As it is World vegan day i think everyone who reads this post (and in general, everyone!) should at least eat a completly vegan meal today (Hint, veggies and hummus, potatoes and avocado, falafels with rice and tahini, tomato pasta with veggies, oats with peanut butter and banana with soya milk etc etc … Or why not get inspired by some of the recipes i have on my blog?)
Vegan nutrition & vegan posts (i.e i have alot of different vegan related posts and have answered many different vegan related questions!)
Or if you can… make it a whole vegan day of eating (or from when you read this – maybe you have already eaten your usual non vegan breakfast?). Of course if you had planned a few days before it might have made it easier, but it really isn’t so hard to eat plant based and it can be a good challenge today! Infact, many eat fully vegan meals without thinking about it – which is awesome!
Most recipes/dishes can be veganised… some easier than others. But it is about replacing the animal products with alternatives, and now a days there are plenty of alternatives to use instead.
Skip the eggs, skip the dairy, skip the meat. Instead find alternatives today….. if you are craving chocolate, then find a vegan chocolate to buy. If you want yoghurt, buy some soya or oat yoghurt! The least you can do is try. Maybe you can’t eat completely plant based, or live a completely vegan lifestyle, but you can atleast make choices and changes sot hat you eat more plant based and live more vegan 🙂 Such as when you can, choose the vegan option!
What about other things you can do today and in the future? I have a whole post with things you can read HERE , but i will list some below!
You can skip the plastic bags and bring your own bags when food shopping.
You can buy CF and vegan house hold and beauty products (will try to do more posts about those in the future.) You can find some vegan beauty product brands HERE and household product brands HERE (In Sweden the brand Grumme is vegan!)
Watch vegan documentaries and films to make yourself more aware. You can see a list of documentaries HERE
Follow vegan facebook groups, follow vegan accounts on social media! Also, this can be a way to make new friends who are vegan, and this in turn can help support you/make it easier for you to stay vegan, if example your parents or friends aren’t supportive of your lifestyle choices.
Find your reason to be vegan – make the connection. Per definition, vegan means ”
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” (source)
I.e veganism is about animals and animal rights and their right to life. However… whether you eat more plantbased for the sake of the planet or your health, it still makes a difference to the lives of the animals. So find your reason whether it is more about the ethics and animals, the planet and climate, reducing waste or just about eating a plant based diet.
Ask questions. I know this can be scary and sometimes you don’t get the answer you want to hear, or even worse, people answer rudely and try to belittle you when you were just asking out of curiosity or because you wanted to know the answer. But dare to ask vegans questions, this is so that you can LEARN more and educate yourself, however you also have to be OPEN to the answer because it may not be what you want to hear. As a vegan, it can be frustrating to get asked a question and you spend time gathering the facts and information and answer in a correct way only to be disregarded and the person who asked the question just answers rudely and doesn’t even take in the facts or information. If you ask a question, be prepared to learn more and maybe hear an answer you don’t want or hadn’t thought you would hear.
Donate to an animal charity or animal rights organisation. Just €5 can make a difference, i send a monthly as well as an annual donation to an animal rights charity and in all honesty its basically the same as 2 cups of coffee each month which i can definitely spare and the money goes to a good cause. I may not be able to do alot or donate alot of money, but a little can go a long way!
Think about what changes you can make in your life right now. Maybe going 100% plant based or vegan isn’t possible but ask yourself, are there any changes i CAN make right now? Maybe as simple as buying soya milk instead of regular milk or eating only plant based lunches or maybe you can even make enough changes to eat completely vegan when you are making your own food but then eat meat/dairy when eating out or when offered food. Or maybe you can decide to eat only vegan snacks or breakfast. I am sure there are changes you can make now!!
So tell me… will you being completely vegan today or will you be making some vegan meals today? And are you planning on making changes in your life to go more plant-based/vegan? 🙂
Also if you have any questions or topic ideas or vegan questions just comment below and i will try my best to answer!