After a pretty terrible 2017, 2018 is starting off with such a feel good vibe as we begin our journey into Veganism. I saw a post on Facebook about Veganuary and, even though it was late December and I had no plan in place, I decided to go for it!
I’m not alone though, Warren and Nanny Kim are joining me and the kiddies are free to choose how they eat (as usual!) but Molly is keen to take part. I only had a few days to plan what we’d do for the first week, and since it’s my birthday on the 1st we’re starting on the 2nd January. I spent a lot of time on the Veganuary site as well as the Facebook group. They’re both super useful and packed full of information, and if you’re a little wary of Facebook groups (most get heated, right?), this one is amazing and the admin are s***hot at closing down anything that’s run its course.
When I was a kid I had an urge to be vegetarian, from an animal welfare point of view, but after attending events and seeing a bit too much in the way of graphic information (animal testing etc) I ended up backing off from the then community, due to how upsetting it was for me. I think I was too young for it to be honest, and a gentler approach when it comes to children is my aim for George and Molly.
Anyway, there will be more on this in future posts, for now I want to focus on getting organised ready for the first week of Veganuary!
Top Tips for Veganuary!
- Don’t panic!
- Get organised. Write a list for the first week and make sure you stick to it (see my meal plan below).
- Get some substitutes in. One of the biggest tips I’ve seen around is to get a few subs in, such as vegan sausages and so on, just to help with the transition. You may end up loving them, or you may veer towards cooking everything from scratch, who knows… 🙂
- Stock up on some vitamins if you feel you need to. Not everyone will, but I’m a bit of a worrier haha!
- Get some nutritional yeast. I haven’t used ours yet, but this stuff is meant to be fab. I’m planning on using it for cheese sauce and to sprinkle on a salad or add to a soup. I’m excited to try it!
- Use Pinterest, google, anything possible to search out recipes and food ideas.
- Print off this fab guide from the Veganuary website, or use my version of it (see below), which is much less colourful but has a few added extras to keep a sort of food diary…
- Enjoy it! You only live once, right?
Meal Plan Week One…
This is a super simple version of what we’ll be eating, sorry it’s not more detailed, but I only planned this over the past few days haha!
Day 1 Smoothie, baked potato and beans, ‘meatballs’ plus snacks such as seeds, nuts and fruit.
Day 2 Porridge, soup and roll, chickpea dinner and snacks.
Day 3 Toast and fruit/juice, salad wraps (with hummus), ‘mac and cheese’ with this cheese sauce plus snacks.
Day 4 Granola, soup and rolls, risotto and snacks.
Day 5 Pancakes, pasta and veg, veg curry and snacks.
Day 6 Tofu on toast, baked potato, burgers and snacks.
Day 7 Porridge, veg and rice, salad and snacks.
Print this off to keep track of your food intake and how you feel after different foods etc….
|Cruciferous Veg (1)|
|Other Veg (2)|
|Whole Grains (3)|
|How do you feel?|
soya beans, chickpeas, peas, kidney beans, lentils, tofu, hummus etc.
raisins, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries,
tomatoes, avocados, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, melon, lemons,
cauliflower, kale, rocket, sprouts.
Sweetcorn, carrots, courgettes, sweet potato, pumpkin, squash etc.
rice, wild rice, quinoa, oats, pasta.