My name is Luca Marshall Fent, I’m Italian and live in Venice normally, but I love to move around in the world as much as possible. I’m a calisthenics athlete and also a certificated personal trainer, vegan coach and movement lover.
My thought has always been that our bodies are amazing machines that allow us to do extraordinary things. My goals are to help people around the world to change their lifestyle, starting with a healthy plant-based nutrition and getting more fit with a customized training program. You can find me on Instagram: @marshallfent.
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
I’m vegan since 2013. It was a very stressful moment in my life, I was feeling low, a bit depressed and without energy. Then my little dog Macchia arrived in my life and I completely fell in love with her… so one day I decided to stop consuming meat and dairy. The next day I started my vegan lifestyle and I remember how much better I started to feel, I got more energy and felt happier. I never ate animal products again, for the sake of the animals, the planet, and my health.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
My ex-girlfriend was vegan so it wasn’t a completely new this lifestyle for me. After my decision, I took away all animal product of my diet and changed it with some vegan substitute food. I stopped buying leather clothes and other things made of animal products, but I didn’t throw any of it in the trash. I felt it was better to consume what I already bought instead of waste it.
Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism? For example, how strict are you with your children’s veganism at school or at family gatherings?
To force someone to become vegan isn’t the right way to go. Since I became vegan, all my family started to try a lot of vegan food and reduced almost 50% animal products. I think that everyone needs their own time for a change, but it’s important that people do it for a personal reason to let his change work.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
Kids love animals, and they can have such big empathy and feeling. If we show how animals are turned into the food they will think more about what they eat and why they eat it. But I think it’s a bit shocking to show it to the children… With grown-ups, it might be easier to explain what is happening and that it’s wrong.
What does being vegan mean to you? For example, does it extend to not killing bugs and bees? Does it include not patronizing vegan companies owned by non-vegan parent companies? Does it affect the way you treat other humans?
Becoming vegan for me has meant rediscovering feelings, empathy and to open my heart again to the world.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
Everybody is different, so we can find our own ways to show the message. Be vegan isn’t only about animals. It’s also about being human, love and to take care of our planet and everything in it without causing pain and suffering for anyone.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
Everybody is free to do what they feel in their conscience. I think that only with love we can let other people understand in the right way. We have to share and talk about veganism, not to fight and get angry, but to show how beautiful and easy it is to live without hurting animals
Any recommended Vegan books?
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
“What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?”
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Pancakes first! But I love all good food… Since I’m Italian I love pizza, but I like to cook too so I like to try new things every day. I love to try new recipes.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Let’s start to feel better, both in your body and in your mind! Be vegan
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
In Venice (Italy) there are lots of vegan products, but still not many vegan options in the restaurants. And not so many vegan restaurants, sadly.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Right now the Internet and the social media is like a meeting place for people with common interests, and let us know and meet a lot of people around the world. I think this is a faster way. I always reply when people write to me because I think it’s good to meet new people every day that feel empathy and want to talk about veganism.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
It was much more complicated a few years ago to be vegan and find food or clothes. Now veganism is so strong and the demand for vegan products are higher, so it’s possible to find everything vegan. Many times it’s not written “vegan” on the product, but if you read closer there are more products that are plant-based than we know.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
I never really struggled because it’s so easy to be vegan right now. Every day more people become vegan… so every day I collect new friends for talking and compare. I have only positive vibes since I became vegan.. and now I live my life deeper and with lots of love.