Meet our Bloggers





Tony O’Shea-Poon

Blogs mostly on: Vegan Community, Topical Issues and Food

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I’ve always had a passion for organisations that have a social mission and I’ve had the good fortune to have worked with the smallest of community groups that support the socially excluded, to much bigger organisations like the NHS and the largest higher education institution in Europe, the Open University. Vegan Life is an extension of this social purpose. It’s a community-based initiative that aims to bring vegan business and vegan consumers closer together and it celebrates those businesses that are making the effort to take the hassle out of eating out for vegans. It’s also a brilliant resource for new vegans and vegans new to the region that it covers.

As the founder and developer of Vegan Life, my interests are wide and varied so I may write on just about any vegan-related topic. However, I aim to write mostly on community-related issues along with current topical issues and debates.

I also have a passion for cooking and feeding people and believe that delicious vegan food will change individual eating habits and this will, in turn, transform our environment and our world for the better. Don’t be surprised, therefore, to find that I throw in the occasional food-related article to spice up (or sweeten!) the mix.

 

Lynn McBrearty

Blogs mostly on: Fitness and Wellbeing

Photo of Lynn McBreartyAs a personal trainer and life coach, I’m passionate about wellbeing and helping people to live a healthy and fulfilling life. I believe this can be achieved both through our minds and our bodies. My passion for health and for life cannot help but being extended to our planet therefore, to me, veganism is the natural choice…the only choice.

In my blogs I’ll be focusing on different aspects of veganism and fitness, and every now and again I’ll be reflecting on how our mind sets change when it comes to how we treat our bodies and how we treat our environment.

 

Katherine Luna Gate

Blogs mostly on: Vegan Venues and Food Reviews

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Hi! I used to be an omnivore, born and bred in Italy, until some unexpected circumstances brought me to the UK 20 years ago.

Here I embarked on a journey of self-discovery from day one. After thorough personal research inspired by other vegans, in 2012 the truth on animal welfare struck me like a lightning bolt: Animals have populated this planet a long time before Humans – we are the guests and they are our hosts! This informed my gradual transition to veganism that finally happened in January 2016. Since then, I have made different adjustments to my diet and personal well-being, going from strength to strength.

My ethical decision led me to identify other foods that clash with my health and were the cause of ailments I suffered with since I was a child. My life style has changed, and my energy levels have improved in a way I’ve never experienced before. I practise yoga, dance Tango, and I have bettered my response to stressful situations. I believe that nutrition and clean food in particular are the keys to a fulfilling life.

In 2015, I started reviewing food and restaurants for TripAdvisor under my pseudonym (as above), as I realised that vegans were penalised when eating out. Not only them: as gluten intolerant, I also realised that very few restaurants would cater for this category. The more I reviewed, the more I came to realise that there were other categories of the public that could benefit from a wider range of food provided by the catering industry. My audience expanded and included the dairy intolerant and those on a sugar-free diet, because compassion, equality and diversity are at the core of what I do.

Today, I am among the 10% most read TripAdvisor reviewers, with the highest number of badges, and working towards my Level 8 Restaurant Expert badge!

I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to collaborate on Vegan Life so I can share more of my findings as I travel around the counties. Review after review, my aim is to raise the awareness of those who work in the catering industry so that they can provide for everybody’s needs – a woman on a mission indeed!

 

Elliot Morgan

Blogs mostly on: Environmentalism, Documentaries and Current Affairs

Photo of Elliot MorganI’m first and foremost an environmentalist and an animal lover. As a fairly new Vegan I see it as an important step towards a more sustainable future – a lifestyle that is better for the planet, better for the animals and better for our health. These are topics I will continuously re-visit in my blogs.

I’ve always had a passion for writing and here I can combine my environmentalism and animal rights desires with the desire to write when blogging for Vegan Life. As a self-described academic, I love visual communication and find documentaries a powerful way to get a message across, therefore you may find several of my blogs recommending eco/environmental/vegan-friendly documentaries.

As for other areas of interest, I’ve spent the last 2 years studying a Master’s degree in Environmental Communication in Sweden, trying to get to grips with what the best approaches are to communicating about climate change and making the public more aware and engaged in what many believe to be the defining issue of our time.

I’m down to earth, friendly and am happy doing my bit to try to make our world a better place for all of us.

 

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