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Losing your Vegan Virginity

Losing your Vegan Virginity: 5 Easy Steps to Flexible Vegan Eating

If you are keen to eat less animal products but are not ready or do not want to make the full transition to veganism, then these tips might be helpful if you want to experiment with flexible veganism.  


1.     Swap dairy milk for alternative milks. This is a very easy place to start and there is now such an abundance of milk alternatives to choose from: almond, oat, hemp, quinoa and coconut to name but a few.

2.     Turn your favourite dishes into a vegan version that way it won’t feel like you are missing out on your favourite foods. Opt for a vegan black bean burger instead of your regular beef mince one, try a vegan lentil shepherd’s pie instead of a more traditional one made with lamb mince, or why not use mushrooms as a hearty alternative to meat in a vegan chilli.

3.     Add more vegetables to your plate. By loading your meals with vegetables, you will not only be ensuring you get your full quota of nutrients but you will also feel fuller meaning you won’t need to add meat to your plate simply to fill you up.

4.     Each month, try and eliminate an animal from your diet and replace it with plant-based foods only. This way you rotate your diet and allow yourself a break from certain foods, perhaps revealing that what you once thought impossible to give up, is in fact quite easy to live without.

5.     Start using a variety of grains; many of the gluten-free grains including buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth have a good mineral profile as well as containing different amino acids. Be sure to consume a variety of grains, to make sure the spectrum of amino acids is as broad as possible.

To get you started, our Nutritional Therapist, Cicely, has shared a delicious bean burger recipe for you to try! 


Cajun-spiced black bean and feta burgers




400g cooked black beans, soaked and boiled (canned is fine for convenience)

50g feta, crumbed

3 spring onions, finely sliced

1 tbsp Cajun spices

30g Buckwheat flour, plus some for coating

1 egg

Pinch of salt

Handful of coriander, chopped (optional)

Coconut oil, for frying


1.     Cook the black beans with a pinch of salt until soft through.

2.     Use a potato masher to break up the beans and then add in all the other ingredients.

3.     Mould the mixture into ball shapes and then flatten out into burger shapes and dust with flour on both sides.

4.     Fry in coconut oil on each side for 3-4 mins or until  cooked through and serve with salad.

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Beat The Blues Banana Bread 


makes 1 medium loaf 

4 bananas

2 flax eggs / sub for 2-4 eggs if you prefer (the texture's better and the protein content is higher)

4 dates 

50g coconut sugar (optional) 

3 tbsp coconut oil (solid) 

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

125g ground almonds 

100g buckwheat, teff or coconut flour (all will give slightly different textures and flavours) 


                  1               Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix together. 

                  2               Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake in the over for around 50 mins at 180oC

                  3               Check the loaf using skewer, if it comes out clean it is done.

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Top tips to Feng Shui your life

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement. In your life, your love area is in the far right-hand corner of a

room, and your wealth area is in the far left. By placing the appropriate enhancements in your corners you

can start your new cycle of prosperity!


Love Corner:

·      Paired items i.e. two candle sticks, a pair of crystals or two hearts etc.

·      Use red and pink colours

·      A bunch of blossoming flowers

·      Romantic pictures such as wedding photos

·      Candles represent fire and passion


Wealth Corner:

·      Lucky money colours – red, purple, gold or green

·      Crystals

·      Pictures of abundance – waterfalls, fishermen with overflowing nets, fertile landscapes

·      Bouquet of flowers

·      Bamboos – these are especially lucky because as they grow their new growth is stronger and longer

·      TV, computer or speaker – the electrical energy adds power