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As a lot of our valued customers have or have had a medical condition, we like to support good causes by raising awareness as much as we can.
During November, we’re taking part in a fundraising challenge – the Cancer Research UK Veg Pledge!
You may or may not have heard of the fantastic initiative, so here is more information about what it is, why we’re doing it and how you can get involved during November too. Plus, we have some handy tips that we’re following ourselves, to help you give it a go too.
How the Veg Pledge worksThe Cancer Research UK Veg Pledge encourages people to give a vegan or vegetarian diet a try for the whole month of November. In doing so, you can raise money to help beat cancer by financing life-saving cancer research.
You can choose whether to go vegetarian or vegan for the month. The differences between the two are:
- A vegetarian diet means you can eat anything apart from meat or fish
- A vegan diet contains only plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits) and foods made from plants. Vegans don’t eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.
Once you’ve signed up, Cancer Research will send you everything you need to get the donations rolling in. Every pound raised will help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Reasons to take the Veg PledgeNot only are you raising money for an incredibly worthy cause, but there are lots of other benefits for taking part too.
Here are just a few:
1) Reduce the risk of bowel cancerEating processed and red meat can increase the risk of bowel cancer. Cutting down can be a good idea if you find you eat too much.
People in the UK on average eat around 70g which is the equivalent of only 3 slices of ham. Trying to stick within that much is best, but reducing it completely is even better.
2) Boost your intake of fibreWhen you cut down on meat, there’s more room on your plate and in your tummy for high fibre foods. High fibre food includes vegetables, wholegrains and pulses like lentils and beans.
High fibre foods reduce the risk of cancer.
3) Save MoneyIt’s not unusual for the most expensive items in your shopping trolley to be meat and fish.
By eating less meat, you can easily do a much cheaper food shop, saving money to spend on more exciting things.
4) Cook up a storm in the kitchenStarting a new diet means you have the opportunity to learn some new skills in the kitchen.
Trying out new vegetarian, vegan and plant-based recipes keeps things interesting at meal times if you’re cutting out meat. There are hundreds of recipes and tips online that you may not necessarily try before you begin a meat free diet.
5) Try our Meat & Dairy SubstitutesBy trying alternatives, you may find that your old favourites are even tastier!
Substituting meat and dairy in lasagne, shepherd’s pie and chilli can be really simple and can make your favourite dish lower in fat, sugar and salt.
6) Discover hidden gemsWhilst doing the challenge, why not give a vegan or vegetarian restaurant a try?
There are probably lots of options local to you that you haven’t necessarily tried before. You may even discover a new favourite place to dine out!
Most restaurants these days have tasty vegetarian options on the menu too, so you can try out new things and you may find something else delicious that you can then cook at home.
A well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet can be very healthy, as they tend to be high in plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrains. That alongside cutting out processed and red meat can help you keep a healthy weight.
Our top tips for a successful monthIt may seem slightly daunting, but taking the Veg Pledge doesn’t have to be difficult! We’ve put together some tips that are going to help us too:
- Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg each day
- Try dairy alternatives such as soya milk and vegan cheese
- Base meals around starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, rice and pasta
- Drink plenty of water
- Cut down on foods high in fat, salt or sugar like fast food
Why we’re doing the Veg PledgeHere at The Insurance Surgery, we are passionate about helping people, that’s why a number of our colleagues have signed up to take part in the Veg Pledge for Cancer Research. We are excited to see how much we can raise for this amazing charity to help fund lifesaving research, and to challenge ourselves to do something different.
Alongside this, there are also some other great reasons that we want to take on this challenge. Not only are we hoping to raise money for Cancer Research, we are also hoping to spread awareness of the wonderful work that they do, as well as promote the Veg Pledge so others can sign up too.
There are many health benefits to giving up meat and eating more vegetable-based dishes, such as improving your heart health, reducing the risk of cancer and preventing Type 2 diabetes. A vegetarian diet is also better for the environment, as it reduces your carbon footprint, reduces water consumption and saves land resources. As well as reducing animal cruelty as there is less demand for meat.
If you’d like to sponsor the team, you can find our fundraising link here. If you are taking part this November, let us know any tips that help you!