Hey everybody, apologies for missing last month’s challenge. To make up for it, and in light of all the students returning to school in the fall, here it comes again (bigger and better!): we’re challenging you to go veg for a month!
What’s Going Veggie Project? Going Veggie Project Is a project run by vegetarians / vegans to help everyone get on the path to becoming vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, etc. Our blog helps people by providing support and motivation as well as a strong base of facts and information about “going veg.”
What’s the challenge? Every month we encourage people to transition into vegan / vegetarian / etc - whatever diet is more “veg” than the one you eat now! We only accept newcomers, so if you’re a current vegetarian, try to step it up! See this page for more info.
How do I sign up? Submit an ask or fan mail with the following:
- The type of diet you want to try
- The url you’d like us to post (we make a giant post of all our challengers)
- Your email if you would like to communicate with others taking part in the challenge (optional)
What’s different about this month’s challenge? Well, y’all don’t have to do anything except go veg, the biggest part is for us. GVP’s admins have been pretty busy lately, so we apologize for laxing on last month’s challenge. To make up for it, this month we’ll be posting tips on packing vegetarian lunches, links to really good and helpful blogs, snacking tips, more recipes, and maybe even some stuff about eco-friendly packaging, who knows:)
We would love for as many of you to sign up as possible! This is a great way to challenge yourself, even if you do not do it for the entire month! Please let us know if you want to join and let us know if you need any help! Check out our links for recipes and tips as well. :)
The new challenge starts September 1, 2014 so mark your calendars! :) I think all of you should give it a try! Even if you only go veggie for a week or a few days it is still worth a shot!
Please reblog to spread the word. Thanks and happy vegging! :)
How to make the transition to veganism!
I had wanted to make the transition to veganism for so long but I never knew where to start. I began as a vegetarian for 4 years and then made the switch to veganism! I have compiled a list of things to help YOU make the transition (: Even if you have never considered this I definitely think you should try it out for a few days or a week and just see what you think!
I, like many others, used to think that going vegan would limit me so much to what I could and couldn’t eat! I was wrong- veganism has expanded my food range so much and I have begun to try things that I had never even heard of before! Making this transition has allowed me to try so many new recipes and ways of cooking things! I have some wonderful recipes I cook frequently now and am working on posting them all on my blog (:
Some useful resources that helped me:
- The book Vegan for Life was a HUGE help! It helped me to learn so much more about nutrients and how to make sure I am eating healthy, eating enough, all the while eating vegan ! This is a must read if you are making the transition!
- Vegankit helped me when I started too! It helped me to learn about how to live a vegan lifestyle- including foods, products, clothes, and more!
- Earthlings- I never finished it but it is a documentary about animal cruelty and it is just absolutely heartbreaking! I have been told by many that it makes people want to go vegan!
- From excuse-itarian to vegan! This video discusses a lot of common/important topics that are relevant when making the transition! You should defintiely watch it!
- Pinterest ! I found it my favorite source for finding recipes! They are free and easy and there are a million to choose from! If you check out my pinterest (linked above) I have a bunch of recipes under my vegan board that I have made & loved!
- Vitamin B12- of all supplements this is the one you need! So make sure you are taking it :D
Some other things to keep in mind when making the transition:
- Choose around 10 easy & basic recipes that you can fall back on! Many families stick to the same recipes throughout throughout their weeks and rotate them and if you have 10 to rotate through then you will be set!
- Let people know you are vegan before you visit or come prepared! Many people are willing to work with you and help you to meet your dietary needs but you should let them know in advance so they will be prepared!
- Prepare in advance. Whether you are traveling or just going out to eat it helps to pack snacks along or see where you are going and check if they have vegan options!
- When you go out to eat the best thing to do is ask the waiter what options are available or ask for the specifics of a certain item on the menu!
- Keep food ready in your pantry/fridge! If you have food ready to eat then when you are hungry you won’t be tempted to eat anything that is not vegan!
- Remember your reasons for doing this! Whether you are motivated for your health or to help the animals, keep it in mind so you do not give up!
- Make a vegan friend! There are many vegans on tumblr and sometimes it just helps to be able to talk to someone that you have veganism in common with! You can share ideas, tips, recipes, etc!
- Know your stuff! Don’t be pushy when talking to others about veganism but be able to stand your ground! Never be a rude vegan (because they already have a bad rep) but don’t let non-vegans push you around and insult your beliefs either !
I hope this helps everyone and if you need more info I will do my best to help you! These are just some general tips and I would be happy to provide more info to anyone and if anyone is interested in going vegan (or vegetarian) please let me know! It is such a wonderful lifestyle! :D
Mermaid on the beach ☀️🐚 mermaid binds are one of my favorite things to do in different poses. I think they make poses look so lovely and add such a nice shoulder stretch too! I saw tons of people on ig doing this pose last week and I had to try it!
Had a mega delicious blueberry banana peanut butter smoothie after an awesome 10 mile run this morning!
Sunday Walk 🌿🌿🌿 with my Puppy Dog and my Man! #nature #love #walk #dog #sunshine #colourful #day
Awww!! Happy national dog day to your pup too (:
if ur veggie / vegan or interested in animal welfare or someone who gives a shit this book is incredible. 19 chapters covering dairy, poultry, pig, fish, GM, environmental damage and cheap food to name a few, centered around factory farming across the world.
It talks about literally everything to do with current food production but some facts to name a few:
- 1/3 of the world’s cereal harvest is fed to farm animals which if eaten directly rather than fed to industrially reared livestock, the cereals alone could feed three billion people.
- Each year 11600m chickens are wasted, 59m cattle and 270m pigs.
-⅓ of food is wasted through being binned or left to rot.
It literally covers everything and addresses the fact that there needs to be a worldwide wake up call towards our treatment, use and feeding of animals and just the general eating habits of the world, as it is causing a hell of a lot more damage and money than what we get from it.
Next time you make fun of someone for constantly posting selfies or progress pictures, maybe stop and think for a second about why they are doing it. Self love and self respect are looked down upon because it’s considered vain and narcissistic. How about fuck you, because I’m still alive and I’m still fighting and I’m proud of how far ive come. Recovery is NOT easy. Recovery is a choice that people have to continually choose every single day. So think before you judge. Think before you speak. Think before you act. Because everybody is fighting a battle you know nothing about. #fitness #fit #fitspo #recovery #edrecovery #muscle #happiness #bodybuilding #health #workout #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #motivation #inspiration #iifym #progress
You are such an inspiration hun!
Happy national dog day to my beautiful best friend I miss her and I love her so much!
Usually before and after pictures are of people losing weight, but for me the 50+ pounds I’ve gained over the past 4 years are a personal triumph. Recovering from an eating disorder is a long road, but I’ve learned to value my life and my body and now I’m the healthiest (physically and mentally) I’ve ever been. I used to blackout after jogging half a mile, but just this passed weekend I hiked 12 miles without issue. Seeing all the incredible things my body can do through yoga, trail running, and rugby has really helped me finally love myself no matter what size.
Hi I've been interested in going vegan for a while but I lead a very busy/active lifestyle and have a hard time finding vegan meal options that allow me to sustain a high energy level and keep me full. Do you have any suggestions?
Hi hun! I think the main thing for active lifestyles is just to make sure you are eating more! The more food you eat, the more protein and fiber and everything else you will consume, which will help keep you full! Make sure you are eating enough calories throughout the day to maintain a healthy intake!
If you are looking for some recipe ideas my pinterest link is on the side of my blog and I post all of the great recipes I can find! Ohsheglows.com and the pinterest account for Vegan Yack Attack also have some amazing & delicious recipes you should check out!
I would love to go vegetarian first and then maybeee vegan but two problems 1-I LOVE meat so much fish it's my life 2-I'm fifteen and my mom says it's not healthy for my age
Hey hun! I understand that! Many people do love meat a ton but I think it is important to consider giving it up. Eating meat is not only devastating for the animals but is also terrible for the environment and bad for your health! I gave it up partly for health reasons but mostly for animals. I have watched many documentaries (both on the health perspectives and animal perspectives) and they really convinced me to make my decision.
I truly believe it is important to set aside our wants & desires for other’s wellbeing. I do not support factory farming in anyway or even the dairy industry, which almost seems worse to me than the rest of it. It is all awful and so sad- I cannot even stand to watch those videos anymore! I break down after like 5 seconds. The animals are so helpless and it is not even fair and I could babble on about this forever but I think you should just take a look at some good documentaries and form your opinions from that!
Some good ones include: Forks Over Knives, Earthlings, 101 Reasons to go Vegan (youtube), and Why Vegan by Gary Yourofsky (youtube).
Also, as for health - it is very beneficial for your health! You have to make sure you make the transition in a healthy manner but any diet can be done improperly! You could suggest that you guys meet with a nutritionist so she feels more comfortable with your transition. I got the book Vegan for Life (linked on the bottom left of my sidebar) and it talks all about the nutrients you need and sources you can get them from. It also talks about teens on a vegan diet and much more! I think it would be a great help to you and your mom and she could even read it and see how beneficial it can be (: I really hope that helps hun and I wish you the best in your transition!