You may have listened to our recent episode of Feast Your Ears discussing Veganuary (if you haven’t yet, you can listen HERE)! This is a place for us all to discuss any thoughts and ideas we’ve had around the podcast subject so feel free to drop a comment below!

For context, Veganuary is a lifestyle choice and challenge people choose to take part in for the month of January. But how beneficial is it to your health, the environment, and animals?

We also recently came across an article discussing the ‘planetary health diet‘ which is a flexitarian diet that chooses not to completely cut out meat and meat products, but to lower our intake.

Excited to hear your thoughts! X


  1. Karen57

    I had to give up the dream of becoming vegan because I am trying to control my type 2 diabetes.
    I would love it if you lads were to create some delicious recipes that would make controlling blood sugar less of a boring burden.

  2. JaneCB80

    I think if you only have to look after yourself then great but as a mum of 4 with 3 of them being fussy eaters, my focus is balanced nutritious diet. When you start getting into dairy, meat and egg alternatives, it easily doubles my food bull for the week with Almond Milk being more for 1 litre than 2 litres of cows milk. With 2 teens, that would have me bankrupt, especially just after Christmas!
    In saying that, 4 of our evening meals a week are vegetarian.
    My biggest objection to Veganary is the people who insist on telling me they are doing it.

  3. LTJD

    Veganuary isn’t that big where I live, unfortunately, would love to see more options available. But I have noticed that every year more vegan products find their way to the grocery stores, which I love. I would say I fall in the flexitarian diet category as I due to allergies cannot eat any dairy, eggs, etc from the animal kingdom, so the only things I do eat is meat and stock. I am however cutting down on the kind of meats I eat as well as the amount. I also tend to eat a lot of game meat as that has less of an impact on the environment.

    I would love to see the meat replacers branching out from soy and pease to perhaps a bit more seitan. Well prepared seitan is awesome, did some ribs for Christmas, no one even noticed it wasn’t meat.

  4. CaitlinDee

    I wasn’t familiar with Veganuary at all before the podcast. I found the discussion-and subsequent research into it- very interesting. I’ve never considered a vegan diet but better understand the environmental implications now.

    Being from a small town in Iowa (Middle-of-Nowhere USA!) and a family history of farming, I understand what it means to have an income and lifestyle based on raising livestock. It’s important to my family for animals to be raised as a food source, but truly doing it in the right way, versus commercial farming.

    What it really came down to for me is that I appreciate the guys’ perspective on simply limiting individual meat consumption and choosing to eat higher quality meat on fewer occasions. It’s certainly forced me outside of my comfort zone to try different protein sources—although I agree with James that meat substitutes are miserable—and it’s a lot of fun to create new or adapt old dishes.

  5. solis_occasus

    I love veganuary! Lots of restaurants have more options for me at a lower price and shops carry new vegan dishes and ingredients. Options that sell well often make it into the standard range or onto the regular menu, which makes vegan options more accessible for everyone. Vegan food is not just for vegans (as evidenced by Jamie! Also people who can’t have eggs or dairy or follow diets that are halal style or kosher style), and the demand is only increasing – Greggs can’t bake their new vegan sausage rolls fast enough!

    What James said about self-discipline vs rules is very true as well. I went vegan almost 9 years ago. If colleagues bring vegan snacks to the office, I am all over that, no discipline at all. If they bring non-vegan snacks, I don’t even have a craving. It’s just stuff I don’t eat. I didn’t lose any weight through veganism, though. This diet/lifestyle isn’t inherently healthy or low cal. It is better for the environment and for the animals, though.

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