Vegan Resources

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Since December 2012 it has been an incredible mind shift into a completely new way of thinking about food, health and physical wellness. Little did I realize that when I made that decision to become vegan would it affect so many aspects of my life – inner and outer.

People often ask me, “Steve, was it hard? You must have a strong will power – I don’t think I could ever make a plant-based lifestyle a habit of my own.” I can honestly say that it was not hard, there were no cravings for sausages and eggs, no desire for a fatty double cheeseburger, no thirst for a big chocolate milkshake loaded with sugar and ‘ahem’. I simply awoke one morning and knew I was vegan. Call it effortless change, grace, or whatever, I simply knew it was a change for the better and I had transitioned mentally. It was a soulshift!

I want to add in this article links and resources that may help you with your questions as you consider also changing the way you think of food and diet. In fact I do not call this a diet at all, not in the usual sense of all those botched starts and stops at attempted weight loss and health management. It is a complete lifestyle reboot into a new and fresh paradigm. If perceptions power paradigms (and I believe they do) then the paradigm shift we all ‘hunger’ for in respect of health and wellness needs to shift.

Links and Resources

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Other Links and Resources you will find helpful: More recent additions are at the top of this list. I may not endorse all the content of these sites. I am only including them as a reference for people who are interested. Sites I have found helpful I have a beside them. This in no way reflects the helpfulness of the information on the other sites… I simply have not got around to reading them all!

  • Happy Happy Vegan –  Vegan Nutrition Guide – Regardless of whether you are just starting out on your plant-based journey or have been embracing veganism for years, understanding vegan nutrition is essential if you want to live a happy, healthy life.
  • Trans-Planted A vegan California girl cooking her way through life overseas. Stephanie (and Nate) are good friends of mine. You will enjoy her recipes!
  • Keepin’ It Kind – Kristy used to be one of those people who said “I could never be vegan.”  She was raised in a very “meat and potatoes” family.
  • Staying Healthy and Living a Vegan Lifestyle – Thanks Samantha for the heads up on these helpful resources! Topics include: Benefits of a Vegan Diet, Negative Effects of Eating Meat and Dairy and others.
  • Vegan Yack Attack – This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes!
  • ZanyZucchini.com – Ken is a Facebook friend of mine and fellow vegan. This is his great collection of videos.
  • Guide to Vegan Supplements – Vegan diets have a lot of health benefits – like lower levels of cholesterol, obesity, and even greater longevity! Check out this article via nutritionsecrets.com.
  • Organic Burst – A nice UK based site that has some great products and supplements. Organic agriculture is about producing food that is beneficial for you, while preserving the environment and our planet’s wildlife.
  • Plant-Based on a Budget – There are a lot of reasons to eat more plants, and a lot of misconceptions about what that means. What we’re trying to do at Plant Based on a Budget is to show how affordable, easy, and delicious eating a plant based diet can be.
  • Plant Positive – A well researched site with a host of in-depth resources and academic papers on the importance of plant-based nutrition.
  • What about the B-12 issue and being a vegan? Sometimes used by critics of a plant-based lifestyle to dismiss it, this is a good article that shows that B-12 deficiency is a phenomenon that extends far beyond the vegan community.
  • The Best Multivitamin Brands – Even the most health-conscious among us sometimes struggle to get all our vitamins and minerals from food alone. That’s why it’s smart to invest in a good multivitamin to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Not specifically a vegan resource, but certainly worth checking out if you are interested.
  • Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets – This article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets.
  • Finding Vegan – A helpful and simple site of great vegan recipes and drinks.
  • Dr. McDougall’s Audio Podcast “McDougallCast” – A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years.
  • 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Meal Plan – Helpful for those transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. This may save you time and keep you eating healthy meals.
  • Vega Sport – Vega’s emphasis on plant-based nutrition and clean, whole food approach put the professional Ironman, Brendan Brazier’s, on the nutritional journey of a lifetime.
  • Dr. T. Colin Cambell Foundation – TCCF promotes optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy, and research.

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  • China Study Author Colin Campbell Slaps Down Critic – A good response to some of Minger’s anti-Campbell rhetoric.
  • The Ornish Spectrum – Healthways, a global well-being improvement leader, has partnered with Dean Ornish, M.D., to comprehensively leverage his proven lifestyle behavior change program for preventing, treating and reversing chronic diseases.
  • Smoothie Web – 500 healthy fruit and veggie smoothie recipes! Not specifically a vegan site, but great and yummy resource.
  • Post Punk Kitchen –  I have cooked some great recipes from this site.
  • Oh She Glows –  Angela’s recipe blog where she celebrates her love for vegan food. In addition to being meat and dairy-free, many of her recipes are free of gluten, soy, and processed foods.
  • How To Go Vegan – Going vegan is easier than ever before, but we are here to make it even easier—as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  • Vegan Starter Kit – Becoming vegan doesn’t take from us–to the contrary, it gives to us.
  • PETA Recipe Database – PETA’s database of delicious, mouthwatering, vegetarian and vegan recipes.
  • Forks Over Knives A must see video. Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
  • VegNews.com – Vegan. Think. Eat. Thrive.
  • Top 25 Healthy Fruit –  Good source of info on the super-fruits you need to eat – these 25 stand out as nutrient-dense powerhouses with the most disease-fighting potential. Also check out Fruit Facts for helpful information.
  • Dr. Neal Barnard.org – Clinical researcher and author Neal Barnard, M.D., is one of America’s leading advocates for health, nutrition, and higher standards in research.
  • Vegan.com – Vegan living is easy and delicious!
  • Chef and the Dietician Great videos on this site.
  • The Myth of Complementary Protein – This is one of the oldest myths related to vegetarianism and was disproved long ago. If myths like this abound not only in the general population but also in the medical community, how can anyone ever learn how to eat healthfully?
  • Eat Well, Live Free – Eat Well, Live Free focuses on healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes influenced by the seasons, what is grown locally and family traditions.
  • Vegan Health and Fitness – Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine is the first and only nationally distributed magazine with the word “vegan” in the title.
  • VegFest FAQ – Lots of interesting material.
  • Earthlings Video – An award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

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  • Vegucated Video – Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough.
  • The Vegan Society – The Vegan Society is the world’s original Vegan Society. The founders of The Vegan Society were the inventors of the word ‘vegan’ back in 1944.
  • Vegan Action – For the animals, for the environment, for your health.
  • Compassion Over Killing – COK focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman.
  • The Vegetarian Times – For over 30 years,Vegetarian Times has been at the forefront of the healthy living movement, providing delicious recipes, expert wellness information.
  • Vegan Coach Good site! Where easy cooking, smart nutrition, and a fun lifestyle meet.
  • The Compassionate Cook –  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has guided thousands of people through the process of becoming and staying vegan. With a master’s degree in English literature, she draws upon world literature, poetry, etymology, linguistics, history, film, and the arts to engage her audience and to fulfill her mission: to empower people to make informed food choices, to debunk myths about being vegan.
  • ADAPTT – ADAPTT is an ethical vegan organization that was established in 1996. We are unequivocally opposed to the meat, dairy, egg and honey/pollen industries in every way imaginable. Gary Yourofsky has given 2,388 lectures to more than 60,000 people at 178 schools in 30 states and 5 Israeli cities.

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  • Meatless Mondays – Provides the information and recipes you need to start each week with healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives.
  • 123 Raw – We believe our bodies were designed by God to heal naturally if we fuel and care for them properly. You’ll find that it’s not just about the food. It goes much deeper than that. Raw is good for body, soul and planet.
  • American Vegan Magazine – Practical aspects of the vegan lifestyle and compassionate living.
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. While there’s no doubt about their sincerity, one can be divided over this sometimes controversial organization.
  • RSPCA Australia – The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
  • Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Great Aussie documentary and down to earth commentary. Seen by over 8,000,000 people! 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope.
  • Rich Roll a wellness advocate on behalf of plant-based nutrition; a writer; an entertainment attorney; and a husband and father of 4 children. But most of all, he is a passionate and inspirational ultra-endurance athlete. Get the Podcasts they are a great listen!
  • MBG Ultimate Guide to Plant Based Nutrition –  Rich Roll’s great video course!
  • The Scientific Basis for a Plant-based Lifestyle
  • Vegetarian Resource Group

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  • REAL: Responsible Eating and Living – Truth and tools for healthy and responsible eating.
  • Vegetarian Society of Singapore – VSS, is a non-profit, non-religious organization formed in 1999. They are a member of the International Vegetarian Union. We strive to build a more humane and harmonious world for everyone on the planet, for our children, as well as for our fellow creatures.
  • Rawfully Organic – Kristina is the founder and chief co-operator of the beloved Rawfully Organic! The co-op began with 12 neighbors in her living room in October 2007.
  • Fully Raw Kristina YouTube Channel Great videos.
  • Food Matters TV – Food Matters are committed to helping you help yourself. They believe that your body is worthy of good care and that no one is more suitably qualified to care for it than yourself. There is a helpful blender guide on this site.
  • Nutrition.org Great and responsible medical video’s from a plant based perspective!
  • BMI Calculator – I was in the red zone! Obese. Now I am safely in the middle of normal.
  • Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV) – SERV is an interfaith effort to gain a more humane, just, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable world. We believe that applying spiritual values to scientific knowledge encourages plant-based diets, with major benefits for humans, animals, and the environment.

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  • Christian Vegetarian Association – CVA are dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian – vegan lifestyle according to Judeo-Christian ethics. Unconditional love and compassion is the foundation of our peaceful means of accomplishing this goal for all of God’s creatures, whether human or otherwise.
  • Buddhism and Vegetarianism – Seeks to contribute in a positive way to the view that keeping a vegetarian or vegan diet is part of Buddhist teachings while keeping in mind that becoming a vegetarian or vegan can be a gradual path
  • Jewish Vegetarian Society – The Jewish Vegetarian Society is an international charity dedicated to promoting a kinder society, without killing animals for food.
  • Quaker Concern for Animals – Shows a loving consideration for all creatures and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Works to ensure that our increasing power over Nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life.
  • Vegan Books on Amazon – Simply the search link on Amazon.
  • Creatures of the Same God – In this collection of essays, Linzey counters with his customary wit, erudition, and insight, some contemporary (and perhaps surprising) challenges to animal rights—from ecotheologians, the Church, and politicians. He contends that far from the sometimes shallow judgments of those who think animals unworthy of theological consideration, the Christian tradition has a wellspring of sources and resources available to taking animals seriously. I loved this book.

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