Join the Veganuary Movement! Go Vegan this January and All Year Long
By Jane Kelly
The house I grew up in was situated between two farms, and I often went on walks to visit the cows and horses that grazed the fields bordering the sides of the road. All I had to do was look into their eyes and instinctively I knew these animals had souls. It pained me to leave them as I walked away, turning back to see them still staring after me.
The memory of those walks I took to pet the animals’ big furry heads never left me, and I became a vegetarian when I moved out on my own at 18. As I grew older and learned more about the horrors of livestock agriculture, I knew I had to be vegan. I only wish I had made the decision to become vegan sooner, but thankfully the access we have now to reliable information is beyond compare.
One of the best online resources and inspiration for going Vegan is Veganuary, an online destination and a movement gaining steam each year as more meat and dairy eaters begin to make the switch. Launched in January 2014 by husband and wife team Matthew Glover and Jane Land, Veganuary motivates people to try a vegan diet for the month of January, a perfect time for new beginnings. It supplies information on how to transition to a vegan diet and why it’s advantageous to human health, to the environment and to the animals with whom we share this planet. The Veganuary platform is brimming with materials and tools to help anyone of any age transition to a vegan diet, not to mention inspiration from celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Vivienne Westwood, Pamela Anderson, Carl Lewis, Alicia Silverstone, Morrissey and Daryl Hannah, who’ve all made the switch.
Why try vegan? Making the decision to go vegan for even just one month can have a tremendously positive effect on the environment. You’ll save water, you’ll save wildlife, you’ll help reduce pollution, you’ll save nature. Veganuary is chock full of shocking statistics about the disastrous effects a carnivorous diet is having on our planet:
- Choosing to be vegan has a more positive environmental effect than permanently parking your car!
- The production of just one beef steak squanders approximately 4,650 liters of water.
- Every second an acre of precious rainforest is cleared to provide space just to grow animal feed.
On the flip side, Veganuary has plenty of information on the health benefits a vegan diet has to the human body:
- Going Vegan Will Make Antibiotics More Effective. The over use of antibiotics in livestock agriculture to offset the negative effects of animal overcrowding is directly linked to antibiotic failure in humans.
- Going Vegan Lowers Cholesterol. Cholesterol levels in vegans are 25% lower than those of non-vegans.
- Going Vegan Can Make You More Fit. Vegans have a healthier body mass index (BMI) when compared to non-vegans.
- Going Vegan Can Help You Lose Weight. Vegans lose significantly more weight than those on just low-fat diets.
When there are countless delicious, cruelty-free alternatives readily available, it’s horrifying to think that humans are destroying the planet just to be able to eat meat. As a result of Veganuary 2017, the lives of over 77 million animals were saved.
Don’t pay attention to the fake news many media outposts are publishing about vegan diets, from advocating that “free range” meat is more humane and less harmful to animals, to reporting that going vegan is unhealthy for children. These claims are simply not true. Part of Veganuary’s goal is to offset false scaremongering, and provide tangible evidence that there is no such thing as “free range” in the livestock industry, and that vegan diets do in fact provide all the nutrition necessary for people of all ages to be healthy.
In just two years, the number of participants going vegan for one month has grown to over 600%! The truth about our antiquated meat-centered meals is finally catching wind and spreading like wildfire. Whether it’s to end the needless suffering of countless innocent animals, help save our planet, or to vastly improve your health, there’s no reason not to try going vegan for just thirty days. You can do it!
Going vegan is easier than you may think. For more information on the Veganuary campaign, visit www.veganuary.com. For delicious plant-based tips and recipes, click here. For tips on detoxing your way to a vegan diet, click here.
Let us know how your Veganuary goes in the comments below!