H£ALTH: Vegang

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Focusing on health has never been so important. From Dr Sebi's teachings to sustainable living, the average person is finally becoming more conscious to the world around us, including our bodies.

Vegang, an online blog run by Azita Edwards championing everything natural. Providing a resource of places to eat, go to recipes, where to source produce, including details on plant based events.

What is the backstory behind Vegang? How did it come to be?

I turned Vegetarian in 2009, I had never enjoyed eating meat, the idea of where it came from never sat well with me. I was brought up in a typical Iranian household, Iranian meals are heavily meat based, my dad used to own a butchers and I used to work in a delicatessen so was around meat a lot and from those experiences it was putting me off.

When I moved out of my parents home I became Vegetarian, I gradually became Vegan, after my children I was officially Vegan. I educated myself further, tried to find things online but unfortunately at the time veganism wasn't as popular as it is now, and that inspired me to start Vegang as a place I can share information and learn from others. Creating a space of positivity, community and information, being open and welcoming to others who are curious about veganism, including vegans and non vegans. Doing things such as Places to eat, reviews, taste testing, fun challenges, recipes, places to shop etc basically everything vegan but in my own twist.

I am Iranian, my husband is Jamaican, I started really getting in to cooking when I cooked for my family, my mother in law inspired me hugely as she taught me a lot of classic Jamaican dishes, those seasoning and flavours are a massive influence in a lot of my cooking. A big part of Vegang as well is to do with family, health and wellbeing. After being diagnosed with Lupus I have been on my own healing and wellness journey and share any information I pick up and learn.

What are the health benefits of veganism?

There are a lot of health benefits when it comes to Veganism but only if you do it properly, you need to eat a balanced and healthy diet, just because it is labelled vegan doesn't mean it is automatically healthy. Eating processed and junk food is still crap, vegan or not.

Do your research properly and make sure it is from reliable sources, I usually do quite a few videos with nutritionists and health experts that give us tips and facts. I would also say from my experience it is so important for vegans to supplement, mainly B12, personally I also would take Vit D and C. You can find vegan multivitamins that would have all the essentials in too.