So it’s that time of year, when we make promises to improve ourselves and our lives in the ‘New Year, New Me’ spirit. I’ve given up on the diet and fitness challenge I have attempted many times over the years (plus to be quite honest, I CBA), and so this year I’m going one better and trying Veganism.
The wonderful people at Veganuary (which is a registered charity) started the Vegan-January scheme in 2014 and it’s gaining momentum!
“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” – The Vegan Society
I gave up meat a couple of years ago now, but have yet to make the move into veganism. Although for many reasons I know it’s the only way to go, for the animals and the planet, I’ve been with the ‘but I love cheese’ crowd or daunted by the lack of options available for a ‘grab and go’ lunch the one I prepared the night before sits in the fridge at home, forgotten.
The health benefits of veganism (other than saving around 37 animals a year) are plenty, including a reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and plain old living longer. Not to mention saving the planet! (Seen Cowspiracy? Or Before the Flood? Animal Agriculture is a killer). There is no such thing as a meat eating environmentalist!
So it would seem that now is the time. I’m doing some necessary research on vitamins and minerals I’ll need to stay healthy, and with all of the resources available and Veganuary doing such a good job at preparing us for the change (over 23,000 signed up so far!), I think I can absolutely commit to cutting dairy and eggs out of my diet for at least 31 days… I will, of course, keep you posted!