Move over Mo-vember.
There’s a new challenge in town this month. The name? Veg Pledge. Courtesy of Cancer Research UK, we’re all being asked to go vegan or vegetarian for 30 whole days. Why?
To raise money for this all-important cause and improve our physical health in the process! If that’s piqued your interest and you’d like to learn more about the veg pledge challenge and the benefits of this sustainable diet, then keep reading.
In this article, we’ll be giving you the low down on it all…
What Is the Veg Pledge Challenge?
As per the Cancer Research website, this worthy cause asks participants to:
“Try [a] vegan or vegetarian diet for a month and raise money to beat cancer.”
Yes, you read that correctly.
Pick the vegan option and the mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go an entire month eating a solely plant-based diet. That means no meat or dairy products! Basically, if it comes from an animal, then it’s off the menu.
Take the vegetarian route and you’ll have it a little easier. There’s still no meat allowed, but you guys can keep the milk, cheese, and other dairy in your diet.
Don’t worry though.
As soon as you sign up, you’ll get a big bunch of tips, recipes, and other related ideas from Cancer Research to make everything more straightforward.
Why Did It Start?
So, why on earth would Cancer Research UK come up with the Veg Pledge challenge and ask us to alter our diets in this way?
The answer’s two-fold.
Firstly, it’s to help raise money in support of their vital work combating cancer!
By taking on the Veg Pledge, you’re also signing up to fundraise for them. At the end of the 30 days, everything you’ve raised goes to the charity.
Yet that’s not all.
According to CRUK, the second reason to give this challenge a go is for the health benefits! We’ll go into more detail on this in a moment, but a growing body of research suggests that eating less meat can have all sorts of positive effects on your brain and body. Take the Veg Pledge and you’ll experience them for yourself! If that wasn’t enough to get you on board… By switching to a vegan or veggie diet (even if it’s not permanent) you can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your diet! With vegan diets having the lowest carbon footprint and vegetarian diets being next in line, not only will you be doing good for Cancer Research and your body but you’ll also be doing your bit for our planet!
How Does It Work?
Getting involved is as easy as pie (…delicious, meat-free pie, of course).
Simply head to their website and sign up as either a vegan or vegetarian to receive your fundraising pack! From there, all you have to do is get started with your new diet, following CRUK’s tips and ideas to make things easier.
At the same time, you’ll be doing whatever you can to raise awareness and money to donate when the challenge comes to an end.
The Benefits of Eating Vegan or Vegetarian
Feeling reluctant about giving these diets a shot? Let these advantages set your mind at ease:
1. It’s Great for Your Health
“Is that even healthy?”
This is the #1 question people tend to ask when they first hear about vegans and vegetarians. And we totally get it. Meat and dairy are so ingrained in traditional diets that it’s hard to imagine you’d be healthy without them!
Thankfully, the verdict’s unanimous:
Both of these plant-based diets can be extremely good for you.
That’s partly because filling your plate with fruit, veg, pulses, wholegrains, and other staples of vegan and vegetarianism means you’re eating masses of fibre and other key nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthy.
But it’s also because meat (especially red meat, such as beef and lamb) has been linked to various health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Whether you go 100% vegan or simply go without meat once a week, then, there’s something to be said for cutting down on how much of it we eat.
2. It’s Great for the Environment
Our health isn’t the only thing to benefit from the Veg Pledge though. The world itself stands to gain too! Why?
Because eating lots of meat has a rather negative impact on the environment.
Livestock, for example, releases masses of methane into the air while it’s being reared. Then there’s deforestation to think about (vast numbers of trees are cleared each year to create agricultural land). And, in a world where droughts are becoming an ever-greater threat, countless gallons of water are used to produce meat!
Now, vegan and vegetarian diets aren’t entirely innocent when it comes to the environment (we’re looking at you avocados…).
But the absence of meat in both means that, by all accounts, they’re more sustainable overall.
Will YOU Attempt the Veg Pledge Challenge and Eat Less Meat this Month?
There you have it, then: everything you need to know about the Cancer Research Veg Pledge Challenge and the many benefits involved.
Are you ready to sign up? We hope so! Not only is it all in the name of a good cause, but your mind, body, and our planet will thank you for it as well.
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