Welcome to my blog!

Hi there! I am a 40 something woman who went vegan for ethical reasons over four years ago, prior to this I was a lifelong vegetarian.  I live in the UK where veganism is increasing in popularity at the moment. Until recently I worked full time as an Accountant in an office based role.  Having just…

The trials and tribulations of a Weight Watcher

Firstly, the good news ….. in the week and a bit that I’ve been following WW (or Weight Watchers as was) I have lost 2.5lbs.  Yippee. Now for the not so good news ….. I am finding WW very, very hard.  The plan is quite different to when I followed it 15 years ago and,…

I’m giving Weight Watchers another try

If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years it’s that Slimming World just doesn’t work for me.  I wish that it did as it’s very accessible as the biggest weight loss club in my area, my friends love it (and have great success with it) and Slimming World claim that you can eat all that…

That time I went to Spain as a Vegan

We have just returned from a fortnights holiday in Southern Spain, staying on the Costa Blanca in a lovely villa with our own pool and tennis court!  A real treat for my husbands’ upcoming 40th birthday. Like many, my first trip to Spain was as a 15 year old on a school trip.  Back then…

That time I gave up Palm Oil

Giving up palm oil for the month of May was very much like when my husband and I first ‘went’ vegan 5 years ago.  It was easy enough if we were happy to cook most of our food from scratch and to read every label when shopping. In the years since we converted to veganism it has…

That time I gave up Social Media ….

Despite not having a religious bone in my body, every year for Lent I give something up.  In the past I’ve given up alcohol, online shopping and chocolate, to name a few.  I like to abstain during Lent because it’s not just after Christmas (when New Year Resolutions are just begging to be broken) and…

Re:cycling

If life is full of contrasts then nothing illustrates this more than the amount of exercise I did before the Bank Holiday and that I did after.  As they say, I have gone from “hero to zero”. It all started with an upsetting doctors appointment on Tuesday morning.  Totally out of nowhere (well obviously not…

Couch to 5k and our Bank Holiday ‘adventures’

It’s fair to say that my running has dropped off since last year.  In fact, I had just started some rudimentary training for a spring half marathon in December 2018 when I found out I was pregnant and dropped the strenuous exercise, then alas the pregnancy wasn’t to be and so running was the last…

Palm oil free

When hubby and I went vegan almost five years ago it was definitely “for the animals”, I’d been raised a vegetarian since birth and it felt like the natural next step.  For me any other benefits of veganism, say environmental or health benefits, were just a lucky by-product of my ethical decision to go plant…

The Beat Goes On

It’s been 12 weeks since our miscarriage and it’s true what they say, life does ‘go on’ ……. I guess it has to.  I won’t lie and say that the feeling of loss is diminished in any way, because it just isn’t and I honestly don’t think we’ll ever get over losing this pregnancy.  But,…

It’s all history

If you’ve seen my blog from Sunday (Suddenly life wasn’t a bed of roses) you’ll know that life is a bit tough for us at the moment following a miscarriage at the beginning of the month. What you don’t realise when you are pregnant is how much time you spend thinking about the pregnancy, both…