Insight Into | Why I Won’t Remain Vegan

As you may be aware, I took the pledge of Veganism this January. Why? Well, why not was my response to most. I wanted to try something different, and see what all the fuss was about. However, I am now taking the pledge against Veganism. Why? For the following reasons:

1. Social Life 
Without a doubt the number one reasons for not sticking to Veganism is the sheer anti-social nature of it. Don’t get me wrong, there are an incredible number of restaurants popping up all over the place serving vegan menus, but do you really want to restrict yourself to 5% of a menu? Do you really want to have to check the menu of every restaurant suggested by friends and family to see if you can actually eat anything before making a commitment? Yes, 2018 is already revolutionary in its Veganism adoption, but for now, I am not willing to question a night out with friends at the thought of not being able to sit at the table and enjoy the meal with them.
2. Cows 
Quite honestly, I just miss cows milk. Ever since I can remember I would drink more than a couple of pints of milk a day, so I knew this was going to be one of the biggest challenges. On top of this, as a huge coffee fiend, no one will ever convince me that almond milk or oat milk comes close to the full-fat stuff in a flat white!
3. Placebo 
Telling myself I was going vegan simply made me want to eat everything that wasn’t. For the past few years I have reduced the amount of meat I have eaten (thanks to a traumatising chicken experience in China!), and this hasn’t bothered me in the slightest. That is until I told myself I couldn’t eat it because I was ‘vegan’. All I did was crave a beef burger and sirloin steak. Whilst just living my life without even thinking about it I was naturally making more health conscious decisions.
4. Cost 
Okay, so whilst many will argue that eating Vegan is not more expensive because you’re spending less on meat la di dah di dah, quite frankly this wasn’t the case for me. Due to buying minimal meat before, the alternatives I was buying were in fact more expensive. For example, coconut yoghurt – comes in at at least £3 a pot, compared to your 99p natural yoghurt – and to be honest, my Sainsbury’s natural yoghurt tasted a whole lot better!
5. Extra Supplements 
For anyone that has done their research, they’ll be aware that there are key vitamins and minerals missing from a vegan diet. Most prominently, vitamin B12. The thought of having to have B12 shots at the doctors, purely because I wasn’t allowing to nourish myself with them in their natural form was quite frankly ridiculous. You’ll spend more on that than a glass of milk so for me it just wasn’t worth it.

Going forward:
Whilst I won’t be continuing with veganism, I am certain that I will continue to eat less meat and most likely stick to a relatively vegetarian diet. My dairy intake will likely be reduced, and I will add more grains and pulses to my diet. No I don’t hate animals or want to damage the planet, so don’t hate me for not sticking to vegan, but I’m just simply not convinced its the lifestyle choice that is right for me. I have huge respect for those that can do it, and preach to continue to do so. But just be aware it’s not for everyone, and preaching like there’s no other choice is neither fair nor responsible. Let people make their own choices on the matter, and do what’s right for you as an individual not for those around you.
The Habit Hunter x

 

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Habit Hunter Hotspots | January Edition

WHAT IS IT? Sipsmith, passionate pioneers of London’s gin renaissance and Ham Yard Hotel have teamed up once more to bring back the pioneering hot gin experience for the counter-culturists, contrarian natured and ‘ginthusiasts’.
WHERE: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT
NEAREST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus

 

WHAT IS IT? Re:Solutions Festival invites wellness worshippers to join them in a celebration of health and wellbeing featuring thought-provoking speakers, health and fitness gurus, conscious food concessions and mindful meditation.
WHERE: 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
NEAREST TUBE: Liverpool Street

 

WHAT IS IT? Get ready to experience like never before the adrenaline-fuelled thrills of one of the top movie franchises built on speed. Fast & Furious Live, the all-new, ground-breaking arena show, takes audiences closer than ever to the films.
WHERE: 02 Arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
NEAREST TUBE: North Greenwich

 

WHAT IS IT? Bringing a high-octane mix of cabaret, modern burlesque and scandalous circus frolics to the Aldwych Theatre, LA SOIRÉE is a must-see. From eye-watering stunts to saucy hula hooping sequences, it’s outrageously entertaining, though not for the faint-hearted.
WHERE: 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF
NEAREST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus

 

WHAT IS IT? Turn you tree into dinner this year instead of binning it after the festive season. This supper club will show you how, as you munch your way through beetroot and spruce cure salmon, lamb and pine wine tagine and spruce and ginger ice cream.
WHERE: Secret Location
NEAREST TUBE: Secret Location

 

WHAT IS IT? It might look like a Full Moon party, but this evening of sketching is an experiment in light, colour and texture. The models become ‘living sculptures’ covered in UV lights and reactive body paints. Trippy.
WHERE: Duke of Wellington , De Beauvoir Town, N1 9BL
NEAREST TUBE: Dalston Jct

 

WHAT IS IT? Is your new year’s resolution to be your most confident self? The School of Life is on hand to make that commitment come true. The class will cover how to overcome impostor syndrome, how to outgrow the legacy of childhood timidity and see that you leave with confidence-inducing ideas.
WHERE: 70 Marchmont St, London, WC1N 1AB
NEAREST TUBE: Russell Square

 

WHAT IS IT? Bigger, brighter and bolder, the Lumiere London light festival returns for a spectacular second edition. More than 40 UK and international artists reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition.
WHERE: All over London
NEAREST TUBE: Check website for full location details

 

WHAT IS IT? Get a taste of the highlands on the high street (well, just off it, anyway) as the venison specialists turn their focus to haggis served with neeps and tatties on a week-long Burns Night celebration menu.
WHERE: Mac & Wild
NEAREST TUBE: Oxford Circus

 

WHAT IS IT? If you’re going vegan for 2018 (or just for January) head to Walthamstow Village, where Plant Dawgs is serving up its plant-based take on the hot dog. The Nag’s Head, (Walthamstow), just turn up, Mondays throughout January.
WHERE: The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road, Walthamstow
NEAREST TUBE: Walthamstow Central

 

The Habit Hunter x

Travel To | Berlin

STAY


1. Hotel Zoo – a lux hotel located moments from the Zoo (ironically), with a state of the art design
2. 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin – an ultra chica hotel with views of the zoo amidst a concept mall
3. Capri by Fraser – for a new hotel providing a combination of perfect location and clean design
4. Hotel Sir Savigny – for boutique chic in Charlottenburg
5. Michelberger Hotel – for creative design in a quirky area moments from the East Side Gallery

COFFEE 


1. The Barn Café
2. Silo Coffee
3. Distrikt Coffee
4. Father Carpenter Coffee
5. Five Elephant

BRUNCH


1. Roamers
2. Commonground
3. Father Carpenter Coffee
4. Cabslam
5. Distrikt Coffee

HEALTHY SPOTS


1. Rose Garden
2. Funk You
3. Daluma
4. The Bowl

DINNER


1. Panama – for ultra slick sharing dishes served in an innovative manner in a chilled out environment
2. Katz Orange – for a laid back setting, with divine food! – Order the cauliflower — end of!
3. The Butcher – for the best burger in town! I’m talking truffle burger.. truffle sauce.. truffle chips
4. Night Kitchen – for contemporary dining designed to be shared amongst friends
5. Transit – for a tapas style take on asian cuisine

DO


1. Get cultural at the East Side Gallery
2. Take in a tour rambling around the city with Sandemans
3. Create your own scent at Frau Tonis
4. Hit up the best concept mall in town at Bikini Berlin
5. Head to The Corner and ogle over your designer dreams
6. Take a trip to Soho House and indulge at the Cowshed Spa or scout out some treats at The Store
7. Wander the streets of Mitte for casual Berlin chic nestled amongst independent coffee stores!

The Habit Hunter x

Top 5 | South West London Brunch Spots

1. Mud
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Recommended Dish: Honey Oat Granola, Walnut, Flaxseed, Mixed Berry Compote, Greek Yoghurt.
Where: 141 Mitcham Rd Tooting, SW17 9PE
Nearest Tube: Tooting Bec

2. Flotsam & Jetsam
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Recommended Dish: Smashed Avo & Feta, Pickled Chilli, Lime, Mint & Poached Egg on Toasted Wheat & Rye Sourdough.
Where: 4 Bellevue Parade, Wandsworth Common. SW17 7EQ
Nearest Tube: Wandsworth Common

3. Milk
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Recommended Dish: Buckwheat Pancakes with Fresh Rhubarb Compote
Where: 20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG
Nearest Tube: Balham

4. Brother Marcus
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Recommended Dish: Yummy Mummy: Avocado & Spinach on Toast, Beetroot Houmous, Tomato Salsa, Feta & Sesame.
Where: 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA
Nearest Tube: Balham

5. Story Coffee
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Recommended Dish: Avocado on toasted sourdough, smoked salmon and goats cheese
Where: 115 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SZ
Nearest Tube: Clapham Junction

The Habit Hunter x