Hi all! My name is Irisa and I live in Columbus, Ohio. My story is similar to Alicia's introduction in the book, in that I was on and off the vegetarian lifestyle for years. Currently I'm about 75% vegetarian and working on making that 100%. After, absorbing the book last night I am definately considering vegan, but one step at a time here.
My reasons for wanting this have always been a mix of spiritual, environmental, animal welfare and health. I always feel and look better (once I get through the detox phase), but hectic lifestyle and just getting tired of being the different one always make me fall away from my convictions. This time I have begun to simplify my life and reach out to find communities, both online and at home, where I can get support.
One of the biggest things that has helped me is that there is a local organic delivery service. I can do my orders online and Wednesday morning it is at my door. I also planted an herb garden this summer. There has been nothing better than grabbing organic fruit and veggies from my kitchen and then walking out my door and cutting the herbs I need.
So, I am here to learn and share and hopefully make a few friends along the way.
In pots I planted chocolate mint, spearmint, dill, chamomile, fennell, greek oregeno, lemongrass and sorrel. IN the ground I planted: basil, lavender, thyme, lemon thyme, sage, rosemary and one roma tomato plant. give tomato plants lots of room to grow and spread. I find myself using the basil, rosemary and thyme the most. So I have just snipped my basil and am trying to root it. I still have a lot to learn myself. Most herbs do well in pots, its just controlling the light and humidity.
There are several vegetarian/organic restaurants in Yellow Springs and there used to be a herb shop. You could meet some interesting folks and perhaps get local resources. They have a natural market, but I've never been in there. There is also a holistic school in town, so they may have some resources as well.
I live in Dayton, OH. Shannon, what city do you live in? I've been vegetarian/sometimes vegan for ten months now. My husband joined me too and he's going on about 2 months. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made and I love this website because there is a lot of good ideas and support! I would love to share recipes and support with you guys! The only herb I grow right now is basil in a pot on our porch but it's soo good :)
Hi Irisa, Maybe you are already aware of this resource in Columbus, but there is the Wellness Forum in Worthington that offers classes both informational and cooking, and it's all vegan. I have attach the link below to their site. I wish that I lived closer to Columbus to attend some of their classes, but I am further north in Cleveland.
Hi all Ohio vegans, I am new here. I didn't expect to see so many Ohio vegans on this site. I was sure it was going to be LA based lol. I live in Dayton (Trotwood) as well, and I started practicing veganism six months ago - it seems. I have been vegitarian for about 5 years. I went vegan because I went to a potluck in Kettering (Dayton), so after leaving I decided to give it a try. The Vegan group is super co0ol and they are always getting together to do vegan things. I have not been since I got back from Mexico. Here is their site. http://www.meetup.com/DaytonVeganMeetup/
Additionally, I heard there will be a vegan resturant at the Dayton Mall soon. I HEARD it is called Vegan Cuisine.
Irisa, you must try the veggie burger at Northstar on High Street. If I still lived in Columbus I would be there eating one right now. Ask them to make it vegan. It's SO good. When I go to the Short North gallery hop, I will surely stop and have one there... Well good luck everyone with their vegan lifestyle - I love mine! AdiÃ³s.