ABOUT


Hello, lovely!

My name is Meghan, I'm 22 years old and I live in the UK (North Wales to be exact!). I'm an ethical vegan and have been since October 2013; this means I don't consume any animal products (meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey), I don't wear any clothing or footwear made from animal skin (leather, fur, silk, wool etc.) or use any cosmetics/toiletries that contain animal-derived ingredients or have been tested on animals. 

Since transitioning to a plant-based diet I have developed a keen interest in cooking and creating delicious and nutritious meals. I advocate balance so whilst pretty much all my recipes are wholesome I also eat less nutritious things whenever I feel like it (usually something every day) - I'm a sucker for vegan ice cream and chocolate! I've struggled with eating disorders (namely anorexia and orthorexia) in the past so maintaining a balanced diet and encouraging other people to do the same is so important to me. Life is supposed to be enjoyed and, to me, enjoyment is sharing a tub of ice cream with my boyfriend without feeling guilty, not forcing down a meal that I hate the taste of but that I've been told I 'should' be eating. Chocolate every day is a must, let's be real.

I hope this blog can be of some help to you and if you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact me via email, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I love seeing people's recreations of my recipes so it would be wonderful if you could let me know if you try any of them, either by leaving a comment on the recipe post or by tagging me on Instagram.


Have a great day!

Meghan x

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  1. Yay I'm so happy you got a blog! :) And I can't believe you've been with your boyfriend for over 5 years :o that's amazing! I would love to include a link to your blog on my "Favourites" page on my blog, would that be ok with you? :)

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    1. I'm happy that you're happy haha! I know, it's crazy - it'll be 6 years in August! :o That'd be amazing, thank you! :) I'm going to make a 'Resources' page at some point with all my favourite foodie books/blogs etc. so would it be okay if I put a link to your blog on there? :) x

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    2. Great i'll add it now :) Yes of course that would be so lovely of you :) x

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  2. Meghan, I just discovered you on Instagram and wanted to tell you that I love everything you post! You should add food photography to your list of hobbies and maybe think about publishing an e-book on how you make all your pictures look so scrumptious!

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so much! That means a huge amount to me. Ooooh, I think I might just have to do that, it's definitely become something I really enjoy! Aww, my pictures aren't nearly as good as most other people on Instagram but thank you for your lovely words :)
      xxx

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    2. Just found you on instagram. I have read your story and think its very brave and inspiring to share. I think you are incredibly talented. I'm a veggie but not healthy eating. I'm a nOvice at this and hoping to start a blog too. Thanks for sharing! Amanda x

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    3. Thank you so much! That means so much to me :) you should definitely start a blog! x

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  3. I just discovered your blog, and had to comment on how much I can relate to your bio. I too am a solitary person and have had the support of my husband throughout some health issues, including bulimia. I'm not vegan, but I love your blog, and am excited to read more! :)

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    1. I really hope you're coping well with your health issues, lovely - bulimia is such an awful illness but I'm so happy you've got someone to help you through it! Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you like everything I post :) x

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  4. I'm so glad I found your blog through Instagram! Reading your "About Me," I found that we have a lot in common! I also once had a restrictive eating disorder, but am now learning to find a balance. I am trying to reduce my intake of animal products even more (I've already been vegetarian since 2007 with a few periods of pescatarianism mixed in), and have been enjoying looking at the recipes on your blog ever since I came across it this morning! I will definitely be a frequent reader now as your recipes give me inspiration! Thank you for creating this blog and sharing your delicious recipes! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm sorry to hear that you had a restrictive eating disorder but I'm really happy and proud that you're looking after yourself now by finding a balance :) I'm so flattered you like the look of my recipes and I really hope you try some in the future - I'd love to know what you think of them if you do! Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me :) xxx

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  5. Hy Meghan, I'm glad I stumbled upon your IG account, (this is mine = http://instagram.com/tam_kri ) , I really love your recipes and this "about me" part of the blog, I can say I'm also an introvert, I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend, we're 8 yrs together :-) I'm 23 yrs old pescetarian ( although I eat fish rarely, I don't eat meat, dairy or eggs) and I prepare vegan meals like 90% of the time... ( pics on my IG are really bad quality because I used my samsung instead of Nikon, lol ) ... However I wanted to ask you how do you avoid having cramps, bloating, I've been eating this healthy refined sugar/flour free life for like 8 months now, and all the amazing food I eat are supposed to heal my body, but I feel like lots of fibre are literally making my IBS worse, and for example hemp protein powder . I started taking it on daily basis because of it's amazing nutritional content (protein,amino acids, omegas 3) but I can't help but feel worse when it comes to my gastrointestinal problems (bloating, diarrhea, feeling fat because of my tummy even though I'm lowest in my weight I've ever been)... I'm really struggling with indigestion and I can't help but feel anxious when I'm away from home while having IBS problems.

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    1. Hey lovely! Thank you so much, I'm so happy you like my recipes :) congrats on being with your boyfriend for 8 years, that's so sweet! It's so fab that you eat vegan meals most of the time, they're so yummy haha. Oh goodness, I suffer with those things a lot actually! At first I thought it was to do with what I was eating and I tried all sorts of different diets (all vegan though) but nothing worked. Even the low FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers didn't really help! But then I focused on my other symptoms and realised they were exactly the same as the symptoms listed for stress - since then I've tried eating more mindfully and doing deep breathing exercises before my meals. I also keep telling myself that what I'm eating is extremely good for me so I don't get anxious while I'm eating. I've found this has worked for me and has reduced my symptoms quite a bit! I've also just quit my job which was causing me a lot of stress so I'm hoping that soon I'll be relaxed enough to not experience bloating and cramps :) in regards to what you're eating, hemp protein powder is a fab supplement but not if it's causing you pain! Maybe try eating something else instead - chia seeds contain all those things you mentioned and chia puddings are delicious! You could also try a different protein powder - I personally love using natural brown rice protein powder because you can't really taste it in shakes or smoothies :) I hope your stomach feels better soon sweetie! Take care xxx

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  6. Hi Meghan! I love your blog and your recipes. I'm not a vegan but I'm very conscious of my health. Dairy products and chocolates are my favorites, so reading your recipes gave me hopes of enjoying delicious desserts in a healthier way and without sacrificing my waist line (LOL). Like you, I'm an introvert and young (just a little older than you haha) but you've just inspired me to pursue my dream of becoming a chef that could advocate healthy diet. Keep it up, girl! ;)

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    1. Hey Ann! Aww, thank you so much, that's really lovely of you to say :) haha, I'm a huuuuge fan of chocolate as I'm sure you've noticed ;) oh my goodness, that's such an amazing dream! I'm sending heaps of luck your way and I bet you'll be wonderful :) thank you so much for all your support xxx

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  7. Hello :)
    I stumbled upon your lovely Instragram just last night & I'm already hooked! I follow quite a few other blogs on fitness & healthy living but all so far are by wonderful folk in the US or Aus. I've been dying to find someone a little closer to home (a.k.a Lancashire, northwest UK) and I was delighted to read that you were :) I've recently made the decision to change my lifestyle & try to become fitter as I lost my job due to ill health (major bummer) Like you I have a massive sweet tooth & I wanted to learn how to make smarter/healthier choices but be able to still get that sweetness I crave.
    I suffer from IBS which drives me mad! Also anxiety & depression (from a young age too) and understand just how crippling it can be at times. I'm not a vegan or wish to become one (bravo by the way but I'd die without a good meaty burger from time to time!) but I do love trying many different ingredients whether it's vegan or not.
    I look forward to your posts :)

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    1. Hello! Aww, thank you so much for your lovely words, they've really made my night :) I completely agree, there's lots of fab international people on Instagram but sometimes it's good to connect with people who are a bit more local! We're actually only a few hours away from each other as well, that's really cool :)
      It sounds like we have so much in common! I'm so sorry you lost your job but I hope things are improving for you now? I have plenty of recipes which will hopefully satiate your sweet tooth! ;) aww, you poor thing :( the combination of IBS, anxiety and depression is an awful one because you're suffering both mentally and physically, plus they usually all keep each other going. I suffer from IBS too and it's so frustrating, so I feel your pain! Sending lots of love your way <3
      It's so awesome that you're willing to try vegan recipes even though it's not your usual way of eating, I hope you enjoy my blog! xxx

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  8. Hey Meghan! Just wanted to say that I looove your blog/insta and all the inspirational food recipes etc. I also want to thank you. It's killing me to see vegan food posts with tiny serving sizes.. I'm constantly comparing myself, I check if my smoothie bowls are too big and have too many toppings, I've started to count calories, even on veggies, I have an apple for lunch most of the time, I force myself to work out because everyone seems to.. I don't know what's wrong with me, I can't help it. But when I check your insta it sometimes helps me to calm down and think about it properly. When was the point where you realized you needed help?/needed to change something? x's

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    1. Hey sweetie! Aww thank you so much, it means the world to me that you like my recipes :) you're very welcome lovely, it upsets me too when I see people posting tiny portions because I worry that it's promoting the wrong sort of eating habits; honestly though, most Instagrammers and bloggers don't actually post their full meals because they want everything to fit neatly on the plate or in the bowl - I know for a fact that pretty much all my friends on Instagram add extra food/toppings once they've taken a picture and I do that too :) please don't compare yourself, it will only make you feel worse and your body is completely different to everyone else's so it's going to need different amounts of food anyway! If your body and mind are satisfied after a meal then you haven't eaten too much and your portions haven't been too large; I know how difficult it is to get out of the calorie counting mentality and I still struggle with it but you have to just remove yourself from everything that encourages you to do that, whether it's a calorie counting app, a food diary or certain blogs/Instagram accounts. The only way to improve your relationship with food is by quitting the unhealthy behaviours asap and sticking with your decision to recover, even though it'll be hard for a while! You need way more than just an apple for lunch so the next time you feel like that's all you can have just remember that you have to fuel and look after your body <3 and sweetie, you don't have to work out if you don't feel like it or if you hate what you're doing! I've been in the exact same position as you and it's tough to get out of that mindset but you can do it - if you feel the urge to work out then I advise that you do some gentle yoga so you're still moving but not in a way that could cause you to injure yourself. It'll also help you relax and hopefully take your mind off things! I don't think I'd have got through the initial stages of recovery without yoga so I really recommend it. I was actually adamant that I was completely fine and healthy, even when I was severely underweight, so I was practically forced into recovery; it was only after a few months of nourishing my body and mind that I realised how ill I really was! But it's good that you know that you're not doing too good at the moment and you've taken the first step by asking for advice - it makes me so glad to know that my Instagram helps you, I hope it continues to do so! I wish I could help you more but unfortunately all I can do is tell you what would be good for you to do next - talk to a family member or friend about how you're feeling, make an appointment to see your doctor and try and get help from someone qualified to deal with situations like this. I hope I've helped a bit and I really hope that you begin to have a better relationship with food and exercise very soon! Sending lots of love your way xxx

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  9. Ive been following you on IG for a while now and I only just thought to stumble onto your actual page.. I am so glad i did.. what a lovely blog. Your images are fab (thats what brought me in at first as im an artist.) i didnt realise the struggles you have come through and that you were so young starting it all. well done you are an inspiration and I hope you are feeling much better now :) now im off to read through all the recipes.. yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much for being a long-term follower on Instagram and thank you for your lovely words! It really means a lot to me that you like my pictures :) things have been quite difficult for me over the past 10ish years but I think they're slowly starting to get better! Thank you for your concern, lovely :) I hope you like my recipes xxx

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  10. So glad to see how far you've come in your journey.. Truly a beautiful soul! I'm far from an ethical vegan but yet you brought me here through an Instagram post! Can't wait to try some of your recipes, thanks for sharing them and your story :)

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! I'm really glad you came across my blog and recipes, I hope you enjoy them :) thank you for being so sweet! x

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    2. Hi Meghan!
      I am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog!
      I adopted a vegan lifestyle about 4 weeks ago, and your blog is so inspirational to me! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I really admire everything that you've been through and all the choices that you have made--all at only 20 years old! I had no idea we were so close in age as I was going through your recipes and looking at the quality of the photographs! WOW. Please keep up all the amazing work you are doing with this blog. I am now a loyal reader!

      All the best,
      Jessica

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  11. Hi, I coundn't not post a comment here. Your story is too inspiring to leave without acknowledging how amazing you are. I have recently just been weight restored after a three year battle with my anorexia. I am 15 now. I maraculously found your blog while searching for buckwheat pancakes - which might I add, turned out perfectly!!!! I had cocao chocolate sauce drizzled all Masterchef like on the plate. A year ago I never would have dreamed of this! Although I'm not a vegan, my family and I try and buy ethical products, we go to the markets and help the locals by buying there products ☺️. We also milk our own goats and have our own chickens - hehe the perks of living on a farm in Australia eh? Because of your recipe Meghan, I ate pancakes for the first time in four years. And I felt fabulous!!!! Food makes me feel fabulous!!! I don't eat sugar, not because of restricting it, simply because I feel better, and that is what I am aiming for in all aspects of my life, to do things because they feel good - ok I'm on a tangent, I'm just saying that I love love LOOOVE your blog and look forward to exploring my taste buds through these recipes you have provided!
    Also, I wanted to tell you that you are gorgeous. Like your face in that picture just radiates the sunlight, it's so lit up by happiness in that moment. I hope you continue on an upward journey to happiness - because you deserve it. When you feel like happiness is a mere delusion know that that is wrong. Happiness is everything. It is life. Without happiness what do we have?
    From a girl inspired by you. Thankyou for allowing me to eat pancakes happily again.

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    1. This comment really moved me, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to write it! I'm so sorry you struggled with anorexia at such a young age but I can't describe how happy it makes me to hear that you're now weight restored :) recovery is hard but so worth it! I'm so so glad you like the pancakes and that chocolate sauce sounds like absolute perfection! It's amazing that you buy ethical products and support local farmers :) yay, I'm so happy you ate those pancakes - I'm so damn proud of you and I hope you're proud of yourself too! Yes exactly, we should eat/avoid certain things because it makes us feel good, not because we feel like we 'have' to. I hope that you feel completely free around food and that you don't fear anything :) it really means a lot to me that you like my blog and recipes, you should totally try all of them and keep kicking anorexia's butt! Oh my goodness, you are just the sweetest thing - thank you for making my day with your lovely words. I hope you continue on an upward journey to happiness as well!
      You've inspired me too with your positive words, thank you for being you - sending you lots of love and pancakes! xxx

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  12. Hi Meghan,
    I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog! I adopted a vegan lifestyle about 4 weeks ago, and your blog is so inspirational to me! I'll be turning 23 next week, and I just want to say that I really admire all that you've been through and the choices that you have decided to make--all at only 20 years old. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I had no idea that we were so close in age when I was going through your recipes, and looking at the quality of your photographs! WOW. Please keep up all the amazing work you are doing with this blog. I am now a loyal reader!

    All the best,
    Jessica

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    1. Hey Jessica! Thank you for your lovely words, I'm so happy you like my blog :) congrats for transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, I hope you feel awesome for it!
      Thank you so much, that means a lot to me - the first 20 years of my life have had their difficulties but I'm looking forwards now and hoping that my 20s (and the rest of my life) are fab! I love meeting people around my age who are into veganism, whereabouts in the world are you? :) x

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  13. Thanks for being so refreshingly honest in your About Me. I love that you don't profess to be some superior health guru who has life all figured out! Your site is so accessible and gives a lot of hope for the future, especially for young women and those suffering from distorted body image and self esteem. I hope since writing this your worries about image have been compeltely eradicated - you are clearly beautiful! And you must stop counting calories! They're numbers that really don't mean very much, it's all about nutrition and happiness :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Haha yep, I haven't even got half the things in my life figured out so I'd never preach at people about anything :P plus I'm not qualified/knowledgeable enough about nutrition to feel comfortable telling anyone how to eat! It means a lot to me that you think my blog is accessible, I've struggled a lot (and I still do) with awful body image and low self esteem so if I can do anything at all to help someone else who's having difficulty with those things then it would be wonderful. Aww, you're so lovely, thank you so much! Unfortunately I still find it difficult to accept my body but I'm working on changing my mindset everyday so hopefully at some point in the future I'll be comfortable with how I look. I think I just need to say 'screw it' and stop counting calories tbh, I don't want to spend the rest of my life doing it haha! Thank you so much, sweetie x

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  14. Hi Meghan,

    Thank you so much for you're honesty. I , too, am in recovery from anorexia, and have turned to a plant based diet to learn how to nourish myself and get back to my healthy place!

    I've just started a blog (well, about a month ago!) and you're words here have motivated me and shown me that my past doesn't have to dictate my future!

    Thank you again,
    Ella Rose (@pompomwilderness)
    xxx

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    1. Hey Ella, thank you for your comment! Anorexia is such an awful illness so I'm really happy you're trying to recover now :) good luck to you lovely, I'm always here if you need any advice or just want a chat! x

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