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Our aim is to make a healthy plant-based diet and compassionate lifestyle work for you. We love sharing complex nutritional information in a simple manner, post our favorite whole food plant-based recipes, and answer common questions around this way of living here.

This is a place for information, motivation, and open-mindedness. Judgement-free! We all had to start somewhere, had slip-ups and learned from our experiences. So don’t be afraid to get real and ask any questions you might have. Let’s start with the basics here.

What exactly is Plant-Based or Vegan you ask?

A VEGAN DIET excludes any food item that consists of ingredients derived from an animal. The most common ones are meat, fish, poultry, dairy, cheese, butter, eggs, and honey. So, foods like soda, chips, chocolate, and vegan hot dogs can all technically be vegan, but are not very healthy of course.

Veganism as a whole is an ethical way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

So, not all vegans are concerned about how healthy their food is and, instead, try to avoid animal exploitation in all areas of life.

Eating a PLANT-BASED DIET does not mean your food has to be 100% vegan, only that most of it comes from plants. And by that, we mean actual plants and not processed junk.

People who eat plant-based often fill their plates with a lot of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes. Some of their meals can contain an egg or some dairy – foods that are still bad for their health and the animals’ lives.

While we would never encourage anyone to keep consuming animal products, we understand that for some it’s not always possible to stick to a 100% plant-based diet – but anyone should get as close as possible.

We believe that combining the two is the way to go!
That’s how you get all the amazing benefits like:

  • Saving animals’ lives by not creating more demand for animal products
  • Protecting the environment (wildlife, rainforest, drinking water, global warming)
  • Reducing risk for (or even reversing) heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer
  • Living compassionately, lessen world hunger and horrible working conditions

Who is writing here?

Hey, we are Alena and Lars, newlyweds in our late 20’s from Germany. We’ve been into health and veganism for around 7 years now. Our passion for researching as well as trying different styles of eating and living made us want to start this blog and share our findings with you. You can read more about us here.

Apart from being foodies and health enthusiasts, we love traveling, reading, designing, philosophy, sustainability, and music. We’re not trained health professionals, chefs, coaches or anything like that – but we have overcome health issues, broke old habits, found easy & delicious vegan meals, ate on a budget, had arguments with friends or family over all of this and made our way through.

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11 Comments
  1. Jeanie Says

    Hi there,
    Interesting stuff here.
    However, I do think we humans need to eat some animal products, as long as they are organic and the animals are farmed correctly and not in large sheds.
    Hubby and I are aged 69 and 67 respectively. He hasn’t eaten meat for 40 years so he doesn’t like the taste. I have gone along with his plant-based diet because it’s easier to cook one meal for us two. He eats cheese, yogurt, milk on muesli and eggs. I sometimes eat some organic chicken or ham. Meat in moderation is, in fact, exceptionally important to get vitamin B12, hubby has to have injections every year due to a lack of it. I am better off, but still have a lack and get a couple of shots.
    We have always eaten loads of fruit and vegetables and are quite healthy.
    I had a cancerous breast tumour removed in 2009, this was hormone related.
    Hubby has the “old man’s” increased prostate size problem, kept in check with medication. We both have normal weight and have never been overweight.
    What I’m saying is that eating no meat isn’t necessarily healthy. As humans, we are programmed to eat plant and animal foods, of course all prepared fresh and not processed.
    It’s fashionable these days to be vegan or, on the other hand paleo! Both total extremes and not really healthy!
    Cheers
    Jeanie

    • Alena Says

      Hi Jeanie,
      sorry I couldn’t get back to all comments in time. Glad you checked out our stuff and you’re entitled to your own opinion, of course :) When our research and resources don’t convince you, that’s okay.
      What exactly do you think is found in animal products that we as humans require? Livestock animals are being supplemented with B12 themselves, you can look that up. This is how most people get this vitamin and still, without supplementation around 40% of the population is very low on this nutrient. Most vegans are at least aware of the fact that it’s a good idea to supplement and it’s a general recommendation that everyone over 55 or so should do that.
      Organic animal products still have saturated fat, cholesterol, methionine, natural growth hormones (in dairy), and more which we do not need or want in our bodies. We won’t say that a little bit of that causes great harm or even death but the less we have of that, the better off we’ll be. There’s no upper safe limit for us to consume transfats or cholesterol (both found in animal products), so 0 intake is ideal.
      I’m happy to know that you are both fairly well off! Dr. Dean Ornish treated prostate issues with a plant-based diet, by the way, if that’s of any interest to you.
      Veganism is an ethical choice and yes, it’s become more popular, fortunately. People understand that we cannot keep doing this forever.
      Peace & veggies,
      Alena

      • Mel Says

        What an awesome answer!
        It just shows that you are very knowledgeable and I couldn’t put that response better myself.
        I love your website, it’s so full of value. I click on one article and end up in a rabbit hole!
        I’m currently building my website at the moment and even despite admiring and being grateful of people like you guys in my niche, I’m also kinda feeling overwhelmed. Nonetheless, I hope that I too can contribute in sharing our passion in this important mission.
        Thanks for a wonderful example. Peace 💚
        Mel – Insatiable Mel🦎

  2. Bob Bruce Says

    Hi Jeanie,
    In no way is meat necessary for a healthy human diet. All nutrients, even B12, can be acquired without animal exploitation by sourcing it from bacteria cultures. Please refrain from spreading misinformation.

    Thank you,

  3. Kelsey Laury Says

    Hello Alena,

    My name is Kelsey and I just bought your recipes online, I am super excited. I do have a couple of questions and I also wanted to share my story with you both to see what your thoughts are.
    I went vegan about 4 months ago and I feel like a new person. I have been dairy free for 4 years due to allergies, so the jump to going vegan was easy for me. I have been studying nutrition for over two years and the reason for this was due to stomach issues, and the need to find out what my stomach issues stemmed from/ IBS symptoms. I recently saw a holistic nutritionist and she found out the problem after 5 plus years of suffering from constant digestive issues. My stomach does not produce the protein enzymes to break down protein. She now she has me on holistic supplements/plant based eating to heal my stomach. I also workout 4 days a week, I lift and do cardio. So far I am still at the same weight, I know my stomach needs more time to heal, but I am not seeing results. I am 5’5 1/2 and 175 pounds. I would love to be 150-155. I eat all of the right foods and meal prep weekly.

    Your website inspired me since it was oil free and a higher volume of food.

    Now that you know my story, do you think this meal plan will work? If I consume that much food, will that help with weight loss? I’ve just never eaten that much/or that many carbs before so I am a little worried.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my email, as I share the same passion for healthy food. I look forward to your thoughts.
    ~Kelsey

    • Alena Says

      Dear Kelsey,
      thanks for reaching out! Which one of our recipe e-books did you buy?
      Sorry to hear about your health issues – as you might have read already, we’re not trained health professionals here and do not feel comfortable advising you on this issue.
      It’s possible that your body needs to heal first before it releases some extra body fat (which is why you probably want to ‘lose’ here). In any way, please do not overstuff yourself if you feel like your body needs less food. Simply make half the recipe or keep some leftovers for snacks or lunches to go. It’s okay if you don’t want to eat starch-based at the moment, find the balance of plant-based foods that work best for you, play around with the ratios a little.
      My biggest tip would be to focus on the healing first and learn to love your body exactly how it is, don’t force it to be at a certain weight for now. You won’t be able to love your body at a lower weight if you’re not cool with how you are at the moment, anyway…
      Feel free to let me know how else we can help!
      Warmly,
      Alena

  4. Danae Hyman Says

    Hey there,
    Your blog is very informative and helpful to me being that i just started blogging myself. I look forward to communicating with you more

    • Alena Says

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Feel free to drop us a line anytime :)

  5. Debbie P Says

    Hi , just purchased your e-book vegan starter kit and weight loss bundle. Can you please advise if it is all printable or just the “printable sheets”
    That are indicated. Thanks! Debbie

    • Alena Says

      Hi there Debbie,
      sorry I haven’t seen your comment sooner. You can have all of the eBooks printed out easily at a copy shop, a couple of other customers have done so in the past. I wouldn’t do it at home, though, as it probably costs you a lot of ink ;)
      Hope this helps!
      Warm wishes,
      Alena

  6. Hi there!

    I am hoping I can subscribe to weekly emails of plant-based recipes. I did not see a link to be able to accomplish this!

    Am I missing something or have you removed that feature from your website? I am a nutrition student that has taken over this email at our clinic of natural medicine and these recipes would be beneficial for our clients.

    Let me know if this is a possibility. Vielen Dank for doing what you do. :)

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