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The Veganuary campaign is aimed to encourage people to try a vegan diet for a month and it’s had a record number of people signing up this year.

It was coined back in 2014 by a charity that encourages people to embrace a lifestyle that avoids animal foods such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey.

With so many people recovering from the indulgences associated with the festive season it is a popular time to be contemplating a new year’s resolution.

The most favoured resolutions tend to be related to getting healthier and losing weight and exploring veganism could be the healthiest possible start to your new year.

A vegan diet can have several positive impacts on your life but the most frequently reported are:

  • Improves overall health
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Benefits the environment
  • Supports animal rights

When you consider all these benefits and the fact that a balanced vegan diet can provide you with all the nutrition that you need- it is a very attractive prospect.

According to the Veganuary website, more than 75% of people who tried going vegan for a month reported an improvement in their health.

People who tried this diet found they lost weight (an average of 6lbs) and they also said they slept better.

Since the movement started five years ago, participant numbers have more than doubled each year and many people attribute this to the growing frequency of vegan headlines in the media.

Due to all the warning about the environmental cost of meat it is only natural that people will be drawn to a diet that is the single biggest way that a person can reduce their environmental impact.

The charity provides support through recipes, shopping tips, restaurant ideas and by debunking common myths about veganism, for example, many people simply don’t believe that their adopting this lifestyle choice will impact the lives of any animals at all.

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth and within our lifetimes we are estimated to consume more than 7,000 animals. That’s a lot of lives that you have the power to spare and a clear indication that every contribution does count.

Many people find that they must plan their meals in advance and put more time and thought into their food shopping. When possible, try to use healthy snacks to bolster your diet such as the new Greens with Benefits Vegan Ball Snacks.

There are now more than 500,000 people in the UK identifying as vegan, this impressive figure combined with record numbers of people signing up for the plant-based diet does indicate that 2019 could very well be the year of the vegan.

A world where veganism is a mainstream lifestyle choice is Veganuary’s vision and although there are still great strides to make it seems fair to suggest that this journey is already well under way.

Whatever your reasons are for considering participating in Veganuary, you should remember that at its most basic level, a month where you eat more fruit, vegetables and nuts must be a positive thing.