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Vegan Bytes #72- Can You Stay Healthy During the Holidays?
December 10, 2014

What's on Tap this Month?

Food Spotlight: My #1 Tip on Healthy Grocery Shopping
Nutrition Spotlight: Chomping Carrots During Christmas
Question of the Month: "How do I find vegan medication?"
Vegan Digital Book Collection, Meal Plans and Cookbooks
Recipe of the Month: Vegan Split Pea Soup
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My #1 Tip on Healthy Grocery Shopping

I love grocery stores. One of the best things about my husband is that he embraces and accepts this quirk of mine and will indulge it no matter where we are in the world. I've been to them everywhere from Asia to South America to Eastern Europe and even in French Polynesia. I truly can't imagine visiting a new place and not seeing what their grocery stores look like. Weird, right? But you can learn so much about the culture of a country by seeing what they eat.

And a nice travel tip here... you can save a ton of money by picking up a few staples at the grocery store at the beginning of your trip. I almost always buy bottled water, fruit, and a fresh bread once we reach our destination.

So basically, you can bet that I have experience with shopping as a vegan. I put together a list of five of my best vegan grocery shopping tips, and my favorite might be #1.... check them out here.

I also have a comprehensive grocery list you can print out for $0.99, highlight, and take with you when you shop.

Chomping Down on Carrots During Christmas

I know, you're thinking... "I'm planning to chomp down on Christmas cookies, not carrots." Who isn't?? What I do is try to overcompensate with more whole foods during times when I'm eating less healthy foods. The fiber alone can help absorb and flush out some of the gunk that the junk brings into your body.

Carrots are probably one of more well-known and established health foods, and for good reason. They're also inexpensive and easy to add into everything from soups, sauces, juices, and even cookies and cakes.

What's so good about carrots? Check out some of the health benefits for yourself. At the bottom of the page are links to a few recipes that spotlight the food of the month.

"How do I find vegan medication?"

I'm vegan and have been since last December. Thankfully, touch wood, I haven't been ill within this time but what happens when I do fall ill, visit the doctor and he says I need a prescription? I'll obviously tell him that I'm vegan but is he really going to be able to prescribe me with an animal friendly prescription for my illness? Are there vegan tablets and vegan medicines out there for us?

Similar Question from Manon: I'm a vegan, or at least I try really hard to be one. I have all of the food, make-up, household items, etc., taken care of. However, I have major depressive disorder, in which I NEED to take a certain medication for. I have been suicidal in the past, but since I've been taking this medication (prozac, fluoxetine) I've been able to be myself again.

From what I have researched the medicine has gelatin and is tested on animals. I'm in a really sticky situation now because I want to be 100% vegan, if that is at all possible, but I need my medication in order to keep my life. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be a vegetarian, but I feel like there's no other way. Would you consider me a vegetarian because I take this medication? I still consider myself a vegan, because I have devoted myself to helping animals and changing my life to veganism. Please help.

Thank you so much!

Answer: Great question! To start, congratulations on changing your lifestyle this year, and I'm so glad you're reaping one of the huge benefits of veganism-- rarely getting common illnesses. I'm glad you're planning ahead for a time when you might need a vegan medication.

Read the rest of my answer here. You can also add comments by clicking here.

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Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable Books

Vegan Christmas Cookies: 20 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes

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Vegan Split Pea Soup

During the cold fall and winter months I make a pot of soup at least 3 times a week. I know people who are intimidated my soup, but seriously, it's almost impossible to screw up. All you do is sauté vegetables, add vegetable stock and seasoning, and let it cook for awhile.

I'd say the two most requested soups from my extended family are my minestrone and this split pea. It's hearty enough to eat as a full meal on its own, and it's rich and deep in flavor. Even the texture is good; the barley remains intact so it doesn't feel like you're eating baby food.

I have to admit that as a kid I hated split pea soup, but I think that had something to do with the requisite bacon on top. Eck! It grew on me, If you love and miss that smoky flavor though, this will probably be one of your favorites. You can see from the picture above that I even add some vegetarian baco's to it now.

If you want to serve a nice hearty bread with your winter soup, you might want to check out one from my downloadable book Vegan Bread Recipes.

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