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Reasons to go Vegan!

Veganism has become mainstream over the last few years, but why are so many people adopting a plant-based diet? There are actually a few reasons as to why, possibly some that you may not be aware of yourself! But let’s take a look:

1) Health

Like any diet, you need to make sure your giving your body what it needs, and if you do it right veganism can work wonders for your body and health (not to mention your conscience!).

Did you know that bacon and cigarettes are in the same carcinogenic  group? By adopting a plant-based diet you are cutting out animals and their by-products, avoiding unnecessary cholesterol and saturated fats that can cause real health problems. You can read some health success stories here.

 

2) Environment

Animal agriculture has detrimental effects on the environment. Climate change, deforestation, species extinction and water shortage are consequences of the meat/dairy that is consumed daily.

Did you know that vegans save up to 13 times more water than that of a meat-eater? Making small changes to your diet can help save our planet, for more information and facts click here.

 

3) Animal Welfare

Quite simply, animals shouldn’t have to suffer all their lives and pay the ultimate price just for us to enjoy a 10 minute meal, it’s important for all these three reasons that we stop prioritizing our taste-buds!

Did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs AND 3 year old children?! A lot of people are unaware of what animals actually go through due to the meat industry and if you’re interested in finding out (and if you’re brave enough) watch Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, on Netflix.

 

Vegan Food Swaps

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat-eater, taking the leap to veganism can be difficult. If you’re looking to change your diet but unsure of where to start, here are some simple food-swap ideas:

1. Dairy-free Butter

For me, this is a really easy switch and unless you’re a hardcore butter fan, switching to a dairy-free spread is unnoticeable.

Vitalite Dairy Free spread  is a great substitute and many brands have different flavours that you can experiment with, dairy-free spreads are usually cheaper too! Bonus!

2. Soy-Mince

Switching to soy-mince for dishes like Bolognese and Chilli is a great step in the right direction. I’ve tried and tested different brands and  would wholeheartedly recommend Asda’s own!

 

Now, I hate Marmite, but adding a small spoonful whist you’re frying the mince will add a ‘beefy’ taste and it’s a source of B12!

3. Dairy-free Milk

In my opinion, milk has got to be the easiest swap, there is a huge variety of dairy-free alternatives!

 

You can experiment with different ones too! Coconut milk is great for cooking and almond milk can definitely add that extra dimension of flavour to your cuppa, however I use soy milk and literally taste no difference at all.

4. Quorn

Quorn is the Holy Grail when it comes to healthy, tasty and high-in-protein meat-free alternatives! Quorn have a great vegan range and you can substitute most meat in your diet with these products without noticing!

 

I hope these are helpful, but if you think you can do better why not try the 22 day vegan challenge? Visit the link to find out more:  https://www.challenge22.com/challenge22/

Thanks for reading!

Eating Vegan in Hull

When I first went veggie/vegan eating out was hard as there weren’t many vegan options , but over the last year there has been a huge demand for plant-based options, therefore the supply is huge  too, so it’s getting easier everyday!

Blondes Cafe

Blondes is a dedicated vegan friendly cafe (and dog friendly!)  in Cottingham. I was veggie for a whole year before realizing this place existed and since then i’ve only been a few times …

Meatball Pannini with Oreo Milkshake
Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas
BBQ Chicken Jacket Potato with Peanutbutter Milkshake

Options range from Jacket Potatoes to Paninis with fillings such as, Pulled Not Pork, Tuna Mayo and more, all vegan! They also offer a huge range of amazing smoothies, milkshakes and even FREAKSHAKES! They also have daily specials too, it’s worth checking out!

Hull University

I usually spend a lot of time at university, so it’s great to know that there are some vegan food gems hidden around! Eats have three sandwich options; Falafel & Hummus, Sausage & Chutney and Vegetable Fajita (these tick all my boxes if you ask me).

Sausage Sandwich, Crisps and Coke

You can bag a meal-deal for  £4! Eats Italia also offer a Vegan Margherita option (i always add extra veggies) which only costs £4.75 with chips and a drink.

Vegan Pizza

 

Zoo Cafe

Zoo Cafe is 100% vegetarian and most of their menu items can be veganized. When i go i ALWAYS get Mushrooms on Toast!

Mushrooms with Garlic on Toast

Where ever you go to eat, there will now usually be vegan options to choose from, so keep an eye out!

HOW TO CONQUER THE MORNINGS?

Hello, my fellow morning zombies!

So, you tried the super annoying alarm clock that literally forces you out of bed because it sounds like 9.0 magnitude earthquake! But only to drag yourself out of bed just to grunt like a cave person complaining about the mornings while waiting for your coffee?

Well, it may work well in the military!

If your new habit feels horrible, you are not going to make it very far!

So, wait there is a nicer way?

Yep.

PROBLEM: FULLY CHARGED BEFORE BEDTIME

  • Don’t eat 2 hours before sleeping.
  • No screens in room at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Get to bed on time – 30 day challenge (set alarm).
  • Write ideas, diary, to do list to get rid of thoughts before sleep.
  • Prepare everything upfront (clothes and breakfast).
  • Create a bed ritual that will relax you (meditation-Headspace app, reading fiction-Audible).
PROBLEM: LOSING THE SNOOZING BATTLE

  • Wear warm bedclothes.
  • Countdown from 5 and jump out of bed.
  • Keep the clock away and make 10 high jumps before snoozing.
  • Team up with friends
  • Find your BIG reason why and keep track of progress otherwise “sleep more” will remain to be your main priority.
PROBLEM: BEING A CAVEMAN IN MORNING

  • Find clock alarm that doesn’t turn you into Hulk (relaxing music).
  • Get app that will wake you up at the right time e.g. sleepy time.
  • Wake up gradually e.g. 15 minutes earlier every day.
  • Drink a glass of water.

Just follow those and you WILL conquer the mornings!

Any other ideas? Share below!

CAN YOU REALLY DO PUSH-UP?

Talking about push-up, someone might say it’s easy,  I can do over 100 times per set. I have to say push-up is one of the most basic exercieses, but basic does not equal to easy. Now I wanna ask you a question: Can you really do push-up?

Four kinds of push-up
  1. Classic: focus on your lower chest. When doing classic push-up, you should set your hands at a distance that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and think of your body as one giant straight line.
  2. Wide Grip: focus on sides of your chest. Your should set your hands apart wider than classic push-up
  3. Decline: focus on your upper chest. Lie on the floor face down and place your hands apart as the classic. Move your feet up to a box or bench. Next, lower yourself downward until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale.
  4. Close Grip: focus on your triceps brachii —as well as the pectoralis major — than a wide base position. It also reffered to diamond push-up. Position your hands so your index fingers and thumbs make a diamond shape. It might look like a triangle. Bring your elbows close to your body and keep them there. Keeping your elbows in and your core braces, lower yourself until your chest reaches the ground.

Do 3-4 sets each exercise, and 8-12 raps each set. Keep working for 2 month, trust me, you will get a nice shape.