Veganism is a lot about what you eat and helping animals, but helping the environment is another really important aspect of veganism. Unfortunately, we as individuals can only do a very small amount compared to big businesses, but every little bit helps! With regards to this post, I obviously wouldn't recommend buying a whole new set of new products, because that doesn't have the greatest environmental impact, but if you're already considering buying one or two new things, and are looking to replace some of the single-use items in your life, then these are my personal recommendations. Small note - I'm not saying I'm perfect at any of this, I'm still working on it, and especially being a uni student means I can't always be perfect with this kind of thing all the time, I'm currently just trying my best.

1. Use a reuseable water bottle - I can recommend this Camelback Eddy water bottle or a Chilly's water bottle if you prefer metal bottles.

2. Reuseable coffee mug - I have this Built NY coffee flask  which I can thoroughly recommend.

3. Reuseable straws - I'm not big into reuseable straws, but these metal ones look great as they come with a pouch to keep them in, and a straw cleaner.

4. Reduce food waste - this is such an easy thing to do: eat leftovers; meal plan and shop smart and don't buy things you know you won't eat; freeze what you can and repurpose scraps, such as using vegetable peel and ends for making stock.

5. Go vegan - I won't bore you with all the details and statistics on this, there's a lot of information on the internet, but going vegan or vegetarian massively helps to reduce water, fuel and land wastage.

6. Take leftovers in a tub - mentioned above, but cooking bulk meals not only helps you to use up all of your fresh ingredients without wastage, but also leaves you with loads of meals that you can pop in the freezer and eat over time (especially handy if you're a poor uni student like me).

7. Keep a tote bag with you - super useful for if you pop to the shops to grab some bits whilst you're out, meaning you don't need to buy a plastic bag.

8. Compost - composting is great for the environment and the soil, whilst reducing your food waste. It's pretty self explanatory, but give it a google if you want more information.

9. Cut the rings on milk and beer plastic holders - you know those plastic bits that hold beer cans in place, and the little ring that goes round the ring of the milk bottles? Those are the bits that can really easily get caught round the neck and mouths of birds and can injure them and prevent them from eating. Obviously it's best to avoid these completely if possible, but just cutting them can prevent this from happening.

10. Try and avoid products with palm oil - there's again, a lot of information on the internet about the problems associated with palm oil that you can read if you're interested, but reducing it however you can is so beneficial. I'm not suggesting to cut it out completely, because it is in a lot of things, and unfortunately, if you're a vegan, it's used in a lot of substitute product.



11. Bamboo toothbrush - bamboo toothbrushes last a lot longer than the plastic ones, and I find, feel so much nicer on my teeth than plastic ones - this set has a toothbrushes, cotton buds and dental floss!

12. Packaging free shampoo, conditioner and body wash - again, reducing plastic usage. Lush is a great option for this on the high street, or theres a lot of independent places that sell similar things.

13. Reuseable face pads - again, these just reduce your waste! I have these ones from etsy which are handmade (and you can choose the fabric they're made with!), and come with a really handy bag for storing and washing them! There are loads of brands available, a quick google will result with loads!

14. Use a menstrual cup - I won't go into great amounts of detail, and I know menstrual cups don't suit everyone (which is okay!), but if you can make the switch to one, they save so much sanitary and plastic waste. I bought mine from Boots for convenience, but they sell them in loads of places, such as health food shops! A popular brand is Mooncup.





15. Ditch fast fashion - we've all seen a million blog posts on how fast fashion is ruining the planet (I myself have one lined up to post soon), but it's all true. Ditch fast fashion and find your own style! It'll be the best thing you've ever done.

16. Buy from sustainable brands - If you still want to buy new things, I would really suggest buying from sustainable brands! My favourite is Lucy and Yak and Tala, both of which are really open about how they're trying to be more sustainable. But again, there are loads of brands out there!

17. Buy second hand - if you like new clothes, but aren't worried about someone else having worn them before, buying second hand is definitely the way forward for you! I would say around 50% of my wardrobe is second hand, and I usually buy from depop or in my local charity shops. I try always to buy my uni textbooks from facebook marketplace or amazon's second hand options, and the same with records (mainly because they're also both so expensive new too!).

18. Get standard delivery - if there's something you absolutely love from Topshop or H&M and you make an exception just the once, getting standard delivery can help offset the environmental impact a tiny bit. Getting next day or express delivery results in a lot of labour, often for people who aren't paid enough for what they do, and a lot of transport to get the delivery to you on time.

19. Buy local - pretty simple! Get's rid of transporting emissions, and you're supporting local business!

20. Only use dishwashers when they are full.

21. Do your washing up without the tap running - filling a sink full of water and washing in there reduces a lot of water wastage.

22. Dry your clothes on a rack - tumble driers, unfortunately, use a lot of energy. In this article by the Guardian, they state that if all households with a tumble dryer dried one loaf of washing outside each week, instead of by machine, they would save over a million tonnes of CO2 in a year. It isn't always practical to dry your washing outside or on a rack, especially in damp, small uni houses, but doing it where possible is a great way to try and help the environment a little.

23. Only wash your clothes when they really need it.

24. Try not to use paper towels/ napkins.

25. Recycle where possible - this is an obvious one, but make sure to check what you're trying to recycle is actually recyclable, and avoid non-recyclable plastics where possible.

26. Use energy efficient lightbulbs.



27. Ecosia browser & Forest app - Ecosia is an 'eco-friendly browser' which works exactly like google, and after a certain number of searches it plants a tree! Similarly, I rave about the forest app 24/7 because it's so good for studying and motivating yourself. Basically, it's an app that allows you to grow a tree for a certain amount of time, and it doesn't allow you to go on any other apps whilst its on. You collect a coin for every 5 minutes you concentrate, and once you get 2,500 coins you can plant a real life tree. It costs £1.99 but it's worth every penny.

28. Use e-tickets - e-tickets are now available when you go on the train, fly, go to shows and events, and they save on such a lot of waste and are so convenient!

29. Drive less - public transport (if it's good where you live) is such a good way to help the environment! Otherwise, walking and biking, and even car sharing are great options!

30. Attend a march / protest.


I hope this post helped even with just a couple of switches you can make in your everyday life! Have you got any other tips and tricks for helping the environment?

All my love,


Em x


*some of the links provided are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage of any money on purchases through these links.
  • January 26, 2020

30 Easy Way to Help the Environment | Veganuary 2020


Veganism is a lot about what you eat and helping animals, but helping the environment is another really important aspect of veganism. Unfortunately, we as individuals can only do a very small amount compared to big businesses, but every little bit helps! With regards to this post, I obviously wouldn't recommend buying a whole new set of new products, because that doesn't have the greatest environmental impact, but if you're already considering buying one or two new things, and are looking to replace some of the single-use items in your life, then these are my personal recommendations. Small note - I'm not saying I'm perfect at any of this, I'm still working on it, and especially being a uni student means I can't always be perfect with this kind of thing all the time, I'm currently just trying my best.

1. Use a reuseable water bottle - I can recommend this Camelback Eddy water bottle or a Chilly's water bottle if you prefer metal bottles.

2. Reuseable coffee mug - I have this Built NY coffee flask  which I can thoroughly recommend.

3. Reuseable straws - I'm not big into reuseable straws, but these metal ones look great as they come with a pouch to keep them in, and a straw cleaner.

4. Reduce food waste - this is such an easy thing to do: eat leftovers; meal plan and shop smart and don't buy things you know you won't eat; freeze what you can and repurpose scraps, such as using vegetable peel and ends for making stock.

5. Go vegan - I won't bore you with all the details and statistics on this, there's a lot of information on the internet, but going vegan or vegetarian massively helps to reduce water, fuel and land wastage.

6. Take leftovers in a tub - mentioned above, but cooking bulk meals not only helps you to use up all of your fresh ingredients without wastage, but also leaves you with loads of meals that you can pop in the freezer and eat over time (especially handy if you're a poor uni student like me).

7. Keep a tote bag with you - super useful for if you pop to the shops to grab some bits whilst you're out, meaning you don't need to buy a plastic bag.

8. Compost - composting is great for the environment and the soil, whilst reducing your food waste. It's pretty self explanatory, but give it a google if you want more information.

9. Cut the rings on milk and beer plastic holders - you know those plastic bits that hold beer cans in place, and the little ring that goes round the ring of the milk bottles? Those are the bits that can really easily get caught round the neck and mouths of birds and can injure them and prevent them from eating. Obviously it's best to avoid these completely if possible, but just cutting them can prevent this from happening.

10. Try and avoid products with palm oil - there's again, a lot of information on the internet about the problems associated with palm oil that you can read if you're interested, but reducing it however you can is so beneficial. I'm not suggesting to cut it out completely, because it is in a lot of things, and unfortunately, if you're a vegan, it's used in a lot of substitute product.



11. Bamboo toothbrush - bamboo toothbrushes last a lot longer than the plastic ones, and I find, feel so much nicer on my teeth than plastic ones - this set has a toothbrushes, cotton buds and dental floss!

12. Packaging free shampoo, conditioner and body wash - again, reducing plastic usage. Lush is a great option for this on the high street, or theres a lot of independent places that sell similar things.

13. Reuseable face pads - again, these just reduce your waste! I have these ones from etsy which are handmade (and you can choose the fabric they're made with!), and come with a really handy bag for storing and washing them! There are loads of brands available, a quick google will result with loads!

14. Use a menstrual cup - I won't go into great amounts of detail, and I know menstrual cups don't suit everyone (which is okay!), but if you can make the switch to one, they save so much sanitary and plastic waste. I bought mine from Boots for convenience, but they sell them in loads of places, such as health food shops! A popular brand is Mooncup.





15. Ditch fast fashion - we've all seen a million blog posts on how fast fashion is ruining the planet (I myself have one lined up to post soon), but it's all true. Ditch fast fashion and find your own style! It'll be the best thing you've ever done.

16. Buy from sustainable brands - If you still want to buy new things, I would really suggest buying from sustainable brands! My favourite is Lucy and Yak and Tala, both of which are really open about how they're trying to be more sustainable. But again, there are loads of brands out there!

17. Buy second hand - if you like new clothes, but aren't worried about someone else having worn them before, buying second hand is definitely the way forward for you! I would say around 50% of my wardrobe is second hand, and I usually buy from depop or in my local charity shops. I try always to buy my uni textbooks from facebook marketplace or amazon's second hand options, and the same with records (mainly because they're also both so expensive new too!).

18. Get standard delivery - if there's something you absolutely love from Topshop or H&M and you make an exception just the once, getting standard delivery can help offset the environmental impact a tiny bit. Getting next day or express delivery results in a lot of labour, often for people who aren't paid enough for what they do, and a lot of transport to get the delivery to you on time.

19. Buy local - pretty simple! Get's rid of transporting emissions, and you're supporting local business!

20. Only use dishwashers when they are full.

21. Do your washing up without the tap running - filling a sink full of water and washing in there reduces a lot of water wastage.

22. Dry your clothes on a rack - tumble driers, unfortunately, use a lot of energy. In this article by the Guardian, they state that if all households with a tumble dryer dried one loaf of washing outside each week, instead of by machine, they would save over a million tonnes of CO2 in a year. It isn't always practical to dry your washing outside or on a rack, especially in damp, small uni houses, but doing it where possible is a great way to try and help the environment a little.

23. Only wash your clothes when they really need it.

24. Try not to use paper towels/ napkins.

25. Recycle where possible - this is an obvious one, but make sure to check what you're trying to recycle is actually recyclable, and avoid non-recyclable plastics where possible.

26. Use energy efficient lightbulbs.



27. Ecosia browser & Forest app - Ecosia is an 'eco-friendly browser' which works exactly like google, and after a certain number of searches it plants a tree! Similarly, I rave about the forest app 24/7 because it's so good for studying and motivating yourself. Basically, it's an app that allows you to grow a tree for a certain amount of time, and it doesn't allow you to go on any other apps whilst its on. You collect a coin for every 5 minutes you concentrate, and once you get 2,500 coins you can plant a real life tree. It costs £1.99 but it's worth every penny.

28. Use e-tickets - e-tickets are now available when you go on the train, fly, go to shows and events, and they save on such a lot of waste and are so convenient!

29. Drive less - public transport (if it's good where you live) is such a good way to help the environment! Otherwise, walking and biking, and even car sharing are great options!

30. Attend a march / protest.


I hope this post helped even with just a couple of switches you can make in your everyday life! Have you got any other tips and tricks for helping the environment?

All my love,


Em x


*some of the links provided are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage of any money on purchases through these links.

Knowing what to eat as a vegan student can be hard! It's so important to get your fruit and veg in, as well as sensible amount of protein. I don't track what I eat, or my calorie intake, and just eat intuitively, which is exactly what works for me. I don't mind cooking at uni, but I wouldn't ever call myself talented at it, and I tend to stick to easy recipes that I know work!



This is one of my favourite wintery meals to make at uni! I posted this recipe on my vegan food account, and its honestly such an easy recipe that doesn't involve loads of weird complicated ingredients.
  1. Chop up 8-10 medium sized potatoes (up to you whether you peel them, I personally don't) & boil in a pan with a vegetable stock cube.
  2. Chop an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and fry in a separate pan.
  3. When the onions are soft, add 2-3 chopped leeks to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. When all the vegetables and the potatoes are soft, add the leeks, onions and garlic to the potatoes, and blend all together to desired consistency! 

Every student ever will agree this is the easiest meal out there for an evening when you can't be bothered to cook much. I normally just chuck in whatever veg I have in the fridge and some tofu, if I have any, and then fry it all up with soy sauce and add some soba noodles. Easy as that!



I'm calling this a "buddha bowl" but I don't know enough about what needs to be in a dish to actually refer to it as a buddha bowl, so apologies if this isn't 100% correct. I love food like this, because it's such a good way to get your veg in and use up the stuff you have in the fridge. In this one above, I had roasted butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli, red pepper and carrots with rice and some baked tofu.

One of my favourite dinners for when I'm not hungry is scrambled tofu on toast! It's really good with spring onions, but is fine on its own too as they're not a super common thing to have in a student fridge. I usually have it on toast, or toasted ciabatta, or a bagel, or honestly whatever bread-y thing I have in the cupboard.




I've written about this in another blog post, but this I really first discovered this type of dish whilst I was on holiday in Jamaica. It's a recipe that I made up and its really easy to tweak with whatever veggies you have in the fridge to use up - fry onions and garlic, then add peppers, then add a can of chickpeas (drain the water out first), a can of tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and then boil off some of the liquid, adding salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric to taste. Its easy to eat with loads of bits - in pitta, in wraps or with rice!

Boil some potatoes, and some chickpeas and add some curry sauce (yes I buy curry sauce in a jar, I most definitely do not have the time to make a curry sauce by scratch) - that's literally it! Boil some rice to have with and voila. This is also a really east to make in bulk too!


So I thought I'd include a supermarket buys section because I don't cook everything fresh every night because sometimes I don't have the time, or honestly can't be bothered! So these are my favourite bits and pieces that go really well with some chips, or a jacket potato or fried potatoes or rice and some veg! First up are these sweetcorn and courgette fritters from Tesco which are one of my favourite vegan things to buy for dinner from a supermarket. When I was looking for the link for these, theres also a lot of recipes for making them yourself which you can do, if that your thing! I also love this hummus style sauce pizza from Iceland because I'm not a massive vegan cheese fan. Anything by Linda McCartney is fab but I especially love the country pies. My favourite sausages are Richmond meat-free, and my favourite nuggets are the tesco own brand ones!



What are your favourite vegan student meals?

All my love,

Em x

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  • January 19, 2020

My Favourite Vegan Uni Student Meals | Veganuary 2020


Knowing what to eat as a vegan student can be hard! It's so important to get your fruit and veg in, as well as sensible amount of protein. I don't track what I eat, or my calorie intake, and just eat intuitively, which is exactly what works for me. I don't mind cooking at uni, but I wouldn't ever call myself talented at it, and I tend to stick to easy recipes that I know work!



This is one of my favourite wintery meals to make at uni! I posted this recipe on my vegan food account, and its honestly such an easy recipe that doesn't involve loads of weird complicated ingredients.
  1. Chop up 8-10 medium sized potatoes (up to you whether you peel them, I personally don't) & boil in a pan with a vegetable stock cube.
  2. Chop an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and fry in a separate pan.
  3. When the onions are soft, add 2-3 chopped leeks to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. When all the vegetables and the potatoes are soft, add the leeks, onions and garlic to the potatoes, and blend all together to desired consistency! 

Every student ever will agree this is the easiest meal out there for an evening when you can't be bothered to cook much. I normally just chuck in whatever veg I have in the fridge and some tofu, if I have any, and then fry it all up with soy sauce and add some soba noodles. Easy as that!



I'm calling this a "buddha bowl" but I don't know enough about what needs to be in a dish to actually refer to it as a buddha bowl, so apologies if this isn't 100% correct. I love food like this, because it's such a good way to get your veg in and use up the stuff you have in the fridge. In this one above, I had roasted butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli, red pepper and carrots with rice and some baked tofu.

One of my favourite dinners for when I'm not hungry is scrambled tofu on toast! It's really good with spring onions, but is fine on its own too as they're not a super common thing to have in a student fridge. I usually have it on toast, or toasted ciabatta, or a bagel, or honestly whatever bread-y thing I have in the cupboard.




I've written about this in another blog post, but this I really first discovered this type of dish whilst I was on holiday in Jamaica. It's a recipe that I made up and its really easy to tweak with whatever veggies you have in the fridge to use up - fry onions and garlic, then add peppers, then add a can of chickpeas (drain the water out first), a can of tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and then boil off some of the liquid, adding salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric to taste. Its easy to eat with loads of bits - in pitta, in wraps or with rice!

Boil some potatoes, and some chickpeas and add some curry sauce (yes I buy curry sauce in a jar, I most definitely do not have the time to make a curry sauce by scratch) - that's literally it! Boil some rice to have with and voila. This is also a really east to make in bulk too!


So I thought I'd include a supermarket buys section because I don't cook everything fresh every night because sometimes I don't have the time, or honestly can't be bothered! So these are my favourite bits and pieces that go really well with some chips, or a jacket potato or fried potatoes or rice and some veg! First up are these sweetcorn and courgette fritters from Tesco which are one of my favourite vegan things to buy for dinner from a supermarket. When I was looking for the link for these, theres also a lot of recipes for making them yourself which you can do, if that your thing! I also love this hummus style sauce pizza from Iceland because I'm not a massive vegan cheese fan. Anything by Linda McCartney is fab but I especially love the country pies. My favourite sausages are Richmond meat-free, and my favourite nuggets are the tesco own brand ones!



What are your favourite vegan student meals?

All my love,

Em x

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What's your favourite vegan snack on the go?
I am such a snacky person; I'd much prefer to eat snacks over proper meals, but I'm actually not somebody who takes many snacks out with me because it's rare that I go out for more than a couple of hours at uni. However, if I had to pick something, I'd definitely pick Nakd bars - specifically the bakewell and cashew cookie flavour.


I'm mostly vegan already but one thing I can't get over is vegan cheese! Any advice?
Being honest, vegan cheese is not my thing. I was a massive cheese fan before going vegan, used to love a cheese toastie, cheese on a jacket potato, mac and cheese, and all the rest of it, but only where cheddar was involved. I've tried so many vegan cheeses, and I just don't like any of them, but, I do know a lot of people who really like it! My tips would be trial and error with different fake cheeses, depending on your kinda thing, and to really educate yourself on how damaging the dairy industry is, in the aim that'll it'll make you want cheese less.


What's your favourite non-dairy milk?
I'm a massive soya milk fan! I'm not a huge fan of coconut or almond, but I also don't mind oat milk in coffee. In terms of brands, Oatly for oat milk, and I like aldi's and tesco's own-brand soya milk.


What's your favourite vegan thing to cook?
I really like chickpeas and veg (see below), which I was inspired by when I visited Jamaica. It's a really easy recipe that I just made up: fry onions & garlic, then add peppers, then add a can of chickpeas, a can of tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and boil off some liquid, add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. I usually eat it in wraps, in pitta bread or with rice.



Have you found a difference in your health since going vegan? 
For sure! I know absolutely everyone says this, but I really have. I'm lactose intolerant, so cutting out dairy completely, and not being tempted by a cake or an ice cream has made me feel so much better. I've also really noticed a massive difference in my skin, I rarely break out in acne anymore, and it just generally looks better. I've lost a bit of weight, not anything significant, but the main difference I've noticed is that I don't get as bloated as I used to.

Do you take supplements to get vitamins non vegans get?
I obviously can't provide any nutritional advice, but I take a similar to supplement to these from Holland and Barrett, but I take the sort of extra vitamin version, because I am naturally low in B12 and vitamin D.

Will I develop a diary intolerance?
I don't know a lot about this unfortunately, as I'm not qualified in giving nutritional advice, and I already have a dairy intolerance. If this is something you're worried about, I would definitely recommend talking to a doctor or a nutritionist.

Will it mess with my periods?
I am most definitely the worst person to answer this question because my periods have always been all over the place, but, I can say that I haven't noticed them get any worse since being vegan. Again, if this is something you're worried about, I would recommend always talking to a doctor.

Did you find it easy to transition to veganism? Would love to go vegan, but struggling for ideas of how to transition. Any advice please?
I put these two questions together because they're quite similar. I basically went vegan overnight. I was vegetarian for around 2 years before, and drank a lot of soya milk and ate dairy free things because of being a lactose intolerant. I watched Madeline Olivia's youtube videos on veganism, and then just decided to do it. For me, I was mostly worried about coping with it at uni, but I actually find it easier at university. My tips would be to cut out meat first, then dairy, and then eggs, as you'll get more of an idea of what you can and can't eat that way, or just to go cold turkey and cut it all out.

Can you be vegan on a budget or is it more expensive that a non vegan lifestyle?
You can definitely do veganism on the cheap! Obviously if you really like meat substitutes and expensive swaps like Ben and Jerry's vegan ice cream, it's going to add up quite quickly. For me, I eat mostly vegetable and carbs based, a lot of pasta, lentils, potatoes, etc, and treat myself to bits and bobs such as richmond's meat-free sausages. It's also always worth looking at your local supermarket's own-brand stuff - Tesco do great meat-free chicken nuggets, and I love aldi's fake chicken burgers, and these come at a relatively cheap price when compared to brands such as quorn.

What's the hardest part of being vegan?
Cake. For me, at least. I used to eat a lot of cake, specifically chocolate muffins, and nowhere around me seems to have developed a good vegan cake alternative, which is hard for me :(


Hope this post managed to answer any questions you guys have about being vegan this veganuary! Will you be doing #veganuary2020?

All my love,

Em x


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  • January 12, 2020

Veganism: Ask Me Anything | Veganuary 2020

What's your favourite vegan snack on the go?
I am such a snacky person; I'd much prefer to eat snacks over proper meals, but I'm actually not somebody who takes many snacks out with me because it's rare that I go out for more than a couple of hours at uni. However, if I had to pick something, I'd definitely pick Nakd bars - specifically the bakewell and cashew cookie flavour.


I'm mostly vegan already but one thing I can't get over is vegan cheese! Any advice?
Being honest, vegan cheese is not my thing. I was a massive cheese fan before going vegan, used to love a cheese toastie, cheese on a jacket potato, mac and cheese, and all the rest of it, but only where cheddar was involved. I've tried so many vegan cheeses, and I just don't like any of them, but, I do know a lot of people who really like it! My tips would be trial and error with different fake cheeses, depending on your kinda thing, and to really educate yourself on how damaging the dairy industry is, in the aim that'll it'll make you want cheese less.


What's your favourite non-dairy milk?
I'm a massive soya milk fan! I'm not a huge fan of coconut or almond, but I also don't mind oat milk in coffee. In terms of brands, Oatly for oat milk, and I like aldi's and tesco's own-brand soya milk.


What's your favourite vegan thing to cook?
I really like chickpeas and veg (see below), which I was inspired by when I visited Jamaica. It's a really easy recipe that I just made up: fry onions & garlic, then add peppers, then add a can of chickpeas, a can of tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and boil off some liquid, add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. I usually eat it in wraps, in pitta bread or with rice.



Have you found a difference in your health since going vegan? 
For sure! I know absolutely everyone says this, but I really have. I'm lactose intolerant, so cutting out dairy completely, and not being tempted by a cake or an ice cream has made me feel so much better. I've also really noticed a massive difference in my skin, I rarely break out in acne anymore, and it just generally looks better. I've lost a bit of weight, not anything significant, but the main difference I've noticed is that I don't get as bloated as I used to.

Do you take supplements to get vitamins non vegans get?
I obviously can't provide any nutritional advice, but I take a similar to supplement to these from Holland and Barrett, but I take the sort of extra vitamin version, because I am naturally low in B12 and vitamin D.

Will I develop a diary intolerance?
I don't know a lot about this unfortunately, as I'm not qualified in giving nutritional advice, and I already have a dairy intolerance. If this is something you're worried about, I would definitely recommend talking to a doctor or a nutritionist.

Will it mess with my periods?
I am most definitely the worst person to answer this question because my periods have always been all over the place, but, I can say that I haven't noticed them get any worse since being vegan. Again, if this is something you're worried about, I would recommend always talking to a doctor.

Did you find it easy to transition to veganism? Would love to go vegan, but struggling for ideas of how to transition. Any advice please?
I put these two questions together because they're quite similar. I basically went vegan overnight. I was vegetarian for around 2 years before, and drank a lot of soya milk and ate dairy free things because of being a lactose intolerant. I watched Madeline Olivia's youtube videos on veganism, and then just decided to do it. For me, I was mostly worried about coping with it at uni, but I actually find it easier at university. My tips would be to cut out meat first, then dairy, and then eggs, as you'll get more of an idea of what you can and can't eat that way, or just to go cold turkey and cut it all out.

Can you be vegan on a budget or is it more expensive that a non vegan lifestyle?
You can definitely do veganism on the cheap! Obviously if you really like meat substitutes and expensive swaps like Ben and Jerry's vegan ice cream, it's going to add up quite quickly. For me, I eat mostly vegetable and carbs based, a lot of pasta, lentils, potatoes, etc, and treat myself to bits and bobs such as richmond's meat-free sausages. It's also always worth looking at your local supermarket's own-brand stuff - Tesco do great meat-free chicken nuggets, and I love aldi's fake chicken burgers, and these come at a relatively cheap price when compared to brands such as quorn.

What's the hardest part of being vegan?
Cake. For me, at least. I used to eat a lot of cake, specifically chocolate muffins, and nowhere around me seems to have developed a good vegan cake alternative, which is hard for me :(


Hope this post managed to answer any questions you guys have about being vegan this veganuary! Will you be doing #veganuary2020?

All my love,

Em x


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Power by Naomi Alderman 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I haven't had masses of time for reading this month, because of studying and keeping on top of my university work ready for term 2. But, the one novel I have read (cover to cover) this month is Power by Naomi Alderman. This novel really reminded me of Handmaid's Tale, a recognisable world with a massive twist in day-to-day life (I'm trying really hard not to spoil it). It took me a while to get into, but once I did, I was unable to put it down. It has a strong feminist nod to the dangers women feel on a daily basis felt in men instead, and some parts I found very eye-opening. However, I did find the story a little hard to follow in places, especially in the beginning, and some of the story lines seemed a little simplistic, but overall, I really enjoyed it.

You can follow my goodreads here.

My favourite new album released in December was Fine Line by Harry Styles. I was never into one direction when I was a teenager and hadn't really liked any of Harry's other stuff, so I was a bit sceptical, but decided to give it a chance based on a recommendation from a friend. I really enjoyed the whole album, but 'Adore You' is a particular favourite of mine.

December also included my round up from the past 5 years from my spotify. Although it was slightly skewed because I share spotify with my 17 year old brother (does anyone have a clue who Lil Happy Lil Sad actually is????), I rediscovered Coasts' self titled album from my 2016 playlist, and was so thrilled to find it again. I've seen Coasts 3 times live, and their music is just unlike any other band I've ever heard. My favourites from their self-titled album are 'Lions', 'Wash Away' and 'Wallow', but I really love every song on this album.

Other than these albums, I haven't really discovered many other new songs this month, but some of my current favourites are:

Alone and Lonely - prxz

Crying Over You - HONNE & BEKA

Still Feel - Half Alive


Wanderlust 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I watched Wanderlust via Netflix at the start of December. It's a BBC drama about a couple who decide to engage in an open relationship after they struggle to reconnect following the wife's bicycle accident. I really enjoyed it, and was particularly interested in the psychology underpinning it all (typical psychology student), especially as the wife (played by Toni Collette) is a relationship therapist in the show. The relationship dynamics between all of the characters are really interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and am really hoping they make a second series.


Last Christmas 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I went to see Last Christmas in the cinema with my mum and nan just before Christmas, and absolutely loved it! I'm an absolute sucker for a good rom-com, and this was actually a really good one, well acted and engaging, and I didn't see the twist coming at all! Just a genuinely lovely, heart-warming film about helping others, with a really lovely message to it. Plus, hearing all of George Michael's music was an added bonus!


What have you read, listened to and watched this month that you've really loved?

All my love,

Em x


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  • January 05, 2020

December Favourites: What I've Read, Listened to & Watched






Power by Naomi Alderman 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I haven't had masses of time for reading this month, because of studying and keeping on top of my university work ready for term 2. But, the one novel I have read (cover to cover) this month is Power by Naomi Alderman. This novel really reminded me of Handmaid's Tale, a recognisable world with a massive twist in day-to-day life (I'm trying really hard not to spoil it). It took me a while to get into, but once I did, I was unable to put it down. It has a strong feminist nod to the dangers women feel on a daily basis felt in men instead, and some parts I found very eye-opening. However, I did find the story a little hard to follow in places, especially in the beginning, and some of the story lines seemed a little simplistic, but overall, I really enjoyed it.

You can follow my goodreads here.

My favourite new album released in December was Fine Line by Harry Styles. I was never into one direction when I was a teenager and hadn't really liked any of Harry's other stuff, so I was a bit sceptical, but decided to give it a chance based on a recommendation from a friend. I really enjoyed the whole album, but 'Adore You' is a particular favourite of mine.

December also included my round up from the past 5 years from my spotify. Although it was slightly skewed because I share spotify with my 17 year old brother (does anyone have a clue who Lil Happy Lil Sad actually is????), I rediscovered Coasts' self titled album from my 2016 playlist, and was so thrilled to find it again. I've seen Coasts 3 times live, and their music is just unlike any other band I've ever heard. My favourites from their self-titled album are 'Lions', 'Wash Away' and 'Wallow', but I really love every song on this album.

Other than these albums, I haven't really discovered many other new songs this month, but some of my current favourites are:

Alone and Lonely - prxz

Crying Over You - HONNE & BEKA

Still Feel - Half Alive


Wanderlust 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I watched Wanderlust via Netflix at the start of December. It's a BBC drama about a couple who decide to engage in an open relationship after they struggle to reconnect following the wife's bicycle accident. I really enjoyed it, and was particularly interested in the psychology underpinning it all (typical psychology student), especially as the wife (played by Toni Collette) is a relationship therapist in the show. The relationship dynamics between all of the characters are really interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and am really hoping they make a second series.


Last Christmas 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I went to see Last Christmas in the cinema with my mum and nan just before Christmas, and absolutely loved it! I'm an absolute sucker for a good rom-com, and this was actually a really good one, well acted and engaging, and I didn't see the twist coming at all! Just a genuinely lovely, heart-warming film about helping others, with a really lovely message to it. Plus, hearing all of George Michael's music was an added bonus!


What have you read, listened to and watched this month that you've really loved?

All my love,

Em x


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Welcome to 2020! It still feels so strange saying that, doesn't it? It's always so weird thinking about a new year, let alone a new decade, and I'm hoping this decade will be a big one! Hopefully the 2020's are the years I graduate, buy a house and settle down in my life. However, there actually isn't much else I want to change about my life.

For the first time in a long time, I finally feel settled and comfortable within myself. I've spent most years of my teenage life comparing myself to others, not feeling good enough and really struggling to work out who I am. Going to university changed all of that for me.

In terms of relationships, I've made the best friends over the last couple of years, and rediscovered and renewed friendships from my sixth form; Daisy, Cam, Kieran, Zara, Jas and Jade, if any of you are reading this, you're all wonderful and keep me sane on a day to day basis. I've also become a lot closer to my brother Jamie in the past 6 months and I'm very lucky that we go to the same university and he's close by to keep me sane and remind me of home. I'm also incredibly grateful for my boyfriend Sam. I don't like to talk to much about our relationship on here, but he makes me feel incredibly grounded, steady and loved and supports me through everything (this is ending up being so puke worthy, I'm sorry, thanks if you're actually still reading). I'm finally at a stage in my life where I feel I have a number of people I can turn to when things inevitably go wrong instead of trying to tackle it all by myself.

In terms of my life generally, I finally feel like I'm headed in the right direction for a future career. I've never known what I wanted to do, took a broad range of A levels in the hope that that would help me instead of being too specific, which in reality came back to bite me in the bum when I had to study at university for an extra year to get my biology A level equivalent (which I won't even use now since I've changed course, but that's a whole other story). 2019 was the year I realised that I need to have a career that involves working with people to be fulfilled, and that lab work wasn't for me, and that unfortunately, having a chronic illness would probably prevent me from studying medicine at university. It's upsetting, but I've realised I have to ultimately put myself and my health first when thinking about a career. Changing to a Psychology degree has been one of the best decisions I've made, and I finally feel confident that I'm doing the right degree for me. My current goal is to eventually be Dr. Birks and be a relationship therapist, which involves a long slog and doing a Phd, but relationships are something I'm fascinated by and want to study for a long time, and it currently feels like the perfect fit.

Being vegan has also helped me massively through 2019, I've now been vegan for almost 10 months (with one blip involving a halloumi kebab), and it's something I really believe in and am passionate about. I never thought I'd be a "preachy vegan", but it's just become part of my personality and who I am as a person.

Overall, 2019 was a bit weird for me, but I've come out the other side being confident and comfortable in myself and who I am, which is why I haven't made any new year's resolutions this year, because I'm perfectly happy with life continuing the way it currently is!

Have you made new year's resolutions this year? Why/ why not?

All my love,

Em x


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  • January 04, 2020

Why This New Year Won't Be a New Me



Welcome to 2020! It still feels so strange saying that, doesn't it? It's always so weird thinking about a new year, let alone a new decade, and I'm hoping this decade will be a big one! Hopefully the 2020's are the years I graduate, buy a house and settle down in my life. However, there actually isn't much else I want to change about my life.

For the first time in a long time, I finally feel settled and comfortable within myself. I've spent most years of my teenage life comparing myself to others, not feeling good enough and really struggling to work out who I am. Going to university changed all of that for me.

In terms of relationships, I've made the best friends over the last couple of years, and rediscovered and renewed friendships from my sixth form; Daisy, Cam, Kieran, Zara, Jas and Jade, if any of you are reading this, you're all wonderful and keep me sane on a day to day basis. I've also become a lot closer to my brother Jamie in the past 6 months and I'm very lucky that we go to the same university and he's close by to keep me sane and remind me of home. I'm also incredibly grateful for my boyfriend Sam. I don't like to talk to much about our relationship on here, but he makes me feel incredibly grounded, steady and loved and supports me through everything (this is ending up being so puke worthy, I'm sorry, thanks if you're actually still reading). I'm finally at a stage in my life where I feel I have a number of people I can turn to when things inevitably go wrong instead of trying to tackle it all by myself.

In terms of my life generally, I finally feel like I'm headed in the right direction for a future career. I've never known what I wanted to do, took a broad range of A levels in the hope that that would help me instead of being too specific, which in reality came back to bite me in the bum when I had to study at university for an extra year to get my biology A level equivalent (which I won't even use now since I've changed course, but that's a whole other story). 2019 was the year I realised that I need to have a career that involves working with people to be fulfilled, and that lab work wasn't for me, and that unfortunately, having a chronic illness would probably prevent me from studying medicine at university. It's upsetting, but I've realised I have to ultimately put myself and my health first when thinking about a career. Changing to a Psychology degree has been one of the best decisions I've made, and I finally feel confident that I'm doing the right degree for me. My current goal is to eventually be Dr. Birks and be a relationship therapist, which involves a long slog and doing a Phd, but relationships are something I'm fascinated by and want to study for a long time, and it currently feels like the perfect fit.

Being vegan has also helped me massively through 2019, I've now been vegan for almost 10 months (with one blip involving a halloumi kebab), and it's something I really believe in and am passionate about. I never thought I'd be a "preachy vegan", but it's just become part of my personality and who I am as a person.

Overall, 2019 was a bit weird for me, but I've come out the other side being confident and comfortable in myself and who I am, which is why I haven't made any new year's resolutions this year, because I'm perfectly happy with life continuing the way it currently is!

Have you made new year's resolutions this year? Why/ why not?

All my love,

Em x


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hello hello and welcome to my blog! I'm Emily, a twenty-something year old blogger based in Lincolnshire, and a psychology student at the University of Durham. I blog about almost everything, including student life, books, my favourite music & living with a chronic illness.

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