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Top Tips For Volcano Hiking Vegans

Top Tips For Volcano Hiking Vegans

Guatemala is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. There are over 30 volcanos dotted around the country’s rugged highlands, some of which are active. Marshmallow roasting on molten hot lava is permitted (not for the faint hearted) so make sure you pack some vegan marshmallows. I absolutely love volcanos. There is something magical about all that energy, even when they’re dormant. I’ve hiked across many old lava fields in Guatemala and beyond.…

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Health/ Organic/ Veganism

Promote Sustainability – Get Great Tea

Promote Sustainability - Get Great Tea

Share the story of a vegan tea farmer who started growing organic tea. Mr. Lin has been vegan for 40 years, and in recent years his principles of compassion toward all living beings have been put into practice. After dropping out of the large-scale commercial tea industry 15 years ago, he returned to his family land to plant a persimmon grove. For years, he attempted to prevent his fruit from…

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Health/ Travel/ Veganism

Overcoming Africa’s Flesh Fetish: How A Vegan Diet Saved My Peace Corps Service

By Just a Pack contributor Amy Benson ​I’d read before coming that meat was a big deal, had steeled myself for potential hunger, awkward encounters, wider hips. Had attempted to comfort my previously ​​pescatarian, juice-obsessed self with the idea that it would be fresh, free roaming, grass fed – that the African version of myself, steeped in pink sunsets and newly barefoot, wouldn’t mind. ​Botswana exports only two things to…

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Animal Companions/ General/ Health/ Travel

Tips For Staying In Shape While On The Road

exercising on the road

As a nationally ranked athlete, it’s very important that I stay in shape at all times…even on vacation. That can be hard, because like most people, the point of a vacation is to do something different and get away from your everyday routine. But as long as you budget some time into your vacation for workouts, you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy other things and not get out…

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Health/ Nutrition/ Vegan Parenting/ Veganism

Plant-Based Pregnancy: One Trimester Down, Two To Go!

Plant-Based Pregnancy: One Trimester Down, Two To Go!

Earlier this year, we made a move from Austin, Texas to Houston, Texas in search of better career opportunities and to finally begin a new journey—expanding our family from two to three. I’ve been eating plant-based for more than two and half years by now, and when I began to think about creating a new life, I immediately looked at my diet. I knew the basics of eating plant-based and…

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Cooking/ Health/ Recipes

Vegan Ironman And Spicy Noodle Salad Recipe

Vegan Ironman And Spicy Noodle Salad Recipe

Next month I will be an Ironman, although my body will no doubt feel like an overcooked noodle. And I’ll do it as a vegan. Something I was told was impossible. Those people apparently don’t know me very well because the gauntlet was dropped and it was game-on. I’ll show them. In reality, it just takes a bit of research and planning ahead. Something vegans are accustomed to doing. Goodness,…

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Cooking/ Dining/ Health/ Nutrition/ Veganism

What Is Vegan Food?

what is vegan food

To some folks, vegan food is a mystery. But it really isn’t! vegan food is everything that you have always eaten. Vegan food has always been your food, minus the animals. Fruit, vegetables, grains, rice, pasta, potatoes, nuts, beans, a lot of dark chocolate and many breads are all vegan food. Let’s dispel some myths about vegan food: 1. What Is “Vegan Food”? Technically, vegan food is no meat/flesh, no…

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Cooking/ Health/ Recipes

Blueberry Superfood

blueberry chocolate waffles vegan

I walked my way through rows and rows of neatly lined up bushes in the summer heat holding my green cardboard container, intensely looking at each one, pushing branches aside. I stopped and excitedly called over to my kids, “Here is a good one!” They came running over past the other people with their containers and said, “Oh look at them all.” This bush had lots of beautiful, plump, vibrant…

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