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Ask Janine - How To Stay Motivated During Veganuary

ask janine janine wirth the retreat Jan 05, 2021

By Janine Wirth

Dear Janine,

My best friend has challenged me to do 'Veganuary', which is basically eating only vegan food for the month of January. I want to do it but I'll be honest, I love eating meat and don't know if I'll make it all the way through. Do you have any advice for me?



Dear Carnivore,

I did 8 weeks of purely vegan meals last year, so I will give you some tips that made it easier for me.

If you enjoy cooking, look up some vegan chefs on YouTube, there are some really good channels out there I can recommend such as BOSH.TV, who take popular dishes like fish and chips and create vegan alternatives with a lot of the authentic flavours. Be open to learning and experimenting. This can be as fun or as dreadful as you decide to make it. 

Prepare in advance. I planned my weekly meals on a Sunday, so that there was no guessing or last- minute rummaging through the cupboards.

Variety is key. Nobody wants to eat the same meal 7 days a week, so when planning your meals make sure you're including a wide variety of dishes. My personal favourites were Moroccan, Italian and Indian dishes.

Experiment, as unfortunately not all vegan products are created equally. I've tried some mind-blowingly amazing vegan cheese but I’ve also had some really dodgy hamburger patties that I would never buy again.

Be part of a community. Join some FB groups and have a look at what other people are eating and what products they recommend. It's also very useful when you have questions. Nothing gets those creative juices flowing more than seeing someone's dinner from across the globe.

It's just 31 days and most people can do something new for 31 days ;)

Good luck! I hope this helps.


Janine Wirth, is the proud founder of Path to Healing Therapy and Coaching. Her mission is to help female entrepreneurs heal their emotional baggage, heal unresolved emotional trauma and PTSD without spending years in therapy and create spectacular business success for themselves. You may have read her story in The Spotlight and if so you’ll know why she’s so passionate about her work so when she got the opportunity to work alongside The Female CEO and provide a monthly question and answer she was thrilled! 

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