Vegan Living

5 Animal Advocacy Documentaries You Should See

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Are you or someone you know on the fence about going vegan? These animal-centric documentaries might just be the catalyst to help you make the commitment. The 5 stunning films described here are available to view online.

Speciesism: The Movie* is a whole new species of documentary. It takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, to expose the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and to ask the biggest questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.” You can watch the trailer here.



Veganism Beyond the Plate

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Many people who consider going vegan are more familiar with the food and cooking aspect, and indeed, plant-based cookbooks and delicious recipes can be found easily. But less widely discussed are the other aspects of being truly vegan — discontinuing the use of all animal products, as well as practices that exploit animals. Detailed below are ways to avoid using these kinds of goods and participating in certain activities. This excerpt is from Powerful Vegan Messages by H. Jay Dinshah and Anne Dinshah @2014 by The American Vegan Society, reprinted with permission. Also available from The American Vegan Society. Photo courtesy of Julia Mcc. more→


Plant-Based, Plant-Sourced, Plant Strong ™, Total Vegetarian, or Vegan?

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Language is more powerful than we realize when it comes to affecting social change. This post details all the various ways that have emerged to convey the concept of “vegan.” Excerpted from Powerful Vegan Messages by H. Jay Dinshah and Anne Dinshah @2014 by The American Vegan Society, reprinted with permission. Also available from The American Vegan Society. more→


Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants Trending in Warsaw


Unlike 10 or 15 years ago, when vegetarian travelers to Poland had to survive on a diet of potatoes or peanuts, today, vegetarian and vegan places are easy to find. Suit-clad workers, hipsters and tourists enjoy the outdoor seating possibilities of small restaurants which offer a wide selection of local, seasonal, organic vegetarian and vegan dishes. Contributed by Mai Jones Jeromski from Culture.PL. more→


NYC — The Vegan City That Never Sleeps

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Ah, the humble vegetable. If you’re laboring under the misapprehension that they’re only good for boiling, mashing or accessorizing your dish du jour, it’s time to wake up and smell the caramelized chicory. It’s amazing what is being created in NYC with a pinch of seasoning, a twist of lemon and a liberal sprinkling of culinary imagination. Like a flame under a burner, veganism has ignited the city with menus flaming new colors, flavors and textures that demand talent to perfect, and are by no means just for herbivores. more→


Meditation and Veganism: Making the Connection — plus a Q & A with Russell Simmons

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Excerpted from Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple* by Russell Simmons. Reprinted by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company, © 2014. I used to get down with the best of them. I’ve often said that back in the day I’d eat ribs, flanks, chitlins, buffalo wings, pig’s feet . . . probably even an elephant’s ass if you had put it on a plate in front of me. I never spent a moment considering what sort of damage that food was wreaking on me because I had grown up listening to the world instead of my body. And the world told me that greasy, fatty meats should make me happy and content. So that’s what I believed, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Until I woke up. more→


Local Foods: From Fad To Force And What It Means

Local Foods from MIchael Zackas

Across the country, farmers markets with local purveyors plying dirt-dusted produce are a routine and revered part of life during the spring-to-fall growing season. Their regulars advocate eating food produced closer to home, as it tends to be fresher, healthier, tastier and easier on the environment than the shipped equivalents. And buying this way also makes consumers feel good about supporting producers they know, who in turn invest in the local economy. more→


Vegan Delish recipe app for iPhone and iPad

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A note from Nava: VegKitchen is in the midst of developing its own companion app for mobile devices, but to whet your appetite (literally and figuratively) for what it’s like to be able to access delicious vegan recipes so you can plan your meals while on the go, I’m delighted to present Vegan Delish, created by Carrie Forrest. more→