I often receive emails from people asking for advice, so I decided to compile the most common questions here.
I hope you find what you’re looking for – if not, drop me a line and let me know!
Why should I eat more plants?
I mean, do you have five hours to listen to me ramble?
Seriously though, switching to a plant-based diet will improve your life in so many ways. You’ll not only feel healthier and look better, but you’ll also be helping the environment and saving hundreds of animals from being slaughtered.
The Vegan Society has a great article on their website that touches on each of these points – head on over there and check it out!
Do I have to go completely, 100% plant-based?
Of course not! I eat a predominantly vegan diet, but I recently began consuming fish a few times a week.
In an ideal world, it would be amazing if every single person on the planet ate mostly plants. But I’m a firm believer in taking small steps to achieve a big goal.
If you’re not sure whether you can commit to cutting out all meat and dairy, don’t get discouraged. Simply cutting down on your consumption of animal products will make a huge difference to your health and the environment, as this infographic shows.
Try out Meatless Mondays, where you aim to consume only vegetarian meals for an entire day. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is!
Don’t you miss meat and dairy?
I have to admit, I did struggle at first. When I first switched to a plant-based diet I didn’t have much experience in the kitchen, and was pretty much clueless when it came to cooking. This was also just before the veganism craze really took off, so there weren’t nearly as many options in the supermarkets and hardly any restaurants had a vegan menu.
As a result, I often found myself craving the foods I was used to. But once I gained more confidence in the kitchen I was able to create plant-based, healthy versions of all my old comfort meals.
Who inspires you?
Loni Jane is a huge inspiration to me – I’m constantly in awe at how healthy and vibrant she looks, and I love the way she chooses to live her life. Through Loni I also discovered Ellen Fisher and Sarah Lemkus, who both share their amazing plant-based lifestyles and delicious recipes on YouTube.
A special mention goes to Unnatural Vegan – she keeps me grounded and sensible with her scientifically-backed videos about the benefits of eating plants.
Closer to home I’m obsessed with Madeleine Olivia, a Brighton-based YouTuber who also touches on topics such as minimalism and living a zero-waste lifestyle.
Can you recommend some good documentaries?
My personal favourite is What The Health, which examines the connection between the meat, dairy and pharmaceutical industry. It’s a scary look at the health impacts of animal products and never fails to shock me.
Other notable mentions are: Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, Hungry For Change and Earthlings. Most of these can be found on Netflix and I highly recommend watching them, even if you’re already plant-based!
My parents won’t let me switch to a plant-based diet. What should I do?
It’s so important to look at this situation from your parents’ point of view. They most likely aren’t putting their foot down about a plant-based diet because they want to upset you – they’re coming from a place of love.
Your parents want you to be happy and healthy. There are so many stories about eating disorders in the media, so any mention of you wanting to change your diet is likely to send alarm bells ringing in their heads. Find out their concerns and reassure them – this is why researching is so crucial.
I went plant-based as an adult, so I don’t have any practical experience in this area. What I would have done is educate them about why you want to do it. Ask them to watch a documentary with you, or offer to cook a delicious plant-based meal for the whole family one night!
Above all else, make sure you stay loving, kind and patient – in this way, your message will shine through.
How do I deal with friends and family making fun of me for being plant-based?
It can be difficult to feel like you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand your way of thinking. What really helped me was to remember that I was once just like them!
I used to love meat, and couldn’t imagine giving it up. But as my life progressed and I gained new experiences and ways of thinking, my world view shifted.
When I first switched to a plant-based diet, a lot of people thought I was crazy! I think they assumed that it was just a phase, but it’s been over three years now and I’ve never looked back.
My best advice is to try not to take their words to heart. Keep being a shining example of the benefits of eating more plants – who knows, you may even inspire a few people!
What’s your favourite plant-based meal?
That has got to be the most difficult question ever!