>World Vegan Day, Vegan MoFo, Meatless Monday, and Going Vegan Part 1

>Today is Meatless Monday. I’m sure you already knew that, but did you also know its World Vegan Day and the beginning of Vegan Mofo?

Now you do.

What is Vegan MoFo? Its the Vegan Month of Food, and I covered the basics here. There are something like 500 bloggers participating this year! Way to go, vegan bloggers!

When I asked friends and family what they wanted to hear from a vegan blog, one of the top suggestions was a post on going vegan. Today seems like the appropriate day to discuss going vegan. This is a long topic, so I’m going to divide it in to two days.

If you’re thinking about going vegan, or if you’re an omnivore who just wants to play around with the occasional meal, I’m here to help. I’ve compiled a list of my go-to blogs, my favourite books, my favourite dairy-substitutes, and I’m even going to go over egg substitutes.

Is it hard?
Yeah, at first it was a learning process and it was hard. Heck, some days, when all I want to do is grab a very quick, very cheap meal while I’m running errands, it feels hard.

The thing, I think a lot of people don’t realize is, being vegan is more than just eating cruelty free food. Its about buying cruelty free products (shoes, purses, jackets, vitamins, sweaters, toothpaste, shampoo, etc). I’m going to go over all of those things later this month. Today, I just want to stick to food (my favourite topic)

Why go vegan?
Its good for your body, its good for the environment, its good for people, and its good for the animals. For details on all of this, check out veganoutreach.org

Why am I a vegan?
I stopped eating meat because I really never liked it (except for sushi fish). I stopped eating dairy because it always made me feel sick. Eating vegan was a logical step. As I researched the vegan lifestyle, it really clicked. I am now a vegan for ethical, environmental, human rights, and animal rights reasons.

My favourite vegan blogs (this may change this month as I sift through the hundreds of blogs participating in Vegan MoFo):
http://www.vegandad.blogspot.com
http://www.theppk.com
http://www.blog.fatfreevegan.com
http://www.nomeatathlete.com
http://www.veganyumyum.com
http://www.vegansaurus.com

Some great online vegan resources:
http://social.thisdishisveg.com/
http://www.vrg.org/
http://www.veganporn.com/
http://www.veganoutreach.org/
http://vegan.meetup.com/
http://vegan.com/
http://www.vegan.org/
http://www.earthsave.org/
http://chooseveg.com/
http://www.happycow.net/
http://www.rawveganradio.com/wordpress/
http://www.healthybitchdaily.com/

Some great vegan reads:
The China Study by T Stephen Campbell
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life  by Brendan Brazier
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (I know this one is kind of controversial, but I liked the snark and the kick in the ass it gave me to finally go vegan)  Rory is great, and I highly recommend listening to this interview with Steve Prussack
Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo
Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko

That’s it for tonight. Tomorrow, I’m making enchiladas and I’ll go over my favourite dairy and egg substitutes.

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About Kelly

Vegan blogger, foodie, yarn junkie, novice gardener, shoe hater.

Posted on November 2, 2010, in Dairy substitutes, egg substitutes, Going Vegan, meatless monday, Vegan Mofo 2010, Vegan resources. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. >Hi KellyI was just wondering if you went vegetarian first or just transitioned directly to being vegan?Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  2. >Hey Lauren,I was pescatarian before going vegan. I occasionally ate fish in my sushi, and I really only ate dairy and eggs in baked goods.

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