I love the start of January; setting goals, feeling positive about the new year, and joining in with #veganuary (promising to go vegan in January). Over 400,000 people signed up to take part in Veganuary in 2020, beating 2019’s 250,000 sign ups. 2021 has already beat last year’s sign ups, but it’s never too late to join in.
The community aspect of Veganuary is brilliant. I love seeing how well other people are doing, and what recipes they’re trying. It’s also a good time to hold yourself accountable, as there is a lot of support and encouragement on the Veganuary Instagram page. They also have a free vegan plan for you to follow with 31 days of recipes and nutrition tips.
With so many resources, shared ideas and inspiration on social media, it’s fun and easy to turn vegan for the month. But I also think it’s important to emphasise that if you fall off the metaphorical bandwagon, you can get straight back on. Veganuary is all about trying new things, and creating new habits.
Healthline state that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to form a habit, so don’t worry if it takes you longer than a month, or if you have a bad day.
If you do accidentally have a non-vegan day, you can still take part the next day, and do your best to see the month through. Veganuary’s main goal is to encourage people to stop eating meat and dairy, so if you’re cutting down your consumption, and making a conscious effort to think about the food you’re eating, you’re still taking part.
For me, it’s about progress not perfection, but at this time of year, I like to remind myself of the health benefits and environmental benefits that veganism brings. Watching documentaries like Cowspiracy help me to visualise the suffering that the animals endure, and also how easily we can help the environment by opting for plant-based options instead of meat.
For more information, you van visit the Veganuary official website here: https://veganuary.com/