By Janine Jivani, Vegetarian Directory Assistant

One of the things that I love about the Toronto Vegetarian Association is that they offer a variety of ways to learn about eating a plant-based diet no matter if you’re already veg or not. I was recently hired as a summer student (to work on the 2017 Vegetarian Directory and facilitate workshops), and I’ve learned so much more in the past couple of months than I would’ve ever thought.

I have been a vegetarian ever since middle school and tried going vegan quite a few times- but always found myself giving up because I didn’t have the right resources, know the right foods to eat, or what recipes I could use to help me transition (like vegan Mac & Cheese!).

I decided that this summer would be a perfect opportunity to transition to a vegan diet. At TVA I’m surrounded by amazing staff members and other summer students that have helped me learn so much about being veg. On top of that, TVA has a wealth of books, pamphlets, online materials, and other great sources of information which is making my transition much easier.

Through working on the directory here at TVA I’ve opened my eyes to the large number of vegan-friendly restaurants and other businesses in the GTA. I now have a list of places I want to visit this summer. We’ve even gone out to some great vegan restaurants like Kupfert & Kim and Doomies.

I’m sure there’s other people who are thinking about going vegan but probably have a lot of the same questions and concerns as me. So, I decided to blog about my experience here to hopefully help other people trying to do the same thing!

I hope that you follow my journey!