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Trying Veganuary? Here are some tips to help!

It’s that time of the year again when we start thinking about how we can ‘better’ ourselves and our diets for the new year! One of those ways is through Veganuary. The question is - have you ever thought about becoming vegan or cutting specific parts out of your diet? If the answer is yes, then read on…

Being ‘Vegan’ often has this stigma that people are cutting out nutrients from meat, dairy, and other animal products that we need but this is a total misconception, believe it or not Vegan food is extremely good for you and gives you everything you need in your day to day, if not more!

All year round I am a vegetarian but each January I do Veganuary to detox my body and set the year off right, eating good wholesome foods that my body will thank me for. SO! How do you do this and how can you implement this into your working day?


1.  It’s all in the planning! 

Before you start your month of eating as vegan, plan! One of my favourite things to do every Sunday to prepare for this is to plan out exactly what I am going to eat for my three meals of the day, for the week and this includes what I am going to take with me to work too. An example of what this might look like is:

Monday:

Breakfast – Breakfast cereal with plant-based milk such as Oat milk, Almond Milk or Coconut milk.

Lunch – Jacket potato with baked beans and dairy free cheese/ Homemade, dairy free soup.

Evening meal – Vegetable stir-fry with tofu if you’d like to spice it up! (Tofu is a great source of protein!)


2. Find your WHY!

Why are you trying Veganuary? Are you doing it for your health, are you doing it because you want to become more sustainable or are you doing it just for fun!? One of the best ways to stay motivated to form a new habit is to find a reason for why you’re doing it, without a reason the mind can try and convince you that it doesn’t matter or that you don’t ‘need’ to commit. But by remembering that ‘why’, you can fight the urge to quit! The best thing about food choices is that your ‘why’ is a totally personal thing and it doesn’t have to matter to anyone else but you.


3.  Ease yourself in and don’t panic… if you slip up WHO CARES!

It’s the 1st of Jan and you haven’t eaten fully vegan but DON’T PANIC! Most people don’t go vegan overnight… it is hard to do when you are so used to eating completely different foods. Personally, I am a veggie so I can have a smoother transition into veganism, but it is not the same for everyone. The one thing to remember is that there is no need to completely re-invent your eating habits, it’s a personal journey and not a competition. For this to be a sustainable month of eating, you need to do whatever works for you so take it slow, ease yourself into the new plan and make it enjoyable for you. (I promise you…there aren’t any vegan police coming to your door!)


4.  Discover new or accidently vegan foods

One of my favourite things about trying vegan food is that you can discover that some of the food you are eating already is vegan. Want to know my 3 top favourite vegan products that you could try? You’d be surprised how yummy they are! All these products are so tasty and super affordable.

·        Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages – and Vegan!

·        Aldi Chunky Guacamole dip

·        M&S Plant based Hazelnut Spread (Vegan Nutella)


5. Have fun!

Going vegan can be a huge learning curve, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, especially for just one month. Many people find that becoming vegan opens up a whole new world of recipes and ingredients and rekindles their love of great food. Personally, being vegan helps me to detox and makes me feel really good physically and mentally. That is my why and it is what gets me through the month.


We hope that these tips and tricks are useful! Here at Limelight we are always trying to be more sustainable and to promote health and wellbeing. If you feel your business could benefit from Wellbeing support whether that is food related or not, get in touch by dropping me an email to [email protected].