It’s a brand new year and that means it’s time to make some resolutions. For many of us this involves getting healthier, losing the pounds put on over the festive period, and to be a better person all around. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way of reaching these goals than simply deciding to go vegan.
Each year the charity Veganuary get more and more fabulous people to try a vegan diet for the month of January. Whilst it’s only a month, so many vegans say they could never go back after switching their diet. Here are some of the top reasons why veganism will change your life this year:
(P.s. I know we’re already a few days in, so consider this motivation to keep at it. But your never too late to join the party with this one either…)
Of course, living on a diet of Oreos and fries isn’t going to improve your health, but, as found by the Britsh Dietetic Association veganism can support a healthy lifestyle. It can make you feel more energetic, less sluggish, and aid in preventing many common diseases. One of which is obesity. I didn’t go vegan for weight loss but a healthy plant-based diet is widely praised for its role in promoting weight loss.
It takes 15,500 litres of water to produce 1 pound of beef! That’s insane! And animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions that the total of that caused by transport.
From deforestation, pollution, land, and water use, raising animals for food is incredibly unsustainable, yet this isn’t widely known or taken notice of.
You might be wondering why this isn’t at the top of the list. Frankly, I initially went vegan on health grounds, which you could say is a little selfish. But, regardless of your motivation, by choosing to not eat animals or contribute to the cruelty of farming them, you’re still helping the cause.
After a while eating plant-based, and being exposed to documentaries such as Cowspiracy and the horrific images on social media, animal welfare really grew in my heart. Trust me, you’ll never feel the same about your steak or bacon rashers after seeing the horror movie reality of where they actually come from!
So Many Amazing Foods to Eat
Yes, there’s the preconceptions of bland veggie burgers and slimy tofu. But, things have come a long way from the gastronomic disaster that was vegan options!
You’ve got fresh burgers that ‘bleed’, mac ‘n’ cheese, pizza at high street chains (even pizza hut). And of course you don’t have to be unhealthy, but having these options is comforting, knowing you never have to miss out on yummy food! It becomes an exciting hunt for new restaurants and dishes, especially when travelling.
When you join the vegan community, you realise the connection you have with so many people around the world, whatever your motivation. You share values of food and ethics and health. It’s warm and comforting. The internet with all it’s bloggers, YouTubers and social media will totally become your friend in this journey. Especially as it would be naive not to add that not everyone in your life will ‘get it’. Some of my family members still say things like “go on, just have a bit of bacon”. You grow stronger to the ignorance and realise they’re not at the same point as you right now.
So, if you’re a few days into Veganuary or not, it’s never too late to make this amazing life changing choice. It may be a little difficult at first as the motivations waver, but stick with it, you got this!