Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a vegetarian or a vegan? You might be feeling confused by the existence of these similar yet so different terms? Well what about the term Veganuary?
Perhaps this is the first time that you have stumbled upon this funny looking term. Well, what we can tell you is that this is a totally existing term that many people have used in the past couple of years. And with good reason ‑ the existence of Vegenuary has raised more awareness of the importance of the vegan diet than anything before has. And we are here to tell you everything about it!
What is Veganuary?
You see, January is not an ordinary month. Each year, we have the chance to greet Veganuary and spend 31 days enjoying a healthy, vegan diet that a number of people are following today.
The idea of Veganuary first came up back in 2014. The creators of this idea thought that dedicating a whole month to veganism would be a good way to let people feel the beneficial effects that this diet brings, as well as save some innocent animal lives during.
And believe us, there are lots of people willing to give veganism a try for at least 31 days. If you are wondering how many people exactly have joined this movement, the answer is around 60 million!
For this year, it’s estimated that the numbers will jump to 150 million. Here is the official site for Veganuary, where you can find recipes, restaurants with vegan menus, vegan options at chain food brands and what’s available online and in store.
What is veganism?
Veganism is more than just a simple diet, it’s considered a lifestyle ‑a lifestyle that guides you towards a path that excludes animal brutality of any kind.
We are talking about discontinuing your use of animal food sources – meat, dairy, eggs and fish, including clothes made with animals, makeup and bathroom products that have been tested on animals and anything that you can think of which endangers animals in some form.
Today you can find alternatives to practically everything you require. According to performance insiders, being a vegan has never been easier than today. And you as a woman, can benefit greatly by joining the veganism lifestyle.
Due to the many health benefits, your general health will improve, but not only that – there are some great beneficial effects towards your menopause and how it can help you get through this period a lot easier.
What are the health benefits of being a vegan?
- A vegan diet will decrease your cholesterol and glucose levels. According to a recent study, when the levels of cholesterol and glucose were compared between omnivores, vegans and vegetarians, it showed that vegans and vegetarians enjoyed a healthier life with reduced cholesterol and glucose levels compared with omnivores, thus the reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Reaching a healthier weight – relying on only natural sources of food, excluding all animal products, will help your body to get rid of toxins within and control your weight better. Following a vegan diet can help you combat the menopause symptoms a lot better. Increased weight due to hormonal changes is quite a common menopause symptom. Plus, which woman does not like to have a body of her dreams?
- A vegan diet will reduce your risk of various chronic diseases. According to a quick research done, it showed that the vegan diet can help you successfully reduce your risk of a number of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes type 2, heart disease, cognitive decline, heart attack, stroke, hypertension etc.
- Vegans enjoy a reduced mortality rate ‑since you will enjoy reducing the risk of the many chronic diseases that we have mentioned before, you will get to enjoy a longer life as well and that is all thanks to the vegan diet!
- Improve your skin condition – skin has been a woman’s best friend for ages which is why women tend to take so much care for their skin, leaving it bright and healthy looking with only the wrinkles, dark spots and cellulite being their enemies. Well, all of that is going to change if you edit your diet and forget about all the toxins that you are intaking. Let the vitamins, minerals, and fibers from these healthy food sources aid your skin.
- A vegan diet will reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease. If you have a family history involving Parkinson’s disease, then the best thing that you can do is take all the matters in your own hands and start doing something that will increase your chances of never getting it. Although women are being diagnosed less with this condition as compared with men, it is still a danger to their lives and something needs to be done to change that. And as it turns out, a vegan diet is the way to go! It was suggested that countries like Asia and Africa, which consume fewer animal products on a daily basis, have a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Are there any potential risks that one should be aware of?
This is where it gets tricky. If you don’t keep a close eye on what you eat and how much you eat on a daily basis, you risk experiencing a lack of nutrients to your body. You will need to make a meal plan for each week that will include all food groups and all essential nutrients.
Most probably, supplements will need to be included in this diet plan. Another potential risk is in taking either too many or too little calories. If you do not succeed in taking the regular number of calories each day, you will quickly start to feel the effects of a poor diet. And it goes the other way around as well.
Should you take a part in this year’s Veganuary?
If you are an animal lover ready to quit eating meat, fish, eggs and any animal product of any kind, clear his/her bathroom from any animal tested products, then the answer is yes!
And the health benefits that you will receive by following the vegan diet for these first 31 days, will just be a big reward. Plus, you will get to enjoy all the beneficial effects of an improved skin condition, less visible wrinkles and cellulite, reduced menopause symptoms and so on.
It is not too late to take part in this year’s Veganuary. If you do have any concerns, make sure that you contact your doctor or the good people behind the whole idea of Veganuary on their official site for more information.
Veganuary offers you a chance to enjoy a healthier life, but also to experience something that you might have been wondering about. Give veganism a chance this January and join the movement known as Veganuary.
About the author
Ben is a freelance writer and health advisor for the past 6 years. Through his advanced studies, he has gain enormous experience in this field. In his free time, he loves to read books and enjoy music. You can Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In.