It's been a great year! We hope you have a great 2018, and to everyone trying Veganuary this January we have 10 tips to keep you on track.
"Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year."
1. Have support
Access to good support is invaluable for any lifestyle change. Reach out to your veggie and vegan friends, or encourage someone to take the challenge with you! This way you'll have moral support and it'll be less overwhelming. Joining facebook groups can also be handy for when you have questions.
2. Know your food groups
A plant-based diet is generally healthier than the average diet, but it's important to make sure you're not missing out on any nutrients and that you're getting enough calories. Every body is different, but this food pyramid by Joshua Wold is a pretty good guide for what to aim for. You can also use cronometer.com to track your nutrition.
3. Remind yourself why Health? Animals? Environment? If you have a wobble, just think of why you're doing it and re-motivate yourself. Watch a documentary like What The Health,Cowspiracy, Forks over Knives or Land of Hope and Glory.
4. Check labels
The first few big shops will take a little longer while you check items for ingredients. Don't let this put you off- once you've checked something once you'll remember which items are good and you can grab them again next time! Some supermarkets label food as vegan so you don't have to go through the print.
5. Be prepared
Take a bag of nuts, energy bar or piece of fruit out with you for if you're caught out hungry and can't buy a snack.
6. Be patient
Most people feel great on a vegan diet, and feel better straight away. If you don't, your body might be taking some time to adjust. You may have cravings for certain foods, and although there are alternatives for everything your body might need to detox. A healthy, wholefoods diet will help you feel your best. Stick with it, and you'll never go back.
7. Eating out
You can still eat great food at restaurants! Most places have vegan options, but it is a good idea to check the menu or phone ahead so that you know what you can eat. Chain restaurants like Toby Carvery, Zizzi, ASK, Wetherspoons, Harvester and Wagamama have vegan menus. 100% plant-based restaurants are popping up across the country- it is worth travelling to these because you know there'll be zero cross-contamination, and everything has been catered to your diet by experts!
Learning to cook in a whole new way is fun! And not as hard as you think. Experiment and take inspiration from the web and social media. The Veganuary website has hundreds of awesome recipies to try at home.
9. Stay positive Going vegan can seem very daunting- but it's a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Go to vegan fairs, make new friends, experiment with cooking and seasoning, feel good and know that you're doing good for the environment.
10. Don't be too hard on yourself
You're doing great! Making steps towards a better way of eating is awesome. If you slip up- don't dwell on it. Most people will make mistakes along the way, but don't beat yourself up if it happens. Just keep going, it gets easier very quickly! Congratulate yourself for taking on the challenge and ask questions when you get stuck.
Hopefully this was helpful. Just remember- keep going! You're doing a great thing!
The Plant Base
Whole foods plant-based restaurant
46 Camden Rd,