Q & A
1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Mike, also known as Vegainz Coach. My facebook and instagram handle is @vegainzcoach where I help others around the world with their training goals and plantbased / vegan lifestyle.
2. How long have you been vegan?
2. 7 years
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
3. Firstly I went vegan for health reasons, after a friend of mine who is a pharmacist opened my eyes to preventable disease / world health population studies. Although this was the catalyst for me, in time, I stayed vegan as I became more aware of environmental and animal welfare.
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
4. It helped me recover faster in between my heavy training schedule, and feel lighter within my body. I questioned eating animal products when I began experiencing real fatigue in my younger 20’s and wondered if it was something I was eating that wasn’t agreeing with my body anymore. The more protein I would eat – the more tired I became. And this was where I reached out to others for help. Other benefits was that my top end strength improved and my endurance. It changed the way I look at people, animals and the planet and that we are connected with everyone and everything. It made me happier, and more positive about life that I could make a difference in such a small way.
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
5. Three things I think, first, What is hard is perceptions, however, they change over time. For me, it was about how people, my close friends and family would react to me changing my lifestyle in such a fundamental way. However, you get over it and become less concerned about what others think and become more willing to march to the beat of your own drum.Secondly – it can be hard seeing what happens to people, animals, and the planet when your perceptions changes about how you view animal products. This is where a pragmatic approach is more beneficial and effective than an idealistic one.The second is not attaching your emotions to external coordinates. And gaining the understanding that everyone is on their own journey, and giving people time to make their own choices without judging yourself or anyone else. Stay in your lane and be the best you can be. Control what you can control and that is – You.
6. What’s your favourite meal?
6. I have many, since adopting veganism, I eat so many more cuisines and variety than ever before. It actually has given me more interested in food, recipes and food prep whereas before I always felt is was a boring “thing to be done”. However if I had to choose – I would go Lentil Dahl.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. No, none, which is the most extraordinary thing because there were many things I used to love the taste of. But when you change the way you look at those things – they actually disgust me. I focus on what is on the table, and not what is off.
8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
8. Yes, there are 8 in my family and 6 of us are vegan and 2 have minimised their meat consumption a lot.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
9. Myself. I don’t say that egotistically or with a big head. I’m far from perfect, but I don’t idolise anyone or other people. I love people, but We all have work to do, so I focus on bettering myself and being a better coach, friend, person, human being than I was yesterday. I focus on me, so I can do better for others and myself.
10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
10. Every experience is totally unique. My biggest fear about veganism was isolation, but it opened me up to a huge community, support and life time friendships. Take your time if you need to. One step forward is still progress. It’s a huge change, but it’ll also be something that can change your life and outlook incredibly. There is also something incredibly powerful about aligning values, actions and words. If you ever need help – don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
"Since adopting veganism, I eat so many more cuisines and variety than ever before"
My biggest fear about veganism was isolation, but it opened me up to a huge community, support and life time friendships.
- Mike Case