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For many, the start of a new year is typically a time of setting health goals for the year ahead; from losing weight, quitting bad habits or exercising more. There's nothing wrong with this but for many, new years resolutions can set people up for failure as goals are frequently not sustainable. For example, many weight-loss diets such as clean eatingcounting macroslow carbpaleoketogenic and detox diets can be difficult to stick to, often impossible in social settings and, in many cases, lack vital nutrients. These diets can promote obsessive food behaviours which are damaging to mental health - commonly known as orthorexia. Therefore dieting is often not a great new years resolution.   

So what does We Feed You Recommend? 
Sure, there is no harm in trying to live a little healthier after what is often a time of indulgence.  We really like elements of the new eating campaign Veganuary, which is designed to promote vegan eating - no meat or animal products for the whole of January. However, the We Feed You take on Veganuary is to actually try Plantuary and actively look to increase your consumption of plant foods through the month of Feb and 2021. We believe this approach is more achievable for people starting out, rather than eliminating food groups entirely on a whim, especially without consulting a health professional first and potentially missing out on essential nutrients. 

Plantuary is simply about adding more plant-based foods to your diet. This may include a much smaller portion of steak than you would usually choose and filling your plate with more salads and veggies, replacing your afternoon muffin snack with a piece of fruit and handful of nuts, or trying new legume based recipes. More plant food can be great for your health and better for the environment. 

You could also make half your We Feed You meals vegan or vegetarian and look for ways to pair a smaller portion of protein with a vegetarian meal and share it between two. Alternatively, take your vegetarian/vegan meals to work for a lunch and ditch meat completely at lunchtime. This is a great way to increase your consumption of plant-based foods in February!

Check out some of our plant based meals here>

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