Happy March, everyone! Are you participating in the 30-Day Meatless Challenge?
In addition to being the month that spring officially begins, March is also the time of Lent and Purim (did you know that Queen Esther might have been vegan?).
Did you know that during in ancient times, fasting during Lent was much stricter--in some places, all animal products were forbidden--and in other countries, predominantly in the East, only vegan foods are consumed during Lent?
March is also National Nutrition Month, and March 20 is Meatout day.
And SparkPeople's first official e-book, "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet," published earlier this week. (Thanks to you, the book has been #1 in vegetarian and low-fat diet e-books on Amazon all week, and it also was in the top five of all vegetarian cookbooks--"real" and e-books. WooHoo!)
I can't think of a better time to experiment with meatless meals.
Many of you have had questions regarding the challenge. It's simple. We're using the Vegetarian Team as our home base, and I'm posting a new thread each week. (Click here for this week's thread.) Feel free to post your questions and comments there, and on my weekly blogs, which will run Fridays through the month of March.
I called this the "Meatless Challenge" because it allows for some flexibility in your food choices. Meatless includes vegan and vegetarian meals. You can define meatless however you please; I'm not hear to judge!
So what should we be doing?
If you're already eating vegan meals, use the month of March to clean up your diet. Some suggestions:
So what's the next step?
Blog about your experience as you go along. Share your tips, the changes you observe in your body, and your new favorite recipes on your SparkPage. And keep checking in on the veg team thread.
I'm taking this challenge as well. I feel so excited to have all of you supporting me along the way! Since I already eat a meatless diet (a 100% vegan one to be exact!), I will use the month of March to clean up my diet.
Today let's talk quickly about vegan snacks, which can be a lifesaver when you're away from home and there's no veg-friendly food in sight.
What are some tasty vegan snacks that don't require a recipe?
Some of you have asked whether you need a Kindle reader to download the book. No, you don't. You can download Kindle apps for your mobile phone or your computer (Kindle for PC and Mac are available).
Also, a Nook version and an iPad version of the e-book are coming soon! Please stay tuned for more info on those.
Thank you so much for your support of our first official e-book. I look forward to writing and sharing more with you, and I am really excited to share my passion for plant-based eating with you!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or send me a SparkMail, and I'll answer them in next week's blog.
What is your goal for the challenge? Why are you inspired to take the challenge?
What is your favorite vegan snack?
What is your goal for the challenge?