In this article, we will explain Why Everybody Should Try Veganuary.
Now, I believe that everybody should try Veganuary, even for people who think that they would never be Vegan. Once they try how delicious and healthy Vegan Diet can be, they might want to convert for good! Everybody should give it a go, whether if it’s to lose weight, or just eat healthier – just go for it!!
1. You Will Be Doing The Environment A Huge Favor!
Now, the cost to produce all the meat for all the meat-eaters is not just in the price of animal cruelty, we also pay a huge price for how badly it affects the environment.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, farmed animals contribute 14.5 percent of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than every car, plane, truck, and train on the planet.
This is because at every stage – from acquiring land for grazing to plastic-wrapping the final product – the production of meat, milk, and eggs is energy-intensive.
And because animal farming is so inefficient (we get back far fewer calories than we feed to the animals), a LOT of land is needed to grow their feed. This has led to forests and other habitats being destroyed, which not only releases even more climate-changing gases, it means there are fewer trees on the planet to absorb the CO2.
Animals themselves exacerbate the problem. They release methane – a gas that has a warming effect 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide (over a 20-year timeframe).
Farmed animals produce such large amounts through their digestive process and manure, that animal agriculture is considered one of two leading emitters of methane gas worldwide. The other is the production of fossil fuels.
In addition to CO2 and methane, animal agriculture is also responsible for nitrous oxide emissions. This gas – which is released when the animals’ waste is broken down – is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its potential to intensify global warming.
No wonder, then, that whenever climate researchers discuss ways in which we can each reduce our carbon footprint, eating a plant-based diet is among their key recommendations.
2. You Will Bring The Humanity To One Step Closer In Ending Animal Cruelty
It starts with one person, then two then three and then 2 million! One person can make a difference, imagine all the animals you will save if you don’t eat meat throughout your lifetime.
900 million chickens are slaughtered for meat in the UK each year, and the vast majority – around 94 percent – are reared inside factory farms. There is nothing natural about their lives. They do not get to scratch in the dirt, dustbathe or even breathe in the fresh air. Because they have been bred to grow as big as possible as quickly as possible, their bodies outgrow their bone strength and their legs may break beneath them. Those who cannot stand up suffer skin burns from the ammonia in the litter. Their hearts cannot cope with their ballooning weight either, and heart failure is all too common.
Life on a dairy farm:
Like all female mammals, cows must be made pregnant to produce milk, which they make specifically to feed their young. Instead of suckling for a year, the calf is taken away within 24 hours of birth, to stop them from drinking all that valuable milk.
This separation is traumatic for both mother and calf. They will call for one another, sometimes for days, with mothers pacing back and forth, searching for a way to be reunited with their young. If the calf is female she will one day join the herd and be put through the same cycle of invasive artificial insemination, pregnancy, birth and separation. If male, his future is less sure. Male calves cannot grow to produce milk, and often they are not a breed that gains enough muscle to be fattened for slaughter. So, many are shot at birth and fed to hunting hounds. Others may be reared for low-grade beef, or raised for veal either in the UK or abroad.
Cows used in the dairy industry are bred to produce large quantities of milk – around ten times more than necessary to feed a calf. The weight of this excess milk distends their udders, causing teat infections and also contributes to lameness. These two conditions, along with infertility, are the main reasons why thousands of dairy cows are sent to slaughter each year at an even younger age than they otherwise would be.
I can keep going, but I think you get the picture!
3. The Health Benefits Of Plant-Based Diet Are Enormous!
You can check out our article Plants Make You Stronger Than Meat for more details and facts!
Now, including more fruit and vegetables in your diet will definitely help your body in hundreds of ways.
The plant-based diet has been proven to reduce the chances of getting cancer, and even reverse diseases!
A 2019 study from the Journal of the American Heart Association found that middle-aged adults who ate diets high in healthful plant foods and low in animal products had a lower risk of heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, eating less meat can also reduce the risk of:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- certain cancers
- type 2 diabetes
Research suggests that people who eat primarily plant-based diets tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than those who eat meat.
Plant-based diets are high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and water content from fruit and vegetables. This may help to keep people feeling fuller for longer and increase energy use when resting.
Foods to eat:
Now, it’s important that you are not a “junk” Vegan, or super clean raw Vegan either when you first start Veganuary! Let me explain!
4. Don’t Be A Junk-Vegan Because:
Buying Vegan alternatives, for example, your favorite Ice-cream, or sausages and burgers, will not only break the bank but won’t be putting anything beneficial in your body.
Also after all the chocolate and junk food you consumed during the festive holidays, you really don’t need more processed stuff in your system.
This is a chance for you to wipe your system clean.
Of course, I am not saying you should eat celery and apples all month, just try to include more fruit and vegetables and whole-grains in your diet. Every once and a while, have a treat, but just don’t make it an everyday thing and you will be fine!
5. Don’t Become A Super Clean Raw Vegan Because:
Because once again, after a whole month of treating yourself with all sorts of foods and treats during the festive period, going from this lifestyle and diet straight to a Raw Vegan Clean Diet, you are going to shock your body big time.
The chances are that you won’t be able to last more than a week are quite high.
Simply take it slow. Cut all the animal products first, try to cook more at home, try some new vegetables and fruits, read a bit more on Vegan food and then slowly, if you enjoy it, and when your body adapts to it, you can go completely Raw Clean Vegan.
Foods to eat:
People should focus on eating the following food groups when transitioning to a plant-based diet:
A plant-based diet includes all fruits, such as:
- citrus fruits
A healthful plant-based diet contains plenty of vegetables. Including a variety of colorful vegetables provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
- zucchini / courgette
Root vegetables are a good source of carbohydrates and vitamins. They include:
- sweet potato
- butternut squash
Legumes are an excellent source of fiber and plant-based protein. People can include a wide variety in their diet, including:
- kidney beans
- black beans
Seeds are a great snack or an easy way to add extra nutrients into a salad or on top of a soup.
Sesame seeds contain calcium and sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E. Other seeds include:
Nuts are a good source of plant-based protein and vitamins, such as selenium and vitamin E.
It is vital to consume polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Plant-based sources include:
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- olive oil
- canola oil
Whole grains are an excellent source of fiber and help maintain stable blood sugar. They also contain essential minerals, such as magnesium, copper, and selenium.
Examples of whole grains include:
- brown rice
- wholegrain bread
If people want to reduce their dairy intake, there is a wide range of plant-based milk available in grocery stores and online. These include:
Just make sure to choose unsweetened plant milk options.
Also, don’t you worry! of course, you can still drink some Wine!
Here is a selection of my personal favorite vegan wines, check ’em out.
In case you didn’t know this, not all wines are vegan!
So I will recommend you a couple of my favorite vegan wines.
I will start with the red:
1. Dragon Hulls Pinot Noir 2019
2. The Sail Shiraz 2019
3. Margues De Valencia Gran Reserva 2013
Now the white wine:
1. Anello Piemonte Doc Cortese 2019
2. Hielo Y Fuego Sauvignon Blanc 2020
3. Dragon Hulls Pinot Grigio 2019
These are my favorite wines, and I recommend you to try them 😉
The Bottom Line:
We live in good times for Vegans. There are more and more Vegan options everywhere you go. Almost every restaurant has got at least one Vegan option on their menu. If you think you will struggle eating out, or eating your favorite foods such as pizzas, cheese, or burgers, don’t worry! There are so many alternatives and most of them are so much healthier than the standard dairy ones or meat ones!
Also, I would recommend watching a couple of Netflix Documentaries before you start! They will get you convinced!
1. The Game Changers
3. What The Health
4. Forks Over Knives
5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Good luck on your journey to Veganism, I hope you remain Vegan on the 1st of February and never look back!
Feel free to contact me for anything, if you need any tips, or help with food, just give me a shout!