A movement spanning over 192 countries to get people to go vegan for the month of January has signed up its millionth pledge. Started in the United Kingdom, Veganuary is a non-profit organization that encourages people worldwide to eat vegan for January and beyond. During the 2020 campaign, over 400,000 people took their pledge to try a vegan diet. Over 600 brands, restaurants and supermarkets promoted the campaign, and launched over 1200 new vegan products and menus in the UK market alone. If so inclined, you can take the pledge for January 2021 via this link. If you are in the United States, use this link.
People go vegan for different reasons, some it is from an animal rights perspective, save the planet, and others do it for health reasons, or perhaps all three. Whatever the reason, it is easier to go vegan than the previous five decades. There are new vegan food products being launched almost daily, and restaurants have become more accommodating in recent years with a vast array of vegan options.
Even meal kit delivery services like Green Chef and Purple Carrot have joined the vegan bandwagon offering healthy vegan meals to subscribers. Nutritional companies like Shaklee have long offered vegan products, and only recently have they been promoting their quality plant-based Life Shakes and other vegan products that are certified vegan while never testing their products on animals. The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn came about after his father, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn came out with his best-selling book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure.“
While anyone can go vegan by eating unhealthy potato chips or other unhealthy fried foods, the best way to eating healthy as a vegan is to choose only whole foods and avoid as much highly processed foods as possible. The Veganuary website offers a multitude of vegan recipes and other resources to make the move to eating a more plant-based diet. In addition, there are seemingly endless resources on the Internet with more healthy vegan recipes than you could eat in a year. While some people jump into it cold “turkey” so-to-speak, others will need to incorporate more and more fruits and veggies into their diet over time, ultimately eliminating meat and dairy. It has been scientifically proven that either a whole food plant-based or Mediterranean diet is the healthiest for humans to follow. An unbiased and highly cited published scientific study found that “the case that we should, indeed, eat true food, mostly plants, is all but incontrovertible.”