Vegan recipe blog Minimalist Baker will start including nonvegan recipes in May, following the author’s clarification that she is not vegan despite running a vegan blog and publishing a vegan cookbook.
Dana Shultz, the blogger behind Minimalist Baker, confirmed recently that she was never vegan nor on a plant-based diet as it is not sustainable for her to be 100% vegan yet and she is “fine with that” despite acknowledging the suffering of animals raised for human consumption and the environmental impact of factory farming.
Now, she has confirmed via Instagram Story that she is totally shifting from veganism and will start adding nonvegan recipes to the blog soon.
Answering a fan’s question on what made her start incorporating more animal products into her diet, Shultz said: “When I realized I was deficient in iron and b12, but moreso when digestive issues arose.”
“Plant proteins in inadequate quantities (esp. soy and chickpeas) really upset my digestion and I wasn’t getting enough protein according to labs and low energy levels. So I started incorporating eggs and meat.”
“My body was telling me something was wrong. I was having significant hair loss and I need to make a change.”
She shared that her current go-to nonvegan meal is roasted vegetables or gluten-free avocado toast with egg on top, emphasizing that she only consumes “organic, pasture raised eggs, wild caught salmon, and organic pasture raised chicken.”
When asked if she would buy eggs or any animal products from grocery stores, she answered: “Directly from a quality farmer is ideal, but otherwise I recommend sourcing from a local quality butcher, coop, or organic grocer.”
She then announced that even though Minimalist Baker will remain “plant-forward,” she will start adding meat and eggs in her recipes starting mid-May but without dairy and gluten as she is sensitive to both.
“Perhaps I’ll face more negative feedback when I post nonvegan recipes (in May),” said Shultz. “If our recipes are no longer a good fit for you, I totally understand.”
“I sincerely thank you for your support up to this point. And I trust that we’re all honoring our own bodies and truths and will find the communities we need to best support us,” she concluded.