My friend asked whether I’d do Veganuary with her, and while it seemed like a daunting task, I said yes. Veganuary is a challenge to go the entire month of January on a vegan diet. When you sign up for the free challenge on the Veganuary website you get daily emails with tips, information and recipes to help you. Besides Veganuary, here are three things that have helped me this month.
3 resources to help with Veganuary
I knew that to succeed I’d need to plan my meals in advance. My first step in planning was to pin vegan recipes on Pinterest. (Check out my vegan board.) I highly recommend searching Pinterest for recipes if you want to try becoming vegan.
My next step was to sign up for a Green Chef meal delivery service. With Green Chef you can choose vegan recipes, and I found that each week I have 4-5 options. My favorite recipes so far are the Baja-Style Potato Tacos with Chipotle Aïoli and Baja Cauliflower Bowls. Both were delicious.
The idea behind subscribing to Green Chef was to get recipe ideas. I am now able to recreate those recipes that I wouldn’t have thought of myself.
Another source of support and help have been friends. One of my work friends suggested vegan eggs to try, and another friend would also send me ideas. It helps to do the challenge with a friend so that they can cheer you up if you slip up or to give you ideas on what to make or eat.
How did it go?
I would say I have been 85-90% vegan in January. I did have eggs several times; that was the hardest to give up, especially on a busy morning. I also got tired of the oatmeal I was having every single morning.
Trying Veganuary showed me that it’s possible to be vegan, although I wish more restaurants and businesses would be accommodating. To my delight, a sushi place made me a meal with tofu that was just as delicious as regular sushi.
I also made it a habit to check websites for how to order vegan at restaurants. You can find many resources online that show what ingredients are vegan at typical fast-food and fast-casual restaurants.
I also followed the Veganuary Instagram account, which offers motivation daily.
Have you tried Veganuary?
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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