Links to Vegetarian Resources
Here’s a selection of other veg-friendly websites and resources we recommend which you may find helpful.
Environment and Global Hunger Organizations
Spiritual Veg Organizations
National & International Vegetarian Organizations
Other Helpful Links
www.vegetariantimes.com – Vegetarian Times has a huge resource of recipes where you can specify to search for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc.
www.nutritionmd.org – Nutrition MD is a valuable resource for dietary advice, meal plans and a huge database of healthy vegan recipes.
All major grocery stores these days offer all the basics needed for a healthy vegetarian diet – fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes (both dried and canned), nuts and seeds. Many also offer complete vegetarian frozen meals, and specific products such as non-dairy milks, yogurts and cheeses; meat alternatives such as tofu, tempeh, seitan, and meat analogues (veggie burgers, veggie chicken nuggets etc); plus specialist products such as nutritional yeast and egg replacer, which can be useful in replacing dairy and eggs in recipes.
For the best selection of natural foods in Washington state, try stores such as:
www.central-market.com – Central Market – stores in Mill Creek, Poulsbo, & Shoreline
www.metropolitan-market.com – Metropolitan Market – 6 stores in Seattle & Tacoma
www.pccnaturalmarkets.com - PCC Natural Markets – 10 stores in or near Seattle
www.townandcountrymarkets.com – Town & Country Markets – Bainbridge Island & Ballard
www.wholefoodsmarket.com - Whole Foods Markets
The following more conventional stores also have a good selection of natural foods:
www.fredmeyer.com – Fred Meyer has a good natural section in all its stores
www.QFC.com – QFC stores have natural products in every section of the store
www.safeway.com – Many Safeway branches now have a natural foods section
Locally owned co-ops and farmers markets also provide very good selections:
Central Co-op (aka Madison Market)
Community Food Co-op (Washington)
Ferry County Co-op
Main Market Co-op
Mountain Community Co-op
Okanogan River Natural Foods Co-op
Olympia Food Co-op
PCC Natural Markets
Port Townsend Food Co-op
San Juan Island Food Co-op
Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op
Tacoma Food Co-op
The Food Co-op
Yelm Food Co-op
www.wafarmersmarkets.com - for fresh produce from a Farmers’ Market near you.
www.naturalchoice.net - Natural Choice directory, for other natural health and wellness resources.
If you can’t find the products you want in a grocery store near you, another alternative is to shop online, and have foods delivered to your home. Here are three possible options for vegetarian and vegan foods:
Dietitians & Nutritionists
Susan Gins, Certified Nutritionist – Seattle & Issaquah http://www.nourish.net/
Cathy Hains RD (Lighthouse Nutrition) – Gig Harbor http://www.lighthouse-nutrition.com/
Sudha Nandiga, Bothell & Everett firstname.lastname@example.org
Chan Hwang MD – pain and rehabilitation, Puyallup
Arun Kalianasundaram MD – cardiology - http://www.highlinemedicalcenter.org/physician/dr.php?id=331
George Lee MD – family medicine, Bellevue - http://www.overlakehospital.org/find-a-doctor/search-form/?id=430
Esther Park-Hwang MD – Obstetrics & Gynecology, Tacoma - http://www.multicare.org/doctor/esther-park-hwang/
Chris Kozura ND,
Diane Lee, ND Lac, Seattle Naturopathic Center, www.seattlenaturopathiccenter.com
Jill Goldberg DCh – South Lake Union, Seattle www.southlakeunionchiro.com
Mimi Jackson DCh – Wallingford, Seattle www.sheiswell.com
Health Focused Organizations
www.PCRM.org – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, led by Dr Neal Barnard, is at the forefront of developing nutritional training materials to support people making the transition to a plant-based diet. In particular, they run the following websites:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/kickstart/kickstart-programs - 21-day Kickstart programs, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and for (East) Indians.
http://www.pcrm.org/health/healthcare-professionals/ - Information for Healthcare Professionals, including resources for gaining CME credits in vegetarian nutrition, educating patients, waiting room materials etc.
www.Nutritionfacts.org – Dr Michael Greger produces short videos and information about nutrition topics daily. This website has valuable information on almost any food or nutrition related topic you can think of.
Animal Focused Organizations
www.farmsanctuary.org – Farm Sanctuary educates and advocates for better treatment of farm animals, and provides sanctuary for rescued animals.
www.furbearerdefenders.com – The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Aniamls is one of the oldest animal protection groups in Canada. They work to end the commercial fur trade and protect fur-bearing animals.
www.humanesociety.org – The Humane Society of the US advocates for better treatment of all animals, including farm animals.
www.janegoodall.org – Jane Goodall, the famous anthropologist and vegetarian, has spent her life promoting the better understanding and treatment of animals all over the world.
Environmental and Global Hunger Organizations
www.worldwatch.org – An international organization working for a more sustainable world. Their research provides valuable insights into the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, especially on global warming.
www.awellfedworld.org - A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization working with grassroots groups in the U.S. and internationally on feeding and food production programs.
http://www.vegfamcharity.org.uk/ - Vegfam – a British-based charity which helps people overseas by providing funds for self-supporting, sustainable plant-food projects and the provision of safe drinking water.
Spiritual Veg Organizations
The following organizations provide specific vegetarian support within a spiritual context.
www.all-creatures.org – Christian Vegetarian Association, dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian - vegan lifestyle according to Judeo-Christian ethics.
www.jewishveg.com – Jewish Vegetarians of North America – Jewish values in action, for health and for compassion.
National & International vegetarian organizations
There are many vegetarian societies around the world. If you’re looking for general support outside of the Washington State area, the following organizations may have the information you need:
www.americanvegan.org – American Vegan society - The American Vegan Society is a nonprofit educational membership organization teaching a compassionate way of living that includes veganism. They produce a quarterly magazine, The American Vegan, which discusses the philosophy of compassionate living, and the practical aspects of the vegan lifestyle.
www.ivu.org – International Vegetarian Union - Hundreds of Vegetarian groups and societies are affiliated to the International Vegetarian Union. This site lists them all, and provides in depth articles on every aspect of vegetarian lifestyles from around the world.
www.vrg.org – Vegetarian Resource Group - This group has a fantastic range of information on vegetarian and vegan recipes, vegetarian and vegan nutrition information, vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, Vegetarian Journal excerpts, vegetarian travel information, vegetarian and vegan brochures, and even a Vegetarian Game. Enjoy!
Other Helpful Links
www.veggiedate.com – Vegetarian Dating Site - If you’re looking for a vegetarian date or a roommate, this is the largest and most popular vegetarian and vegan dating service. One couple who met through VeggieDate, held their first date at a Vegetarians of Washington Monthly Dining Event, and a year later, they were married!