I often receive emails from people asking for advice, so I decided to compile the most common questions here.
I hope you find what you’re looking for – if not, drop me a line and let me know!
Why did you go vegan?
At the ripe old age of 25 (ha!) I wasn’t living my best life. I stayed up way too late every night, ate at McDonalds a little too often and thought water was strictly for fish. Then I developed cystic acne, and my whole world fell apart.
Desperate for a cure, I researched as much as I could until one day I stumbled across Loni Jane‘s Instagram page. She was glowing, healthy and radiant – I wanted to be just like her. In her posts she raved about veganism and how it had help to clear her skin and change her life. That day I marched to my local supermarket and bought a bag of fruit, and the rest is history.
Although I initially went vegan for health reasons, I learned about the ethics and environmental benefits through watching documentaries and researching online. This cemented my decision to stay vegan even after the cystic acne disappeared, and I know I’ll never go back.
Why should I go vegan?
I mean, do you have five hours to listen to me ramble?
Seriously though, switching to a plant-based diet will improve your life in so many ways. You’ll not only feel healthier and look better, but you’ll also be helping the environment and saving hundreds of animals from being slaughtered.
The Vegan Society has a great article on their website that touches on each of these points – head on over there and check it out!
Do I have to go completely, 100% vegan?
Of course not! In an ideal world, it would be amazing if every single person on the planet went vegan. But I’m a firm believer in taking small steps to achieve a big goal.
If you’re not sure whether you can commit to going fully vegan, don’t get discouraged. Simply cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption will make a huge difference to your health and the environment, as this infographic shows.
Try out Meatless Mondays, where you aim to consume only vegetarian meals for an entire day. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is!
Don’t you miss non-vegan foods?
I have to admit, I did struggle at first. When I first went vegan I didn’t have much experience in the kitchen, and was pretty much clueless when it came to cooking. This was also just before the veganism craze really took off, so there weren’t nearly as many vegan options in the supermarkets and hardly any restaurants had a vegan menu.
As a result, I often found myself craving the foods I was used to. But once I gained more confidence in the kitchen I was able to create vegan, healthy versions of all my old comfort meals. Now I can proudly say that animal products don’t even look like food to me anymore!
Who inspires you?
As mentioned above, Loni Jane is a huge inspiration to me – I’m constantly in awe at how healthy and vibrant she looks. Through Loni I also discovered Ellen Fisher and Bonny Rebecca, who both share their amazing vegan lifestyles and delicious recipes on YouTube.
Closer to home I’m obsessed with Madeleine Olivia, a Brighton-based vegan YouTuber who also touches on topics such as minimalism and living a zero-waste lifestyle. Deliciously Ella has also had a big impact on me – I’m so impressed with how she turned a serious illness into a thriving business.
Can you recommend some good documentaries?
My personal favourite is What The Health, which examines the connection between the meat, dairy and pharmaceutical industry. It’s a scary look at the health impacts of animal products and never fails to shock me.
My parents won’t let me be vegan. What should I do?
It’s so important to look at this situation from your parents’ point of view. They most likely aren’t putting their foot down about veganism because they want to upset you – they’re coming from a place of love.
Your parents want you to be happy and healthy. There are so many stories about eating disorders in the media, so any mention of you wanting to change your diet is likely to send alarm bells ringing in their heads. Find out their concerns and reassure them – this is why researching is so crucial.
I went vegan as an adult, so I don’t have any practical experience in this area. What I would have done is educate them about why you want to go vegan. Ask them to watch a documentary with you, or offer to cook a delicous plant-based meal for the whole family one night!
Above all else, make sure you stay loving, kind and patient – in this way, your message will shine through.
How do I deal with friends and family making fun of me for being vegan?
It can be difficult to feel like you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand your way of thinking. What really helped me was to remember that I was once just like them!
I remember saying the words ‘I could never be vegan!’ and genuinely meaning them. But as my life progressed and I gained new experiences and ways of thinking, my world view shifted.
When I first went vegan, a lot of people thought I was crazy! Looking back I think they assumed that it was just a phase, but it’s been over two years now and I’ve never looked back.
My best advice is to try not to take their words to heart. Keep being a shining example of the benefits of veganism – who knows, you may even inspire a few people!
What’s your favourite vegan meal?
That’s easy – I’m completely obsessed with BBQ ‘pulled pork’ jackfruit tacos.
Think soft, floury tortillas wrapped around tender, richly marinated jackfruit. Top them with grilled pineapple, fresh coriander and spicy red chillies and you’ve got yourself a vegan meal that will delight even the most die-hard meat-eater.
Is your mouth watering? Get the recipe here.