Veganuary 2016 & My Cruelty-Free Pledge

You’ve probably heard by now that I’ll be taking part in Veganuary for the whole of January with a view to maintaining the lifestyle indefinitely when the month comes to an end.

Try Veganuary This January

As the New Year is here and in full swing, I thought I’d put together this quick post to go over my plans.

So, I first came across Veganuary back in October when I saw this post on Facebook by Kat Von D:

Veganuary Post on Facebook by Kat Von D

Veganuary is a non-profit organisation which ‘aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January’.

They very kindly sent over a pack for us which is full of yummy vegan goodies to help us along our way together with a beautiful pink wristband which I will be sporting for the foreseeable future! 🙂

Vegan Starter Kit

Morally, veganism is a lifestyle that has always interested me and that I’d always hoped to {one day} have the strength and willpower to follow.

It’s one of those things that you really want to do but just never get round to.

I guess I’ve always liked steak too much until now.

And milk, I’m maybe a bit addicted to milk. And milkyway stars…

And I’m probably addicted to just about every other food on the planet as well. Urgh.

It’s crystal clear, enough is definitely enough.

A Kinder Life

This year {2016} I am taking control of my life and doing what I personally feel is right for me which includes becoming more conscious of my words and my actions, taking responsibility for the impact that I have on other people/the world as a whole and trying to be less selfish.

I feel really positive about this year and it’s like I’m slowly discovering my true identity which has most likely been hidden by a mask of insecurity and major self-doubt for as long as I can remember.

I want and desperately need to lose weight but I’ve finally reached the point where it’s not just the number on the scales that matters anymore.

It’s my overall wellbeing that I need to nurture, both physically and mentally, it’s every part of my body and mind that’s important and that I’m damned sick of neglecting and damaging.

Path Of Life

You see, I am so much more than I was before.

Becoming Lily’s mama has really been the making of me.

It’s imperative to me that I set the best example that I can for our wonderful daughter in every way that I’m able to.

So, I’m throwing away my self-hate, drowning my demons and becoming the person that I’ve always wanted to be.

For me, for her, for us.

As well as participating in Veganuary, I’ll also be buying everything ‘cruelty-free’ from now on.


For too long, I’ve mindlessly chucked in my basket whatever make-up product had the cutest packaging, whatever cleaning products were the cheapest or by the best-known brand or whatever conditioner claimed to stop the cotton-wool feel of my heavily bleached hair…

Do I know that animal testing exists? Yes, of course I do.

Have I ever thought twice about the products that I’m buying? No I haven’t and I’ve no idea why. To be honest, it just wasn’t a priority, I kept forgetting to look the brand up or thinking it was too much hassle every time I went shopping.

I won’t be getting rid of anything that I already own that isn’t cruelty-free or vegan because these may have been gifts and I can’t afford to buy everything again right now so I’ll have to wait until they run out. That’s OK though, it just means that I won’t buy anything like that again.

This is a new start and a new way of living. I am pleased to see lots of my favourite brands are already cruelty-free/vegan and I look forward to trying some new products as well.

To find out more about going cruelty-free, you can check out the Cruelty Free International website for more information.

It’s also not too late to get involved with Veganuary!

If you’re interested, check out this short clip, ‘Five comedians walk into a Veganuary campaign video…’

We spent an hour or two the other night watching ‘Vegucation’, a vegan film available on Netflix which documents the journey of three people who try veganism for 6 weeks.

It also shares information and footage of typical animal factory farming.

My partner, who it is often said sees what an animal would look like on a plate before actually appreciating the living, breathing creature in front of him, saw enough to make him want to give Veganuary a go with the view to sticking to, at least, a vegetarian diet when the month is up.

I mean, oh my goodness.

This is so completely unheard of and a total shock!

I am so pleased because I know it will be easier to have his support with this 🙂

Do you follow or have you ever considered a vegan lifestyle?

Have you got any tips/pointers for me? I’d appreciate all the help I can get!





  1. January 1, 2016 / 10:35 PM

    Go you! I’m really looking forward to reading how you get on this month with Veganuary. It’s not something I’ve thought about doing before. We generally eat pretty healthily but we definitely need to cut down on the amount of meat we eat. I’m hoping you’ll be able to provide some more inspiration – no pressure of course.

    Happy New Year as well.

    Laura xxx

  2. January 1, 2016 / 11:03 PM

    This is such a great thing to do, well done. I’m vegetarian and I also run a website called ‘shop palm oil free’ listing companies that don’t use palm oil. Like you, I decided to make a stand and do something about the issues that concerned me. Through my website I have discovered a company called PHB ethical beauty. They make vegan, cruelty free cosmetics. I just thought I’d let you know because cosmetics were the things I’d had the most trouble finding in cruelty free ranges.x

    • January 15, 2016 / 11:41 PM

      Aw thank you 🙂
      I will have to check out PHB, it’s difficult because some of the companies I thought were cruelty-free and are certified cruelty-free are still owned by companies such a L’Oreal who DO test on animals. I’m trying to work out where I stand on that – how far do you go? The profits still go to the parent company so am I still funding their testing? I think I should err on the side of caution but I’m trying to do more research.
      I’ll have to check out your website as well, sounds like it’s a really useful resource!
      X X

  3. Deborah Hambleton
    January 2, 2016 / 12:40 PM

    Excellent post. I used to be vegetarian until I met my partner (who comes from a family of butchers!). So now, I eat more meat than ever! And it makes me feel so very guilty and sad! I would love to make the move back to vegetarian and hopefully onto vegan but I know my partner would never join me and it just seems so much hard work cooking separate meals. But I guess this is just an excuse and I should stop moping and just do it! Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing your updates xx

    • January 15, 2016 / 11:37 PM

      When I first planned to go vegan, my partner was a little supportive but also made it clear that he wouldn’t be joining me unfortunately. However, when I was doing my research he became interested and he changed his mind after watching Vegucation (a film on Netflix about a vegan lifestyle and factory farming). I am finding it much easier to carry on because I have his full support and encouragement and we have been doing it together which has been fabulous. I can definitely see where you’re coming from. I would of started years ago if I would of had his support but I finally decided to go it alone despite his thoughts and I’m lucky that he came round I guess. Thank you X X

  4. January 8, 2016 / 9:45 PM

    Wishing you all the best of luck with going vegan for January and trying to continue beyond January too. I have to confess that I’ve never tried to go vegan – although I did give up meat for Lent one year and found it quite a struggle. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try again, especially as there are a lot of benefits to veganism, both from a health perspective and from the point of view of saving the planet. Well done to you on having the willpower to give it a try at least.

    • January 15, 2016 / 10:42 PM

      Thank you, I appreciate your kind words and comments. I am finding it much easier than I thought but I do miss sausages and eggs – basically I miss fry-ups, haha! X X

  5. Margaret Gallagher
    March 26, 2016 / 10:20 PM

    Been vegetarian for 20 odd years -went vegan for a year but found my health suffered
    Main principles as you -don’t like cruelty and inhumane conditions that animals are kept in – nor do I like it when animals are purely killed for their produce or skin

    • March 27, 2016 / 10:08 AM

      Wow 20 years is a long time! How do you find it? We don’t find it too hard now that there’s things like Quorn on the market and most supermarkets have decent vegetarian ranges luckily.
      X X

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