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 vegan world 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, but 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:
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 :)
"Vegan ist ungesund" is a youtube channel with two Germans (some videos in english available)
which is very funny and interesting as well
Thanks to ProVegan, a foundation Dr. med. Ernst Walter Heinrich, we 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.
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 peacefood from Rüdiger Dahlke, or why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows from Melanie Joy
We are not here to teach anything or push anyone to go vegan. We simply want to 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:
in english from lovely melanie joy in this amyzing TEDx talk:
live and let live in english:
forks over knives:
plant pure nation movie:
vegan the movie:
eating animals trailer:
Try out one vegan holiday with us and find out for yourself :)
reasons from people:
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.