Summary: The ChickPeeps is your friendly, fun, mad-curious vegan podcast. Join us as we explore, discuss and unpick the dilemmas faced by vegans in our quest to be more compassionate towards animals. How do I be vegan? Should I be ok with my partner calling me 'honey' or is that mindless tolerance of an industry built on slave labour? Do I even like bees? Will the vegan gods flay me alive for the brief but profoundly sadistic period in my youth, when I amused myself by pouring sea salt onto defenseless slugs? Must I hold monthly vigils for the deceased slugs? Will I ever be vegan enough?! Perhaps these are some of the difficult questions that plague you as a new vegan, as you wait for vegan-Jesus to descend and press Ye Olde Book of Veganism into your outstretched hands. However, there is no vegan Jesus (we have Moby, though), no sacred text and no perfect or definitive way to go or stay vegan and you will have to answer those questions for yourself. Enter The ChickPeeps, the new plant-fueled pod to accompany and empower your vegan journey. Join our host, actress Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter), and her co-hosts Momoko Hill, Robbie Jarvis and Tylor Starr as they discuss their philosophies, challenges and opinions on living the vegan lifestyle, and listen in as we turn the mic on some of the Animal Rights community's most inspiring and seasoned activists and try to decipher the best ways of living that is kind to animals, ourselves and Mother Nature.
For the finale of season 1, all ChickPeeps gather to reflect on the past 8 months and discuss the guests who have altered our respective outlooks on vegan life. We discuss our summer activism plans and share our personal weekly sources of vegan inspiration to see you through the rest of the summer!
For the penultimate episode of season 1, The ChickPeeps have a discussion on how the ethical argument for veganism is the core tenet of the vegan ideology. Erik Marcus, author, blogger and activist, shares his studies on the reasons to be vegan and explains some of the main ideas in animal rights philosophy.
For the second part of our discussion on vegan athletes, The ChickPeeps chat to Brian Rose, the founder and host of London Real, who recently went plant-based when challenged by his friend, musician and triathlete, John Joseph, to compete in a half Ironman and do it vegan. Brian offers a unique perspective on going vegan as somebody able to observe the changes that occurred within his body and mind in a short space of time, and who’s primary motivator in trying veganism were the health benefits.
Ep 30, Part 1: Vegan Athletes with Tim Shieff
This week we’re discussing the vegan fashion landscape and conscious consumerism with the fantastic sister duo and co-founders of Delikate Rayne, Meg and Komie Vora. Growing up amidst Hindu and Jain cultures, Meg and Komie were raised vegetarian and became vegan several years ago when they founded their cruelty-free label, Delikate Rayne. In this episode they talk about being proud advocates of fashion that is free from animals, and how truly ethical fashion extends far beyond veganism alone.
This week Momo and Evy get to chat with passionate and prolific undercover activist, Rich Hardy, about his career exposing animal cruelty in 28 countries that has changed minds and laws for animals all over the world. Rich speaks frankly, and for the time time publicly, about the personal sacrifices he’s made to undertake such difficult work and about the changes he’s noticed in public opinion and the vegan movement in his 33 years as a vegan.
This week The ChickPeeps have an honest, open conversation about what it’s like to balance one’s relationship with food with one’s ethical values and how both recovering from an eating disorder and veganism have impacted their lives. Momo and Evy are joined by vegan fitness coach and self love advocate, Bianca Taylor, and the incredible Jasmin Singer, senior editor of Vegnews and author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough.
You're either vegan for the animals, vegan for your health or vegan for the health of humankind and animals together aka. THE ENVIRONMENT! This week we interview the filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn who put the environmental impact of veganism into focus with their groundbreaking documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. In this interview, Kip and Keegan expand on the information shared in Cowspiracy & explain precisely what impact one individual can have on the environment by being vegan.
This week Momo and Evy discuss the importance of community as a vegan and finding people who inspire you to live a joyfully vegan life. We talk to the ebullient happiness gurus, Dave and Steve Flynn, aka. The Happy Pear, about creating the kind of world you want to live in, and about reconciling one’s cultural background with vegan principles. Later on, Dave and Steve share some of their daily practices to cultivate a balanced, happy life.
Are you a militant vegan or an attractivist? Was your mind opened by vegan cupcakes or slaughterhouse vigils? Tylor and Evy discuss different types of activism and which were most effective in our own personal vegan awakening. Later on, Robbie and Evy interview the relentlessly passionate activist and influencer, Earthling Ed, who shares his story of going from apathetic meat-eater to hardcore vegan, and the mindset he’s cultivated to do the confrontational style of activism for which he has become known.
This week we are discussing the heavily pondered topic of veganism and pets, and the inherent challenges vegan pet lovers face. Listen in as Tylor and Evy discuss their lives with their companion animals and the comprises they’ve had to make. Later on, (12.14 minutes) we interview Dr.Armaiti May, a vegan vet with a dog and cat house call practice, who sets the record straight on having vegan pets, and addresses the most important campaigns in the vegan community that tackle the overpopulation crisis.
This week Robbie and Evy explore the myriad reasons why eggs are not vegan, and how the commercial egg industry has distorted the natural cycle of egg-laying hens to alarming proportions. We interview the awe-inspiring founder of Viva!, Juliet Gellatley (4.05 mins), who shares stories from her work doing undercover investigations inside factory farms. We also address the heavily debated issue of backyard hens and whether it is ethical to consume eggs from free hens and discuss egg-free baking substitutes!
This week Evy, and guest co-host, Elliot Knight, expound on their deep love for all things smothered in thick layers of delicious chocolate. We talk about the struggle of being vegan when treats and desserts are not prioritised, and are seen as too obscure to make by non-vegans. Later on we interview the fantastic Jacques Cop, founder and head chocolatier of vegan chocolate house, Coco Caravan, to learn about the process of making vegan chocolate and how raw chocolate is actually a healthy food.
This week we’re talking about all things cheese and why so many aspiring vegans find it difficult to give it up. Momo and Evy share some charming details about dairy cheese production and then compare the nutritional content of dairy cheese with vegan cheese. Later on, (24.20) we interview the phenomenal Miyoko Schinner, vegan cheese queen and founder of Miyoko’s Kitchen her early struggles going vegan while being a cheese aficionado, and how she founded her legendary vegan cheese empire.
You may be thinking that for a vegan podcast we really don't spend much time discussing how to make delicious, simple, healthy vegan food. We thought that too, so this week we are joined by talented chef, co-founder of Wicked Healthy, Director of Plant-Based Innovation at Tesco, and all-around wonderful person, Derek Sarno. Evy and the newest ChickPeeps recruit, MJ, talk to Derek about Buddhism, why he prefers the term 'free from animals' over veganism, and the future of plant-based food.