I remember when I was thinking about going vegan I wondered if it would be a struggle to eat out around Southend. I wasn't sure what was on offer and what mainstream restaurants offered (if anything at all). Well, in all honesty I haven't ever had so much delicious food as I have now being a vegan in Southend. I'm not one of those people who calorie counts, I am ok eating a cake or cookie (or two) and I don't beat myself up about it. I am also happy to eat a proper plate of food, don't get me wrong I won't gorge myself on something (though bourbon biscuits can be a downfall) but my, I do enjoy a good meal! Life's too short to deprive yourself of these things and be too hard on yourself. So, because I've had so much delicious vegan food in Southend I thought I would do a post highlighting some of the great vegan foods on offer in Southend and hopefully encourage few people to look to these business' and brands for their next meal or sweet treat!Read More
Our society has moved on from a lot of archaic practices and we are getting (very slowly) more conscious of the impact humans have on the environment and the animal kingdom. However, there is one industry I see as completely unnecessary and barbaric that hasn't moved on at all- the fur industry. The fur industry is very much alive for one reason, fashion. How it became fashionable to wear the fur skins of animals I do not know, but in this time - how is it still seen as acceptable by a lot of people? There are (unfortunately) plenty of high street big named brands that still use fur in their fashion lines. There is no doubt fur used to be a lot more popular, it was seen as a status statement for sure. But in London certainly, I see someone wearing a fur item almost daily and its not just the older generation - so some demand for it is very much there. I understand people may not feel the same as me on many of the issues I feel passionate about, but chatting to a lot of people I know (vegan and non vegan) they feel the same as me and wouldn't want to contribute to the fur industry in any way.Read More
Dairy milk is a product that is in such high demand all over the world there is no way that it can be produced humanely or slightly natural. Long gone are the days when the countryside was full of cows grazing, enjoying life and local produce was thriving. Unless you live in a small village and actually know the cow your milk has come from, all of the below has happened in abundance...
- A cow has to be repeatedly pregnant all through her life to produce milk, this is done through artificial insemination.
- When the cow gives birth to her calf she has but a few minutes with her newborn before it is dragged away to either become veal on someones plate or if it is a female, she could face a life of misery in the dairy industry.
- The years of being constantly pregnant and milked virtually to death take their tole on the cow, by the end they can hardly walk, their udders have become so sore and huge from the constant abuse even moving is a huge struggle.
- Cows often get infections such as mastitis and a percentage of this infection called 'pus' can legally be and is in the finished product of milk which you drink.
- Once they have lived out their use they are chucked in the meat truck off to slaughter.
- The average life span of a dairy cow is 4/5 years, the average natural life span of a cow is 25.
If you don't want to contribute to the dairy industry, you don't have to. We are lucky to live in a age where there is a plethora of delicious plant based milks available in the supermarkets. One of my favourite is Koko Dairy Free coconut milk.Read More
Plant based diets have never been more popular, the supermarkets are stocking more vegetarian and vegan foods than they ever have and we're seeing big brands jump on this demand by bringing out vegan options of their products - there is a HUGE market for it now and it just keeps growing which is fantastic.
A man who is promoting a plant based diet in a very in a positive way is Mr DIY himself, DIY SOS' Mr Nick Knowles. Nick has recently brought out a cookery book containing hearty vegetarian and vegan recipes primarily aimed at meat lovers and people who may have never considered a plant based diet (although this book is for anyone who wants to cook!). I had the opportunity to chat to Nick and ask him some questions about his decision to go plant based, his experiences and what advice he would give anyone thinking about it.Read More
In the first weekend in February we took a belated birthday trip (for me) to Brighton for the weekend, Brighton is the vegan haven of the UK and I couldn't wait to try some of the vegan food on offer. It just so happens my friend Lynn, former chef and general superwoman animal carer at Jacobs Ridge, has started a vegan food business in Brighton. There was no way I was going to go down that way and not say hello, I also had another motive. Lynn's cooking from what I could remember of my time at Jacob's Ridge was something out of this world, so yes, I admit I was looking forward to going into a food coma from her cooking as well as giving her a big hug! Lynn's business is called Vegan Food Pimp (a name that certainly is well deserved) and she runs this from The Marlborough Pub & Theatre, Prince's Street, Brighton. Lynn is so passionate about cooking, she loves experimenting and creating delicious vegan dishes. So much so that as well as being the chef here at The Marlborough, Lynn has also recently brought out a vegan cook book, if you're interested in the book you can find more information on her website.Read More
I try to reduce the amount of waste I leave in my wake as much as possible, from food to products. I'm not perfect by any means but I try to do what I can, some things have been an easy instant change and some take more time to slot into your everyday life and indeed are still taking time. We may not always get it right but if we can all be a bit aware about these things that is going to have a positive effect on the environment. I thought I would share my top 4 reusable and more eco-friendly elements that I've adopted into my life, hopefully to inspire you to think on where you can make a few changes if you can. There is no planet B so we need to seriously look after this one!Read More
Have you ever looked on the back of a skincare product and read every ingredient and understood what you were reading? I can honestly say a few years ago I hardly ever looked at what I was really using and when I did, it was just a plethora beauty jargon to which I had no idea what it actually meant! And yet, I was still happy to put it on my face - WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Looking back I am ashamed at myself that I never questioned the ingredients of the products I was using. Whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body and yet we use products daily that contain ingredients like aluminium and liquid plastics and a whole load of other ingredients which we have no clue about.
It makes no sense at all.Read More
White Rabbit Skincare, a brand I found quite early on in my cruelty-free journey. Over the past few years I have got to know Melanie, the alchemist behind the skincare range very well and I finally met her last year at Veg Fest London (please see above picture-isn't she a beaut?!) it was great to finally meet her. Melanie produces handmade skincare at affordable prices but extremely high quality. I am a big fan of the White Rabbit Skincare Chamomile and Carrot Seed Eye Cream and I have been meaning to try some more products for some time. The occasion arose where I ran out of my Lush 9 to 5 cleanser and I wanted to try something new, or at least incorporate something new into my routine. When investing in new products I look for more than just cruelty-free and vegan credentials, I try to go for a product that is as natural as possible and where I can - from a small independent business. I got in touch with Melanie about her Comfort Cleansing Balm to see how it works for make up removal. Melanie advised that it would work well but I might get panda eyes with my eye make-up momentarily (nice to have the warning!) but it would work. Melanie very kindly sent me a pot to try, this was packaged beautifully and included an organic white cotton flannel and one of the White Rabbit Skincare product booklets (always good to read up on possible future purchases).Read More