Season 9 Episode 1 

How on Earth do Vegans Stay Vegan?

We always enjoy a good in-depth chat about Veganism as it’s a very polarising topic! 10 years ago, the diet was incredibly rare. Now? It’s far more accepted. So seeing as it’s the end of Veganuary we talk about the ‘hows’ of the diet and what people eat to stay motivated and healthy. Please comment at the bottom of this page with your thoughts from the podcast. Have you or would you ever give a vegan challenge a go?

Best soundbite“During the height of chubby Mike, I had a Fitbit bought for me and it was in that moment I realised that things gotta change”. – Mike Huttlestone

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“Is it all about perspective? When you look at a vegan diet, you look at things you can’t eat rather than other things that you can eat, the interesting thing is that you try new food you’ve never had before and actually it’s a really positive experience.”

(This week’s stats collated from The Vegan Society)

  • In 2018, the UK launched more vegan products than any nation.
  • In 2019, Brighton was found to be the easiest area to be vegan.
  • Waterstones have 9,030 book titles with the word ‘vegan’ in them available for sale (as of December 2019) compared to 944 in August 2018. (nearly 10x as many compared with 16 months before!)
  • Orders of vegan meals grew 388% between 2016 and 2018 and they are now the UK’s fastest growing takeaway choice.
  • The sign-ups for the Veganuary campaign – where people eat vegan for the month of January – nearly doubled in 2019, with a whopping 250,000 people signing up.
  • World Health Organization’s first step to healthy eating is: “Eat a nutritious diet based on a variety of foods originating mainly from plants, rather than animals”
  • The UK was the most popular country for veganism in 2019, according to Google Trends, followed by Australia and New Zealand.

We’ve made a few developments to Season 9 based on your valuable feedback. The main one being the decision to focus more on the audio quality of the podcast episodes as the vast majority of users are listening to them on-the-go. We know there have been some concerns with the sound volume in episodes. We’re now using a new studio and working towards improving this tenfold. Please continue to let us know if you’re experiencing issues by emailing in. This does, unfortunately, mean from this season onwards, we’re removing the video element of the podcasts in lieu of the above. We hate to disappoint, so if this does seriously affect your enjoyment of the podcasts please email us, where we can explain further. Don’t forget we’re available at If you want to contribute ideas or want to hear us discuss a particular topic then email us at