Sign the pledge and go animal-free for one month. With Veganuary's fabulous online resources, it's easier than you think.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of going vegan, then here’s something that might help you get started. Called “Veganuary” (pronounced vee-gan-uary), this UK-based charity calls on individuals to make a pledge to avoid all animal products during the month of January, in the hope that after trying it for a few weeks, you’ll realize how manageable it actually is and stick with it for the long-term.
The Veganuary website is one of many on the Internet that attempt to convince people of the importance of vegan eating, but it sets itself apart for the tools it provides to wannabe vegans. Its comprehensive Vegan Starter Kit section includes menu plan ideas, tips for eating out, a vegan baking guide, product directory (including ‘accidentally’ vegan products), vegan food essentials, and a label-reading guide.
It answers the nutritional questions that concern many new vegans in its “What to eat and how often” section, listing specific foods and the recommended amounts, and discusses how children can be fed a vegan diet safely.
The website has an interesting section that profiles famous people who have gone vegan and their reasons for doing so. For example, did you know Samuel L. Jackson went vegan in 2013? His response when asked why: “Just trying to live forever. Trying to finish out my Marvel deal.”
Finally, Veganuary addresses many of the common misconceptions, or ‘myths’, that surround veganism. These include tricky questions like “Can one person going vegan actually make a difference?” and “What happens to all the dead animals if we don’t eat them?” and “Isn’t soya destroying the environment and rainforests?” The answers are clear, concise, and rational, not filled with the angry, emotional denunciations that, unfortunately, define many vegan websites and intimidate newcomers.
Veganuary has a positive, welcoming feel that inspires. Check out the website, and you may find yourself wanting to sign up. After all, it's just for a month... right?