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10 American Cities That Are Paradise For Vegetarians

10 American Cities That Are Paradise For Vegetarians

There are many benefits to being a vegetarian, but there are some issues that come with it. Eating at a friend’s house, getting enough protein, getting numerous questions about your lifestyle, and eating out can all be factors when it comes to your vegetarian lifestyle.

With some locations, it can be a nightmare to live a meatless lifestyle, but there are some that can be a total paradise. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 cities in America where it’s a breeze to be vegetarian.

1. Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR

    This city has a long list of vegetarian and vegan-friendly establishments, from bed-and-breakfasts to a-la-carte restaurants. This city also has the world’s first-ever (and only) all-vegan strip mall. When in Portland, you might want to stop at Natural Selection, a European-style restaurant built on vegetables, fruits, and grains, featuring finely crafted meals paired with choice wines and spirits. Plus, their menu changes weekly so eating meat-free dishes is more exciting at this particular restaurant.

    2. New York, New York

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      Are you aware that the chances of stumbling into a vegetarian restaurant are highest when you are in New York? It’s no secret that restaurants in the city that never sleep are diverse. Some restaurants serve raw dishes, others have farm-to-table dishes, while still others prefer a mix of the two, resulting in such a creative and delectable dish. For starters, you can try Candle Cafe or Dirt Candy.

      3. Los Angeles, California

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        In the city of the stars you will not have any problems finding restaurants offering vegetarian dishes. The only problem you’ll face is the presence of too much paparazzi! At vegan restaurant, Crossroads, choose from a delectable menu of vegan pasta, sandwiches, and other vegetarian-friendly selections curated by vegan chef to the stars, Tal Ronnen.

        4. San Francisco, California

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          Of course, if you don’t feel like going to the city of the stars but still want to go to vegan paradise in California–visit SF. San Francisco has plenty of amazing restaurants and it’s rare to find one without a separate vegan menu for every budget and style. For starters you can try Flying Falafel or La Folie.

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          5. Denver, Colorado

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            Denver is known to have over 65 vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the city. What is even more amazing is that most of the restaurants have embraced and mastered the art of preparing healthy and delicious meals in anticipation of their vegetarian guests. You also get a breath-taking freebie: a perfect view of beautiful mountains.

            6. Asheville, North Carolina

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              For vegetarian southern-style cooking, visit Asheville, North Carolina. This place has at least 35 vegetarian-friendly restaurants. For example, you have the Rosetta’s Kitchen, a family favorite. This place is perfect for vegetarians who are still bound to be picky when it comes to their meals. The place has a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

              7. Austin, Texas

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                Austin in itself is a city flocked with restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines. Even though Texas has become famous for its love of meat, the city of Austin has somehow built a reputation for loving vegetables and offering cuisines that vegetarians would surely love. When visiting Austin, check out a local favorite, The Vegan Yacht, for a taste of true vegan comfort food.

                8. Chicago, Illinois

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                  Waving the banner of being “meat-free since ’83,” The Chicago Diner is just one of the examples of the sprouting vegetarian-friendly dinners in the area.  Chicago also has Greek, Indian, and Korean inspired dishes that are specially prepared for vegetarians. Another must-try restaurant with southern-style cooking is the Soul Vegan. You surely won’t regret doing so.

                  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

                  Minneapolis, MN

                    Hard Times Café, Heartland, and Ecopolitan are just three of the restaurants in Minneapolis, that are vegetarian-friendly. They use 100% raw food and some offer cooking classes and educational lectures. Thus, aside from enjoying their mouth-watering dishes, you also get to learn how to prepare a new favorite dish!

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                      10. Salt Lake City, Utah

                      VegNews proclaimed Salt Lake City as the “Next Great Vegan City” in 2012. This place also caught the attention of PETA due to the way they select their dishes. Check out several establishments around the city, including Vertical Diner (the country’s best), City Dogs, Sage’s Café, Buds, Brewvies Cinema Pub, and Omar’s Rawtopia.

                      Featured photo credit: AHealthierMI_Veggies/A Healthier Michigan via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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