10 Traditional Meals That Can Easily be Made Vegan

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

It's surprising how easy it is to turn your favourite meals plant based, once you get the hang of it.

It’s surprising how easy it is to turn your favourite meals plant based, once you get the hang of it.

On some level, I think quite a lot of people would probably like to eat a plant based, vegan diet. Especially if they were made aware of the potential benefits, not just for their health, but for their performance, for the environment, and for the other species we share the planet with too.

But despite this awareness, there would inevitably still remain one big barrier blocking the path for so many people: they wouldn’t know what to eat.

They wouldn’t know how to replace the meals they’re currently having with substantial plant based alternatives. Cut out the meat, dairy, eggs and processed foods, and what are you left with? Am I just gonna eat salad and sawdust?! They get the notion that a vegan diet would be too difficult.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s really not difficult. Yeah I said it. You’ve just gotta get started, experiment a bit, fail a lot, and after a while you’ll find some good solid meals that you’ll forget are vegan at all. But if you want a head start on all that, I can give you a little direction.

If you’re starting to become a little plant curious, or if you’re already plant-strong and looking for new ideas, here’s ten examples of everyday dishes that with a few small adjustments, can easily be made into healthy, delicious, plant based meals. Nothing complicated. Nothing expensive. Just quick and easy nutritious food.

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Super Cheap, Super Quick Dahl Recipe (vgn) (gf)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

Cheap simple dahl, all ready to eat on the new table I constructed last night.

Cheap simple dahl, all ready to eat on the new table I constructed last night.

We’re fresh off moving into the new flat in the capital city, and we’ve got a bit more furniture to put together right now, so this blog post is gonna be almost as quick and simple as the dahl we made for lunch today. No nonsense, vegan, tasty, and cheap as you like.

Go get it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Listen to me.

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My name’s Luke Jones, and I’m a hypocrite.

Okay, that might be a little harsh.

I’m not quite a hypocrite. What I mean is; although I spend my time writing about eating a plant based diet, moving naturally, being present, and developing healthy habits – I’m far from perfect.

I’m definitely no guru, expert or messiah. Don’t get it twisted. I actually sometimes feel quite uncomfortable being put in the position where I’m looked to for advice or guidance. It makes me feel kindda gross.

I do feel that I have some value to offer some people, but unsurprisingly, I’m a regular person just like you. I’m navigating my way through the madness just like you are. And you can sure as hell bet I get things wrong; quite often in fact. I make mistakes. I struggle. I doubt myself. And perhaps most importantly, I fail a lot.

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7 Ways to Break the Plateau and Enjoy Training Your Body

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Standing upside down, somewhere near Richmond Park in London.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

Michael Jordan

We all get stuck in a rut sometimes when it comes to exercise. Seasoned athletes and weekend warriors alike.

Maybe you’re experiencing it right now. Maybe you’ve hit a roadblock in your training. You can’t seem to progress any further, or break the plateau. You can’t find the motivation to get up and move. When you do eventually force yourself to train, you feel completely distracted, and can’t wait for it to be over. You may even cut your workouts short, or avoid them altogether.

This is pretty common, and it happened to me fairly recently. It seems odd, as sport and exercise have always been a huge part of my life. From football back in the day, to martial arts and strength training. Being active has always given me a focus and meaning. It’s almost something I define my character by, in the story I tell myself.

But I’d reached the point where I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. Training felt like a chore. Every session was a struggle to get through. I had completely lost my motivation. Why was I feeling this way?

Training was no longer fun. It had lost that buzz of excitement, that little something that always used to draw me back. I was no longer enjoying it. You’re on Earth in this physical form for a limited time, so it’s important to enjoy what you do. Most people forget that.

So how did I get through it? How did I break the plateau and regain my love for moving my body? Read on my friend, and I’ll tell you how…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Vegan Food in Turkey

By Luke Jones and Mickie Salacinski. Connect with them on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

How to find vegan food in Turkey

Fruit and veg hype.

A new adventure was overdue, so a few weeks back we decided to pack up and take a last minute trip to Turkey. Mickie is a Turkey veteran, having been out there a couple of times before, and I liked what I heard about the place, so we thought we’d just go for it. With some cheap flights and a half price villa booked, we set off.

We stayed near the Lycian Coast, in a remote mountain village called Kadikoy, about a 10 minute drive to Saklikent and roughly 50 minutes from the bigger towns of Kalkan and Fethiye.

Aside from the sun, sea, and beautiful scenery, one thing that drew us to Turkey was the opportunity to experience the different foods. To discover new authentic Turkish dishes and whatnot, and see for ourselves how hard (or in this case easy) it is to live a plant based lifestyle when travelling abroad.

It was an awesome experience, so I thought I’d share it with you. If you ever decide to travel to Turkey, I hope this blog post will have enough info in it to help you get the most out of your trip. Be sure to take note of Mickiesal’s top ten tips too. Girl knows her stuff.

So, here we go…

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Simple Tofu Scramble Recipe (Vgn) (Gf)

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  • Serves: 1-2
  • Prep: 5-10 mins

Back in the days when I ate less plants and more animals, I used to be a big fan of the scrambled egg. I’d maybe go as far as saying it was one of my favourites.

When I heard that tofu scramble was a pretty good substitute, I was a little skeptical at first. I didn’t think it could stand up next to the mighty egg. No chance. But like many times before, I was wrong…

Tofu scramble is amazing. The texture is the very similar to scrambled egg, but I reckon this tastes way better. As well as being packed full of plant power, tofu scramble is so quick and easy to make.

Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out!

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8 Tips and Tricks for a Better Juice Fast

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

Tips and tricks for a better juice fast

One of my favourites: oranges, carrots and beetroot. Well tasty.

Juice fasting is the new in-thing, apparently. Didn’t you hear!? All the cool kids are doing it…

Some are in it for weight loss. Some for the energy boost. Others for the reduced inflammation, and to give the digestive system a rest.

I’m in the latter camp, and for the sake of experimentation, I’m now into day 4. It’s been going pretty well so far, but hasn’t been without a few small struggles here and there.

But I’ve been learning from my mistakes, and through trial and error, over the past few days I’ve gathered some tips and tricks that would have probably made my life easier in the first place. Hindsight is a beautiful thing…

Anyways, I thought I’d share these ideas with you as they might come in handy if you ever decide to embark on a juice fast yourself sometime.

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6 Reasons Why People Don’t Care About Your Plant Based Diet

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

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Nice big tagine we wolfed down after fasting for Ramadan for a day in Turkey

So you’ve started making the transition to a plant based diet. Upping your intake of plants and cutting back on processed foods and animal products. And you’re already experiencing the benefits.

You have more energy. You’ve lost a little unwanted weight. Your headaches have miraculously disappeared, and you can run faster and further than ever before. Everything is great, right? But there’s just one small issue…

Some people around you aren’t responding the way you hoped. Instead of congratulating you on doing so well and asking how you do it, they’re acting a bit differently. Things have become a little weird between you.

They may even be starting to act as if your new dietary changes are a personal insult against them. They shut you down, and begin talking about how high and mighty you have become.

It seems like a strange response, and you’re feeling little lost. But I think it happens quite often, and there could be a number of reasons why…

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What I Eat on a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

Turkish fruit market

I’m on holiday in Turkey right now, and it’s been pretty sweet so far. I’ve been having a great time clambering over the ruins, chilling in the sun, and trying all the different vegan Turkish food with Michaela.

That food is actually calling my name right now, so instead of sitting here and writing a whole new blog post, this week I’m gonna give you an extract from my eBook: Plant Based Diet 101: The Handbook of FAQ on Whole-Food, Plant Based Nutrition. 

The extract is from chapter 3 of the book: What do you eat on a plant based diet? I hope you find it useful in some shape or form!

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Quinoa Tahini Salad

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  • Serves: 1-3                                                                                          
  • Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes

Time for another lunch recipe, although I can’t take full credit for this one, unfortunately.

It’s based on a recipe from the China Study Cookbook by LeAnne Campbell, wife of the legendary T. Colin Campbell (I’m still not sure what the T stands for…). I played around with it, adjusted it, and made my own version.

It’s quick to make, tastes good, and is really easy to do in big batches for the week. Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out!

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