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Happy January my darlings,

I cannot express to you how excited I have been for the New Year; ‘new year, new me’ is always the quote falling off peoples lips this time of year and now I have become that annoying creature shouting the same words from the rooftops!

This year I really want to make it my focus to be more interactive with my audience and embrace every experience in a mindful state of mind. So what better way to start the first weekend of 2017 attending the Vegan Life Live weekender down at Ally Pally?!

It was so refreshing to experience this weekend with my non-vegan friends as they were able to be introduced to a vegan lifestyle without feeling pressured into ‘converting’; but to gain knowledge and information into a healthier way of life.

Vegan Life Live was bursting with talks from inspirational vegan figures, food and drink demonstrations, vegan films and a range of delicious food to try and buy from all over the world; highlighting that being a vegan does not have to be a struggle and it is not discriminative to race or culture as there was a food stall from near enough every continent of the world.

I was lucky enough to attend both Saturday and Sunday gaining something different from each day. Shamefully on Saturday I did not attend any of the talks due to getting carried away at the stalls, collecting samples and talking to the stallholders. However I was able to watch demonstrations from the likes of ‘King Cook Daily’ and ‘Mindful Chef’.

I honestly have not eaten as much in one day as I did on Saturday; I literally tried something from every stall.

Sunday I arrived a lot earlier and attended a presentation in the ‘Veganuary’ area; I was surrounded by like-minded souls and they offered a safe space for vegans and non-vegans to ask questions and raise concerns without being judgemental, which I found extremely useful. I made a few connections and I am pleased to say we are still in contact now!

I later wondered to the Vita Coco Kitchen and watched a demonstration and talk by Juliette Bryant on Super-foods which was full of passion and very interactive. When my friends arrived we headed straight to the Food Court to line our stomachs for the rest of the afternoon. After filling our bellies we were well and truly ready to pass out. 

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I want to say a massive thank you to Vegan Life Magazine for making this happen as it realigned my passion for why I am Vegan.

Favourite Saturday food buys:

·      Love Gift Vegan – Tofu & Plantain wrap & Seaweed Fritters

·      We are mex it up – ‘pulled pork’ nachos

·      Unless Hardcore Vegan Catering – Cheesecake

·      What the pitta - Vegan Donor Kebab

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Favourite Sunday Food Buys:

·      Mooshies London – ‘What’s your beef’? Burger

Thank you for reading and feel free to contact me :) xx 

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Initial thoughts 

In February 2016 I attended’ Vegfest’ in Brighton; a midst the 250 stalls, a green bag flowing in the distance with the words written ‘To love without boundaries defined by privilege or species’ captured my attention.  As I drew closer I realised the bag was a free gift full of goodies if I subscribed to a magazine named ‘Vegan Life’.

Two months in to my decision of becoming vegan and basically winging it like my eyeliner I decided that maybe this magazine could be the answer to all my questions!  I had a brief flick through and I fell in love! Approximately 100 pages jam packed with topics varying from turning vegan, vegan activists, vegan events, recipes, vegan inspiration and so much more.

What I liked about Vegan Life is that whether you are a vegan newbie or a vegan veteran the editors have designed it in such a way that you will learn something new despite any pre-existing thoughts or knowledge around the topic.

Becoming vegan was a lifestyle change and part of my journey into becoming more mindful and living a more conscious life. Vegan Life is written from that standpoint, which I believe is the main reason why I recommend it so much. The writers do not write from a judgemental stance neither do they try to ‘convert’ you.

The transition from being a meat eater to vegan isn’t one for the light hearted; it is a struggle and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I have had a couple of slip ups along the way. Yet Vegan Life provides its readers with support as well as various meal options to try.

The most beneficial section of Vegan Life for me is the ‘Accidental Vegan’ page. This is a page that highlights various products from well-known supermarkets that you may not have expected to be vegan! Thus it opens your eyes to the unknown.

Vegan Life Magazine doesn’t have to be limited to vegans, as I believe meat eaters could benefit from it too; plus the recipes are so adaptable. Each month I will be sharing a recipe from the magazine so make sure you visit again soon.   

If you have fallen in love with Vegan Life and want to purchase your own copy, it is available in all major supermarkets or to subscribe click the links below.

Click here to subscribe for a printed version of Vegan Life

Click here to subscribe to the electronic version of Vegan Life