Products We Use and Recommend
Vivo Perform Raw Plant Protein & BCAA
We use this brand of protein powder in our post-workout smoothie. , We put it in our Overnight Oats When we’re not working out. The Acai & Blueberry is our absolute favourite for the smoothie, followed by Salted Maca Caramel. They also have other flavours such as Raw Cacao, and Madagascan Vanilla.
I really like that the Vivo Perform protein powder contains raw and fermented protein for easier digestion, with no artificial colours, sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives, fillers or binders.
SBR Nutrition Vitamin B12—Sublingual Liquid Drops, 3000mcg Methylcobalamin Per Serving
Vegans are usually deficient in B12, as the animals they were previously eating were supplemented with cobalt in their animal feed, or on the pasture they were grazing. My personal view on supplementing with B12 is that it is not optional if you’re Vegan.
The daily dosage recommended for Vegans by Dr Michael Greger 250 mcg for those under 65, and 1,000 mcg for over 65. My current drops are above those guidelines, so I use half the dose.*
There are 2 main types of B12 supplement available: Cyanocobalamin is the cheapest and most studied. However, Methylcobalamin can be better if you have the MTHFR genetic mutation—seek the advice of a medical practitioner if you have this condition.
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Testa Omega-3 Algae oil DHA + EPA
Most people can reach their omega 3 ALA requirements with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds or chia seeds a day. Our body will then convert it into ALA and DHA.
But is that enough for optimum health? The World Health Organisation suggests that we should take at least 250 mg/day of pre-formed DHA + EPA on top of this.
I like this Testa version because it’s not grown in the sea, so it’s free from pollutants.
The Body Shop Maca Root and Aloe Softening Shaving Cream 200ml
I’ve tried a number of shaving creams over the years and this is by far my favourite—I was already using it before I went Vegan.
You only need a small dab of cream on a brush to richly lather your stubble.
Tala Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set
I remember when I wasn’t losing weight, I’d been measuring ingredients using a large spoon in the kitchen, which I’d assumed was a tablespoon…after buying these spoons I soon realised that I was putting in four times the calories with my previous spoon!
AccuFitness MyoTape Body Tape Measure
This tape holds the end for you, so it’s easy to measure yourself and others. I’ve bought a few of these over the years to measure my Personal Training clients. It measures both cm and inches
These are the books that have been most useful to me on my Vegan journey. I’ve bought a few that were a complete waste of money, so this will save you some time.
How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
—Dr Michael Greger
Everyone should read this book—it’s my “go to” book for nutrition.
Don’t be tempted to jump to specific chapters; just read it from cover to cover. There’s lots of practical advice backed up by studies, so you can learn which foods are killing you (and why); and which foods will heal you.
Once you’ve read it, you’ll want to keep it as a nutrition reference manual for life.
There are some recipes, but in my opinion these are more suited to those who enjoy complex cooking as there are a lot of ingredients. Dr Greger has also written “The How Not To Die Cookbook” but again these are suited to those who like spending a long time cooking.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
— Keegan Kuhn & Kip Andersen
I found this book much more comprehensive than the film. You’ll learn the alarming truth that animal agricultureis one of the leading causes of deforestation, greenhouse gas production, water use, species extinction and ocean dead-zones.
Just one person eating a Vegan diet makes a significant reduction in water use and reducing your carbon footprint…much more than all the water and energy saving products you could use at home.
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’Ve Lived the Longest
— Dan Buettner
If you have any doubts at all as to whether eating a plant diet will help your health, then this will put them to bed.
Dan travels the world to discover the secrets of Blue Zones—the geographic regions where the highest percentages of people live to over 100 years old. I hope to become one of them 🙂
It’s written in a documentary style, which may not be to everyone’s liking, but I really enjoyed it.
Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
— Garth Davis M.D.
When I decided to eat a Vegan diet, my primary concern was whether I’d lose all my hard earned muscle, due to not getting good enough quality and quantity of protein. This book helped me to relax about getting enough protein.
As a surgeon treating obese patients, Dr. Davis shares his hands-on experience with patients, and reveals the truth about the dangers of high protein diets, and debunks the myth that plants are inferior to meat.
The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health
— T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II MD
Once you’ve read a few books on following a Vegan diet, the study referred to over and over again is The China Study. It’s one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted, to show the relationship between diet and disease.
It’s quite scientific, so if you don’t like that kind of thing then this book isn’t for you. However, if you love reading studies and analysis then you’ll love it.
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