Cancer Research UK is asking for people to raise money this November by taking part in the ‘November Veg Pledge’. Could you go meat-free for 30 days to raise money for charity? Going meat-free is a challenge you can take at any time of year to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, to help the environment and to help your waistline. After 30 days of going meat-free, you might even find it’s something you want to keep up to help give your health a boost long-term.
What is the November Veg Pledge?
The November Veg Pledge is an initiative from Cancer Research UK to help raise money for vital cancer research. Everyone taking part is encouraged to give up meat for the 30 days of November, and to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet instead. However, you could try the veg pledge anytime to experience the benefits as well as do your bit for charity.
The benefits of going meat-free
As well as raising money, the November Veg Pledge also aims to raise awareness of the benefits of going meat-free for your health. Some of the benefits include:
- Reducing your risk of bowel cancer by cutting out processed or red meats.
- Enjoying better gut health thanks to a diet filled with fibre-rich vegetables, pulses and fruit.
- Helping you to save more money on your grocery shop, as meat and fish can be expensive.
- Improving your environmental impact, as meat production is responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gasses.
- Improved variety to your diet – helping you to try some new and exciting recipes.
Tips for going meat-free
Going meat-free can be a great excuse to try new recipes and foods. 30 days might feel like a long time, but it will soon fly by and could introduce some new healthy eating habits to your life. Some of the things you can do to help your November Veg Pledge include:
- Searching online for new recipes to try to keep things fresh and exciting
- Trying meat substitutes which you can use to make meat-free versions of your favourite meals such as chilli, lasagne, Shepherd’s pie, etc.
- Looking up local vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and checking whether or not your favourite eateries offer vegetarian options.
- Getting inspired by others who’ve shared their stories about going meat-free.
- Making sure your home is packed with meat-free snacks
When following a vegetarian or vegan diet, it’s important to ensure you get enough protein to keep your body strong and healthy. There are many good protein sources for vegetarians and vegans, including:
- Nuts and nut butters
Even after the 30 days are over, you might find yourself wanting to go meat-free altogether, or at least trying to have more meat-free days. Even having a meat-free Monday or forgoing meat 50% of the time can make a big difference to your health and the environment. The November Veg Pledge is a great way to kickstart healthier eating habits. If you want to try more ideas for a healthier diet, our article on food rules for a healthier diet could help you find other ways to improve your diet.
Take the November Veg Pledge and enjoy the benefits of going meat-free this November.