Welwyn Hatfield vegan Lynn speaks out on World Vegan Day

PUBLISHED: 17:35 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:45 01 November 2018

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Cake, baked by Lynn Hodston of Essendon 
Picture: Lynn Hodston

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Cake, baked by Lynn Hodston of Essendon Picture: Lynn Hodston


A Welwyn Hatfield resident has spoken out for World Vegan Day about how the vegan lifestyle is “non-existent” in the borough.

Lynn Hodston, who is a chiropodist at Wrafton House, believes we should do more in our community to promote a vegan lifestyle.

Lynn had been a vegetarian most of her life and switched to a vegan philosophy six years ago.

Since then, Lynn has lived an animal cruelty-free life which she admits has not involved many restaurants in Welwyn Hatfield area.

“As a vegan, you always have to explain yourself when you go to a restaurant,” said Lynn, who reckons a fear of the unknown has resulted in a few vegan restaurants.

“We need the local media and veganism to work together and produce positive articles.”

Research has shown that the diet can be a “great method” to lose weight and is also thought to improve your mood.

People who eat vegetables and fruit scored higher in mood charts and depression tests, according to reports in the national media.

Lynn, who lives in Essendon, believes the notion that a vegan philosophy has become “cultic” is what may steer people away from it.

However, she has been to a few restaurants that have accommodated her needs.

Mudlarks is a charity-run cafe in Hertford which runs a social evening that features organic vegetables grown on site.

She also recommended The Doctor’s Tonic, in Welwyn Garden City, as it features vegan dishes on its menu - particularly its “amazing vegan fish and chips”.

Ginger, a bar and restaurant in Hertford, was also recommended due to the owners “understanding the diet”, according to Lynn.

For those who are interested in vegan recipes, Lynn recommends a chocolate cake that incorporates dairy-free products.

Lynn said: “Everything has one life, and it is not mine to take.”

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