You’ve probably heard the term Veganuary mentioned, but what exactly does the term mean? For those participating or intending to, here are 5 tips to ace your Veganuary game!
Jane Land and her husband Matthew Glover began the movement in York, England in 2014 in a bid to encourage more people to turn to the vegan way of living. With a mere £100 in Facebook advertising initially behind the movement it has exploded throughout the years with veganism becoming increasingly popular!
To take part in the movement, one must commit to eating a purely vegan diet for the month of January (Vegan + January= ta-da! Veganuary). There are many reasons to take part in the movement; from concerns over animal welfare, to aiding the environment, to the suggested health benefits that come with consuming a plant–based diet.
5 tips to help with going vegan:
Drink plenty of water- Vegan diets tend to include increased amounts of fiber as more plant foods are being consumed. To help your body process this make sure to drink at least 2 litres of water per day to help keep you feeling tiptop.
It’s important to include some good sources of iron in a vegan diet, especially for women who need almost twice as much iron as men! Kale, wholegrains, beans and dried fruit are some fantastic options.
Not all beer and wine are vegan– This may not be a problem if you’re doing Dry-January 😉 but it’s important to look out for whether your alcohol contains is in glass- a kind of gelatin from fish which is often used to refine beer and wine. Here’s a handy database with information on whether your alcohol of choice is vegan!
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”– some scary school exam déjà vu right there but it’s important to think about what you will eat to stop you slipping back into old ways. Chickpeas and lentils are some of the most versatile vegan foods but there are so many wonderful plant-based foods and recipes out there to try! Check out some these delicious vegan recipes from Roz Purcell, so delicious they’re sure to have you forgetting there’s no meat on your plate! Following this motto for eating out might also help you to discover some really delicious vegan restaurants. Check out the Happy Cow website to find vegan restaurants near you.
Lastly, joining a community of like-minded people can be profoundly beneficial. This way you can share your jour journey, your struggles, find some inspiration and seek comfort when necessary!
A healthier shortcut:
Had enough of cooking after Christmas or just too busy to cook at all? We hear you! We have a delicious range of vegan meals with everything from hoisin tofu to thai yellow chickpea curry. We’ve also introduced two new vegan meals and you’re one of the first to know about it! Our newly featured dishes include a comforting sweet potato katsu curry and vegan ‘meatballs’ with rustic tomato sauce – sounds delicious, right?
What more could you ask for to help you embark upon your vegan journey? Our new vegan meals are included in our Veganuary challenge meal box which contains 10 days’ worth of delicious vegan meals, is it even a challenge when vegan food tastes this good?
If you’re still not convinced, we’ve also created our Flexitarian meal box with a mixture of vegan and non-vegan meals combined into one glorious box of goodness. Dip your toe into the vegan pond while still enjoying some of your Eatto favourites!