Hannah's Plant Journey

Our next plant journey story is from Hannah from the Instagram account @veganeatssheffield. Hannah works full-time in an office job in Sheffield, but her passion is vegan food!

"I love posting on my Instagram, which I started when I was a new vegan struggling to find restaurants with vegan options (so much has changed), so I decided to share my findings to help other new/potential vegans with where they could eat out too. And it gave me an outlet for all the food photos that were filling up my phone!"

1. When did you start your plant-based journey and why?

It started when I took part in Veganuary back in January 2017. I decided to sign up on New Year’s Eve, so I wasn’t prepared at all! But I found it way easier than I expected. Veganuary also sent really helpful and informative emails throughout the month. They opened my eyes to the meat industry and all of the unnecessary cruelty and killing of animals. Although some of it was obvious, I’d never really thought about it before! After that I just couldn’t bear to go back to eating animal products, and since then I’ve done a lot more research which has only strengthened my view – if you can survive on food that doesn’t contribute to animal suffering, why wouldn’t you? On top of that there are so many environmental and health benefits. My only regret is not going vegan sooner. The strangest thing was a little while after I felt emotionally “lighter”, as if a huge weight of guilt from eating animals had been lifted from my shoulders, that I hadn’t even known was there!

".. if you can survive on food that doesn't contribute to animals suffering, why wouldn't you?"

2. Is there a certain food you miss and what do you have as a plant-based alternative?

Only very specific items like Jaffa Cakes, although I know vegan versions can be bought from a few independent bakers online! In general though there’s nothing that I miss – it’s a great time to be vegan as there are tons of alternatives out there.

3. What’s your go-to easy dinner?

Red lentil dhal – so easy to cook a huge batch but also so delicious and flavoursome. My favourite dhal recipe is by Domestic Gothess. Also I love overnight oats or porridge any time of day!

4. Who is your favourite/most inspiring plant-based account to follow?

It’s so hard to choose but @vegella.lawson is my current favourite for amazing cooking and baking, and she’s just an all-round wonderful human being with the kindest heart! We are constantly having discussions about the latest vegan products or other vegan news.

Also @trufflepigvegan for amazing vegan chocolate that you can buy online (such as Buenos and Mars Bars!).

5. Where do you see the future of Plant-Based eating?

The only way is up! There are so many innovative entrepreneurs out there that are creating the best vegan foods, making plant-based eating more and more accessible.

6. Which EAT.PLNT meal would you like to try the most?

Cauliflower Biryani

7. Do you have any advice you would like to give to those just starting a plant-based diet?

Stick with it and don’t worry if you can’t do it overnight, small steps are better than nothing. It gets so much easier over time. If you are struggling with what to cook, then just google your favourite dishes but with the word “vegan” (such as “vegan spag bol”) and I guarantee someone will have made a recipe for it. Also don’t beat yourself up if you slip up and accidentally eat some crisps with milk powder in (everyone\'s done it!). Just know that every time you eat something vegan instead of animal products, you are doing a great thing for the animals, the planet and yourself, and you should be proud of that.

Head to Hannah's Instagram to see more tasty plant -based meals! https://www.instagram.com/veganeatssheffield/

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