What a difference a month makes … 720 little hours …

What a crazy few weeks it has been. The last time I blogged, on the 2nd of March, I had just completed The Vitality Half Marathon in London. An event that was attended by over 15,000 runners and many, many spectators and supporters. After the run, competitors and their families crowded together in the Expo…

Keep on running …..

It’s fair to say that my half marathon training is going a little better than my attempts to lose my holiday weight gain! I’ve reached week 3 of the Couch 2 5k plan and I am now running 3 minutes at a time, interspersed with lots of walking breaks.  In fact, I’ve reached the stage…

That time we went to Norfolk

In the five-ish years that I’ve followed a vegan diet and lifestyle I’ve been really rather spoilt, every year/month/day/minute it seems to become more and more mainstream, which means that eating out has become a real pleasure and is really very easy. Growing up as a vegetarian in the 70s/80s and 90s I know that…

From Vegan Junk Food Junkie to Half-Marathoner?

In years gone by I was a bit of a runner.  In fact, between 2009 and 2014 I ran countless 5k’s, eleven 10k’s, nine half-marathons and even a duathlon.  I never quite reached the holy grail of 10 minute miles (which seemed to be what to aim for to be respected by my running chums)…

That time we went Narrowboating

I have had a very busy fortnight or so, getting ready for my husband’s ’40th birthday surprise holiday’, going on said surprise holiday and then getting over the holiday! As we’ve ‘owned’ our two lovely whippets for over 12 years now (to be honest I think they own us) we have really got to know…

That time I went to Spain as a Vegan

We have just returned from a fortnights holiday in Southern Spain, staying on the Costa Blanca in a lovely villa with our own pool and tennis court!  A real treat for my husbands’ upcoming 40th birthday. Like many, my first trip to Spain was as a 15 year old on a school trip.  Back then…

That time I gave up Palm Oil

Giving up palm oil for the month of May was very much like when my husband and I first ‘went’ vegan 5 years ago.  It was easy enough if we were happy to cook most of our food from scratch and to read every label when shopping. In the years since we converted to veganism it has…

Re:cycling

If life is full of contrasts then nothing illustrates this more than the amount of exercise I did before the Bank Holiday and that I did after.  As they say, I have gone from “hero to zero”. It all started with an upsetting doctors appointment on Tuesday morning.  Totally out of nowhere (well obviously not…

Palm oil free

When hubby and I went vegan almost five years ago it was definitely “for the animals”, I’d been raised a vegetarian since birth and it felt like the natural next step.  For me any other benefits of veganism, say environmental or health benefits, were just a lucky by-product of my ethical decision to go plant…

Eating my way around beautiful Cornwall!

I have been quiet of late because I have been on holiday to the lovely county of Cornwall in the South West of England.  We stayed in a little cottage in a village just outside the seaside resort of Newquay and spent our days sightseeing and walking the beautiful coastal paths. I particularly loved the…