I'm Brian Jacobs. I'm a long term vegan, and I'm the owner of the Vegan London website.
My day job is hypnotherapist, and in that capacity I help people break long term habits and addictions such as nail-biting, smoking, recreation drug addiction, gambling, and food addictions.
Because I want to help people go vegan and stay vegan, in support of Veganuary I am offering free hypnotherapy sessions to anyone wanting help removing meat and dairy from their diet.
Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone can be guided into, whereby you sit in a chair with your eyes closed and you'll be very relaxed yet aware of what's going on. Although it's very safe, I do not work with those who have epilepsy unless they have a referral from their doctor.
If you'd like more information please do get in touch. See http://www.hypnoticsolutions.co.uk/go-vegan.html
Oh, and for help with other issues, just quote 'Veganuary' and you'll get 10% off the normal session price in January 2018
I'll also have a stall at Vegan Life Live and will be giving a talk "Tips To Help You Go Vegan and Stay Vegan". Do pop by and say hello.
1998 was the year of the first London Vegan Festival. It was the first of its kind, celebrating all things vegan. There had been other vegan fairs and festivals in London before, but none promoted as 100% vegan. The event was attended by about 1000 people.
Move forward to 2017, and we now have a multitude of vegan festivals taking place throughout the UK. In London alone there seems to be a vegan festival every month. So why attend Vegfest London when there are so many to choose from?
The answer is simple: It’s the biggest and the best!
With an expected turnout of over 13,000 people over two days, the event will consist of up to 300 stalls, a Vegan Food Village with 23 global caterers, cookery classes, and numerous talks and presentations.
There will be a Vegan Health Summit, a Vegan Athletes Summit, Easy Veganism sessions, an Animal Rights Summit, a Radical Veganism corner (Saturday only), an Environment, Food & Sustainability Summit (Sunday only), a Vegan Comedy Corner, a Cinema, an Activists Corner, a Living Raw Zone, a Teen Zone, a Mature Zone, a Kids Area, Live Music, an Art of Compassion Exhibition, plus VegfestUK's Award Ceremony for 2017 celebrating the vegan heroes and heroines of the year.
I'll be giving a presentation on the Sunday at 2pm in the Mature Zone about the London Vegan social scene and give suggestions on the best places to eat vegan food in London. The talk is open to all - you don't need to be 'mature' to come along!
Vegfest London takes place at Olympia, London on October 21st and 22nd October 2017
The event is open 11am - 6pm on Saturday and 10am - 5pm on the Sunday in the West and Central Halls on Level 1 and the Conference Centre on Level 3
Advance tickets (day tickets) are £12 for adults and £8 for concessions* + booking fees - advance tickets are available to buy now
Tickets on the gate (day tickets) are £15 for adults and £10 for concessions*. Kids under 16 can enter for free as long as they are accompanied by adult
Hope to see you there!
* Please note that tickets on the gate are limited in quantity and are subject to availability depending on advance ticket sales, so those who are travelling to London specifically for this event are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance.
* Those buying concessions tickets are required to bring suitable ID for verification of their concessions status on the gate.
I'm the admin of the London Vegans Facebook Group. I find it interesting that many of the members are not yet vegan. However this forthcoming January there is the opportunity for non-vegans to go vegan for the month and get support from Veganuary.com
I am personally supporting Veganuary. They will be launching a major advertising campaign on London Underground on 19th of December and I expect more people than ever will sign up to try out veganism in January 2017.
This is an exciting time for vegans. The number of vegans in the UK has reached 1% of the population, and this is growing daily.
So if you’d like to go vegan in January 2017 and would like some support, here's the link https://veganuary.com/
For many vegetarians who want to go vegan, cheese is often the last thing they give up before making the change, and for many it's a struggle.
You as yourself why that is, particularly today when there are so many vegan cheeses available in supermarkets and health food stores.
Perhaps the answer is that cheese is so addictive.* And, interestingly, research has shown that the more processed and fatty food is, the more likely it is to be associated with addictive eating behaviour.
The key to cheese addiction is an ingredient found in dairy products called casein. Dr Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has even decribed cheese as "dairy crack".
So how do you get yourself off cheese addiction?
Replacing with plant based cheeses is the obvious answer, but for many this isn't enough.
In my day job I'm a hypnotherapist and I use hypnosis to help clients break addictions such as smoking and cocaine. I've been vegan for over 28 years and wanted to help others become vegan. So I applied my knowledge of hypnosis and created a self-hypnosis recording which is available to listen to for free: www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Xd6fa7_zk
If you have a cheese addiction please listen to the recording daily (while seated, undisturbed, with your eyes closed) and let me know how you get on.
Note: Brian Jacobs is a registered clinical hypnotherapist based in London. He has been in practice as a hypnotherapist over 16 years, and has been vegan for over 28 years. His website is www.hypnoticsolutions.co.uk
Animal rights group Animal Aid have just launched a great initiative to get the leading UK supermarkets to label all their own brand vegan foods as vegan. Often I go into the supermarket and a product is labeled as vegetarian but I don't known if it's also vegan.
Sometimes it's obvious (by looking at the allergen info) that the item isn't suitable for vegans, but this isn't always the case. Some additives may not be allergens and may not be highlighted. So, for example, vitamin D3 invariably comes from sheep's wool. Or maybe there are bee products (honey or propolis) in the food that would make it unsuitable for vegans.
There is the added complication nowadays that a vegan product may be produced in a factory that produces dairy products, and so the label says "may contain traces of milk..."
To read more and to sign the petition go to
- IF POSSIBLE CHOOSE ORGANIC FOODS as these foods are free from pesticides
- BUY FROM LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS RATHER THAN SUPERMARKETS as the food is likely to be fresher
- WASH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES WELL BEFORE EATING to remove pesticides
- EAT A MINIMUM OF 7 PORTIONS OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLES A DAY
- EAT A HIGH PROPORTION OF YOUR FRUIT AND VEGETABLES IN THEIR RAW STATE.
- CONSIDER JUICING OR BLENDING FRUIT OR VEG.
- MAKE SURE YOU GET ENOUGH OF THE FOLLOWING: