Veganuary is drawing to an end and it's time for Success Tip #2. Yep. That's it. Just two.
I had a great time posting reels of my food adventures on Instagram. As a consummate vegan, the hardest part was fighting off my family as they had to wait for me to finish filming before they could it.
I assure you. This was not always the case. There were many years of struggle trying to find my groove in vegan cuisine. There are so many things to consider all at once. Price. Nutrition. Taste. Ease of Preparation. Bringing it all together took me years. But don't despair, because going vegan now is easier than ever! And while that doesn't make changing your whole way of eating (and sometimes thinking) easy, it certainly helps that there are so many recipes and vegan products readily available.
If you tried Veganuary this year, what did you learn about yourself?
The fun has just begun!
I imagine you may have had a few meals that you liked, a few you may have loved and quite a few you didn't like at all. And that is completely NORMAL!
Take a moment to check in with yourself as it is vital to any successful goal. Ask yourself:
How do I feel right now? Is this normal when switching to a vegan diet?
What did I find easy?
What new food did I like the most?
What was a real challenge? And why did I find it so challenging? And most importantly, is there a way to make it easier?
Whatever your reasons for trying Veganuary this year. THANK YOU. I hope that you enjoyed it and will continue to try new vegan recipes, restaurants, and products.
I remember when we finally turned the vegan corner in our family. We had been on a vegan journey for years, with many hiccups along the way. Finally, one evening I made something really really good. I don't remember what it was, but my husband looked up at me and said, "If we can eat this well without hurting animals or the planet, why wouldn't we?"
Full disclosure, I made a whole lot of gross food when I was learning to make vegan meals. I mean, just awful. The kind of meal that forces you to decide what is more important, your hunger, your desire not to waste food, or being honest with yourself and admitting that it just didn't work out this time.
I think that was the first time that we realized that not only did we feel great, but a vegan diet was not one of deprivation. There were many times at the beginning when I at faux bacon and calculated all of the ways it did not add up to my expectations. If this was a diet to lose weight instead of one that would let me like who I was as a person, it would have been over a long time ago. But I had a strong desire to live as kindly as possible. Like that great quote, "In a world where you can be anything. Be kind." I feel that deeply. So here I am now about 11 years into my vegan journey, still discovering new foods and cooking techniques. I hope that you have had some fantastic meals this month and that it is only just the beginning.
Here is a list of my favorite YouTubers and bloggers to help get you started.
Sadia at Pick Up Limes. She is a nutritionist that creates really easy-to-follow and flavorful meals. I love her energy and sincerity. She's the master of gentle real talk.
Miyoko Schinner - Yes, that Miyoko! She has a plethora of youtube videos made before Miyoko's Creamery provided artisan vegan cheese to us all. She recently launched a youtube cooking show featuring her butter. I can't wait for her to come out with frozen vegan croissants. (I'm going to keep putting that one out into the universe until it happens.)
Isa Chandra Moskowitz - I can't say enough about this kitchen diva. I have all of her cookbooks, of which there are many. Although my first vegan book was, A Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone, I bought it accidentally. It changed my world and thankfully, I was able to start my vegan journey with the Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Save the World. One of the OG vegan food bloggers with the Post-Punk Kitchen, Isa is definitely a heavy influence on my vegan techniques. From her I learned, ABS - always be soaking...ie. almonds need to soak for 8-24 hours before you can blend them for almond milk. :)