Vevolution's Guide To: Staying Vegan After Veganuary

(Vevolution Festival 2017)

(Vevolution Festival 2017)

62% of people intended to stay vegan permanently after participating in Veganuary. What do you think happened to the rest of the participators? Perhaps they weren’t prepared enough, or perhaps they simply didn’t have any intentions to carry on in the first place!

If you are someone that hopes to stay vegan once Veganuary comes to an end, or know someone that is, keep on reading because we may have some handy advice for you!

SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS

(Photo Credit:  @lettuce_be_peasful  on Instagram)

(Photo Credit: @lettuce_be_peasful on Instagram)

It’s unlikely that you’ll stay vegan if you’re hungry, and craving animal products all the time. Listen to your body! If you want a gut-busting, mouth-watering burger, then head to the many restaurants that serve them… Temple of Seitan, Vurger Co, Biffs Jack Shack etc. And if you aren’t lucky enough to live near any of these, then head to one of the many chain restaurants that now serve vegan burgers (Honest Burger, Byron, Gourmet Burger).

If you’re willing to do some research, or ask around, you’ll probably find there’s a solution to all of your cravings - in plant-based form.

GET FAMILIAR WITH VEGAN INGREDIENTS & ALTERNATIVES

(Photo Credit: Full of Beans)

(Photo Credit: Full of Beans)

We understand how cooking certain meals can seem overwhelming when you first go vegan. How do you make batter? How do you bake cakes? What is nutritional yeast? Why do so many vegan recipes use tahini? WHAT on earth is aquafaba?

You might be tempted to ignore all these weird and wonderful ingredients that vegans constantly commend, but don’t! We’re not saying you must sit in front of your computer and study the ingredients, however, if you experiment with new ingredients and vegan alternatives, you’ll soon learn.

Countless vegans express how they fell in love with cooking once they ditched animal products. So trust us, after a bit of experimentation, you’ll go from being a tofu-hater to a tofu pro…

DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF

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(Font Credit: daria_miazhevich on Instagram)

What a lot of people seem to misinterpret about veganism, is that it’s a movement about ‘perfection’. If you believe this, let us be the ones to tell you that it’s absolutely not!

We are currently living in a non-vegan world; there are various medications, vaccinations etc. that do contain animal products. It’s virtually impossible to be 100% vegan all of the time. The ultimate goal is to cause as little harm, on our planet and its inhabitants, as possible.

If you’re finding the lifestyle hard, and end up going back to animal products, it’s okay. Ask yourself why you are finding it so difficult, and ask yourself whether now is the right time to make the change.

Another important point to remember, iff you eat animal products without knowing, that doesn’t mean you’re no longer vegan.

WIDEN YOUR RECIPE RANGE

(Photo Credit: The Happy Pear)

(Photo Credit: The Happy Pear)

Plant-based recipe blogs, cookbooks and YouTube channels are in abundance at the moment, so take advantage of them! If you’re happy living on salads, then more power to you, but if you want to mix it up, do some research.

Just look at these beautiful Sausage Rolls from The Happy Pear’s blog!! We also recommend EpiVegan, So Vegan, and BOSH if you’re looking for simple yet delicious plant-based recipes.

CARRY ON WITH YOUR JOB

(Photo Credit:  Brooke Cagle  on  Unsplash )

(Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle on Unsplash)

Working at a non-vegan job doesn’t make you a bad vegan. Of course, you might think it’s ideal to work in a fully vegan job, however, they aren’t always available. Everyone has to earn a living, so stay at your current job, unless it’s truly making you unhappy!

FORAGE SUPERMARKETS

(Photo Credit: Laura’sVeganFood on Instagram)

(Photo Credit: Laura’sVeganFood on Instagram)

Treat yourself to a huge haul of products across all the best supermarkets for vegans, e.g. Sainsbury’s, Ocado & Tesco. Supermarkets in the UK now have an overwhelming amount of choice for vegans, it’s truly hard to keep up with all the new releases.

You should also familiarise yourself with ‘accidentally vegan’ products, which are the likes of Oreos and Lotus Biscoff. ‘Accidentally Vegan’ simply means that the products were not necessarily intended to be free-from animal products, but they luckily are anyway!

BE KIND

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(Font Credit: daria_miazhevich on Instagram)

The more you find out about the meat industry, and how it’s negatively affecting the planet, the more you’re likely to get frustrated. It’s tempting to be upset with anyone who isn’t adhering to a compassionate lifestyle, but you must remember that it’s important to show compassion towards everyone - not just animals!

Everyone is on their own path. All you can do is educate people as much as they can (and know when the time is right to educate them), and live your best life!

FIND YOUR TRIBE

Henry & Ian (BOSH), Bex & Tyler (Bexfast) at Vevolution Festival 2018.

Henry & Ian (BOSH), Bex & Tyler (Bexfast) at Vevolution Festival 2018.

It’s so important to surround yourself with positive people that share similar beliefs. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to only be friends with vegans, but instead, people that are accepting of the lifestyle.

Being amongst individuals that inspire you, and who also want to make a difference in the world, will energise you and motivate you to keep going.

LEARN TO RECOGNISE TROLLS

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(Photo Credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash)

We are gradually coming out the other end of the tunnel, in terms of people ridiculing veganism and arguing against it (although it might not seem that way sometimes).

Nonetheless, you may still find yourself being ‘trolled’ online, or even in person regarding your lifestyle. Learn to recognise the difference between a person who is genuinely curious, and willing to learn, as opposed to, someone who is trying to coax a negative reaction out of you.

PREPARE TO BE PREPARED

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(Photo Credit: EmilyHoneyCutt)

Although eating vegan is undoubtedly becoming easier in the UK, it’s still always better to be safe than sorry when planning a day out. Before embarking on a far away trip, research if there are plant-based options nearby, or pack your own lunch etc.

STAY IN THE KNOW

UK Premiere of What The Health hosted by Lush Life & Vevolution.

UK Premiere of What The Health hosted by Lush Life & Vevolution.

If you feel that your motivation to stay vegan is dwindling, remind yourself why you started in the first place. Keep up with documentaries like What The Health, and Swine. Follow people in the #PlantPoweredGeneration who are doing inspiring things, like Derek Sarno (Wicked Kitchen), and Laura Callan (BRIGHT Zine).

We try to educate and inform people as much as possible over on our Instagram page, with graphics, illustrations and statistics!

BUDDY UP

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(Font Credit: daria_miazhevich on Instagram)

This one is similar to finding your tribe, but with more focus on having a close-friend, family-member or partner starting your vegan journey with you! Taking on challenges with someone else is always more fun, and easier to stay motivated.

If you haven’t got anyone to buddy up with, you can join vegan Facebook groups or join in on Twitter conversations. People are always so willing to help.

GET SAVVY WITH NUTRIENTS & VITAMINS

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(Photo Credit: VeganBowls on Instagram)

Here’s a crash course in vegan nutrition…

Keep your plate colourful. Choose high fibre foods like sweet potato, wholewheat pasta, and brown rice. Make sure you’re getting good sources of protein, such as chickpeas, tofu, and beans. Try to consume nuts rich in omega-3. Eat calcium-fortified foods like cereals and plant milks. Take your B12 supplement. If you’re suffering fatigue, check your vitamin D levels. Keep your iron levels up by eating plenty of spinach, chickpeas and kidney beans. 

We particularly love this vegan food pyramid created by Plant Proof.


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This January to celebrate the biggest ever Veganuary, Vevolution have partnered up with the team at by CHLOE. to deliver Topic Talks For Veganuary, a series of exclusive free-to-attend intimate events featuring some of the UK’s most inspiring plant-powered thought leaders.

This is a great chance to kick off the year and get inspired by leading minds of the plant-powered movement and eat some delicious plant-based food at by CHLOE. which will exclusively discounted by 20% on the evening.


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