Stylegreens Author – Katie
I’ve been blogging for a few months now after making a ‘To do’ list. I’m turning 30 next year and I have a list of things I want to do and start before then.
I’ve always wanted to blog, and truth be told I’ve started many blogs but ditched them very early on, I promise to keep Stylegreens. Things might evolve in the future but I’m enjoying it so far.
Whilst Stylegreens is still new to the blogosphere, I feel a introduction is in order.
Current Location? West Sussex
Hometown? Croydon, Surrey
Favourite movie? I have two favourite movies of all time, Ace Ventura – When Nature Calls and Dumb ‘N Dumber. Titanic is a very very close third. I wanted to be Kate Winslet as a child. I think Ace Ventura subliminally turned me vegan.
Favourite band? My musical taste and artists I’m fond of change on a regular basis. I have so many favourite albums, songs and bands, I don’t think I have a sole favourite band. However my most played currently on Spotify is Metallica, Florence and the Machine, The Weeknd and Brand New.
Why are you vegan? I’ve always been an animal lover, I remember when I was really young my Sister had a ‘against animal testing’ flyer on her wall although neither of us really knew what it was about. I remember looking at the picture of mice being tested on and knowing it was wrong. I first turned vegetarian when I was 19, I watched a Jamie Oliver program on where our food comes from and I made the connection. I turned vegan shortly after, I researched a lot, I attended a chicken rescue and bought lots of books on animal liberation. This was ten years ago, things were very different to what they are now. I was young, not as educated and impressionable. I fell off the wagon.
I turned vegan again in 2015, I took the November challenge of turning vegan. The vegan challenge is hosted by Animal Aid and is a month long challenge in November, with recipe ideas and guidance. Statically 81% percent of people who take part in vegan month challenges intend to continue with the vegan lifestyle.
I can only assume the 19% that do not stick to the lifestyle are not participating for animal rights, but for health benefits only.
What are the challenges you face being vegan? My biggest challenge I have faced is a soy and cacao intolerance. Being a vegan with a soy allergy and a vegan who cannot eat dark chocolate is pretty bad times, this is only a small obstacle though as with everything, there is always an alternative. Who knew you could get soy-free soy sauce? You know now. There is an alternative for EVERYTHING. Thank you Coconut Secret.
But, hold up – where do you get your protein? F**k off. I jest, excuse my french. The most commonly asked questions for vegans. When did everyone become protein obsessed? I can only blame social media and #gainz for this obsession and everyone becoming a nutritionist. I recently saw a quote from a lady called Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, an American author. Her quote simply said ‘It makes no sense to go through an animal to get to the nutrients that the animal gets because the animal ate plants.’ This quote resonates with me, I have all the nutrients I need, straight from the source, rather than via a carrier.
If the protein question is sincere, then I apologies profusely for my bad language. The below chart is very useful.
Protein chart sourced from uk.pinterest.com, chart originally posted by livestrong.com
Favourite make-up brand? My current two favourites are ELF and Kat Von D. ELF is an American brand, specialising in affordable make-up. My favourite ELF products are the High Definition powder and baked bronzer. Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist come vegan, come make-up mogul. My favourite Kat Von D products are the Lock It Foundation and the Tattoo Eyeliner pen. ELF isn’t available in UK stores and only available via the ELF website, shipping from America. Kat Von D Make-up is now available from Debenhams. I’ve heard a rumor that ELF may/may not be coming to Superdrug in the UK in the near future?
Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take one food item with you, what would it be? Sundried tomatos. No explanation needed.
Thank you for stopping by my blog, this is still very new and a work in progress but I’m enjoying this ride and I hope you are too.