Veganism – A Dietary Fad Or The Answer To Healthy Living? #Veganuary

Bill Clinton’s done it.  Will.I.Am has done it. Jennifer Lopez is one. Madonna looks great on it.

What do they all have in common?

They’re vegan!

And if you think vegans are pale, pasty, sickly people, these 14 elite athletes – who include a boxer, a body builder and a weight lifter – help prove that a vegan lifestyle can be a healthy one.

With people reporting general improvements in energy and vitality, stories of successful vegan sports stars and plant-based diets trending online, the vegan lifestyle is taking the world by storm. The Vegan Society believe there are around half a million vegans in Great Britain and that people adopt the diet for a number of reasons including health benefits, weight management, animal welfare and environmental concerns.

Graph showing survey reasons of why British adults eat less meat and support being a vegan. Reasons include health, weight management and animal welfare.

But is it just another fad diet?

The British Dietetic Association have affirmed that a well-planned vegan diet can “support healthy living in people of all ages”. They state that a balanced vegan diet can be enjoyed by children and adults, including during pregnancy and breastfeeding, if the nutritional intake is well-planned.

And now it’s your turn to try!

Launched in the UK in 2014, Veganuary encourages people to try eating vegan food throughout January.

Veganuary is dedicated to changing public attitudes, while providing all the information and practical support required to make the transition to veganism as easy and enjoyable as possible.

With an entire section dedicated to your nutritional questions (Can you get enough vitamin B12?  How do you ensure you get enough calcium if you’re not eating dairy products? How do you get enough iron without eating meat? Where will protein and fat come from?) the site is packed with tempting recipes and information to bust all the myths you have about a vegan diet and inspire you to give Veganuary a go.

Here’s a short video showing the idea behind Veganuary:

If a month feels too long, why not try eating vegan for one day a week? Eating less meat each week will encourage you to experiment in the kitchen, could help save money and might even help you find some new favourite recipes.

I love to hear from you. Are you a vegan? Have you ever tried it? What are your favourite recipes?

Talking of recipes, here are some vegan recipe books to get you started.
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If you’re completely new to veganism, try these:

If you’re short of time in the kitchen, try these:

 

If you prefer to watch a video, here are some DVDs on veganism:

Pinterest sized image showing halved avocado tomato asparagus, garlic and onion to promote veganuary

1 Comment

  1. Jen on December 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    i understand that veganism might be better for me and the environment but don’t think i could do it. i might try a day a month though, that’s a good idea thanks for the suggestion of just trying one step at a time. i like rice and lentils but its a bit bland so i’ll look for some new recipes

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