I’m Mark, born and bred in London and I’m a health and fitness consultant. Catch me on Instagram at @MarkLovesLife
Before 2010 I was skinny-fat (overweight with no muscle), I couldn’t do a pull-up, would struggle to perform 10 full press-ups and I didn’t even know what ‘squat’ meant. I was a party animal, I would break the law and live that hyped up sex, drugs and rock & roll lifestyle.I won’t go into detail but it was a troubled time of my life and it wasn’t until 2010 when I realized I needed to make a change and turn my life around for the better. That’s when I discovered the fitness world.
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I think I became aware that I needed to make a change over time which was a slow process- it wasn’t overnight. I would do things I thought I liked doing like eat animal products and would realize the short term gain wasn’t out-weighing the long term negative effects. I got into meditation which I found very beneficial for becoming more self-aware. I was a pescatarian for a few years before that and didn’t eat much dairy so the transition was easy. Watching some documentary’s also helped open my eyes to the horrors of the meat industry
How long have you been Vegan?
Why is being Vegan important to you?
It’s great for my health, animals and the earth so it’s a win-win-win for everybody.
Any recommended Vegan books?
My vegan fat loss guide is a good place to start.
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
Vegan community on IG is cool
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
I share my plant-based journey and how it’s benefited myself. I try not to be a vegan nazi, you can’t push a piece of string.
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it
I hear some people say that Vegan’s are skinny, weak and can’t build muscle I respond and say we’ll I have!
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Vegan cookie dough. 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, 1/4 cup dates, 1-2 tbsp peanut butter, and 1/4 tsp vanilla exact.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
If all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail so get my tools (knowledge) and you’ll find the plant-based lifestyle a piece of cake.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Choosing to be kind in everything you do.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
One time some people of an old generation had cooked for me and couldn’t understand what not eating animal products meant.
What is one question you would ask other Vegans?
Where do you get your protein from? lol