Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Bali Rodriguez – Living the Vegan Pura Vida!

Tell us a little about yourself.

MY NAME IS BALI RODRIGUEZ, I WENT VEGETARIAN WHEN I WAS 16 AND WAS VEGAN ON AND OFF FOR YEARS, ON AND OFF BECAUSE I HAVE HAD AN INTERNATIONAL MODELING CARRER AND I TRAVELED, LIVED IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WHERE SOMETIMES IT BECAME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO BE FULLY VEGAN ,  I ALSO DIDN’T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE I HAVE NOW SO I GUESS I WAS MORE FLEXIBLE THEN.

 I AM CURRENTLY 34 YEARS OLD,  I MOVED FROM NYC  BACK TO COSTA RICA DECEMBER 2017. I WATCHED WHAT THE HEALTH AND COWSPIRACY 4 YEARS AGO AND DECIDED MOTHER EARTH IS CALLING FOR HELP AND ALL THE ANIMALS ARE SUFFERING WAY TOO MUCH FOR IT TO BE NORMAL TO LIVE THIS WAY SO I WENT VEGAN ON THE SPOT WITH NO MORE EXCUSES, FORTUNATELY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VEGANISM THERE,  TEACH MYSELF,  FOUND NEW PRODUCTS THAT WOULD HELP WITH THE MAINTENANCE AND SATISFACTION OF A VEGAN DIET MAKING IT COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY TO CONTINUE WITH DAIRY AND EGGS.  SO VEGAN BECAME EASY.

 I NOTICED HOW IT EXTREMELY HELPED MY BODY FOR MODELING WORK, IT MADE ME LEANER AND GAVE ME A MORE TONED BODY IMMEDIATELY, HEALTHY SKIN AND BETTER ATTITUDE,I WISH I KNEW WHAT I KNOW NOW BEFORE.

 I HAD BEEN MODELING FOR TOO MANY YEARS AND HAD BECOME TIRED OF THE BUSINESS AND THE TRAVELING, I ALSO WASN’T GETTING ANY YOUNGER SO I DECIDED TO MOVE BACK.   I CURRENTLY LIVE IN ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA NOW IN A FARM WITH A LOT OF ANIMALS GORGEOUS SKIES AND SUN, NO TALL BUILDINGS, AND CLOSER BEACHES. I DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO DO WHEN I CAME HERE BUT I WANTED TO PROMOTE A VEGAN LIFESTYLE AND BE INVOLVED IN THIS NEW STEP TO EVOLUTION THAT EARTH /ANIMALS/ENVIRONMENT IS CALLING US FOR.

TODAY I HAVE A DOG HOTEL AT MY PROPERTY, I AM THE ORGANIZER OF ACTIVISM FOR ANONYMOUS FOR THE VOICELESS ALL OVER COSTA RICA, IM PREPARING ARTISTIC EVENTS ALIGNED WITH CREATING CONSCIOUSNESS, I ORGANIZE SPIRITUAL SHAMANIC RETREATS, I’M  ESCALATING A BIKINI AND CLOTHING LINE AND BRAINSTORMING A FEW OTHER PROJECTS AND PRODUCTS. I  EDUCATE WITH NUTRITION, ENVIRONMENT, AND ANIMAL SUFFERING FACTS THROUGH MY INSTAGRAM @BALIRODRIGUEZ. I KEEP MYSELF BUSY.

What lead you to veganism? How long ago?

THE FIRST TIME I ENCOUNTERED A VEGAN WAS A RAW VEGAN COUPLE IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA BACK IN 2001 WHILE I WAS STARTING MY CARREER AND THAT WAS MY FIRST EVER CONTACT WITH THIS INFORMATION. I MOSTLY WAS INTERESTED IN THIS INFORMATION BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO EAT AS MUCH AS I WANTED AND BE SKINNY FOR CAREER WHICH IS A CONSANT DISCIPLINE IN THE INDUSTRY SO  I STARTED RESEARCHING AND IT COMPLETELY MADE SENSE TO BE RAW VEGAN SO I WENT RAW VEGAN WHEN I MOVED TO SOUTH BEACH AND WAS RAW VEGAN 100% FOR 2 YEARS BUT THEN I STARTED TRAVELING TOO MUCH AND LIVING ON AIRPORTS , TRAINS, TAXIS , ETC AND THAT MADE ME GO BACK TO VEGETARIAN BUT I WOULD KEEP THE RAW VEGAN WHENEVER I COULD AT HOME. I WATCHED WHAT THE HEALTH 4-5 YEARS AGO AND THAT’S WHEN I DECIDED TO STICK TO VEGAN, I STILL EAT AS MUCH RAW VEGAN AS I CAN. I LIVE ON NUTRITION PACKED SMOOTHIES THAT I LOVE.

When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?

I MENTIONED THIS ABOVE , AND ABOUT CLOTHING ITEMS I SIMPLY STOPPED BUYING BUT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO WEAR OUT WHAT I HAVE WHILE I MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE A CLOSET RENOVATION.

Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?

I BELIEVE YES, CHILDREN NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE REALITY OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN, IT IS ESSENCIAL TO MAKE A CHANGE SINCE THEIR BIRTH AND MAKE THEM THE KINDEST HUMAN RACE WE HAVE EVER HAD. THEY ARE THE FUTURE AND WE CANNOT AFFORD ANY MORE MISTAKES.

What does being vegan mean to you?

I HAVE BEGUN A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING SINCE A YEAR AGO AND THAT HAS MADE GO DEEPER INTO THIS VEGAN SUBJECT AND ALL SUBJECTS….. AND YES I AVOID KILLING ANY BEING, I EVEN FEEL BAD WHEN I SEE  ANTS ON THE ROAD AND I HAVE TO GO THROUGH WITH MY CAR KILLING A FEW ….. I WISH AND CAN’T WAIT TO LIVE IN THE NEW WORLD, I DO IMAGINE A NEW ARCHITECTURE IN THE FUTURE WHERE WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO SEE MONKEYS OR ANIMALS MIGRATING THROUGH ELECTRICITY POLES OR ROADS …..

I AM NOT A HATER , I AM DOING MY BEST TO NOT GET STUCK IN THE NEGATIVITY OR SUFFERING CYCLE OF THIS WORLD,  I HAVE NO COMPETITION TO BE THE BEST ACTIVIST OR COMPETE IN REPRESENTING NUMBERED VEGAN ACTIVISM ORGANIZATIONS, OR TRY TO BE THE BEST PURIST OR THE MOST VEGAN EXTREMIST , IM DOING WHAT I CAN IN MY OWN LIFE AND LEARNING MYSELF AND PRACTICING COMPASSION IN ALL AREAS OF MY LIFE,   I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS THEIR JOURNEY INTO CONSCIOUSNESS , I DO NOT LIKE VEGANS THAT JUDGE OTHER VEGANS OR THAT PATRONIZE COMPANIES THAT ARE SWITCHING TO VEGAN PRODUCTS, THIS IS A TEST FOR HUMANS ON HOW THEY CAN CARRY THEIR VISION OF A PEACEFUL WORLD INTO REALITY. THE IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE IS THAT WE ALL TRANSITION AND HELP THE PLANET REGAIN ITS HEALTH THE REST IS BS.

Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?

I BELIEVE IN TODAYS WORLD SITIUATION YES BECAUSE WE ONLY HAVE 12 YEARS FOR A CLIMATE CATASTROPHE TO HAPPEN SO WE ALL NEED TO START VOICING OUT.

Any recommended Vegan books? Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?

BOOKS: 80/10/10, THE CHINESE STUDY, NO MEAT ATHLETE COOKBOOK, HOW NOT TO DIE, ECO DIET….

Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?

I STUDIED ACTING IN NYC SO I’M A MOVIE JUNKIE … I WATCH EVERYTHING … GOOD OR BAD.

What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?

BAR VERDE NYC, DOUBLE ZERO NYC, LA PITAYA VEGANA MEXICO, LUVBURGER COSTA RICA, GREEN VURGERS COSTA RICA.

Please share your favorite vegan recipe?

NO FAVORITE, I ABSOLUTELY AM A VEGAN FOODAHOLIC

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

WELCOME TO THE TRANSITION OF THE NEW WORLD AND THE NEXT THRIVING HUMAN RACE!!! GET READY FOR SOME CRAZY SITUATIONS FORWARD WORLDWIDE…. STAY STRONG.

What is the vegan scene like in your city?

VERY NEW…. ITS GROWING …. WE ARE GROWING IT … THANK YOU ANONYMOUS FOR THE VOICELESS !!!

What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?

UNDERSTAND THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE AND DON’T STIGMATIZE VEGANS …

What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?

IT MEANS PEACE AND SERENITY IN EACH SOUL WITH NO ACTION OR FEELING OF PAIN. IT EXTENDS TO EVERYTHING.

What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?

BEEN TOO LONG SINCE I KEPT ANYTHING FROM NON FOOD VEGAN PRODUCTS OR COMPANIES.

What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?

IN COSTA RICA I WOULD SAY WE ARE BEHIND ON THE VEGAN SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING … I NEED NEW CLOTHES ….

Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?

NO STRUGGLE I ENJOYED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY MEALS.

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