Vegan Social Media Influencers on Instagram

Veganism has been on the rise, and especially so in social media. On Instagram alone, #vegan has more than 72 million posts with more and more users sharing pictures every day. Vegans have taken to the photo-forward platform to express their viewpoints, spread nutritional information, share vegan recipes, and offer tips for living a plant-based lifestyle. If you’re interested in learning more about veganism, check out these inspiring vegan social media influencers on Instagram.

Vegan Foodies

Ella Mills (@deliciouslyella)

Ella Mills celebrates plant-based living by sharing recipes and plant-based nutritional information.

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Plant based protein… how much do you need? Where does it come from? How can I get enough? We’ve had so many questions about this, so we got @alicemackintosh_nutrition on our podcast to talk all about vegan nutrition with a big focus on these questions. To sum it up… There are 20 amino acids that combine to form proteins, and of these, 9 must come through your diet. Most plant-based proteins contain 4 or 5 of these so they need to be combined to form complete proteins. The average adult needs about 0.8g for every kilo of body weight, so often between 45g-60g per day (more if you are more physically active or pregnant.) A typical plant-based day might look like 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds with a bowl of oats, 1 cup of beans and a handful toasted almonds in a salad, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with crudités, and 1 cup quinoa with roasted vegetables and a tahini dressing. Lentils are a great source and this Dahl with toasted almonds on the top is one of my faves 🌱 This recipe is in The Cookbook and all the plant-based nutritional info is on our podcast, alongside any questions on things like B12, calcium, iron etc ❤️ Link in our bio, or listen to it on Acast/Spotify Addict 🌟

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The Happy Pear (@thehappypear)

These twin brothers are cookbook authors that provide plant-based recipes and happy heart online courses.

Minimalist Baker (@minimalistbaker)

Minimalist Baker offers simple plant-based recipes that are often 10 ingredients, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less.

Vegan Lifestyle

Simon Hill (@plant_proof)

As he completes his Masters in Nutrition, Simon Hill shares resources and nutritional information for a strong, lean and conscious plant-based lifestyle.

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I’m about to let you in on a ‘secret’ about the greatest protein myth and quite possibly the greatest myth about being a vegan. You see if certain industries didn’t have profits to protect then this secret wouldn’t exist and there would be no need to create myths that then develop momentum and ‘truth’ as they pass from bro to bro between bicep curls. 💪🏼➡️💪🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every single essential amino acid (the building blocks our body cannot produce that are required through diet to create different proteins and build muscle tissue) are available in both plant & animal foods. Let’s say that again: every single ESSENTIAL amino acid is available in plant foods. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s go one step further. Every single essential amino acid starts in plant form whether it’s an animal eating plants or an animal eating another animal… it was originally derived from plants via some pathway. Let’s say this again too: every single essential amino acid starts in plant form. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By eating a well balanced vegan/plant based diet you can get all the essential amino acids you need in great amounts. Ok “but aren’t plant proteins less digestible/bioavailable?” Well yes slightly, but that’s easily taken care of by a slight increase in the recommended protein intake. You’re far better off consuming slightly more plant protein & getting all the added health benefits from the foods they’re found in compared to consuming animal proteins which sit alongside their mates saturated fat, cholesterol, antibiotics & hormones. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Steer clear of vegan processed/junk food & base your diet around unrefined grains, beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, seeds & fruits/veg & you don’t need to worry about protein while enjoying the tremendous benefits these nutrient dense foods offer. Certain industries would hate for you to know this stuff. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a blog on calculating your macronutrients & calories at plantproof.com which walks you through how to work out your target carbohydrates, protein & fat. It even does so based on your performance and exercise goals. I also have blogs on building muscle on a plant based diet & lots of other helpful blogs to kickstart your journey. Simon 🌱

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Kathy Freston (@kathyfreston)

New York Times best-selling author shares inspiring and encouraging truths about being vegan.

Carly Rose (@carly_bergman)

Carly shares information about veganism, sustainability, living a zero-waste lifestyle, and how to be a better steward of the planet.

Vegan Activists

James Aspey (@jamesaspey)

James Aspey is a vegan activist who took a year of silence for animals. He shares passionate posts about saving animals and leading a vegan lifestyle. We’re excited to have him as a presenter on our upcoming Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise.

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In a way, it’s hard to believe a place as gorgeous as Aruba has a factory built for killing, gutting and dismembering these gentle babies. On the other hand, of course there’s a slaughterhouse here. There’s slaughterhouses everywhere. We visited one today. – Watch my instastory to see what we saw. Nothing graphic, just a snapshot of time in 2018 where the barbaric and immoral act of breeding, fattening and killing our fellow Earthlings is seen as natural, normal and necessary. – One day soon, we’ll all look back and hang our heads in shame, just like vegans are doing now. – “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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Elizabeth Jones (@ethically_elizabeth)

Passionate about animal rescue, Elizabeth shares her stories of visiting farm factories and attending rallies.

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Today, we served up plant based bacon and distributed educational materials outside of a local baconfest. While we were met with a few “I love bacon” comments (so original 🙄) we also got a lot of support from the general public and even a few attendees. • Sometimes something as seemingly insignificant as a roadside conversation can be life-changing for otherwise compassionate people who haven’t yet connected the dots in regards to the way their choices affect animals, their health and the future of our planet. We’ve got a long way to go before humans realize all animals are individuals deserving of not being stabbed to death for a slice of flesh. Please assume your role in this movement by getting active each day for the animals to help make a vegan future a reality. #SomeoneNotSomething #WeAreAllAnimals #PlantsOverPigs

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Ed (@earthlinged)

Ed dedicates his Instagram account to the ethical treatment of animals.

Vegan Medical Practitioners

Dr. Joel Fuhrman (@joelfuhrmanmd)

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher.

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Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. However, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease – our food choices can either prevent or promote insulin resistance and resultant diabetes. . High-nutrient, low glycemic load foods are the optimal foods for diabetics. The following foods also help to prevent diabetes in the first place: . 1. Green vegetables: Nutrient-dense green vegetables – leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and other green vegetables – are the most important foods to focus on for diabetes prevention and reversal. One study reported that each daily serving of leafy greens produces a 9 percent decrease in risk. . 2. Non-starchy vegetables: Non-green, non-starchy vegetables like mushrooms, onions, garlic, eggplant, peppers, etc. are essential components of a diabetes prevention (or diabetes reversal) diet. . 3. Beans: Beans, lentils, and other legumes are the ideal carbohydrate source. . 4. Nuts and seeds: Nuts are low in GL, promote weight loss, and have anti-inflammatory effects that may prevent the development of insulin resistance. . 5. Fresh fruit: Fruits are rich in fiber and antioxidants, and are a nutrient-dense choice for satisfying sweet cravings. Eating three servings of fresh fruit each day is associated with an 18 percent decrease in risk of diabetes. For those who are already diabetic, I recommend sticking to low sugar fruits like berries, kiwi, oranges, and melon to minimize glycemic effects. . No one has to have type 2 diabetes, and those with type 1 diabetes can improve their life expectancy, health and quality of life with this plan. . #healthiswealth #plantbasednews #nutritarian #gbombs #healthydiet #healthylifestyle #plantbasednews #lifestylemedicine #organic #fitness #cleaneating  #medicine #medical #doctor

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NutritionFacts (@nutrition_facts_org)

Nutritionfacts.org is the only non-commercial, nonprofit, science-based website to provide constant free video updates on the latest in evidence-based nutrition. Dr. Michael Greger, the founder of Nutritionfacts.org, has been a frequent cruise presenter over the last few years.

Dr. Michelle McMacken (@veg_md)

Dr. Michelle McMacken is a board-certified internal medicine physician who is passionate about preventing and reversing chronic disease through evidence-based nutrition. She shares easy to understand nutritional information.

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Many of us grew up thinking dairy is the key to strong bones. However, research shows that cow milk doesn't actually guarantee good bone health. Bone health is complicated; it’s not just about calcium. Many other diet/lifestyle & genetic factors are at play.
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We can absolutely achieve great bone health on a plant-based diet without dairy. Consider these 5 tips:
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1- Do ensure you’re getting enough CALCIUM. The RDA for adults is 1000 mg/day, or 1200mg/day for women >50 yrs & men >70 yrs. Low-oxalate greens are an outstanding source, so make it a daily habit (or even better, a several-times-daily habit 😀) to eat broccoli, bok choy, kale, napa cabbage, watercress, or mustard or turnip greens! We absorb 40-60% of the calcium in these greens, vs about 30% from cow milk. Fortified nondairy milks & calcium-set tofu are other good sources, with absorption equivalent to that from cow milk. Also enjoy collard greens, sesame tahini, beans, almonds, & almond butter! (Note: spinach & swiss chard have calcium but it’s bound to oxalate & thus not well absorbed.)
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2- Maximize your FRUITS, VEGGIES, & BEANS. You’ll get plenty of folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, & plant protein, all conducive to healthy bones.
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3- Pay attention to VITAMIN D, as it’s essential to calcium absorption. Most people need a vitamin D supplement, especially those living in cooler climates &/or those without adequate sun exposure. More info at VeganHealth.org.
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4- Avoid excessive SALT, ALCOHOL, & CAFFEINE. They increase calcium losses or impair absorption.
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5- Get regular EXERCISE- weight bearing & strength training.
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Why avoid dairy in the first place, from the nutrition perspective? Well, dairy fat is a major contributor to heart disease & stroke risk. All dairy, including low fat, increases IGF-1 (a hormone tied to cancer risk) & naturally contains estrogen & other hormones. It also has lactose, causing gas & bloating in the up to 70% of people worldwide who lose the ability to digest lactose after childhood. And it’s linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer, type 1 diabetes, colitis, & acne – not to mention colic, constipation, & iron deficiency in children.
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#VeganCruise

Follow #vegancruise to see which vegan influencers will be joining us onboard the upcoming Holistic Holiday at Sea, March 3-14th, 2019!

Here’s a picture snapped by @highcarbhannah from last year’s cruise with @carlytaylor269, @jamesaspey, @robert.cheeke, @veganproteins, and @musclesbybrussels.