Meet Ursula
About The VSG
Sample Recipes
VSG Investigates
What is The Vegan Survival Guide?
What's New
Coming soon: Food and Music are 2 languages we all speak, right? Since getting a classic guitar last year I've been loving playing some top songs in finger picking style. So now would love to share some guitar playing videos.

Let's grab some Chocolate, Beer and Coconut Water in Brazil

Brazilian chocolate brands, and yes, vegan!
Plus coconut water or beer... what would you like?

Typical Brazilian Meals You can Prepare at Home... Vegan!

Finding local vegan food was a bit difficult, so let's combine some ingredients
Ready for some home cooked meal?

A Vegan Breakfast in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil plus a Fun Day at the Mall

Vegan home breakfast in Rio, Brazil
Take a look at some Pamonha de Forno: Vegan and Gluten Free

Top 15 Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

wow! we can now find vegan food in Rio
With the 2016 Olympics and many changes to town, here are some good ones...

What's Your Favorite Fruit? And Why?

Brazil has so many delicious and unique tropical fruits
Have you tried Açai, Guava or Papaya!

The Vegan and Vegetarian Survival Guide to Brazilian Grocery Stores

A look at 12 unique products
Plus at trip to Mercado Central, Belo Horizonte, Br

Is following a meat free, lactose, dairy free vegan diet still a social challenge?

If yes, here are some fun solutions
Birthday Party ideas and more

Enjoying some home grown veggies, fresh from the yard

A look at great grandma's home
Plus 5 cute family stories

"The Vegan Survival Guide is a terrific resource that will help vegan veterans and newbies alike choose foods that are not just “good enough” but that provide optimal benefits for both body and mind."

The VSG is now ON SALE! click here to order


Cooking with Functional Foods: The Vegan Survival Guide is featured on The National Culinary Review magazine.

click here to look inside

Quick and easy meals at the beach... The Outer Banks, North Carolina!

Vegan options at the Outer Banks, NC
Where thousands of kiteboarders ride their kites annually.

Many markets, huge malls, vegan Chinese, vegan Vietnamese, vegan Japanese, you choose!

Have you explored Houston, TX?
Many options, but you have to know where to look.

Let's grab some salad sandwiches, soup, ice cream and sushi.

Unique vegan options in Charlotte, NC
Loved the warm beet soup at Heirloom!

Cabarete, Dominican Republic... a popular Kite Surfing destination that is vegan friendly as well

Cabarete, DR vegan dishes
Take a look at these nutritious and fresh dishes.

From Mochi to Bean (Baozi) cakes... you are sure to find delicious vegan delights in Taiwan!

Yummy Mochi and Bean cakes
Check out these traditional bakeries, and unique vegan friendly desserts.

Looking for Vegan friendly restaurants in Taiwan? Not a problem! ;)

Vegan Restaurants and Dishes from Taipei, Taiwan
There is even an all vegan restaurant franchise!

Taiwan's unique Night Markets, Farmer's Street Markets and Roadside Markets have it all

Taipei's Organized Street Markets
From vegan snacks to nutritious meals, they have it all.

The city's name almost says it all, so... Let's go Vegan in Venice, CA!

List of Vegan Restaurants in Venice, CA
From Cafe Gratitude to Seed Kitchen and more

Looking for healthy vegan snacks? Here are 3 awesome ideas...

Healthy Vegan Snacks
Kale Chips, Chewy Banana bites and Hemp Seeds!

Austin, TX, named #1 vegan city by PETA and America's fastest growing city

VSG Investigates: Austin, TX
So let's explore Restaurants, Food Trucks, Bakeries and more

Broccoli: Immune Supercharge and Regulate!
Broccoli is super rich in vitamin C and is also a good source of zinc...
Cashews and Maple Syrup: A Brain Powerhouse Combo
Cashews and maple syrup are some of the richest sources of zinc in the vegan diet.

Orlando, FL, the place where dreams come true as they say... but what if you are vegan?

VSG Investigates: Orlando, FL
What and where to eat vegan? I was surprised...

Book Pages Preview
[Nov 2013] Take a look inside the VSG! Sharing a couple pages... Hope you guys like it ! ;)
VSG Investigates: Asheville, NC
Number 1 vegan town, really? Let's take a look
Special Report: Disney Cruise Line
Eating Vegan on a Cruise
Follow Your Heart: Vegan Cheese, Vegenaise... yumm
But wait, an awesome Market & Cafe too? Oh Yeah!
Vegan Survival: Detox
Crushed Broccoli Coleslaw


Welcome to FunctionalVeganism.com!

My name is Ursula Escher. I've been a vegan my whole life, and there's one thing I know for sure there can be many challenges on a vegan diet, especially if you live a high performance lifestyle (professionals, moms, athletes, most people in modern society, etc... you know who you are).

But it's nothing we can't figure out, right? I have to admit, it took me many years to get it right, and it wasn't easy. Eating a vegan diet means that we have to be extra careful about getting certain nutrients including B12, Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin D. These are just the basics, and there are many other things we can do to optimize our diet.

Many people start eating vegan later in life, so their bodies already have higher levels of these nutrients to work with. I didn't have this luxury, so I had to pay extra attention to my diet. Being a high performance person didn't help either. My health was quite an ordeal in the past, but figuring out how to overcome these obstacles left me with a wealth of practical knowledge.

Because of this, I decided to write my very 1st vegan book. I want to share the many things I've learn over the years (the hard way), and see how they can help you! You can learn more about the VSG at:


meet Ursula... click here to read more

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Unique addition to my vegan cookbook collection.

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