Everyday Heroes Series, Episode #3. What Being Vegan Is Like In Russia: Petr’s Story

Hi everyone! I am very excited to bring you the latest episode of the Everyday Heroes series, where people just like you tell their stories of how they embraced veganism. Today I have a special guest for you: please meet Petr from Russia! I’ve personally known Petr for years: we went to college together in the Russian city of Tula back in the day before I moved to the US in 2006. A few years ago I found Petr again on Facebook. I was surprised to find out that he and his wife were vegan – at the time, I was far from considering veganism for myself as I thought that vegan lifestyle was too hard to maintain. I suspected that in Russia, vegans must have an even harder time as the winters are very long and cold, and fresh produce tends to cost too much. Fast forward to this … Read the rest of the post

White Potatoes – A Nutritional Powerhouse That’s Seriously Underrated. Plus: Why Potatoes Are Not Fattening.

I never get tired saying that potatoes are one my favorite vegetables: I cook them at home a few times a week, plus I’ve featured a number of recipes with potatoes on this blog. White potatoes were a big part of my menu while I was training for a marathon last November, and later during my running streak that lasted from Thanksgiving till New Year’s Day. So whenever I hear someone declaring that a white potato is a starch-laden vegetable with hardly any nutritional benefits that will make us all fat and devoid of energy, I shake my head with disappointment at yet another expert who didn’t do their basic homework. Carbohydrates have gotten a lot of bad rap lately. New low-carb diets keep popping up every day with claims of turning us into slender, energetic machines if only we stop consuming all carbs altogether. And yet our society is growing fatter and unhealthier year by … Read the rest of the post

First Steps in Going Vegan: Where to Start, What to Expect, and How to Stick with It

I’ve had the idea for today’s post for some time. Too often I see that people who decided to go vegan experience a number of difficulties on their journey, especially at first, so I decided to put together a post that could help them reduce their troubles. Regardless what brought you on the vegan path – compassion for animals, environmental concerns, search for better health – you should know that you’ve made a noble choice, and sticking with being vegan will only get easier for you with time. It’s easy to get confused in your initial research about the vegan diet and lifestyle: internet is full of contradicting information; the reaction of friends and family might be less than approving; settling into a new shopping and cooking routine can challenge even the most determined types. However, your transition will go more smoothly if you keep your eyes on the big picture. There … Read the rest of the post

How to Go Veg without Going Crazy: Article 4. Why Going Meat and Dairy Free is Better for Us.

Okay, I finally decided to get into the hottest subject that concerns both pro- and anti-veg people: is it better for us humans to ditch animal foods, namely meat and dairy, and if so, what are the reasons? There is so much info about this all over the internet that if you start digging, you might get easily confused and frustrated. Especially if you are very new to the idea of living meat and dairy free. There are plenty of individuals, groups, and organizations that seem so passionate about the subject that when they shower newcomers with information,  they scare them away with their enthusiasm (Those guys are crazy! Salad-eating freaks! Anyone giving up animal products must be going insane!). I know, I know. Yes, it’s easy to get carried away when you truly believe that your way of living is the only right way to go, and everybody should … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy: Article 3. Scientists and the Whole Food Plant-Based Diet.

I’ve always been very interested in nutrition and how it affects our wellbeing, and the more I read up on the subject, the more evidence I found suggesting that ditching animal-derived foods and consuming lots of unprocessed, “whole” plant-based foods can make a drastic change in how we feel and perform. Practice shows that in many cases, low-fat whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet can even prevent and reverse certain diseases! In today’s post, I’d like to talk about the scientists and doctors who have been studying nutrition for decades, both in theory and in practice. They were able to determine the goodness of WFPB diet through many years of scientific research and medical practice. Oftentimes, their views on nutrition made them quite unpopular among their more mainstream scientific peers, but that never discouraged them to continue on their own path in search of truth. And truth is exactly what they found … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy. Article 2: Vegetarian, Vegan, And Other Meat-Free Nutritional Approaches

In the previous article, we covered the differences between species according to their preferences in food sources. If you watched the highly informative video in which Milton Mills, M.D., delivered a speech for the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, you might have gotten an idea of where we humans fall in this paradigm. However, there are so many approaches in nutritional science that each claim to be the one and only way to go! If you started doing your own research and came across all these confusing terms, names, articles, diets… well, trust me: I know how confusing this can be. In this article, I’d like to break down some of that information for you. So what’s a good word to denote someone who has decided to stop eating meat, either to gain good health or to ‘save the planet’? Vegetarian Vegetarian is the word that first comes to mind. A … Read the rest of the post