How to Live a Happy and Healthy Vegan Life

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The popularity of Veganism has increased over seven times between 2014 and 2019.

According to Google trends, it now gets almost four times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches.

But there is still so much people don’t know about living as a vegan and how it differs from a carnivorous lifestyle.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a vegan is someone who ‘does not eat or use animal products’.

However, The Vegan Society defines Veganism as a ‘way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’.

The key difference here is taking more of a holistic approach to the removal of animal products from one’s life.

This is the approach I am trying to take, but I find it easier to be more strict with my diet.


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How is Living as a Vegan Easier Than Ever?

One of the main reasons Veganism has had a surge in popularity is due to the growing demand and supply of vegan alternatives, especially foods.

Maintaining a vegan diet, used to be a case of simply eating plant-based foods in their organic forms.

This is still how a lot of vegans choose to eat, but it is a way of life I know I couldn’t stick to (for a vegan, I’m not that much into fruit and veg).

Now there are so many different alternatives, any carnivorous food you can think of, I bet there is a vegan alternative out there.

You can even buy vegan eggs in a proper egg box and everything!

I personally think some alternatives have gone a bit far in duplicating what a carnivore diet offers.

For example, I’m not a fan of fake meat that looks like it has blood in it. Or vegan bacon that pretends to have fat on it.

But I am so grateful for all the dietary options I have, and I love how major food chains are taking part too!

Cough cough….Gregg’s vegan sausage roll and steak bake, yum.

In terms of maintaining a vegan lifestyle, so many stores now label their items that are vegan.

Superdrug is great for labelling their products vegan and cruelty-free.

Whilst, Marks and Spencers always label their vegan shoes.

Once you start to notice these little things, it is difficult to stop.



My Journey to Veganism

Growing up, I never liked the thought of meat being from an animal.

I just loved animals so much, why would I want to eat a dead one?

Neither did I really enjoy the texture, I always wondered what part of the body I was eating.

I remember going out for Sunday lunch and my parents forcing me eat my chicken or turkey.

They only thought they were doing what is best for me to get all the nutrition I need.

But in reality, you can leave an amazingly happy and healthy life without meat.

My parents finally let me become vegetarian when I was 10 years old.

I was so happy and excited to try out this new lifestyle, and I took to it well.

Of course there were a few hiccups. I didn’t know just how many sweet foods contained gelatine, which is a big no no.

But I have loved the way I felt living like this, and I really didn’t find it that restricting at all.

As I got older, I became more educated in to what animal derived products are and how I was still affecting and causing harm to animals through my diet and lifestyle.

By the time I was 15 years old, I made the step to become vegan.

I started it as 30-day pledge with The Vegan Society but it just kind of stuck.

It wasn’t as difficult a transition as I imagined and I felt so much better in myself.

Ever since then, my diet has been full strict vegan.

And I love it.



The Vegan Lifestyle, Not Just Diet

For the 6 years I have been vegan, I have not always considered the lifestyle as important as the diet.

After becoming more educated on this, through channels such as The Vegan Society and numerous documentaries (Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives are my top Netflix recommendations), I now try to incorporate as much of this animal-loving way of life as possible.

It is not always easy.

You don’t realise just how many household products have been produced with the help of animals.

My main struggle has always been clothing, shoes and handbags. So many of these items include leather and other animal derived materials.

However, I have now made a promise to myself to keep the items I already have, but to only buy vegan-friendly products in the future.

I recently bought a faux black leather jacket that I love, not to mention my beyond amazing vegan Dr. Martens.

These Jadon II Mono‘s are my prize possession!

They offer amazing quality and comfort. I am certain they will last a lifetime.

This purchase not only made me feel good, but it is also a great investment for me in the long-run.

If you are looking to add some vegan pieces to your home, I’d recommend checking out The Vegan Kind, Alternative Stores and Ocado.


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Top Tips for Transitioning to Veganism

Changing your diet and the way you live can be a really daunting prospect.

Everyone has different reasons for why they chose to become vegan or vegetarian, but it is usually just as difficult.

Here are my top tips to get you started.

Don’t let anything go to waste

For a lot of people, the first action of their new lifestyle is to get rid of everything in their house (especially foods) which aren’t vegan.

Please don’t do this.

It is completely fine if you want to get rid of carnivorous foods because you now can’t eat them for medical reasons.

But for the vast majority of people, this is not the case.

These items you previously bought should be used or eaten, and not wasted.

I feel like the animals suffered for no reason at all if the product doesn’t fulfil its purpose.

So finish off that new sliced ham in the fridge and keep wearing that leather jacket!

Start off gently

A complete diet and lifestyle change is not something you should just do overnight.

It takes time to transition into this new way of living and if you push yourself too far, too quickly, it is going to do more harm than good.

There is no need to rush out and buy every vegan thing you can find in the supermarket, please go at your own pace and start introducing these new foods into your life gradually.

A good place to start is by swapping a few things out in your diet.

For example, once you’ve ran out of that ham you loved so much, why not try the Quorn smoky ham slices to add to your sandwich instead?


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Try meat free Mondays

To add to that last point, another tip I suggest for beginning the transition to Veganism is my starting off with ‘meat free Mondays‘.

Launched by the inspirational Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009, this initiative is a great way to save the planet in so many ways.

Don’t feel guilty by starting off slow, Oxfam suggests that replacing red meat and dairy with vegetables for just one day a week can cut an individual’s annual emissions by the equivalent of a 1,160-mile car trip.

Not only does it save the environment, but a recent report in the The Lancet concluded that if we cut our meat consumption by 30% in the UK 18,000 fewer people would die prematurely from heart attacks each year.

Forgive yourself, accidents happen

This is one of the most important things to note from this entire article, don’t be so hard on yourself!

I wish I could go back and tell my younger self this advice, there have been so many times I have been angry and frustrated with myself for all the slip-ups I have had.

But there is no need to be disheartened, just the intention to become vegan is so selfless and amazing.

You should be so proud of yourself.

It is almost impossible to not mess-up a few times along the way.

I’ve been vegan now for about 6 years and I still make an accidental non-vegan purchase every now and again.

It is only natural after such an extreme change in lifestyle, so please be patient with yourself and remember how amazing you are!

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Adopting Mindfulness From a Beginner’s POV

So I’m just going to jump straight in with this one. I’ve only just started this blog and I’m already slacking, from now on please expect a new article every Friday.

Since the start of the UK lockdown I’ve had this drive to better myself and my life.

But I had no idea how to do this.

It all started whilst watching some random YouTube videos that came up in my recommended, talking about self acceptance. I thought to myself, ‘is the universe trying to tell me something?’.

So I did some reading and researched in as many ways I could during a worldwide pandemic.

Becoming more mindful, was one of the ideas that kept popping up wherever I looked. So I dug a little further.

I listened to an audiobook on Audible called Habbits for Happiness by Dr Tim Sharp and this really brought everything together for me.

I couldn’t recommend this audiobook enough for beginning your own mindful and self-love journey.

Each chapter of this audiobook spoke about different habits you should incorporate into your life, in order to essentially become happier.

I followed all the steps exactly, one of my favourite tasks was setting my SMART goals, which I will discuss more in another post.

And this was my foundation for my mindfulness journey.

Unfortunately, it would be no help to share my personal goals, targets and habits as these will be different for everybody.

But here are some steps I can recommend that have helped me establish a more positive day-to-day life.


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Beginner Habits for a Better Life

Drink more water

This is a tip you see everywhere as we are told it can improve a lot of health problems but there is a reason for this, water is amazing!

I highly recommend working your way up to the recommended daily allowance of 2-3 litres. More on this and developing a water drinking habit in an upcoming post.

Give yourself some time for self-care

Always make time for you and doing things you enjoy. Whether that’s having a nice, relaxing bath or doing a spot of gardening.

Meditate

This one can seem very daunting at first as it did for me, but the sooner you start the better.

Meditation is something that you can take at your own pace, you choose how long you do it for and how often. I currently aim for 15 minutes every other morning.

Give yourself a stabile sleeping pattern

Although I don’t have any advice for the insomniacs, I can’t recommend a repetitive sleep schedule enough.

I have recently discovered the Bedtime setting on iPhone and it has been so useful in establishing myself with a routine.

Take a moment of everyday to notice everything around you

This is essentially what mindfulness is all about. I like to remind myself to be mindful by using a trigger.

For example, I will often have a mindful shower, a mindful meal or a mindful cup of coffee.

Listen to podcasts

This is something I have recently brought into my morning routine and they are so great.

In terms of becoming more mindful, I couldn’t recommend The Mindful Kind by Rachael Kable more!

I also love Radio Headspace by Andy Puddicombe as the episodes are around 4 minutes long each and come out the morning of every weekday.

Take up yoga

This is another one which can seem off-putting to a novice. I was one of those people too.

Yoga can be incredibly difficult but there are so many resources out there you can use from home, and you can simply take it at your own pace.

I love using beginner YouTube videos, I recommend SarahBethYoga. Of course, when gyms open back up, going to yoga classes is another option to consider.

Breathe with purpose

This one sounds a bit silly, we all breathe with the purpose of living. But really concentrating on your breathing and how it affects your body is an incredidble mindfulness exercise anybody can do at any time.

You may of hear of people slowing their breathing and counting to 10 in stressful situations, but that’s not all it is useful for.


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I can’t describe to you how implementing these changes in my life has really helped me feel better in myself and become happier over the past month.

Find out more about my new morning routine, which details how I like to start my mornings in order to set myself up for a mindful day.

It can all seem overwhelming at first, but the majority of tasks involved in this article only take a few minutes to complete.

Remember to start off gently and try not to tackle everything at once. Try implementing a couple of new habits each month until you feel more comfortable.

And please, if you take anything from this article, please do check out some podcasts and audiobooks.

They’re just such an easy and useful way to digest new information, especially whilst travelling or doing some house work.

The top platforms I suggest are Audible and Spotify.


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Many of these can be read in a book format, or listened to via an audiobook.



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Beginning My Intermittent Fasting Journey

Whilst I decide what I really want this blog to be about, I thought it would be a good idea to start off by introducing a recent discovery in my life.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in a full UK lockdown, I had never really come across the term ‘intermittent fasting’ and I definitely had no clue as to what it was all about.

But as the days turn into weeks, weeks into months, I knew I had to make a change in my lifestyle in order to become healthier and lose the weight I’ve been trying to for about 5 years.

In the past, I have tried so many different methods for weight loss and had no joy. I’ve even tried unhealthy methods, such as starving myself at one point, I don’t condone or recommend this at all.

But the point is, I’ve given pretty much everything a go, healthy eating, extreme exercise and my body just doesn’t seem to change. I’m very results-driven so because of this, I often give up these diets pretty early on.

So with the UK lockdown restricting our exercise and variety of foods, I decided I needed to find a new way to shed the pounds and this is how I found out about intermittent fasting.


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Working it out

At first it really didn’t make sense to me, all the articles I read had numbers flying at me left, right and center.

From 12:12 to 20:4, I didn’t understand any of it. This is when I began downloading loads of fasting apps on my phone to see if any of them could help me.

After browsing through about 6 of them, I decided Fastic seemed to be the best app for what I was trying to achieve, and I wasn’t wrong!

When you first sign up to the app it recommends for you to join their Facebook group with all the other intermittent fasters of the world.

I soon found out that this is an amazing community where everyone is so friendly and supportive, and always helping to motivate each other to keep going.

Any questions I had about intermittent fasting (including whether brushing my teeth with toothpaste broke my fast), someone was always there to jump into the comment section and provide answers supported with evidence.

(It doesn’t by the way).

So now I had the support system I’d always needed, it was time to give it a go.

Fastic has many features built into it, some which are premium but I’m just using the free version for now, and one of my favourites is their daily lessons.

Each lesson takes about 1 minute to complete and consists of some infographics to help you along your fasting journey, day by day.

This is how I’ve learnt so much about intermittent fasting so quickly.

Motivated by this, I decided to chose an intermediate level fasting programme to begin with, this is the 20:4.

Once you understand it, the numbers used are really simple. 20 is the number of consecutive hours you fast in a day and the 4 is the amount of hours you have to eat.

For another example, one of the suggested beginners programme is the 16:8, for this you would fast for 16 hours straight and have an 8 hour window for food intake.

Another great thing about intermittent fasting is that you can choose the hours you do to fit around your schedule.

So for me, I decided my eating window would be from 4pm to 8pm as this works best with me currently sleeping in late and doing my workout in the afternoon.

The times you choose to eat and fast don’t affect the success of the diet.


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My Progress So Far

So, for those of you wondering about my progress, I can tell you that I’ve started off well.

Everyday it becomes easier and easier to reach my fasting goals, some days I’ve fasted for an extra hour. And the results…in the first 5 days I lost 2.4kg!

Unfortunately after consulting my fasting Facebook group, they confirmed that I shouldn’t expect to keep shedding weight this quickly as the majority of this weight loss is from something called ‘water weight‘.

But still, I feel better in myself already.


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The Life-Changing Benefits

As well as my speedy progress, there are so many confirmed health benefits to intermittent fasting.

One I found the most surprising was that after a couple weeks you actually begin to feel like you have more energy than ever.

This is because your body will begin to automatically take energy from your body’s stores instead of waiting around for your next intake of food.

Some other amazing benefits are listed below:

(All facts in this list are evidence-based)

So, I’m exciting to keep going with my intermittent fasting and see where it takes me. I will make sure to keep you updated with my progress and when I hopefully reach my goal. 4kg lost, 15kg to go!


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