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Category: Advice for going plant-based & gluten-free

This blog isn’t about whether you should change your diet or lifestyle.

It isn’t about health or nutrition advice. Go and see a qualified medical professional for that sh*t.

And it certainly isn’t about weightloss.

This blog is about helping people who follow a vegan & gluten-free lifestyle (or people who want to).

Here, you’ll find tips & Advice for going plant-based & gluten-free.

7 tips for free-from travel
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Most people love to travel – I certainly do. But finding vegan & gluten-free food can be difficult when I’m on the road. Language barriers, unfamiliar brands & a carefree attitude can all make it feel like finding free-from food is too hard. I’ve made mistakes on more than one occasion, and ended up missing out on a few days of my holiday because I’m holed up in the bathroom. As the summer holidays are coming up & it feels like everyone is about to jet off on their own travels, here are some tips on avoiding allergens when travelling:

What to look out for on gluten-free labels
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Ask pretty much everyone who reacts badly to gluten and they’ll probably be able to tell you a gastrointestinal horror story about a time they were accidentally ‘glutened’. Its happened to us all, and it is really shitty (in every possible sense of the word). Luckily for us, retailers and manufacturers have a legal responsibility to label ingredients and dishes containing gluten. In the UK at least, gluten is recognised as one of the 14 major allergens and must, therefore, be clearly labelled and highlighted in ingredients lists – they’re usually in bold, ALL-CAPS or underlined. It’s not completely fool-proof,

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When I first made the decision to move to a plant-based diet (and it is still totally a work in progress) I thought I’d find it easy enough. Okay, I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park. But, because I was used to food restrictions (being vegetarian & gluten-free already), I kinda thought I’d find it not-too-difficult, at least. I’m used to being awkward at restaurants, bringing emergency snacks wherever I go, and poring over labels and ingredients lists. But crikey, there are a whole bunch more ingredients to worry about when you’re avoiding all animal products. There

Easy meal-planning method
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Living gluten-free and plant-based can be tricky at the best of times, and my number one tip for managing it is to plan, plan, plan (I have a whole post of other tips for going vegan when you’re gluten-free (or vice versa) here). When I’m on top of everything, I like to keep things organised by planning and preparing my meals and food every week. I’ve got my weekly gluten-free & vegan meal planning down to a fine art now. I use a plan/shop/prep method: Plan what you’re going to eat for each meal Write a list & shop for

Tips for going vegan when you're gluten-free
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I’m hardly a model vegan. I’m still on my journey to a completely plant-based diet and lifestyle, but I think, as long as we’re trying and doing our best and moving towards veganism, we should all be applauded. As a lifelong vegetarian, you’d think I’d find it easy to be vegan. You’d be wrong. It is hard, guys. But it is so worth it. For the health benefits ((affiliate link) read The China Study) For the environmental benefits ((affiliate link) read Food Revolution) And even without being an animal-lover, I know that I don’t want any animals suffering because of my