Welcome to Bohemian Hippy!
Meet Lynn, the creator and one woman show behind all of the Bohemian Hippy vegan merchandise, the brand and most importantly – the values. “Bohemian Hippy is so much more than a business to me; it’s a lifelong passion and a belief in living ethically and morally on the planet with respect and love for all beings” says Lynn.
“I understand that there’s so much more to the vegan lifestyle than just food, it’s an entire way of life, and it’s my way of life and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. My journey started as a vegetarian; as a child my father made me realise that there was a connection between the meat on my plate and the animals I loved so much who were bounding around in the fields nearby, and then trying to get me to eat meat became an ongoing struggle in our house.
My Mum says that even as a toddler I had a complete obsession with cows, she says that I became very vocal and animated, and for some reason had a fascination with their knees! The first pub I ever went into was called The Bees Knees, so I decided I wanted a business called The Cows Knees! So knowing someone was trying to force me to eat these animals just made no sense to me whatsoever…why would we eat them? I wouldn’t eat my dog, so why eat any animal, they’re no different!
Eventually, after much debate, I was allowed to remove meat from my diet. Later, after educating myself about the horrors of the dairy and egg industry, I moved to veganism and would never turn back.
People have a misconception that living a vegan lifestyle is difficult, but once you begin, you wonder how you ever lived any other way! Of course there is a transitional phase, where education and support are crucial, and this is what I would like Bohemian Hippy to help with most… to be a platform for anyone making that lifestyle choice.
I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to help others, and I wish resources like this, and amazing vegan merchandise had been around years ago! When I first started on my journey, vegetarian diets were rarely catered for, far less vegan ones! But now, through awareness and access to more information, that has changed, and I hope that soon, every restaurant and space will cater for and embrace the vegan lifestyle too”!
More About Lynn
Lynn is an active animal rights campaigner and is always looking for new ways to promote the lifestyle to make it more accessible and appealing to non-vegans.
Lynn see’s vegan bodybuilding – that is, strength training and building muscle without the need for animal protein- as a form of activism in itself, challenging the misconception that we need animal protein to build muscle; people really do need to learn that plants have plenty of protein.
Lynn has been inspired to build muscle by many vegan bodybuilders/athletes like Mr Universe 2014 Barny du Plessis, Josie du Plessis, Laurel Fredette, Torre Washington, Robert Cheeke and strongman Patrik Baboumian who are all living proof that vegans are anything but weak! Lynn herself also is proof that a vegan diet and lifestyle creates strong, energetic, vibrant bodies full of energy. “It is fact; we definitely do not need meat for muscles!”
She has trained with local Linwood body builder Craig McConnell, who has opened his own gym called Believe Personal Training in New Street in Paisley. Craig has done amazing work with Lynn over the last year and his understanding of the body in her words is truly unbelievable.
Lynn would also like to express her special thanks to Robert Cheeke, the person who inspired her to even think about lifting and vegan bodybuilding and his book “Shred It” helped inspire her in more ways than one.
Lynn has rescued a number of animals from slaughter who are scattered around various sanctuaries in the UK, however, there was one in particular she didn’t let go and that was Prince, a young Friesian bullock who was the son of a dairy cow! Read his story here and follow him on social media. http://lotusanimalsanctuary.com
Lynn is currently raising money and selling vegan merchandise to open an educational vegan sanctuary in central Scotland. www.youcaring.com/lotussanctuary
So we would like to welcome you to Bohemian Hippy – let the Vegan Revolution begin!