Veganuary – Say What?

As we were trawling through the inevitable plethora of 2017 food trend wrap ups and predictions of what’s to come in 2018, we continued to come across terms that sounded completely out of this world. We began to wonder whether we’d actually been taken over by an alien race in the last year and nobody had noticed. If like us, you have been keeping up to date with these articles then you’ve probably come across Veganuary and know all about it. For the rest of you however, this blog will unravel the mystery of food in the 21st century and will answer the question we’ve all been dying to know – where can we try them in the Wirral? 

Veganism
 

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Image Source: @breakfastlondon

Let’s start off with the predicted top trend of 2018. Veganism is defined as not eating, consuming or using any animal products in any aspect of life. More than just a diet choice, this is certainly a lifestyle. A number of studies have been done which prove the health benefits of choosing to be vegan and Instagram fitness models swear by it. You must however be wary of highly processed options which are becoming more prevalent on our supermarket shelves instead, try and stick to fresh produce and avoid anything with words in the ingredient list you can’t pronounce. 

If you are thinking of trying it out now is the perfect time with Veganuary in full swing. Get it? Don’t have a January, have a Veganuary! Our tip is to head to the New Brighton based Blackberry Grove as it's perfect for the entire family who might not have all caught  the Vegan train. It boasts a menu that's fit for meat eaters, vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free eaters!

Pescatarian

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Image Source: @nicoleosinga_rd

Ever hosted a dinner party and had Julie (who you didn’t really want to invite anyway because she’s always on a new diet) says she’s now pescatarian? Let’s face it we’ve all been there. For those as puzzled as us by this confusing, ‘how do you even pronounce that?’ word it’s very simply a vegetarian diet with fish. Unlike vegans, animal products are okay so this one is a much easier change – provided you like seafood! 

Got a favourite sushi haunt on the Wirral? Get in touch and let us know!

Fruitarian
 

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Image Source: @realyouthculture

As the name suggests this is a diet made up almost entirely of fruit, nuts and seeds. Originally hailed as a wonder diet, studies have shown that actually only eating fruit isn’t very good for you at all. Fruit is effectively made up of sugars and if you only feed your body simple carbs, it doesn’t give much fuel to get through the day. As pretty as the picture is, we’d suggest steering clear of this one and opting for a balanced vegetarian or vegan diet. 

Paleo
 

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Image Source: @themovementmenu

Ah, the caveman diet. The general gist of this diet is that you only eat foods that were available and consumed in the Palaeolithic era. Luckily for those of us who have fallen out of touch with our Palaeolithic ancestors, this has been a hot diet in the last couple of years, so you can find plenty written about what you should and shouldn’t consume. The paleo diet isn’t vegetarian and you are allowed to use modern amenities like an oven or a saucepan to cook your food, no need for flint and stone knives here! This leads us to the big question of the blog, did cavemen eat chocolate? Fear not chocoholic, turns out our ancestors did have access to cacao so dark chocolate is still on the menu. Winning!

So good luck to you reader, we hope that you can now go forth and conquer the New Year armed with a fresh understanding of all that is trending in the food world. Want us to dedicate a whole blog to any of these trends? Or have you read something we didn’t cover off? Email us now.

And get ready to read our Oz on The Wirral, Hebe's post at the end of January because you’ve guessed it, she’s being doing Veganuary on the Wirral.