My Vegan Story

  • My week as a vegan – Day 7

    7.15am Coffee with my special milk mix and you know, it’s becoming more bearable the more I drink it. Going to try coconut milk this weekend but I’m scared I’ll fall in love with it, because in SA it costs R54 a litre. That’s five times the price of cow’s milk. FIVE.
  • My week as vegan – Day 6

    Coffee – Breakfast – Lunch = Unsatisfying but manageable – Yum – Yum No big changes in the first half of the day then. I know I’m not quite finished my week, but today I want to talk about how I feel since going vegan. My energy levels have been consistent.
  • My week as a vegan – Day 5

    Over the last 4 days, I’ve proved to myself that being vegan at home is easy (just don’t mention coffee), especially if you are insane like me and do several weeks worth of food prep in one day. But what about when you go out? Well…
  • My week as vegan – Day 4

    Well, at least I’ve done my food prep! This should be a breeze. Let’s get to it… 6.30am Coffee, oat milk, yuck. (Note – I don’t choose to get up at 6.30 when I only need to leave at 8.20. This is what having kids makes you do.) 7.30am Morning smoothie with ingredients that aren’t just banana, hallelujah. 
  • My week as a vegan – Day 3

    Hours spent cooking: 6 Hours spent enjoying cooking: 1 Ok, so maybe I got a little overenthusiastic with my food prep today. In my pressing need to have go-to meals and snacks ready for all occasions, I ended up cooking enough vegan food for several armies and their horses. Luckily horses are vegan too, so there you go.
  • My week as a vegan – Day 2

    7.00am We’ve got the last of our grocery shops scheduled for this morning so I only had time to briefly pop into Checkers yesterday for milk – guess what my choices were? Cow, almond and soya. Sigh. Settled on soya and had a deeply unsatisfying cup of coffee this morning. 8.00am Breakfast – slice of toast with store bought hummus and chopped olives.
  • My week as a vegan – Day 1

    7.15am Made a cup of coffee with rice milk – the rice milk is off. There’s pond scum floating in my mug. This, after my toddler had an hour long tantrum at 5.30am because apparently it’s unreasonable of me to expect her to lie down at that hour and I don’t understand her needs and go away mommy but actually come back so I can smack you.
  • I am (maybe, possibly, well let’s just see how it goes shall we, no strings attached here) vegan

    After my post on being a confused non-vegan, I needed to take a little break from blogging. I wanted time to sort things out in my head. I came to a number of conclusions over the past couple of weeks, and the first one is that I am surrounded by amazing, supportive friends who are switched on socially and have deep empathy. 
  • Interview with a confused non-vegan

    My vegan series blogs have kind of stalled recently, but behind the scenes there’s a lot going on in my head. I’m basically having an enormous crisis of conscience at the moment around animal consumption. Sometimes it feels too complicated to put into words – weird for me, I know.
  • Interview with a new vegan

    Finally we get to the next part of my vegan series! I just like to keep you all waiting in anticipation. This week’s interview is with my wonderful friend Camilla Sanderson, who also just happens to be one of the brides whose wedding I recently attended. Camilla is fresh off the vegan boat, having switched her diet just 3 months ago.
  • Interview with a transitioning vegan

    Why does that sound dirty!! My first interview in my vegan series is with one of my best friends, Jenna Matthews. Jenna has been a huge inspiration to me on my quest to switch to a more plant-based diet. What I love about her (among many other things) is that while she is very committed to to her choices, she never judges anyone else for theirs and never forces her views on anyone. 
  • Vegans, vegetarians and flexible what now?

    In this post, I talk about exploring the concept of veganism and what it means to go meat free. So then, let’s explore! I think it’s best to start with some definitions. Veganism, according to The Vegan Society, is a ‘way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.’