About Me

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…

learner vegan founder katy

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!

Learner Vegan at the Lake District new

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.

katy working on learner vegan website

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

Where would you like to go first? 

Free 'Easy Being Vegan' Pack - it's a goodie!Not Vegan Yet?Blog
Featured! Free Group
learner vegan facebok group

Join my private Facebook group for those hoping to go vegan. Designed to help the vegan-curious, transitioning and new vegan on their journey!

Latest Pins!
Like Us On Facebook
Facebook Pagelike Widget
Instagram Feed
  • We're 15 days into isolation as a family. Just house and garden, no outside world.⁠
⁠
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.⁠
⁠
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. ⁠
⁠
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. ⁠
⁠
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. ⁠
⁠
Let me know how it's going for you!⁠
⁠
.⁠
.⁠
.⁠
#newvegan #learnervegan #veganbeginner #vegancommunity #vegetarians #veggielife #veggielove #veganhelp #vegansupport #dairyfree #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #meatfree #veganbuys #parttimevegan #veganshopping #vegansupermarket #animallover #friendsnotfood #veganwannabe #vegannewbie #goingvegan #beingvegan #almostvegan #veganuk #ukvegans #ukvegan #vegansofig #selfisolation #goingstircrazy
  • How do you feel about French Toast? I definitely think it's a real comfort food breakfast! Perfect for these trying times.⁠
⁠
But did you know you can make it without egg? It's so good!⁠
⁠
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
⁠
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!⁠
⁠
.⁠
.⁠
.⁠
⁠
⁣#veganfood #veganfoodshare #veganfoodideas #veganfoodspace #veganfooddiary #veganfoodprep #veganfoodies #veganfoodlove #veganfoodpic #veganfoodpornshare #veganfoodsharing #veganfoodfeed #veganfoodrocks #newvegans #newvegan #budgetvegan #goingvegan #veganhelp #veggiefoodshare #veggiefoodie #veggiefoodlover #veganforthem #veganformyhealth #veganbreakfast #comfortfood #veganfrenchtoast #frenchtoast #eggfreerecipes #breakfastrecipes #vegansofinstagram
  • Are you prepared for a vegan Easter? It’s almost time – hooray!⁠
⁠
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.⁠
⁠
But Easter isn’t just about the edibles. There are plenty of things to do and see that are cruelty-free too.⁠
⁠
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!⁠
⁠
LINK IN BIO.⁠
⁠
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.⁠
⁠
.⁠
.⁠
.⁠
#vegan #veganuk #vegansofig #whatveganseat #vgang #plantpower #plantbased  #crueltyfree #dairyfree #plantbased #veganism #dairyfreelife #veganfoodie #foodlover #veganfoodporn #veganuary #ukvegans #vegansuk #nowyouknowitsvegan #instavegan #veganfood #crueltyfreeliving #vegano #vegansofinstagram #accidentallyveganuk #veganuary2019 #newvegan #veganeaster #veganeasteregg #goingvegan
  • 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!⁠
.⁠
.⁠
.⁠
#newvegan #learnervegan #veganbeginner #vegancommunity #vegetarians #veggielife #veggielove #veganhelp #vegansupport #dairyfree #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #meatfree #meatless #veganbuys #veganmealplan #veganshopping #vegansupermarket #animallover #friendsnotfood #veganwannabe #vegannewbie #goingvegan #beingvegan #almostvegan #veganuk #ukvegans #ukvegan #vegansofig #friendsnotfood
  • 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.⁠
⁠
So what do we buy?⁠
⁠
👍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.⁠
⁠
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.⁠
⁠
You also get a shopping list, easy meal plan, and personal action points to keep you on track as a new vegan.⁠
⁠
Who wants the link? Give me a heads up!⁠
.⁠
.⁠
.⁠
#vegan #vegans #vegetarian #vegetarians #ukvegetarian #ukveggie #veggieuk #vegetarianuk #healthyeating #coaching #vegancoaching #helpgoingvegan #newvegan #veganhelp #vegansupport #parttimevegan #vegancurious #almostvegan #goingvegan #veggie #animallover #veganpregnancy #pregnantvegan #pregnancy #veganshare #vegetarianlife #vegetarianlifestyle #flexitarian #petlover #animallover
  • It's kind of fallen by the wayside with Covid-19, but we can still have a fun and cruelty-free Easter!
Check out some ideas for gifts, activities and meals.
How will you celebrate?
Follow us on Twitter