I'm a Barista. I make coffee for a living. I get it.
Years ago, it felt super cool to hate on soy milk. I remember getting the orders in for a "decaf, half shot, soy latte" and doing the eye-roll, the look to my co-workers, the whole performance that says: "one of THOSE customers, guys."
Then, I gosh-darn went out and turned vegan. What a stick-in-the-mud. I became the asshole who has the temerity to ask the Barista to use soy.
"Soy milk doesn't froth the same way," if I had a pound for every time some idiot told me that I'd be a millionaire. I'm telling you now - soy milk DOES whip the exact same way as normal milk. Of course it does. I do this every day of my life, so anyone who tries to argue, come show me in person.
When I go to cafes and I'm the person on the other side, "THAT customer", I can't help but laugh to myself. Mainly because I know what utter crap their eye rolls are based on. I'm telling you from the other side.
Your Barista Thinks -
A) You're just a bit difficult. We do deal with annoying requests every day. Stupid ones, often. So soy drinkers can get lumped in this category of just being "difficult"
B) You are a health nut. And coffee people don't always love health nuts. We like people who look after themselves, of course, and latch on to every ridiculous Guardian article proving "coffee drinkers live longer", but health nut? Who will ask about the gluten free bread, order a soy decaf flat white and then have a slab of chocolate cake for afters without a bat of the eye*? Yeah, you're hated.
C) Soy milk is just "bad". It's bad guys! It's shit. It gives men boobs and girls muscles.
D) Soy is so BAD for the environment guys. Stupid soy drinkers killing forests.
E) The big one. Soy is annoying. It's "hard to froth" and likely, I have to run to the shops to grab a carton because my employer doesn't have a stash easy to hand. He will buy three in the morning and after that, I have to go myself.
I can tell you know (and I'm the authority on all things.... har har) these are all UTTER BOLLOCKS. ABSOLUTE UTTER BOLLOCKS. I remember my judgements, I remember how i would feel about soy drinkers and treat them if they dared request I go all the way to the other fridge for a carton of health-nut milk.
Guys - I was WRONG. I was wrong and you know why? Because all of these arguments. Yes, all of them - incidentally promote milk. It's that simple. No matter what you think of soy milk - all of your anti-soy arguments (even that come from VEGANS!) are promoting the use of real milk.
Let me explain.
Nine out of ten coffee houses have milk or soy milk. And that’s only taking into account the ones with both! Some places still don’t have soy milk at all and out of the ones that stock both, I would say one in ten have a third alternative (usually Almond).
Almond milk is becoming increasingly popular, which is impressive, but it is still a rare find. In your average coffee house - there is milk or soy milk. End of story. Anyone who gives anti-soy arguments to your average person - is telling them to drink milk again. Even if that's not the intent, that will be the reality with the world we live in. All of the reasons that prompted them to give soy a try - usually because they’ve heard it’s healthier - will disappear and they will go back to milk again, which, in my eyes is a travesty. If they only have these two options and if they are not remotely interested in animal rights, all they will do is think "oh, okay, Milk is better for me, then" and give up on the dairy-free milk idea.
Milk is unsustainable, cruel, evil and abhorrent. We are in desperate times and need to get people off the stuff as fast as possible to save animals lives and save our planet. I’m not under any illusions that soy production is good guys, I’ve done my research and I know that soy production is down the crapper - but for anyone who doesn’t know WHY this is - please go to your nearest “Vegan 101” page and figure it out.
I wish there were enough vegans in the world drinking soy lattes to justify the amount of soy production. But of course, there is not. Soy is in EVERYTHING and it’s not good. It’s in our foods, its in magazine pages, it’s in drinks, it’s in cartons but mostly, it’s in animals stomachs, feeding them up with cheap shit that is not healthy for them in the slightest.
Do I think everyone in the world should be drinking soy milk? Of course not. I don’t think this is the answer at all - but I think it’s a better transition to get people off dairy. Get off dairy and find the best alternative that is farmed organically. There are PLENTY of organic, wholesome soy brands out there producing soy milk free of any nasty additives or preservatives (my pick here in Manchester is just soy beans, water and sweetened with apple juice… mmmm) and farmed sustainably.
Soy milk is like anything - there is corruption, there is shit, there are wankers, you need to DO YOUR RESEARCH and find the companies doing a good job and give them your money.
In my humble opinion, the priority needs to be getting people off milk and ending animal slavery. Everything about our food model needs work, it’s completely fucked. Soy included. But that does NOT mean we should just get back to torturing animals. NO. Fix one problem, then move on to fixing the next. In my opinion - animal slavery and torture is the biggest problem of our time and requires drastic action.
So, this morning, what inspired this post, was getting my morning coffee at 7am before embarking on my epic train journey to rehearsals. The two baristas started having a chat as she made my coffee; the girl announcing (I didn’t hear the context) “No, I don’t drink soy milk anymore.”
My heard did a little sad flop. What? What’s going on? Can I intervene? I listened intently and all I heard was muffled talk and laughter and I was imagining what they must be saying about soy milk. Memories. I felt sad; someone has almost made a brilliant change, but now, is not going to see it through. I may not be an activist who is breaking into animals cages (though I hope to one day!) but I am absolutely a day-to-day activist and if every vegan did this I think we would make some serious ripples. As she handed me my coffee a few minutes later I asked: “sorry, as a soy drinker, can I just ask why you’ve stopped drinking soy milk.” She replied: “oh, my partner has gallstones and the doctor said soy milk is a contributing factor.”
Okay, I wasn’t prepared for that.
“Really? Wow… I can’t see how that could be the case..” I fumbled, making mental notes to Google as soon as I got home. I know absolutely NOTHING about this, but my immediate thought was: “I know plenty of people who’ve had gallstones that don’t drink soy milk.” I voiced this to her and she agreed with me. We had a really nice conversation where I just expressed my confusion, as someone who ultimately believes soy to be a healthy alternative to milk and urged her to do her own research and not just take the doctors word for it.
Leaving the coffee shop, I felt a bit angry. THIS is what doctors are telling people with gallstones?? Oh my god. So now, this girl who needs to be healthier and heal, is going to start having cow milk over her cereal in the morning and milk in her coffee instead of the soy milk she’s been having. Well, awesome, that’s going to make her healthier.
I have a drastic idea for people in bad health. Are you ready? CUT THIS MILK SHIT. If soy milk doesn’t work for you - please don’t just run back to milk. A much better idea would be cutting a reliance on milk from your life. Cow milk is NEVER the answer. Yes, you heard me - NEVER. If you want a cup of tea, coffee, bowl of cereal or to bake a cake, that’s great, the vegan community have come up with many alternatives to milk, I’m sure ONE of these can work for you. You only have to like one. Soy milk seems to work well for most people and, again, if farmed organically is absolutely not going to do you any harm at all.
Let’s also remember that most of your “milk needs” - cereal, cake baking, coffee, tea - ARE NOT HEALTH FOODS. If you want to be in supreme health, you shouldn’t have any of these things in your life as it is. So, let’s not pretend soy is the only thing wrong with your morning bowl of cereal. The cereal is the problem with the cereal. Have fruit, have a smoothie if you want to be in the peak of health. If you’re not so worried about being in the peak of health; some porridge with water or dairy-free milk is great, avocado on toast is great, plenty of vegan breakfasts are great - here is a post full of them - but be realistic about what your ‘healthy choices’ are and always be logical.
Be A Day-To-Day Activist
In conclusion I want to encourage three major points:
1) Don’t feel bad ordering soy in a cafe. The Baristas are probably more educated these days, but if they roll their eyes or give you a hard time, they’re just being dicks.
2) Soy > Cow Milk every time. If in doubt, just cut them both. EASY FUCKING PEASY
3) Be a day to day activist. Always ask people questions if they’re spouting weird logic. Don’t lecture them, ask them questions. Make people think for themselves. And always look for opportunities to be a vegan activist. They are all around you.
My last piece of advice? Have a juice in a cafe. Then all problems are solved ;)
Love and Sweet Potatoes,
My relationship with soy has always been a good one, to be honest. I approach soy as logically as anything else; eat it if I want, but an organic, wholesome version, don't have in excess and do my research. I drink organic soy milk, I eat organic tofu and that's about it. It worked for me and I didn't think too much of it.
But, after being vegan for a few months, it wasn't long before I started reading about how I should avoid soy. The most common is: "soy contains Estrogen!" or "Soy is destroying the environment", which isn't wrong at all, but I think we can all agree that's not because vegans are having a soy latte.
Kris Carr said in "Crazy Sexy Diet" that soy is the "Ping pong ball of the diet debate", meaning it's always going back and forth. Soy is healthy, soy is unhealthy, soy is healthy, soy is unhealthy.
What are we meant to believe? And, most importantly: who is saying it?
Well, personally I've never felt anything but fantastic since being vegan, apart from some obvious exceptions. Drinking alcohol doesn't make me feel great, drinking too much coffee doesn't make me feel great and eating too much bread doesn't make me feel great. But, apart from that, I've never had an issue.
Tofu isn't a major part of my diet, I have it sometimes and it always tastes good and gives me energy. Soy milk is delicious and, again, has never made me feel badly. Obviously if I had three soy lattes back-to-back I'd feel pretty rotten, but, that's just logic, right?
A few days ago I came upon this fantastic video on Youtube by one of my new favourite discoveries: The Unnatural Vegan.
If you have a spare 20 minutes and are interested in Soy (or just learning about diet in general!) I highly recommend giving it a viewing. And then, have a good old binge on her videos.
This is science, facts, studies, EVIDENCE.
Not opinion, bias, feelings or "vegan-logic".
I can't imagine a better or more comprehensive run-through of whether or not we should eat soy. It lays out all the facts, gives you a well-thought out conclusion and now, you really can make up your own mind.
I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have any to share. How does soy make you feel? Do you avoid it because of the environment? Because of your health? Or, like our friend above, are you comfortable knowing that there really isn't any evidence to suggest soy is doing us any harm? (Yay! Bring on the tofu stir-fries!)
Let me know if you have any thoughts!
Okay, I'm off to buy a hundred kilos of vegetables for the food stall this weekend!
Love and Sweet Potatoes everyone!
- Hannah xx
This entire post is basically an excuse for food photos.
Although, it's true there are plenty of people who still, in 2015, cannot imagine what a vegan eats. And I get it. If you've never been exposed to a meat and dairy-free lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. What do you eat for breakfast? What do you eat when you want a treat? What do you eat EVER?!
I'm more than happy to answer these questions and show you a MASS of vegan food. Basically - what I've been eating over the last week.
I keep my food simple, healthy and as true to whole foods as possible. I want to be a vegan for the rest of my life and for that to happen, I cannot live on Linda McCartney sausages, however delicious they may be.
I've been very slowly shifting to a Raw Till 4 lifestyle recently, which I will write a full post about soon. For now that's not affecting my diet a whole lot, but there will be plenty of photos of bananas and potatoes, hope you don't get too bored.
If you want more inspiration, be sure to check out my: "Seven-Day Vegan Meal Plan Extravaganza Cleanse of Abundance and Deliciousness" which is great if you're just getting started on this lifestyle or aren't sure where to start.
Jumbo oats cooked slowly with organic soy milk and a sprinkling of cinnamon, finished off with sliced banana and flaked almonds.
I EFFING LOVE PORRIDGE.
When I'm running around "on the go" - I cannot go past Overnight Oats. I make them in the evenings after dinner, shake 'em up, pop 'em in the fridge and they're all ready to carry around the next day and eat at the first opportunity.
In my attempt to live more "Raw Till 4" - fruit for breakfast is ideal. And a lot of it.
Just mentioning here - the bananas below are not at ideal "ripeness". You want to eat them when they're a bit spotty.
For days when I'm craving it, you really cannot go past classic Avo on Toast. I mix in some lemon juice and a tiny bit of sea salt with my avocado.
These may not be the prettiest photos as the food in question has likely been rolling around in my bag all day, but here ya go! Seven Vegan Lunch Boxes!
(They're usually leftovers)
This right here is a great Raw Till 4 Lunch to be carrying around. I have a delicious salad plus some bananas to snack on and a giant bag of dates. God, I love abundant eating.
This was lunch out today at an amazing spot called Earth Cafe in Manchester.
The above dinner I cannot take credit for - but will happily promote! My partner is quite a cook and (thank God!) enjoys a wholefood, high-carbohydrate, vegetable-orientated feast as much as I do. You're looking at delicious tomato and celeriac soup with thyme and with it, crispy parsnip fries!
Above - Asian Rice Salad and a big Raw Green Salad (Spinach, asparagus, avocado, tomatoes, spring onion, toasted almonds, red pepper and lemon juice). One evening I had friends over for dinner and made these two along with my Vegan Potato Bake.
Happy, abundant table :)
Below - Crispy potato wedges with homemade hummus, Brown Rice and a simple tomato, mushroom, spinach and bean sauce.
Dinner below is oven baked Sweet Potato, a simple salad with Hummus and some of the best god-damn potatoes I've ever made. Boiled and then dressed with lemon juice, crushed garlic, fresh basil, spring onion and sea salt.
THE VEGGIE STACK!!!
I love this recipe. This time I added a side of parsnip fries and a pretty incredible salad.
Okay - one of the best things I've made in a while. And delightfully simple.
A Vegan Mezze! So easy to adapt to whatever you like and improvise as you go along. Mine had homemade Falafel, Pita breads, Sweet Potato wedges, grilled artichoke, Hummus, Guacamole and Salad.
When in doubt? Go for Jacket Potatoes! I love a simple Jacket Potato dinner. Serve with a giant salad and a stuffing to go inside.
Sautéed onion and garlic, chopped mushrooms, 2 tins of Organic crushed tomatoes, black beans, lentils, fresh basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Let the flavours all marinate together and leave on a low heat until ready to serve.
And Some Treats to Finish....
And, what's a week without some treats? Yesterday I made some pretty banging Banana bread and do enjoy a good Mocha when I'm writing in a cafe....
I have a recipe for this particular Banana bread here. Too good not to share ;)
And there you have it! A weeks worth of low cost; super simple, mostly High-Carb vegan meals.
For daily updates - I post in Instagram constantly. Yes, maybe a little too much.
Have a great weekend everyone,
Love and Sweet Potatoes!
This topic appears to be surrounded by a lot of confusion (like pretty much everything in the health world).
All the "experts" disagree and we are constantly given conflicting ideas about what is healthy and what should be avoided.
I've always been told, whether correct or otherwise, that Margarine is unhealthy. Margarine - bad! Margarine is highly processed, highly fattening, with absolutely no health properties and should be avoided by all.
Have I ever researched this? No. Did it ever feel illogical to me that Margarine was probably not a health food? No.
BUT - going vegan - I had buttery needs. If I wanted to bake a cake - I needed a butter stand in! If I wanted to have butter and jam on toast - I needed a butter to spread and melt deliciously onto my sourdough. Lucky for me - there are about a million butter alternatives these days. There are sunflower spreads, soy spreads and Earth Balance for all you lucky Americans out there. Here in the UK - you can buy dairy-free spreads in any supermarket or go to a health food shop and find an array of healthy-looking, well-packaged options that labels swear to high heaven are good for you.
So... these aren't Margarine....
Margarine is.... Margarine. These are.... not?
I've absolutely never thought about this. I have never wondered what the difference is. As someone who tries to question pretty much everything, it felt strange that I'd never thought to ask myself this question. Are these spreads any better than basic, old school Margarine? Or is it the same thing in different packaging?
Margarine - The Facts
I found reading about Margarine and how it came to exist far too fascinating. If you have a spare ten minutes, do go and read the entire Wikipedia page. I know, I know.. "Wikipedia" groan ... BUT it is a great, compact source that contained pretty much everything I wanted to know.
Margarine Wikipedia Page
Okay - let's start with the basics.
What the Hell is Margarine?
You came here for facts, I know. And facts I will give you, but delivered via angry, rant-like reporting. Hope that's cool. Head to the Wikipedia page for a non-bias version.
Margarine is a Frankenstein food - a mesh of animal fats (yup! Not necessarily vegan, people!) or vegetable fats or both, that is cooled or heated depending on the fat, hardened by adding hydrogen (and saturated fat as a result) and DYED before being packaged, distributed and sold. Old school Margarine survived the modern world by undergoing lots of makeovers to reduce its health risks (consumption has been linked to Cardiovascular disease among others) and seem more appealing to the masses. This included finding a new way to solidify the fats instead of using hydrogen, reducing levels of saturated fat and, in later decades, adding "go to" buzz ingredients like Omegas or Agave or Anything-Healthy-People-Like.
And with these makeovers Margarine becomes... what?
You guessed it .... what we call any kind of Vegan Butter? Boom.
The following from Wikipedia is a very concise explanation of how Margarine is made and segues nicely into "Are Vegan Butters Just Margarine???!!!" (Spoiler - yes they are)
"The oil is pressed from seeds and refined. It is then blended with solid fat. If no solid fats are added to the vegetable oils, the latter undergo a full or partial hydrogenation process to solidify them. The resulting blend is mixed with water, citric acid, carotenoids, vitamins and milk powder. Emulsifiers such as lecithin help disperse the water phase evenly throughout the oil, and salt and preservatives are also commonly added. This oil and water emulsion is then heated, blended, and cooled. The softer tub margarines are made with less hydrogenated, more liquid, oils than block margarines. Three types of margarine are common:
Any of that sound familiar? When I read this my dread was solidified. That first dot point had the key words I was looking for: "sunflower, soybean...or olive oil." Those are essentially what my Vegan Butters are made of. Meaning they are technically... Margarine.
Vegan Butters 101
"Vegan Butters" have a million forms, brands and distinctions, each with their own list of pros and cons.
Now we know WHAT Margarine actually is and have a definition - can this definition be applied to, Earth Balance, for example?
I go straight to Earth Balance because in my mind they are one of the top brands on the market and seem genuinely invested in health and welfare. If any kind of vegan butter is different to Margarine, I figure they're my best bet. Also Alicia Silverstone is their ambassador .... she only wants what is best for us. Right?!
Luckily, I didn't have to dig too deep at all. The answer is so blatantly obvious that Earth Balance answered for me, whether they wanted to or not.
Their first "Q" on their company FAQ Page is: "Why isn't Earth Balance Just Called Margarine"? Thanks guys!
What do they say? See for yourself -
So, what are your thoughts on that?
I like a bit of a rant, as you may know.... but I also like to think about things in a very BASIC and LOGICAL way. Shall we just break that answer down a bit? They start of by saying "for some really important reasons", meaning they are going to give me some really good, key differences, right? Can't wait.
Their claim of 0g trans fat is only accurate because of their first point - no hydrogenated oils... thanks, got that one already. No trans fat will be a direct result of not using hydrogen to harden your product... and that's great, don't get me wrong. But that, plus the absence of preservatives or emulsifiers is literally the only difference. Oh, sorry, I forgot about the "award winning flavor".....
That sentence should not be present when trying to distinguish your product from its original source. It's completely irrelevant and stating it makes you look a bit foolish. (In my opinion).
Earth Balance very much tout that their product is healthy and I want to believe them. I'm much more inclined to believe them, obviously! I want to make vegan cakes and have a butter option!
So - what are their claims?
Can I start of by saying (again) sentences like "all you have to worry about enjoying the irresistible flavor" don't do them ANY favors in my highly skeptical opinion. If your product is so good - don't resort to bubble-gum talk and let the ingredients speak for themselves. Properly educate me on how your food affects my body, without fluffing it up.
Not an easy task, I know. Especially with a marketing team. But honestly, when I read that stuff it just makes me suspicious.
So - the claims. Well their first claim is Organic. Cool. I'm down with that, no issues. Second claim - cholesterol. Look peeps - any person who switches to a dairy-free spread will automatically lower their cholesterol, so you can't claim that one. Cholesterol only exists in animal products - any animal-product free purchase will be a cholesterol win, whether that's drinking a galleon of Olive Oil or eating twenty packets of Oreo biscuits. (Please never do either of those things). This is a point for all Margarine and all dairy-free spreads, but doesn't equate to being GOOD for you. It means it DOESN'T contain cholesterol. Not that it contains Cholesterol-fighting-elixir. Does that make sense? The absence of something negative doesn't create a positive. Spinach isn't healthy because it DOESN'T have sugar all over it. It's healthy because it's spinach. Down?
I'm happy to do more research on this one... maybe there is something that genuinely helps reduce cholesterol on a level other than simply cutting it out, but I'm not convinced yet. **More research needed.
Their third claim - the presence of all essential Omega-3s. Okay, no issue - I'm sure they are in there, but reading that after reading the Wikipedia page was a comical experience. They've crawled right into the trap of trying to create a health food out of a tub of fat. Not the easiest task, but well played. I think the most logical option at this point is to go somewhere else for my Omegas... A original source without all the extras? (FYI: Walnuts and Flaxseed are the best sources.)
Finally - Soy Protein? Again... I think I'll just get it from a better source. The promise of protein shouldn't be a reason to consume Vegan Butter. I'll go for some beans, greens or tofu, cheers.
Am I being too hard on Vegan Butters? Honestly, I don't think so. I'm not saying these foods are BAD for you necessarily. I've intentionally not answered that question and wouldn't feel comfortable attempting to. I'm no health expert, merely an interested spectator who tries to do their best.
As always - I think we need to just try and know WHAT we're eating. When looking at Dairy-free spreads, just be aware these products don't have A LOT to separate them. Yes, there are differences - Earth Balance and other Vegan Butters are lovely, BETTER versions of Margarine, no question. They've made improvements, they've made the original concept much healthier and better for our bodies than old-school Margarine. But at the end of the day, is it something that will do us real good? Improve our health? Be a conscious addition to our diet?
I lean towards "no." I lean towards - Vegan butter should be something that is nice to have in the house for when you want to make a vegan cake and not have to pretend it's good for you.
It's okay to not be perfect. If you want to spread some Vegan Butter on your toast - go for it. BUT - don't live under the illusion it's packing your body with protein and Omegas and lowering your cholesterol. It may be doing these things on some level, but if health is your primary concern - maybe top your toast with some avocado instead?
Delicious, delicious avocado.
I don't try and live perfectly. Of course not. I like having a vegan brownie now and then, I like having a drink, I like plenty of things that may not be keeping me in perfect health.
BUT - I like to be educated and do my best. With this in mind, I will keep my Vegan Butter consumption to a minimum in the future. And I will definitely go for the brands that do THEIR best.
Overall - I will stick with the whole food source - an avocado, smashed up, with some lemon juice. What more could you want? That tastes WAY better than Soy Spread anyway.
These days, I cannot complain in the slightest. I'm as happy as a clam.
You may remember a while ago I was feeling a bit low. I'm a creative person and absolutely nothing creative was happening in my life. For anyone reading who paints, writes, performs or plays... you'll know what I'm talking about. If you cannot spend much time doing the thing you love - you start to feel it draining your soul a little.
Thankfully, that is no longer the case! I put it out into the universe "MAKE ME BUSY!", got my butt in gear, went to a million auditions and happily I am insanely busy again. I'm rehearsing with a wonderful new theatre company called 1956 Theatre on some brilliant new plays and have some other projects on the go!
This Sunday I'm doing a day of filming for a music video and I'm even playing Linda Lovelace in a new play being performed in November. I may include some photos in this post if I'm feeling bold ;)
What I'm trying to say is - I'm bloody busy again. Busy, busy and I love it. The down side is, it's harder to set an entire day aside to make food and do amazing food photography and have my blog being at the standard I like... but that will not last long, I promise!
What I love about these times, is that I am not living in the "ideal" way of making every single meal I eat, having enough money to buy the best kinds of food or even sleeping enough, if I'm honest. I am working less to make time for rehearsal, which makes me pretty broke and means a lot of food I'm eating is cheap, convenient and a bit samey. My Instagram has never been so bloody boring. Follow me anyway!! ;)
So many people seem to think being vegan is more expensive. Is it BALLS! I have to laugh when I hear these things. Being vegan is no more expensive than any other diet or lifestyle - you are just choosing to spend money on one thing instead of another. In what universe are mushrooms more expensive than chicken? Sure if you want to buy mountains of organic fresh fruit and veg every day, that's expensive, but when you're a struggling actress like myself, this just will not be the case.
So, how do I do it? How am I still eating, sleeping, walking, talking and thriving as a broke, penniless vegan actress? Well, here are the secrets....
Thank God For Oats
And on the seventh day.... God created Oats.
Because he was awesome and he didn't want us to eat the animals. And he knew one day we would have to pay for everything and Oats would always stay cheap.
I'm not religious. But whoever did discover Oats - thank you. You have saved my life. The best, best, best thing about Oats is that they are HEALTHY AND CHEAP. Healthy and CHEAP! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm not-too-ashamed to admit that I'm literally eating Porridge or Overnight Oats nearly every day at the moment.... some evenings, if I'm exhausted and haven't eaten enough in the day, I may even make myself a late night bowl of porridge and sit, relaxing for a little bit.
I always have Oats in my flat. The most convenient way to have them at the moment is Overnight Oats, so I can just eat them on the go!
God Also Created Bananas
I am so sorry, I don't know why I keep talking about God .. but it seems appropriate to praise something holy for Bananas.
Again - healthy and cheap! Massive staple in my life. Bananas don't have to be bought Organic because they have a nice, thick skin and you can buy them in bulk, fairly cheaply and leave them to ripen. I usually include some banana in my oats and have bananas handy as a snack during rehearsal too.
HIGH CALORIE SNACKS
It's so important to get the bang for your buck when you have very few bucks.
For rehearsals - I've been snacking on dates and figs to get me through, as I know they will give me enough energy to get through till dinner time and I won't feel remotely deprived! This tiny bag of figs (only 250g) is a whopping 1000 calories (THAT'S A GOOD THING.) Some people may hear that and freak out - but I promise - if you're a vegan and an ACTIVE vegan and if you're eating mostly fruit and veg - you want massive calories. You need to feel energized and good.
Figs ain't gonna make you fat ;)
Free Transport :)
Have you met my beautiful new bike? Her name is Goldie and she means I now spend ZERO on transport. This has completely changed my life. Goldie means I'm accidentally exercising, am covered in bruises and spending even less money.
Simple is GOOD
Don't be afraid of simple food... especially if you're broke! As long as what you're putting in is good and healthy and you're eating until you're satisfied, don't get weighed down thinking you need Quinoa every day or green super drinks or anything else fancy. These things are obviously good, but it's unrealistic to set such high expectations for yourself every single day. If I can only afford potatoes, then I will eat an epic meal of potatoes and that's okay! Try and get some salad in, but don't stress about what's on your plate if the basics are healthy. Stress can be just as harmful as dairy ;)
Some people live on chip sandwiches and coca-cola. If you're eating fresh vegetables, you're already doing a lot better than most of the population!
If You Need Fast Food - There ARE Good Options
Sometimes when finishing late - cooking an epic dinner just isn't an option, sadly. Rest assured - I would SO MUCH RATHER cook every single meal I eat, as you all know, but this isn't a bad back-up-plan is it? I am lucky to live in a big city that has options like this, so hopefully you have things similar. There are a few amazing "fast food" Falafel joints in Manchester and they make epic salads like this for a mere 4 pounds. Nod bad, hey?
I am Happy
Always the most important thing, of course :)
If you are happy and doing what you want to do, then you will always make it work. Being vegan makes me happy, eating vegan food makes me healthy and I will never compromise on those things, no matter how broke I am. Nearly everywhere you go for a "quick" option, you can find SOMETHING vegan and chances are it'll be better for you than the non-vegan versions!
Here's a sneaky rehearsal shot ... because I'm feeling generous.... ;)
Published by Chic Vegan - 27/08/14
I have been vegan now for over three years. It was nearly an overnight process and I have never once looked back.
No exaggeration – I went from eating rare steak one day to being disgusted by it the next. Vegan followed vegetarian after a mere few months.
I like to say “the switch flipped”. I’ve heard many vegans and vegetarians talk about a similar moment. Suddenly you just feel like your blinders are ripped off, your switch is flipped and you cannot look at the world the same way.
You are awake. Lame I know, but that’s just how it feels.
But, I don’t really want to talk about how I BECAME vegan, what I want to talk about is living as a vegan. Day-to-day life, the moments, happenings and realities of shirking animal products from your diet.
Do you suddenly become some kind of alien? Does your life flip upside-down? Are restaurants a thing of the past and you are destined to live as a social outcast for the rest of your days?
In case you can’t see where I’m going with this – NO. That is absolutely not the case.
In my (limited) experience lots of people opt out of going vegan out of some fear their life is going to change and become more complicated. I hear a lot of “I couldn’t live without cheese” or “I couldn’t afford to be vegan” or “I wouldn’t know what to cook” or, my favorite: “I just can’t be bothered.”
I once felt all of these things…. the idea of going vegan seemed like an epic mountain to climb and nearly impossible to imagine. What I want to write today is an honest, if slightly gushing, “ode to veganism” about how much it has changed my life for the better. I want to talk about how my life is so much richer because of this choice I made and how, it’s actually insanely easy. Don’t opt out…. don’t opt out of the greatest pleasure you will ever take on.
I am Voting
The main thing I notice about my life now – is that I stand for something. Even just by waking up in the morning and going to bed in the evening. Every day COUNTS, every day is a protest, a vote, a stance for something I really, truly believe in and I think nearly everyone does on some level. Living my life as a vegan means that just by getting up, walking around and eating food, doing what everyone does every day, I am making these actions count for something. I am buying bananas instead of chicken thighs, cabbage instead of rib eye, parsnips instead of sausages and with each of these “votes” – I am sending a message that I want money filtered into the creation of organic fresh fruits and vegetables and not dead animals. I know it’s airy-fairy to think that one person makes a difference, but I think we all do in some way. But more on that later
I am Healthy
It’s amazing and rewarding that I get to be living proof human beings don’t need animal products. I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing vegans brag about how great they feel – but I just have to do it quickly. Since giving up meat and dairy, I feel truly like the best version of myself. All the energy that my body was using to break-down and digest animal flesh, is now just being used to LIVE. I wake up in the morning and (most days!) I want to just get up out of bed, I enjoy every mouthful of food I eat, I rarely get tired, I never get sick, I have an abundance of energy… and if you think I’m exaggerating or bragging, just ask anyone who knows me in real life. I genuinely feel happy and healthy all of the time. Of course, we all have low days, but they are incredibly rare and usually with just cause. Obviously – veganism isn’t a magical cure for everything – but it’s pretty damn close!
I Love Eating and Have a Good Relationship with Food
I didn’t used to love and trust food the way I do now. I don’t mind admitting that. From growing up chubby and not really understanding how to eat and be healthy – it’s insane to me that I now can eat whatever I want, as much of it as I want and not fear any serious weight gain. I love eating healthy food, I love creating vegan feasts, I love playing with my diet and experimenting. I love trying raw food diets, I love eating until I feel completely full and satisfied! You really can’t eat cheese until you’re full and satisfied without worrying about the insane amount of calories and fat you’ve eaten, right?! But you genuinely can do that with whole vegan foods and you’re only putting more and more goodness into your beautiful body. It’s the most wonderful, amazing and logical win-win scenario ever.
I See the World Differently - with No blinders
This point is a little controversial… but hey, isn’t everything these days? Basically – since going vegan I feel like I am walking around looking at everything completely differently and I like that. I can’t look at a fridge full of flavored milks before wondering how people don’t think more about how much milk there is in the world. I watch children drinking hot chocolates with marshmallows and I think about what they are really eating and putting into their bodies…. I hear people talking in every day conversations and saying things that are so contradictory and hypocritical. I work in my hospitality job and see the wastage of food and I can’t be casual about it….
It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s the burden of knowledge. But I’d certainly rather know than turn a blind eye.
I Am Doing the Best I Can
Being vegan isn’t about being perfect. This is a very common misconception about veganism. Being vegan is about doing the LEAST amount of harm possible. Not killing unnecessarily. Not causing unnecessary pain. Valuing life. Doing the absolute best you can in a world that is not doing too well. In this modern time, it’s nearly impossible to lead a fully ethical life and not hurt any living creatures – but veganism cuts out SO MUCH of it. Of course we know that basic farming hurts animals, I know that housemates are going to kill spiders, I know that every cup of coffee I drink maybe has some trail to something unethical, I know that my life isn’t perfect. I’m not trying to be perfect, I’m trying to do the best I can and that is a good feeling.
And – it’s NOT HARD. It’s not hard to say “hold the cheese”, it’s not hard to eat delicious potatoes and hummus and fruits and things, it’s not hard to Google “vegan chocolate cake recipe” and put in some oil instead of eggs. These things are NOT hard. It’s easy. It’s an easy, effortless way to make an enormous difference and that is a bloody good feeling.
I am Learning, Growing and Challenging Myself Every Day
One of the best things that can ever happen to you – is finding out something you believed in, or something you thought was true – absolutely isn’t. Having your beliefs challenged, tested and losing faith or keeping it. The day I realized I had been wrong my entire life about eating meat, that it’s actually not okay and I didn’t understand anything about the way it came to my plate, was an incredible and powerful day. I had to sit down and figure out who I was and what I believed in. I never thought there was anything wrong with eating meat. I thought cows were made to be milked. I thought eggs were healthy and chickens just laid them for us to eat. Having these beliefs blown out of the water is a powerful thing and empowers you to question everything.
This goes for veganism as well. I question my veganism nearly every single day. I believe in it so strongly that, having already had everything I believe in debunked, I know to question this too. Mainly because veganism is still in SUCH a minority and I can’t understand why. I don’t want to live in a bubble and I never want to be ignorant, so I continue to research and I continue to question. I want to be informed. And every time I question, every time I do some research or every time I watch a video of an “ex-vegan” – I come back to the same conclusions. I do my research, I think about how I feel, I think about animal products, I think about industries and I come back to the same beautiful, educated resolve: I am a vegan. This makes sense to me. This is the best thing I’ve ever done and I only ever question it when people tell me to.
I have stopped questioning veganism. I embrace it with all my heart because it has given me so much. It’s made me fit and healthy. It’s made me bright and positive. It’s given me compassion for animals that I really have never had. It’s made me think about the kind of person I want to be, the kind of children I want to raise and the kind of influence I want to have. It’s given me amazing health, new friends, new perspective (and new kitchen supplies!)
I owe a lot to veganism and only wish I’d been a vegan sooner. But then, of course, I wouldn’t have had this amazing journey.
Perhaps I should have gone for a simpler title, but hey, food makes me excited. And VEGAN food makes me want to throw a damn party 24/7.
With this post, I hope to reach anyone who is considering vegan, or wanting a little "clean-up" of their system and show them how YUMMY, EASY, DELICIOUS, SIMPLE and HEALTHY vegan food is!
If you are lazy - vegan works. If you are inventive - vegan works. If you cannot cook - vegan works. If cooking is your passion - vegan works.
It's magical. Magical I say.
If you are curious about wanting to go vegan, but have no bloody idea where to start - this post is for you. This meal plan also works if you want some kind of health-kick. All the meals aren't perfect (I've included some fun meals, some gluten, etc) - but all will absolutely SERVE your body and do you far more good than harm!
Here is your sample meal plan! Mix it up as you like... and enjoy.
(Yes, this post is also an excuse to post food photos....)
The Rules ;)
On this plan I promise you will NEVER:
a) Feel deprived
b) Feel hungry
c) Feel unwell (unless maybe from Detox symptoms!)
d) Feel guilty
On these seven days there are only a few rules to guarantee success:
1) If you feel hungry: EAT.
It makes no sense to be hungry and not eat. If you feel hungry, your body wants food. Ideally, we have breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of a good size so you don’t really get hungry till meal-times, but if at anytime you are hungry and can’t eat a full meal – have something healthy like some fruit or a simple vegan snack. Easy. After a little while, you will become very in tuned to what is right or wrong for your body. If you're eating "right" foods (foods that make you feel good and are healthy) why not eat them? They won't make you fat! And again - if your body is asking for food - you must feed it. There is a trust relationship there that needs to be built. If at any point your body is worried about starving or not sure when its next food source is coming - it will store fat. Simple.
2) Eat a decent sized breakfast. The only way to stay satisfied till lunch-time is to eat a good-sized breakie! If you don’t have time for breakie – eat it on the go or while opening at work… etc. I often do!
3) Stop eating when you feel full.
4) This is NOT A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN. This is a VEGAN meal plan. If you eat healthy foods and don't over-eat, there is no reason why you shouldn't lose weight eating similar to this, but that is not my focus. My focus here is showing you how fun and delicious vegan food is. :)
Day One - Breakfast
Let's start easy, and go with an ABUNDANT, delicious, simple bowl of Banana and Cinnamon Porridge
Make your Oats with water or soy milk and finish with yummy sliced banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon. If you own some, add a tablespoon of Flaxseed - this adds essential fatty acids to your diet.
Smashed avocado and sliced tomato on toast. With a side salad if you wish :)
Tip: add a squeeze of lemon juice into your smashed avocado mix.... it's the bomb. And a sprinkling of salt and pepper!
An abundant, massive and delicious Roasted Parsnip and Mushroom Salad
Oven-roast some Parsnip, baby potatoes and Mushrooms with a sprinkling of Sunflower Oil and Rosemary.
Prepare a simple salad to go underneath (just spinach, tomato, capsicum, steamed broccoli and pine nuts). Combine all together and finish off with a spoonful of Hummus. Hummus is easy to make fresh (you can do it in ten minutes!) or just buy from the shop.
Day Two - Breakfast
Banana Berry Morning Smoothie! Recipe here!
Chickpea, Spinach, Avocado and Sun-dried Tomato Salad.
Always mound up your salads with as much or as many ingredients as you like!
Vegan Pizza anyone? It's easy to buy vegan pizza bases in any health food shop, but also SO EASY to make. You only need flour, yeast, water, salt and oil to make a simple Pizza base.
Roll out your base and layer with Tomato Sauce and a selection of yummy veggies! There are so many vegan cheeses available these days, which you are welcome to include.
My pizza below is just sliced Portobello Mushroom, Peppers, Tomato and Eggplant. Finished with fresh basil.
Day Three - Breakfast
Soaked Oats with Blueberries :) This is one of my absolute favorites and involves making some Overnight Oats.
Full recipe here.
Sweet Potato, Maple and Pecan Salad
Recipe here :)
Vegan Buddha Bowl with Roasted Veggies (or even converted into my Vegan Fine Dining Recipe)
Buddha Bowl's are great to make up and have plenty of leftovers in the fridge! They're basically brown rice, chick peas, veggies, herbs and spices. I have my recipe here!
Day Four - Breakfast
Yummy fiber-packed Muesli with Coconut Yogurt, fresh fruit and Soy/Almond Milk
Raw Kale, Tomato and Avocado salad - with a drizzle of Tahini and Lemon Juice.
Pesto and Potato Salad with whole Asparagus. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Day Five - Breakfast
Time for a fun, vegan BIG BREAKFAST, I feel?
If you have an amazing cafe near you that offers this - go order the works! Otherwise, it's really not hard to whip one up.
If you're even hungry after your amazing breakfast extravaganza... go for a lovely light lunch!
Fresh green salad, avocado and hummus :)
Wholemeal Penne Pasta with Sauteed Mushrooms, onion, garlic, sun dried tomato and spinach,
Finish off with roasted pine-nuts!
Day Six - Breakfast
A lovely, fresh, wholesome breakfast this morning! If you have access to ripe mangoes - they are my FAVORITE fruit (apart from dates).
Have a mango and banana feast.
Vegan Superhero Salad!
This amazing feast is complements of my workplace. When it comes to my Lunch, I think they just throw everything in a bowl that isn't an animal product. Genius, right? The result is an amazing quinoa, pea, cucumber, fig, onion and olive salad with a basil oil dressing! I'm sure there's more in there ;)
Open Mushroom Shepard's Pie!
Day Seven - Breakfast
I'm finishing off with my absolute favorite breakie..... Smashed Avocado on Toast.....
So simple. So yummy. So good. USE AMAZING BREAD! I'll always go for a good sourdough :)
Falafel Wrap and yummy side-salad!
Roasted Parsnip fries, steamed Sweet Potato, hummus, asparagus and side-salad.
Let's include at least one bloody dessert recipe! I'm a huge advocate of dessert, you only need to see my recipes to know that!
My favorite creation from the last year was probably my Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies! Give 'em a try.
You Can Do It!
In an ideal world - we will all eat an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies every day and the majority of our diet is simple Whole Foods (fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds) with minimal or no processed foods.
I am a big believer that you can be happy and healthy, while including vices in your diet. (My biggest vices are coffee and bread!)
Oh coffee and bread! I don't see myself giving you up anytime soon and don't think I should have to! I try to eat my greens, smash in the yummy fruit and I feel as fit as a fiddle.
Please do give the vegan diet a try! You may surprise yourself how easy it is and how much abundance is in this lifestyle. The above meal plan is just a simple guideline to show you how easy this is!
Click around the rest of my blog for more food ideas! And if you enjoy this to the point of thinking you may even GO vegan - check out my Going Vegan page for more info!
Love and Sweet Potatoes,
- Hannah! xx
Thank you as always to Lucas Smith Photography for the top and bottom shots! :)
By Sarah Tierney of "Fit Vegan Diaries"
Nutrition is an integral part of raising children, however, the obesity epidemic is enormously high in the US with one third of children, including adolescents, being overweight or obese.
This leads me to believe that something is wrong with our current nutritional system.
In my early elementary school years, my parents were smokers (they've since quit, thankfully). I remember my watching my dad take smoke breaks on the stairway into our basement. I considered this our "bonding time", where I'd sit with him and tell him whatever was on my 8 year old mind. When he wasn't around, I would sneak down to the basement stairway and pretend to smoke a cigarette.
This was in the late 1990's when smoking was still a common practice and the States were just beginning to put in the effort to ban the sale of tobacco to minors. But I do know if my parents continued to smoke, I would've picked up the habit.
What does tobacco have to do with raising vegan kids? It's not the product in and of itself but the parental example. Parents are the number one learning resource for their children. The way I communicate with strangers, for example, is the same way my mom communicated with strangers. We pick up on many habits from our parents without realizing it. Nobody ever taught me how to introduce myself and socialize with others, all I did was observe my mother.
It's important that as parents (or soon to be parents) we take in seriously our daily habits, especially dietary. As a new vegan, my children ages 5 and 4 have not been vegan since birth, but I'm delighted to report in a smooth transition to veganism. Many people, including uneducated pediatricians, families, and friends, will say things in such a way that can plant doubt in your mind about whether you're doing what's right for your child. They may bring up concerns like increased nutritional deficiencies or creating awkward situations at holiday dinner parties.
Raising vegan kids is the single most wonderful thing you can do for your children if done responsibility. It takes a little bit of research and time to make sure your children are receiving adequate nutrition. It's important to become somewhat of an expert about it; who knows, you may even teach your pediatrician a thing or two.
If you're trying to make the transition to vegan with your children or are still in the family planning phases, here are some quick tips on making the process painless and even easy.
Purchase Children's Literature
Vegan picture books are becoming increasingly popular and more available. This was a vital component during my children's vegan transition. Ruby Roth's books in particular helped convey the vegan message in an age appropriate way and now my children understand what should be food and what shouldn't be. Also look at vegan pregnancy nutrition books such as the one written by Alicia Silverstone.
Raise Practical Vegans
Sometimes as working parents we cannot fully control what our children do and eat outside of the home. My children may consume non-vegan foods in school or daycare simply because my five year old wouldn't understand why everyone else gets pizza and she doesn't. This is where the individuality of vegan parenting comes in. It's up to you to decide if you want to fully control what goes into your child's mouth or if you'll allow your children to indulge in things such as cake and ice cream at a friend's birthday party (personally, I avoid birthday parties). Regardless of this, my children eat 100% vegan in our home.
Let Them Snack!
One of the leading problems in child obesity is that they're eating too much food and not expending enough energy. This is mostly due to eating and snacking on the wrong foods. In my house, I have a bowl on our dining room table filled with apples and bananas that I allow my children to eat to their heart's content. They're granted free reign of the refrigerator, which is always stocked with grapes, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, water bottles, etc. Not only do these foods have so much nutrients and disease-fighting power, but they're low in calories which allows them to eat and eat without gaining excess body fat.
It's Okay to Raise a Fruity!
My 5 year old loves all foods and will try anything once. I can usually get her to eat her veggies (we always have vegetables served at dinner). My 4 year old, on the other hand, doesn't like veggies but will eat fruits. This is okay; fruits are high in nutrients and carbohydrates! This doesn't mean don't offer vegetables. It can take up to 20 offerings of the same food before a child will try it. As they get older and able to communicate, talking more about eating veggies will become important.
Your Pregnancy Diet is Crucial
This is for my soon-to-be pregnant or already pregnant ladies. Because I became vegan just this year, I didn't have a vegan pregnancy, but I do know that I did my child a huge disservice with my atrocious diet during my second pregnancy. More studies are linking food pickiness to the mother's pregnancy diet. Throughout my own I ate many sweets and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables. I worked at a coffee shop so I indulged in the sugary coffee drinks and pastries. Thankfully my child was born at a normal weight and hasn't exhibited any health or behavior problems that can arise from a poor diet, but I'm definitely paying for it with his picky eating. It's important to remember babies eat what we eat, which makes healthy foods even more critical during pregnancy than not.
Are you raising vegan kids? What are you tips on handling opinions from your non-vegan friends and relatives? How do you handle social situations? Is your pediatrician supportive?
Sarah is a single mother of two children proudly living the veg life.
When she's not blogging at FitVeganDiaries.com, she's reading for fun, going to school/work, training for her first half marathon, glued to social media, all while avoiding doing laundry.
A Note From Hannah
This is the second time Oops I'm a Vegan has collaborated with an outside writer (Charlotte's Vegan Challenge, anyone?) - and I am over the moon! This post from Sarah is exactly the kind of content I want to publish, but cannot yet write about myself. Thank you Sarah for such a brilliant post and I look forward to more collaboration in the future! Look out for a post from me on Sarah's site soon!
Love and Sweet Potatoes! x
I'm not going to lie...it's an exciting time! I've scored an Acting job that I'm excited about, "Vilda Magazine" launches soon and I'm going home to Australia for Christmas. Woo!
Dream life also means I'm rehearsals most days. :)
The challenge: I'm broke (nothing new there), I'm super busy, but I actually care about my health and will not eat crap.
It's easy to feed yourself if you're broke and care zilch about what goes in your mouth (hello university days!) but now - I know how it feels to be full of energy, vibrant and at my best. I ain't kissing that goodbye without a fight! The good news is, I don't have to.
With some well planned meals, a love of carbohydrates and some good, old-fashioned staples, you can eat well, often, LOTS and feel truly amazing.
Here are a few days worth of my meals to give you an idea of what I feast on!
Cheap as chips.
Yep - you know it's porridge. Essentially I always have porridge in my house. I'll make it just with water or almond milk. A carton of good Almond milk here is less than two pounds. A box of porridge is about a pound. Hardly breaking the bank! I always put cinnamon in and fruit if possible :)
Or I'll make a banana smoothie with literally just bananas, cinnamon and water. Trust me - it rocks. Don't be afraid of putting in a lot of bananas. They're nothing at 100 calories each and a pound for 5! I always need a big breakfast to get me going - especially when busy and God-knows-when-lunch-will-be!
A few reasons why taking a healthy and cool-looking lunch to rehearsal makes me feel like a superhero:
1) It tells the world I'm organised (even though I'm not)
2) Shows I enjoy healthy-eating and do it proudly (don't be ashamed of your fruit!)
3) When I'm jumping up and down in rehearsal, not tired or sick, hopefully I make SOMEONE ponder the link?
4) I get to use cute containers
5) LESS MONEY!!!
I know it sounds stupid, but honestly, as an Actor, you really do have to treat your body like a temple. Rehearsals are draining, costumes are tight and days are LONG..... I LOVE this job, but it is that: a JOB. And like any other job you have to take it seriously. There are so many reasons to look after yourself if you want to be in this industry and I want to show you can FEAST on delicious food, still get into your costume and not get sick for show week. WIN WIN WIN.
Below - two lunches that are kinda similar! Both have spinach, avocado and some nuts goin' on. The first is atop some super organic Soba noodles I bought and the second has sweet potato!
When I can be at home and relax - dinner is my favourite meal of the day. Sit, unwind, cook. Also - after my time on the 80-10-10 Diet, which I LOVED, I have learnt not be scared of calories or carbohydrates, so when I've had a huge day at rehearsals and am eating fresh and "clean" I let myself FEAST at dinner time! Yum...
Sweet potatoes are staples in my diet. They're cheap and nutritious. My favourite meal these days is to cook up a heap and make some hummus. Homemade hummus can be a fun taste adventure or you can literally do it in ten minutes in your blender (just cooked chick-peas, tahini, lemon juice, water and cumin. Add oil if you like, but I honestly don't think it needs it!)
Another great, cheap meal is to do a Buddha Bowl. Again, this can have as many or as few ingredients as you like/can afford. My cheapest version will literally be brown rice, chickpeas and some vegetables tossed in!
I do believe that the simplest meals are the healthiest; fewer ingredients, great taste, less for the body to do and certainly easiest on the digestive system. I eat more now than I ever have and am the smallest I've ever been. Dare yourself to sit down to a giant plate of something simple :)
Eat till your full and know you're giving your body so much yummy fuel!
Both of these options also allow for LEFTOVERS. An important part of any broke-person's life.
Have a good week everyone!
Next week: performances. Let's see how many Dates and Bananas I get through.....
Were you at all inspired by my incredible friend Charlotte when she did her month of FULL VEGAN?
Well good news - for all you "maybe vegans" out there, here’s the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and give a plant-based diet a go.
This November, Animal Aid is running the Great Vegan Challenge and the idea behind it is simple: you pledge to go vegan for the month and they aim to make it as easy, fun and engaging as possible. Plus it’s free to sign up and open to anyone, anywhere in the world!
When you register to take part, you’ll get:
- Advice on nutrition and vegan products
- Recipes and motivational tips sent regularly
- Access to an internet forum for swapping tips and stories
- A telephone hotline for any burning questions
- Information on exclusive events, offers and product give-aways
Almost 800 people took part last year from 17 different countries and the response from them was overwhelmingly positive. You can read all about people’s experiences last year on the Great Vegan Challenge blog www.govegan.org.uk/category/blog/ and be inspired by how easy these small changes can be!
This year, Animal Aid has also linked up with organisations in Australia (veganeasy.org), Canada (www.MercyForAnimals.ca), Luxembourg, Estonia and elsewhere to help spread the word and support Vegan Challengers in those countries, making it a truly global event.
If you’re already vegan, why not convince one of your friends or family to give it a try? After a month of feeling fantastic - they may just get addicted!
Whether you’re motivated by saving animals, improving your health or protecting the planet: check out the Great Vegan Challenge to sign-up and take part! Visit www.govegan.org.uk and if you have any questions, you can contact Ben Martin via firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm so happy to promote the Great Vegan Challenge. I'm a huge believer in challenging ourselves and setting crazy new targets and goals. If the idea of eating 100% vegan for a month seems just IMPOSSIBLE - that may be the perfect reason to give it a go! You can do anything!
I'll be uploading some inspirations as well to keep you on track :) Seeing how fantastic Charlotte looked and felt during her month of Vegan eating - I'm so confident you would have the same experience. Email me to let me know if you've taken the pledge!
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