Veganuary is an annual event that runs throughout January, encouraging people to make the switch towards meat and dairy-free foods because of the benefits it brings to the environment, animal livestock, diet, and much more.
In this blog post, we discuss how making the switch to plant-based foods can improve your diet.
- Research suggests that vegan diets tend to be a lot more colourful than meat-based diets, consisting of more fruit and vegetables. This is a major benefit, as they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, and high in fibre - which can reduce the risk of diseases such as bowel cancer. In addition to this, vegan diets tend to consist of lots more whole grains, soy, and nuts - great for a healthy heart!
- Red meat and cheeses can be high in saturated fat, so removing these foods from your diet can reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Vegan diets can be lower in calories due to the minimal amount of meat and dairy products. This is really effective if you’re wanting to lose weight, and if you’re also taking part in Dry January - which will make it even more successful for weight loss. Long-term obesity can cause diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
- Veganism is better for the planet. A meat and dairy diet uses more of the world’s land, water, and energy - which is more damaging to the environment. On a large scale, introducing more plant-based foods to your diet, could reduce mass amounts of pollution and improve the quality of our planet long-term.
How do I make the switch?
The large majority of us could benefit from adding more fruit and vegetables to our diet. It might seem like a massive switch at first, but here are some easy tips to achieve a vegan diet.
- Try going vegan one day a week to feel the benefits, and then try increasing the vegan days.
- Reduce the number of processed meats, such as bacon and sausages. They tend to be high in saturated fat and may increase cholesterol levels - possibly causing blood pressure to elevate.
- Substitute red meat with chicken and fish, which are leaner sources of protein (great for a pre/post-workout meal)!