What is Veganuary?

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Veganuary 2022 has come and is long gone, which means Veganuary 2023 is right around the corner. But what is Veganuary?

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Founded by Matthew Glover and Jane Land, the first Veganuary was officially celebrated in 2014 by around 3,000 people in the United Kingdom. It has grown in size every year, with millions of people participating in it worldwide.

You’ve probably heard of Veganuary before, particularly around the end of each year as everyone starts thinking about New Year’s Resolutions – which are most often health-related goals.

If you’re considering the plant-based food trend, Veganuary may be the perfect first step.

What is Veganuary?

Veganuary is actually a charity organization as well as a totally free event you can participate it. It relies on the donations it receives to carry out projects, but donating is 100% optional to take part. That being said, you can choose to donate to Veganuary any time of the year.

The name “Veganuary” is a combination of Vegan + January. It’s an opportunity to try going vegan during the first 31 days of the year, and considering continuing it for the remainder. That’s it.

In addition to individual participation in Veganuary, the movement has also influenced retailers, especially those based in the UK. Many launch new vegan products and deals that coincide with all the hype around Veganuary.

While based in the UK, Veganuary also has offices in the USA, Germany, India, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Additionally, they partner with non-government organizations in places like Italy, Australia, France, Switzerland, South Africa, and Singapore with plans for continued global expansion.

How To Do Veganuary 2023

Ready to check it out? Here’s how to do Veganuary.

  1. Sign up. All you need to sign up is your email. Throughout January, you will receive a cookbook, meal plans, nutrition advice, recipes, and other information about adopting a vegan lifestyle.
  2. Eat vegan food. If you signed up, you might as well go all in. With all the resources provided, you’ll have everything you need to give a vegan lifestyle a go.
  3. Continue after January. This is optional, of course. But many people find that eating a vegan diet for the month of January is enough to experience drastic improvements in their mental and physical health.
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Okay, But What is a Vegan Diet?

If you’re not familiar with what it means to go vegan, this is a way of eating (and living) and excludes animal products and animal byproducts. This includes meat, poultry, fish and seafood, dairy products, eggs, and generally honey.

Instead, a vegan diet is based on plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains.

If that sounds restrictive, trust me, there’s plenty you can do with plant foods to satisfy your appetite and fuel your body – especially today. If you don’t want to eat animal products, you don’t have to. (Or, you might consider cultivated meat in the near future instead).

For most people, eating vegan eventually also extends into their lifestyle. For example, they may avoid supporting companies that test products on animals, and purchase clothing, shoes, and personal care products that are made with animal-free materials.

Furthermore, evidence shows that a well-planned vegan diet rich in variety and based on whole plant foods can reduce your risk for chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers. Furthermore, it’s a simple way to help reduce your carbon footprint and support animal welfare.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve been looking for a sign to try a new food trend in your life, perhaps Veganuary 2023 is it. You can’t really beat the price (free) to get a bunch of resources and recipes emailed to you. Plus, you may be pleasantly surprised by how you feel by January 31.

Let us know if you give it a try!