Twelve days into the new year, how's it going? The start of a new year often signals fresh beginnings and an opportunity to embrace positive changes. As we bid farewell to the old and usher in the new, there's one resolution that stands out as both impactful and rewarding: Veganuary.
"...Ok, What is Veganuary?"
Veganuary is a movement inviting individuals worldwide to embrace a plant-based lifestyle for the month of January and beyond. It’s a pledge to explore the vibrant world of plant-powered foods, showing compassion to animals, and making conscious choices for our health and the environment.
Why Choose Veganuary?
There are so many reasons to go Vegan for Veganuary, but here's our top 4:
1. Nourishin' Your Health:
Welcoming a plant-based diet introduces so many nutrients derived from fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Studies consistently show that plant-based diets may lower the risk of chronic diseases, improve heart health, and boost overall well-being. Fun fact: did you know, only100g of chickpeas contain 3 times more protein than 1 egg?
2. Doin' It For The Animals
Choosing a vegan lifestyle promotes compassion, and an ethical consideration towards animals. By opting for plant-based meals, we actively contribute to reducing animal suffering, supporting ethical treatment of animals, and fostering a more sustainable world.
3. Savin' The Planet!
The environmental benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle are profound. Lowering our consumption of animal products significantly reduces our carbon footprint, conserves water, and mitigates the impact of animal agriculture on deforestation and climate change.
4. Explorin' Culinary Options
Veganuary offers an exciting journey of culinary exploration. It’s a chance to discover a plethora of vibrant and delicious plant-based dishes that excite the taste buds and challenge preconceived notions about vegan cuisine.
Tips for a Successful Veganuary:
So now you know a bit about it, here's our top tips to help you stay on track this Veganuary:
1.This one is especially for those who 'just cant give up meat'... Start Gradually.
Transitioning to a vegan diet doesn’t have to happen overnight! Begin by incorporating more plant-based meals into your routine and gradually phase out animal products. Use plant based alternatives for Taco Tuesdays, and opt for days such as Meatless Mondays or Falafel Friday.
2. Educate Yourself: Explore resources, recipes (check our first ever cooking recipe for vegan friendly garlic plantain here!), and documentaries that delve into the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
Our favourite documentaries are Netflix's Cowspiracy and it's most recent one You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment, where 4 pairs of twins take part in a study to see how diets contribute to overall health. Which diet do you think trumped with better results? The plant based, or the omnivorous?
Educating yourself about plant-based nutrition and its impact can be both enlightening and empowering.
3. Connect and Share: Join communities, forums, or social media groups dedicated to Veganuary. Sharing experiences, recipes, and tips with like-minded individuals can provide support and motivation.
If you don't know where to start, you can always pop by our store if you're local, we love having a chat about plant based diets and alternative food choices!
4. And Last but not least, Embrace Variety: Experiment with a wide array of plant-based foods. From colourful salads to hearty stews and innovative meat alternatives, there's an endless spectrum of flavours and textures waiting to be explored. We're giving you 10% off all of our fruit and veg boxes this month, a solid box of staple fruits and veggies for you to get exploring with!
Make Every Bite Count
So to take away, embracing Veganuary isn’t just about a dietary shift; it’s about making a positive impact on our health, the lives of animals, and the planet. This new year, join the global movement towards a more compassionate, sustainable, and healthier future—one delectable, plant-based meal at a time.
Are you ready to embark on a journey of transformation? Let Veganuary be your guiding star toward a brighter, more compassionate tomorrow. Let this year mark the beginning of a new chapter—one where every bite you take shapes a better world for all.