The Minimalist Vegan Podcast

The Minimalist Vegan Podcast

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Best selling authors and passionate bloggers, Michael & Maša Ofei come together each Monday to explore what it means to live with incredible intentionality.


How To Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle Pt. 2
Dec 8 • 72 min
Today we continue our conversation about how to transition to a vegan lifestyle. In the previous episode, we covered the mindset you need to go vegan, different approaches, and how to prepare vegan meals. In this episode, we discuss tips for eating out,…
How To Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle Pt. 1
Dec 2 • 55 min
Going vegan at first can feel completely overwhelming, especially if you’ve been used to consuming animal products your whole life. What can I eat? Where do I find products? Is it going to cost me more? Is it going to be any good? What will my friends and…
The Ongoing Fight For Simplicity
Nov 25 • 45 min
Just when you feel like you’ve simplified, complexity has an uncanny way of creeping back into your life. Even though some situations call for things to be complex. More often than not, complexity manifests as overwhelm, clutter, burn out and a lack of…
Updates on Slovenia, Health & Productivity
Nov 18 • 56 min
We’ve been working full-time in The Minimalist Vegan for seven months now, and we thought we’d give you an update on our progress so far. It’s only been such a short amount of time but feels like so much longer. In this conversation, we talk about if…
How To Enjoy The Holiday Season as a Vegan
Nov 4 • 62 min
The final quarter of the calendar year represents holiday season or festive season in many cultures around the world. Consumerism is at it’s highest as this is the money-making quarter for many businesses selling consumer goods. Not only that, but this is…
Our Journey To Full-Time Blogging
Oct 29 • 89 min
We decided to shake things up and take you behind the scenes on how we became full-time bloggers. The journey to becoming a professional blogger isn’t as glamorous as it sounds and it often takes multiple attempts before finding something that works. We…
Is There Such a Thing as Humane Meat?
Oct 20 • 45 min
We hear it all the time. “I only buy ethically sourced meat” or “I only support food from animals where they’ve been killed humanely.” We used to think this way before we became vegan. We didn’t like the idea of killing animals for our consumption so we…
Why You’re Procrastinating To Declutter
Oct 15 • 60 min
Physical clutter can be incredibly overwhelming. Clutter on bench tops prevents you from getting full functionality out of your furniture. Clutter in your wardrobe creates too many decisions for you to make about what you’re going to wear. And clutter in…
Let’s Talk About Toxic Chemicals
Oct 7 • 63 min
Being a mindful consumer is more than assessing how much you consume through minimalism or what you consume through the lens of veganism. Even the sustainability of a product is not enough! A significant part of the consumption puzzle lies in chemicals.…
How To Say No: Even If You’re a People Pleaser
Sep 29 • 52 min
If appears that some people blaze through life, knowing exactly what they want and have no problem saying no. However, they may come across as selfish, ruthless, or narrow-minded. Nevertheless, they are not over-committed and they generally live with…
Why We Choose Not To Be Vegan Anymore
Sep 23 • 58 min
As the vegan movement grows, it’s increasingly common to see folks go on and off and back on the vegan lifestyle. This is particularly apparent with online content creators, as many influencers boycott veganism for various personal decisions. It’s only…
Owning Your Identity
Sep 15 • 51 min
“I’m an aspiring minimalist. I’m a transitioning vegan. I love to write, but I’m not a writer.” Does this sound familiar? Today we’re breaking down the pros and cons of owning your identity. We look at the stigma of labels, and when and how to use them to…
The Grey Area of Veganism
Sep 8 • 48 min
Since we became vegan over five years ago and the noticeable rise in the vegan movement, we have noticed the lines getting blurred between what is vegan and what is not. According to the Vegan Society, veganism is: “A philosophy and way of living which…
Would You Live In a Tiny House?
Sep 1 • 54 min
We’ve recently found ourselves binge-watching Tiny House shows on YouTube. It’s been fascinating watching people of all walks of life decide to downsize into such a small yet personalised space. Their motivations are different depending on their age and…
The Challenges of Vegan Cooking at Home
Aug 18 • 72 min
In this episode, we discuss the possible challenges of cooking at home. We unpack our upbringings and how that reflected on our cooking styles and passion for making delicious food. We discuss how important learning to cook at a young age is and that it…
Minimalist Exercise: Bringing Meaning To Movement With Gemma Davis
Aug 11 • 76 min
Developing an exercise habit has been a struggle for us, especially as we’ve gotten older. We both used to be quite active when we were younger, but over the years, we have dropped off exercise as a priority. The most that we get these days is a walk with…
Using Minimalism To Downsize Your Life
Aug 4 • 51 min
This past year has pushed and challenged us in more ways we thought was possible. In our quest to support ourselves online and move to Slovenia, we’ve had to rethink the expectations of our means. You hear it all of the time. One of the keys to happiness…
What It’s Like Wearing The Same Clothes Every Day
Jul 28 • 54 min
Last year we wrote an article exploring the dynamics of fashion and our need to express ourselves through clothing. As minimalists, clothing has always been a challenge for us as we try to find the balance between functional long-lasting garments that can…
The Vegan Trade-Off
Jul 21 • 37 min
What could some of the trade-offs for being vegan be? In this podcast episode, we reflect on the honest truth about transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, and how it can be an adjustment for your tastebuds to continue to be excited about food once you remove…
How To Practice Digital Minimalism At Home
Jul 14 • 55 min
There has been a lot of discussion around digital clutter in the minimalist community as of late. Rightly so, technology has quickly taken over physical clutter in many ways. From physical letters, folders, CD’s, records, tapes, DVD’s, notebooks, photo…
Vegan Businesses Can Change The World
Jul 7 • 53 min
Michael wrote a post over three years ago out of frustration of not seeing enough vegan options on the market. In that time, many of the business ideas that he listed for others to potentially pursue, we have seen come to fruition. With the rise in…
What Can We Do To Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle?
Jul 2 • 94 min
When we think about sustainability, what are some of the first images that come to mind? Typically we would say someone that lives off the grid and is entirely self-sustained. But when we all want to do our bit for the planet, this concept and lifestyle…
Our Journey To Becoming A Productive Couple
Jun 23 • 60 min
Sharing household chores ranks third in importance to a successful marriage, trailing only faithfulness and good sex. Another survey found that 25 per cent of people who were divorced, named “disagreements about housework” as the top reason for getting a…
Managing Your Own Expectation Gap and Creating Habits Versus Setting Goals
Jun 16 • 53 min
Do you ever wonder why you’re not happy with where you are right now, and are always saying to yourself “I’ll be happy when…”? This is called an expectation gap. The expectation gap is the distance between where you are right now, and where you’d like to…
Looking Past The Aesthetics of Minimalism
Jun 9 • 43 min
Unlike veganism, minimalism has no clear definition. There’s no real hard and fast rules about what it is and what it’s not. Has minimalism lost its true essence over the years with its popularity on the rise? The feeling of having to start from scratch…
Let’s Talk About Waste
Jun 2 • 65 min
Before we became vegans and minimalists, we used to throw things away without thinking twice about it. But what we never considered is, where exactly is away? What we’ve come to realise now is that there’s really no such thing. Out of sight, out of mind,…
Challenging The Stigma of Animal Activism
May 27 • 86 min
When you make the connection that animal agriculture contributes to the suffering and murder of billions of animals globally every year, you start to wonder what else might be happening behind closed doors that we’re not aware of. These animals have no…
What Is Minimalist Money?
May 19 • 55 min
Minimalism isn’t just about our possessions. We’ve been talking about other things like choosing the friends that you keep (toxic relationships), the work that you do, and how you choose to spend your time overall. But something that we are yet to talk…
Minimalist Vegans Moving To Slovenia
May 12 • 56 min
In mid-2018, we made the decision to close our online store and start making plans to move to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Those plans involved us going full-time with The Minimalist Vegan in April of this year. We have done that and now are working hard towards…
Does Being Vegan Automatically Make You Healthy?
May 5 • 52 min
Veganism is on the rise, and people are joining the movement, being inspired by different motivations. For us, it was to reduce pain and suffering to animals. For you, it might be for the environment. For others, it’s about optimising your health. But…
Managing Gifts As a Minimalist
Apr 28 • 50 min
Giving and receiving gifts is something we’ve been doing since the beginning of time. And you can see why. It’s fulfilling to provide meaningful gifts for people you care about and watch them light up. But as a minimalist who ruthlessly watches your…
Intermittent Fasting, Working From Home, Clearing Debt and More!
Apr 21 • 63 min
We share some updates on what is happening behind the scenes with The Minimalist Vegan as well as our personal lives. Since going full-time with The Minimalist Vegan, we’ve done a lot. We reflect on what its been like and what we’ve learned. The topics…
Why We Decided To Not have Children
Apr 14 • 68 min
Based on one of our most commented blog post that was written just under a year ago, we talk about the decision we’ve made not to have children. Now, this decision didn’t just happen overnight and certainly wasn’t one that we took lightly, however, the…
Thoughts On Preachy Vegans
Apr 7 • 57 min
So you’ve recently become vegan, and you’re pissed, upset, disgusted. In other words, you have a case of Vystopia. The emotions you feel are overwhelming, and you can’t help but tell people who are not vegan what’s happening. You do it on social media.…
Having The Courage To Quit
Mar 31 • 50 min
We often think of quitting as a failure, but we see quitting as a necessary process of finding happiness. In this conversation, we break down some examples of how quitting has helped us to live with intentionality. We have certainly had our fair share of…
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Sparking Joy
Mar 24 • 50 min
Marie Kondo and her philosophy of tidying have exploded onto mainstream media. Her show on Netflix is inspiring millions of people around the world to declutter their homes. We’re long-time fans of Marie’s work, and we have implemented some of her…
Reflections From Our Minimalist Vegan Wedding
Mar 17 • 67 min
We just celebrated our third wedding anniversary, which triggered some fond and stressful memories of creating our dream minimalist vegan wedding. Would we do it all over again? Heck yes….with a few alterations from lessons learned. In this episode, we…
Society’s Obsession With Animals
Mar 10 • 45 min
Have you ever thought about how obsessed and intrigued we are with animals? This is the topic of discussion in this week’s podcast episode. We go back to how animals have played a role in our lives from the day that we are born and all the ways that they…
Our Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media
Mar 3 • 61 min
In this episode, we talk about our love-hate relationship with social media. We dissect the history of social media in our lives and how connection through online platforms came about for us. We also discuss how as minimalists, there is this unwritten…
Dealing With Sales As a Minimalist
Feb 26 • 62 min
In this podcast episode, we break down the power of sales and some actionable strategies to overcome the urge to spend without a reason. We also cover the resistance of paying full price for products, how we celebrate buying things on sale, how our…
What’s Your Vegan Origin Story?
Feb 26 • 65 min
Why did you become vegan? Everyone has their vegan origin story, much like the superheroes. We reflect on our past and how it all started for us. We discuss what life was like before we became vegan, as most people aren’t born vegan, we can relate to…
Why We Started a Podcast
Feb 26 • 33 min
Welcome to The Minimalist Vegan Podcast! We’re very excited to share with you Episode 1 and talk about how we first came across podcasts, where we typically listen to them, the podcasts that have inspired us to live a more conscious lifestyle, and why…