It’s that time of year again! Most of us like to use the start of a new year to make certain promises to ourselves. We might want to document them and share them with our friends on social media or we might just want to keep them to ourselves. We might call them New Year’s Resolutions or we might not call them anything at all. Nonetheless, the start of the new year is as good a time as any to implement some serious changes to your lifestyle. Changes that will almost certainly improve your health in the upcoming year. These promises almost always include improving our health, improving our physical appearance, and improving our home finances. It’s likely that you’ve already heard of a change you can make that will help you to do all three at the same time… Veganuary.
What Is Veganuary?
You’ve likely seen someone on your social media feed mention Veganuary. Veganuary is, quite simply, the promise not to consume any animal products throughout the month of January. This means no meat, no fish, no dairy products and no meat derivatives (like sweets and desserts made with gelatin). It also means no honey, no eggs, and no wearing leather or wool. Wow. That is quite the challenge. If you’re up for it, keep reading!
The Ethics of Veganuary
For some, the transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle is motivated by a desire to get in shape (more on that later), but it’s predominantly ethically motivated. Whatever assurances are made about animal welfare by the meat industry, the treatment of animals for food can’t be completely ignored. Even vegetarianism is inadequate in combating the inherent cruelty of intensive farming.
The amount of meat and dairy products consumed daily is astounding. It also takes an enormous amount of work achieve such results. Dairy cows provide the world with milk, but it comes at a price. Not only are the cows milked twice per day, they also have their calves taken away within 24 hours of birth, causing the mother and calf great distress.
Vegan diets, on the other hand, are far better for the environment. Since plants require far less water, land, and resources, they seem to be the obvious choice when compared to the rearing of livestock.
How Veganuary Will Save You Money
Since the cost of food and everything else seems to rise sharply with each passing year, it’s no wonder so many of us rely heavily on credit cards and easy loans to make ends meet. When it comes to buying food, it seems like the price of meat, eggs, fish, and dairy products never cease to escalate, but fruits and vegetables seem to remain relatively inexpensive, especially if you buy locally and seasonally.
When you buy seasonal foods from your local farms you get to skirt the overhead charged by your supermarket. That means you get more product, less harmful packaging, and keep more of your money in your pocket. Farmers markets and direct distributors lack the overheads of your local supermarket meaning that you get more product and less harmful packaging for your money.
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How Veganuary Will Help You Get In Shape
An added benefit of veganism is that it’s great for weight loss. So, not only are you getting all of the nutrition (yes, including protein) from a vegan diet, you’re also slimming down in the process.
So, by loading up on fruits and veggies and trying not to become over-reliant on bread and processed foods, not only will you feel better, you’ll also see the weight falling off. And results like those are hard to argue with.
Veganuary may seem like a big change, but if you can make the switch for one month, you may find that making such a big difference in the world becomes addictive. Got forth and vegan!