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VEGAN NEWS

Bite–sized updates on all things vegan from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sports, animal advocacy and more. Got news to share with us? Get in touch! vegannews@primeimpact.co.uk

EAT, DRINK AND LIVE LIKE YOU GIVE A SH!T

Regular Vegan Life contributor and blogger Sean O’Callaghan, AKA Fat Gay Vegan, has released his book this month titled Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t. Fat Gay Vegan exposes the truth about veganism by dispelling myths and offering guidance on how to live a life as free from cruelty as possible. He will touch on diet and lifestyle and without the political or commercial agenda that many companies have. Veganism has been twisted by many to be synonymous with healthy and FGV is here to blow that theory out of the water. A perfect book to help any non-vegans you know who are attempting Veganuary to understand the reasons behind cutting animal products from your diet. The paperback priced at just £8.99 is available from January the 4th on Amazon.

40 PER CENT OF USA B12 DEFICIENT

A recent study of the population of the US showed that 40 per cent of the population are deficient in B12. Note that this is the entire population, not just the vegan population. B12 deficiency isn’t a problem solely for vegans. It appears that diet is not the only factor that drives the amount of B12 in your body — genetics may also have their part to play. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts University and the National Cancer Institute found that genetics play a role in B12 deficiency and a gene called FUT2 was particularly important. B12 deficiency can cause fatigue, weakness, heart disease and anaemia and therefore, ensuring you are getting enough is vital. To make sure you are getting enough B12 eat plenty of foods which are fortified with B12 or supplement the vitamin.

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December is a tough act to follow and I do feel a little sorry for January, which seems to have the reputation as the dullest, coldest and most bleak month of the year; if the months of the year were being picked to play netball, January would probably be picked last… Traditionally, January is the month when people decide it’s time for a change and put their house on the market, change their job, dye their hair green or make ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Every January of my adult life I have tried, in vain, to change a habit or routine, like ridding myself of my unhealthy tea addiction or seeing friends more often. This year, with the help of a couple of articles in this issue, I have decided that this January I am not going to change a single thing — my motto this January is going to be ‘new year, same me’. We have some wonderful articles to help boost your mood, and your confidence, this January. Surrounded with pressure to lose weight and go on a health kick to get into shape for summer we have focused on body positivity in this issue. We have spoken to vegan body positive warrior Mica Day and argue that exercise should be a tool for enhancing mental health and wellbeing as much as physical health. To tie in with our special feature, Fat Gay Vegan has also written a fantastic piece on body shaming in the vegan sphere, which I enjoyed immensely. January is also a great month for reflecting on how far we have come as a community. More people than ever are coming to the realisation that the way that we are treating most animals is wrong and I have a tingling, excited feeling about what the coming year has in store for us. 2018 is going to be the year of the vegans. I hope that you enjoy the issue and, remember to buy your Vegan Life Live tickets for next month!
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