If you have been wondering whether you could manage the switch to an entirely plant-based diet, Veganuary presents the perfect opportunity for you to give it a go! Some believe that opting to follow a vegan diet throughout the month of January is a great way for us to reset our diets after an indulgent Christmas and New Year period. Others see Veganuary as a worthy challenge and a great way to kick start the new year. While this may be true for some, we believe Veganuary is a great way to make the permanent switch to a fully vegan lifestyle. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of Veganuary as well as some of the benefits associated with making the switch to a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

What is Veganuary?

While the term Veganuary is a mash of the words Vegan and January, it is so much more than just a one-month vegan pledge. Veganuary is also a charity that encourages people worldwide to try veganism for the month of January and beyond. Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering, and improving the health of millions of people.

In 2021, over half a million people signed up for the Veganuary pledge to try being Vegan throughout January. There were also 566 new vegan products launched and 259 new vegan menu items added to chain restaurants as a result. Veganuary is slowly making plant-based diets more mainstream and accessible to everyone. Veganuary has also recently discovered that six months after completing their one-month Veganuary challenge, 82% of non-vegan participants have maintained a dramatic reduction in their animal product consumption with nearly 30% eating a fully vegan diet! These amazing results are good news for the planet.

Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle

➡ Health Improvements

68% of Veganuary participants who continued to eat a fully vegan diet after their one-month pledge experienced significant health improvements. Some of the main differences noted included increased energy, improved mood, better skin and a shift towards their desired body weight.

➡ Vegan Food is Delicious

If you are becoming bored of cooking the same meals week after week, giving Veganuary a go is a great way to switch things up. Over 60% of Veganuary participants say they feel more inspired in the kitchen and have been making more adventurous food choices.

➡ You Save Animals

Sadly, the process of obtaining animals products, whether from an industrial farm or a backyard farm, is inherently cruel. Animal cruelty is not only present in food production, many other industries thrive while causing harm to animals. That's why veganism is more of a lifestyle rather than a trendy diet choice. Making the switch to an entirely plant-based diet and making conscious consumer choices will save countless animals from lifelong suffering and deprivation.

➡ Help Heal the Plent

Industrialised animal farming comes with a huge environmental cost and numerous studies have shown how switching to a plant-based diet is a more sustainable option. The UN has stated that farmed livestock accounts for 14.5% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions which works out to roughly the exhaust emissions of every car, train, ship and aircraft on the planet! According to a report in a Scientific Journal, the world’s food-related emissions would drop 70% by 2050 if we all went vegan. What more incentive could you want?

How Do I Take Part in Vegnuary?

If you are interested in trying a vegan diet, why not give Veganuary a go? There are plenty of resources, recipes and top tips on the Veganuary website here. You can also check our blog posts for more general advice about veganism. To start your vegan journey, why not treat yourself to one of our amazing vegan hampers that are full of great-tasting vegan-friendly products made with high-quality ingredients. From indulgent hampers filled with heavenly vegan chocolates and sweet treats to nutritious hampers packed full of delicious and healthy snacks, here at The Veganic Store, we have something to suit every taste and budget. 

Post By Rosie