Veganuary: Why you should do it and how it will help your self-care efforts

It’s January, which means you are probably seeing social media and blog posts galore written in the vein of “new year, new me.” Instead of reading your old high school friends’ posts about their resolutions, I wanted to offer a different perspective to consider. Bonus: it comes with a self-care twist!

When you think of veganism you probably don’t think of self-care, but I’m going to tell you how those things go hand-in-hand. Veganism is very trendy right now, but it’s more than just a fad. Plant Based News reported that more than 1.5 million Americans over the age of 17 are now vegan. With booming vegan industries such as plant-based meats, dairy-free milk, and vegan leather, there are more opportunities than ever to support veganism while simultaneously doing something that is good for your health, your body, the environment, and the animals! That sounds like self-care to me.

Veganuary launched in 2014 and works to encourage people to try going vegan for the month of January. Most people have fitness or weight loss goals as their resolutions for the new year. Going vegan is a great way to achieve those goals. In case you don’t know, being vegan is a lifestyle choice that means you do not consume anything that comes from animal products. A lot of vegans stretch this to include any products they use in their day-to-day life such as shoes, bedding, toothpaste, hair products, and anything else they use. But you don’t have to go that far if you want to participate in Veganuary!

The effects of veganism are impossible to ignore. Aside from weight loss, you will feel better in so many other areas of your life. Increased energy, lower cholesterol, improved skin (goodbye, acne!), and lower blood pressure are just some of the side effects that LiveKindly attributes to going vegan.

I’m an aspiring vegan. I have been vegan on and off for about three and a half years and am actively working to remove the last two animal products I consume, fish and dairy, from my diet. I plan to write more about my experiences with veganism in the future. But I can definitely say that being vegan is when I feel the best in my body, have the most energy throughout the day, and it has made me an all-around more compassionate person. It’s the ultimate self-care because you are taking care of yourself inside and out.

I started my vegan journey with the book The 22-Day Revolution by Marco Borges. I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering trying a vegan lifestyle, whether it’s for a month or a lifetime. The book includes extensive research and nutrition information about going vegan as well as a weekly shopping list that makes grocery shopping super easy. The book is based on the psychology-backed ideology that it takes 21 days to create a habit; by the 22nd day, you will have acquired that habit. It can be a great introduction to veganism and Veganuary if you are interested in giving it a shot.

Even if you aren’t willing to go vegan for a whole month or just 22 days, I encourage you to do whatever you can to support veganism. You can do Meatless Mondays, replace your morning coffee creamer with almond milk, or just actively try to reduce your consumption of animals and animal products. Any little bit helps the world, the animals, and you! If you do want to participate in Veganuary, you can sign up here. They will send you tips, recipes, and other helpful stuff to keep you on track.
P.S. This post is in no way sponsored by Veganuary, The 22-Day Revolution, or any other company/product. I just really love animals and want everyone to stop eating them.

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