Raw Food Diet Weight Gain, Loss and Maintenance

Let’s talk raw food diet weight gain, loss and maintenance to finish the week. I’ve found my weight to be the most stable it’s ever been during the 6 years I’ve been following a plant based diet. To tell the truth, I sometimes have a hard time keeping weight on on the raw vegan lifestyle.

Raw Vegan Fruit Lover:

Vegan for Everything T-Shirt:

Woodstock discount code: tropicaljack

Email: [email protected]
Facebook Page:
Instagram: Jack Albritton rawtropicalliving

What You Need To Know To Raise A Healthy, Happy Cat

Caring for a little life is a big responsibility and one that should never be taken lightly. Our cat depends on us to make sure all its needs are met for its entire life. And that could be quite some time! There are of course, some basics of care that you may already know and there may be a few that just might surprise you.

Let's begin with the most obvious cat care needs – Feeding

Our common house cat was domesticated over 3600 years ago, but did you know that its digestive system has remained unchanged from its wild cousins? That means, your furry family member should be eating a diet that consists of meat. Raw meat at that. Their digestive enzymes and stomach acids are specifically designed to break down raw meats and even soften bone, in order to assimilate the nutrients. You do not ever see a wild lion with a fry pan or nibbling on dry kibble do you? The healthiest meals for your kitty are raw. You can find pre-made raw meals in pet health food stores, they can be ordered online or you can make them yourself with a little help from a good, natural kitty care book.

For a variety of reasons, some people are unable to feed their cats a raw diet, so it is vitally important to choose the healthiest bag or canned food available. Never purchase pet food from a supermarket! They only stock the cheapest and poorest quality 'food'. Shop at a pet store and read ingredients. The first 3 ingredients should be meat. And the food should not contain grains of any kind. Remember, cats are carnivores and thrive on a meat based diet. And of course, always have plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times.

Another important need for your cat is – Shelter

For the health and safety of your cat, it is of vital importance that they be kept indoors. The average life expectancy for a cat allowed to roam outside is 4 years, while an indoor cat will live around 15 years or more. What a difference! Outside, your cat will come in to contact with illness, disease from other animals, fleas and ticks, cars and predatory animals such as coyotes or neighborhood dogs. Keep them safe, keep them inside.

An absolute essential in having a healthy and happy cat is – Health Care

Health care consists of 2 main parts. Veterinary care and maintenance care.

You will need to take your kitty in for regular vet check up's and basics, such as having them spade or neutered, vaccinated, etc. And it is a good idea to have a budget for unforseen circumstances as well, such as your kitty getting sick or injured. I strongly recommend obtaining a quality pet health insurance policy. They are inexpensive (around $ 25 a month) and can cover most of the costs of unexpected accidents, that may run into the thousands of dollars.

Maintenance care includes essentials that need to be done regularly. Things like grooming costs, monthly flea and tick medicine, toys, scratching posts, catnip, the list can go on. Having a budget of at least $ 50 per month for these things is a safe estimate.

And one of the most important necessities for giving your cat a full and happy life is – Love

Although this may sound obvious, your cat needs more than a bowl of food and a pat on the head every now and then. They are living, feeling creatures that are totally dependent on you. They crave your attention, play time and love. Each cat will have their own personality and disposition. Some will be rather aloof, others will need constant attention 24/7. Finding one that fits your personality is very important.

Having a healthy and happy cat is easily achievable with a little advance preparation. The perfect places to begin the search for your new friend are your local Shelters and the human society. If you have a particular type of cat in mind, you can go to petfinder.com. You will be able to sort by age, size, color, breed, etc and find the perfect new family member for you.

It may seem like a bit of work at first, but when you've got the plan, you and your new kitty will live a long and happy life together.


Day 1493 Raw Vegan/Fruitarian/whatever/Lissatarian!


My Recipes can be found here:

Find Linda on YouTube:
Or on follow Nate on instagram @rawnattyn8 and Linda @live_love_raw




Info about my Tower Garden:
K2 (sometimes):


Comment if you have questions, and you can find me all over social media too:

YouFood @rawfoodromance
SnapChat lissarawvegan

Fruit on!! xo Lissa

feeding dogs right: Dogs are prone to infections in monsoon: Follow these dietary tips to take care of your pet

NEW DELHI: Hair shedding, immunity issues or an infection — the answer to these problems faced by your dog can be found in their diet, say experts.

Chandrakanta Padhi, Purina Pet Expert, and Vinod Sharma, Veterinary Surgeon, Training from RSPCA (UK) and Zurich Veterinary College, suggest a few dietary tips and tricks to take care of your pet this monsoon:

Fighting infections:
Diet is the one of the most important elements to solve the underlying problem of yeast build up and its resulting infections throughout a dog’s body.

One of the symptoms is excessive itching, in case such symptoms persist consult your vet. Add balanced fibrous food to your dog’s diet to ensure regular bowel movements, which in the rainy season can be a blessing as the exposure to outdoors can be restricted. You can try to engage your dog in some indoor exercises to prevent weight gain.


Building immunity:

A dog’s diet is the foundation of building good immunity. Every dog’s requirement for nutrition is different. For instance, a large sized adult dog’s nutritional needs vary from that of a small sized adult dog. An ideal wholesome meal should contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids as they have important immune and anti-inflammatory functions that contribute to a dog’s health and vitality. Your dog’s meal should contain these nutrients.

Taking care of your puppy:

New born pups are the most susceptible to infections. There is an ‘Immunity Gap’ when they wean off their mother’s milk and this is an extremely crucial time to ensure that they are fed a diet which has been carefully designed to deal with the situation.

Keep Your Pet Safe & Healthy With These Wearables

Pet Project

26 Jun, 2018

With location and activity tracking, these wearables can make sure your pet is both safe and healthy. (Image: Thinkstock)

To bridge this gap, it is imperative to feed them the optimal pet food which contains colostrum. Since, colostrum is first milk produced by the mother immediately after giving birth, it is highly important for newborn pups. Colostrum can also be found as a special ingredient in select packaged pet foods. Pet food fortified with colostrum is proven to enhance immune response in pups for an overall promotion of their digestive and immune health and response to vaccination.

Avoid hair shedding:

A pet’s coat is the reflection of its health and the food that it consumes. A shiny and healthy coat is the result of optimal nutrition which is a key to a dog’s general well-being. Provide your dog with high quality diet with digestible protein sources. Foods with Omega 3 fatty acids also play an important role in promoting a healthy coat with minimal shedding.

What to avoid this season:

It is quite common for pet owners to feed their pets with whatever is on their plate or the leftovers. Avoid raw meat, raw chicken, excessive fibrous vegetables and raw or cooked bones. It is essential to follow a particular diet plan and a close watch should be kept on a dog’s health when switching food habits.

A Paw-licious Tale: Pet-Parents Take Pooches For ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Sc…

Attention, Dog Lovers!

27 Mar, 2018

Dog-friendly cinemas are now becoming increasingly popular, and the screenings held for movie ‘Isle Of Dogs’ just showed us how it’s done.

While celebrities like Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum attended the premiere in New York with their pooches last week, Dublin’s Light House Cinema recently held Ireland’s first dog-friendly movie screening on Sunday.

In Pic: (L-R) Liev Schreiber, Courtney B Vance, Koyu Rankin, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum at the ‘Isle Of Dogs’ New York screening.

The Positive Effects Of Diet Pills

Over time the obesity rates in various countries like America have continued to climb. The overall selection of diet pills and weight loss supplements has also climbed because of this. Burning fat while losing weight it absolutely possible without the use of these dieting options but there are so many advantages associated with these supplements to simply ignore them altogether.

Using these pills in conjunction with exercise and other methods can provide extremely explosive results for the average person. Inside most of these pills you will find stimulants which are very powerful when it comes to increasing your metabolic rate. There is a wide range of other ingredients found inside of your typical pill that can accelerate the fat burning process very efficiently.

The most powerful effect by far that these pills will have on your body is the appetite suppression. To achieve weight loss you need caloric restriction and this is what you will get with modern pills. The ingredients that can be found in your typical dieting pills have the power to suppress your appetite which will greatly increase the overall fat burning effect within your body.

By taking pills like this you will be able to keep all of your cravings under control while maintaining a healthy level of caloric intake. Most people underestimate the power of appetite restriction and this is bad since it is actually a very important factor when it comes to losing weight.

Aside from giving you the appetite suppression dieting pills can also provide a diuretic effect. This effect will basically help your body to get rid of the large amount of water that it is holding inside of it. Flushing a large amount of water from your body will only add to the overall amount of weight that you can lose from taking this type of pill.

Another powerful effect that you will find is known as reduced lipogenesis. The process that your body uses to generate new fat cells is called lipogenesis. Taking modern dieting pills can prevent this process from taking place. Make sure that you do your research on where to buy diet pills so you can make the best decisions.

This will prevent your body from creating an influx of new fat cells as you are trying to burn away the ones that you already have. You can even benefit from increased resting energy when you are taking these powerful supplements. The end result for most people that take dieting pills is a slimmer body and a reduced overall body weight.

We eat raw food, why not drink ‘raw’ wine?

I’ve always been eager to learn more about wine since Colm McCan brought the subject to life for me in Ballymaloe. Food and wine go hand in hand. So I’m working my way through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust exams, now studying for Level 3. It’s like the Leaving Certificate of wine and it’s gotten a bit serious all of a sudden.

I’m drawn to natural wines, only a tiny section of my WSET syllabus. Natural wines are made the way all wine used to be made 8,000 years ago, before we modernised viticulture with chemicals and machine-harvesting. It makes perfect sense to want to drink a naturally made wine when we go to so much trouble to make sure our food is produced to a high standard. Soon, I believe we will try to source natural wines the same way we value free-range organic chicken. We are now keenly aware of what food is processed and how minimum intervention means maximum nutrition and taste. In that respect, wine is no different to any other food or drink we consume.

Recently, I travelled to London to the Raw Wine Fair, founded by Isabelle Legeron MW, France’s first female Master of Wine. Raw Wine celebrates wines with living presence. Wines presented at Raw have to fulfil strict criteria, among them being that the entirety of the domaine from which the grapes are issued must be certified organic and/or biodynamic. They must be hand-harvested and malolactic fermentation must not be blocked.

These criteria would be a nightmare for a large-scale commercial wine maker who relies on controlling those wild yeasts where the grapes are doused in sulphites to prevent any fermentation occurring until it can be tightly controlled. Not that making natural wine is not controlled – in fact, it requires even more precision and attention. The grower needs to listen to the land, plant only what is suitable for the terroir and work with nature to produce perfect grapes before any winemaking can even begin.

Why Are Fermented Vegetables Good For You?

Fermented vegetables, also known as raw cultured vegetables, have been around since ancient times and across all cultures. The fermentation process was originally done to preserve foods as the process enabled foods to be kept for months without spoiling. Specifically, its where foods are either left whole or chopped and left to sit in their natural juices, which are drawn out then used to preserve the food.

In ancient times, fermented foods were considered quite the staple food source, so very instrumental in getting the masses through the long winter months. Today, we know and appreciate more of the nutritional benefits of fermented foods. For starters, they promote digestive health. Their acid kills harmful bacteria and pathogens, removes toxins and anti-nutritional compounds and produces antibiotics, which improves immunity and overall health. Moreover, the new cultures that are created from the fermentation process create folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and biotin, which are all part of the Vitamin B complex. B Vitamins promote healthy skin, increase metabolism, reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, help the body make hormones and enhance immunity among other things. So as you can see fermented vegetables have an abundance of benefits to us.

Now, if you're not too familiar with what fermented vegetables are exactly some well-known examples are pickles, salsa, soy sauce, sauerkraut, sour cream, sourdough bread, water kefir and more. On the other hand, if you know of yet just are not too keen on eating fermented foods, but still want to reap the benefits there are a variety of ways to eat them. For instance, sprinkling some sauerkraut on your salad or eating some with crackers will make a tasty snack or meal. Then, if you're a bread lover you could trade white bread for some sourdough. You could even add some fermented fruit to a nice, cold smoothie. Meanwhile, there are even some healthy fermented beverages that you can enjoy such as kefir, which can be found at your local health food store.

Fermented foods are a blessing to the world. They are a rich source of nutrients and for all the nutrients they pack they are reliably inexpensive whether you buy them fermented or do it yourself. Either way you look at it, you definitely get the bang for your buck and the nutritional benefit that you get is well worth your time and indulgence. Yet, from a broader perspective, fermented foods provide a means for feeding more of the worlds poor. So just as our ancestors realized the immense benefits of this food source so maybe we. There is much wisdom to be gained from ancient practices such as fermentation, which should not only be honored for what they did for us in the past, but more importantly for what they can and will do for us in the future as food security and the purity of our food is being enriched more and more each day.

How to Handle Cravings on a Raw Food Diet & More Q&A

In this episode, John shares his 23 years of experience eating a vegan, fruit and vegetable dominated raw food diet with you. In this episode John will answer the following questions:
01:30 What are your thoughts on high carb low-fat vegan?
08:17 What is the best method for deep cleaning the NC800 juicer?
11:52 What is the best deal of Goji Berries in Las Vegas?
14:04 Is young coconut water that is pink is it good for drinking?
16:55 How can fruitarians have a balanced diet?
19:54 Do you have a recipe for dog food?
25:06 Do you juice beets? What are the benefits?
27:48 Do you have a quick method for cleaning celery?
30:35 What are your thoughts about a high-fat raw vegan diet?
32:44 Are leafy greens bad when juiced?
38:56 Is it safe to plant root vegetables next to my house?
40:00 How do you deal with cravings when changing your diet?

After watching this episode, you will learn the answers to the above questions, and much, much more.

For more videos like this subscribe to OKRAW:

Follow John on Instagram at:

Watch 500+ OKRAW videos FREE at

Talk to John for 10 Minutes and Get your Gardening (or other questions) answered:

Referenced Episodes:
Oxalates in Smoothie and Juices

Referenced Links:
source for goji berries in Las Vegas

Buy my raw food recipe book (over 130 recipes!)

10 Top Vegan-Friendly Cities

A sweet treat from Doe Donuts in Portland (Photo: Instagram)

Love to travel and eat vegan food? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most vegan-friendly cities worldwide! This list is determined by three factors: the number of vegan restaurants in a 5-mile radius in the most vegan restaurant-dense area in each city, the number of vegan/vegetarian/veg-option restaurants in the same 5-mile radius, and our impression of the over-all vegan-friendliness of the city.

#1 London

London Vegan
A pizza from PickyWops London (Photo: RicheyBoy)

London has seen a major explosion in the number of vegan restaurants this past year. London was the first city on HappyCow to surpass 100 completely vegan restaurants in 2017, and presently has 110 vegan places in a five-mile radius within the city. The “How Many Vegans?” survey conducted in May of 2016 by the Vegan Society found that there are about 542,000 people following a vegan diet in Great Britain, of which around 120,000 live in London. Veganism is no longer a niche market in the UK – it has gone mainstream.

London has an abundance of vegan-friendly stalls, bakeries, cafes, and smoothie bars. When in London, you are never more than a tube stop away from anything vegan you might desire. London has you covered with offerings including PickyWops, an outstanding vegan pizzeria with a new larger location in South East London; the acclaimed 222; and fine vegan dining at Italian favorite Fed By Water. The world’s first vegan chicken shop, The Temple of Hackney, opened its second location and continues to be a major draw. Ethnic favorites include Itadaki Zen JapaneseMacrobiotic restaurant, Zionly Manna with delicious Caribbean / African food, Andu Caffe on the east side for Ethiopian, and, for people with a big appetite, the Dou Dou – Qing vegan Asian fusion buffet.

If you crave something sweet, try the gourmet vegan cupcakes at Ms. Cupcake or Vida Bakery or sample the amazing selection of vegan ice cream at Yorica. Brighton’s famous vegan Italian restaurant Purezza opened in March of 2018 in London. For a retro vegan dining experience of ordering food and eating it inside of a converted old double-decker London bus, check out Just FaB – Food Bus. Within a few minutes in the Camden Market area, you can walk to 5 different vegan restaurants and food stalls including Young Vegans Pie Shop with their fantastic pies and desserts, Club Mexicana with their authentic vegan tacos, Spicebox with fragrant and delightful vegan Indian food, Rudy’s Dirty Diner with tasty vegan American fare, and Good Dog Vegan Hot Dogs for your vegan chili hot dog cravings.

The word vegan can be seen all over the city, on the streets and in the tube stations, and there are so many vegan events in London now that it can be a challenge to keep up.

Vegan food shopping is a breeze in London, as there are loads of health food stores with vegan products, plus several completely vegan grocery stores including Organic For the People andGreenBay in west London. For those interested in raw foods, Paradise Unbakery and Tanya’s Superfoods are perfect choices for gourmet raw delights. Vegan apparel can be found at The Third Estate. London is even home to a fully vegan hair salon The Rabbit Hole Vegan Hair Parlourand a vegan bar/restaurant called The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker.

Even international chain Pizza Hut has jumped on the vegan bandwagon offering vegan cheese at all their locations in London and throughout the UK.

Veganism continues to be one of the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle movements, and this is certainly reflected in London’s exploding vegan scene. With the incredible number of superb quality vegan restaurants, the word “vegan” appearing throughout the cityscape, the number and quality of vegan events, and the sheer number of vegan products that can be found at mainstream stores, England is our new top pick for the world’s most vegan-friendly city.

Watch our video of London VegFest.

#2 Berlin

‍A burger from EmmaPea Vegan Food and Bar (Photo: Dianakey)

The vegan scene in Berlin continues to grow and thrive. Berlin upholds its reputation as an international vegan destination. The number of vegan restaurants within a 5-mile radius around Berlin has grown to 65, and an additional 320 vegetarian and veg-option restaurants are listed on HappyCow. The word “vegan” is visible on restaurant signs throughout the city. Berliners are familiar with the widely accepted and practiced vegan lifestyle, and it is incredibly simple to find options through this hip city. From stellar pizzas at La Stella Nera, world-class vegan döner kebab at Vöner der Vegetarische Döner, and creative gourmet cuisine at Lucky Leek orKopps, to healthier, raw vegan gourmet delights at Rawtastic, you can find any type of vegan dish you are craving. If you are in the mood for ethnic cuisine, the number of Vietnamese-style restaurants has exploded over the past few years. Top-rated 1990 Vegan Living has Vietnamese tapas style dishes including delicious mock meat and tofu plus great cocktails, andChaostheorie is a bar that also sells vegan comfort food.

If you are seeking a place to enjoy brunch, Cafe Vux is one of the least expensive but has excellent quality food. After yoga at the Jivamukti Berlin yoga center, enjoy healthy German cuisine and juices at Jivamukti Cafe, or if you want a quick vegan burger or quiche, check out EmmaPea Vegan Food and BarSun Day Burger is a popular spot for an inexpensive vegan burger.

Berlin is known in the vegan community for their “vegan avenue” called Schivelbeiner Straße which boasts the vegan shoe store Avesu (shipping worldwide), the vegan clothing store Deargoods, and Veganz vegan grocery store with Goodies Cafe inside. If you can’t find what you are looking for at Avesu or Deargoods, you may want to head over to vegan clothing stores Loveco and Suessstoff. If you’re still craving sweets, you can get your vegan doughnut fix at either of Brammibals Doughnuts two locations or check out gourmet cake shop I Am DeliciousBalaram Eis serves incredible peanut vegan ice cream with pieces of chocolate, peanuts, and salted caramel. If you’re seeking a permanent souvenir, you can even get a vegan tattoo at Lightworkers.

Berlin’s vegan scene continues to thrive and expand, and it’s a truly an awesome city for vegans.

Watch our video of Berlin’s famous vegan avenue.

#3 New York City

A dish from Delice & Sarrasin (Photo: ChristopheC)

With its incredibly diverse variety of cuisines, New York is considered by many to be the international food capital of the world. New York’s vegan scene continues to flourish, boasting 64 vegan restaurants in a 5-mile radius of the city. For a quick, tasty meal or a fresh juice, Terri‘s locations can be found throughout the city. Terri’s-owned and socially conscious restaurant P.S. Kitchen opened the summer of 2017 and features an artisanal menu of small and large plates, desserts, and bar drinks. Some other spots for delicious, affordable, fast and tasty eats are Marty’s V Burger with their fantastic veggie burgers and vegan buffalo wings and V-Life, a little shop and juice bar offering vegan wraps, burgers, salads, smoothies, and more.

If you are seeking an upscale experience, Candle 79 and Blossom are delectable choices, both specializing in elegant vegan American/International fusion dishes. These two restaurants also have less formal, less pricey offshoots throughout the city. Hangawi and Hangawi’s sister restaurant Franchia Vegan Cafe offer spectacular vegan Korean/Asian fusion food. If you are in the mood for French vegan food, Delice & Sarrasin serves amazing vegan crepes and vegan versions of other French classic dishes.

New York City has numerous vegan bakeries including Erin McKenna’s, and Sweets By Chloe (bakery portion of By Chloe), vegan coffee shop/bakery Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, vegan doughnut bakery Dun-Well Doughnuts, vegan confectionery Confectionery!, and raw dessert shop Rawsome Treats. Vegan shoe store Moo Shoes caters to your vegan feet. The city that never sleeps is becoming more vegan every day, and you will be able to find anything you crave here.

To avoid missing some of these hidden vegan gems in New York and other cities globally, use our HappyCow app and sort by highest rated!

#4 Portland

A dish from Farm Spirit (Photo: Crabby Kitty)

Veganism and plant-based eating are an integral part of Portland’s social fabric. The city’s landscape is dotted with a wide variety of fabulous vegan eats, including 20 types of vegan artisinal cheese produced at Vtopia Cheese Shop & Deli. In the same building you can find the new and highly popular Ichiza Kitchen and Teahouse, a teahouse specializing in shojin ryori-style food. Top-rated Aviv serves delicious Israeli cuisine, and if you are in the mood for gourmet, artisinal pizza, check out Virtuous PieCanteen is an excellent choice for healthier smoothies, bowls, and fresh salads. Top-rated American/European fusion restaurant Farm Spirit has exquisitely prepared and presented small plates, and Paiche, a Peruvian restaurant that became vegan late last year also focuses on beautiful, small plates. Higher-end Epif, a restaurant and pisco lounge inspired by the Andes region of South America, became vegan in the last year.

In the mood for a quality vegan burger? Next Level Burger is an Oregon plant-based business with 6 locations across 4 states including its Portland location. After your burger fix, check out Oracle Coffee Company which serves some of the finest cups of coffee around with an array of Pennsylvania Dutch-style baked goods supplied by Shoofly Vegan Bakery. If you are craving a delicious gourmet vegan donut, be sure not to miss Doe DonutBack to Eden is considered by many as the best bakery / sweet shop in Portland, and they opened a second, much larger, restaurant next door to their original location. The restaurant focuses on brunch and pizza. All menu items are vegan and gluten-free.

In addition to many vegan restaurants, Portland is well known for having a number of vegan food carts such as Sushi Love, which serves elegantly prepared vegan sushi; a vegan bed and breakfast,The Cherokee Rose Inn; a vegan shoe/handbag/clothing/accessory store, Ether Shoes Warehouse; and a decadent vegan chocolate shop, Missionary Chocolates. There is even a vegan strip mall with a vegan tattoo shop, Scapegoat Tattoo; a vegan grocery store Food Fight! Grocery; a vegan bake shop, Sweetpea Baking Co.; a vegan clothing shop, Herbivore Clothing; and a vegan massage therapy studio, New Moon Massage. The secondFood Fight! location is evolving into a new vegan mini-mall with a vegan cafe, Jet Black Coffee Company, next door and a vegan Mexican food cart, Vegan GorditosHomegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ opened a restaurant and has highly rated mouth-watering vegan barbeque, and nearby you can find Sudra’s second location.

If you enjoy a vegan cocktail with your vegan food a number of new vegan bar/restaurants have opened in Portland including Maxwell bar, Modern Times, and Capitol. Portland even has adult entertainment clubs which serve exclusively vegan food.

Portland is a very hipster and eco-friendly city, and within a 5-mile radius, there are 40 fully-vegan restaurants, 27 vegetarian restaurants, and 154 veg-friendly restaurants. Portland’s high density of vegan establishments means you won’t have to travel far to find what you are looking for, and several more vegan restaurants are scheduled to open in the next few months.

Watch our video highlights of Portland VegFest.

#5 Tel Aviv

A dish served at Anastasia (Photo: yogigoldberg)

Israel has the highest percentage of vegans globally, with an estimated 5 to 8 percent of the entire population being vegan, an estimated 400,000 people and growing. Many of these vegans inhabit Tel Aviv. Most of the 31 fully-vegan restaurants in Tel Aviv serve a combination of Israeli / Middle Eastern / Mediterranean cuisine with some western influence. The first vegan cafe in Tel Aviv, Anastasia, has excellent main dishes and raw desserts and is very popular throughout the day. Four One Six, an all vegan modern New York-style bar and restaurant, makes their own vegan “steak” and has fabulous desserts.

Zakaim Vegan Boutique is considered one of the top vegan places to eat in the city, with a menu featuring Persian and Middle Eastern fine dining. Tel Aviv also boasts one of the world’s few authentic vegan Ethiopian restaurants, Tenat, with an authentic atmosphere and top quality meals. If you are seeking vegan Sushi, try The Green Roll, and if you are in the mood for gourmet raw food, check out Neroli Organic Juice Bar and Rawfood DinerHatool HaYarok has some of the city’s best vegan pizza, topped with house-made cashew cheese.

Meshek Barzilay Deli offers salads and hot dishes which you can eat inside or in their outside section. They also have a coffee bar with vegan cakes, a juice bar, and products such as gourmet vegan cheese, spreads, bread, wine, organic produce and more. Next door is Meshek Barzilayrestaurant, which serves mostly vegan dishes.

If you’re after a quick bite, try the popular veggie fast food and diner-style restaurant Goodness, and if you fancy vegan kebab, shawarma, schnitzel, and burger, we recommend Falafel Mevorach. For vegan fast food that is not fried, check out Nature Boys, and Jars and Bowls for salads, legume bowls, and shakes.

The city also has a vegan grocery store, Taam L’Chaim – Taste For Life.

Due to the density of the vegan population, the restaurants, and city’s vegan mentality, Tel Aviv upholds its reputation as one of the world’s vegan capitals. The Israeli Defense Force continues to provide vegan meals and leather-free boots and helmets to vegan soldiers. International pizza delivery service Dominos offers vegan cheese at all of their branches in Tel Aviv and throughout Israel.

HappyCow’s Tel Aviv city page lists 31 vegan, 29 vegetarian, and 138 veg-friendly eatery options. Most of these restaurants are concentrated within a 1-mile radius of the city center. Israel has the most vegans per capita and the vegan food options in Tel Aviv are incredible.

#6 Los Angeles

A dish from Crossroads Kitchen (Photo: eric)

Although Los Angeles may be best known for Hollywood celebrities, including a number of vegan ones (Joaquin Phoenix, Alicia Silverstone, and Casey Affleck, to name a few), Los Angeles is also a vegan mecca, boasting 42 fully-vegan and another 142 vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in a five-square mile area. You won’t have any trouble finding delicious healthy (or less-than-healthy) options throughout this large city. LA is known for its wide variety of international vegan cuisines, including 18 vegan Thai restaurants (we recommendArraya’s Place and Satdha), three vegan Ethiopian restaurants (Rahel Ethiopian Vegan CuisineAzla Vegan, and T&T Lifestyle), a mouth-watering vegan cheese restaurant (Vromage), an upscale gourmet vegan Japanese restaurant with 2 locations (Shojin), the second location of vegan Vietnamese favorite Au Lac, and the world’s first and only Cuban vegan restaurant (Equelecua Cuban Café). Vegan cheese pizza can be ordered at an increasing number of restaurants throughout the city, or you can choose to stick with entirely plant-based Cruzer Pizza. LA is also home to iconic vegan musician Moby’s Little Pine vegan bistro, serving upscale Italian/Mediterranean fusion dishes; and also to celebrity chef Tal Ronen’s wildly successful Mediterranean fusion restaurant, Crossroads. Some superb vegan bakeries include Donut FarmErin McKenna’s Bakery LA, and PomegranateMoo Shoes is nearby for vegan shoes and accessories. Newer additions to the Los Angeles vegan scene include Los Angeles’s first all-vegan restaurant/bar Beelman’s and a nearby quirky restaurant/bar with great American/fusion food The Dankness Dojo at Modern Times.

Although these options are spread out over a large area of the city, it’s no wonder why LA is often referred to as a vegan haven.

#7 Warsaw

Maki from Youmiko (Photo: kenvegan)

Warsaw continues its tremendous vegan growth spurt in 2018, with 47 vegan restaurants now in a 5-mile radius, and with most of those within just a one-mile radius. The density of vegan restaurants in Warsaw makes it incredibly convenient to walk from restaurant to restaurant. Warsaw’s famous vegan burger joint Krowarzywa‘s added its fourth location, based upon its success of being voted twice as the “Best Burger in Warsaw,” beating out all competing meat burgers. The city has two spectacular vegan sushi restaurants, Edamame and Youmiko Vegan Sushi; an excellent vegan Italian restaurant, Leonardo Verde; a world-class vegan ramen restaurant, Vegan Ramen Shop; and a number of other classic restaurants including Vege MiastoLokal Vegan Bistro andVege Bistro, all showcasing vegan versions of traditional Polish dishes such as pierogi (dumplings), golabki (cabbage rolls), and Schabowy (meat cutlets).

There are also a growing number of excellent middle eastern/falafel restaurants includingFalafeLove, with its two locations, Vegan Na MolieraTel Aviv with five locations, and Falafel Beirutwith three locations. Akwarium and Vegestacja offer superb vegan ice cream; Lokal Dela Kremserves gorgeous cakes and other baked goods; and, if you are seeking desserts with the healthiest ingredients in the city, Słodki Bez is a fine choice. With its three locations, Keboom offers vegan kebabs with many calling it Warsaw’s top kebab.

Physalis confectionery creates superb to-order cakes, pies, pastries, and macaroons. Warsaw has two vegan grocery stores, Evergreen and TerraVege; a vegan and organic certified wine shop, Solvino Bio; a new vegan shoe store, Amanas; and even two vegan nail salons, Salon Wisla & Nailed It.

Within a 5-mile radius, HappyCow has over 112 listings for veg-friendly options in the city of Warsaw, and this city’s vegan scene continues to flourish and grow.

Watch our video of Warsaw’s vegan scene | See vegan Warsaw documentary by Patryk B.

#8 Toronto

Quinoa Tartare from Planta (Photo: mcsnv)

Entering the top ten this year is Canada’s most populous city. Toronto has long been known in the vegan scene for one of the largest vegetarian events in North America (watch our Toronto Veg Food Fest video here), and the number of vegan offerings in this city has exploded over the past few years.

Another branch of the locally famous Apiecalypse Now vegan pizzeria opened earlier this year and continues to serve outstanding vegan pizza-by-the-slice.

Famous Canadian Chef Doug McNish opened his Mythology Diner in late 2017, featuring veganized versions of classic diner foods such as the Reuben sandwich and Salisbury steak. Doomies from Los Angeles opened a Toronto branch, and this newer location of the vegan American fast food restaurant has also become a mainstay for vegan versions of American classics north of the border.

Toronto is filled with create-it-yourself vegan protein bowl restaurants like Urban Herbivore with 4 locations and Kupfert and Kim with 6 locations. For delicious salads, soups, and smoothies, SÜÜP Health Bar is another popular choice.

For an upscale vegan experience, Planta is the go-to restaurant, and you can also try their casual offshoot called Planta Burger which offers vegan burgers, crab cakes, and milkshakes. If you are into ethnic foods, Vegetarian Haven features superb Asian fusion cuisine. For Jamaican favorites, One Love Vegetarian and Ital Vital‘s two locations will satisfy you with the tastes of this tropical island.

If you are into healthier vegan food, Rawlicious has you covered with their raw vegan lasagna, pizzas, wraps, salads, and desserts. If you like your desserts more traditional, check out the 2 locations of Bunner’s Bake Shop and Sweet Hart Kitchen. Are you seeking vegan shirts, shoes, purses, wallets, and accessories? The Imperative is the place to go. For vegan meats, cheeses, and other vegan foods, check out Good Rebel grocery store.

Toronto’s vegan scene has come a long way the past few years and continues to grow.

#9 Prague

A dish from Vegan’s Prague (Photo: LucieGaspari)

With a population of only 1.26 million people, Prague comes up in the top 5 of most vegan restaurants per capita in the world. Although Prague has 48 vegan restaurants listed on HappyCow within a 5-mile radius, most of these restaurants fall within a 2-mile radius. Just a few years ago, the great majority of vegan restaurants in Prague were comprised of the 8 Loving Huts that you can find throughout the city, but over the past couple of years, Prague’s vegan scene has grown rapidly. Highlights in this beautiful, small city include Bistro Střecha (“roof” in English) which offers delicious and inexpensive vegan, primarily Czech cuisine, and is owned by a worker cooperative where all who work there can eventually become members. This socially conscious cooperative offers jobs to underprivileged people who are having difficulty finding a job, such as former prisoners, and the homeless.

Chlebíček is a shop and a tiny bistro where you can buy and eat typical Czech open sandwiches (“chlebíčky”), which are very popular in Czechia at all kinds of events. Forrest Bistro is a new bistro/café/restaurant which offers a daily lunch menu in addition to the regular menu. The food is a fantastic fusion of many world cuisines and occasionally includes Czech cuisine. The restaurant also makes some of the best coffee in town. Waipawa Letná offers great vegan burgers and Czech classic meals like fried cheese or “svíčková” gravy with dumplings, and another great vegan burger place is Pastva.

Moment is one of the early vegan restaurants in Prague, and is best known for their tasty brunch, featuring scrambled tofu, bagels, shawarma, and quesadillas. Amitabha, is a reasonably-priced self-serve Thai buffet. Since it is located in a basement, the temperature remains pleasantly cool in the warm Prague summers. If you love vegan buffets, Veganland‘s three locations offer excellent Asian-style pay-by-weight buffets.

Blue Vegan Pig Shop offers delicious American style donuts which are very popular in Prague. If you are into raw vegan gourmet cuisine, the three locations of bistRAWveg are a perfect choice.

Due to the vast number of vegan choices and the density of vegan restaurants in this small city, Prague is a superb choice for vegan travel.

Watch our video with some insider vegan tips in Prague here.

#10 Paris

A dish from Le Potager de Charlotte (Photo: Melissaj1990)

Entering the top ten this year is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Although Parisian cuisine is better known for its dairy and meat/fish, this city has transformed over the past few years into one of the world’s top destinations for vegans.

Paris has a variety of fine vegan restaurant choices. Gentle Gourmet is a vegan restaurant featuring refined cuisine, both classical and contemporary. With their 2 locations, Hank Vegan Burger serves what many consider to be the best vegan burger and fries in Paris. Sister restaurant Hank Vegan Pizza serves a variety of top-quality vegan pizzas by the slice. Another top-rated fast food vegan spot is Super Vegan best known for their vegan kebab with garlic sauce. Season Square features soups, burgers, pasta, rice dishes, and desserts. If you crave a vegan hot dog, Hot Vog or Le Tricycle are your spots.

For your sweet tooth, Cloud Cakes is a vegan coffee shop and bakery featuring vegan croissants, light meals, and excellent coffee. Jo and Nana Cakes has amazing vegan cookies, pies, and cakes, and they also serve a mouth-watering vegan quiche. More delectable pastries and other desserts can be found at Laélo and VG PâtisserieCarmen Ragosta, a concept store combining a restaurant and a clothing boutique, serves outstanding vegan Italian cuisine with a French twist, and what may be the finest tiramisu in the world.

In the mood for vegan Asian food? International vegan chain Loving Hut and Bodhi Vegan are local favorites. The highly-rated and popular Le Potager Du Marais serves traditional French foods made vegan, as well as outstanding onion soup and vegan bourguignon. Le Potager De Chalotte and Hope serve delicious seasonal gourmet European and French cuisine. Le Faitout offers a variety of soups, salads, and desserts, and becomes a tapas bar in the evenings. My Kitchn serves healthy, and very tasty organic vegan food, smoothies, and cocktails, and has a vegan version of Fois Gras called Faux Gras. HappyCow’s top-rated La Palanche d’Aulac, offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine. If you prefer to be guided by locals around the city to some of the hottest vegan spots, check out Vegan Culinary Tours Paris.

Paris has a number of fully vegan stores, including Un Monde Vegan and Mon Epicerie Paris, which have a fine selection of vegan food products. Jay & Joy is a shop specializing in vegan cheese. If you need vegan body care or cosmetics, Veganie has a variety of international vegan brands.

Paris has come a long way in terms of vegan offerings, and we are delighted to see in our top ten one of the world’s most visited cities.

Roaming the gorgeous streets of Paris while navigating with the HappyCow app will make your Parisian experience even more delightful!

Watch our video highlights of Veggie World Paris.

(c)2018 Plant Based News LTD. All Rights Reserved.

Are There Any Diets That Are As Good As NutriSystem, But Are Cheaper?

Yesterday, I received an email from a women who told me that she liked many aspects of this diet, but she was trying to do better on the price. Specifically, she wanted to know "is there any diets that are as good as NutriSystem with as many good food choices that are cheaper or cost less?" I'll tell you how I responded to this question in the following article.

Diets Comparable To NutriSystem: Many people do not realize it, but NutriSystem combines a lot of the attributes of many popular diets. It's low in calories (like weight watchers.) It's low in carbs (like Atkins and South Beach.) It's high in protein and fiber (like the Mediterranean.) So, while you could compare this diet to many others, very few have all of these attributes at once and very few offer so many food choices. (There are over 170 food choices with a lot of snacks and comfort foods.) For example, you get a low amount of carbs on Atkins, but you have to eat meat and eggs all of the time and you're rarely allowed sweets and Cereals (which you get on this one.) You get a low amount of calories on weight watchers, but you have to count them and many of the foods have too much carbs or sugar to successfully put your body in ketosis (rapid fat burning mode .)

If you wanted a diet similar to this one, you'd have low calories, low carbs, high protein, high fiber, and healthy fresh foods. Now, you could educate yourself on how to prepare these foods, but you would have to plan for, buy, and then prepare the groceries. I actually doubt that this would cost you less than the prepackaged diet and it would be a lot more work. Let's take a closer look at this.

The True Cost Of NutriSystem: OK, if you're going for the basic women's plan (where you eat five times per day), the base price of this is around $ 300. But, there are always specials and coupons running. Usually, you'll either get 2 – 3 weeks for free or as much as $ 100 off (if you're willing to try auto ship.) This brings the cost down to about $ 8 or so per day. If you're figuring out the cost per meal, this is around $ 1.60 each, which is quite good, in my opinion.

Now, the new Flex Plan (where you take weekends off) is even cheaper than that – $ 100 cheaper to be exact. But, you're getting less food and you still have to cover your weekend meals. So, although there is a perception that this one works out to be cheaper, I believe that when you figure out the cost of groceries, you're really in the same ball park. However, many people like having two days off, which has nothing to do with cost. (And you can use the same coupons with this plan too.)

So, Is There Any Decent Alternative ?: I think the answer to this really depends on your criteria in what it considered "good." If you're willing to educate yourself and have the power and the drive to prepare your own meals and buy well in advance and in bulk, you may well be successful and save a bit of money. But, I truly believe that when you consider gas, groceries, and the cost of what your time is worth, NutriSystem is actually quite cost effective and convenient, but this is going to be individual for everyone. Not many diets let you eat chocolate cake and tacos for $ 1.60 or so per meal.