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Who’s behind Learner Vegan?

“Welcome! I’m Katy, the creator of Learner Vegan. I’ve walked the vegan walk, and now I’m here to talk the talk. To help YOU become a happy and healthy vegan. NB: If you have no interest in my story, you may want to skip over the next paragraph…

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Enjoying a delicious vegan cocktail in Tenerife

My journey into veganism began when I was 12 years old. Before that, like most kids I never thought about where food came from, I just ate what I was given. But challenging thoughts crept in. Why was it fine to eat bacon but not my pet cat? The whole concept of eating animals confused me.

A family member lived on a small farm and allowed me to take care of a lamb. I called her Snowy, bottle fed her, cuddled her. One day I visited and Snowy wasn’t there. She was served up as a meal. I was devastated. Horrified even! Soon after, I saw a documentary at school on slaughterhouses – that finished me off. From then on, I was a vegetarian.

I’d never heard of veganism at this point. Like many, I thought it was an extreme way of living – restrictive and difficult. What was wrong with eggs and milk? It wasn’t until I started a new job at age 24 that I met my first vegan. She was healthy, happy and brought wonderful food into work. I asked many questions around veganism and she explained the concept in a friendly way. She didn’t judge me or tell me to become vegan. I came to that conclusion by myself, thankfully!

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Me after a steep climb at the Lake District

I didn’t have a big epiphany. I don’t even have a ‘veganniversary’ like many people. I started the transition slowly. Firstly, switching from cow’s milk to plant milk in meals, drinks and cereal. Then I stopped eating dairy chocolate. The hardest part was cutting out cheese and eggs as there weren’t as many vegan alternatives back then, but after a while it was second nature. It took a while for me to get my head around some aspects – hidden ingredients, e-numbers, ethical fashion, anybody? But I DID get there. I fully believe the way I made the transition was best for me, to ensure that I went vegan for the right reasons, stayed committed to veganism for life, and made a real difference to my health, animals and the environment.

…And that’s my short story. I’m now 30. I became a fully fledged vegan around 6 years ago and haven’t looked back. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made mistakes. Plus it took me a long time to understand animal testing issues, parent companies and loads of other things. In fact, I’m still learning and developing now!”

 

 

How did Learner Vegan materialise?

“I’ve met wonderfully supportive people along my vegan journey, but also a few judgemental folks that criticise and argue in a non-constructive way. There’s been masses of complex information to understand along the way, on a huge variety of vegan-related topics. Some of it can be a struggle to understand.
Veganism doesn’t have to be as hard as I made it for myself! And that’s really why I wanted to create this site.

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Working on Learner Vegan out in the sun

Firstly, to create a safe space. Somewhere you can come if you fall off the wagon. No judgement, no criticism. Just a friendly face and support to reach that vegan goal, whatever it may be or however slowly you are working towards it.
Secondly, to help people who were like me 6 years ago. People with no clue about veganism, perhaps even with pre-conceptions and doubts about the whole lifestyle. But with a thirst to find out more, to make some kind of change, because supporting these violent industries doesn’t sit right with them anymore.

Does any of this sound like you?
You may not know where to start. You’re probably overwhelmed by the masses of conflicting information out there. I was too!

Learner Vegan is a one-stop shop. It makes everything simple and easy to understand. I’ll talk you through ethics, shopping and cooking… plus everything else! I’m on hand as your vegan guide. To answer tricky questions, motivate you, and help you back on the wagon if you slip up. I might even sprinkle in a bit of humour if you’re lucky! If that’s not enough, I’ll be adding blog posts, reviews, and helpful information every week, to keep you learning and amused. And if there’s anything you’d like me to write about or answer, you can get in touch.

Remember: reading this is your first step toward a compassionate lifestyle. I’m all for celebrating these small changes, because every change is an animal saved.

So… let’s get you started!

PS. I hope you enjoy the site. Please feel free to comment on posts, share pages, connect on social media, and email me. You’ll get out what you put in!

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Worried about eating vegan on the go?⁠
No idea which restaurants are vegan-friendly?⁠
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This THURSDAY 16TH, 12.30PM BST, I'm going to be hosting a live Q & A over at LearnerVegan Instagram.⁠
Topic: Eating Out As A Vegan.⁠
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I highly recommend joining in live - it's going to be a good one! Come along and ask anything around eating out - we'll work through it.⁠
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Leave a comment with your favourite vegan meal or recipe (links and tags are fine too).⁠
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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.⁠
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Little did I know I was about to step my game big time!⁠
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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!⁠
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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'.⁠
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Morning sickness is TOUGH!⁠
This time around, I suffered badly from 6-21 weeks. Even now, at 26 weeks, it comes back occasionally.⁠
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⭐️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.⁠
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⭐️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!⁠
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⭐️Get your partner to take the load off by cooking, if smells bother you – sometimes being in the kitchen is tough!⁠
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⭐️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.⁠
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⭐️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.⁠
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⭐️Take your multivitamin when you feel least sick – try to notice any patterns of sickness through the day, or smells that trigger sickness.⁠
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⭐️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!⁠
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⭐️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.⁠
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Has anything helped you through morning sickness? Let me know!⁠
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Why we shouldn't be eating it
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How to ditch cheese for good. 
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