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Go Vegan

Going vegan is one of the most positive things you can do for yourself, the planet and of course, the animals and thankfully it has never been easier to do! To put it simply, you avoid consuming animal products or supporting animal exploitation as far as practically possible.  The following is everything I think you need to know to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle not only easy, but enjoyable, rewarding, and the most beneficial for you and for animals.


1. Get Motivated


To make a change in your life you need to be inspired enough to do it. The following videos will give you a strong motivation to go vegan!


Yes, it is graphic. Yes, you will want to turn away. It’s not uncommon to burst into tears. This movie sheds light on the horrifying reality of what animals go through for fashion, food, entertainment and vivisection. If you think it’s hard to watch, imagine what it would feel like if it was you in their place.
1.5 trillion innocent beings are mutilated, tortured and killed for food and products that are easily avoidable and completely unnecessary. So that is already 1.5 trillion reasons to go vegan. This is a powerful, myth shattering, truth telling presentation that will leave you wondering how you ever valued your taste buds as more important than an animals life.
Now, you can kick back and enjoy listening to some of the world’s leading experts explain the many health benefits you will gain from cutting animal products from your diet. There is absolutely no nutrient in animal products you don’t get from a vegan diet. It’s a win for animals and a win for us! The film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
A groundbreaking environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
Commonly referred to as “the Australian Earthlings“, Lucent is a feature-length documentary which explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry through a combination of hand-held and hidden camera footage, highlighting the day-to-day cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.
Narrated by Lindsay McDougall (The Doctor from Triple J), the film contains footage from over 50 farms and slaughterhouses across Australia – much of this footage has never been seen before.
VEGAN: 2015
2015 was a huge year for the rise of veganism. World record breaking vegan athletes, more studies proving the health risks associated with consuming animal products, animal rights activists taking it up a notch… See the highlights here in this inspiring, short film!

2. Embrace The Change

If you’ve watched those videos the chances are you’re convinced going vegan is the right thing for you to do. Here’s how you embrace the change.


It’s going to be a beautiful moment when you realise – surprise, surprise – you actually love vegan food. I was rather amazed and stoked myself! You’re avoiding all animal products now which means no meat (including fish, which is an animal, not a vegetable!) dairy (cow’s milk/cheese/cream/butter), eggs or honey.
This is incredibly easy to do with the help of a few tips and recipes:
COW’S MILK – Plant Based nut and seed mi
YOGHURT – Soy/almond/coconut yoghurt
MEAT – Tofu & tempeh
EGGS (in baking) – Applesauce, pureed soft tofu, egg replacer, a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds plus 3 tablespoons water or other liquid, blended), or mashed bananas
HONEY – Date paste – Maple butter
CHOCOLATE- Raw Vegan Chocolate
These changes can be implemented at a moments notice along with the decision that you aren’t going to participate in cruelty to animals any longer. Though, if for some reason, you don’t believe you can do it all at once, the best way is to go vegan for breakfast, then when you have that covered go vegan for lunch and when that’s sorted go vegan for dinner. Mission accomplished!
Produced by bacteria and found in soil, water, etc, it’s a good idea for vegans to supplement their diet since most vegetables are cleaned very well. Get B12 by eating nutritional yeast or fortified foods e.g. Plant-based milks fortified with B12. Consume B12-fortified foods daily or vegan B12 from garden of life available on
Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds or two teaspoons daily of flax seed oil. Can add to smoothies, salads, cereal/oats, etc.


Assuming you watched Earthlings, this should make sense.
Faux Leather
Any other plant based/synthetic material
Some more info + vegan clothing sites:


Yes, many companies STILL test their products on animals. The cruelty is immense and the lack of compassion, astounding. Thankfully, there are many companies who don’t test on or use animals in their products.
Boycott products:
Tested on animals
Containing animal products


Not too sure what I ever found entertaining about watching animals being whipped, imprisoned in cages, or made to work as slaves performing tricks. I’m happy to say those days are behind me and now I see it for what it really is. Oppression and exploitation.
Places using animals for entertainment e.g. Sea World
Horse/dog races, etc.
Pet stores
There is nothing natural or educational about seeing an animal in that type of setting. Learn in other ways and enjoy the presence of animals as they appear in nature.

3. Get Support & Learn More

I’d recommend joining vegan Facebook groups or forums – for any questions and also encouragement and support, recipes, experiences and education.

Funny, thought-provoking comics
Ethical Vegan Education

4. Objections/Excuses

You might still have some objections for why you shouldn’t go vegan. The answers to these can be found in this FAQ:

5. You’re Vegan!

So, what does this mean?

You have improved your chances of living a longer, healthier life while reducing the likelihood of many lifestyle diseases and cancers.
You have significantly dropped your carbon footprint and negative effect on the environment.
Huge amounts of food and water are saved which before were being wasted producing meat and dairy.
You have cut your contribution to the routine abuse, pain, suffering and slaughter animals endure at the hand’s of humans.


Other pages to help you go vegan:

Plant Based Academy – Raw & Vegan Culinary School – World Unique Professional Training & Certification

Plant Based academy is a raw and vegan culinary school. Training, educating and empowering students on plant based culinary art, vegan nutritional science and conscious living. Plant Based Academy is the only classically structured raw food course in Europe and world unique in its content, Certification and delivery.Plant Based Academy is Europe’s first and only classically structured plant-based culinary school. Students learn how to work with whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined, nutritionally balanced for maximum absorption of nutrients and flavorful cuisine in the school’s intimate classes. Students’ benefit from personalized instruction that champion’s hands-on experience, within a brand new custom designed, living foods kitchen. Students also gain access to the course material online which is a rich resource of simple recipes, advanced recipes, videos, scientific studies, charts, articles and much more. Read More about Plant Based Academy.
Raw Food Mastery Level III Certification
The Level III course includes our full 12 modules both in class and online over 12 weeks. Time investment is 3 hours per week in our raw kitchen and 10 hours at home for practcal and written homework assignments and study. There is an exam on Module 9. On completeion of this course you will be a certified Raw Food Chef/Coach with Plant Based Academy. This is the most comprehensive raw food training available anywhere in the world. Raw Food Mastery Level III is suitable for complete beginners and experienced raw foodists. It is an excellent springboard for personal health and for creating your very own plant based business. This is a certified course, you will receive a certificate on completion of all 12 modules including a comprehensive exam on week 9. This course is the most advanced and comprehensive plant based course available anywhere in the world. The course is delivered by a professional chef and you will come away with knowledge, skills and insights of a professional chef. This course is delivered through a framework of vegan nutritional science. The course explores raw vegan pitfalls and how to avoid raw vegan junk food. You will learn how to prepare gourmet healthy raw vegan meals from starters, smoothies and soups to gourmet entrees, cheeses, breads and desserts.
The Modules:
Module 1 – Raw Food Essentials
Module 2 – The Art of Advanced Fermentation
Module 3 – Slow Cooking, Smoothies, Milks, Soups & juices
Module 4 – Medicinal Herbs & Mushrooms, Tonics & Tinctures
Module 5 – The Art of Raw Chocolate and Desserts
Module 6 – Raw Food Dehydration, Breads, Wraps, crackers & Crisps
Module 7 – Molecular Gastronomy, Raw Preparation Skills & Sprouting
Module 8 – Raw Gourmet Meal Demonstration & Refined Menu Creation
Module 9 – Practical Exam
Module 10 – Raw Skin Care & Cosmetics
Module 11 – Raw Philosophy & Conscious Lifestyle practises
Module 12 – Comprehensive revision, Raw Food on The Go & Travelling

“Raw vegan food is not boring salads and uncooked vegetables, raw food is a culinary pursuit, a dedication and endeavor to transforming the highest quality of vegetables using simple techniques to extract exquisite flavors, preserving the essential nutrients and enzymes and complementing them with an array of mineral rich nuts, seeds, seaweeds, sprouts and fruits. Raw vegan food is the pursuit of perfect food, art for the eyes, a taste of naturalness, unparalleled nourishment for the body and great for the planet too”Plant Based Academy

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