Hello, my name is Ferdinand, I live in the capital of Germany, Berlin and my passion is weightlifting and spreading Veganism through it. That you can be easily strong, fit and muscular on a plant-based Lifestyle. There are many ways you can promote a vegan diet and we need all of them, so the best thing I think is to find your passion and spread it through following your highest excitement. For me it’s simply lifting weights, being fit, happy and healthy. I spread this in the gym and in normal life by wearing my Vegan Strength shirts. And also through my YouTube, Instagram & Podcast channel 🙂 I’m vegan now for over 3 years, live together with my 2 best friends and girlfriend, all vegan, good vibes. If you are interested in my Transformation and how I gained over 20kg solid muscle mass on a plant based lifestyle check out my Vegan Transformation:
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I watched the German YouTuber “Karl Ess” and he mentioned all the benefits of a vegan diet regarding health e.g. better pH levels thus better performance, faster recovery.. better skin, better smell.. etc. He challenged the viewers to try to go plant based for 1 month to try it. I wasn’t aware of the detrimental ethical and environmental impact of animal agriculture. I just tried veganism for health and building muscle. While trying a 1-month plant based, the first thing I noticed was that my skin got so much better. I had really bad acne before and not eating dairy products made my skin so much clearer. I felt so much more comfortable in my skin and my self-esteem improved a lot. and during my first month, I discovered the detrimental effect of animal agriculture and then there was for me no going back to an omnivore diet. And why should I? I felt greater than ever before and my skin got clearer and clearer. But the initial reason was to build muscle and be healthy.
How long have you been Vegan?
3 years and 4 months.
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Because I care about my health, other beings and the planet we live on. To live in harmony with other beings and nature veganism is the way to go.
Any recommended Vegan books?
How Not to Die by Michael Greger
Protein aholic Dr. Garth Davis
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
You can get in touch with me on
🍌Facebook ►►► http://bit.ly/VegainsFacebook
🍉Instagram ►►► @vegainstrength http://bit.ly/VegainsIG
🍍YouTube ►►► http://bit.ly/Vegains
🍇iTunes ►►► http://bit.ly/1VegainsPodcast
Feel free to ask me anything, I love to help people
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Hope for All. I cried watching it. If you can watch it without crying you are definitely tougher than I.
More movies about Veganism here.
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
Of course. Everyday. By wearing my Vegan shirts and spreading the benefits and how to thrive on it on my social media channels. I also was in a group called Vegan Heroes where we dressed up as superheroes (I was Spiderman) and just walked through big events in Berlin like markets or the central train station and tried to inspire people. No flyers, no talking. Just inspire: Go Vegan Be a Hero
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it?
But where do you get your Protein?
I try to consume very little Protein because I believe and the research supports me the massive protein consumption is a supplement scam. If you get enough calories you will ALWAYS have enough protein because every food has a complete amino acid profile, including fruits and vegetables.
The question should not be how much protein do you need to consume but instead, how much does your body really absorb. There isn’t a word in Medizin for “protein deficiency” because it doesn’t exist except when you not eating enough calories then you are deficient in almost everything. So don’t worry at all about protein and just get enough calories in and here is the main source: carbs! It’s our main source of energy for our body, brain, and muscles.
CARBS!!! It always confuses me as to why some people look for extreme methods to find simple solutions.The key to health and fitness is a diet packed full of Earth-grown nutrients, of all varieties. Exclusionary diets are not sustainable and most often lead to multiple deficiencies. Carbohydrates are good when eaten the right Carbs (complex Carbs not simple Carbs).
Simple Carbs are sugar, honey, alcohol, white bread, chips, sugar containing cereals, processed fruit juices, sweets, milk.
Complex Carbs are Vegetables, whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta, beans, peas, brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, fruits, whole-grain muesli.
So eat lots of complex Carbohydrates. Keep your life simple and your gains constant. Oats, quinoa, rice, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables should all be mainstays in your meal plan. EAT REAL FOOD!!!!
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Earth Tone in Pai, Thailand. This place is out of this world
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Vegan Pancakes. This is my video.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Don’t listen what other people are saying, listen to your heart. I got so many setbacks going vegan, especially from my family 🙁 there was a point I thought I had to eat meat again to please my mom, but I didn’t. I did what I thought was right and it made me to the person I’m now: happy, healthy and strong. I truly follow my highest excitement now. Have a gorgeous girlfriend and friends. I found a purpose in life: spreading Veganism and making this world a better, more compassionate planet. Having a purpose feels good.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Not harming others and try to cause the least amount of harm.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Barefoot shoes and Toe shoes. Companies: Vivobarefoot and Vibram
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
I thought a lot about this question but honestly, I find everything I need (and I don’t need much, I live very minimalistic) Berlin is just a great place to live as a Vegan.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
In the beginning when my family was giving me such bad time. But now they accept it and are open for it.
What is one question you would ask other Vegans?
Where do you get your protein? (as a joke) 😀