A Serendipitous Vegan Experiment

Thanks to my 12-year old daughter, a documentary on slaughter houses, and a chance meeting at Chapters, we are now Vegans.  Did I say that right?  Gosh, do I have a lot to learn about not eating meat and talking about it!


I have eaten meat forever – really – FOREVER!  I grew up on a farm in a small town in south western Ontario.  I was in 4-H, showing my calf “Newton” at the county fairs on weekends.  We raised beef cattle, pigs, sheep, and gathered eggs twice a day from thousands of laying hens. So, you can imagine my hesitation when my 12-year old daughter came home from school, after watching a documentary on slaughter houses, and announced that she would like to become a Vegan. Well, not wanting her to be the only one in the house trying it, I agreed to join her, at least for one week.

You know that life is funny sometimes.  There have been many times in my life that I need something: information, a new job, a good friend, or just a phone call leading me in the right direction, and miraculously, it appears.  This is one of those times…a serendipitous meeting at Chapters.

My daughter and I headed off to Chapters to see what we could find on becoming a Vegan. We grabbed our soy latte and hot chocolate made with soy milk, and headed to the cookbook section.  By the way, I could live off of soy lattes!  Love them!

We were browsing through the Vegan section…mostly looking at the cookbooks with the best pictures, sharing the section with one other person who appeared to be searching just like we were. What were the chances of this person being Vegan herself?  Pretty good right!  OK, but what were the chances she was a soon-to-be Vegan cookbook author and her life’s work included visiting schools to talk to kids about successfully become Vegans?  Amazing…we put it out there in the universe…”Hey Universe…how do we become Vegans and make sure we are getting enough nutrients?” and voila…there she was.

Jacqui spent at least the next 20 minutes with my daughter and I, explaining how to get started, and how to do it right.  She suggested a book called “Eat To Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Forward by Dr. Oz…must be a good book!  She gave us some practical tips and suggested that we start slow, the best way to succeed.  Sorry Jacqui, we went cold turkey…whoops, I mean cold tofu!

We are on day four and making delicious meals for the two of us…and still adding in meat for the rest of the family.  It is working out well so far…I am even drinking black coffee (never thought that would happen)!

Thanks to the folks over at Robert Rose Publishing for “The Best 30-Minute Vegetarian Recipes’, we are eating foods that we wouldn’t normally, and loving it.  By the way, this book showed up in the mail the very day that my daughter announced that she wanted to become a Vegan…Hey, universe!

We tried the Vegetable Stir-Fry Sunday night…and leftovers went to school the next day.  Brown rice, tofu, all those veggies!  Yum!  I heard the kids were fighting over the tofu!

If you want to follow our progress, cheer us on, or offer suggestions, “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  And if you know how to make a great soy latte at home without a cappuccino machine, I’d love to hear from you!

Jennifer, Vegan for a Week!


Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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