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Becoming Vegan

EIGHT years ago when I decided to become vegan, I was the only vegan I knew.

In fact I hadn’t even met a vegan! My aunty was vegetarian for six years, but that was back in her ‘uni days’ and so it was described as some sort of hippy phase.

I remember making the decision and friends actually betting on when I would crack! (My friend Rachel bet me twenty quid I would break by a week – a lot to a 17 year old!)

Well here I am, unbroken, unwavering, and gladly friends with a more vegans than ever before.

It got me thinking though, when I first began there was no ‘Fry’s Chicken Nuggets’ available at my local Tesco’s – you had to make do, find your own recipes and pray to god you could make Tofu taste like anything other than just tofu!

A lot of discussions on WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook and everywhere else about vegans – seems to be talking to VEGANS. Preaching to the converted if you wish.

So I thought for anyone you know out there who is thinking about being vegan, or anyone who wants to become one, here are some handy links.

After all, this is what we’re all here to do right?

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Holidays!

The other day I was talking to my South African housemates and they were urging me to go on Safari in the country.

“You’d love it” they said, “The animals are so close, and they live in the wild.”

I have to admit I was intrigued, however after a quick bit of research (including a great Louis Theroux Documentary – here) I found that most of these ‘wild life parks’ or ‘game reserves’ actually made their money from hunting.

Of course there are a few exceptions to this rule, but I found communication slow and even the ‘eco-friendly’ websites didn’t have sufficient information on the animal welfare and upkeep of the ‘sanctuary’.

On my travels I did however find a few websites that can help fellow vegans looking for a guilt-free escape and so I thought I’d share them – I haven’t been on any of these holidays (yet!) but if like me you are just looking for some inspiration and somewhere to add to your wanderlust list, check these pages out.

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Fashion Brands

 

I just thought I’d pop this up here as I know lots of people struggle in finding vegan clothing.

I’m very much on the fence when it comes to fashion. I don’t wear leather, wool or anything that I know comes from or would harm an animal.

Equally I don’t shop solely in ethical vegan clothes shops – because they are usually CRAZY expensive.

Saying that I’m always looking for a good winter coat (even though I currently live in the desert – but I’m ginger so a green long winter coat is perfection for me) and I noticed a few of the shops in these links have things such as ‘vegan wool’ which I need to have in my life. SNNUUGGGLLLLYYY!

So yes. Obvs things like Linda McCartney make an appearance but also a few cool little American online places that have trendy shoes and bags I might just order. Then I can be a cool kid.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/shopping/best-vegan-fashion-brands-for-shoes-bags-and-accessories/

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Mr Tom Bars

How have I lived my whole life without these?

Mr Tom is a crunchy, moreish, yummy, dare I say it SCRUMMY peanut bar.

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And check this out:

THE MR.TOM PEANUT CRUNCH CONSISTS OF 60% FRESHLY ROASTED PEANUTS COVERED WITH CARAMEL AND FORMED INTO BARS. WHILE BEING SIMILAR TO PEANUT BRITTLE, MR.TOM BARS ARE SURPRISINGLY LIGHT, CRISP AND EASY TO EAT AND VERY,VERY MOREISH! ONCE THE FIRST MOUTHFUL HAS BEEN CRUNCHED UP AND DEVOURED WITH RELISH, YOU JUST WANT TO REPEAT AND REPEAT THE EXPERIENCE UNTIL THE WHOLE BAR HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED. DISAPPOINTMENT THEN REIGNS, AS YOU MENTALLY KICK YOURSELF FOR ONLY BUYING ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL PEANUT BARS. THEY ARE ALSO VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY AND ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF PROTEIN AND ENERGY. IF YOU LOVE NUT CONFECTIONARY THIS IS THE BAR FOR YOU!

Best of all you can get them at Poundland!

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Vegan Friendly Find – Skittles are back!

YYYYYYYAAAAAYYYYYYY! Now we can taste the rainbow.

Right! Skittles were always vegan in America, but not the UK because they contained – E120 cochineal.

But now it’s been removed from UK packs! 🙂

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Note: The Wrigley’s Website still lists E120 as an ingredient but it is no longer listed on a back of the packet and it says “Suitable for Vegetarians” :

So – just check your pack for E120 and if it doesn’t have it you should be good to go.

Also – for those like me who don’t like to eat non sustainable Palm Oil.

  • What is Wrigley’s policy on sourcing palm oil?

    Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, deals only with those suppliers who have respect for the environment. Wrigley is committed to working with all stakeholders to make progress towards more sustainable production. We support the environment and the sustainable production of palm oil.

    Currently, we only use palm oil suppliers that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and our aim is to move to 100% RSPO certified palm oil, originating from sustainable sources by 2015.

    The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a non-profit association, works to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders. More information on the RSPO can be found at www.rspo.org.

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Vegan Friendly Find – Nakd Bars

Cereal bars just got yummy for vegans!

No more searching for hidden honey (I’m looking at you Nature bars! – fool me once!)

Nakd bars are nutritious, and made from all natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts which are ‘smooshed’ together into a handy bar.

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They are wheat and dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras.

Nakd bars come in flavours of Rhubarb & Custard Bakewell Tart, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Orange, Ginger Bread, Pecan Pie, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. (My favourite is Pecan Pie <3)

You can pick them up from any UK supermarket – or online here:

http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/mixed-boxes/nakd-mixed-case/

The Nakd website also has a page dedicated to going vegan – big love! (http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/dietary-needs/thinking-of-going-vegan-top-tips-for-starting-out/)

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Vegan Friendly Find – Choices Caramel Chocolates

OMG – best vegan chocolate I have found yet.

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Choices Caramel Chocolates come in 125g packs – 12 pieces, (which isn’t enough for sweet tooth like me).

These luxurious caramel chocolates, come as individual vegan caramel chocolates, with 30% cocoa content and made in Ireland. These are Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free and PKU Friendly – so all round awesome.

For me, dairy free confectionary has never tasted so good and if you fancy giving them a try, you can get them online or in Holland and Barrets (UK)
Ingredients: sugar, fondant (sugar, glucose syrup, water), cocoa butter, invert syrup, cocoa mass, rice syrup, inulin, water, coconut oil, rice flour, flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).