This year why not try a diet that's good for you, good for animals and good for the planet? That's the question Exeter Friends For Animals will be asking when they invite the public to take the Devon Vegan Pledge in March 2012.
The Pledge (which is completely free-of-charge) is being organised by the group as part of its campaign to promote a more compassionate, cruelty-free lifestyle, and was inspired by similar initiatives around the country. The aim is to provide help and guidance to anyone thinking of trying an animal-free diet, for whatever reason: whether to reduce animal suffering, improve their health or reduce their carbon footprint - or indeed all three.
Pledgers undertake to follow a vegan diet for one month, and attend a workshop at the beginning and end of the month consisting of talks, discussions, nutritional advice from a registered dietician, cookery demonstrations - and of course, a delicious vegan lunch (after all, eating is believing!) They will also be assigned a vegan "buddy" who they can contact with any queries or problems. Burning questions such as "How do I know I'm getting a balanced diet?", "Where can I buy the things I need?", "How do I make a cake without eggs?" and "What about going out for meals?" will all be answered!
During the month, there will also be a couple of social events including a potluck supper, where pledgers can get together and compare notes.
One EFFA member who recently took the Vegan Pledge while living in London says: "It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I also learnt a lot about nutrition in the process, and really enjoyed the workshops. Especially the cake! I would thoroughly recommend it".
The workshops will take place on March 3 and 31 at the Palace Gate Centre, Exeter. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Wendy Smith at 01395 268823, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the EFFA website for more details.