A guide to Veganuary

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Do something good for you and the planet this year and go vegan for a month

We all know it’s customary to try and be healthier in January. After Christmas, you can feel heavy, bloated and, let’s be honest, a little worse for wear. There are many reasons why becoming a vegan can be beneficial. Whether it’s because you respect animals, want to improve your health, help the environment or just get more clued-up about nutrition, it is a big step in a positive direction, even if you’re just trying it out for the month. 

The essentials

Now you’ve taken the plunge, it’s time to get your store cupboards and fridge contents together. It may seem daunting at first, but there are plenty of delicious substitutes for meat and cheese, so here’s a few examples to get you started. Vegan cheese does exist and it’s pretty darn tasty. Try brands such as Vegusto, Scheese and Violife for an authentic creamy texture and taste. Swap out your Lurpak for Flora Freedom and try plant milks such as almond, oat or coconut. Meat substitutes have really come along in the last couple of years and there’s now a range of options available to you. Try tofu and seitan for a proper meaty texture and bulk out your curries with chickpeas and lentils. 

Eating out 

Whilst it can seem like a daunting task, there are lots of things you can do to make your experience fun! If you’re heading out for a meal with some friends and are feeling a little nervous, then the best thing to do is call ahead at the restaurant – even if there isn’t anything specifically vegan on the menu you’ll find they’ll be happy to accommodate you! If you’re out with friends and it’s a spontaneous meal, then having a quiet word with a waiter or waitress will do the trick too. Work events can often be arranged by someone else who might not know you’re vegan. If this is the case, talk to them or the venue directly to make sure everyone’s aware. Finally, have fun! This is a new and exciting experience for you, so make sure you enjoy yourself. 

Best of Bristol

Luckily for you, in a city like Bristol you’re spoilt for choice. There are so many different places to choose from. Head over to Bedminster to Vx, the city’s first 100% vegan shop and restaurant. Speacialising in vegan junk food, you can try kebabs, burgers and wraps, all whilst washing it down with a huge vegan milkshake! St Nick’s Market is home to Bristol’s very own Eat a Pitta – the best place to get falafel. Missing your pastry fix? Visit Taste of Napoli, a family-run Italian restaurant and café situated in the city centre that sells fabulous vegan croissants. Better Food have three locations in Bristol and sell only the best local, ethical and organic goods with plenty of vegan options, or Holland & Barrett also have an excellent selection of vegan groceries to keep you happy. 

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