My veganniversary!

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Well hello again, you lovelies. Another week has absolutely flown by. In fact, the last year has whizzed by in a flash.

It was a year ago that I decided to give veganism a try for a month. Many of you may have heard of Veganuary. If you haven’t then it’s a campaign to encourage people to give being vegan a go for the month of January. They have an excellent website if you’re interested in learning more. Another great resource is The Vegan Society.

Well, I thought I’d be trying it for a month and then I’d probably go back but I’ve not looked back since mid January! At the start I thought ‘how will I live without eggs and cheese?’. Well, I shouldn’t have worried. There are so many alternatives out there these days for just about anything you can think of. From custard to sausages and even fish fingers. All vegan!

I’ve been asked for lots of ideas about what to eat on a vegan diet. It’s actually all pretty easy. I buy a fresh, organic vegetable box every week, which helps. I add pastas which are really good sources of protein made from such things as chickpeas, lentils and buckwheat. Once you start looking into it you discover the variety available is incredible.

OK, so the above sounds pretty virtuous. What about treats and eating out? Well… I have lost count of the fabulous foods I’ve enjoyed when out and about. There’s a gorgeous, indulgent pizza restaurant in Brighton called Purezza. They do the most amazing pizzas, melty cheeses and cocktails such as ‘lemon cheesecake’!

There’s also a burger place there, Beelzeburger, which is all about the naughty side of vegan cuisine. I had a mac n cheese burger with onion rings and fries. Oh. My. Goodness. Me. Obviously not the healthiest but when a little cheeky burger is called for I know where to go.

Brighton is a vegan’s dream with lots of creative eateries but Brighton isn’t on my doorstep, I go there every few months. Perhaps you don’t have little speciality independents like these where you are, either. The high street offers plenty of vegan options. One of my favourites is Pizza Express. When I first had a vegan pizza there I was limited to one option. Luckily for me I fell in love at first bite! I went there a couple of weeks back and their menu has expanded to offer so much more for vegan eaters. Hard to choose but I’m working my way through them, hee hee! Another local fave is Wagamama. Debbie Flint and I went there last year together, and we both had pretty specific dietary requirements, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the food.

Even the supermarkets are tempting us vegans with things like Baileys Almande and indulgent Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

This is beginning to sound like an advert for eateries! It’s honestly not meant to. I just thought I’d share some pics of some of the kinds of meals I’ve had since being vegan. I love using my Ninja food processor, my KitchenAid mixer, my Vitamix and my cold press juicer from Jason Vale. They’ve been so useful in the kitchen and I’ve always been a fan of Cook’s Essentials, they’ve been put through their paces, too. I’ve become more creative in the kitchen too. My son and I have made all sorts from faux chicken pies to cheesecakes and chocolate pudding made from avocado!

I can’t stop going on about it, I know, but I’m genuinely finding it fantastic. I think I’m the only person I know who lost weight over Christmas rather than gaining… and I wasn’t holding back apart from one week in November when I tried Body Chef for a week. It’s a great system and not just for vegans. Take a little look if you could do with the convenience of freshly prepared meal delivery that’s all been nutritionally balanced for you. So convenient and really tasty food.

I’m aiming to get one vegan-based blog out per month. I’ll be mentioning new QVC vegan brands I hope to see on board soon as well as ones we already have like Rubies in the Rubble. I might just throw the odd recipe in or show you how much food I have in a day and what I eat.

Plus, I’ll highlight any brands I think you’d be interested in which are suitable for vegans and point out some of our non-leather brands if that’s what you’re shopping for. We’ve got some great ones on board. I adore my Rino & Pelle faux leather motorcycle jacket. Not to mention my lovely Geox trainers which are non leather. Super stylish and realistic!

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you’re having a great January.

Love Catherine xx

7 Comments

  1. Bev January 16, 2019 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine. My daughter has been vegan for about 18 months and was brought up a veggie. I’m on day 16 of Veganuary and doing very well. It really was just about trying up loose ends for me and making sure I don’t consume anything with even a little milk or egg in it! Coffee was a problem for me until I discovered oat milk. I won’t advertise but there’s a particular one and obviously cheese on toast was a weakness. Not buying cheese at all and just a few eggs 🤢 for my hubby! It’s really a better way to live and I’m trawling the supermarkets for the next new vegan surprise… helped by my daughter Rachel who WhatsApps loads of pictures of stuff she’s discovered. It’s really the best singular thing we can do to help our struggling planet :(. All the best to you for continued vegan health. X Bev

  2. Liz Rowan January 16, 2019 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Catherine, Could you tell me which core foods you would include in meals such as shown above? Bread for example? Which kind? All vegetables? I’m looking for a healthy but low in calories based diet at the moment while I get started!

    x

  3. Marie Ellis January 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    What about all your Lulu Guinness handbags, if they need a new home!!!!!…

  4. Barbara johnson January 17, 2019 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    My daughter has been vegan for many years.I respect people’ choices my only concern are almonds which need gallons and gallons of water and avacado’s which are all imported.Milk is here and so are eggs.We need a balance for everything.

  5. janet Groves January 17, 2019 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    I wondered that too Marie and shoes etc.

  6. Jules January 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for another great blog about your vegan journey. You certainly look well on it! It’s always interesting to read about foods that other vegans are enjoying – I became a vegetarian as a child and made the decision to go vegan a few years ago. Like you, I have never looked back! I can honestly say that with many supermarkets now offering such great free from and vegan options, it really is so easy to do a weekly shop. I have also become more adventerous trying new foods that I wouldn’t have thought I’d have liked. You are a great advert for veganism Catherine and I wish you all the very best.

    Love Jules x

  7. Karen January 22, 2019 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    I’ve been a vegan for fourty years before it became “trendy” I hope you realise that clothes, bags, make-up and skin care should nit be derived of any animal products to be able to call yourself a vegan.

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