My 30 day vegan challenge
Back in September I embarked on a 30-day vegan challenge. I’ve been vegetarian since 2013, and always knew going vegan was something I wanted to attempt. It was an interesting month for sure, and I learned a lot about vegan alternatives for cooking at home, as well as which restaurants in the city were vegan-friendly. Oh, and the Oh She Glows cookbook became my best friend.
I made a few mistakes in the beginning because I’m so used to just making sure dishes didn’t have meat in it, and when traveling I just reverted back to being vegetarian. It was easier than trying to find vegan-friendly restaurants (although I did find a couple excellent ones in Toronto!), or packing food when traveling on business.
On the other hand, I was surprised at how many restaurants accommodated vegans, and got to try a few really great restaurants I had wanted to try for a long time. And I found it quite easy (after a few up-front expenses) to adapt to cooking vegan when at home. I thought it would be hardest to cut out eggs since I used to eat them a lot, but surprisingly it hasn’t been something I’ve craved.
Becoming vegan long-term is something I know I could do. But I’m not quite comfortable with being the person that everyone has to accommodate during social events. It’s especially hard at work events or lunch meetings that are held in restaurants that are not vegan-friendly. So my decision for right now is to stay vegetarian but really lower my dairy intake. I’ll be cooking vegan at home, and will just be vegetarian when going out and traveling. I think this is a good compromise because I don’t go to restaurants much anyway, and when I’m at home I can regulate my food a lot better. :)
Have you ever tried going vegan or vegetarian before?
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.