So this has been a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to take the plunge to quit eggs and dairy altogether but have so far not managed to commit. A month ‘trial’ is a perfect excuse and gives me a get out if it turns out I completely hate it (which I doubt – I’m practically there anyway.)
As the name suggests, the idea is to go vegan in January, the best time of year for making changes. The whole Veganuary campaign is hugely popular and successful and there are plenty of resources on the website to guide and encourage new vegans. They also have a very helpful myths section to debunk some of the strange ideas surrounding veganism and to explain in more detail why it’s a necessary change for the environment, for health, and for animals.
One of my main worries is eating out – will I be able to find a place that offers something for me? I’ve been a vegetarian for years and it has always been simple eating out as there are always some veggie options. In fact, it has been easier – while my friends spend ages trying to decide between the lamb and the salmon, I scan the menu and select the only veggie option available. So I’m glad to find that there’s another really helpful section on the Veganuary website that lists high streets restaurant chains and coffee shops and lists the vegan options available.
I’ve read some of the books, have some comprehension of a vegan philosophy but do not wish to watch any of those films or documentaries like Earthlings or Cowspiracy that turn a lot of people vegan – I already know, or at least, can guess.
So what I’d really like from you, Dear Reader, is some recommendations and advice – where to shop, what to watch out for, how to stock up on the essentials? Are you trying Veganuary this year or did you do it last year?