Celebrate Veganuary this year by taking a 30-day vegan challenge as part of your overall health and fitness goals for the new year. It’s easy! Learn here how to immerse yourself in a month of plant-based nutrition.
The new year begins with the excitement of new beginnings and new adventures. I start every January by celebrating it Veganuary plant challenge for the whole month. I invite you to join me! Whether you’re thinking about going more plant-based or, like me, you’ve been eating plant-based for years, this is the perfect time to refocus on living a healthy, fun, positive life. Veganuary has helped thousands of people around the world change their lives for the better in terms of their health and the health of the planet. Regardless of your diet or diet, I’d like you to join me and try eating plant-based for the month of January. I want to share this lifestyle with you, to give you a taste of it—even if you don’t want to eat completely plant-based forever. For me, it’s about introducing you to a more sustainable lifestyle. Join me and I’ll show you how by breaking it down to the basics (it really is that simple!), as well as the whys behind it. Between Veganuary.com and everything on my website and social media channels, you’ll have access to great resources, inspiration, and community for your month-long plant immersion! I will celebrate with great gifts! So be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and weekly email and follow along Instagram, Facebook, Twitterand Pinterest so you’ll receive inspiration straight to your email every week.
Veganuary began in late 2013 when UK-based founders Matthew Glover and Jane Lund were inspired by the Movember movement which raises awareness of prostate cancer during the month of November. Why not do something similar for veganism in January, a time when people make resolutions, which are often healthy goals. The first Veganuary was launched in January 2014 in the UK. Since then it has grown every year. Last year alone, over 629,000 people signed up for the challenge. He undoubtedly contributed significantly to more than 600% increase in veganism the last five years.
This organization strives to encourage people to try vegan with the goal of adopting a plant-based diet to protect the health of the planet and human health. Research links vegan diets with the lowest environmental footprint, compared to other dietary patterns. Vegan diets are also associated with many health benefits, including lower risks of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Veganuary provides guidance and support through expert advice and information to help with the basics of how to go vegan, as well as answers to why you should go vegan. All you do is sign up (it’s completely free!) to Veganuary.com and watch your email for instant access to great resources and inspiration for your transition to a more plant-based lifestyle. Learn more about Veganuary at my interview with Clea Grady by Veganuary; and catch me KTLA5 TV segment where I share my best tips on how to do Veganuary.
Why go plant-based?
At a time when our food system is overflowing with highly processed foods unlike anything that grows from the earth, as well as high levels of animal foods (The US is the highest consumer of meat on the planet), perhaps it has never been more important—if not critical—to have more whole plants on our plates. Filling your plate with plants that have undergone as little processing as possible means you’re nourishing your body, mind and spirit with the goodness we need to thrive. Nutrients like fiber, complex carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, and more vitamins, minerals, and powerful phytochemicals than we can count are abundant in the plant foods we eat. In fact, many of these nutrients are only found in the plant world. They protect us by fighting chronic inflammation and oxidative stress in the body that can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. A diet rich in a variety of colorful vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds is not only delicious, but leaves you feeling full and satisfied, which can contribute to a healthier weight. In contrast, animal foods can contain nutrients such as higher calories, saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and toxins associated with meat processing and preparation. Research has linked red meat, especially processed meat, to many health risks, from heart disease and diabetes to infections and cancer.
What is healthy for human health is also better for the planet. Plant-based diets are consistently associated with lower environmental footprint, compared to diets that include meat. Farm animals, especially cows and sheep, have a greater harmful impact on the planet, taking up vast amounts of water and land and producing polluting manure and methane.
Well, what are you waiting for! Dive into Veganuary with my top tips.
5 Tips on How to Go Vegan for 1 Month for Veganuary.
1. Educate yourself. Start by taking my time off Go Vegan Toolkit. My free downloadable toolkit has everything you need to get started with whatever level of plant-based eating excites you. Learn all about stocking your pantry with plants, menu planning, and balancing your plate with nutrients so your plant-based challenge leaves you feeling energized and satisfied. You can also grab my books to help you on your plant energy journey. specifically The plant-based diet, which is basically a primer on how to eat a healthy plant-based diet.
2. Find your tribe. Sign up to Veganuary.com and visit SharonPalmer.com and my social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitterand Pinterest) daily for recipes, nutrition tips, guidance and community for fun and support. Leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing!
3. Pace yourself. Plant-based and vegan are not “cheat” and deprivation diets. It’s all about living a holistic lifestyle that’s healthy, fulfilling, delicious and beautiful. This also means you can start slowly and find what works for you. For example, you might want to spend your first week trying some plant-based recipes, shopping for plant-based foods, and trying vegan options at local restaurants before taking the plunge.
4. Have fun! There is a whole world of irresistibles vegan recipes to explore in cookbooks, with the tap of an app, and on the web. Refresh your menu! From breakfast foods to bowl meals and desserts, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite vegan recipes all month long on my blog and social media!
5. Make your favorites vegan. Looking for culinary inspo? Then simply plant your favorite dishes. After all, many of your favorite foods and meals are already vegan or close to it. Think bean chili with cornmeal, black bean burritos and chickpea masala. Do you understand what I mean? Checkout Simple vegetable swaps for every meal for more ideas.
Looking for more help with your plant-based nutrition goals? Check out the resources below:
6 Simple Tips to Eat More Plant-Based Meals
5 top tips to green your plate
5 Tips to boost your diet
9 Tips for Plant-Based Eating on a Budget
7 Tips for Triggering Pulses
10 Tips for Making a Meal from Canned Beans