Veggie Bunch is all about celebrating and sharing our vegetarian lives and lifestyles.

From breaking news to daily struggles and joys, this is the place to share and discover more about what it means to be a vegetarian.

We also aim to bring you valuable and useful content that will make your life easier. From restaurant reviews and recipes to new books, websites and events, we hope that we can give you some useful tips and interesting reads.

If you would like to get involved and share your news, events or ideas, please feel free to send an email to editor@veggiebunch.co.za.


EDITOR: Laura Cooke

I started Veggie Bunch in my spare time ( I am a full time editor by day) with the idea of sharing news, opinions and resources that I would find interesting to read myself. I have been a lacto-vegetarian my whole life, and for me, it is easy to live a veggie lifestyle, probably easier than for others who have chosen to give up meat later in life. In many ways, this means I am a lot less tied up with the broader issues and simply live a vegetarian life as a matter of course.

But, that said, there are always issues that I find frustrating as a veggie.

Things like: the painfully pathetic selection of vegetarian meals at fast food establishments, mainstream grocery shops and restaurants. (There are only so many times that I can eat mushroom risotto, spinach and ricotta ravioli or a grilled vegetable wrap – and that’s in the nice restaurants). Other favourites include having my lunch inspected by curious onlookers who cannot fathom a cold rice salad with sprouts. Or, having to make do with innumerable salad rolls at braais (barbeques).

On a more serious note. Why, when faced with all the reasonable arguments for being vegetarian , vegan or simply eating less meat (preventing animal suffering, improved health, environmental impact and cost), do people still continue to find vegetarianism such a strange lifestyle choice? These are all things that interest me as a full time veggie.

Email: editor@veggie.bunch.co.za

Website:  www.lauracooke.com.

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WRITER: Peter and Beryn Daniels

Peter and Beryn are both UK-trained, Raw Food Chefs working towards raising raw food consciousness in South Africa. They travel all around Southern Africa presenting Raw Food Courses and educating people about the healing power of raw, living foods and superfoods as well as demonstrating how to prepare these foods in interesting and delicious ways. They are also authors of the Rawlicious recipe book.

Website: www.superfoods.co.za.

WRITER: Brannan Sirratt
Brannan is a mother of three and has been striving for a whole foods, vegetarian diet through two pregnancies and several years of breastfeeding and mommyhood. You can find her at The Pregnant Vegetarian, blogging through cookbooks and life as a vegetarian mom.

Website:The Pregnant Vegetarian
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WRITER: Paul Jacobson

Paul Jacobson is a Pet Food Nutritionist and qualified chef and owner of Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition. Vondis has been producing natural pet food for 14 years and is a registered nutritional pet food. Vondis is actively involved in educating the public on the benefits of natural diets for pets and a holistic approach when treating them.

Email: info@vondis.co.za

Website: www.vondis.co.za

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Post-40 JL became a marathoner and triathlete, changed careers and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. She now writes about vegan cooking (and wine!) and fitness. JL is a community college administrator and teaches nonprofit management at a local university. She holds a B.A. and M.S. and is currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program on Adult Learning. JL lives in metro New York City with her husband and two cats. You can find JL at JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a side of Kale and on Twitter and Facebook.

View all JL’s posts here.

WRITER: Roline Bosch

With a background in film and journalism, I now find myself in the world of public relations where I am constantly working with words, communicating messages to help people understand and become aware of an issue. I hope to do the same by contributing to this site – making people conscious by asking questions about our everyday lives. My interests and likes include everything creative; travelling to quaint and curious places, photographing beautiful people and landscapes, tasting and experiencing delicious dishes, watching films and being up-to-date with lifestyle trends.
Above all, I hope to show that being vegetarian is sexy!


Website: www.wescapes.co.za

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WRITER: Claire Martens
I studied environmental science at Rhodes University, South Africa and have chosen to spend my life devoted to environmental and social issues, which are intrinsically connected and absolutely fascinating. What this devotion entails is open to manipulation and lies where the money is (not really).

It was at University that I embarked on the road towards becoming a vegetarian. If I had to sum up my reason for being a vegetarian in one sentence it would be this. I am a vegetarian because it feels like I should be a vegetarian. As simple, or complicated, as that!

My original intention in life was to become one of those ghastly people called journalists. Instead, I have taken the more scenic route and decided to contribute towards Veggie Bunch. Whether I am qualified to do so remains to be seen. In the meantime, I will be using some of my academic knowledge, as well as my personal experience, to write about vegetarianism, social concerns, environmental issues and music (yes, music).

View all Claire’s posts here.

WRITER: Vanessa Ascencao
Vanessa Ascencao, MSHN (Masters of Science In Nutrition) is a dynamic, inspirational and highly qualified nutritional consultant. She brings a fresh and revolutionary approach to health and wellness having spent 10 years working with some of the greatest minds in metaphysics, nutrition, health and fashion. She’s helped celebrities, business executives and others transform their lives through a unique mind-body approach to health and nutrition. Visit www.ecodiet.co.za for more, or contact Josi Page on 082 322 6042 for further information, interview requests, presentations and consultations.

View all Vanessa’s posts here.

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Laura Cooke is the editor and creator of the Veggie Bunch website and community.