What is Vegan and Why Vegan?


For a long time I avoided the topic vegan to not cause uncomfortable situations, especially during the precious holiday time. How challenging to exclude the talk when our soul food section plays a crucial role in most of our retreats. We spend so much time, energy and heart thinking, choosing and preparing plant-based delicates for our yoga guests, so why not talk about it? 

 

When friends and guests ask me now what vegan is exactly and why, I can answer with a smiling heart:

Vegans do not use any animal products, no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs. Anything from a dead or living animal basically, or any products where animals are exploited, like honey e.g.

There are several reasons to avoid animal products, such as ethical reasons towards animals and humans, health reasons and environmental reasons.

For me personally, it was more of a health issue taking the turn towards the topic and could really get back on my feet eating a wholesome plant-based diet. After a while I felt so much better on a physical level, and also noticed some changes in my energetic and emotional bodies that I can now describe simply as feeling more at peace. Without getting too spiritual at this point, I felt better then ever and for some reason this choice was the answer to so many questions I had been carrying around, as I think to know now. 

 

So what do you eat instead? This question makes my giggle every time, as I remember people´s faces when joining a vegan meal for the first time in our retreats or workshops. The overall surprise about the overflowing colors and different plates, smells and tastes is definitely one of my highlights. And the conclusion that YES,  there is so much more to eat than grains and grass. 

 

 

So with all my love and kindness without offending anyone, I try to state out some important ideas about veganism and why we thrive only plant-based. Anyway: you should come and try out one vegan holiday with us to find out for yourself :)

 

Humor is a beautiful tool to reach peoples hearts. When I discovered some German video clips of Hagen Rether - there are a few with english subtitles - I instantly fell in love with him and can only recommend to have a look at some of his videos, if not all of them :)

https://youtu.be/nCF20xFqUF0  

https://youtu.be/w4hRsmJozqY

 

"Vegan ist ungesund" is a youtube channel with two Germans (some videos in english available)

which is very funny and interesting as well:

https://youtu.be/2oQiuXnjRCQ

 

 

Thanks to ProVegan, a foundation of Dr. med. Ernst Walter Heinrich, you can have a short and comprehensive overview about the topics that are linked with how we eat, and what. When I found this brochure one day in a train in Germany, I felt so happy to finally have found something to share with my friends & family - all potential questions answered with additional sources. Love it. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, Nina.

 

https://www.provegan.info/en/general-information/vegan/

https://www.provegan.info/de/basisinformationen/vegan/

https://www.provegan.info/es/informacion-basica/vegan/

and other languages, of course

 

There are numerous Doctors (Campbel, Eßelstein, Dahlke, etc.) and books around veganims and carnims (Melanie Joy), I can really recommend "peace food" from Dr. Rüdiger Dahlke, or "Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows" from Melanie Joy.

  

We do not want to judge or push you to go vegan. We simply share some information about the topic, that so many strong, beautiful souls have been published already. So if you feel curious, check out

documentaries like "cowspiracy", "what the health", "live and let live", "before the flood", "game changer", "vegan 2021", "dominion", "earthlings", "more than honey", and many more

 

or more funny versions like "regan the vegan" and the german duo from "vegan ist ungesund"

reasons to go vegan in german:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AangzgPz9c

in english from lovely melanie joy in this amyzing TEDx talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg

live and let live in english:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10MK7v6Mhjc

and german:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A88-EhUVKVI

forks over knives:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJbYAYzP04

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZb-35oV_7E

earthlings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrlBSuuy50Y

plant pure nation movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBKnG9Y0owQ

vegan the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTeqU6_Jryc

eating animals trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-z4Mpql6Ls

dominion documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQRAfJyEsko

hope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDg7tlEJD64

 

 

Reasons from people to people from moby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DgUb9w8mOY

 

Numerous athletes, celebreties & actors that went vegan are for example

brandan brazier (triathlet, autor), carl lewis (athletics) , daniel adlung (football), dave scoot (iron man), fiona oakes, hannah teter (snowboard), john salley (basketball and actor), lionel messi, mac danzig (martial arts), melanie fraunschiel (boxing), patrik baboumian (strongest man germanys), mike tyson, johnny depp, leonardo di caprio, demi moore, joaquin phoenix, liam hemsworth, woody harrelson, miley cirus, natalie portman, christoph maria herbst and sooooooo many more.

 

May all beings be happy.

May all beings be safe.

May all beings be healthy.

May all beings be free from suffering.