PLANT-BASED DIET INFOS

Why Plant-Based? (or go straight to links below):

My background: BSc in Ecology, MSc in Human ecology, worked in nature conservation, musician, life-coach, vegan for 7 years.

There are many ways of contributing towards a more just, healthy, safe, compassionate, peaceful and environmentally sustainable society. However, not all actions are equally effective. There is a very strong argument that doing a mainly or completely plant-based nutrition would contribute massively to the above world scenario which I think deep down most people really want.

According to increasing scientific peer-reviewed evidence, there is no advantage to consuming animal products over plant-based except in areas where there is no choice logistically. Plant-based diet, if done in a balanced way, would appear to be the wisest choice, when considering health, morality and sustainability together. Possibly on health grounds alone.

If you are open to the ideas above and want to find out more information or try the plant-based nutrition (personal experience is best!) I have provided some links below. Most importantly you should be aware that vitamins B12 and D3 are needed as a supplement – easily done and non-vegans can often also show deficiencies. Getting a balanced vegan diet is nonetheless pretty simple once it becomes habit!

One way to get started is to go to vegan events with cooking etc.

(A note about getting to the truth

Because there are a lot of conflicting infos out there it can be difficult to be objective. Especially with diet. However, peer-reviewed research, although not free from abuse, is probably the nearest we can get to it within science at least. The environmental and dietary scientific evidence is on balance very convincing. There is a lot of disinformation that is often propagated by the interests of the powerful meat and dairy industries, including through health authorities (Germany, too!). Don’t believe everything you read/hear/see including here and please consider that not all bias is equal in amounts, or levels of harm that it causes, or funding! Also badly informed doctors, wishful thinking, and defensiveness play a role in our decisions what we choose to believe or not.)

 

LINKS

HEALTH / TIPS / BLOG

https://nutritionfacts.org/

A wealth of information here from Dr. Greger including recipes

 

 

FILMS

COWSPIRACY – about the wide-ranging environmental destruction due to animal agriculture and the corruption, mistruths in industry and some environmental organisations at the time (the claim of 51% Greenhouse gases was not peer-reviewed – UN says 18% which is more than transport)

http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

KNIVES OVER FORKS – health, healing on PBD and industry (haven’t seen it but heard some positive critique)

WHAT THE HEALTH: should be on Netflix. Similar to Knives over Forks. Some points are probably exaggerated (e.g. dangers of eggs) but most of it is valid and supported by current science and medical practice.

http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/facts

 

Many have tried to debunk What the Health. e.g.

https://www.vegan.com/posts/vegan-dietitian-review-what-the-health/

I found some points valid and others not compelling or inaccurate (e.g. WHO 7 studies claim, bodyshaming claim)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3xcrw09lik

 

EARTHLINGS – What is being done to animals for food

DOMINION – (to be released in a few months?) as above plus evidence using drones and also how many animals in the entertainment industry are treated – kept secret before.

GAME-CHANGERS – (to be released) “ The Game Changers will introduce the world to elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons and everyday heroes. Each on a mission to create a seismic shift in the way we eat and live.”

Especially aimed at men, it breaks through the macho meat-eating man myths, including errection tests!

 

EASY VEGAN MEALS

This guy has a great vlog on many vegan topics!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In4vTeL2Y5A

I often eat:

Breakfast: porridge with banana and apple and turmeric

Lunch: red-lentil Dal with hot madras, soup stock (veg. / palm oil free) with different veg. e.g. Chinese Leaves and brown rice / millet

Evening: Large salad with potatoes, tomatoes, rocket, radicio, carrots, cucumber and olive-oil and lemon-juice dressing

 

VEGAN GROUPS IN MUNICH

(I organize events myself – inform me if you wish to be invited!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/459413224176443

http://www.vegan-kochen.tumblr.com/

 

 

How I became able to perform freely as a guitarist

As a composer, guitarist and singer I used to hate playing solo in front of people for fear of being ridiculed and wanted to smash up my guitar whenever I made mistakes! Despite this, I would often get enthusiastic feedback from my audiences. This went on for a number of years until I realised that something had to change: either I gave up being a musician or worked on feeling free on stage so I could appreciate what I was doing as much or more than my audiences, despite “imperfections”.
In a nutshell: I took a firm decision to become free and 2 weeks later was offered the chance to play with a Bavarian comedian/musician celebrity on state television for whom I had done recording for his CD previously. At first I told him (Willy Astor) that I was busy on that date but after putting the phone down I realised this was an excellent opportunity to achieve my goals. Despite fear I called him back, to confirm that I was actually free, and committed myself.

I forced myself to play much harder solo pieces in front of unofficial audiences as much as I could before the gig where I was to play a simple accompaniment. The concert went really well and all the musicians were likeable and easy-going. I wasn’t nervous and could hardly believe that! This lead on to further gigs at 4 of the most famous venues in Munich and surroundings, including a further TV performance and audiences of between 1500 and 2000. In the middle of all this I had envisioned my final goal of feeling free, playing a challenging solo piece of my own in front of 1000 people, for example in the flamenco style. Just after this and without having mentioned any of the above story to my colleagues, the main guitarist in the band said that I should do some improvisation at the next gig! I knew this was another fantastic opportunity and took it gratefully. It went well I wasn’t nervous!

After this performing solo became a breeze generally speaking but it wasn’t until about 4 years later that I realised I had achieved my goal after having performed 3 fairly challenging solo compositions of my own in front of 1000 people at a church for the funeral of the brother of a girlfriend who tragically died young whilst snowboarding. It was freezing cold and the church and I had to use hand warmers but I was both touched and happy to support the family of the deceased and was completely free in my mind as I performed. This was an unexpected backdrop to my goal but it also taught me yet again that when one focuses on providing value for others, it is perhaps the best way of feeling free as a performer, rather than concentrating on achieving a high standard per se, free from any imperfections!