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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Leave a comment with your favourite vegan meal or recipe (links and tags are fine too).⁠
We can all try them out and get some new dishes into our bodies. You can even save this post (3 dots to the top right) and refer back to it for inspiration!⁠
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  • Say hello to the past me, an animal-loving vegetarian.⁠
Little did I know I was about to step my game big time!⁠
Going vegan has been so much fun for me - great health, new foods, learning about the food industries. I feel so much more aligned with my morals. But it wasn't always easy in the beginning!⁠
Are you on the fence about making that leap from vegetarian to vegan?⁠
You might be interested in my post 'Making The Leap From Vegetarian To Vegan'.⁠
Let me know if you're a veggie hoping to go vegan!?⁠
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  • Where are my pregnant vegans at?⁠
Morning sickness is TOUGH!⁠
This time around, I suffered badly from 6-21 weeks. Even now, at 26 weeks, it comes back occasionally.⁠
Here are some tips that helped me:⁠
⭐️Eat little and often. 5 – 6 meals per day are helpful so your stomach doesn’t become too empty, and then starts causing more nausea.⁠
⭐️Experiment with foods. You’ll likely be turned off some foods that you previously ate every day. Be prepared to let them go and try other things with similar nutritional values. Don’t be too hard on yourself!⁠
⭐️Get your partner to take the load off by cooking, if smells bother you – sometimes being in the kitchen is tough!⁠
⭐️Try the usual remedies such as ginger and lemon – but understand that they may not work. There are many suggestions online such as acupuncture, peppermint tea and chewables.⁠
⭐️Practice mindfulness through journalling/yoga/meditation. This will help to keep you in a positive frame of mind when you’re tired of feeling sick. These practices can also boost natural energy.⁠
⭐️Take your multivitamin when you feel least sick – try to notice any patterns of sickness through the day, or smells that trigger sickness.⁠
⭐️Drink plenty of water or herbal tea to keep hydrated. Small sips every 10 minutes, are better than trying to gulp down a litre at once. Or worse, hardly drinking at all!⁠
⭐️If you’re craving sweet things, try to stay as healthy and energised as possible by using alternatives. Maple syrup instead of sugar, NAKD bars, and fruit are all great sweet food items.⁠
Has anything helped you through morning sickness? Let me know!⁠
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This one from @raw_munchies is different as it ticks a lot of boxes - self-care, beauty, non-toxic products and natural foods. You go through 30 days of incorporating actions to take care of your body.⁠
There are some fantastic action points around natural beauty for people who are already big enthusiasts and have a good regimen. And for those like me, who are very minimal with their skin and hair routine, it’s not overwhelming or time-intensive. ⁠
Interested? Find out my thoughts through the link in my bio.⁠
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