During one of my housesits in the midst of nowhere, the worst case scenario came true! I ran out of soy milk. You might say this is no big of a deal, but for a coffee lover like me, the prospect of putting my daily dose of caffeine in danger, did not seem so appealing.
Luckily, the homeowner had provided me with a huge bag of oats, lingering in the pantry waiting to be transformed into delicious, warming porridge. But, I knew I could do more with it, after all I had enjoyed store-bought oat drinks before.
The vegan starter kit. An easy 8 step guide that makes changing your life for the better a lot easier!
I wish I would have had a guide like this when I decided to drop meat and dairy all together. But I was pretty unprepared and dived into this adventure headfirst. There were a few struggles and misunderstandings I could have skipped out on if only I had known about these eight simple steps that make the transition a piece of (plant-based) cake!
I always had the notion, that birth control is a deeply personal issue. Discussing it publicly was never something I would have done, without good reasons. The reasons though, practically fell into my lap when I switched to a plant-based diet and turned my lifestyle upside-down. Of course, it was not long until I had to ask the question: Is birth control vegan? I found the shocking answer – and a simple solution!
As I constantly get asked what I eat on a vegan diet and how I handle eating out vegan, in non-vegan restaurants, I decided to film a short video on the matter. Especially if you are new to the vegan lifestyle, this can be a helpful guide on eating out vegan.
Some people are still under the impression that meatless and dairy free cuisine must be terribly boring. A growing collections of deliciously inspiring plant-based cookbooks, however, is devouring that myth. Here is a list of the top 5 vegan cookbooks to add to your bookshelves!
Last year might have been the year of mainstream veganism (according to PETA), but 2017 won’t stay behind. The first indicator: Vegan cookbooks are filling the shelves of bookstores, only a decade after talented plant-based chefs were told by publishers, that their meat free cookbooks were impossible to sell. Times change, and we don’t have to scroll through our Instagram feeds any longer, to find a recipe for cruelty-free lasagna. Things are looking so good, that I want to share with you a list of my top 5 vegan cookbooks, that were published only recently!
You recently went vegan, are thinking about going plant-based or are an old stager when it comes to a cruelty-free diet? Whatever your reason may be, I hope to inspire you with an insight in my healthy vegan food routine. If there is such thing as a routine, because a healthy vegan diet is as colourful and versatile as mother nature itself.
Changing your eating habits can be a tricky task. It might take a while until you get used to new flavours and learn how to cook delicious meals, but a healthy vegan diet will bring you one step closer to your fitness and health goals and will benefit not only your life, but those of thousands of animals and your environment, too. But, besides the challenge, learning to cook new dishes and trying new foods is a whole lot of fun, too!
Let´s see what I eat in a day, on a healthy vegan diet!
As a non-vegan, I used to draw big circles around the Tofu dishes on any menu. I had never gotten quite lucky with my own experiments and soon decided that Tofu just wasn’t my thing.
Things changed when I gave up on animal products. Not only did I become more interested in what my food choices meant for others living beings, but I also started to question what I wanted to put into my body – and what not.
What effects have the foods I consume?
As an exercise junkie I was concerned that without chicken and dairy, I would not be consuming enough protein. Of course, I did my research. It turned out, that many plant-based foods could easily keep up with animal products when it came to protein.
5 Snack Ideas That Will Save Your Trip And Get You Through Vegan Deserts
I have been through this many times. Hours on the highway, 50 miles to go until the next city. And suddenly I am starting to feel a bit peckish. Knowing that our cooler is empty, I look over to my boyfriend and he glances back at me. Yup. He feels it it, too. Shit.
And then we see it. Our salvation: A truck stop! Whohoo! … We stop and joyfully get off the car – Expecting to get a yummy treat and maybe even a warming soy latte!
A lot of people I talk to are not aware of the importance of Vitamine B12 for their health. For this reason I decided to write a short introductory blogpost on the topic. Remember, I am not a professional. This information comes from research I have done through the last years. You can find it online, if you take the time to look it up. I always refer to “The Vegan Society” as trustworthy source.
Everybody needs regular, reliable sources of vitamin B12.
Most vegans are aware of this, some don’t waste their thoughts on it. But Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause nasty side effects such as anaemia, nerve damage, heart disease or pregnancy complications – so it’s not worth taking any chances!
Vitamin B12 is crucial to the human body, which needs it to produce new DNA, red blood cells, proteins, hormones and fats. Vitamin B12 is also key to the health of nerves. B12 deficiency is a common problem because it can be affected by factors like age and digestion. Seniors, vegans and pregnant women are especially prone to vitamin B12 deficiency. People may not realize vitamin B12 is missing from their diets because the liver can store a 3-year supply. Most vegans consume enough B12 to avoid anemia and nervous system damage, but many do not get enough to minimize potential risk of heart disease or pregnancy complications.
What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency? Someone with low vitamin B12 may lose their appetite, lose weight or feel tired and weak. Depression, poor memory and trouble thinking are symptoms, as well as numb or tingling feelings in the hands and feet, a loss of balance, a sore mouth or tongue and constipation. Yellowed skin, anemia, paranoia and hallucinations may also indicate a vitamin B12 deficiency. So if you notice any of these symptoms on yourself, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.
How much do you need? To get the full benefit of a vegan diet, vegans should do one of the following: Eat fortified foods two or three times a day to get at least three micrograms (mcg or µg) of B12 a day OR Take one B12 supplement daily providing at least 10 micrograms OR Take a weekly B12 supplement providing at least 2000 micrograms.Check food nutrition labels and supplement details to see how many micrograms (also written μg or mcg) of vitamin B12 you are receiving.
Where can you get your B12 from? There are many possibilities to meet your needs! Reliable vegan sources of B12 are supplements and foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals). My recommendation for you: Fortified toothpaste. I use the Vitamin B12 toothpaste from Santé. It is an easy way to increase B12 levels. B12 in the toothpaste is absorbed through the mouth mucosa. A study by the Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Magdeburg showed a 60% increase of levels after four weeks of use. Brushing twice a day can result in the absorption of the recommended dose of 300 micrograms per day – according to the researchers.
Where to get B12 supplements? Nowadays you can find it in most grocery stores, in pharmacies or speciality shops. An easy way would be to buy it on the internet.
Is B12 vegan? The vitamin B12 component in supplements and fortified foods is made by bacteria and sourced from bacteria cultures. It is not taken from animal products. But be careful, some companies might put gelatin in their B12 supplements, though this appears to be less and less common.