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Your vegan journey: 4 simple steps to a more plant-based lifestyle


Your vegan journey: 4 simple steps to a more plant-based lifestyle


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Vegan Month, commencing on November 1st with World Vegan Day, represents much more than just a dietary preference. It stands as a testament to a growing movement that emphasizes sustainability, health, and ethical considerations in our food choices. Let’s explore the history of this impactful month, its modern-day significance, and how Cook it is championing the vegan cause.

The roots of Vegan Month trace back to the 1940s when the term “vegan” was first coined by Donald Watson. Watson, along with a group of vegetarians, detached from the conventional vegetarian society to form the Vegan Society. Their primary goal was to distinguish a diet free from all animal products, not just meat. 

Over the decades, the popularity of veganism exploded, transitioning from a niche choice to a mainstream movement. This progression is largely driven by growing awareness of animal rights, environmental concerns, and the health benefits of plant-based eating.

The three pillars that primarily fuel the rise of veganism today

Ethical concerns: With modern technology, the veils have been lifted on the food industry. Many are disheartened by the conditions animals endure in industrial farming. Veganism offers an ethical alternative, promoting cruelty-free practices.

Environmental considerations: The connection between the food industry and climate change cannot be understated. Livestock farming, particularly cattle, contributes to deforestation, methane emissions, and water consumption. Plant-based diets, in contrast, typically have a reduced carbon footprint.

Health benefits: Numerous studies indicate the health advantages of a vegan diet, including reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Integrating plant-based options into your lifestyle

At Cook it, our commitment to diverse dietary choices is unwavering. Recognizing the importance of veganism in the contemporary food industry, we’ve integrated vegan options into our core offerings. Whether you’re picking our ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat meal kits, you’ll find at least 3 tantalizing vegan recipes each week. These recipes aren’t mere afterthoughts; they’re crafted with the same culinary finesse and attention to flavor as any other dish in our repertoire.

Transitioning to or incorporating more vegan meals in your diet might seem daunting, but with meal kits like those offered by Cook it, the journey becomes simpler and more delicious. Here are some steps to ease the transition:

  1. Start slow: Transitioning to veganism doesn’t necessitate a dramatic shift overnight. Begin by designating specific days of the week for plant-based meals. For example, you might try “Meatless Mondays” as a first step, allowing you to explore new vegan dishes weekly.
  2. Know your plant-based proteins: A common misconception about veganism is the potential protein deficit. However, nature provides a rich array of plant-based proteins. Tofu, a soybean derivative, is a versatile staple in vegan cuisine, known for its ability to absorb flavors from various marinades and sauces. Tempeh, another soy product, has a nutty flavor and can be grilled, sautéed, or baked. Beyond soy, legumes like lentils and chickpeas are protein-packed and can be integrated into soups, salads, and curries. And let’s not forget quinoa, a grain that’s a complete protein source and an excellent substitute for rice.
  3. Educate yourself: As with any diet, understanding nutrient sources is paramount. While plant-based proteins are crucial, also familiarize yourself with sources of calcium, iron, omega-3, and vitamin B12 in the vegan diet. For instance, almonds and fortified plant milk are rich in calcium, while flaxseeds and chia seeds are great sources of omega-3.
  4. Experiment with diversity: Vegan cuisine is not monolithic; it boasts an eclectic mix of flavors, ingredients, and preparations. From the spicy curries of Indian vegan cooking to the rich stews of African dishes, there’s a world to discover. Delve into different global vegan recipes, and don’t be afraid to experiment with herbs, spices, and new cooking techniques.
  5. Leverage meal kits: For those tentative about diving headfirst into vegan cooking or simply looking for convenience, meal kits are a godsend. At Cook it, we curate diverse vegan recipes weekly, ensuring they’re nutritionally balanced. These kits come with precise ingredient portions, minimizing food waste, and include step-by-step instructions, making vegan cooking a breeze even for culinary novices. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan chef or just starting your plant-based journey, meal kits provide a consistent way to enjoy delicious and nutritious vegan meals without the usual hassles of meal planning and grocery shopping.

Vegan Month is not merely a celebration of a diet; it’s an acknowledgment of a lifestyle that champions sustainability, health, and ethics. With companies like Cook it pushing the boundaries of what vegan cuisine can offer, the future of plant-based eating in the food industry looks promising. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan or just curious, November offers a perfect opportunity to explore the richness of vegan cuisine. Embrace the month, one delicious meal at a time.

Thomas Dubrana

Thomas Dubrana

Thomas, one of the founding pillars of Cook it, is an expert in product and sustainable sourcing. With a degree in horticulture and viniculture and over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry, he initially oversaw purchasing, logistics, and partnerships. After a brief stint in France, he returned to his true passion: promoting responsible sourcing. Instrumental in forming key partnerships and implementing ingredient traceability, Thomas contributes to Cook it’s success as a catalyst for change in the Quebec food ecosystem. Follow him for enlightening insights on sustainability and the future of food.