My name is Crissi Carvalho, known online and on social as Vegan Fitness Model. I have 2 grown up sons (19 & 22) and happily married my soul mate plus we now have 2 rescue furbaby dogs. I am from down under in Australia. I run a successful International Online Vegan Health and Fitness Coaching business and 4 years non-stop I have been competing as a Vegan Bikini Bodybuilder. I have represented my country numerous times and last year won my division at Arnold Classic Australia, plus Finalist in the Arnold Classic Asia.
I am the author of the popular Vegan Fitness Food Meal Prep ebook, designer of Vegan Fitness Bodywear, which are all available online, via my website- Vegan Fitness Model. I love training in Calisthenics, Pilates and swinging around on Ninja Warrior obstacles. My prime focus in life is wellness living through a whole food, chemical free lifestyle. I practice regular fasting and all natural health protocols. I haven’t been sick with the flu or a migraine for 4 years…and the odd occasion I feel run down, I use nutritional or natural medicine techniques to heal my body.
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What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I knew I had to go plant-based for my health, after watching a few documentaries, I couldn’t believe that my hard-earned money was funding the animal agriculture business and I was determined I didn’t want to indirectly or directly ever harm an animal. I stopped instantly, I call this my awakening.
How long have you been Vegan?
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Being Vegan is important to me on so many levels, ethically, environmentally and for my health.
Any recommended Vegan books?
I have read many, that were not vegan but directed me to Veganism like the China Study, 801010 Diet, Digestive Tune-Up, Thug Kitchen, Skinny Bitch, Oh she glows, Proteinaholic and a few others are standouts for educating oneself. And of course, my Vegan Fitness Foods Meal Prep ebook 😉
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
The Greatest Speech Ever on YouTube, Okja, What the Health, Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Forks over Knifes, Super-Size Me and ‘Fat, sick and nearly dead’.
Do you actively promote veganism?
Always promoting Veganism, in the fitness industry. I compete at state, national and international level showing what is possible as a thriving Vegan. In under 2 weeks, I make my debut on the first every Australian Ninja Warrior show! Whilst I can’t tell you how I went, I was one of only around 100 athletes out of around 6000 that auditioned to make it to prime-time TV!
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
“Where do I get my protein? The same place your protein gets theirs…”
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it?
How do we get our protein? That Vegans can’t build muscle naturally….
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Creamy Mushroom Sauce – High in Protein and Taste!
250gms Mushroom’s Sautéed
250gms Silken Tofu
100gms Soaked Cashew Nuts
150Mls Vegetable Stock
1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TBSP Tomato Paste
1/3 TSP Celtic Salt
Blend all together, then add to anything and everything!
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
My life truly started when I went Vegan, so many opportunities arose. I call it my good ‘karma’ coming back two folds to me.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Doing no harm. This includes not only animals but humans as well.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Vegan Fitness Body
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Actually, there aren’t many as I do adapt. When it comes to food, at home in Australia I have everything, but good tempeh so I choose not to eat it. Recently, a holiday in Mexico Tofu was hard to buy, so I ate beans instead. There are always options. When it comes to clothing, gym shoes, that I actually like….so many still have leather on them somewhere or non-vegan glue.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
Truly, never. The only time is accepting the criticism from other Vegans, many times I thought about changing my name from Vegan Fitness Model because of this. But as with any truly passionate people, there will always be differences of opinions.
How has your life changed?
My life began at veganism!! BTW my life was good before, being vegan opened my mind, eye, and heart. Everything from that point has just excelled my passion and drive this has made me into whom I am today.