January is in full swing and it’s the month we all try to be a little – or a lot – healthier. One option for January resolutions is to consider participating in “Veganuary”!
Veganuary is a term that’s been adopted for people committing to try a 100% vegan diet for the month of January. It doesn’t require a long-term commitment, but rather is just for the first month, perhaps similarly to how many people participate in “dry January”, where they drink no alcohol during January.
There is ample support out there online for Veganuary, and the staff at KrushD can help you with it as well. You can choose from the vegan options on our menu to help you along with Veganuary!
Why try Veganuary?
There are countless studies that suggest the more meat a person eats, the higher risk of heart disease. Love your heart and leave the meat off your plate, opting for the many plant-based options for protein, which are just as effective and far better for your cardiovascular system.
Let’s talk about cancer. Those who frequently eat meat tend to have a higher risk for cancers of various kinds than those who don’t, including colon, breast, bladder, and prostate cancer. Your best dietary cancer prevention just might be to go meat-free.
Your sexual health can even be affected by meat-eating. Eating meat is associated with higher blood pressure and heart disease. This means impaired blood flow throughout the body, including to the sexual organs.
A vegan diet is great for heart health! Vegan diets tend to lower heart disease risk by helping to lower LDL, HDL and non-LDL cholesterol. A vegan diet also tends to reduce blood sugar levels from elevated to more normal, which also impacts on cardiovascular health.
On the other hand, plants are good for you! Plant foods help to maintain healthy weight and body mass index! Emphasize veggies, fruits, healthy fats, beans, legumes, and other whole food ingredients, and go minimal on the vegan junk food.
A vegan diet can help to prevent diabetes and reduce diabetic symptoms. Studies have shown a vegan diet can support the reduction of diabetes medications, lower hemoglobin A1C levels, and improve blood sugar numbers. There are countless anecdotes of those using a plant-based diet to address diabetes.
If you’re after an anti-aging, youthing effect, a vegan diet is your best bet. There tends to be more antioxidants present in vegan food, as well as more minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients, all of which support radiant skin, hair, and eyes.
If you suffer from low energy or energy fluctuations, a plant-based diet may improve this issue. Meat, dairy, and eggs tend to require more energy to digest than plant-based products, meaning your body has less energy to fuel your body, brain, and your day.
For the month of January, consider giving Veganuary a try! If you’re eating a range of healthy plant foods, your body will get everything it needs, and it will likely be a matter of days, or certainly within the first week, where you’ll already be feeling healthier and more vibrant.