The Cruel Reality of Dairy Milk Production

There are many compelling reasons to avoid dairy products, and in my last post we looked at some of the serious health risks that dairy consumption poses.

Today though, I’d like to approach this topic from an ethical standpoint and discuss some of the lesser-known truths behind commercial dairy milk production.

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I’m not just talking about the odd case of animal neglect or mistreatment (which would be bad enough in itself), I’m talking about a constant cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse, that dairy cows endure throughout their lives.

What you read below might shock you, however, if you’re still consuming dairy products (and you consider yourself to be a compassionate person) I urge you to read on.

Dairy Milk

What many people fail to realise, is that as mammals only produce milk when they’re pregnant, dairy cows must be continually raped throughout their lives, in order to keep them producing milk.

Cows are artificially inseminated whilst being restrained in a device, that’s commonly referred to in the industry as a ‘rape rack’. This prevents the cow from moving, whilst she has a probe containing semen inserted into her vagina. A human arm is also forced into her anus and up into her colon, to guide the probe into place. 😧

Once pregnant, dairy cows are then milked throughout the duration of their pregnancy (a practice which allows extremely high levels of naturally occurring hormones, to leech into the milk).

Then, just a few short days after giving birth, the mother and her newborn calf are painfully ripped apart. The loving bond between the mother and baby is strong (just like that of a human mother and baby) and when they become separated forever, they experience severe psychological trauma and grief.

Can you imagine how it must feel to be forcibly impregnated, and then have to suffer the loss of your child, over and over again? It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of – but for dairy cows, this is their reality.

Newborn Calf

Perhaps you’re wondering what happens to the calves once they’ve been torn away from their mothers?

Well, if the baby is a boy then he’ll either be shot immediately, or go on to be raised for veal or beef (where his life is ended abruptly, far short of his natural lifespan). If the baby is a girl, then she will go on to live a life of abuse, and become a milk-making machine like her mother.

If the baby is a girl however, then she will go on to live a life of abuse, and become a milk-making machine like her mother.

During their years of being sexually exploited, dairy cows regularly contract painful infections such as mastitis (a bacterial infection of the udder). Because of this many cows are given antibiotics, to either treat or even prevent this condition. This is why traces of antibiotics, as well as dead white blood cells (pus) can be found within commercially sold milk. (If you live in Europe then up to 400 million somatic cells per litre, are permitted under EU regulations. The majority of these cells are pus.)

Enlarged Udder

When dairy cows reach around 5 years old (a fraction of their natural lifespan) they eventually become so exhausted that they stop producing the quantity of milk, that the dairy industry deems sufficient. After this, their lives are seen as expendable and they are promptly sent to the slaughterhouse to be killed for cheap (usually processed) meats. 😥

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Each drop of milk is a token of all the atrocities that these poor creatures have suffered, but thankfully we can all create change, by choosing not to support this industry.

In my next post I’ll be looking at the variety of plant milks now available, which are not only safer for your health but are also cruelty-free!

If you’d like to find out more about the truth behind dairy farming please visit http://www.whitelies.org.uk

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6 Reasons to Ditch the Dairy in Favour of Healthy Plant Milks!

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Every time I go to the store, I swear the plant-based milk section has grown! There’s now more cruelty-free options available than ever before, and with demand for these products increasing, there’s never been a better time to ditch the dairy in favour of these delicious and healthy alternatives! 💚

In my upcoming posts I’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular plant-milks out there, as well as discussing the heart-wrenching animal cruelty that’s involved in dairy milk production.

Today though, let’s consider some of the health risks that dairy consumption poses.

 

6 Reasons to Ditch Dairy Milk From Your Diet.

 

weight gainMilk is Loaded with Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sugar and Animal Protein.

Dairy milk is a high-fat fluid, that’s been created to grow a tiny calf into a 400lb cow, over the space of around 4 months! Because of this, dairy consumption can lead to rapid weight gain and obesity in humans.

Around half of the calories in cows milk are derived from fat and surprisingly, even low fat varieties still often contain around 35% fat! Unfortunately, the labelling on milk can be very misleading, as the fat percentage given is based on the milk’s overall weight (which includes it’s water weight), instead of it’s total calorie content.  

Most of the fat found in dairy milk is also saturated fat, which has been shown to increase insulin resistance and raise blood cholesterol levels. Not only this, but both of these symptoms are strongly associated with the development of some of our biggest killers – including heart disease, diabetes and strokes! [1]

Dairy milk is packed with lots of animal protein as well, which (unlike plant protein) can be extremely harmful to our health. Higher consumption of animal protein has been associated with an increased risk of developing cancer, and multiple studies have demonstrated that cancer cell growth can be switched on and off, by administering and restricting doses of casein (the main protein that’s found in milk). [2]

Where do vegans get their protein?

 

Even Organic Milk is Packed Full of Hormones, Which can be Carcinogenic!

You may be surprised to learn that even the ‘purest’ cows milk contains over 60 different naturally occurring hormones.

One of these hormones is insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which stimulates cell growth (of both normal and cancerous cells). People who consume more dairy products have been found to have higher levels of IGF-1 in their blood and unfortunately, this is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers. [4]

The steroid hormone oestrogen is also found in dairy milk, and consuming more dairy products has been shown to increase the amount of circulating oestrogens in the blood. This can lead to an elevated risk of developing testicular, prostate and breast cancers. [5] These naturally occurring sex steroid hormones can also play a significant role in the development of severe acne. [6]

 

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Milk Consumption Doesn’t = Strong Bones!

Despite the rampant propaganda that most of us have been sold, higher dairy milk consumption is actually not associated with a decreased rate of bone fracture! In fact, a twelve year study showed that women who consumed the most dairy milk actually had double the amount of hip fractures, compared to those who ate very few dairy products or none. [7]

Where do vegans get calcium?

 

Dairy Milk Contains Addictive Opiates, Including Morphine!

If you’re having trouble quitting dairy products, then it may be that you’re addicted! I’m not joking, milk actually contains small amounts of codeine and morphine, which are produced naturally inside the cow’s body!

Not only this but milk also contains a protein called casein, which when digested, breaks apart, releasing a whole host of opiates called casomorphins.

Casomorphins can be particularly harmful when consumed by lactating mothers as research suggests that these substances may suppress the respiratory centre in the nursing infant’s brainstem, and be linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death). [8] They may also cause infant colic, and it’s been suggested that opiates from casein may also play a role in the development of postpartum psychosis. [9]

These opiates are even more concentrated in skimmed milk and cheese, which could explain why some people have a such hard time giving up cheese when switching to a plant-based diet! (I promise you though, it can be done!)

Lactose Intolerance

Consuming Lactose Beyond Infancy isn’t what Nature Intended!

In adult humans, lactose intolerance is actually the biological norm! In more people than not, it develops naturally during infancy when our mother’s breast milk is no longer required. When this occurs our bodies stop producing sufficient amounts of an enzyme called lactase, which is used to digest lactose (a sugar that’s found in milk).

Many people however (particularly those of caucasian descent), have developed the ability to keep producing lactase into adulthood. This means that they’re able to consume milk beyond infancy, without experiencing any discomfort.

For those of us who do suffer from lactose intolerance (which can occur at any time in life) the unpleasant symptoms include abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea.

 

Milk Production Cruelty

The Dairy Industry Commits Acts of Unimaginable Animal Cruelty.

The continuous cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse that dairy cows endure throughout their lives is truly horrific, and this is something that I’ll be looking at in more depth in my next post.

Have you switched to plant milks yet, or are you thinking about it? I’d love to know your thoughts! xx

 

* The only exception is for those eating an entirely fruit-based diet, as fruit contains relatively little protein.

Sources Referenced:
[1]  http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/these-12-studies-show-saturated-fat-is-not-just-a-heart-hazard
[2]  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/36179464_The_growth_and_development_of_aflatoxin_B1-induced_preneoplastic_lesions_tumors_metastasis_and_spontaneous_tumors_as_they_are_influenced_by_dietary_protein_level_type_and_intervention
[3]  http://www.who.int/entity/nutrition/publications/nutrientrequirements/WHO_TRS_935/en/index.html
[4]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21196186
[5]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1477605/
[6]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464
[7]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9224182
[8]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12948848
[9]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21478761

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Finding my Strength After Illness

Hey love bees! 🐝

Oops! I seem to have dropped off the face of the planet lately (or at least this virtual internet world) but I’m so happy to finally be back! How have y’all been doing?

My life has been really crazy lately! I’ve been super busy with work, college, DIY projects, and my exciting new hobby; weightlifting!

I can’t lie, physical strength has never really been my strong point! I was always the kid who failed miserably at doing the monkey bars, and after being bed-bound for years with chronic Lyme disease, my body has become weaker than ever!

For a long time I felt vulnerable, weak and dependent on others. But these struggles are now what motivates me to get my body strong! 💪🏻

Dumbbells

I recently bought myself a set of 30kg dumbbells (the ones that are marketed at men, because I like a bit of a challenge!😆) and I’ve been using the Virtual Trainer app to help me work out with them, for just over two hours each week.

I’m currently using the smallest weights that came with the set (making each dumbbell weigh around 3.5kg) and after just a few weeks I’ve started seeing gains already (albeit very small ones!).

I’m a massively long way from reaching my body goals, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to be embarking on this fitness journey!

I’ve also been studying sports nutrition (as part of my nutrition diploma) which couldn’t have come at a better time, as what I’ve learnt has been helping me to make the most of my workouts!

All in all, things are really looking up! I’m feeling great, I’ve got some exciting new opportunities brewing ( but I can’t really talk about them just yet!) and I’ve been developing a ton of new recipes to share with you guys, which I’ll be posting up here soon!

I’m really looking forward to blogging more regularly, and getting to know you all better!!

Have a fantastic day,

Love Chrissy! xx

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Low-Fat Vegan Bean Burgers [Recipe]

Low Fat Vegan Bean Burgers

I have to admit that before I was vegan, burgers were never really my thing.

Growing up, my (then unidentified) gluten intolerance ensured that any burger-eating experiences were always rather horrific, and from a young age I was terrified to eat beef, following the BSE epidemic.

Looking back, my concern for contracting CJD was really quite myopic, as the animal products that I continued to eat were still packed with naturally occurring steroid hormones, as well as animal protein, cholesterol and saturated fat (known contributors to the development of our number one killer, heart disease!).

Thankfully, with these absolutely mouthwatering bean burgers there’s no need to worry about mad cow disease or heart disease! They’re super delicious, completely cruelty free (to both the animals and the people you’re feeding them to) and are an excellent source of dietary fibre, essential minerals and protein.

I like making mine with gluten free oats (although you can use whichever sort you wish) and I usually prefer to skip the bun in favour of a big crunchy salad and a generous helping of hot sauce!

These low-fat burgers are cheap to make, and are ideal for throwing together in a hurry. They’re definitely a summer favourite in our house and I really hope you enjoy!

Low-Fat Vegan Bean Burgers
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Beautifully mouth-watering bean burgers that are quick and easy to make!
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 2 400g Tins Red Kidney Beans (Drained and Rinsed)
  2. 1.5 Cups Oats
  3. 1/2 Cup Water
  4. 1/4 Cup Tomato Purée
  5. 1 Tbsp Dried Paprika
  6. 2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  7. 2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  8. 1 Tsp Garlic Granules
  9. 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  10. 1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes
  11. 1/4 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  12. 1/4 Tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃ (392℉)
  2. In a food processor combine all of the ingredients listed above and process until it forms a thick, uniform mixture.
  3. Take a ball of the mixture in your hand and form it into a patty approximately 1-1.5cm thick.
  4. Repeat for all of the mixture, placing the patties onto a lined baking tray.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 200℃ (392℉).
  6. Flip the patties over and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  7. Serve in buns with ketchup, wholegrain mustard or hot sauce, or eat with a big, crunchy salad.
Notes
  1. When making the patties you may wish to work with wet hands, to stop the mixture from sticking to you!
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Veganism and the Environment [Infographic]

Hey loves!

I recently came across this beautiful infographic, so I thought I’d share it below. 💚

I’m aware that it does use the term ‘Global Warming’ (I think Climate Change would be much more appropriate) but regardless of this, it clearly shows the burden that animal agriculture is bearing, on our environment and our resources.

If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, be sure to check out the documentary Cowspiracy. (I believe it’s available on Netflix).

Veganism by the numbers.

Infographic by CulinarySchools.org

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‘How Not to Die’ by Dr Michael Greger [Book Review]

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Image Credit: DrGreger.org

If you saw my last post then you’ll know that I recently had the chance to meet Dr Michael Greger; the leading plant-based physician, internationally recognised speaker and one of the kindest, most genuine people that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet!

It was his short, informative nutrition videos that first led me to discover the benefits of eating a whole foods plant-based diet, and he was the first doctor who truly empowered me to take control of my health.

I’ve been following his work now for years and I’m a huge fan of nutritionfacts.org, his popular nutrition education website that provides daily blog posts and videos, showcasing the latest discoveries in nutrition.

 

Today, I’ll be reviewing Dr Greger’s highly anticipated new book How Not to Die, which was released in the UK back in February.

Now, if you’re familiar with Dr Greger’s work, then you’ll know that he’s an absolute beast! 😍 His mind-blowing energy and passion for helping others is extraordinary, and he meticulously researches all of his content to ensure that it’s as accurate and as unbiased as possible.

All of his work (his book included) is also completely non-profit, meaning that there’s no underhand financial incentive, behind the powerful message that he shares.

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In How Not to Die Dr Greger carefully evaluates the findings of the highest quality medical research to provide an unbiased and reliable insight into the reason behind why the majority of people in the west, are unintentionally shortening their lives.

In the first part of his sizeable book Dr Greger focuses on each of the leading causes of death in the US (which are almost identical to those in the UK). He then uses the most valuable and highly regarded scientific findings, to demonstrate the relationship between the food we’re eating, and our capability to develop these afflictions.

The conditions he covers include heart disease, lung diseases, brain diseases, digestive cancers, infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver diseases, blood cancers, kidney disease, breast cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He also discusses the fatalities which result from medical intervention!

This initial section of the book is an invaluable resource for anyone who’s suffering from the conditions listed above (many of which can be greatly improved or even completely reversed through simple dietary changes). It is also essential reading, for those wishing to improve their health and prevent these diseases in the first place.

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In the second half of How Not to Die Dr Greger goes into greater depth about the importance of including a variety of whole, plant foods in our diets. In this section he discusses the unique benefits of different fruits, vegetables, legumes, funguses, whole grains, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, and beverages.  He also gives advice on portion sizes, supplements, organic vs non-organic foods and exercise. He even gives some nifty tips on how to get children to eat more veggies! 🌽

Although I’ve not tried them yet myself, there are also some delicious sounding recipes in there too, but (unlike many other books of this genre) they don’t make up a large portion of this book, which is something I personally prefer. (If it’s recipes you’re after though, you may wish to check out the Forks Over Knives Cookbook).

In the latter part of his book, Dr Greger also discusses the ‘Daily Dozen’, which is his checklist of eleven foods and one exercise session, that you should to aim to consume/complete each day. This list is based on Dr Greger’s extensive knowledge of health and nutrition, and is something that he uses himself.  (If you’re interested in using this checklist too, you can search for Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen app on the apple and android app stores!)

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  Although this book is based on proven science (with a multitude of references to back it up) it is written in a very easy-to-read and down-to-earth style, that almost anyone will be able to understand. Dr Greger’s personal anecdotes and brilliant sense of humour also make How Not to Die a very entertaining and relatable read.

In a world where an epidemic of chronic disease is robbing millions of people of their lives, education on how to prevent such conditions is long overdue and vital.

So, whether you’re a vegan already, thinking about switching to a plant-based diet or still an avid meat eater, I’d highly recommend this fascinating book, as it could change (and even save) your life!

How Not to Die is not about living forever; it’s about slashing the risks of developing many avoidable diseases, and not dying before our time! 💚

I genuinely hope you read this book! xx

 

 

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Meeting Dr Greger and Achieving my Wildest Dreams!

Chrissy Faery

Hey Loves, I’m sorry I’ve not posted in a while!

Life has been really full-on here lately, and there’s been so many ups and downs. There’s been stresses to endure and lessons to be learned, but with things finally beginning to stabilise, I’m back – and there’s so much I want to share!

The first thing (which I’m still grinning from ear-to-ear about) is that I recently had the absolute joy of meeting my ultimate hero – Dr Michael Greger! (Now, I’m not usually the type to idolise others, but I swear this man is the exception!😜)

Dr Greger is the powerhouse behind the non-profit website nutritionfacts.org, where he shares his short, educational videos and blog posts, demonstrating the scientifically proven health benefits of eating a whole foods, plant-based diet.

His work has transformed the lives of thousands of people (mine and my family’s included) and with his latest book How Not to Die becoming a New York Times Bestseller, he’s now able to reach even more people than ever! *

My parents joined me in Bristol to attend his sold-out lecture (on the connection between our diets and the leading causes of death in the UK) and we all agreed that getting to meet and speak with such a dedicated, intelligent and selfless man, was just the greatest honour!

Aside from some serious Dr Greger fan-girling, I’ve also been extremely blessed to have recently trekked the woodland hiking trail, that I’ve dreamed of completing since I was in a wheelchair!

The Great Wood

When I first set my heart on walking that route, I was still bed-bound with chronic Lyme disease, and it felt like some crazy, pie-in-the-sky dream!

Since the end of last year though I’ve slowly been building up to walking the whole trail, and last month I finally completed it! (I was literally crying with happiness when I did! 😍)

The trail meanders through the most beautiful woodland, with a babbling brook, stunning views across the pines, and shaded areas of ancient, twisted forest. With the birds singing in the trees and deer grazing in the clearings, the atmosphere down there is completely magical, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been!

The whole experience has served as a wonderful reminder, that dreams really can come true! It’s also inspired me to open my heart to new opportunities, look beyond any troubles and fears that may be bothering me in the present moment, and keep pushing the boundaries of my dreams.

What are your wildest dreams? For me, my greatest goal is to share my love, and inspire as many people as possible to live in a way that benefits themselves, the animals and the planet!

I’ve also set myself a new hiking goal..to trek to mount Everest base camp!! Right now I know I’m crazy for even suggesting it, but I swear…just watch this space! 💚

 

 

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Crunchy Pe-Tsai and Pineapple Salad [Easy Vegan Recipe]

Pe-Tsai Salad

Spring is here, the weather’s getting warmer and (in our household at least) salads are featuring more heavily on our plates!

This deliciously crunchy pe-tsai and pineapple salad is jam-packed with minerals, contains all of the essential amino acids, and boasts high levels of vitamins A, C and K. It is also rich in B vitamins. 🙂

The great thing about this healthy vegan meal is that it’s super easy to make, and is perfect for throwing together in a rush!

Personally I love giving it some kick by adding in a few finely sliced Birdeye chilies, but this part is totally optional! You may also like to add a cup of cooked brown rice to the mix, if you’re desiring more of a carb-fest! 

This fruity salad has become a firm favourite in our household, and I hope you love it too! 💜

Crunchy Pe-Tsai and Pineapple Salad
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A deliciously crunchy salad of pe-tsai cabbage, pineapple and corn.
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  1. 150g Shredded Pe-Tsai Cabbage (AKA Chinese Leaf)
  2. 150g Sweet Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped.
  3. 2 Cooked Corn Cobs, Dekernalised.
  4. 1 Fresh Pineapple, Diced.
  5. 1 Large Grated Carrot, Grated.
  6. 1 Large Handful Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced.
  7. 1 Small Zuccini, Finely Chopped.
  8. 1 Small Avocado, Finely Chopped.
  9. 2 Birdeye Chillies, Finely Sliced. (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well, until thoroughly coated with the juice from the pineapple.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
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Why I’m so Grateful to Spend Time in Nature [Steart Marshes]

Steart Marshes

I’ve always loved the great outdoors, and find that nothing quite beats the joy of exploring the wilderness, breathing in all that beautiful fresh air and feeling at one with nature. 

There were years when I was bed-bound with chronic Lyme disease though, where I wondered if I’d ever get to experience these things again. My soul yearned to be out in the elements, surrounded by the buzz of wildlife and connecting to the world around me.

Thankfully, after changing my diet and using herbal medicines, my health has begun to improve, and now that I’m well enough to start doing these things again, it feels like a dream come true!

Because of this, I was very excited when I recently had the opportunity to visit our local, coastal nature reserve. (Seriously, I was grinning from ear to ear!)

Steart Marshes

This sizeable man-made nature reserve is known as Steart Marshes, and it’s the UK’s largest coastal management scheme. 

Situated in the shadow of Hinkley Point nuclear power station, the marshes cost £21,000,000 to build and were designed as part of a flood defence scheme, following extensive flooding on the Somerset Levels in early 2014, which left over 600 homes underwater and parts of the county cut off for several months.

The salt-water marshes were made by flooding a 740 acre area of farmland, which created a stunning coastal nature reserve, housing an array of fish, plants, insects, waders and wildfowl. There’s even a fresh-water area of marshland, which has also been completed more recently.

Steart Reserve

Although it’s still young in its development, the Steart Marshes are an incredible place to be. Wildlife flourishes there already, and apart from the gentle hum of the power lines, it’s amazingly quiet and peaceful. We saw ducks, swans, gulls, herons and hawks, and narrowly missed seeing a really tame barn owl – but sadly I didn’t catch a glimpse of him, as I’d forgotten to wear my glasses!

Nature Reserve

Many of the tracks are tailored to cyclists, and some are even wheelchair friendly too (which I think is fab!). There’s also many little seating areas where you can sit and bring a picnic – something we’ll definitely be doing come summer. You may want to bring a cardi though, as due to it’s bleak, coastal location, it can get a little bit chilly!

At peak times the parking is fairly limited, but the reserve is free to visit and the toilets and hides (which are dotted around the reserve) are open between 9am and 4.30pm daily. If you’re into birdwatching, nature photography or just enjoying the great outdoors, then I’d definitely recommend a visit. 💜

For more info please check out  http://steart.wwt.org.uk/

 

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The Vegan-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Hey loves!

Here in the UK Mother’s Day is approaching fast, so here’s a list of unique and vegan-friendly gift ideas, that will be sure to warm your mum’s heart! 💜

Vegan Mothers Day Gifts

  • Plant her Something to Treasure – Looking for an alternative to freshly cut flowers? Then why not buy her a plant, that will keep thriving year after year! This could be a beautiful house plant, an elegant climbing rose, a hanging basket or even a selection of vibrant veggie plants or fruit trees. If she likes to cook, you could also give her a small herb garden like this one, which she could cultivate on her kitchen windowsill.
  • Create a Photo Montage – Collect a beautiful selection of photographs featuring you and your mum, and create a decorative photo montage that she can hang up on her wall. Alternatively, why not save paper and make a digital collage that she could use as a desktop wallpaper or screensaver?

  • Pamper her with Cruelty-Free Products – If you’re looking to spoil your mum with some blissful bath and body products then I’d highly recommend this gorgeous selection of vegan body washes by Faith in Nature, or this Tuscan Blood Orange gift set containing body butter, lip gloss and a small bottle of perfume, which smells absolutely incredible!

  • For the Chocolate Lovers – If your mum’s a chocoholic and you’re looking for the best vegan chocolates, be sure to check out Booja-Booja! These babies come in a variety of flavours and taste absolutely divine!!
  • Take her on an Adventure – If you don’t want to get your mum a material gift, then why not take her on a day trip and visit somewhere you both love. Alternatively you could explore somewhere you’ve never been before, maybe a place that you’ve both dreamed of visiting? You could even attend a class or workshop together, and have fun learning a new skill.

Animal Sanctuary Volunteer

  • Donate on her Behalf to Charity – This is another great option for those not wishing to buy material gifts, and the beautiful thing is that by donating to your mum’s favourite charity, you can share the love and help others out as well! Some charities I’d recommend donating to are the Dr Hadwen Trust (who fund cutting edge medical research, without the use of animals) and the Animal Justice Project (who are dedicated to ending cruel and unnecessary animal experimentation). You could also donate some money or time to helping out at your local animal sanctuary (maybe this is something you could even do together?).
  • For the Jewellery Lovers – Why not give your mum some beautiful jewellery that she can keep and treasure forever? Etsy is the perfect place to discover hundreds of crafters selling unique, handmade jewellery. There’s definitely something for everyone on there, and there’s lots of vegan options to choose from. (I also have a wee store on there selling affordable gemstone jewellery, so please feel free to check it out!)

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

  • Create a Delicious Fruit or Vegetable Basket – Create a healthy hamper using fresh, local produce and share some of your favourite recipes with your mum, that she could make with the foods in your gift. Alternatively, you could offer to cook your mum a delicious vegan feast!
  • Tell your Mum how Much she Means to you – The best gift of all (which doesn’t cost a penny) is to speak from your heart and let your mum know just how much you love her. In fact, don’t just stop with your Mum! Tell all your loved ones how much they mean to you, and may your words remain forever in their hearts!

If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday then I hope you have a beautiful day, and let me know if these gift ideas have helped. If you have any more suggestions, be sure to share them in the comments below as I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Peace and love to you all! 💜

 

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