Viva La Vegan!

Once again Animal Liberation Victoria are organising and running the 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge which will take place from the 1-30 of November! This is one of my favourite vegan outreach events, it not only inspires but empowers people to become vegan and get involved with taking responsibility for their health, our environment and our animal friends - kind of like the new book release by the lovely Colleen Patrick-Goudreau that just so happens to have the same name:



Colleen released her latest book, 30 Day Vegan Challenge in August this year and I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with her at the Vida Vegan Bloggers conference in Portland, Oregon late August. Colleen is a great example of a positive, amicable, happy and healthy vegan and her personality shines through in her book. Whether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen's book gives you the tools you need to make the vegan transition—healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously. In this one-stop, comprehensive guide, Colleen:
• debunks common nutrition myths and explains the best sources of such nutrients as calcium, protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids
• helps you become a savvy shopper, restock your kitchen, read labels, and prepare nutrient-rich meals without feeling overwhelmed
• offers practical strategies for eating out, traveling, hosting holiday gatherings, and attending social events
• empowers you to experience the tangible and intangible benefits of living a healthful, compassionate life

Colleen's book is divided up into various Chapters including Welcome to Positive Change, Defining Vegan, Why 30 Days?, Know your Numbers, Complete your 3 Day Food Diary, Find a Buddy, and Create your Goals and Intentions. The 30 Day Vegan Challenge part of the book is divided up into 30 different goals for each day including Stocking a Healthful Vegan Kitchen to Making Time to Cook. There's a great selection of recipes for Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners with most of the recipes having photos! The book has a great design, feel and is very inspiring and empowering, like Colleen herself. Read an excerpt from Colleen's book.

Here's some great reviews of the 30 Day Vegan Challenge book:

[Patrick Goudreau] excels in demystifying something that feels unobtainable to many people--vegan living--and...distills it into practical steps and information without dumbing it down. Colleen is like your best friend: supporting you but also encouraging you to live up to your potential....I recommend [this book] for anyone who has struggled with trying to go vegan in the past, or would like to try it for the first time. For those of us who are tried-and-true vegans, I also recommend the book for its...common sense approach to...compassionate living. Plus, recipes! Get this book as a gift for yourself, your friends, and family.The Chicago Examiner

What a delicious way to get more energy, say good-bye to those stubborn pounds, and get healthy for good. —Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart 
If you’ve ever asked Where would I get my protein? How would I bake without eggs? or Is there really life after cheese? then this book is for you!Rory Freedman, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

This is a gorgeous, smart, insightful book to guide you through the ins and outs of eating a healthful vegan diet. —Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet

To find out more about Colleen, see her Vegetarian Food for Thought Blog or Compassionate Cooks website


From the 1st to the 30th of November the Vegan Easy Challenge encourages those who aren't vegan to give the vegan diet and lifestyle a go for 30 days. I wrote a blog previously about my friend from college, Jenny, doing the challenge in 2009 as a birthday present for me and about the March 30 Day challenge this year. Registration closes on October 31 so get your non-vegan friends and family on board now!

There are many benefits to becoming vegan, including greater health, saving the lives of many animals and being much more environmentally friendly. Here's the blurb from their website:

To make life (vegan) easy for you, we've provided you with a sample 30 day menu with recipes and photos for breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day, as well as sweets and side dishes on our recipe page. Of course you don't need to stick to our menu plan, it's there to give you an idea of what to eat. You will also be in the running to win the following fantastic Prizes:

1st Prize - $500 worth of gifts & vouchers
2nd Prize - $250 worth of gifts & vouchers
3rd Prize - $100 worth of gifts & vouchers

REGISTER now - closes on Oct 31

See the video with Noah (Vegan Tank):

See the video featuring Vegan Challenge Ambassador, Chris De Rose from Last Chance for Animals:

See the Vegan Easy Challenge website for more information and their amazing selection of recipes. Make sure you get your friends and family involved!

I think I'll leave the last word(s) to Colleen (excerpt from her book):

If change is what you're looking for, then change is what you’ll get, and I commend you for seeking it out. Change is often one of the most difficult things for humans to cope with-even when that change is positive. How many of us avoid making changes until we're absolutely forced to? How many of us engage in habits that make us sick rather than simply change the way we eat?

Now, you can call me crazy, but I have more faith in people than that. I know people change. I see it every single day. When the bar is raised and people are given the tools and resources they need to feel empowered, they do change. The problem is, the more we keep telling people it’s too hard to change, the more they just believe it.

The more we buy into the myths that there's something radical about eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, mushrooms, herbs, and spices and something extreme about not eating the bodies and secretions of nonhuman animals, the less we'll expect of ourselves and others. And nothing will change.

But by holding the bar high, we see radical changes take place in people-physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

All I ask is that you remain open. Never say never. Embrace the journey that encourages us to be humble, to learn new things, to become better people. That's what being human is all about, isn't it?

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