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…
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!
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.
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! You can also join our private Facebook group for those hoping to go vegan.