Raw Conversations Episode 7: A Very Vegan Thanksgiving with Foodnerds Jamie Young and Sharon Cryan

Raw Conversations Episode 7: A Very Vegan Thanksgiving with Foodnerds Jamie Young and Sharon Cryan

This week is a very special  episode of Raw Conversations where we have our very own director of  digital media on to chat about Thanksgiving! We cover what it was like on our first turkey-free thanksgiving vs our latest experience,  our message to non-vegans having dinner with vegans on thanksgiving, the  emotional aspects of food and food guilt surrounding the holidays, our favorite thanksgiving foods, and our top-tips for vegans on Thanksgiving.


Vegan Story (Jamie) 2:15

Vegan Story (Sharon) 4:15

1st Veg. Thanksgiving vs Now 6:42

Emotional Aspect of Food 12:50

Cognitive Dissonance and Meeting Turkeys 21:30

Favorite Thanksgiving Foods 31:15

Food Guilt Around the Holidays 34:25

Favorite Vegan Desserts: 39:00

Top Tips for your first Turkey-less Thanksgiving 43:24


Veganism: Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."

45-46 million Turkeys Killed JUST for Thanksgiving 


List of Vegan Turkey Options:

Hilarious Vegan Thanksgiving Video (please note, explicit!)

Restaurants in WNY that have done vegan thanksgiving meals in the past:

List of Thanksgiving Recipes:

Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Black Bean Brownies

Apple Pie

Book Mentioned:

Beyond Beliefs- Melanie Joy 

Jamie Social:


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