We all have them!
Whether it's lose weight, make changes, be more proactive, be more motivated... whatever our resolution may be, we always try to stick with them.
But here's the one that needs to be talked about: giving up meat and going vegan. And please don't stop reading just because the word 'vegan' pops up.
What got me itching to write this blog was the amount of dead animals I witnessed in shops, on advertisements, on plates and in bellies this festive season. I felt sad, annoyed and uncomfortable with the amount of time we dedicate to celebrating with the consumption of murdered animals.
The most common reason for choosing a vegan lifestyle is the animals. But in 2018 we are seeing a shift, with more people turning vegan for environmental factors, as well as for their own health reasons.
The benefits of being vegan range from reducing rates of cancer, weight loss, decreasing your footprint on the environment, lower blood pressure, mental clarity.
Here is a list of some of the most common excuses in the book to avoid going vegab :
"How would I eat out?"
"I wouldn't know how"
"It would cost me too much"
"How would I ever survive without bacon?"
"I can't do it"
"It [meat eating] is part of my culture"
I have heard them all before. Being vegan doesn't mean sacrificing our favourite foods, but instead, it's about substitution. I can still eat bacon and egg rolls, I still had turkey for Christmas lunch, and, I can still have my drunken pasta and cheese at 2am after a night out.
The amazing organisation called Veganuary encourages people to go Vegan just for the first month of the year, in hope that what they may find is that it pays off and people don't start consuming animal products again.
But if copping slack from family or friends is one of your concerns than hear me out. Can someone please explain to me what the issue is with choosing a lifestyle that removes an individuals contribution to the suffering or animals? And let's be honest, majority of the time, vegans cop banter because it's a way of others dealing with their own guilt about eating meat. It is 2018, meat is no longer a necessity, it's a choice.
Veganuary is here to guide you, assist you, offer you recipes, information and everything else in between. I personally will answer questions, provide motivation and help you through the process in whatever way I can.
You can make a difference to our planet each day by not eating meat or consuming animal products. When you make decisions on food for what's cheap or easy it reflects how you view yourself, your relationships and the future. We need to change the way we think about what we put into our bodies and how that contributes to the environment.
If going completely vegan doesn't work for you there are some other great alternatives like cutting out dairy, going vegetarian, or even doing Meatless Monday.
Face the facts, summers are getting hotter and winters are getting colder. You as a single human can help do something about that. So what are you waiting for? Give yourself the right resolution, that you, the environment and the animals deserve. Because how are you meant to thrive and feel alive when you are fuelled by something that is dead?
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