Veganuary 2019: the story so far

Veganuary 2019: the story so far

Last year was a record breaking year for the number of people who signed up to be vegan for the month of January (and possibly beyond).  This year looks set to smash that figure, already over 250,000 people have signed the pledge to be vegan and the figure is set to rise to 300k by the end of the campaign

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The majority of people cite animal welfare and cruelty as the main reason for shunning, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and all of their by-products.  For some it’s also about protecting and preserving our planet, and for a smaller number it’s for health reasons.  Whatever inspires you to go vegan it can only be good news for all creatures that inhabit this precious resource
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And the retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and cafes have been quick to react to this growing trend, with more  vegan options on their menus and their shelves.  Making veganism even more assessable to the masses.

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

So if you are taking part in veganuary (and there’s still time if you haven’t signed up yet https://veganuary.com/blog/veganuary-2019-campaign-launch/), let me share with you a few tips, suggestions and easy peasy recipes to get you going or keep you motivated

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You will also find my article on West Bridgford Online https://www.westbridgfordonline.com/2019/01/susan-hart-veganuary-2019-the-story-so-far/

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  • Harvester (along with other ‘chain’ pubs) has launched a vegan menu, featuring a Jamaican style katsu curry, Pizza Hut’s jackfruit pizza has smashed all sales targets and will now feature in all its eateries.
  • But lets not forget our smaller independents; Fordes café, near Tudor Square has a decent range of sandwiches, plant based milk options etc.  As does the recently refurbished No 8 deli on Gordon Road. Chocks Away at Nottingham City Airport is gaining a reputation for delicious breakfasts and scrummy cakes. The Tea cosy at Edwalton has also added some vegan options to its menu and you can now have a vegan cream tea at Tiffin tea house on Abbey Road.  The newly opened Garden café in Cobden Chambers, city centre not only has imaginative and delicious dishes but a zero waste policy.  And I challenge you to eat a better value vegan fry up than the one served at the Avenues café on Sneinton Market. Its £4.50 and that includes a hot drink.  Bargain of the
  • And supermarkets are not taking it lying down either; Marks and Spencer’s recently launched vegan range ‘Plant kitchen’ is proving a hit.  Their cauliflower popcorn is very tatsy and it’s hard to find their vegan slaw as it keeps selling out.  Iceland not only have a ‘no bull’ range of vegan burgers, sausages etc but they are also committed to ditching palm oil – a major contributor to deforestation which reduces the habitat of orang-utans as well as removing plastic packaging from its own-brand products.

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  •  B&M are selling vegan wines for a very reasonable price, as are Aldi along with vegan milk, ready meals, tins of jackfruit, gluten free spaghetti etc
  • Probably Greggs vegan sausage roll got most people talking, with many shops selling out, and if it winds up Piers Morgan all the better!

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  • In Nottingham we are also very lucky to have Sneinton Vegan market; an outdoor event that occurs on the first and third Saturday of every month.  There you will find vegan fast food, vegan products, clothing and delicious cakes, cheeses and breads.  All from local independent bakers and makers
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  • And don’t forget your local greengrocer has been selling vegan friendly vegetables and fruits for years. That’s a point worth remembering because a lot of the new products hitting the shelves are processed, which means they could be higher in salt, sugar and fats.  I always advocate to my clients and cooking class guests that making most of their meals from scratch is not only cheaper but more filling and generally more nutritious
  • If you want to increase your repertoire of vegan dishes there are plenty of recipes out there to whet your appetite. A good place to start is the vegan society website https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipesand the Bosh boys cook up some mean dishes https://www.bosh.tv. I regularly share my favourite vegan recipes via my blog http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/japanese-broth-tofu/.

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  • If you need to build up your cooking confidence then why not come to one of my vegan cooking classes, where you will be guided through such delights as sweet potato falafels, beany tacos, mac no cheese or a classic nut roast

How to maintain a vegan diet

How to maintain a vegan diet

If you’re new to the plant-based lifestyle or are worried about making the transition from a vegetarian to a vegan diet, Nutritionist Resource, the online resource for all things connected to health and well-being, have got some handy tips about How to maintain a vegan diet

nutritionist resourceThe full article can be viewed here https://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/blog/?p=7770

And I have provided the ‘handy tips’, which include how to veganise your favourite meals, planning ahead, don’t be hard on yourself, and how seeking professional support could ensure you maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle

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vegan cooked breakfast in a cafe

 

If this sound like you and you are moving towards a more plant based diet then I can help with that transition

  • one, because I am a qualified nutrition coach
  • two, I am a vegan myself, and
  • three, I’m a trained chef and deliver vegan cooking classes

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Cheers to vegan beer

Cheers to vegan beer!

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

With the rise in popularity of cask ales and craft beers, I’ve noticed over the last year or so a number of establishments have started serving unfined vegan beer and lager. Breweries that saw the potential for this un-tapped (sorry!) market include Magpie, Angel Microbrewery, Brewdog and Castle Rock. Many of them also serve tasty vegan food too

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Angel

 

Magpie, a Nottingham based brewery is sold in two local pubs; Crafty Crow opposite Nottingham castle and Doctor’s orders on Mansfield Road, Carrington. I visited the crafty crow on two occasions, the first time they didn’t have any vegan beers on tap. The second time was more successful and I had the choice of one draft beer and a couple of craft beers and a few lager’s.

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I opted for the draft cherry raven, a rather tasty dark cherry stout. It looked so appetising and didn’t disappoint; not too sweet or fruity. The pub also has a food menu, but with only one choice of starter and main, I’d probably go elsewhere to eat.

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One of my volunteers (Paul Clarke) visited their other hostelry; Doctor’s orders, an incredibly small intimate place but they were able to offer a Magpie ale. Unfortunately the pumps were not clearly labelled and the staff didn’t know that another beer from the Framework brewery was also vegan. Being so small they don’t serve any vegan food options other than snacks.

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You can also read my review in today’s Nottingham Post and online

Nottingham Post

In the name of research I continued to drink my way around Nottingham and happened upon the Barley Twist on Canal Street, a Castle Rock establishment. The staff were very well informed and the beers clearly labelled

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I opted for a light beer called ‘fallen odyssey’ and my drinking companion ordered another vegan beer the session IPA.

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Both were delicious and easy to drink. Another good Castle Rock pub that deserves a special mention is the Horse and Plough at Bingham, they always have at least one vegan beer on draft and unlike most of the other pubs serves great vegan food, it even has a separate vegan menu and again the staff are knowledgeable and helpful

 

Good food brings me on to The Angel on Stoney Street in Hockley. Not only are all its beers vegan and brewed on the premises, but their vegan food is also well worth a visit. I’ve tried their amazing jackfruit pulled burger and ‘steak’ and squash pie, with the best chips ever. Their beers are pretty good too ranging from a light easy to drink session beer to dark stouts and everything inbetween.

 

The last place on my mini vegan beer tour was Brewdog on Broad Street. It specialises in craft beers that tend to be a bit stronger, but their Punk IPA (on draft) at 5.6% ABV wasn’t too bad as long as I stuck to just a half. They also do a fair amount of vegan food to soak up the alcohol

 

I’ll just squeeze in three more Castle Rock pubs (visited by another volunteer, Kate) that deserve a mention; the Yarn bar, in the Theatre Royal, the Fox and Grapes in Sneinton market and the Beer Headz, in the old ticket office at the station. Staff at both pubs were very well informed and enthusiastic about their beers, but unfortunately the beers were not labelled as vegan

 

Fox and Grapes

Fox and Grapes

Beer Headz

Beer Headz

I am really excited by the prospect of more pubs embracing vegan beers, my waistline on the other hand might not be as excited!

And breathe…

And breathe….

A simple breathing exercise could be your answer to weight loss. check out this months edition of Nottinghamshire Aspect and read my full article

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If you can’t get hold of it then read on…….

We are now a quarter of the way through 2018 and maybe you might still be keeping to your new years resolution to lose weight, with the hope that this time it’s going to be different!  But maybe you have already cheated on your diet and will have to start again; tomorrow or the next day or the next……

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Every time you make these promises to yourself and you don’t keep them it can add to your stress and stress is the one thing that will derail all your good intentions.  Being stressed can trigger the release of a stress hormone called cortisol, which can often result in an increased appetite and potential emotional eating.

So my one secret to continued weight loss is to de-stress by deep breathing!

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Practiced daily this quick and simple breathing technique can change your life for the better.  It will increase your energy levels and help you to achieve more.  By being in a relaxed state of mind you will be able to focus more easily, free yourself from stress, negative emotion and feelings of anxiousness.

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In other words ‘see the wood for the trees’

 

 

 

 

Lets get started!

  • Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes
  • Place one hand on your upper chest and one on your abdomen just below your navel
  • Slowly breath in through your nose as you count to 5
  • Hold for a count of 2
  • Slowly breathe out through your mouth as you count to 10
  • As you take your first breath in silently say to yourself ‘relax’.
  • As you breath out silently say to yourself ‘calm’
  • Repeat 4 times

Try to make sure the hand on your tummy is the only hand moving

 

When you are stressed or anxious you take shallow breaths using the top of your chest only.  Learning to breath more slowly and deeply can help keep you calm

After 4 deep breaths, shrug your shoulders up to your ears then quickly release them.  Repeat this 4 times.  Again this helps to release tension

Slowly open your eyes and notice how relaxed you are.  Now you are in a better place to focus on your healthy eating goals, make changes and see improvements

I can also help support you to make those small but permanent changes.  As an experienced nutrition coach I can keep you on the path to a healthier lifestyle.  I also offer cooking sessions for those that want practical tips and advice.  My business is based in West Bridgford but I also offer a telephone or Skype service for busy clients who can’t travel to see me

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