It’s World Vegan Day

By Mel Harradine, BeeZee Bodies Coordinator

Today is World Vegan Day and I thought it would be fun to share my personal adventure as a vegan along with a few facts and tips with you.

vegan

/ˈviːɡ(ə)n/
  1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
    2. using or containing no animal products.

 

My Story:

I grew up in the countryside and was always surrounded by animals, either at home with my pet dogs or visiting local farms or paddocks with my friends.

In 2017, I started eating a vegetarian diet and for me it was the best decision I have ever made. I have always been a fussy eater but making this switch gave me the push to try new foods and flavours and start cooking some delicious recipes.

In 2018, I came across a great website called Veganuary, where you can take a pledge to go vegan for the whole of January. When you take the pledge you get sent daily emails with helpful tips, meal plans, where to get your nutrients from and lots of other exciting information. This gave me the help I needed to fully make the switch and become a vegan and I haven’t looked back.

The Rise of Veganism

There are several reasons why people go vegan; for animals, the environment and for their own health. Recently, there has been a huge increase in people choosing a vegan diet and supermarkets and restaurants have had to start offering vegan selections and more just keep appearing.

Veganuary started 4 years ago and the difference in numbers who participated just shows how much veganism is on the rise;

  • 2014: 3,300 participants
  • 2018: 168,500 participants

If you eat a plant-based diet, in one day you could save:

  • 1100 gallons of water
  • 45 lbs of grain
  • 30 sqft of forest
  • 10 lbs of co2
  • 1 animal

The benefits and what to do if you want to try vegan

Eating a plant-based diet can have many health benefits due to the extra plant foods that are included in the diet. This can mean increased fibre, vitamins and minerals in our diet which are essential for our health. If you aren’t ready to make the full switch to a vegan diet, here are a few small changes that you could make:

  • Have Meat-free Mondays
  • Try a plant-based protein source in your usual recipe, for example lentils or chickpeas
  • Swap your breakfasts and lunches to vegan or vegetarian
  • Swap dairy milk for milk alternatives (calcium enriched)
  • Try Veganuary January 2019

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