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As is telling from the name, Veganuary is a month-long pledge in January to try the vegan lifestyle. Like any other major lifestyle changes, going vegan can seem like a daunting, and often, impossible task. The aim of the annual event is to change public attitudes, provide information and provide support to those thinking about making the transition. No meat, no dairy, no animal products at all - all to minimise the impact on the environment, minimise the suffering of animals and improve personal health.
We are becoming an increasingly compassionate society, as is evident by some striking statistics. The Telegraph reports that the number of people committing to eat a vegan diet during Veganuary has risen from 1,500 in 2014 to 52,000 in 2018, making the UK the biggest market in the world for the monthly challenge.
Overall, the demand for vegan alternatives has spiked by 140% during 2017, and many restaurants and supermarkets are expanding their vegan offerings to cater for the growing demand. Celebrities including Lewis Hamilton, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are just a handful of big names who have embraced the vegan lifestyle and will no doubt play their part in the increasing influence.
The month of January has highlighted the growing demand for plant-based dishes in our hotels’ restaurants. So, whilst Veganuary is over, Grange Hotels will continue to serve a variety of delicious vegan dishes to the eclectic, ever-changing needs of Londoners.
Our vegan dishes can be sampled at our Tower Grill restaurant at our Tower Bridge Hotel.
A Loyal Grange Hotels Customer
“I decided to stop eating animal-based products for the month of January - as I tried dry-January way too many times and failed!
I started New Years Day. I went to my fridge and firstly poured the milk down the drain. I then threw away the pack of medallion bacon that I had in the fridge, along with the eggs and the cheese and the yoghurts.
That left me completely free of any food at all! I considered for a minute that every meal I made for as long as I can remember involved animal products...
Thought process finished - time to think of new ways to eat.
Not so difficult these days ... I went to the shops and where there was once only the offering of cow’s milk, now, I was simply spoilt for choice. Then there was a whole section of foods available as vegan! All these thoughtfully considered dishes just waiting for me to indulge in.
As I munched my way through a vegan pizza, I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was! There was no layer of greasy oil left on the over tray nor on my plate from the fat from the cheese - truly delicious and nutritious at the same time!
The culinary delights just continued to excite me and I genuinely felt better in myself knowing that I was eating plant based foods rather than piling up my plate with animal fats and products.
I continued to find more and more places and ways to prepare and cook tasty nutritious food knowing that I was actioning my compassion.”