The New Year is traditionally a time of new beginnings, changing habits, doing something new, and having no money. What better time to eat fruits and veggies, get a head start with health and find a more compassionate and just outlook on life! Vegetable, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds and grains can be vastly cheaper whilst you recover from the excesses of Christmas, and you will find that eating ‘like you give a damn’ will help your heart in more ways than one! Team up with Veganuary this January and get help, tips, support and lots of information and check out the Nutritionfacts .org website for all things nutritional and health related. You can also buy Dr Greger’s book “How not to Die” on the same site..and live to see the next new year in too!
We ‘re so cheerful!
Seriously though, you still may want to eat out and about and theres a great guide to help you do this that covers the majority of Cornwall’s eateries, take aways, bars and cafes. Its called VeganCornwall and it is an amazing collection of experienced reviews. Please though, if theres anything you notice that has changed, drop them a line, they will be happy and grateful that you took the time to let them know of any updates and changes!
Where to shop for food and what to replace certain foods with is another question we all get asked regularly when starting out vegan. Many foods that you already buy will be suitable, read the labels and especially the allergen advice as this will highlight or bold many common allergens which you can then avoid. If you are severely allergic, however, you may already know not to to consume certain processed foods as the ‘may contain’ means that it has been made in an area or factory where allergens are present. Milk and egg are easy to spot in these sections. Many supermarkets are now producing their own lists of products SFV-suitable for vegans- and are often quite good at labelling their own brand products, (these lists from VeganWomble are excellent). In addition, you can find some up to date info on the Veganuary site too!
More and more the shift towards vegan food and drink is mainstreaming into the supermarkets. A recent photograph taken in Tesco shows the wealth and extent of plant milks there are available .. and when you’ve found one you like, you can always give making it yourself a go too! (should the desire arise..).
When you have taken a few steps around getting ingredients, it may be time for your first dinner party. One of the most accessible sites for this is Buddhist Chef, I guarantee your mouth will start to water just looking at the pictures!
On facebook? the Great GloVegan Hang Out group page has just the right mix of helpful advice, delicious recipes and informative chat! Ask to join today and you will receive all the support you need to start your vegan journey..we were all pre-vegans once, not many of us grew up vegetarian let alone vegan, we remember what what is was like and we want to share all our experiences ..you can benefit from the sharing of the wealth of knowledge..go on, you know you want to!
Vegan and ethical businesses in Cornwall – from cakes to crimping!
WE all know how frustrating it can be when you would really rather want to do business with someone that shares your ethical beliefs or is just ‘on your wave-length’. Here at Cornwall Vegans we share the thought that we can have an even more positive impact by supporting those businesses and services that do just that!
Hair Salons Hand-made soap
Hayley Arlidge – Hair TodayOrganic Hair Salon, Falmouth
An independent, eco-friendly hair salon. Men and women (and kids too!) A refreshing change from typical chain hairdressing, we offer cuts and colours tailored to you using our vegan, cruelty-free products, which are also free from ammonia, PPDs, resorcinol, parabens, and other nasties. Both of us have over 12 years experience and we are friendly birds. Feel free to pop in for a chat and a cuppa (with soy milk!)
Bed and Breakfast
Alex Taylor –Bleujennow Vegan B&B, Penzance
Stepping lightly on the earth is important to us, so as well as avoiding harm to animals by being vegan, we take the environment seriously, and most waste goes into our compost bins, up to Bleujennow Crafts to be upcycled, or recycled. We have solar panels on the roof, high energy performance ratings on all our machines, and reduce water use as much as possible. You are on holiday, so your comfort is our first priority, but we hope you will also be aware of reducing waste and energy!
We also want to encourage you to come by public transport, so we provide free pick-up and drop-off to and from the train and bus stations. To help you travel light, we have available lots of things to borrow. Cot, highchairs, changing mat, baby bath, books, toys for babies and toddlers; beach towels, beach chairs, body boards, wet suits, buckets and spades for the beach; wellies and backpack for walks. In the house, we have slippers and bathrobes provided.
Michael Housevegan guest house situated on the rugged north coast, Treknow nr Tintagel. The house was built by a Cornish family, with locally quarried slate and stone, about one hundred years ago and was transformed into an entirely vegetarian/vegan guest house in 1995. Vanessa and Simon Lackford took over the guest house in 2004. Vanessa also practices mindfulness; and the guest house is home to both dogs and cats. You can be picked up from the nearest train station if travelling by train or bus.
Animal Sanctuaries and rescue centers
Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary Looe
Wild Futures is the only UK primate welfare and conservation charity rescuing, campaigning, educating and providing sanctuary to primates in need. We also support projects overseas, working to protect primates and habitats worldwide. Please note that the Tree-Top Cafe is a vegetarian cafe with many vegan options!
Baking and cooking/caterers
Little Green Vegan BakeryA small, friendly business in Cornwall providing delicious vegan cakes and savoury treats. Happy to adapt recipes to be gluten free, low sugar or organic ❤Hand made vegan cakes. Find Jocelyn’s’ cakes at the Cornish Vegan!
Pure PressedRefreshing natural food and drink products made in minimal batches and packed with vital nutrients. Our cold pressed juices, smoothies and raw snacks are completely natural, unpasteurised and contain no preservatives or additives. Nothing added, Nothing removed!
Superfood for healthy living.
Natures TreatsLovingly handcrafted cakes and truffles, made using nature’s finest ingredients. Free from dairy, soya, gluten, palm oil and refined sugar. Vegan friendly.
Cornish Vegan Pasty Company Game changing pasties delivered frozen to your door! The Cornish Vegan Pasty Company has developed a range of pasties to rival it’s non-vegan counterparts. Missing meat does not mean missing out. Order yours or find out where a local stockist is near you!
Lifestyle and bloggers
Driftwood VegansOur very own favourite blog site, seasonal and varied blog posts from the talented Scooby! Worn by tide and time but still hanging about on the beach….. In a small Cornish village by the sea, two vegans discuss life, light, music, surf and what they are going to have for dinner.
TBT 90 Total Body Transformation“For years I’ve watched women (and a lot of men) make themselves miserable doing something that’s supposed to make them happier – and healthier.
If you’re not happy with your body right now, you’ve probably heard that the path to better health starts with losing weight. What you may not have heard though, is that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ve got to start by being healthier.” Personal trainer
The Hectic Vegan “I started The Hectic Vegan as a means to show people that being a vegan can be easy, especially when you have a hectic life, and little time to eat, let alone spend hours in the kitchen making all your food from scratch using all fresh ingredients every night.
So subscribe, then sit back and read the stories, check out the pics, and try out the recipes I share with you, to help make your vegan life that little bit easier!”
Bertie Justice – activist, blogger and photographer, and speaks regular at VegFest and local festivals in the south West too!
The website will take you to the blog, see the videos on the Festival page!
Design, marketing and websites
Cafes, restaurants and bars
The Cornish Vegan – The Cornish Vegan has a 100% vegan offering delicious and wholesome plant-based food in Truro. With original artwork on the walls from artist Sophie Poore, the ambiance and the service will delight any visitor. For regular clientele, we can always rely on the Cornish Vegan for friendly company at meet ups and get togethers!
Vegan food available for delivery in and around St Austell, and hot and cold takeaway too! (Deliveries cooked with fresh ingredients, then frozen for your convenience.) Buy soups, chilli, curry, bagels, baguettes, couscous, cakes, flapjacks, and energy bars, children’s snack bags include food, a drink, and a toy! Opening times and current menu varies so check our Facebook page for details!
Health and Wellbeing
Tranquilla Rosa Complementary Therapies
Alternative & Holistic Health · Aromatherapy · MassageTranquilla Rosa Complementary Therapies was established by Jessica Sjoholm, who discovered the benefits of complementary therapies for stress and anxiety and decided that she wanted to help others to overcome similar problems.