Plant Based Living for Veganuary and Beyond

Posted January 26th, 2021 in Article

Did you know Zest Live Coach Hayley follows a vegan diet?
Here she explains what she enjoys, and how she makes it work for herself and her family.


A plant-based or vegan diet has rocketed the last year or so. Last January alone over 400,000 people signed up for Veganuary.

Just over a year ago, myself and my hubby decided to go Vegan after watching a Netflix documentary called “Cowspiracy”. I’d been a vegetarian for around two years (on and off) prior to this change and my husband was vegetarian for over 10 years.

The change in diet (and lifestyle) has brought many health benefits and also improved my relationship with food. I’ve always loved cooking and I equally love food! To be honest, it’s all I talk about pretty much! I was brought up on meat and never thought in a million years that I would ever give it up. I always wondered what you ate at meal times if you didn’t have meat. Changing to veggie and then vegan made me realise how much healthier I can be and how much my diet needed improving, just by eating mainly whole plant-based foods.

Over the last year, the terms “Vegan” and “Plant-based” have increased significantly in popularity, with many major supermarkets, food outlets and clothes retailers now embracing the movement and understanding customer demand. What is great about this, is that it also makes dining out easier too as most restaurants now serve at least one Vegan option on the menu.

The most common question’s I get asked are “where do you get your protein?” Or “what do you eat apart from salad and avocados?”. Well, I can assure you that I eat far better now than I ever did before, and you can be almost certain that there is always a vegan alternative to what you are eating for dinner tonight.

I guess that my point with this blog is to just bring awareness to the possibilities and benefits of eating more vegetables and just being more mindful about what you are putting on your plate. If you want to eat more healthy

There is no such thing as a perfect vegan, it just takes small steps and changes to realise the drastic health benefits these said changes will make to your health.