The main focus of this page is just to share some of the vegan content and resources that I have found most helpful, persuasive, and inspiring over the past few years. It would be impossible for me to share every vegan outlet there is available to discover online. (There are more and more each day!) Besides, sometimes webpages that offer hundreds of different links and suggestions end up being more overwhelming than helpful. So with that in mind, here are a few of the resources that benefited me the most in my transition to a vegan lifestyle.
I’ll start with YouTube. YouTube is a good area to start delving into veganism. There are so many great channels out there and most of the videos are short and sweet. Just subscribing to a few vegan YouTubers can help you get more comfortable with the idea.
YouTubers to watch:
- Bite Size Vegan – Currently on hiatus, this is one of my favorite Youtubers. Her videos are interesting and full of well explained, cited information about veganism.
- Mic. the Vegan – Provides regular, amusing, and well put together content mainly focusing on scientific articles and research
- Nutrition Facts – Dr. Michael Greger is one of my most cited sources. He is the author of the best-seller How Not to Die. He delves through every medical journal there is and gets info from the freedom of information act to compose his highly informative and scientifically backed videos.
- Henya Mania – this YouTuber’s content is less technical and more fun. Henya posts ‘What I ate today’ videos, vegan hauls, and vlogs mainly.
These next few resources are still on YouTube, but they are more time-intensive videos.
- 101 Reasons to go Vegan – the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida
- Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death – Dr. Michael Greger
- Everything Wrong with Environmentalism – Emily Moran (Bite Size Vegan)
- Carnism – The Psychology of Eating Meat – Dr. Melanie Joy
Now I’ll move on to a few websites that are very beneficial to have access to:
- The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – this is an organization of medical doctors dedicated to spreading knowledge about the role of diet in health.
- Beyond Carnism – a site created by psychologist Melanie Joy addressing the mental states and social traps that lead humans to eat meat.
- The Minimalist Baker – this blog is full of simply, quick, and delicious recipes.
- Cronometer – this site helps track important nutrients and calories.
And finally I’ve reached the documentaries which, in my opinion, are the most powerful of all of these resources in regard to educating the general public.
- Earthlings – Moral consequences of omnivorous diet
- Cowspiracy (Available on Netflix) – Environmental impact of omnivorous diet
- What the Health – Physical impact of omnivorous diet
I also wanted to tack on one little footnote about the only vegan book I’ve read called The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams. This book focuses on the intersectionality of veganism and feminism and how both movements are inextricably connected and need to lift one another up. Would definitely recommend reading this author, especially if you consider yourself a feminist.
I hope that by sharing the vegan resources that have helped me most, others will stumble upon this information. Some of you may not connect with these specific links, but I am a very logical and fact centered person so most of these sources are very technical and scientific. They have made things easier for me especially when defending myself and veganism to non-vegans. Nobody cares about sources or who funded the research until you say something they disagree with or haven’t heard before. It’s infuriating, but you learn to keep a mental file of reputable sources to back up everything you say. Still not enough to get through the cognitive dissonance of most people, but it is good to have as many fact nuggets as possible in your vegan activist arsenal.