We hope these tips, link and bits of advice will help you on your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge! 
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WOW! Nearly your first week being vegan!

 Clare's advice for day seven: 
Yesterday, we looked at making potentially difficult conversations easier by asking people to respect your choice to take the 30 Day Vegan Challenge rather than explaining the ideology behind your choice or focusing on the multitude of information you could share with them (and which you probably don’t have at the moment). Just tell them that you have chosen this challenge and wish to complete it. But what happens when someone undermines your choice? This doesn’t only refer to the 30-Day Vegan Challenge; it refers to any conversations where you tell someone you are doing something and they undermine or ridicule you. For example, someone might say to a person not wanting to drink alcohol for a month, ‘Come on, one drink won’t hurt!’ What do you do if someone says, ‘Surely you can’t just live on that!’ when they observe you eating. This is the time to tell them again that you have committed to the Vegan Challenge to and that you are receiving guidance, support and feedback to ensure you remain healthy and well whilst examining a different way of eating and thinking about things. If they continue to undermine you, ask them to RESPECT YOUR CHOICE, and after you have completed the Vegan Challenge, you will be much more experienced and have more information to answer their concerns more effectively.

TIP: In the early stages of the Vegan Challenge, focus on what you are learning and experiencing. Don’t take on the extra load of defending your choices or trying to convert other people. Tell other people that you are receiving guidance, support and supervision during the Vegan Challenge and at the end of it, you will be more resourced and experienced to answer their questions, rather than having to guess the answers at the moment.


Robyn's advice for day seven:

Know how to answer “the protein question”
One of the most frequent questions you’ll be asked when you announce that you’re vegan is “Where do you get your protein?” Most people think that meat, fish, eggs and dairy products are the only good sources of protein on the planet, so vegans must surely all be suffering from protein deficiency!
Here are the facts about protein: All proteins are built from compounds called amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that are necessary for the growth and function of mammals, including humans. Of these, 10 can be made within our bodies, from other compounds. These are known as nonessential amino acids as it’s not essential to consume them in our diet. The remaining 10 cannot be made within our bodies. These are called essential amino acids since we – and all other mammals – have to eat them ‘ready-made’. These essential amino acids are all made by plants (as well as by bacteria).
What this means is that every protein found in the bodies of lions, whales, dogs, rats, horses and us humans, contains amino acids that were ultimately derived from plants. Without plants there would be no proteins – since all proteins are built from a mixture of essential and nonessential amino acids – and therefore no animals, including humans.
So when someone asks you “Where do you get your protein?”” you can answer ‘Straight from the source – plants!”


Cassie's recipe idea for day seven:

Broad Bean, Mint and Lime Dip
Makes 2 cups
500g bag frozen broad beans
2 tbsp coconut cream
1 clove garlic
¼ cup mint leaves
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp flaked salt
Juice 1 lime
1 tbsp cold water (if it needs it)
10 second crack of black pepper (weird I know)
  1. Place the broad beans into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water for 4 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water. Drain again and peel off the tough outer skin.
  2. Using a food processor, place the broad beans, coconut cream, garlic, mint, olive oil, salt, lime juice and black pepper into the processing bowl and pulse or blend until it forms a smooth and consistent paste, approximately 60 seconds.
  3. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sour dough chips or carrot sticks.

Kym's advice for day seven:
Weddings. Always a wonderful occasion with friends celebrating life and love! But don't starve, be prepared. Even if those getting married know that you are vegan, they have million-and-one things to think about to get ready for the big event, so don't expect them to think of the small issue of having vegan options. The best approach is to contact the venue directly a few days in advance and let them know that you will need a vegan meal. That way you don't have to add any more stress to the bride and groom-to-be or chase anything up. Its also a good idea to bring a couple of snacks - some fruit and nuts for example - just in case there is shortage of options there, but with a bit of luck the fancy venue will bring you a delicious and amazing vegan creation that will impress the rest of your table and give you a chance to start up an interesting conversation about the benefits of going vegan - and with all the nutrients and carbs you'll be carving it up on the dance floor and partying into the wee hours. 

Find a single vegan, marry them and have an amazing all-vegan wedding. Ha ha just kidding, but if you are planning a wedding, or just dreaming, check out this website with great ideas for a cruelty free celebration of lurrrve --> http://veganweddingshq.com

Watch this inspiring interview with ultra marathon champion vegan athlete and author Scott Jurek (25mins) --> click here

Go to this page on Dr Greger's Nutritionalfacts.org website and learn more about protein from animals vs plants --> click here

Check out our directory of over 100 eateries in Sydney with vegan options!  --> click here 


Congratulations making it through DAY SEVEN of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge! 
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