What is Veganuary? A guide for students

Venner Nutrition
01.01.24 – 02 Mins Read

Awareness and action towards sustainable and mindful living are at an all-time high, and the growth of the Veganuary movement is a great example of this. With aims of supporting a greener planet, lower food bills, better health and kindness to animals, Veganuary encourages a commitment to embrace a plant-based lifestyle for the whole month of January. 

If you haven’t of Veganuary yet or are thinking about trying it this year, keep reading for a full guide and exclusive discount from our events partner Venner.

the benefits of trying a vegan diet

Greener planet: Modern animal agriculture significantly impacts the environment, e.g. deforestation, water pollution and carbon emissions. Adopting a plant-based diet can reduce this demand, and therefore reduce the pressure on the environment from mass-farmed animals. When replaced with local, sustainably grown/farmed alternatives, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable world.

Lower food bills: Many plant-based products such as rice, beans, lentils, pasta, and grains, are often less expensive than animal products. These foods are rich in carbohydrates, protein, and essential nutrients, providing a cost-effective source of nutrition.

Health and wellbeing: The health benefits of plant-based diets are well researched. Diets rich in plant foods can help support cholesterol levels and blood sugar balance, reducing heart disease. A diet rich in a variety of plant foods is also a great way to support your microbiome, whilst contributing to overall health and wellbeing.

Kindness to animals: Many people are motivated to join Veganuary by a desire to minimise the suffering of animals, especially those raised within modern, mass farming processes. Choosing not to eat these types of animal products is a powerful way to take action and be compassionately responsible, recognising that consumer choices can have a major impact and influence on the food system, which could lead to a kinder, more equitable system for animals and humans!

But there’s even more to it than this.

Getting in the Know: You start learning more about what you eat and how it connects to your health, the planet, and ethics. It might even spark some lasting changes in your day-to-day diet.

Food Adventures: Veganuary is like a ticket to a whole new world of cuisine, It nudges you to try new things and break away from the same old food routine.

How do you take part in veganuary

The beauty of Veganuary is that anyone can take part. All you need to do is commit to eating only plant-based meals for the month of January.

Millions of people have take part in the Veganuary campaign each year, so there’s plenty of content, inspiration and community on social media platforms like Reddit, TikTok and Instagram.

Are you ready to jump in and give it a go?

There’s a wide selection of vegan recipes available on Venner’s Kitchen. Use this free code when creating an account for one month’s free use of the recipe platform – VITA23! – at www.vennernutrition.uk/login