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Vegan Startup Mini Toolkit: day 1

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Hello and welcome to the Vegan Startup Mini Toolkit!

My name is Ally Teixeira and I’m the host of a food/travel show called “Vegan on a Jet Plane: Bali.” I’ve vegan since 2012. When I first transitioned I hit a lot of roadblocks, so today I am here to help you avoid them. I was determined to get it right, so I set out to study the science of food and health. I became a registered holistic nutritionist and certified holistic health coach.

In this course, I want to equip you with tools that will help you on your journey, because without the right information and professional help, your transition will be left to guesswork. I don’t want you to give a chance to failure: I want YOU to SUCCEED! So you can be the best, healthiest, happiest version of yourself.

Now I know you have your own reasons for wanting to go vegan, but before I share today’s tip I want to share a little known fact that going vegan would help solve world hunger. There are nearly a billion people on our planet suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Sadly approximately 2.5 million children under the age of five lose their lives due to starvation each year.

If humans consumed crops instead of feeding the crops to animals, and then eating the animals, we’d have enough food to support an extra four billion people. This is just one of the many reasons why people choose to consume less animal products, or go completely vegan.

Our first tip in this mini course is: take advantage of apps and technology! We’re lucky that we live in a time where we have so many resources at our fingertips, and you don’t need to necessarily memorize anything. There are lots of vegan resources out there to help you get started, I’m going to share two with you today!

One is a website called “HappyCow.net,” they also have an app. This website allows you to search for restaurants all over the world. You can find vegan restaurants, or regular restaurants that offer vegan food. When you’re traveling, this app makes your life so much easier!

A second resource is an app called “Is It Vegan?” With this app you can search or scan a UPC code at the grocery store and the app will tell you if the product is vegan, vegetarian, or contains animal products. If you’re not able to scan, you can also search by ingredient!

Today I would like to give you a challenge: First: Find three vegan restaurants in your area with Happy Cow. And second: Find three vegan grocery items, on the “Is it vegan?” app.

These two resources will make your life so much easier!

Be on the lookout for tomorrow’s video for your next tip on how to go vegan!