• Mama's Blog

    About Mama – 55 year old cat loving vegetarian trying her best to be vegan.

    Where to begin? Probably when Beth (VeganCyster) was about 8 and we were on a day out, driving through the grounds of Chatsworth in the Spring. One look at the cute lambs with their sheep mums and that was it – lamb was banned from our house! That was the start of her on-off journey through the years to full time veganism. It wasn’t easy and in the 90’s the vegetarian choices for a fussy child weren’t that many and vegan options were even less– especially as, at that stage, mushy peas were about the only veg she would eat. Occasionally she lapsed and meat made its way back onto…

  • Vegan Weekly Meal Plan
    Diet & Lifestyle

    How to eat a vegan diet and love it!

    Eating a vegan diet can be tough, everywhere you look you are bombarded with difficult looking recipes or recipes that use ingredients that you would never want to eat. I am more of an if it ain’t broke don’t fix it type so I like to just slightly alter everyday recipes to make them vegan. Where do I shop? I shop mostly at Sainbury’s as their vegan range is better than any other supermarket at the moment and it is forever expanding and offering new products for me to try. However, I do like the Iceland No Bull Burgers as they are the closest thing to a bbq burger I…

  • 8 Unique Vegan and Eco Christmas Ideas
    Beauty,  Fashion

    8 Unique Vegan & Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts for 2018

    Christmas time, a time for peace, family and love but also a time for stressful decisions making. What do you buy the vegan in the family, surely you can’t just give them a box of tofu and some broccoli can you? So Vegan Cyster has taken some of the hard work out of Christmas for you. Bringing you what we think are some thoughtful, unique and  cruelty free Christmas gift ideas for 2018.   1.) Amie Beauty Heroes Gift Set £23.99 – This beautiful cosmetic bag includes a range of the best selling products from the Beauty Heroes range. All of the Amie range is made from natural ingredients and are suitable…

  • Beauty

    Shaving like a Cyster – Ultimate Guide to Facial Shaving for Women

    When I first realised I needed to shave my face I was mortified. I kept asking my husband if he thought I was less feminine, if he was going to see me as less attractive and ultimately I was worried he would leave me. However, these doubts, as real as they were, were also shallow as hell. Our marriage wasn’t built on my five o’clock shadow or my Magnum PI moustache – No it was built on love and understanding. Shaving is a global trend in women’s beauty. Many women across the globe shave regardless of any medical conditions they may have. They shave to exfoliate or to create a…

  • Beauty

    You might be vegan – but is your makeup?

    Veganism is big business in the UK, with an an estimated 350% increase in the number of people leading a vegan lifestyle. Many brands such as The Body shop, Bare Minerals, MUA and many others developing product ranges suitable for vegans. But is vegan makeup any good? Does it have the longevity of normal makeup? The answer is a resounding yes! Check out Vegan Cysters Top 10 Vegan Beauty Products 2018 post. Why does my makeup need to be vegan? Real vegans not only avoid meat products, but also go vegan even on things such as clothes and makeup. This means a vegan would never wear anything that is made…

  • Heal yourself with plants
    Diet & Lifestyle

    Heal Yourself with the Power of Plants

    There was a time when I used to enjoy meat and dairy products. This was mainly down to the fact that it was how I was raised and I didn’t think to question or understand the rationale behind my diet. When I was diagnosed with PCOS I decided it was time to reevaluate my lifestyle and this meant reevaluating my diet too. Like many women who find out they have PCOS my first thought was to go low-carb and high protein. A simple search on Google will throw up results stating that the best diet for PCOS is low fat, low carb and high protein. So I started to eat…

  • Environment

    7 simple tips for recycling you can try today

    7 simple tips for recycling you can try today! Recycling in the UK is currently at a low point. In the UK only 44% of household waste is actually recycled and this number is falling. According to a report in the Guardian, most of the plastic that is not recycled in the UK will actually be sent abroad to places like Bangladesh. This just doesn’t seem good enough. When consideration is given to the advances we have made in being able to reuse plastic, why is the number still so low? “Each year the average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles , but only recycles 270 of them – meaning…

  • News

    Marstons Pubs add “bleeding” vegan burger to new nomeat menu!

    Marstons Pub UK Vegan NoMeat Menu Veganism is on the rise in the UK, more than 3.5 million people now embrace a meat and dairy free lifestyle. Veganism was once seen as a lifestyle only to be enjoyed by yoga gurus or upper class health obsessed wheat grass drinkers. Now, with the help of the internet and the abundance of literature supporting meat free lifestyles, it seems everyone can enjoy a vegan diet. From independent retailers to national supermarket chains, everyone is offering their version of plant-based products. Restaurant are also branching out and adding a variety of meat-free dishes to their menus. It was not so long ago that…

  • News

    Kat Von D Vegan Activist Shares “Meat is Murder” Sticker on Instagram

    Tattoo artist and vegan activist, Kat Von D shared a controversial sticker on her Instagram account. “Meat is Murder” Von D pictures in a promo for her fully vegan eyeliner (Photo: Instagram) Vegan celebrity Kat Von D shared a photo on Instagram this week of a sticker reading ‘meat is murder’ posted at a meat-free restaurant. The tattoo artist and entrepreneur, now well known for her animal advocacy, regularly promotes the vegan message on social media. ‘Make it a habit’ According to the caption, Kat Von D decided to make her feelings clear about meat during a visit to a local taco restuarant. She wrote: “Just had THE BEST #vegantacos here at @xochitl.vegan in…

  • PCOS Cause Found

    Exposure to excessive amounts of hormones in the womb found to be the cause of PCOS

    The root cause of PCOS has always eluded scientists, some putting it down to poor lifestyle choices and diet others believing it to be a problem with the thyroid. There has not been one accepted theory until now. An article recently published in the NEW SCIENTIST journal states that scientists now believe they have found the root cause of PCOS. How Does PCOS Affect Women? Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects up to 1 in 5 women globally. That is a staggering 10% of the world’s population. Symptoms of PCOS appear at the onset of puberty and include excessive levels of testosterone in the blood, cysts on the ovaries, excessive levels of…