My first Vegan Christmas


This Christmas I managed to get all my presents bought and everything organised well in advance in an attempt to enjoy a stress free festive period. The tree was bought, the decorations out and the shopping done. But unfortunately, whilst patting myself on the back for having successfully navigated through the big day build up relatively stress free, I was suddenly overcome with a sinking feeling (familiar to Blondies like me!) that happens with the dawning of the realisation that you have totally forgotten about something critical! Leggi…


Chapter 4 : A vegan hangover


There seems to be a common misconception that vegans, by virtue of their dietary choices, only ingest what is healthy and beneficial to their bodies. While this may be true most of the time, what happens when one wakes up to “banging head and churning stomach” as a result of having had too much fun the night before? Leggi…


Chapter 3: “ Are Vegans like the Jehovah’s witnesses of the diet world ?”


When one takes on dietary disciplines, one quickly realizes how much eating food is a social activity. I have come to enjoy shopping and cooking for myself, comfortable in the belief that it was making sense for me, mainly for the reasons of good health and optimising vitality but also, with that, came the additional benefits of an increased sense of morality and the feeling that, in some small way, I was helping the world and becoming a better person as a result. Maybe it’s because I am a ‘newbie’ to the health food revolution or maybe because I am actually the stereotypical dumb blondie but I quickly found out that society is full of people who feel threatened by, and indeed, are ready and eager to challenge the foundation of my choices… So why is this? Leggi…


Chapter two; one month later


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So, its been 30 days since the Blondie Experiment began and due to my total lack of knowledge previously on how/where/what to buy/cook to nourish and sustain myself in a new and unfamiliar world, some of you might be surprised that I’m still here and feel optimistic enough to feel able to continue on this journey. As I already suspected, changing the habits of a lifetime is not so easy and requires a continuous conscious effort and I remind myself to be patient until the time comes when all these new choices become habit themselves. I have succeeded in some areas, failed in others, both abstained from and given into temptation, discovered many new foods I didn’t know and discarded many others I’ve always known, but I am slowly becoming more confident and comfortable with the restrictions that this experiment requires. Leggi…


Chapter one; The Blondie Experiment


[:it]Welcome to the Blondie Experiment! All my life, I have been an Omnivore.  I have always eaten whatever tasted good to my palette with little consideration for the complex relationship between what goes in and what comes out with regards to my physical and mental well being. As I begin this journey, I am optimistic about the benefits to my general health that adopting a Wholefoods, Plant Based Diet will offer but I also know the habits of a lifetime will be hard to break, and the challenges and obstacles ahead will be many. But first, perhaps a short explanation of what put me on this path…

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“The path of the norm is the path of least resistance; it is the route we take when we’re on auto-pilot and don’t even realize we’re following a course of action that we haven’t consciously chosen. Most people who eat meat have no idea that they’re behaving in accordance with the tenets of a system that has defined many of their values, preferences, and behaviors. What they call ‘free choice’ is, in fact, the result of a narrowly obstructed set of options that have been chosen for them. ”

Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others



“Without pushing an agenda (okay, maybe I’ve pushed a bit), I’ve spread a little veganism wherever I’ve gone. I’ve become friends with chefs at the meatiest restaurants you can imagine, and shown them a few things that opened their minds (and their menus) to vegan options. It’s easy to be convincing when the food is delicious. It doesn’t feel like a sacrifice–it feels like a step up.”
— Tal Ronnen


“Good health is…


“Good health is about being able to fully enjoy the time we do have. It is about being as functional as possible throughout our entire lives and avoiding crippling, painful and lengthy battles with disease. There are many better ways to die, and to live.”
― T. Colin Campbell, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health