It’s still a phrase with much stigma and negativity behind it. You’re either so passionate you won’t eat anything that “casts a shadow” or so against that you’ll eat a whole hog roast in protest, right? True, opinions are very divided on whether we should eat meat or not, but quite frankly, both sides a (kinda) right.
Veganism is a healthy alternative to your meat eating days. Not only is your fat intake dramatically reduced from the omission of animals, you’re much more likely to make conscious health decisions. Your diet suddenly becomes packed with colour and plant based delights, and you start to think all a little more creativity with your nosh.
However, the diet is very restrictive. Not only do you lose your mighty haem iron (only found in meat, non-haem is what you find in plants!) to keep those blood cells healthy and reduce fatigue, B vitamins and a whole host of minerals become dramatically in the danger of depletion. Veganism can be mentally challenging too. The constant pressure from the vegan community and trouble when identifying “safe” foods can be super straining. Not to mention, eating “healthier” is a lot more pricey.
I myself? I love vegan food. However, am I vegan? No. This is because I cannot require my nutrients needed from plants alone and eating with friends, family and as a student with little money can be difficult when adapting vegan ways. So, what do I do?
I try little twists daily and eat plenty of plant based meals throughout the week, whilst still getting to enjoy the odd chicken burger every now and again. Not does this only help me save a few more piggies, but it makes my diet a little bit healthier, as well as reducing my carbon footprint for the plant. Sustainability is something we should all regard a little more when thinking about our diets.
This January, many companies and foodie friends are encouraging us to take part in “Veganuary”, for our health and the planet, to show veganism isn’t all rabbit food and grass. If you can’t make the leap to go fully vegan for a few weeks, you can try going veggie, making vegan twists in your diet (cows milk for almond milk, choccy digestives for oreos), or simply, taking one day out a week to eat a vegan diet. Meat free Mondays are always a big recipe success.
There are many events going on during January 2017, getting the year of to a sparkly start. In Manchester, GRUBMCR are making sure all stalls for the first month are vegan to get in on the veggie action, which will be a whole load of creative fun.
So why not join in on the veggie hype this new years, and make a positive change to your health, the piggies and the planet!
Emma is a Registered Dietitian and Registered Associate Nutritionist based in Cheshire, England. Emma works in community healthcare and writes freelance alongside her work: topics including Dietetic life, nutrition, mental health and lifestyle. Emma also writes and photographs recipes for the platform, as well as being the author of the ‘Mummy and Me’ series for SR Nutrition. Emma’s Food Stories is PR friendly brand.