Are you following a vegan diet? Are you interested in doing it for a short while? If so, please read this post about taking the vegan pledge for a short amount of time.

So did you know it is World Vegan Day on November 1st? This will be followed by Vegan Month in November.

So how does this affect you? Well, here’s a list of things you could do. The list has been created by the Vegan Society.

The theme is to ‘improve the quality and availability of vegan food in  the UK’. It is better than it used to be but there’s room for improvement so here’s some easy steps to making this theme successful.

Challenge the caterers: ask for vegan options that everyone can enjoy at your school, college, workplace, local restaurant or any special events.

Give the restaurant a copy of our Vegan Catering for All booklet in advance to help them learn how to cater for vegans.

Here’s a challenge for you. Can you contact the most caterers? If you would like to take part, simply make a list of all the caterers you have contacted along with their response and E-mail it to by 14 December. The winner will be announced in the spring edition of the magazine and the PETA Celebrity cookbook is up for grabs!

Establish what vegan food they have available. Just by asking which dishes are suitable for vegans you are making the café/restaurant aware that there is a market for vegan food.
It is increasingly common for cafés and restaurants to have soya milk available, so encourage them to stock soya milk if they don’t already.

Give canteens, cafés and restaurants advice about how to adapt some of their recipes to make them vegan and point out that good vegan food can be enjoyed by everyone and not just vegans.

Ask your local café to leave some of our Why Vegan or Vegan Recipe leaflets lying around for people to read.

Give eating establishments feedback about their food. At the end of your meal, let the café/restaurant know if you were happy with the food or if there was room for improvement. We have a feedback card available. If you would like copies please email us at or download it from our website.

Put up posters and give out leaflets: organize a stall, or try your library, community centre, school, health centre, day-care centre,  church hall or community notice board.

Write a letter to the local media about World Vegan Day and the Vegan Catering for All theme.
Afterwards, send pictures of your event to your local newspaper, and to The Vegan Society to go in The Vegan magazine.

Send round a ‘Happy World Vegan Day’ e-mail to all your friends with a link to The Vegan Society website.

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Heena Modi · November 18, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Here’s some info re staying well whilst following a veggie/vegan diet: –

This is a summary of what was said at London Vegan’s meeting. The following info has been provided by Mahersh: –

There were some very important messages:
– the importance of receiving a good intake of Omega-3 to reduce one’s
“Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio” from around 10/15-to-1 to around 4-to-1 or less. The speaker suggests freshly ground flax seeds are one of the best plant sources, and we should eat some daily.

– importance of receiving an adequate intake of vitamin B12, and why B12 is so important.

– plus other important point, all based on studies carried out over long periods of time on the health of people eating a vegetarian/vegan diet.

If you’d like to listen to the talk, it is the available at this link:

The title of the talk we listened to was “Optimal Vegetarian Nutrition” but there are four others there too.

Best wishes,

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