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Welcome to The Fat Vegan Baby!

But I'm still hungry!
The one. The only. FVB.

The Fat Vegan Baby was launched in 2014 after the birth of my son, Macaulay, who is referred to as FVB throughout the blog. He also has a little brother, HVB (hefty vegan baby). If you are a vegan parent looking for practical advice for navigating parenting in a non-vegan world, you’ve come to the right place!  If you are a non-vegan parent looking for motivation and inspiration to go vegan, you’ve also come to the right place! If you are neither a parent, nor a vegan, but you enjoy reading about the various struggles and triumphs that come with parenting, YOU’VE come to the right place!  Here at The Fat Vegan Baby, my goal is to entertain and inspire you, by sharing stories, tips, and resources.  I hope that every reader who visits the page finds something helpful, enjoyable, relatable, or thought provoking.   

OMG, the squishy face!
OMG, the squishy face!

If you are new to the blog, you may enjoy this post, which will give you a general sense of my feelings on vegan parenting.  Or, if you are looking for something a little more light hearted, you may enjoy this post, where I discuss toddler parenting in all it’s (stubborn) glory, or this post where I discuss how crazy people are.  If you are hungry, you may enjoy this postthis post OR this post. And finally, if you want to know about my journey to veganism, go here

So who am I, anyway?

Backseat glamour!
Backseat glamour!

I am Chelsea, and I like to think of myself as a writer.  I grew up in western New York, and was raised a vegetarian.  I loved (and still love) reading and writing, and eventually went to college for too many years to earn a teaching/English degree.  After graduating with my master’s in Literacy Education, I decided to take a break from the real world and move to Colorado to work on a ranch as a housekeeper.  I stayed there for several years, where I later met my husband (lovingly referred to as hubs).  We left our ranch jobs in 2009, and I finally put my teaching degree to use, and taught both pre-school and kindergarten in the Denver area.  

This guy makes me laugh every damn day!
This guy makes me laugh every damn day!

We got married in 2010, moved to the suburbs of Denver, and welcomed FVB into our lives in April of 2014.  After almost 8 years of living away from my family and the WNY area, I convinced hubs to pack up all of our stuff and move across the country to live in the town where I grew up.  Hubs works from home, and I stay home with our two boys, FVB (fat vegan baby) and HVB (hefty vegan baby). 

Just hanging out by the pumpkins, looking cute!
Just hanging out by the pumpkins, looking cute!

Both our boys have always been vegan.  FVB was a pretty chunky baby, and people were constantly commenting on how healthy he looked.  They were often shocked when I told them that he was surviving on vegan breast milk alone (and later, vegan food).  After realizing that most people don’t really believe that veganism is a practical, healthy way to raise kids, I was prompted to launch my blog detailing my  experiences as a vegan parent.

Connect with Me!

Head on over to Facebook and like my page!
Head on over to Facebook and like my page!

The Facebook page for The Fat Vegan Baby is a place where you will find photos of FVB eating the various vegan foods that I serve him.  He is the “moderator” of the page, so he’ll be the one telling you about his likes and dislikes as he explores vegan food.  Stop by and say hello to him, he loves getting new page likes!

If you want to send me or FVB a message, Facebook is the way to go!

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6 comments

  1. James Mayer

    Great Blog Chel!

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  2. Sue

    This is GREAT Chel! Love it!!!!

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  3. Nancy

    Your FIL gave me the link and I love it. I also would like to learn to blog.
    Good luck and enjoy writing.

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    1. chellyk17

      Nancy, it’s really easy! I can help if you want 🙂

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  4. kevyn

    Chelsea,
    I know your husband and he sent me the link to your blog!!!
    About two months ago, I got really sick. It looked like I had an allergic reaction but I didn’t. I still cannot breathe. My specialist took out a lot of food
    no gluten
    no wheat
    no dairy
    no eggs
    no nuts
    no sugar
    no shell fish
    no chick peas
    no night shades; potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant, sweet potatoes, spinach
    no tropical fruit; pineapple, mango, bananas, tangerines, oranges
    no grape/ raisins

    I have lost half of the foods that are out there, it is crazy! I am in search of new recipes! let me know if you have any ideas!

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    1. chellyk17

      Hi Kevyn! Thanks for reaching out. Yikes! You are quite limited as far as foods go. I don’t have tons of advice, as I do eat most of the things on your list. I guess I’d say to make it easier on yourself, maybe try to find 10-15 solid recipes that you love and that work for you, then just rotate them. There are some good nut free plant based milks that you could try, and it sounds like soy is OK…so tofu is a good staple. Also, rice and quinoa are good bases for dishes. Probably a lot of beans; lentils are fantastic. You can get a lot of gluten free stuff these days (bread, wraps, etc). Some meal ideas: stir fry (easy to adjust according to what you can eat), soup (lentil, black bean, “creamy” soups made with plant based milk), burritos (gluten free wrap with homemade refried pinto beans, onions, lettuce, avocado), red beans and rice, curry, and homemade veggie burgers on a gluten free bun.

      I’ve heard that http://www.mywholefoodlife.com and http://www.forksandbeans.com are both vegan, allergy friendly sites. Also, http://www.ohsheglows.com and http://www.cookieandkate.com. I bet Pinterest has some great boards, too. Also, don’t be afraid to substitute if you find a recipe you like- just swap out stuff that you can’t eat with something that you can.

      I’m obviously not medically qualified at all, but has the specialist talked to you about the WHY behind the elimination of so many foods? Have you gotten a second opinion? Is there an end in sight or do they want you eating this way forever?

      Good luck, feel free to private message me on Facebook. I could recommend some good Facebook groups as well that may be helpful.

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