November is World Vegan Month!
Remember when veganism used to be a bit niche, a bit tricky? Not anymore, there’s vegan alternatives to so many items now. And sometimes (being a bit) vegan can simply mean having some meat and animal produce free days, every little helps as they say. So why is going vegan good for the planet? Or even doing a bit of dabbling in the vegan world (we’re here for the full blown cult leaders and the dabblers, whatever you choose!)
“World Vegan Month is celebrated around the world as a time to recognise how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle is and to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas.”
A major study published in the journal Science revealed that meat and dairy production is responsible for 60 per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions, while the products themselves providing just 18 per cent of calories and 37 per cent of protein levels around the world. The conclusion was that veganism is the single biggest way to reduce our environmental impact on the planet
There are many resources to help you dabble in the vegan world and many experts to help you along the way. Including the US-based brothers brothers Matt and Phil Letten and their book; ‘Vodka is Vegan: A manifesto for better living and not being an a**hole’ (!!). Here are 3 super simple tips from them:
1. Find your ‘why?’
Realising why you want to make this change is crucial to maintaining motivation, the brothers said, not least because it will also give you a response to hostile friends and family members who will inevitably probe you on your new dietary choice.
Whether you’re exploring a vegan diet because you don’t like the way animals are treated, are trying to shed some extra weight or are doing it to help the environment, find your reason and stay focused on it, they said.
2. Swap it out
With vegan menus popping up at more high street restaurant chains than ever before, and plant-based alternatives lining supermarket shelves, it’s arguably never been easier to give veganism a try.
“Day to day, your quest to eat vegan merely entails finding the plant-based versions of the foods you currently enjoy,” the brothers advised. “Love bacon and eggs? Try scrambled tofu and tempeh bacon. Craving burgers? Ice cream? Cheese? There are vegan replacements for all of it. We promise that you’ll be surprised at how delicious it tastes. And, just like with all food, if you don’t like it, just try a different brand.”
3. Focus on progress over perfection.
The key is to not get bogged down on being all vegan all of the time, unless of course, that’s a feasible goal for you.
“In life, stepping out is what helps us grow as human beings. But if we step out too much too soon, it can actually causes us to feel like failures, and contract rather than grow,” they said. “The goal here is to help you feel more alive, more in line with who you are, and more on fire about life. No one decides to climb Mt. Everest in one day with no training. Why? Because you’ll die. Set a goal that seems challenging for you but is still doable. Maybe try Meatless Mondays for a few weeks. Celebrate every small victory. And every couple weeks, level yourself up. Our book gives everyone the tools to figure out their path, and to stick to it for life.”
Finally, our intel tells us that a lot of people have been asking the question ‘are Jammy Dodgers vegan?’ so we would like to make a public service announcement that yes they are. FAQ: Are Jammie Dodgers Vegan? – Food Plant Based News
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