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it’s the vegansim episode !
why we are vegan, and why you should be too !

we talk about :
– our vegan story !
– why go vegan ?
– why it makes us happy ?
– dealing with the haters !
– is veganism unnatural ?
– what we think of veganism being a trend !

other random stuff in this episode :
– where are all these japanese listeners coming from ?
– the time jenny was an intern for PETA !

and of course, it wouldn’t feel like tuesday without david’s semi-funny anecdote about people we don’t know : this week is about the weirdest job interview david has ever been on – #majorfailmoment

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  1. Åh! Kan inte David berätta mer om sin utbildning? Var han studerade, om utbildningen var bra, hur man tar sig in i branschen efteråt och så vidare. Jag läser ett 1 års intensivt filmprogram på Prague Film School och tar examen i maj, så jag står nu i vägskälet om jag ska försöka ta mig in i branschen eller först utöka mina studier inom film/tv.

    Är också nyfiken på hur det gick till när ni gifte er och om ni då hade vegansk/vegetarisk middagsbjudning?

  2. Alfredo Falen

    I’m vegan because of the environment and health, I’m not that much of an animal lover.

  3. Loved this. You are both so interesting. I’ve been a vegan for a long time and never have a problem with eating away from home. Mostly with family and a few close friends. I’ve never been asked about veganism or a raw food diet. (which I mostly eat.) Kinda just shrug that off. I’m the thinnest person around and the most healthy, yet they newer ask. Funny.

  4. Hello, the Mustards!
    I’m Yuuka from Japan. Very happy to hear that you’re interested in Japan and pointed out how the vegan society here is like.

    Firstly, I started my vegan journey 3 years ago, and have been interested in minimalism too. I think I was addicted to shopping, and tired from buying stuff constantly and having so many extra things around me. Last summer, I was looking up some videos about minimalism on youtube to get inspired and your channel came up to me! It was maybe because i was living in Berlin too at that time and that was a regional suggestion or something by youtube??
    Anyway, since then, you’ve inspired me so much and now you’re my favorite youtubers. Especially one of your tips to stop buying was very helpful and I always keep it on my mind, which is to ask yourself if you really want something even if it’s three times as expensive. Simplicity makes me feel better and makes my life more enjoyable!!

    About the vegan society in Japan, to be honest, it’s very very small and more difficult to be as a vegan compared to in the western society. However, more and more people are getting interested in veganism/vegetarianism for the sake of “fashion.” People still think that veganism is a new concept from the western. But actually, there’s a traditional concept of no cruelty in Japanese food, which is called 精進料理 (shōjin-ryōri). We usually have it in mourning, but it’s getting popular among vegetarians who visit japan. Also, it’s true that the number of vegan restaurants and options are increasing, but it’s still placed as not-reasonably pricey ones, i mean it’s not that casual like in Berlin because of the small demand.
    Another reason why the veganism is small here is that Japanese media almost never point out how the livestock industry affects animal welfare or the environment. There’s a movement which promotes veganism/vegetarianism in recent society here, but it’s focused on health. Only people who have touched western society or opened their eyes towards the reality initiate into veganism, I think.

    Sorry for the long comment. I knew that you’ve liked japan, and now that you asked for our thoughts, i was like it’s time to shout out to the Mustards!! Yay ;)

    Oh, I have a question too. How do you decide which country to move? And do you get shocked in any way when you move to another country? For example, When I was in Berlin, I was shocked how cheap groceries are there. But there wasn’t enough diversity of asian food for me…:/

    I sincerely thank you for inspiring me always. And wishing that you’d visit or live here in Japan, and have a meet-up one day!!


  5. Kate Tsuzuki

    I’m not vegan and I think people who are vegan is cool. Anyway love from Japan

  6. First of all: I love your Podcast :) Great Job :D
    And second I´m also vegan for a couple of years now. I started being a vegan first because of the crucial animal treatment and then I stayed it also for environemental reasons.
    GO Vegan ;)
    Liebe Grüße from Berlin ;)

  7. I’m from Finland and I’ve never heard the open landscape argument before. It’s so random that I gotta give some credit though! The most ridiculous arguments against veganism I’ve heard are “but plants are alive too” and “how do you know plants don’t feel pain?”, it’s annoying but kinda funny as well. :D

  8. Greetings from Finland as well! I’m not vegan but vegetarian who eats fish and limited amount of dairy products. My aim is to become vegan. I Live in Helsinki and eating vegan is very easy here. I have coeliac disease, so sometimes it is hard to find eatable things when travelling in distants places (like small cities next on slaughterhouse). With coeliac disease it is already lot of problems and misunderstanding. Outside home, to find gluten free vegan food is sometimes super hard. Gluten free vegetarian food is easier.
    I prefer vegetarianism and veganism because of health, animals and environment!

  9. I’m from Ireland where our education around nutrition is sponsored by the National Dairy Council, and where “farming” mostly equals “cows.” Still it is becoming more common, even here! I am vegetarian and almost vegan, I just eat occasional eggs from my dad’s chickens and goats milk I buy from one specific farmer I trust. I am not completely vegan because I am underweight and when I try to go vegan completely I tend to lose weight which is dangerous for me. Especially as I struggle with IBS it’s hard to get enough nutrients from beans and legumes, my body just doesn’t absorb them. I think veganism is a really wonderful goal but I also need to balance it with the need to listen to my body’s needs right now, and also keep in mind other ways to care for animals, people and the environment, such as buying locally and organically where possible.

    • Hi Eva, I’m Irish too and a vegan. I was struggling with IBS and unwanted weight loss towards the end of last year. I ended up going gluten free and my digestion is totally normal now and I feel much better. Might be worth getting tested for gluten intolerance, it’s apparently extra common for Irish people. Anyway just wanted to share in case it could help. Hope you fell better!

  10. Thank you for this! <3 Please make more when you talk about animal rights and veganism. I have a question: do you think vegetarianism is ok? I mean, if you're vegan then it's because vegetarianism is not enough for you, but do you think eating vegan 98% of the time and then occasionally out of home eating products that contain milk or eggs can be enough?

  11. Amazing podcast =D What are your thoughts on the vegan community, though? I’d love to know that

  12. Omg the coming out as vegan cracked me up sooo true, ive been vegan for over a year and very few people know.

  13. First time listening your podcast, great job guys! :)
    I am currently half way on my journey to become vegan. I have been reading a lot about the subject and taking the time to reflect and see how I feel about the different perspectives, and trying to convince myself that this is the next step that I need to take. And this reminds me of a question… Do you think that turning vegan comes naturally? Because it is taking a lot of effort for me to reduce on the meat, fish and dairy consume. I try to eat less animal products each week, but sometimes I have cravings. Actually this happens too often, more than I would like. Any advice on this?
    Oh, and is great to know that you are also a biologist Jenny. I am just finishing my masters and I am questioning my career a lot. Do I wanna follow the academic way, what are my other options, would I be better doing something else, etc. What made you change your career?
    Besides the podcast, I love your youtube channel! Just saw your last video on the 5/7 things you don’t need… It made me wanna be your friend! :D
    Greetings from sunny Portugal!
    You guys are great!!

  14. You two are so cute and you’re so stylish in a simple, minimalist way. Love looking at your videos and watching/listening to both of you (missed seeing David for a while as he disappeared to his own channel – glad you’re back David!). Very calming. I’m still transitioning to vegan, but my husband (a rabid meat eater) and I are transitioning together so it’s easier. It’s the best way of eating for health and longevity. I like what you said (Jenny) about telling David your apartment was a meat free zone.
    Would love to see more “what I eat in a day” and recipe videos – which are more time consuming to make, but they’re so interesting.
    Anyway, big fan here.

  15. Hey Mustards, greetings from Toronto! :) I totally hear you with all the comments and attitudes to vegans, lol. I am your big fan with my boyfriend, we are just relaxing in the evening, listening to you, laughing and thinking how much we have in common. We also travel the world and live in different countries, currently Canada. I’ve been macrobiotic since my 12. I’m not so strict now but I still love to eat local, organic and unprocessed food… don’t eat meat since my 12, I am 27 right now and feel great! :) Stop eating meat have been one of my best desicions in my life so far, glad I did it so early. I don’t use dairy products and I have no allergies and no more running nose during winter. Priceless! .) Keep going guys, crossing fingers!

    • And yes, I was working for the Amnesty International for four weeks and it was very similar experience as in PETA, lol. ‘Hello, do you know AI? Do you want to became a supporter and donate us some money each month?’ standing on the street and talking to random people, lol.

  16. Hello Mr und Mrs Mustard! Great Potcast as ever! :)
    I’m from vienna but I grew up in a reeeeally small town on a farm. I’m not a 100% vegan… so I never buy dairy products, but I do eat them from time to time (when I’m at my friends or with my parents etc) and then I feel ashamed :D
    I have two little sisters and they both don’t eat meat as well (one is vegetarian and the other vegan) and I guess one reason for that is that we grew up on that farm, and we saw how the animals got killed.. and it was really terrible cause they were our friends. and our parents had a strange humor.. so when we asked whats for dinner they said f.e. “freddy”, which was a little cow we used to play with. so i guess its just natural that you stop eating your friends.
    and when someone asks me why I don’t eat meat this is what I tell them, and strangly everyone seems to agree with me, and then they eat their schnitzel…

    so thanks for your podcast, its really interessing and I always love to listen to it!!!
    have a nice day!

  17. Hi, greetings from Paris! I’ve been following your podcasts since the beginning, and your videos for four months kind of, and this episode was great as always!

    For my vegan experience, I’d like to say that I’ve been vegan since I started watching your videos (so a few months ago), but as I’m 17 and still living with my parents, I still have to eat the food they feed me. Fortunately, they’re not hardcore meat eaters. When I have the choice of what I want to eat, so breakfast, desert, when I prepare my own food for lunch and dinner or my snacks, it’s completely vegan. And even though I’m still eating the meat and dairy products my parents feed me with, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t miss it at all! However, I think I’ll start cooking my own food even for lunch and dinner after graduating from high school, even though I’d be eating with my parents.

    You, Jenny and David, gave me courage to embrace veganism (unfortunately, not fully yet) and even before knowing about you, I was considering the fact of becoming vegetarian, or even vegan, because of the several shock images broadcast by the French vegan association L214. And then, just like you, I decided to become vegan in order to be more eco friendly, healthier, ethical and in peace with myself. I hope I’ll be able stick to this diet for the rest of my life, despite possible vitamin deficiencies!

    Regarding your question about veganism in Japan, I don’t want to answer on behalf of your Japanese listeners (and Yuuka has already answered to the main points), but I’ve actually made a lot of research about the subject as I’ll be going to Japan for six weeks this summer. First of all, just like Yuuka said, there are very few vegetarians in Japan, and therefore even less vegans. In Tokyo, and other big cities, the vegan places are, I believe, quite expensive compared to what you can find here in Europe. Some of these places are also actually Indian restaurants, the vegetarian diet being the norm in most parts of India. Most of the Japanese who go to these vegan or vegetarian restaurants do so in order to be healthy and don’t know much about veganism. By the way, when I told some of my Japanese friends I was going vegan, most of them, if not all of them, hadn’t even heard about veganism before. The reason is that Japanese people are far less exposed to animal welfare issues than in Western countries. Therefore, it’s very difficult to eat in restaurants in Japan which aren’t vegan or vegetarian, or even buy manufactured products if you speak no Japanese. In non-vegan restaurants, if you ask for some dish to be modified for you, some might refuse and others might even put another type of cheese on your pizza you asked cheese-free because “it wouldn’t taste good!” or add pieces of meat in your salad even though you asked if there wasn’t any because “it”s not meat, it’s a topping” (seriously haha). Anyways, this is only what I read on the internet, but I doubt it to be false as there are quite a few of these testimonies. Furthermore, Japanese food is pretty healthy, but it’s heavily based on sea food. Some dishes may seem animal product free, but they will actually have dashi (kelp) in the broth. There are some with only seawood, but it’s much less common. So you better ask before or just skip it all together. Then, regarding the fact that Japan is a Buddhist and Shintoist country, it doesn’t really matter as religion is deeply rooted in people’s daily life and don’t even see it as religion. And even when Buddhism was big in Japan, people weren’t eating meat, but they mainly ate fish and vegetables instead. The only who eat vegetarian, even vegan, food are the monks, who feed themselves with shôjin ryôri (精進料理) as Yuuka said. However, there are some places where you can spend a night in a temple/shrine and eat their food (I believe it’s quite pricey though). There’s also the kaiseki ryôri (懐石料理) which is served in the ryôkan (traditional inns) and is vegan (also quite expensive). So what I recommend you to do, and what I’ll also do, is to cook your own food as much as possible, stick to the vegan restaurants or eat food which you’re absolutely sure is vegan by having Japanese friends with you, or asking, or even try to spot the kanji for meat, fish or milk (肉, 魚, 乳) in the name of the dish or the ingredients listed on the packaging.

    Sorry for the long comment, I hope it will help you at least a little! If you want any other informations, I think you can join me thanks to the mail address linked to my comment. I hope you’ll go to Japan soon enough, and even live there! Don’t only focus on Tokyo though, Japan has much more to offer, especially in the countryside. That said, I doubt you would have done so. And who knows, maybe we’ll be able to meet!

    Keep up the good work!

  18. Hello from Chicago! I’m very fond of the two of you and your artwork. It’s so amazing that you choose to share your work in this way, it feels like a friendship. Thank you for sharing your inspiring views on style, life, and togetherness. You seem like the most gentle and authentic people. Thank you too for being advocates—-for art and for social responsibility.

  19. I’m vegan because of David. Only joking. Well, sort of. I was inspired by how you guys make one big pot of yummy food and that does you for ages. It looked delicious and economical. Win, win.

  20. Loved your story about getting served a whole head of cabbage! Reminds me of a time when my “vegan dessert” at a restaurant in France was a whole apple, complete with a fork and knife…

  21. Hey there
    Has anybody mentioned how we have too less trees to produce enough oxygen for all the people living on our planet
    So this whole Open landscape argument is a Backfire argument
    Too much agriculture is bad for the environment because of all the toxins in fertilisers and such
    And we need trees

    I Love your Podcast

    Grüße aus Deutschland :D

  22. Hello from Slovakia. In our main city veganism is becoming more and more popular. There are some new vegan bistros and food trucks (and ice cream) but not as in Berlin :D
    In the rest of the country it is hard not to get meat in all your meals. I’m personally not a vegan, not even a vegetarian but I’m trying to eat more carefully and eat less of meat (which is pretty hard with my boyfriend’s family from small town – they have to have meat in all meals).
    but you guys are inspiration for me (already tried your ‘snickers’ and it was awesome!!) so I’m working on me :)) thank you for your work and keep goin’! ♥

  23. I am not vegan. I am not vegetarian. But I eat a lot of vegan food, mostly vegan food to be honest. But sometimes I will eat a steak. Yeah.
    I like that you try to educate and not shame others. I am making a change. I use less and less plastic, I eat less and less meat, I don’t eat any milk. Change could be bigger, but it’s still nice. Like people saying “I eat meat only once a week” and they mostly hear “oh, but you eat it, you’re just as bad as all the people eating meat on every meal of the week” or “oh, you’re a vegetarian, but you eat milk, so, there is no sense if you don’t commit fully, lol, stop acting like you care”.

    So, yeah, thank you for being so nice :)

    *back to make this vegan mushroom soup and prepare vegan red curry for the weekdays ;D *

  24. Hello, I’m a japanese American living in japan. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but, always had interest because I love to cooking. And vegan recipes are really healthy and inspiring!!
    In your podcast you mentioned about being vegan in Japan easy or not and I had some thoughts about it.
    In my opinion it seems a little hard. Japanese foods tend to be healthy and this is true. But if we want to get the Japan-made things as well, it’s quite actually expensive. Getting a decent quality vegetables in our everyday life is also hard (considering the budgets we normally able to afford.) Ofcourse where you’re living has a lot to do. Dispite everything else quality, budgets and so on are quite challenging to be vegan here in japan. ( obviously my opinion)
    Vegetarian, maybe easier. Depends on how strict you be with animal products. Seeing some of my foreign vegetarian English teacher. About Buddhist, buddhism are more like a culture event that was inherited by the Japanese history so, we aren’t technically a Buddhist. Kind a like -all japanese won’t do weddings at the temple or shrine.

    Sorry for the bunch of opinion, I always enjoy your YouTube and podcast in my daily. Thank you for inspiring me everyday!!

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