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An Open Letter to New Vegans this Veganuary

by | January 14, 2019

Here is a quick message for all you baby vegans who are converting this January, or as we like to call it, “Veganuary.”

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Going vegan isn’t always easy. For new vegans, it can be a challenge due to many factors including having an unsupportive family, not being familiar with vegan cooking and lack of time. Despite many challenges you may face, it is still possible. New vegans who felt inspired to take the leap this Veganuary, this is for you.

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To the New “For the Animals” Vegan

You’ve realized that cats, cows, snakes, and salmon are an important part of our ecosystem and that their lives matter. A lot of people will try their hardest to convince you that kale and oranges feel pain and fear the same way that a factory farm cow does—they’re lying. People will try to convince you that happy little piglets who love to swim and cuddle don’t feel anything when they are taken from their mothers—they’re still lying. You don’t need to watch Earthlings to realize this. If your heart is in the right place, you’ll be unbreakable.

To the New “For the Environment” Vegan

You are making a great initiative to help save our planet. By following a vegan diet, you are aiding in halting the destruction which factory farming has done. Whether you are only beginning with Meatless Mondays or you are going full vegan all at once, you are contributing to the success of our environmental movement. You are reducing water usage, grain usage, and CO2 production. Don’t let anybody tell you that you are not making a difference. You are.

To the New “For the Health” Vegan

It will take time for your body to readjust, especially if you are going vegan from being an omnivore. However, over time, you’ll notice how much more energy you have. You will see an increase in stamina you have at the gym. Your digestive system will flourish. Your intake of unhealthy and processed foods will most likely decrease (depending on how much vegan ice cream you eat!) You will quickly find that you are not lacking in the protein department, but do keep an eye on your iron. Your body will thank you.

What was your reason for becoming vegan? Was the pressure of the New Year and Veganuary a factor? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

News Editor | Limoges, France | [email protected]

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