Join the Challenge 22+

Or, as I love to say- come to the (b)right side- we have (vegan!) cookies. 🙂

There is no doubt- veganism is huge right now. So many people are willing to give it a try, which makes me super happy and excited, but also takes me back to my own beginnings. I remember how insecure, lost and misunderstood I often felt. I went through all the phases and did the whole process all by myself and alone.

Looking back at it, I see I could use some help, and now this help is here, widely available to everyone who wants&needs it, in a form of an amazing project, called Challenge 22 +. As the name itself says, it’s a challenge in which you get to experience veganism for 22 days. Your first step is signing up through the website.

Why join and why 22 days?

No beginning is easy and this one in particular can be extremely difficult. Sure, there are people who make a switch overnight but majority of people need some extra guidance and time. Which is understandable, considering that most of us were brought up in cultures where eating animals is so normal that it’s hard to see how utterly wrong it actually is. And damaging- to our own health, our (only!) planet, and of course the animals.

So a path to veganism can truly be overwhelming. It can be hard to find the right information and proper advice. After seeing all those videos&documentaries, reading articles, books and blogs frustration can arise and doubts appear. Especially when you have to face the others&break the news to your family&friends. It’s a lot!

However, this rocky road doesn’t have to be walked alone any longer! With a team of experienced and devoted vegans who volunteer as mentors, the transition is easy and enjoyable.

There’s no judging and no rushing, there is only lots of support in form of healthy tips, advice on fitness and nutrition, yummy recipes,… Experts, such as dietitians, help remove any doubts and/or fears. Every day brings a new challenge, but it’s all just fun- like trying vegan pizza for the first time or making some delicious pasta or lentil dish! I promise, you’ll find nothing but understanding and support there.

It all happens in a place, we all are so familiar with- within the “walls” of Facebook- a Facebook group, that is. So all your questions will be answered in real time and you’ll be able to find all the information you need.

How do I know all of that? Hmm, don’t want to brag but I’m also one of the mentors. Cheesy or not (no pun intended)- I’m super happy&proud to be a part of it. I find this challenge as a great way to help acknowledge veganism and it’s a form of activism that suits me best. It helps spread awareness with love and kindness. 🙂

And it doesn’t stop here, oh no! Another amazing perk is that you get to meet people from all over the world and create new friendships, find your “support” groups, which is so crucial. It always fills my heart with joy when I see mentees realise how great veganism is. And that vegans don’t just eat lettuce and die of protein deficiency. 😉

So if you’re interested and willing to give it a try-please, come and join us. You’re more than welcome and like I said, we’re a friendly bunch and we have cookies. Vegan cookies. 🙂

P.S.: I’m definitely not the person who believes in new year’s resolutions. However, if you already decide to make one, then this is the one! I’m also not that sentimental&over emotional person but I’ve got to say that this challenge has definitely been one of the highlights of 2016! So do yourself a favour and at least give a try to the most amazing lifestyle out there. ❤

P.S.2: 22 days because it takes approximately that much time to adapt a change, make a switch and break the old habits. 😉


(un)Happy Mother’s day

Yesterday was mother’s day here where I live, so I’m dedicating this blog to the mothers who suffer beyond words. Those non-human mothers who, just as human mothers, create immediate bond with their babies, love them and want to protect them… but are unable to do so… I want to talk about the overlooked mothers of the most bloody industry I can think of- the dairy industry.

Now I’ll be honest. I do feel as a hypocrite as I’m typing this because I was your typical “can’t-live-without-cheese” girl. I consumed dairy like it’s no one’s business, and I swear a litre of milk a day was no problem for me. Morning cereals drowned in milk, pasta with sour cream and dill, all the cheeses I could get my hands on, not to mention chocolate and sweets, plus all the things where dairy is a “hidden” product. Yup. I was one of those.

All until dairy almost killed me. Literally. Jeez, if I think back it just makes me feel stupid…I mean whenever I went to a family gathering I settled for, ta-da you guessed it-cheese. So I’d have tons of it and feel awfully sick on my way back home but I was unable to make the connection that it was actually dairy causing my sickness. I had no clue at all. I was completely and utterly clueless.

Then came the revelation… I found out about my lactose intolerance, and then after getting my Hashi diagnosis I learned more about how bad dairy is for your health. But what really got me was learning how truly awful and horrible dairy is for the health of cows.

I honestly believe that the cruelty of dairy industry made me a “forever vegan”, and I’m highly sensitive to it. It makes me sick to my stomach when I remember that I took part in it and I feel deeply ashamed. However I’m also happy I went through all of that process and was able to ditch the dairy completely, despite my proclaimed undying and unconditional love for it.

To say it’s heartbreaking doesn’t do it justice. It’s cruel. It’s barbaric. It’s the most appalling and disgusting thing ever.

Here’s a little story. Imagine going into a nursery and taking babies away from their mums. Boys are killed and girls face the same destiny as their mums. They will be artificially inseminated over and over again, so some other species will be able to drink their milk.

Doesn’t sound right, does it? Can you imagine having your baby ripped out of your hands right after birth? Would you like your baby boy to be killed? Would you like for your daughter to be raped and tortured?

Cows are smart, gentle, caring and loving. They feel pain. Pain of loss and pain of having their milk stolen. They are put on machines that milk the shiz out of them until their breasts are swollen and sore. Once they start losing milk they will simply make them pregnant again and again. Until the day they become useless. Until the day when their only “purpose” is to become someone’s dinner. What a life, ha?

You know in full honesty- I’m not your typical motherly gal. Never dreamed of having children and here I’m in my early 30’s, still single and there’s no biological clock raving, yet the cruelty and coldness of this shake me to the core.

It is impossible for me to understand how others- especially women- can be so…unhurt by it. And I’m talking about women who claim they are willing to die for their children. Women who are all about women’s rights. Yet they couldn’t care less about cows. Because cheese, right?

During my dark ages of being a chain dairy consumer I swear I had no clue, so I can relate to those clueless. But for those who know and choose not to care… I can’t. There’s no apology for this. No apology. Dear cows…dear all the other non-human mothers whose desperate cries remain unheard because of profits and unwillingness to make a difference…my deepest apologizes. I’m truly sorry.

Want to know more about dairy industry? Take five and watch this video. It explains everything in a nutshell.