30 Days of Change: Insights from Experts on the Impact of Veganuary on Your Health and Wellbeing

Monday, January 8, 2024

With the new year comes a popular challenge: Veganuary, where individuals commit to a vegan diet for 31 days

Here's what experts have to say about the potential benefits and considerations for those embarking on this plant-based journey.

Experts agree that following a vegan diet can bring "huge health benefits," even for a short duration (Dr. Sarah White, Bupa Health Clinics).

The high fiber content caused by eating more fruits, vegetables and beans can cause bloating and uncomfortable gas. - Ellie Bain

Consuming more fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes can lead to improved gut health, lower cholesterol levels, and increased energy (Gousto Nutritionist Ellie Bain).

However, it's essential to plan carefully to avoid potential deficiencies, such as iron, calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12 (Katherine Pardo, Nutri Advanced).

A plant-based diet is often high in fiber, which is great if you're looking to lose weight as it will help you feel fuller for longer as the body digests fibrous foods more slowly. - Ellie Bain

Experts recommend including a variety of plant-based foods daily to ensure proper nutrition, focusing on iron-rich sources like spinach, lentils, and fortified cereals for vegans (Dr. Sarah White).

They also advise taking supplements if necessary and being mindful of processed meat alternatives, which may contain more sodium or unhealthy fats than their non-vegan counterparts.

Dr. Sarah White adds that while some people might experience bloating during the initial transition due to increased fiber intake, this should subside as the body adapts (Bupa Health Clinics).

Overall, Veganuary can be an opportunity to explore new food options, boost your health, and contribute positively to environmental sustainability.

Pros of following a vegan diet during Veganuary include potential weight loss, lower risk of chronic diseases, and reduced environmental impact (Dr. Sarah White, Katherine Pardo).

For those who find it challenging to commit to 31 days, experts suggest trying "Veganuary-lite," where individuals incorporate more plant-based meals into their regular diet instead (Katherine Pardo).

The key takeaway is that making a conscious effort towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, even for a short period, can have lasting benefits.