We’ve officially reached the end of January which means that for those of you who took part in Veganuary may be feeling relieved or maybe you’ve enjoyed the process so much you’re sticking with it.
This article is for those of you who are looking forward to tucking into some of our meat or fish -based meals! If Veganuary was a challenge for you which quite frankly you’re over by now then there are a few things to be aware of as you transition out of Veganuary and into February.
Use this experience to maintain a varied plant intake
A benefit of the vegan diet is that it really makes you get creative and try new things. You be feeling tired of constantly having to think up new ideas of what to eat and reading labels but one thing which you may have found is that you’ve drastically increased your plant intake. A diet rich in plant foods is well known to have beneficial effects on gut health, supporting heart health, immune function, neurological function and more! That’s by no means to suggest you shouldn’t eat animal products as they have their benefits too but it’s simply to remind you that this is a great time to maintain eating more plants than normal.
Avoid overdoing it
When you’ve restricted something such as animal products for a prolonged period of time you may be at a greater risk of over-consuming these foods when you start eating them again. Be aware of transitioning slowly rather than going head-first into a plate of meat! We recommend starting by introducing dairy then eggs, fish, poultry and then red meat as this a more gentle approach to reintroducing animal products back into your diet.
Don’t forget about the beans
Although, Veganuary may be over for you, you can still maintain the use of beans and pulses in your meals. Try bulking out your meat-based meals with lentils and black beans to increase the fibre and phytonutrients which are particularly important for supporting heart health. We love adding beans and lentils to our mince dishes such as shepherd’s pie and meat balls. Equally if you’re making a chicken stir-fry why not add half chicken half tofu? You’ll find adding plant foods can bring the cost of the meal down as well.
Remember the benefits
Think about what you enjoyed from Veganuary and try to take those factors with you as you move forward. Did you enjoy the cooking, trying new vegetables, maybe you discovered a new favourite herb or spice? Just because Veganuary is over isn’t to suggest that you should leave the benefits behind.
Maintain meat-free days
Meat-free days can be a great way to ensure that you’re still eating a wide variety of plants in order to support your long-term health. Additionally, meat free days are far more environmentally friendly which can help to reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re tired of cooking up vegan friendly meals then remember we’ve always got your back. You can stock your freezer up with our Transformation Chef vegan range which are restaurant quality, nutritionist designed meals. This way you’ll never get caught short on a meat free day!
Buy quality over quantity
Now that you’ve gone for so long without animal products, reducing your overall intake won’t be too challenging! You’re far better off to purchase your animal products from ethical and sustainable suppliers. Even if these suppliers are a little pricer, we say buy quality over quantity! At Transformation Chef we focus on buying good quality produce from ethical, sustainable and where possible local suppliers.
If veganism wasn’t for you, that doesn’t mean consuming more plants alongside your animal products can’t be for you either! Avoid going overboard and focus on buying good quality produce rather than large quantities!