A quick note…

Just a heads up – this isn’t going to be one of these posts that berates you for being vegetarian. I don’t guilt trip, or point out shortfalls. We’ve all heard that before. And let’s face it, if you’re reading this now as a vegetarian, it hasn’t worked on you in the past!

My Experience As A Vegetarian

As a vegetarian for around 12 years, I can completely relate to the lifestyle and

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As a vegetarian

diet. Through my teen years (I went veggie at age 12) and early twenties, I didn’t really understand veganism properly. I had no idea about what went on in the egg or milk industry. I figured that these products were just made by the animals anyway – chickens laid eggs, cows produced milk. So why not use them? It’s not like it was actual animal meat. Nobody was dying… right? It was hard enough being vegetarian at that time. The lifestyle wasn’t really mainstream enough then, I was the only veggie in class, plus I was going through the turbulent, hormonal teen years. I just wasn’t ready to explore another lifestyle.

I’ll be honest… part of me cringes writing this. Mainly because I was so uneducated about what I was putting into my body, even though I was more aware than my peers about the food industry. When I came across snippets about the cruelty in these industries, I thought it must be either vegan propaganda, or something that only happened on the very worst farms. I ate a lot of free-range and organic produce, so that couldn’t be happening with the food I was eating. I wasn’t a part of that, because I wasn’t actively killing.

Discovering The Truth

I really was though. Yes, unintentionally. Yes, unwillingly. But I was demanding the food and somebody was supplying it to me. Animals still died, still suffered, because I ate cheese, eggs and the rest of it. If you’ve seen our About Us page, you’ll know that I was truly introduced to veganism when I met my first vegan in real life. She made it all look so easy, and that was my turning point. I started to do my own, impartial research on the food industries. I sought out research and case studies that were objective (neither funded by the farming industry or vegan organisations). I tried out various plant milks. It was a gradual change, but I embraced it.

One lovely person sparked a change in my outlook. So let me be THAT vegan for you.

The world is yours nowMake A Change

I hope you find Learner Vegan useful. We don’t guilt trip, we don’t force people to go vegan overnight, we don’t judge you for falling off the wagon. We also rarely use graphic videos (and certainly not without fore-warning). There’s enough footage out there on the internet, if you want to watch the horrors.

What we do offer are facts, support systems, and a friendly encouraging face. We tell the truth, do our research, and let you make a decision. In essence, we guide you through it. We explain things in the simplest way, but also offer sources and research should you wish to know more detail.

So if you are vegetarian right now, please do have a browse over the site. Because chances are, if you’re vegetarian already, you either care about your health or animals. You might be pleasantly surprised at how steps towards veganism can help both of those things.

Maybe you feel that you could go vegan one day per week. Perhaps you could go and find a plant-based milk you like. If you’re into beauty, make the swap to cruelty-free products. There are so many small steps we can all take to live a kinder life.

I hope you stick with us for your compassionate journey… whatever form it may take.

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  • We're 15 days into isolation as a family. Just house and garden, no outside world.⁠
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I can't lie - it's been a tough few weeks and the stress has really peaked the last few days! Trying to get in exercise and outdoor time so we don't feel crazy, homeschooling/occupying a 4 year old, breastfeeding a 4 month old on demand (who barely sleeps in the day), finding ways to obtain food and Ben trying to work from home - it's a real juggle.⁠
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But we must be thankful that we get to self-isolate when other amazing folks are working for the NHS, in care facilities, as refuse workers, etc... helping those in need and allowing society to retain some of its basic functions. ⁠
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How are you all doing? Are you getting the support and food you need?⁠
We've had some great vegan deliveries, as well as fresh produce. We haven't attempted to supermarket shop, and found some great local businesses such as veg shops and bakeries. It's actually been nice to support small businesses more.⁠
We're also making more effort to use food in the back of the cupboard, come up with different meals, and make our own snacks. Over the last few weeks I've made cake, scones, protein balls and others, using different flours and dried goods hidden away. ⁠
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So don't forget to get resourceful and break routine! Find local businesses that deliver via Facebook or Google, make some different meals and try wacky combinations. ⁠
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Let me know how it's going for you!⁠
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  • How do you feel about French Toast? I definitely think it's a real comfort food breakfast! Perfect for these trying times.⁠
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But did you know you can make it without egg? It's so good!⁠
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Ingredients:⁠
Bread of choice⁠
Third cup chickpea/gram flour⁠
1.5 cups plant milk⁠
2 tbsp vegan butter or oil⁠
Half tsp ground cinnamon⁠
Toppings of choice .ie. fruit, maple syrup, veggie bacon⁠
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1. Preheat a pan on the hob with 1 tbsp of the butter/oil.⁠
2. Mix the flour, milk and cinnamon.⁠
3. Pour into a dish, dipping your bread in to completely cover it.⁠
4. Cook in pan for approx 3 mins each side.⁠
5. Enjoy with toppings!⁠
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A vegan Easter is the same as a regular Easter, just without the cruelty! We have lots of indulgent chocolate, hot cross buns and eggs.⁠
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But Easter isn’t just about the edibles. There are plenty of things to do and see that are cruelty-free too.⁠
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I’ve put together a simple guide for a vegan Easter, including: activities that may not be as animal-friendly as you think, alternative things to do, and family meal ideas. Enjoy!⁠
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LINK IN BIO.⁠
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NB: a few activities may not be feasible due to Covid-19 but there are many things you can do at home - please do be sensible with social distancing.⁠
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  • Whole foods are both kind to animals and good for us.⁠
The great thing is, many online vegan stores are doing a fantastic job of keeping things in stock and providing us with delicious food, with minimal virus risk. ⁠
Let me know if you need any recommendations!⁠
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  • I love experimenting with plant milks. As well as the common soya and almond milks, you can also seek out cashew, pea and hemp milk! The possibilities are endless.⁠
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So what do we buy?⁠
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👍Oatly Barista - this is the only thing my husband will have in coffee. He loves it.⁠
👍Soya milk - this is often fortified and a little sweet, so kids love it. My 4-year-old daughter has it on cereal every day.⁠
👍Coconut milk - great in porridge, overnight oats or a tropical smoothie.⁠
👍Almond milk - my personal preference for tea as it's quite mild.⁠
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You can see more of my favourite dairy and egg swaps in my FREE 'Easy Being Vegan' pack! Including baking substitutes, cheeses, and chocolate. YUM.⁠
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You also get a shopping list, easy meal plan, and personal action points to keep you on track as a new vegan.⁠
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Who wants the link? Give me a heads up!⁠
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  • It's kind of fallen by the wayside with Covid-19, but we can still have a fun and cruelty-free Easter!
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