Being vegan for 30+ days. Here’s why

What’s your 2020 new year’s resolution? Losing weight? Exercising more? Or are you joining the #veganuary bandwagon? I decided to pick the last one, but put my own little spin on it. Instead of ‘just being vegan for a month’ I will try 30 new vegan recipes in the upcoming weeks and stay vegan till I finish all of them.

Update: Read my final review of a vegan diet here. The good, the bad, and the ugly truth about a vegan diet!

How come a carnivore chef like me chooses to go vegan? Here are 3 reasons why.

The first vegan recipe I tried on my little journey: Smoky black bean casserole. Recipe by Lyons Coffee UK

1. Being vegan helps me to try more new recipes

Trying more recipes helps to make you a better and ultimately more creative cook.

I have only tried 30 new recipes in 2019. That means that I cooked the same old dishes over and over and over again. For some people trying 30 new recipes in a year might already sound intimidating, but the to-do list of recipes that I still want to try grew to a staggering 1500 recipes 😀 At this pace, my recipe to-do list will surely outlive me…

I’m starting 2020 strong by trying 30 new vegan recipes in the first weeks of the year!

Cheesy herb roasted chickpeas made with nutritional yeast. Recipe by Grateful Grazer

2. Being vegan helps me to be a better role model

A lot of my nutrition coaching clients ask me for vegetarian and vegan lunch and dinner inspiration. So I decided to practice what I preach!

3rd recipe I tried: Speedy lentil bolognese with mushrooms. Recipe by James Whyte from Healthy Living James

On the one hand, being vegan will help to improve my own nutrition. On the other hand, it will also make me more knowledgeable and comfortable helping clients to incorporate more vegetables into their diets. I can share my learnings, my failures and my coping mechanisms with my clients.

Peanut butter & BBQ jackfruit pizza with vegan cheese. Recipe by Murielle Banackissa for Vegan Food and Living magazine

3. I love a good challenge!

Trying something you are not familiar with, helps you to push your boundaries and expand your comfort zone. Even though I would consider myself a flexitarian, going full vegan feels kinda scary.

Vegan baked banana oat porridge with almond milk. Recipe by Sophie Godwin for BBC Good Food

Being your own little guinea pig is fun and exciting! I already tried not drinking for a month, or being vegetarian, or eating only ketogenic (no carbs…). I really like pushing my boundaries and trying new things.

Some of the vegan recipes I will try will be added to my recipe repertoire and I will spin some of them into my own recipes. It will also help me to better understand what it means to be vegan on a day-to-day basis, what to watch out for and how to avoid the common pitfalls.

Vegan Okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake). This recipe was disappointing… Published by DK

Vegan for 30+ days. Maybe 8 weeks?

The more recipes I try, the quicker my vegan journey might be over!

I will stay vegan until I have tried 30 new vegan recipes. How long this will take is of course completely in my own hands. Not every day is a home-cooking day. You go out with friends and colleagues, have dinner at someone else’s place, etc. Realistically it will take me more than a month. So it’s going to be #veganuary + some more.

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Update: Read my final review of a vegan diet here. The good, the bad, and the ugly truth about a vegan diet!

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