So, just who are the Vegan Vagabonds?
The Vegan Vagabonds are Lou-Anne Hooper and Bob Fox. Affectionately known to our friends as "BobaLou".
Bob does most of the behind-the-scenes stuff like pictures, videos, etc., and I engage in the writing and the standing out in the front as the consultant to my clients.
Bob and I have been vegans for six years now and have traveled together for just shy of 30 years.. We ride Harleys and thus the reason for the two gnomes we have representing the company - Vegan Vagabonds.
We share our home with three fuzzballs - Puddin', Biscotti and BOKi (Big Orange Kitty) - seen here partaking in their favorite activity, chowing down!
Our journey into the land of veganism began with my health issues. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, the threat of diabetes and partaking of dangerous drugs with deadly side effects.
I remember sitting in my doctor's office one cold March morning almost seven years ago, being handed a renewed prescription for an increase in my statin medication. As I reached out for the piece of paper, I heard my doctor say, "You know, you will be on cholesterol medication for the rest of your life!" Well, I can tell you, it was like a cold blast of air had struck me in the face! I walked out of her office full of anxiety, but also a new resolve. I told myself, "Enough is enough!" I had to start taking more control of my life and my health. Paying more attention to what was going into my system. Bob, being the wonderful, supportive husband he is, joined me on the journey.
It was not only health issues that spurred me into action. I had always had a love of animals, but never really wanted to know the tortuous existence they had to endure to land on my plate, or what was in them that was now in me as a result of eating them.
I watched some powerful documentaries that opened my eyes to the plight of animals and to what I was ingesting, e.g. "Forks over Knives", "GMOs Revealed".
So, after copious hours of searching the internet and researching books for pertinent information (which equated to a whole lot of time and money for me), I pulled it altogether to develop a lifestyle for Bob and myself that we could maintain.
There were situations that we had to face and to overcome - entertaining at home, going to parties, eating in restaurants, answering probing questions from family, friends and colleagues, traveling.
Was it easy? Not always! Did we falter along the way? Of course we did - but we stuck it out and we have never looked back.
Light Bulb Moment!
Once I got our own house in order, I kept thinking that I needed to be doing something to help others travel this road and that there must be a better way - one that was not so time consuming and overwhelming; one that was not so intimidating and helped people know where to start.
I've had my own consulting business for 20 years in the marketing field with a bend towards helping charities raise funds for their missions. A worthwhile endeavour to be sure and one I'm very proud of, but I wanted to get more "up close and personal" with people.
One day I was speaking with a colleague about veganism and she casually said, "Wouldn't it be nice if there was a "starter kit" kind of course for people who are new to this lifestyle." FLASH! On went the light bulb!
Right then I knew I wanted to help people realize their dream of living a healthier life, helping our fellow animals, and all the while improving the environment with as little muss and fuss as possible.
They could accomplish their dream by taking the first steps to establishing and strengthening their vegan lifestyle whether at home, at work or while on vacation.
The Right Path for You
From this mission, I developed an online program -
"The Vegan Journey: A Beginner's Pathway" for, vegan-curious, new and/or struggling vegans out there. It helps those just starting out on this path and are in virgin territory, or those who have been traveling it for a while but are struggling, to fulfill a desire, a hope, a dream to become healthier, kinder and more caring.
I would love to have you join me as together we develop a stronger self-confidence in your vegan lifestyle through education and support.
So, if you would like to take the next step in your life-changing journey and find out more, please click on the "The Vegan Support Pathway" on the menu above. Thanks, Lou