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From the editor's desk 26 Jan

A comment from the editor's desk on new year's resolutions

At the beginning of the year, 225,000 people had signed up to ‘go vegan’

AS the first month of 2019 draws to a close, many people will be looking back and reflecting on how well they have kept their new year’s resolutions or their commitment to an alcohol-free Dry January or even a razor-free Januhairy.

One of the most popular choices, according to a survey by Vouchercodes, has been the commitment to a meat and dairy-free 31 days with Veganuary. Almost as many people looked to adopt this diet than opted not to drink. At the beginning of the year, 225,000 people had signed up to ‘go vegan’.

It is a growing trend. Market research firm Mintel has reported that about 16 per cent of new foods launched in the UK last year were vegan. Just this month food chains such as Greggs, McDonald’s and TGI Friday have added vegan options to their menus.

That is good news for people such as Nengi Etela, who made the decision to try Veganuary last year and then decided to stick with veganism permanently. In an interview in this week’s War Cry, Nengi explains that she wanted to continue with the lifestyle primarily because of the health benefits she noticed but also because of concerns over animal welfare and the environment.

Nengi says it is one of a number of decisions that she has taken at the start of each new year to try to be the best version of herself that she can be.

Wanting to improve yourself is a good desire to have. And we are not limited to setting ourselves goals at the start of a year.

We can aim to be a better person, for ourselves and the sake of the people round us, at the start of any month, week or day. The world will be a better place if we do.

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