Hi there, I am Melanie from Germany and I am the founder of Vegalife Rocks (www.vegaliferocks.de), a blog filled with joy, veggie love, delicious recipes and tips to start and continue being vegan. I quit my corporate job in 2015 and started my own business as a part-time digital nomad, vegan entrepreneur, and marketing consultant.
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I stopped eating meat and fish, so became a vegetarian, already back in 2001, so already 15 years ago J Going more and more vegan was a process that mainly had to do with me getting more and more educated about the dairy and egg industry and the understanding that these industries and the cruelty behind it is not any better than the meat industry. This was the point when I realized, being a vegetarian is not enough to be truly in line with my inner values kindness towards allope beings, justice, and non-cruelty.
In the beginning, I had concerns about my health and about having vitamin deficits etc. because this is how I was born and raised. What I did not expect was that not only have I not died of a “protein deficit” – I feel actually a lot healthier now and have a ton more energy than ever before.
How long have you been Vegan?
Strictly vegan for about four years now.
Why is being Vegan important to you?
If you don’t agree with something you have to start by yourself to change it, so I did.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Definitely Cowspiracy (www.cowspiricy.com). I love this movie, because it’s so educating, inspiring and well done, without showing cruel pictures.
If like read my blog www.vegaliferocks.de or follow me on Social Media:
If you speak German, I have as well a free video course, where I share my best healthy habits that will make you more fit, healthy and slim.
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
I do promote veganism over my blog Vegalife Rocks (www.vegaliferocks.de) and the social media channels, that belong to it. I also worked a lot as a volunteer, e.g. for animal rights groups and Greenpeace. I feel the best way to promote is to be and set a positive example. Then other people normally get curious automatically and this is the best way to start a conversation. If you want to promote veganism, I recommend this book: https://www.amazon.de/Change-Heart-Psychology-Spreading-Social/dp/159056233X
Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?
Not really, at the beginning I really missed cheese but now I got used to eating pizza without cheese. Also there are delicious alternatives for every non vegan food, so if I crave something I just google for the vegan recipe for it and never got disappointed so far. I hope though, that more and more delicious vegan products come on the market, so it will be more and more easy to be vegan for everyone. Many people think they will miss out being vegan, I found the opposite true, because I discovered so many new foods and recipes, it really opened a whole new world of food for me.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Gratitude in Munich. I actually have a blog post about the best restaurants in Munich, where I live at the moment.
What’s your favorite recipe? Please share it.
In the winter I love to make raclette with a bunch of people. Last year I found a nice cheese recipe, that I also give away on my blog. Click here.
What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?
Veganism is unhealthy. I know a lot of vegans that are a lot healthier than the average fast food person, there are so many studies on that topic and as well how unhealthy dairy and meat products are and how many diseases of our time they cause. Here is a nice video of a heart surgeon, that I really like.
I also don’t like the stereotype that vegans are weak and don’t get enough protein, there are more and more professional athletes that go vegan. Really like this video.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Experience new products and recipe’s, connect with other cool vegan people and don’t let someone else make you doubt the best lifestyle for yourself.
Are you a cruelty-Free vegan?
I hope so. You mean being vegan beyond food? Yes, I only use non-animal tested cosmetics and as well don’t buy clothes with leather, wool, feathers or other animal products. I also pay attention to fair trade products, but I am not perfect, what I think is difficult for example is to only buy palm oil free products, because it seems to be in really everything. So I am as well a supporter of general laws that forbid certain ingredients (like palm oil) and processes, like animal testing. It’s just too hard for the consumer to always make the right choice while buying a new product. You also have to give some responsibility to the state and the companies that produce the products.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need? Toothpaste, Deo, glue, etc..
A product to make vegan fried eggs with, anyone has a tip?
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
The most difficult part of being vegan for me is not finding food or delicious recipes but dealing with other people, that have a lot of concerns or prejudices. I have never struggled with Veganism, because for me it’s just the best lifestyle EVER !! To know that I don’t support animal cruelty, help the environment and many people plus having a big increase in energy and health makes up for a lot of bad vegan jokes J So I am just trying to life it my way, and tell people that have concerns about all the benefits and hope to inspire a lot more people to tip their toes into this fantastic lifestyle. It’s hard to explain, but I think happiness is also defined by living by your own internal core values. For myself, living a healthy vegan lifestyle brought me a lot closer to my best self and my happiness. So no doubt or struggle about that.
What is one question you would ask other Vegans? Please answer it.
How can we spread more love, peace & veganism into the world?