In the beginning there was Movember.
Then there was Stoptober.
Now prepare yourself for Veganuary.
Those who have overindulged this festive period may be tempted to turn vegan for January.
If so they will not be alone.
Organisers of Veganuary – now in its third year – predict that 50,000 people will take part this month – of whom around half will stay vegan.
About 3,000 people participated in the first Veganuary.
Last year the figure rose to 12,800.
But eschewing meat fish and dairy products is now becoming increasingly fashionable thanks to a number of high-profile advocates.
Famous names who have tried vegan diets in the past include Bill Clinton and actor Anne Hathaway.
Committed vegans include Brad Pitt – Ellie Goulding and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Kat Von D – an American tattoo artist and model crashed the Veganuary website earlier this year when she encouraged people to register.
Organisers of the event claim the surge in support for veganism reflects a growing awareness that it can help alleviate the world’s food crisis.
Rearing animals for consumption and dairy production produces significantly more carbon dioxide than plant-based food.
In addition animal farming is the leading producer of methane gas – a major contributor to global warming.
However, organisers said that a concern for animals was still the primary motivation for people becoming vegan.
(ed:..that all closely resembles my lifestyle now…very little shaving..and definitely no alcohol/meat/dairy..
..and i highly recommend it..as a ‘lifestyle’..)