Guest Post – Veganuary 2017 – Sarah’s Journey to become a more natural vegan

Welcome to another post in my new series raising awareness and promoting Veganuary. My last post was written by Mark and you can find it here.
Sarah has shared why she became Vegan. She wants to start using more individual ingredients to make her meals rather depending on them being ready made and processed.

My Vegan journey so far

I turned vegetarian 30+ years ago (I guess I was 13) when my best friend at school said she’d seen a TV programme about the meat industry (she moved back to meat shortly after leaving school but I never did). My wonderful Mum enjoyed the food she made for me that she soon became vegetarian too. Mum has always been interested in food, health and food combinations. She soon overtook me and moved on to soya milk, soya yoghurt and soya desserts although never fully vegan. So I’ve been closely acquainted with Alpro for decades.

November past, a Facebook friend posted that she’d signed up for Veganuary and so once again I followed suit. But me being me I couldn’t wait for January and began making changes immediately.

Now at this point I must emphasise that I feel a bit of a fraud. As although I haven’t been vegan in the past I have never drunk dairy milk as standard. In fact I don’t have any milk in my drinks, so that makes it easy. Because of my Mum’s choices I had been using commercial soya and then almond milk in things like cereals, scrambles, pancakes and Yorkshire puddings. Alpro was my standard yoghurt, and due to my constant weight battle I’ve gone for years at a time without cheese.

So why am I here at all?

Well when I signed up for Veganuary I was also signing up to help other people make the change and of course to support my friend. I started researching, asking questions, reading explanations and generally finding out the details of the vegan lifestyle and the choices available out there. By December I more or less considered myself vegan and discovered all sorts of wonderful vegan and accidentally vegan treats.

My personal agenda?

After pigging myself on Vegan treats and vegan processed foods during November and December my Veganuary challenge to myself is to dump the processed and go natural. As such I’m not planning to buy ready made vegan foods only ingredients. I’ve prepared my first vegan cheese mix today and it’ll mature within the week. I also hope to perfect my seitan making skills and add a little variety and a bit more protein. I’ve never really concentrated on before.



  1. 9th January 2017 / 9:13 am

    I find the concept very intreasting but i honestly dont think i could end the love affair with meat.

  2. 9th January 2017 / 10:57 am

    So fascinating – I have heard quite a lot of people are turning towards being vegan. It’s an idea I have toyed with too!

  3. 9th January 2017 / 10:59 am

    Good luck with it. It’s a lot harder than people think isn’t it?

    • 9th January 2017 / 11:44 am

      I can’t comment on behalf of Sarah who guest wrote this post but I have found it surprisingly easy. Yes I still miss certain foods but there is now a good variety of different meals you can enjoy. 🙂 Maybe give it a go and look into swapping maybe 1 meal a week to see how you go 🙂

  4. 9th January 2017 / 11:03 am

    I don’t follow a vegan lifestyle but I am definitely in the camp hat processed foods aren’t great. I try to make everything fresh but I know how hard it is to follow a vegan lifestyle so it will be seriously tough. It in sure she will do it! We are not big milk drinkers but we do love our cheese so the mention of vegan cheese mix has piqued my interest. A lot of cyclists follow a vegan diet and I know my husband would be interested in it to improve his time trial times but cheese is a major part of his life!

    • 9th January 2017 / 11:46 am

      I can’t comment on behalf of Sarah who wrote the post. I have tried one brand of Vegan cheese and although it’s okay its not cheddar. I have found it to be quite salty and doesn’t melt as easy as cheddar either. However the actual diet (is it a diet? More a lifestyle change) is quite enjoyable. There is a good variety of foods you can eat and even eating out and about so far has been relatively painless. Maybe swap one meal a week and see how you go?

  5. 9th January 2017 / 11:33 am

    I find these really interesting as whilst I’m interested in vegetarianism I just can’t see how veganism works on a daily basis. To understand what people do instead and also why they make those decisions is like lifting the curtain – I’d be worried I’d just live off of peppers!!

    • 11th January 2017 / 2:06 pm


      I am not a big fruit and veg lover and have been vegan nearly a year. I think its easy to assume that vegans eat only produce but there are a lot of things which are accidentally vegan or alternatives. I was the same when i first went vegan thinking id be living off salads.
      People think a vegan/plant based diet is restricting but i eat so much more variety of food now. There are alternatives to pretty much every meal you think you would miss out on. From Scrambled eggs (made from tofu and indistinguishable from egg) to Meat(less) feast pizzas with vegan cheese.

      There are a lot of reasons for going vegan, personally for me it was for the animals. I have a guest post on here from a couple of days ago about my transition and reasons.

      It is well worth reading up on as it is interesting.

      From a fellow Devonian 🙂


  6. 9th January 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Best of luck for having a more natural month! I hope it goes great for you.

  7. 9th January 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I have heard so much about Veganuary and its so interesting to read! I don’t think it’s something I could withstand in the long run!

  8. 9th January 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Good luck,I was actually planning on participating too, but I’d miss meat to much, but I guess I am a part-timeer as we do not meat 3-4 days of the week.

    Keep up posted on the cheese situation. x


    9th January 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Good luck with Veganuary. A friend of mine is a vegan and I’m in awe of how she does it! I don’t think I could as I love meat too much. xx

  10. 9th January 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Great read, I really don’t think I could do it 🙂 good luck with it though X

  11. 9th January 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Complete respect for doing this. I can’t follow any kind of dietary changes. I read in the paper last week about how more restaurants are starting to cater for Vegans.

  12. 9th January 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Props to you Sarah – I wish I could, but it would unfortunately take out every single one of my favourite foods…

    10th January 2017 / 9:38 am

    I wish I could do this but I feel like cheese is the one area which I would struggle the most on. Hats of to your for being able to do this because I can only imagine the challenge that it is.

    Charlotte x

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