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7 Reasons Why It’s Easy To Be Vegan in Tel Aviv

Vegans all over the world are faced with the same (slightly irritating) questions and assumptions that come with the lifestyle: “But where do you get your protein?” “All of your hair will fall out by the time you’re 30!” “What do you eat besides lettuce?” Growing up in the United States, a country where people love, and I mean love eating meat, I’ve heard my fair share of those questions. But then Tel Aviv came along with its vegan restaurants, festivals, and love. I was so pleasantly shocked at the openness and understanding people have towards vegans and vegetarians upon moving to Tel Aviv. Whether it’s the love for fresh produce or living creatures, or the inspirational public figures, Tel Aviv is becoming a vegan hotspot. Check out my 7 Reasons Why It’s Easy Being a Vegan in Tel Aviv. 🙂 http://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/israel/articles/7-reasons-why-it-s-easy-to-be-a-vegan-in-tel-aviv/    

Grow it yourself

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, the weather is not ideal for my favorite fruit trees to flourish. But here in Israel it is heaven for all of my favorites: MANGO, avocado, lychee, just to name a few. It was one of my wildest dreams to live in a place where those trees grew in my backyard, and now they actually do, and it never ceases to excite me. For what reason now do I need to go to the grocery store? NONE. At least while mango and lychee season are in progress. Still waiting on the avocados though… Although we don’t have a big enough yard to plant a big garden, we do have a balcony with sufficient space and sunlight to sustain a happy and healthy garden. The vision started with just a few cacti and now everyday I’m picking hot peppers and cherry tomatoes, basil and mint, lemongrass. We also have rosemary and zatar, and even tiny eggplants! All on our little balcony. And it is so easy to maintain. Just some …

Tel Aviv Favorite: Nanuchka

Last week, before leaving Israel for my two month trip, we went on a walk around Tel Aviv. We started our walk in the Florentin, which made our decision of where to eat quite easy. We had to go to my favourite vegan restaurant Nanuchka. In my experiences dining at vegan restaurants, some dishes can be great but others on the menu, not so much. At Nanuchka I have never been disappointed. I love the entire menu. The restaurant serves Georgian cuisine, and for many years it was anything but vegan, offering traditional Georgian dishes made with meat, eggs, and dairy. In 2014 the owner of Nanuchka, Nana Shrier, made the very daring switch to make her restaurant 100% vegan. And it seems to be a roaring success, the place is always bustling and alive. The best part is that the food is real food! No over use of imitation meats or soy products. All the dishes are made with tons of fresh veggies and love! I would say that it is one of the most popular restaurants …

What do we “know” about nutrition?

“The foods you consume can heal you faster and more profoundly than the most expensive prescription drugs, and more dramatically than the most extreme surgical interventions, with only positive side effects.” -T. Colin Campbell If I told you that by eating only plants you could enrich your life and your health without the help of prescription drugs or supplements, would you believe me? Now if I told you that eating meat will give you the protein your muscles need to be strong and big, and by drinking milk your bones will be close to unbreakable? The later sounds like a fairly familiar statement, am I right? And most likely they are ideas you have long accepted to be true. I know I haven’t been spared from that sermon. But I’m curious… If you agreed with the sentence about a vegan lifestyle, you’ve probably already done some research on your own about a veganism. But if you agreed with the sentence on meat and dairy, I want to ask you something: Where does this knowledge come …