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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