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Should I go Vegan?

Before I start with this post I just want to pop a PSA out there into the world right away and say that I’m not (currently) Vegan. I’m going to go into a bit more detail about my relationship with food but I’m keen to share this brand with you because since being on Twitter, my eyes really have been opened to Veganism and I know an awful lot of Vegan bloggers (two of my favorites are The Curvaceous Vegan and Glow Steady) who I thoroughly enjoy. I think we all need to do our bit to help the planet and I don’t necessarily agree with this, “all or nothing” attitude that some people adopt. For some people, it’s not possible to have a Vegan diet but they can help in another way by shopping cruelty-free and using Vegan skincare. But food, plant-based options and Eco-friendly behaviors are always worth discussing.

My relationship with food

Veganism or vegetarianism didn’t really even enter my vocabulary until I was on Twitter and blogging (which says a lot about social media). My parents both eat meat, I only ever had one Vegetarian friend at school (who eventually started eating meat) and it just wasn’t something I thought about. I’ve always had a funny relationship with food (which you can read more about here) and I still don’t have a particularly healthy one. But over the last few years I have been more and more conscious about the meat I’m consuming.

Two years ago, I wouldn’t even know where to look for a plant-based alternative to things like milk, cheese or yogurts. But again, back to the power of social media, I now naturally reach for Alpro yogurts (which are the best things in the freaking world), Naked bars and consciously try and cut meat out of my diet at least a few days a week. Due to my dodgy history with disordered eating, I don’t feel like restricting what I eat is healthy for me but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.

Would I ever become Vegan?

I would absolutely love to be Vegan. I would love to feel the health benefits that a lot of Vegans feel from having a full, well-rounded Vegan diet. I’m under no illusion that all Vegan diets are healthy as I’m sure there’s plenty of Vegan junk food out there. I would definitely struggle in knowing what I can eat, what I can’t and coming up with flavorsome recipes. I like a lot of flavor, spices, herbs and sauce in my food so I’d need some good information on how I can adopt that in a Vegan diet. I’d much rather do it steadily and introduce Vegan foods into my diet on a permanent basis first.

So if anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

Who are Healthlabs and what do they do?

I was contacted by Healthlabs, a private and affordable wellness company who offer about their Vegan health tests which I’ll talk to you a bit about now! These tests are designed to help detect deficiencies of some of the most common vitamins and nutrients in our bodies. They recommend these tests for Vegans, who want to see if they’re lacking in anything which they can then turn around and lead an even healthier lifestyle or people who might be wondering whether a Vegan diet is for them… like me!

Unfortunately Healthlabs are only available in the U.S at the moment but luckily for all you folks across the pond, they have over 4000 certified locations all over the U.S when you can have the tests done. They only take 10 minutes and you don’t need to go to a doctors, a hospital or anywhere scary like that.

Healthlabs Vegan testing start at $149 and increases to around $399 which are incredibly affordable! But if you are on a budget, you can get 25% off all vegan testing when using the code JENNYINNEVERLAND25. Bonus!

I think if these tests can encourage more people to adopt a Vegan – or even just a generally healthier – lifestyle then great. For the amount and the time it takes, I definitely think they’re worth it, especially if you feel like you might be lacking in something anyway or feel like your current diet isn’t serving you. I’d personally be really interested to see if I’m lacking in any type of vitamin or if I’m intolerant to anything which I should probably remove from my diet. Although I might not be the healthiest person ever, it’s something I’m always conscious of and I think if I had the information from these sort of tests then I’d definitely be adopting a more healthier lifestyle with much less meat in it!

I’d love to hear about your diet; are you Vegan? Thinking about going Vegan? Do you have any recommendations of yummy Vegan alternatives for me? Have you ever had nutrition testing? Let me know!

* This post is sponsored by Healthlabs

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

71 Comments

  1. I have been vegan/vegetarian for 3 months and absolutely loving it! Feel more energetic and happy in general 🙂 Good to do research on nutrition and vitamins before you start though xx

  2. Loved reading this, i transitioned into veganism almost two years ago now and it was definitely the best decision i ever made but its really interesting to read how you found veganism!! loved the rest of your blog by the way!! i recently wrote something about some of the reasons why trying veganism is good…let me know what you think if you get time to check it out 🙂 xx https://tailoredbymtaylor.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/why-try-veganism/

  3. Did you go vegan eventually?
    Hi, I’ve just found this post and I was curious about your own path.
    I personally went vegan a couple of years ago after being vegetarian for half of my life. The only regret I have it’s not have made this decision earlier! 🙂
    Now I share vegan recipes (most of them very easy and quick to make) on my blog. Feel free to take a look and (hopefully) some inspiration!
    Have a lovely day x

    1. I haven’t but I have made some changes to my diet 🙂

      1. That’s already a big step! Hope you’re enjoing it so far 🙂

  4. I think it’s awesome you are thinking about becoming vegan!!

  5. I am Vegan living with an Omni husband. Going Vegan was one of the best decisions I ever made. Plenty of recipes, advice, tips and even shopping lists on my site that you may find useful.

  6. I’m a breastfeeding mother to a 4 month old baby and have been completely vegan for 3 months. I have been vegetarian since pregnancy but decided to wait until the birth of my son (and a bit more research) to go completely vegan. All I can say is that it was the best decision I have made in my life. I did it for my love for animals. I cannot claim to love them but then be part of such a cruel industry which exploits them. I have discovered foods I never knew existed, I have developed a passion for cooking (I hated it before) and I have learnt a lot about myself too. I feel healthier than ever and I feel no guilt in what I eat. I eat a balanced diet and take vitamins too. Recipes are super simple – I have a book called BOSH! And I also adapt family favourites to vegan friendly versions. I also google a lot of recipes. It’s totally worth it 😊

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  8. It’s awesome you are thinking about making an ethical change to your life! If you want to try some recipes we have some that I am sure you would enjoy:) good luck on your journey!

  9. I have recently gone from being vegetarian to vegan, mainly for the animals, but I do feel I have now got a more healthy diet. Actually I get quite excited about vegan food and love finding new things to eat from stores and restaurants. I’ve developed a passion for Buddha bowls as they look great and are so nutritious.

    I thought I would miss dairy, in particular cheese, but I don’t at all. I also love Koko milk and Oatly milk.

    I’ve just had blood tests back from the diet and all have come back fine. The doctor was surprised my vit b12 levels were so good. I use nutritional yeast in my food which helps with vit b12 . This is the main vitimin which can cause concern for vegans.

    Why don’t you give it a try for a week or two. I’m sure once you do, you will know you are doing the right thing. I look forward to seeing how you get on.

    Gem x

  10. I think being vegan sounds like a great thing, I’m slowly trying to work my way towards it. I eat vegan maybe 2 or 3 times a week at the moment, but despite being lactose intolerant, I’m finding dairy so hard to give up. It’ll be worth it in the long run but it might take me a while haha!
    Beth x

    1. Wow really? I’d love to see a what you eat during those Vegan days post from you! x

    2. hey Beth! I know dairy can be super hard to give up, mainly because it has an OPIOD affect on the body, which means when you regularly consume it, you get addicted. Theres ton’s of different Daiya Cheese substitutes that are dairy free:) I know some of them aren’t the best but I enjoy the shredded on tacos sometimes:) You can also make amazing parms super easy with cashews and stuff! Those take a little more work but they are AMAZING!
      Anyways, good luck on your journey and hope I could help,
      Aidan M.

  11. […] So I’ve learnt that making sure there’s plenty of fruit in the house as well as Alpro dairy-free yogurt and Nakd bars encourages me to snack on healthier […]

  12. I have been vegan for almost a year and would never go back to eating meat and dairy , I feel 100 times healthier

    1. That’s great to hear 🙂

    2. Same!

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