Happy New Years Eve!!
I hope you all had a great festive time. As its new years eve I thought I would write about new year’s resolutions. The most common ones seem to focus on personal development and improvement, such as eating healthier, getting fitter, losing weight, being kinder, being more compassionate or being more environmentally conscious. But there is one resolution which will tick most of those boxes, and that’s to go vegan!
Here is a picture of me before and after going vegan. All I did was switch out what I usually ate for vegan alternatives. I didn’t (and don’t) exercise, I just swapped animal products for the plant based alternatives. I am not saying everyone will lose weight on a plant based diet, it wasn’t my reason for going vegan, but it was a happy side effect for me.
Also, did you know that processed meat such as bacon, sausages, ham etc are class 1 carcinogens? Meaning they are proven to cause cancer, the same as cigarettes and asbestos? And that red meat is a class 2a carcinogen, meaning it is probable that they cause cancer? If you didn’t, take a read here with links to the World Health Organisation, International Agency of Research into Cancer and Cancer Research U.K.
(Cancer Research UK showing where animal products fall in the IARC Classification groups)
This is how much resources a vegan lifestyle saves in a month. That’s an incredible amount of savings.
(The amount you save in just one month being Vegan. Check yours here http://thevegancalculator.com/#calculator)
Also, if you want to be kinder and more compassionate, there can be nothing kinder than saving a life.
There are a lot of resources for helping you go vegan, but the best in my opinion is Veganuary. They are a charity which helps people go vegan for one month, you can sign up here and check out their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook page and Group for support. This year already over 100,000 people have signed up worldwide.
(Cute piggy is happy to be off peoples plates. Join in and be a part of a growing compassionate movement)
You could also by the Veganuary book here which is so good that even the proof reader who read it before it was published went Vegan! It has answers to pretty much any question you could ask and will make going Vegan easy. If you or anyone you know are looking for just one book to assist your Vegan journey, this is the one.
Veganuary will send you meal ideas, reasons to go and stay vegan, places to eat when you are out, how to read labels, myths surrounding veganism and if you join the Facebook group, you can meet and ask questions to current vegans and other newbie’s, in a safe and supportive environment. You will also see me in there as I am an admin for that group.
So if you have any new year’s resolutions relating to health, well being, environment or being a kinder person you really should check out Veganuary. I cannot think of what you have to lose in trying it, but you may have a lot to gain!
Also, if you have any questions or want advice or support, please feel free to contact me. Whether you want to start and don’t know how or you want support for cravings or where to eat. Although based in the UK my incredible fiancé is based in the US so between us we can cover both sides of the pond for advice.
I’m linking up with the UK Vegan Bloggers for the Veganuary linky