Akarsh Radakrishnan

Physically, I have a lot more energy, sleep better, deep focus, and strength to do at least three times more work.

I made the overnight switch in January 2017, a little over four years now.
Being a big meat-eater and huge foodie years back, I was willfully ignorant to this subject. I did have close friends in my circle making the transition, but I would just keep away from the topic and not acknowledge it. They did lovingly recommend some videos for me to watch, but I didn’t at the time.

Few months went by, the year 2016 was ending, and I wanted to make a change for myself. And the one video that did this and really opened my mind & heart was Gary Yourofsky’s The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear. This really helped shape my perspective in what was happening out in the world.

This was also the time we adopted our second dog Koa. Watching her interact with the cows near home gave me the strength and motivation to pull through and stand up for our animals, no more being a consumer to death on my plate, nor use animals for any reason whatsoever.
I would say my life since then has paved the way for the better. Incorporating more compassion, knowledge, perspective, courage, and love among other things, did quite build me up for the good. Physically, I have a lot more energy, sleep better, deep focus, and the strength to do at least three times more work. Mentally, I am more grateful and at peace, and can really balance my emotions and not let them get the best of me.

I put myself out there, involve myself in activism and animal rescue, because my passion in life just got bigger
1. Soy milk – It can be any of the brands. Very much available in supermarkets. This is a savior in terms of nutrition and my breakfast smoothie, etc

2. Tempeh from Hello Tempayy – Affordable, nutritious, and healthy. Available at Nature’s Basket or on their website.

3. My love for Habibi Falafel only keeps getting stronger. The best!

4. My family and I are fans of GoodDot meat as well as Evolved Foods (launching soon in BLR). A good product to help people transition, who still get the cravings and want to meet their protein needs.

5. For desserts, Crave by Leena, That Vegan Place, Pudducakes, etc. For ice cream – two vegan variants at Baskin Robbins and from GMT, too.

6. I admire Unived for everything they showcase, in terms of nutrition and sports.

7. For my hair and skin care, it’s Arata and Rustic Art.

8. For exquisite cheese – LiveYum Foods, Angelo Vegan Cheese & Lucky Vegan Deli

a. You definitely.
b. beanimal_journey
c. yume.culinary
d. evolved_foods
e. vegansofbengaluru
f. Hungry Alien
g. sarwa_bengaluru
h. daily.strive
i. mari.b.wellness
j. apurvamargad
k. goveganwithbbal
l. liveyumfoods
m. Damien Mander
n. Shivya Nath
o. Dr. Matthew Nagra
p. pauldegelder
q. plant_proof
r. earthlinged
s. milliondollarvegan
t. Rich Roll
u. namu.recommends
v. Khaled Alwaleed
1. Shreya Gazmer – (Same handle on Instagram)

2. Samyukta Kartik – (Same handle on Instagram)

3. Danielle and her sister Andrea definitely.

4. Laavanya Koushik – (Same handle on Instagram)

5. Richa Thomas (Same handle on Instagram)

6. Aparna – (Handle on Insta – apss.12)

7. Wendy Kapadia (Handle on Insta – Wended Kaps)

8. Samantha Drozario (Handle on Insta – squishysushi)

9. Samhita Nagaraj – (Same handle on Instagram)

Being a big meat-eater and huge foodie years back, I was willfully ignorant to this subject. I did have close friends in my circle making the transition, but I would just keep away from the topic and not acknowledge it.

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