American Vegan Society, www.americanvegan.org. AVS is a 501(c)(3) nonsectarian, nonpolitical, tax-exempt educational membership organization teaching a compassionate way of living by reverence for life and ahimsa. The Society promotes, supports, and explores a compassionate, healthful, and sustainable lifestyle.
Asha Sanctuary, www.ashasanctuary.org. The philosophy at Asha Sanctuary is to let the animals tell their own stories. Founded in 2013, the Sanctuary is located in Newfane, NY and is run under the belief that human-animal connections will allow people to see farmed animals as friends, not food, helping individuals to make the compassionate choice to go vegan. Offers many resources for becoming vegan.
Main Street Vegan, www.mainstreetvegan.net. "Everything you need to know to eat healthfully and live compassionately in the real world."
North American Vegetarian Society, www.navs-online.org. NAVS advocates healthy, compassionate, and ecological living. Wide variety of vegan and vegetarian materials, hosts the annual Vegetarian Summerfest.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, www.pcrm.org. Dr. Neal Barnard and staff write extensively on health and nutrition and conduct ethical research. Check out their website for a FREE 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program online. You can also download a free vegetarian starter kit.
Vegan Outreach, www.veganoutreach.org. Founded in 1993, this group aims to move society away from eating animals and their products. Check out their website for a FREE guide to cruelty free living.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, peta.org.
PETA is at the forefront of the animal rights movement. Their website is full of useful information, including: Beauty Without Bunnies (lists of cruelty-free cosmetics and personal care products): vegan clothing shopping guide; list of accidentally vegan food and snacks; and hundreds of free vegan recipes. Order your FREE vegan starter kit from their website today!
There is a wide selection of books about veganism. Here are some of my favorites:
- Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran. This book has been dubbed the Vegan Bible. Easy to read, covers all aspects of veganism, and includes great recipes and a list of resources for aspiring and veteran vegans alike. If you only have time to read one book on veganism, this is the one!
- The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran, JL Fields and Main Street Vegan Coaches, including Marcy Zastrow. Check out my original recipe for Nutmeg Chocolate Chip Bars on page 215!
- The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II. This is one of the most redundant books I have ever read, but I mean that as a compliment. Deemed "the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted", all findings lead to one conclusion. Diet matters, and a plant-based diet is crucial for preventing disease and leading a healthy life.
- Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Virginia Messina, RD and JL Fields. Nutrition made simple! This books covers nutritional needs for a women at any stage of her life and looks at special needs, such as for vegan athletes.
- The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer, RD. The key here is plant-based, not necessarily vegan, but this remarkable book offers a wealth of nutritional knowledge. This book is superbly formatted and covers every aspect of nutrition. As an added bonus, it includes a chapter stating why chocolate is good for you!
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids by Dana Villamagna, MSJ, and Andrew Villamagna, MD, M.Sc. Includes nutritional guidelines for kids, practical advice for helping kids deal with living in a non-vegan world, tips to include your kids in the daily meal prep, and over 30 kid-approved recipes (and some are a real hit with adult kids too!).
If you do not like reading, contact me for a speaking engagement. I have read them all (and many more!) and would be happy to summarize them for your group!
Plant Pure Nation
Forks Over Knives
What the Health
The Game Changers
A young reader asked me to include this article in the list of resources. In addition to the great advice in the article, another way to ensure your products are cruelty free is to make them yourself!