Posted on January 03, 2020 by Josh Puttock

January is a great month to challenge yourself. New Year’s resolutions are the talk of the town and can be a great way to kickstart healthy habits. Have you started thinking about yours?

Perhaps you’re going to start walking to work? Try cooking from scratch at least once a week? Well, why not take it one step further and take part in Veganuary?

So, what is Veganuary?

Let’s take it back to basics. Much like Dry January or Stop-tober, it’s about dedicating 30 or so days to change.

The charity wildly known as ‘Veganuary’ inspires and encourages people to take on the challenge with the hope that they decide to stay vegan for the rest of the year or at best, adopt some of the traits.

Is going vegan healthy?

Well, in short, yes. Unsurprisingly, adhering to a vegetable diet offers a range of health benefits, weight loss often being the first. It’s not JUST about weight loss though, it’s also about your overall health. Vegans are said to have the lowest cholesterol when compared to meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians. They also have the lowest risk of high blood pressure.

“Plant-based foods, particularly fruit and vegetables, nuts, pulses and seeds have been shown to help in the treatment of many chronic diseases and are often associated with lower rates of Type 2 diabetes, less hypertension, lower cholesterol levels and reduced cancer rates” – Diabetes UK.

Vegan nutrition

A common misunderstanding with vegan diets is that it’s hard to get enough protein in from natural sources. Well, we’re here to bust that myth!

– Legumes such as kidney beans, chickpeas and pulses are all great sources of protein.

– 150g of sprouted lentils for example, contains 7 grams of protein and 0.5g of fat!

– Milk substitutes, such as almond, oat and soy, are also full of calcium.

Being vegan doesn’t need to be super complicated, it just takes a little bit of planning and prepping. Give it a week or so, and you’ll be a pro!

If you’re looking for challenge in 2020 and want to see how going vegan can benefit your health, why not give Veganuary a try!

By Amy Cousins – Health & Fitness Blogger