People from all over the world and from various backgrounds have been discovering the vegan / vegetarian lifestyle over the last couple of years. To me, it seems like the world is waking up to the possibility of trading chronic diseases for compassion and longevity. I am one of them and I feel happy as finally, I don’t have the feeling of doing something wrong and immoral to animals anymore. This feeling was always inside my head, since a child, but recently I couldn’t pretend any longer that the steak in my supermarket’s fridge wasn’t a living animal, like myself, with feelings and the ability to feel pain. I see a cute face of Suzy, the cow behind every package with raw meat in the supermarket. Maybe it’s the fact that I spend a lot of time with animals in my childhood on my grandma’s farm, or maybe it’s just the deep desire to live in a world with less cruelty to animals. My diet is one of the most impactful parts of my life and it will decide about potential diseases during my lifetime. Despite the health improvements resulting from a completely vegan lifestyle and well-being of animals, there is also another reason why it is good to be vegan – the positive impact on the climate change if you stop eating meat, eggs and dairy products. Research led by Oxford Martin School finds widespread adoption of vegetarian diet would cut food-related greenhouse emissions by 63% and make people healthier too.
I believe it is everyone’s choice to decide if he/she wants to be part of a “healthier world”, do something good for himself and future generations, for the well-being of animals and for the positive impact on climate change. My diet will save the lives of 1094 animals (average animal consumption in Europe per capita) during my lifetime and this makes me happy as I prefer to cuddle with animals.
In Switzerland, where I currently live, it is estimated that 1 % of all people are vegan, so it’s just as little as all inhabitants of the city of Lucerne. Swiss people are known for their healthy lifestyle and therefore it is no surprise that the two largest supermarkets like Coop (300 vegan products) and Migros (344 vegan products) have been rapidly increasing their bio and vegan assortment over the past years. Last month a completely vegan store from Coop has been launched in Zürich and I can’t wait to do my shopping there. Also our German neighbours have increased the bio and vegan products significantly – last month when shopping in Aldi and Edeka in Jestetten, I was pleasantly surprised how much delicious articles I could buy -spicy hummus, tofu in various flavours, various pasta for my vegan bread. Just a couple of months ago I wasn’t aware how huge the available vegan assortment is and believe me – this is so much more than vegetables and fruits only. Lupine steaks are more delicious than any beef burger in this world and I did discover it 2 months ago! Before that time I was vegetarian 90% of the time, so I didn’t consume too much meat anyway. Giving up dairy products was much harder to do.
Another DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR is my home delivered bio and seasonal vegetables and fruits directly from a bio farm (www.bioabokiste.ch). Seriously – I don’t know how I could not see the yellow trucks delivering a box with fresh products direct from the farm to some of my neighbours on every Thursday. Three more friends have ordered it too after I send them pictures of my super tasty box with vegetables I didn’t even know before. It’s a little bit like Christmas – you get a fennel and wonder what to do with it 🙂 Apart from vegetables and fruits in my diet, I do also eat sufficient soy products, oat milk (soy milk is disgusting), nuts, seeds, grain, pasta (especially from spelt), rice, potatoes and many other healthy products.
It is important for every vegetarian and vegan to assure a sufficient level of vitamin B12, which is in meat and rare vegetables. In addition, I take vitamin D and iron, as it is always good to keep them on a good level, regardless if you are a vegan or not. The other vitamins I get from my heathly diet.
MY FAVORITE VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN SWITZERLAND
- TIBITS in Winterthur is just my favourite one. It is located in the very centre of the city and has a huge buffet with plenty of healthy stuff.
- Die Leckerei in St.Gallen – all the tasty Bio food and a separate menu for children
- Vegiman in Basel – best vegan burgers in Switzerland
- Elle’n Belle in Zürich – Hipper City-take-away
- Tofulino in Winterthur is another vegan restaurant serving lunch menus only
MY FAVORITE COOKING BOOKS
Attila Hildmann is a big name under the vegan cooking masters. I saw some of his books and they are really user-friendly with very tasty and easy recipes. As a child, he was chubby, a junkfood eater with lots of Kebabs on his menu. Then he witnessed his father dying from a heart attack, caused by unhealthy diet and he has changed his lifestyle completely, in order to avoid a similar future. He lives in Berlin, is very succesful and runs his own vegan restaurant. I will make sure to visit him one day at his restaurant!! Also, he has a great instagram account with many vegan restaurant recommendations in Germany, so check it out.
This is the second book I have purchased – Vegan Fasten by E. Fischer and I have to honest that I haven’t cooked from it yet but I did check the recipes and I like them a lot!
- FOK – recipes with many tasty vegetarian dishes
- Vanilla Bean – your vegan restaurant locator
- China Study by Prof. Colin and Prof. Campbell
- Forks over knives
- China Study
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, please let me know what your food discoveries are. What cooking books can you recommend? I am curious about your experience.