Happy New Year! It’d be hard to miss that this is the month of Veganuary as local and national media have really taken it on board since it began as a charitable organisation and project in 2014! Being an entirely vegan shop Wild Thyme celebrates the opportunity for increasing numbers of people to learn and explore the compassionate, health and environmental reasons for why so many are adopting a vegan plant-based diet.
Last year 60,000 people took the pledge to go vegan for January and many continued to stay with it throughout the year. This January that number has increased to over 100,000. There is now so much choice that it doesn’t need to be a difficult change to make at all. Instead of feeling deprived of familiar favourites there are so many new and exciting ingredients and replacements for the old that it really just requires stepping out of an old mindset and into a new experience that will not only be delicious but also benefit animals, our planet, our personal health, and our collective health services such as the NHS since for many people a wholefood plant-based diet brings preventative advantages as well as huge improvements to many health conditions.
To sign up to the Pledge and find lots of tips, information and recipes, visit the Veganuary website:
Changing your diet can feel overwhelming and confusing if you’re not sure of all the options available and people can worry about their nutritional wellbeing and ability to produce meals which will keep them satisfied, healthy, full of energy and happy about their new direction. We welcome people to visit the shop to ask any questions or be guided around the products, and find all the reassurance they need that they’re on the right track!
One issue that many newcomers worry about is whether they will get enough protein. This isn't a problem at all on a plant-based diet and there is no shortage of high quality protein in beans, seeds, nuts, pulses, vegetables and grains particularly ones that many people may be less familiar with such as kamut, teff, amaranth and quinoa (actually a seed). For those who want an even more intense protein hit there are protein powders (pea is a particularly high 80% protein as well as providing iron and zinc) which can be added to any sweet or savoury meals such as in soups, mains and smoothies.
*All our Pulsin protein powders are on a Veganuary sale at 20% off!*
There are so many dairy milk alternatives that it is now unusual to find it not offered as an option in cafes and restaurants. We have a very full range in the shop for all tastes and requirements - hemp, soya, cashew, almond, coconut, flax, oat, rice to name a few.
I met Zelda, the Vegan Ninja Squirrel, back in 1989 (see below). That was the year I decided to go vegan, simply because I didn't want to be complicit in the horrific cruelty I'd discovered was inflicted on animals for an unecessary dietary preference. My knowledge of the health and environmental benefits came years later.
Back then, options for eating out were extremely limited. The situation has changed incredibly in the intervening years so now it's unusual not to find at least one vegan option on a menu!
Bookshops, magazine shelves and online via websites, blogs, Youtube... the information, recipes, ideas, advice and support is so abundant. A quick online search can bring up plenty of suggestions and recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cake and more. If you like the tactile feel of a good book we have some great ones in the shop.