Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Veganuary



This January my husband and I have decided to try Veganuary (we are starting a day late as we had to fly back from Scotland on the 1st and decided it would be too complicated to start whilst travelling). This month we will be focusing on eating a wholefoods plant based diet and I am really excited to see what kind of difference it could make. There are a few reasons we are doing this and I thought I'd share them with you all.

Sustainability:

Its no secret that one of the most polluting industries in the world is the animal agriculture industry. Whether it's from the gases the animals produce, the ridiculous amount of water it takes to make one beef burger or the rainforests being decimated to make way for livestock. The amount of animal products we eat in this country is phenomenal and it is killing our planet. We have slowly tried to cut down on the animal products we eat, eating vegan food almost five times a week, but I wanted to really push myself to try fully plant based. Not only will it help to reduce pollution but I am also hoping we can choose to buy a lot of our plant based food not in plastic packaging. A lot of meat ad dairy comes in plastic so by not eating these we have the option to be less wasteful. I'm not sure what this month will look like but I hope to push myself more to become more sustainable with my food habits.

Health:

I have mentioned a few times on here that I am suffering with chronic health problems. I have now been diagnosed with three chronic illnesses two of which are digestive disorders. I have tried cutting out a number of foods and am continually reading about nutrition and holistic approaches to health. I recently read How Not To Die by Dr Michael Greger and was amazed to learn about the unhealthy effects of animal products. I was also encouraged to see how a plant based diet has helped to improve and in some cases eradicate serious illnesses and medical conditions in many people. It's pushed me to try going vegan to see if I can improve my health by filling my body full of healthy plants.

The Animals:

I love animals and I have always struggled with the idea of eating them. I went vegetarian for a year whilst I was at University but found it hard to keep up due to peer pressure. This January is really a test for me to see if I can live a healthy, fulfilling, sustainable life eating plants and not animals. I think just going for this the whole way is the best way for me to see if I can do this as a lifestyle and be able to live without hurting other creatures. The animal agriculture industry is full of the most horrendous treatment most of which I can barely watch. I feel like if I can't watch it maybe I shouldn't be eating it.

Are you doing Veganuary? If you are or are a vegan already please do give me some tips and tricks in the comments and share your thoughts on this. 
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