I have been trying something I call the VWIC (Vegan-When-I-Can) Diet. The reasons for this absolutely do not include any of the following:
- To lose weight.
- To have “glowing skin” or any beauty BS like that.
- Because I am worried about health effects of eating meat.
The only reason I am doing this 30-Day Vegan Challenge to see if there is any way to make veganism Impatient Foodie friendly. I have quite a few vegan cookbooks and most of them, frankly, make my eyes roll. It seems to me that many vegan cookbook authors and bloggers make the assumption that people’s ethics will propel them beyond the lists of hard-to-find ingredients, the veggie prep, and the hours needed to soak this, or marinate that. But my personal philosophy is that in order for any habit to really stick it needs to be either fun or convenient/preferably both. So that’s why I am doing this challenge: I want to find all the little hacks that make vegan eating fast and easy (and filling and delicious, obviously). Once the experiment is over, honestly, I doubt I’ll be a vegan forever. But if I can sub in vegan meals whenever I can/on a consistent basis, many studies suggest that will go a long way toward helping the climate. And if that helps keep my blue whale nightmares at bay, then that’s good enough reason for me.
I am also doing this because I like to start off every year with a challenge of some sort – why not start the year off with something difficult, am I right?! Will make the rest of the year feel like a breeze. In the past, I have done a Dry January or given up on coffee and both yielded some interesting insights, so I am hopeful about what will happen in the coming days.
So this entire month, I’ll be writing about my successes, failures, and break downs. If you feel so inclined, please join along and write to me in the comments section or shoot me an email so we can trade tips and/or commiserate, if necessary! To get us started, I asked some of the best-of-the-best in the food industry what their advice is on how to ensure we won’t go through the vegan month fainting every few hours or in a hangry rage. Click below to read tips from Chef Amanda Cohen, Chef Chloe Coscarelli, nutritionist Willow Jarosh, and vegan baker Erin McKenna on vegan snacks and hacks, vegan home cooking, easy vegan recipes, and essential vitamins and supplements to take.