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The Vegan Ambition

The Vegan Ambition

By Daniel Ruginets
A podcast series aiming to help people go vegan or plant-based. Every other week we feature guests with different diets and viewpoints. We have a debate period with the guest, a talk about each others diet and differences about them, and maybe taste test a vegan food!
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The Quarantine Special - My Non-Vegan Girlfriend Answers
Brand new episode for you to take some time away from reality! My girlfriend answers some questions about dating a vegan! Check it out in the link below. Happy Quarantine! Don't forget to visit our website
May 09, 2020
Episode 9: Big business profiting on vegan values? With @thequeenvboutique
Today on the podcast we talk to The Queen V, she's the owner of The Queen V Boutique a store that sells all vegan, cruelty-free, natural and eco-friendly products of all kinds. She tells us about her store, why she went vegan, and then we get into the nitty-gritty and talk about big business. As a small business owner and vegan, how does she feel about big corporations profiting off of the ideologies and goals of veganism? After recording this podcast, we visited her wonderful little store and got some of their goods! So wonderful. Check her out on her Instagram,  website, and store 835 Bloor St. W Toronto ON. 
December 23, 2019
Episode 8: Living more eco-friendly with @the.greener.good
Today Kristen from The Greener Good gives us all advice on how to live more eco-friendly. Kristen is a plant-eater, animal lover, believer in making life more eco-friendly like picking up 3 pieces of trash every day. Today we talk about ways to make our lives more eco-friendly and make choices that lead to a more sustainable life. You can find Kristen on her Instagram and her website
December 09, 2019
Episode 7: Is it ok to eat at non-vegan restaurants? With @thegeekyveg
Today on the podcast, we have Narmeen from TheGeekyVeg. Narmeen has been vegetarian for almost 10 years and vegan for 2. She brings a lot of great tips and experience with her from the many years of her being veggie. She's constantly talking about tips and tricks and the things she has learned through her Instagram and website TheGeekyVeg. Today we talk about the ethicality of eating at non-vegan restaurants. Is it ok to give our money to non-vegan causes? What do you think? You can find Narmeen on Instagram at and on her website at Don't forget to visit our website
November 25, 2019
Episode 6: Restrictive diets are more restrictive than veganism with @amandreoc
In this episode of the podcast, Amandreo learns a thing or two about veganism. Going into today's episode he knew nothing about the lifestyle and food that we eat. We also go over ketogenic diets and the restrictions that they bring. Do you think that vegan diets are easier or harder than some of the other diets out there? This episode's guest is Amandreo, you can find him at
November 11, 2019
Episode 5: Will a vegan world ever exist? With baker @itshayleybe
In this week's episode, we have Hayley! Hayley is a vegan baker and man is she good at it! During the episode we talk about whether or not a vegan world will exist, how we can get there, and what will happen if we do. Hayley also gives her best tips and tricks for how to bake vegan! If you're aspiring to learn more about vegan baking this is a must listen! You can find Hayley on Instagram at she has some great looking and tasting baked goods on there!
October 28, 2019
Episode 4: Are slaughterhouse workers serial killers? With @Stdavidchuk
Today we ask, does murder make you a serial killer? Is having a job in the meat industry the same thing as killing people? We've talked over and over about how the killing of any living being is bad but does that qualify you as a murderer? It's a tough question and today with Sveta with dive deep and try to figure it out. You can find Sveta on Instagram at
October 14, 2019
Episode 3: Is veganism sustainable? With @soniadarlison
Today, we talk about the sustainability of veganism. Is it really possible to live as a vegan? What are the drawbacks and the positives, what are the challenges? Sonia talks about her personal journey with veganism and the difficulties she faced.  Thanks to @soniadarlison for coming on you can find her on Instagram at Don't forget to visit our website
September 30, 2019
Episode 2: What's up with all the haters? With @kelseyprior
Episode 2 here we come! On this week's episode, we have Kelsey. She was vegan for a whole year but has since gone back to eating meat. On this episode we talk about why she went back, how veganism felt for her and finally we discuss why veganism has so many haters. Join us on The Vegan Ambition! Thanks to @kelseyprior for coming on you can find him on Instagram at Don't forget to visit our website
September 16, 2019
Episode 1: Are we even vegan? with @danielbrenneman
Season 2 starts with a banger! On this episode we have our first ever guest back in the studio! It's been a year since he was in and some things have changed and some haven't. We talk about whether or not either of us are truly vegan, and what really is the word vegan. Join us in bringing in Season 2! Thanks to @danielbrenneman for coming on you can find him on Instagram at and Don't forget to visit our website
September 02, 2019
Episode 23: Debating veganism and impact with @calderonsamc
On Episode 23 of The Vegan Ambition, we have Sam Calderon from @giamattipodcast. Sam is a non-vegetarian who had a lot of questions to ask me about veganism. During the debate period, we had a discussion about why veganism matters and what impact we have.  You can reach Sam by finding him on Instagram @calderonsamc and @giamattipodcast. Thanks to @Oats, @Hummus, and @GreenPeas for sponsoring today's episode!
February 08, 2019
Episode 22: Socializing while being vegan with @thatwokevegan
On Episode 22 of The Vegan Ambition, we have Alicia from @thatwokevegan. Alicia has been vegan for a little over 2 years. On the podcast, we discuss her transition to veganism, how our social lives are affected by our diets, and what being a vegan on Instagram means.  You can reach Alicia by finding her on Instagram @thatwokevegan. Thanks to @Watermelon, @SunflowerSeeds, and @Seitan for sponsoring today's episode!
January 25, 2019
Episode 21: The importance of vegan activism with @kfrankly
On Episode 21 of The Vegan Ambition, we have @kfrankly. Klara is a vegan activist and low waste earthling.  On the podcast, we discuss different forms of vegan activism, whether "extreme" activism is right, and what we can do on a daily basis to change the world. You can reach Klara by finding her on Instagram @kfrankly or @crazyrawdotcom Thanks to @turmeric, @greenlentils, and @clementines for sponsoring today's episode!
January 11, 2019
Episode 19: Going Vegetarian, now what? With @durntt
On Episode 19 of The Vegan Ambition, we have Sarah Stock. Sarah is a non-vegan who is planning on going vegetarian soon. On this podcast, we explore Sarah's food journey and what she knows about veganism. She asks me some great questions. This is a very informative episode. You can find Sarah on Instagram @durntt
December 14, 2018
Episode 18: Vegan Activism with @carlytaylor269
On Episode 18 of the Vegan Ambition, we have Carly Taylor! She is a vegan activist, a conscious consumer, and lover of all animals! On the podcast, we talk about how she got into veganism and then activism, and what she recommends for trying to go waste-free. I also ask her about her view of animal testing! Carly has a phenomenal perspective on how we are all earthlings on this plant. To find Carly you can head to her Instagram @carlytaylor269 or her YouTube channel @James and Carly
November 30, 2018
Episode 17: Being fit and vegan with @shakastrong
On Episode 17 of The Vegan Ambition, we have Shaka Smith also known as @shakastrong on Instagram. Shaka is an actor, podcast host, model, vegan and lawyer! Veganism has helped him keep lean and strong. On the podcast, we talk about all the reasons he is vegan, and whether hunting in certain contexts is okay. You can find Shaka on his Instagram @shakastrong or on iTunes and Youtube at FitClub and Black Hollywood Live
November 16, 2018
Episode 16: Animal Rights are Important with @mariamaymarketing
On Episode 16 of the Vegan Ambition, we have Maria Morrone. She is the co-president of the University of Waterloo Animal Rights Society. On the podcast, we talk about her journey to veganism and what her goals are with the Animal Rights Society. I ask her an important question about what her views are on Zoos. You can find Maria at
November 01, 2018
Episode 15: A Plant-Based approach to life with @jenny.nicol
On Episode 15 of the Vegan Ambition, we have Jenny Nicol. Jenny is a plant-based nutritionist. Her journey to plant-based living was filled with twists and turns. But she has now been vegan for over 8 years! Today we learn about her journey and ask some difficult questions. You can find Jenny on Instagram at Today's recipe comes from COPYCAT WIENERSCHNITZEL CHILI
October 19, 2018
Episode 14: A butcher's son turns vegan with @forrestfolen
On Episode 14 of the Vegan Ambition, we have Forrest Folen. He went vegan recently but has learned almost everything there is to learn about it. Forrest grew up in a butcher's household. After learning about the pain animals go through and the health benefits to his body, he has made the change to veganism! You can find Forrest on Instagram at
October 05, 2018
Episode 13: Marc Uy, Non-Vegan Boyfriend, Veggie Bacon
On Episode 13, we have a friend of mine, Marc Uy. Marc has been dating his vegan girlfriend for 4 years. So today I ask him, what his diet, is like, why he isn't vegan yet, put just a little bit of pressure on him to go vegan!
September 21, 2018
Episode 12: Adam Walsh, Is Roadkill Vegan?
On The Vegan Ambition Episode 12 we have Adam Walsh. On the podcast, Adam and I discuss Adam's journey toward veganism, the ethicality of roadkill, and what his inspirations are. You can find Adam on Instagram
September 07, 2018
Episode 11: Chris Moore, a vegan future
On The Vegan Ambition Episode 11 we have Chris Moore. Chris is a workout enthusiast who turned vegan over a year and a half ago. Chris tells me about his amazing journey to veganism and the things that influenced him to go vegan. You can find Chris on Instagram
August 24, 2018
Episode 9: Katrina, Religion, Yves Deli Slices
On Episode 9 of the Vegan Ambition, we have Katrina Shouten. Kat is a non-vegan who was interested in coming onto the podcast and learning some of the ins and outs of veganism. On the episode, we talk about how religion affects veganism, and how some people find it difficult to go vegan! You can find Katrina at Today's Recipe comes from
July 27, 2018
Episode 8: Jennifer Zee, Triggers, Recipes!
On Episode 8 of the Vegan Ambition, we have Jennifer Zee. Jennifer owns her own company that helps people to transition to a plant-based diet and lifestyle. We talk about how to get people into veganism and our favorite plant-based recipes. Jennifer has an event coming called "Unlock Your Plant-Powered Potential" You can get to it from here You can find Jennifer at Today's Recipe comes from
July 13, 2018
Episode 7: Ala, Pet Diets, Nutless Clusters
On Episode 7 we have Ala, she talks to us about how she's been trying vegan food recently, how much she loves pizza, and we discuss the ethicality of feeding pets meat. You can find her on Today's recipe comes from:
July 06, 2018
Episode 6: Daniel K, Insects, Banana Bread
On Episode 6 we talk to Daniel K, who has had very little experience with vegans, veganism, or what it means to be vegan! We discuss lots of different questions and answer them for him. This week's recipe comes from HotforFood and it is for Strawberry and Pablano Salsa.
June 29, 2018
Episode 5: Allison, Animal Harm, Dolly Bars
On Episode 5 of the Vegan Ambition, Rugi talks to Allison who understands that in all accounts she should be vegan. We discuss her difficulties becoming vegan, harming animals and try Sweets from the Earth Dolly Bars. Recipe of the week: Flourless bite-sized breakfast muffins from Oh She Glows.
June 22, 2018
Episode 4: Jackie, Horses, Tofurkey Bacon Strips
On the fourth episode of The Vegan Ambition, we have Jackie Shiu, she is a vegan who has her own vegan YouTube show and blog. We discuss her diet, horse riding and racing, and Tofurkey Tempeh Bacon Strips. Check it out! Today's recipe is: You can find Jackie at:
June 15, 2018
Episode 3: Edith, Elinor, Guide Dogs, Sausage Links
On the third episode of The Vegan Ambition, we have Edith Barabash, and Elinor Frid both long-time vegans. We discuss their diets, vegans and guide dogs, and Yves Sausage Links. Thanks to Farmhouse Garden Animal Home for sponosring this episode. Check it out! Today's recipe is:
June 08, 2018
Episode 2: Grayden, Pushiness, Tofurkey Deli Slices
On the second episode of The Vegan Ambition, we have Grayden Matheson he is a non-vegan, non-vegetarian who is learning more about the vegan lifestyle. We discuss his diet, different kinds of vegan activism, and Tofurkey Deli Slices. Check it out! This week's recipe is:
June 01, 2018
Episode 1: Daniel, Honey, Twizzlers
The very first episode of The Vegan Ambition! Today's special guest is famed (so-so) vegetarian Daniel Brenneman. We discuss his diet, the ethics of Honey, and a great snack called Twizzlers. Today's recipe is:
May 25, 2018