If you haven’t heard of Veganuary then where the hell have you been?!
Let me catch you up. Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice/way of living for thousands of people across the U.K.
Resturants, cafes, cook books and festivals are popping up all over the country (albeit THE WORLD) due to the increasing demand for vegan food and products.
The reason why? Because it’s a better, more healthier, way to live your life. Those of you who have followed my blog would have read my post a few months back about how I was ultimately failing at being a vegan. Even after I wrote that I continued to fail… but I know myself and I know when I’m truly passionate about something.
So, I made a conscious decision that come January, one of my New Years resolutions would be a proper, real, non cheating vegan.
It makes me so excited to see that nearly 44,000 people have signed up to take part in Veganuary.
If you visit the website not only will you find tonnes of vegan recipes and tips to help you get through the first few weeks, but you’ll also find answers to the myths and speculation around the negative aspects people (for some reason) associate with veganism.
1. Plants feel pain too right? Plants do not, will never and can never feel pain – they have no central nervous system and/or brain. Simple
2. Don’t you need protein and meat to be healthy? Yes, protein is important – but once you’ve stopped growing you actually only need protein to repair and comfort muscle groups that have been used for vigorous excerise. Rather than opting for a meat based protein (where 50% of what you are eating is actually fat) try legumes, whole grains, nuts and, a personal favourite, quinoa (Uncle Ben’s have a microwave sachets in lots of different flavours – super cheap and super easy!)
3. Surely cows need to produce milk or they’ll explode? It baffles me that people actually think this could ever be true – in order for a cow to produce milk it needs to have given birth to a calf – dairy cows and kept constantly pregnant through artificial insemination for the purpose of producing milk… for humans. Not for their calves (who, if they’re boys are immediately sent for slaughter.)
4. (And this is one I hear a LOT) But we have canine teeth so that means we are carnivores and therefore must have to eat meat. No, nope, nada. A carnivore is just that, carnivorous. They survive on meat alone. If a human was just just eat meat, well, it wouldn’t end pretty. Humans can and have been surviving on plant based diets perfectly well and should continue to if they want to achieve a healthier and longer life.
Those are just few that caught my attention, but there is a whole list of answers to every question you could possibly ask. Ever.
Over the Christmas period I was asked a lot why and what are my reasons for being a vegan. I struggle sometimes with debates like this as I’m not as clued up on the issues as I’d like to be. I was however having a very down to earth chat with my uncle, who happens to be heavily connected with battery chicken farming. He very simply told me to, when I’m not sure how to informatively respond, to just say ‘because I want to’.
Every person will have a different reason for choosing to go vegan, if you’re interested then ask them. I will ask though, well plea really – if you do find yourself in a conversation with a vegan, please don’t just argue with them and belittle their decisions… Just discuss it – they’ll be more willing to actually share their views with you if you seem willing to listen and open your mind to a kinder way of living.
So go onnnnn, even if it’s only for a few weeks, or until the end of the month… just try it!
Sign up = save the world.
Top vegan restaurants for fellow Londoners:
222 vegan restaurant
Veg bar Brixton
Stable – vegan pizzas