Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Dana Giesbrecht – I Like it Raw!

My name is Dana and I currently live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am a documentary filmmaker, diet/lifestyle coach, instagram/youtuber, writer, runner and raw vegan nutritionist! I’m a hard working entrepreneur girl, building my brand I Like It RAW, with a passion for health, fitness and the vegan way of life!

What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?

I just became very informed through reading books, articles, watching movies and documentaries and decided that it was really the best route for me to go in life, that would keep me happy and healthy with the smallest possible environmental footprint.

How long have you been Vegan?

3 years 🙂

Why is being Vegan important to you?

Being vegan is important to me because it allows me to give my body the best vitamins, minerals and nutrients! I always feel full and satisfied, with endless energy to be active! Remaining vegan allows me to eat as much as I want and stay thin, with zero guilt, but total satisfaction!

Do you have a blog or favorite vegan blog you read?

Yes! The #ilikeitRAW blog 😉

Any recommended Vegan books?

Skinny Bitch

Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?

There’s so many that I’m a part of. Lots of amazing raw vegan groups!

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

I would LOVE for as many people as possible to watch I Like It RAW- Raw Vegansim in Beef Country! It’s easily found on YouTube or on ilikeitraw.com 🙂

Do you actively promote veganism? How?

I actively try and inspire other people to eat healthy & nutritionally-rich foods. I never press my beliefs on other people, nor offer unsolicited opinions. My followers follow me because they enjoy the content I post, which inspires me in return!

Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?

For sure! It’s not something I think of often, but there are certain things I miss…. cheese! But thankfully nut cheeses are SOOOO good! And raw vegan desserts are the bomb dot com, so life is pretty good 😉

What is your favorite Vegan stereotype? If someone asks you a question about it, how do you respond?

The protein question. After the internal eye roll, I always give the same regurgitated response. I’ve become numb to it.

What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?

Whoah! Too many to name! But here in Vancouver it would be a 3-way tie between Zend Conscious Eatery, Tao Organics, and Indigo Age Cafe!

What’s your favorite recipe? Please share it.

I have too many to list- but check out ilikeitraw.com for raw vegan lasagna and tacos!

What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?

I don’t even bother listening to such things, nor do I care to entertain them if I did. I have waist-length blonde hair and have dealt with stereotypes against my character/intelligence my whole life, but it’s never bothered me. Proving other people wrong is fun, even when you don’t realize you’re doing it until they tell you that they had you all wrong 😉

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

Eat healthy, whole foods. Don’t buy all the processed crap. Fall in love with farmer’s markets and raw vegan restaurants and put the cleanest, most nutritious food into your body every day!

Are you a cruelty-Free vegan?

Yes.

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

I LOVE vegan beauty products. I try to buy local as much as possible and there’s several Vancouver brands that I’m fan-girling over right now. LOA Miracle Oil and Routine vegan deodorant are 2 of my current faves!

What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need? Toothpaste, Deo, glue, etc..

Nahhh…. it’s all easy to find nowadays! No excuses!

Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?

I love clothing and shoes… so yes, leather coats/shoes has been a difficult one. I still own items from before that I don’t want to throw out, but it feels hypocritical wearing it now. Tough decision.

What is one question you would ask other Vegans? Please answer it.

If you could convert anyone in the world to veganism, who would it be and why?

For me? My parents- because I want them to live forever too 🙂

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