Veganuary serves to inspire people to try being vegan for the month of January. Being vegan means you abstain from animal products and this abstinence can range from just your diet to the products used. For example, clothing, hygiene, and cosmetics.
I was inspired to try being vegan after watching Netflix’s What the Health documentary. It showed the dark side of what comes with the upkeep and slaughter of animals for meat. The movie is definitely not for the faint of heart! Animals we consume are producing a great deal of carbon pollution in our environment. Whether it comes from their upkeep or their slaughter, it all produces a great deal of refuse. The debilitating health side effects of eating too much meat that the documentary highlights are quite eye-opening.
Adopting a vegan diet can prove difficult, especially if you do not know what kind of meals to prepare or order at restaurants.
However, the positive effect on the environment can offset the challenges.
While traveling, your options for eating vegan can be quite limited. I would say that beans, rice, and tofu have become a staple for me. Vegetables help in making the meal more filling. Protein powders made from vegetables can also be delicious when you are short on time. I recommend Vega protein powder in chocolate since it has a non-chalky texture in smoothies. The Impossible burger can be a good option to help you transition to being vegan. It tastes JUST like meat, but it isn’t meat. Once you taste it, you will be highly doubtful but if you look at the texture you will see that it is different.
In my experience, eating out options include Indian and Mexican food which have a good deal of vegan options.
Yardhouse offers a Gardein menu that is pretty good. I favor the firecracker wings, made out of non-meat proteins. El Taco offers a vegan mercado taco that isn’t bad. Willy’s Mexicana Grill is my go to when I am traveling through the Atlanta airport.
Plenty of celebrities praise vegan diets as a way to greatly improve their health and sense of well-being. Even Beyoncé and Jay-Z are challenging their fans to try a vegan diet for 2019. Being vegan can be difficult but if we spend just one month giving it a try, maybe we can limit our footprint on the environment. You may even lose some weight!