Vegan 1 Year Today | My Veganniversary

Today is a big day for me – it’s my veganniversary!

I can’t even recognise the person I used to be. I’ve not only lost 2 stone in weight, gotten my cholesterol back to a normal level and my skin has cleared up, I’ve also become a more positive and compassionate person. I care more about the earth, the animals and my health than I ever have before and I feel like I’m currently the best version of myself. Going vegan was the best thing I ever did!

I put up a video on my YouTube channel talking about all the changes that I’ve made and how I’ve grown as a person since I went vegan. Give it a watch below:

When is your veganniversary? Let me know in the comments!

There Is No Planet B | Happy Earth Day

Happy earth day, all!

All over the world, people celebrated the earth. They held demonstrations, created art, raised awareness of dire and preventable issues facing the earth and immersed themselves in nature. It’s a pity we don’t all do this more often!

There is such stunning beauty around us, whether it’s in a park, a garden, at the top of a mountain, on a hiking trail or at the beach – wherever you find beauty – but it can be so easy to forget that the earth is wounded. Human activity is hurting and killing it, and I’m not just talking about the devastating effects of animal agriculture; there are mountains of trash on and underneath our oceans, our forests are being chopped down at shocking rates, our air is being polluted, and we’re buying and using so much that is being chucked into landfill without a second thought for how long it will take for the earth to break it down. There are over 5 TRILLION pieces of plastic in the ocean, which weighs an estimated 270k tonnes. That number is hard to even imagine but this estimate could likely be even higher.

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By hurting the earth, we’re hurting ourselves. Like all animals, it’s natural for humans to be immersed in nature. We find peace there, and particularly now in the age we’re living in, with our eyes constantly fixed on the unnatural light of screens, sitting inside most of the day, breathing in air doused with perfumes and air fresheners and smoke, drinking water tainted with chemicals and chlorine byproducts, and filling ourselves with corpses and processed foods. It’s no wonder as people we’re all so ill and our world is bearing the brunt of this too.

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But we can’t just sit around worrying and stressing over the damage being done to the world, we have a duty to do something. One major thing you can do is recycle properly and encourage others to do the same; you could set up a recycling bin at work (I just set one up in my office two weeks ago and people have been really good at making an effort!), buy glass over plastic, purchase as many unpackaged things as possible (fruit and veg are always easy options here) and when you do buy packaged products, recycle them!

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Besides this, get involved with environmental groups and educate your friends and family on the damage being done to the earth and what easy changes they can make to prevent it. If you’re a girl, think about buying a moon cup or reusable period pads instead of using disposable ones. According to Down2Earth.ie, sanitary pads and baby’s diapers can take 500 years to biodegrade. That’s insane!

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Earth Day is a good way to think about our daily habits more, our actions and how they affect the people around us and the earth we stand on. I’m not saying people have to become environmentalists overnight, but we can take this opportunity to make changes. We can try harder, even if it’s just one thing, even if you decide to recycle for the first time or if you ditch your sanitary products and buy something reusable; every little helps. All we have to do is care. Remember: Reduce, reuse, recycle!

What did you do for Earth Day? Let me know in the comments!

5 Places To Get Yummy Vegan Treats In Dublin

Hey all! 🙂

I recently took another trip to Dublin for my birthday so naturally I sought out all the yummy vegan treats that the city has to offer! Not only did I spend way too much money on vegan goodies (which I’ll be showing in an upcoming video), I also finally got to try out Sova Vegan Butchers! I had some lovely food there on my first day in the city and I also got some delicious dinners at Umi Falafel and Cornucopia.

Besides all the hearty vegan dinners, I also treated myself to goodies. In case you don’t know where to look (or in case you do and you’ve just missed some of the great businesses popping up around Dublin), here’s a list of places you can go to get some yummy vegan treats:

Antoinette’s Bakery 

Believe it or not, I lived right around the corner from this bakery for months and had no idea there were vegan options available inside. Although, to be fair, I wasn’t vegan at this point so I wouldn’t have cared, but it’s always sickened me that I could’ve had a delicious cookie on my way to work had I only walked inside and become vegan a year earlier! Sigh.

Picture from Antoinette's Bakery Facebook page

The bakery is so quirky and charming inside (though it is VERY small so don’t expect a table!) and it offers lots of vegan friendly options like banana bread loaf, a selection of doughnuts, cinnamon cookies and you can even order a vegan cake for special occasions!

Murphy’s Ice Cream 

Murphy’s is an iconic Irish ice cream brand that’s well known for its quality, but what you may not have known is that there are two sorbets that are totally dairy free and suitable for vegans! You can choose between blackcurrant and raspberry; they’re both yummy but the raspberry is my favourite!

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Murphy’s even used to do a chocolate sorbet which they might be getting back (here’s hoping!) but until then, the berry sorbets will do just fine on a hot day.

Scoop 

As far as I know, this ice cream shop just opened! Honestly you’d have to be blind to miss it because the exterior is a blue and red colour pop explosion just at the top of Camden Street.

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Although I thought that all of the ice cream was dairy based, I asked just in case and I’m so glad I did because I got to try the banana, strawberry and lemon before choosing a pot of the icy goodness. You get a much bigger portion than you would at Gino’s too!

The Rolling Donut 

This place has featured pretty heavily on my Instagram feed and I’ve talked about it on the blog before, but it still deserves a mention in case you haven’t heard of it before. The Rolling Donut serves… obviously… doughnuts!

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And there isn’t just ONE vegan flavour – there’s many! I always go for the pistachio or the chocolate hazelnut, but there’s plenty more to choose from if neither of those tickle your fancy!

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Yogism 

I noticed Yogism catered for vegans just by chance as I walked through George’s Street Arcade over the weekend. Not only do the offer a dairy free frozen yogurt, but they also have vegan pancakes on the menu!

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Made with buckwheat flour, they’re served with homemade coconut yogurt, caramelised pineapple, almond nibs and almond butter. Yum!

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Where are your favourite spots for vegan treats in Dublin? Let me know in the comments!