Why plant-based (vegan)? Part 2 – Beyond Local

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips. This is reflected in the acquaintance, who increasingly ditches meat, in the advertising of well-known sugar water corporations as well as in the growing alternative offer of the large supermarket chains. We are aware that we only have this one planet to live, and we adapt our lifestyle to this realization in both small and large. This includes things like the renouncement of unnecessary plastic waste or deliberately rare flying. But how far the influence of our diet reaches, how much lies in our hand and how we can change the world with our food choice, we’re usually not aware of.

An increasing number of people are choosing to consume fewer animal products such as eggs, milk, and meat, or choose to completely go without animal products. The reasons for an increased plant-based and vegan diet are manifold. Two years ago, we published an article on the reasons for a plant-based vegan diet. There we have explained our personal point of view.

In this article, we now take a closer look at the global context of a plant-based diet. Here is the second part of our answer to the question “Why plant-based (vegan)?”.

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Black Bean Brownies
Recipes, Recipes, Tips, Tips

Cookbook Review “Gesund Backen ist Liebe” & Black Bean Brownies

It has been a while since I last wrote a cookbook review. I actually wanted to write one a month ago, but then I spontaneously decided to get personal and share some thoughts on how to deal with one’s shadows with you. I would like to thank you very much for all the dear comments! As promised, the review of our latest cookbook comes now. This book was only released in December 2016. It is full of irresistible baking recipes, from which I have tried the black bean brownies. Although I already had positive expectations, I was surprised by the result. Wet, sweet, chocolatey. You can find the simple recipe below.

Here is my review of Veronika Pachala’s “Gesund Backen ist Liebe.
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Tips, Tips

Your Guide to Sustainable Travel

As you may already know, Lisa and I are currently living and working in Portugal. Last week we arrived here by bus. I love to get it in contact with the local population in other countries, to get to know other cultures and to taste the local cuisine. Traveling is always rewarding.

We try to make our Western lifestyle as sustainable as possible. The question of sustainable travel comes up again and again. How can we design our travels to make them as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible? Should we fly, go by train, bus, or just not go away at all?

Without spending several hours researching the various travels, it’s difficult to know what would be the most sustainable travel option for a planned trip. I know that some of you have the same questions running through your heads. Therefore I went through various studies and measurement methods to compare different travel options and to find out how sustainable travel works.

In this article you’ll find a ranking of the most sustainable travel modes and learn why flying is sometimes more ecological as traveling by train and in what way an electric bike has a similar ecological impact as walking.

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How I deal with my personal shadows – 5 tips

Until now it was Prospi who wrote the more personal articles on this blog. I mainly did the recipes and reviews. Actually, I planned to write a review about one of two awesome new cookbooks in our bookshelf. But there’s another topic that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time and that suits the start into the New Year. This is why I want to open my heart a little and share my thoughts with you. The cookbook review will follow in the coming weeks, don’t worry. 😉 Today’s article is about how I deal with my shadows of perfectionism and self-doubt. The 5 tips also apply to other personal characteristics.

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The Vegan Market

12 Discoveries at the First The Vegan Market in Zurich

Sustainable Swiss gourmet chocolate, impressive aloe vera leaves, vegan wines and fresh do-it-yourself sprouts. There were many interesting products to discover and a supporting program that focused on the background of the products at the first The Vegan Market in Zurich.

I was particularly fascinated by the diversity of the young and established companies who aim to support the change of the existing product landscape with their plant-based products, while enriching our society.

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Organic Restaurants

Blend Teehaus in Luzern

It was a friend that lives in Luzern who told me about Blend Teehaus for the first time. I immediately knew I wanted to try this organic oriental brunch. A few weeks later I went there with Prospi and my friend so to discover this cozy little place.

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Tips, Tips

The 10 Most Pressing Global Problems of our Time and What You Can Do About Them

What if I told you that the average hero such as Superman is highly underutilising his gifts in fighting crime one case at a time? What if you working, volunteering and donating to an already overcrowded cause distracts from other more accessible social problems?

by Zach Weiner

by Zach Weiner

Lately, I stumbled across 80,000 Hours, an organisation that helps people find a meaningful career in a 9-step career guide. There I came across a compilated list of the world’s top 10 most pressing problems based on scientific research (Open Philanthropy Project, Global Priorities Project, Copenhagen Consensus Centre). There I found the superman parable and the discussion about more effective ways to make a greater impact in the world.

I asked myself, why only focus on what we can do in our careers and not on what we can do in our lifestyle as well. Here is what I found. Continue Reading


3 Chocolate Bars: Inca/Goji/Raspberry, Cocoa/Maca, Coconut/Lemon

Hi everybody

I hope you’re all well and enjoy – in accord with our last article – the time of your life. We still have a lot of ideas for Journey to Real Life and make a big effort not to do everything at the same time, because it is just impossible. 😉 All the workshops we did this year with you have been a lot of fun. This is why we decided to make two more workshops in December. We are going to cook together a three-course holiday dinner. Register now, if you want to take part. We are already looking forward to it.

And now I’ll switch to the homemade chocolate bars because you really should try them! We have become big fans of them. Whenever I make them, they are eaten within a few days. For the three tastes, we use the raw bars of the brand Veganz. When I developed this recipe, I thought I’d choose one of the three flavours. But they all turned out so delicious in such different ways, that I decided to share them all with you. However, my favourite one is the chocolate bar with the refreshing flavours of coconut and lemon. But also the combination of berries and chocolate is fantastic. And the true chocolate lovers are going to adore the intense maca/cocoa chocolate bars. Of course, you can also use any other kinds of raw bars for this recipe. The biscuit and the chocolate coating are homemade. In this article, I’m going to show you how easy this can be made.

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Review: «The Time of Your Life» – Are You Living the Life of Your Dreams?

You are at the end of your day, but still, there are quite a few things left on your to-do list, which you wanted to do. You’ve worked all day, but it feels like you have not achieved what you wanted. The goals and dreams that you have in your life, seem to slip away. There just isn’t enough time in your life, to realise everything you want. Does this sound familiar to you?

What if time would just flow and everyday life would be full of magical moments? In the past, I was often faced with this question and I did in-depth research on a wide range of books about time. In my research, I came across a 10-day audio program in audiobook format called “The Time of Your Life” by Tony Robbins. This audio book has influenced my life in various areas. I’ve since shared the principles presented inside this program with many of my loved ones. Today, I want to share these life-changing principles with you.

“The Time of Your Life” showed me how I can have the time of my life in everyday life, what it means to be result-oriented and to fill life with magical moments.

Here our review of “The Time of Your Life” by Tony Robbins.
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