You might have come across it recently, and that’s because January is the month in which everyone is that little more fired up to self-improvement and healthy eating. January is the month of resolutions, goal setting, and dieting. It’s also the perfect time of year to try vegan. But what exactly is involved, and why should you consider it?
Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year. No long term commitments, just a 30 day challenge to try it and see how it feels.
Why should I care?
There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
The secret to happiness is helping others.
Being vegan is good for the environment, good for your health, and good for animals. It ticks all the good deeds boxes all at once.
1 – Caring about the environment is fundamentally sensible. Even more so if you have children. But even if you don’t have children there’s bound to be someone you care about who is a decade or more younger than you. Wouldn’t it be nice if the planet was still inhabitable for them in a few decades time?
2 – Animal cruelty is not okay. There are lots of vegetarians that choose so because they think killing animals for food is bad. But you don’t have to kill an animal to cause cruelty. The truth behind the dairy industry has now been uncovered. Word is spreading.
3 – Your own health. If you care about nothing else, your health is the most precious thing you own. And yes, you own it.
What’s the point of Veganuary? Why does it exist?
Going vegan is a major lifestyle change. Most people can’t simply change their lifestyles overnight to commit to something new forever. Veganuary offers you the chance to try it for 1 month and makes it easier for you. Lots of national chains and businesses support the campaign by introducing more vegan options into their menus and product selections throughout January, especially here in the UK. You also get given lots of FREE support in the form of a daily email.
Why should I sacrifice things that I enjoy? My happiness is important.
Your happiness is super important. If you’ve never tried vegan before it can look like an extremely huge sacrifice. There’s SO MUCH stuff you can’t have, right? Who doesn’t love bacon?! And cheese! Rather than focusing on what you CAN’T have anymore, try focusing on what you can substitute instead.
One month is a perfect amount of time to try something new. You can explore vegan food options you may not have noticed before. Let’s face it – when cheese is available you don’t tend to notice the OTHER options that are out there. You won’t know what you’re missing out on until you discover and try it for yourself.
Ignorance is bliss. – But knowledge is power.
It’s perfectly normal to want to protect yourself from information that may distress you. But with the age of technology, knowledge is easy to find. When you start to dig deeper into the truth of the dairy industry you WILL find shocking information. And you may not want to believe it. But turning a blind eye on a problem doesn’t make the problem go away. Instead, take ownership of your actions. Making small changes to fix the problem (or at least stop facilitating it) makes you an extremely good person.
How does going vegan affect my health?
January is always an ideal month to try a healthier lifestyle change after the over-indulgence of Christmas. Presumably Veganuary is centred around January because it’s when most people are motivated with New Years resolutions. It’s not uncommon to want to drop a bit of holiday weight this month. Vegan foods can be incredibly good for you – if you focus on substituting rather than simply cutting out ingredients.
Where do vegans get protein & calcium from then?
Protein is easy to find. Instead of meat, there’s nuts, spinach, peas, tofu, beans, and more.
Calcium is also easy to consume. Instead of cows’ milk, there’s an abundance of plant milks. It’s also found in green vegetables, tomatoes, oranges, chickpeas, beans and more.
There is one single thing you might not get enough of in a general vegan diet – Vitamin B12. However there are plenty of cheap and easy ways to get this into your diet. These include daily supplement tablets or consuming plenty of fortified foods.
Read more about this here: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health/nutrients/vitamin-b12/what-every-vegan-should-know-about-vitamin-b12
Why not give it a go?
Set yourself a 30 day challenge and sign up for free to get support from Veganuary. You can do this at any time of year (just like I did last August).
Are you considering it, or have you signed up already and giving it a go? I’d love to hear your experiences.
Corporate Cakery caters for all dietary needs. This means our cakes and baked goods are made with a variety of ingredients and recipes. These include gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options. However I want to urge you to try our vegan offerings. They taste good, I promise!
If you fancy a free sample, drop me a message – there’s no catch.