I live between Sydney, Dubai and Manila.
What was the moment you realized that you wanted to go vegan?
Well, it’s been a bit of a journey for me. I went vegan for 3 months when I was 17 & again when I was 20 but unfortunately, I didn’t do it the right way and ended up reverting back because I wasn’t giving myself enough calories with fruits or carbs. Then I discovered Freelee the Banana Girl three years ago and that sparked my research and seeing all of those horrible animal cruelty videos I knew I could never buy into the meat & dairy industry ever again.
How long have you been Vegan?
Why is being Vegan important to you?
It represents everything that I believe in and that’s doing my part in alleviating any suffering in this world, be that of humans or precious animals.
Do you have a blog or favorite vegan blog you read?
Any recommended Vegan books?
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
I do actively via word of mouth and throughout my social channels. It makes my day when I get messages and comments from people telling me that they’ve gone vegan because of something I shared or my effort in providing information on the lifestyle there’s no greater feeling.
Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?
Not at all, funny enough when I think of them or see them it actually just makes me feel ill.
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
What is your favorite Vegan stereotype? If someone asks you a question about it, how do you respond?
It upsets me when people are quite aggressive when they’ve done little to no research on the vegan lifestyle and are basically just regurgitating what they’ve heard from mainstream media. A kicker for me is where do you get your protein and calcium to which I reply snippets from the following
Protein Answer – Whole grains, vegetables, and beans provide more than enough protein for our bodies to stay healthy. In fact, it is more common to have an overload of protein in the body than too little. Animal protein also comes with the risk of increasing risks for several illnesses
Calcium Answer – Although calcium is present in dairy, our bodies actually absorb the calcium from plants much more efficiently as it recognizes it as food rather than food meant for an animal. I get my calcium from dark leafy greens, seeds, blackstrap molasses, organic soy products and the list goes on. In fact, less than a cup of collard greens provides as much calcium as a cup of milk and it doesn’t come with the risk of it being leached from our bones like in the case with dairy
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Cardamon Pod on the Gold Coast Australia.
What’s your favorite recipe? Please share it.
My favorite recipe is this pizza I make it’s so delicious and I’d have it every day of the week if I could. Here is the recipe:
Gluten-Free Pizza Base, sautéed eggplant, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic & chili spread over the base, baked then topped with rocket & spinach leaves mixed with lemon and olive oil. Finished off with guacamole it’s divine. 😉
What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?
That we’re crazy nutters, haha. To that, I say there’s nothing wrong with not allowing the world to desensitize our compassion for all living beings.
Never stop trying! Focus on not contributing to the suffering of animals and the impact just one vegan has on saving animals every year! That will always keep us going.
Are you a Cruelty-Free vegan?
I would say yes! I refuse to purchase anything that’s not cruelty-free. Also, I’m in the progress of culling my skincare, makeup, shoes and clothes that aren’t cruelty-free
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
I love Urban Originals they are a brand out of Australia that promotes cruelty-free faux leather goods. Also, I absolutely love Neal’s Yard from London they are a brand that hosts many beautiful holistic, organic & cruelty-free products for the skin, hair, and body.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need? Toothpaste, Deo, glue, etc..
Hmmm, I would say shoes actually! The best place I’ve found them is NastyGal.com but it can be a mission getting them shipped from the US as I travel a lot.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
In the beginning stages as a teenager and in my early twenties as I didn’t realize that it was my calorie intake that kept causing me to fail. My advice for anyone starting out on this lifestyle would be to make sure you’re getting at least 2500 calories a day from whole fruits, vegetables, and complex carbs.