. Keep up the great work with whipping up great plant based, whole food dishes that I can serve to anyone and know they will love it.

Kirsten March 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

this sounds very much like Lindsay from Happy Herbivore. Apparently if you don’t use tofu in every recipe and picket with PETA, you are not a real vegan (to those fringe people, anyway). I call myself vegan and I totally eat non vegan things all. The. Time. I want to do better and every day I try. Every day. Some days are great and dime days are a struggle and I don’t think that makes me not a vegan. But I love using other labels like plant-based die and herbivore just to get away from these rabid, hostile, angry people who surely don’t even measure up to their own standards.

Bree March 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

Okay, but… if you call yourself a vegan and eat non-vegan things “all. the. time” then you are NOT a vegan. You can say you’re transitioning, working toward it, etc., but you’re not a vegan. And just because I actually make a commitment to not eating animal products ever doesn’t make me “fringe” or some sort of angry activist (as a matter of fact, I find PETA reprehensible). But be a mature adult and know that things aren’t so dichotomous — it’s not like you’re either a flimsy so-so vegetarian who occasionally eats an egg and goes to a zoo or an angry extremist who throws paint on someone wearing a wool cardigan.

While I didn’t really have a problem with Angela’s initial post, I DO have a problem with the fact that she’s suddenly decided to no longer call herself a vegan because… I can’t quite figure it out. Some “angry vegans” were mean to her?

While I ADORE Angela, her recipes and her brave decision to share her personal journey, I’m not interested in supporting fare weather vegans. A lot of the criticisms identified by people in the comments were very valid concerns, and they represent a lot of frustrations of ethical vegans.

Carolyn March 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

She’s no longer identifying herself as vegan because people like you won’t allow her to use that label. She listened and it’s still not good enough. Really sounds like you adore her.

Katie C March 31, 2015 at 1:05 am

I chose to quit calling myself a vegan several years ago. I now call myself plant-based because of people telling me what I could or could not eat or call myself. Also, I openly disassociate myself from vegans because of the many food elitists that I find in that realm.

There is power in saying, “I Am _______” and it can strengthen us in our goals. It can convince, perfect and motivate. Bree, I don’t understand or agree with you as you tell Kirsten what she can or can’t call herself. I would not claim so much authority to tell people what they can call themselves under a label that has a highly debated diet in the first place.

Debra March 31, 2015 at 9:19 am

Well said Kirsten, Carolyn and Katie. I too quit calling myself a vegan because of the radicals that give veganism such a harsh and shameful face. We need cooperation and these brutish few cause more harm than good. I saw people cringe when I said the word “vegan.” Open folks, animal loving folks. Now that I follow a “plant-based” diet and share with other there is greater receptivity. Bree is the perfect example of who I don’t want to be; or wish to be identified with because of her inflexible attitudes. I know others who work tirelessly for animals yet eat them. Yes, this is hypocritical but I don’t care. Any step towards greater safety and treatment of animals is a step forward. What irks me the most is those who box others in by their narrow-minded perspective. They claim to be compassionate people but are not. They claim to be helpful but are not. There is enough hostility in the world. If you can’t be kind and accepting of others, than you need to look inside and see the problems lie with you, not with others who do their best daily.

Angela, you ROCK! Keep of rocking. Don’t let the negativity of the small-minded people interfere with your goodness and great efforts.

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 1, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Bree , seems like you need a bone to chew on !!
What rage, jealousy is an ugly thing and it looks bad on you !


With love from Québec, Montréal Canada

Amie April 2, 2015 at 10:43 pm

I read Bree’s comment and thought it was very well put. I’m not vegan. I rarely eat meat, but I don’t label myself, don’t think I have to and frankly don’t want to. I think your comments to those whose views differ from yours are quite rude and unnecessary. In your desire to defend Angela, you are attacking others, this is in direct opposition of what Angela’s desires are. Try to be mindful of others. Common courtesy and respect go a long way. Peace.

Judith April 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Bree, thank you for posting! I do think it’s more than the anger vegans have replied with, it’s the fact that Angela was posting about animal suffering and how could she participate in such a cruel industry – and then she says it’s okay for her child to eat animals. Where is the integrity? I’m happy she’s chosen to drop the vegan label, as it didn’t truly reflect her values.

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Sincerly for Judith and Bree ,
who has no knowledge of life and no respect for people’s opinion but their own , I have this to share with ya’ll ; If the ignorants were blessed you both would be Saints !!

Angela you are GREAT !! ♡♥♡♥

Judith April 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I have a lot of life knowledge and great respect for people’s opinions. It’s why I applaud Angela for acknowledging that the vegan label does not work for her on this public blog.

Do you respect my opinion, or are you just going to accuse me of being jealous and having to chew on a bone?

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

My my touchy aren’t we ?
What’s the matter , can’t take the heat ? Don’t like a good negative comment ? I mean you’re shelling it out left and right !

First of all this is Angela’s blog and we all hope that she continues to encourage us to “not label ” anyone, to enjoy life and to continue to experience new challenges, new recipes ! She , besides her beauty “THAT ” for sure must make you arrrgh inside , she believes in live and let live, so much grace , so much class
everything your opinion shows us all what you seem to lack !

Mmmmm and I THOUGHT THAT YOU WERE VEGAN ? BULLY IS WHAT YOU PROJET, and your oplnionated evil disruptive mind is full of it !

Wow there is a beautiful sunset infront of me , gonna concentrate on the beauty of it and pray for your ignorance !

Angela you are a great person , mom, blogger !!
With love from Québec, Montréal Canada

Judith April 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Ah, yes, another new age troll. Your trash talking is so full of inaccuracies and downright nastiness. Have you looked at what the definition of bully is? Because that fits you to a tee.

I’ve gone through the comments and anyone who is vegan and expresses their concern is attacked by you.

Enjoy your sunset. And please, reply, it will only reveal more of your bullying and inflammatory language to the readers of this site.

The only thing I will agree with from your comment is that Angela is a great mom and blogger. I bought her cookbook, I love her recipes. For me, that will never change.

Alex May 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm


Stephanie April 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

I agree to an extent. Mostly just with the last paragraph. I’ve found the whole thing to actually be very dramatic and has rather put me off of the blog. Not that there has been much posting lately, anyway.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and of course each of us must do what we feel is right in our hearts. For me, I come here for the food and have found the labels to be very helpful, since we have so many food allergies.
I cannot put my finger on what exactly it is about this whole thing that has left such a bad taste in my mouth, but the the truth is, it bothers me enough that I know I will not be buying the next cookbook.

Alex May 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Bree…. Thank you! I’m vegan and have worked really hard at researching, implementing, and supporting this ethical lifestyle. When people label themselves as “90% vegan” or “sometimes vegan” it means that they are 100% not vegan. Being vegan is a lifestyle of completely abstaining from ALL animal products. Period. I think it’s great that people are eating less and less animal products, but it does not earn you the right to call yourself vegan. I’m not attacking anyone, but it does seem unfair that people are eating meat and cheese and eggs and still calling themselves vegan. Just say that your diet is 90% plant based and we’ll call it a day.

Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon March 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

You were one of the first blogs I read, Angela, and even though I have no label on my diet, reading your blog (among others) has continued to make my diet a more green, nutritious, and healthful variety! Thank you for inspiring me and countless others.

Anna March 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

I adore your recipes and I think that you should just do what you like to and what you feel like you want to…there’s aways going to be someone who doesn’t agree!!!! keep being true to yourself :)

Anne March 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

Hi Angela, I didn’t read the other piece yet (I’ll be looking at it now). I’m sad you will no longer be able to feel comfortable using the term “vegan” :-( but I am mostly sorry that you received criticism. I support you completely, and I ADORE your blog. Yours is the one I give out most often when people ask for vegan recipes. I appreciate how thoroughly tested the recipes are, everything is always top notch quality. Wishing you the best and you have my full support however you choose to label or not label yourself. I actually enjoy these conversations as long as they are respectful, and I realize I do not have all the answers, so I love to hear all points of view. Keep on being who you are, and thanks so much for all you provide, including all the fabulous recipes and content.

Anne March 30, 2015 at 10:26 am

Oh Angela, I just read the post and the comments and my heart hurts….. (still feeling the same way as my comment above….. it’s just that conflict always makes me sad)

Glenda March 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

I am sorry you had to deal with those horrible comments, you are a wonderful person and how you choose to raise your daughter is your choice. Love from another non-violent vegan <3

Allison March 30, 2015 at 9:18 am

Angela, I love this post so much. I think its great that you are able to rise above your critics and not put a label on your life. As a dedicated reader of your blog and non-vegan, I can say that I appreciate your open minded spirit and the fact that you are able to encourage everyone to eat a more plant based diet. Your recipes make eating a plant based diet enjoyable for everyone, not just vegans. I can also say that since I have started reading your blog a few years ago, I have significantly decreased my intake of animal products, and I feel so great! Thank you so much for your recipes and please know that you have all of my support!

Caitlin March 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Well said, Allison! I feel very much the same, and support you and your family, Angela.

Delaney March 30, 2015 at 9:20 am

I am so sorry to hear about all of the negativity you receive from some people. I adore your recipes and always look forward to seeing what you have created! Though I am not vegan, I make many vegan meals and most of them come out of your glorious cookbook :)
Kudos to you for handling everything so gracefully! Hopefully people can find somewhere else to discuss their negativity…

Chelsea @healthiecook March 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

I really don’t understand how some people can be so nasty about it! Vegans should be kind (not only to animals, but to their fellow humans too!) No worries though, as you are a big inspiration for me and many others! You’re one of the few people that inspired me to eat more plant-based foods (I’m 14 btw) and even make my own recipes! So yes, indeed, you have changed a lot of people’s lives and you should be proud of that! Lots of love and light always! <3

Jennifer March 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

You’ve done a fantastic job providing plant based recipes and awareness, Angela. I think people are too stuck on the ideal of labelling their lifestyle and it’s absolutely absurd. You’re providing some great healthy recipes, ones I never would have thought of trying before and now Ithey’ve become staples in my weekly diet thanks to you! I still eat meat, but just MUCH less of it. I understand people’s opinions and passions about the vegan lifestyle, but it doesn’t give them any right to hateful towards another human being or tell you how to run your life. The hatred is disgusting really. There is far too much of it in this world already.

Clara March 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

I think you absolutely inspiring! I also eat vegan and create vegan food but in my day to day life do not consider myself vegan. I am just me. I eat what I like and I am happy and healthy. Nutrition is so incredibly personal and I have always found reading this blog was not about veganism, but rather, fun alternatives to meals. I have read your cookbook cover to cover at least 25 times. I have almost memorized/made every recipe. Thank you for being part of my dinners and keep doing what makes you happy!

Janet March 30, 2015 at 9:30 am

Unfortunately you are not the first vegan food blogger to have this happen and it’s terribly sad. Extreme advocacy for vegan living has done more to damage the movement than anything. Instead of meeting people where they are they insist on perfection from an imperfect world. I’m a “vegan” who has seen this sort of attack way too much and my boyfriend stopped calling himself vegan years ago for this very same reason. But I want you to know that I love your recipes and I love your style. Your recipes helped me a great deal when I was diagnosed with SIBO last year. I felt like I was left with nothing to eat because of strict dietary restrictions, but many of your yummy recipes where allowed and I fell in love with them. I encouraged my mother, who is moving toward a plant-based diet, to get your book and we’ve had a lot of fun sharing your recipes. Keep up the good work. Call yourself whatever you want. Perhaps the Queen of Plant-Based Goodness! Just keep doing what you’re doing! We love it!

Lorraine March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

I have been following you since the beginning but haven’t commented before. After reading your post today, I felt a strong need to let you know what a positive impact you have had on my family and friends over the last 6 years. Because of you, our diet has changed completely and we have become more educated and insightful about our food choices and have reduced our animal consumption greatly. My kitchen has been transformed in to an oasis of healthy whole foods, and I take more time to consider the options that not only benefit my family but our environment as a whole. Your recipes are healthy, delicious and easy to follow(and I share them with everyone I can) your balanced approach to food and life in general is what makes you so appealing to the masses. Know that you have done more in the past 6 years in bringing change to the way we eat then any nay sayer will ever do in their lifetime! Keep creating those delicious and healthy recipes knowing that you have our full support and I look forward to your next cookbook.

Nicole March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

This is so well spoken, I have just recently come across your cookbook and could not be more excited to try so many new recipes!! You have put an incredible about out time, thought and love into this passion and lifestyle that is helping more people than you will ever ever know! Unfortunately, it is often the people who hate who take the time to voice their opinion. Thank you for all of the energy you have put into this work and never underestimate the impact you have had and continue to have!

Meagan March 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

It is always sad to hear when people in the public eye have to endure hateful words from strangers for no reason. It seems it can be easier to sit behind the screen of a computer and share negative perspectives. I don’t think any label can dictate the level of perfection we “should” exhibit in our day. Your journey has been yours and yours alone! You have been kind enough to share it with others and (thank goodness ;) ) it’s produced some amazingly delicious recipes!!! Thank you :)

Kathryn March 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

Hi Angela,
I’ve been a long term fan of your blog, despite this being my first comment. I love all of your recipe inspiration and use the site daily – checking new recipies or stumbling across old ones always gets me excited! I read your last post and loved that you didn’t want to put a label on your daughters diet – doing what feels ‘right’ seems so much better. It sparked an interesting conversation with my partner on the subject (as we have completely opposite diets) and agreed we’d much prefer to raise children on a diet that reflects both of our interests, rather than forcing something on them that they didn’t have a say in. Anyway, I’ve just read this post and wanted to say such a huge thank you for everything you do and that labels or not, I’m so appreciative of your honesty and the amazing recipes you produce. They’ve got me to a much happier and healthier state in my life and I think that should always be the focus – those who insist on labelling often just exclude rather than include others.

Katherine March 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

I think you’re an amazing person. You write so honestly and with great joy. You have inspired me in so many ways, not just with trying new ways of enjoying food, but also to deal with my own eating disorder. Thank you for all of your work and sharing your life.

Kelly P March 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

I read that post the day you posted it and was shocked at some of the responses. I thought of you often this week and wondered how you were coping with it all. I think your response was very mature and thoughtful. I echo the sentiments of everyone above. I look forward to reading all of your future posts, and buying the next OSG cookbook, whether you label the recipes “vegan,” “plant-based” or anything else.

Sönne March 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

Your blog was one of the first food blogs I stumbled upon when I started scouring the internet for vegetarian and vegan recipes to bring more colour and life to my diet. I loved it from the start and have tried and adapted many recipes since. You and the blog are great! Don’t you ever forget about that! :)
I am so grateful for all the hard work you have put into this blog. Don’t let the haters give you a bad time and do whatever you feel is the right thing for YOU to do!
All the best and thank you!

Megan March 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

i am so sorry to hear about the hateful emails and comments. People can be so cruel on the Internet. My husband and I are not vegan, never plan to be, but we are animal lovers. I love reading your blog and trying out your recipes. You have been an inspiration to me to cut back on meat and incorporate more veggie only meals.

Tiffany27 March 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

It’s because of your welcoming approach that I’ve been able to work my way into more of a plant based diet. I don’t want to be rude, but I’ve always felt a bit intimidated by the vegan community and it kept me away from wanting to pursue a plant based diet. Because of your website and cookbook, not only have I been able to enjoy more plant based foods (it’s still a process, but I’m making my way) I’ve actually learned to enjoy cooking. Do what is right for you and your family. I will still be here and desperately awaiting your next cookbook.

Julia March 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

You go girl!

Laila Heidema March 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

So well written, thanks for sharing your thoughts. It hurts my heart to hear how hurtful people can be to one another, even strangers. Please know that your contributions to the world are so positive and make a difference in our home and many others, and that hateful comments are a reflection of someone’s own heart’s condition, not yours. Our family has been so grateful to have access to your lovely, inspiring and creative blog and cookbook, and I’ve personally loved your new baby section! I look forward to it every week/two weeks. So again, thank you.

Erin @ Erin's Inside Job March 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

I will never understand people. I published an article on The Huffington Post in January chronicling my addiction and recovery and while a lot of the comments were positive, there were also a large amount that were hateful and shaming. I had to stop reading them because after just opening myself up to the whole country, those comments weren’t something I was prepared to deal with.

Maybe it’s bc I have had difficult times in my life and know the importance of compassion, but I just don’t understand hurting another human being. You are the reason I started my blog in the first place and I have nothing but respect for you and your decision. Keep on keepin on haha :)

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Erin and Angela keep on writing and don’t loose your beautiful smile !
We need more HEROES like you both !
When my sister past away, on her deth bed she said to me ; Now don’t forget , Fu– the rest and do your best !!
With love from Québec, Montréal Canada

Erin @ Erin's Inside Job April 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Brigitte! I’ve learned over time that people’s negativity has more to do with THEM than it does ME, but it always takes me a little time to register that when I am confronted with it.

Kristina March 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

You know what? You are wonderful just as you are! The positive impact you have had (and continue to have) on people from all over the planet is amazing… nothing can ever change that. As a long-time follower, I can only state what I feel: what you label yourself means nothing to me. At all. What *I* love the most is your positive outlook on life and the peeks you give me into your life, as it is lived on the other side of the globe. Your cooking is such a small part of it…

Please remember, that for every negative comment you get, there are literally hundreds of us disagreeing :) We are the ones who also believe in love, positivity and elevating one another :)

Much love,

Kristina from Sweden.

Astrid March 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

I am so sorry that you experienced these mean and hateful comments.
My father said once, “Wer sich einsetzt, setzt sich aus” (I am German). That means, one who stands in for one’s passion becomes at the same time available (and vulnerable) for reactions of criticism and contrasting opinions, not always fair and reasonable.

In the end, your love matters and later in her life, Adriana will remember some special comfort food from home – not because of its super-duper-healthy ingredients, but because you made it for her to cheer her up after she fell from her bike, after a rough day at high school, after she got totally wet and cold from the rain on her way home and she will remember the feeling when she makes it herself in college or for her husband or when she comes to visit and smells that taste of childhood again. That’s all that matters.
Take care Angela and keep the vegetables coming :)

Taylor March 30, 2015 at 9:49 am

I just want to leave a comment so I can formally contribute to the percentage of people who think that you are wonderful! Fudge the haters. Live your life.


Ann March 30, 2015 at 9:50 am

May God continue to bless you, Angela, as you have been a blessing to many more people than you’ll ever know! His is the only one whose opinion matters. I pray God continues to give you strength to continue to do His work through your website! (Philippians 4:13) My friends and I sure enjoy it!

Have a joy-filled Easter!

Ashley Z March 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

Well said Angela:-) I have followed your blog for years since becoming a Registered Dietitian, and I’m happy to say I have referred many many patients and clients to your sight. I work with the food sensitivity population, and choosing diets like vegan/paleo/vegetarian, etc. are not usually an option (have to do what’s best for each individual body). Your wide range of recipes have definitely been happily embraced by this population (and me). Thanks for your hard work, excitement about food and happiness!!

Mia Vinson March 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

Thank you for all you do Angela!
I support you 100%!!
I’m sorry you had to deal with hateful, disrespectful and ignorant comments.
I’ve been following your blog for almost three years and I’m so grateful for everything I’ve learned and continue to learn from it. Your recipes are so delicious and I always share them with friends and family. I also love your cookbook and bought some copies for friends and family.
I love how you are handling this situation with grace and class.
God bless you and your beautiful family!


Sarah March 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

It always baffles me when people spew hate over food choices. Last time I checked, being vegan isn’t a religion and people decide to eat this way for many different reasons. Keep up the good work. I love reading your posts and trying your recipes!

Flip Flops and Furs

Kim March 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

I’m not a vegan, or 100% plant-based or whatever, but I am probably 90% there and it is 100% because of you!

Jana Cervinka March 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

Same for me!!!

Chrissy March 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

Hi sweetie!

Please don’t get upset over the “vegan police”. I understand their passion for it, but at the same time being compassionate to animals needs to go along with being compassionate for humans too.

I’m a vegan (namely thanks to your amazing blog!) but my husband and roommate are full blown carnivores. Does it make me less of a vegan for tolerating a meat eating hubby and friend? Not at all. If anything, I’m showing compassion to them and respecting their choices.

When we have children later on, I’ll teach them about compassion towards animals and healthy eating but I know that I won’t be able to control their food 100% of the time. They’re going to want to try meat and pizza, which is fine. If they decide to go vegan, then that’s great! If not, I’ll still love them regardless. That’s compassion towards animals and humans.

Plus, people being the vegan police isn’t helpful at all. It just turns more people away from the cause. It’s better for a person to just do a meatless monday rather than not have a single plant based meal at all.

I say, keep your vegan title on your websites and books. Just ignore the vegan police girly.

Dawn March 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

As a dedicated reader of your blog from the beginning, I can’t tell how you much it upsets me that you have been treated this way. As I read many of the judgemental and attacking comments on your facebook page, I felt anger and sorrow, but mostly I felt pity that some people live their lives in such a negative and one sided state. I spent much time thinking about this whole debate and I continuously had to remind myself that this is a VERY small percentage of the people who follow your site. After all, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. My hope this the many who support you take a moment to remind you just how much we adore you, appreciate you and support you.

Many thanks to you Angela and please hold your head high and keep up the amazing job! You are an inspiration and I applaud you for always following your heart!

Jana Cervinka March 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

You are a wonderful role model as a sensitive, caring and sharing human being. And, your leadership in plant-based cuisine has indeed been transformative. Yours is my go-to site for delicious, vegan recipes that reinforce my goal of enjoying a non-flesh diet – and my husband loves all your recipes too!

You did open a great big door when you chose to share your journey with the world. Do you know how many of us LOVE what you do and the person you are? Angela, it’s a hard knock you’ve taken, but your life-journey as described by you, had some significant hurdles that you eventually jumped over free and clear. This too shall pass…just don’t change, okay?

Libby March 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

Angela, your little girl is very lucky to have a mother who is so open-minded, who encourages thought, compassion, and understanding, and who embraces the differences between people – which is what makes this world so wonderful. What you teach her with this loving perspective toward all beings will benefit and influence the world in a much more meaningful way than a hateful, unapproachable route. And as for labels, the bad things in human history tend to start by labeling a group of people to obscure the ways in which we are all alike. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and for your inclusive, welcoming approach!

Scott C March 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

People suck. I say I “lean vegan”. Most of what I eat and cook is vegan.

However, I dislike people who eat fish calling themselves Vegetarians, when by definition they are not. So I guess nothing is ever easy….

Holly April 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

“Lean vegan”! I love it!!

Michelle March 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

My husband found your blog a couple of weeks ago in search of dairy free recipes for me, and now I can’t wait to check out your cookbook too! I have a baby girl born just a week or so after yours and we recently found out she has a dairy allergy. You’re recipes have been a great source of dinners, breakfasts, and sweets that I can eat! I just wanted to give you more support, you need to just do you! I’ve been finding it rather ironic, since I cannot eat dairy but I can eat eggs (and I eat meat), I’ll do things like make your vegan butternut squash mac and cheeze and put bacon on it, or your crispy quinoa cakes and serve them with a fried egg! We all make our own choices for our own reasons and I love how your recipes help everyone be healthy whatever their reasons may be!

Lisa March 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

I don’t blame you a bit. The vegan police keep me from also calling myself a vegan. I call myself a vegetarian, so I don’t have to be under their scrutiny. Calling myself a vegetarian they already think I don’t measure up, but I can live with that. When I would call myself a vegan I had to live with their watchful eye for me to mess up or not be vegan enough. It’s exhausting. They think they are doing good, but honestly they are just making people go the other direction.

Stephanie March 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

You save more animals by guiding hundreds of people to reducing their consumption of animal products by 10% or more than those who disparage anyone who is less than 100% vegan and turn away those who might be open to a semi-vegan manner of consumption. (Backflips to try to avoid saying “diet.” What we eat is our diet. Doesn’t mean it’s “a diet!” Sheesh!)

Rachel April 9, 2015 at 10:31 pm

THIS COMMENT, a million times!!! Very well put, Stephanie.

Angela, my family have reduced our animal-product consumption drastically in the last few months, and I could not have kept my family (especially my Englishman husband) on board had it not been for your recipes.

Carrie March 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

I just want to say I think you & your blog & your cookbook are fantastic. You and Lindsay of Happy Herbivore are heroes in my eyes. Both of you are very positive and welcoming off all to come and try some plant based foods. I remember Lindsay posting a nearly identical blog post years ago where she proclaimed she was officially no longer “vegan” and changing her label to “plant based”, all because of ridiculous attacks like those you were victim to. For the same reason I have NEVER called myself vegan and never will. I do not want that label and all of the craziness that comes with it. There is a giant black cloud of negativity hanging over the label ‘vegan’ and it’s hurting their cause instead of helping it. The goal is to get as many people as possible to eat less meat & dairy. That is not going to happen when the minute you try to ‘join the club’ someone chews you out for not being good enough. So I agree 100% with your choice – keep doing things your way and I will keep reading your blog and cooking your delicious recipes just as I always have!

Vanessa March 30, 2015 at 10:13 am


I am so sorry for the negative response you received on your latest post. I personally agreed with you wholeheartedly. Sometimes its hard to remember that people must make their own choices about their diet/lifestyle, but your words inspired me to think of raising my (future) child “healthy and plant based” instead of vegan like me. But I am disappointed that you have felt pressured into not using the Vegan label. You’re the main reason I transitioned to veganism, and your blog and cookbook inspired me and gave me hope when I felt like I wasn’t being “vegan enough”. I hope that you continue to be yourself and provide us with healthy, plant based recipes! Which are essentially vegan, in the end, so the haters wont win. And for that, I am grateful. (:

Rachel @ Betty LIVIN March 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

It’s absolutely mind blowing how the anonymity of the internet has given people the chance to be mean and hateful. It’s disgusting at how people are ripped apart via social media for not agreeing with another’s opinions.

Most people who are criticizing you harshly are people who would never have the guts to say anything to your face meaning their opinions are worthless. As my mom used to say “they’re just jealous!

D March 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

I love your plant-based approach to this topic Angela. To be honest, I almost always find the people who are most hateful, label themselves vegan and expect perfection from themselves and others – which we all know is impossible. That threatened, defensiveness comes out the second someone else “slips-up”, however minor. Can’t we just all eat how we want? The labelling is so excessive these past few years. I say do what makes you happy, and while yes, it’s easy for us readers to say don’t pay attention to them, try not to! It’ll be better for your health! xo

Hanne March 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

Angela, think it’s very admirable that you make a stand like this. I feel that the “all or nothing” attitude of some vegans (I also think they’re a minority) does a lot more harm than good, it just discourages and alienates people. For most people, going 100 percent vegan is very, very hard. Not everyone has a social network full of vegans, not everyone is comfortable with making demands about other people’s cooking or which restaurant to pick, not everyone has the time or the money or the energy to go all the way in a society that mostly consists of omnivores. I’m also eating a “mostly vegan” diet, and what I keep thinking is that the amount of effort and annoyance to other people it would require for me to go 100 percent vegan doesn’t balance out the benefits to the world of such a small change. If I’m 95 percent vegan, I think that’s good enough, at least for now. Eating a plant-BASED diet I think is an idea that I think anyone who knows anything about climate change, animal welfare, food scarcity, pollution etc. can get behind. For me, veganism is an ideal to strive towards, but the “if you eat a slice of cheese you’re an evil cow-killer” attitude is not helpful. It’s hostile, naive, insensitive, and just creates prejudice about vegetarians/vegans/flexitarians etc. Any action that decreases your consumption of animal products is applaudable in my book.

Keep treating us to your yummy recipes, whatever you want to call them!
Love from Hanne in Copenhagen

Meghan March 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

It’s too bad that those who love animals so much cannot also show the same for their fellow mankind. Keep doing you…I appreciate the work you do and enjoy your blog and cookbook greatly. Can’t wait for the next one!

Grüner Alltag March 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

Wow this article really moved me!

I also feel so frustrated sometimes. 99% of vegans are such fun, friendly and compassionate people that the mere 1% of vegans trying to moralize everyone and everything really just set a bad example for non-vegans and vegans alike. Plus they are not perfect either, nobody is, and it feels like they are missing the bigger picture – a holistic sustainable, happy and compassionate lifestyle is a combination of so many things and not “only” being vegan. I also mostly prefer the term plant-based over vegan just because the vegan label is associated with so many things, some of which I identify myself with, others not so much.

I think you are doing an awesome job with inspiring thousands of people with your delicious recipes. I tried out quite a few myself and got the same positive reaction every time. The funniest one was “OMG, that’s so good! Now I can die.” – and that was from one of my non-vegan friends!

I know it’s hard to not take discouraging comments to heart but as you can see they are by far the minority! Please keep doing what you’re doing because you’re great and true at it. Adriana has such an awesome example in you!

~ Anne

Toni March 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

So sorry to hear you were attacked in this way. I am not vegan or even vegetarian, but have always loved your blog because of, not despite, our differences. That’s the way the world should work.

Marta March 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

Hi Angela,

I can’t imagine how difficult it is to read threatening and hateful comments when your intentions are obviously so loving and kind. I think the decision to raise your daughter without labels is a considerate and practical one. The reality is we are all on our own journeys and the food choices we make can only be our own. Your daughter will be significantly influenced by your diet (and what a lucky girl), but you aren’t the only influence in her life and one day her choices will be her own.

I don’t find labels particularly useful. I identify as a vegan in my heart but not as openly in public as I used to, simply because it’s a very polarizing label and the conversations it inspires can be stressful. I enjoy giving people something to think about, and I appreciate that someone needs to be a voice for the animals and advocacy is a beautiful thing, but it’s my choice whether I want to take that on, and it’s a separate choice from what I put in my mouth.

I hope you keep sharing your story and inspiring us with beautiful, delicious, healthful food. You were my biggest inspiration to embrace a healthy lifestyle as wholeheartedly as I have and that is something I am so grateful for.

Thank you!

George March 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

Why be kind to animals if we can’t be kind to people?

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Wow ! Nicely written George !!
Bonne journée å toi !

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault
Québec, Montréal Canada

Juliana March 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

This is the first comment I’ve made on your blog, however I’ve been reading it for a couple years now.

You’re precisely right. Labeling is besides the point. I can’t imagine how frustrating it can be to have people accusing you of “not being vegan enough” etc. It’s not about the label, but I guess to some people, it is (and I feel sorry for those people who cannot really think outside of the walls they’ve built around them). Life does not have absolutes. You cannot stop outside of your home without crushing something, destroying something, causing suffering to something. Death is part of life, however we can always do what we can to reduce the amount of suffering we are causing to the life around us, including people. To understand this, you have to realize that any “label” will be insufficient in representing every single choice that you make. I have yet to see anything that is truly black and white.

Nikki March 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

When people ask, I semi-jokingly tell them I am a foodist. I prefer to make my dietary choices based on nutrition and sustainability and I refuse to pigeonhole my diet into a name. Do I eat animal products? Not often. Do I eat raw? Well, yes. A lot of the time. Am I a (lacto- ovo-) vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, gluten-free, locavore, fruitatarian, nutatarian, seedafarian, traditionalist, pastafist? Haha. No. I eat food and that’s as far as I’m willing to be labeled.

If the chicken curry I ate last week makes me some sort of monster, then so be it. Rawr!

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Nikki oh my ! You funny girl , my jaws hurt from laughing so much !♥♡
You might be all of the above but in my opinion you are 100% human !
Don’t loose that sense of humour hahaha! RAWR !!!!

With love from Québec, Montréal Canada


Shirlee March 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

I am sorry for those who are unkind and cannot express their opinions with out being mean or making it personal.

I am truly thankful for what you do and the gift that you share.

Thank you for your time and dedication – you do not have to share it or put yourself out there but I am glad that you do.

Sara March 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

So sorry for the negative responses. Having been somewhere on the vegetarian spectrum for over about 12 years now, I have found that it makes people very uncomfortable when they can’t fit you into a neat little box. It does become very tiresome explaining what I choose to eat and choose not to, and why I might decide to eat some things some times and other things never. Because I eat vegan at home, and have chosen to raise my daughters vegan until I believe they can make a truly informed decision on their own – if people ask, I usually say that I am vegan. Seeing the backlash you an others around me have received and now feeling concerned about how people might perceive how I feed my children, I’m going to start using the term “plant-based”. No need to invite negativity into our lives! We know what we’re doing is better for us and the planet without criticism for not doing it well enough. I read an article about why labels shouldn’t matter when it comes to a vegan/vegetarian diet that said, “A person who does their best is always going to have a larger impact than a person who does nothing”. So, here’s to moving on and eating some hummus!

Michelle March 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

Honestly that’s why I’ve always been afraid to join a vegan group or anything and really commit to that lifestyle because yes if you aren’t %100 they tear you down. Just like you said seems like a truly compassionate human being would respect and love animals AND humans. You just keep doing what you do and know that there are many of us that love your awesome work.

Shena March 30, 2015 at 10:59 am


Very well said! I consider myself a “mostly vegan foodie” and I applaud your passion for healthy, plant-based eating – regardless of labels. Your recipes are always my go-to because I have such faith in them – they always turn out well and taste amazing! I have and will continue to recommend your recipes and cookbook to everyone I know. THANK YOU for sharing your food knowledge!

Oh – and when I found out I was pregnant with my firstborn last year I was SO excited that you were also having your first – I love the baby updates on your blog and am hoping/waiting for baby and kid friendly recipes in the future! :)

Kristina March 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

Angela, while I rarely interact here anymore, I want to let you know that you have my support. The vegan community is not always a welcoming one, most of us have been on the receiving end of the judgements. You are a major voice for this community – whenever I see questions like “what are your favorite vegan books?” and “favorite vegan recipes?”, Oh She Glows is continually and constantly in the answers, from many.

I feel like I have “known” you for years, and just wanted to say thank you for all you do. xo

Debbie Ratkowiak March 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

I would like to thank you for inspiring me with your words, your stories and your recipes. I love reading your posts, and trying your recipes. There are always negative people sharing negative comments, but try not to let them get in your way. I love what you do and think you are awesome! Thank you!!!

Summer March 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

I am one of the people who your approach welcomed into veganism. You were a nonjudgemental hand up, and I really treasure your blog. It is a labor of love and hate has bo place there. Whenever people ask me how I managed to transition to veganism, I direct them to You made veganism seem delicious, doable, and joyful. A representation of judgement and viciousness would have kept me away. I don’t blame you for rethinking labels at this time. You are under no pressure to be a hero. You already are one to so many of us. You brighten up our kitchens, homes, and health. Thank you! One of the principles of veganism is compassion for living creatures, which include you and your family. Hostility betrays this, and sadly prevents people from being attracted to the ideas of veganism. I am embarrassed to share a label with such people. I guess I will look at as extremism, which denegrates many groups of good people. Thanks for being here, vegan or olant-based or any of it. I consider you a wonderful health ambassador.
I loved the article about how you will raise your daughter. She is very lucky to have such a wonderful mama!

Fanya @ Bliss half FULL March 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

There will always be people who are haters no matter what you do, but they are so few, and they are idiots. They do not understand that the fact you are helping millions of people change from one to all meals to plant based you saved countless animals and impacted our world greatly. Some people do not understand that you cannot force change, people need to want to change and you show them the way. Incredibly deliciously might I add.
So THANK YOU for everything you have done, and please don’t let idiots discourage you in any way, they are a mere tiny little fraction of the masses of fans following you.

Anne March 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

I only label myself as plant-based and my husband happily goes by plant-based primary because we are always trying to improve our health. We both have slipped up with choices and don’t spend a lot of time on the blame game. If pushed in certain pre-order meal situations I check the vegan box. It seems like people sometimes need to step back and appreciate the big picture that any reduction in animal product consumption is productive and compassionate and no one is “perfect.” I think you have done an excellent job of promoting healthy recipes and living in a way that is authentic for yourself. I wish you only happiness.

Ingunn March 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

I will never understand why people choose to attack and deliberately find fault with people who are fighting the same cause – why don’t they focus that energy where it matters?

Nana Sophie March 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

I’ve read your blog for the past.. 4-5 years I think. I’ve read all your blog posts and recipes, drooled over them, and saved a lot of them on a to-do-list of recipes I have to try – even tough I am nor a vegan or a vegetarian. I am shocked that some people cannot accept your choices on how you want to feed Adriana. It is so narrow-minded to spread hate like that behind a computer screen. I respect your choices and your life style even though I do not eat like you do – but you inspire me and make me want to eat so much more fresh and vibrant food! You are an inspiration and I do not doubt that you are an amazing person.
Thank you for being who you are :)

Leigh March 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

As a female who has struggled my whole life with what other people may think about me, I can only imagine how hard it is live in the public eye. One thing I have realized is with success comes the jealous of others. If anything, I think being true to yourself and standing up to these bullies makes you even more likeable and hence successful! Thank you for being a strong role model and showing all of us that no matter what people may be cutting you down about, you have a voice and you can stand up for yourself!

On another note, I don’t see how descriminating someone for how they eat or choose to raise their children is any different than being a racist and discriminating someone because of their color or religion.

We support you Angela!!!

Melissa March 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

i’m not usually someone who comments but I feel the need to send you a positive comment to hopefully, outweigh any negative ones you receive.
Yu keep on rockin how you’re rockin! I love your recipes, I love to share your recipes with my meat eating family and friends and am so happy I was recommended your blog when I went vegetarian 4 years ago.
We all strive to be the best self we can be and we define that “best” our own way. You continue to inspire me and my family in our plant-based food journey.
Wishing you and your family the best.

Liz March 30, 2015 at 11:18 am

I have read your blog on and off for the last few years and made some really delicious dishes. Thank you for that. I just wanted to say I totally respect your decision about your daughter’s diet. I just wanted to be one of the positive voices.

[email protected] March 30, 2015 at 11:21 am

Good for you Ange! Label free is the way to be and I applaud you for this well crafted, respectful response to people who have criticized you!

Jesica March 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

Very well said. It broke my heart to read some of the terrible comments both on your post and on Facebook and I’m sorry to hear about what you and your family had to go through just to answer this over-asked and very personal question.

Your website is such a joy for me and a life-saver for my lactose-intolerant husband. More than the recipes though, I always find myself coming back to read your posts because they are so well-written and your passion shines through in everything you talk about.

Keep doing your thing and I can’t wait for your next cookbook!

Ann Odom March 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

You go girl. You have single-handedly brought vegan food into my household and into those of my loved ones with your approachable style and delicious recipes.

That being said, people do associate the word vegan with radical strident people, or just not tastey food. I made your tomato soup from the cookbook for my mother and step-father and when I told them it was Vegan, I saw his mind close and he ate very little. I am confident that had I said nothing or said that it was “plant-based” he would have appreciated how delicious it was!

I agree that plant-based food is the best for our health and that of the environment, and it is a much less loaded term. These hard-core and rude vegans are only perpeuating the sterotype that contributes to meat-eaters not being open to Vegan restaurants, recipes, etc. I am also going to adopt that label as I feel it allows more people to be open to that mode of eating and ideally, adopting more of it themselves.

I SO appecriate what you do and please keep on doing it!! Nothing better furthers the movement of plant-based eating than your crazy delicious recipes. Keem ’em coming!

Josee March 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

I have been following your blog for almost two years now, since I became vegetarian. I have also bought your book for myself and a friend, who is also vegetarian. My eventual goal is a completely plant-based diet, but I am not quite there yet. You are definitely an inspiration, both because of the delicious recipes, but also because of your lovely personality-that seems to shine through every post. I think it took a lot of courage to share your decision regarding Adriana’s diet. You strike me as thoughtful, kind, compassionate and balanced person who is doing amazing things for veganism. You are certainly one of the reasons I am striving for a purely plant-based diet. Just wanted to echo what others are saying. Thank you for all you do-it has definitely made a difference in my life and in the life of my family.

Rachel Waters March 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

Angela…I have gifted your cookbook to no less than 4 friends…none are vegan but all looking to get more plant based recipes in their diets and all adore your cookbook as they find it really accessible and DELICIOUS. While I eat plant-based exclusively, my dog is not on a vegan diet (different than a child of course LOL) but I consider her my child and after a lot of research, do what is best for her needs and diet. My boyfriend is an omnivore but he continues to be inspired by plant based meals and I am so thankful to you and all that you do!! I also came back from a debilitating eating disorder and have found a plant diet to be the most healing, healthy & inspiring way of living that works best for me. It is by no means black and white and you do what works for you. Judgement & criticism only hurt the cause and no one is perfect. Keep doing what you do and what works for you and know you have had such a positive impact on the world. If even one non vegan adds a plant based meal from your site once a day that makes an impact. The tide is turning!

Liza March 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

Argh – the Hate Brigade needs its kicks, I suppose. Angela, I love your blog and I am NOT vegan or even vegetarian. – what we do like is having vegan weeks (and veganizing Italian cuisine is so much fun….). So thanks for your insightful blog and for great recipes – there is much to be learnt! And I am sorry for the hate – don’t let it curdle your milk!!!

Love from Italy

Victoria March 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

Hi Angela!
It’s so sad to read this! You’re absolutely right, there’s so much hatred from some vegans towards others or from vegans to vegetarians. It doesn’t make any sense and it has such a negative impact in the term ‘vegan’. Just wanted to let you know you’re not alone and to give you my support. Your work is great!

Kristy March 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

Angela, I am so sorry that you’ve had to deal with so much negativity. For someone who does so much inspiring work and has changed so many lives, this is shocking. And stupid. It’s all about compassion and those people are lacking.
You are amazing and I support you completely. Keep on doing what you do. xoxo

Ruth March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

I am so glad that you posted this – mostly because I have been really, really worried about you and your family after not seeing Instagram posts for a while. Truly, I’ve been praying for you all multiple times a day for the past week or so! I even went so far as to google “Is Angela Liddon okay?” (it wasn’t very helpful). My brain was so filled with worry and hopefulness for you that I had a weird dream in which your family and my family moved in together to start a restaurant.

Promise, I’m not a stalker. :-) Just hoping that my sentiment that YOU MATTER and are worthy of unconditional love comes across — and that your vulnerable, transparent sharing of so many details of your life is appreciated and respected. You inspire me to continue the journey of moving away from disordered eating and into a healthy relationship with yummy food.

I’m glad that you’re okay, and I’m sad that you’re received a lot of criticism and hatred. …Still praying for you all! :-)

Marcela March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

You have inspired and changed so many of us. Life does not come with labels; humans invented them so it’s easier to feel like you “fit”. Life it too short. At the end of the day, only few things really count: finding true love, being happy, being healthy. Enjoy you baby, your husband’s company and continue pursuing your passions. PS. I enjoy cooking and adopt a plant-based diet. It is so rewarding to offer my family good, healthy food, cooked with love. And your recipes help me get there. I really look forward to reading your recipes when you start cooking for your daughter (mine is 16 months old and I LOVE cooking for her)!

steph March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

I just want you to know I absolutely love your recipes!! I have literally never made anything from you that isn’t downright delicious, and your blog is where I always turn to find just the right dish for entertaining, too. I loved reading this post, as I have also felt like the I don’t want food to be devisive, but rather, a way to bring people together!!
Thanks for being honest and being yourself. Much love to you and your family!!

Anna March 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

Count me in as another one of your supporters! I was so disheartened to see all those nasty hateful comments. Everybody’s entitled to their opinions, but bullying and name calling are never okay. Thanks to your delicious, healthy recipes and friendly approach, I have incorporated more plant-based meals into my diet.

I love your cookbook and cannot wait for your second one! :)

Theresa March 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your blog and cookbook ever since I discovered it. My husband and I are not vegan but still enjoy trying out your recipes. I don’t understand how some people can be so mean, if they don’t like something stay away from it, no need to be so nasty about it. Keep doing what you do! I always look forward to your new posts.

lacy j davis March 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

You are a wonderful inspiration for vegans and non-vegans alike! I have been vegan for over half of my life and still completely and totally cringe when other vegans are judgmental and ridiculous to those who are positive depictions of our own. Please rest assured that many of us are proud to have you as a representative!

Sarah March 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

Oh my goodness, it never fails to shock me how ridiculous some people can be. I am not vegan, but I love your blog and your cookbook and I’ve made so many recipes from them. I can’t believe how difficult it must be to put yourself out there to the world, and it’s sad that some people can be so hateful, but please know that there are so many more of us who think you’re fabulous!

Christine March 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian. I love steak and cheese more than any one person should. :) However, I love your site and I love the encouragement I get to eat more veggies. I’m sorry people are so crude. I completely support your decision and I fully believe that a mother knows best for her child.

Nora March 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

Angela, I understand why you’d want to step away from the label after all that ugliness, but I hope you will work with whoever does your website and SEO to make sure that people searching for vegan recipes still find your site. Most of us still use the term “vegan” to describe plant-based eating and I don’t see that changing, as much as it enrages the Veronicas of the world.

Count me as another person that has moved towards a plant-based diet without putting a label on it.

Phil March 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

The backlash you experienced is something I’ve seen across all strict died cliques from paleo to vegan and all between. I would go so far as to say it goes beyond food into any cultural grouping. Blind followers fail to realize that a good diet is unique to the individual. I say your ability to critically analyze the situation and make an informed choice puts you above any diet zealot. Good for you!

Emily March 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about this negative experience. You do such a great job at developing recipes that will please vegans and meat eaters alike, so I’m surprised people are trying to bring you down. F’ them!

Angela March 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

I felt the need to comment on how thankful I am for your recipes and your honesty! My husband and I are also “flawed” vegans, but I think that any movement towards eating more plant-based foods should be praised rather than criticized.

Danielle March 30, 2015 at 12:04 pm

I’m always so disappointed when I hear of people being disrespectful, hurtful, and threatening in spaces that I consider above all that. It’s never OK, I just thought your readers were better than that. So sorry you had to go through that. I love your blog and I hope those kinds of people will stay away. Please don’t let them get to you. It’s hard to do, but the voices of a few awful people shouldn’t outweigh the countless readers who are inspired by your recipes and blog posts every single day.

Heather March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

I have been following your blog for about a year now, and being a person who tries to eat as much plant based food as possible, I have found your blog to be a lifesaver! I know if I make one of your recipes my husband will have no complaints about the healthy eating I “force” on him. We can in no way determine what is the best for you or your family and the “diet” you follow. However, know that your contribution is making each of us a little healthier out here in the internet world, and I for one am very appreciative!

Karin March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Love this sentiment! It’s so easy to say that comments are meaningless but the anonymity of the internet makes too many people way too mean. It’s one of the unfortunate things that comes with the territory of attaching a name to your eating habits, and I’m sorry to see it happening to someone who makes plant-based eating so amazingly accessible and delicious. Best of luck finding a balance that works for you!

Tanya Weedon March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hello Angela! Thank you for all your creativity and wisdom :) Your book has been well used and gifted many times! In face of criticism please try to remember all the wonderful feedback and all the good you have done for so many people!
-Take care. Tanya Weedon

Candace March 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Love this statement as well! Your true supporters don’t require you or them to be any types of label and appreciate all you do! :)

CarrieD March 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Kudos to you, Angela for being honest with your readers. I am saddened that you have been unjustly judged by some which was completely uncalled for. I was disgusted to read such angry and condemning comments from radical vegans who, in my opinion, make me ashamed to call myself vegan. You and your husband seem like incredibly wonderful people and your daughter is so fortunate to have you both as her parents. I love your cookbook and your blog and cannot wait for your next cookbook to come out.

Grace March 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Hi Angela, I have never commented on your site before, but am a big fan of yours and started following your blog 2 years ago. I have merged into 90% plant based diet because of your inspiring blog and felt so terrible when I read some of those comments on your baby blog page – but so relieved to read your new post today. You have handled those negative comments beautifully and my respect for you has only quadrupled. I hope those people who made those hurtful comments are now reading your new post and feeling thoroughly remorseful and having a bit of re-think (maybe they will be better people now). Keep up being the truly amazing you that you are! PS – I love your style of writing, so witty, entertaining and inspiring! And… your photography is gorgeous. Greetings from Switzerland :)

Nkechi March 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

If anything, your openness has only made me more interested in your blog. Nothing turns people away more (from a cause) than hate and ridicule of those who don’t adhere to it. Your welcoming stance and acceptance of baby steps does more to get people interested in a plant based diet than the angry Vegans in the comments. Thanks!

Gwen March 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Self-righteousness is a powerful intoxicant and makes humans irrational and self-defeating.

Automobiles kill thousands of wild animals annually: both acutely and indirectly due to pollutants. Are the capital-V Vegans forgoing transportation by motor vehicles? I suspect many of them do not. Cruelty to animals (and humans) is embedded in the fabric of modern life and working to de-normalize this is important even when the recognition and resulting behavior change is not 1-0. If nothing else, the forward-looking conversations you can have in a society in which the average person eats meat twice a week would be vastly vastly different than the conversations you can have with a populace that feels that it depends on meat daily to live.

charise March 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Honestly Angela, my heart aches for any negativity that has ever come your way. I think of you as the kindest most compassionate lovely blogger who’s heart is always in the right place and is open to share her love with the world. I don’t care what you call yourself as long as the recipes and books and blogging continue! Your recipes are terrific and your spirit is contagious! As we speak, myself and my coworkers in Connecticut are eating your gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookies and loving them!!!!! Know that we love you and your blog!!!

Kathy March 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Honestly, I think you invite that kind of criticism when you choose to share a certain amount about your life. This is a food blog, and I’m unsure why such personal choices/personal life details were put on public display. Keep it about the food and about health, and nothing like that should happen again, right? Just my .02.

Ali March 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Why in the world would you say that about someone on their blog. She wouldn’t post something no one would want to read. She obviously had numerous requests to share other aspects of her life, so that’s why they’re there. If you don’t care then don’t read them, that simple!!

Alanna March 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

I don’t think Oh She Glows has ever been solely a food blog. Angela has always shared certain aspects of her life with her readers, and created a “baby” section to share her journey as a new mother. To me, it seems perfectly in keeping with her approach to be open about her and her husband’s plans for her daughter’s diet — especially since many readers were asking.

Kate March 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Sharing baby updates in a specific baby section does not invite the kind of comments I saw on that thread. And even if it did, that doesn’t mean it’s ok to leave such judgmental, condescending comments. The onus should be on readers to be respectful and not so derisive, or don’t comment/don’t read the blog.

The negativity you received is not your fault, Angela, and I understand if you want to pull back from the personal sharing to get some space. Please know that there are PLENTY of people who respect and support you and trust you to make the right decisions for yourself and your family.

Kelly P March 31, 2015 at 4:41 am

Yes, seriously I find it amusing that you should tell Angela what her blog is about. As anyone who has read her blog for years knows, this has never just been a food blog. She’s always shared details about her personal life: her career change, her struggle with an eating disorder, her passion for photography, her adventures with fitness, and most recently her life as a mother. These personal stories are what have made most of us love her blog. If it was “just” a food blog I probably wouldn’t be half as interested.

Diane April 2, 2015 at 6:31 pm

There are lots of blogs that I read regularly and I would never dream of telling a blogger how to define their website or what to write. I’m not sure why you or anyone else thinks it’s okay to do that. And I doubt that Angela, by asking for feedback about her baby post, was “inviting” people to threaten her and her family.

Once again cowards hide behind the veil of anonymity so that they can menace and bully. If you don’t like what you read here, DON’T VISIT THIS WEBSITE. There are, oh, about one billion other places on the internet where you can go.

Diae March 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Good lord! I just went and read the post Angela wrote and it shocks me the way people profess to be such compassionate individuals towards animals and yet write such cruel things towards another human being. I had to stop reading because it is such negative energy. I cook from Angela’s blog and cookbook on a regular basis. Her food is healthy and delicious and she has a very kind spirit about her. I am sure these comments do not reflect the thinking of most vegans as my daughter is one and she doesn’t hate her parents or friends who eat meat. I choose to live in a world of tolerance and acceptance of all different belief systems. Although I don’t personally know you Angela I can tell you are an amazing mother. Sorry you had such hateful reactions from some but the majority of your readers admire you. Live your life and be true to you! That’s all that really matters, not what others think because you will never please everyone. I can’t wait for your next cookbook!!

Sophie March 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

The word “veganism”denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

The reason people are upset is because you have always used the word “vegan.” If you had used the word “plant based” or anything like that, no one would have a problem. Veganism is not and never has been a diet. Veganism is a moral position of rejecting the notion that are animals are simply things.

I’m a huge fan and have bought your cookbooks for many of my friends. But if you label yourself as a vegan and then reject the label and it turns out you’ve never been a vegan but plant based eater, people are going to be upset because they probably feel like you haven’t been honest.

bex March 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Sophie, your post was not addressed to me but I have a question about your line of reasoning. You state, ” if you label yourself as a vegan and then reject the label and it turns out you’ve never been a vegan but plant based eater, people are going to be upset because they probably feel like you haven’t been honest.” I find this confusing. Why would people who want to help animals be upset by this? Thousands of non-meat based meals are being eaten by people because of Angela, that otherwise might not would have happened. Many people now contribute less to the suffering of animals because of blogs and cookbooks like this one. If people want there to be less animal suffering why would they be upset when someone does something that leads to less animal suffering?

100 people going strict vegan are not going to help as much as tens of thousands of people reducing their meat consumption. I live in a part of the US that every meal seems to revolve around meat. I have 0 chance of getting any of them to eat vegan 100% of the time, but if you serve meals like the ones Angela comes up with, then people start to see other options and slowly change to less meat. I have seen this time and again. I really want to see less animals being hurt so I will do what it takes to make a difference and that means accepting reality – most people are not going 100% vegan. But I can make a difference by showing them more options which does lead to results and less suffering.

Allison March 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

A claim to veganism (the lifestyle based on helping animals, ourselves, and the world) shouldn’t be shot down as a claim to a trend or diet. Even if the only way a person helps animals is through their diet, and even if it’s not the motivation they had behind their diet choice, shouldn’t they feel welcome in a community they helped through their choices? They are after all furthering the cause, and making the world a better place and 99% that live this way understand and would explain if asked that veganism means not supporting animal cruelty of any kind.

Carrie March 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Sometimes I wonder what a person’s intentions are on commenting negatively on a successful individual. You strike me as the type of person who is possibly “competition” in the blog world and perhaps you think negative attention will hurt Angela. Titles are simply just that – a title. By no means would I ever want to live under the prison of a title nor would I ever want to be associated with the vegan label. A lot of you haters claim to be such kind and compassionate individuals. Perhaps this is true when it comes to animals however you have missed the boat on how to treat mankind.

Nadine March 31, 2015 at 10:07 am

Sophie, your argument is faulty.

Angela has never hidden the fact that her husband Eric is not plant-based or vegan. She has been HONEST about this since day one. And last time I checked, there were two people raising Adriana! ;-) If Angela and Eric were both plant-based/vegan, I could see your point of view. But then again, who are we to think to judge and dictate how another person should raise their child. Live and let live!!

Nowhere in this definition do we say a person’s household has to be exclusively vegan to be considering as such. What is one supposed to do if they are married to a non-vegan?! Some people have even gone as far as to suggest that Angela should divorce Eric since a vegan could never be in love with a non-vegan. How preposterous!!!

I believe the “as far as is possible and practicable” leaves some leeway, and this is where being married to a non-vegan and respecting his beliefs would fall into.

Now for the semantics of the word “vegan.” For some of us, it is an easy way to summarize what we eat. It is especially helpful when ordering at a restaurant instead of listing everything we eat or do not eat.

Language is a living thing, it evolves. More and more, the word “vegan” is being used to describe what people eat, hence a diet. And I don’t see any harm in doing so. Is it seriously harming or taking away anything from the vegan cause?

I know that the definition you cited is from the Vegan Society. But if you open most dictionaries and look up the word “vegan”, you will find a more mainstream definition.

“: a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather)” – Merriam-Webster

“A person who does not eat or use animal products:” – Oxford Dictionary

And as a matter of fact, the Vegan Society uses “vegan diet” at least three times on the very same page where you found your definition.

That being said, it is a somewhat hypocritical to suddenly “decide” that Angela might not be vegan in your eyes when all along she has always been very honest about Eric’s diet.

The bottom line is her recipes still remain delicious, accessible and VEGAN!

Melissa March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am

Sophie-by that definition, Angela is a vegan. She has stated that her motivation for her diet was to protect animals from cruelty. I don’t think her decision to not have a freak-out if her baby eats a piece of birthday cake changes that. But, this debate over semantics is no longer necessary (if it ever was), since she has very wisely taken the power to define her diet out of your hands…and anyone else’s. Rock on, Angela!

Judith April 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Thank you Sophie for posting this! I also believe that if you claim to be upset by the suffering of animals and so you eat a vegan diet but then turn around and say it’s okay for your child to eat animals…. well, there is a question of integrity and honesty. Angela now says she is plant based and that is fine by me. What is great about this blog is the opportunity for people to understand there is an ethical difference between eating a plant based diet and being vegan.

I also think that the more passionate responses from vegans were a surprise to her, although I didn’t see people directly threatening her family and herself – please correct me if I’m wrong – and it must have been really hard for her to realize that she had upset a whole group of people over this issue. Normally her blogs have people passionate about how great her recipes are, or her wonderful example of having a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby all while being 100% plant based. (I work in the fertility industry, so it’s fantastic to direct patients to her site as a shining example of plant based eating and healthy pregnancy.)

I’m glad she has followed through, and I applaud her for taking this step. It shows she is an honest person and really means well.

Erin March 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I’m not a vegan but I love your site and your cookbook is one of my most-used; everything we’ve tried, we’ve loved. So thanks for doing what you do, no matter what you call it! Your work has been a gift to me and my family!

Ryanne frost March 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

i try to eat clean. I’m not vegan or even close. But your website often appears on my searches and I’ve made several of your recipes. I don’t understand people can write what why do. My guess is jealousy. Your doing awesome and thank you for all the great ideas and honesty !!! I point anyone who asks to your site for clean eating recipes.

Tracy March 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I have enjoyed reading your blog for years and appreciate that not only are you living your own authentic vegan life, but you are supporting others in doing so in an important way. When someone I know, tells me that they are interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan, your website is one of the first resources that I share with them. I am a vegan, myself, with a certificate in plant-based nutrition, who also has a husband and grown children who have made other dietary choices. My daughter, at a young age, living with a vegetarian (before I was vegan), was often asked if she was a vegetarian, too. And her response from the age of about 8, without any prompting from us, was that she refused to label herself. Smart child. That said, I think it is sad that you should feel the need to “de-label” yourself as a vegan if that is what you see yourself to be. As a vegan, I view you and your choices as vegan, and I will continue to fully support you (whether you are vegan or not), by reading your blog, owning your cookbook, and speaking up for others who are similarly disenfranchised by narrow-minded people who consider themselves purists. Personally, I see this as simple intolerance and as unnecessarily creating marginalism in an already small community. Thank you, Angela, for continuing to put yourself out there!! It is greatly appreciated.

Cathy Rios March 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I’m so sorry that you have to deal with hate from vegans. Unfortunately this happens with other communities as well not just vegans. Ignore them and continue to live your life your way :) continue making delicious recipes xoxo

Alyssa March 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Unfortunately, this seems to be the way of the world now. Because of the ease and anonymity of posto g comments online, some folks will write awful, cruel things. Things they probably wouldn’t say out loud.
I won’t tell you to ignore them, or to not be bothered by them. That is nearly impossible. I WILL say that for every hateful, negative coomenter, there are at least a hundred others who admire and respect you.
If you need support, we are here for you.
Take care!

Kelly March 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm

If anyone is harassing you on whether you meet some strict definition of “vegan” then they are missing the point of your blog. Your recipes are incredible accessible and translatable on top of their healthy content and deliciousness :) I’m sure you have helped countless readers improve their health and diet along with reducing animal consumption. Should you be worrying if one “vegan” is breaking some precious rule, or look at how motivating they are to others and the reduction in overall animal abuse, poor health, and poor self esteem that they are inspiring? Vegetarian and vegan website can be daunting. Many use ingredients that are not readily on hand or even easily found in a basic supermarket. Many people need baby steps to make improvements in their life so that they do not get overwhelmed and give up. You provide that for them and it is amazing.

Carly March 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Hi Angela,

You’re an awesome, inspiring blogger that every health-conscious woman I know follows (vegan or not). It was so cool that you were completely honest about your family’s decision in your last post, as it sounded like a tough situation. I’m not a mother, but I do wonder how difficult it would be to become a mother and maintain my vegan diet throughout pregnancy etc. Your posts have always been really interesting and valuable to me and I really appreciate you continuing to publish your story. It doesn’t matter what label you put on yourself, I just wanted to thank you for continuing to be an inspiring person and post delicious recipes.

Thanks Angela!!

All the best,

Tiffany L March 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Angela, thanks for all the recipes on the blog and in your cookbook, and the cookbook(s) to come. Don’t let those who have left hurtful comments stop you from sharing what you love. You have been a great example to me: how you respond to others, the joy you find in your life and how you live it. Thank you.

Emily | Gather & Dine March 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Oh Angela, it makes me so sad to hear that people tear you down and try to discourage you. I love your persevering heart and attitude. I will always remember how kind you were to respond to one of my questions when I first started my blog. You seem like such a sweet, thoughtful, and genuine person. I love how you share in this space and I think your decision to raise your daughter without a diet label makes complete sense. I will keep coming back here for your wonderful ideas and inspiration.

Little Miss Moneybags March 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

I think this is a really smart way to do it. I was raised vegetarian and tried a lot of other foods later in life. Some I decided to continue eating and some I won’t. I mostly cook vegetarian and have been trying to introduce more vegan dishes. But I couldn’t bring myself to restrict my daughter’s diet the way mine was restricted. We will talk about where food comes from when she understands but I want her to make her own choices.

Meghan March 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Wow, this has definitely given me food for thought!
I just read a bunch of the “haters” comments on Facebook… vegan families who are disappointed or wanting a better explanation about your choices for your child. I have also read the more positive/encouraging ones, and it has all got my wheels turning!
I am also a vegan mother of one 2-year old son and a 6 week old daughter. My son has never had any animal products, and I have been very strict on it (including at family gatherings, daycare snacks, etc, etc.) It has been a huge challenge and a big commitment for us. I plan on raising my daughter the same. That being said, I am very interested in your philosophy, and it really got me thinking about some of the future hurdles I will be facing as a mother of “vegan” (or as I prefer, plant-based) children. Birthday parties, Halloween, weekends away where they stay with non-vegan family: I wonder how things will go! I will obviously need to let go of the reigns at a certain point and allow my children to be the decision makers. I suppose all I can do is educate them (as you plan on doing) and hope they make the most healthful decisions! Thanks for sharing! Obviously, you are doing what works for your family and I think you’re doing a great thing by raising your child in such a loving, healthy home.

Anne March 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

My first comment, though I’ve been following and loving your blog for years now!

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday, completely vegan, because your recipes gave me the confidence that not just I, but my whole extended family (all meat-eating tofu-haters) would too! Your blog has inspired me to embrace vegetables, try out new things and share this fantastic way of eating with others. Although I’m not completely plant-based, I haven’t spent a single euro on anything animal-based for 3 years now, and I feel fantastic, even though it’s not perfect (yet).

The reason I’m writing this now is that I want to let you know that you, through your blog, have made such a difference in my life. Your inspiration will save many, many more animals than the hate that some of the purists spread, just because they will never inspire people to change in the way you do.

Keep up the good work! Greetings from the Netherlands, Anne

Amanda March 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Angela, thanks for your post! We have a 3 month old daughter and have made the same decision as you, to let her try a variety of foods and see what works. You are giving her freedom of choice and that is such a blessing to her. It is so frustrating that people who preach compassion for animals are so judgmental toward other humans. As if the label you give to. Your diet is even important! Eating healthy, balanced meals is the most important way we can take care of our bodies, and you have been demonstrating that from the beginning. Keep it up! You have a lifelong fan in me, and my daughter will enjoy plenty of your recipes no matter what type of diet she ultimately chooses.

Lyn March 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

While I certainly understand the frustration of vegans who feel the term has been misused lately, I don’t see any need for people to be quite so angry about it. Any move towards lowered animal consumption is a win, for the animals, environment and overall health of the population. The vast majority of vegans I have spoken to, while not agreeing with all my choices, have supported them as a move in the right direction. I make a point of explaining to people that I am not a vegan, as I put cream in my coffee, carry a leather handbag, eat some seafood, etc. I usually say I’m a flexitarian who tries to stay 80-90% plant based, but that’s a bit of a mouthful, no pun intended!

Ali March 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I want to know that my lifestyle has completely changed because of your food. I’ve never written a comment on here before, but after reading your post I’m compelled to do so. I stumbled upon your cookbook last year on Amazon, and because of the rave reviews I decided to buy it. At the time I didn’t know that your blog even existed. I soon ventured to your site, and check it daily now. I actually look forward to it, and have cooked many many many recipes from the cookbook as well as the blog. I even got my husband, a natural born steak and potato eater, to request your recipes at home. I’m not “vegan”, I just LOVE your recipes, and I find the stories to go along with them entertaining. I have cooked from other famous blogs, and yours continues to be my favorite. You have a real gift in the kitchen, so please don’t ever stop cooking! Your blog has become part of my life.

Kari @ bite-sized thoughts March 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

It saddens me that you receive the comments and emails that you describe, but heartens me that you respond the way you do. I have no doubt it is horrible and hard to be on the receiving end, but in this as well as so many other things you set an example as to how to respond. I applaud your courage in being honest about this, and share your thoughts on labels not always being helpful. To me, you are absolutely a vegan role model, but I don’t think veganism can ever be ‘perfect’ and most things in life benefit from a dose of flexibility. Plant-based is a term I have come to prefer over ‘vegan’ for that reason and some others (although I still use vegan for ease).

I hope the majority of your readers who love what you do, and love you for you, can offset the minority who are less supportive. I’m in the majority!

Becca March 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Just adding to the love here! I’m so sorry you went through that, and frankly I am frustrated that people bragging about how compassionate they are can be so harsh as to tear down you and your family. You and Eric are doing an amazing job with your sweet daughter, and you just radiate love for her. Know that you two are the perfect parents for her. There will always be people finding something wrong with what you’re doing. Look up the “it is not the critic who counts…” quote by Teddy Roosevelt if you have time. :) Keep being amazing, Angela! there is a huge worldwide community that loves and respects your work!

Gretchen March 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I am so sad to hear that people have criticized your very personal decision! I love your blog and your willingness to put yourself out there. It takes a lot of courage and I know you inspire vegans and non vegans on a daily basis.

It took me awhile to become vegan because I feared I wasn’t going to be a “perfect” vegan. I wasn’t sure I wanted the label…would I still be the fun, laid back person I always had been or did I have to become an animal rights activist to be vegan? I have a huge amount of respect for animal activists, but that is not my path or my personality. Ultimately I have been vegan for almost 10 years and it was a great decision for me. I am raising my son vegan and love sharing my compassionate diet with him.

Please don’t let negative people discourage you. You are a huge asset to the vegan, veg curious and healthy living communities and I believe most of us appreciate your voice and your talent!

Nadine March 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

I’ve been vegan for 7 years and I’ve followed OSG for at least 5 years now and I can honestly say that I use your recipes every week. I’ve also gotten family and friends to eat more plants and more healthily with your recipes too! You’ve always been an inspiration and someone I look up to. There’s no such thing as the perfect vegan and those who argue semantics do so much to discredit the movement. The whole point of veganism is to minimize animal suffering and you and your family do your part whether your husband and daughter are vegan too. Would I love a vegan world? Of course, but we’re not there yet and putting down those who are experimenting and figuring out veganism in a non-vegan world won’t get us there. Keep up the great work Angela!

Virginia March 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

I have never commented on your blog before, though I love it. I have read your book and love it as well. I am only commenting today to say, thanks for pushing through even if it means changing a “label”. I have had some of my most loved bloggers quit because of the hate and nastiness from “the public” in comments. I don’t know why people think they can have such opinions online for people they don’t actually have any relationship with and say things you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. I was really nervous while reading this post that you were leading up to saying that you were going to tone back the blog / move onto something else, so thanks for not! I think your recipes are inspiring, attainable and great tasting, its why I love them so much.

Hannah March 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Angela, I couldn’t be more proud to be a longtime follower of you + your blog. You make plant-based eating so incredibly delicious, fun, easy, and contagious. Almost every time someone asks me for a good “entry-level” vegan recipe I send them to your site. I’ve made your 5-ingredient date bars so many times my husband (and now his co-workers) call them “Hannah bars.” I cook out of your cookbook WAY more than any other cookbook I’ve ever owned (making enchiladas tonight!). I’m sure you hear this a lot, but I feel like I know you personally, and it makes me so sad to hear about the shitty ways people act on the internet without any ownership of their words or repercussions. It’s so brave of you to share personal details, and I hope this setback doesn’t permanently alter that. Thanks for being awesome, always!

Audra March 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I’ve been following your blog for years and love your style and, of course, your recipes. It’s amazing to me how hateful and judgmental people can be. It is no one’s business how you raise your daughter or even what changes may occur in your own lifestyle over time (my diet has evolved many times over from raw-vegan to vegan to vegetarian and pescatarian). Life is an evolution and you need to do what is right for you and your family…what feels authentic for you. Don’t allow others to bring you down…it’s their own issue. Again, thank you for all that you do. I, and so many others, greatly appreciate who you are…vegan or not.

Kaitlyn March 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Hi Angela,

This is a beautiful response to the overall flavor of comments on your previous post. I felt so sad reading all those comments. You come across as genuine, sincere and honest about your love for a “plant-based approach” (or vegan-whatever!!) and inspiring people of all sorts to love what they eat. You open yourself up to hurtful and unsupportive comments by publishing your thoughts and opinions, and taking the high road like you did is the best thing! Keep doing what you are doing- thanks for sharing and in celebration of you and your hard work- tonight is an Oh She Glows recipe night! :)


Courtney March 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

I’ve been following your blog for probably about 5 years. I can’t imagine people have anything, but nice things to say about you. While I am no longer vegan, I still enjoy many of your recipes and follow your blog. In fact, I made your Berry Bliss Oat Squares yesterday for the 100th time and passed the recipe on to several friends with food allergies. Thank you for the many delicious recipes I’ve been able to enjoy.

Chelsea March 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

So sad to hear this news Angela! You are such an inspiration to all of us who are trying to live a healthier life. I absolutely love your recipes and am always excited when you post new ones! Don’t let those negative comments get you down, you have enriched so many peoples lives :-)

Allison March 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

It sucks that the fanatical people involved in any group are always the most vocal. Being overly judgemental of others never leads to good, it always leads to bad. Negativity brings a negative outcome. I love your recipes and they’ve made my life as a vegan (yep I’m claiming the label people though I’m imperfect) so much less daunting. Without this blog and a few others, my transition to veganism just would have been too overwhelming. I think those that actually bring about change, help others, and improve the world the most are always spreading positivity and happiness (like you). Those that can’t see the greatness aND spread their message with positivity, and do only through fear and hate I feel sorry for you. Maybe reevaluate your tactics. Why drag my fav blogger down? It accomplishes the exact opposite of the goal you had in mind.

Amy March 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Hey Angela! I thought your post was lovely :) the comments not so much…I find it comical how vegans are the ones who are supposed to show “compassion” for all living things and many of the vegans commenting are hypocrites with their vile responses. Very nasty and unfortunate. Such awful things directed at you and I just feel so terrible for those people. They can’t be fully happy with their lives. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own animals and we indeed ate them. I’m never putting a label on my diet. I love making your recipes and I love making vegan meals :) but I would never be so nasty to someone based on their diet. Some of the commenters should be ashamed!!! If you don’t agree with Angela, simply don’t follow her blog. She’s better off without you anyway. Haters gonna hate. You do you girl!!!

Ashley @ A Lady Goes West March 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm

It’s clear you are an inspiration to many, so I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with negativity. Of course, we all just do the best we can with what we have. Continue to do what feels right for you! :)

Kelly Ann March 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Angela – beautifully put. I am not Vegan. My diet has morphed over the years & has been influenced by many eating styles & values. However, you are one of the first blogs I have followed along with for years. Your authentic honesty, delicious recipes that can appeal to everyone, and beautiful pictures & story. Your blog was recommended to me over 5 years ago, & I continue to recommend it to others for all these reasons. Keep doing your thing- & congrats on your baby!! xox

Alanna March 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Angela, you have handled some very nasty feedback with such grace. I think your approach to both your lifestyle and your critics is a great example of the kind of compassion we should be showing to animals and to each other. Thank you!

Kayla March 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Thank you for sharing! I am not a vegan, but I enjoy your blog SO much. I have your cookbook too and incorporate your recipes from both into my daily life to promote a healthier lifestyle, and because I think everyone can benefit from even a couple meals or days without meat :) Also, I am lactose intolerant (also intolerant to eggs) as of a couple years ago, so your pastries and baking tips have been a life safer so that I can still enjoy sweets. I’ve recommended your recipes to vegans and non-vegans alike and everyone loves them! Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re awesome.

Carol March 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I just went and read the comments – and they’re pretty typical, I’m afraid. I can understand it, though – some people feel so strongly and have very few tools available to them to make change that all their passion comes out through their keyboard. That said, though I can understand it, I don’t agree with it. The “vegan police” just makes veganism look difficult, and less approachable to people who may have considered it otherwise. However, small changes on a large scale mean big changes, and your approachable and fun website has made a far greater difference for animals than an angry blog comment ever could.
When it comes to the parenting, I plan to take the same approach as you. I read that some vegans regretted not raising their families vegan; however, having been raised by a dietitian that was very strict with sweets (and anything high-fat or processed), these items became coveted as I entered adolescence and I would purposely seek them out, driven by the taboo (and, likely, the sugar and fat). However, as I matured, my body reminded me how good healthy eating felt, and I was ultimately benefitted by her good example. By allowing your daughter to try anything, you’re not creating any coveted “taboo”, and by providing her healthy, delicious, plant-based meals, she will have the healthy tools for life, and even if she doesn’t choose to eat a “vegan” or “plant-based” diet all the time, the likelihood that she eats that way most of the time is pretty inevitable.

MelanieF March 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Thank you for this post! I was wondering if you were going to respond to the harsh comments you had here and on your Facebook page! I am not a vegan, I eat a mostly plant-based diet because this is a way of eating that I prefer and I am trying to transition to a fully plant-based diet. I will not call myself a Vegan because it seems you have to be perfect to be one. I am sorry that you had so much critism…your blog has brought a lot of people to eat less meat and healthier and that’s already a really big step in the right direction to help animals and the environment! Keep on doing what you are doing Angela, stay strong!

Connie March 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Angela, yours was the first website I went to for recipes as I began eating more plant-based foods and is still my favorite (along with your cookbook). What I read of some of those comments shocked me – I had no idea that some in that community were so extreme! If it weren’t for you and some of my friends and co-workers (one of whom is a nutritionist), who take a kinder, gentler approach to those on the journey towards eating less meat/dairy, I’d probably have never ventured down this new path which has pretty much completely changed the way I and my children eat now. You keep right on doing the wonderful things you’re doing – believe me, there are so many (as I’m sure you’ve discovered from all these posts) who will stay right there with you!

tara @ the mama modern March 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

haters gonna hate! keep doing your thing! you’ve been an inspiration and i hope you keep cooking, eating, and developing recipes that make us all feel good inside and out!

Kim March 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Thank you for everything you do! I am fairly new to the plant-based way of life and am loving it because of you and your recipes. I am ecstatic to have found your blog/cookbook and I recommend it to everyone I know. Keep up the good work and don’t let the haters get you down. I truly appreciate you!!

Katrina March 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm

I would like to add my support as well. I’m so glad that you post so many amazing recipes, have shared your story, and put out such an inspiring message to your readers. I’m not vegan myself, though I have been pescatarian for a while, but you’ve definitely motivated me to expand my horizons so much in the food that I eat and prepare for myself and others. I’m so excited to continue to make more of your dishes!

Katie March 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm


I have been following your blog for the past two years and I love all that you do here. I’m so sorry that you received such negative feedback after your last post. Please keep doing what you do best – creating wonderful, plant-powered recipes and writing in your insightful, friendly voice. Honestly, your blog and your book have changed my life. You are amazing!

P.s. Can’t wait for your next book! :)

Raj March 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Hi Angela,

I LOVE reading your blog and you have inspired me so much about eating healthy food. Don’t let anyone make you feel differently about you. I have recently moved to Egypt and have your cookbook with me that I use often. I will continue to support you no matter which country I am in. :)

Love you Angela!!!!!

Trisha March 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

I’m sorry others reacted negatively to your honesty. My household is not vegan. We are not even vegetarian. But I love reading your blog, trying your recipes, enjoying your photographs, and cooking from your cookbook. I love the healthy, fresh alternatives you provide. Keep up the fabulous work!

Deirdre March 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. (And don’t be a judge-y so’n’so.)

I always say that I eat and cook vegan food but I’m not a vegan. Can’t bring myself to say “plant-based” but think it’s something more than vegetarian.

More power to you Angela. As the always wise woman, Taylor Swift, put it: haters gonna hate.

Here’s to an ever burgeoning community of respectful, kind and humourus people who mostly eat vegetables.

PS The prologue to the installment called “Stuck in the Middle” of ‘This American Life’ has a wonderfully thoughtful piece on how an omnivorous mother is dealing with her almost millitantly vegetarian 7 year-old and his pepperoni-loving 5 year-old brother

Connie March 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Agree with your comment – and philosophy! I love ‘This American Life’ and will have to check out that installment, as I’ve got a son and daughter who have quite different approaches to food as well

Kristy March 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Thank you for keeping the dialogue open on this. I agree there is no right or wrong answer… I personally have changed my diet back and forth from vegan to totally not vegan several times. Ultimately it’s an individual choice and I salute you for allowing your daughter her choice. By not having tight restrictions on her diet you will allow her to grow up with a healthy view on food.

Louise March 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm

FYI huge fan and huge supporter!

Becky March 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm

This is one of the reasons I won’t identify as vegan. I’m sad to hear that once again the ‘vegan police’ have decided to enforce their views and opinions on everyone. It must be tough to have to face that kind of attack and you have handled it with grace and dignity. Well done!

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

F the naysayers!! You have accomplished so many great things (including becoming a wonderful mother) and you continue to inspire me everyday. Keep on rockin’, girl!

CareyBerry March 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Angela, thank you for all of your good work on this blog; I have learned SO MUCH from you! Pay no attention to the naysayers…you have helped numerous people become educated about real, vegan food and that is huge. Thank you for being so smart and thoughtful and great. All the best to you and your family!

Colleen March 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm


Thank you for your beautiful blog, book, and your words. What an amazing thing that we can share our lives with others all over the world via the internet–thank you for sharing yours so positively and openly. Wishing you and your family all the best.

Colleen March 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm


Thank you for your beautiful blog, book, and your words. What an amazing thing that we can share our lives with others all over the world via the internet–thank you for sharing yours so positively and openly. Wishing you and your family all the best.

Maria Virginia March 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Hi Angela:
I read both your posts and (some) comments and I am horrified at the things that you have to put up to.
I am not vegan or vegetarian but your recipes, your book and your blog have allowed me to introduce many vegan dishes to my household, where I have two teenagers and a meat-eating husband. So, please, please, do not get discouraged by the unbelievable comments, keep doing what you are doing. You have helped many people and will continue helping them by providing a choice of fantastic, tasteful vegan dishes that would not be available otherwise!
Thanks for your fantastic job! Keep it up,

Amanda March 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Just to let you know that you by your recipes changed my life (and my family, and my baby which we decide to raise vegan) here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yes, that far from you. Please keep your confidence and keep going on, despite the unjustified hate.

Andrea March 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

People who keep bragging about how “compassionate” they are while at the same time lacking compassion, kindness and respect for other human beings are clearly exposing themselves as hypocrites. Case closed.

Don’t let those people discourage you from doing, being, and saying anything you want to – keep up the good work! Your recipes are truly inspiring and life-changing for so many people; there’s a lot of love out here for you. :-)

Anna Lee March 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

For lack of a better phrase, screw them! You are a beautiful and wonderfully inspiring person, and your blog has done so much for so many people, myself included. I credit OSG with taking me from my 5 year vegetarian lifestyle to a full-blown plant-based one. These elitist, cynics are the exact reason I never call myself “vegan”. Rarely do you get a mid-spectrum response of indifference; you get either thick-headed morons who think you are snobby and going to get on your soapbox every chance you get or hardcore vegans ready to nitpick everything you do and say.
And you will especially receive criticism in regards to parenting. I’m sure every parent will tell you that you are going to get a lifetime of people telling you what’s best for your child and how you should raise them, regardless of the topic. Once again, screw them.
You just keeping doing what you’re doing. You’ve made such a difference in so many’s lives. I thank you every single day for it!

Anna Lee March 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

*just keep doing

Char March 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

It does break my heart that people would write hateful messages, but for some reason, I thought it might happen because people have no shame hiding behind a computer screen and saying hurtful things. I think it’s good that you’re being true to you and just doing what you love/makes you feel good. I think I’ve switched from a vegan to a more plant-based way of describing my diet because I feel like it better explains what I eat. I always joke that haters are going to hate regardless of what you’re doing. I just know that being plant-based is 100% in alignment with my true self, and your decisions, along with your family’s, regardless of what other people think, is up to you to make! I hope people can be a little more caring after reading this post!

Sarah March 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I hadn’t read the other piece, but have now. I could relate to so many of the comments, on both sides, but I was also left feeling like raising kids to eat healthy whole food is so abnormal in America, we better all just stick together and help celebrate the good we are doing for kids, for ourselves, for animals, and for the planet! I am raising two girls – 6 and 3 – on a vegetarian diet. Having been vegan for 10 years before the birth of my first daughter, and having a supportive husband, I thought I would raise my kids vegan. After much internal struggle and dealing with real-life situations as a mother, I slowly decided it was best for my daughter to be vegetarian. And then I stuck with that choice for the younger one, too. It works for us right now. In the liberal California town we live in, vegetarian doesn’t set them apart much. The lack of packaged food in their lunch boxes really does draw attention, though. Angela, your work helps more people add healthy plants to their diets. I am all for celebrating that!

PS – A family member was visiting recently from Wyoming. She saw your cookbook out and said “You have this cookbook. Two other friends have it, too.” and she quickly wrote down your name. I hope you are feeling the success you have earned. You go mama!

Annie March 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Angela, one of things I appreciate so much about your blog is your lack of pretense. I am shy by nature and so admire your openness and willingness to let us all into your life. You inspire me to be a kinder person who appreciates the blessings in life. I am uplifted when I read your posts. You have extraordinary talents as a writer, a photographer, and a recipe developer, yet there is no arrogance on your blog. I think that’s amazing. We are all here reading because we have a passion for living a healthy, balanced life, but I bet it is your personal stories and connection to your audience that keep many of us coming back. It is for me. Keep letting your light shine!!!

Meg March 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

I adore your blog! It is hands down my favorite. I’m vegetarian and have been for over half my life. I have 2 boys ages 3 and 6 who enjoy meat like their dad. I’ve struggled with this but ultimately believe everyone has a right to choose. I’ll continue to read and share your blog. I think you are awesome! The best recipes and such lovely photography. Greatly anticipating your next book!!

Carolina Bertolucci March 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Sometimes people believe that they have the right to preach `the right way` through aggressive language. It`s really ironic. Someone claiming a compassionate lifestyle (in this case vegan) who is not even able to be compassionate to another person and their life choices.
I can`t say don`t let it bother you, because it bothers everyone. But don`t let it change your opinion of yourself and what you do, which obviously helps so many people that you have thousands and thousands of followers checking your blog daily. Your blog not only helps me, but makes me really happy!

Pardon my French, but F** them.

Hannah March 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

I am, with the hundreds of other comments on here, disgusted by how people can be on the internet! I have always had the stance that if I had a child, I would let them make the choice of how to eat, just as that was how it was for me growing up, and I chose vegetarianism on my own free will. I was in total agreement with what you said on your last post and it makes me sad that people have to judge you for being honest and giving your personal stance, especially when you placed no judgement on others and even left it open for constructive discussion on the forum!

It is sure interesting how timing works – I’m gearing up on Wednesday to start a 30 day challenge on eating only your food, because I love it so much and you have taught me that meat and dairy free food can be super tasty! The few days leading up I have had some amazing support and comments from others sharing how much they love Oh She Glows as well and want to follow along with something similar. I can see more than ever how many loyal fans you have, as well as how many people there are out in this world eating healthier for different reasons. Some of these fans are vegan, some not, but in the end of the day it doesn’t really matter!

So hopefully in a time of darkness with these few meanies on your blog, you can see that there are probably a gazillion more who are backing you up and cheering you on! We love you so much Angela and keep doing what you are doing! You are changing lives :D

Kelly March 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm

You have very accurately captured the essence of why I hesitate to join the “vegan” community. What I’m really looking for is to increase my plant-based eating and also reduce suffering for animals. But I don’t want to put pressure or labels on myself. Thank you for this post. And good on you for sticking to your beliefs, your reaction to criticism is inspiring and understandable.

margaret March 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I just wanted to say how much it broke my heart to read some of the hateful comments on your post about your daughter. It frustrates me how some vegans want to push others away and attack them for not being “real” vegans or telling them it is for the wrong reasons. I think that veganism can be defined in many ways and there are many reasons that people go vegan or eat plant-based. Life is intricate and every person has their own journey. Even if a family is not 100% vegan, eating more plant-based foods has many positive effects! I have always loved your approach to delicious vegan food, love your blog and cookbook and will absolutely continue to support you! I can’t wait until the next cookbook! Stay strong! :)

Kristen March 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Thank you for sharing!

I should start by saying: I love your blog and your book.

I think that being judgmental, hateful, or accusatory can do so much more harm than good. I read a lot of blogs, and I see this issue crop up everywhere. Someone is accused for being “not vegan enough,” or for confusing “the true meaning” of veganism. Yes, being vegan is about doing good for the animals, but it is also about doing good for ourselves and the planet. I think that by being open, knowledgeable, kind, compassionate, and approachable in your veganism (as you are, btws), you can do more for the animals than you ever would by being judgmental, harsh, or rigid. That doesn’t mean eating eggs or cheese or yogurt or meat to show others how open and kind you are…it means sharing your veganism in a way that is not off-putting, that makes it seem like a reasonable way to eat (because it is, duh), and staying informed about issues so you can answer questions from friends and family when they arise. I try to practice this in all things; I want others to know that a vegan diet is abundant, and enjoyable, and delicious, and awesome, and easy, and fun, and all that good stuff. Keep on keepin’ on and do you miss lady. I appreciate you and your blog for exactly what they are.

Jamie March 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

I’m always amazed at how obnoxious a a often hateful vegans can be. Why attack someone who eats a primarily plant-based diet because someone in their family does not follow suit or because sometimes they slip up or opt to eat some none vegan food. Shouldn’t the point be to do what’s best for you? Incorporating even one vegan meal a week into a carnivores diet is a success! Angela, you have made so many people excited about vegan food!! I’m so sorry the angry vegan army has attacked you when you have changed so many lives for the better!

Lindsay March 30, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Good for you!!!! I think some people get to caught up in labels and forget that we as people have the right to do what is right as individuals. I don’t think there is such a thing as not being vegan enough. Your recipes are delicious and nutritious and as far as I am concerned, if there are no animal based products in your recipes by definition they are vegan. Keep up the inspiration! You are an amazing person!!!!!

Annaliese March 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Good for you, lady! There will always be people with a hatchet ready to chop you down. Which is sad. Isn’t veganism about compassion and acceptance? Why can’t we care about our fellow humans as much as we care about what we shove in our faces? I mean, you know all of this…but sometimes, people need to get their heads out of there asses and smell the fresh air!! People: GET OVER YOURSELVES. Let this new mama and her family be HAPPY. Who knows-maybe one day those haters will find that thing they are truly missing in their lives: happiness. PS: I made the brownies out of your cookbook, and they changed my life. :)

chelsea March 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I have never commented on your blog before, but I have enjoyed your recipes for several years.

I am not vegan or vegetarian, but eat a largely plant based diet. I appreciate that you never ‘preach’ about the benefits of vegan diets on your blog, or make others feel badly for not following a vegan diet. Your posts are always thoughtful and enjoyable to read.

I study the evolution of human diet and nutrition, and the thing that stands out in my own research (and that of many others), is that humans have complex nutritional requirements and that there are many healthy ways to meet those requirements.

In our world, we have the luxury or labeling our diets and very selectively choosing the foods that we eat in order to sustain ourselves. This has not been the case for most of human history, and is certainly not the case for for many people around the world. I can’t imagine how judging others for their personal diet choices can help anyone.

Thank you for your positive posts, and wonderful recipes.

Manna March 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Authenticity over labels :)
Love your site and your words Angela!

Lauren March 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Long time reader, first time commenter, but I just wanted to say that your book changed my life too. I eat way less meat and dairy because of you and your seriously wonderful recipes. I hate it that the best bloggers are so horribly bullied on the internet. You are being so lovely sharing your talent, and passion, and snippets of your life with us, I am sorry that people are repaying your loveliness with ugliness. Thank you for changing my life and for making it easier for me to eat ethically. I can’t wait for your next cookbook xo

Matt March 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm


Life’s too short. If you think for one second this blog is compromising you and/or your family, that it’s causing you angst, angst sufficient enough to cause you pain and to come between you and your loved ones, then never post again. We’re all big boys and girls here. We LOVE your blog and your recipes, but we love the chef more, and if saying goodbye to your posts meant your happiness, we wish you well.

I’m a writer, and I’m an entrepreneur. I know EXACTLY how you feel: No matter how many rave reviews you receive, you’ll harp on those handful of people who seem to delight in being ugly toward you. You wallow in those feelings, and you inevitably call yourself into question.

They’re not worth it.

Haters gonna hate. Don’t let them get to you. If they do, walk away. Ain’t nobody got time for that. You’ve got a family to love.


Kimmi March 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

I like your approach! People always ask me about my son, and I just tell them that I will let him choose what he wants to eat. I also let guests choose what they eat, but many times, they are impressed with my meals I make and enjoy it. I came upon your blog not too long ago and absolutely love it for the awesome food you create and share! I check it almost every day and search it constantly. Your sharing has helped me immensely change my eating habits to being much cleaner and healthier. Thank you so much!

Jess March 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Hi Angela,
Looooooong time fan of your blog and book and you and your family! (Your wee one was born 8 days after mine so it’s like reliving last week all over again :) )
I’ve never commented, though I should because like so many other readers you’ve transformed my eating so immensely that the LEAST I could do is say thank you. If my husband asks whats for dinner I say whatever Angela decided to make this week (hope you don’t mind being a household name!) and he’s pumped. He even brought your book into his work. Which is a medium security prison. Which lead apparently to a bunch of burly and rugged, meat-eating men drooling over your burritos and salads. :)

Anyways, I came across this post on Pinterest (shamelessly addicted that I am) and couldn’t help but feel it resonated with your post. How sad is it that people have to break down the kindness of others just because they don’t agree. Your post seemed hurt and a bit reserved than the ones I’m used to and I really hope these almighty vegans take their opinions to their own blogs and not muddy up yours.

Much love xo

Katie March 30, 2015 at 5:01 pm

I can’t say that I’m surprised that you got hateful messages after your last post since I’ve seen it before (last time, it was over the use of honey by a blogger who lived in a place where vegan sweeteners are not common), but I hope you will get enough love from the rest of us to be able to shake it off. :)

FWIW, my baby girl is five and a half months right now and we are pretty much following your approach with her diet. I am vegetarian and my husband is omni, but we keep our house veg. We decided that she will be vegetarian at home, like we are, and if she wants to share her dad’s plate when we are out, no big deal. Our main reason is that my husband and his sister have both struggled with disordered eating and, while that may or may not be genetic, we figured it is best not to make any foods off-limits or “bad” (barring medical necessity, of course). Plus, the daughter of one of my friends is diabetic and seeing how painful it is for her to have classroom parties where she gets “special” treats (things that are packaged and labelled with carb counts so she can calculate her insulin properly) while everyone else gets homemade cupcakes or whatnot makes me not want to force my daughter to follow a special diet that will lead to her being singled out by other kids (kids are mean, y’all!) or feeling ashamed if she takes a treat that she isn’t “supposed” to have.

jen March 30, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Some people have way too much time on their hands. I understand it is always upsetting to hear that kind of kind (I can’t even imagine) you have impacted not only my house but many of my family members. Your cookbook is one of my newer ones and it already worn and dog eared. Your blog has been part of my daily read for years. I have shared your site w countless people who are looking to change the way they cook. You are an invaluable resource to many.

Jen March 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Angela’s gotta do Angela.

You have always been so honest and vulnerable on your blog and I am so appreciative of that. Like many here, you have impacted my life substantially, and not just in respect to food, but to living with purpose. Your success has shown me that I can also quit my job and pursue my passion.

Not a week (and hardly a day) goes by where I don’t consult your blog or cookbook for inspiration. Who needs labels? Just keep doin’ what you’re doin’.

Kathy March 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm

I love your recipes and use them all the time!! I was very shocked at the immature, hateful and mean comments that were left on your fb page. I vowed at that moment that I will never call myself vegan again, nor will my plant-based meals be labelled vegan either. I cannot support that form of bullying and stand beside anyone who chooses to behave in such a manner. I absolutely agree with prior comments that not all vegans are of that mind set, but so aggressively attacking others in a negative way is putting everyone in a bad light.
I’m very glad you have chosen to stand strong and stick to your beliefs regardless.

Tara March 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

This is beautifully and honestly written as always, Angela. As Dumbledore wisely said, “If you’re holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you’re going to be in this cabin for a very long time”. You can’t please everyone, for sure – but for what it’s worth, I think your blog (both food & baby) and cookbooks are inspiring as hell and I’m neither a vegan nor pregnant/a mother! I also LOVE that you are an open book in your writing. And clearly, based on the number of overwhelmingly supportive comments here, I’m not alone in this. Keep doing what you’re doing, as long as it is what you love to do, and try to focus on the positive :)

Alana March 30, 2015 at 5:12 pm

I’ve been a longtime reader and have never commented, but wanted to say that I appreciate your non-judgemental approach. There’s no way to please everyone, and there will always be a few hateful people out there, unfortunately. Your recipes are wonderful and your blog certainly impacted my choice to follow a (mostly) plant-bases diet. Keep doing what you’re doing! Looking forward to your second cookbook!

Vaso March 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

While I don’t comment on blogs (in fact I think this is my first time doing so), I felt a need to comment regarding the negativity that has surrounded Angela’s choices. I don’t understand why one would call themselves a vegan and care about the dignity of animals, yet are ready to chew their fellow human regarding the choices they make. Are you really a vegan in every way?

Ashley March 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

You have always been such an inspiration. Your cookbook is one of the most well-used cookbooks I own. I’m so glad you’re able to keep your positive outlook and keep on doing what you do.

Sarah March 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Hi Angela, I don’t know if you’ll read this personally, but I wanted to add my voice to the comments and let you know how much of an inspiration you are. I just went back and read through the comments and was surprised by what some of those people said. Cyber bulling is never okay. Thank you for speaking up about it!

Rebeccake8 March 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

So disappointed and disheartened. I’ve been waiting for your next post hoping you would say YES, yes I do this because I love animals and think we have no right, not entitlement to their lives. You’ve been on this journey longer than I have and have been a huge inspiration to me so I apologize if you feel that I am one of the people that tore you down. There is a reason for the need of a clear and distinct definition of veganism. I am deeply saddened that you feel the people who have followed you are extreme for thinking it is wrong to kill or to stand up for the lives of living beings. In this follow up you skirt around whether you believe it’s wrong or not so I suppose that means you have no moral objection to the so called “humane killing” and you think eating meat is a “personal choice”. After all these years you have chosen not to consume animal flesh it surprises me that at no point for you did it ever change to the recognition of the sentience of all living beings.

Nadine March 31, 2015 at 11:08 am

Rebeccake8, I am curious. When you say “There is a reason for the need of a clear and distinct definition of veganism”, what would that reason be?

You seem to be forgetting that Adriana’s dietary choices are reflective of both parents, one that happens to be plant-based and the other omnivore.

It seems that you are distorting Angela’s words just because you were not able to force your ideologies unto her.

Ashlyn March 31, 2015 at 11:29 am

Nadine – I have the exact same questions/comments.

Rebecca – What is the need to post negative comments on Angela’s blog. All it does it tear her down, not bring her, and her amazing contributions to both the vegan and non-vegan community, up. Why is it so important to you that she MUST be clearly defined a vegan (because apparently she is not, now that she says she will not force her daughter to eat a specific way)…like, what does that do? By her posting vegan-friendly recipes, she’s actually helping the vegan movement in a significant way – her blog and cookbook are huge! She’s far from tearing the movement down. I’d say if anything, you are being the hindrance with these types of comments. So why are you tearing her down? Why does it matter?! Do you think this helps the/”your” movement? No. It absolutely does not. Now she has decided to change her OWN diet label because of these types of nonsense comments. Please leave the single mindedness off her blog.

Anna March 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Rebeccake8 – Last I checked there are 2 people raising Adriana. She has never hidden the fact that Eric is not vegan and has always respected his food choices. Now, people like you are turning on her for daring to call herself vegan. I’ve read some of those comments, some were just plain nasty and judgemental. Do you honestly think that’s helping your cause?

They are doing what they think is best for Adriana. What works for one family may not work for others. Please stop enforcing the idea that there’s only one right way. I have no doubt Eric and Angela will both teach Adriana compassion to animals AND human beings. Live and let live.

Rebeccake8 March 31, 2015 at 2:09 pm

I recognize all that Angela has done and I know she is a wonderful person who has an huge positive impact on a lot of people. Her passion and commitment show through her recipes and work. I agree that she introduces a plant based diet and creates positive change through channels vegans would not be able to. I respect her choices and individuality and recognize how absolutely hard it is to maintain a romantic relationship with someone who follows a different diet than yourself. Food happens 3 times a day everyday. I have no doubt that Angela has the best interest of her child and family in the forefront of everything she does. I respect that and I have much respect for her too.

Is it so hard to understand that being vegan is a conscious, responsible, ethical decision; to make every reasonable effort to live and enjoy life without harming, enslaving, exploiting, depleting, contaminating, and killing. Making the choice to be kind, compassionate, loving to all living beings and the earth. I originally came to a plant based diet for environmental reasons and quickly learned about the health benefits. In my own journey maintaining 100% was difficult; It was a constant struggle with an omni s/o. I actually don’t know a single vegan, plant based, or vegetarian person.

Then one day the most important thing about being plant based wasn’t the environment or personal health gains. I recognized the animals as their own individual beings and not as property. That’s the day I had no struggle with maintaining my life or transition from plant based to vegan. It doesn’t have anything to do with striving to be “perfect”. That’s the day moving forward that my home became cruelty free regardless of my omni s/o. There is also zero chance I would stay with my omni s/o if our home wasn’t vegan and he didn’t want to raise our children 100% plant based until they could decide for themselves what is morally conscionable for them. You can go omni but you can never undo having an omni lifestyle chosen for you. For it to truly be left as a choice for your child you wouldn’t give them years of injustice they can’t undo.

It seems that a lot of you think being a voice for the animals is comparable to being a “jihadist”, extreme, negative, or non-compassionate to fellow mankind, it is just the opposite for me. I see those who raise questions and have differences of opinion as catalysts for my personal change and deep reflection. There is a less understanding directed at those who have raised their voices in these comments for the animals than for Angela (although I can’t speak to any private messages she has received).

I would like to apologize again if you feel I in any way attacked you, Angela. I was looking for clarification on where you stand which I still don’t have. I was disheartened as I don’t look up to many people but I had looked up to you.

Christine March 31, 2015 at 7:05 pm

I have looked at every one of your comments in the other post, at no time did you ever ask for clarification on where Angela stands. You did equate her choice as being murder and you say that people like her exploit animals for their own self interest and (self) indulgence.
Quoting you: They are reducing the vegan message to something that has nothing to do with the animals or animal liberty but rather exploits peoples own self interest and indulgence.
None of your comments were without an attack. Go back and read everything you wrote. Perhaps you were not recognising how your words were coming out, that’s understandable and if that’s the case, you could apologise for the attacks rather than apologising for her maybe having felt attacked. Also, if you actually want clarification from someone, it is usually best to ask for the clarification rather than spout your own beliefs and how the other person is so disappointing and that you have been let down by them. Also, she didn’t let you down…you placed expectations on her that she did not agree to and then you attacked her for not living up to what you wanted her to do. Very pathetic!

Judith April 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm

I hear what you’re saying Rebecca, it’s been quite the week for me, reading her previous blog posting which left me feeling hurt and disappointed. Talking about your sorrow over the suffering of animals, but then saying it’s okay for your precious child to eat those same animals…. Angela came across to me as someone who hadn’t represented herself honestly – I felt duped.

Yes, your language was strong, but when you’re passionate about speaking up for the voiceless it’s hard to hold back your feelings. It happens, you’ve apologized, time to move forward.

For now, it’s great to see Angela is recognizing how powerful her words are, almost as strong as the wonderful recipes she has gifted us with. Choosing to now refer to herself as plant based rather than vegan shows me she has integrity and honesty.

And for you, Rebecca, sending you a message of love and solidarity for all you do for the animals and for the planet.

Rebeccake8 April 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Thanks Judith. I made a mistake when I said I respect her choices. That’s wrong – I do not respect anyone’s self entitlement to another beings life. It has been quite a week evaluating and re-evaluating my beliefs and I agree – I don’t only feel duped but defrauded. What is with all the whishy washy in-between people who use blanket statements like “haters gonna hate”, “extreme”, “narrow-minded”, “judgmental”, “negative”, “jealous” to dismiss anything that doesn’t agree with their standard western bias. It’s like these blanket statements give them a free pass from thinking while they re-arrange their prejudices and social conditioning. It took me what I know was too long to become vegan and I didn’t come to it as an empathetic person. If someone as emotionless as me can find what’s wrong with animal consumption I don’t understand how all these people who are so upset about “negativity” (something I just see as a discussion on levels of moral reasoning) aren’t upset about what’s on the dinner plate.

“This wasn’t entirely surprising; over the past 6 years I’ve often been accused of not being “vegan enough”, being “too mainstream”, or not “doing enough for the vegan movement””

This statement Angela made is a cop out. I don’t expect a vegan to protest religiously, be highly confrontational like Gary Yourofsky, or free captive animals by night. I don’t even expect them to be “perfect”. When she says there is no one correct way of doing something and what works for one family may not work for another, I think of keeping slaves. Slaves may not work for your family, and you may not torture your slaves but there is no “right” way. For those of you who think a human life is greater than an animal life; Dogs might not be what you like to eat, and you might not like your dogs barbecued but if I want to eat my dog thats what works for me.

It seems by the comments anyone who disagrees or doesn’t like to live in the whishy washy grey area is negative or tearing Angela down. Do you want to know what’s negative? That animal you paid someone to kill on your table, that momma cow with engorged utters who perpetually has her babies stolen, that wolf who spent agonizing hours in a trap freezing to death for a little trim on your coat, the outlook you have on life that is all about you and your happiness with the ignorance of your day to day actions and what they enable. You like to stay in the comfortable grey area where it’s sunshine and lollipops because conscious awareness and the change that comes with it would be too hard.

When Angela talks about tearing each other down and how it’s not conducive to the “movement” I wonder what she means? What movement is she talking about? She avoids saying anything substantive at all except that she’s moving away from the vegan label. I think these were well played posts designed to allow her to move away from the vegan label with support instead of backlash. She has a master’s degree in Social Psychology there is no way she didn’t already know what was going to happen when she posted about allowing her daughter to be omnivorous. I agree it’s time to move on.

appliedill April 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

I agreed completely. Only your last paragraph makes me angry. I hate assumptions based on nothing.

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

Rebeccake8, You seem to need a bone to chew on !!
Jealousy is sooooo uncool !
With love from Québec, Montréal Canada
Brigitte Estelle

Jess March 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm


I’m saddened by this post. Because of your blog and cookbook, I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan with ease and never looked back. I am constantly recommending your recipes to family and friends. Thank you for all you share with us. You are a true inspiration.

Meghan March 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

My husband and 17-year-old eat meat and my 6-year-old is a vegetarian. That’s how it shook out for us even though everyone of course eats a lot of veggies since I am a 5-year vegan. I don’t think it’s right to judge; we all make decisions for ourselves. For example, I “grandfathered” in some of my non-vegan items when I went vegan. I have been wearing my grandfather’s leather belt almost every day in the 20 years since he passed away (clarity – I DID have to punch a new hole :)). Anyway, I love feeling close to my grandpa and this is the one item of his that resonated with me when he passed. I will wear it forever and not worry that it’s leather. If that ruins my vegan cred, then so be it. Do your thing, Angela.

Emily March 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm


I’m not sure you will read this but I really want you to know how special your blog is to me. Growing up I experimented with vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free and many other diets. I love food, I love my body, and I find nutrition fascinating. Your blog is truly special. You remind us all of the true beauty that can be unearthed within food through your intricate and well thought out recipes. When I cook something off of your blog I never have to worry how it will turn out because you put your heart and soul into your recipes and it shines through, they never disappoint! Thank you for all you do for us all. We are lucky to have you. The world is a better place label free. Just be Angela, we all love her.

Angela March 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Bless your heart! Let me say that your Blog Oh She Glows is my go-to source for recipes and information and I have recommended it to everyone I know! I am not vegan, or paleo, or gluten intolerant. But I rely on your recipes because I cannot have dairy, or almonds, or sodium, and I use a low fat diet. So what you provide fits the bill. It is my favorite blog with the beautiful pictures and your lovely enthusiasm. I have learned so much from you and appreciate you. Your daughter is lucky to have a mom who cares so much.

Olivia March 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm

I agree with all the positive posts here. Don’t put up with the hate or scrutiny, you’re an amazing inspiration to so many :)

Lousi March 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Some many people have expressed my sentiments in the comments already, I don’t know what else I could add, but I felt I had to say something! You are truly an inspiration to me and my family. I am not a vegan, but trying to add more plant-based meals into our diet and I always find myself praising your blog/recipes/cookbook to everyone I know. I rave about the latest recipe I’ve tried to friends all the time. I found your blog about a year and a half ago. My only regret is not stumbling upon it sooner! Know that there are so many of us who appreciate all your hard work. Please don’t let the trolls get you down – I know it’s easier said than done. You are changing the world in very positive ways. Thank you for everything!

Conner Marie March 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

I recently stumbled upon your blog and after a few minutes of glancing through recipes, I fell in love with your work and quickly bookmarked the site as a favorite. I can only imagine how you feel when your hard work is harshly criticized by people who don’t even know you, especially when you’re openly sharing your life. I rarely leave comments, but I just wanted to let you know that I think your work is great and that I’ve been trying out your recipes for a week now– and I’m in love. Thank you!

Julia M March 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Just wanted to let you know that you and this blog have been a source of inspiration for my health and happiness for a long time now, and I hope that the sting of those people’s hurtful words will fade over time!

Katy March 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Very well said, Angela! Love your recipes and am totally inspired by and in awe of you!

maya March 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Just wanted to add my voice of support. As a medical doctor, I wholeheartedly approve of feeding children a wholesome, omnivorous diet, until they are grown up enough physically and mentally to make their own choices. Children need nutrients from both plants and animals, for variety of reasons, from ease of digestion to availability of calories and bioavailability of specific nutrients. Best of luck and I hope you can just laugh off any unwarranted criticism, because you can please some people some of the time, but you can never please everybody all the time.

Andrea March 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I’m not a vegan, but I love your recipes (and my meat eating boyfriend does too!). I love your cookbook and can’t wait for your next one. I’ve found that eating a combination of veggie and non-veggie meals is what works best for me, and I appreciate an open forum where everyone is welcomed. Also, we are both gluten free, and appreciate your GF options! I don’t normally comment, but after reading this, I wanted let you know how much we appreciate you!

Katie March 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

This post is exactly why I follow your site. Your meals, thoughts, evolution as a person are inspiring. Label them what you will, I enjoy all of it!

Sarah @ March 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

as my good friend says, “you be you”. hang in there!

Lin March 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

I am saddened to hear the comments you are faced with. People are no better than our elected politicians who we are wary of for their divisive ways.

I love your blog for several reasons. Obviously I love the recipes but I also love that you provide sound informative reading material without being judgmental. Personally my diet is strictly vegetarian while being predominantly vegan. There are many vegan blogs out there that have good recipes but I won’t follow simply because of their harsh views at those who do occasionally eat a little dairy and eggs. I don’t need to apologize to anyone for my choices and neither do you. P,ease keep up the great job you are doing. Looking at these comments I would say those who enjoy and respect you greatly outnumber the naysayers.

Jill March 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Hi Angela,
I love your blog, have been reading for years, am from the east coast, and have been a vegan for fifteen years. I want to say that I know how hard committing to a 100% vegan lifestyle is. Over the years I’ve had many struggles trying to find running shoes, skates, snow boots, warm parkas etc… that are also ethically made and vegan. When I first went vegan, giving up cheese took me like six months! Every time a restaurant would sprinkle some cheese on something as a garnish, I’d tell myself “I’ll go vegan tomorrow”. When I met my husband ten years ago, he was a vegetarian because, “eating beans is cheaper”. Now we joke that he is vegan until dessert, lol. He can’t resist sweets in any form.
The impact your blog has had on me as a vegan is amazing. First of all, my family (being from small east coast fishing towns) and my in-laws (Chinese Canadian) are all omnivores who don’t spend much time thinking about food at all. Your recipes have bridged a huge gap for us because they are familiar and tasty enough to satisfy our entire omni family. My mom uses your blog exclusively for holiday dishes and my sister bought your cookbook a few months ago. We love your work.
I don’t look down on my husband for eating the occasional sweet at a party or gathering. He is still a vegan in my eyes because he eats vegan 95% of the time and I can’t begrudge someone for making an occasional exception. I am not always able to find good vegan alternatives to things like snow boots and the pair I currently have has leather trim. We operate from a “trying our best” mentality. For my husband, that means the occasional sweet and for me it means leather trim on a pair of shoes here or there.
With that said, I’d never dream of losing the vegan label. Some people approach veganism from a “healthy lifestyle” framework. This is great! Plant-based eating has awesome for your health and the environment . Any change can make a positive impact. But I myself became a vegan because I believe in animal rights. I don’t make exceptions for non-vegan food because I’m lucky enough to live in a city that has lots of vegan options for me. I don’t mind missing out on wedding meals, or eating a crappy salad at a staff event once in a while. These things don’t matter to me anymore. The big picture for me is about trying my best to avoid contributing to the unnecessary pain and suffering of animals.
This is why my husband and I decided to raise our daughter vegan. We’ve faced a lot of scrutiny, but also support from places we weren’t necessarily expecting (day care!
paediatrician!). It’s always so exciting and empowering to read about other vegan moms since I don’t know too many in my day-to-day life. That’s why I was a little sad to read these,last two posts. It feels like a loss to the vegan community. I think it’s hard for many vegans who turn to veganism from an animal rights perspective to understand the diversity of things that motivate people to become vegan and the ways in which veganism can be complicated by other factors (health, recovery, access, affordability). For some (myself included), I just can’t get past the animals.
With all this said, I’m looking forward (as I have been since you announced your pregnancy) to all the “plant-based” baby and toddler meals upcoming. Please don’t forget you are a resource to a very diverse audience and loved by many vegans, even the 100% kind, regardless of what you decide to feed your kid. ;)

Andrea March 30, 2015 at 7:28 pm

I’ve been reading your blog now for the past 4 years or so, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. Your recipes, enthusiasm and love of food is such an inspiration, to me and my family, and by the sounds of these comments, to so many others too.

I used to work for an animal rights group a couple of years ago and unfortunately I heard so many comments like these from a few vegans that I met. I found these people to be the most hurtful and judgmental towards those that were vegetarian, that were trying to eat less meat, or those that they weren’t being “vegan” enough. They were turning against some of the people who were most supportive of the animal rights and plant-based eating movement – it just didn’t make sense to me. Why tear others down who have ultimately the same or similar goals?

Your recipes and love of plant-based cooking has inspired so many people to eat less meat. Your open fresh take on good food has saved so many more animal lives than the few judgmental vegan activists – people get turned off by that rhetoric. Keep doing what you’re doing and what’s best for you and your family :)

Tiffany March 30, 2015 at 7:29 pm

It is so surprising to me that people would leave you nasty comments! I am not vegan and don’t plan to be. I love your recipes, and have tried many new foods and served many delicious vegan dishes to guests because of you.

Oh, and your daughter is so stinking cute!

Your post actually got me re-thinking my stance on our daughter’s diet. I don’t eat pork or beef, and have been restricting that from her diet. Now I’m thinking that she should be able to make her own choices, like I did. I really respect that you will value your daughter’s independence and ability to make her own decisions…so thank you for sharing that!

Kate March 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I am sooooo glad you wrote this post. I was really disappointed with some of the responses to your very honest and COMPLETELY reasonable post about how you will shape your daughter’s food choices. I really hope that all those vegans out there who were on the ‘bash-train’ don’t use any plastic or consume ANYTHING that could possibly end up polluting our environment and causing destruction to our natural fauna (those animals count too y’all – plastic ends up in way too many birds’ stomachs). I find it so ironic that a big common thread to some of those people’s posts was ‘compassion’ and yet the tone of their words was anything but compassionate. I personally LOVE this blog, and your recipes are hands down the best I have tried on the interwebs. They are so consistently delicious it makes me crazy! In conclusion, your cookbook is BY FAR the most used, dirtest, most spilled-upon in my entire collection which is the highest praise I can think to give you at this time. Keep rocking the plant-based yumminess Angela – your lovers far out-number your sanctimonious haters. Cheers.

Milissa March 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Angela, it really disappoints me greatly that anyone would be either hateful or threatening to you or anyone else in this world. None of us are perfect and if each of us made exactly the same decisions on every single topic it would be a pretty freaking boring place to exist. I believe our differences should be celebrated and that we can learn the most from people who aren’t exactly like us. I detest judgement and firmly believe that supporting each other, indeed encouraging and elevating each other is the best, most respectful way to effect change. A person who eats meat is not evil or lacking compassion. They just feel differently about it than those who choose not to eat animal products. My decision to make the changes I have made was strictly based on a desire to be healthier, and while I am an animal lover, I have never felt bad or guilty for consuming meat. And I never will. The God I believe in gave us animals to use as meat and while I no longer eat any animal products but fish, I just refuse to believe meat-eaters are wrong in their choice. You have already ‘beaten’ the narrow-mindedness expressed by these judgemental people by not backing down or stooping to that same level. You seriously rock and I will always be a follower and supporter!

Madhuja March 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Hi Angela!
I was so sad to read the negative comments on your last post! While I understand that people can have different opinions, tearing you down like that was totally uncalled for! My husband and I have been discussing the same topic in our household too, and when he heard about the nasty comments he said something like, “when people stomp on someone’s face saying that they are morally superior, they cease to be morally superior”. So true!
I wanted to tell you that you are doing a great job and I love your blog! Please don’t let this episode bring you down – you have far more supporters and well-wishers than the naysayers! :)

Cindy March 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

I support you 100%. I agree with you and admire you very very much. It is sad that you have gotten such nasty treatment. There is more than one right to do something. This is your child, your family, and therefore your decision on what is best for all of you. Ignore the hate. Enjoy the love. Keep on doing what you are doing. If it works for you and your family then that is all that matters. Others are free to do what they feel is best for them and their family. “Vegan enough”, seriously? What an asinine and stupid comment.

Theresa March 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Silly people who think they have the choice to decide how others live their life and criticize humans for being human. I think we all have the choice to decide what we do, eat, say etc. We don’t need labels to classify us because we’re all just human.

A pleasant exert from the words of philosopher, writer and pop star Taylor Swift:
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Lexy March 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

A phrase that I was told to live by during my training – “perfect is the enemy of good” – I think applies here. I have been vegan-ish for almost a year, and your book was of great help and inspiration to me. My omnivore husband is tolerant, but if I use the v-word (vegan), he quickly shuts down. The first association for many, unfortunately, has become with intolerance and extremism.
You may not consider your efforts to be “perfect”, but you have done an enormous amount of “good” – for me and many… And I passed your good on to a very good friend this weekend in the form of your book – about the fifth one I have bought and given away so far.
Tolerance allows for open, kind discussion and this is what changes minds, not harsh, judgemental and hostile words.

Seashines March 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about the negative comments, I think your website is wonderful and I respect what you do. Thank you for your posts, I find your recipes helpful for my family meals, and love checking to see what else is new on the site. Thank you again!

Natasha Lundstrom March 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I can’t believe people can be hateful even about food choices! But the truth is, certain types of people will always find SOMETHING to be hateful about. I have loved your food blog ever since I was told about it by a friend, and many of your recipes have become my daily/weekly favorites! I love your balanced approached, because although I’d love to be 100% vegan, I’m an imperfect human just doing the best I can to eat healthily and responsibly, and everyone is different in what they can do according to their bodies and circumstances. Food is a very personal thing. We should not be judging one another. My husband and I have come under similar criticism at times for calling ourselves “vegetarian” or “vegan” but really it’s hard to label yourself into a certain profile. We sometimes eat fish, sometimes eat dairy, but try not to. So in the end we’ve stopped giving people any particular label, and just saying that we try to eat as much whole foods, fruits and veggies as possible. This way we avoid being judged or criticized (usually) I think you’re blog is great and please please keep it coming! Your recipes and given be breakthroughs when I was stuck figuring out a healthier alternative food (like the coconut whip cream!) Thank you soooo much for what you do!!


Alison March 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I have enjoyed reading your blog for the past year or so, and I have always found your recipes and blog posts inspiring. I have always found your recipes and the information you post very informative and they have helped me change my diet. I wish you and your family nothing but the best. Keep going and remain strong and dignified.

Erika March 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I can’t even tell you how many times I have gifted your cookbook. You are truly talented!! Please hold your head high and be confident in what you provide so many of us. Thank you for introducing me to whole foods and giving me healthy recipes for my family! Keep em’ coming!!

Allie March 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. I am a long time reader and have always taken inspiration from you, and not just your (DELICIOUS) recipes, but the personal details you have shared with us that you shared not for attention, but to HELP other people!! Wow thinking about it makes me a bit emotional. I relate to many of your struggles and through years of reading your blog and how you overcame your challenges, I slowly became inspired to battle my own demons.
In the end whatever you ‘label’ yourself doesn’t matter. That is not your mark on this earth. You are SO MUCH MORE than a leader in the vegan movement, you are a brave woman, and a friend to millions of readers around the globe who you have supported for years… Maybe without even knowing it.
And I don’t care what you call yourself as long as you stay true to you. I’ll keep reading your blog if you eat bone broth, or if you eat clay, or if you eat kale. This community might revolve around food, but that is such a small portion of who you are. People need to see this bigger picture, and show some compassion for all of your efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you Angela for all that you do.

Jen March 30, 2015 at 8:48 pm

What a powerful post. I’ve always enjoyed your blog and book because of the delicious recipes and precisely because it isn’t preachy. We are not a vegan household but I try to include vegetarian and vegan meals because they’re delicious, and I want to expose my young son to a wide variety of foods. I’ve always found your space to be such a welcoming, non-judgmental place where I don’t leave feeling guilty for not following a stricter diet and lifestyle; instead, I feel better about all the choices I make. I think it’s such a shame that certain individuals would attack your own way of eating and living or accuse you of not doing enough, when the amount of exposure to plant-based living you have personally created between your blog and book must simply be massive. I’ve often wondered if Sarah at My New Roots gets heat for including ghee, or the ccassional egg in her recipes. All this to say, you’re a strong woman to have to bear those comments but also to have so eloquently spoken about them and I hope you continue to do what works best for you and your family, and not what’s best for others.

Amy W March 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

I am a long time follower of your blog and have loved your recipes since I tried the very first one. I have never felt the urge to comment, until I read this post. It makes me sad that you experience any hatred for sharing your amazing recipes and giving us such a wealth of vegan information. I couldn’t bake a frozen (vegan) pizza before finding this blog, now I am happy to say that I make many of your vegan recipes on a daily basis. Please know that many of us would be devastated if you ever decided to quit writing and sharing recipes. Chin up buttercup.

Amy W.

Mlle M. March 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Bonjour Angela,
I’m so sade to read this. Your posts are always full of love and respect. You are a real inspiration, thanks for being who you are!

Mlle M. March 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Bonjour Angela,
I’m so sad to read this. Your posts are always full of love and respect. You are a real inspiration, thanks for being who you are!

Amanda Hunter March 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

I love your blog and your cookbook! I have followed you for several years now. I agree that we should all just be kind to each other!! Everyone’s body is different and there is no need to strive for perfection in a certain diet. Listen to your body. Do what is right for you and your family.

Kathy March 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Sadly ironic that you, who have inspired so many people to become vegan, are the one being criticized. No doubt you have done more for the cause than just about anyone. Thank you for everything

Kristen March 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Angela, how very sad to read. You are a beacon of light that shines for the innumerable animals you have saved through your plant based recipes. Only a fool would fail to see that you inspire the masses to eat less meat. Please don’t feel discouraged. You were courageous enough to put yourself out there where so many of us wouldn’t bother. I hope you feel the love of every animal, human species included, whose lives you improved through your generosity and light.

Ally March 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Well done for being brave enough to put your stance out there Angela :) You are a guiding light for many, and will always be that with your honest approach and truthful nature. Keep doing your thing, you rock it xx

Erin March 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Long time reader and first comment…. I am so sad you even had to make this post!
Your cookbook and website have inspired me to make a ton of amazing plant-based meals, and even better, has my (non-vegan) coworkers, friends and family all asking for the recipes for amazing-looking recipes from your website and cookbook
It really sucks that a few judgmental jerks feel the need to tear you down. Keep doing what you’re doing!

Melissa March 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Reading the negative comments towards you has really upset me. You have an amazing blog and cookbook that has inspired me to start cooking and experiment in the kitchen. Your recipes are delicious and every time I cook one of your dishes for family and friends they are surprised they are vegan. You have inspired a lot of people and every meal made without meat makes a difference. You have never pushed your views on others and continuously tell people that this is what works for you. I think you are amazing! Love you xoxo

Brenda March 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

It’s not surprising that some people are reacting with extreme vitriol and aggression – or threats – because they don’t agree with something you wrote. The internet provides a perfect storm of factors (virtual anonymity, lack of accountability, physical distance from the target, and the medium of writing) for this kind of damaging behaviour. Good to see that you’re taking down every single comment that is a personal attack, Angela, because if you don’t, the people making them receive the message that what they’re doing is acceptable human conduct. It is not.

I eat food, not too much, only plants. But in 20+ years of eating only plants, I’ve never self-identified as vegan. Why? Because I’ve come across many vegans who are extraordinarily aggressive, hateful, critical, contemptuous, combative, entrenched in extreme viewpoints, and ill-wishing toward everyone who doesn’t make the same food decisions they do.

Instead, I self-identify as one who eats thoughtfully and healthfully, with optimum nutrition and well-being in mind. It’s an intentionally neutral description.

In my experience, those who are wise never try to convince others that they should follow a particular dietary path or food philosophy to achieve well-being for self, family, animals, or the environment. Instead, they educate, guide, support, and encourage – without judgement or expectation – as to what might work best for each particular individual across various situations and circumstances. Meaningful conversation (considering someone else’s perspective, exploring it, and responding with understanding) about making more thoughtful and nutritious choices allows everyone in the food chain to move in the direction of improved health and food systems.

Luckily, it’s not your responsibility to teach people the right ways to speak to one another. Thank you for staying on course with the wise and excellent conversation you’ve started about how to eat thoughtfully and healthfully, Angela.

Amy March 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Not much else to add, other than I too am sorry you had to go through this. In any group there are extremists. Sadly, that includes vegans.

Karissa @ Vegan A La Mode March 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Angela, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve received hateful and threatening comments. That’s so unnecessary and not right. You have been such an inspiration for me, even inspiring me to transition from vegetarian to vegan. When I went through an extreme health obsession last year, your blog brought me back to a balanced way of eating. You have done so much good for so many people! It’s awful that “vegans” can spew such uncompassionate words yet still consider themselves vegans. To me, a vegan is someone who is kind to all beings, human or animal. Don’t let them get you down. Myself, my boyfriend and my family all loves your recipes!

Even though I’m only 22, I still find myself enjoying your weekly posts about Adriana. I love your candor and honesty. Hearing how life is with Adriana is so interesting to me! Even if you aren’t raising Adriana as a vegan, I still support you and respect you! Thank you for being such a real and authentic blogger who is truly inspiring! :)

Linda C March 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

I have been following your blog for a number of years now even though I do not have a vegan diet. Your food is delicious and healthy. I believe that is the reason that you have been so successful. I find your blog to be welcoming and non-judgemental. Thanks for all your inspiration on maintaining a healthy lifestyle!

Leah March 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm

You are amazing and please keep doing what you are doing. I hate all the bashing that goes on online against various ways of eating–vegan, vegetarian, paleo. Who cares? Do what works best for you and your family. I’m not vegan but love plant based meals. My family has lots of allergies and your recipes have really helped me out. My kids went through your cookbook and bookmarked almost all of it for me to make them.

Kate Petrov March 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Very sorry to hear that you had to deal with a hateful bunch of individuals… It is really ironic that people who call themselves vegan would do such a thing to a fellow human. Unfortunately, the reality of life is that there are extremists in every group, and there is definitely a lot of anger out there. Someone below made a great comment that people become overly aggressive and “brave” over the internet, and chances are, they would never say things like that to your face.
As I scroll down, I see how many people support you and how many lives you are changing. I had never left a comment before, but I personally rely greatly on your recipes for myself and my family. You sure as hell have improved my life in many ways. Your baby section is a fantastic source, – and I am only starting to plan for children! Stay strong and kind, as you are. Off I go to look up an overnight oatmeal recipe :)

Angela March 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

I actually found your blog by picking up your cookbook in my local bookstore. I want you to know that I have never enjoyed vegan food so much in all my life! I was vegetarian for five years during my teenage years and attended a private college where I was not able to carry on my dietary choice. Unfortunately I went back to eating meat, although very little red meat. I’ve had a lot of food sensitivities and have struggled with my health for the last several years. Pregnancy did a real number on my health. Long story short, I’ve been suspecting for the longest time that I needed to return to my choice of eating a mostly vegan/vegetarian diet. Yes I tried stints of it in the last 10 years but it never stuck. I’m thrilled to say that your cookbook has inspired me to head down that path again! In a few short weeks I’m enjoying so much more energy! I have never enjoyed a cookbook so much! I’ve tried so many recipes and I’m looking forward to trying more! You make vegan food so accessible for the budget and so delicious, and your blog is very inviting and beautiful. Keep being who you are, you have a lot to give, and you’ve inspired a lot of people to live a healthier life! I completely support you in your choice for your daughter. Everyone is made differently. We have two veggies and three meat-eaters in our family and I completely respect the diversity that is needed in order for our family to be healthy. You’re making a very wise decision with your daughter! Thank you again for your delicious recipes!

Monique March 30, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Love you Angela! You are a huge inspiration to me. Not just for the beautiful and inspiring blog you created, but also for the way you live your life. Authentic, full of courage and passion. I am so so sorry this happened to you and can only imagine the effect this has on you. Please know there is a huge bundle of love out there from all of us who love and support you.

Andrea D. March 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm


I am incredibly sorry that you received any rude comments from vegans. As a vegan myself, I understand the importance of educating each other through a light-hearted way, and the pushy ones ruin it for us all and give us a bad reputation. You are doing AMAZING and you are a BEAUTIFUL woman inside and out. Thank you for all you do for your followers.

Sam March 30, 2015 at 11:21 pm

I found your blog a couple of years ago, and it was the first time I ever considered that I could follow a vegan diet.
I’m sad that you’ve received such angry comments, because without you and your amazing work, this world would have far fewer vegans in it.
Thank you a million times x

sarah March 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Stay strong! Sorry there are haters. I hope you feel all the love from those (me included) you have helped and encouraged with your blog and cookbook.

Lue March 30, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Angela, this post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me. I’ve been doing my level best for the past 3.5 years to stick to my vegan diet. I make choices based on what I hope is a well rounded moral compass. Today I felt thoroughly attacked by a member of the vegan community who accused me of being ignorant and patronising. I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing. I fully understand your decision to no longer label yourself. It is a shame though that some of us feel the need to disentangle ourselves from a group whom we previously believed to be “fighting the good fight”. I am a huge fan of your work, your recipes have delighted everyone I have served them to, whatever their lifestyle choices. I think perhaps the people that go on the verbal attack would find something else to vent their anger about if it wasn’t veganism.

Sandy March 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Not even sure what people could possible criticize.. ?? I’m sorry though, for the hurt those comments caused you. I can’t imagine the courage and internal fortitude it must take to live such a public life and subject yourself to the comments of the crazy, cowardly, mean-spirited individuals who lurk on the internet. Be strong, shake it off, and be true to yourself and just focus on your beautiful daughter, your husband and your own well-being.

Bridget March 30, 2015 at 11:44 pm

We also love your blog and cookbook. Your recipes are eaten weekly and on holidays!! We are not strict vegan. We do our best to eat cruelty free. We hope you continue your blog and all the amazing recipes. You can’t make everyone happy and some people were not taught MANNERS. They really do matter!! So of they don’t have anything nice to say they should not say it. Have a beautiful day!!

Christine D. March 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

I completely agree with your comments and concerns that you are not vegan enough. I eat a PlantBased diet I no longer say I am vegan because some people get all crazy on you because you don’t eat “Organic” 24/7 or that my clothes do not come from an ethically sourced place. I do what I can as much as I can. I have chosen to eat this way for the last 4 years for my health and other things have followed. I try as much as I can to bring wonderful dishes to family gatherings so others can realize you can have great food minus the animal ingredients but for all the Blogs I follow they have all expressed the same concern “Not being vegan enough” . When is enough-enough. As Happy Herbivore says “Practice not Perfection”. You have to do what’s right for you and your family. Raising you children on fast food and junk food is not healthy but Millions of people do it everyday without criticism from their neighbors because in our society this is normal, but feed your children veggies and whole grains you must be abusing them by not giving them a well balanced diet. One day the views will change and hopefully sooner then later for the sake of our environment. I can only do what’s right for me and my husband. I am the only one who eats this way in a very large Italian family. My husband is more then happy to eat whatever I make at home but will eat what is served when when go to friends and families homes. Even after all this time family does not understand my food choses. So I ignore their comments and do what is right for me and my health. I enjoy you blog and look forward to your next cookbook. Your first was fantastic. Thank you for your time.

Jenny March 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

You are a fresh voice of reason and have incredible insight. Keeo up the great work and we love your recipes and all the love and positivity you bring to the world.

Ali March 31, 2015 at 12:13 am

Hi Angela, I don’t quite know how to articulate how upset I am at how judgemental and cruel some people can be. I want you to know that you have had such a positive impact on my life and the lives of those around me. You’ve taught me to not only love food, but to love myself- and for that I thank you. Keep doing what you’re doing :) x

Lauren March 31, 2015 at 12:24 am

i’m sorry to hear about those offensive comments. What I always loved about your approach is that you were never preachy or tried to convince people that vegan is better. I am not vegan and probably never will be but I still enjoy a healthy lifestyle and I thank you for creating recipes that make healthy food tast great! I look forward to your next cookbook!

Susan March 31, 2015 at 1:32 am

I’ve been a blog follower for at least a year and love your site and your recipes and your cookbook. You are a class act and responded so well to those who were mean and hateful. People who respond that way, that there is only one way, their way, to eat and to live, make others not want to be vegans. I don’t want to be associated with people like that. I am working on transitioning to a plant based diet and I want you to know you’ve made a huge impact in my life. I appreciate all you do. Thank you so much. Looking forward to continue following you online with all of the wonderful recipes you come up with and with your new book when it comes out. And also hearing about your adventures with Adriana and Eric. And Sketchie. You go girl!

Liz March 31, 2015 at 1:48 am

As a non-vegan who found your blog to expand her number of veggie recipes and to be introduced to a wider variety of dishes than ‘salad’ I applaud you for changing my eating habits and my husbands (who still jumps of joy when he sees a sausage, but at least he now also knows the pleasure of plant based food). I feel bad that your own community is tearing you down, while what you have done exceeds advocating ‘veganism’ by far, you change people lifestyles and eating habits. I see a lot of people pointing out that being vegan is similar to a religion. In my part of the part world, your religion is a private matter, something to experienced or possibly shared but not to be criticised. Since you are paving the way for so many people, I wish they would stop flogging you down and appreciate your contributions.

Abbey March 31, 2015 at 1:56 am

Hi Angela

I have followed you for years, but rarely comment. It really irks me that people find themselves commenting such negative things on such a positive forum. I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that in no way gives you an excuse to tear someone down based on their decision. I 100% back your decision to not label Adrianna’s diet, and let her make the decision for herself! You seem like such a wonderful mom, and I am sure your little girl will also appreciate you giving her the choice. Your blog has always been such a positive light, and its really sad to see people trying to diminish that with their negative comments.


Ashley March 31, 2015 at 2:41 am

I also do not maintain an exclusively vegan household, but I am vegan. Your recipes are used frequently because you have overcome what used to be an impossible task, allow vegans and omnivores still make a connection over the same meal. My husband respects and encourages my decision, and your recipes made it possible for us to find that happy compromise. It is impossible to please everyone, but know that you have made a big difference in many families cooking.

There will always be people on the extreme end of opinions and lifestyles, do not let those people crush your spirit. We are all human, and with that, we are all flawed.

And just so you know, I am making your spectacular strawberry oat bars right now!

Franziska March 31, 2015 at 3:02 am

When we know where we belong, we don’t need a label.
You have 100% support from me!
I adore you and your recipes.

Nina March 31, 2015 at 3:06 am

I have not been commenting on your blog until now, but I’ve been visiting weekly for the past year and a half, since I started a more plant based diet. My diet change is a result of IBS, eating disorders and different food intolerances and this blog (and many others, too) has been a big help due to your positive and inspiring thoughts and energy and balanced, easy to follow and sub recipes :) So thank you for your help in achieving a healthier lifestyle and please continue spreading the joy (and amazing food!!)
Much love from Croatia, Europe :)

Eline March 31, 2015 at 3:23 am

Hi Angela, I don’t usually comment much on blogs, but I felt like today I had to. I’m not a vegan either. I used to have cereals with (cow)milk in the morning, sandwiches with lots of cheese for lunch and again lots of cheese and cream for diner (I’m a vegetarian). But thanks to your blog I discovered vegan overnight oats, I discovered houmous, cashew cream, cauli-power fettucini alfredo and much more ! I now eat at least 2 vegan meals a day.

I truly believe that by being so open and “not dogmatic” about being a vegan you have conquered millions of people to have a more plant based diet and saved even more animals ! I think that by being kind and patient towards non vegans and vegetarians, we can show them what we believe in. Some people forget how long their own journey was before they went vegan, and seem to want other people to jumper faster at conclusions, and to skip this whole journey. And that’s not fair.

You’re an amazing person, your writing is truly inspiring and I hope you will continue sharing with us.

Lots of love from a loyal reader in Paris

SarahF March 31, 2015 at 4:17 am

This makes me so sad to hear that people attacked you for being open minded with your daughter. Tolerance of other decisions is what we need more of, and I think your daughter will be a better, more-rounded person due to your approach. Thank you for the beautiful blog post, and for all of your recipes. I am not a vegan, and you have influenced my eating to reduce the meat and explore new ways of cooking. To hell with the nay-sayers!

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 4:22 am

I have been a reader of your blog from almost day 1. You were the first blog I found, and I continue to enjoy your blog even though you’ve shared less of your personal life over the years (which was admittedly my favourite part!). I hope these comments won’t deter you from posting personal thoughts in the future, but even if they do I will continue to read and make your wonderful recipes.

As for the label, I also discarded the label for the same reasons. I found that no matter what I did; I was never good enough. I couldn’t resolve the cognitive dissonance of calling myself a movement based around compassion that seemed to show so little compassion for human diversity (diversity of thought, in choices, of contexts, etc.). I felt that the vocal minority were letting the perfect become the enemy of possible, and in so doing, damaging the entire movement. So instead of choosing to argue that veganism meant something different to me than it did to the vitriolic perfectionists, I chose to discard the label. It was the most freeing thing I ever did.

I respect the choices you’ve made and all you’ve done for the animals…which is far more than can ever be achieved by posting threatening comments. The animals don’t need threats. They need people to show them that a plant-based life is a vibrant and sustainable one.

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 4:23 am

Correction: “I couldn’t resolve the cognitive dissonance of calling myself a *member of a* movement based around compassion…”

Vanessa March 31, 2015 at 6:07 am

Your recipes, website and book are loved by so many! Don’t let the haters get you down. Those type of comments and negativity have nothing to do with you – they are just based out of the writers own insecurities or issues within themselves.

Courtney March 31, 2015 at 6:07 am

How sad that people think it’s okay to be so hurtful…especially people who pride themselves in anti-cruelty ideals. I think your recipes are wonderful and really enjoy reading your blog. Please keep writing!!!

Moose March 31, 2015 at 6:10 am

I’d wager to say those jerks are only jealous because they can’t crank out the amazing recipes that you can. Keep on glowing. You have so many readers who absolutely adore you!! For a lot of us, seeing an Oh She Glows email in our inbox is the highlight of our week. My great-aunt was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and she was famous for saying, “Don’t you let them change you, honeygirl. You just stay as sweet as you are.” So please – stay as sweet as you are, because so many people love and support you! <3

Kate March 31, 2015 at 6:12 am

Wow, thank you for this post. You’ve courageously done and said what I’ve been afraid to for quite some time. I too used the term ‘vegan’ to describe my diet when I transitioned to a more plant based diet but I’ve seen the kinds of criticism you mentioned happen to many people I follow on Instagram and in the blog-universe. I agree with you 100% in everything youve said and I feel that we should really try being kind to eachother first. I support you 100% in anything and everything you do! You’re a positive encouragement that the world needs more of.
xx Kate

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 6:17 am

Unfortunately it has become so easy for people to say hateful things through the internet. They have their screens to hide behind and have no real understanding of how their words affect other people. I just wanted to say that I love your food. My husband and I have been plant-based for a few years now and we turn to your recipes a lot for inspiration. They help us stay on track with a healthy lifestyle.

I hope you don’t let the hateful comments get you down. Ultimately only you know what is best for your daughter and as much as everyone will have an opinion the only one that really matters is yours and your husbands.

Catherine March 31, 2015 at 6:21 am

LOVE your recipes!! I am a private chef and I share your cookbook and blog with my clients who are looking for vegan/vegetarian variety. I have even convinced a few meat-only types to try veg…especially love the portobello fajitas and tex mex casserole.

Ignore the haters.

Sally Bacon March 31, 2015 at 6:21 am

Dear Angela,

I’ve been following you for one year, and I thank you thank you thank you for sharing your thoughts, work, and love with the rest of us. I understand that taking the scrutiny from even a small group can be horrible, but I want you to know that there are so many of us that share your recipes with each other, buy your books as gifts, and discuss your talent for preparing food in a beautiful way. You are the reason that people love my veggie burgers and so many other foods! Please know that we love you and truly care about you and the health of your family, and we are so thankful for the love that you’ve shared with us.

Please keep going, and we will keep supporting!!


fritzi redgrave March 31, 2015 at 6:23 am

Thankyou for your response.
I am mostly vegetarian, but enjoy some animal products occasionally. Stick with organic products from responsible farms and some days I am vegan except for the cream in my coffee. One does not need to be religious about one’s preferances, rather continue toward the goal of good health for one’s self, loved ones, and our earth’s Inhabitants and the earth itself.

Briana March 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

You are beautiful inside and out. I echo many of these comments stating that the world is full of people who can hide behind their computers and say what they want. You have served as an inspiration to many and you will continue to do so regardless of your label. I know you have changed my view on a plant based diet and helped bring many wonderful meals to my home and also inspired me to have a vegan pregnancy in the face of many critics. Thank you for your continued honesty and I look forward to the next chapter. Thank you Angela!

Amy March 31, 2015 at 6:26 am

How about this ‘I am Angela’…because she’s doing a fantastic job at motivating and inspiring millions of people to eat healthier. Why do we live in a world why people feel they require a label to be or not be something? Isn’t that slightly archaic? The people who live and die by ‘vegan’ can pick and choose the recipies that work best for them and the people who just want great, healthy recipes that happen to not have animal products in them can pick and choose the ones they like best. Angela, just keep being you, please.

Maggie March 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

Boom! I concur, 100%.

Chris March 31, 2015 at 6:27 am

so love your recipes and what you done for yourself, your family and others. Let the haters do their thing…..they don’t define you!

Beth March 31, 2015 at 6:31 am

I haven’t had a chance to read many of the responses to this post, but I imagine that they are filled with compassion and respect. Both of which you deserve. I have enjoyed your blog for many years and constantly share your site with others. I have admired how you put so much of yourself into this blog and how truthful and honest you have been.

Labels are hard. Labels create failure – In my opinion. You call yourself one thing and people will look for things that ‘prove’ you to be a liar. It stems more from their own insecurities and self judgement. None of us are perfect – or all of us are perfect in our own way. However you look at it, we are all different. We must make the choices that work best for us. No matter who you are, there will always be someone judging your choice and when it comes to parenting there will always be someone who thinks you should be doing something differently. Don’t let it get you down. For every hater out there you have over a thousand supporters!

I can’t say I’m vegan. I love veganism and what it stands for. But I’m still in a transition phase where I ‘slip’ and consume cheese or eat someone’s birthday cake baked with eggs. I’m still wearing my leather boots and my leather motorcycle jacket – which probably won’t be replaced any time soon due to the expense. As items wear out I replace them with vegan items. I live in a household of meat eaters and milk drinkers! (btw, their consumption of both has been dramatically reduced since I’ve come into their lives!) We all do what we can in this moment. And we do what feels right for us.

Keep doing what you do and just smile at the haters – they have their own issues to work out that really have nothing to do with you.

Thank you for all that you have given to this online community!

Sara March 31, 2015 at 6:31 am

I think you are wonderful and brave! Thank you for your honesty and your always inspiring words.

Mia March 31, 2015 at 6:31 am

Thank you for putting words to how my husband and I feel and try to live. The label isn’t necessary. I respect you so much for sharing your life and heart here, and of course for continuing to help us make our mostly plant based diet delicious, diverse and fun.

Laurie March 31, 2015 at 6:32 am

I think you are AWESOME and have helped me so much on my plant-based journey since I started reading your blog from the very beginning. I also realize I’m never going to be a “perfect” anything: mother, friend, sister, wife . . .or vegan! I’m 54 and the idea of “perfection” isn’t one I really try to put on myself anymore. I eat honey and my chocolate chips probably aren’t totally “vegan” but I’m doing my part to help the planet and animals by not eating them and I feel really good about that. Just keep doing your thing because it is BEAUTIFUL . . . and so are you!

Anna March 31, 2015 at 6:40 am

Sorry to hear you have had nasty emails etc. about your daughter’s diet. Many vegans and vegetarians choose to wait until their child is old enough to choose their own dietary philosophy, and feed them a more “traditional” diet until then. Sometimes the needs of a growing body are different than we might guess. There’s nothing wrong with your decision, and given your positivity and enthusiasm for a vegan diet it is pretty likely that your daughter will one day choose the same path. This is just one of the pitfalls of fame I guess…people feel they have the right to freak out on you for even thinking about feeding your child the odd scrambled egg. You have my full support and empathy!

Barbara Scott March 31, 2015 at 6:42 am

Angela, I love your blog and your cookbook … have given away several to good friends … and have used your recipes to enrich my non-vegan meals. Try to keep a healthy perspective on these attacks by remembering that it is never the believers who cause wars, only the radical ones … the ones who take everything to extremes … the ones who cannot accept any but their own narrow viewpoints. This is as true of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other religious people as it is of people who have food choice beliefs.

Margo March 31, 2015 at 6:43 am

You are an inspiration Angela. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Keri March 31, 2015 at 6:47 am

You rock, Angela! As long as you keep pumpin’ out your delicious recipes, I don’t care what they’re labeled as. :) I made your lentil-cauliflower soup from the cookbook tonight and it was just as great as I hoped it would be! You just keep doin’ you.

Kathleen March 31, 2015 at 6:47 am

I cringe at the judgmentalism and hatred expressed by a number of people in response to blogs and news posts and I am sorry that you were subjected to it. I appreciate that there are people out there sharing wonderful health and dietary information. On the subject of labels, I think you are wise to drop the label. Labels box us in and some people have very rigid definitions for each label. Do what is best for you and your baby. I have also learned that what is best for one body is not always best for another.

Melanie March 31, 2015 at 6:48 am

Oh, Angela… I’m so sorry you had to go through all this. When I read your last post about not raising your daughter vegan, I thought to myself, “Oh geez, she is going to get so many negative and just plain hateful comments about this!” I am not a public figure such as yourself so I can’t imagine what it’s like to receive hateful message on social media. My heart goes out to you. However, I am a mom so I know what it’s like to have people disagree with you and tell how to raise your child. I am raising my 3 kids vegan and I get some flack about it (they won’t be healthy or well developed, I am “forcing” them to be vegan, etc)
I am among other things a vegan, a feminist and a breastfeeding mom. People from each of these communities could argu that I am “not enough” of any of these things. (I eat honey and wear wool, I am a stay-at-home mom with no income of my own, and I occasionally decline breastfeeding my daughter to take a shower, go to yoga or have a girls’ night.) I try to not let it get to me, but that is a lot easier for me. I just stay away from people who are unpleasant! Not really an option for you :)
Anyhoo, I’m rambling a little… I just wanted to let you know that me and my kids adore your recipes, you are a great mom and you are very definitely enough :)

Heidi March 31, 2015 at 6:49 am

Angela…please keep,doing what you’re doing! My family and I LOVE your recipes! I have incorporated so many of your recipes into our diets, and they have all been met with happy reviews from my husband and daughter. We do not eat a strictly vegan diet– but we have embraced the recipes and ideas that are in your blog and cookbook. Just wanted you to know that this family is very grateful for your posts and recipes!

Lori March 31, 2015 at 6:49 am

I had been vegan for three and a half years. I was very strict about it. But, I developed some serious health problems and have had to modify what I do. Having said that, i try very hard to stay close to the vegan philosophy by purchasing eggs from people I know are as humane as possible with their chickens and i still dont do any dairy otherwise. I dont buy leather, etc. but basically, going thru menopause vegan was not working hormonally for me. I was a total mess and became really quite sick. I feel much better now with some fish and eggs. Some people have been alarmingly nasty to me over it. I think we need to understand that no culture has ever thrived on a purely vegan diet that i know of. We may need more nutrients from animals than we think. I also know that what i am willing to do to myself is very different from what i am willing to risk for my children. So, i “get it” and wish you luck! Still love your recipes and your mission!

Diana March 31, 2015 at 6:52 am

Angela, you have been a huge inspiration to me. You started me on my healthy journey and you always have my respect and appreciation. Keep doing what you do and being who you are! Much love to you and your family.

Bonita March 31, 2015 at 6:53 am

Angela, I have tremendous respect for you. When I read the incredibly hurtful, thoughtless, comments that people post on blogs, I admire anyone has the courage to write one. So much unnecessary negativity. You still are my favourite blogger and your recipes are wonderful.

Kelly Childs March 31, 2015 at 6:55 am

Dear Angela.
You took the blog post right out of my mouth.
Being the owner of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love Cafe, we have been harassed on numerous occasions to the point of tears and wanting to close our doors.
From 5 years ago, there was sustainable honey being put in our bread we brought in to sell at Kindfood (the vegan police wanted to shoot us and close us down and trashed us on every review site imaginable) to NOT ALLOWING a fur trapping demonstration in front of the bakery when we first opened in January 2013 (it was complete with visuals and “ketchup covered” snow in a mock trap set-up. Horrific for little kids to see when all they want is a cupcake – again the horrible reviews came all over the internet on Tripadvisor etc to hurt our business). They have separated themselves now from some big plant-based voices out there and really the only one to suffer is the animal’s voices as you said, we are trying to move people away kindly from eating animal-based products to plant-based products and do it with passion and love. I personally have had one to many days of hate being drilled towards me and have considered if any of it is worth it. The good news is Angela, we both have our tomorrows and there are thousands out there that love what we do. Surround ourselves in a blanket of positivity and love and lovers. xoxo It’s the only way (and hire a team to protect you directly from the public and let them deal with it like Ellen Degeneres) :) xo

Maggie March 31, 2015 at 6:59 am

you know what they say….”opinions are like a******s, everyone has one and all of them stink.” You do you, girl. I laugh at spineless internet trolls…they crack me up. You’re awesome! Your recipes are AWESOME! Your pics are AWESOME, and so are your stories.

Monique March 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

I think that more people will like you and your lifestyle because it is something we might actually achieve…when you have to do something ‘completely’ it is harder to do. Even though I am not a vegan, I like reading your ideas because I know it is healthier to eat a more plant based diet.
I also think that the ‘haters’ are most of the time BIG cowards, who would never tell you anything nasty to your face, but rather hide behind their online anonymity. And if you are not doing it according to their “rules'( who made them the vegan police??) why are they following your blog?
Keep on doing the great job you are doing!

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 7:02 am

Great post, Angela! In fact, all your posts are great and obviously strike a way more positive chord with your readers, than not. You have this open, honest and totally approachable way of sharing your thoughts and recipes that makes the veggie/vegan way of life seem like an actual attainable goal (even for those of us living with meat-a-tarians ;-)

I’m married to a “meat-a-tarian” and before trying your recipes, my hubby wouldn’t go ONE MEAL without meat! But no more – thanks to you!

And as for how you’re raising your daughter – stick to your guns, despite the nay-sayers! Other people in the same boat have already found comfort & inspiration from your journey – so keep up the good work!

The world needs more people like you in it…

Dana March 31, 2015 at 7:03 am

Angela- I have adored your blog since the happy day I discovered it 4 plus years ago. I love your humor, your recipes, the beautiful pictures, and your willingness to share your life with us. Honestly, I feel like you, Eric and Adriana are extended family and it is a delight watching you all grow. I am so sad that folks feel the need to say such unkind words to a woman who is so gracious and kind hearted. Please try to remember that when people are cruel or rude, it is because there is some aspect of their own life that is upsetting them. These people seem to only feel better about themselves when they tear others down. Sad stuff. I hope you won’t let those folks bring you down for long. Your true community loves you and is so grateful for all you have done. Love your cookbook, your blog, YOU!! Thank you, Angela.

Maryse March 31, 2015 at 7:04 am

Here is to “GLOW FOOD” … CHEERS!!

Lina Newman March 31, 2015 at 7:10 am

You continue to inspire me, although I was Vegan for almost a year, once I got pregnant I did encorporate organic eggs and wild caught fish (sustainable practices) into my diet. I cant believe how compassionate some claim to be, yet are so awful to human quick to hurt them because you do not fit into their “label”. I stopped labeling myself for that reason.. I eat a predominately plant based diet, fish 2x per week or so and likewise with eggs..its just what works for me. I dont understand how some radical vegans can look at themselves in the mirror claiming to be the voice of protection for animals yet spread hatred towards truly wonderful human beings..its our personal choice what we consume, and I have never been one to push my “lifestyle” on anyone..what works for one, will not always work for another. I will educate others about whats in our food, encourage a clean lifestyle becasue I truly believe its what has caused so much illness in our country. Genetically modified foods, pesticides etc etc, are truly harmful and that if anything is what has caused many of the healthcare issues we see today. I know its hurtful on a public forum, I have seen many Vegans being attacked publically b/c they share a post/blog/insta account of a non vegan friend lets say, and immediately attacked for sharing it..I appreciate your courage and transparency.. its not easy..but you continue to do it with such grace and Its truly inspirational. Forever a Fan,
Lina :)

Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine March 31, 2015 at 7:14 am

I loved your post on how you will raise your daughter, and wholeheartedly agree with your decision. I am pregnant, expecting in August, and hope I have the grace to allow our child to experience life and make his own decisions without putting too many of my personal decisions on him.

I have read your blog for years- and while I’m not vegan, and don’t feel it’s the right choice for me, I’ve been inspired by your recipes, and have gotten my husband to move to a much more plant based diet, although he would never give up meat.

By why should perfection be the only choice? Even giving up animal products one meal, one day, a week, has a positive impact- especially if people have a resource such as OhSheGlows and are inspired to eat more plants and enjoy healthy foods, without feeling the pressure to completely change one’s lifestyle.

Label or not, I love your recipes and reading about your life, and will continue to do so in the future :)

Gina Conkle March 31, 2015 at 7:19 am

Follow your passion and don’t let hate influence you. I enjoy your blog and your recipes. Labels aren’t necessary for me to know you make food and health appealing. Rock on!! :-)

Karin Johnston March 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

I’m another vote for how excited I am to get your recipes (that help me gently shift my eating habits) done in your wonderful voice. Being an energy healer people have LOTS of images and expectations about how I should occur in the world. No matter what we’re doing it’s about the joyful expression of life as it moves through us. Cheers for you Angela. We’re behind you all the way.

Pat March 31, 2015 at 7:21 am

As Taylor Swift said “haters will hate”.
You are a kind and loving person…end of story!

Jamie H March 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

I think everything you do is amazing. As a blogger and a parent! Your recipes even blow my husband’s mind (he’s a meat and potatoes man). Keep doing what you’re doing…because there are so many people who support you!

deborah dewar March 31, 2015 at 7:28 am

Angela, I NEVER comment on blogs but your article moved me so much I had to write in support!!!!! I love your cook book and cook from it regularly. I have given it as a gift a few times and everyone loves it. Please don’t pay any mind to the naysayers. It is completely unfair and ridiculous for people like you to be receiving hate mail. The next time you receive one just know there are legions of supporters like me who never comment and yet we are all silently supporting you and love what you do.Deb

Carrie March 31, 2015 at 7:28 am

There is no surer way to cut to the core of a mother than question how she raises her child.
It hurts. I totally admire the honesty and strength of your response. It is sad there are so many that lash out in judgement and hurt. But I have finally learned to try hard to have empathy and understand they can’t be in a good place themselves – we’re all a project in progress. Love your recipes, your writings, your great light.

The Holistic Herbivore March 31, 2015 at 7:31 am

What makes me sad about this is you feel the need to “unlabel” your personal diet. Don’t let the haters take away something that is important to you. The people who follow you and know who you are, know that you are vegan. And if you want to call yourself vegan then you should. This reminds me of when Lindsey Nixon was bullied and decided to stop calling herself vegan. Its just a bummer. We need strong charismatic people with the label vegan so that others see that it isn’t a wacky diet for hippies:)
I’m not saying that all labels are a good thing all the time but if you intend to remain vegan then to hell with the internet trolls. You are the queen of vegan blogging & you should feel free to call yourself a vegan.

Asa March 31, 2015 at 7:34 am

I was one of those who had negative criticism, although I never attacked your … veganness :) I only talked about how you framed veganism as solely a diet. Never your imperfections as a vegans, because let’s face it: we all have them.

I accidentally bought a silk shirt not so long ago.
I received a free pack of non vegan tooth paste today.
I once finished a soup with lactose free milk in it although I knew what it contained.

I can’t imagine how it feels to get critique on that massive scale that you did. I see it quite differently though. My position was never to exclude or hate, just to inform an put the focus back at the animals, because that’s what veganism is all about. The animals.

Please consider wearing your vegan label proudly. It will help the animals a huge deal.


SH March 31, 2015 at 7:35 am

We are given life before we are given (and/or choose) a title, label etc so how about we keep this in mind before shooting from the lip. Sure, have and share your views with the world. We all have them and they all matter. But why the hate, why the bile, why the nasty?! What about connecting with the world from a place of love, compassion, authenticity, kindness and respect? And no, this ain’t woo-woo talkin’. This is about treating all animals (including humans) with the love and respect they deserve. If you need to pop a label on Angela, try these on for size: culinary goddess, mother, daughter, wife, friend, authentic firestarter, skilled communicator avec GSOH. Plus, she’s someone who maintains grace under fire and makes time in her life to share health and wellbeing with the world. If OSG ain’t your thing, perhaps it’s time for you to find another pasture to chew in?

Beth Williams March 31, 2015 at 7:36 am

The type of vegans who send you hate mail are the same ones that put many people off from becoming vegan in the first place. By giving the term “vegan” such a negative (and militant) connotation they end up hurting their cause more than helping it. Luckily there are people like you who encourage others to eat more plant based without delivering a heavy dose of politics. Thanks for what you’re doing and continue not to accept labels! You’ve got to live your life for you, not anyone else.

Sonia March 31, 2015 at 7:39 am

I never comment on here, and I have been following since 2011, but this post begs it! I love your blog and I’m not even vegan, more an aspiring vegetarian. During my pregnancies (2 in 2 years!) I was unable to keep up my vegetarianism, and my husband is a meat eater and i aim to serve my family well rounded meals and love your cookbook and blog recipes SO MUCH!

I digress. I sincerely hope you don’t share less on your blog. I absolutely love reading it every week, and I can relate so much to your baby posts. Your breastfeeding posts have been a source of inspiration for me during my own experience (my second baby is a few months younger!)

I always say the internet (TROLLS-you know who you are!) gives people a voice who don’t deserve it. Personally, I felt your post about not raising your daughter with any diet labels was perfect and made me feel more comfortable with my own decisions.

Anyway, you’re fabulous, screw labels, do you.

Steve March 31, 2015 at 7:45 am

I was so glad to come across your website and then purchase your cookbook. As I continue my (mostly, I can’t entirely give up sushi) plant based diet I’ve finally found some fabulous recipes and good, practical tips. I feel like you’re helping me a little bit every day and I don’t want you to stop.
Please don’t let any hate filled dribble affect you in any way. Hit delete as fast as possible and get back to your happy place. You rock so keep on rockin

Desarae March 31, 2015 at 7:46 am

Please be encouraged! We are so thankful for your blog! Your number of readers, subscribers, and book purchasers should speak louder than anything. Thank you for all of the time and energy you have poured into your recipes and blog. :) May you be blessed!

Jane March 31, 2015 at 7:48 am

Keep on with your OWN path. Feel pity for those who are critical because the criticism is about themselves.

Jaime March 31, 2015 at 7:52 am

Beautifully written Ang!

It is so fantastic to see someone respond to others peoples hurtful and negative comments with steadfast positivity and understanding. This post really shows how you apply critical thinking towards your life choices and not simply reactive anger. It’s also so beautiful to see all these lovely supporting comments!

meggan March 31, 2015 at 7:52 am

So sorry to hear about the negative, hurtful comments. Being a momma is tough work and you are constantly questioning your own decisions. The last thing you need is a bunch of strangers doing it for you! I love your blog and your recipes no matter what you do or don’t label yourself.

Your work is a gift and my family appreciates it!

Cheri March 31, 2015 at 7:57 am

I am not going to attempt to read 180 comments here so forgive me if I rehash what others have said. One thing that you said stood out to me “the greatest change happens when we elevate each other”. As hard as it is to be publicly criticised and abused in public (that negativity speaks more about the person writing it than you) it is sometimes needed to help you to find a better way. I don’t believe that anybody needs a label for their lifestyle. What you do, who you are, how you care, shines through in all you write. Why do/did you need a label? If others want to label you then let them. You just be your own authentic self and remain true to your own values and beliefs. Who said “it’s not what you say that people will remember, it’s how you make them feel” making the decision not to label yourself has, in my opinion, elevated you to another level in this journey called life. If that came about thanks to some small minority of people who saw fit to criticise then embrace it. If they stick around then they may learn something, if they don’t then their time isn’t right.

I rarely comment but always read. I am inspired each time I read. I am not fully vegan but striving for that lifestyle. In the meantime I continue to learn. Thank you

Tamara March 31, 2015 at 7:58 am

Angela you rock. I love your attitude and this blog always makes me feel so positive about food!

Andrea March 31, 2015 at 7:59 am

Good for you. You just keep on doing what you love because we love your blog, love your recipes and the very real way you share yourself in your stories. And while I am not vegan, or even vegetarian, your recipes are so good I find myself some weeks an “accidental vegetarian” eating mainly super yummy vegan and vegetarian recipes. You *are* making a difference to me and to my family. Mean people suck.

P March 31, 2015 at 8:00 am

Just adding a note of encouragement to you! I’ve enjoyed your blog and recipes, and hope you can hold on to the positives and let go of the negatives—you’re making a wonderful positive difference!!
I have decided to be a “mostly” vegan for some time now, just because I really balk at labels of any sort. Not only are we all different, we need to be free to change, grow, and evolve as we feel is right.
Keep up your spirits–we love you!

Stephanie Godwin March 31, 2015 at 8:03 am

Angela, your innovation with making creative foods that are nourishing has really changes my life. I check you blog weekly and often share of it’s life changing power with others. I am sorry for the criticism you have received from others I can imagine this would feel weighty over time. Thank you for following through with your dream despite the criticism as you have greatly influenced my life and I am very grateful for your courage!

Nicole March 31, 2015 at 8:03 am

Angela, you are such an inspiration!! People can be hurtful and mean and as a new mom myself, I’ve learned the hard way that once you are a parent you will constantly be criticized by others for the choices you make on behalf of your children. Your recipes and your views on life are so inspiring and amazing! I am not a vegan, although I choose to eat vegan for the majority of my meals, and my husband and his family (who are big meat-eaters) request your recipes for meals! Keep doing what you’re doing…there are SO MANY of us who love you and love your food!!

Belinda March 31, 2015 at 8:05 am

As a 20+ year vegetarian but not strict vegan, I can sincerely say I love your recipes and your take on food. It’s healthy and delicious. Your values are your own, and I respect them as I would hope others respect mine. It’s not for me to tell you how to feed your family. Stay on your path, and know that you are appreciated.

Rachel March 31, 2015 at 8:07 am

Well said! Great attitude! I continue to look forward to your recipes.

Rebecca March 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

Those negative comments and judgment from other vegans (not vegan enough?) is exactly what drives so many of us (myself included) away from committing to a plant-based diet. Those types of responses remind me an awful lot of fundamentalist religious people who claim to “hate the sin, but love the sinner” while dishing out harsh criticisms and hate.

Your blog and recipes have helped a lot of folks, like me, to make healthier choices for our bodies and the planet, allowing us to be comfortable wherever we are on the journey to include more plants in our diets and help animals and the planet. Thank you!

Rachel March 31, 2015 at 9:29 am

I was thinking the same thing about being reminded of fundamentalist religious people, it creates such a negative stereotype of vegans! I don’t even bring up the fact that I’m vegan in most social situations because most people automatically think I’m an extreme activist.

Stephanie L March 31, 2015 at 2:01 pm

I agree with both of you. So very true.

Chanel March 31, 2015 at 8:10 am

Thanks for your honesty. I will never understand why people need to label their food preferences. Vegan, paleo, omnivore – whatever the style – I think people need to just enjoy food and strive for a healthy balance that works in their life. I love your recipes and am so thankful for your sharing. Keep up the good work and don’t let the grumpy, unsatisfied people of the world get you down.

Kourtney March 31, 2015 at 8:12 am

Well said, Angela. I have been following your blog for a couple years now and it is honestly my go-to. I have gotten co-workers, family, and friends to happily eat your recipes who could care less about the vegan label, because the food speaks for itself. Heck, I’m not even vegan, but your food is delicious and that’s all that matters to me. I know you will continue to blow everyone’s tastebuds out of the water.

Marina March 31, 2015 at 8:13 am

Thank you so much for the candid and personal post. You were one of the first blogs I found when I made decision to go plant-based and I was at a loss about what to make/cook – I couldn’t live off of frozen and junk food alone! I randomly comment every once in awhile, but the recipes in your blog and cookbook are some my favorite stand-by’s. Your blog has been an inspiration to be a better, healthier version of myself.
It’s very unfortunate that a small group of extremist harass other because they don’t fit their brand/definition of ‘vegan’. It’s one of the things that has always bothered me about veganism. I’ve heard of people being bullied as another commenter put it – the vegan police. We should be united and support each other, not target and harass each other. And the same sentiment goes for other groups of people who are too miserable that they go around spreading hate and target others.

Bine March 31, 2015 at 8:14 am

Hi Angela, just wanted to let you know that I’m a big fan and have great respect for your openness and how you deal with it.
I can totally see your point. I stopped reading comments on German vegan blogs since they are mostly aggresive or just complaining about how the stuff is not vegan enough, why the bloggers use normal suggar or flour.. you name it.
I always enjoyed your comment section because I thought it was nearly free of this only someone asking about a possible change for their needs, not since it is bad in generall, and your kind and thoughtful responses.
When I read the comments to your last post, that changed and I felt totally sorry and just can say that it is just a small amount of people. For most of the people your blog is wonderful and I’m sure for the people who know you, you are that wonderful in person.

Please: Keep making me laugh and cry with you in your storys and keep inspiring us with your recipies. If I am vegan/vegetarian or not. Thanks alot for doing this in the past and thanks for deciding to do it in the future!

Ann M March 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

I discovered your blog when I first started going “animal and process less eating”. You have been a constant inspiration for me, and my family. Don’t worry about the “Title Police” vegan or otherwise. If that is all they have to worry about in life then they are truly blessed. You are raising your family with love and with a healthy diet. That is all you need. Thank-yo for taking the time and energy to design your recipes and then make them available to us.

abigail89 March 31, 2015 at 8:16 am

Dear Angela–Like so many here, I have never written to you before, but want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and your recipes. I am an omnivore that was seeking to add more plant-based foods to my family’s diet. You have helped me prove to my teenage son that vegan dishes ARE delicious and filling; several of your recipes are part of our regular meals cycle because they are so good. Thank you so much!

Libby March 31, 2015 at 8:19 am

Way to go, Angela! What you do DOES make a difference – it has in my life for sure – and everyone’s eating habits, like their lives, are an individual journey that changes over time. That said, I never could quite understand how some vegans’ “love for animals” didn’t also translate into a love for humans… :)

Jessica March 31, 2015 at 8:20 am

Wow, I am just shocked that people would treat you that way!! That’s crazy!! Well, I’ve loved your blog and recipes for years and fail to see why it’s anyone’s business to define you and your life! Especially in a hateful way! (The old “you don’t own me…” song comes to mind.) I have struggled a little with this and with validation issues because I am a vegetarian primarily due to the fact that we raise chickens as pets and eat their eggs. Many vegans are under the mistaken guise that it is “chicken abortion” to eat eggs and that magically without a rooster there is a baby chick in there… Hello – male + female chicken = baby chick… Chickens will produce eggs to excess whether you eat them or not, whether there is a rooster around or not, and I have failed to educate vegans who just won’t believe me. Oh, well.

Beth E. March 31, 2015 at 8:21 am

Angela: I am so sorry that you had to deal with such criticism for being honest. I am one of those people whose whole way of eating changed when I found Oh She Glows several years ago. I was newly vegan and didn’t know what to eat beyond a few simple dishes. Reading your blog was always like talking to a good friend who happened to have a good recipe to share. Without your recipes, I would still be eating fake, processed foods.
Only you know what’s best for you and for your sweet, beautiful baby. It’s not up to the rest of the Internet world to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. You have dealt with a lot in your life already, so you know how to be true to yourself.

Katie March 31, 2015 at 8:21 am

I really wanted to let you know (as so many others have) that your approach has made a difference in my life. I have appreciated your honesty about not being a completely vegan household, as mine is very similar. People become very polarized on topics such as this, but working together is how you make a difference in this world! You have to accept others for who and what they are. Thank you for the inspiration, awesome recipes, and joy you spread!

Erin Hack March 31, 2015 at 8:22 am

So sorry to hear that you received mean comments, but unfortunately it doesn’t surprise me. Hang in there and keep doing what you do. We love you and your delicious plant-based recipes no matter what you call yourself!

Manuela March 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

There are miserable people out there who feel the need to push their views on everyone. Sadly, most of the those people never educate themselves on these topics and just jump to being negative. As you stated, what works for some, may not work for others.
All I can say on personal experience, is that you have changed my family’s life. We feel better than we have in years and now eat legumes and vegetables I never even knew about. After seeing some documentaries on the food industry and health, we knew we needed a change. Your recipes have made it easy to eat healthier. I pass on your site to everyone wanting a healthier alternative.
I am so grateful to have stumbled upon your site! Leave the miserable people to destroy themselves with their hateful judgement and celebrate the fact you’ve made thousands of peoples’ lives longer!!!

Nicole, Brandie's momma March 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

Thank you for keepin’ it real! Be true to yourself and things will work out well :)

Bernadette B March 31, 2015 at 8:26 am

Angela–your posts are always positive, encouraging, warm, inviting and full of top-notch recipes. I thought there was no way you could’ve been experiencing the unfortunate criticism that can sometimes befall bloggers because it never showed—your posts were unwaveringly positive and hopeful and unjaded! How naive I was. I am sincerely sorry that you experienced these negative criticisms—what an emotional drain!
I’ve been following your blog for about four years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Yours are the recipes my husband and I keep going back to and the ones we make for friends and family. You also inspired my husband and I to take a trip to NYC and visit some awesome vegan and vegetarian restaurants!
Thank you for sharing your passion with the world.
p.s. I gave birth to my third child last August and I loved following along as you experienced your pregnancy and life with your daughter. It’s kinda wonderful, isn’t it? :)

Sandra March 31, 2015 at 8:28 am

I’m so sorry about the negativity you got. It’s disappointing. I get the same things all the time. I’ even told I’m not vegan, because I eat honey. That my kids weren’t vegan, because we had to supplement breastmilk with dairy formula. That I use too much sugar, too much soy, too many meat and dairy analogues. Nothing is ever good enough for some people. Just a few days ago, I got my daughters ice skates. I wanted to share pics on social media and on my blog, but literally feared the backlash for buying leather. Good for you, for sticking to your guns and standing up for yourself.

Nicki March 31, 2015 at 8:29 am

Hi Angela, I’m so sorry to hear this :-( I just wanted to let you know what a positive influence you have been on me. I am a relative newcomer to this blog. I have been vegetarian all my life but have dabbled in vegan cooking on and off. Your recipes are the ONLY ones I have tried and LOVED. They are not trying to be fake meat dishes or fake bakes they are simply good, healthy food. After trying a handful of your recipes on my family, and them being well received, I bought your book and it didn’t disappoint either. I don’t like labels and really, how you feed your child is no business of anyone but your own. I hope the love bombing in these comments goes a little way to make up for the nastiness you have been receiving. Thanks, you are awesome!

Brittney March 31, 2015 at 8:29 am

I LOVE your recipes and completely agree with your mindset. Raising a family is such a personal journey and although everyone wants to throw in feedback I strongly feel you have to make decisions that feel right for you and your family.

Also–as a healthcare provider–I have printed off your recipes for my patients numerous times in an effort to give them simple and healthy recipes!

Keep doing your thing! You are inspiring.

Lisa March 31, 2015 at 8:30 am

Angela – Sorry to hear of the nasty comments – and thanks for staying in integrity and taking the road of acceptance. I have not eaten meat in almost 30 years (since my early teens) – many of those years were vegan. I am no longer a vegan don’t even call myself a vegetarian most of the time because the box is too constraining. I have always had a deep respect and reverence for animals – hence my food choices – but also for real food and nourishment. My 6 year old started with meat early on – meat that we get directly from the farm – we drive out there and pick it up ourselves. She is an animal lover, is a kind and sweet girl and meat is a sustaining element in her diet. I still don’t eat it, don’t love preparing it but I have never regretted my decision. My hubby is like yours – he eats all that I make (many of your recipes and many others that are of like quality) as I have been eating like this for a very long time – but he also eats healthy meats.
Kudos to you for being honest to yourself and your family. Let the boxes and labels go and live respectfully, i say :)

Brooke March 31, 2015 at 8:31 am

You have done so much to inspire people to eat healthier and it’s clear to anyone who reads this blog. Makes me wonder if the “vegan” haters are truly vegan or if they are non-vegans trying to make vegans look bad. I was vegan for almost a year four years ago to try and deal with some health issues but it didn’t help and I resonated with how the Native Americans ate so I went back to an omnivore diet (mostly plants).

Keep doing great work! I look forward to your recipes each week and actually just got done eating 2 of your power chia doughnuts from your cookbook that I baked into muffins! They were so yummy :-)

Kerry March 31, 2015 at 8:32 am

Hi Angela – this post really struck a chord with me. I was just recently wondering if you ever had to deal with negative comments from readers because you come across as such a warm, caring person and it’s hard to imagine that anyone could think so highly of themselves as to try to tear you down. I started following your blog last summer and I absolutely love all that you do! Keep up the good work and God bless your sweet little family!

Evelyn March 31, 2015 at 8:36 am

As a fellow blogger I too receive emails with kudos or criticisms. Some days it can feel daunting and exhausting to read through the negative. I have to step away from the computer and take a moment of zen to regroup my thoughts. I recently received an email that gave me the worst writers block and hasn’t allowed me to get back in the writing groove. People can be pretty cruel and since I am new to blogging I haven’t figured out how to manage the downsides.

Today that changed! Reading your post has empowered me to take the negative with a grain of salt and continue to move forward. I’ll be back to writing this evening and I want to thank you for being an inspiration. Do you girl! There’s nothing wrong with what you have goin’ on :)

Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern March 31, 2015 at 8:37 am

I am so sorry you have been exposed to the hateful, selfish side of people. It is a HUGE bummer and it sometimes makes one lose hope for the world. You, on the other hand, are hope, and I’m so glad you will continue on your journey and keep enlightening others! Yours was my first Vegan cookbook and it made me say “I can do this!”

Laura B March 31, 2015 at 8:38 am

Honestly, angry vegans or what I like to call The Vegan Police have always been my ONLY issue with being vegan. It’s not an issue really, it just makes me so sad. They are the ones who make us all look like lunatics, extremists, just downright crazy. They are the ones who drive people away from people trying to learn the lifestyle and who are really trying to get some good information and start their journey toward veganism. I completely support you and your choices, because that’s exactly what they are, YOUR choices. I just wish The Vegan Police could get a grip on the fact that they’re hurting the natural steps toward moving forward.

Jenna March 31, 2015 at 8:42 am

Hi Angela,
I don’t usually read comments on the net, because they are so often filled with animosity and seem to provide people with enough anonymity to be utterly cruel. I read through a lot of the comments on your last post because I was curious how people would take it, and I was seriously disappointed in the responses (although sadly, not surprised). I hoped for your sake that you would take them all with a grain (or an ocean) of salt! I myself am not vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, etc.; I gravitate towards a lot of plant-based eating because I’m a person in search of a healthy lifestyle that makes me feel good, and your blog and your example have been a big influence on me. Thank you for your continued leadership and your candidness, and for sharing your life with us. I think you’re doing a wonderful thing, and your daughter is lucky to have such a great role model.

James March 31, 2015 at 8:43 am

With or without a label, your recipes are delicious and I enjoy your writing style. Keep up the great work.

christine groves March 31, 2015 at 8:45 am

You are such an inspiration. I remember your early blogs with your salad and a couple slices of tofurky…lol. I always look to your blog for great ideas and inspiration. When my husband and I went vegan about 4 years ago I read your blog daily and back read to your first posts. Over the past year we have stared to eat meat again but we choose organic free range meats and we still eat vegan about 70%-85% of the time. People really like to get on a moral high horse and feel like judge and jury.The greatest moral failing is to condemn something as a moral failing: no vice is worse than being judgmental.(Julian Baggini) Stay strong and keep the glow going.

Sue March 31, 2015 at 8:50 am

Always remember you are the best parents for your child. People will always have an opinion on everything and anything you do. Well done, you are doing a good job!!!

Mel March 31, 2015 at 8:51 am

As a vegetarian for my entire life, I echo your feelings about letting your daughter find her own way, I love that I don’t take life to sustain life, however sometimes I wish I had come to it by myself. When it’s time, I will make the same decision to let my child figure out how and when and if it chooses to become a vegetarian.

No matter what you do there will be some critic telling you you’re doing it wrong. Good for you for dusting it off, keep doing your thing.

Patti Hoover March 31, 2015 at 8:52 am

first, let me tell you how much I enjoy your site and cookbook. Your positive, encouraging, non judgemental style are a large part of your popularity. Unfortunately there are some who tear down instead of building up. It is hard to be the focus of this kind of criticism. I am sorry for the pain they have caused you. I hope you will continue leading others to greater wellness in your sunny way. That is what the world needs more of. Thank you. Keep glowing!

Jennifer March 31, 2015 at 8:54 am

Feck the begrudgers as we say in Ireland!
Your blog is wonderfully accessible and encourages people like me ( not a major health officiando or foodie!) to behave a little more mindfully about how I consume and prepare my food. You are doing a great job and even though I don’t have children I love reading about how you are integrating your new baby into your life. We had a mindfulness session with work recently – we were given a mantra – I am calm courageous and confident. So keep up the good work!

Jessi March 31, 2015 at 9:04 am

Angela, You are doing amazing things that are changing the world each and every day AND raising your family in the BEST way possible – with freedom to choose.
My sister-in-law and I were at lunch this weekend chatting about your other post. I am a former vegan and she is a vegan momma, due to food allergies in her kiddos. We were talking about how awesome your post was, and how its what she does and I would do, and she mentioned the seeing some nasty comments. I was a little shocked. Yes, I figured you’d get a few nay-sayers, but I did not expect the comments you both mentioned. It is just uncalled for.
Even if you are vegan for more than health reasons, it is a personal choice AND it is not right for everyone. And with that, a little is better than none. So your daughter might eat meat one day – I’m sure that with you making most of her meals her diet will be mainly plant-based and she will be one health and happy little lady :)
You rock – keep moving forward and making waves!

Julie March 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

Thank you for your thoughtful words! I’m so sorry you have been scrutinized so harshly, your reaction to it is so very wise and caring. I have struggled with transitioning from vegetarian to vegan for a long time and understand the lows of feeling overwhelmed with not being able to “make it, all the way”. I love the encouragement from your blog and your recipes are phenomenal! I do not yet have children but have often wondered what I would do when the time comes. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It truly makes a difference, and I (along with so many others!) appreciate it!

Michele March 31, 2015 at 9:07 am

Hi there, My baby is now 18 years old. When I conceived her I was 40 years old, and had been vegetarian for almost 20 years, eating occasion fish. We lived in Northern California and it was the late 1990’s, so the fish was fresh and local.
Two events occurred that shaped my decision to eliminate the fish from my diet. I became violently ill the first time at about 4mos., and the second time,the Pyrex baking dish with the trout in it, shattered in the oven. I decided to go full veg at that time, and for the remainder of my pregnancy.I had a beautiful fast and healty home birth (age 41), and nursed forever!! She was an incredibly chubby, healthy well baby. No ear infections, no vaccines. My daughter was veggie her whole life, and we have transitioned about 4 years ago to committed full time whole food plant based Vegan.
I think these little souls know what they need to do in this world, I’m greatful is was able to tune in early to her needs and not impose my own. We are both each other’s teachers.
Love your Site/Book. Xox happy pregnancy!

Aubree March 31, 2015 at 9:13 am

I had to click back to the comments section of your article to see the criticism you were talking about. The negative comments made were just to nit-pick, and it makes the posters look silly and like they have waaaay too much time on their hands.
I think you are doing a great thing, Angela! I love your blog, and I am by no means vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. You have inspired me to eat healthier, and people who are critical of your personal decisions are inconsequential.
I’ll be a follower of your blog for a long time to come- keep up the good work!

Joannie March 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

Angela, you changed my life. I’ve been vegan since 2010 but it was so difficult for me before I discovered your blog. Ever since, it’s been an amazing adventure of discovery. Your recipes are wonderful, your story is wonderful, you’re an inspiring woman who’s been through so much yet you’re always so positive and every one of your articles brings a little bit of sun into my days. Every time someone’s curious about what I eat as a vegan I direct them to your website. I bought your cookbook and there’s not one recipe I haven’t tried in it. My carnivorous boyfriend loves them and he’s never complained once. My coworkers adored your muffins and cookies and always demanded more. Even my very septic parents were impressed with what I made for Christmas this year. And it all came from you. I want children in the next three years, and I was so, so relieved to read your post about raising a child vegan or not, because I felt exactly the same way. You’re a model and an inspiration to a LOT of people. Your blog is NOT a place for labeling, hateful comments and the likes. I read some of them and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It made me think a lot, and I discussed it with my boyfriend. I then realized that no matter what changed I did, it’s never gonna be enough for these people – and it’s the same for you. I, too, will be dropping the label. It’s became associated with narrow-minded extremists I on’t want to be associated with. Thanks for your honesty, and keep going. I don’t know what I’d do without you. (Fangirl much?)

Simone March 31, 2015 at 9:18 am

Wow. How sad that people can be so critical, and other vegans at that. What’s the point of showing compassion to animals and the Earth if you can’t also show the same kindness to other human beings who are doing great things in this world. This is why having labels can be so destructive to the movement, it gives veganism a bad name. There is no such thing as perfection, we can all try our best to make our mark in this world in the best way we know how and it is pointless to criticise someone who is doing better than most to spread the word about this amazing way of living across the globe. Keep doing what you are doing Angela, you have a huge community who loves all that you share.

Sharon March 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

Thank you so much for your open, and honest response today. I am not vegan, but enjoy your recipes which add great interest and change to my diet. I am continually challenged re diet decisions as I too love animals. However, thank you for making these choices without judgement of others. We as humans must learn to challenge the people around us with our actions of kindness, and love. You show this with your openness and willingness to share stories, fabulous recipes and a passion for the way you eat. Thank you,

Briana March 31, 2015 at 9:23 am

Hi Angela! I have been re-reading your baby posts (I’m due with my first in September, so we had a lot of timing parallels!) and your recent post resonated with me. My husband and I have never called ourselves vegan, just “mostly plant-based” but have talked about how we will have to put limits on what other people feed to our kid based on our diet. But I scrolled through the comments knowing what I’d find and I was so sad. You’ve built up such a positive community and it sucks that people feel the need to criticize and tell you “yes you’re a vegan but you’re not vegan enough!” Because what the hell does that even mean? I’m sorry that you’ve had to deal with it and I’m sorry that it’s affected you personally. I completely understand – that kind of criticism would hurt my heart too. But from my perspective, I appreciate your honesty and I think you are a wonderful woman, mother and an admirable vegan! Thanks for all that you do!

Rachel March 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

All the negative comments on that post and on your Facebook page are perfect examples of why I don’t like openly telling people I am vegan. I don’t like getting a lot of attention, and the minute someone finds out I am a vegan, I am usually bombarded with judgments because of the negative stereotype vegan extremists have created. My lifestyle is a personal choice about how I live, but vegans on the more extreme side can be so damaging to the cause. In my opinion, getting anyone to start looking into where their meat comes from, and reduce their consumption is an enormous step in the right direction. Getting every person to go 100% animal free is never going to happen, but increasing awareness is 100% doable. You are doing so much more for animals than the number of extreme vegans who attacked you on your blog!

Your approach has been so refreshing, and I have met so many people who are not vegan who love your blog and cookbook. Please don’t stop using the term vegan throughout your future posts! As someone mentioned earlier, search engine optimization is key to people finding your recipes, and ‘vegan’ is still a popular search term!

You rock Ang, keep your head up :)

Camillia March 31, 2015 at 9:25 am

Handled with grace again. Keep doing your thing girl! xo

Kristy March 31, 2015 at 9:26 am

Thanks for doing what you do, Angela! I always look forward to your posts and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring your cookbook. As a dietitian, I’m passionate about equipping people with the necessary knowledge and skills to change their eating habits and improve their health, and I think you’re doing just that. You’ve helped people get in the kitchen, cooking and eating REAL foods, and show people that “healthy” doesn’t mean “bland” or “boring”. Also, the more I learn about the benefits of eating plant-based, the more grateful I am to have your recipes to draw upon – both for myself and my family and as a resource for my patients. Thank you, Angela!

Lori March 31, 2015 at 9:30 am

I will always and forever be a fan of this page, even as a committed omnivore. I’ve never shared so many recipes from one site and it’s because of your voice, talent, and kindness that I will always come back. Don’t change, Angela!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 31, 2015 at 9:37 am

We love you! You have been a life changer for so so many people! I know for me – you inspired me to start blogging, inspired many recipes and just in general been a positive person in my online blogging life!! Looking forward to seeing what’s coming from you!!

Laura March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am

More power to you Angela ! You are beautiful :)

Eve March 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

I am so sorry to hear about the troll comments you have gotten; how disheartening! You are a bright spot in the world of plant-based, vegan cooking and there is never a recipe of yours that we make for ourselves or others that doesn’t get rave reviews. Your recipes are not only delicious but are so accessible. Thank you and please don’t let the comments of others hurt you for one more second. You are supremely gifted and I am so grateful that you share your recipes and blog with the world!

Dormowa March 31, 2015 at 9:43 am

You are honestly such an inspiration to me. I create weekly menus and your blog and/or cookbook are always my first stop for awesome recipe ideas!

Tiffany March 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

Angela, I’m truly sorry that there are misguided people out there who are spreading hate in such a way. So many of us appreciate you for who you are and what you do, and completely agree that labels are unnecessary. Food is not a religion, or at least it shouldn’t be. I hope that the decision to remove yourself from a category will ease the tension and you will be able to find the joy in the journey again. Very best wishes for you and your family, and I look forward to continuing to enjoy your creations that you share with us.

Hunter March 31, 2015 at 9:49 am

Thank you for addressing the separation/discrimination that exists among “vegans.” I too have experienced a fair-share of rebuke for my all-over-the-place eating habits. I’ve adopted the term, “non-credo,” now, suggesting that I follow no formal particular path, but one where I am attuned to what my body is seeking. It seems to spark a deeper conversation, over pronouncing “vegan” or “gluten-yeast-meat-eggs-dairy-sugar-free,” and falling into assumptions about how I eat.

Steph March 31, 2015 at 9:49 am

Angela, this post made me tear up a bit, because I can’t believe there are people out there who would try to break down such a genuine and compassionate person. Yours is the only blog I’ve read consistently since I first started reading blogs almost five years ago. Even as a vegetarian for thirteen years, your recipes, kindness, and outlook on veganism has honestly changed, and continues to change, the way I view food. There are some truly miserable and pathetic people out there – people who will find negativity even in the most wonderful and positive things. I’m a loyal lurker here on OSG, but just had to chime in when I read this. Thanks for all you do for the vegetarian and vegan community, and I hope you’ll use mean people’s negativity as a nice big stepping stone on your path to happiness for you and your little family. :-)

bethany March 31, 2015 at 9:51 am

Angela, I have lived on the recipes from your blog and your amazing cookbook for quite a while. Whenever I’m compelled to cook or fix anything I consult your recipes first because I know that they’ll be delicious and healthful. I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your site before but I just want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for essentially feeding me for so long.
We are so damn polarized by labels right now. It’s so disheartening. I’m eat a vegan diet 95% of the time, but don’t claim it because I don’t want to deal with the labels. I’m so sorry that you’ve been heckled and judged harshly from a community you’ve lifted up for so many years. Please read all of our comments and know that you’ve had such a profound impact on our lives and on our health. Sending love to you from Kentucky.

Courtney March 31, 2015 at 9:54 am

Killing hope and the desire to change is no better than killing an animal. When someone decides to make any step forward, whether for their health or animal rights, being ridiculed for picking the wrong label does nothing to promote change. It does nothing. If you want to make it about labels and logic, then you are doing it to gratify your own needs. Not animals. Most people don’t develop beliefs or values overnight. Small changes lead to bigger ones. If someone decides to stop animal products for their health, is it still not saving an animal? Do you think an animal appreciates your reasoning for avoiding a steak any more than someone who does it to lower their cholesterol? Labels are for people’s comfort. It makes people feel as though they have earned admission into a special club and those who haven’t met the requirements can’t get in. To all the people out there making ANY steps forward to improve your own health or the health of the planet, GO YOU!

Connie March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

So well put, Courtney!

Kathlene March 31, 2015 at 9:54 am

Hey Angela,

I am not a vegan but I love your website and your cookbook. I avoid animal products a few days a week and I am trying to transition to vegan living. I am sorry you have had hate mail. I just wanted you to know that you’ve changed my life and the way I cook.

Suzie March 31, 2015 at 9:55 am

Angela, you are a beautiful inspiration and it is so very sad that people are so unnecessarily vicious and hateful. I found out about your site 2 years ago and I LOVE everything about it. I share it, and my favorite recipes from it, all of the time. You introduced me to new ways to incorporate not only veggies, but an array of foods I had never tried before, into my diet. I am thankful for you and the beauty you bring to the world through your recipes and who you are in general. Keep fighting the good fight, those that love you will always do so.

Tracey March 31, 2015 at 9:55 am

I just wanted to say Thank You!!! For continuing despite the ignoramuses <3

Olivia March 31, 2015 at 10:01 am

Your recipes, blog and cookbook have had a huge impact on me since a few years ago when my best friend’s mom first got your cookbook and made us a soup, smoothie, and snack bar from it all in one night! Later I ran out and got the book for myself, and I can’t wait for your next one. My boyfriends parents are huge carnivores and I left your chickpea salad in the fridge one day and came home to them begging for the recipe! You inspire people with any type of diet to eat healthier and try new, interesting and flavorful recipes. Keep doing you!

Wendy March 31, 2015 at 10:02 am

Your post made me so sad! I was again reminded how we could all benefit with more love and less judgment! One of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed your posts is that you have been straight up and genuine and have shared a lot with your readers. You’ve also helped many of us that are wanting to transition to more whole foods/plant based recipes. We all need to live the life that we are meant to live.

Carol March 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

Well said! I like saying that I am a “whole food plant based” eater myself because that represents the health that I am interested in putting into my body. :-) There is never an excuse for hurtful comments whether we are using it against vegans or meat-eaters or anybody else. We need to embrace one another whether we think differently about things or not and keep moving in the right direction – like you said. Thank you for your recipes!! If I don’t like it I just don’t make it. No problem. :-)

silvicultrix March 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

Angela, although I’ve never commented before, I’ve read your blog for around a year now and have enjoyed the recipes I tried immensely (am vegetarian, not strict vegan). The ability to see all the grey between the black and white extremes is what makes for interesting discussion, and I think you excelled at addressing grey areas in both this post and the previous one.

All the best for you and your family.

Sonia Holland March 31, 2015 at 10:12 am

Hello Angela,
I am so sorry to hear about the negative criticism and unkindness you have received. Your blog, followed by your cookbook have made an immense impact on my life and the life of my husband. I decided to begin a “vegan” diet in late 2009 – I am a person living with moderate depression and PTSD, and the changes I made were made for compassionate reasons in the beginning. I was shocked by the changes in my mood and health – it was noticed by all who knew me. Several months later, my husband decided to join me with my dietary choices. Within 6 months, he was off both his blood pressure and cholesterol meds, and hasn’t needed those meds since. I thank you in part for that – your recipes are amazing, and my husband hasn’t missed our previous diet.
I am by no means a “perfect” vegan – striving for perfection has been one of my main sources of ill health, stress, and suffering. I applaud your truthfulness, and never thought twice about what you blogged and whether or not you fit into a “vegan” compartment – until I saw this post. Our attitudes towards living, and the lives of others are the same – I made my choice for my reasons, and I don’t expect anyone to “conform” to my choices. Eating vegan is my choice – I don’t condemn other for their choices, nor do I carry arround a sandwich board stating my superiority to others due to my choices. I don’t believe it is the right choice for everyone. My reasons for becoming vegan are my own, and if asked, I explain. No more, no less. I also dislike the idea that I have to fit into some box that one person or another has decided “a real vegan” is. Anger and cruelty created the society we live in, and I have made my choices to lessen those things in my life.
Again, kudos to you for your strength and honesty, and your courage for remaining true to yourself. I thank you for being a part in my healthy lifestyle, and hope that with time, you can shake of the negativity that has been flung your way. Hang in there!!!

Denise March 31, 2015 at 10:14 am

Long time reader, first time commenter – I LOVE your blog, we aren’t a vegetarian household, but I’ve made many of your recipes to rave reviews from my husband and kids. As so many have mentioned before me, keep up the amazing work you do!

Lindsay March 31, 2015 at 10:27 am

Angela, you are a wonderful and inspirational human being and mother. Thank you for sharing your life and recipes with us – I hope the negative responses you’ve recieved as of late don’t spol it for the rest of us who still want to be part of your online community.

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Jesizulu March 31, 2015 at 10:28 am

Angela! Your blog is wonderful, your words inspiring, and your food, ohmygoodness, I cannot describe, but amazing and delicious! I appreciate your openness, and apologize about the fact that you have been made to feel anything less but wonderful. I am not one to post online, normally a quiet observer, but I was compelled to send you some kind words given the ridiculousness of others. Your recipes have helped me to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain a nutritious, (dare I say!!) ‘mostly vegan diet’. Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t change a THING! People are bold and fearless when it comes to putting others down when they can hide behind anonymity and a screen. You have plenty of supportive, faithful followers who appreciate all that you do, and have enjoyed your journey. :)

Sandra F March 31, 2015 at 10:31 am

I am a regular reader of your blog but never comment. I missed the post “Will you raise your daughter a vegan?” I went back and read it just now. I am not vegan but enjoy your recipes and adding more veggies to my meals. I would fall in the category of your husband. You have exactly the right attitude. Your daughter should have the right to choose the foods she likes and be able to eat meals that her friends and relatives prepare if that is her choice. Just because you blog doesn’t mean you should be subjected to rude people criticizing your personal decisions or lifestyle. Ignore them and keep doing the wonderful work you are doing for those of us who appreciate it so much.

Amanda March 31, 2015 at 10:31 am

I think it’s so sad that there are so many vegans out there that feel the need to shame other people- that shouldn’t be what the plant- based movement is about. You dealt with the criticism in such a classy and well- spoken way (I would have used some choice words, lol). Thank you for all you do and for being an inspiration to so many! (hugs)

Hannah March 31, 2015 at 10:32 am

I just wanted to add my voice of support, Angela. I always enjoy your posts and recipes, and reading about the criticism you’ve received made me feel really sad. People can be so cruel when they have a computer screen to hide behind. Keep doing what you are doing and stand tall. Best wishes from Plymouth, UK xx

Kathleen March 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

I absolutely LOVE your recipes and you are the number one website I pass onto others! Call yourself whatever you want! Haters gonna hate!

Alex March 31, 2015 at 10:39 am

Hi Angela,

I came across your blog at a time when I was seeking change in what I was eating and the way I was eating. I instantly fell-in love with your blog and simple yet delicious recipes!! Although I’ve always considered myself “healthy” you’ve been a great inspiration to start being “mindful” of what I eat and showed me that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring!!! I’m so sad to hear that you’ve gotten criticism for sharing something you love. Don’t let that stop you from continuing to inspire so many others!!!! I just wanted to let you know that you are awesome and have changed my life by sharing your wonderful recipes. None of us are born to please others..we are all here to live our authentic self and it’s a shame that others are too busy imitating instead of being the perfect imperfection of themselves.

Susan March 31, 2015 at 10:40 am

I am sorry that people are so mean. You have changed my perspective on food and probably saved my life. Thank you.

Shannon March 31, 2015 at 10:40 am

Well said Angela! I was sad to see a similar post by Peas and Thank You some years ago. What a shame that people can use a label to create conflict and negativity. The last thing we need! Especially when you work so hard to beautifully and honestly share your delicious recipes. Feed your beautiful daughter whatever you feel is best and continue to take the high road where other people’s comments are concerned. Thanks again for your fabulous recipes!

Nancy March 31, 2015 at 10:42 am

I applaud you for writing a beautiful article on your beliefs and feelings on being Vegan. Isn’t that what life is about? Believing in how you make decisions for yourself, without people wanting you to change to their belief only. Perhaps those out there who need to send hateful comments to someone who works very hard to live a life that works for her and her family should perhaps look in the mirror and wonder where things went wrong in their life. What happened to you that you make the ultimate decision that someone isn’t living Vegan the way you do? Why do you have the desire to hurt people who make good judgement and decisions that work for them? I admire you so much for your devotion to give us a wide variety of food to choose from and to help some of us ease into a lifestyle that works for them concerning food and health. Giving critique is good, but being down right nasty requires that time in the mirror questioning yourself as to why you are spending all that energy being hateful. I would doubt you live a true Vegan lifestyle yourself if you have that much anger.

Tammy March 31, 2015 at 10:42 am

Just adding a comment to tell you “you rock!”! You’re an inspiration and your recipes are delish. Thank you for adding so much food joy to my life! Love your cookbook so much I just bought a second copy! (I left copy #1 across the country with my Mom.) Thank you!!!

PS I’m making both your chickpea salad and vegetable soup with cashew cream *again* today! :-D

Kerry March 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

Why anyone would really care about what you feed yourself or your family is beyond me. I eat meat. Whatever. But what I have learned from buying your cookbook is the value of eating more from a plant-based/natural diet. Your advice and your blog are helping me make better food decisions. I would even go so far as to say you are helping many,many people make healthier food decisions. When you are feeling attacked or critized – lean into that.

Kerry March 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

Ooops, I spelled criticized incorrectly!

Heather [email protected] March 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

There will always be haters out there. I can’t believe someone who accuse you of not being “vegan enough” that is insane. You have done more to support and spread veganism than anyone I can think of. Love your blog and recipes Angela!

SElaine March 31, 2015 at 10:59 am

Your message is spot on:) love it! I was 100% vegan for to years and finally had to add animal foods back into my life due to some health issues that developed. I am 100% back to normal now. My hair is back and my nails are not tearing off. Trust me I took all the right supplements and was very careful about not ratting a tone of fake vegan cheese/meat products and stuck to the veggie/nut/healthy oils/beans route and it was simply not enough. We are by design made to consume plants and animals probably not grains ( but that is another issue). It took me along time to come to grips that what I believed in and basically what was a religion almost was not working and not for me. So I support you and understand. Living in this world is hard enough and having people being ugly about out food choices is just crazy! You can give a educated and respectfully written opinion without going to the dark side.

Heather March 31, 2015 at 11:00 am

Thank you so much for this. You don’t owe any of us any explanations. Your life is YOUR life. You don’t owe ANYONE any answers on what you put in your mouth or what you feed your baby. We (people like yourself and I) don’t crucify the moms we see giving their kids cows milk or cereal snack packs, that’s their prerogative (although we could argue it’s abuse, we don’t.). I’m grateful for the amazing, healthy, and yummy recipes you provide. xo

Kristi March 31, 2015 at 11:04 am

When my husband and I began this plant based journey about 6 years ago I really struggled with good recipes and eating MORE veggies……that is until I found your site! THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful recipes with us! It is so nice to know that I can choose any one of your recipes and it will be wonderful!!!! Seriously! It is so frustrating trying a new recipe that just isn’t very good. Yours are worthy of serving to our meat eating friends and family!!! I have been leaning towards gluten free lately and think what will I eat?? But then am reassured because most if not all of your recipes are gluten free or have a gluten free alternative! Can’t wait for your new cookbook! Thank you for sharing your passion with us!!!

Deborah Harmon March 31, 2015 at 11:10 am

Never let haters get you down. Haters hate … It’s just what they do. I refer to our lifestyle as “primarily whole foods plant-based.” I didn’t sign a contract or become a card carrying anything when I chose to follow my conscience … All or nothing extremism tends to be symptomatic of immature reasoning. I have no intention of being unkind to myself or others just because the Veganer Than Thou faction thinks I should live up to the the standards that THEY have set for themselves. My lifestyle is based first and foremost on compassion with health considerations coming a close second. I don’t choose to label myself, I eat according to MY values … T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do!! YOU help so many people with your work … Don’t worry what those people think … Just do you!

Lynda Lord March 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

I felt compelled to get in touch after reading about how some people have responded to you. A bit of background – One of my adult sons has been a strict vegan for many years and is very happy to explain his position on this but would never be judgmental regarding other people’s choices. In fact his partner sounds like your husband in that she continues to eat meat but much less so than before. His change in diet intrigued me and after learning more I moved from being vegetarian to vegan three years ago and am so glad I did.
Being a parent and working with my husband to raise two thoughtful, informed and compassionate young men has been the joy and focus of my life. I believe there is nothing more important than guiding our children and then giving them the freedom to be themselves. Your decisions regarding your daughter show profound caring and a deep regard for allowing her own choices as she grows. I smile to myself as I think of all the laughter and special moments ahead for your amazing family. Enjoy every minute!
I so appreciate all you do and am looking forward to your new cookbook. Not only are your recipes wonderful but your zest for life is inspiring!

Amanda March 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

I’m sorry to hear about the hate you’ve been getting. You’re blog has been incredibly helpful on my path to a plant based diet. I’m still not 100% Vegan and probably never will be. I think that animal consumption in all aspects of daily life, not just food, is too ingrained at this time to be a perfect vegan and still live a happy, healthy and productive life. I have no respect for the haters out there that would tear you and anyone else down. They ruin the vegan image and I’ve actually found myself not wanting to label myself as vegan because of the impracticality of “perfection” and the negative connotations it has in the mainstream. I try to make my choices with the health and well being of the earth, animals and myself in mind and hope that enough people doing likewise can help change our infrastructure of animal based product consumption to something more sustainable and respectful towards all life.

Keep up the great posts and making the world a better place for everyone.

Debra March 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

My first reaction was to be so surprised at the backlash you’ve received, and then after thinking about it, I only had to think back to what I’ve surmised over a long period of time, and that is that far too many people are reactive and don’t think about the consequences of their words. I’m just sorry. A new label-free perspective of your own creativity and certainly your continued commitment to healthy living and well-being may be liberating. I hope it is. You’ve made a difference in my life, and I appreciate your work. I wish you only the best.

Tammy Root March 31, 2015 at 11:16 am

You go girl! Glad you stood back up and posted. And, I’m so glad you have ALL these awesome comments to read!!! XOXO

Erin March 31, 2015 at 11:18 am

Hi Angela,
Just wanted to add my voice of encouragement to all of the others…
It is funny, it was just this past weekend where I was making three of your recipes and I thought “I should drop her a note to say THANK YOU for what she does”. You don’t know me personally, but I’ve followed your blog for many years – I bought Glo Bars back in the day, I eagerly awaited your cookbook. We live in the same community and I’m so grateful that I have a “neighbour” that is so inspiring and so open.
I don’t really care what you call “it”, just please don’t stop what you are doing.
Thanks so much,

Alice March 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

I just wanted to say that your post made me really sad. I transitioned to veganism a few years ago and your recipes (especially those cookies!) made it so much easier and fun. I love your attitude and you’re incredibly inspirational. I hope you don’t take the jihadists to heart- every little bit, be it plant-strong or vegan, makes a difference. You do you! <3

Laura March 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

Bravo and eloquent. It’s a choice I made to avoid the V label and instead say ” plant-based”. Sad but true commentary of the overthinkers. You remain my fave and inspire so many of us. We all choose our reason for eating more plants and don’t have to be cookie cutter.

Janet March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

Hi Angela. I see you already have the support of so many members of your wonderful community but I would still like to comment and add to the numbers.
Angela, you do what you wanna.

Kelli March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

So sorry to hear about the negativity & criticism.. It’s hard to understand how anyone could justify criticizing you after your years of wonderfully positive contributions to so many lives (both human & animal). Just want to say thanks for the great recipes, blog & attitude! I always look forward to reading each & every one of your posts, and how you choose to raise your child does nothing to change that! Please keep up the great work!


Carla Nuzzo March 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

I can’t add anything new to the commenters here — just wanted to raise my hand and say “I’m with you, too.” It’s one thing to take criticism yourself (hard enough, btw), but when people make accusations about parenting, ack! I rarely read comments anywhere on the internet anymore.

Thanks for raising awareness and openness to healthy foods, and for remaining positive in the unfortunately polarized world that food has become.

Kerri March 31, 2015 at 11:52 am

First, thank you for your delicious recipes. Your cookbook is my “go to” cookbook and has made a huge difference in my family’s life in the last few years as we have changed our way of eating.

I am uncomfortable with the labels that have been attached to different ways of eating because the label is usually followed with a judgement. People take eating and food very personally. So, I now avoid saying I am ‘vegan’ but say instead that I eat mostly plants.

You are handling a difficult situation with grace. It is very admirable and your efforts are making it easier for others to make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Thank you for being you.

Terri Connolly March 31, 2015 at 11:58 am

Nicely said! I am not vegetarian or vegan, but eat both and I enjoy your recipes and blog. No need for labels that but you in a position to be criticized.

Larice @ Feeding Your Beauty March 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for such a beautiful post, I am always inspired by you and I admire the way you gracefully handle negative people. I too am shocked anyone could find ANYTHING negative to say about you! I have a similar stance when it comes to labels… although I’m mostly plant-based, I don’t like to label myself, because that always seems to draw criticism – even from those with similar habits. In fact, I’ve never really fit under any label, and usually don’t follow the “conventional” ways of doing anything…whether it’s diet, spirituality, career, or parenting. Hate the labels! Life shouldn’t be so rigid. Labels are fine for recipes, but not for people! Keep doing what you do so well, you’re an inspiration to so many people.

Nadine March 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Hi Angela!

I hope you get to read this personally.

Like for so many others, your site is my go-to place to find delicious recipes and I regularly cook from your book.

I follow a plant-based diet and I am also a long time reader and had never commented on your blog before. Well that was until last week when I started reading the disheartening comments some people had on here and Facebook and I just had to say something. Some of those comments were right down preposterous and I had to laugh at loud at some of them.

As others have said, I too was worried about you since you have been quiet for the last week and I know how sensitive you are. But I’m sure you needed some space to take a step back and address the issue, which you did beautifully and tactfully. Like so many others, I consider you as friend – even though we have never met – and I was furious and outraged by the way some of them discredited you in the public eye. Who does that anyways?!?

I hope that this incredible outpour of support will make you forget those ugly comments that you have received lately. People all over the planet and from all walks of life have your back Angela! Already eleven pages (and still going) of supportive comments in just over 24 hours!!!

Every day, your recipes have a tremendous effect and translate into positive changes in terms of people’s health, animal welfare, and our planet. And that is no small feat!!!

“Sincères amitiés” from Eastern Ontario

Jen March 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Yes, this! Your blog and your cookbook have made a huge difference in my diet and my life, and your approach to food, among other things, has made me reconsider my dietary habits precisely because you are not preachy or judgmental. I was a vegetarian years ago, and after years of eating meat again, am working my way toward a plant-based diet, and I can say it is really because of you.

If you are a light for people, you will attract them. If you shine a spotlight in their eyes, they’ll run away. Thanks for being a light for me.

Nadine March 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I forgot to mention in my previous comment that one good thing about your post from last week and people stating that they will stop following you as a result is that it will have allowed to weed out the bad seeds from your fan base. Call it if you will “Spring Cleaning”! :D

K March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

I am completely blown away by the hateful comments. Although I don’t read your blog regularly (and I’ve never commented) I always recommend it to friends looking for plant based recipes.
I just want to share my support for you and the decision you’ve made for your family. You’re a good person and a good mom. I wish you all the best.

Janet March 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Militant-anything is not good. I applaud your efforts to remain true to yourself. Relatedly, I was just reading at WestonPrice last night and saw the correlation of gall bladder disuse-leading to-disease in vegetarians. I had never truly understood the purpose of the gall bladder and am reading so much now on the necessary proteins and vitamins only found in grass-fed meats, eggs and dairy. As the good book says, Moderation in Everything. May you enjoy a great adventure in motherhood. Your child will be your most important fan ever.

Van March 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

I’ve been a vegetarian since birth (44 years now!), and it never ceases to amaze me how the vegan food police can alienate people. Even though I am technically vegan, And have devoted my life to helping animals, I continue to call myself vegetarian for this very reason. I am grateful to my parents for raising me vegetarian and teaching me compassion from birth, but I would never, ever, ever judge someone else for how they raise their family. I enjoy your blog, whether it be plant-based, vegetarian, nutritarian, whatever. Keep promoting happy food. And, as a vegetarian “lifer” I am absolutely THRILLED that you have made plant-based mainstream!!

jenny March 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Thank you for providing some great recipes that I can share with anyone, no matter what kind of an eater they are. Keep them coming, I only see more people appreciating them as time goes on. It’s sad that some people aren’t happy, but I think many more are able to enjoy healthy food from your cookbooks because of your open door.

Lisa March 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Just thought I would say that i love your blog and recipes and love that you want to raise your child to make their own decisions. People/media will criticize against paleo and veganism and whole food diets and plant based diets and whatever you want to call it ‘diets’ but don’t say anything about all the people who feed their kids McDonalds. But if it is your child and you care for and nurture them who really cares, motherhood is hard enough and if you sometimes need to feed your kid crap the world won’t end. Extreme vegans give the word a bad crazy name which turn people of the practice. I am vegetarian and like the idea of being more vegan but I can’t give up cheese (and no you can’t buy soy cheese where i live), I don’t think i would want to use the word though.
Thanks for your recipes, your FREE recipes that if people don’t like it they should go somewhere else. Ignore the haters, eat what you want and call your diet what you want because it is really hard in a restaurant to explain everything instead of just saying vegan!

Becca March 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Illegitimi non carborundum.

Do you. Inspire others. Don’t apologize. You are clearly very loved.

Dana March 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Your recipes are great and you offer a lot. I’m delighted that you are continuing to do this!

Stephanie March 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm

This is a very powerful post. I’m so sorry you’ve received backlash and criticism about these difficult decisions. I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I think your experience is common. I’ve been a vegetarian for 12+ years, and followed a vegan diet on and off for the last 3.

By far and away, the most hateful response I’ve received about my vegetarianism is from vegans. One vegan I know even told me I “may as well eat meat” if I wasn’t going to “fully commit” myself to eating zero animal products. I have tried many times to go vegan. I’ve kept myself up late at night, rapt with guilt that for whatever reason, I’ve never been able to fully transition to veganism.

In the process, I’ve made so many positive changes to my lifestyle. I use only cruelty-free cosmetics and health and beauty products. I keep a “vegan kitchen” for myself (my boyfriend still eats meat and dairy) so I only cook and eat plant-based meals at home. I’ve introduced friends and family to new foods and restaurants that are meat and dairy free. I’ve become more active in the animal rights community, volunteering time and money for the ethical treatment of animals.

But sometimes, I still eat a dish that contains cheese at a favorite restaurant . Sometimes I’m starving at the airport and purchase a snack that contains lactose. I’ve even eaten eggs on occasion, from a family friends backyard chicken coop. And over the last few months, I’ve resolved to stop hating myself for it. I know in my heart, I love animals. Every day for the last 12 years, I’ve taken action to affect positive change for animals on this planet. Could I be doing more? Of course. But I do what I can within the reality I live in.

I’ve never felt comfortable in the vegan movement. There are so many compassionate, kind, and open-minded vegans, but also many judgemental ones. At the end of the day, I usually tell people I follow a plant-based diet. If they inquire, I elaborate. For now, that is what I am comfortable with and I don’t feel like I’m disappointing a whole population who go by a label I can’t live by 100% of the time.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think you’re a true inspiration and totally support your beautiful lifestyle!

Jennifer March 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

lots of good vibes and love to you Angela! What you talk about here is why I stopped blogging at Virtually Vegan Mama and started Pure Thyme. It’s about finding blance and what works for us and our family. Keep doing what you are doing and ignore the hate!
you can read more of what I am talking about here and I would love to feature you on Pure Voice =) what is happening here needs to be explored an talked about more =)

lots of looooooooove to you!


Laura March 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Thank you for staying your true authentic self Angela. People will always have an opinion but the opinion that matters more than anything is the opinion of yourself. Naysayers will always be a part of life. Some bullies just never grow up. They just grow older.

Reading your post reminded me of my Mom being ex-communicated from the R.C. Church when she married my Dad who was Anglican. It never stopped her from being her authentic self either and they went on to have the best marriage anyone could hope for until death did them part.

High fives to you and your family. No one but you has the authority to demean the way you live your life when you live your life to the fullest and honour the lives of others around you.

Vivienne March 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Angela, I’ve been following your blog because you inspire me. Inspire me to get fit, be vegan (even though I’m a newbie and fall off the wagon every now and again) and inspire me to make the most of my life. Please don’t stop doing what you do or listen to the naysayers. We all have to walk our own path in life, and you have chosen a wonderful one for the rest of us to follow. Just keep walking that path, and inspiring us all. All my love to you and your family. Vivienne

Emily March 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

I’ve never commented before, but I just want to give you an e-hug. I have a baby and a toddler, and any negative comment about my parenting choices (no matter how untrue or irrelevant!) always cuts so deep. I think it’s that way for everyone. To have that on a public forum takes it to another level. I’m so sorry.

Your recipes have inspired me to be so much healthier (I try to eat “vegan” two or three days a week, and increase veggies and fruits all the time). But more than that, your obvious passion for what you do inspires me to do things I’m passionate about as well. You do glow – not just because you have a healthy diet, but because you are a beautiful person inside. It shines through your writing. Thanks for being awesome!

Jodi March 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

I can be considered “vegan curious”… but my past experiences with “vegans” have been off putting, to say the least! It wasn’t until recently, when I tried a 21 day detox / cleanse that I realized, 10 days in, that I was eating a “vegan” diet and completely loving it (they also didn’t label it as such)!

As soon as the cleanse was over I purchased your cookbook and contemplated what to call my new diet going forward. I didn’t want the stress of searching every ingredient for gelatin or animal by products or even the chicken vs veggie broth issue in some soups… but what I’m cooking for myself is inspired by you (and the cleanse) and I’ve never eaten better! Yes, I’ve gravitated back to some meat and dairy in my diet but I’m also craving tasty veggies and converting other omnivores when I share my leftovers of your recipes.

Thanks for showing me that not all vegans are “psycho” and for helping me incorporate more plant based meals in my life!

Beth Bennett March 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm

I am sorry it’s taken me this long to send a post! I work at a community based integrative oncology center in Ohio. We offer programs addressing the physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of cancer survivors. All services are free of charge. For over 4 years I’ve been using your delicious AND nutritious recipes in our hands on cooking classes for cancer survivors. In fact, your “perfect veggie patty” recipe is a huge hit and many of our participants have stopped buying “meatless” veggie patties at the store. The way you present food is EXACTLY the way we look at food. I am going to print your most recent post to share with participants who are trying to eat healthier and not feel guilty about their food choices. You make food fun, interesting AND it’s healthy! I’ve ordered your most recent book for both of our medical libraries…it doesn’t stay on the shelf very long! Keep up the great work and thank you for putting such a healthy perspective on the food we eat :)

Jennifer March 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I’ve been a fan of yours and made your recipes for over a year. I wasn’t even a vegan but wanted to incorporate more vegetable based foods in my family’s diet. Thank you for all your amazing recipes. I’m sorry that people have felt they need to bully or question your choices. Be blessed. You bless us with your yummy recipes.

Kimpossible March 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Thank you for your refusal to give in to the negative and hateful trolls of the internet (vegan or not). Your approach to plant-based recipes is always loving, positive and gentle which I found refreshing and welcoming, and everything I try from this website is delicious, so if some people are too blinded by their own dogma (or self-loathing, let’s be honest) that is their own problem. Haters gonna hate and the rest of us are going to keep on living the best we can. Kudos and many thanks Angela!

Trish March 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Angela, I adore your site, your recipes and you. I am shocked by some of the comments I read on here. Bottom line, people can be very judgmental and it sucks. Know that you have a whole worldwide base of fans, supporters and friends whose lives have changed because of you. I am so glad you will continue your blog and write new books. You are a light of hope and optimism in a world where people can be so mean and cruel. Keep on doing what you do. Many of us out here need your wisdom and knowledge!

Laura @SheEatsWell March 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I try to eat as many plants as possible! And thank YOU. Your cookbook was a Christmas gift and I love it and rave about it to everyone. Your recipes are always delicious. I’m obsessed with your Caesar Salad and 10 spice soup. I am so grateful for your creative mind in the kitchen. Thank you for your honest writing. Positive vibes your way and to those who have chosen to get so angry and be nasty…on the internet. XO

Liz March 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I have been following your blog for a LONG time and have tried dozens of your recipes. I just want to say that I love your “I’m not perfect” approach because NO ONE is. Your blog has helped me to cut out meat almost entirely and use much less dairy and I feel amazing :) Much love and respect to you. Keep doing your thing!

Camille March 31, 2015 at 1:26 pm

We’re not a vegan family (or even a vegetarian family), and we create and eat a lot of meals prepared from your recipes. Haters are going to hate, and its very easy to do so with the anonymity a computer provides. The choice you make for you and your family is yours alone, and doesn’t need to fit within someone else’s definition. Deep breathes, carry on, ignore the vitriol.

Dawn March 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm

When I saw that thread I was hoping that the outcome wouldn’t be something like this – it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion as people kept leaving vicious comments. It’s sad that when someone is making such progress and helping so many others to do so that people try to bring them down rather than allowing an open dialogue. That is one thing I don’t like about veganism. That and the posts of tortured animals on some of the pages. I’m doing it for the animals (and for my health), and seeing the torture just makes me feel awful the rest of the day. I enjoy your cookbooks and have given them as gifts to several people. I volunteered to be a test cook but I’ll bet you had a lot of offers. You do wonderful work and have a lovely family. I’ll miss the more personal contact but you’ve got to do what is right for you and your family. Wishing you all the best!

Helena March 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

F*ck the haters! You still have a huge impact for all the rest of us and we should continue to motivate one another. Thanks for sharing this with us. It sucks, but we still have your back :)

Desi March 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm

I can’t believe these internet wankers who berate you and others for not aligning themselves with their exact ideologies. Sometimes the internet just serves as a sounding board and sometimes your little piece of the internet is where they hop up on their soapbox. I’ve been reading your blog and following your recipes for years and have to give you some credit for introducing me to delicious vegan meals. All the best to you and your sweet family!

Barbara March 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Brava for being true to yourself. It’s the greatest thing you can do for yourself and others! Thanks for being you.

Becky March 31, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Wow. Who knew there could be so much drama on this beautiful foodie website.

100% respect and admiration for you, Angela.

Do you thang, girl.

Becky March 31, 2015 at 1:51 pm


Trisha March 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Appalled…. speechless and most of all so very disappointed in you angela…..

Megan March 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Oh how you do GLOW! Continue to shine your light. Love.

Kaitlin March 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

I came across your wonderful blog a few months ago and your story motivated me to move to a plant-based, mostly whole foods diet. Since then, I have experienced so many positive changes in my health. I’m so grateful for the advice and delicious, creative recipes that you offer here. I also love your cookbook and I was excited to hear that you are working on a second one! Thank you so much for sharing your passion for healthy eating. You are such an inspiration and a positive influence on so many people’s lives! :)

Stephanie L March 31, 2015 at 1:59 pm

*applauding* Bravo Angela, bravo. I never have understood the vitriol, vegan or not. I love what you do, and it makes mine and my husband’s life much easier. I have bought several OSG cookbooks for gifts for people who want to get more plants in their lives, and you do that so deliciously. Labels are a pain anyway, just be you. We like you like that.

Taylor March 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

So sorry you received hateful comments. This is something I have definitely been noticing more of on social media and it’s why vegans get such a bad rap. I too have stepped away from the vegan label and it’s been better for me. I don’t have any other vegan friends in real life and you have been the vegan I look up to the most on the internet. Your blog was one of the first ones that I found and it has been my favorite ever since. Everything you say always resonates with me. I am proud of you for not letting these people get to you and for standing up for what you believe in. You should raise your children however you like, and when I have children I will also let them choose what they want to eat. It’s just up to us to lead by example, but not to force anything. Love what you do so much Angela! <3

Julia March 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Haters will always be hatin’

Don’t let the hate dampen your light. You have a gift that so many of us joyfully receive.

Mira March 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm

So well said and good for you girl. Your grace in handling the situation is humbling. Hateful, shaming people who call themselves vegan are THE biggest hypocrites. I support you no matter what your label is or what you call yourself because frankly, I LOVE YOUR RECIPES and because YOU ARE AWESOME. Focus on that sweet, sweet, BEAUTIFUL baby of yours and enjoy every second!


Laura March 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Angela, I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for about a year. I’m a vegetarian and after finding your blog I’ve made countless recipes of yours that have contributed to me eating even less animal products. I love my vegetarian diet and I’m so thankful for this blog, the stories you share, and the positivity that you send out to all your readers with each post. It is important to have community and Oh She Glows has been my community of like-minded eaters. We may all have slightly different diets, but the support, love and awareness here are what bring us together. Thank you so much for the time that you dedicate to this blog. I have never commented before, but after reading this post I felt compelled to add my voice to the hundreds of others here supporting you. Keep doing what you do and surround yourself in love! I wish you and your family all the best!

trisha March 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Was so sad and demoralized when I saw so many one sided comments here – how can so many people be so crazy to think raising inhumane children is okay???

Then I realized Angela is moderating comments and avoiding the truth.

Facebook which is harder to moderate has actual thought provoking – honest – humane – and rational views about teaching children to love rather that its okay to be hurtful because we have a history of being hurtful……

Anna March 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Actually, I’ve read lots of comments that are along your line of thinking, so I highly doubt Angela is moderating the comments.

I’ve read some of those comments. How is being nasty and judgemental going to teach children about love? How does that honestly help your cause? Attacking a woman who’s trying to do the best for her baby is hardly rational and humane. I believe it’s important to teach children compassion to animals AND human beings.

Carla March 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I thought you said in an earlier comment that you were speechless?

Christine April 1, 2015 at 12:34 am

Well said, Carla!

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 1, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Trisha, seems like you need a bone to chew on !!

With love from Québec, Montréal Canada

Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

FYI, not one comment has been deleted from this or my previous post. Cheers!

anne March 31, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Geez! I never read the comments so I didn’t know that was happening, but it’s like you’re being food bullied! I’m sorry :( I love your take on fresh foods and plant based nutrition. You see food as nutrition to live, and that also tastes so delicious. I love your blog and will keep reading (and making the recipes!) as long as you write it!

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Angela, you met the comments with grace and wisdom. It is inconceivable to me that some people — a minority in the vegan world but significant nonetheless — advocate for an all-or-nothing, binary approach to food choices that make transitioning more difficult for people who would like to reduce their consumption of animal products. From a harm-reduction perspective, isn’t any move toward plant-based diets and away from use of animal products helping the cause for which the commenters advocate? If someone suffers from alcoholism, surely it might be best to abstain from alcohol altogether, but if they are drinking, drinking less is preferable to the “off-the-bandwagon” excessive drinking that such all-or-nothing approaches often prompt. It is also healthier for people who reduce their alcohol consumption to feel accepted and respected by those who do not drink — and it will make the sober lifestyle more appealing. Obviously, this metaphor does not perfectly translate, but the sentiments are similar. Respecting others’ choices, even if we don’t make those choices for ourselves, is integral to compassionate communities.

Not to mention – especially for those of us with eating disorder histories – creating and enforcing hard-and-fast rules about eating can be dangerous (and reinforce a dangerous message to pass on to children).

Nicole March 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

I am saddened that you had to write this post. It is shocking to me that certain people would attack you and say you’re not vegan enough or not doing enough. What does that even mean? I don’t want you to stop or change what you’re doing. A year ago when I decided to convert to a vegan diet, yours was the first blog I followed and you have helped me down this path. Now, I only cook vegan at home for both myself and my husband. We don’t label ourselves and we will sometimes eat vegetarian when we go out. I am proud of the changes we have made, it’s been better for us and for all living things…you had a huge part in getting us here. I am grateful and can’t wait for your next cookbook!!!!!

Marla March 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

I have read your blog for the past few years now and rarely have commented. Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and recipes. Your cookbook is wondeful and I keep giving copies as gifts as it I think it is great. It is sad there are people out there that would put you down. You have a beautiful and healthy baby and you are doing what is right for you. I also had a baby girl last year and enjoy reading your new baby posts. Keep the great food coming and can’t wait for the next book.

Hannah March 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I think what is most notable about your work is your ability to make vegan recipes approachable–whenever I am cooking for am omnivore audience, I rely heavily on ohsheglows recipes. It seems like so much of your inspiration comes from living in an omnivore household–I have always loved that sometimes your measure of success for a recipe is whether your non-vegan husband loved it or not, because so many of us are working with the same yardstick in our own homes and families! There are plenty of vegan recipes that other vegans would love, and my omnivore family would not. I have used your recipes but also your sage advice when presenting food at large family dinners (“win them over with the food,” “answers to typical questions,” etc).

The perspective you gain from being non judgmental and working within your real world family doesn’t make you a worse vegan, it gives you such a great resource to provide practical tools for the rest of us. What you do is so valuable, and highly appreciated. Thank you for staying strong through whatever nastiness the internet has thrown at you. We need you!

paula rothman MD March 31, 2015 at 3:09 pm

well written and from the heart. So sorry to hear that people were hateful or threatening.. If we dont help and support each other we defeat our aim. EVERYONE choses what is right for them, or their child and shoudl’nt have to defend it. I love your blog, your ideas your courage. I am an MD and vegan ( tho prob not to some standards as i eat honey and dont care..) and try to encourage ppl to eat to live, to feel good, to do no harm.
thank you for sharing this. we are supportive of your choices, lifestyle and most of all RECIPES

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Wow, I can’t believe that there are people who would take the time out of their day to attack you for a PERSONAL decision. It boggles my mind, but I know it’s becoming more and more common as people can so easily hide behind their computer screens today. I think not labeling your diet is a great idea though, even though the haters may take it as a “win” in some stupid, undeserving way. Sometimes it’s just easier to not pick a side.

I was vegan for 2 years, but made that decision partly because of a dairy sensitivity. I decided to also cut out eggs, just because it seemed logical to try if I was already cutting out meat/dairy. It was almost like a challenge to myself. Even my hubby was on board and stuck it out the whole time! Honestly, I was fine until I got pregnant last year and was getting VERY sick of beans/lentils all day, every day for protein. I decided to start eating eggs again from a family friend with a little backyard hobby farm. I felt a little guilty at first, and people would ask me about my vegan lifestyle and I felt like a traitor admitting that I started eating eggs again so wasn’t technically vegan anymore. I would sometimes splurge and get feta on my salad when out or something as well. But you know what? I decided, WHO CARES? It’s my life, my decision, and if people want to judge then they’re not people I want in my life anyway :) I felt fantastic while vegan, and I still feel fantastic as a vegetarian that eats eggs and the occasional indulgence of cheese. I don’t even judge people who eat MEAT, for crying out loud. It’s not my right. Yeah, it’d be great if the whole world just “got it” and gave up meat, but that’s never going to happen, so why shove my choices down other people’s throats? Good on you for always putting yourself out there, and for making the choice that’s right for you and your family. Keep it up, Ange! You’re awesome, with our without labels :)

Colette March 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm

I so aspire to be half the woman you ARE and half the mother you ARE Angela!

As my husband and I are gearing up to start a family my parents and in-laws have asked me this very question as well. I always say that I want my children to be as happy and healthy as possible, so if that means the occasional cookie or slice of pizza at a friend or families house that’s fine by me. I just hope that I can set a good example for my children so that they can grow up to be a conscientiousness member of society.

You are so brave to put yourself out there like this Angela, and just know that you’ve touched and inspired a countless number of people! We all love you girl!

Colette March 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Also, even Mahatma Ghandi experimented with eating meat as a child and he was raised in a vegetarian family ;)

Tash March 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm

The OSG blog helps positive change grow and Angela is such a compassionate person. You don’t need to be a militant to love animals; you can care about them and still be approachable. Many plant-based people used to eat meat at some time.
People consider going vegan when they have good energy, not nasty rants. The militant vegans reminded me of other extremists who can’t be reasoned with. They may be vegan for good reasons, but miss how being negative to the veggie-friendly hurts the cause by turning everyone off.

Hannah March 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm

In 2015, more than 30% of Americans are overweight or obese. I think it is great that you are making the world a healthier place with ranch recipe you post. Making a transformation to a vegan diet can be hard for some, but the fact that they are trying to make a change is what counts. Angela, you have given MILLIONS of people the ability to improve their lifestyles, including my own. Your plant-based recipes have brought more vegetables and whole grains to my family’s meals, since they are not into the whole vegan/vegetarian concept. I’ve been a vegetarian for a long while now, but I mainly lean towards the vegan side as I use your recipes to make a my day. Your recipes have made our holidays and our special occasions the greatest, so I thank you for being so amazing! Although all of them are not vegans, I’ve noticed that my family has started to make healthier choices. I mean no disrespect to those who are dedicated to this lifestyle; not being a full vegan or a vegetarian is not a bad thing! The effort of incorporating real, whole foods into our lives is what makes websites like Angela’s so great.

-Thank you Angela for being thoughtful and creative!

Emily March 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm

So beautifully said, Angela. It’s distressing to think any such harsh words would be directed towards you or your posts. Your blog and book has always given so much more than incredible plant based recipes but for me has inspired the most incredible and positive relationship I’ve even had not only with food but also with myself. After discovering your blog in 2011, I was so inspired and encouraged by not only your amazing recipes but your energy that i transitioned from a vegetarian to a vegan but honestly I don’t need a “label” for that. I feel the best I’ve ever felt and am happy about my lifestyle and that’s what is important to me. Similarly, my partner isn’t vegan and we’ve discussed that when we decide to start a family we don’t want to put any labels on our kids – it will be their decision though of course I know they will be exposed to mostly yummy plant based foods. I just felt compelled to reach out – I’m so grateful for your words with every post and your book never goes far from my sight (can’t wait for #2!) Keep doing what you’re doing, girl!

Colleen P March 31, 2015 at 3:36 pm

So eloquently put–I completely understand the need to post this and continue to admire and enjoy your blog on the regular =) Thanks for sticking to what you love despite encountering challenges along the way!

Anya March 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm

I saw those rude comments and I am so sorry you had to endure the negativity. I discovered your blog after becoming vegetarian, but before becoming vegan, and your honesty (especially about your evolving relationship with food) taught me that it is possible to eat a variety and abundance of food with joy. I love your recipes, love learning about your growing family, and my copy of your cookbook is covered in cooking stains. Your recipes have even helped ease my omnivore boyfriend away from meat at every meal (he is especially fond of the lentil meat tacos and almond butter cups). Thank you so much for your work and your writing. I will continue to support you, no matter your label (or lack thereof). -Anya

Aurélie March 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

I am teary-eyed reading how people can be so cruel towards each other. You are a truly inspiring, kind, authentic individual!
Thank you for being on this planet! Much love and support!
To those who say anyone is not “anything” enough, I will quote the wise Stephen Hawking : “The universe doesn’t allow perfection”.

Caroline March 31, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Consider me just “plant-based” from now on! Given the comments you received (and I follow the same approach with my daughters, by the way), I don’t want to use the label “vegan” for myself anymore either! You’re the best – please keep doing what you do!!

Beth Sellers March 31, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for the wonderful posts. From this day forward I will not refer to myself a vegan, despite my plant-based, no-animal diet. (Of which you have been a great source of support) Keep up the good work. You know what Taylor Swift says- “Shake it off!”

Kaitlin March 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm

I have so much respect for you for writing this post! I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how people who adapt different eating styles can become so judgmental and hateful at what others choose to put into their bodies. After dealing with an eating disorder as well, I am totally of like mind, that every body is different and may need different things than others. I know people who have been vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free and feel amazing and I know some people who ended up becoming sick because that wasn’t the right eating style for their body. It’s unfortunate that people choose to behave this way, but I hope you remember that you’ve helped so many people on their journey to health and I know speaking personally that you’ve definitely been an inspiration for me and I’m sure many others! Thank you for all that you do!

Tracy Lightfoot March 31, 2015 at 5:02 pm

It is too bad that people can be so unkind. I joined your blog many years ago. I am always anxious to hear about your success and failures. I am not a vegan, or vegetarian, just a person who likes to try healthy recipes. Whatever you decide to categorize yourself with, I will have a smile on my face whenever I receive your blog email. Take care.

Tonya March 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I know I’m just going to be one comment out of 600 but I couldn’t let that stop me from speaking my mind. While I strive as hard as I can to be a “good vegan” I make mistakes. I have days where the struggle is too much and I cave in and binge on non-vegan pizza. Do you know what happens? I feel terrible and then the next day I’m a “good little vegan” again. If I was public about my diet people would tear me apart. There are some mean, nasty, vegans out there. I’ve seen their blogs, their mean comments, and their hatred. The only thing that makes me feel ok with a label describing me that describes them is the fact that I know I’m happy. I know I’m happy and that they must have something in their lives that are causing them to act out and to be nasty. I will never be a “good little vegan”. I will make mistakes, give up, cave in, and fall down. But that is my journey, not theirs, and I know I am doing what is best for me. Your blog has done a lot for me. Know that. Know you have helped many. Charge on for you are a warrior. When you feel their comments getting to you put on a red dress, slap on some red lipstick (warrior colors) and walk tall. We will not let them tear you down. Blessed Be.

Monica March 31, 2015 at 5:20 pm

I don’t have anything original to add to the supportive comments here. Just know you’ve got a fan in Austin, Texas, and I appreciate all that you do!

Elle March 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm

I am so outraged and saddened for you to be victim to such disgusting and hateful behaviour. I have so enjoyed following your blogging journey – whether it be your delicious recipes or your venture into motherhood, your honest transparency and open-mindedness is wonderfully refreshing. How anyone could criticize your decision to give your daughter freedom and choice instead of imposing values upon her is beyond me, this should be respected and commended, not attacked. As always it is the few who spoil it for the many, though tragically those few have can have the loudest voices. I only hope you are fortified by the solidarity of your fans, who are evidently plentiful(!), and find strength in the choices you make because you seem damn near perfect to us!

michelle March 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

It’s a shame that some humans have to be so extreme and hateful about their beliefs and convictions. Anything we do to better the lives of animals and humans alike is a good thing and a step in the right direction. I will continue to enjoy your food and your blog and your cookbook! Thanks for the delicious recipes :)

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Nicely said. It really does upset me how rude we have gotten on the internet. Things people would never say to your face. It can be like a virtual stoning or spitting in your face. I am sorry you have had to endure nasty comments. I wish you joy and happiness and many blessings.

linh March 31, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I am so sorry that there are internet trolls in the world!

You are a wonderful person, and you know what is best for you and your family.

Although I follow a plant-based diet and so does my husbnad, we have also decided that our future children will eat a diet of a variety of real foods!

Sometimes, I also don’t like being labeled vegan because of the people who give vegans a bad name (such as the radicals).

I am sorry that you faced such criticism. Keep on doing what you are doing.

We will continue to read and support you!

theregatha March 31, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Congratulations Angela. I understand the whole process of excruciating soul searching and trying to “fit in” to a label. For us it has been mainly with the ‘label’ of organic and certification. In the end, after years of trying to keep up with legislation, differing opinions and increasing bureaucratic nonsense we chose to step right back, do our thing, cut out all the middle mania of marketing and offer our produce as it is:- with love, respect and genuine well wishes to anyone who approaches us. I remain amused at how the very processes and ways of living that are simple and in complete harmony with our earth are the one’s which receive the highest amount of public and political scrutiny, but comfortable knowing what I am doing is right for me. Best wishes, I remain an ardent fan and advocateof your journey

Jenny March 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I am also a long time follower of your blog. I think this is just the evolution most vegan and vegetarians take – and there’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t understand why we even have to label ourselves! I think it’s the mainstream that inflicts the impossible to live up to labels upon us. I was raised vegetarian, was a very strict vegan for 10 years, and then one day decided that I wanted to eat meat. And cheese. So I did for 2 years. Now I’m what I guess people would call a “flexetarian” (which is such a stupid word, I mean aren’t we all felxetarians really?). I eat mostly vegan, but if there is some local caught, fresh seafood on the menu, I’ll eat it (I live in Seattle). If I’m in Paris, I will eat that steak-frites and brie! We only have one life and our principles do not need to define us, we can define them. There is a way to live a good, clean, kind life without being the preacher on the soapbox condemning all who don’t live up to your self-inflicted standards. You have done good and touched many, who cares what the haters think?

Rosanna March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

I was debating between adding another comment or being attacked by what I’m about to say…So obviously, I decided to write! First off, let me say that it’s your decision to raise your daughter in whatever way you with that out of the way, let me express my opinion. I decided to go vegan about two and half years ago. I haven’t looked back and I’m proud of my decision..but, I can only say that if I had grown in a vegan family, it would have saved me years of illness, I would have contributed to the environment early on and probably saved some animals lives. You have a lot of information today that would spare your child to have to understand and decide later in life. Do you think she will miss much if she doesn’t eat meat, eggs, dairy? Is that something that she needs to try to fully make a decision? Not questioning, just asking.. The vegan police (at least that I know of) is not out there supervising our daily decisions, but it’s on us to make the right choices and help others understand the impact of their decisions… Just as a reference, my husband (true Southerner guy) contested my decision of going vegan until he watched “Cowspiracy” last year. Once he understood the impact of animal farming on the environment, he switched immediately.. Today, he’s probably 95% vegan and eats fish once a month. I’m a true fan of yours, following your blog and cooking your recipes and I will never change that.. Thanks for sharing!

Mary March 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Being vegan is about doing our part to reduce suffering as best we can- not being perfect. Colleen Patrick Goudreau has some wonderful, inspiring words on this. You need to do what is right for you.

Lindsay March 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm


I remember the day you posted the “will you raise your daughter vegan”. It blows my mind how a post can go from open and inviting to bitter and judgmental via the comments. The negative would totally weigh me down as I’m pretty sensitive. I understand thier passion but my goodness! If people are so upset about what you posted they could always stop viewing your site, right ?
Seems like you took the negative in stride which is awesome. Your a champ.

Haters gone hate lol. FYI I am a ride or die follower no matter how to label or don’t label for that matter! Cheers to you and your families happiness and health!

Linda March 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Angela, I am so sorry that you have had to deal with any kind of hateful words, when you are such a shining beacon. My husband and I have been eating a whole-plant diet for the past year, and thankfully yours was one of the first (and best!) blogs I happened upon. We love your recipes, pore over your book, and enjoy increasing good health due to your influence. I have even started my own dedicated FaceBook page to share my own recipes, and have many followers of my own now. You have helped change our lives, and so many others for the better. We use the term “vegan” as kind of a short-cut to describe out diet, but we do not ascribe to the negative, self-righteous politics of the movement, as we agree that it does nothing to further the cause but only harm its good work. I support you 100%, and so admire your grace under pressure. Blessings to you and your family.

Sherryn March 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm


Here is Barack Obama’s interview for Humans of New York; it has been resonating with me for several days now and seems totally en pointe for your post. Keep the faith.

“When is the time you felt most broken?”
“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working. But the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ — then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.”

Heather Kulaga March 31, 2015 at 6:48 pm

This post was so gracious and honest. You are truly a shining star. A family member of mine is a popular blogger who eventually “hired” one of her best friends to delete hateful comments. No matter what you know in your heart of hearts (that your approach is beneficial to so many), it is difficult, and I might even say close to impossible, not to be affected by hateful words. Just piping up to say that I appreciate you, and that it is clear you are being the best “you” that you can be, and that’s truly beautiful, and a joy to read about. I love your blog, it inspires me. And if you have a wonderful friend who can screen some of the weirdest, worst comments, I encourage you to do it. :)

Amy P March 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I am so flabbergasted that you would receive any negative comments at all! Your recipes have transformed my and my family’s eating habits tremendously. We are so much healthier now and look forward to trying new recipes from both your cookbook and your blog. I have lost nearly 100 lbs over the past 2 years and when people around me talk about wanting to change their eating habits or ask what I eat, I always tell them that you have the most wonderful recipes and that I absolutely LOVE what I am eating now.

I have 3 boys and a husband who is definitely NOT vegan, but because of you and your delicious recipes, all of them eat much better than before and they have all loved everything I have made. When I make a batch of glo bars, they are gone within 1 day! I didn’t even like oatmeal until I tried your carrot cake oatmeal recipe, and now I love it (as well as the pear & apple one) and your chocolate vegan smoothie has been the perfect breakfast on the go on many occasions. All the kids now eat kale chips and we all enjoyed the nacho dip this weekend.

Please don’t ever stop offering these fantastic, delicious, healthful recipes!! I admit I tried someone else’s blueberry oatmeal recipe a few months ago and it was disgusting! I think it is ridiculous for people to criticize you for anything! Your recipes and way of life are inspiring to me & my family, vegan or not. I am proud of the fact that I have incorporated more vegan foods (and milk – we switched to almond milk a year ago) – into my diet and into my family’s diet. They would probably never go 100% but regardless, they are so much healthier because of the foods they DO eat now, and that’s all because of you and your delicious recipes and the way you write that makes me want to try everything! The recipes are easy to follow and totally achievable and now my kids love to browse the cookbook as well and pick things out to make.

SO, this may be the longest comment ever, but I just wanted to let you know that despite whatever fools are out there criticizing you, you should know that every single day there are so many people out there that have nothing but love and appreciation for everything you do, and you have made (and continue to make!) a really positive impact on so many people’s lives and health, and that has a ripple effect to have a positive impact on our surroundings/environment/animals/everything else as well. Please don’t let any negativity from people who obviously don’t get the bigger picture bring you down!

Jess March 31, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I really enjoy your blog Angela! I think your photography and recipes are excellent, but I think it’s your writing that keeps me coming back to your blog. I feel like I can relate a lot to your stories! I hope the hateful comments you received does not prevent you from being open in the future. I completely understand no longer wanting to label your diet. I just wanted to send love and support your way!

Lisa March 31, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now and bought your cookbook as a Christmas present to myself, and I am continually inspired by your recipes and beautiful photos! Although I try to make my diet as plant-based as possible, I’m not vegan, nor do I plan to be, and one of the reasons I love your blog is because you highlight the deliciousness of a plant-based diet without being preachy about it. You don’t criticize the non-vegan lifestyle, like some do, and I find this outlook to be refreshing. In fact, I think your approach makes a plant-based diet even more appealing. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this blog!

Naomi Arnold | Project Healthy Happy Me March 31, 2015 at 7:18 pm

I am so sorry to hear that you have received such hateful comments – especially after opening up, being honest and transparent, and giving us a glimpse into your personal life. I absolutely support you, your messages, and the good you are doing in the world. Being a world-changer can hurt sometimes – but thank you for being one. Hugs from this stranger xo.

debbie March 31, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Dear Angela please don’t change. I am vegan and have so much respect and praise for have helped me so many times with your recipes . Please stay true to yourself you have been an inspiration to me and my daughter and many others.

Ms Lis March 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

I read in a cookbook somewhere that the author was an “aspiring vegan” and that title certainly works for me. I know that one can get 500 positive comments and only remember the 1 negative one. I have experienced this myself and just want to reinforce what so many others have said. You are an amazing cook and I use your site as my go-to area for ideas (as I do your cookbook). But what I find most amazing is that you have the time to do this along with raising such a beautiful child. Keep up the good work…Please!

Beth March 31, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Angela, you have my 100% support, for what it’s worth. I haven’t read any of the comments on this post, but I’m sure I am echoing what others have said – it doesn’t matter what .5% of extremists say, it is absolutely your right and your choice to feed yourself and your child as you see fit, and nobody’s business what you label it. I am so sorry that you have been the subject of personal attacks, and that’s awful. I wish that extreme vegans (or extreme anyone, for that matter) would realize that their outrage/anger/hatefulness does nothing except give the remaining bunch a bad reputation. Sending lots of love and light to you and your family.

Alex March 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I agree. Having a baby had changed me immeasurably (I have a 6 month old),including how I look at food. I want my baby to be free to experience the world as he wants, without strict food rules or constraints. We are now focusing on being healthy and happy, in whatever form that takes.

Sonya March 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

What a beautifully written post & classy response to those who choose to hate on you. And you’re absolutely right – you have done MUCH to influence people’s eating habits, buying habits and overall health. Keep on doing what you do!

Molly March 31, 2015 at 7:45 pm

I am an avid fan of your blog, but I have never posted a comment before. Thank you for your candor about your experience. I respect your decision not to use a specific label, but to continue to do what feels healthy and makes you happy. Your blog matters and makes a difference in my life and countless others. THANK you for being so open and honest. And thank you for your beautiful work with food :)

Samantha Paluck March 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Hi Angela!
You’re posts have inspired me in more ways than you can imagine. I absolutely LOVE that you are yourself in all of your posts and don’t hold back. I came across your blog because of food allergies to dairy and egg in our household. I feel so terrible that such negatively based comments were posted, but you handled it with such grace I love you even more! :)

Samantha Paluck March 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm

and by you’re I meant your haha

Liz March 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm

So sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing hate from certain commenters. For whatever it’s worth, you’ve been one of my favorite bloggers since I discovered your blog in 2012. I am also an “imperfect” vegan, and I really appreciate your approach to a plant-based lifestyle. Your recipes are spectacular and I hope that you’ll continue to publish the recipes that you love. The Internet can be a nasty place, but I hope that voices of support from your fans will shine through during this time and in the future. You are a gift to the blogging world, no matter how you label yourself!

Chanda March 31, 2015 at 7:50 pm

I’m so sad that responses to your last blog have made you feel this way. You are truly extraordinary. Every time I make a new awesome recipe, my husband looks up and asks, “Oh She Glows?” Yep, Oh She Glows. I made your banana soft serve the other day and he kept looking at his bowl, shaking his head and saying “bananas and peanut butter, that’s it?” Yep, that’s it. You’re full of love and vitality. I’m glad you won’t stop being you. I know we can’t change the responses or how you feel about them, but there are many out there that appreciate you more than you know.

Amanda March 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

I do not consume animal products as part of my diet, but I do wear leather shoes.
Therefore I prefer to say I eat a plant-based diet instead of saying I’m vegan. Omnivores label me vegan and when they find out my diet. Some vegans would agree that I am not vegan because I purchase animal products.
I boycott the circus, rodeos and sea world, but I don’t 100% agree with PETA.
Going 100% in one direction is really a conscious commitment that almost nobody can achieve.
Also, some people only get on the internet to complain and bully.
I love your blog and a lot of your recipes are in my normal rotation of meals.

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 8:11 pm

I have never posted a response to a blog before, but I must share.. your recipes and insights are a treasure for me and my family. I’m especially grateful your post about how you’ll feed your daughter. It really helped me think about my approach to feeding my kids, and then relax. Mealtimes are so much more enjoyable now. THANK YOU!!!! Please don’t let the negative comments get you down. Your work is important, cherished, and delicious.

Irene March 31, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Expertly said. I applaud you for your independence and bravery. I love your blog, your recipes and thank you for all you do.

Krissy March 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for several years now. I am not vegan or even vegetarian nor do I strive to become one. I simply love good healthy food. I keep reading your blog because your recipes are spot on and delicious! Whatever you label yourself doesn’t matter to me. You’re talented, passionate, and have good taste ;) !!

Elizabeth March 31, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Are you kidding me.? I am floored that you would ever receive anything but love. Please know that what you intend for the blog to be … It is! You elevate eating in an approachable, healthful way that’s good for the whole family. I love trying your recipes, testing new ingredients, and incorporating new nutrition into my family meals and snacks. I also have loved going back and reading from the beginning and being part of your journey. The small changes that you made and the way that you grew in your healthful lifestyle inspired me to do the same. Your honesty and “imperfection” was what appealed to me. My pantry, fridge and cupboards have slowly transformed because of you. Your blog makes healthful living feel manageable. When referring friends to your site, I mention healthy whole recipes and a lot of great plant based meals and snacks. I don’t often just label it a vegan food blog. You are so much more than that. I would say if you are going to be any label … It would be “awesome.” Thanks for what you do!

Layne March 31, 2015 at 8:23 pm

You poor darling. It’s so awful that we’ve chosen to hijack social media for the purposes of tormenting one another. Angela, hold your head high, and keep doing what you do. You are a wonderful writer, blogger and cook. No doubt you are a committed and devoted mother. You know that all the hateful criticism directed to you says everything about the writer/s, and NOTHING about you. This is precisely why I’ve decided not to start a blog of my own, despite the urgings of my friends and colleagues. I have two sons with autism and many people think that my journey may help to guide and encourage and perhaps even amuse others on that same journey, but I just don’t think I’m tough enough to wear all the negativity and vitriol that can come with it. My life is sad and exhausting enough as it is. Believe in yourself and know that you are appreciated and respected. All the best, and I look forward to your next post, as always.

Layne from Brisbane, Australia.

Natascha March 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Good for you Angela! As you haven’t come out swinging on a crusade to convert the masses, I can understand how criticism would both surprise you and wear you down. Tell the nosy parkers to mind their own business. As long as you keep focussing on yourself and your family (and keep producing recipes) we’ll still love you! After all: half a million followers can’t be wrong.

Jeaneen March 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm

My mother was a very wise woman, I remember her saying it is not our place to judge. When I become a perfect human, I will let you know. Until then I will like you and many others who have left comments, just keep doing my best. You have a wonderful Blog and a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Miriam March 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

All over the internet people criticize others, especially the ones that are public figures. It always sounds like jealousy to me. Those people are fast on the insults too and yet have no arguments most of the time and most importantly, are no better themselves and they certainly don’t know you personally. I don’t even understand why these people even bother : just move on if you don’t like someone or something. It’s aggravating. People have so much free time. However, on that topic, I myself was a vegetarian for a few years, it wasn’t really an ethical choice more that a food preference choice. I was never a meat eater. Right now, I am eating meat again now but not often. Been a vegetarian for all those years was valuable to me, I am eating better now, more balanced meals, more diverse, more colorful, I also make better combinaisons when I am not eating meat in order to get complete proteines. I also have a baby who is almost 10 months old and I really would want him to love eating wholesome food, no matter what type of diet he later may decide on. I think that I should let my child decide what he wants to be in life -while educating him with core values of course-, and that is exactly what I think I should do in the kitchen as well. Please go on and continue to glow (because you are)! :)

Laura March 31, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Keep up your amazing work!! People who stress over labels are not helping the cause at all. I know it’s hard to be attacked like that. It’s so unfortunate. But your following says enough- you have shared so much and many people are grateful, myself included.

sue ramsay March 31, 2015 at 9:07 pm

I just want to say how much I love your blogs, recipes and your refreshing take on life. I truly support you and please dont take any negative comments to heart!

Chelsea Ortiz March 31, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I strongly disagree with your decision not to raise your daughter vegan. And I will admit that your post was, in a way, disappointing and perhaps even frustrating. But I thoroughly appreciate your honesty as well as all the work you’ve done for the vegan movement by running Oh She Glows. And disagreement with your decision does not warrant any hateful comments or personal attacks, and I’m sorry that you received such negative and unconstructive feedback!

Sarah March 31, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Dear Angela,
Your response to the angry vegan extremists was very gracious. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for you to read such hurtful messages.
For what it is worth, I really enjoy your blog, your recipes, and your outlook. I wish you and your family nothing but the best.
Yours in good health,

Jessica March 31, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Thank you for being honest, Angela!

I have been a loyal follower of yours for years and can completely 100% relate. I’ve dipped in and out of vegetarianism and veganism for almost 15 years and I’ll be honest- I’ve never felt so harshly judged except when I was closely tied to the vegan movement. It seems so counterintuitive !

I support and appreciate everything you do!

Melanie March 31, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Those people you have mentioned seem quite ridiculous. No one should tear you down, especially considering they dont know you except through your blog. Your recipes make my life so much more delicious! Ive been a vegetarian most of my life but with your recipes Im practically vegan! So obviously those vegans claiming you arent helping the cause are wrong. Youve also helped me convert many die-hard meat eaters into occasional meat eaters!!! Dont let those people affect you, its not even worth your time! You and your recipes are incredible, keep up the delicious work!!! Raising your child with an open mind sounds like the best decision to me by far. Thats definitely what i plan to do too!

Terri March 31, 2015 at 10:09 pm

First of all, I just wanted to add my voice to the hundreds that are expressing their love for you and what you do on this site. Your recipes showed me that eating vegan could be possible for me. You also taught me how to cook, in kind of a sad time in my life, and I think that cooking and eating healthier contributed a lot to me feeling better in my own body. I shared your recipes with my mom, and sometimes we Skype on Sundays and cook together. I also shared your recipes with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. I hope that if you want to continue to label your blog as “vegan” that you do. If your recipes are vegan and you write about vegan food, then using the term “vegan” is useful so that people can find you. Labels are just tools for conveying information.

Negativity on the internet has gotten out of hand. People can say they things they would be mortified to have said in person, without any consequences.

The comments you received reminded me of a Zen story (at least I think it is). In Zen there are precepts that people promise to abide by and one of them is not to lie. One day a Zen student was walking in the woods and a really big rabbit crossed her path. It ran off quickly, but not long after, a hunter followed. The hunter asked the Zen student, “Did you see a rabbit? Do you know which way it went?” What should the student have done?

If the student tells the truth, the rabbit will surely be killed. If the student lies, she breaks one of her vows! And what of the hunter? Maybe he needs to feed his starving family, or maybe he just likes wearing rabbit coats. The point is that rigidity is not going to help here, the student must assess the situation as it is in order to do the right thing. If we stick to our convictions without a second thought, we are likely to miss opportunities to help in the situations we actually find ourselves in. And, each situation is different and personal.

I hope that you don’t feel the need to play by anyone else’s rules, and even if others criticize you, you stay to true to yourself. I also hope you continue to share your personal experiences, if you find that sharing is rewarding. Much love.

suzanne lyons March 31, 2015 at 10:09 pm

I was very saddened to read your post tonight. Saddened that there are such unhappy people that for some reason need to share their unhappiness at the expense of others. Seriously, I cannot understand this. YOU are fabulous and have helped so many people come closer to a kinder, healthier world. Please continue your journey/work helping us find ourselves and our way while you find yours. We support you and are ever grateful to meet you and share your journey. Wishing you all the best. May you be surrounded by white light and the negativity fade into the shadows where it resides. Many blessings to you and your family. Your work is very important to so many.

Jackie March 31, 2015 at 10:14 pm

To those individuals leaving judgmental comments – grow up. Angela deserves our gratitude for helping countless people shift toward a plant based diet. Be grateful that she’s countering some of the stigma of veganism that your hateful approach created in the first place. Negativity does nothing to inspire people to change for the long haul. If you disagree, then simply take whatever resonates and discard the rest (hat tip to Rich Roll.)

Winterrobin March 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Dear Angela,

Thank you for your book, your honesty and for making a difference. People are quick to judge or think they have a right to comment on another persons actions when in reality they need to spend time working out their own lives. Keep doing what makes your world work. Enjoy the process. Allow space for change and adaptation as needed. Most importantly keep loving your family and yourself. Your efforts are much appreciated by this 50 something, non-vegan-animal loving-imperfect- work- in- progress- woman. Blessings!

Amy March 31, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Thank you for all you’ve shared, about weight-loss, healthy eating, and your baby journey. Your blog is the only one I read on a regular basis and I enjoy it so much. I hope you always continue.

Lauren March 31, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Do what you do sister!
I received your book for Christmas this last year and I have started to eat a more organic and plant based diet. All your recipes are delicious! Thank you for being real no matter what response you get. You are an incredibly strong person and I think that anyone should have the freedom to express their way of living healthy no matter what. I think it is easy to get obsessed with “doing the right thing” and those people cannot handle others who “slip up” once and a while. Everyone is human and there is no perfect eating habits that everyone will ever agree with!
Thanks for being real, you are an inspiration to keep being real even when people do not accept it.
xoxo Lauren

Catherine March 31, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Just wanted you to know that I think you and your recipes are wonderful. I’m 90% vegan, while my two kids (5 and 3) and husband eat both meat and dairy. I did consider a vegan diet for the kids, but like yourself made a similar decision around it being their right to choose. Like others have mentioned my family do eat a lot of yummy plant-based meals (we love the big vegan bowl, the tacos and all the veggie burgers, not to mention some of your delicious desserts). I always check to see what you’ve posted and I’ve never been disappointed by a single recipe. I make your almond milk every 3 days, and am so glad not to be consuming much soy any more. You’ve certainly helped both myself and my family to follow a much healthier diet. Thank you so much for all your hard work and I would say massive contribution to healthy eating that I have no doubt has benefited so many people across the world.

Beth March 31, 2015 at 10:50 pm

You write so eloquently. There r certainly challenges when on such a public forum like this is. You share your lives with people in hopes to inspire them, help them, connect with them. You change peoples lives. You do what’s best for you and your family. As much as I can I try to only let in the positive energy and focus on those great people on my life. It’s more difficult for someone like u to simply avoid reading hurtful comments. Remember that those people are likely not in a good place and take out their hurt on others. They r not trying to hurt u, only trying in a way to reach out and make themselves feel better. I try to remind myself of that when people relate to me in ways I don’t appreciate.

Nickole March 31, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Thank you for sharing your feelings and being so honest with your readers. I think that putting your personal feelings and beliefs out in public is one of the bravest things you can do. I feel that most people that spew hate online are hiding behind the comfort of anonymity, cowards. Yes, there will be some haters; but on the plus side, you will connect with at least one person in a positive way that can change their life and that makes it worthwhile.
I personally follow about 8 different vegan blogs regularly and by far, yours is the one I consistently go to for my favorite recipes and meal planning. Your cookbook rocks! So many delicious recipes! And from my point of view you are an amazing inspiration:)
And oh my goodness, I have 3 kids, and if I have learned anything at all in my 14 years of motherhood, one size does not fit all. You absolutely have to do what works best for your family and I respect anyone that realizes this and makes their choices in their family’s best interests!

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault March 31, 2015 at 11:54 pm

When our daughter moved from Québec to Vancouver for school, I , as any mother would be was totally happy but scared , worried , all the above! One thing that kept me calm was the fact I knew she could and would be eating healthy , properly ( sometimes not , haha ) , because I had left her a great gift !
The greatest , coolest , appetizing recipe book you could ever have or own or hope to receive as a gift ,
” oh she glows book ” !
All students who goes to school and works , are on a budget ! Angela recipes are easy to follow and not so expensive as other books are . And ooooh so tasty !
I , (we all) receive emails from her site and kind of don’t read it right away , I have a special time ,need a cup of her tea and settle down with a warm blanket , pen and paper in hand and start reading her latest recipes then I send it to my greatful daughter.
Today was different as I read her story I could not believe that , “ugly cruel people “could stir up a war of words ! Look around you people she showers us with open arms and happiness and yet , you tend to your evil, jealous pride . God bless y’all !

I wanted to be by Angela’s side and hug her and let her know that she uplifts me makes me feel part of her world and that of her personal world ! The stories were happy , funny !
I would comment on the stupid ,ignorant , jealous so-called people a little bit more , but really it would waste my time that I am living right at this moment … no right at this second!

Angela it hurts , right ? You have demonstrated that you have feelings that you are human. Not that you are whatever someone wants you to think. Now take a moment and remember the love of cooking, writing, and most importantly the person you are, who you want to be , acknowledge your strength and durability thru hard times and show yourself and your baby to be strong, and independent but mostly happy !!
Hoping to receive and read more of your creativities !!!
With love from Québec, Montréal Canada

MEAT EATER , LESS thanx to my daughter and Angela ♡♥

Katharine April 1, 2015 at 12:14 am

Hi Angela,
I’m sorry to hear about the attacks in response to your recent post. I am so grateful and appreciative for your contribution to this community and to my personal journey to becoming “vegan-ish”. I honestly don’t think I could have gone mostly vegan without your recipes. Labels are difficult. I love Jonathan Safran Foer’s approach (author of Eating Animals, my favourite book of all time): don’t jump to the conclusion or label that comes from thinking about eating animals, instead let’s focus on the facts, values and beliefs around eating animals. Most people think it’s perfectly fine to kill and eat animals. But most people wouldnt condone gestration crates for pregnant/nursing pigs, the atrocious environmental impacts of factory farms, etc. Let’s talk about those common values and beliefs, and where we can go from there. Can you eat one meat-free meal a week? Go meat-free several days a week? Be a “conscientious omnivore”? Etc. Something is better than nothing. We are so afraid of being (or being seen as) hypocrites, that we are scared off of being veg or vegan or some variation, and that’s a problem. We are in an interesting time. An exciting time. We are living in the era when factory farming will become unacceptable. I’m rambling so I’ll leave you with a talk by JSF who says it so much better:

MichelleB April 1, 2015 at 12:43 am

I never leave comments anywhere, so, I hope that counts towards heavily what I have to say here.
Kierkegaard said, “When you label me, you negate me.” Anytime people do not feel okay within their being, understanding that they alone are strong enough to be a beacon of outstanding light, they look for a group or a label to define themselves by.

Vegan has honestly become a negative connotation in many people’s minds thanks to the utterly ridiculous action of the few who just don’t remember who they really are right now. I don’t BLAME you for disassociating and changing your labels. More importantly, I view it as a sign of an even greater level of personal growth and expansion in you, and I hope you celebrate it. You, little Light, are beaming brighter than ever. :-)

Jayā April 1, 2015 at 1:42 am

Labels are SO over-rated, so is fitting perfectly in ONE category! Keep up the amazing work. You are such an inspiration <3

Kay Horn April 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

Dear Angela

I first came upon your blog when you had just announced that you were pregnant.
I looked at your photos and thought, wow, I’d love to look like her – radiant skin, gleaming hair, fit and with a beautiful smile.
I’m still v much in the throes of trying to heal a lot of gut issues, as is my toddler, but people like you inspire me to enjoy a natural lifestyle. I enjoy eating mostly plant based or vegan meals and my son does too although he enjoys a little meat too.
I try to let our bodies guide us while remaining ethical in food choices.
My husband enjoys his meat very much.
We’re each on our own journeys.

May we extend compassion and love to each other and grace.

You’re loved and admired.

Keep running your race … and enjoying it.

Take care


Nina Vrolijk April 1, 2015 at 3:37 am

I am reading this and I am astonished. Maybe I am a bit simple minded when it comes to these kind of things but I just can’t understand why someone would feel the need to leave a hateful comment. When you do not agree you just raise your eyebrows and leave it at that and when it really bothers you just leave the blog for what it is. We all need positivity in our lives so why let negativity in? I was reading someone else’s blog a few weeks ago and this person had a judgement about people who are 100% vegan, which I happen to be since a couple of months (and I have you to thank for it!!). It made me angry and I do not like to be angry. So, I left and did not return. Brushed of the dust on my feet and moved on. Why feel the need to tell her she made me angry. She has the right to have her opinion and so do I, and so do you Angela!! Please do not let it get you down. Be strong, as you are!
I would also like to say that although I am a vegan and truly convinced, I also let my daughter decide for herself. Hoping that leading by example will help her. She is her own individual and has the right to make her own decisions as do we all!
Please keep up the good work. You know what they say…what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger ;)

CARLA April 1, 2015 at 4:06 am

PLEASE dont hesitate to let me know if I can ever lend an ear.

Alexa April 1, 2015 at 4:50 am

Hello dear Angela
You have been such a great inspiration for me now over a year! Your meals and ideas are wonderful and I often try new recipes from you. For me, putting the label “vegan” on and then go the whole way (with no leather, etc…) is good for everyone, who really wants that. But let’s be honest – it’s great to get a s many people as possible to eat less meat and less animal products. And that’s what you are doing. I really hope you do not get too discouraged by those dogmatic people. I live in Switzerland and a lot of friends asked me for good vegan ideas and I always gave (and will give) them your homepage. It’s truly wonderful – keep on! Much love and encouragement from far away…. – Alexa

Carolyn April 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

When I decided, 3 years ago, to learn about and begin my vegan journey, a quick internet search led me immediately to your beautiful blog. I spent hours looking through your past recipes, bookmarking and printing many of them. I’ve been reading your blog since then, and have tons of respect and admiration for you and the work that you do. Every recipe I have made from your blog and your book has been nothing short of delicious, and I don’t think there’s anything that I only made once!
You are a true inspiration and role model. Your baby posts have been very informative as well, as we are planning our first pregnancy! I can’t imagine how those hateful comments made you feel, but just know that for every hater, you have a thousand readers who love you and look forward to your next post. You are a glowing inspiration and a real, true, honest person!!!!
Please keep on doing what you’re doing!!!

Kelly April 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

Labels are something we can do without in society. We don’t want to label our children, why should we label ourselves? Labeling is restrictive, whether imposed by society or ourselves. People can wind up making decisions based on their “label” rather than the freedom of their spirit. We should be free to take the JOURNEY of life, along with the ebbs and flows that go with it. Good for you Angela, looking forward to the journey!

Dasha April 1, 2015 at 8:03 am

Honestly, those who threatened you, berated you and told you that you weren’t vegan enough should be ashamed of themselves. As a new vegan, their dogmatic attitude gives me pause about becoming vegan, whereas your amazing blog and recipes really helped me decide to become a vegan. In other words, you rock, Angela!

Tempest April 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

I’m sorry you’ve had a negative response in view of the fact that you’ve done such good over the past 6 years. I’m a fairly new visitor to your site and your cookbook. I, too, have had to change my diet because of health reasons. Your nonjudgmental approach is a main reason why I find your recipes and advice so easy to follow. I DO understand and agree that we should all be more concerned about how we treat animals in our food system, and that alone should move at least some of us off of meat products. I get that completely. But I’m imperfect in my choices as well. And while I’m moving closer and closer to true veganism, I’m not there yet, and I might not ever be fully there. Since, in all honesty, I didn’t start my own journey from the same place as true vegans, I can’t stand on my soapbox and judge others. I don’t want to tell others that I am now vegan because it isn’t true, and I don’t own it philosophically. I’m just trying to do the best I can for my health, and if along the way I can positively contribute to different treatment for our animal friends, well…I’m very, very happy about that, but it isn’t what started my journey so I’m in no place to judge.
Please continue to do what you do! You are making such a positive difference! I’m becoming a different person because of your example and help.

Maritza April 1, 2015 at 9:05 am

Angela I love your website and your cookbook. Because of you, I’ve learned to eat a plant based diet that is truly delicious beyond just salads. I’ve shared your website with all my friends and they love it. A good friends once told me…You are not responsible for other people’s actions, but you are accountable for your own reactions. Don’t let strangers steal your joy!

Giovanna April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

Dear Angela: I love your blog , your recipes and specially you, what you do is fantastic.
I don’t have to be vegan to appreciate what you do. Fanatics are not free people, and have forgotten the very important element of enjoyment and love for food! It becomes something totally different which is not healthy anymore.
Please keep doing what you do because you touch so many people vegans and non vegans!

Anne April 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

Angela, you broke the internet!!!!! Look at all these comments!!!! (okay, just trying to add a little humor…..). Take care dear Angela, always looking forward to new posts from you…..

Anna April 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

Do not think of yourself as flawed!! Everyone is different, everyone’s bodies need different things — people who think that we can all fit ourselves into boxes (that they define based on their own experience in life) are ignorant/misguided. I think your approach is perfect, and you need to follow your own heart in raising your family. Keep it up!!

Karen April 1, 2015 at 11:37 am

Criticisms hurt. More when it is an attack on ur children or your parenting. Stay strong. There’s always terrible people out there that love the pportunities to tear others down to pump themselves up.

Lindsey Smith April 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

I have been reading your blog for years, purchased your last cookbook and will purchase any more you write in the future, and am in love with your tea shop! You are a wonderful writer, amazing chef, and awesome photographer!! You have definitely made an i,impact in my life through your thoughtful blogging and wonderful recipes, keep it up!

Jane Hurly April 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Well, I love all these recipes, Angela! They’re absolutely “vegan enough” for me. I have your recipe book, which is pretty dog-eared having been used so much, and I consult your website whenever I’m looking for something new to try out. I’ve been mostly vegan for about a year and your book and website have been fantastic resources as I’ve made the change. My family has benefited enormously enjoying all the great, imaginative, healthy food too.
I’m just so sorry to read that some people allow themselves to be so mean-spirited in the name of food, for crying out loud. To hell with the spiteful ones! Carry on, regardless. Frankly, I think they’re consumed with jealousy at your success.

Hilary April 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Not sure I’ve ever commented before, but I’ve followed your blog for a long time! Since I’m in a similar position – vegan with a non-vegan hubby, I’ve struggled with the same decision as to what to feed my 9 month old daughter. In the end, I think we’ll do something similar. When I cook, she’ll eat (mostly) nutritious, plant-based foods. When she’s with her daddy or out with her friends, I won’t prevent her from trying new foods. I don’t want to force her into a diet that she may later resent and rebel against…and I’ll just hope she ultimately prefers the veggies. :) Just wanted to tell you I found your post inspiring and send some good vibes!!!

Ange @ Cowgirl Runs April 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

One of the reasons I love your blog is because you’ve never been a preachy vegan. Sometimes I eat meat and dairy and sometimes I don’t. And I’m okay with that, and you never made me feel less-than for that. I’m sorry you had to deal with hurtful comments.

Megan April 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Hi Angela! I’ve been reading and using your recipes since I first started a plant-based diet way back in 2009. I just want to add to the chorus of thank you’s. Your site and book are the first my husband and I turn to for new ideas, they are the recipes we send to my Lithuanian mother-in-law when we come to visit and she wants to know what to cook for us, and my step-mom — who is not vegetarian but has many food sensitivities — frequents your site and loves finding creative, healthy meals she can enjoy safely. I’ve turned many friends on to you and will do so forever! You’ve made me and my family healthier and happier. You truly have impacted our lives and do so every week. THANK YOU!

Lena April 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Please don’t ever stop doing what you are doing, or being who you are! It is unfortunate that people feel the need to voice to voice their negative opinions about what you are doing,but their comments don’t matter. I love your recipes, they have really changed my life in a positive way. The negative things that people say about others are only a reflection of themselves, not of those who they are being hateful toward. and who needs labels anyway!

Cant wait for some new recipes to try!

Jaylene Hanna April 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

I’ve read the posts, I’ve read most of the comments here and on Facebook. I agree with a lot of what everyone is saying, on both sides. If I had to pick a label I am an ethical vegan. I have thought about it a lot since this all started and I thank everyone who joined in on this for making me think deeply. I appreciate passion and commitment. However I don’t agree with everyone all the time, including myself ha! So let’s move on.
I am not interested in judging anyone. What I am interested in is getting another delicious recipe from Angela. She wants to avoid labels from now on and I can understand that, so don’t say it’s vegan, don’t say it’s plant based just say it is delicious!! I think the best thing for everyone would be if the next time we visited this website we were smacked in the face with a recipe we cannot wait to make.
I for one am looking forward to that and never mind the rest of it.

kim rittmaster April 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

This is the first time I’ve written a comment on your blog although I’ve been religiously following it for years. Your post is incredibly inspiring and your strength amazes me. It literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for staying true to what you believe in regardless of the cruel criticism. What you stand for and what you do touches lives all around the world. You truly are glowing from the inside out, thank you!

Heidi April 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Just wanted to share that I have been reading your blog since 2009 and truly believe that you are an inspiration for healthy, thoughtful eating. You rock! :)

Paula Coomer April 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm


I have suffered the same thing, although my work is much more obscure than yours, but I still understand the sting of judgment that sometimes comes from certain factions of the vegan community. Their attitudes are hateful and violent, and I don’t see how directing that violence toward other people is any different that directing it toward any other animal.

I’ve also witnessed at times over the decades a certain level of elitism in the organic foods community in general–a thing I have never been able to understand and find shameful. For these reasons I have over the years withdrawn myself from a number of groups where I was hoping to have an influence. I can’t be part and parcel with such attitudes as I believe we are here to love each other.

So, bravo for standing up and saying something. I AM a vegan to my definition because I promote eating as close to 100% plant-based as is possible, and all the recipes I create are now vegan (in my first book, that was not the case, because it was a book of exploration and learning about meatless eating, yet I took a beating for the fact that my publisher used the words “plant-based” in my subtitle), but I believe that it is much healthier to take in a few calories a week from an animal source–even down to having cream from a well-loved cow in my coffee in the a.m. and occasionally eating a piece of wild-caught north-waters salmon as part of my spiritual practice. And, yes, I will eat honey collected from hives kept by benevolent keepers. I also have family members who hunt with bow and arrow, and I will not tolerate judgment of them and their practices, either.

Please continue to bless us all with your gifts. Light a candle for those whose imperfections cause you pain. And kiss that baby for all us grandmothers.

Your diligent fan,
Paula Marie Coomer

appliedill April 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Writing a comment on someone’s blog is not the same thing as letting an animal suffer. Come on.

Ellen Lederman April 1, 2015 at 3:35 pm

This is why I gave up on my vegan Meetup group–people can be so judgmental and holier-than-thou. Granted, some people do achieve a 100% vegan lifestyle. For some of us, that’s too difficult. If there’s a pill I need (which does/could happen, even with whole foods plant-based diet), I am going to take it and not worry about the gelatin on the capsule. I avoid leather in jewelry, handbags, belts, and jackets—but because my feet are so difficult to fit, I sometimes have to get leather shoes. I feed my cat meat because she is an obligate carnivore. And don’t get me started as to how hypocritical some animal rights people are—against the zoo, but willing to confine their dogs to a crate for 12 hours while they are out so the dog doesn’t mess up the home!

Angela, you have done so much to encourage people to eat better and kinder. That’s a huge achievement—don’t let anyone tell you you are doing it wrong. Even your tea has helped me—for the first time ever I am drinking tea without sugar since the flavors aer so great—and not getting all the artificial junk that is added to most teas.

Hannah April 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Love your post today. Reflects my own thoughts about it all too :) thank you for your recipes. I use them almost every night and you re-inspired my cooking! Wish you all the best <3

Betsy April 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I am vegetarian and so is my husband and we raised our kids as vegetarians but when they reached the age where they had an opinion about what they ate, we let them choose. They now eat some meat when we are out or with friends or family who are not vegetarians. I’m so sorry you have to endure all the craziness on the internet. I hope you find strength to keep on doing what you do, ignore all the distractions and make the best decisions for your family. I love your recipes and am grateful for all of your hard work

Sara April 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I am no longer vegan. I hardly ever eat animal products, can go months on a ‘vegan’ diet but will only ever call myself ‘plant based’, even if I never touch or wear an animal product again. The reason is that I’ve had negative experiences from angry vegans that seem disconnected from reality. I’ve been verbally abused for these things:

1. I have a horse, and I ride him. It’s the best way to exercise a horse. Riding horses is not vegan. I had ridiculous suggestions like run beside him or just never ride him.

2. I believe that little things help. Eating less animal products, going vegan Mon to Fri, and avoiding the cruelest products (dairy, factory farmed meat, factory eggs) .. These things ARE good and should be encouraged. NOT VEGAN.

3. The scary movies showing horrible animal abuse do not represent the reality of farming in many countries. In my country, these films have nil effect because they are not what happens. When I say ‘that’s not what happens here..’ NOT VEGAN.

So yes, I’m not vegan. Proudly ;) Who wants to be an uptight nutbar?

Kristen April 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Angela, I can’t beleive ANYONE would criticize YOU! You are amazing and inspire me personally each and everyday! I religiously read your blog, make your recipes, and pre-ordered your First cookbook , want to pre-order your second cookbook, and bought multiple digital and paperback books for myself, friends, and family! You help us all eat better and healthier for our bodies and the planet! I loooove that almost all don’t have soy and “Processed Vegan” mock meats! That’s processed…not whole food! You also consider nutrition! And your recipes are accurate and work, but taste delicious! You inspire me each time I read your posts! I think you and a Eric are wonderful parents! As an educator with dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry, you are doing the without a doubt the right thing raising your daughter to choose what is right for her! She will be educated, well informed, and exposed to many different things in life! Please don’t ever give in to vile individuals who will publically bully someone on a public forum! Put your chin up and smile! You give me hope ! Each and everyday I wake up and hope to eat more and more like you! You ARE a wonderful gift to us! And I thank you for all of your care, hard work, and delicious healthy recipes! Kristen

Kristen April 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Angela, Hi..its me again! These haters are nuts! They are attacking you..who has shared nothing but amazing plant based vegan recipes… for allowing your daughter (who is being breastfed by you who is eating plant based and trying avocado as her first food which is a fruit, and who was in utero with your plant based diet) a choice and being married to a supportive, living, amazing husband! Ignore them all! Bullying an innocent intelligent family down is abuse! I apologize for the how disgusting it has become! Animals get abused and it is a horror that needs to be stopped and innocent people get abused and that has to stop too! Please please please don’t let them get you down! Rise up and reclaim who you are..wonderful, glowing, and amazing! Kristen

Kristen April 1, 2015 at 6:42 pm

And lastly, you and Eric created your daughter, birthed your daughter, are great parents, and are raising your daughter! Does any “vegan” open their eyes to see the humans suffering on earth because they can’t be fed educated and clothed! If you are going to throw ridiculous your eyes..yes we agree about the animals, but what about the humans? I have pets treated like kings and Tzars but children / students forgotten, not fed, clothed, or cared for! They end up in jail, after a ton of interventions that are documented….which isn’t that a cage!?! Open your eyes world! Don’t you ever attack an amazing caring ethical family! Angela..Easter is Sunday! Rise above the ignorance! We love and support you! You are an amazing family! Kristen

Tiffany April 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Angela –

I was so sad to hear how you’ve been treated and judged for the decisions you’ve made for your family. The decisions we make for our children are very personal, well thought out ones and what we feel is for their best interest and I know yours are no different. It is wrong for someone to judge you for your decisions and I support you 1000%! You are an awesome mama. Your family is beautiful and you are absolutely doing everything exactly how you’re supposed to. I enjoy your blog and recipes SO much – I tell all my friends. I have not come across any recipe i don’t like.
Similar to your family, my husband is not vegetarian. I am, and do some dairy, and we have a 14 month old. I am still not sure what we are going to do with her diet but so far she has been meat-free. Everybody has to find their own path and whatever one chooses is the right one for them. Keep up the good work and don’t let the bastards get you down!
Much love to you and your family,

I also enjoyed reading your touching birth story!

Mary April 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Hi Angela, long time reader/first time commenter here.

I was “strictly vegan” for several years in my 20s. But prior to that I was macrobiotic, and one thing I learned from being macro was the practice of listening to my body, and eating from a place of inner knowing. When I started having health problems due to my vegan diet, I had a hard time listening, because of this idea of sticking to values rather than listening to my intuition of what was right for me. When I finally began adding in animal products again, my health improved. Similarly, after I had a baby and was breastfeeding, I had intense cravings for meat for the first time in 25 years of being vegetarian. This was much harder to deal with, because going back “on my pact” to not eat animals felt like I was betraying myself, and them. But I did finally add in a little bit…things like bone broth, the occasional fish or bacon. Again, my health improved.

Sticking to a value system is useless if it’s not supporting you. Diet is personal and individual. I like Pollan’s advice…”Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Rock on. Don’t let the (vegan) turkeys get you down. Thanks for all you do.

Mary April 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

P.s….we’ve given our daughter her choice in what to eat (within our primary diet of whole foods). At five years old, she has come to being vegetarian of her own accord. When we’re supported in making our own choices, we truly choose what feels best to us. Xoxo

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault April 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Great reading Mary !
Great parenting !!
Cute dog ,♥

Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault
Québec, Montréal Canada

Kirsten H April 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Your authenticity is lovely and your recipes are delicious. Thank you for continuing to share.

Kathy Catlin April 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I am SO glad you will not stop! I love your take on food, the flavors you create and the passion you have for health. You have a gift and you share it well…I know it’s a labor of love. I am sorry (and a little shocked) that you are dealing with some negativity. Someone told me it’s the mark of true success when you get some haters! Maybe true, but not easy to deal with. Hang in there- you are an inspiration to so many of us and you have our support.

Allison April 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Dear Angela, I didn’t read all of the comments from your previous post. I honestly believe (and hope) that you continue to call yourself vegan, and your recipes vegan, your cookbooks vegan. Why anyone believes they have the right to judge you for making a choice about your child that they would not make is beyond me. Honestly, if I were vegan at the time my child was born, I would have wanted to bring him up vegan (with the exception of mother’s milk). I am envious of children who had never had meat cross their lips. But I have a friend who has been vegan since she was 5 years old – her choice because she did not like animal products, and then later because of her compassion for animals. And she did not force her children to be vegan. They turned out to be fine. They are making their own choices now. So these judgmental people commenting on your blog would say my friend who has not eaten animal products or used animal products for 50 years is not vegan because of her choices or her reasons for becoming vegan? Funny because I would bet she’s more truly “vegan” than any of those judgmental people.
I’ve found in the past that it’s normally meat eaters that get judgmental. They ask me stuff like, would I kill a roach if I found one in my house? Isn’t having a pet like a dog or cat using animals for my own pleasure? Do I go to football games, supporting the use of cowhide (the football)? (No they aren’t made of pigskin). Do you play a violin although the wood glue is made from animal derived products? I figure that meat eaters pick at my choices because they want to find flaws to make themselves feel better about their choices. Makes me wonder then why these so-called true “vegans” want to find flaws in your choices or in anyone who chooses to say they have a vegan diet. Anyway, please keep up your great work. We should all be so lucky as to be able to follow our passion and share so much joy and love with the world. If anyone embodies the spirit of true veganism it’s you.

Britt April 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm

You. are. fantastic.
Don’t let anyone let you question that for one moment. You are a delight and have an amazing talent for cooking up some delicious recipes for everyone to enjoy. In the past 2 years I had to cut out dairy, eggs, gluten, soy and almonds for my health and you have been a shining light in a dim sea of terrible recipes! I went from being constantly hungry between meals to discovering really amazing and filling snacks and smoothies (and so much more!) from your site. And seriously, people don’t get that slapping together a recipe doesn’t make it gluten-free and delicious!
All that being said, I hope you can see from all the posts here that you have done so much good encouraging others to improve their health, help to eat less meat/animal products and to find a balance, so that we can all enjoy the precious moments in life.
You’ve really made a huge positive impression in my life and I really want to thank you for that. Don’t let others get you down.

Bronte April 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Hi Angela,
I’ve thought about commenting for so long but I guess I just never got around to it, and you may not ever see this but I think now is a good time to say, you made me a better vegan!
I wanted to let you know what a difference you’ve made. I’ve been following your blog and using your recipes for the last 2 years, and you have pretty much taught me how to cook! When I first decided to switch to a completely vegan diet, I was basically living off stir fry veges, scared to even add sauce to anything because I was so desperate to eat “clean”.
You taught me to embrace real cooking and real, healthy meals. My partner is an omnivore but now loves the meals we make so much that we are able to have a completely vegan household. He still eats meat and dairy at family gatherings or when out sometimes, but only just last night he was gushing over how varied and delicious our meals are, and how good they make him feel. We love you and your cookbook, and I think you’ve done so much for the vegan cause by showing people how wholesome and interesting this diet can be. Please keep doing what you’re doing – I think it’s so important to have people like you demonstrating that being vegan doesn’t mean eating rice and veges every night or always craving something more.
From all the way in Sydney, Aus, Thank you for everything you do!!
Love, Bronte xxx

jane April 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Angela, I am a HUGE fan! Its hard to ignore the haters but you definitely have more people who love you and appreciate your creative and ah-may-zing recipes!!! Being vegan means you should be compassionate to all living things including humans! We need to support each other and celebrate each and every “vegans” “plant-based” or “herbivores”. What’s wrong with people who criticize and hurt others? Must be jealous, insecure and plain unhappy with themselves.
please ignore those idiots!
Love from your fan,

Amber April 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm

You are lovely and inspiring. We are an all vegan household, but our humanity and compassion for others comes first. I’ve observed far too much judgement of people’s dietary choices and parenting styles. Being a parent is hard enough, right? You are raising your daughter with compassion, a healthy outlook on her body, and an appreciation for plant-based food. Those are wonderful values!

Katie April 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm


I have been following your blog for many years. I even won a Happy Herbivore cookbook you gave away. I find it odd that so many people have criticized you for not being vegan enough when you have probably contributed more to end animal suffering than they have. You have influenced, inspired and motivated thousands of people. I eat a healthier diet because of you and I could not have given up eggs and dairy without your recipes.

Thank you for all you have done for the animals and us readers. You seem like such a gentle and kind soul. I’m sorry the haters got to you. Keep on glowing!

Mary April 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Angela, I wanted to add my voice to the 600+ comments here. I have been following your blog since 2010, and over the years I have transitioned to cooking almost exclusively from your blog and cookbook. I simply cannot say enough about how wonderful you are, and like so many others who have commented, you are always the person I recommend to people who are wanting to transition to a more plant-based diet. Your recipes are SO creative, accessible, and well-developed–I can sense how much time you put into developing each one. I am vegetarian and mostly vegan, but my husband is neither of these and absolutely loves milk, cheese, yogurt etc…however, because of your recipes he has zero desire to eat meat at home, and he even appreciates many of your vegan diary substitutes more than the real thing (your cashew sour cream, for example). Thank you for all the work you put into this blog and for being such an example of grace and compassion.

Lauren April 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

I’ve been following your blog for a few years and I think you are sincere and talented. Keep doing your thing – you’re great at it!

Meghan April 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

An eloquent and perfect response! Be true to yourself and labels be damned.

Melissa Knighton April 1, 2015 at 10:54 pm

My family is healthier because of you. Thank you!

Roxy April 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm

This blog post is just so spot on! I have been eating a vegan diet for over a year now and your blog (and new book) have helped me fill my kitchen full of delicious meals which make me feel great and excited about food! This being said, ‘vegan’ isn’t a label I use for my diet (although most people who know me refer to me as a vegan anyway) because I feel there some negativity and elitism out there in the vegan community. It is sad the aggressive and arrogant actions of a few often result in fewer kind hearted people, following a similar lifestyle, abstaining from the ‘vegan’ label to save themselves backlash should the not be meeting the standards of others.

I think it is possible to respect and support each other regardless of what labels you may choose to identify with.

Just do what makes you happy :)

Chrissy April 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Hi! I am new to your blog–recieved your cookbook for Christmas and it really has changed my life! You really are amazingly talented not only as a cook, but as a writer as well! And I just want to say that I really commend you for this post. It took a lot of courage for you to write that and it’s really admirable. I have been debating going vegan, but after reading your post I realized that I don’t need to give myself a label either.

Sarah April 2, 2015 at 12:13 am

The blog post on your daughter’s diet was an incredibly brave one to publish. Too many of the responses received online however were appalling, and the majority clearly should have gone through the ‘would I speak like this to someone’s face’ filter..

Your blog introduced me to vegan food and I use it most days (thanks!), however I’m slightly sickened at the thought of being part of a community (for want of a better word) that would attack on mass like that. So vegan won’t be word I’ll ever use to describe myself.

Keep up the great work

Judith April 2, 2015 at 1:24 am

I just want to congratulate you on deciding to no longer call yourself vegan.
I completely respect this decision and while it’s sad to read all the hate towards vegans in the comments for this particular blog post, at least your message won’t be confusing anymore to the public.

Keep on rocking those plant based recipes Angela!

Victoria M April 2, 2015 at 2:10 am

I admire your honesty and the way you stick to your beliefs. You approach the topic of veganism with grace and kindness. The people who commented rude things on your previous post responded to you with disrespect and a total lack of empathy. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in this world who are convinced they possess the only right answer. These people approach touchy topics with anger, and rather than convincing people of their viewpoint, they turn them off. That is their loss. You, on the other hand, make positive change in the world through your lack of judgment and hard work ethic. And that is what convinces people. :)

Daniela April 2, 2015 at 6:01 am

Wow! Angela, I was deeply moved by your post. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability as you put yourself out there to your readers. Please remember that your supporters far outweigh your nay-sayers. Try your darndest not to give the hurtful comments any power.

I, for one, am newly converted to more plant-based eating because of your cookbook. I have bought your book as birthday, Christmas and housewarming presents. I recommend it to anyone else who cares to talk food with me. What you’re doing is tremendous and delicious and I think you are a Canadian gem. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished… and keep forging ahead!

Melinda April 2, 2015 at 6:18 am

Thank You so much for sharing your honest thoughts and opinions about this topic. I also red your “Will you raise your daughter a vegan?” post which I also loved as well. Actually I exprienced the other way around. I don’t much vegan or vegetarian friends or family members – just my brother and sister, so I was judged because I didn’t eat meat while I was pregnant.That it’s unhelathy, where you’ll get your protein and iron and calcium, etc. I’m vegetarian. I eat sometimes organic eggs, and very rarely sour cream or cheese – if I would live in the USA or Canada or the UK, or where I could get my hands on some Daiya cheese, OMG, or some vegan soy-free ice cream… I’m so jealous of You guys! You’re totally spoiled! I tried to be vegan but it was super hard because of the narrow range of products here where I live. I didn’t eat any meat while I was pregnant with my babygirl, and now that I’m breastfeeding as well. It’s so empowering that I can sustaine another human being without meat. Without killing any animals. Oh and I have been thriving ever since I’m eating like that. I broke my left leg while I was 6 months pregnant, the day after our home’s renovation started – speaking of bad luck, hah – I’ll soon share that story on my blog. Anyways when the Doctor took of the plaster the bone was so perfect that she didn’t see where it happened in the x ray photo. I know that it’ll be hard sometimes if my daughter will enjoy some chicken or bacon or hot dog or whatever, but I would love to be a great example of empathy and understanding. Not just for the animals – but for everyone else as well. My husband sometimes eats meat as well as my family and I love them to pieces. So I’m totally on the same page as You ! By the way I know that because of this “don’t push” approach my daughter more likely will enjoy my plant-based meals. It was a journey for me as well – to became a vegetarian, and if somebody would pushed me before I was ready for that change I would probaby rebel. I’m planning the same thing. At home I cook plant-based meals and when we’ll go out or visit family or friends she could eat meat if she would like to eat it. In this way I will teach her that I respect her and I also respect myself and my principles at the same time. And thank You so so much for posting your amazing recipes. You’re making this whole journey for me so much more fun! :) And I love reading your baby posts!!! :) Melinda

Kat April 2, 2015 at 6:35 am

Just want to add to the positive voices to help drown out the negative… I think you are awesome, your blog is awesome and your recipes are awesome! In my family we eat differently vary our diets and I refuse to label the way I or any of my family eats. Labels can be so damaging I really understand and respect your description of your daughters diet. Love this blog and your recipe book is my go to for family meals and snacks! Thank you for all of it :)

Allison April 2, 2015 at 6:42 am

I think you are amazing and I think this is such a lovely post. Do you know Bryant Terry’s work? He also eschews labels (even though his work is largely vegan) for many of the reasons you listed here. I’m so sorry that some folks were so dogmatic, which is completely counterproductive. We need more compassion and kindness toward everyone, not judgment and vitriol. You’ve inspired me and so many others. Keep on keepin’ on, vegan label or not!

Rose Cole April 2, 2015 at 7:07 am

Good for you! You don’t have to be all things for all people! Just continue to be true to yourself and ignore the trolls!

Robin April 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

I’m so sorry to hear of your experience. I don’t understand how some readers who claims to love animals can be so hateful to fellow humans. We are all animals that feel pain and fear. Even if you chose to feed your daughter Vegan, ultimately she would make her own choice with or without your approval.

Karen April 2, 2015 at 7:12 am

I can imagine it’s difficult to have a wonderful blog such as yours, and then have people criticize you on a very personal level. Please know though, how much we all appreciate the work, love, and dedication into your recipes and blog, because it shows! I have recommended many people to your blog, and they have all loved it. Regardless of someone’s diet, no one can deny that we could all use a few more plants in our life, but that is what’s so great about your recipes. There is something for everyone, and I would say that is your niche. Please know you have so much support out there for you Angela! :) xx

Katie April 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

Angela, I can only imagine how discouraging it must be, but keep your chin up and keep doing this very important work! You are creating so much GOOD in this world– your recipes are beautiful and delicious and you’re inspiring so many people to eat better. You are a force for positive change in the world.

Georgina April 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11” Thank you for being one of the wise ones! I just had my son in Nov of last year and I have seen a mothers wrath when I share how I would raise my son. Anything as simple breast feeding vs. formula or bed times would bring on daunting criticism…and like you I simply learned to just be vague with others on certain things and as long as my family and I are thriving & joyful nothing else matters.

Many blessing to you!
PS. love your blog :)

Bernadette April 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

What a wonderful world it would be if people just lived their lives as they see fit without harming others by word or deed. I’m vegetarian (not vegan) own your inspiring cookbook and follow your blog religiously. Just continue to do what you do so well and let the naysayers have at it. At the end of the day all that really matters is that you’re satisfied and happy with the life you’ve created.

Shelley April 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

Beautiful post Angela. I was vegan for awhile when I lived in Portland Oregon and you have perfectly verbalized some of the reservations that I had with that community. The harsh judgement and constant pressure to be “vegan enough”. It is so incredibly sad that what is supposed to be a compassionate LIFESTYLE is morphed into a nasty competition by a few vocal members. I too strive for a mostly plant based diet and I believe that the more colorful fruits and veggies that I eat the better that I feel. I also believe that people listen when we raise them up through understanding and empowerment. And through sharing, not forcing, our experiences. You share through your incredible recipes. Yours are my go-to on so many occasions and your dishes are always crowd pleasers. You are doing amazing work that does not have to be labeled or conformed to anyone’s definitions. Eating well is not easy for everyone. Being a mom is also hard at times. Doing these things openly on a public forum must be so challenging. Thank you for doing you. All the love sister.

Lauren Gaskill April 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

“I still believe that the greatest change happens when we elevate one another, celebrate progress, and of course, share delicious food that challenges the norms of the standard diet.”

Well said, Angela! Keep inspiring others to live better lives. That’s what matters. :)

Sara April 2, 2015 at 10:20 am

I love your recipes. Many have become staples in this almost veggie household. Thank you for helping me reduce my carbon footprint.

Em April 2, 2015 at 10:35 am

Just wanted to jump in and let you know that I so appreciate your tone of acceptance and moderation. As much as the militant vegans don’t want to hear it, the world is NEVER going to be 100% vegan. I think the best we can hope for is that more people will begin to embrace a plant based diet and see that not every meal has to contain an animal product. Who knows- maybe someday there will be many, many people in this world who eat plant based 50% of the time. I think you’ve done so much for bringing veganism (or plant based diets or whatever term you want to use) to a larger audience, and you’ve done much more than the people screaming on these threads about animal murder. Just keep doing you and don’t worry about the haters, there are many of us out here who really appreciate the work you are doing!

Robyn Battaglia April 2, 2015 at 11:06 am

I will start off by saying I am not a vegan. There are certain things I love that don’t fit in to the category and I just can’t pull the plug or I should say I don’t want to. This was a very well written piece. I’m glad you addressed it. There is way too much tearing down of one another in every facet of life. Since I’ve become a parent, I would like to think I am less judgmental of other parents than I used to be. I realized quickly that being a parent makes you a hypocrite pretty quickly on things you swore you would never do. I try to do what’s best for my family and make sure if others are talking to me I let them know they have to do what works best for them. It’s sad how women are under so much pressure to be perfect at so many things and we tend to be the worst culprits when it comes to tearing each other down. I’m glad you started this blog and am glad you aren’t letting the rudeness of others stop you from what you love.

Linzy April 2, 2015 at 11:50 am

Hi Angela,

I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing such negativity. I’ve always seen your posts as such a positive place. I’ve never put a label on my eating habits for the same backlash. I hate the feeling of judgement I get if I want to put honey in my tea or if I make my husband some eggs for breakfast. I really hope that this doesn’t influence what you post.

As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, I love to see how your view of food has changed. It gives me hope. Nobody else deserves to say how you should live your life.

Fiona Young April 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Just want to be another person to tell you thank you for being go flexible, non-judgmental, and for not being rigid about labels. Like you said, that is why you’ve had the success you have had! I completely agree with you and support you! :)

Tami April 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Though I’m not vegan, I love your blog and recipes, and I was just telling my friends that I love it precisely BECAUSE you portray veganism as a happy, healthy choice without putting others down.

Thanks for the hard work you put into this blog!

Ana April 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Good for you, Angela! The “extremists” of every movement always take things too far and make it a competition of who’s vegan enough, who’s protesting naked outside of factory farms and throwing flour on Kardashian’s fur coat. However, it all comes down to personal choice and how you choose to approach your decision. You can do it out of empathy of animals and quitely save 200 animals by not consuming them, or you can scream that you’re vegan and push your choice on others.

I always applauded the way you did “vegan” and your blog was the first one I discovered once I started my transition to plant based eating 4 years ago, and I always come back for more recipes with a warm heart.

In my opinion, the good outcome of this backlash is that, now that you won’t have a label, even though I am sure you never felt restricted, but you will feel even more liberated and just free to roam the “plant based world” as you choose! And I’m sure that will only be a bonus for your family and friends :)

Hugs from me and my husband, who are complete fans!

P.S. I’ve made your favourite chili recipe, which is OUR favourite chili recipe for more than 10 times now in the winter months!! As well as many other scrumptious eats from your blog ;)

Tara | Treble in the Kitchen April 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I am so sorry there are so many negative voices out there. Just know that your fresh perspective on living healthfully is setting a great example! I love your recipes, photos and hearing about your family :) Please keep it up!

Deanna April 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Is there an official manual for being vegan? Come to think of it, is there a manual for living life and a manual for the perfect way of eating?? NO! That’s because there is no right way of living or eating! Everyone’s definition is going to be different. No matter what you call yourself or how you live your life, there are going to be lovers and haters. It’s just too bad that in the world we live in, we have to condemn or criticize others for not matching our own definitions.
Angela – you are doing a fantastic job – you are being true to yourself – you are sharing with the whole world your version of vegan cooking and it’s absolutely amazing! I’m not a vegan, I eat meat, and I love your recipes! What you’ve done is take ‘traditional’ recipes and turn them into healthy versions. To all of us who read your blog, we love that! An example is your Raw Chocolate Pudding – it’s a staple in my house and my two toddlers love it! Keep up the great work Angela! Looking forward to your second book!

appliedill April 21, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Can this stop already? “Haters”. Who exactly is hating? Angela benefits from her readers. Most here agree with her. A minority thinks her decision isn’t great. And they have valid reasons for it: it supports animal suffering. That’s not hating. That’s simply being disappointed in someone you really admired. That can happen sometimes. She doesn’t have to accept these comments. It’s her choice to approve these. Should we all just shut up? If it’s all about personal choice why is it then always labeled as “hate” if somebody isn’t on your side?

Sarah April 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Thank you for this, and your previous post, for reminding me why I never label my diet/lifestyle. You do you, people will always be critical from their high horses no matter what your stance. For the record, I wholeheartedly agree with what you’ve decided for your baby, and it aligns with the route two of my staunchest vegan friends have chosen for their two littles after much research, and their kids are two of the most compassionate, animal-loving tiny humans you could ever hope to encounter. At any rate, if you ever read this so far down your comment thread, I support you. :)

Kaylee April 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Thank you so much for this post. I, personally, was so excited when I read your last blog post (and this is from a strict vegan for animal and environmental reasons–not health at all). I found it to be completely open-minded and nonjudgmental and I loved it. Then I saw you post it the blog updated on Facebook and was mortified when I saw the comments. I, likewise, am hesitant to call myself vegan when such judgmental people also associate with the name. As someone in the restaurant biz (vegan baker), in a large city, I can relate completely. It’s so hard to remember the positives when people criticize you when you’re already doing so much for the movement, directly. Even though YOU KNOW that the number of people you’ve influenced to reduce their meat intake (or become vegan completely) is astronomical, and that the people who are criticizing you have probably have only impacted a couple of people, it still hurts to deal with their ill-placed and hypocritical judgements. You are the one making the change, not them. You are the one opening up the world of veganism to people, not them. Whatever you call yourself (I’m not even sure what I call myself, even though I am a strict vegan), you are simply amazing. Everyone I talk to knows who you are and what you do for veganism. That is NO small feat.

Kaylee April 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Also, I hope it makes things easier knowing that not all animal-ethics vegans would call you “not vegan” for your health-inspired (and of course mental health-inspired) reasons to adopt and encourage plant-based lifestyle. If anything, I’m grateful for it because it opens up the world of veganism to those who might not otherwise look into it! Any reduction of meat is a win, no matter what the inspiration :)

Sylvia April 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

People are dying all over the world from horrible situations and there’s always going to be some privileged person with their head so far up any ideological backside that they’ll criticize what a 6 month old baby (with a health conscious, compassionate choice making mother) is eating or going to eat in a few years. It’s unhealthy in so many ways I can’t even find the words. You just do you, girl. I’ll be here waiting for more recipes.

Holly April 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

I LOVE your recipes!! For years I’ve relied on Internet searching for recipes for the produce I have on hand. Some don’t turn out so hot. :( But if I find the recipe on your site, I have no doubts it will be amazing!!!! My husband,also an Eric ;), loves them all!!
I do understand how you feel. Ive been vegetarian for quite a few years. Over the last six months Ive gradually eliminated almost animal products. Yet I cringe every time I hear myself say “I’m vegan” because of how critical people can be. I appreciate how non critical, nonjudgmental, and nonperfectionist your site is. That’s part of the draw! Looking at the comments many of your followers are meat eaters, and rather than being driven off, they’re encouraged and motivated to incorporate MORE plant based food into their diets!! Really, isn’t motivating the masses of ‘average North American diet’ eaters to consume less animal and more plant, accomplishing more good than nitpicking the small population of plant eaters who have already cut 95% of animal products from their life? You’re very brave for putting yourself out there.. And obviously you’ve made an impact on a lot of people… Don’t let a few haters get you down!

Amy April 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

I have been reading for many years and wanted to say you helped make the transition to a vegan diet so much easier! When I was new to plant based, about 7 years ago, I stumbled across your site and never left! Your recipes have been served at countless gatherings to numerous people who do not follow plant based diets, each and every time I have received rave reviews (and I’m not even a good cook ;) ). I too have started to shy away from the vegan title because I have received comments over eating honey or having one of my grandma’s special cookies (made with eggs, gasp). I now use plant based or non-dairy veg, or anything but vegan really, to describe my diet. Just wanted to say ignore those who do not agree with your decision on how to feed your child, you know best!!! and you have many more readers who support you than not.

Kat April 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm

More change will be affected by your accessible, honest and kind approach than any kind of vegan militancy. I have known a few die-hard, vocal vegans, and though they had good-intentions, their manner succeeded only in alienating people from the cause and making them feel guilty for a) not being veggie enough or b) eating animal products in the first place.
I am no longer a vegan, as I found I physically couldn’t sustain it -despite multiple efforts over time- and feel much better with a small amount of animal products in my diet. I would love to continue on a vegan diet, but I must respect my body and its needs too. Everyone is different. I know that, to some, eating animals at all is unfathomable, but each party must be respectful of the others’ opinions. Humans developed eating animals. I don’t believe that we will ever stop, but we can make a deliberate effort to reduce our consumption and support small, local farms who treat their animals with kindness and dignity.
You have inspired so many to be more mindful and conscientious in their food choices, aswell as motivating countless others to vegan and vegetarian. It is a sad, sad world when people allow their judgement to get in the way of what the vegan movement is really about.
Every recipe created by you and reproduced by a reader is a small but impactful step in a positive direction. Frankly, how dare anyone question your decision as a parent about what is right for your beautiful daughter and family. (For the record, I agree wholeheartedly with your stance. It is realistic, and respectful of your daughter. Forbidding your daughter from having an ice-cream cone with her friends on a sunny day is more like to turn her AWAY from veganism than toward it. This way, she can form her own opinions about what is right for her body, mind and the environment. Great work Mom and Dad :) )

Keep doing what you do. I cannot ever tell you how much of an inspiration you’ve been to me since finding your blog almost three years ago. Your honesty is what keeps me coming back (and the food, that’s a given!) and I have many of your older posts about recovery and life bookmarked for those days I need a boost. You’ve become like a friend to me, as bizarre as that may sound! Love X

Pascal Labillois April 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I have to agree. I find it sad that some vegans are anti-vegans. People go to extreme and I don’t think that’s the way to go. I’ve changed people’s mind around me by educating them, not freaking them out about mistreated animal pictures full of blood and all but by letting them know it’s out there. In addition, having “AMAAAAZING” food like yours make people realize that “if vegan food taste like this; count me in!”.

I say thank you.

Dana April 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I am not vegan, but your blog is my favorite for recipes! You create such beautiful, yummy yet simple things. We eat meat in our home but enjoy a lot of your stuff. I.e. I made that avocado pasta dish you posted for valentines day with shrimp. I don’t think a label one way or the other will change the fact that you’re a rockstar chef/creator. Thanks for being who you are and encouraging healthy and amazing meals in homes around the world.

Julia April 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Hi Angela, I am so sorry you have experienced such negativity. You have had such a positive impact on my family and friends since I found your blog almost 4 years ago. Because of you, our diet has changed completely for the better. Not a day goes by that we don’t make at least two (sometimes more!) of your recipes…breakfasts, smoothies, snacks, dinners, and then left-overs for lunch the next day! Your recipes are truly amazing. I bought four copies of your first cookbook, gave them away to friends, bought more, gave those away, and am now looking forward to your next project. Thank you so much, keep up the good work xx

meaghann April 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

I commend you for what you do, it takes a lot of courage to deal with people who read what you put a lot of time and energy into and then have someone say rude/nasty comments. Your blog and cookbook is what ultimately lead me to be able to lead a dairy/meat free life. Over a year I started incoorporating more and more recipes specifically from your blog, and now as of 3 months I am completely meat and dairy free. I have a hard time telling people I am vegan, because I don’t like the judgement from people that comes along with it. Also, vegan doesn’t mean healthy! There is a variety of processed junk food that is vegan- oreos, bocca burgers, candy, sugary cereal, etc. that you can eat and call yourself a vegan. I just say I follow a plant based diet mostly fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and beans! They get the point and it takes their focus off of what I don’t eat- onto all the things I prefer to eat. I also try not to say “I can’t eat that” because I really can— I won’t die! I just prefer not to!

Thank you so much for your blog. You are wonderful!

Catherine April 2, 2015 at 6:45 pm

This conversation reminds me of Taylor Swift’s song: “the haters gonna hate hate hate hate….” It seems to be a small minority, but I am still frustrated that people can be so judgmental. It also reminds me of the phrase “don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.” Unfortunately I can see with many comments on here that lots of people, including me, are fearful to claim our identities because of a small judgmental minority that insists on extremes. It’s too bad that we can’t all band together to best advance the welfare of animals in each of our own individualized ways, knowing each of us is doing the best we can. Instead people are hesitant to join the movement for fear of “failing.”

Angela, I’ve been reading your blog since I became vegan 5 years ago and have absolutely loved it. I recommend your recipes to everyone. You’ve been so inspirational to thousands of people and I hope you take that knowledge with you every day. Being one of your recipe testers for your first book was such a fun and memorable experience! As someone who is expecting my first baby this year I very much appreciated your post about raising children and I found it refreshing. I identified with many things you said because I believe in people making their own choices and I don’t want to foster disordered eating in my child as a result of stigmatizing certain foods.

You’re brave to share your honest opinions in a public forum and I wish we didn’t live in a society that encourages only extreme or polarizing opinions as those that matter. I’d rather live in a world where people consider a variety of positions, work through the gray areas, and respect each other’s opinions. Please keep your head high and know that so many people are rooting for you! I hope you continue all the wonderful work you’ve done for us over the years. I’m grateful to “know” you through this community.

Diane April 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

I have been reading this blog for a few years. I love it. I read lots of other blogs too, and I’ve seen plenty of other examples of hateful people with their little agendas comment and criticize ad nauseam. It’s one thing to respectfully disagree, but quite another to write hateful comments. And making statements that threaten a woman and her family could raise those comments to the level of illegal and criminal.

This is Angela’s blog and she can write about anything she wants, including about her baby and husband and what they eat. Or don’t eat. And her cat and what he eats. Or doesn’t eat.

Tamandra April 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

It’s a lot like in dog training society, there’s the two camps of positive, and balanced, and a war…and even being on the positive side, you aren’t “positive enough” for some. It’s silly. I became vegan this year on January 1st, and your blog has kept me going. I never thought I could do it, thought it was too complicated to make things, I ate out a lot, blah blah. But I love it, and love making your recipes! I actually kicked the cheese habit! But I don’t want to be part of an agenda. I care that it reduces my carbon footprint, and that it’s healthy, and doesn’t contribute to any suffering. I feed my pets organic raw meat. I don’t want to be an extremist. I think for some it’s more a religion perhaps…

Bruna April 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I applaud your decision to stand up for what is right. Forcing your belief systems onto a child is indoctrination. By not doing so, you are encouraging your child to learn how to think for herself and that is, in my humble opinion, the most valuable and precious tool in life. She will be empowered and all areas of her life will benefit from this.
I am not a vegan, I don’t have a restrictive diet, but I do love your blog and have followed many of your recipes because I love vegies and like to get creative with them. I could not care less if you label yourself a vegan or not, I will continue to follow your blog because you make me happy by encouraging me to eat foods that are healthy and taste amazing (jackpot!).

Bridget April 2, 2015 at 8:42 pm

i am long time reader, I love your book and tea! I have never commented but felt the need to. I am not vegan, I eat meat occasionally but I try to eat healthy and I come to your site bc you make healthy things that actually taste good. We all have guilty pleasures and if I can reward in healthy way then that’s awesome and a step in the right direction. We can’t be as strict and disciplined as some of those types of people but I think they are unhappy and unbalanced because it takes so much energy to be that mean and hateful… It is so much easier to smile! These people are not your audience, your audience loves you for you! Keep up the amazing contribution you are making to thousands of people lives.

Rachelle April 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I have largely been a silent on your site, but very much a fan. I’ve been making 1-2 recipes of yours every week since I found your site last year! I would really be lost without it. Don’t listen to the naysayers – listen to yourself. All you need to do is be happy with the success you’ve had and the distance you’ve come since you started, and then be excited for what you will do in the future. You’re making a baby!

Thank you for all you do!

Mandi April 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Hey love,
Just wanted to respond to your post….how sad that people feel ok being unkind in their criticism of you. The sad thing is that the Internet is a forum for the unkind mean and just plain nasty. Call it what you will meanness is just envy and cowardice with a different coat on!

I want to say I love your blog and you have helped me, a middle aged woman with diabetes, find hope in a vegan lifestyle……I’m not perfect. No one is. But if you are having a go at life and are supporting positivity in the world, then you are an angel and a hero…….
I pray for blessings for you and your baby and say parenting is a roller coaster ride that lasts twenty years!!!!! Hold on to your panties love!..God bless. Mandi from Australia

Julia April 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm

You’re beautiful, Angela! Unfortunately, we do have people in this world that are full of hate, it’s so sad! Keep doing what you’re doing – your work is amazing! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Emily McBroom April 2, 2015 at 11:48 pm

I’ve never thought to comment on a blog before, but for what it is worth you are my favorite blogger! As a vegan I could not ask for a better example and a better cookbook! Thanks for taking the time to create all of these recipes for us to enjoy and for not giving up. Please know that you are supported, even though you have some haters. Again, thank you. Your work is important and you are very appreciated.

Jenna April 3, 2015 at 5:46 am

OMG. I read your post about what food you’d feed your baby and was interested in your thoughts on the subject, but that was it…. Didn’t realize what a political issue it was. I just went back and read some of the comments, and honestly I could only get about 10 down before I quit because I was annoyed. Saw someone bashing someone else because they labelled their diet as “mostly vegan”…. sigh, I couldn’t even make it to the rest. I didn’t know that this issue would bring about such a militant attitude because what you described sounded so balanced and healthy to me. Anyway, I’m not a vegan, actually I am quite a big meat eater, but use your recipes ALL THE TIME because I love veggies and incorporating lots of healthy food. I’ve been reading your blog literally for years and will continue to, regardless of how you label your recipes.

Tiff Madden April 3, 2015 at 7:08 am

Hi Angela,

I am a huge fan of your blog and cookbook as well as the baby blog (my wife and I are expecting a daughter in August) and we have enjoyed and leaned so much from your posts. I have been reading your blog for a few years now. I can actually remember the day… my wife went to a baby shower and though I was invited I decided I would rather wonder around Queen St then go to another shower where we can’t eat anything but hummus and veggies as we are both vegan and gluten sensitive. When I went back to meet my wife she came running toward me going “open your mouth! Hurry it’s melting” I was a little scared but as I trust her I did as she instructed and was rewarded with the most amazing treat!!! It was one of your rolo knockoffs!!! Apparently this baby shower would be one I would regret missing as many of the recipes came from your website. Needless to say, we went home, visited your site and have had many amazing meals since.

I have never commented on a post but over the last week I wasn’t able to stop reading what was happening on your blog. I was extremely angry and frustrated with the barrage of completely ludicrous posts about your choice not to label Adriana’s diet right from the get go. I don’t know what planet some of these people came from but my response to it all was extremely similar to yours. Last Wednesday I actually told my wife and best friend “I am no longer identifying as vegan”. Though I do not plan on changing my diet in any way I no longer want to be confined to a label and I don’t want my daughter labeled before she can choose for herself. Your approach to your daughter’s diet is quite similar to what we had decided we will do. Though we will continue to cook vegan at home, we are not planning on making anything taboo for her. We just want to help guide her to make healthy choices that make her happy. You are such an inspiration to me! You are reasonable, smart and articulate I can’t begin to express how much I enjoy reading your blog and making your food.

Oh, I also wanted to tell you I was attacked by ‘vegan police’ one time as well. My wife and I went to the Toronto Veg parade maybe 5 years ago, just to check it out and we were basically attacked for not feeding my dog a vegan diet! I was so shocked people could be so mean to other people (especially members of their vegan community) for something so stupid. Trust me if Charlie could talk he would choose meat every time! Ha! Sorry for going on so long but as I haven’t posted before I had to make up for it. ;) Anyway, please keep doing what you do so well and I will keep enjoying your blog and cookbooks!

Much love,


Anna April 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Wow, how do you feed dogs a vegan diet? They’re carnivores! That’s awful you got attacked over that

Ashley April 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

It’s super easy. As long as they get all their nutrients, dogs (and even cats) can be 100% plant based (and happy and even *healthier* while on it). No need to kill animals to keep another one alive! Same premise as humans have for being vegan. Of course you don’t have to believe that just from this comment, but do some research if you’re so inclined :)

Steph April 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

Hi Angela,

I’m Tiff’s wife! I just wanted to chime in and say that you also helped me have a healthy plant-based pregnancy and reading about all the ups and downs in your posts helped me feel a lot more normal! Like Tiff said above, we’re right on the same page with you about raising our daughter with the ability to choose. For us, its really about developing critical thinking skills right from a young age rather than training her to blindly following someone else. Of course she will end up eating a lot of veg food since that is what we make at home, but as she grows and develops her own worldview we want her to have the ability to question things, have a voice and make choices of her own. I have one parent who is omni and one who is veg, and I’ve always appreciated that they let me find my own way.

Much love from Toronto,


Tania Ormshaw April 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate hate, it is so unnecessary. I was quite impressed with your decision and applaud you and Eric. I am going to be 37 in a few short days and have just started receiving help for my ED. Your approach in raising that sweet baby is a healthy one.

Vanessa April 3, 2015 at 9:05 am

You are an amazing and talented woman! I am not vegan but I am always looking for healthy recipes and ways to sneak in more veggies. Your website and cookbook have both been great resources. Even my meat loving boyfriend approves :) Keep doing what you’re doing and I can’t wait for the next cookbook!!

Suzanne April 3, 2015 at 9:19 am


This is a beautiful post and it is inspiring to see you staying true, authentic and honest about your choices and lifestyle. There is no right or wrong and anyone who judges, is doing so out of their own fear. I applaud your ability to make a decision that is best for you and your family. Your creations are amazing and we are blessed that you are willing to share your gift with us.

Keep being YOU….

Audrey April 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

Discovering your blog almost two years ago changed the way I eat, which reduced the amount of animal products my husband and I consume by 80-90%. You make a difference.

Sarah April 3, 2015 at 10:48 am

I love your blog because of how accessible it is! I am not vegetarian or vegan, but I am trying to reduce my animal consumption and cook more whole food/vegetable based meals and your recipes have definitely helped. I ordered your book because you aren’t elitist or pretentious like some other vegan sites/books I’ve read, your attitude towards food and healthy eating is inspiring!

Linda @ Veganosity April 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

The vegans who threatened you and attacked you give all vegans a bad name. In my opinion, vegans are supposed to live a cruelty free live, and that includes being kind to human beings. The save an animal but feel free to threaten and attack people who don’t live up to your expectations mentality is so hypocritical.

I respect you for your honesty and for not pushing your choices on your daughter. As a mother I don’t believe that we own our children, and shouldn’t force them to live the way we want them to live. We give them guidance, plant seeds, and let them fly. Chances are, she will also be a vegan.

And I totally agree with you about labels. I for one am sick of them.

Celeste April 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

I come from a large Middle Eastern family. Will they all go vegan? Not in a million years. But because of of my veganism they have cut out animal products 50%, donated to Farm Sanctuary and Mercy for Animals, signed endless petitions to end factory farming and sourced their animal products from farmers markets that employ a more humane approach to slaughtering. Would they have done that if I had insisted on 100% vegan? I don’t think the entire world will become vegan. But I do think the entire world can and would demand humane treatment of animals. Nathan Runkle of MFA says for every person who goes vegan, 50 animals a year are saved. One family member cutting out 50% of their meat intake is 25 animals saved. Nathan also says be patient with yourself. If I didn’t have that kindness I never could have stuck with veganism the first 2 years. If Angela’s blog is helping people reduce their animal intake, then she’s saving animal lives. I understand the panic people feel. Right now animals are being tortured. We get breaks in our life, they experience it 24/7. Buddha said, “May all beings be happy.” It’s about compassion. Attacking people is cruelty. Veganism is cruelty-free. No one wants animals to suffer, yet life has different demands for each us. Keep spreading the word, Angela.

AGS April 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

But I must be missing something: How does your parenting choice change the fact that you eat a vegan diet? I mean, raising a child with the knowledge they’ll choose their own path is kind of the way life works. You yourself eat a vegan diet – allowing your child and spouse some flexibility doesn’t change your own personal choice.

I’ll still look to you for easy and friendly plant-based recipes.

Anne April 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm


Lisa April 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Hi Angela,

What you are doing is good enough…..great even! As a Christian, my perspective is that we are all flawed, but it is our striving to do better that speaks volumes about our character. Those screaming for vegan perfection, and being hateful in addition, are trying to press something that is impossible for everyone. Even they are not perfect no matter how much they may profess to be. What matters most is the impact you are making to help foster others achieving more kindness to the environment, humans and animals alike. And, that impact creates better health for all of us to boot! I can relate a bit to what you have been going through. As a Christian, I have encountered many other Christians who hold the false belief that God has mandated us to eat animals and that me and my family are the ones who are wrong for not doing so. However, in Gods perfect world, which was written about in the book of Genesis, God speaks of giving us all the plants on earth as food. Not one mention of flesh/meat…only plants! God only allowed, not mandated, meat eating after the flood, but he never said that’s what is best for us. Lastly, as the bible states, when Christ returns the “lion will lay with the lamb”. This means there will be no murder. Animals will not eat animals and humans will not eat animals. All humans and creatures will be plant based once again. My husband, I and some of our kids have decided to get a head start and eat the way it was and will be in God’s perfect world. I applaud you for your wonderful efforts!

Kerry April 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

I think you are so inspiring. I have learned so much from your site, my family has made a positive change towards healthier eating and with two teenage boys change doesn’t come easy, they love your recipe’s and spread the word to their friends. :)
Isn’t it sad, if people spent more time inspiring others like you do and not focussing on negativity what a change we all could make in our wonderful world.
I’m not sure of this “perfect Vegan” standard you are to live up to, but as far as spreading inspiration and health you are on top of the game. Thanks for your blog, please don’t change a thing.

Jessica K April 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

It never ceases to blow me away that people can leave nasty, mean comments to someone who they’ve never met and who has never done anything to harm them. You are incredibly talented at creating plant-based recipes that even meat-eaters love and no labeling can change that. You are who you are and you are amazing!!!!

Jen April 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I didn’t see the post about how you are raising your child, but I’m assuming you are raising him (her? I’m sorry!) vegetarian rather than vegan. I am doing the same. For all the self-righteous people out there, it is not as easy for everyone as it is for you. Pizza day at school, birthday parties, etc.–those things are hard to say no to. I cook only vegan food at home for my daughter, but she occasionally eats cheese at school as well as at her grandparents’ houses. It’s easier for them and I don’t want her to be singled out. In the meantime, I educate her on where that cheese comes from and tell her that one day I hope she, too, becomes vegan. It took me thirty years to go vegan. Your and my kids are already ahead of the game. I’m sorry you’ve gotten negativity. Your blog has always been and will always be my go-to.

Ashley April 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

She basically said that she will continue to make plant based meals, except she’s ok with her daughter eating some of what her dad or other family members eat sometimes, even meat. Which vegans did not appreciate because Angela has previously referred to herself as vegan, which is an ethical stand point, and hence she should have not been ok with her daughter eating meat or animal products.

Dale April 3, 2015 at 4:52 pm

I’m so sorry about the haters, I’m sure it’s difficult to ignore them. Keep doing what you’re doing, you ROCK!

Savita @ ChefDeHome April 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Angela, I admire your awesome recipes and amazing energy your have in sharing your content and your point of view. I don’t think anyone need to question someone’s lifestyle! I’m huge supporter of vegan lifestyle myself, but at the same time I can’t stop sharing or cooking non-vegan goods.

Stephanie April 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm

I just want to express my support and thanks for all your love and effort in creating this beautiful site. The essence of being vegan should be love and compassion, not hate and small-mindedness, so don’t mind the negative comments.
My family is half-vegan (me and my 2 daughters) and half-omnivore (my husband and my two sons). If I could choose, I’d love for them to become vegan, too, but I still try to respect their choice and invent ways of cooking, which keep us all satisfied and healthy (and minimize the negative impact of meat and dairy eating for animals and environment as much as possible). It was not always easy, but it’s worth the struggle! Good luck to you and your family and thank you so much for carrying on! Your personal presence adds a special sparkle to this blog!

Jessi April 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Love this and love you! Keep doin’ what you do. Your site is one of my favorites for plant-based recipes. =)

Cara C. April 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Why not just call yourself a strict vegetarian? We decided that was the most accurate “label” for us. We don’t eat animal products, but don’t eschew (used) leather, down, wool etc. because we feel they’re kinder on the environment. We also have carnivores as companion animals. And when people say “oh, you’re vegan,” we politely correct them and explain that “vegan” is much more than just a diet. We do this because just as it’s incredibly annoying to us when someone informs us vegetarians can eat fish and chicken because a customer, or a friend, is vegetarian and eats them, we feel it’s unfair to be thought of as vegan when we’re simply strict vegetarians.

Vegan is a way of life, not a diet & we respect that. I do think it’s unfortunate that you’re feeding your child flesh, eggs & dairy, though. I wish my parents had raised me as a strict vegetarian so that I never ate the products of suffering. Your little girl can always decide to eat differently when she’s old enough to understand. Right now, why not allow her the honor of not participating in suffering?

Ashley April 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I am proud that you had the courage to post what you posted about being judged by others, both vegans and non-vegans and the choices you have made about food. Judgement is a very close topic to my heart and while I don’t profess to be perfect at non-judgement, I do believe that NO ONE has a right to be mean and hurtful and JUSTIFY their words for ANYTHING. As human beings, we judge what is different from ourselves. The hard we try to accept that difference is okay and actually desirable, the better we’ll be.
I do not claim to be a vegan, or vegetarian for that matter, because I do pick and choose at times. What I know is that I feel better when I choose to put whole, plant based foods in my diet. No one can argue that!
I am sad that people act the way they do. Call your “lifestyle” whatever you like and try not to let others effect you, though I know this is extremely difficult.
Thank you for all of your research and time that you put into EVERY recipe. I have enjoyed all of the recipes I have tried thus far!
Ashley of Omaha, NE

Alex @ True Femme April 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

It is so sad to me to see people be so hateful and cruel in comments. I’m sorry you’ve experienced that. I for one am so grateful for your blog, your thoughts about health and eating disorder topics, and of course all of your recipes. I don’t think “vegan” is a one-size fits all label, and as long as the individual is happy and healthy that’s all that matters. I’m so excited for your next cookbook and I’ll continue to be an avid reader whether you identify as a vegan or not!

Megan April 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

I have also experienced backlash from nasty vegans. I went to a vegan cooking class and was treated rudely by the fellow attendees for being vegetarian and for being a conservative Christian. The instructor attacked me for wearing a cross of all things, saying that my values don’t mesh with being a real vegan. I have found that a lot of vegans tend to be very aware of any animal cruelty but don’t extend the same compassion to their fellow humans. I love your website because it is positive, inclusive and caring. Please don’t change due to some mean girls! We can only be ourselves!

Anne Marie April 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Angela, for all of the things you have accomplished – this incredible, world-renowned blog, your best selling cookbook (and another soon-to-be-bestseller on the way!), your tea shoppe, your beautiful family – it pains me to hear that a few negative, loudmouth, condescending people have taken even an ounce of happiness away from you. You are an insanely talented woman who, by staying true to herself, has moved mountains for so many of us looking for a healthier, veggie-filled lifestyle. You have certainly changed my life, and in doing so, have changed the lives of my family, friends and every other person that I send your blog to (and believe me, I tell anyone who will listen about Oh She Glows!). So no matter what you label yourself or your diet, please know that our world – and our fridges! – will forever be better because of you. You glow, girl! :)

Nicole April 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm

I hate labels when it comes to food. Why not, “I just eat healthy, plant-based food”? Why does there have to be a club?
I gave your cookbook to my very non-vegan mother in law after she spent a week at my house eating cookie dough balls and veggie burgers and African peanut stew (AMAZING stuff). I brought the chick pea salad to a pot luck and everyone asked for the recipe. I have everyone I work with hooked on the green monster. So, every time this happens (and it happens a lot – I’ve purchased at least 10 OSG cookbooks as gifts and have had many more friends buy it after having a recipe at my house, people are eating animal free meals. They are recognizing that they don’t have to eat animal products with every meal and snack to feel full and satisfied. They are learning that plant based recipes are easy to make and crowd-pleasing. They see my kids gobbling up vegan enchiladas and learn that chicken fingers aren’t the only kid food out there. These things perpetuate, and they have, without a doubt, resulted in FAR more animal free meals than any preachy, judgemental, unapproachable, angry vegan ever has.

Nora April 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

It saddens me to hear that people were unkind to you when you’ve done such good for other people. Those who choose attacking and passing judgement over open-mindedness and compassion have their own wounds that have not yet healed or been addressed. Though their comments were directed at you, their underlying issues are not about you. In return, we can only hope these people find peace and understanding in their lives so we can all show kindness and respect towards one another.

I’ve only been plant-based for about a year and a half, but it was your stories and recipes that inspired me to continue through the transition. That lead to me influencing my parents to eat more plant-based which has greatly improved their health (they’re in their 60’s). Labels come from a need to define things and put them in a box so we understand them. They’re invented – not real – so by all means let them all go. We define ourselves – other people’s labels don’t. Blessings to you and your family. Keep moving on!

Teffy April 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Angela I am so sorry you’ve been receiving such hate!

I read your previous post on how you’re not labeling Adriana’s diet and I thought it was 100% sensible. It was so clear that you intended to raise her a compassionate human, with an understanding and appreciation for where her food came from, be it vegetables or animal protein.

All the negative comments you seem to be receiving don’t seem to grasp that! It’s not like you’ll be feeding your daughter caged eggs and factory farmed beef. Eating the occasional animal protein from pasture raised, organic, hormone free, and humanely raised source is not the same as the shit quality stuff that can be bought at any grocers!

Keep being the amazing person you are, and know that some of us support you fully!


Ashley April 3, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Except it’s still exploited and dead animals. Doesn’t matter where they come from…

amanda April 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm

beautifully and powerfully written. thank you for all that you do!! i hope you feel uplifted and cherished today!!

Kathy April 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm


I thank you for your informative and helpful blog. Although I am not a vegan by any stretch, you are aspiring to me in the recipes you put out there which if followed, would make my health far better than it currently is. I don’t care what you are called, I appreciate and enjoy your blog and you can raise your children any way you choose.

As I learned long ago, no one else can take our inventory – it is too bad that so much negativity can be thrown at you when you are the one offering positive things for your readers.

You have my admiration and deep thanks


Susan April 4, 2015 at 12:33 am

Hi Angela,
Please keep doing the wonderful job you have been doing all along. Your recipes are amazing and I look forward to your posts. As for all of the unkind people who said such mean things, perhaps they need to find themselves a new name for their exclusive club. I have been what I call a vegan for several years and after reading a lot of those ugly comments, I believe I will begin calling myself plant-based. I don’t believe I want to be associated with such black and white thinking as opposed to an inclusive do-what-moves-you stance.

I believe you have given much thoughtful consideration to what to feed your deeply-loved baby girl and I wholeheartedly respect and support your decision. You are the kind of “vegan” that I want in my life and in my inbox.

Virtual hugs,

Leon April 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

Who cares if you’re not vegan enough? I think you have the right to label yourself any way you want. There are a lot of hateful people on the internet who will attack you no matter what you say or do. You could post a picture of a potato and call it a potato, and you’d still get flamed. I’d say don’t let it get you down cause there’s a huge number of people who love what you’re doing. Take care!

Krystal April 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

I have been a long-time follower of your blog, but I’ve never left a comment on anything. I thought I would on this post because I wanted to thank you for your sincerity and your courage. It bothers me more than I can tell you that you received hateful comments. I’m not sure why people feel the need to tear each other down, especially when what you are doing is such a positive, uplifting endeavor. I can’t tell you how many times your recipes have brightened my day–something as simple as making your mac n’ cheeze recipe was monumental for me because I thought macaroni and cheese was a dish I would never be able to eat again. And now I love your version way more than I ever loved the “standard” way! Keep doing what you’re doing, and please know that you have an immeasurable amount of support and admiration. I’m sure you won’t be able to know how many lives you’ve touched by sharing your story and your thoughts. So thank you for not giving up!

Kara April 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

Good for you for rising about the negativity. Do your own thing!

Kara April 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

*above the negativity

Leigh April 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

Thank you so much for your persistence, creativity, and commitment, and your willingness to share yourself and your ideas openly in a way that lifts up others.
I am a mental health provider and recently I was encouraging a college student to look into CBT, and I found your blog on the topic. She had heard of you! Which was super helpful to move that conversation forward.

I’ve never read your blog until today but had heard of you spoken of by young women wanting to enjoy food and be healthy. You are doing so much. Huge kudos to you!

And thanks especially for your openness and honesty along the path.

Eleanor April 4, 2015 at 11:56 am

Thank you, Angela, for your recipes and for the way you share them. I loved your line above: “kind and compassionate both to animals and humans alike” – thank you for your non-judgemental approach that’s compassionate to humans – so sorry to hear you haven’t always experienced this same compassion. I’m a big fan no matter what you do or don’t label you’re diet – keep up the good work!
PS We just had portobello mushroom and pesto burgers for lunch from your cookbook, and while I was busy feeling grateful for plants and the woman who brought the recipe to my home, my husband (who claims not to be a fruit/veggie fan) started swiping apple slices off my plate. I had to drizzle them with almond butter to fend him off!

Joana April 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Angela, you are amazing and you have changed my life, I can’t imagine my days without OhSheGlows.. ;) Extreme people always scare me, you have to find your balance and be happy. I also have a daughter and she is not vegan, she eat organic food at her school and that includes fish and meat at times, when she is older she can make her choice. I know of children that go to her school and are vegetarian and everyday they get pre-made frozen vegetable paddies full of crap in them, they hate it and I dont think it is a better alternative. You are a strong woman, dont let anyone put you down. We love you Angela! ;)

Emily April 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

I have also been a long time follower of your blog and I just wated to add my name to this long list of people who support you! I would be LOST without your blog and cookbook. Your recipes have had such a huge impact on my diet and my health. I can’t wait for your next cookbook!

Linda April 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

I read this blog post as I was looking for one of your recipes that I adore making. I’m not vegan but four months ago I tried an experiment to see if I could eat vegan for a week. I actually did about a month. It’s too long to get into the whole story as to why I am not eating vegan right now but suffice to say that I will make it to that lifestyle eventually. Your blog was a tremendous help and inspiration. It challenged me to think about my lifestyle and that of my family. I was truly sad to read that someone I feel is further along the journey of ‘love they neighbour be it human, animal or planet’ was receiving hate mail. Prayers for you and your family.

Jacqueline April 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Angela, Please do not let a fraction of people change you. Some people just cannot deal with honesty; they would rather it be cloaked in whatever label of “perfection” they think they have attained… “The holier than thou” group. You have changed/impacted my life with your recipes and your story. I started the vegan lifestyle to live healthier, but was able to stay with it because of your blog/cookbook. I discovered how good food, real food/non-processed food, could taste. I never even craved meat or cheese (a big surprise). Last week, I was out of town living with others who were not vegan. I could have been “that girl” who makes a big noise about things or go along. (We were all chipping in with the groceries so to buy “special” things seemed very selfish indeed.) I deviated from the vegan lifestyle for the week. Huge revelation: The SAD didn’t have taste. I am back on the “vegan” lifestyle because it makes me feel better physically and food has flavor. I would urge you not to “remove” your label of “vegan” because that is how I found you. You help so many people with your food, your story, and your authenticity. Your cookbook is my guidebook daily. Thank you for all that you do. I am so thankful for your blog. (Disappointed that I didn’t make it as one of your tasters. It would have been fun to be part of the process. Maybe next time.) Keep your chin up! Give that sweet baby a big hug from all of us in the blogosphere; don’t blink she will be 18 before you know it.

Keri April 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

You are a light in a world that sometimes forgets its own. I quite using the #vegan hashtag because I feel like it is divisive. And my husband eats meat. I call myself a plant eater, not a vegan.

Your approach is so welcoming–and I’m sure that that’s a major reason why your cookbook is among the best selling cookbooks out there. You don’t make people feel bad for being imperfect; you simply celebrate your love for cooking and eating plant-based foods.

I’ll keep reading your blog and cooking up your recipes and buying every cookbook you ever write and recommending it to everyone I know. And I’ll be sending love to you for being so strong and brave in a world that is sometimes so cruel.

Megan April 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Angela. Your recipes and what you have done for the vegan diet are all that matters. Labels are simply labels. I have always chosen not to use them both in my diet and in my life as there is argument in regards to all labels used within religion, sexual orientation ext. I eat mostly vegan. However sometimes i eat meat and dairy. I do not think this makes me any less anything but what i am. The fact that people are so quick to judge and attack someones decision to eat something and what they want to label there diet as is really quite sad. Is there not way more important issues out there these people can be arguing for? I think how you will raise your daughter is the most mature decision i have heard. I am raising my son as a vegetarian with his choice to eat what he wanta later in life. Continue being as amazing as you are with the wonderful blog and cookbooks!!

Sarah howes April 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Hi Angela, although this is the first time I’ve responded to one of your blog posts, I have been long-time fan and also have your cookbook. You are an inspiration and have added great value to the quality of plant-based meals my family enjoys. Thank you for all the work that you do.

It’s shocking that people could be mean to you. Honestly sugar and oil also contribute to health issues and in a more round about way, environmental impact, not just animal products. That’s allowed in a vegan diet! So the vegan way of life isn’t perfect and you provide vegan but also allergen free options that are invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sarah and family

Keri April 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

I’ve followed you from the beginning when you were posting your workouts on you tube and find you to be fun, encouraging, and …vegan, if their is any title at all. Let’s call it “nutritarian”. What’s improtant in your life is right in front of you. Family. Friends. Good food. Happiness.
I genuinely have to stand up for you, with you, because the negativity that these people bring isn’t where happiness comes from. If you were to call these people out by name I am positive they would be embarrassed by their own words.
Keep up the good work Angela because great things are coming to you because of the positive energy you put out.

wendy April 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm

It is a shame people feel the need to be so negative. Clearly, the comments above, you’ve made a huge positive impact on many non-vegans – shifting their diet to be more plant-based. And raising your daughter to be what she wants is OK! It’s not like you’re saying she can only eat french fries and candy bars for the rest of her life. You’re leading her on a path of healthy eating.

Anyways, don’t let all those crazies get you down. You are awesome and don’t ever let anyone else make you think otherwise!

zsuzsa April 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

Dear Angela,
I am truly saddened to hear that not even you, the bringer of so much joy (great food, conversation about great food, improved health, new friendships, soulful cooking…) can escapes hurtful criticism.
I am sure somebody else have also mentioned the quote The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt and the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, but here it is again:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who
is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without
error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great
enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best
knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least
fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who neither know victory nor defeat.

I found this to be one of her best interviews:
Do not let unhappy people take away a moment of joy in your journey.

Amanda April 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

Hi, Angela. I felt I needed to add my voice to your many supporters here. I’m truly sorry for the undeserved criticism you received. You and your work is so valued, and you’re able to reach people that extremists never will. Thank you for all you do!

Mischa April 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

Thank you for saying this! It’s so hard to live life with a label. You are doing an incredible service to vegans and non-vegans alike. Thank you!

Amy April 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Let those who judge and attack fall away. They will be left behind in the movement which is now thanks to people like you becoming much more about education and positive change, which in my opinion is the best way to get more people to turn to the cause.

kimmythevegan April 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I’ve been following you for a lonnnng time, and though I don’t comment much, this is one of my most beloved blogs =)
It makes me a little sad that you had to write this post, that there are people at all that would be mean to you. But you are a strong person and a wonderful mother and do what is best for you and your family.
ps. your blog did change my life =)

Catherine April 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that people have been nasty to you. I like to think they are just mean trolls that don’t even know you or follow your blog, because if if they did I don’t think they would have anything negative to say about you. You were the catalyst to my plant based lifestyle switch and I love your genuineness and your blog. I will keep supporting you 100%! We love you Angela :)

Ashley April 6, 2015 at 7:50 am

Some might declare that your approach to veganism has been too mainstream, but I believe it’s paved the path to a lifestyle that’s within reach for many people rather than a select few. Your welcoming attitude has positively influenced the masses to make healthier, more empathic meal choices (myself included), and your open, nonjudgmental stance is the type that fosters movement and positive change. Thank you for consistently leading with kindness and keeping it real, Angela!

Abbie April 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I found your blog after I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance. I’m not a vegan, but I often eat vegan meals. When I do eat meat or animal products, I try to buy sustainable-y from animals who were treated humanely. Personally, I feel like every little bit counts, and even one additional vegan meal is a step in the right direction, you know? So I’m appalled that people felt the need to attack your vegan-ness, or lack thereof. I’m sorry. And I want you to know how much I truly appreciate your blog and your recipes. You introduced me to COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM. Enough said. :) You’re the reason that coconut oil and nutritional yeast are currently in my pantry. And your 7-veggie & ‘cheese’ soup is a staple in my diet (had it for lunch today, as a matter of fact). I just want to make sure you know how much your readers value your easy, accessible approach to vegan (or label-less) cooking. Thank you for continuing to post despite the (ridiculous & unwarranted) negativity that you’ve faced!

Rachel Sweet April 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm


Not only do your recipes help me and my family thrive, but all of my friends as well. 90% of the time, when I cook something to bring to a non-plant based home, it is from your blog or cookbook. I know that without fail, everyone will enjoy what they cook. Thank you for being the authentic person that you are. Can any of us really be 100% plant based? Probably not – marshmallows find there way into things all too often.
Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration in both my life and diet.


Kait Hurley April 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Love this Angela Liddon, and I love you! Your approach to food is so refreshing. Labels are so boring and rigid. Thank you for all that you do to make us all healthier and happier.

Jo April 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Oh Angela, we all love you. You have inspired and led a huge community of women (and probably men!) who needs the courage to begins journey of self love. Reading your blog has changed my life and relationship with food. So sorry to hear about the trolls. Keep being your authentic beautiful self. You don’t need anyone else’s labels and we don’t either. Love your recipes and your compassion for animals and the earth. (Y)

Anne-K April 6, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Angela, continue to shine your light. May it reflect back on you a thousand-fold as you help us all glow brighter. So many of us have gained so much from you and hope to continue with you on your journey. Shanti.

Judith April 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Please don’t take any notice of the haters and the labellers. You are an amazing woman with an incredible gift who has shared it with so so many people through this blog. You are and always will be the very first persons blog I recommend to anyone seeking vegan recipes and inspiration. You are in many ways a dear friend because it was your blog that led me slowly be gently by the hand into my very first days of veganism almost 2 years ago now, back when I had never heard of agave or Himalayan salt and such, and you showed me the way! You have touched thousands more lives than mine. The trouble with modern day life is the compulsion to live by labels. I commend you for blogging about your openness with what you will do with your daughter. You are simply highlighting that life cannot be labelled, never more so than when we become parents.

Karen April 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Angela: I just wanted you to know that yours was the first cookbook that I purchased when I decided to change my diet to ‘plant based’. I use your book every week and just love your recipes! My husband and daughter enjoy them as well. You are one of the people who helped transform me to eating this way. I ended up losing 27 lbs and feel so much better. You do what you feel is right in your heart for your family and don’t be intimidated by others! Keep up the great work and I look forward to your next cookbook coming out. You are an inspiration to many more people out there then you can imagine as apposed to the few critics…..

Janean April 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Keep doing what you are doing. I am not a vegan but your recipes are regulars in my house. You have helped me and my kids eat healthier. Thank you.

Deanna April 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm

I think you have made a wise and thoughtful decision, Angela. In my opinion, the label “plant-based” is far more inclusive and positive description to your approach to food and cooking.

The strident and harsh comments to your last blog post are exactly why many people I know dismiss a “vegetarian” or “vegan” lifestyle without really taking the time to discover all the delicious and healthy dietary options they’ve been missing.

In the end, somebody like you does the cause a whole lot more good than those who judge others so harshly.

ulla April 9, 2015 at 5:22 am

Dear Angela,

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had to struggle with this. Not that it comes as a surprise,given the extremist tendency of fringes (I know! A very small part, indeed!) of the vegan movement.
More than that, I’m amazed by your honesty, courage and determination.
You and people like you lend me hope that, someday, the world can really become a better place.

Thank you for that.

Natalie April 9, 2015 at 7:18 am

Making parenting decisions is very personal. You and your Husband know what’s best for your baby. Thank you for being committed to positivity and for healthy, plant-based eating. You are an inspiration to me, label or not and I encourage you to keep going as far as your recipes will take you! I have your first cookbook and I will be getting the new one too. Love it!

Susan April 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

You make a positive difference in the world at large. I believe you are showing a remarkable wisdom in your approach to parenting and marriage (as a mother of 20 and 13 year old boys, I know we were not as grounded and thoughtful when our first was a babe). You are teaching your daughter by example what it means to be loved unconditionally and modelling for her a balanced approach to food. Food made by family is an expression of love and we should all be able to accept the gift of Gramma’s cookies whether made with butter or not without feeling conflicted or judged. I think some of the haters would really benefit from your wisdom and compassion and it is a shame that they likely won’t all listen. If I needed to place a label on you it would not be “vegan” it would be “inspiration”. Thank you for what you do and I hope you continue to share your gift with us with your head high and your heart full.

Crystal E. April 9, 2015 at 8:53 am

It would be hard to find the right words to express yourself in this situation but you did it beautifully. I have to say thank you for your chocolate chip cookie recipe. I often get the comment “wow healthy veggie food tastes like food”. You inspire others and that’s amazing.

Stephanie April 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

You are inspirational and amazing! I gathered this from my first time reading your blog (just now.) It’s a shame that some negative people have left their mark but thank you for this beautiful post with SO many great points. Keep on being your authentic self, you shine brightly!

Lisa April 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

First of all I will start by saying that I am a big fan! I am so glad to have found your blog a few years ago. I have your cookbook and will be purchasing the next one when it comes out. I am not vegan and I probably never will be however I follow a plant based, whole-foods diet most of the time and you have made it much easier and so much tastier! I definitely eat less meat and animal products since following you because I have so many delicious and nutritious alternatives.
The internet is a wonderful and terrible thing at the same time. I find the hang up on “labels” and “movements” to be pretty silly. People can feel so self righteous and brave hiding behind their keyboards. Its easy to cut down a complete stranger online. I say to hell with these people. You have a huge fan base because you are awesome!
If you chose to raise your daughter eating the same way you do she will surely be healthier that most North American children and she will know what real food and PLANTS taste like!
Keep doing what you’re doing Angela!!

Jaz April 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Hi Angela –

First, let me say that I adore your cookbook and your blog. Thank you for sharing both!

Second, after reading this and your previous post I do think it is best to remove the “v” word from your blog. For many, the term “vegan” equates to a strong moral decision to not kill or harm animals for our own pleasure. Thus, I hope you can understand why this line from your previous post could be hurtful to many:

“But would we stop her from enjoying some of her dad’s chicken or a birthday cake at a friend’s party or a home-cooked meal at Mimi’s or Babcia’s house? No we won’t (assuming she doesn’t have an allergy down the road, of course).”

Perhaps it is a little too cavalier for those folks who have strong moral objections to eating a chicken or home-cooked meal (not sure what that would entail) at a relatives house. For me, it was definitely a gut-punch that made me sad.

You are absolutely correct in that these are very personal decisions. And, based on your decisions, it is respectful of you not to use the word “vegan” on your blog.

Thank you again for sharing your wonderful recipes!

Delilah April 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Thank you for being so genuine and for sharing your kind thoughts with us readers.

Allison April 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Just wanted to say I support you Angela! I love your blog and even though I am not vegan I make a TON of recipes off your blog! I’m so sorry you were met with such hostility :( You will always be my favorite blogger!

Verity April 10, 2015 at 7:55 am

Hello Angela,

I love your blog and your book, they helped me transition to a plant-based diet and it really has changed my life and I am eternally grateful. That’s all really, I just thought you might want to hear that as it sounds like you’re having a tough time. xxx

Erika Awakening April 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Hi, my name is Erika. My mom got me your cookbook for Christmas, and I like it very much.

I wanted to express my support to you, as I have recently been in a similar situation of having the vegan “community” harass and criticize me. I was a staunch vegan because I had been led to believe by the vegan community that all people can thrive on a vegan diet. That turns out not to be true at all, and I was starting to develop very serious health problems that I never had before vegan. Supplements and special foods (thousands of dollars invested) did not help or solve the problems.

It turns out that some people simply cannot thrive on a vegan diet, for many reasons. Some cannot convert ALA to DHA and EPA. Some cannot produce taurine or vitamin K2 in sufficient quantities. Some become deficient in protein. Some become deficient in calcium, iron, iodine, zinc, B12, and the list goes on and on and on … Based on my long list of symptoms, I had multiple deficiencies going on. I would have gone to the emergency room the last weekend of my vegan existence if I had health insurance. I don’t have health insurance, and instead I started eating animal products again. I have not yet fully recovered but I do feel substantially better.

I respect vegan cookbooks like yours, and at the same time, I am very, very troubled by the behavior of the vegan community. I also think it is essential people understand that a vegan diet may be dangerous for many people. Pregnancy is an especially sensitive time, and I respect that you do whatever you need to do to ensure the health of your child.

So just to say you’re not alone, and there are many of us ex-vegans who now see through the vegan scare tactics and propaganda.

Hugs to you,

Jiminey April 11, 2015 at 3:07 am

Not sure if you’ll see this amongst the rest of the love on this post but just wanted to echo all the above. I am vegetarian, my other half a meat eater (now eating meat less than once a week), but since finding your blog and then your cookbook I am getting a massive new range of foods in my diet (as a runner protein has been an issue as milk and eggs get mucho boringo) and as such my egg and milk intake has dropped as I turn to almond milk and tofu so as I see it I am saving one chicken at a time and I hope to eventually be completely vegan by 2016 and that will be down, in part, to you and your ability to make vegan more appealing and accessible to the mainstream. Isn’t that the idea? Make vegan mainstream and then more people will try it?

Leah Banton April 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

Angela, I am so sorry you had to deal with such negativity. You really have such a positive influence on so many people including myself. People who try to paint you in a negative light clearly are unhappy in other areas of their life and projecting that on you . Personally, you have helped me to become healthier over the past few years and I’ve been able to change my childrens’ eating habits as well. Thank you for all that you do!

Sheri April 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

Wow. Thank you for bringing a voice to this issue. Are labels outdated or what? I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a new era that no longer requires titles and labels to place people in a mental confinement for anothers comfortability and peace of mind. Thank you for putting words to a feeling and insecurity I’ve had for sometime. Imagine the possibilities when we take the competition and expectations out of health and wellness. I strive for my own Improvement, not anothers idea of perfection. Where’s my vitality in someone else’s perfection?

Rosie April 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

5 years ago I went vegan (I’m now a pescetarian) – I went from fully fledged meat eater to vegan overnight, and I ended up giving up because it was too hard trying to be perfect – I could manage the food side of things, but I felt like I had to be fully vegan in my cosmetic and make-up choices too to not be a hypocrite. A lot of this pressure actually came from my meat eater “friends” who I felt criticised by. The issue with any dietary choice is how far you take it and what you’re comfortable with, and as you say, it’s the issue with labels. Ultimately you do what your comfortable with, and don’t criticise other peoples dietary decisions and in return expect others not to criticise your own. I love how your blog makes vegan food accessible to people, because it’s not all about being 100% vegan – if everyone was to embrace more plant based foods into their diets, peoples overall health and wellbeing would massively improve as would the impact we have on the environment. Pressurising people to be perfect has a tendency to hinder more than help!

Kathleen April 13, 2015 at 12:14 am

I have always enjoyed your blog for your recipes, but also for your writing/style: your enthusiasm, joy and love shine right through! It is readily evident that you have an open mind; it’s unfortunate that not everyone always practices that. However you decide to raise your daughter in regards to food, it will clearly be done with a good deal of thought and love for her. That’s the best she could hope for!

Much respect to you,

Valerie April 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Hi Angela,
Just wanted to say that you’ve inspired me to eat more plant based foods. “Oh she Glows” is one of my very favorite cookbooks offering vegan recipes. Thank you for the blog and all you do to continue to inspire us all ~ much love~

Ginger April 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

I am typing this on my laptop, which has the OSG recipe bundle on the desktop, next to my heavily stained OSG cookbook, and I have OSG all over my Pinterest. We are mega fans and have been for years. Made the delectable Chana Masala from the book last night. I cannot remember if I have ever commented but if I have, it hasn’t been recently. I have been a vegetarian for 16 years and lean more vegan as the years go by. We eat vegetarian, and often vegan at our home. But my husband is not a vegetarian (he eats meat when we go out) and we’ve given our child (4 y.o.) choice in what she eats. She’s certainly aware that I am a vegetarian and the questions she’s asked and I’ve answered about production of animal products have not made her want to give them up (YET! ha). I’ve always thought of the term vegan in relation to one’s own diet, or alternatively to one’s own lifestyle (not personally wearing leather). Of course, I don’t own the term and NEITHER DOES ANYONE ELSE. But, I understand your discomfort in continuing to use it. I’m a little worried that without the term, I would have never found your blog. I wouldn’t have been looking for “plant-based.”
The care and feeding of infants and young children is a sensitive issue, and not totally without merit. (Some vegan babies need supplemental vitamins.) I got flak for not eating meat during my pregnancy and many relatives and friends were “worried” about whether I would let my child try meat. When I was breastfeeding for a year and not eating meat, they feigned concern – but my child grew ridiculously well and my extra breastmilk was just fine for donating to preemies (through a HMBANA milk bank).
All that to say – I hate that you feel the need to do this, but understand. I’m glad you’re more focused on your family than your blog. That makes you even more likable, which I didn’t think was possible. And I can’t wait for the new book!!

Denise April 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

Hi Angela,
I confess that I rarely visit your blog, although I did buy your cookbook and have enjoyed the recipes. But that’s not what I wanted to share with you.

I wanted to tell you that “Internet Vegans” can be some of the most cruel, judgmental, manipulative and deceitful people I’ve ever had the chance to encounter (not all “Internet Vegans” are like this, but there is always a few squeaky wheels who call out for attention). I tell you this because my run-ins with them over the last… more than 20 years… turned me off veganism after 3 years of being a committed vegan, and 12 years of being a lacto-vegetarian. I actually turned into one of “them”. I woke up one day and I really didn’t like the person I had become.

I took an immediate leave-of-absence from the vegan/vegetarian internet and started walking in the real world with real vegans and vegetarians… That really soothed my soul. That was my cure for my corruption. And now, knowing that practicing veganism is really practicing COMPASSION for ALL sentient beings, I am much more at peace with the term “vegan”, and I am no longer affected by the “internet vegans”. I call them “internet vegans” because that’s where they live: on the internet. What gives me hope is that I have yet to meet one in real life :) And I know half of them aren’t practicing vegans, anyway. I’ve quite literally caught them in their lies. They are just trolls… lonely people looking for attention wherever and whenever they can get it. It’s pretty sad.

But you are doing a great job! I really appreciate this post you wrote. I just want to encourage you to practice compassion on those that sling darts at you. Soon enough, they will no longer affect you. Buddhism and Yoga philosophy helped me a great deal in dealing with this.

Good luck to you :)

appliedill April 21, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Oh man, so not being completely 100% supporting of something makes it cruel? Come on. When will this notion stop that people taking a stand for those without voices are perceived as being annoying or mean?

pamela April 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

I read your column all the time and have your cookbook but rarely leave a comment. (I’m sorry – I love what you write!!)

But I had to say that I cannot even believe that people tear you down for making eating healthy more mainstream. This makes me so upset because you are such a force for good in the world.

I will tell you that I wanted my second child to be vegetarian like me, but when he was 1.5 years old, he grabbed chicken from my husband’s plate (he is not vegetarian) and stuffed it in his mouth. I was horrified, but that was that.

My point is that we never know what will happen with kids and families and most of life is unpredictable. We just do our best. Your daughter is graced with you as a mom and whatever you choose will be the right decision – no matter what she eats. Be GOOD to yourself and remember, likers gonna like. xoxo

Mia April 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Some people are terribbly insecure without a label. I personally cant stand labels and think they are debilitating. Clearly you are true to yourself and have the confidence to just be who you are! I’m sorry to hear you had negative feedback, but sadly i guess its not surprising to get at least a little from people who only know how to judge…The hate you have experienced is never personal, although hard to keep in mind sometimes. As you know it stems from others flaws, not your own:) I love your recipes! And I dont care what you call yourself. You are an inspiration to many!

Laura April 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Your post really moved me. I am so sorry that you have had to endure this criticism. While I am not necessarily very active with posting or blogging myself, I have followed your blog for a couple of years now, and it has truly changed my life. You are such an inspiration. You have helped me to be a much healthier and happier version of myself than I would have been otherwise, to say the least. First of all, you have such strong and respectable values, and you just emanate love, happiness, and balance. Second of all, you are honest and relatable in a way that is just too rare these days. And this is not even to mention the fact that you are an amazing chef. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten has been from sloppily trying to recreate the amazing recipes you have shared with us. I have been a vegetarian for 15 years, and a “vegan” for about three now (I support it but I am not the picture of perfection and discipline that some people make it out to be – that can be very difficult and confusing to convey though). Thank you for sharing with us, and I hope you know that your story has reached further than you can imagine, and you are a catalyst of good change. <3

Evelyn April 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm

I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment on one of your posts, but I couldn’t resist after what I just read. I’m one of those vegans whose life you’ve changed. I am a vegan for the ethical reasons, never once caring about my health. While interning at Farm Sanctuary I was tasked with finding vegan recipes, and your blog appeared as a godsend. You taught me to love my body enough to want health, and with your help I learned how to cook properly. I also struggled with being pregnant last year, and lo and behold you were expecting too (I think our daughters are 1 month apart lol). Yet another way you inspired me- the way you embraced both the life living inside you and the life surrounding you was so admirable. And now I come to find people are actually criticizing you, and it breaks my heart.

There is no way to be perfect, no matter what you are. That’s just how humans are, imperfect. Concerning veganism, we live in a nonvegan world. Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary, once said he was striving to be vegan. Being vegan isn’t, and can’t, be about being perfect. It’s about doing what you can. And surely you have done more than a grand majority of us have for this movement.

However, what really bothered me was that I’ve been feeling the same way, though not about veganism. Every day I see examples of people in my religion behaving so poorly, so downright mean, that I don’t feel comfortable labeling myself with them. I still believe in my religion, but I’m at a loss as to what to call myself. So I’m just… me. And that’s ok. And it’s ok for you too. You are an excellent person. Please, please continue to be you. The world will be better for it <3

Mekelle April 17, 2015 at 8:58 am

I love your response to this. Being deemed ‘this’ or “that’ is meant to bring us into community with people on similar journeys, not to condemn for “failing”. Becoming vegan has always been a journey toward a kinder lifestyle for me and your blog has always been a huge inspiration. I started cooking your recipes three years ago when I was just branching out into vegetarian cooking. Ever since they have always been my husband and my favorite recipes, vegan or not, which allowed us to brave vegan eating. Thank you for choosing to be positive and inspiring so many people!

Heather April 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Hi Angela,

I’ve never commented on your blog before but I really wanted to say something to voice my support for you. Your story, your outlook and your non-judgmental approach came into my life quite by accident. I’ve suffered with emotional eating for years and finding your blog finally felt like home.
Since finding your blog, I’ve stumbled, eaten more or less vegan at times and fallen back into behavioural patterns. Things don’t change overnight. But your positive attitude toward your own journey had a profound effect upon my ability to get back up and to view these stumbling blocks as part of the journey.
Your blog radiates a beautiful energy that is truly transformative and so I want to send you some light. Keep doing what you’re doing. I know that sounds trite, but, from the bottom of my heart, know that what you do and the way that you approach what you do makes a huge and beautiful impact.

Mascha April 18, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Hi Angela!
I’ve only left comments on your blog a couple of times and feel compelled to take a moment to comment on this post especially… I find it beyond well written- it’s very beautiful!
I feel your message and lifestyle are * light filled *. It inspires me to experiment, explore and continue to take small steps towards continuously improving my food choices and keeping it fun and interesting as well.
I always feel uplifted by your posts, your attitude, your message, your cooking.
I have your wonderful cookbook. I bought one for a friend. I tell friends about you and I can’t wait to get your new cookbook.
I’m so grateful to have found you. A profound thank you from Montreal to beautiful you, Angela!!!

Catalina April 20, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I value your honesty, authenticity and transparency. It is so clear to read what you write and to empathize with the situation. Thank you for your openness. I start today a journey of quasi-veganism after 20 years of vegetarianism (and pescaterianism for the last few) and was delighted to find this blog. I with that you do what feels right for you, in terms of how open you are about your life, but based on what feels right and true, leaving aside closing or fear based decisions. I say this to you as I say this to myself as well… as I journey this path called life. Thank you!

Ricki April 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Hey Angela,

I missed that post about how you’re raising the baby, but you know what? IT DOESN’T MATTER. How you raise YOUR kid is entirely up to you! And you’re right, you have impacted thousands (tens of thousands!) of people’s lives, and that is an incredible achievement. You’re an inspiration to SO many people. So please, just continue to do your thing, and tell the haters to go take a hike (or better, just ignore/forget them). You go, girl!! And so will your gorgeous daughter. :)

Samantha April 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

I have been vegan for about 20 years, and more the once been told I was doing it wrong…including by other vegans. But for many of the reasons you cite, I always swore I wouldn’t raise kids vegan either. Never thought of it is a big deal, but I could see where people would. You are doing just fine. :) Sam

Samantha April 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

I actually should have said “mostly by other vegans.” I even get flake because my dogs and cats are never vegan.

Ellie April 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I think you’re great and I love your blog. I am NOT a vegan, but I have a great love of veggies and eat them often. I like to think of myself as a vegaphile or perhaps a more mindful omnivore. I have used many of your recipes and look forward to the new ones you post. You are wise to reject extreme points of view, and sadly there are many extremists in the vegan community. But kudos to you for making the choice you feel is right for you and your family. Keep up the good work!

Jenny April 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

I can’t speculate as to why you would receive such harsh words as another human trying to do the right thing for yourself and your family but I can tell you that what you do and the way you do it matters. There is no such thing as vegan enough and in my opinion those who choose not to assign labels to themselves, their lives, and their decisions are incredibly strong and demonstrate the amount of care and intention behind their choices. I can say that personally, when I became a vegan almost 3 years ago I had never met a vegan in my life and lived in one of the most conservative states in the US and received a lot of negative comments. Your accessible, fun, and welcoming blog and recipes helped me make the transition and feel comfortable eating the way I wanted to, even if it was different from those around me. Your blog was an incredible resource and continues to be. Thank you!

Christina April 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Hi Angela,
I follow the baby and recipe section of your blog regularly and have not commented before.
I very much enjoy your writing style and food perspective.
There is no need to change the labelling of your recipes – they ARE vegan.
What you choose to label yourself and if you choose to do so, is your choice alone.
I do hope you do not feel the need to change anything about what you do, based on critics. Thank you for the gift of delicious, accessibly healthy food!

Ashley B April 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm

I hate labels. They make things so complicated. My daughter is half African American and I get much the same response from people in regards to race. Am I going to raise her black or white? My answer is neither. I’m going to raise her as an individual. My hope is that she will grow up to be the best version of herself. Whether she decides to identify with being black, white, or both is irrelevant.

Alice April 25, 2015 at 11:20 am

As a human, we are fortunate to be able to live as omnivores. It doesn’have to be a political statement to eat the best source of nutrition. When I don’t say anything and just serve and eat tasty food, there is no fight and no one talks about not having eaten meat in 6 months. Not all choices have to be a fight. Yes I will put a small piece of chicken on my plate when my mother-in-law serves it. Why start a fight? I enjoy the broccoli and the company much better.
I understand the desire to promote the political issues. But it isn’t worth ruining everyone’s appetite. Have the conversations away from the table and the realize the results. After 13 years she made vegeteble soup without ham. It was tasty and my daughter saw her make the effort.

Melissa April 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

I missed this post earlier so you probably won’t see this comment. But I still want to say…your phrase at the top of the blog rings true in the spirit of your writing. “Glow from the inside out”. You do! Not just with healthy eating but with a kind spirit.

taylor April 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

I agree with an earlier poster–this whole thing is so dramatic. Writing an entire post to say you’re no longer calling yourself vegan? Uh… cool? Thanks for letting us know? If you no longer label your recipes vegan they won’t come up for those of us who still follow a vegan diet and search online for recipes, and that will be a shame as your recipes are wonderful.

This whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth. Don’t think I’ll be looking to this site for recipes anymore, nor do I think I’ll buy the next book–not like you post more than once a month these days, anyway.

Jennifer W April 26, 2015 at 9:29 am

Angela, I’ve been thinking a lot about your post since I first read it. I am so sad to hear the hurt in your words. I am disappointed when people in the vegan community, which in my view should be motivated by love and compassion, become attacking and angry. Please know that there are many who believe that you can define yourself in any way you want and will still be seen for who you are underneath labels, which is a loving, compassionate and passionate person. I love your work.

Arwen April 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm

You handle what I’m sure was an extremely painful and uncomfortable situation with such grace and poise. You continue to be an inspiration to us all – you show what it means to be healthy, compassionate, classy, and REAL in both our dietary choices and our lives. Long-time follower, fan, and supporter and will continue to be as long as you’re posting.

michelle May 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

What a great blog post. I have a 9 month old daughter (being weaned) and 9 year old meat eating son and a vegan wholefoods husband. I’m somewhere in the middle but I veer towards the healthier wholefood options. It’s hard to juggle different tastes and likes in a family and blogs like yours help to give really tasty attractive options to the whole family.

It’s such a shame that in any minority group a few will tar and prohibit the movement with extremism. Like feminists being known as man-haters, and vegans as human hating hippies. I’m a feminist and I love men! My husband and I watched a documentary recently on vegan lifestyle. In the opening scene, the vegan lady drank her own urine…… I mean really????? of all the vegans, I know, love and married – not one drinks their own urine! (that I know of :))

People like you, do the movement far more benefit then harm. You do change peoples lives for the better. You give vegans a good name! So keep up the good work and do what’s right for you and your family.

Kristy May 2, 2015 at 11:43 pm


I grew up in a low income household. We ate what was available, which pretty much amounted to what came in a box or was microwaveable. To keep it short, I didn’t grow up on fruits and vegetables. As a result, I hated most vegetables up until two years ago.

Two years ago, I decided that I would force myself into fruits and vegetables. I forced myself into a purely “plant-based” or “vegan” diet (not really sure who is making up the rules about all of these terms). I did that in order to force myself to understand how wonderful vegetables can be. I would never have made it through three full months of a vegan lifestyle (yes, vegan lifestyle, per the “haters’ definition”) without your recipes and your inspiring story.

I will admit that I did not commit to your blog recipes because they were animal friendly. I did it because I needed to learn to live without meat and dairy. But, I still love animals. I have spent my life volunteering in shelters. But, none of that changes the fact that I had to make a conscious effort to introduce this new diet into my life pretty late in the game (in my thirties).

So, I don’t really care what the minority of vegans say to you (and I did read the comments, and they were ignorant and short-sighted for the vegan movement). I want you to know that, thanks to you, I learned how to have a meal without any meat. I learned how to forego dairy, and I learned that it could be delicious. My family is astounded at the vegetables I eat now that I didn’t eat six months ago. I have around 80 co-workers that still can’t believe that your version of nacho cheeze is completely dairy free.

As my diet continues to evolve, I may never fit the definition of perfect, but I guess all that matters is that you made a HUGE difference in introducing me to plant-based foods, and that has vastly improved my life and my health.

And that is all that should really matter.

Amy putkonen May 3, 2015 at 7:33 am

I love that you are claiming your own diet. That’s the only one that counts. I’ve known about your blog for some time and others have even recommended it to me. It would be a shame for a few loose cannons to bring you down. Don’t let those sorts of attitudes beat you. You are awesome.

Margaret May 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

Hi Angela – This is indeed food for thought… I often refer to myself as a vegan as a simply way to explain my dietary preferences, but I recognize that I do not fully embrace every aspect of a vegan lifestyle. For this reason, I’ve started using the term plant-based more frequently. My family members eat meat and I feel food choice is a personal decision. I too have found a “welcoming and non-judgmental approach” works best in helping people make small healthy changes one step at a time. Kudos to you for speaking up and shining light on this issue – keep the great recipes and articles coming! :)

Kathy May 4, 2015 at 10:40 am

Some people have hate for anyone who isn’t doing exactly what they do, the way they do it.

I have a friend who was called a race traitor because he didn’t vote for Obama. He said “Wait, I don’t like his politics, it has nothing to do with race. I’m black but I can think for myself and vote for whom I choose, right?” Wrong. He got hated on.

You will never be “vegan enough” for some zealots. Haters come wrapped up in pretty packages sometimes. You just have to ignore them like you would any other fanatic.

Jetanne May 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm

We love your cookbook and your Blog so much that I finally had to comment. This post especially seemed fitting. We aren’t labeled a Vegan family but my children deal with many allergies- like dairy and wheat being the big ones. Your cookbook has helped us make easy meals for them (that they LOVE) all the while adding more whole foods into our diet. We literally make one of your meals everyday. Thank you so much for inspiring me to cook a different way. This is for sure going to change how my girls look at food as they grow up eating REAL food. :)

Yan @WeAreGoingVegan May 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

You really did change our lives.
OhSheGlows is the best inspiration on the Internet and one of the reasons for us to choose this way of living. After trying some of your recipes, we found out that vegan means eating healthy, real and delicious food.

All I can do is to thank you.

ramona May 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

All I can say about all of this is that I think it is too much to ask of ethical vegans to give ‘permission’ for other ppl to eat dead animals (and then call that a life style).
It is not up to vegans to tell other ppl they can eat someone. If ppl really want to choose to eat dead animals, there is nothing I can do, but asking ethical vegans to ‘approve’ the death of someone else is too much (and the question is geared to the wrong person, if you want to have permission one should ask the animal). I don’t understand what is wrong with the fact that ethical vegans are not going to say ” ok good for you” to ppl who eat animals. It’s not really strange that ofcourse they are not going to say that?

Pam May 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

I have never been criticized other meat-dairy-poultry eaters saying “how can you eat that way?!” I like to say I’m 98% vegan, mainly because at times I am in a situation where I don’t have a choice or I, for a brief moment, fall off the wagon, so to speak. Yes, last week I did get a small hot fudge malt at our local ice cream place that just opened for the summer. But it was cloyingly sweet and don’t think I’ll be having another one ever again.

I changed my diet to make my health improve and because I realize that cows and pigs and chickens are sentient beings just as my two little lovey dogs lying on the bed with me right now and I would never eat them. I abhor factory farming. That being said, I’m human and ate anything and everything for 50 years of my life. The change to vegetarian wasn’t hard at all. Total plant based eating requires a lot more thought and planning. Thank you for helping us with that! Your vegan Caesar salad is amazing. I’d love to add a little parm to it but I don’t of course. :) FWIW, cheese was THE hardest thing to give up.

I don’t judge others who walk this walk as I don’t know what challenges they face in their life. Ignore the radicals, I say.

Keep up the good work!!

Coulinjo May 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

I have read through most of the comments and can see both sides. I’ve said I’m a vegan because it’s easier than saying “I eat plant based; I don’t use wool, leather or other skins; I don’t go to the zoo or circus or other animal-based entertainments; no I don’t use honey” but I see the point in not using vegan for a while. I really think the point that ethical vegans have is that plant-based eaters, or mainly plant-based eaters are using the word vegan when they’re clearly not. Others see these people going to zoos, wearing leather etc and think this is what vegan is – just a diet. It’s not at all the same as Jewish people not being able to wear yarmulkes – that is disingenuous; vegan is a label for people who choose to do no harm to animals. I have no hatred towards abolitionists – I admire them – but I also think it’s a great idea when people like Jamie Oliver publicly state that they’re eating vegetarian three days a week. It’s not the solutions, but it DOES help. The problem seems to be that people get defensive when their flaws are pointed out to them; we all do it. I just accept that I try my hardest to be the best I can, but accept that words have a meaning, and that vegan means something specific, not just trying to avoid meat. I love the cookbook and the blog, use the recipes all the time and buy the book as presents for people. If you are honest and react honestly, perhaps there won’t be such a problem. But be as honest as Angela.

Lindsay May 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

I never comment on blogs. This was so inspiring and please don’t let those naysayers get you down. The choices of a mother are the right and appropriate choices. They thrive in our knowledge. Sending love. Xxx

Heather May 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

You’ve already gotten a whole lot of love here, but I wanted to add a bit more. Since I just made your breakfast porridge recipe last night, and while I was at it and had everything in the fridge I made your cauliflower lentil stew as well, I thought I would pop by your blog for the latest. I am a committed omnivore who loves experimenting with different food styles, and your book fits me so well. Thank you for serving up wonderful vegan fare without the side dish of sanctimoniousness!

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