Is ditching animal products on your New Year's Resolution list? You aren't alone! Lots of people choose to start on (or trial run) a vegan/plant-based lifestyle for the new year.
You might be considering the environment, your health, animal ethics, or just wanting to limit your animal product intake- there's support and advice for you.
In the interest of not attempting to reinvent the wheel, I thought I'd share some resources to help you meet your meatless goals in the coming month and/or year.
Rather than make a year long resolution, many people decide to participate in "Veganuary" and just go vegan or vegetarian for the month of January. This is a great way for those looking to lean in to the lifestyle to start new habits that can carry out through the rest of the year.
The Veganuary website has lots of resources, support, and information to get through January and beyond.
Not ready to commit to a whole month vegan? Try one day a week! Many people end up giving up before trying because they say they "can't" go vegan. You CAN eliminate animal products one day a week, though, right? That's a reduction in animal suffering and your carbon footprint. Also, once you get used to going meatless one day a week, you will build habits and tastes that can carry through the week and become your standard.
Again, the official Meatless Monday website provides endless resources, support, and information.
Ready to Go Vegan?
Let's do it! Give up animal products cold tofurkey!
There are countless resources and they are all going to have their own spin. Your decision to live a plant-based life is likely very personal and unique, but there is a community of people who share some or most of your reasons and are more than happy to support you!
Some tips as you seek out that support:
If you are just starting out, or trying to keep at a big change, feel free to reach out to me via comment or through my contact form and I'll try to offer whatever support you are looking for. If you want to veganize a favorite recipe, I have a somewhat inactive Facebook group called How Can I Make This Vegan? for workshopping recipes and adapting old favorites.
I hope this helps and that the new year finds you happy, healthy, and compassionate.
I wrote a children's book, How Our Vegan Family Celebrates, to help vegans and vegan allies know how to include vegans in their celebrations and give affirmation to vegan kids who may feel alone. The book goes through holidays throughout the year and has a section at the back with parent tips!
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