Designed to guide readers along the path toward a completely plant-based diet, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge devotes one chapter to each day of the journey.
The author begins by reflecting on the reasons people choose to eat plant-based. Recalling her own past, she writes:
“Prior to becoming vegan, I perceived myself as a conscious, compassionate person, yet I was supporting what is very likely the most violent industry on the planet. I was paying people to be desensitized and to do what I would never do myself: hurt and kill animals.”
Her Day 1 Challenge?
Challenge Your Thinking: Whatever challenges you to become vegan and however you identify yourself at this moment (carnivore, omnivore, pescetarian, flexitarian, plant-strong, or vegetarian), the transition process is the same for everyone: It’s a matter of undoing old habits and creating new ones.”
(My own thoughts on creating new habits are posted here!)
On Day 5, you’ll learn to read food labels. The only way to guarantee you’re eating vegan is to recognize the language used to mask animal-based products:
“Many… animal products are given names other than what they really are because even the manufacturers know that people wouldn’t by them if they knew exactly what they were.”
The author thoroughly reviews the most commonly “disguised” animal-based ingredients. Take gelatin, found in “Jell-O, marshmallows… gummy bears and ice cream.”:
“Gelatin: Made by boiling the slaughterhouse remains of bones, skin, and connective tissues of animals—most often cattle, pigs, horses, and fishes… If it says gelatin on the label, it is from an animal,”
Patrick-Boudreau recommends these vegan versions instead:
· Agar agar ( made from cooked and pressed algae powder)
Carrageenan, or carrageen extract (made from dried seaweed)
Vegetable gums ( made of ground or flaked vegetable fibers — guar and xanthan gums are common examples)
Pectin (extracted from apples, berries or other fruit)
And I loved how she weaves common-sense insights through every chapter:
“If we don’t have time to be sick, then we have to make time to be healthy.”
“You come home from grocery store… and take 15 minutes to chop them… If we chop them, we will eat them!”
“Humans don’t see birds or squirrels or cows and start salivating… Not only do we humans survive without meat, we thrive without it. We have thousands of plant foods from which to choose, bringing us both pleasure and optimal health.”
For anyone seeking guidance in their journey towards optimal health for themselves, the planet and all living creatures, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is a must-read!