I’m Helen (a.k.a. 40ish_love), and I’m a health blogger with a passion for tennis.
I recently transitioned to a plant-based diet and was initially wary of calling myself vegan, mainly as I was concerned about what other people would think. I thus plan to use Veganuary to share more about my vegan journey on my blog, share recipe ideas, encourage more people to try Veganuary, and generally just be proud to be vegan!
I am from the UK but I live in Italy, where it is not so easy to find options for vegans in restaurants (especially in the smaller towns like the one I live in), but I hope I can make a small contribution in my community and encourage more restaurants to cater for vegans. I was walking around a couple of supermarkets in the UK the other day and I was surprised that so many aisles were filled with ready-made options. Instead, in Italy, the focus of supermarkets is on selling wholefoods, as cooking is such a large part of the Italian culture, so I certainly spend less time looking at labels in Italian supermarkets.
I would like more people to try Veganuary, even if they don’t feel they can completely avoid all animal-based products. I think those people should approach Veganuary as a chance to learn more about why so many people are becoming vegan, what are the ethical, environmental and health reasons, and as a way to experimental more with plant-based wholefoods. The impact they will have had by the end of the month on themselves, the environment, and animal welfare will still be enormous.
We probably can’t encourage everyone to be vegan, but I think we can encourage most people to substitute a lot of their animal-based products with plant alternatives, or cook a few plant-based meals each week.