Rather than a New Years Resolution this year, you’ll remember that instead I took the Veganuary pledge and decided to follow a vegan diet for the whole of January. As an animal lover I’ve been a vegetarian for many years, but never before given up fish, dairy and eggs, and I was truly curious to see how consuming a plant based diet would affect my energy, my weight and my training. And indeed to see just how easy or difficult it might be as a busy freelance PT to stick to veganism on the go. So 6 weeks after Veganuary ended did I dive straight back into salmon and scrambled eggs?
Firstly – please let me wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR – and here’s hoping 2018 brings you health and happiness. I hope this brand new year has started well for you so far – mine is starting in a very different way this time as I’m waking up on New Years Day as a vegan. I’ve taken the Veganuary pledge, and for the next 31 days I will be eating an entirely plant-based diet. I haven’t eaten meat for over 10 years (for ethical reasons), but I have been eating fish, eggs and dairy, and so spending the next 5 weeks consuming no animal-based products whatsoever is most definitely going to be a challenge, but one that as an animal lover I am more than willing to take. But why take on something so huge in one of the most difficult months of the year? Read on to find out.
There are many reasons that I feel truly blessed to live in London – to me one of the most vibrant cities in the world. One such reason is that you are never far away from somewhere to eat healthily and eat well – from raw to vegan to paleo and everything in between, us Londoners are lucky to have so many choices to fit any dietary need on our doorsteps. So I was thrilled to get an invite to South Kensington’s newest healthy hotspot Squirrel to try out their new Winter dishes and of course to dine in the Treehouse!
So other than the opportunity to tuck in amongst the tree tops, what else does Squirrel have to offer?
I’m not really sure when the custom of Brunch (quite literally a cross between Breakfast and Lunch) became a “thing” here in London…. but safe to say it’s a pretty massive “thing” and the choice now for Brunch spots here in our lovely City is seemingly endless. So when I heard that “deliciously different” Soho restaurant Ethos Foods were now offering a weekend brunch menu I not only went to check it out…. but got to interview Ethos’ incredibly inspirational owner, Jessica Kruger at the same time to ask her a bit more about this beautiful restaurant and its meat-free menu.
Pictured here is just one of the delicious cooked-to-order Brunch items from the Sunday menu – Kale and Sweet Potato Hash sautéed in coconut oil with tofu and turmeric. Mouth watering yet?
Sometimes you just discover a brand or product that you fall in love with instantly – and one such brand for me is NOM (Naturally Organic Matters) and their range of bars.
Before I go on I think it’s important to say that I am neither sponsored by nor affiliated with Nom – this post is purely my pesonal opinion!
I first tried these bars over a year ago when I spied them on the shelves of Planet Organic on Westbourne Grove and have been hooked since. [Read more…] about Nom Nom Nom!