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Embracing A Plant-Based Diet & Living A Vegan Lifestyle...


I have been trying to write this post for a while now without much success…

Before I begin I just want to state that I am not a nutritionist, I have no scientific qualifications, I am not a health and fitness blogger and I do not have an animal activist background…

What I do have however is a Netflix account, an Internet connection and a heart and mind, which has been deeply affected by recent things that I have watched and read. 

Over the past nine months or so I have been on a bit of a mission to find out more about plant-based diets and vegan lifestyles. It began when I watched Cowspiracy on Netflix and I was absolutely distraught to see what animals go through in order for us to enjoy them on our plate. I was also shocked to discover how much eating and consuming meat and diary has had an impact on our environment and our health! I became a little obsessed and before long I had watched pretty much every food/animal/vegan/lifestyle documentary that Netflix had to offer.

Now, I’m not going to get all preachy, and I completely understand that not everyone will agree with me here, but all of this information completely changed my outlook about how I buy, cook and eat food. At the start of the year I made a conscious decision to at least stop eating meat. I am also massively cutting back my dairy intake and trying as much as possible to consume food that is plant based. 

Obviously there are exceptions (hello dinner at the parents house; no mum, I’m not going to force you to cook a vegan chili for me!) and there will be times when I really fancy that doughnut/macaroni & cheese/pizza/pain au chocolat… But my point is, I am trying to change my lifestyle. I have absorbed so much information on this topic, that it was getting harder and harder for me to turn a blind eye. I can’t enjoy a chicken curry in the same way, knowing how crappy the life of that chicken probably had. I can’t sink my teeth into a beef burger like I used to without thinking about the bad effects it will have on my body. 


I am making a conscious effort to try however, and it has certainly made me more adventurous in the kitchen! Plant-based meals aren’t actually as hard as I thought that they would be. I have found that organisation and making sure that my cupboards are fully stocked is the key! I have loved using some great products from Indigo Nutrition* that I have recently been introduced to. They are an organic, vegan brand and have a huge range of products from whole foods to herbal teas, from green powders to natural sweeteners. They also have a huge amount of vegan and health food inspiration on their website. 


As well as reducing my meat and diary intake, I also wanted to reduce my sugar intake. Rather than go cold turkey however, I looked at alternate sweet treats and have been happy to discover that there are so many options available! I have recently been eating Esthe Choc*, which is a vegan chocolate that is not only a great chocolate fix; it is actually good for your skin! I know – mad right?! They have done some great studies, which you can read more about on their website, and it has been proven that consuming one of their chocolates a day is a great anti-aging fix – who knew! 

I am in no way saying that this is the life to lead or that anyone is doing anything wrong. But I do believe that a lot of this information about the meat and dairy world is swept under the carpet, and we are often ignorant as to what is actually going on. 


If you have the chance, I would really recommend having a scroll through Netflix to watch some of these documentaries. Be sure to let me know if you do, I would love to know your thoughts and experiences on this subject. 

Madolyn
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