What’s The Vegan Option?
The Vegan Option is a personal project and labour of passion started by Claudia and Allan in early 2015. Despite different professional backgrounds and personal interests, the London-based Italian couple always shared a huge love for good food and healthy living. When for ethical and health reasons, they both decided to adopt a mostly plant-based diet, cooking and eating became initially harder but unquestionably more colourful and interesting …and The Vegan Option was born.
What does The Vegan Option do?
INSPIRE… We strive to inspire people to eat mindfully, open horizons and live healthier for themselves and the planet.
SHARE… We share some simple and delicious plant-based recipes that help us every day to nourish our souls, bodies and minds. None of our recipes is specifically for vegans, but exclusively for great-food-lovers!
INFORM… We provide nutritional information and interesting facts about the incredible properties of some of our favourite ingredients. Learning about the food you are eating helps you to appreciate it more and mix and match it with the right balance.
COLLABORATE… We collaborate with wonderful companies that believe in our same values and ideas by sharing some of our favourite vegan-friendly products we come across during our daily lives and travels.
SEARCH… Since we love exploring different cuisines and dining with our omnivorous friends, we are in constant research of vegan and non-vegan eateries with great plant-based options on their menu. We share our findings in London and around the world, and we would love to hear your experiences too! Restaurants and cafes should welcome everyone…so why not to have an option for everyone?!
Why should we all eat more plants?
Our intention is not and it will never be to convince anyone to become a vegan. After all, no one did it with us apart from books, scientific papers and other people’s experiences. What we really hope to achieve is inspiring everyone to learn more about food and introduce more plants to their diets while cutting down on animal products.
So why more plants?
- Because they provide you with the most amazing nutrients and taste much better than medicine! Although in many cases drugs are unavoidable, plant-based food can play a massive role in preventing and reducing the risk of contracting several medical conditions.
- Because they are cultivated in a more sustainable way. Shifting to more plant-based foods is crucial to tackling climate change, soil, air and water pollution, and other problems caused by industrial livestock production. If we decide to eat fewer meals with meat or dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on our collective health and the health of the planet. (1)
- Because a person that follows a vegan diet produces 50% less of CO2 and uses a 1/11Th oil, 1/13th water and 1/18th land compared to a meat eater. By simply eating fewer animal products and replacing them with plants, we can make a real difference. (2)
“How did we forget these lessons from the past? How did we go from knowing that the best athletes in the ancient Greek Olympics must consume a plant-based diet to fearing that vegetarians don’t get enough protein? How did we get to a place where the healers of our society, our doctors, know little, if anything, about nutrition; where our medical institutions denigrate the subject; where using prescription drugs and going to hospitals is the third leading cause of death? How did we get to a place where advocating a plant-based diet can jeopardize a professional career, where scientists spend more time mastering nature than respecting it? How did we get to a place where the companies that profit from our sickness are the ones telling us how to be healthy; where the companies that profit from our food choices are the ones telling us what to eat; where the public’s hard-earned money is being spent by the government to boost the drug industry’s profits; and where there is more distrust than trust of our government’s policies on foods, drugs and health?”
T. Colin Campbell, The China Study