Tips for Veganuary
Dec14

Tips for Veganuary

Veganuary (going vegan for the whole of January) is becoming increasingly popular. Some people just like the challenge of doing it for a month, while for others it encourages them to make a permanent switch to veganism. My eldest decided to do Veganuary in 2021. And, after finding the first week or two tough, he decided to stay vegan. He might be an adult, but meal planning and shopping is still mainly down to me. Plus, as a...

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Why I’ll never be vegan
Nov23

Why I’ll never be vegan

I became a vegetarian when I was 17. I’m 48 now and I’ve never looked back. I raised my eldest without red meat. He rejected chicken very quickly and gave up fish and became fully vegetarian (his own choice) well before he left primary school. At the start of this year, he did Veganuary and then went on to become vegan. In terms of climate change, the reasons for going vegan are very sound. For starters, vegan food...

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Reluctant Veganuary
Jan20

Reluctant Veganuary

At the end of last year, my eldest asked me if I wanted to do Veganuary with him. I didn’t. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 17. We initially raised our eldest without red meat, and he’d rejected chicken and fish by the time he was about 5. So he has been vegetarian for most of his life. I am very happy being a vegetarian. You can tell me that it’s healthier and better for the environment for me to be vegan....

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And then the vegans took over
Feb05

And then the vegans took over

I became a vegetarian at the age of 17, 28 years ago. A lot of my friends became vegetarians at the same time. Like me, some of them still are vegetarian. We did it for the right reasons, because we cared about animal welfare. But it was also a bit of a trend at the time. I’m not sure if it stayed a trend or if at some time during the 90s and noughties, teenagers stopped becoming vegetarians. But I even raised a vegetarian...

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Marathon fuelling experiments: Real sweets
Jan31

Marathon fuelling experiments: Real sweets

As I look forward to, and start to train for, my first ever marathon this year, I am continuing my experiments in fuelling. I’ve never bothered fuelling (eating while running) for a half marathon, but a full marathon burns up well over a day’s calories. If I’m to make it across the line, I need to know what I can eat. I’ve already tried specialist energy foods, but they are quite expensive. I know a lot of people fuel with jelly...

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