I’m Not A Vegan, But I Love The Minimalist Vegan Blog

I eat meat. I’m sorry if that offends some of you, but I was raised in a blue-collar, meat-and-potatoes kind of home. I have learned to eat less meat over the years. And even though I eat meat, I love the idea of the vegan lifestyle. So today, I thought I’d highlight a blog I like to follow: The Minimalist Vegan.

heart-194542_1920 The Minimalist Vegan: Photo of heart-shaped strawberry and almonds.

Life Is Good

I have a funny story to tell about Michael Ofei over at The Minimalist Vegan. About two years ago, Michael contacted me about coaching him with his writing. He was getting ready to launch The Minimalist Vegan and felt like his writing could use some work. He’d been reading Hip Diggs and said he liked my simple and direct style. I appreciated the compliment.

Micheal sent me a link to some examples of his writing. I thought he was doing just fine and told him so. I never wound up coaching Michael, but I’m sure glad we were able to connect. Since Michael, and his wife Masa, started their blog, I’ve enjoyed keeping up with what they’re doing.

The Minimalist Vegan: It’s More Than Being Vegan

Here’s what Michael and Masa have to say on their about page

The Minimalist Vegan is an amazing person who is committed to doing what is essential in their lives and nothing more. They respect humanity, the environment, and most importantly, they respect themselves. Their demeanour is calm, down-to-earth, and centred.

The Minimalist Vegan, for the most part, is not scattered or unfocused. They’re not caught up in the “busy being busy” cycle. They’re not disconnected from where their food comes from. They’re not disrespectful to themselves, or the environment.

The Minimalist Vegan is a lifestyle. A lifestyle that promotes eating well and living mindfully. A lifestyle that we strive to live each and every day, and we’re here to help you do the same.

I see a lot that I like in this description: essential, respectful, environmental, centered. This is my kind of language. And although I do eat some meat, I try to eat free-range and grass-fed meat.  

The Minimalist Vegan has some great archives. They have dozens of articles that run the spectrum of simple living and minimalist topics.

Check Out Their Categories

  • Minimalism and Simple Living
  • Veganism
  • Healthy Living
  • Productivity
  • A Tea With (These are interviews with a variety of great people.)
  • Recipes

So you see, you don’t have to be a vegan to find something good on their blog. You might just find something delicious, too.

Favorite Posts At The Minimalist Vegan

I’m not sure how they were able to hook up with Leo, but it’s a great post.

And Now For The Rest Of The Story…

So maybe Michael actually should have coached me. The Minimalist Vegan has recently surpassed Hip Diggs in website rankings according to Alexa statistics. Also, only second to Facebook, Hip Diggs gets more reader referrals from The Minimalist Vegan than any other site. In the last month, hundreds of readers have found their way here through The Minimalist Vegan. I wrote this post as a sincere thank you.

If you’ve never visited The Minimalist Vegan, I encourage you to check them out today. If you’d like to learn more about Hip Diggs, just go to our start page or click the link below to get our newsletter.

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  1. Hi Dan,

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot to us!

    Masa and I love Hip Diggs. It’s refreshing to see bloggers who talk from the heart and cut through all of the noise on the internet.

    I remember reaching out to you and it’s amazing how much has happened since then.

    Keep up the great work.


    1. Hi Michael,

      It’s my pleasure to share you work. I love what you guys are doing. I’m glad we’ve been able to connect and look forward to working as part of the movement to lead others to live with less.


  2. Thanks for this recommendation, Dan! I was vegan for 6 months on doctor’s orders and been meaning to get back into it on a permanent basis. My culture’s pretty meat-centric so it’s been a challenge; Michael’s site sounds like a great resource to check out!

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