SXSW 2018 Plant-Based: Growing a Vegan Family (with tips and resource guide)

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Here is an overview of my talk from SXSW this year and some tips and resources for those who are interested.  I’ve also included the Lazy Smurf’s Vegan ATX guide + additions from me.  I’ve included some places that are not vegan but are vegan friendly so that you can go with your non-vegan people and still be super satisfied!

Hi!  My name is Jessica Nunez.  I am a certified Holistic Health coach and I specialize in plant-based nutrition and I am also a former vegan chef.  I have been a vegan for over 12 years, I sort of lost count.  I am also a mother of two who have been raised vegan since birth.  My story is that food has always been a big part of my life.  I love food, I love to eat, I think it is one of the great pleasures in life.  That being said, I have not always been vegan.  I used to eat everything under the sun and although I have always loved my veggies even as a child, I also loved my butter, and my steaks, and my sushi and all of it.  What we eat is not only a necessity, it is emotional, cultural, familial, political and says something about the way in which we are connected or disconnected to our earth, other living things and our environment.

I went vegetarian after reading an article about chicken farms and the horrible conditions these animals were kept in and was just like, “Ok that’s it, I’m never eating meat again!”  I had known for a long time that factory farming was bad but had never really let myself dig in deeper.  I still continued to eat dairy and eggs until about a year later when I read a book called “Skinny Bitch”.  It laid out all the reasons for being vegan; health, animal compassion, and environmental.  At that moment I went vegan and I never looked back.  But because food was such an important thing in my life I was determined to make all my old favorite comfort foods but in vegan version and I was determined to make such good food that everyone who tried it would say “wow, this is so amazing, I guess I don’t need to eat meat and dairy either!”  So, although that was very unrealistic and naive of me I still tried, and I continue to try.

Although I knew that vegan was the best choice for my health and that of the planet, when I decided to have my children there was all this societal doubt that crept in making me question how and if I could be a healthy pregnant woman and have healthy vegan children.  For some reason I started to think it was going to take all of this work in order for me to achieve this.  As if eating a whole food, plant-based diet full of fresh real food could somehow be unhealthy, but that is the impression we get from society and the media a lot.  Even most doctors don’t know much about nutrition and they are still prescribing cow’s milk to children!!!  So, I did a lot of research and found that everything I was doing was right, and not only healthy but the healthiest option I could choose.  Six years later I have two beautiful, smart, happy, healthy vegan kids.  My son was actually 10 lbs at birth so there was no question I was getting plenty of what I needed to grow a really healthy baby.  So, it became very important for me to help other people along their journey and for them to know with confidence that a plant-based diet was the healthiest choice they could make.  It is how our bodies are designed to eat and thrive.  Unfortunately, we have grown very out of touch with a natural way of eating and we are bombarded with processed, un-natural food that is causing us a lot of disease and suffering.  We have an unhealthy obsession with eating mass amounts of meat and dairy and an insane obsession with protein. Our current way of eating is known as the SAD diet, or standard American Diet.  And, it is sad.   It’s killing us and the planet.

Plant-based (vs. vegan):  consuming foods that are whole food plants, as opposed to something just considered vegan so Technically:

“Veganism is a philosophy deeply devoted to animal rights, and being a vegan (n.) is a lifestyle choice that involves diet, politics and ethics. Vegans (n.) not only eliminate animal products from their diet, but from all aspects of their lives. We’re talking – no leather, fur, wool or silk; products derived from insects (i.e. honey and beeswax); or toiletries that may be derived from and/or tested on animals.

When it comes to food, “plant-based” simply refers to whole, plant foods and NOT just foods considered to be “vegan”. For example, French fries or Oreos are in essence vegan, but are not considered to be “plant-based”, as neither product resembles that of their original plant form.  You can definitely be vegan and still have a very unhealthy diet.

On the flip side, a “plant-based” meal may by definition be vegan, but a person who follows a plant-based diet is not necessarily a vegan (n.) – whereas they may consume only plant-based products but wear/use products that are derived from animals.

I also think that for some people “plant-based” is maybe a more comfortable term than “vegan”.

Reasons for going vegan:

  1. Improving our health
  2. Protecting the environment
  3. Compassion for animals/Animal Rights
  •  Food animals are treated abominably.  They live in cramped cages, are forced to endure physical and psychological hardships, are injected with drugs, sprayed with chemicals, fed things they have no business eating, and live short, terror-filled lives.  When you stop eating food animals you stop contributing to the suffering.  Egg chickens are kept in cramped unsanitary cages, have their beaks chopped off, are pumped full of antibiotics, hormones, and drugs in order for them to produce way more eggs than they are ever meant to naturally.  Baby male chicks are burned alive.  Dairy cows are tied in stalls, unable to turn around.  They are injected with hormones.  A machine hooked to the cow’s delicate udders milks her whether she’s ready or not and to the point where her udders become bloody and raw and the milk is filled with blood and pus.  She never gets a chance to feed her babies, since they are taken from her at birth and both of them cry for each other not being able to be with each other or bond.  A cow who would normally live 20-25 yrs lives 5-7 in these conditions. This became increasingly more real for me after I became a breastfeeding mother.  I can’t even fathom this physical and emotional torture.
  • Animal agriculture uses up vital resources that could be used to feed millions of children who are starving to death each year. Feed for farm animals requires a lot of land, water, and fertilizer that could be used to feed the human population directly.  Cattle grazing causes topsoil erosion, which means the land is less capable of producing crops.  Animal waste products are dumped into lagoons and on land, which pollutes our waters and our environment.  Even contaminating our vegetables.  We lose trees we lose rainforest, and we lose oxygen.  We bring about the extinction of animals living in the rain forest, and were altering our ecosystem.  But vegans are sustained on far less land than omnivores.  Twenty thousand pounds of potatoes can be grown on the same amount of land required to make 165 pounds of beef.  It takes three-and-a-half acres of land each year to feed an omnivore, but only 1/6th of an acre to feed a vegan. All the livestock in the world cause more air pollution than all the cars, buses, planes, ships and other modes of transportation in the world combined.  We are also over-fishing our oceans and have already fished out 90% of our oceans large fish, not to mention all of the other marine life we kill in the process like dolphins and sea turtles and coral reefs.   Not to mention all of the toxins and plastics that are showing up in seafood today.   https://inhabitat.com/35-facts-that-will-make-you-never-want-to-eat-fish-again/  When you go vegan you stop contributing to the degradation of our planet’s resources and you help protect our environment.
  • Vegans suffer fewer health problems than people who eat meat and dairy. For example, a vegan is less likely to suffer from cancer, heart disease, heart attack, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, gallstones, diverticular disease, auto-immune diseases and food-borne illnesses, just to name a few.  Vegan food contains zero cholesterol, it’s high in fiber, water-rich, and contains fewer chemicals than meat and dairy products not to mention no antibiotics.   Dairy causes inflammation in the body, and chronic inflammation causes all sorts of disease.  The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones with the highest consumption of dairy.  So no, milk does not do a body good, unless you are a baby cow.   People who eat the most animal-based foods get the most chronic disease.  The diet that has been shown time and time again to prevent and/or reverse these diseases and many others is a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

BTW, helping ourselves, animals and the planet are not mutually exclusive!!!  You don’t have to choose one over the other.  By choosing to go vegan, plant-based, or even just a little more in that direction you help them all!  Pretty sweet.

Flexible/accepting vs. vegan “nazi”:

I definitely started out as what is referred to as a “vegan nazi”.   Almost 15 years later, and now as a health coach, I can see the importance of accepting any small changes people can make toward a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle.  After all, I started out as an omnivore and slowly made my way to vegetarian and then to vegan.  Who am I to shame anyone else on their journey?  It’s a tough world out there and peer pressure and wanting to fit in is real.  Also, food is an extremely emotional, cultural, and visceral thing.  It connects us to our families, our heritage, our communities, our celebrations and our feelings.  It’s not surprising that it can be hard and scary for people to change that up.  I’ve seen a lot of people shamed in vegan FB groups for not being 100% vegan.  I’ve seen people turned off by veganism because of the attitude it sometimes comes with or even just because for example they can’t give up honey yet.  To me that’s really sad.  I would rather embrace the efforts someone is making to move in the right direction than shun them for not being “perfect”.

Kids:  Let’s be honest.  I don’t know about you, but I am terrified about the world in which my children will grow up.  Global warming and environmental degradation are happening at a much faster rate than scientists ever predicted and the Armageddon-type movies that come out each year are starting to seem ever more real.  Kids are natural born learners, explorers, and scientists.  They want to know how and why things work.  They are infinitely curious.  It’s not hard to teach kids mindfulness around the choices they make.  The old drug commercial is true; they really do “learn it by watching you”!   Even my 6 year old and 2 year old know that we recycle and we bring our re-usable grocery bags to the store.  If we can make progress there, we can do it in other areas too.  Kids really do want to know where their food comes from and how it benefits them.   It’s just up to us to show them how important the choices we make are, not only on our bodies but on the planet and other living things.  Let’s give them a chance to be involved in their world and making it a better place.  It fosters confidence, creativity and responsibility that they will take with them into their teen years and on as adults.   It starts with us and the choices we make and talking about those things with our kids.

Children’s vegan books:

That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals & Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action-Ruby Roth

Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids– Ruby Roth

A Vegan Holiday-Courtney and Bjorn Hufer

Other Resources–  Vegan Kids magazine (vegankidsmagazine.com), You-tube channels, FB groups like- How vegan children Eat, How Vegan Children Thrive, Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting, Kids Vegan Lunchbox, Healthy Plant-Based Families, What Vegan Children Eat, Ask a Vegan Dietitian,  Vegan families of Austin, Earth Friendly Food Choices, your local vegan FB groups

Instagram- (Some of my favorites are) Ugly by Nature, Ellen Fisher, Minimalist Baker, Lunch with Littles, Wicked Healthy, The Sexy Vegan

Tips and tricks:

  • Get them involved-growing and preparing food, shopping, picking out recipes (they love to be included)
  • Don’t call it vegan ( It’s just food!)
  • Make it fun with language they get excited about: “Rainbow” bowls/”golden” quinoa”/”Lifeboats”
  • Visit rescue animals/ talking about how these animals are “used by humans” for food and how our actions directly impact them
  • Come prepared! Don’t be afraid to have an avocado in your purse.  Bring your own vegan condiments.  Know your options beforehand.  Bring a vegan cupcake to b-day parties!  Don’t be afraid to ask your favorite businesses to carry vegan options.

Books:

The China Study- T. Colin Campbell, PhD &  Thomas M. Campbell II, MD  Father and son  share their findings on the most comprehensive research study ever undertaken on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.  They discuss heart disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, degenerative brain diseases, etc.  They offer undeniable evidence of the power of a whole food, plant-based diet.  This book is an absolute must-read for everyone!

Protienaholic– Garth Davis, M.D.  One of the leading physicians/surgeons in this country recounts his own obsession with protein and how he used to push it on his patients.  He dispels the myths that have been perpetuated by our doctors and the media.  He sets the record straight regarding all the conflicting and confusing nutritional studies and headlines and gives us a straight forward plant-based solution.

How to Not Die– Michael Gregor, M.D.  features the latest science on nutrition and health to show that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat and to treat and prevent disease.  He describes which foods to eat specifically to prevent the leading causes of disease related death.

The Cheese Trap- New York Times bestselling author Dr. Neal Barnard.  We’ve been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it additive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In THE CHEESE TRAP, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive program to help readers break free of their cheese addiction so they can lose weight, boost energy, and improve their overall health. This easy-to-follow diet features a treasury of healthy recipes that will tame even the toughest cravings-from pizza, to lasagna, to ice cream and cheesecake.

The China Study Cookbook- Bring the Whole Family to the Plant-Based Table with Fun and Delicious RecipesYou know the benefits of a plant-based diet—it’s the best choice for your own health and well-being, not to mention the planet’s. But now you need to successfully navigate the transition and convince your family to do the same . . . or at least eat a few more veggies. The China Study Family Cookbook is the family-friendly cookbook and guide you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to make plant-based eating easier and even more rewarding for your family—no matter your lifestyle. 

Simple Happy Kitchen (pre-order book, published from kickstarter campaign)- Website and book offer easy to understand, illustrated plant-based tips and info.  The goal is to simplify often complicated and hard to understand research and nutritional info and make it cheerful and easy to understand. They also offer charts with pictures for things like where to get protein, calcium, and iron with cute little pics of veggies, legumes, nuts, seeds etc. along with fun things like stickers and stuffed veggie characters.

Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World– Erin Pavlina (founder of VegFamily website and magazine)  A complete guide for parents.  Erin talks about why to go vegan, frequently asked questions vegans get like “where do you get your protein?” and “won’t your kids be deprived”, nutritional info for all ages, tips and tricks for transitioning kids, substitutions, dining out, social situations, meal ideas, traveling, health, school, recipes.

ATX VEGAN GUIDE

(The Lazy Smurf’s Guide lazysmurf.wordpress.com + my additions)

Here is a list of businesses that are 100% vegan, and most of them are owned by vegans as well.

Food Trailers and Restaurants 

Casa De Luz– All vegan macrobiotic buffet, behind Barton Springs on Toomey. A really lovely place with shared tables. The menu changes daily. Hippie.

Counter Culture– 2337 East Cesar Chavez Street All vegan diner with buffalo mac and cheese balls, soul food burrito, and mushroom beet burger and lots of raw and engine 2 friendly items. Raw style desserts. I love their weekend brunch. Open until 10pm. Weekly specials on facebook.

Cheer Up Charlie’s– 900 Red River St All vegan bar. Fun place, with lots of events, raw vegan chocolate & Kombucha on tap. Super LGBTQIA friendly.

Sweet Ritual 4631 Airport Blvd you will find a magical vegan ice cream parlor with waffle cones, caramel sauce, crazy specials, and sundaes galore. They even have gluten free options and are so so vegan that you don’t have to worry for one second about eating something weird.

Capital City Bakery–  2211 East Cesar Chavez. The best vegan baked goods in town. For real. Apple Pie ala mode Peanut Butter Crunch cupcakes this is where it’s at.

The Vegan Nom 2324 East Cesar Chavez. The Best Vegan Tacos, I love the Migas, the Three Amigos, and the Birdie Sanders. Sometimes they have barbecued seitan with jalapeno mac and cheese on special and it’s one of my favorite tacos in the world. Check their facebook and instagram for specials and hours.

Conscious Cravings– 1311 S 1st St trailer vegan trailer with lots of really fantastic wraps, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. I love the Spicy Chickpea but the Seitan Chimichurri, Portabella Mushroom, and Blackened Tofu are all close behind. Open 11-8. There are multiple locations now, the other is in the Mueller Development. And you can get it delivered by Favor or Prime Now.

Arlo’s Austin On the Cheer Up Charlies patio. An all vegan trailer with the best Bac’n Cheeze Burger in town or maybe the world. Plus, a BBQ burger, Chili Dogs, Chick’n Tacos, Chips & Guac, and Mac n Cheeze. Open 8pm to 2am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Cool Beans–  22908 Fruth St. behind the Spider House. This Mexican trailer has fresh corn tamales and tacos with homemade tortillas.

Bistro Vonish 701 E53rd St. This all vegan trailer with pizzas, homemade kolaches, and specials that change with the season. They also have a popular brunch.

Doggie Style– South First and Live Oak (603 W. Live Oak) Made from scratch hotdogs with different topping like the 313 which has coney sauce, golden cheddar, and fresh onion or the John Stewart topped with sauerkraut and Russian dressing. You can also order up a side of Wingman Nachos or Stacked Fries to share.

The Blue Cat Cafe 95 Navasota Street, right off Ceasar Chavez. Inside you can hang out with cats that are up for adoption and watch them play on elevated walkways, lounge in unique cat beds, or play with toys. Outside is a vegan food truck with hot dogs, frito pie, nachos, and espresso drinks. You order and take a number and then they will either drop it off at your table outside or slide it through the pickup window inside.

Happy Vegan Bakery 8309B Research Blvd Although you can get her pastries and savory food in quite a few spots in town, there is also this storefront in north Austin with to-go food like Mac & Cheese.

Curcuma – Healthy bowls and Golden Mylk will keep you coming back to this well-regarded trailer.

The Great Y’all  701 East 53rd Chinese American food like Sesame Soy Curls, Bao, and Gobi Wings with cauliflower.

The Beer Plant– 3110 Windsor Rd. Vegan Gastropub with full bar, happy hour, and dinner entrees like hearts of palm “fish” and chips and a barbequed seitan sandwich. Weekend Brunch includes chicken and waffles, Tofu Migas, and French Toast.

Revolution Vegan Kitchen 7800 S. 1st Street. Tacos, burgers, curly fries, enchiladas and other plates at this food trailer on the south west side.

Veggie Heaven 1611 W. Fifth This classic campus Asian style restaurant reopened under new management on the west side. Favorites like Protein 2000, Tangerine Mushrooms, and Bubble Tea remain the same.

Vicecreme 6650 Comanche Trail #109 by the Oasis on Lake Travis. All vegan ice cream shop.

Milky Way Shakes – All vegan milkshake trailer outside the Spider House with house made coconut-based ice cream and almond milks. They also have aquafaba based meringues and other fun toppings. Try the Violet Beauregarde (blueberries, meringue, candied flower) or the Oreo Borealis (mint, fudge, Oreos) or build your own.

Zucchini Kill Bakery  701 E 53rd ST. SUITE C. Brick and mortar vegan bakery with house-made Twinkies, cupcakes, doughnuts. Everything is gluten-free & soy free. You can also pick up their treats at Counter Culture and the Buzzmill. 10-percent discount to musicians traveling through Austin!

Plow Burger 1505 Town Creek DR.  Inside the BuzzMill Coffeehouse. They serve the beyond burger and coconut bliss shakes. 11-11 Order at the Buzzmill Counter

Bodhi Viet Vegan Cuisine 2301 W Parmer Ln All veggie Vietnamese trailer with more exciting options than most of Austin’s Vietnamese spots. Try the soups

Vegetarian/Partially Vegan/Vegan Friendly Establishments

True Food Kitchen 222 West Ave. Lively and airy restaurant and bar focused on seasonality and catering to nearly every food preference with a variety of GF, organic, vegetarian and vegan options.

Bouldin Creek1900 South First St. Popular, casual, and funky restaurant serving all vegetarian and vegan coffee, drinks and imaginative comfort food. You will not leave this place hungry. Outside patio.

Fat Cat’s Coffee shop- 7020 Easy Wind Dr. serving all organic and non-gmo coffee and tea drinks as well as house made pastries that are all vegan (gluten-free options).  They also serve vegan Belgium style waffles you can top with vegan whipped cream or a wide selection of vegan icecream.  Don’t leave without the dark chocolate milkshake!

Flower Child(2 locations) North in the Domain – 11721 Rock Rose Ave, Ste 120, and Downtown – 500 W. 2nd St. Casual and fresh, this very affordable chain offers flavor by the boatload. Order one of their thoughtful bowls, plates, or wraps and a glass of organic wine, beer or kombucha at the counter and grab a seat inside or out on the patio. Do not miss the Spicy Japanese Eggplant. Just don’t.

Asther’s Ethiopian2804 N. I-35. Daily buffet that is probably 75% vegan as well as vegan menu items.

Mother’s Cafe 4215 Duval St. and E. 43rd St. Large organic and non-GMO menu featuring plenty of GF options. There is something for everyone at this well-loved longtime Austin stalwart. I dare you to leave without getting dessert. You can’t do it.

Citizen Eatery – 5011 Burnet Rd. Casual, clean, modern and 100% meat free with GF and paleo options. Offering wine, beer, unique cocktails and a variety of flavor profiles. I can heartily recommend the BBQ “Pulled Plant” sandwich.

Mr. Natural – (2 locations) 1901 E. Cesar Chavez St. and 2414 S. Lamar Blvd. Order from the huge menu or try a daily lunch special like Mole Enchiladas, Zucchini Poblano, Tamales, Potato Flautas, Cabbage Rolls, Veggie BBQ, or Albondigas to name just a few.

The Steeping Room 4400 North Lamar Blvd Suite 102. If you are a tea connoisseur you cannot miss this place. With a full menu specializing in Asian and Mediterranean flavors, plus pastries and tea-based mocktails. Looking for something unique? Try one of their very cool tea services for a memorable experience.

Alamo Drafthouse multiple locations and they all have a separate vegan menu. There is nothing like catching the latest must-see film while munching on a big bowl of bottomless popcorn and some Crunchy Buffalo Cauliflower with vegan ranch.  Cocktails, wine, extensive beer offerings (and for your non-vegan friends – adult milkshakes). But shhhhh, or they’ll kick your a*s out!

Guerro’s – 1412 South Congress Ave. With an awesome patio under the live oak trees this is a great spot to hear live music and the margaritas are good enough to get you out there dancing. Inside the cavernous, funky cantina you can enjoy interior Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex. Ask for the vegan menu to make life easy.

Trio – 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Inside the swanky Four Seasons Hotel. You wouldn’t expect to have many options at this fancy steak and seafood restaurant but if you ask, they have a separate vegan menu with apps, entrees and desserts.  The food is amazing, they are very accommodating, and they even have a great vegan breakfast option!

Li’l Nonna’s –(Behind The Buzz Mill): 1505 Town Creek Drive. The best pizza you’ve had since NYC! Vegetarian and vegan with GF options. You are going to flip over the house-made vegan mozzarella and beeteroni. Get. There. Now.

Buzzmill 1505 Town Creek Drive. Welcome to the neighborwoods. 24-hour full service bar and coffee shop serving elixirs, coffee, beer, cider and fun cocktails and they always have vegan treats like Zucchini Kill cupcakes! Supporting community projects with a conscious culture. They host several food trucks outside including Plow Burger (vegan) and Lil’ Nonna’s (vegetarian/vegan).

Yummi Joy– 409 W 2nd St. Right next to Toy Joy. Craft Sodas, coffee, mix and match candy plus vegan ice cream (by Sweet Ritual) in playful cartoonish surroundings.

Shopping

Rabbit Food Grocery – An all vegan convenience store packed with all the vegan goodies that are hard to find anywhere else. They also have vitamins, local handmade knitted items, and dog food.  CLOSED TEMPORARILY. They are currently moving to their new location in the TarryTown neighborhood but their online store is open! www.rabbitfoodgrocery.com

The Wandering Vegan Market – This pop-up market brings together local vegan arts & craft makers along with food vendors and bakers in different spots around town on weekends. Check out their Facebook to find an event

Wheatsville Co-op – Local grocery store and deli that is customer-owened.  They have a large selection of vegan foods and products as well as a deli, bakery, coffee and smoothie bar with tons of vegan options made fresh daily like vegan mac n cheeze and the famous popcorn tofu.  They have two locations:  3101 Guadalupe St. 78705, or 4001 S Lamar Blvd 78704.

Meal Delivery

Super Natural Food vegan, raw food delivery service. Deliveries are made each evening between 7:00PM and 10:00PM. Clients have the option to choose from a two-day, five-day or seven-day meal plan.

Catering

Simply Nice– 100% plant-based in-home chef services, event catering and more!

Sattva & Soul Catering – combines African American soul food cuisine with the healing philosophy and 6 taste of India’s Ayurvedic Cuisine.

Seed Catering a boutique plant-based catering company serving the greater Austin area. They also show up at Texas Veg Fest and other event.

Counter Culture – This awesome vegan restaurant can do off-site catering, meaning you order (off menu is fine) and pick up. You have to have your own servers and equipment. They can make pretty much anything that people request. They have even hosted wedding receptions and rented out our patio for private catered events.

Cool Beans –  all vegan Taco Truck that does catering

The Vegan Nom another all vegan Taco Truck that does catering

Pet Sitting

Prickly Pear Pet Care – pet sitting, dog walking, and pet taxi services since 2011. Offers daily dog walks, pet sitting visits, pet transport and errand services, limited in home boarding, and other specialized amenities.

Health & Wellness

P.L.A.N.T. (Plant-based Lifestyle and Nutrition Therapy) – Jessica Nunez is the founder of P.L.A.N.T.  where she is a Certified Holistic Health Coach specializing in Vegan Nutrition and a former vegan chef.  She works with families and individuals to help people achieve their health and wellness goals and she shows people how to plan and prepare amazing vegan meals for themselves and their families.  She also works with clients as a vegan/plant-based consultant for people who are new to the lifestyle. plantyourhealth.org

Vida Green Consulting – Tara Fisher-Muñoz founded Vida Green Consulting to teach people how to live a greener, cleaner and healthier lifestyle and is available to discuss diet, cleaning, gardening, and more. She also has a line of products like Hand sanitizer, Probiotic Deodorant, Household All-purpose Cleaner and more.

Beauty

Beautifully Bare Waxing  Vegan owned waxing/sugaring. The wax is not tested on animals and the ingredients are vegan.

Animal Sanctuaries

The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary – The animals at this zoo are all rescues and each has a touching story about how they ended up at the zoo.

Doctors

Dr. Carney Primary Care Physician

Dr. Hausman-Cohen Primary Care Physician

Dr. Bharati Kolte Board Certified in Internal Medicine- Flora Medical Group

Melissa Mouton RD holistic nutrition counselor at Nutrition Well

Tattoo 

Art Realm Tattoo Chris Hedlund all vegan process. IG @winterhalo

Golden Goat Tattoo Rianne Philips All of her tattoos are vegan from application to aftercare

Tattoos Amillion Is vegan and uses vegan ink

Austin Tattoo Company’s Cory Schofield 

Bijo Caleb Morford 

Resurrection Ollie Haerle

Shamen Modification Daniel O’Driscoll  

Vegan Piercers:

Affinity Crystal Vozella, Ryan Terrillion

Golden Goat Sean Philips

Shaman Modification Jade Winston 

Photography

Tanya Waller 

Philip Arno

Ailin Rachael Hyde

Housing

The Element – This sustainability focused apartment complex is a completely animal-cruelty-free community, so they host all vegan events, and none of their materials were produced using animal products. They also have no breed restrictions on pets and a dog park. And an organic gardening. Ownership donates a high percentage of profits toward animal, justice & environmentally oriented charities.

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