I: I initially went vegan for health reasons, because I was carrying a little bit too much weight. I trialled veganism for a bit just to see how I felt – and I felt great. My hair got thicker, my skin got clearer, and the weight dropped off. I felt fresher in the morning too and went to sleep easier at night.
H: I was all about the planet. I was desperate to find something to devote my life to that was going to help fight climate change. When Ian was playing around with this vegan thing, I wasn't impressed by it at first, but the minute I discovered it was a genuinely better option for the planet, I went vegan overnight. Whether you come at it from health, sustainability or animals, you quickly start to get interested in all the other reasons as well – you end up being almost reason agnostic.
I: If you’re looking to add more plants to your diet, don't move too far away from what you already know. For instance, if you really enjoy a spaghetti bolognese, swap out the beef mince for plant-based mince or blitzed mushrooms. Mushrooms have got great texture, they’re really cheap and are really healthy. Don't make it too difficult for yourself, just swap in things that happen to be plant-based.
H: People can freak out about vegan meat because it's new. We’re hearing the phrase ‘ultra-processed’ a lot at the moment. Just remember that a lot of the things you buy in a packet in the supermarket count as ultra-processed, so if the only thing you're stressed out about when it comes to alt-meat is it being ultra-processed, that might be an unconscious bias around the newness of the product. Vegan meats are great. They're often made using a process similar to bread – you’re just using a protein-rich flour, rather than a grain flour.