I’ve already written an article about why I decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle; you can read it here: https://barbaraneill.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/why-i-went-vegan/, but this is by way of a postscript, dealing more specifically with some of the myths around veganism for the benefit of those wanting to take part in Veganuary (trying out veganism for the month of January and, hopefully, deciding to stick with it after that), and offering some information to anyone who wants to make the transition.
Firstly, I want to dispel some myths around veganism. I’ve seen and heard claims that you can, “go vegan and lose weight” as well as “how a vegan diet cured my acne” and while I’m not disputing those claims for a moment, I think it’s important to point out that you won’t automatically lose weight by following a vegan diet, as it’s just as easy to eat ‘junk food’ on a vegan diet as it is on an omnivorous one. Lots of processed foods are what can be termed ‘accidentally vegan’ and can still contain little or no nutritional value while still aiding unwanted weight gain. So the truth is that simply adopting a vegan diet is not enough to guarantee weight loss. You still have to make sure you eat healthily. The same thing applies to claims that a vegan diet will cure your acne. The fact that it’s a vegan diet alone isn’t necessarily enough.
I’ve also seen an article in which the writer claimed that he had lost weight and started running marathons since adopting a vegan diet and, to be honest, although I’ve been vegan for a year and a half now, I don’t see myself running marathons any time soon. As far as I was concerned, that particular article was simply making the point that a vegan diet is not unhealthy, as some people seem to believe.
Veganism, as well as vegetarianism, is certainly on the rise and while the word ‘diet’ isn’t necessarily just associated with weight loss, generally speaking people are continuing to become more health conscious to combat the high levels of obesity and associated issues such as heart disease, which is one of the biggest killers in the Western World, as well as showing concern for animal welfare and environmental issues in the production of our food, and a rise in the number of vegetarian and vegan diets is being seen as a result. According to the Daily Telegraph, the number of vegans in Britain, alone, has risen by 360% in ten years! It is believed that vegans typically have lower levels of cholesterol, lower blood pressure, a lower body mass index, and reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer. More than 1% of the population; 542,000 people aged 15 or over, has adopted a plant-based diet which is an increase from 150,000 in 2006, according to the Vegan Society. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/number-of-vegans-in-britain-rises-by-360-in-10-years/)
In the U.S. an estimated 16 million people; 5% of the population, are now either vegan or vegetarian, with many turning to a raw food diet. (https://news.therawfoodworld.com/16-million-people-us-now-vegan-vegetarian/)
Of course, for some, making the transition from a carnivorous diet to either a vegetarian or vegan diet will be a straightforward process but there are many who will struggle with it, regardless of how keen they may be to try.
As a professional hypnotherapist, I am seeing a steady increase in the number of people who want to make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle. In support of Veganuary, I am offering a £10 discount to anyone who makes an appointment in January 2017, for either a face to face visit or an appointment via Skype. I’d be delighted to hear from you.