VEGANUARY – What? How? & Why Try???

One word that you may have struggled not to hear this month is ‘Veganuary’, but what does it mean and what is it all about? The idea (just like with Stoptober, Movember and Decembeard) is that you try out something new for just one month, but in this case (instead of quitting smoking, or growing a moustache or beard in order to fundraise for charity) you are invited to make changes towards a vegan lifestyle, beginning with your diet.

Your reasons for participating in ‘Veganuary’ could include wanting to explore new food options, enjoying a challenge, wanting to see how a different diet affects you, or an awareness and concern for animal welfare and / or our environment. But whatever your reason it doesn’t matter, as every time you make a choice not to purchase, use or consume an animal product you will be benefiting not only the animals, but most likely your health, as well as the future of our planet too!

By following a vegan diet, animal products such as meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs and honey would need to be omitted from the diet and replaced with plant-based alternatives. This may seem like a scary prospect to many people, but don’t panic! It can be very difficult at first to change the way you shop and cook, but plenty of information, support and advice including a shopping guide, nutrition facts and meal plans can be available if you sign up at veganuary.com.

So what’s stopping you? Don’t want to do it / it’s too hard / can’t change everything, so why bother………… If you feel like this, which is understandable after being brought up in a society where it’s normal to regularly consume animal products, we would say to just try making a few small changes and see how you manage. These changes could include switching your milk, or cheese, to a plant-based alternative, trying to go meat-free on Mondays, or sampling a vegan meal at Plant Vegan Café in Formby 😉 Hopefully you will be introduced to a range of new delicious vegetables and recipes and you will feel better for it too.

You can sign up at veganuary.com at any time (not just on 1st January) and there is an array of guidance about vegan diets on many other sites too, but if you’re struggling then send us a message or pop in to see us in the café and we’ll do all that we can to help.

For those who are still not convinced about doing Veganuary, or making small changes, we challenge you to try just one vegan meal and see what you’re missing out on, you may be pleasantly surprised!

With best wishes to everybody for a happy, healthy and peaceful year ahead,
Carmel and Clair
#PlantVeganCafeFormby

Veganuary – What? How? & Why Try???

One word that you may have struggled not to hear this month is ‘Veganuary’, but what does it mean and what is it all about? The idea (just like with Stoptober, Movember and Decembeard) is that you try out something new for just one month, but in this case (instead of quitting smoking, or growing a moustache or beard in order to fundraise for charity) you are invited to make changes towards a vegan lifestyle, beginning with your diet.

Your reasons for participating in ‘Veganuary’ could include wanting to explore new food options, enjoying a challenge, wanting to see how a different diet affects you, or an awareness and concern for animal welfare and / or our environment. But whatever your reason it doesn’t matter, as every time you make a choice not to purchase, use or consume an animal product you will be benefiting not only the animals, but most likely your health, as well as the future of our planet too!

By following a vegan diet, animal products such as meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs and honey would need to be omitted from the diet and replaced with plant-based alternatives. This may seem like a scary prospect to many people, but don’t panic! It can be very difficult at first to change the way you shop and cook, but plenty of information, support and advice including a shopping guide, nutrition facts and meal plans can be available if you sign up at veganuary.com.

So what’s stopping you? Don’t want to do it / it’s too hard / can’t change everything, so why bother………… If you feel like this, which is understandable after being brought up in a society where it’s normal to regularly consume animal products, we would say to just try making a few small changes and see how you manage. These changes could include switching your milk, or cheese, to a plant-based alternative, trying to go meat-free on Mondays, or sampling a vegan meal at Plant Vegan Café in Formby 😉 Hopefully you will be introduced to a range of new delicious vegetables and recipes and you will feel better for it too.

You can sign up at veganuary.com at any time (not just on 1st January) and there is an array of guidance about vegan diets on many other sites too, but if you’re struggling then send us a message or pop in to see us in the café and we’ll do all that we can to help.

For those who are still not convinced about doing Veganuary, or making small changes, we challenge you to try just one vegan meal and see what you’re missing out on, you may be pleasantly surprised!

With best wishes to everybody for a happy, healthy and peaceful year ahead,
Carmel and Clair
#PlantVeganCafeFormby

A seed is sown

Well I can now confirm that starting a new business isn’t easy.

After months of planning, buying kitchen equipment, having our homes packed full of 2nd hand furniture that we have slowly been refurbishing… we opened!   The day before opening we had friends and family in to sample our wares and put us to the test, and the result was overwhelmingly positive.  We went home that night tired and wondering how we would cope the next day if we had a rush and barely able to sleep in anticipation for the following day.

Day one.  We opened, not to a fan fair but to the roller shutter going up outside the gym at 5.45am and us entering our cafe ready to serve our first member of THE PUBLIC.

About an hour of so later we were delighted to have our first customer, a charming man who enthused about our freshly made juice.  Having met customer number one and chatted to him for a while we turned to each other with smiles and said, ‘Do you know, I think this is going to work.’

As the day progressed we were disappointed to find that customer number one made up a large percentage of our customers for that day and by 10pm that evening we had taken about £40, we decided not to spend the time breaking down how much of that might be profit.   We also wondered how we could have been so busy and worked so hard when we had so few customers, but I guess we were learning the ropes.

So we have now had just over a week of being open.   We have had a few potential customers, disappointed about our lack of animal products, turn away, but on the whole the feedback we have had couldn’t have been better.   It means an awful lot to hear “Wow” when someone tastes your cake or to have other people just pop in to browse through our menu in anticipation of returning as they have heard from others how great our food is.   On a personal level it has also been lovely to get to know some of our customers a bit better and we have been moved to tears at times by customers who have been generous enough to share their personal stories with us.

So on the whole it’s been a good week.   Given that we are a vegan cafe hidden away in a gym, where people are traditionally obsessed with meat protein, that we don’t even have a sign up yet and we haven’t advertised or announced ourselves on social media, it’s a wonder really that we have had any customers, but we have.  So thank you customers and people of Formby for your support and encouragement.   Maybe now we’ve dipped our toe in we will be ready to announce ourselves to the world.

The seed of Plant Vegan Cafe has been sown.  It has spent it’s first week hidden in warm fertile ground and is getting ready to sprout.