My friend Carola

Funny story. I already wrote this entire post once before. But I decided to write it and then neglected to save it. So I was slightly peeved.

I want to tell you about another vegan chick who has a blog much more well rounded than mine. I do restaurant reviews and I do recipes, and I love it. But I’m moving away from Okinawa in eight weeks. My vegan roots are here. My foundation for the lifestyle I now lead was laid here. And the person I made that foundation with was Carola.


Carola (sounds like care-ole-uh) and I started our vegan journey together. We were inspired by another vegan Chica who lived here, Yesenia. I remember our first vegan meal together- vegan sloppy joes and sweet potato fries. Holy yum.

After watching documentaries together like fat sick& nearly dead, food matters, earthlings and vegucated, we decided to do the six week vegan challenge by vegucated ( We had great success, but afterwards both became pescetarian. The vegan lifestyle, however, had already taken hold in our hearts and a few months later we both jumped in 100%.


There were a few factors that allowed me to have great success in going vegan. 1) A plethora of vegan food options in okinawa. 2) Pinterest 3) Carola’s endless support and friendship. Thanks to her and I taking on the vegan lifestyle using the “buddy system”, we have both had great success. We now both have a passion for this lifestyle, which shows in our blogs. Mine through mostly recipes and restaurant reviews, and Carola’s being full of fun posts from okinawa living, to recipes, to yoga, and everything in between.


She’s fabulous, am I right? I’ll never be able to express the depth of my gratitude for her friendship. Because of her, I was able to take a journey that’s changed my life forever. And the best part was that I didn’t have to do it alone. If you’re considering going vegan, I highly recommend two things. The first is doing the vegucated challenge. The second is having a friend do it with you to keep you accountable.


If you are to visit her blog, which I recommend, you might stumble upon some recipes and consider trying them. Don’t just consider it. Get in your kitchen. Do it. I highly recommend her chipotle tofu scramble recipe. It is the bomb diggity.


So as I am in my last few weeks of living here, I’m reflecting on my time here and I look back with thankfulness. Thankful for the opportunity to live in a different country. Thankful for my husband and the fact that we got married here. Thankful for the job I’ve had which has allowed me so much freedom. Thankful for the people I work for. Thankful for the blessings God has given us in the form of people. And among them, I count Carola as one of the biggest blessings I’ve received. With out her, there would be no Rachel Cooks Vegan. And I am forever grateful for her doing that challenge with me.

Check out Carola’s blog!

Thank you for reading!








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