A vegan grocery list is not your average grocery list. I’ve been vegan for over a decade, and navigating grocery stores and eating out has definitely gotten easier over the years. But if you are thinking of going vegan, or if you are vegan but feel like your diet is a little – maybe you’re low energy, or you are eating a lot of the same thing – then I really recommend spending some time planning out what vegan groceries you need. It will make your life a lot easier, trust me.
One of my favourite ways to learn more about something is to watch a documentary about it. I’m a visual person so the movie format works well for me, plus it’s MUCH quicker than reading a book. Yoga movies have been an essential source for teaching me more about this rich tradition and amazing practice, that has become such a central part of my life. So many interesting movies about yoga have been made in the last few years, and quite a few of them are available on Netflix. There are a few older ones that I think are worth watching too, and although some are a little bit harder to get hold of, if you are interested in learning more about the yoga tradition I have found them to be super informative.
Although being a vegan has been made a lot easier in recent years thanks to the rise of many vegan brands, including vegan fashion brands, as well as big-name brands releasing vegan-friendly and eco-friendly products — it can require some effort to maintain, especially for beginners (you can read my Veganuary tips to help you make the jump too). Fortunately, there are apps for vegans available that can prove to be a lifesaver.
If you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I attempted a no waste challenge last year. Now before I go any further, there’s a reason why I used the word attempted: my no waste month was admittedly less than perfect and there was a fair bit of infringement in the form of deep-set habits executed on autopilot.
If you’re considering veganism for a month: high five! Make sure you read my Veganuary tips guide for a successful transition. If you’re considering taking this further than the month: you really should, and watching vegan documentaries is a great way to get to your ends. Vegan documentaries were what made me decide to go vegan for sure. There are many vegan documentaries on Netflix, which is convenient as most people are on there already, but you can find them elsewhere too, and a lot of them are for free.
Having some extra time on your hands? Did you know online yoga teacher training courses were a thing? That’s right, Yoga Alliance recently approved fully remotely obtained YTTs as accepted for registration with them (which is a prerequisite to be able to teach). Since it’s a relatively new business, the prices are still super low when compared to other YTTs and an amazing opportunity for yogis on a budget. The catch is you have to finish it before June 30th, 2020! So get on it!
Berlin is not only the cultural and political capital of Germany, but it’s also become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations and a central hub for creatives, as well as the vegan capital of Europe. So, as you can imagine, finding an apartment in Berlin for rent isn’t the easiest of endeavours. Are you on the hunt for Berlin apartments for rent?
Since I have been blabbering about Asam laksa non-stop for about a month straight, I thought it would be appropriate to provide you with an Asam laksa recipe at long last. Asam laksa is a mix of Malay and Chinese cuisine, a noodle soup that is traditionally made with fish. It is widely available in Malaysia, Singapore and in some parts of Indonesia. I have sampled several variations on the laksa, most of them made with a creamy coconut broth, but my favourite was the sour broth variant we found on Penang Island: the Penang Asam Laksa, a unique and complex blend of spicy, sweet and sour flavours. And so the hunt for a vegetarian Asam Laksa recipe began.
I (re)discovered yoga in the midst of an internal personal crisis while far far away and very lonely. Incidentally, as I was backpacking through South-East Asia and moving constantly, doing all sorts of online yoga course and watching yoga movies were my favourite to do on the go out of my hotel rooms. They gave me tools to cope better and find the inner strength to push through. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly draw some parallels with that’s happening right now.
It’s great to see that people are becoming more mindful of the planet and its inhabitants. More and more, people are choosing to invest a little more money in their material possessions and take home ethical clothing brands among other efforts to help save Mother Earth. As I read somewhere recently, there is no such thing as cheap clothes – someone somewhere is paying the price.