Starting this February 11th 2017, with a launch party at Happy Buddha, the Shanghai “21 day vegan challenge” begins! (see link at the end of the post.) For anyone who has wanted to try a vegan diet, Happy Buddha, Saucepan, Veggie Lovers and Veggie Dorm have joined forces with VeganFiesta to create this great event! If you are inclined to drool over a delicious cheese board or juicy steak, unsure of how you will find the willpower not to eat them, you are sure to find lots of support from fellow challenge members. There are also activities every day from cooking classes to workouts. Too tired to make your own vegan food? Then order a vegan meal from one of the multiple partners at a discount or buy a week long meal plan from Better Bentos. I will be trying this challenge; although I can’t promise I’ll make it through to the end! I will be contributing to the challenge by giving a nutrition class at Hunter Gatherer on the evening of February 23rd. The class will focus on healthy vegan eating patterns, to ensure those participating get all of their proper nutrients.
I have heard some debate over whether or not vegans can get all the nutrients they need. They absolutely can if they eat the right plant sources. B12 is an exception but it can be obtained through fortified foods or nutritional yeast, check out this great vegetarian resource here. Vegetarians and vegans tend to have an overall lower cancer rate than the general population as well as a lower BMI. Conversely, just because someone is vegan does not automatically mean they are eating healthy. Sugars, oils and certain processed “junk foods” can be vegan. So remember, no matter what diet you choose, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is best for optimal health.
Until the next time, wishing you and your family good fortune in this New Year of the Rooster!
Eat Well Shanghai! – Jessica W.