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Thanks for making kinder, greener, healthier choices and doing our 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!
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Vegan ACT's 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge

Hi <<First Name>>! 



CONGRATULATIONS ON OUR 3O DAY GO VEGAN CHALLENGE!
Just by making the decision to go vegan for a period of 30 days, you've taken a marvellous step towards living a lifestyle that is better for the animals, your own health and our environment, this is something to CELEBRATE! 

One of the main aims of Vegan ACT is to support vegans and those interested in going vegan.  We are providing this 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge program in order to better assist and support people who want to go vegan.

Here's what we are going to do to make this happen:

* Your own personal mentor
The first thing we will do for you is to match you up with a mentor from our club, who will be in touch soon by email to introduce her/himself and see how you are going. This is the person to contact if you need any specific advice, questions or support. You should hear within the next few days so that you have someone you can contact for one-to-one help :-) 

* Our Online Update
When you joined the challenge, you also automatically subscribed to our online update which comes out every one or two weeks depending on how much is going on. It has information about all kinds of vegan-related events around the ACT, recipes, eatery and product recommendations, and other interesting news.

* Daily advice emails 
This daily email will have plenty of tips, great information and will gradually introduce you into the wonderful world of veganism! These daily emails are by Kym Staton, have a daily recipe from chef and food blogger, Cassie Heneghan, and include links to weekly digests written by two other Australian vegans: vegan naturopath Robyn Chuter and vegan psychologist Clare Mann.

You'll get your next email in 24 hours, so that you can read it and prepare for the following day. 

 

 

My name is Kym Staton and I'm a full-time animal-freedom activist, and part time singer/songwriter/guitarist. I'm the founder of two large and growing community groups: Sydney Vegan Club and also Films For Change Sydney. I sometimes combine these two groups for major events that aim to educate our community and raise greater awareness about the treatment of animals. Its a pleasure and a privilege to be directly active in creating change for compassion!

My advice for day one: 
The first thing you need to do to help you go vegan is clean out your fridge. I'm not talking about a soapy sponge here, but the animal products. Grab a bag of some kind and go through the fridge and remove any products that contain animal ingredients. Then do the pantry with any dry food or canned food that contains animals or animal products. Then - if possible - go and knock on the door of a neighbour, friend or family member (someone not yet vegan) and give the food to them. This way you are not wasting the food that came from the suffering of an animal, which also took an enormous amount of energy and water to support.

Us human beings are creatures of habit and if we leave these items in our fridge its very very easy to drift back into old habits and consume animal products. As time goes by, you'll find that you crave animal products less and less, especially as you find so many amazing new flavours of plant based foods that you have never tasted before. Once you've removed all the animal products from your fridge, go to the supermarket, local organic market or vegan-friendly health food store and stock up on some lovely fresh whole foods and anything you can find that says 'vegan' on the side. The major supermarkets like Coles and Woolies have vegan sections, even though you may not have noticed them before, both in the dry foods, fridge and freezer sections. Ask one of the friendly staff to direct you to the vegan section. They will know where this is even if they are not vegan themselves. One of the main exciting new flavours that you are going to discover going vegan is plant milks. These days, supermarkets will have up to eight or even ten different brands of plant milk. Buy a few and take them home to try, and you'll be bound to find one that you like. Relish the nutty, wholesome flavours and enjoy the knowledge that no living, feeling thinking beings had to die for your drink, plus its better for you without all the saturated fat, pus (yes pus!) and other nasty residues found in milk. Congrats on making this first important step on your 30 day vegan journey and I'll have your next interesting and enlightening assignment tomorrow!

 

INTRODUCING CHEF AND FOOD BLOGGER CASSIE HENEGHAN

Be prepared - I recommend weekly meal planning at the beginning of the week so you don’t become overwhelmed with your new changes. I personally look to pinterest, beautiful vegan blogs, restaurant menus and my own collection of favourite midweek recipes for new ideas. Seeing something delicious makes me so much more excited to cook it! To make my life even easier, I make larger portions for the next day’s lunch or to freeze for next week’s dinner. 

Eat what you feel - Our bodies are so intelligent that we generally crave what we are missing in our diet. Fun for me is recreating things I used to eat before I was vegan. 

There are so many vegan alternatives to most standard recipe ingredients and so much information online at how to substitute them. We have so much wonderful fresh produce in Australia at our disposal. Push the limits of your comfort zone when it comes to getting creative in the kitchen.

Use your support network – I was incredibly lucky to have an amazing bunch of new vegan friends when I started on my new path. They were all so supportive and knowledgeable as I have found most vegans to be! It helps to have people to run ideas, thoughts, feelings and recipes by. Reach out to others on the Vegan ACT Facebook Group, attend events and use your mentor whenever you need them.

When I first went vegan from vegetarian, I noticed an incredible change in the shape of my body and my fitness levels without even training. I now have so much more energy and I feel so enthusiastic every morning when I get out there to prove how delicious plant based food can be. It has truly levelled out my existing anxiety issues and I feel incredibly grounded and at peace with my life.

Cassie's recipe idea for day one: 
Chickpea and Potato Curry


Makes 4 serves
Ingredients
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
420g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
1 cup sweet potato, 1cm cubed
1 cup potato, 1cm cubed
100ml coconut milk
250ml vegetable stock
1 birds eye chilli, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 packet pappadums (approx 30)
½ cup mango chutney (thick)
1 bunch coriander, thoroughly washed
Curry Paste
1 small brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2cm piece ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon garam masala
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tbsp water
50g almond meal
  1. Using a heavy based saucepan, heat the oil over a low heat and add the mustard seeds. Allow to pop away for approximately 1 minute.
  2. To make the curry paste, place all ingredients into a food processor or mini chopper and blend until smooth and consistent. Scoop curry paste out into the saucepan and stir for approximately 5 minutes using a wooden spoon so that the paste doesn’t catch on the base of the pot.
  3. Add the chickpeas, sweet potato, potato, coconut milk, stock, chilli and salt and allow to simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Prepare pappadums according to suppliers instructions.
  5. Add a tablespoon of curry to each pappadum and top with 1 teaspoon of mango chutney and a sprinkle of coriander.
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You might also find this 30 day menu inspirational 
http://www.veganeasy.org/30-Day-Menu
 


Click Here for Week One's Advice from Psychologist, Clare Mann

My aim is to give you simple strategies to understand and manage your own emotions, thoughts and self-questioning. Additionally, I’ll provide tips and techniques to have everyday conversations easily and effectively. 



 

Click Here for Week One's Nutrition Tips from Naturopath, Robyn Chuter

Tips of the week:  Eat a Rainbow Every Day, Eat Legumes Every Day, Ensure you have a reliable source of vitamin B12, Eat Real Food, Get Up and Move, Get your Green Leafy Vegetables, Know how to answer "the protein question"

 


NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT? 
Watch this fascinating talk by psychologist Dr Melanie Joy --> Click here (60 mins duration)

WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN? 
Watch this informative talk by Dr Neal Barnard ---> click here (60 mins duration)

 


QUOTE FOR THE DAY
"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone." – Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Congratulations making it through DAY ONE!
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