Whether you are already living a plant-based lifestyle, or just interested to know about what it is, veggino is the practical guidebook for embracing a new way of life that starts on your plate and may seep into other aspects of your life in Japan. In both English and Japanese, we provide you with practical information, from getting to know about a plant-based lifestyle, all the way to grocery shopping, cooking, eating out and keeping healthy.
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You have a starter, you have the basic tools, now let’s understand some of the terminology for sourdough baking. This is an overview to consolidate and share what I’ve learned as fail-safe ways for an amateur home-baker to succeed every time at baking sourdough bread. Where relevant, I have shared what I think are the best videos or sites should you wish to learn each of the components in more detail.
It’s no secret that plant-based food is becoming mainstream. Whether it’s college campuses cutting beef from cafeteria menus or governments adopting the Meat Free Monday movement, plant-based food is no longer hiding in the closet. But in the past year plant-based food has taken center stage in some of the most high-profile events and venues on the planet, recognized mainly for its environmental and ethical advantages.
As of the date I found out I was pregnant, I had already been eating only plant-based for 3 years so there was no dispute as to what my diet would look like for the duration of pregnancy. However, I was also aware that in Japan, this would be a challenge as a) many doctors and midwives may not be familiar with the diet enough to recommend and support my decision, and b) family and relatives would not hesitate to point fingers at my ‘not normal’ diet if/when something was not looking right.
I will admit, staying at home due to COVID, while pregnant sparked my curiosity to start sourdough baking. It’s also quite hard to find 100% animal-free bread in Japan – so why not bake at home? Through trial and error, I now bake tasty sourdough bread a few times a week at home. Sharing some tips and tricks to keep it simple and (hopefully) fail-safe.
My personal story about how I made the decision to go plant-based is much more down-to-earth than most. No life-changing epiphanies or emotional scars, but rather a perfectly rational decision that started in late 2011 in a little upstate New York town.
B12 is an absolutely crucial micronutrient for our bodies, and a lot of people (both plant-based and not, but more so the former) don’t get enough of it. But worry not: you can get an ample supply of B12 on a 100% plant-based diet. After reading this article, you’ll know exactly how to get it.