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Books every vegan should own (only 4 books)

Books are the doors to education; reading will save our nation, I truly believe that. And as vegans we truly do need to know things to be able to educate others, to live a cruelty-free life that is compassionate and kind.

My first vegan book was My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn and since then I have read tons of great books about nutrition and watched a countless amount of documentaries, all with the intention to learn and expand my knowledge on animal rights and veganism.

Today I want to inspire you to read a book or two in the next month and purchase them all if you can! Instead of spending money on things that will definitely not be of any help to you, books are the only thing worth investing money in.

What 4 books should every vegan own?

  1. The China Study – a nutritional Bible. Everything you need to know about nutrition and how to live a healthy life on a plant-based diet is in this book. If there is only one book you intend to own about veganism, let this book be the chosen one. I know everyone talks about it and you might not be reading it just because everyone says you should, but its a really good book and the knowledge it contains, can be rarely found in any other book. 
  2. Skinny Bitch – do not let the title scare you away, it is one of the best and most fun written books about vegan nutrition. Especially written for women who starve themselves not knowing that they can eat in abundance and keep that healthy figure. It really is one of the best books written on the topic of veganism and a really good summer read. I love how the writers talk to YOU and make you feel like every word is meant for you.
  3. My Beef with Meat – the very first book about veganism and I got it from my dad. It covers everything from where to get Vitamin B12 to why we crave meat; it also mentions the cruelty behind the animal products and offers great recipes. It can be read in a day and it is written in an understanding way, without constantly using the big words and tons of numbers.
  4. How Not to Die – one of the newest books written by the incredible Dr. Michael Greger who has been making his way in the media, talking about plant-based diet and how it can prevent and reverse a disease.

How many of them have you read already?

Let me know in the comment section and we can discuss if I missed any important books that are a must on our bookshelf. Keep in mind that reading a book once will give you a few tips but having a book available to you at any given time, ready to be read over and over again – that’s how you learn. And nutrition is something we should all be educated about because it is the basic thing we need to survive.

If you are interested in learning about the science behind eating a healthy plant-based diet, here is a post that I wrote and that you might like.

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Veganism for busy people (NOT what you think)

How often do you sit down for a properly cooked lunch and a good meditation? If you are like most of the humans on this planet, I would assume that the answer is not so often. We forget to feed our brain and bodies, we often starve ourselves and not only because magazines love to call us fat if we consume more than 1200 calories a day, but because we are too busy to eat. Try mentioning veganism to someone who is very busy and has a very demanding job, they will not so kindly brush your advice off their shoulder and respond with a comment – oh, but veganism is for people who are privileged and have time.

It couldn’t be farther from the truth; veganism is after all the answer to more energy and better health, so this is a short guide to veganism for busy people.

Hey, if you want to know about the great benefits of veganism, read more here.

I am not busy, nor do I want to be, it is something that people romanticized for ages, so now it became this definition of a person that is hard working and normal, per se, and if you are not a busy person you must not be working at all, how lazy of you. We fantasize about a busy life where we get up at 5 am and check e-mails while brushing our hair with a 500€ hairbrush that we worked super hard to buy. We romanticize not sleeping, not having time for friends, having more but feeling less and after all, we romanticize restricting calories and avoiding carbs.

You may be asking yourself what all of this has to do with tips that I promised for busy people but hear me out.

My point and the main message that I am spreading today is to love yourself and take time to feed yourself, to stop searching for a quick fix and how to even more minimize your time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Now is the time to sit down and cook yourself a nutritious soup because once you lose your health, you will not have time to be busy because your time will be spent in a hospital or chained to a bed.

You cannot possibly expect everything to be automatic and that a pack of cashews will give you your daily intake of vitamins and calories; it doesn’t work like that.

  • If you are really, really busy, then schedule in advance. Calculate how much time you will need for a good lunch in a restaurant or to go back home and cook something for yourself. Time is all we have, yet we are so bad at using it for our own benefits.
  • Create a meal plan for the week ahead and buy all the groceries in advance, so you can wake up and make a meal without missing almond milk and bananas for a smoothie. It doesn’t have to be complicated; you just need 10 minutes to prepare a warm meal full of carbs to keep you going.

Once you lose your health nothing else will matter. Not your job, not your shiny new car, not your fancy clothes… nothing. Just ask any person who has cancer and they will tell you that the only thing they want is to be healthy again.

If you cannot even take time to eat properly and feed your body, how do you expect to live up to your full potential? Do you want to be sick and exhausted but with a million Euros on your bank account? Do you really want to fall that low?

How do YOU manage to stay healthy and fed while working and/or taking care of a family? What tips would you like to share with us? Let me know in the comment section and remember to follow me on Twitter.


New vegans! Here are a few tips for you.

Going vegan is challenging and often difficult for some people, but rarely you will hear someone saying those words because they think that in order to save the animals and convince people that veganism is the best thing ever you have to lie and pretend that everything will be better once you go vegan. It’s not true at all; at least it wasn’t for me.

Even if you know that eating plant-based is cheaper, do you think most new vegans know enough about nutrition? Not at all and that’s where most new vegans make a giant mistake. They do not learn about nutrition and then go back to eating animals due to health problems and lack of important nutrients. And because I really wish everyone would be aware of the proper way of going vegan so they will stay vegan forever and won’t go back to eating meat after a couple of months, I will share with you some important tips for new vegans.

The most important tip as you learned already is to get all the necessary information about nutrition before you change your diet. And since there are plenty of great books about veganism out there, I have a few just for you here (follow me on Instagram to regularly see what books I am reading):

  • The China Study
  • Skinny Bitch
  • My Beef with Meat

By the way, I have written an entire article on what four books I think all vegans should own, so make sure to read it here.

The second tip is to take it slow and when I say slowly I do not mean to transition over ten years, but give yourself a month or two to really change your diet. You can start by eating less meat, ditch honey and milk, then stop eating meat altogether and cut the eggs off your menu… take it a bit slowly, every week cut something away from your diet and of course, add a new vegetable to your favorites list.

As for previously bought leather/fur clothing items and non-cruelty-free and non-vegan make up – that is your personal choice. Of course, from now on you won’t be buying any of that anymore but since it would be a waste to just throw it in the trash, use it until it’s still good and then buy new vegan-friendly items.

The third tip is to meditate. I’m serious. When you go vegan and you open your eyes to the cruelty you supported just a few weeks ago and your whole family is still doing it, let’s say that it can be very tough if you are not mentally strong. Meditating every day for a couple of minutes when you wake up and before you go to sleep will help you with staying calmer and more understanding of your peers.

Most importantly – it will help YOU to stay healthy in your mind and able to help animals in a positive way.

Hopefully, those few tips will help you with your decision on becoming a vegan and if you want me to talk about even more new vegan hacks in the future, make sure you let me know in the comment section. Remember to follow me on Twitter.


Vegan message in movies. What should you watch?

Watching a documentary with an important vegan message can be transforming and in one hour your life can turn around completely. With me personally, it started with Earthlings, continued with Cowspiracy (check out my article where I challenge you to watch this documentary on weekend) and every week I take time to grow into an even more aware person that I know I can be. The incredible passion that filmmakers have, to put together a story when they decide to follow the vision of spreading the important message to the masses about the cruelty animals go through, can be witnessed by just how touched millions and millions of people are after watching the following movies with a vegan message.

I know that you have heard of most of them before but since often we forget to actually watch them, I put together some of the documentaries that you simply must watch and I promise that your life will change for better once you open your eyes and your heart to the truth.

  • Cowspiracy (seriously one of the best documentaries I have ever watched)
  • Earthlings
  • Vegucated
  • Live and Let Live
  • Blackfish
  • Forks over knives
  • What The Health (read more about what is in the movie here)

And we even have popular mainstream movies that talk about animals. I only wrote down two of them because they are the ones that I have watched already and I wouldn’t want to recommend a movie that I have no idea what it is about.

  • Legally Blonde 2
  • Babe
  • Okja

I absolutely love watching documentaries and learning firsthand about what is going on in the world and what the media won’t tell me. If you are a documentary lover like I am, please let me know if you want to see more articles like this where I share my favorite documentaries and movies that could potentially make you the best human being ever. Or even if you want me to make lists of movies and documentaries to watch in general, they do not necessary have to be about veganism, they can be about the environment, climate change or a specific species of animals.

If you are more of a bookworm, I wrote an article where I share with you what four books I think all vegans should own – read it here.

How many of them have you watched already? Did I remind you of any documentaries that you always forget to watch over the weekend? Make sure you tweet me your favorite documentaries and movies with a vegan message on Twitter and follow me on Instagram.

Your life will never be the same after watching some of the documentaries and movies that I mentioned and I believe you will do everything you can to spread the eye-opening message that they have.