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Gwyneth Paltrow is releasing a brand new 'dirty weekend away sex kit' on her website, Goop, and it is worth a damn FORTUNE.

The set includes condoms, vegan lubricant, massage oil, sex toys and all the sexual health information you could possibly need.

Oh yeah, it also contains a 24-carat-gold sex toy. As you do.

She recently married 47-year-old TV producer Brad Falchuk, and has commented before on her 'great and satisfying' sex life. Brag much?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The website's first 'sex Issue' was published in May 2016, which included a kinky toy buying guide, and advise on sexual preferences. 

She has now put together the dirty weekend away kit, with a massive spending allotment, but it's the thought that counts, right?

The Balmyard Beauty Romantic Call Body Oil boasts antioxidant coconut, shea, sweet almond, and hibiscus-seed oils is on the list, and works hard to leave your skin soft and glowy.

It's a shame it's priced at $82…

Imagine being able to afford a SOLID GOLD dildo worth $3500. Just imagine.

She includes the Betony Vernon Marabou Pleasure Puff Ring, with intricate marabou feathers, on her list. The item is worth a jaw-dropping $673.

The Maude Rise Condoms are 100% natural latex, and is the most affordable item in the kit, costing just $12. A bargain…

The vegan Unbound Jelly lubricant is made from 95% organic ingredients and is also vanilla-scented for good measure.

Last but by all means not least, the Lelo Olga sex toy is comprised of 24-carat gold and warms to your body temperature internally.

Gwyneth is extremely open about her sex life, and recently discussed the importance of sexual health while speaking to Glamour

The actress wed her second husband in a beautiful ceremony back in September commented on emphasising women's sexual lives through Goop.

We don't doubt that her and Brad are enjoying married life, if her sex kit is anything to go by. We commend her great attitude to banishing shame from sex. All women deserve great sexual health.

The website says the sundries are a must-have for a 'Romantic (and Sexy) Weekend', stating; “These five clean, nontoxic essentials are virtually guaranteed to ignite and/or reenergise sexual vibes.” Spicy, Gwyneth, very spicy.

Paltrow has attributed her newfound glow and warmth to her new beau.

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Ice cream lovers, vegans and lactose humans assemble.

Tomorrow, Saturday November 24, Ben and Jerry's are giving out FREE vegan ice cream.

The ice creams Gods are collaborating with three vegan joints around the country to celebrate World Vegan Month – which, FYI, is this month.

November has been taken over to become a big vegan lovefest, which celebrates veganism and plant-based diets worldwide.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So where can you get this beautiful treat, I hear you cry?

Garden of Vegan in Ranelagh, Dublin, Loving Salads in Cork City, and The Lighthouse in Galway City will all be part-taking in the event.

You'll get to sample and indulge in three glorious flavours: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chunky Monkey and Peanut Butter & Cookies.

If you didn't have any plans for tomorrow – you do now, happy munchin'. 

 

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Why switch to vegan products? How to get the beauty benefits on a budget

Here’s a statistic worth noting: our skin absorbs up to 60% of any product which is applied to it.

If the beauty brands we use are processed, synthetic and jam-packed with toxins, chemicals and preservatives, that’s a lot of possibly harmful material we’re consuming.

Not to mention that many brands are ambiguous at best when discussing their animal testing.

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Vegan beauty products are all made without harm to animals and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products.

Some common animal ingredients used in skincare beauty include beeswax, lanolin (grease from sheep’s wool – ew), carmine and uric acid from cows.

Some haters suggest that vegan products can’t possibly be as effective, but actually this is merely a myth. Formulas which don’t contain animal ingredients are actually far better for your skin.

Plant-derived ingredients contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which repair and hydrate the skin.

It’s largely unsurprising then that millions of people around the world have switched to vegan beauty.

In the last decade, beauty addicts around the world are raving about new and natural vegan creations. Returning to nature is becoming more and more attractive, except finding the best quality products with all-natural components has a hefty price tag.

Here’s where vegan brand Nacomi Beauty come in: they’ve just opened their flagship store in Malahide, Co. Dublin and have caused a massive stir.

Their gorgeous body mousses, scrubs, shower jelly and body butter are absolutely flying off the shelves. Why have they propelled to the top of the vegan beauty chain?

Here are a few reasons:

-They import raw materials from all over the world and produce their cosmetics in Poland, surrounded by stunning green scenery.

-ALL their products are totally handmade for each individual, so you know anything you buy has the unique customer in mind. SO personal.

-They don’t just sell produce for women, they now have a mens and baby range. Inclusivity, people. It’s the best.

-They are completely against animal testing

-They source the highest quality product from all over the world and use cold pressed oils, butters, extracts and cosmetic clays in their pure form.

-Their products are all made within a month of being ordered, so it’s fresh to death.

-Their price ranges from… wait for it…€6 to €42.

YAS BETCH, we can finally afford it to be natural.

-The simplicity of their cosmetic compositions is what make them totally different, they use Unrefined Oils and Vitamin E as natural preservatives.

-They don’t use paraben, harmful dyes and preservatives, SLS/SELS, petroleum derivatives,  or mineral oils.

Nacomi stand by their mission to provide the best quality products at affordable prices:
“We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to use healthy cosmetics.”

That’s right, we don’t have to be rich to be able to live our dreamy natural ingredient lives anymore. Long live Nacomi, we say.

Nacomi is available for purchase from their flagship store in Malahide or online from www.nacomibeauty.com.

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Foodies assemble! Dublin's Vegfest is back.

In it's third year, this vegan festival is looking oh-so tasty.

Whether you're a vegan, plant-based b*tch or just nosey AF about the lifestyle, Griffith College is where you want to be this weekend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The two-day event will be bursting with famous speakers, informative talks and most importantly – our biggest joy in life, food.

The Food Village will be jammers with cuisines from around the globe, divine sweet treats and all those sought-after vegan products. 

If you're headed to this holy grail, I recommend bringing your fat trousers, cash as not all vendors take card and gorging on the fried chick'n that will make you question your entire life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As for the speakers, you may know a few familiar faces.

Grab a seat and listen to best-selling cookbook author Áine Carlin ( RTE's The Afternoon Show), Holly White (The Six O Clock Show) and Paul Knapp ( Ireland AM's Fire Fighting Chef). 

And for all you health and fitness junkies, German' strongest man Patrik Baboumian is there to talk all thing plant-powered protein. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dublin Vegfest organiser, Pears Hussey gave SHEmazing the low-down on all the other elements of the festival – and be prepared to get your hands dirty. 

"We've packed the schedule with cooking and skin care demonstrations. People can feel the burn at the hot sauce competition, and get a vegan themed tattoo at the Tattoo Parlour (temporary only)." 

"If you work out or aspire to you can meet the Athletes panel. The Art of Compassion Gallery will exhibit Vegan Poster Art. Amy True will share conscious hip hop tunes," said Pears.

Bringing the Vegfest to close on Saturday, there will be an after-party, which is a great way to socialise and possibly find a vegan boyfriend – haha jokes, they're impossible to find and if you do stumble upon one they're usually already taken. – No vegan love for you.

But Kiruu will be supplying the tunes and it should be a fab way to end your day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Veganism seems to be popping up all over the place, so we put the question to Pears about the lifestyle growing in Ireland.

"The growth of really good vegan food producers across the Island has taken off. Demand for information on eating and living vegan across social media is making traditional media outlets take interest. That's a good thing. Restaurants and shops increase their vegan options almost weekly," he said.

"There is a need to embrace people that are curious or passionate about making lifestyle changes and eating vegan. To gently support and say "Hey look at all this really tasty foods and things we can do to live healthier, happier lives." That's where we and our partners come in providing that experience in a fun way over the two days. It's an exciting time," he added.

The Dublin Vegfest will be held in Griffith College on September 22 and 23. 

You can get your tickets here.

 

Feature image credit: Dublin Vegfest

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The beautiful people at Iceland have heard the hungry cries of the vegans.

The supermarket has just announced an exciting new range of meat-replicating’ plant-based foods, following the success of It’s No Bull Burger. 

If you don't know what a No Bull Burger is – YOU HAVEN'T LIVED. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The news keeps getting better, as Iceland has rolled out the 13 new vegan products in 24 stores around Ireland, today. 

Our mouths are already watering at the sounds of No Porkies Chorizo (the first meat-replicating chorizo, I'll have you know). 

No Chick Chunks, and No Bull Asian Burgers are also on the menu, which includes wheat protein seasoned with Asian spices – for all those vegan gains, baby!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Iceland's plan behind this new line was to give people an option to cook like they would meat, but to get in all those plant-based foods without sacrificing the taste or texture.

This new vegan range is a part of Iceland’s innovative pledge, which will see the removal of palm oil from their own food labels by the end of this year. 

It's a serious win-win!

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The new series of The Great British Bake Off kicks off next week, and while we're still not over the fact that Mary Berry is no longer part of it, we're pretty excited about this year's series. 

That's because they're bringing in a new addition to the show, one which, we're sure, plenty of people will be living for: vegan week. 

 

Meet our new batch of bakers #starts28th

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Explaining the reason for it, judge Paul Hollywood said that they wanted something a little different for the new series, and considering the huge growth in veganism in recent times, vegan week was just a natural fit.

"We wanted something different and something to represent what was happening in this country. Veganism was something that seems to be growing, and we wanted to represent it on the Bake Off this year, and that's why it's in," the baker said at a press event. 

Neither Paul nor fellow judge Prue Leith are vegans, and have said that the vegan bakes were judged just as they would "something conventional". 

"You can't judge it and say, 'It's okay for a vegan'. It has to be good. Period. And that's how we judged it – we were surprised."

 

Morning x

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The judges encouraged vegans or anyone thinking of becoming a vegan to watch the show, insisting that it is a week not to be missed. 

"If you're a vegan, or you're thinking about it, and just worried about how it's going to change your life, watch it and see."

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday, 28th August at 8pm. 

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We're often told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we believe it. 

We'd all love to have a healthier breakfast, but most days we're lucky if we manage to gulp down a coffee and snatch a slice of toast out of the toaster on our way out the door. (Bonus points if you drop the toast in a puddle while running for the bus.)

One vegan Instagrammer is putting us all to shame with her version of the now classic smoothie bowl. 

Smoothie bowls have become more and more popular over the years, and every healthy lifestyle enthusiast worth their salt has been meticulously arranging chia seeds and slicing strawberries to create picturesque pools of pureed fruit for months now. 

While we can rustle up a pretty decent looking one on the weekends, ours are nothing compared to Rachel Lorton. 

Rachel has been posting her delicious and very Instagrammable bowls since 2015, so the Texan native was definitely a trailblazer when it came to this foodie trend. 

Rachel also has her very own cookbook full of vegan recipes for those who want to embark on a plant-based lifestyle. 

We're seriously contemplating getting up 20 minutes earlier to make a few of these beautiful bowls: 

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You don't have to be vegan to buy or support cruelty-free cosmetics. 

Every euro you spend sends a powerful message.

That's why supporting brands that don't test on animals like bunnies and puppies is clearly the way to go!

We have 11 products you can buy guilt-free, and that won't compromise you looking fabulous. (You can thank us later).

1. The Prince of Darkness – Lush

Kicking off the list, we are going to the dark side.

Lush has created an activated charcoal face mask called the Prince of Darkness.

The product often sells out and it's easy to understand why. It's infused with lavender oil and fine sea salt to clean the depths of your skin (and possibly your soul). It will have your face feeling soft and refreshed after it works its magic.

They will have to pry it out of my lifeless hand before I stop using it. 

2. 'Tattoo Liner' – Kat Von D 

This eyeliner is one that just doesn't budge.

Crying your eyes out after being dumped? Don't worry because your eyeliner will still look unreal. 

Being attacked by hayfever season? This eyeliner has you covered as your eyes and nose may run, but this ain't going anywhere.

End up in a CAR accident? Once again, the liner comes through to have those cat eyes looking sharp. 

The queen of tattooing had us covered when she was designing the product.

3. Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – ColourPop

Yes, Please! – Just take our money. This eyeshadow palette is stunning, practical and pigmented. 

Hitting their best selling list, the shades give you a subtle pop of colour.

Perfect for a night out in town or a dinner date catch up, this cruelty-free palette is an absolute steal. 

4.  Soft Neutral Wine Matte Lipstick – Charlotte Tilbury 

The matte revolution is a limited edition, so you better act fast if you want to paint the town red with this lippy. 

Inspired by our favourite Friday night hobby (WINE), this lipstick is a luscious red that will make your lips stand out from the crowd.

On the slightly dear side of life, the dazzling colour and smooth application makes it worth every penny.

5.  Brazilian Cupacu Scrub-In-Oil – The Body Shop

The secret to why this body scrub is unbelievable is nut oil. When they made oils, they didn't make them equal.

This scrub contains the cupuaçu nut which is responsible for Amazonian's enviously beautiful skin. 

It's a tag team as the magical oil is mixed with fine salt crystals.

The combo means the scrub is much more effective at penetrating and exfoliating the skin. 

The Body Shop is also massively against animal testing and you will currently receive a fiver off your purchase if you sign their petition in store. It's really a no-brainer.

6. Nail Polish – Catrice 

You don't have to lose your sparkle when shopping cruelty-free. 

This stunning nail polish is a combination of Shake & Seal Top Coat ‘01 Ocean Drive’ over ICONails Gel Lacquer ‘55 All Roads Lead To The Ocean’.

For those eagle-eyed beauty lovers, you might have already guessed that the range is available in Pennys.

It's the shop that just keeps on giving!

7.  Superdrug Extracts Shampoo & Conditioner – Superdrug

Don't compromise your haircare, these shampoos and conditioners from the Superdrug range will have you in hair heaven. 

They're also PERFECT for a student budget.

The creamy conditioner coats your locks to leave them strong and healthy. An added bonus is both the shampoo and conditioner smell incredibly fruity. 

You get a lot for your buck here as their haircare line is extensive and affordable.

8. Purifying Body Ritual Travel Set – Urban Veda

Our jobs and plans to travel the world means that we have to make selective choices about the cosmetics we pop into our suitcase.

Whether you're taking a car, plane or train, this travel set will be one you shouldn't leave the house without.

Parabens are banished from this range, so they respect and work gently incoordination with your skin. 

If that wasn't enough, it does a solid for the environment by being 100% recyclable! 

It's a win-win.

9. Stay Matte & Beautiful Brush Collection, 5 Piece Set – Eco-tools

A sister duo founded Eco-tools with the mission to make us feel beautiful inside and out.

A staple in my makeup bag, this is a brand to get behind.

They're environmentally friendly, high-quality, and affordable too.

The range uses only recycled materials, renewable bamboo and a high standard of manufacturing processes. 

Their care and attention are very much reflected in their products.

The brushes are soft, long-lasting with such a smooth application you'll be feeling like a MUA. 

10. Instant Lift Brow Pencil – E.L.F

It's hard to imagine the time when big brows weren't in.

We only have our cringe-worthy photos as evidence of the crimes committed against our eyebrows. 

This instant lift brow pencil comes in three shades and it's a hot favourite amongst E.L.F lovers.

E.L.F has listened to our cries for good quality makeup at affordable prices.

They're so good that it's almost hard not to get carried away with buying EVERYTHING.

11. Huangjisoo Pure Foaming Cleanser Deep Cleansing (Peppermint) –  The Konjac Sponge Co

To complete our listicle is the Konjac Sponge company.

They know how to look after your skin by taking Korean beauty secrets and applying them to their skincare line.

The deep cleanser combines peppermint, cucumber and chrysanthemum extracts which calms, expels dirt and refines the skin.

You'll be given a healthy gorgeous glow every time you go to take off your makeup, thanks to this incredible product. 

It's hypoallergenic and made with 98 percent of natural ingredients, so even those with the most complex and sensitive skin can enjoy this cleanser.

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Veganism has become pretty popular these days, with the number of vegans in the UK rising by 360 per cent in the last 10 years, according to a recent study by The Vegan Society.

With this in mind, we're sure there are plenty of Irish people willing to try the vegan lifestyle, which strictly prohibits the consumption of any animal by-products. 

Veganism has been cited to improve the health, aid weight loss and be better for the environment than a carnivorous diet according to its followers. 

Here are a few tips to get started if you want to give it a try: 

8. Watch a few documentaries.

There are plenty of documentaries out there about the reasons for going vegan, and plenty of videos about how to do it efficiently.

Films like Earthlings, Cowspiricy and Vegucated have been credited for turning many people on to the vegan lifestyle. 

A warning though, these flicks expose the grim realities of the meat and animal by-product business and may be a bit much for squeamish folk. 

7. Order PETA's free vegan guide

Animal rights organisation PETA is a huge promoter of the vegan lifestyle.

They have a free Vegan Starter Kit for those interested, all you have to do is head to the website and give your address, and the kit will be sent out to you anywhere in the world, completely free. 

6. Make small swaps

Making small steps like swapping cow's milk for soy or oat milk and switching crisp flavours can take your diet from carnivorous to vegan. 

There are tonnes of options to try when it comes to milk and cheese alternatives. 

5. Try new things

Speaking of these alternatives, don't be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone and try some new taste experiences.

While almond butter and hemp seeds may not sound the most appetising, trying vegan alternatives is so important in order to maintain a balanced plant-based diet. It's not just about eating salad!

 

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4. Consider why you're doing it.

There are people who move to veganism for ethical reasons, those who do it for health reasons and those who do it to lose weight.

Having a clear motive for your transition will make sticking to it so much easier. 

3. Ditch dairy. 

People cite the amazing benefits of minimising their dairy intake. 

Ditching dairy is a prerequisite for the vegan diet, but it can also help clear the skin and put an end to bloating. 

 

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2. Consider your non-food choices.

A lot of people who choose veganism for ethical reasons look further than their diet when it comes to incorporating the message into their everyday lives. 

Some avoid leather or products made at the expense of any animal, and actively avoid beauty products that test on animals or include animal by-products. 

1. Keep an eye on the carbs.

When going vegan or even vegetarian, it can be easy to rely on pure carbs to keep yourself going if you haven't taken the time to look into new food choices. 

This can leave your plates looking pretty beige, so make sure you're getting plenty of variety into your diet. 

Feature image: Instagram/ Vegan Food Spot/ Lumadeline

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If you have committed to going vegan, or if you are just trying to introduce more plant-based food to your diet, you may have noticed that eliminating animal produce isn't THAT hard. 

But while you can make some delicious curries, pies and pasta dishes without missing meat or dairy, baking is a whole other story. 

How do you replace cream cheese in a cheesecake? How do you bake without eggs? Luckily, a lot of vegan bakers have answers these questions and come up with the most delicious vegan versions of your favourite cakes. 

You are welcome!

1. Apple caramel cheesecake

2. One-bowl chocolate cake

3. Chocolate chip cookie cheesecake

4. Lemon cake

5. Gluten-free carrot cake

6. Vanilla and berry layer cake

7. Coconut chocolate cake with vanilla coconut frosting

8. Plum and polenta upside-down cake

9. Snickerdoodle cupcakes

10. Chocolate peanut butter mugcake

 

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So, in case you haven't noticed, whole food and plant-based diets have become somewhat of a trend over the past few years

From smashed avocados to açai bowls, Instagram feeds are overflowing with delicious recipes that put our sub-standard culinary skills to shame.

With so many dishes to choose from, it can be hard to keep up with the latest foodie trends. However, there is one dish that looks like it could be sticking around – sweet potato toast.

This vegan breakfast alternative has been doing the rounds on social for about a year now, but incase you're unfamiliar with the concept, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Pieces of thinly sliced sweet potato, toasted to perfection and loaded with ingredients of your choice.

 

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It's a quick, simple and healthy alternative to bread, and with a endless array of toppings to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

The Insta-worty dish can be enjoyed sweet or savoury and we have a funny feeling we may have found out new go-to breakfast.

Alyssia Sheikh from the Mind Over Munch YouTube channel has some really tasty versions to try:

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Being a vegetarian or even – god forbid! – a vegan is thankfully getting easier in Ireland, but there are still a few niggling little annoyances that those committed to the cause have to endure. 

1. Strangely concerned strangers

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When you tell people you're a veggie, they suddenly get really, really concerned about your protein levels. Note to meat eaters: vegetarianism does not make you shrivel up from lack of protein. 

And anytime you get sick? "You're probably not getting enough protein!"

2. The great bacon debate

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Hearing "but bacon though!" every other time you tell people you're a vegetarian.

3. Wanting to be vegan…

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But not quite having the will power to give up cheese and eggs yet. Maybe one day. Maybe.

4. People never understanding why you cant eat jellies

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Having to explain what gelatin is and where it comes from every time someone breaks out a bag of Haribo isn't fun. 

5. Barbecues

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Not that we usually get the weather for them, but these meat feasts inevitably roll around every summer, and for vegetarians the BYOB usually means bring your own burgers. Of the veggie variety. 

6. Tapas

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Sharing tapas with a table of meat eaters never works out well. They two or three token vegetarian tapas get snapped up as sides for the meat dishes and you inevitable leave hungry. And you still had to split the bill equally. 

7. It's a phase

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Parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents will probably use this phase to describe your new found vegetarianism at some point or another.

Even after a decade or two. 

8. "So what DO you eat?"

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Everything that meat eaters do. Sans meat. 

9. People thinking you're out to convert them

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This is not the church of chick pea curries and chicken-less nuggets. There is no Quorn Quran. 

10. Overly relying on carbs

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When making the first foray into vegetarianism, things can seem pretty simple. Pizza, pasta, noodles, bread and their equally carb-laden cohorts are the initial go-to foods. 

Luckily vegetarianism is an excuse to experiment with new foods, so turning a beige palette into a rainbow doesn't take long. 

11. Excessive label reading

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Fortunately at least half of all supermarket items are vegetarian these days.

Unfortunately at least half of that half are mysteriously not marked with the comforting green V label veggies are reliant on, leading to excessive label reading and quick scientific equations (via google) to figure out if the triglycerides in those biscuits are derived from animal fats. 

12. Tofu troubles

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Unless you have been specifically trained in the art of preparing and cooking tofu, it can be a bit of a bother.

Seriously. how long does tofu need to marinate? Does anyone know?  

13. Having notions

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Even if you hail from the glittering metropolis that is Dublin city, being opposed to eating meat can still be placed in the "notions" category. 

It's up there with drinking almond milk, preferring ciabatta to good old fashioned Brennans and wearing hats for fashion as opposed to function. 

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