Veganuary is a charity encouraging us to try being Vegan for January and then the rest of the year. We have presented an overview but there is a lot more information on their website.
Our intention is to give you a taster that you may want to explore further. Diet and lifestyle is always topical in January given that most of us will have enjoyed some festive over indulgence in the last couple of weeks.
I ate and drank far more than I needed to over the festive period. What I found so interesting is that a few days of rich food and drink had me craving vegetables and fruit. So not a huge leap to go vegan….
Reading the Veganuary website gave me even more food for thought.
The charity cite these four key areas as strong reasons to go Vegan
The underlying theme that struck me was kindness. This reflects a gradual shift I perceive happening in our culture. To me, it seems that we are realising that kindness is the way forward.
Let’s take a look at each of the key areas:
Go Vegan for your Health
We are realising that perhaps if we are kind to our body it will reciprocate and support us by staying well. We enjoy a healthy life and a healthy body.
As we develop our knowledge regarding the body it becomes clear how much impact our food choices can have. This is a key factor leading to people choosing a vegan diet and the reasons are compelling.
Go Vegan for good Nutrition
Now we are aware of the impact of food we are more aware of being kind to our body. We look to feed our body with the foods it responds well to.
This knowledge has been enhanced by research into the effects of dairy, gluten and sugar for example. Knowing what the triggers our body can allow us to assess our bodies and make kind choices.
We understand that our bodies need a balance of the right nutrients to work well. A frequent comment on the vegan diet is how difficult it is to get protein, B12 and Calcium amongst other nutrients.
Vegan protein sources include
Vitamin B12 sources include
Calcium sources include:
It goes without saying that organic sources are always best. We have covered the benefits of fruit and vegetables many times. See some of our blogs for more information (Going Organic, gut health and organic, Indian food, Top benefits of Eating Fruit and Veg)
Creating healthy, quick vegan meals is often a challenge for those new to the vegan way of life.
To give you some quick examples and ideas try these:
Sautee potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado
Porridge with non-dairy milks and fruit
Crepes filled with stewed winter fruits
Toast with peanut butter and banana
Sourdough muffins with your choice of topping
Granola with fruit and coconut yogurt
Your favourite smoothie
Hummus and vegetables – a common favourite already
Dhal and naan bread
Vegetable tempura with dipping sauces
Stuffed mushrooms or peppers
Shepherd’s pie made with lentils – even dedicated meat eaters don’t notice the difference!
Bean hot pot
Vegetable chilli with rice
Vegetable curry Thai or Indian inspired
Nut Loaf with your favourite green salad
Vegetable fajitas with the usual tasty dips
Go Vegan and care for Animals
Veganuary suggest that as we are all animals it is not kind to eat the animals we share this planet with. The lives of these animals we eat are typically not free or natural.
I refer you to the website to look at the details for yourself.
Go Vegan for the Environment
Increasingly, we are aware that we have not been kind to the environment. Our environment needs care so that it can continue to provide food and other resources we need to live on this earth.
Rearing animals for food production puts increased demands on the environment s resources. Examples include
Everyone has to make their own decision but we hope you have found this interesting and thought provoking.
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