People of 10 Cable St

This is where we share stories of the people we have met through the events held here. Met so many cool and interesting people along the way, all in different stages of their journey to becoming more mindful and compassionate towards the world we live in. Please read with love and try to be encouraging as we are all on our own journey, trying to do the best that we can 😊 

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Moko

'My dad has been a Vegetarian for over 50 years and Vegan for about 20. I’ve never eaten meat (Well.. apart from when I was in my teens feeling rebellious, I had some sausage and chicken nuggets : p ) I lived in Japan for 8 years when I was younger and back then it was really hard to avoid fish so we became pescatarian. I stopped eating fish at the end of last September after a month in Tokyo eating so much of it and felt like I needed to detox. My younger sister was trying out Veganism then so I thought I’d try it for a month. Our dad must have thought Christmas had come early! I NEVER thought I would become vegan. I loved seafood so much. After a month, I found it was surprisingly easier than I though and decided to carry on for a few more days, then weeks and now I’m approaching my 1 year mark this week. Weird thing happens when you stick at it for a while. You start to care about things you didn’t used to, and you want to become better. I think it helped me mentally and gave me focus and direction. It also made me feel like a nicer person. I decided to open my home '10 Cable St' as a Plant based venue where people can come and taste amazing plant based foods and learn how to be more sustainable and make better choices for themselves and the world and at the same time to create a space where others feel happy to share their ideas and stories. I’m really enjoying it so far and have met some really cool people who I’ve ended up collaborating with. I hope I can help some people make that first step and when you are ready I’ll be here to help and feed you some of the best vegan foods I’ve found! ‘

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Ariana

'Growing up in Spain, I had a typical Mediterranean diet which included meat, fish, eggs and dairy. I never questioned my diet or the origin of the food in my dish. I never knew it could be different. 
I moved to london in 2013 where I started to practice yoga and that's when I started to learn about Vegetarian/Veganism.
On my backpacking trip to Indonesia I reconnected with myself and became more aware of my diet, the planet, the animals. I realised that I wanted to live in peace with the yoga mantra "lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu" (May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.) That meant changing my diet. I educated myself about vegetarianism, the ethical reasons behind it. I watched videos, documentaries and speeches.. I decided to give it a try. I gave up meat, and then a month later I stopped eating fish as well. That was one year ago. I don't miss it. Now, I feel ready to take the next step and I am progressively moving into a vegan lifestyle, but I try not to put pressure on myself. Whenever I run out of something, I try to find a vegan, organic and more sustainable substitute. I am doing the same thing with clothes, cosmetics, etc. The only non-vegan things I still eat are eggs and cheese but I hope I can slowly transition into vegan alternatives as I find new amazing recipes!'

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Tom

'My parents taught me to cook and the importance of food, things I will always be grateful for. We ate every meal together. Meat was omnipresent, but there were always fruit and vegetables too.
But, being honest, for 36 years I was a massive carnivore; adventurous, unsqueamish, gluttonous and with no moral qualms. I’ve eaten dolphin, baby bees, raw horse, still-moving fish, haggis for breakfast, live-cooked lobster and I think in one night at a Korean BBQ in Japan probably my own body weight in beef. Then I met Marika, my partner and a vegetarian since childhood. Being with her taught me next level cooking, about flavours, textures and just what you can achieve with vegetables. I fell head-over-heels in love with her and I’ve been trying to show her just how much through the medium of cooking ever since. Cooking brings me pleasure and I believe it’s good for your mental health from a mindfulness perspective. I hit a tipping point in December 2016 after a year being pescatarian and went vegan in Jan 2017. It wasn’t any one thing that I can put my finger on, a culmination of factors, but Marika was definitely the major catalyst. I’m also getting older and your health and mortality become more apparent. Meat didn’t make me feel good, but I didn’t know that until I took it away. I’ve never had good self control when it comes to eating, I just don’t know when to stop. So one thing that has surprised me is that as vegan, no matter how much I eat, I just don’t get that horrific, bloated, need-to-lie-down-in-a-darkened-room-for-a-bit feeling anymore. I’ve also been surprised at just how much animal gets sneaked into things. I work in wine, so don’t even get me started on that. But the knock on effect of that is that you have to be aware of everything. That joke about knowing someone is vegan because they’ll tell you, is true, but probably just because you never stop thinking about it. But the lovely community get you through that. Inspiring people like Moko SellarsFat Gay Vegan @terryhope Club Mexicana The Fields Beneath and Minimalist Baker have made
this journey really fun.' 

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Marika

'My parents taught me to cook and the importance of food, things I will always be grateful for. We ate every meal together. Meat was omnipresent, but there were always fruit and vegetables too.
But, being honest, for 36 years I was a massive carnivore; adventurous, unsqueamish, gluttonous and with no moral qualms. I’ve eaten dolphin, baby bees, raw horse, still-moving fish, haggis for breakfast, live-cooked lobster and I think in one night at a Korean BBQ in Japan probably my own body weight in beef. Then I met Marika, my partner and a vegetarian since childhood. Being with her taught me next level cooking, about flavours, textures and just what you can achieve with vegetables. I fell head-over-heels in love with her and I’ve been trying to show her just how much through the medium of cooking ever since. Cooking brings me pleasure and I believe it’s good for your mental health from a mindfulness perspective. I hit a tipping point in December 2016 after a year being pescatarian and went vegan in Jan 2017. It wasn’t any one thing that I can put my finger on, a culmination of factors, but Marika was definitely the major catalyst. I’m also getting older and your health and mortality become more apparent. Meat didn’t make me feel good, but I didn’t know that until I took it away. I’ve never had good self control when it comes to eating, I just don’t know when to stop. So one thing that has surprised me is that as vegan, no matter how much I eat, I just don’t get that horrific, bloated, need-to-lie-down-in-a-darkened-room-for-a-bit feeling anymore. I’ve also been surprised at just how much animal gets sneaked into things. I work in wine, so don’t even get me started on that. But the knock on effect of that is that you have to be aware of everything. That joke about knowing someone is vegan because they’ll tell you, is true, but probably just because you never stop thinking about it. But the lovely community get you through that. Inspiring people like Moko SellarsFat Gay Vegan @terryhope Club Mexicana The Fields Beneath and Minimalist Baker have made
this journey really fun.' 

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Damien

‘I grew up in a small house in Dartford a town on the edge of south east London and Kent. It was always noisy, my Mum looked after kids and we were that kind of family who would have the tv on in one room, the radio in another and then music always playing upstairs. I had loving if very different parents and lovely grandparents, I spent most of my free time playing sport I was totally obsessed with football and cricket. I found school a bit of a struggle, if I liked the teacher I aced the class, if I didn't I flunked it - I guess that despite having plenty of friends I always felt like it was hard for me to fit in with most of the other kids.
When I was perhaps about 12 my Mum started to get more creative with cooking. We started to eat more mediterranean dishes, pastas, big salads and I guess I really enjoyed this way of eating. I had always refused certain meats like rabbit, kidneys and pheasants at about 16 I stopped eating mince meat and at about age 18 I saw a TV show which showed how kebabs were made and that really stuck with me. Then for years I ate a very plain diet of mostly fish, chicken, salads, I was obsessed with weight training. When I was about 25 a friend at work convinced me to try meat-free Monday's and I discovered that I really enjoyed eating vegetarian dishes. By the end of that year I was a vegetarian and then a few years later in 2013 I went vegan after learning more about the dairy industry through Viva and Animal Aid videos on YouTube.
I think when I first went vegan like many people I was a bit preachy about it. I soon realised that my choice to be vegan didn't make me a better person it just meant I had made a connection about why it was a good thing to do. I now very much advocate encouraging people to do what they feel comfortable with. So many non-vegan friends have responded positively to this kind of messaging and in-fact many of those people are now vegan. If I would have called them an animal abuser and condemned their choices they never would have come on this vegan journey. I think that has been the biggest change for me, I want to be effective in my advocacy not righteous.'

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Iris

‘I grew up in a small city in the Netherlands in a warm working class family. It's me and my little brother Max, who is not so little anymore as he outgrew me at 6.5 feet! Growing up we had quite a bit of conflict but we are close now and I'm so thrilled he has embarked his own vegan journey. I miss him immensely as he lives across the pond. I think living on my own from the age of 16 has made me very independent and stubborn. I moved to London when I was 19 with 50 quid and a backpack not knowing what was in store for me. Time flies as I've now been here for 9 years.
We grew up eating lots of frozen burgers and cheese toasties, I drank up to 2 litres of dairy milk a day, ate lots of sugary sweets and therefor suffered from extreme acne, sleepless nights and headaches. I never knew why at the time but since going vegan this has all disappeared! 3 years ago I made the change to healthier eating and along the way started noticing that a plant-based diet was the way forward. After going plant-based I noticed how I could change other elements in my life, like the clothes I was wearing, how much plastic I was consuming, and made the change to veganism shortly after. It helps that my partner is vegan as well and went on the journey with me. I don't think I could have done it without him.
Being vegan for two years now, I have learned to live and let live. I wished for all my family and friends to go vegan instantly, even though it took me a year to wean myself of animal products. My grandmother will still remind me to eat fish for good health, bless her. My mum has started making smoothies for her and her parents and incorporating more plant-based food which makes me very proud of them!’