Vegan Easy Challenge: a fresh start for 2022

The list of foods that can be 'veganised' is endless. Pictured is a vegan burger. Photo: Noah Hannibal/VeganEasy/supplied.

The 30-day Vegan Easy Challenge is an opportunity to make a fresh start for the New Year – and do something for your health, our animal friends and the environment at the same time, writes Lefki Pavlidis.

If you’re looking forward to creating a better 2022, Vegan Easy, an Australian nonprofit initiative, started by Animal Liberation Victoria, believes the best way to do that is to begin the year by being kinder to all kinds. How? Take the free 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge this January to make a fresh start to the New Year.

With over a decade of experience in running the challenge, Vegan Easy has developed an effective program that helps participants learn all about the compassionate values and practicalities of veganism. It includes a 30-day dietitian approved meal plan, daily informative emails, nutritional information, access to a huge library of delicious recipes, plus food demo videos from some stellar guest cooks.

Challengers also have the option to tap into the knowledge of friendly volunteer mentors via a dedicated Facebook support group, or they could opt for some one-on-one guidance.

Sydneysiders who sign up for the Challenge can take advantage of the various resources available on veganeasy.org, such as the Eating Out Guide, where you can find vegan-friendly restaurants like Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown, Hippocrates Healthy Eatery in Randwick, Green Gourmet in St Leonards, Alibi in Woolloomooloo, or if fast food is on the cards, you can drop in to Lord of the Fries in Newtown.

Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown is on Vegan Easy’s Eating Out Guide. Pictured is takeaway fare from Gigi. Photo: gigi/Facebook.

Fortunately, major supermarkets and independent grocers stock many plant-based options these days and to make it easier, simply consult the Vegan Cheat Sheet to discover where to shop for the product you’re looking for. Visiting the Vegan Grocery Store in Glebe is highly recommended to find all the vegan essentials you will need plus more – while attending the Sydney Vegan Market on 16 January at Sydney Olympic Park will provide the occasion to connect with other vegans and discover a world of animal-friendly organisations and businesses.

Recently, Vegan Easy along with charity partner, Vegan Australia, hosted the November Challenge during World Vegan Month. It attracted nearly 800 participants from across the globe, with 65 per cent from Australia. Of the Australian challengers, about 20 per cent were from Sydney and surrounding areas. Nearly 39 per cent of Sydney residents who signed up did so for animal rights. Other reasons included health and fitness (27 per cent), the environment (16 per cent) and various others.

Vegan Easy has helped people from all walks of life transition to a kinder, healthier way of living. The challenge is a great opportunity for anyone who’s plant-curious to take the simple step and sign up for this welcoming, informative and fun 30-day experience.

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For more info on the Vegan Easy Challenge, visit veganeasy.org.

Lefki Pavlidis is the Vegan Easy Coordinator at Animal Liberation Victoria.