As we enter our third week of health focused January, we take a look at one of this month’s most committed pledges – Veganuary.
Whether it’s for the health benefits or down to a love of animals, January is a hugely popular month for many to try veganism. In fact it’s become so popular now that it even has it’s own name – Veganuary.
What is a vegan?
In short vegans don’t eat or use animals products. It’s a large step on from vegetarians or even pescetarians, who’ll include fish in their vege diets. Vegans adhere to a plant based diet. So say goodbye to cheese, cow’s milk, eggs and so on…
Why become a vegan?
A firm belief that animals experience pain and feelings, in much the same way humans do, is a key catalyst for many who decide to become vegans. There are additional reasons though – there are believed to be numerable health benefits, related to weight, blood pressure, cholestrol and more. Vegans also believe there are environmental benefits to not eating animals, such as protecting and preserving nature and wildlife.
What do vegans eat?
Healthline.com gives the great explanation of what vegans eat:
Dietary vegans: This term is often used interchangeably with “plant-based eaters” and refers to those who choose to avoid animal products in their diet but continue to use them in other products, such as clothing and cosmetics.
Whole-food vegans: Vegans who favor a diet rich in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Junk-food vegans: Vegans who rely heavily on processed vegan food, such as vegan meats, fries, vegan frozen dinners and vegan desserts, such as Oreo cookies and non-dairy ice cream.
Raw-food vegans: Vegans who consume raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as foods cooked at temperatures below 118°F (48°C).
Low-fat, raw-food vegans: Also known as fruitarians, this subset of raw vegans limits high-fat foods, such as nuts, avocados and coconuts and relies mainly on fruit. Sometimes other plants are also eaten in smaller amounts.
Myths around veganism
There are many myths around veganism, including the idea that pregnant women shouldn’t be vegans and that vegans have nothing to eat!
Veganuary.com has put together this useful myth buster to help dymystify the subject!
Where can buy vegan products in North Bristol?
Well, firstly you can of course try cooking or preparing vegans meals at home, so popping into your local Tesco is a great start! Here’s some recipes by Jamie Oliver to get you going.
If you prefer eating out then visit www.veganbristol.com which has a range of Vegan restaurants, including some in North Bristol.
if you fancy lunch on the go and still want to keep to your new vegan guidelines, why not pop into Boots – as it’s now offering a range of vegan options.
The Willow Brook Centre is home to Tesco, Boots, Costa and more – all of which offer vegan friendly options.