As we say farewell to 2018 and several weeks of indulgence, many of us have committed ourselves to the same old resolutions – a month off the booze with Dry January, a promise to ourselves that we will finally make use of the gym pass we’ve had for several years, and a vow to finally take up that hobby we’ve always wanted.
This year however, has also seen the rise of a different resolution; Veganuary. While not a new phenomenon, 2019 has seen record numbers sign up, vowing to ditch the meat in favour of a plant-based diet for 30 days. So what has brought about this drastic change in lifestyle? The driving force for many behind going vegan is concerns over animal welfare, but adopting a plant-based diet also has endless benefits for the planet and your health, too.
While it may seem obvious that a diet of more fruit and vegetables would be beneficial to our health, many are concerned about getting the right nutrients from a plant-based diets. However, if followed properly, a vegan lifestyle can actually have a positive affect our health.
A vegan diet can:
- help with weight loss
- lower blood sugar levels and improve kidney function
- help with the prevention and management of diabetes
- help to lower the risk of heart disease
- be linked to lower blood pressure
Eating a vegan diet could be the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on earth.
According to a study by researchers at the University of Oxford, cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.
The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.
Considerably lower quantities of crops and water are required to sustain a vegan diet, making the switch to veganism one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
How easy is it to go vegan?
Whatever the motivation, with more options readily available, it’s never been easier to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
M&S has just launched its revolutionary Plant Kitchen – a delicious collection of plant-based ready meals, snacks and cooking ingredients; Greggs has launched the vegan sausage roll; and even McDonalds and Pizza Hut have joined the vegan party offering tasty meat-free alternatives.
So if you’re going vegan this January, why not pop into M&S at The Springs and check out the new Plant Kitchen range for yourself. The collection includes everything from ‘dirty vegan’ comfort food such as Cauliflower Popcorn with Buffalo dip and Cashew Mac, to healthy meals like Mushroom Stroganoff with two of your five a day and packed with nutritious ingredients
It’s also breaking boundaries with high street firsts such as vegan Coleslaw and Potato Salad, as well as the first vegan-friendly Sourdough Pizza, exclusive to M&S, using a ‘vegan house sauce’ and available in two tempting flavours; Margherita and BBQ Pulled Jackfruit.
Veganuary has never been so appealing!