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Going NAKD for Veganuary

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Going NAKD for Veganuary

Sean Loughran

Without a doubt everyone feels a little sluggish after Christmas & New Year celebrations. The entire festive period is all about over indulgence whether that be having a tad too much to drink or scoffing the last box of chocolates in the cupboard. January is always a good time to detox both mind and body. This usually manifests in diets, gym memberships or simply banishing the rich food that Christmas has tempted us with.  It’s all about a New Year and a new start, so why not start with your health. Instead of denying yourself proper food and sitting in a corner drinking hot water with lemon, I have found a much more tempting and exciting challenge to embark on this month.

This year I have decided to try something different and live as a vegan throughout January- the challenge is called Veganuary.  I have always been intrigued by a vegan diet for the health benefits as well as the creativity involved in reinventing classic dishes with a wholesome vegan twist. I have had the privilege of eating at vegan restaurants both in Paris and New York, and while I was apprehensive at first, it’s fascinating to see how meat and animal products are replaced with nutritious alternatives. I was surprised that products like soya milk and tofu could be made to taste so delicious, so it’s not merely a substitute but a delicious new slant on eating. I am going to be taking vitamin supplements throughout this month to aid in my over-all health. I would advise anyone to have a quick health check before any major diet change. I contacted NAKD and expressed an interest in their healthy balanced snack bars which are 100% gluten free and vegan, oh and did I mention, DELICIOUS. I'm constantly on the move and find myself snacking on all sorts of pre-packaged bars for a quick energy buzz but it wasn't until recently I studied the ingredients in these so called healthy snacks, most of the ingredients are foreign to me and as a health-conscious individual this wasn't good enough for me so I wanted to find simple snacks with wholesome fruits & nuts and no added preservatives or chemicals and while shopping at Tesco a few months ago I spotted Nakd - to say these bars are a blessing is an understatement.  

At the time I contacted Nakd, they were promoting their partnership with ‘Veganuary’ and I was inspired to take on the challenge. Nakd kindly sent a large box of their snack bars in every flavour to take care of my cravings throughout January. I was overwhelmed with their generosity and have been indulging in the snacks since the turn of the New Year.

No doubt this month will be challenging for me. I have tried to think out my meals logically in advance and planning ahead is key. I may miss some of my usual go-to foods but I have stocked my cupboards with Alpro soya puddings and lots of rice and beans which are key ingredients in most dishes I’ll be attempting. I'm on day 4 and so far I've found this an easy lifestyle to adapt. Having eaten out for the past 4 days, I have found restaurants to be very accommodating, each one preparing their own unique dishes for me.

I have also found myself enjoying a soy latte in Starbucks (it's too soon to say goodbye to caffeine) so it’s just living life as I normally would but choosing alternatives and experimenting with new flavours. This change in diet is exciting to me, and I am eager to regain a healthier lifestyle, and I am sure going vegan will inspire me each and every day! I'll be updating my Vegan journey on both the site & my Instagram. Wishing you all a very happy New Year from The Fashion Report and here’s hoping January gives you a fresh start in both mind and body.      Interested in trying Nakd, see a list of stockists here!