About Us

Introduction

Welcome to the place where I will be sharing all things related to my own journey of getting healthy by transitioning to a plant-based diet. This site seeks to inform and inspire, connecting like-minded people. Whether you are just trying to be more health conscious, transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle, have already gone completely vegan or simply want some great meat-free recipe alternatives, The Veg Life! has got you covered!

A Little Bit About Me…

I’ve always loved animals. My background is in veterinary practice management. I am a huge supporter of rescue efforts. I have three rescue dogs of my own (and you’ll see them occasionally make an appearance on here 🙂

The Veg Life! has become a labor of love (and a constant work in progress). I grew up on meat & potatos for dinner, but the more informed I become, the less I want to live that lifestyle. If not only to end this vicious cycle of constantly trying to lose weight, but having passed that big 4-0 and receiving some health concerns, it was time to make changes. Initially, I went pretty radical and 25 lbs. just literally fell off. But I realized that I was not educated enough. My diet was less than adequate. I eased back to vegetarian and continue to make changes as I go.

There is most definitely a learning curve and while not an expert, I hope to make finding the answers & ingredients a little easier for you than it was for me. Now that I know better, I can do better for the animals, for my health & for the environment.

About the Recipes…

I LOVE to cook & am not big on meat “alternatives”, so you will be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of recipes on this site that contain ingredients such as tofu or tempeh. My goal was to recreate recipes I already enjoyed using alternate ingredients that I was used to, while learning to incorporate others as I went along. The other side of that is that many of the vegan ingredients aren’t all that easy to locate (I provide links whenever possible), and I wanted these recipes to be easy, accessible and not at all intimidating…something even a non-veg person would find delicious. You will hear many say, “But where do you get your protein?” Follow me…I will show you. And believe me! I get plenty of protein without eating meat, eggs or dairy products!

Health & Fitness…

I love weight training, have dabbled in dance my entire life and just started working out a boxing gym! As I progress, I hope to also include information for those trying to pursue fitness as a vegan. Health and wellness are definitely a priority in my life now, so I’ll be including those topics in this blog.

Let’s Get Social…

You can find us on Pinterest & encourage you to Pin or Re-pin our recipes. We’re trying to grow our audience & would love your help! Along with a Pinterest board for this page, I’ll also include my personal interests…maybe some are your interests as well. I’d love to get to know those who visit the site, so please post on the pages or send me a note with your feedback or comments. I’ll always respond personally! I’m happy to have this little bit of Internet real estate to both share with you and have you share some of yourselves with me.

Did you know, you can also find The Veg Life! on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn & eventually, we’ll host some local events here in Arizona and keep you informed via MeetUp!

Navigating The Veg Life…

New here? The Veg Life is set up to educate as well as inspire. You can search using the drop down navigation to learn more about foods in a particular plant group such as leaves, stems, fruits, etc. Additionally, we tag the recipes with key ingredients, meal type, etc. for a broader search range capability. Mainly interested in the recipes? You can do a recipe search using any key word, category or ingredient.

Disclaimer…

By no means am I an expert and you should consult with your doctor prior to any diet plan (as I did), but I am happy to share with you what I have learned from ingredients, to nutrition, cooking tips, resources, product reviews or even new items on the market.

Copyrights

All recipes and content on this site are property of The Veg Life unless otherwise noted. If you would like to share a recipe from my page, please link back to this site or the corresponding Pinterest recipe page.

Thank you for taking the time to visit & stay tuned as we continue to grow…

14 Comments

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    Feb 23, 2014 @ 14:06:14

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    but this post is in fact a pleasant piece of writing, keep it up.

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  2. Camille
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 21:29:57

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your website. I’m on a similar journey too. I have some thyroid and pre-diabetes issues and am transitioning to a plant based diet to control these issues and minimize potential medications I may need.

    I’m in Arizona also, in Phoenix. Where do you live? Just curious!

    Thank you for such a wonderful blog with such delicious recipes.

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  3. aimee
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 21:52:55

    Hi Camille! Thank you for such a nice comment. Made my night!! The website & I are definitely a work in progress. I am in North Scottsdale. We’re practically neighbors! If you are on Facebook and would like to keep in touch, I’m at: https://www.facebook.com/aimeestock 🙂

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  4. Mary L
    May 04, 2014 @ 11:34:07

    I’m so very glad to have found your site. Your recipes look absolutely delicious and family friendly even for the ones who are still eating meat ( I’m slowly but surely convincing them otherwise though 🙂 )

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    • aimee
      May 04, 2014 @ 11:39:57

      Welcome Mary! 🙂 I am so happy you are enjoying the site. My goal is to use as few substitutions as possible so that even non-vegans will enjoy the recipes.

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  5. ks
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 02:49:53

    Nice one Aimster! Great idea, great website, I am so proud of you … Keep up te good work!!
    A big cheers from Holland 😉

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    • aimee
      Aug 08, 2014 @ 15:54:47

      Hi Matty! So great to hear from you!! Thanks for the nice comment. Hope all is well with you in Holland. Email me sometime 🙂

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  6. Mariposa
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 00:39:09

    Hello, your recipes are absolutely amazing. I just featured your cinnamon apple fries on my instagram page @ilovemalakito. You should totally consider starting your own instagram page.

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    • aimee
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 16:17:38

      Thank you so much! I do have an Instagram account. You can find us under TheVegLife1 🙂

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  7. Jan Romero
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 13:32:31

    Stumbled on your website while trying to find a great vegan coleslaw recipe. I may have just found one. I look forward to trying this one out in the next few days. My husband is a vegan, I am a vegetarian, and my children are meat and potatoes all the way. My grandson, who is almost 5 enjoys mac and cheese!! At any rate as you can imagine I am quite challenged when it comes time for dinner, although I’m usually up for the task. Anyway, glad I found you and your website, I am mainly interested in finding new recipes, as I do love to cook, however when I have more time (yea right!), looking forward to reading more and learning more.

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  8. MICHELLE GREGORY
    Jul 24, 2015 @ 12:02:00

    Hello! Came across your website via an MSN article featuring your grilled lemonade recipe! (YUM). I have been vegan 2 months now (vegetarian 2 years prior). Your recipes and photography look amazing. I also LOVE that you feature your rescue dogs (I have a pit bull who loves to help me cook, and by help I mean lick the spoons and raid my cabinets), DO NOT Use a lot of meat substitutes, AND you have a pinterest page dedicated to Audrey 🙂 I look forward to cooking your recipes!

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    • aimee
      Jul 25, 2015 @ 18:21:36

      Hi Michelle, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you find a few recipes you can’t live without. My dogs are my life. Love them to pieces and would do absolutely anything for them. I checked out your page and your fur babies are super cute!! Love pitties. Oh, and I just followed your Facebook page as well 🙂

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  9. PENNY
    Dec 19, 2016 @ 17:25:22

    I came upon your site while searching for vegetarian recipes. I like that you use easy to find ingredients and stay not the pre-packaged ‘alternative’ meat products. I love to cook and look forward to trying some of these recipes.
    The only negative I have is the amount of ads on your site. It does take a long time to load the pages and the pages seem to ‘jump’ around until all of the ads have loaded. Ads are a BIG turn off for me.

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    • aimee
      Dec 19, 2016 @ 18:55:46

      Hi Penny, I appreciate your disdain for ads…and I agree. However, the few cents per thousand us bloggers receive for those ads is generally how we pay to keep the site up and running, pay for mailing lists, web support, not to mention all of the costs related to food and props as we offer free content. Ideally the more views a blog gets, the less ads become necessary. As far as page load times go, we are moving to a new theme as well as a new hosting company this year, both of which should substantially decrease this issue. This Pinterest-style theme seemed like a good idea at the time, but it is very graphic intensive. Even with compressed images, we still have issues. All part of the learning curve I supposed. Stick with me. LOTS of changes coming this year…

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