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21st December 2018

Veganuary: What It Is and Why You Should Get Behind It

Here at Vegums we know all too well how hard that feeling can hit when you realise that a new year has come around already, so we’re here to help you start it off on the right foot. Whether you’re an omnivore, a pescatarian, a vegetarian, a vegan looking for motivation for yourself or others, or even just wondering what the hype is all about – we’re here for you!

 

You might have heard the term ‘Veganuary’ being thrown around in the media recently and you’d be forgiven for dismissing it as a fad, but there’s actually a lot more to it than that. It involves cutting out meat, dairy, eggs, honey, leather and wool for a month and in many cases leads to people going vegan long-term. That might look like a scarily long list to think about, but even if you manage to cut out one of those things it still makes a massive difference!

 

The Veganuary charity was launched in 2014 and has seen massive growth since then, hitting a record 120,000 subscribers in 2018! The hypewas expected to die down as the year progressed, but the number of brands and eateries getting in on the action has only increased. This is in part due to the rise of social media and the participation of younger people, but that’s not to say it’s ever too late to start.


So what are the benefits, and what’s in it for you?

If you’re looking to improve your health in 2019 then veganism could be the perfect place to start: the vegan diet offers lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, and a healthier BMI. Eating a vegan diet for your health is sometimes referred to as living “plant-based” as opposed to being an ethical vegan. Here’s where we give a shout-out to all those junk food-obsessed vegans out there, because every reason for veganism is valid and it’s not all about salad (a rhyme almost worthy of a protest sign)! Ethical vegans can still see a huge improvement in mood as it doesn’t only affect the body, but also the mind.



(Photos by NeONBRAND (left) and Jannis Brandt (right) on Unsplash)


Veganism is an incredibly poignant movement at a time when we see news stories and documentaries on climate change left, right and centre. The recent UN summit led to experts saying that we’re the last generation that can stop it, and studies have found that veganism is the best thing that we, as individuals, can do for the environment. It tackles climate change, deforestation, overfishing, water consumption and pollution and habitat destruction all at once.

 

Of course, one of the biggest reasons that people go vegan is still out of sheer compassion from those that suffer at our hands. Countless studies have found that animals feel pain and joy, and have a will to live. Calves, ewes and chicks are taken away from their mothers and the mothers mourn that loss for days. In a world that’s so cruel, why not choose kindness?