My Top Tips for Success in Veganuary!

Some vegans feel like Veganuary encourages people to only go vegan for a month. I disagree. Veganuary provides extra support for new vegans at a time when many other people are making the same transition.

January 1 was the 1 year anniversary of my first year as a vegan. It has been an AMAZING year. I wish I had known about Veganuary last year!

 

Many people go vegan as a New Year’s resolution. And vegan organizations have caught on and started providing extra help and support during the first month of the year.

If you’re planning to go vegan in January, this video contains tips and suggestions for how to make Veganuary a success! Here are my top tips:

Practice at least 3 vegan “fallback” dishes.

If you aren’t used to cooking vegan food, it might be hard to come up with dishes off the top of your head when you’re tired. To prevent slip-ups, it’s a good idea to have at least three meal ideas. Have an easy meal ready for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I’m not saying you should eat the same thing every day! This is just a backup. Think of something simple, like oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner. Foods you like that are easy to prepare when you’re in a pinch.

Research Vegan Meals at Your Favourite Restaurants

Happy Cow is a great resource for this. You might be planning to bring your lunch to work or school every day, but there are always days when you can’t or you’re just tired of brown-bagging it.

Also, it’s a good idea to research Vegan Take-Out options, just for those times when you don’t feel like cooking. A lot of pizza places have dairy-free cheese now, but pizza without cheese can be a really good option too.

Find A Dairy Substitute You Love

There are so many dairy substitutes on the market today! Soy milk, Almond milk, Cashew milk, Macademia nut milk, Oat milk, Flax milk, Coconut milk, Hemp milk – and I could go on. Buy a few small packages and taste test them. You are bound to enjoy one of them.

If you never cared for milk in the first place, this won’t be such a big deal, but if you love cow’s milk, take the time to find a dairy-free substitute that you really enjoy. For me, it’s Silk Vanilla Soymilk. My husband prefers chocolate almond milk. You might prefer sweetened or unsweetened versions. You won’t know unless you try! So have fun seeing which is your favourite.

Take Advantage of Veganuary Resources

As I mentioned earlier, January is a great month to go vegan, because lots of other people are also going vegan! Many of the major animal rights organizations have created special materials to help support people during this month. Be sure to check out Veganuary.com  in particular. They have meal plans and “how to go vegan” guides that can be really helpful.

Be Prepared

As with most things in life, being prepared is a huge help! If you aren’t used to cooking meatless meals, or you haven’t ever researched vegan options at your favourite restaurants, things are going to be a little harder. Help yourself by checking out restaurants on Happy Cow and learning a few simple recipes. You don’t need to become a gourmet vegan chef or memorize the menus at every restaurant in your area. Keep it simple.

The Veganuary website’s guide will help you figure out where to get all the protein, etc. that you need in your diet. We don’t want you blaming veganism for the fact that you were malnourished on a diet of oreos and coca-cola (yes, both of those foods are vegan, but a diet based on vegan junk food isn’t recommended!). It’s pretty easy to have fantastic health on a vegan diet, but you do have to make a basic effort to eat fruits and vegetables, etc.!

Good luck in Veganuary!

Thanks for watching!

Margaret

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