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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  • What's stopping you from being vegan?⁠
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I was vegetarian for 12 years (yes, that long!) before I took the plunge into veganism. Here are some things that stopped me from going vegan for so long:⁠
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⚠️I didn't get why vegans were so fussy over eggs and dairy.⁠
⚠️I was oblivious to the cruelty of animal agriculture.⁠
⚠️I worried about what people would think of me.⁠
⚠️I didn't want to be a burden to those around me by eating differently. ⁠
⚠️I didn't want to be labelled as a hippy or mocked. ⁠
⚠️I didn't want to give up my favourite foods.⁠
⚠️I had no idea where I would find suitable food.⁠
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I feel kind of silly when I look back at these now, because they were so easy to overcome. I can assure you that not one of these problems still remains. I wish I'd been vegan since forever!⁠
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So I want to know - what doubts and worries do you have? What's stopping you from going vegan?⁠
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Veganism was so complicated for me 6 years ago. I would literally spend an AGE standing in the supermarket, reading labels and trying to figure it all out. ⁠
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If you're a new vegan, or just curious about it, I've got your back!⁠
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This is absolutely for you if:⁠
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So many people have asked me for new ideas for easy vegan family meals, and I'm not surprised! ⁠
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Whether it’s work, studies, childcare, or other commitments, we all have things to get on with. And food is our fuel! On a busy day, how many of us resort to an easy meal that’s not very nutritious? When we think of easy meals, we often think of a ready meal, or something we can bung in the oven. Maybe even something basic and not flavoursome. But easy recipes can be so simple and delicious too!⁠
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So whether you’re really busy, struggling to find food everybody will eat, or just bored of your go-to dishes, this post is for you! These dishes are full of flavour and nutrients, but without the long list of ingredients. Plus, most of them can be made in bulk for added ease.⁠
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  • It's already getting rainy and dull over here in the UK... I'm in the mood for warming comfort food!⁠
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Need some inspiration for some delicious, filling comfort food? I’ve compiled my favourite top 10 vegan comfort foods for autumn and winter. One of them is a beautiful butternut squash soup that kids absolutely love too!⁠
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  • Some fantastic actionable tips for saving time, resources and food when you live with somebody on a different diet to you. Give it a watch!
NB: the audio uploaded a little wonky on this video, but good news - you can catch the entire 40-minute LIVE video over on Facebook (LearnerVegan). It also covers maintaining good relationships and some meaty meal ideas! - link https://www.facebook.com/learnervegan/videos/2453292811434302
  • BE YOURSELF - BREAK OUT OF THE MOULD!⁠
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The vegan community is AMAZING. But *deep breath* just like in any group, there are the rare judgemental folks lurking around. Are you a ‘real’ vegan if you drive a car (pollution!), eat fake meats (yuk!), love junk food (so unhealthy!), make an honest mistake (do better!)?⁠
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Let’s make something clear – those who say otherwise are wrong! It’s fantastic to be healthy. It’s admirable to never slip up because you’ve been vegan for years and know every product like the back of your hand, every sign to look out for. But it’s also ok to do what’s right for you and follow a learning curve.⁠
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As a vegan following a well-balanced diet, you will feel better than ever. But, it’s ok to indulge in vegan snacks now and then. It’s also equally fine to follow a healthy raw vegan diet, if it's right for you. You may miss the taste of meat at first, and load up on similar alternatives. There’s no shame in that either!⁠
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It doesn’t matter if it takes you a few months to move to a fully vegan diet because you’re still learning the ins and outs, if you enjoy vegan treats, or aren’t zero waste. Every step you make saves lives, so focus on the progress, the positives. Get there as quickly as you can, for the animals you’re saving, but acknowledge mistakes may happen. The rest will fall into place. You’re amazing already for doing this!⁠
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