I have been a vegetarian for the vast majority of my life, and as I have mentioned quite a few times my diet is probably 80% vegan. A few weeks ago I saw my lovely friend Gemma mention Veganuary, and it really got me thinking about how I’d like to start the year in terms of my eating habits. I have decided to go for it, and see how I feel at the end of the month – I’m definitely not making a life decision one way or the other until I’ve given it a good go, and I think January is the perfect month to try it!
I will be documenting it all on my health and fitness channel, WhatTheHealth, which I know I’ve neglected a little lately but I’m trying to get back on top of things. I wanted to write this post today as a bit of an introduction, and also as something to read back over myself when I’m actually doing Veganuary! Here’s my rough plan for the month in terms of meals and snacks – if you are vegan and have any tips you’d like to share with me, please do in the comments too – I’d be very grateful!
This will be easy peasy as my breakfasts are always vegan anyway. I will stick to my smoothies, made in my new Vitamix (more on that in a future post!) – bananas, berries, mango, pears, kiwis, pineapple, flaxseed, wheatgrass powder, water…pretty much anything I care to throw in there. I may mix things up by making overnight oats from time to time, complete with porridge oats, rice/almond milk, cacao etc. Breakfast time is going to be the easiest of all to manage!
I’ve never liked lunchtime, mostly because I always struggle to figure out what to eat. I am going to make lots of soups in the Vitamix, full of veggies and vegan stock, and try to branch out a little too. Cereal with rice milk, fruit and perhaps a green smoothie one day…tofu scramble on toast the next…basically I like breakfast foods at lunch time. I would hugely appreciate any extra ideas that you may have too!
I am planning to go for big vegetable stir fries with tofu and lots of rice, pasta dishes with homemade sauces, Mexican dishes, curries and food inspired by the time we spent in Hong Kong. I have never eaten such delicious food – we had the best meals of our lives when we visited Buddhist monasteries, where everything was vegan and tastier than you could even imagine. Eating out may prove a little tricker, but I will earmark places that I know are vegan-friendly – Las Iguanas have a vegan menu, Wahaca can make lots of dishes vegan, and Chinese restaurants are always a good bet.
Again, my snacks are mostly vegan. Nuts, fruit, snacking veggies like carrot sticks…but I’m also going to treat myself to those ‘accidentally vegan’ treats, and seek out some vegan alternatives too. There’s an amazing cafe in Manchester called V Revolution where everything is vegan, and they sell snacks on site too. It will pretty much become my second home!
What do you think about Veganuary? Will you be taking part, or do you have any extra advice?