Every year on 1st November, vegans around the world celebrate and champion their vegan lifestyles. It is said that the lifestyle is beneficial for human and animal health, not to mention that it fosters environmental protection.
Positive awareness generated by advocates for healthier lifestyles, vegetarianism and veganism is often spread through active campaigning. There is the ‘Meat-free Mondays’ campaign for example, launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, which is using high-profile advocates to raise awareness of the environmental impact of eating meat, as well as an awareness in the health benefits as vegetarian and vegan meals are considered to make an improvement in an individual’s well-being.
The focus on health implications seem to be hitting a chord with the public, as a recently recorded decrease in meat sales across the globe highlights awareness in the huge proportion of adults who are currently risking chronic diseases by not eating enough vegetables or fruit. Meat-heavy diets are also being linked to higher levels of colon and other cancers.
The Vegan Society first began as an offshoot of The Vegetarian Society in November 1944, when Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and friends felt the important need to distinguish the difference between not eating meat and not eating any products from animals.
World Vegan Day began in 1994 by a UK celebrity, Louise Wallis, who was the Vegan Society chair at the time. The day launched in coordination with its 50th birthday and the coinage of two new terms: vegan and veganism.
World Vegan Month is celebrated around the world as a time to recognise how far the vegan movement has come and to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle can be. It aims to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by receiving advice, recipes and ideas and acting on them.
Some of the prominent celebrities who usually commemorate the event include Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, James Cameron and Pamela Anderson.
During November, you could host a vegan lunch at work or dinner party with friends; commit to taking part in vegan outreach in your local community; share your favourite vegan recipes on social media or challenge your friends, family or work colleagues to go vegan for 30 days by taking the Vegan Pledge. It helps over 1,000 people each month turn and stay vegan with its regularly updated tips and support.
Everyone wants to feel healthier, lighter and more vibrant; I remember that I did when I was a healthy and happy vegetarian for 25 years until I could afford to buy local, butcher-supplied organic free-range meat. Having no alternative to the supermarket, antibiotic-laced meat that was available in my youth gave me that experience as a happy vegetarian.
This year, because of the environmental impact of meat production and the health benefits of vegetarianism/veganism, I have again reduced my ‘happy meat’ consumption to a minimal level.
There is a simple action you can take that will have a positive impact on not just your life, but many other lives too. Download the Vegan Society app today and benefit from daily guidance and advice, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions.
If you wish to learn more about how excessive meat production is having an adverse effect on the environment and contributing to climate change, as well as antibiotic resistance, then read my February, May and November 2017 health blogs.
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