The side effects of being a vegan

Although many people seem genuinely interested in Veganism, I noticed that many of them are more interested in the reasons why NOT to be a vegan, rather than listen to the facts. So yes this blog title was definitely click bait for the vegan haters out there.

Since transitioning from a carnivore, I've noticed a few things that have changed, physically & mentally. So, here are a few things that you can expect when you adopt a vegan lifestyle.

1. Clearer skin

Being vegan has cleared up my skin completely and made me feel so much more confident in my skin. I still have the odd break-out if i drink alcohol or when I'm on my period, which is when my favourite beauty products come in handy.

I took the "before" picture when I was eating vegan junk food. The "after" picture was taken 1 week after using my vegan beauty products and eating a plant based diet.


2. Lots more energy

Becoming a vegan has given me such a boost in energy its unreal. I used to HATE waking up hungry & exhausted, even after having a full nights sleep. Now I wake up with a surge of energy every morning ready to tackle the day ahead.

3.  Better nights sleep


To put it simply, I sleep like a baby and I find that I fall to sleep a lot easier than I used to as a meat eater. I actually cant remember the last time I struggled to fall or stay asleep.

4. Weight loss

Being a vegan means you have to find your protein, calcium & b12 elsewhere, and after a few weeks of eating a healthy selection of fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, drinking dairy free milks and more, I started to notice how I was losing weight without any effort and I'd definitely say a vegan lifestyle is better than any fad "diet" I've done in the past.

5. Thick, healthy & strong hair & nails

Healthy hair & nails is a definite benefit of veganism. I also take hair vitamins for extra strength which has helped my hair sooooooo much. I take MSM & Biotin which costed me around £8 for both of them and are the main ingredient in all the popular healthy hair products.

6. Self discipline

When you become vegan, you notice many things you now have to say no to. Your favourite bottle of wine, muffins from the supermarket & yorkie puddings on your Sunday roast.

HOWEVER, it opens up your eyes to a million other things you can say yes to! I love finding alternatives to the foods I used to love, and I can happily say that the alternatives taste waaaaay better, and definitely make me feel better knowing I'm not eating any meat, dairy or eggs or hurting any animals.

7. Experimenting with food

In my opinion, this is has been one of the most fun and exciting parts of being vegan because it means that most of the time I have to think outside the box and be creative with my food. Some of my favourite fruit & vegetables I now cook with are things I had never even tried before! I'd never tried a radish or courgette or dragon fruit can you f**king believe that?!

8.  Save money

Having a vegan lifestyle means I buy in bulk, I cook meals from scratch with discounted fresh produce, I create simple recipes and I freeze leftovers. I save a lot of money by looking at offers and discounts at the supermarket & I tend to stay away from meat substitutes as they can be costly.

9. Inner peace

Inner peace comes from knowing that you aren't contributing to the slaughter of animals, the destruction of the planet or the destruction to your health

Personally, I think that once you've armed yourself with enough education about veganism & the meat industry, you can't sit back and ignore it anymore. Which is a big reason why many people are so resistant, because they know that if they found out the truth about what goes on their plate, they might not want to eat it anymore.

10. Overall better health & well-being

As a vegan I feel healthier & happier than I ever have. I used to suffer from serious migraines that would put me in bed for hours in pain, and as soon as I gave up meat & dairy, I haven't had a migraine or a headache since. And thank god because that shit was painful.

I've never heard of anyone going vegan and complaining about how they feel, and why would they when it feels f**king incredible! There is nothing in the world that would make me want to eat meat again which makes me feel really proud of myself because of how much I've educated myself.

Are you a vegan and experiencing anything similar? Or maybe you're thinking about becoming vegan? Comment below & share your story!

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16 easy plant-based vegan recipes on a budget!


Regardless of whether you’re vegan or not, you’ve definitely heard other people say before that “eating healthy is expensive”. And veganism is commonly known for being expensive, but that’s just not true anymore. Supermarkets are reacting to the veganism trend and are bringing out new vegan products all the time!

I’m a frugal gal, I love cooking and I eat soooo much food everyday, but you won’t catch me spending a ton of money on my shopping bill every week.

With new vegan products, an unlimited supply of inspiration on Pinterest and thousands of food porn pictures on Instagram, the vegan options are endless. Eating plant-based vegan food on a budget isn’t impossible if you know what ingredients to use and what yummy meals to cook. With these easy plant-based vegan recipes you can start eating healthy without spending a fortune. Living a vegan lifestyle can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be!



Budget ingredient: Sweetcorn, Lentils

Vegan Taco Salad with Lentil Walnut Meat



Budget ingredient: Peas, pasta



Budget ingredient: Broccoli, coconut milk

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Lentil Spinach Coconut Curry

Budget ingredient: Coconut milk

Lentil Spinach Coconut Curry- Emma's Little Kitchen



Budget ingredient: Spinach

Easy Spinach Pesto Pasta | Simple vegan spinach and basil pesto coats shell pasta for this fresh, healthy spring dish.


Open-Face Roasted Tomato Sandwich

Budget ingredient: Tomatoes

open face roasted

Red lentil bolognese

Budget ingredient: Lentils, tomatoes


Carrot & coriander soup

Budget ingredient: Carrots

Paleo Carrot Soup recipe with Coriander and Garlic, a delicious spin on carrot soup, it's gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.


Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Budget ingredient: Cauliflower

Sweet, sticky, addictive sesame cauliflower, a healthy & delicious meatless recipe


Mexican rice and bean skillet

Budget ingredient: Rice

Mexican Rice and Bean Skillet: This easy gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan 20-minute meal is full of fresh and exciting flavors! || recipe



Budget ingredient: Kidney beans, sweet potato

Sweet Potato & Kale Chilli


White Bean Mac and Cheese

Budget ingredient: White beans

Vegan White Bean Mac and Cheese (GF)



Budget ingredient: Oats

Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up.



Budget ingredient: Hummus

Open-Faced Roasted Beet Hummus Sandwich - Eat Thrive Glow


Budget ingredient: Chickpeas

Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich | #vegan #soyfree #chickpea #avocado



Budget ingredient: Sweet potato, black beans

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas


Do you have any nifty saving tips for eating vegan on a budget? Comment below!

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10 morning habits to seize the day and change your life

While the world sleeps in the early hours of the morning, you have the opportunity to seize the day and change your life, and it all starts with these 10 morning habits. No matter what time you go to sleep, it’s important to wake up early and get that jump start to the day.

1) Wake up and get up early

Set your alarm and whatever you do, DO NOT press the snooze button! How many of us have hit the snooze button and accidentally wake up 3 hours later? Definitely not me…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” – Marcus Aurelius (Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180)

2) Breakfast

A healthy breakfast to start the day is always a good idea. I find that if I don’t eat breakfast in the morning as soon as I wake up, by lunch I have zero energy and a thumping headache. On the go? Make a smoothie the night before to grab before you head off. Making your own smoothies saves a shit ton of money, and you know that you’re not paying £3 for a smoothie with 80% grapes and full of sugar.


These are definitely some of my favourite smoothies, and they’re all easy and quick to make with 5 ingredients each from Greatist. If you’re looking for the perfect solution to a healthy breakfast on the go, this is it.

I use my trusty Hydro Flask to keep my smoothies cold and after using mine for years, I absolutely swear by it. It’s the only flask I’ve bought that keeps your smoothies cold and fresh all day, and it means that when spending long days at the beach I don’t have to go hunting for cold water which also saves money.

And if you haven’t already got yourself a smoothie maker shoved in the back of the cupboard somewhere, there are some quality blenders I’ve recommended below that are well worth the money, they don’t cost an arm and are specifically designed for busy women on a budget.

3) Meditation

There are so many benefits of meditation. To list a few, meditation induces mindfulness, relaxation, decreased drug/alcohol abuse, protection against mental health, less anxiety, a natural flow of creativity, decreased stress and better concentration.

But, for those of you (like me) who find it hard to sit down in silence and clear your mind, especially in the mornings when there are a million things bouncing around in my head, why not use an online meditation walk-through video? There are hundreds on YouTube, including some funny ones like the ‘fuck it meditation’ where you’re told to “breathe out the bullshit” which is absolutely perfect for me.

4) Gratitude

Get yourself a cute little notebook and leave it next to your bed so the first thing you see when you wake up is your “gratitude notebook”. Every morning write down 10 things you’re grateful for. This can be anything you want. Try not to repeat the same ones everyday so that you can look back each week and physically see the many beautiful things in your life that you’re grateful for.

“If you want to find happiness; find gratitude – Steve Maraboli”

5) Set yourself a goal

Start each day with an intention or a goal, no matter how big or small. I find this really helpful when I have a busy day to help me focus on what’s important and stay motivated on future goals. When I know it’s going to be a crazy busy day, one of my intentions is to focus on not getting stressed over the things I can’t control. When I’m struggling with my depression and it feels like I can’t get out of bed, I focus on one intention of simply going outside into the garden for a few minutes to get some sun and fresh air.

Living with anxiety makes simple tasks seem too much most of the time, so by writing a few things down in the morning, I can start to wrap my brain around what I have to do today and where I should be focusing my energy. It’s nice to look back at the intentions/goals during the evening so I can clearly see how productive I’ve been.

6) Move yo body

If you’re not into the gym like me, there are plenty other options for exercise. Take your dog out for a walk, walk around the block, go on a hike, go surfing, swim at your local pool, do some yoga or try the squat challenge (never a bad idea ladies). What’s your excuse?

7) Affirmation

Try some affirmations in the shower. Most of the ones I use are easy to remember so that I can constantly repeat them with easy.  While you’re practising your affirmations, visualise all your negative energy being washed away by the clean water. Here are a few I use in the mornings, or better yet, make your own personalised affirmations!


8) Vision board

I bought a cork board for a few quid, got some old fabric and personalised my vision board without having to spend a lot of money. Take a look at your vision board every morning and if you have time, add a new quote or picture to it daily. Pinterest is also a good idea if you’d rather have it on hand where its convenient to look at on the go. I have an obsession with Pinterest, and I love how much inspiration you can find on there. Check out some of my boards if you’re running low on ideas!

9) Read

I absolutely love reading and I honestly feel like you can never read enough. I’ve learnt more from reading books in the past few years than I did during my time at university (seriously). Go online or to your local book store and find a book that looks interesting and makes you excited to read it. Check out my recommendations below for my favourite vegan cookbooks! All three of these were a godsend when transitioning from vegetarian to vegan and made it so much easier for me.

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[The Vegan Pantry] [Eat. Nourish. Glow: 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthier] [Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F**k]

10) Be kind to yourself

This one is important because if you don’t love, respect and show kindness to yourself, how do you expect others to? You’re a work in progress, if you had a bad day yesterday, don’t bring that negativity into the next day –  start fresh and forgive yourself for any mistakes. Take the opportunity to get to know yourself better. Discover all the little things you love about yourself. Aim to be the best version of yourself. And most importantly, be kind, be proud and remember that you matter.

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