Are Oreos Vegan?

Are Oreos Vegan?

Are Oreos Vegan?

 

According to the Oreos website, no.

While the biscuits do not contain ingredients derived from animals, there is a potential for cross contamination (of milk) because of the manufacturing methods used.

 

So Not Vegan, But Healthy?

 

I think we can all agree that there is no nutrition in these biscuits.

 

Oreos Nutrition

 

The above is taken from the Oreos website. The biscuits are high in calories, high in fat (half in the form of saturated fats) and low in protein. They also contain large amounts of sugar. For example, a single Oreo biscuit contains 4.1 grams of sugar. Meaning there is a teaspoon of sugar in every 4 Oreos biscuits.

The biscuits also contain very low levels of fibre (great for protecting against certain digestive and bowel cancers) and no vitamins or minerals which are essential for optimal health.

 

Oreos and Palm Oil

 

Are Oreos vegan? That is a slightly contentious question. Some vegans would argue yes, as the biscuits don’t directly contain animal products. Others would argue no because of the of cross contamination.

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

For me, the ingredient that absolutely makes Oreos non-vegan is palm oil.

But what is palm oil and why is it not vegan?

 

What is Palm Oil?

 

  • Palm oil comes from palm fruit, which are grown on palm trees. So essentially, palm oil is a type of vegetable oil.
  • It is grown in South America, North America, Asia, and Africa.
  • Although grown throughout the world, palm oil is predominantly made in Malaysia and Indonesia (where 85% of all palm oil is made).
  • The problem with palm oil harvesting today, is that most of the time it is produced in non-sustainable ways.

 

Palm Oil Environmental Impacts

 

  • Palm Oil deforestation dramatically impacts delicate ecosystems.
  • It is generally acknowledged by environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, that the unsustainable palm oil industry is the main reason why 1/3rd of all mammal species in Indonesia are critically endangered.
  • The species impacted most by the palm oil production is the Orangutan. In the last quarter of a century, over 90% of their habitat has been destroyed. As a result, the species is now endangered.
  • But the Orangutan is only one of thousands of species that have been severely impacted through the production of palm oil.
  • Palm oil production in Indonesia is the main reason that the continent is now in the top 3 greenhouse emitters in the world.

 

Palm Oil & The Animals

 

  • As stated above, it’s not only the Orangutan that has been severely impacted by palm oil production. There are well over a quarter of a million species found in Indonesian rainforests that have been maimed, killed or lost their homes due to palm oil production.
  • This displacement of species has directly pushed the animals into the hands of smugglers and poachers. The smuggling industry is now booming.
  • The mass deforestation in Indonesia is now not only an environmental catastrophe, but also a wildlife catastrophe.
  • It is estimated that over 50,000 Orangutans have died in Indonesia because of palm oil harvesting and production.
  • Tigers, rhinos, elephants, monkeys and many large cat species are also facing extinction.

 

Palm Oil & The Locals

 

  • Many business leaders and government officials (in Indonesia) view palm oil production as a positive. Some of the poorest regions have seen greater development than at any time in history.
  • But while some areas have been developed and some people have been employed, many groups of people have been used and abused by the palm oil industry.
  • The region has some of the worst human rights and child labour records in the world.
  • Children have been forced into working long hours for little or no pay.
  • Because plantations are now the only form of work in many regions, many locals are finding they have no choice but to work in the palm oil industries. This has enabled businesses to lower wages which has forced many families into severe poverty.

 

I Thought Oreos Were Using Sustainable Palm Oil?

 

A few years back Oreos joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) after growing pressure from some of its customers.

RSPO was formed in 2004 to promote the use of sustainable palm oil through credible global standards.

The goal was to produce palm oil that was sustainable, had a minimal environmental footprint, that protected workers’ rights and had animal rights at its heart.

 

So what’s the problem?

 

  • RSPO certification allows companies to clear any forest space that isn’t deemed to have a “high conservation value (HCV)”. Therefore, large scale deforestation continues in certain areas.
  • The RSPO bans companies from creating fires to clear land. This enforcement hasn’t worked. The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have released numerous maps and satellite images detailing how hundreds of thousands of acres of forest are still being burned down every year.
  • The RSPO seems powerless (or not willing) to act on such blatant breaches.
  • “Dirty Palm Oil” is still being traded by RSPO members because of traceability issues.
  • Therefore, consumers are still buying products (such as oreos) because they believe that the palm oil is sustainable, when in reality, the RSPO’s main supply chain systems do not lead to “clean palm oil”.

For further information on the subject of “sustainable” palm oil, read this report, by Greenpeace.

 

 

Conclusion – Are Oreos Vegan?

 

For me its a no.

Even if I could look past the cross-contamination potential, I certainly can’t turn a blind eye to the palm oil element.

 

Goji Man

 

 

 

Is Bread Vegan?

Is Bread Vegan?

Is Bread Vegan?

 

The simple answer is yes. Most breads are vegan friendly. Always check those labels though. 

Well-made bread (not the processed kinds found in supermarkets), is traditionally made with a few simple ingredients. Yeast, water, a very small amount of sugar, a healthy fat and flour.

 

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Vegan Yes – But Healthy?

 

Is bread vegan? Mainly, yes. Is it healthy? Not so much.

It has been known for a long time that refined grains (particularly in the form of white bread) aren’t particularly healthy, beneficial or nutritious for humans. 

For the last 20 years doctors, dieticians and nutritionists have advised us to consume whole grains instead.

But are whole grains really any better for us and should bread ever be categorised as healthy?

 

The Gluten Controversy

 

Bread is largely made of wheat, and wheat is predominantly made of gluten, which is a type of protein that gives bread it’s stretchy/springy quality.

Over the last 15 years there has been mounting evidence that a growing proportion of the population is particularly sensitive to gluten.

It was generally thought that it was only those with Celiac Disease that experience an immune response to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt). But there is now growing speculation that even those with gluten sensitivity experience a certain amount of immunological damage after consuming wheat products. 

There have been a number of controlled trials (studystudy)  in the last decade that have demonstrated that gluten has the propensity to damage the digestive tract, even in those without Celiac disease. The immunological response can cause symptoms such as tiredness, pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements. 

There have also been strong links between gluten sensitivity and certain disorders of the brain. Schizophrenia (study,study) and cerebellar ataxia (studystudy), for example. 

I always believe there is no smoke without fire. Most bread contains gluten and we know gluten has the propensity to trigger an immune response in certain individuals who have a susceptibility. So if you have unexplained symptoms of tiredness, digestive pains, bloating or even anxiety or depression, then seek medical advice. The only real way to establish whether you have a gluten sensitivity is to remove gluten from your diet for a period of 30 days and then reintroduce foods containing gluten to see if your body reacts (but this should be under the supervision of an experienced professional). 

 

The Toxic Ingredients of Bread

 

The reality may be that Gluten is actually the lessor of two evils. The real dangers of bread may actually come from some of its unsavoury ingredients: 

 

  • Artificial Flavours & Colours: Obviously these vary in usage from country to country. Artificial flavours and colours are also normally derived from petroleum. And many of these additives have been linked to health issues in children such as allergies, asthma and hyperactivity. 

 

  • Preservatives: All foods are supposed to be eaten fresh, and bread is no exception. Steer clear of any breads that contain preservatives. A common one in a lot of countries is calcium propionate. Again, this has been linked to child health problems such as ADHD.

 

  • Refined Sugars:This can be an ingredient that is incredibly difficult to spot, even in breads that are marketed as “low sugar” and “healthy”. Some common household breads contain as much as 2-3 grams of sugar per slice. The World Health Organisation advises that we should consume no more than 6 grams a day. There is also the contentious issue in some countries that the sugar used is derived from GMO sugar beets.

 

  • Dough Conditioners: In traditional bread making techniques these would never have been used. They have literally been introduced so that manufacturers can speed up the manufacturing process and maximise profit. Many dough conditioners are derived from extracting fat from corn or soybean oil and then manipulating it with other ingredients. Some common examples (and also ones that have been banned) include: sodium stearoyl lactylate, monoglycerides, azodicarbonamide and DATEM.

 

  • GMOs: Thankfully these haven’t made their way into the UK yet (but I am sure it’s only a matter of time). A lot of countries (especially the U.S.) use multiple GMO ingredients in the production of household breads. GMO soy flour, corn oil and soybean oil are all common. GMO use is clearly a contentious issue. The issue for me is that there have never been any long term tests on humans that assess the health impacts. And the argument that GMO’s are safer because no pesticides are used is incorrect. Some GMO’s are actually engineered by inserting toxic pesticides into the seed. This then causes the insects stomach to explode when trying to eat the crop.

 

Nutritional Profile of Bread

 

Bread is really just empty calories. It contains only low levels of vitamins and minerals.  High levels of sugar. Low levels of protein. Often high amounts of unhealthy fats. High amounts of salt. And not much else. 

But what about whole grain bread, I hear you cry? Well, it’s not much better I’m afraid. 

While whole grains offer slightly more vitamins and minerals than processed grains, whole grain bread will contain higher levels of phytic acid, so it will potentially block any increased nutritional profile. 

 

Is bread vegan? Is bread healthy? It can be. Why not try one of these healthy recipes?

 

Deliciously Ella: Date & Pecan Loaf

 

 

Plant Based Judy: Date & Pecan Loaf

 

 

Vegan Corner: Gluten Free Buns

 

 

 

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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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Being Vegan In A Non-Vegan World

Being Vegan In A Non-Vegan World

Think back to that moment in your life when you decided to become vegan (or you may still be deciding as you read this).

I would hazard a guess that it was a food documentary such as Cowspiracy or Vegucated that helped you on your way? Or it may have been an inspiring presentation by someone like Dr Michael Greger or Dr Caldwell Esselstyn?

When that lightbulb went off in your head I bet you had three initial thoughts. One: This all makes so much sense to me. Two: Being vegan looks so simple and straightforward. 3) Oh hang on a minute…….I have to change everything in my life.

And there, in that moment, the penny finally drops.

Being a healthy and happy vegan may appear simple on paper, but it’s not always so easy when you transpose it into your everyday life. Yes, some are able to transition and thrive with next to no effort, but these are in the minority.

Most of us weren’t born or raised vegan. We have to work and develop everyday to overcome the hurdles of living in a non-vegan world. The judgement. The lack of empathy. The lack of education.

This can all create uncertainty in your mind. It can create unhealthy eating habits. It may even lead you to question whether you are on the right path.

I therefore wanted to write a brief article detailing the common principles that the most successful vegans follow everyday. The principles that enable them to remain positive, healthy and vibrant.

 

1. Variety Is The Spice Of Life

 

To be a healthy and long term vegan you have to continually challenge yourself on a daily basis. Do more of the things that make you happy. It can be those little things. Trying new foods every week. Visiting a vegan restaurant or starting yoga (if you aren’t already doing so). Whatever you do challenge and push yourself everyday.

 

2. Your Health Should Matter As Much As Your Passion For Animal Rights

 

I see it all too often in the vegan community. People focus all their efforts on animal rights and the environment and neglect themselves in the process.

The most successful vegans though, are those who care for their health (and their families health) just as much as the other noble causes in their lives.

Your mental and physical health is pivotal for the future of veganism. The planet needs you to be vibrant and healthy, and this will never happen if your staple diet is vegan crisps and cakes. Yes these foods are vegan. But they are certainly not sustainable if you want to live a long and healthy life.

 

3. Don’t Judge Others

 

Judging your friends and family will only cause you to become lonely and isolated. Focus on sharing those stunning vegan recipes or helping educate people in a non condescending way when you are asked questions. Remember, you were once in their shoes. Being vegan doesn’t make you superior to these people. All you can do is try and help educate people and hope that the information you provide strikes the right chord.

Don’t become another one of those preachy vegan types.

 

4. Surround Yourself With Positive Like-Minded People

 

People are always afraid of “things” and people that are different. As a vegan in a non-vegan world you are different.

It’s ok to have friends and family who don’t share your beliefs. But you need to also surround yourself with “your people”.

Go to local vegan meet-ups or connect with like-minded vegans across social media.

This is one of the most important elements for being a healthy long term vegan, so don’t underestimate its importance.

 

5. Have Pride

 

Recongnise what you are doing for the animals, the planet and your health. It takes unbelievable courage to walk the path you are walking.

Stand tall and acknowledge that YOU ARE AMAZING!

 

6. True Vegans Realise Veganism Is A Way Of Life

 

It’s always refreshing when your favourite celebrity becomes “vegan” and embraces a plant based diet.

But veganism goes beyond juicing and scoffing kale.

True veganism is about removing all animal products from your life. This means your plate, your bathroom and your wardrobe.

You may initially become vegan for health reasons, for animals or the planet. All of these reasons are noble. But you must realise that veganism is a way of life, not just a fad diet.

 

7. Successful Vegans Aren’t Too Hard On Themselves

 

It’s perfectly normal and natural to fall off the wagon (especially in the early stages of becoming vegan). On your journey you may make decisions that you regret. You may buy a dress that isn’t vegan. You might eat food that isn’t vegan. You might buy something for your house that isn’t vegan.

I am not perfect. And I’ll let you into a little secret……neither are you. So don’t beat yourself up.

Acknowledge that it was simply a poor decision and move on.

The sooner you do this the sooner you will be back on track.

 

8. Successful Vegans Regularly Exercise Their Minds And Bodies

 

Being vegan has many positive impacts on the body and mind.

Successful vegans also realise that being a vegan in a non-vegan world can also have many negative stress reactions in the body.

It is therefore essential that you regularly exercise both your body and mind to ensure that these stressors aren’t having deeper sub-conscience impacts.

Take care of yourself everyday. Even if its for just twenty minutes. Listen to music, take a bath with essential oils or meditate.

Whatever you do, make time for you.

 

9. Life Is Meant To Be Fun – Treat Yourself

 

If you have been working hard or celebrating an occasion, then treat yourself.

Make your favourite healthy dish. Have some of your favourite chocolate. Book that holiday you have been dreaming of.

Whatever it is, treat yourself on a regular basis (note: this doesn’t mean scoffing chocolate 24/7 LOL!).

 

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Top Male Vegan Bloggers

Top Male Vegan Bloggers

Below are some of the world’s leading male vegan bloggers. Some focus their blogs on health, some on ethical issues, some on health, some on recipes and some that encapsulate all vegan matters. Check them out!

Goji Man Nutrition

Goji Man

(A quick plug – sorry!). I am from the UK and am currently studying a Masters in Food, Nutrition & Health. I also run this blog which focuses on plant based nutrition and health. My interest in food and diet grew following the premature deaths of my mother, father and sister (due to chronic diseases). I am dedicated to educating the public about the nutritional and health benefits of plant based diets in preventing, slowing and reversing chronic diseases.

Please follow me on Instagram

Blog: www.gojimannutrition.com

 

The Sexy Vegan

The Sexy Vegan

Brian Patton (aka “The Sexy Vegan” hangs out with some of the worlds best vegan chefs and shares these experiences and recipes on his blog.

Brian is also author of The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food From An Ordinary Dude & The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour At Home.

Blog: www.thesexyvegan.com

 

Healthy Vegan Guy

Healthy Vegan Guy

The Healthy Vegan Guy (aka Brian Hatton) battled with ulcerative colitis for years. After following the standard medical approach and not seeing improvements Brian became vegan and transformed his health and outlook. Brian promotes healthy plant based approaches rather than standard vegan junk foods. Brian has Italian roots so be sure to check out some of his delicious recipes!

Blog: www.healthyveganguy.com 

 

The Discerning Brute

The Discerning Brute Joshua Katcher

Joshua Katcher’s site The Discerning Brute covers fashion, food and etiquette from both health and ethical perspectives.

Joshua makes frequent appearances in publications such as W Magazine, Time Out NY and Oprah.com.

Be sure to check out his site on tips for dressing dapper in an ethical way!

Blog: www.thediscerningbrute.com 

 

The Vegan Zombie

The Vegan Zombie

The Vegan Zombie was created by two horror obsessed mates: Chris Cooney & Jon Tedd.

On their blog you will find spooky vegan recipes from meatloaf, vegan drumsticks and meatloaf. Be sure to give them a look up!

Blog: www.theveganzombie.com 

 

A Humane Nation

A Humane Nation

Wayne Pacelle is one for the world’s leading animal-rights activists. His blog highlights cases of animal abuse and also provides an excellent source of legal and legislation information relevant to the protection of animals.

Blog: A Humane Nation

 

Vegan Mos

Vegan Mos

Married couple Michael Suchman and Dr Ethan J. Cinement created Vegan Mos as a way of bring together their love for everything vegan. Their articles range from recipes, restaurant reviews, product reviews and animal rights issues.

Blog: www.veganmos.com 

 

One Ingredient Chef

One Ingredient Chef Andrew Olson

Contrary to the name, Andrew Olson uses many vegan ingredients to produce a wide variety of mouth watering recipes. You will find everything from Mexican to gluten free recipes on his site.

Blog: www.oneingredientchef.com 

 

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Must Watch: Official “Glass Walls” Video by Paul McCartney

Must Watch: Official “Glass Walls” Video by Paul McCartney

Music legend and activist Paul McCartney delivers a powerful narration of this must-see video. Watch now to discover why everyone would be vegetarian if slaughterhouses had glass walls. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONTENT IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC!

 

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