Interviews

Max Adonis

Actor & Model

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Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. Hey there my names Cory, or Most people online know me as Max Adonis. I post lots of photos from shoots I do with studios or other awesome photographers. I like to share personal moments from my life. that usually includes me cooking half naked lol. 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. This November will be 4 years officially! My life completely changed that fall in 2015.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. The YouTube community really helped me go vegan! It helped put multiple faces on the movement. Twitter and peta videos were all I knew. And it turned me off. I didn’t want to see any of the slaughter videos because it would make me think twice about my choices. Well a few years later I was going through some changes and wasn’t feeling very healthy at all. I wanted to get “healthy” and looked up online a smoothie recipe that happened to be on fully raw Kristina’s channel. There she was blending away and I watched some more videos and her message resonated with me and made sense. fruits and veggies are healthy it was so obvious! She really spoke to me about wellness. Next I saw some videos by vegan gains and then Jon Venus. He blew my mind, I had no idea you could bodybuild while you’re vegan. I had believed all the lies about vegans being weak. After seeing his channel I was sold. I had to try this. It wasn’t until 5 months later I watched Gary Yourofsky’s speech and truly made the connection. To see the pain I was supporting all those years. I have never cried so hard in my life. It was a true awakening and I vowed that I wasn’t doing this for (essentially what was) vanity reasons. I had a purpose and that was to spread this message to save as many animals as I can. 
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It’s changed my life considerably. It’s shown me who my real friends are. Who was real enough to support my choice and to not poke fun consistently. I understand my body and food much better now. I feel absolutely amazing now. My digestion is perfect compared to where I was before. I feel much clearer in my mind, lighter, more flexible and believe it or not younger. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 
5. It wasn’t hard persay just tedious. I did it completely alone and had no one to go to in my personal life for answers. I spent hours everyday watching videos on online. Recipes, days in the life’s, and more. Any time I had for entertainment I opted for learning more about the lifestyle. That was for a better part of two years. Failure was not an option in my mind.
 
6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. I have too many! Vegan chili lately with cashew sour creme. Or this Delicious peanut sauce seitan dish. I love a big açaí bowl or a big dish of lasagna with garlic bread. 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I used to crave this peppercorn crusted steak. But that honestly couldn’t be farther from how I feel now.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. My sister is in and out of it. I’m trying to help her. However on Instagram I have had quite a few saying I helped them make the connection.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. My biggest inspiration lately has been Ed Winters. His approach to activism is very inspiring. He doesn’t have that aggressive under tone I notice with some activists. Ed finds a way to keep someone from jumping on the defense. 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I’d say to them don’t give up. The animals, the planet are counting on you. What you do everyday matters. What you choose to eat, wear or buy, matters. When we behave as a collective we can change the world for the better. 

"The animals, the planet are counting on you. What you do everyday matters".

“I feel absolutely amazing now. My digestion is perfect compared to where I was before. I feel much clearer in my mind, lighter, more flexible and believe it or not younger”.

Interviews

J.D. Goldschmidt

Fitness Enthusiast

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I live in NYC with my wife and daughter. I’m a fitness enthusiast, and have always been borderline obsessed with health and wellness. That obsession brought me to veganism, that’s why my social media is focused on showing people you can be fit, healthy, and eat delicious, nutritious food as a vegan. 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been vegan for 4 years now, my wife and daughter included. 
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I guess you could say I wasn’t looking for veganism, veganism was looking for me. One night I was watching some videos on YouTube and out of nowhere in the suggested videos section a random video about how we treat factory farmed animals popped up, and I’m not sure why, but I clicked it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and instantly knew I had to make a big change in my life. I went vegetarian over night, and was vegan about a month later. 
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I have insane amounts of energy, clarity of mind like I’ve never had before, I’m stronger, and my skin cleared up. Becoming vegan really opened my eyes, and made me start to question everything. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest part about being vegan is constantly having to tell people where I get my protein from. All jokes aside, I found  going vegan to be really easy with all of the resources available to us today.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. It’s really hard to pick one meal, but if I had to pick one, it would be my wife’s vegan chili.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. To be completely honest, there isn’t a single meal I crave or miss.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I haven’t been able to convince any family yet, but I have been able to convince a couple close friends to adopt a plant-based diet, and they are loving it. I’ve also received tons of messages from people on Instagram that my posts have helped them make the switch.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. My biggest inspiration is my wife for sure. She’s the most incredible person I know, and she really does make me a better person. Mariia always has my back, and there’s nothing she can’t do.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I would say do your research. Consume as many books, articles, interviews, and documentaries as you can. 
 

"To be completely honest, there isn’t a single meal I crave or miss"

I have insane amounts of energy, clarity of mind like I’ve never had before, I’m stronger, and my skin cleared up. Becoming vegan really opened my eyes, and made me start to question everything.  

Interviews

Mike Case

Vegainz Coach

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

Interviews

Gergo Jonas

Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist 

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Gergo, I’m a Personal Trainer in PureGym Brighton Central. I’m specialised in Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, I’m also a Sports Nutritionist.
I believe in training, nutrition and recovery go hand-in-hand, and we have to treat all in synergy, that’s why I call my company Train ComplEat. You can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gergo_jonas/ @gergo_jonas where I upload daily fitness content, on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpPk9kopa0R9xZT5EtxIRUQ for longer videos as Train Compleat, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traincompleat/ and on my Website: www.TrainComplEat.com
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been vegan for more than 3 years now.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. After studying nutrition, I realised that there are other, and potentially better ways for a fitter and healthier lifestyle than the traditional “fitness diet”. I went vegan from one day to another and never turned back. No animal has to suffer for my gains, I hope I can show a good example that everyone can become stronger and fitter on a plant-based diet.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I’m much more conscious about what I eat, where do I get my vitamins and minerals from. Also because of the increased carbohydrate intake, my energy level went up, I can train harder and longer. I can stay lean year-round, I’m always ready for a photoshoot which is never a bad thing. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 
5. I don’t see any drawbacks being vegan.
 
6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Hmm… I like simple meals. Beans and Potatoes are always working.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. No, but if  you do, you can always find substitutes nowadays.  Brighton is pretty good in vegan junk food and mock meat in general.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I don’t want to convince anyone, results speak for themselves. I try to influence people with my actions. Walk the talk and people will follow.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 
9. Seeing the progress of my clients.
10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Go for it, you won’t be disappointed, just make sure you eat enough, plants are low in calories and high in fiber, which is good for weight loss, but if you want to keep your weight and energy level, you need to eat the same calories than before the diet switch.

"I like simple meals. Beans and Potatoes"

No animal has to suffer for my gains, I hope I can show a good example that everyone can become stronger and fitter on a plant-based diet.

  • Gergo Jonas

Interviews

Dr. Angie Sadeghi

Certified Gastoenterologist In California

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Dr. Angie Sadeghi, and I am a board certified gastroenterologist in California.  My passion is to help transition people and in particular my patients to a plant-based diet.  I feel lucky that I have stumbled upon this wonderful lifestyle and I want to share it with the world.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I began my vegan journey May 2014.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. Initially I became a vegan for moral reasons, but the health benefits to my surprise were tremendous.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I had suffered from debilitating dairy induced eczema.  Once I stopped consuming dairy, in particular cheese, the eczema disappeared for good.  This was shocking given that I had suffered from it for so long not knowing the cause.  Also, to my surprise my waistline started shrinking and I got into the best shape of my life without even trying harder at the GYM.  
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 
5. The hardest thing about being a vegan is that I have to witness a lot of suffering in my patients in the hospital, experiencing a poor quality of life in the last 5-10 years of life, with chronic health problems, knowing that it could have all been prevented with simple lifestyle modifications.  Sometimes I wish that I could have impacted them 10 -20 years prior while their disease was setting in.  
 
6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. My favorite meal is air-fried sriracha tofu with a side of beans and rice.  I can make it in 5-10 minutes 🙂
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. No.  Actually the opposite.  I have an intense aversion towards animal products and feel nauseous when I imagine that I used to eat it.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Yes.  As a doctor and a social media influencer, I have probably helped hundreds of people go either 100% plant-based or more plant-based.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. There isn’t only one single person who inspires me; rather hundreds of plant-based people inspire me.  I admire all the plant-based chefs who have made it feasible for people to start eating healthier without sacrificing taste.  I am inspired by athletes who have made it obvious eating plant based is not a handicap; rather it is an advantage.  But I am most inspired by the animal activists who have worked tirelessly to expose the cruel industry of animal farming.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. The only regret you will have, is that you didn’t go plant-based sooner.

"The only regret you will have, is that you didn't go plant-based sooner"

 I feel lucky that I have stumbled upon this wonderful lifestyle and I want to share it with the world.

  • Dr. Angie Sadeghi

Interviews

Gergo Jonas

Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist 

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Gergo, I’m a Personal Trainer in PureGym Brighton Central. I’m specialised in Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, I’m also a Sports Nutritionist.
I believe in training, nutrition and recovery go hand-in-hand, and we have to treat all in synergy, that’s why I call my company Train ComplEat. You can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gergo_jonas/ @gergo_jonas where I upload daily fitness content, on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpPk9kopa0R9xZT5EtxIRUQ for longer videos as Train Compleat, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traincompleat/ and on my Website: www.TrainComplEat.com
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been vegan for more than 3 years now.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. After studying nutrition, I realised that there are other, and potentially better ways for a fitter and healthier lifestyle than the traditional “fitness diet”. I went vegan from one day to another and never turned back. No animal has to suffer for my gains, I hope I can show a good example that everyone can become stronger and fitter on a plant-based diet.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I’m much more conscious about what I eat, where do I get my vitamins and minerals from. Also because of the increased carbohydrate intake, my energy level went up, I can train harder and longer. I can stay lean year-round, I’m always ready for a photoshoot which is never a bad thing. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 
5. I don’t see any drawbacks being vegan.
 
6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Hmm… I like simple meals. Beans and Potatoes are always working.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. No, but if  you do, you can always find substitutes nowadays.  Brighton is pretty good in vegan junk food and mock meat in general.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I don’t want to convince anyone, results speak for themselves. I try to influence people with my actions. Walk the talk and people will follow.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 
9. Seeing the progress of my clients.
10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Go for it, you won’t be disappointed, just make sure you eat enough, plants are low in calories and high in fiber, which is good for weight loss, but if you want to keep your weight and energy level, you need to eat the same calories than before the diet switch.

"I like simple meals. Beans and Potatoes"

No animal has to suffer for my gains, I hope I can show a good example that everyone can become stronger and fitter on a plant-based diet.

  • Gergo Jonas

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