Vegan Blogs

Vegan Blogs

Vegan blogs are a great! And vegan blogs are also one of the main reasons that veganism has grown so much over the last 10 years. They inspire people to make fundamental and lasting changes in their lives.

There are now thousands of blogs to choose from. Blogs on nutrition, health, animal rights, recipes, environmental issues…..the list is endless. 

 I am often struck and blown away by how creative these blogs are now becoming and the direction they are now taking veganism. I am even getting friends and family saying to me: “oh, I cooked a recipe that I found on such and such a blog and it was delicious”. Times are clearly changing. 

Below I have compiled a list of my favourite vegan blogs. I have put them into 3 categories: health and nutrition, recipes and environment and animals.

I am always on the lookout for new blogs to get inspired by, so if I have missed any good ones, then please leave a comment in the comments section below and I will update this list on a regular basis.

(Just as an FYI – the blogs are in no particular order!)

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Vegan Blogs – Health and Nutrition

 

  1. Dr John Mcdougal

Dr John McDougall has one of the most inspirational vegan blogs on the internet and he inspires me more than most. His blog has tons of information covering everything from recipes, health education, a nutrition program, success stories about people who have reversed chronic diseases, apps, videos, podcasts, discussion boards and even a shop where you can buy nutritious food. If you are looking to regain your health or get healthy, then this is the first place you should stop.

 

  1. Nutritionfacts.org

Nutrition Facts is a website run by Dr Michael Greger. This website and blog is one of my favourite health resources on the internet. Dr Greger is a physician and bestselling author. He is also an internationally renowned public speaker. Nutrition Facts.Org provides daily blogs and videos on the latest nutrition research. The information is presented in easy to understand way that leaves you informed and ready to take on the world. Again, if you want to lead a healthy life, regain your health or simply want to understand the best foods to eat for optimal health then visit the blog and website. Dr Gregers latest book: How Not To Die is also a must read!

 

  1. Dr Neal Barnard’s Blog

Dr Neal Barnard is another leading physician who advocates a plant and vegan based diet. Neal Barnard set up the Physicians Committee which is a leading revolution in the world of medicine. The committee has a membership of over 12,000 physicians and doctors and also has over 150,000 committed members from all around the world. The Committee aims to educate doctors about how modern diseases can be treated and reversed on plant based diets. All diseases are looked at from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. By putting prevention at the forefront of Dr’s minds, the committee empowers Dr’s and patients to take control of their own lives.

 

  1. Center for Nutrition Studies

The Center for Nutrition Studies was set up in 2007 by Dr Colin Campbell. The Center was set up following a lifetimes worth of nutrition research and the world famous China Study (if you have never read it then buy it!). The centre also runs one of my favourite vegan blogs which provides daily and weekly articles on everything from health and nutrition, recipes, plant based nutrition courses and lots of other useful information. A very good nutrition resource!

 

  1. Fork Over Knives

Ok, not strictly a blog, but this entry was always going to be in my list. The website is a great resource for health articles and scientific facts as well as plant based recipes. The website was born out of the bestselling documentary also titled: Fork Over Knives. If you haven’t seen the film, where have you been the last 10 years? The film and website examine the claim (or as I like to call it – truth) that most degenerative diseases today are caused by poor nutrition and that most of these diseases can indeed be controlled, prevented and reversed by removing animal based foods from your diet. This is where it all started for me. If you have been thinking about transitioning to a vegan diet then I strongly recommend you watch the film, if you haven’t already done so (available on Netflix in most countries).  

 

  1. Vegan Bodybuilding. Com

The blog is run by Robert Cheeke, a 36-year-old vegan bodybuilder from the U.S. Robert turned vegan at 15 and between 1995 and 2003 had gained 75 pounds in muscle following the adoption of a plant based diet. On the blog there is so much information if you are looking to build healthy muscle on a plant based diet. There is everything from meal plans, forums, articles and a nice resources section. Robert is one of many who are dispelling the myth that vegans are “weak and skinny”. Definitely worth a look……even if you aren’t into bodybuilding!

 

Vegan Blogs – Recipes

 

  1. Oh She Glows

The Oh She Glows vegan blog was created by Angela Liddon, a leading bestseller author. For over 6 years Angela has created over 600 recipes (all free) that enable people to live healthier lifestyles. Her goal is to encourage more people to transition to plant-based diets by developing mouth-watering vegan recipes. Her recipes are also great for parents who are trying to get their children to eat healthier foods (her recipes work a treat on even the pickiest of children). Most of the recipes on the blog are also gluten free and allergy friendly!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGXPFIDB1VP/?taken-by=ohsheglows

 

  1. Laura Miller

Laura Millers blog (Raw. Vegan. Not Gross) is one of the most vibrant vegan blogs on the internet. Laura Miller is an American vegan who has had well over 87 different jobs before stumbling on her real passion in life. Predominantly raw vegan recipes. Her recipes are bright, colourful and super tasty. Oh, and highly nutritious. She also has a series on Tastemade, which is EPIC. So check it out!

 

  1. Thug Kitchen

If you love a vegan blog with tons of attitude, then look no further. But be warned. The content contains more expletives than a wound up Gordon Ramsey. If you have a great sense of humour and love delicious and affordable recipes, then this is the blog for you.

 

  1. Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen

Dreena has been vegan for well over 20 years. During this period, she has built up a substantial recipe portfolio that includes a number of bestselling books. Her recipes are centred around bringing families together with whole-food recipes that look and taste great. 

 

  1. Minimalist Baker

If you love tasty food with minimal fuss, then this is your blog. The website is the brainchild of Dana and John (married) who wanted to offer one-bowl recipes that can be made from scratch in under 30 minutes (and who doesn’t need this in their lives!). The food photography on this website is stunning, so give it a glance. But be warned, you will salivate! 

 

  1. Post Punk Kitchen

The Post Punk Kitchen was actually a TV cooking show that aired for 2 years between 2003-2005. Fortunately for all of us, when the show was stopped, the website and blog went full steam ahead. This has resulted in a number of well received cookbooks. The blog is run by Isa Chandra Moskowitz who is also a bestselling vegan cookbook author. 

 

  1. Vegan Yack Attack

The vegan Yack Attack blog is run by Jackie Sobon. It covers a wide spectrum of vegan recipes from delicious desserts, nutritious meal ideas and even raw recipes for those raw veganists. There is literally something for everyone. I love how simplistic and appetising many of the recipes are. Give it a look over!

 

  1. Deliciously Ella

What a couple of years it has been for Ella Woodward. It was only a few years back In 2011 that she was diagnosed with a serious disease (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome POTS). She was bed-bound and exhausted. After trying medications for 6 months she soon realised that this wasn’t going to be her solution. So she began her journey. After experimenting with her diet and removing meat, dairy, eggs and gluten, she was able to come off all her medications within 18 months of her diagnosis. The Deliciously Ella blog was born during this period and has gone from strength to strength. Ella also has some amazing cookbooks (that Mrs Goji & I love). If you have never been on Ella’s website…..go there now!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIpb7afASI0/?taken-by=deliciouslyella

 

  1. Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet is a great vegan blog with a focus around sweet treats (a must for those with a sweet tooth). Although the focus is all things sweet, it wouldn’t be fair to not mention that the blog also contains great savoury and fresh vegetable dishes for those wanting to rustle up something quick and nutritious.  

 

  1. Vegan Richa

Vegan Richa is run by Richa Hingle, an award winning blogger and photographer. She has featured in Oprah.com, VegNews.com, Cosmopolitan and Huffington Post to name a few. Richa has been blogging since 2009 following a career in software development and also following a potentially fatal brain tumour diagnosis. Richa went plant based in 2010 and has never looked back. Her recipes and blog is simply stunning. I love the quote she gave on her blog when asked why vegan. She responded: “I couldn’t directly or indirectly cause extreme suffering and death of any other animal or human when there are alternatives”. Amen to that!

 

  1. Pickles and Honey

I love food photography and I am continually looking for creative inspirations. If you share this passion too then I can’t recommend strongly enough that you pay a visit to Pickles and Honey. This is one of the best vegan blogs on the internet for recipes and stunning photography. It will literally leave you drooling! Enjoy!

 

  1. Gluten Free Girl

Gluten Free Girl is the blog of Solveig, a 20-year-old vegan blogger. She started the blog at 16 after discovering she had developed a gluten sensitivity. The blog chronicles the journey of Solveig and provides lots of tips and information for anyone who thinks they have health problems associated with gluten. There are lots of stunning gluten free recipes from: breads, breakfast ideas, desserts, cakes, cookies, pies and tarts, sweet treats, main courses, raw vegan ideas, soups and spreads. Basically this is a great collection for those wanting to avoid gluten!

 

  1. Sprouted Kitchen

This is another one of my favourite vegan blogs and it is a great site for those of you that love food photography. I have slight blog envy if truth be told lol. I love the food outlook that Sara and Hugh have, minimal intervention and freshly prepared. They have recipes for every taste and persuasion. Appetizers, sides, summer, winter, breakfast, beverages, salads and baby foods. You name it, they have it. 

 

  1. The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree Blog is run by Winnipegger Courtney and was a predominantly vegetarian based blog until Winnipegger was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. Soon after she went vegan. She said goodbye to meat, dairy and eggs and she’s never felt so good. The blog contains lots of great recipe ideas as well as some stunning photography. A great all-round blog!

 

  1. Keepin It Kind

Keepin It Kind is a blog by Kristy and Chris. I love the whole ethos of the blog from start to finish. Kristy was a self-confessed meat, dairy and eggs lover and the thought of going vegan filled her with fear. In her early 20’s she transitioned to be vegetarian and struggled to give up cheese. Eventually she transitioned fully to a vegan diet and now her and Chris (photographer) make stunning recipes accompanied by visually pleasing food snaps. Stop by and say hello to Kristy and Chris!

 

  1. Fork and Beans

Is a great vegan blog for those who have dietary restrictions. The blog is run by Cara and she states that: “My hope in starting this blog was to create a site where people with dietary restrictions will not only feel normal, but find that eating without certain ingredients can still be good”. Here, here to that! And the blog certainly delivers on that front. There are lots of breakfast recipes, bread recipes, copycat treats, cookies and bars, snacks, all raw recipes, ice cream, chocolate recipes and side dishes…….to name a few.

 

  1. I Love Vegan

I love Vegan is run by Brittany and William, a young married couple from Canada. Their goal is to make living a vegan lifestyle as simple and sustainable as possible. They are both passionate about veganism and they are both passionate about food photography. They have some great vegan recipes and some vegan resources on their blog, so stop by and say hi!  

 

  1. The Colorful Kitchen

The Colorful Kitchen is a great blog that is based on great plant based recipes that are mainly gluten free. The blog is run by Ilene (a certified health coach) and Ilene is a firm believer in listening to the body and making choices based on what the body is telling you to do. There are lots of great recipe ideas on The Colorful Kitchen: smoothies, breakfast recipes, baked goods recipes, raw food recipes, desserts and also great holiday recipes.

 

 

Vegan Blogs – Environment and Animals

 

  1. Cowspiracy

The Cowspiracy blog is one of the best vegan blogs on the internet that highlights the destructive consequences that animal agriculture is having on the planet. The blog and website is born out of the critically acclaimed film: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. If you haven’t seen it then get yourself on Netflix NOW! As most of us know, animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and produces more greenhouse gases than all of the transportation industries combined. The blog is a great resource that takes these facts one step further and provides daily and weekly articles around highlighting further issues born out of the animal agriculture industry. A great blog and resource for all vegans.

 

  1. Get Vegucated

Get Vegucated is a leading blog from the makers of Vegucated. Vegucated is a critically acclaimed film following the journey of three meat and dairy loving New Yorkers as they follow a vegan diet for six weeks (a must see film!). The blog contains lots of great information from resource pages to communities that you can get involved in. There is also lots of great articles that will help you keep informed on everything vegan!

 

  1. ADAPTT

ADAPTT was formed in 1996 by Gary Yourofsky. Gary is a leading animal rights activist and to date has given over 2,600 lectures to well over 60,000 people and his YouTube videos have been viewed millions of times on the internet. Despite being arrested numerous times and being banned from 5 countries, Gary still continues to motivate and inspire. His website and blog is a great resource for anyone who thinks I wish I had an answer for that vegan question. There is information on plant based diets, animal rights, recipes, videos and other great presentation materials. A great all round source of information. 

 

  1. PETA

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a UK based charity that is run to protect the rights of all animals. PETA campaigns tirelessly via research, legislation, events, public education and even celebrity involvement campaigns to highlight the mistreatment of animals all around the world. Their blog is one of my go to sites to keep up to date on animal activism information and I strongly urge you to stop by on their blog at least once a week!

 

I hope you found my list of vegan blogs useful and it helps motivate you into a healthier happier life. 

 

Best regards,

 

Goji Man

 

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Broccoli – The Top Food For DNA Repair & Cancer Prevention

Broccoli – The Top Food For DNA Repair & Cancer Prevention

If you want to analyse the best foods that repair DNA in humans then the best place to start is by looking at people with lots of DNA damage. And the people with the most DNA damage are smokers.

Repairing DNA damage is imperative as any damage to your DNA can lead to mutations and eventually cancer growth.

From lots of recent studies, it appears that broccoli is one of the best foods around. How do we know this? Well, in this study a group of regular smokers had their DNA analysed before and after eating a stalk of broccoli a day for ten days.  The study revealed that this group of smokers had approx. 30% less damage to their DNA compared to those who continued to smoke without eating the stalk of broccoli each day (see below).

Less DNA Damage

 

At first they thought this might have been a fluke and that those who were eating the broccoli were just getting a boost to their liver detoxifying enzymes and these enzymes were simply preventing the toxic chemicals from ever reaching their DNA. So they tested this too. They removed DNA from the participants and placed it in a test tube. They then added known DNA damaging chemicals and watched what happened. The results again showed that those who ate the single stalk of broccoli a day had dramatically less DNA damage than those who ate no broccoli at all (see below).

Less DNA Damage Test Tube

Eat more broccoli!

Why Your Waist Circumference Should Be Less Than Half Your Height

Why Your Waist Circumference Should Be Less Than Half Your Height

The problem with Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements is that they fail to suggest where the fat is located on the body. Weight-lifters can have very high BMI’s, for example, but does this mean that they are overweight or obese?

It is now widely accepted in the medical community that the distribution of fat is what determines your risk factors for disease, not just the accumulated total mass. So in simple terms, if you have lots of visceral or abdominal fats (particularly surrounding your organs) then it will be this type of fat that will dramatically increase your risks of living a shorter life. You can have men and women with exactly the same BMI, but it will be those with “apple shaped” bodies who live the shortest lives.

The new waist to height ratio (being rolled out to many healthcare providers) addresses the problems associated with BMI measurements. In simple terms you need to keep your waist circumference to less than half your height. Lots of studies have shown that those who manage to adhere to this guidance have dramatically fewer cardiovascular events as well as fewer incidences of cancer and diabetes.

How to Measure Your Waist to Height Ratio:

  • Stand Up Straight
  • Measure your waist circumference (halfway between the top of the hips and the bottom of the rib cage) after exhaling.
  • If your waist circumference is more than half your height then you know you need to take action and lose weight.

 

Why Are Beets So Good For The Heart?

Why Are Beets So Good For The Heart?

Anyone who is interested in nutritional science and fitness would have heard about the large number of studies done on beets and their effects on physical performance. Beets contain an array of essential nutrients and compounds, but the one that is getting most attention is Nitric Oxide.

Nitric Oxide improves blood flow around the body and in particular, the vascular system. Much in the same way that nitroglycerine pills work for people who have angina. They help open up blood flow.

Improving physical performance is great for athletes but how can this translate into health benefits for the average person? Well, recent studies have shown that people who regularly eat beets have dramatically lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Just look at the below graph showing what happens to blood pressure after a glass of beet juice. The effects were still being seen the following day:

Beet Juice Drink

 

We have known for decades that increased fruit and vegetable intake is associated with a decreased risk in heart disease. But until recently we haven’t been entirely sure why. What these beet experiments show is that it is probably the nitrates contained in fruit and vegetables that is providing the beneficial heart effects.

 

Other Benefits of Beets:

 

Beets are high in Vitamins & Minerals: Particularly: folic acid, magnesium, fibre, iron, vitamins A, B & C, beta-carotene, phosphorous, potassium and beta-cyanine

Beets help detoxify the body: They assist the liver in eliminating toxins and free-radicals from the body.

High source of energy: Beets are low in calories but fairly high in sugar. Fear not, the sugars are slow release sugars and wont leave you with a 4 o’clock sugar crash! Those who drink or eat beets 2 hours before exercising can generally exercise for 16% longer than those who don’t.

They fight inflammation: Beets produce a lot of betaine. Betaine is very anti-inflammatory and helps protect your vital organs from damage.

 

“Super Juice Me” Film – How Juicing Can Reverse Disease

“Super Juice Me” Film – How Juicing Can Reverse Disease

The documentary film Super Juice Me (by Jason Vale) is a great documentary for anyone who wants to learn about the health benefits of juicing. Jason takes eight people with 22 chronic diseases and puts them on a juice diet for 28 days. The results are nothing less than astounding.

When the participants start the juice they all suffer from withdrawal symptoms and hunger. They also suffer from detoxification symptoms as their bodies began to remove the toxins that had been accumulating for many years. Then within 3 days something remarkable starts to happen. They start feeling more energised than they have ever felt in their lives. The weight begins to drop off and they appear to get drastic reductions in the symptoms from their various illnesses. By the end of the 28 days the results are startling.

One man in the documentary went from over 50 prescription pills a day to just 2. His type 2 diabetes also disappeared. One woman who had suffered from years of chronic pain became pain free in less than 20 days. Other participants suffering from: sleep apnea, colitis, asthma, depression and high blood pressure all enjoyed a dramatic reduction in symptoms.

For more information on juicing see my recent article: How Healthy Is Juicing?

Watch the trailer here:

 

Obesity – Who Is To Blame For Us Becoming Fatter?

Obesity – Who Is To Blame For Us Becoming Fatter?

We all know that obesity is slowly turning into an epidemic, regardless of which country you live in. But who is to blame for this growing trend?

Open a newspaper or switch on the TV and you will be told that all you need to do to lose weight is stop eating as much and exercise more. Agree with this?

Now I am not for one minute denying that it’s the individual that has ultimate responsibility. You decide what you buy. You decide what you eat. You decide how much exercise you do. But there are also some external factors outside of your control that you need to consider. By ignoring these factors you are almost guaranteeing that you will never sustain a healthy weight.

 

Peer Pressure & The Media

 

Unfortunately we live in a world where everything has to be now.  The “media” would have us believe that wealth, success and health are quick wins. And glossy, slick marketing feeds this culture. In reality, it takes effort and dedication. Look at successful business men and women or professional athletes. They reach the top by having self belief, motivation and drive. They have blips along the way (injury or a loss of a big client for example), but they use these obstacles as lessons and move forward stronger than they were before. You need to have the same mindset.

There is no magic potion, miracle diet or ab crunching machine that will magically fix the problem. You have to stop buying into this culture and change your mindset. Realise that it is largely your current eating habits that are preventing you from being where you want to be. Albert Einstein said ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’. If you keep eating the same unhealthy foods over and over again you will keep getting the same unhealthy results over and over again.

I am not for one minute saying that it will be easy. The “fast food industry” is big business. They know how to market so that you part with your money. You have to become savvy and you have to become educated. Realise that when a processed food is being marketed as “healthy” that it’s probably not. In fact, these foods will probably be devoid of any nutrition and will probably contain harmful ingredients such as preservatives, colourings or trans-fats.

This leads onto my next point:

 

Poor Food Labelling

 

What you see on the label is not what you always get. Lots of studies have shown that quite often the values for carbohydrates, fats and proteins are significantly out. Meaning you could be eating more calories than what you thought. Manufacturers use simple tricks. For example, they may include glycerine (a type of sugar) in the ingredients list, but fail to add its carbohydrate value to the total carbohydrate value. They know that people want low calorie foods and will manipulate the figures to stack the cards in their favour.

There is also the huge problem of trying to decipher labels. Sugar, for example, has hundreds of different names: dextran, dextrose, diastatic malt, galactose, maltose, molasses, sucrose (to name a few). Do you ever really know what you are getting? Or how much?

 

No Nutrients In The Supermarket

 

The vast majority of produce on supermarket shelves has little or no nutritional value as manufacturers are more concerned with profit over health. Just look around a supermarket and count how many refined products there are. I would bet at least 90% are refined or processed.

Even many of the “fresh” produces (fruits and vegetables) are picked long before they’ve ripened. This is to ensure they don’t perish during shipping. This prevents them from forming all the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that your body will use to protect you from disease and illness.

Think about it logically. 50 years ago everything was locally grown and organic. Obesity and its associated diseases were unheard of. Fast forward 50 years and we have refined food, obesity and disease.

 

Forget About Blame – Fix The Problem Yourself

 

You control the food you buy, the foods you eat and the amount of exercise you do.

By now I hope you realise that there is so much you can control to sustain a healthy weight.

You can dramatically improve your chances by:

  • Not eating refined, processed or packaged foods.
  • Eating more whole foods (fruits and vegetables).
  • Making your food from scratch at home.

 

If you are someone who is used to eating junk foods on a regular basis then the above will be extremely difficult. But stick with it and the weight will drop off. Remember, question everything you eat. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients then don’t eat it.

 

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