We are proud to be taking the Veganuary Pledge at HBC and encourage as many of you as possible to join us. We are sharing our behind the scenes tips and stories on social media throughout the month. We asked our community for some simple swaps and tips to make Veganuary as fun and enjoyable as possible. Here’s what you had to say:
Ditch the Dairy
Margarida Vasconcelos has been vegan for almost 6 years. She wasn’t vegetarian before and changed from one day to another. But even before deciding to go vegan she had removed dairy from her diet. It might be a good way to start.
Do Your Reseach
A really important way to make Veganuary easier is to do your research! Look up food blogs, research recipes and turn to your favourite bloggers to see what they eat and how you can make it yourself. There’s such a great community out there so spend some time getting to know other vegans, is what Nourishing Amy encourages us to do.
The Joy of Food
Lorena Loriato has been obsessed with food for most of her life and had a tendency to be overwhelmed by things, going vegan actually saved her mental sanity. Why? Easy: fewer things/food to choose from. She went vegan because of her love for animals but this lifestyle actually gave her so much more: peace in her soul as well as peace in her mind.
Be Kind to Yourself
Michelle Cross has a lot to say when it comes to approaching veganism:
1. Take as much time as you need. Start by making easy swaps to things that you can take or leave, e.g. her whole family switched straight over to vegan butter without anyone even noticing a difference. You could also choose to veganise whichever meal of the day is easiest for you, breakfast is the simplest. Making your swaps sooner rather than later and building upon them towards a fully vegan lifestyle is better for the animals, your health and the environment but ultimately later is better than never. Do as much as you can as soon as you can.
2. Accept that you’ll make a mistake at some point. When you do make a mistake learn from it, move forward and make an informed choice next time. Don’t allow yourself to become defeated, it’s all part of the transition.
3. Start wherever you are with whatever you have. There will NEVER be a perfect moment to overhaul a lifetime of eating habits. Don’t wait for a perfectly stocked kitchen, a month without birthdays or social events or for Mercury retrograde to pass. Get started, learn as you go and keep going.
Good luck to the Veganuary class of 2019, there’s really never been a better time to go vegan. 🌱🌏💚
Eating Out as a Vegan
Rachel from Healthy and Psyched has all the top tips we’ll need when eating out. She suggests looking at the menu beforehand so you’re not caught out as well as not arriving hungry. Get creative, swap items on the menus to veganise a dish and ask for recommendations from friends as to where to go and what to eat. Despite an increase in vegan friendly dishes, lower your expectations and remember it’s just one meal, so don’t stress about it too much. You can read more on here.
If you want to join us, take the Veganuary Pledge and let us know how you’re getting on!