Forget what you know

Articles | January 7, 2020 | By

Imagine you live in a movie and the writer of the movie is now you. Most of your life has not been written by yourself but by many different authors. It’s time to write your own book. Forget everything that you thought existed for a moment and be like a newborn baby. You have the control of every belief that you allow yourself to have. We have been told that we can’t be certain ways like feeling young and vibrant when we grow old for example. Even the word “old” has this image that old means being sick. That’s not true. Our society shows that being sick is normal. It is part of our programming. You can stay fit, healthy, and young no matter how old you are. I know this may sound like a dream, it sounds unreal, doesn’t it? That’s because we’ve been fooled and we’ve been fooled so much that we can’t even embrace our true potential.

Our food is produced not to make us healthy, it is produced to make money and therefore it makes us sick. It is sad to know that the people in control are destroying people to achieve something that will only destroy themselves at the end. Cause you can’t ever be well if your people aren’t well. It’s just an illusion to think that you have it all while the rest don’t. We can truly only be whole once everyone is whole. And this starts by changing the way we nurture ourselves. This is the first fog we need to clear to see clearly and to realize that the only thing we need is us, the only thing that can rescue and heal you is you. You have the power and potential to do so.

We live on an abundant planet.

Keep an open mind. Only because you don’t understand now doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. There was once a time when you did not have the beliefs that you have right now and the only thing that happened was you allowed that thing to be part of your belief system. Educate yourself and never stop questioning. We are meant to be here to take care of each other, to support each other and to share our gifts and thrive on the passion and love from each other.

Never forget that, because one day it will be like that again and if you understand, start right now with yourself and strive to be the best version so you can be an example for other people. And; that is, the only way we can get there.

4 Tips on how to actively change your conditioned belief.


8 Tips on how to start a vegan diet

8 tips on how to start a vegan diet

Articles, VeganCrush | December 4, 2019 | By

8 Tips on how to start a vegan diet

Starting a vegan diet doesn’t have to be difficult in fact, it can be very easy with the right mindset and preparations. A very crucial point of a vegan diet transitioning is a good education on why you choose to start a vegan diet? What are the misconception all about? Find all the answers to your questions and be mindful about your choice. That way you will not only experience the abundance of vegan cuisine but also you will understand eventually, that it has much more to offer than just a healthier diet. Once you set your mind you’ll be starting on a clear foundation and your beautiful journey can begin.

1. Find out about vegan options of your favorite foods or ingredients that you use to eat very often. For example, if you use to have a lot of dairy like milk for your breakfast or coffee there are plenty of vegan milk choices. All you have to do is find out which of them you like best and use that to create your meals. Just like with everything in food, there will be products you like and some that you don’t like. Approach new ingredients or products with an open mind and don’t be afraid of new flavors that might tickle your taste buds.

2. Cook veganized recipes of dishes that you love! The best way to understand vegan food is to cook it by yourself. You will notice very quickly that there are ingredients you have never heard or tasted before and if you are like me, you want to try them all. Be curious and don’t be afraid to try out something new. Also if the recipe doesn’t turn out well in the beginning or if you didn’t like the taste don’t be discouraged, it is all about exploring and understanding a new diet. Try one of my easy to follow recipes ​Lentil Kofta​ or this super quick ​Chocolate Pudding​!

3. Try and explore different vegan dishes. ​I often notice that people who are not vegan mainly think that it is quite difficult to be on a vegan diet, especially while traveling. That is because their focus is not tuned to vegan food. They could be eating meals or a snacks that is vegan but they wouldn’t notice, just because the awareness is not present. On a vegan diet you will quickly see the availabilities and depending in which city you live you may have a lot of vegan restaurants to go to. Happy Cow is and always was one of my survival kit. This website always provide the closest vegan friendly places wherever you are in the world. It is super exciting to explore restaurants which are dedicated to offer vegan meals, it will open up your mind to a complete new cuisine and you will understand that vegan food is everything but depriving.

4. Understand the ingredient labeling and what it means. In the beginning it can be quite overwhelming with all the new information that you are acquiring. Going to the supermarket can take a bit longer than usual but it is all worth it. If you don’t understand anything don’t leave it that way. Find out what it means and understand what it is. I promise you, there are going to be products where you will be quite surprised about what it is made of. And this will once again encourage you to be more conscious of your food choices.


5. Be patient and allow your taste buds and body to adapt gradually. ​Depending on how your diet was before, your body can react in different ways. Stay curious and keep finding information that answer your questions. There are many other people in your situation who share the same experience and been through different stages on a vegan diet. Understand what they have done and reach out to like minded people through FB groups or other channels for support. You don’t have to do this alone.

6. Keep educating yourself. ​There will be a time where you’ll think why am I doing all this? It can be easy to forget why you choose this path in the first place, and facts can start blurring and fading. This is why it is very important to keep educating yourself, especially in the beginning. There is so much to know, and you will be thankful for your efforts. Because only when you know you truly have the freedom of choice.

7. Invest in yourself. You can encounter this new journey all by yourself but it is more fun if you actually reach out for inspiration and help from professionals. Attend a vegan cooking class and learn how to create vegan dishes. Reach out to people you admire and ask for mentorship. You will be surprised how many are more than happy to assist and support. ​If I can be of any help, let me know​!

8. Take small steps. Some people stop before they even get started. One reason could be that they have taken on too much in the beginning. First of all, it is amazing that you choose to be conscious of your diet and that you are confident and determined to take responsibility and action to better your health and the planet. It is a huge change and every single cell in your body needs time to adapt to a new environment. Don’t be too focused on the wording veganism and what the do’s and don’ts are. There is no vegan police behind your back. And most importantly it is not about being vegan it is more about the awareness that enriches you along the way. So take small steps, go with what feels good for you. Stay honest to yourself and continue from there. Every little step further is getting you closer to the best version of yourself.

With these tips and the right mindset, you are pretty much well geared up to get started and find your own unique path on a more conscious healthy diet and lifestyle.

For more guidance and tips on a healthy and conscious lifestyle watch my ​LEARN to THRIVE series​ on Youtube.

Food Vibration

high and low vibration

Articles, VeganCrush | September 17, 2019 | By

Food Vibration is an important factor and impacts our overall well-being, the environment, our community and the planet. The way your food has been processed is not only a matter of health on the physical level but also on the vibration level. Everything you see including yourself, is made out of energy and therefore has vibration which influences your frequency.

It’s like if your turning on the radio to find your preferred song you have to tune in to the right frequency first, before you can enjoy the music. The same thing applies to food. I am splitting it into two categories. Low and high vibration. Low vibration is the state of negative qualities and high vibration is the state of positive qualities. In order to raise your vibration you have to tune yourself into the right frequency by choosing high vibration food. I am sharing more details on the following videos in two separate parts. Sending you good vibrations. 

Vegan Essen in Kerala – Indien

vegan in kerala

Articles, VeganCrush | December 3, 2017 | By

Vegan Essen in Kerala – Indien

Ganz Indien ist ein Vegetarier Paradies und schon allein deshalb ein Land das bereist werden muss. Man wird hier nicht nur von verschiedenen Gewürzen und Aromen bezaubert sondern auch durch Yoga und Meditation spirituell und mental inspiriert.

Diesmal zieht es mich nach Kerala in den südlichen Teil von Indien. Kerala bedeutet wörtlich übersetzt: Land der Kokospalmen. Und ja; sie stehen an jeder Ecke und sind wahnsinnig günstig und eine willkommene Abkühlung! Man bekommt eine Kokosnuss für nur 30 Ringgit umgerechnet ca. 40 Cent. Die Landschaft Keralas ist vor allem durch seine Kokospalmen Wälder an den Stränden, die großen Gewürz- und Teeplantagen im Hochland sowie das üppige Grün geprägt. Schon seit Ewigkeiten ist Kerala ein wichtiges Handelszentrum für Gewürze. Die Prinzipien der ayurvedischen Ernährung hatten in dieser Gegend einen geltenden Einfluss auf die lokale Küche. Dabei nehmen Reis und Tapioka eine wichtige Rolle ein. Währenddessen ernähren sich die Nambudiri, einer von Keralas Religionsgemeinschaften, streng vegan und vermeiden auch Knoblauch, Zwiebeln und Ingwer. Typisch bei ihnen ist das Gericht Muttokos Thoran (gebratener Kohl). Die Muslime in Kerala essen sehr gerne dünnes, flaches Chapati (indischen Fladenbrot). Es beinhaltet lediglich Vollkornmehl, Wasser und Salz und wird anschließend in selbstgemachter Kokosnussmilch eingetaucht und genossen. Kerala ist ein bunt gemischtes Volk aus verschiedenen Religionen, Kulturen und Lebensstile. Die Ernährung ist meist sehr einfach. Der Tag fängt mit Yoga und Meditation an gefolgt mit einem Kokosnuss Öl Bad. Zum Frühstück gibt es Idli (gedämpfter Kokosnuss Reis Kuchen) mit Kokosnuss Chutney, Appam (gedämpfter Reis Pfannkuchen) oder Putr (Reis mit Kokosnussraspeln). Egal ob vegan oder nicht vegan, Reis ist Grundlage aller Gerichte. Curries werden von eigenen Gärten angebauten Produkten wie Tapioka, Tomaten, Aubergine, Kräuter und Gewürze hergestellt. Generell wird 3 Mal täglich warm gegessen. Am Morgen werden gern aus Reismehl und Kokosnuss gedämpfte oder gebackene Sattmacher wie die obligatorische Dosa, oder Appam, Uttapam oder Idli mit einem Currygericht sowie den Standards Sambar (Süßlich sauer und scharfem Gemüsecurry mit Linsen) und Kokos-Chutney kombiniert. Achte lediglich darauf ob Ghee (Butterschmalz) in den Gerichten vorhanden sind.

vegan in kerala

Zu Mittag ist es Zeit für eine Thali-Platte. Auf einer Metallschale oder klassisch einem Bananenblatt werden um eine grosse Portion Reis herum verschiedene Currys wie Thoran, Vadas und Chutneys angeboten. Für die cremige konsistenz wird meist Kokosnussmilch verwendet und zum anbraten Kokosnuss Öl. Vermeide das Gericht Aviyal (enthält Yoghurt), Kichadi (Gurken Yoghurt Salad), Kaalan (Yoghurt Curry). Gerichte mit einer sehr cremigen konsistenz beinhalten meistens Joghurt oder Milch. Falls man sich nicht sicher sein sollte einfach nochmal den Kellner fragen, die meisten gute Englischkenntnisse haben. Der Kellner schenkt von allem so lange nach bis man abwinkt. Am Abend werden dann zu den Currys oft Fladenbrote (Chapati, Parota, Roti) bevorzugt. Auf das stets angebotene offene Wasser sollte man verzichten und ausschließlich auf abgefüllte und versiegelte Flaschen oder frische Kokosnuss Wasser zurückgreifen.

vegan in kerala

Alle Gerichte nehmen die Einheimischen in Verbindung mit einer Portion Reis oder diversen anderen Beilagen grundsätzlich auf die authentischste Art zu sich – ohne Besteck, lediglich mit der rechten Hand. Einfach mal ausprobieren! An jeder, auch der einfachsten Küche am Rande des Weges wirst Du immer eine Möglichkeit zum Händewaschen finden. Doch wenn Du, wie viele Inder ohne Besteck isst, führe Speisen mit der rechten Hand zu Dir, da die linke Hand als unrein angesehen wird. Wer es gerne süß mag, kann in Kerala das beliebte Keer oder Kadalaparippu Payasam ausprobieren. Aus Kichererbsen, Kokosnuss Creme, Jaggery (unraffinierter Rohrzucker) und gemahlenem Kardamom wird hier ein süßer, cremiger Brei kreiert und mit gerösteten Kokosraspeln, Cashewkernen und Rosinen garniert. Das ganze schmeckt sehr mild und einfach nur köstlich! Neben den typischen lokalen Nachspeisen bevorzuge ich die reiche Auswahl an Früchten die überall nicht zu übersehen sind.

Kerala ist reich an noch unberührter Natur und voll mit tropischen Früchten die entdeckt werden sollten! Mit dem Auto durch die Landstraßen zu fahren kann nur eines bedeuten: Viele kleine Pausen. 🙂 Das üppige Grün und die prachtvolle Landschaft lädt oft dazu ein, eine kurze Pause zu machen und Rosenapfel, Kakaofrüchte, Mangos und vieles mehr direkt vom Baum zu pflücken und zu genießen. Ein Traum für jeden Gärtner und für jeden der die Natur genießt! Die Menschen sind sehr gastfreundlich und wenn man Glück hat, wird man zum Essen eingeladen und kann die herkömmlich traditionelle Küche probieren. Die hohe Bildungs- und Lebensrate macht Kerala so einzigartig, weil es eines der reichsten Staaten Indiens ist. Wegen eigene Gärten und dadurch Eigenanbau an Wurzelgemüse, Bananen und Kräutern ist die hohe Lebensrate kein Wunder!

vegan in kerala

Trinken ist in heißem Klima noch wichtiger als Essen. Inder begnügen sich mit Wasser, das ungefragt an jedem Tisch serviert wird. Ich empfehle stattdessen unbedingt stilles Mineralwasser, das man in Flaschen mit Originalverschluss kaufen kann. In kleineren Orten ist Mineralwasser etwas schwieriger zu bekommen, da ist meistens eine frisch geöffnete Kokosnuss die bessere durststillende Option.

Wer sich um Sicherheit auf Reisen durch Indien sorgt, der sollte mit Kerala anfangen. Hier ist zwar alles ein klein wenig teurer als im restlichen Indien, dafür gibt es nicht so extreme Armut. Das Bildungssystem ist besser als anderswo, die Menschen sprechen gutes Englisch, die meisten können lesen und schreiben. Nirgendwo anders in Indien sieht man so viele Menschen Zeitung lesen. Frauen haben mehr Rechte und man sieht viel mehr von ihnen auf der Straße als in anderen Landesteilen. Das macht es vor allem für allein reisende Frauen sehr leicht, ich habe mich in keinem anderen Teil Indiens so willkommen und sicher gefühlt wie hier.

Eine Reise nach Kerala wäre nicht komplett ohne eine traditionelle Kathakali Theater gesehen zu haben. Als Frauen verkleidete Männer mit froschgrün geschminkte Gesichtern, stählernen Fingernägeln und enormen Hüten rollen die Augen. Und erzählen nur mit Gesichts Pantomime und Musik ganze Geschichten. Die Augenbewegungen lernen die Tänzer 8 Jahre in speziellen Schulen. Übrigens empfehle ich unbedingt das “Vegane Passport” ein kleines Heft mit einer kurzen detaillierten Erklärung was Vegan bedeutet in über 70 Sprachen. Dies kann sehr hilfreich sein vor allem wenn man länger auf Reisen ist und Hände und Füße nicht mehr auslangen.

Kerala hat viel mehr zu bieten als Kokosnüsse! Die historische Kultur sowie die üppige Natur hat mich sehr beeindruckt und überrascht. Die Gastfreundlichkeit der Menschen sowie deren Nächstenliebe hat mich berührt. Kerala hat ein Teil meines Herzens gewonnen und ich weiss jetzt schon, dass dies nicht das letzte Mal für mich in Kerala gewesen ist.

10 Places to eat as a Vegan in Bangkok

Discover my favorite top 10 places to eat as a vegan in Bangkok, Thailand. If you´r vegan and in Thailand than you must read this. 



The Live Well Series Interview by Ashley Berry

Articles | June 26, 2016 | By

Read the full interview by Ashley Berry about Maricel´s lifestyle, relationship, diet and so much more! 

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5 Trending Vegan Foods & Beverages

In today’s dynamic world, fads and trends constantly come and go, and this certainly rings true when it comes to food & beverages. Last year, trends such as cruffin (a croissant muffin hybrid), avocado on toasts and cold brew coffee appears to be rampant and foodies all over the globe enthusiastically got on board before they are considered no longer “in”.

Inevitably, 2016 comes with a new set of trends. With many vowing to *finally* be in their best health & fitness of their lives in the new year, we believe that more and more people will forgo their meat eating ways and adopt the vegan way of life that has experienced a continuos rise in popularity for the past several years.

With veganism increasingly becoming widely accepted, a review (from EcoWatch) has mentioned that more food lovers are opting healthy and natural food products instead of highly processed and packaged. Hence it’s no surprise that the demands for vegan and plant-based diet plans have soared. With that, here are 5 of current trending vegan foods and beverages you may want to give a go today!

(Green) Smoothies green smoothie

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If you’ve been wanting to take on a healthier dietary lifestyle but are not a huge fan of greens, why not try juicing & blending your veggies a try? We happen to love green juices because it allows us to get the fiber, vitamins, and a chock full of wholesome nutrients we need each day in just one cup! Not only they serve as fuel-to-go breakfasts, they’re also perfect to be indulged as an afternoon snacks or dessert. For extra sweetness, you can also add your favorite fruits into the mix such as bananas, apples, avocados, berries or mangoes, whatever rocks your boat! If you haven’t already done so start blending your way to a more nutritious lifestyle!

Overnight oats in a jar

Oats in a jar

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Instead of reaching for the usual sugary cereal and instant oats in box, we urge you to make your switch to the overnight oats in a jar. These creamy and delicious delights are just oats left soaked overnight typically with milk and yogurt – definitely a great way to start the morning! Aside from milk and yogurt, you can also add and mix it up with fruits, chia seeds and nuts to give it an extra texture and taste. By using simple and fresh ingredients, these jars of goodness are also so simple to whip up!

Raw truffles

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Forget those processed snack cakes and junk foods and replace them with these mouthwatering raw truffles option instead. These creamy and decadent truffles are much more satisfying and a healthier alternative for desserts that you will not feel an ounce of regret when taking a bite into them. Though they may seem complicated to create, you will be surprised that these sweet treats take only 2 to 5 ingredients and a few minutes to whip up (depending the type of truffles you would like to make)! With such a simple recipe, there is no excuse for you to not try it out! Share them with your friends and family for these oh so fancy and delicious looking truffles are also wonderful to be given as gifts!



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For a while, Kale has been the go-to “it” greens but apparently, Kelp is soon taking its reign! According to Mother Earth News, these greens from the sea are known to be a major source of iodine, which are necessary minerals for our bodies. Thanks to its health benefits and its delicious taste, this hip and healthy super food has been rising in popularity.The great news is that it’s versatile. You can add them to soups or salads, for an extra depth of flavor and texture or replace your favorite noodles with kelp. Just so you know, vegan kelp noodle salad is currently amongst one most popular & highly recommend dish that all food lovers should dig into!

Coconut  coconut

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From coconut butter and oil, to coconut sugar and coconut milk, we’ve noticed that there is a craze for coconut going around. If you don’t believe us, you can easily do a quick google search and we’ll bet that you’ll find an abundance of vegan (and non-vegan) recipes that includes the use coconut all across the web. Here’s an interesting coconut fact: According to One Green Planets, they serve as proteins for your body and are great source for amino acids and iron! To start, we’ll definitely be making replacing our refined white sugar with coconut sugar and our regular cooking oil to a much healthier extra-virgin coconut cooking oil. What about you?


Jia Chyi is the Community Manager of She has a passion for photography, enjoys traveling the world and is a food lover, who always seems to be hungry and looking for something to munch on