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Veganuary - 10 Tips To Get You Started

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

Ellie Chivers breaks down the best advice for those looking to adopt a plant-based diet

Photo by Edgar Castrejon @edgarraw

Veganuary launched in the UK in 2014, with 3,300 people signing up to a trial of the vegan lifestyle. Four years later, and the phenomenon has grown astronomically; 168,000 people put their names down for the challenge. And if that many people can do it, how hard can it be?

The jump to veganism is big, no matter your current diet, but here are some tips to make the transition a little smoother:

1. Get That Vegan Mindset

The best way to launch yourself into veganism is to stock up, so you’re ready and raring come January 1st. Having noodles, beans, rice, pasta and spices to hand will encourage you to whip up hearty vegan dishes. Additionally, keep reminding yourself why you’re committing to this – it will be demanding, but remember your reasoning.

2. Slow and Steady Wins The Race

Some people can make the transition immediately, but for others, the change will come gradually. Both are completely okay. If the latter applies to you, try cutting out meat in the first week, fish in the second, and dairy in the third. It’s all about going at your own pace, and what will encourage the lifestyle to stick.