Veganuary – Week One

Finally, after over two years of being a vegetarian and banging on about how I want to eventually be vegan, I’ve gone and given it a go!

So far, it’s going really well, and I’m so pleased. I’ve had two tiny dairy slip-ups – one on New Year’s Day when extremely hungover and I was made a milky cup of tea, and the other stealing a small piece of bread with butter on it – but that’t it, and after a week I’m getting used to it and I don’t think it’ll happen again. After all, the first time I said I was going to do a veggie big shop, I came home with a ham and pineapple pizza, and I haven’t done that since!

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Linda McCartney sausages, mash, peas and onion gravy – vegan comfort food 

I definitely think it’s a good idea to go vegan gradually. I have a number of friends who have gone straight from being an omnivore to trying veganism and have failed within the first few weeks or months; many then giving up on the idea because they think it’s too hard.

Being veggie first means I’m used to cutting things out, finding alternatives and reading food labels. It also means I’m firm in my beliefs and my reasons behind giving up meat, and extending that to giving up eggs and dairy, so it’s less about willpower and more about remembering why I’m doing this, and that makes it much less difficult.

Here are some of my favourite vegan products that I’ve found so far:

 

First is obviously that vegan staple: tofu. These marinated tofu pieces are so easy to cook and so delicious I don’t know why I wasn’t using them before. The meal is a yummy stir fry – Sainsbury’s frozen stir fry veg, Cauldron tofu pieces, Yutaka wheat noodles and Sainsbury’s light soy sauce.

Next there’s my favourite, so far, plant-based milk: Oatly! oat milk. Perfect in porridge, my favourite breakfast (Quaker Oats Golden Syrup Flavour), and I’ve heard it’s great in tea so I’ll definitely be giving that a try.

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Hazelnut milk in coffee is pretty good, and rice milk is okay, but I’m hoping when I try more milk alternatives I’ll find one that I like more.

Next something that is very important to me: vegan cheese. I was so happy when Sainsbury’s brought out a range of free from cheese-style products, but very nervous to try them.

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Luckily, I like them! The cheddar-style is probably my least favourite, but on a sandwich with some salad it’s hard to tell the difference. The other two are perfect straight swaps for the dairy version, and I use them in the exact same way.

Finally some sweet things I found in the free from section where I work (Booths, northern Waitrose if you haven’t heard of it :)) Lazy Day Foods free from millionaire shortbread and Bell’s Gluten-free jam tarts – they’re delicious! Who needs dairy or eggs??wp-1483893785930.jpg

Next week I’ll make another update on how the month is going – possibly with some reviews of the documentaries I’m planning on watching this week, just to keep me motivated.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Current (Cruelty-Free) Beauty Faves

Superdrug Vitamin E Serum & Day Cream

.Superdrug Vitamin E Serum 50mlIt makes me so happy that I can go into a Superdrug store and know that any own brand products I pick up will be cruelty free. This makes life so much easier, especially when I’ve done a little too much over-spending recently to splash out on a more expensive brand.

Up until now my go-to Superdrug range has been the B. skincare and make up, but having run out of my B. Night Serum and my Lush Celestial moisturiser at the same time, I decided to try out the slightly cheaper Vitamin E range.

.Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream 100mlI have combination skin, but more on the dry side, so I thought this would be a good way to combat that, and I was right. My skin feels so soft, I have been totally converted to this range.

http://www.superdrug.com/View-all-Superdrug-Vitamin-E/c/vitamin-e

(I’m especially excited to try the Moisture Mask and the Super Balm)

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk 

PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk

This smells delicious, and works a treat. When I wear a lot of eye make-up (which is most of the time) I still have to use remover pads to take it off, but otherwise this cleanser is all you need. It really does  what it says it will, the description being: ‘daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion.’

http://www.boots.com/en/PEACHES-AND-CLEAN%C2%99-Deep-Cleansing-Milk-350ml_1683520/

Zoella’s Scrubbing Me Softly and Kissy Missy lip balm

From Zoe’s original range I have still only tried the Fizz Bar, which I absolutely adored. I loved the understated, fresh scent of it, so was a bit nervous when I found out the new range was more fruity.

But from when I first saw her video revealing the products for the new tutti fruity range I knew I had to have the lip balm and the body scrub. And I don’t regret it.

Zoella Kissy Missy Lip BalmI love the idea of a pigmented lip balm, even though the colour definitely won’t suit every skin type, it’s perfect for my pinky paleness.

The body scrub just smells heavenly (the scent really lingers as well, in a good way) and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft, it makes up for the fact that I’m sometimes too lazy to moisturise as much as I should!

Zoella Scrubbing Me Softly Body Scrub

http://www.superdrug.com/microsite/zoella-beauty-range

Lush Karma Kream

I’ve had this product for a long, long time, and the scent I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I’ve always been a big fan. Especially a couple of weeks ago when I got back from Latitude with an obscene amount of midge and mosquito bites, with not enough bite relief cream to cover the whole area.

https://www.lush.co.uk/products/karma-kream

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy

It’s super creamy, super moisturising, but it dries matte?! And it lasts for a good while for a lip gloss that’s only £2.99. I love love love it.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream 5ml Cotton Candy 1

http://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Cream-Puff-Lip-Cream-5ml-Cotton-Candy-1/p/274202#.Vc-I6vlVhBd