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WHAT WATSON SAID

Lucy Watson spoke to Vegan Life about her personal journey to veganism, her new cookbook and her views on animal companionship

Lucy grew up on a working farm in Surrey and loved being outside and around the cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, horses, dogs and alpacas which were kept on the farm. However, the experience of living on a working farm opened her eyes to animal cruelty and after a visit to the slaughterhouse, Lucy went vegetarian at primary school; she then went vegan in her twenties after watching Cowspiracy. The former Made in Chelsea star is now a dedicated vegan and campaigner and is set to release her first cook book, Feed Me Vegan, this September.

We met Lucy at her publishers in London on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Lucy walked in to the room, her companion dog Digby on her hip, with a bright smile and an even brighter yellow t-shirt with ‘Mac and Cheese’ printed on it. Immediately drawn to it, we start discussing food — typical vegans.

“I feel like I don’t need to specify vegan before every single thing that I eat. I hate that so much. We have different definitions of what mac and cheese is. Just accept that. People get annoyed when you don’t say it though. If I don’t say it people are like ‘I thought you were vegan?’ You can’t win.”

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No matter how old I get, September makes me want to visit a stationery shop to buy a new notebook, an Oxford mathematics tin and sharpen all of my pencils. I always loved school and September marks the beginning of another year of learning; there is nothing better, in my opinion, than a shiny pencil case full of new pens, highlighters and a bright, pristine rubber. It’s been years since I was at school but I still love learning and learn something new every day – especially as a vegan, where your eyes are opened to hard truths regularly. So, in this month’s issue, we are having a back to school special where we look into chick hatching programmes, animal-friendly entertainment for children and some incredible packed lunch ideas that will have the other parents begging you for the recipes. I am also excited to share a collection of interviews with vegan athletes who are committed to showing the world that you don’t need to consume animal products to be at the top of your game. To accompany our interviews, our talented in-house chef has created some delicious recipes to power you before or after exercising without compromising on taste. My particular favourite is the deliciously simple key lime pie power balls which are, frankly, awesome. After such incredible feedback following our adoption special last month, we are tackling another controversial topic and are exploring invasive species – non-native plants and animals which now call the UK their home – and the prejudice that some invasives are encountering for merely following their natural instincts. We also take an in depth look at the process and impacts of the leather industry. This article would be perfect to share with friends and family who may still think that leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Finally, we met with the beautiful Lucy Watson to discuss the launch of her book and what veganism means to her. She was honest, open and incredibly chatty - the perfect interviewee.
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