How to go vegan for a month (and enjoy it)
While many of us have started the New Year off with more typical resolutions, like pledging to give up drinking or junk food, there’s been wave of more ethical resolution goers emerging. Thanks to the increase in demand for dairy and meat free foods and not to mention, all the new Netflix documentaries shining a light on plant-based diets, more people are choosing to ditch the meat and embrace the vege as part of their New Years resolutions.
‘Veganuary’ was a notable trend that was splashed all across our social media feeds throughout January – and with our calendars just flipped over to February, OpenTable has listed 5 tips on how to absolutely conquer going vegan any month of the year.
Read the label
While some may think reading labels takes time, effort and needs a ‘food language’ decoder: you’re wrong. All it takes is one quick glance to check whether there are animal products included and most of the time, it’s a no-brainer.
Fill up on fruits and veggies
If you haven’t yet done your research, it can actually be possible to lead an unhealthy lifestyle whilst practicing veganism (think guilty pleasures such as fries and noodles), so one of the best things you can do for yourself is to stock up with fruits and vegetables whether you are at home or in a restaurant.
Don’t hold back on dining out
If you think your days of brunches, lunches and dinners are over – think again. With the vegetarian/vegan craze spreading across the nation, finding vegan-friendly restaurants is now easier than ever – not to mention, most places now have appropriate dishes on their menu. Online restaurant reservation platform OpenTable have plenty to choose from in most big cities, such as Yellow in Potts Point which boasts a mouthwatering vegan tasting menu, and Shu Restaurant in Collingwood, which even has a 10-course vegan degustation option.
Experiment with new foods
There’s no need to be scared if your usual go-to is a simple meat and vegetable dish. Ditch the steak and salad this month and try vegetable and noodle stir-fries (find an Asian sauce you like, but remember to avoid any fish sauce) and vegetable curries with coconut milk. To add more protein, try adding tofu to your next dish.
Take it slow and keep learning
The most important thing to do is to take it one step at a time – and to keep learning. What’s the point of giving something a go if it’s not enjoyable because you stress too much about being perfect at it? Naturally, giving up foods you’ve loved your whole life can be difficult, so take the pressure away and go slow, and at the end of the month, you’ll be proud of what you’ve accomplished.