I have heard many times that being vegan is not only about food; it is a lifetime journey that is constantly changing its course. I completely agree with that. My husband and I work constantly to educate ourselves, and we love to do so by regularly following up with our favorite speakers, doctors, scientists, everyday vegans, and Youtubers. They are a huge inspiration for us and a great source of new information. We also feel that by living this journey we are doing what’s best for ourselves and for our planet, which is a great feeling.
Here are my favorite vegan resources:
Dr. Michael Greger
He is a scientist who explores different kinds of research and makes the summaries accessible for the public. He often speaks publicly and both his videos and books are very popular. I am also sure you will enjoy his humor, which helps to make his research more fun. Profits from book sales are donated to charity. I really like him, and his book How Not to Die provided me a fantastic new perspective on a vegan diet. Check it here.
Pick up Limes
It is a website run by Sadia Badei, a nutrition specialist from Canada. She is extremely knowledgeable, and her website has lots of lifestyle tips as well as nutrition facts. I frequent the website in search of amazing and quick recipes. Her cooking style and presentation is accessible for beginners or lifelong vegans, and there’s really something for everyone there. I also recommend her blog, especially for people new to veganism. Enjoy here.
It is a Czech website, but there is an English equivalent called Great Vegan Athletes. I recommend these websites especially if you are worried that all vegetarian and vegan people are skinny, pale, or unhealthy. These sites will show you it’s not true! The athletes profiled here perform at a very high level and live demanding physical lives. They all proudly testify that following a vegan diet has improved their performance, lessened their recuperation time after training, and allowed them to heal faster after injuries. Check it out.
If documentaries are your preferred method of learning, any of the following films can be great resources, will teach you something new, and make you think: Fork over Knives, Cowspiracy, What the Health, Super Size Me, Food Matters, etc.
There are plenty of recipes on the internet and hundreds more in vegan cookbooks. Imagination has no limits! If you really liked smoked salmon before your vegan days, there is a recipe for vegan smoked salmon. And, I can tell you from experience, it is super delicious. There are vegan croissants, various sweets, or salty treats that you can enjoy in a healthier way. You can make a vegan version of anything, you just have to get creative and try some new recipes. Visit my Pinterest to get inspired.
I love vegan and vegetarian festivals all around the world! I have been to many festivals in Prague, and I also know of a large Veg Society in the Bay Area where we currently live. There is a regular Vegan Festival in Berlin, and there’s always a food truck or two around with vegan food! These places are full of interesting people who know about different aspects of the Veg life, and I promise if you listen you can learn so much from them!
Am I missing your favorite inspirational resource? Let me know in the comments below.
With thanks for all the worldly inspiration,
Translation with help of Ellie Farrier