Veganuary, for those who have never heard of it before, is an entire month dedicated to becoming a vegan for charitable causes. I, Katie Sewell, the Queen of Carbonara, have vowed to give up all meat, cheese and dairy products for the month of January. One train ride with a Vegan friend and I found myself nodding in agreement to the prospect of a month without animal products. It was only when I got off the train that I realised the sheer wealth of products I will have to go without.
‘Where will you get protein?! Katie you’ll die!’
I love meat. I also love milk, and honey. And I really love cheese. I decided it would take something significant to make me give up my ‘Nara. So, in homage to my furry friend Trevor, a Labrador Retriever, I will be completing Veganuary for the Guide Dogs Trust.
My family did not take the news well. ‘Where will you get protein?! Katie you’ll die!’ I can’t say I’m surprised really by their reaction. I have mocked veganism for years, tagged my family members in various vegan memes and videos. I have always been outspoken in my disregard for the lifestyle.
I don’t know what selenium deficiency does to the body, but I’m not about to find out.
Reading about veganism, I can see that there are certainly some benefits to a plant-based, wholefood diet. During term time, I honestly eat atrociously. I can’t remember the last time I bought fruit that didn’t just rot away in my fruit bowl. I frequent McDonalds at least twice a week, and my favourite jeans are starting to get a big snug. So I have decided to view the month of January as a kind of detox, a chance to kick off the year on a high note.
In preparation for Veganuary, I have bought the following items:
Chia seeds: Proven to improve heart health, and give me my much needed Omega 3.
Nutritional Yeast: For vitamin B12- a vitamin distinctly lacking in Vegan lifestyles. I’ve always wanted to eat fish food. Tell me that doesn’t look appetising.
Brazil nuts: Selenium and shit. I don’t really know why I bought these. I think it’s because I’m really worried I’ll become deficient in one of the smaller micro nutrients we’re supposed to consume as human beings. I don’t know what selenium deficiency does to the body, but I’m not about to find out.
All of these have been sworn as ‘essentials’ by the Vegan Youtube Community. I’ll write a review on these once my month is over.
On the 1st of January, I will be trading in the likes of Camembert and bacon, for nutritional yeast and LOTS of veggies. Am I scared? Yes. Will it be worth it? Who knows. But I’m willing to give it a go. Wish me luck, I’ll be posting sponsorship links very soon.