Six Reasons Why Autumn Is The Perfect Time to Go Vegan
There is never a bad time to go vegan but I think autumn is best.
• You can capitalize on September being a month of newness, growth and change
As Brené Brown discusses on her podcast, though January is recognized as the official calendar start of the year, our bodies are tuned in to that butterflies-in-the-belly feeling of change being afoot in September. Use that intoxicating momentum to bring in new habits and ways of being in your life. With the natural world changing around us, autumn is a great time to usher in positive new directions in our personal lives. Living vegan has beneficial outcomes for the animals, the planet and humanity, as well as future generations. I cannot think of one lifestyle change that can result in such a profound domino effect, especially if adopted by many. September is the ideal time for this shift, too, because who needs the pressure and baggage of the January 1? New year’s resolutions are so last year.
• Embrace the season with more variety
It’s an interesting thing — and you may have to take my word on it at first — but sometimes removing options expands your awareness of what is available. On the surface, vegans are giving up meat and animal co-products, but when you begin to immerse yourself, you will likely see more clearly the wide variety available to us in the realm of animal-free foods: this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, we have apples, of course (and so many kinds), but also arugula, broccoli rabe, celeriac, cranberries, escarole, persimmons, pomegranates, and heaps upon heaps of beautiful winter squash varieties (including pumpkins!), not to mention the wide variety of legumes and grains that are available year-round. It’s like removing blinders. It is easy for any of us to get in a food rut, but there is something about shaking up our habits that really makes one expand the lens.