Today I am so excited I can hardly contain it. I have a lady here on the blog who I have admired from the internet sidelines for a while now. Her name is Hannah Jones and she is the founder of my fave subscription, The Vegan Box. Hannah is here today to help aspiring vegetarians and vegans by providing advice on how to set and move toward such goals.
What would be your top 3 tips for setting goals related to becoming vegan or vegetarian?
- Find a friend or family member who will join you on your plant based journey (just like a gym buddy, to keep you on track). Someone to share recipes with, and talk to when you get frustrated, slip up, or crave a midnight ice-cream binge. Hang out with other vegans and vegetarians. Check out the vegan/vego forums and social groups on Facebook, and meet like minded people!
- Arm yourself with knowledge and facts to use when confronted by ill-informed douchebags! You will find there are occasions when the pressure is put on you to explain and justify your choice to live a cruelty-free lifestyle, or to sit through a debate about protein… (I know right!?) Learn all you can about nutrition, and the impact of animal agriculture and environmental devastation. An organic vegan diet produces 94% less greenhouse gas emissions than the average meat and dairy diet! These are FACTS, not just opinions.
- Educate yourself on nutrition, and plant based sources of protein, iron and B vitamins. Many people I know who have fallen off the vegan-wagon have said they ‘never had any energy’, ‘was always hungry’ or ‘was low in B12 and Iron’… It is really important, and not hard, to get the right balance of nutrition. Faux meat and rice is not a balanced diet – there are so many wonderful fruits and vegetables which will provide your body with every thing it needs to live a long, happy, energised life!
What would be your top three tips for remaining motivated and inspired by your goal to become vegan or vegetarian, and continuing to be in action toward that goal?
- Visit a animal rescue organisation such as Edgars Mission, a farm sanctuary providing life-long love and care to over 300 rescued animals, many from factory farms. Experiences like this will provides you with an opportunity to meet these animals, read their stories, and reinforce your motivation to keep on living cruelty free.
- Look to people that inspire you – they don’t have to be internet superstars, it could be a mother of 3, or a 70 year old eco-warrior.
- Plan ahead with your shopping! If you have nothing left in the fridge, that dodgy takeaway shop down the road might seem more appealing than it really is! Shop at health stores, Asian groceries, and farmers markets over the weekend, and plan your meals for the week. I have a ‘snack draw’ in my kitchen, filled with raw bars, crackers, trail mixes etc for when I need something on the run. Also, one can never have enough bananas in the fruit bowl – natures perfect fast food!
Can you recommend any resources that might assist readers with setting an inspiring goal related to becoming vegan or vegetarian, and remaining on track with it? (Note: Please feel free to mention your own products, resources or services here).
- Get the app ‘Happy Cow’ on your phone, to find vegan friendly cafes, restaurants and stores when travelling or out with friends. There is also an exciting new website and app launching in March called Sproutli, which will be the worlds largest vegan directory, so keep an eye on that – very exciting!
- Spend sometime scrolling through instagram using the hashtag #vegan #veganfoodshare, #whatveganseat to get inspired by the delicious variety of meals others are creating (and ordering in restaurants). A few of my personal favorite instagram accounts to take a peek at are @vegiehead, @likeavegan and @bellaandbhakti.
- Subscribe to The Vegan Box, a monthly box of vegan goodies delivered to your door, including snacks, healthfood, beauty and lifestyle items for you to try. Discover the best new cruelty free products on the market without having to spend hours scanning ingredient panels, or struggling to find brands whose ethics align with yours! We’ve done the homework (and taste testing) for you, and handpicked only the best.
Hi, I’m Hannah – an animal loving vegan naturopath, living in Melbourne with my Husband, Trent, and beautiful rescue kitty, Jiji, I also own and run The Vegan Box!
Animals have always been my ‘thing’, and at a young age I made the connection, and realized I couldn’t love them and eat them too.
After 10 years of working in the healthfood industry, I started The Vegan Box as a way to help and encourage others to make more informed, and compassionate choices –by finding cruelty free, ethical, sustainable and organic products to inspire them, and at the same time promote and support the small businesses making them!
* Photo credit Lucy Spartalis.
Let’s soar together,