January 27, 2022 • • 5 min read

Veganuary: How to eat a more plant-based diet all year round | Just Eat for Business

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Since its launch in 2014, Veganuary has inspired over one million people in 192 countries to go vegan for the first month of the year. Last year alone, more than half a million people took part! Whether it's for health reasons, the planet, or just because you love animals, you might have given it a go this month too. 

We’re coming towards the end of the month, and if you’re secretly a little bit ready for some fried chicken or a juicy burger to come back into your life, that’s okay! But why not make a conscious effort this year to eat more plant-based meals all year round?

If you’re in the office or working from home, trying out a new vegan lifestyle (or just one that’s more plant-based) shouldn’t be too difficult this year. After all, you’ve managed a month so far, right?! Check out some of our top tips on including more vegan meals in your diet, and living a more plant-based lifestyle all round. Plus there are tips in this blog to inspire companies that would like to participate this year too.

Go at your own pace

Of course, you’ll have just finished a whole month of going vegan - so make sure you start slowly. Reintroduce some high-quality meat and fish into your diet (don’t go crazy with a meat-feast pizza!) and choose a few plant-based meals that you enjoy and rotate them throughout the coming weeks. Dietitian Julieanna Hever says "Since we're creatures of habit, we tend to stick to fewer different dishes, so start slowly and learn this new language of food without any pressure to be perfect,"

Plan your meals 

It’s much easier to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet when you know what you’re eating and any social or work occasions that you’ve got planned in the week. Make the effort to sit down one evening (or before you do your weekly food shop!) and make a list for the week ahead. If you still want to keep some spontaneity in your week, why not try some vegan batch cooking? Things like stews, chillies and traybakes are great to heat up and dip into throughout the week.

Stock up on the essentials (and a few treats!)

If you’re working from home full-time, or you’re working under a hybrid model, stocking up on some vegan essentials is a great way to include more plant-based foods in your diet. If you’ve got vegan ingredients, meals and snacks to hand it means you’ll be more likely to opt for that option instead of getting lazy and reverting back to what you know. When it comes to essentials, we’re talking things like fruits and vegetables, pasta, canned tomatoes, herbs, meat alternatives, nut butters and snack bars to keep you going throughout the day. Don’t forget about treats, too. Healthy Nibbles offers vegan pantry packages that are full of plant-based goodies, which are perfect for your teams to get excited about eating more plant based foods! The good news is, most supermarkets in the UK now carry plenty of vegan options so you'll likely be spoilt for choice during your next shop.

Get your colleagues involved

It’s likely that you chat to your colleagues almost every single day. So why not rope in some of your colleagues to try a more plant-based lifestyle together? It might help you all feel more enthusiastic about challenging yourselves if you can all support each other. You could even ask your company to order some vegan treats through Just Eat for Business for you all to enjoy at home or in the office, as well as encouraging each other by sharing recipes you love. Set up a Slack channel for all things plant-based, and you're bound to feel more excited and motivated for the journey ahead! Plus, if you’ve got a team meeting planned, why not try a vegan option for your lunch or breakfast? LexUnboxed has some great meals to choose from. 

So whatever your individual goals and motivations are for trying to live a more plant-based lifestyle, simply being more mindful of what you eat throughout the year is a brilliant way to look after your health and protect the planet.