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Hi, I've been doing the vegan thing since March, although I was previously a vegetarian. I have no vegan friends and generally most of my friends think I'm crazy for living off juices and smoothies! I'm hoping someone might be happy to lend a bit of advice every now and then.
I'm also struggling finding vegan (cruelty free) products for the sort of stuff you use every day without really thinking about like washing up liquid, shampoo etc. I'm in the UK and hoping someone might be able to tell me where to find stuff here.
Thank you!

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Hi Catherine, I would recommend the UK Fruit Festival group on Facebook. I have a number of kind friends through Facebook in the UK that are also vegan. Other than that I would continue seeking for like minded associates. I traveled around the world quite a bit and now I am in Ecuador at a raw vegan fruit based community and farm.

Well, I can't be a local mentor from here, but I can tell you that my experience in being a successful high carb, mostly raw vegan has definitely revolved around having people I could ask questions when I found myself in a rut.  So feel free to send your questions into this forum as they come up.

For me, I found fresh squeezed lemon juice to be my perfect cosmetic item.  I have natural brown hair to the top of my shoulders, so I squeeze about 1/3 of a lemon into a small container to take with me to the shower.  I then fill the container with water (about 3 ounces, I'd guess).  I pour slowly into hair and leave a bit left in the container.  Once I've massaged that into my hair, I rub my lemon-y hands on my face and neck.  I leave it on about a minute while I pour the rest of the lemon juice onto my hands to rub my underarms.  Then I just rinse everything thoroughly to finish.  I use only my hands, but you could use a wash towel if it feels better for you.  

In regards to other cosmetic products, you could do a quick google search for vegan products for lots of options.  I just found that I use almost nothing cosmetic.  I like to use a bit of raw coconut oil for moisturizing face and body if needed.  I use no make-up anymore- just decided it wasn't useful for me and I didn't care to hide my perceived imperfections for the sake of others.   But there is a good deal of vegan make-up out there.  I let my hair do what it wishes and just pin it back if I am not loving it that day.  It's all saved me a ton of money and I am forced to be confident in my appearance as I am.  Plus, even vegan products have lots of undesirable chemicals in them, which I don't want to put on my body and more than IN my body.  I find HCRV diet makes my skin, hair, and general appearance far more acceptable to me than before.

In terms of food, you just want to use something like this app called Cronometer that allows you to do a food diary and tells you what nutrients and calories you've consumed.  That way you can plan your meals around minimal nutrient deficiency and maximum intake.  You also want to aim for about 2,000 calories or more to avoid getting under-fed and craving less optimal foods.

Focus on the food first then worry about the other stuff. If you get the food down then stem out to products such as clothing and cosmetics and stuff like that. Don't make it too crazy and overwhelming at first. Good luck

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