- What do vegans eat?
- Are there any health risks associated with plant-based diets?
- How can I tell if something is vegan or not?
- I’m very busy. Is vegan food available on-the-go?
- What if I’m already vegan?
- I don’t think I’m ready for veganism. Can I try vegetarianism instead?
- Will the NCVA help me with the challenge?
- How do you know if I’m actually staying vegan?
- What if I don’t stay vegan for the entire 31 days?
- How are the winners selected?
- Are there any written requirements for the challenge?
- Will you keep my information confidential?
- Who can I contact for more information?
What do vegans eat?
Vegans refrain from eating meat, dairy, eggs and all other animal-derived products. This includes animal fat, broths and more. So what’s left, you might ask? The truth is, vegans enjoy a wide variety of food from many different sources such as fruit, vegetables, beans, other legumes and whole grains. From veggie burgers to tofu stir-fries to amazing baked goods, a vegan diet is far from boring! Please check out our Recipes section for meal and snack ideas.
Are there any health risks associated with plant-based diets?
A vegan diet can meet all your nutritional needs and improve your overall health, but like any diet, it needs proper planning. If you are concerned about your health and want to obtain the essential nutrients of a healthy vegan diet, please read our information flyer for more details.
How can I tell if something is vegan or not?
Checking labels is very important when choosing vegan food. Many companies will mark their products as “Vegan” or “Vegetarian”, but becoming familiar with vegan ingredients will ensure you’re completely avoiding animal products. Besides the obvious, some other common animal ingredients are gelatine, rennet, glycerides and lecithin (glycerides and lecithin may also be plant-based). For a more comprehensive list, check out the Vegan Society’s Glossary of animal substances.
I’m very busy. Is vegan food available on-the-go?
Absolutely! Vegan food doesn’t always require hours of preparation. Samosas, pita bread with dip, fresh fruit and salads are great for snacks and can be purchased at many locations. If you’re looking for something more filling, many types of restaurants including Italian, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern and Ethiopian offer vegan options, not to mention fast-food places such as Subway, Harvey’s, pizza and sandwich shops.
What if I’m already vegan?
If you’re already vegan, that’s great! If you really want to do more, you might wish to challenge yourself to an all-organic or locally-sourced diet for a month. Also, feel free to encourage your family and friends to take on our vegan challenge!
I don’t think I’m ready for veganism. Can I try vegetarianism instead?
We understand that changing your eating habits is a big deal, so we are always encouraged by people reducing their animal intake in any way. Although this vegan challenge may seem difficult, just try your best and know that you can always count on us for help and ideas.
Will the NCVA help me with the challenge?
Of course we will! Not only does our website provide valuable information on veganism, but we will further support your efforts through weekly emails and draws, organizing optional meet-ups and potlucks, and being available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
How do you know if I’m actually staying vegan?
This challenge is based on the honour system. We believe that with the right support and information, anyone can enjoy a healthier, plant-based diet!
What if I don’t stay vegan for the entire 31 days?
Don’t worry! Just because you missed one or two vegan meals doesn’t mean you have to give up. Just be honest with us and we’ll support you in any way we can.
How are the winners selected?
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges based on participation and earning of points. Detailed information will be given to contestants on how points are awarded through actions such as completing short survey questions and attending Veg Fest!
Are there any written requirements for the challenge?
Although we encourage everyone to keep in touch through our short weekly surveys and optional blog entry, it is completely up to you to decide how much you wish to participate beyond practising veganism.
Will you keep my information confidential?
Yes, of course. Your information will not be handed out to anyone and your email will only be used to contact you about the challenge.
Who can I contact for more information?
Feel free to contact the NCVA at any time for helpful info and links to other resources.
Good luck with the challenge!