Is It Your New Year's Resolution To Eat Vegan? Then Our RicherEarth Team Has Some Advice For You
Last updated: January 10, 2022
Happy New Year, Everyone! Happy Veganuary!
When a new year hits, many people focus on how their daily food choices can affect their lives. There is a shift in thinking to eat healthy... and maybe even exercise. Sound familiar?
Here’s some advice should you consider to go vegan:
- Figure out your why. Why do you want to be vegan? Your why might be related to ethics/health/environmental or anything else. Speaking from experience, the why is very important for staying accountable and for navigating the many “but why?” questions your friends and family will ask.
- Seek out vegan products to “veganize” your favourite meals. Developments in veganism afford us the opportunity to enjoy the many substitutes available for all the animal products that vegans and even non-vegans can enjoy, like delicious cheeses, butters (including fruit butters), spreads, sweeteners, sauces, condiments, and so much more!
- Make a weekly meal plan. Seek out recipes from trusted sources and most importantly, buy a vegan cookbook or two or three for inspiration. If you have a friend or family member who’s interested in plant-based cooking, invite them over for some recipe testing. You can also visit Veganuary at https://veganuary.com/ to take their 31 Day Challenge. Get 31 days of recipes, nutrition tips, and more.
- Explore a vegan meetup or potluck in your community. You can even host your own potluck for non-vegan family and friends.
- Switch up your takeout orders. Support local vegan businesses and order plant-based meals. You can also support local vegan businesses by promoting them via social media or personal recommendations.
- Host a film screen using an online conferencing tool. Due to their compelling and scientifically-backed information, documentaries and other films such as The Invisible Vegan, Cowspiracy, Eating Animals, Forks Over Knives, and Love & Bananas (to name a few) have moved many people to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Film screenings are powerful vehicles for social change, and it’s easy to plan a virtual event.
- Read “The Vegan Pantry: What Does An Everyday Vegan Eat” on our website. Tap HERE.
When thinking about changing your eating habits, it’s important to make sensible decisions and consider how to balance what you eat to include a variety of foods that provide essential nutrients, such as iron, protein, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and carbohydrates. Be adventurous, make good quality food choices, plan well and follow a sensible approach to meet your dietary needs. It is always a good idea to consult a nutritionist, dietitian, or medical practitioner about changes in diet.
As much as we would love for everyone to go vegan “cold-turkey” to end animal suffering and factory farming, for anyone considering making the transition to be vegan, it is a good idea to make gradual changes that are more likely to be sustainable.
By choosing healthy and humane plant-based foods, we can live in line with our values and take a stand for a kinder world.
Richard and Eartha
Founders, RicherEarth Vegan Eats