About Me

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Portrait My name is Hannah and I was born in, and now  live in Melbourne but grew up mainly in QLD on the Gold Coast. I am a twin that is literally my other half, my best friend. Milly, my cat, behaves like a dog and anyone that knows me understands how much I love her! I also love the beach, cooking, playing guitar and cricket. I want to use this website to share the positive things in my life that have become the tools that I use to overcome stress, anxiety and other twists and turns life can throw at us. These tools now allow me to enjoy a blissful,  healthy and cruelty-free lifestyle. Part of my journey includes the embracing of physical exercise, healthy clean eating and veganism; hence the name of my website.

Learning about veganism has helped me come to realise that loving animals is far more than having an affection for our pets or as seeing them as cute and cuddly but as respecting their very being and right to existence. An old school friend, has long been a vegan and I have always respected but wondered how she coped without eating meat or other animal products.

I still vividly remember the conversation we had which was a turning point for me. She told me of  video footage she had seen of a fox being skinned alive purely for the purpose of a fur coat and seeing the pain and fear in the eyes of the fox.

I believe that people need to start seeing a connection (and I know I never used to see it)  between the cruelty inflicted upon animals and the food that they eat, whether it be meat or dairy or eggs and also the clothing they wear. An animal is more than a product we see in the supermarket, yet these ‘products’ have lead a painful life as well as experiencing a painful death just for our pleasure. The shame of this is that there is an alternative.

Research which began with a book called ‘Ethical Eating’ has helped me also understand further just what animals go through for us to eat them and how this affects our health but also the environment and our future.

The simple truth is that animals do not need to be treated cruelly in order for us to consume them, unfortunately the laws in place rarely protect them at all. In most cases their are alternatives to their consumption but unfortunately through very clever marketing, society believes we need to eat animals in order to survive. The egg industry, whether it be caged, organic or free range, allows male chicks, which are viewed as a waste “by product”  (they don’t lay eggs nor do they provide meat quickly enough) to be ground up, gassed or buried alive in order to dispose of them. Hens are de-beaked without any pain relief, and milking cows grieve when deprived of their calves, just so we can drink their milk? Animals are kept in crowded filthy conditions and then given antibiotics to overcome the problems associated with this – which quite often they don’t. They are filled with infection and disease and then we experience problems with antibiotic resistant bacteria as a result.

As I continued my research I knew the only way to live a cruelty free lifestyle was to make the transition to veganism. Which for me, didn’t happen overnight.

Being vegan isn’t about following a set of rules, it’s a journey, it’s thinking with your brain and your heart, not just your stomach! It’s also an amazing learning experience… One that I wouldn’t give up for the world!

Quite often I’m asked ‘What is Vegan?’ This could be because I’ve met someone new, making food choices at work functions or eating out with friends.  I find it funny when someone almost pity’s me and says “Oh, you poor thing”. Veganism isn’t a disease; I’m not going to die from it, quite the opposite actually! Veganism goes further than  vegetarianism (no meat, poultry, fish or seafood) in that no animal products are used whether as food or clothing - This includes eggs, milk, dairy products, honey, leather, wool, silk and cosmetics. It is often wondered what a vegan does eat and this is a reflection of the lack of knowledge of the richness there is in a plant based diet.

I have found bliss through veganism and I want to share my experiences, past present and future, by sharing recipes, experiences and how combined with a choice of being fit I have embraced a new positive healthy lifestyle.

Introducing to you 

betterfitvegan.com

I’m still learning, each and every day. That’s what our life is all about.

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**Please note – I am basing my website purely on my experience, passion, knowledge and dealings with professionals. I am not qualified to provide professional advice, however still welcome any questions you may have and encourage your feedback through the contacts page**