Interviews

Dani Stevens

Natural Born Motivator

Powered By Plants 

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I am a happily married, stay at home mum of 4 kids “once upon a time” under the age of 6 but now Noah is 14, Oscar 12, Mietta 10 and Zali 8. We also have a French bulldog Nina who lights up our life everyday. 
 
7 years ago my girlfriend told me I had to open up an Instagram account to share my recipes and workouts I was doing with our kids in the park with my stroller. Fast forward today I have established my personal brand, working with phenomenal celebrities and brands, whilst motivating my online community to live a rich and fulfilled life.  
 
I pinch myself daily, as I have created something I love doing every day. 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. Since January 2018.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I have been slowly gathering the pieces of my life’s puzzle with so much information (which has been given to me over the past 45+ years) when suddenly the last puzzle piece fit perfectly. I transitioned overnight and spooked my family a little but they fully supported me. 
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I love that I’m not supporting the mass meat and dairy trade anymore. I instantly lost 5kgs within the first month of going vegan. You don’t realise those little extras kgs add up like cream, cheese, and butter etc…
 
I feel more compassion towards animals, resilient and strong within myself and love that I’m reducing my carbon footprint. It only takes one person to start a chain reaction.
 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 
5. Having my family members want a cheese burger or egg on toast on occasions. They order anything they like when we go out but we don’t cook it at home. 
 
I don’t want to preach as they have their own journey. I’m here to love and support them.
 
 
6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. I always love a good nourish or sushi bowl. Load me up with roasted or fresh rainbow coloured food with tofu or falafels, cashew dressing, quinoa or brown rice. I’m completely satisfied. 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I’ve been fortunate to substitute many of my cravings and convert them into vegan. More recipe ideas on DaniStevens.com under my vegan tag.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. My entire family eat plant based majority of the time at home however when we go out for dinner they have the choice to eat what they please. 
 
Several people in my community have started their vegan journey and this brings a smile to my face. All it takes is one meal at a time.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Everyday people making changes in their lives that finally make them happy and healthy.

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Take baby steps. A few years ago we started meatless Monday’s and then incorporated more plant based meals throughout our day vs adding meats or dairy so we transitioned quite easily. 

"I feel more compassion towards animals, resilient and strong within myself and love that I’m reducing my carbon footprint. It only takes one person to start a chain reaction"

I love that I’m not supporting the mass meat and dairy trade anymore. I instantly lost 5kgs within the first month of going vegan.

  • Dani Stevens

Interviews

Dr. Leo Venus

Medical Doctor & Public Figure

Website

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I am a medical doctor who is passionate about healthy lifestyle and preventative medicine. As a medical professional, I have had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the medical industry. I experienced the disheartening truth that though the majority of the disease burden today comes from lifestyle related disease, this is not a main focus within the mainstream medical industry. I therefore now dedicate myself to helping others achieve better health and fitness through social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube as well as working personally with people through my website.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I have been vegan for almost 7 years now, still waiting for that protein deficiency to kick in!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. At first I went plant-based when I was made aware of the research and scientific evidence backing this lifestyle. I truly went vegan though once I made the ethical connection, realizing that not going vegan undoubtably contributes to the unnecessary suffering for other sentient beings.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. This lifestyle changed my life in many ways. Firstly it changed how people identified me through social interactions and has helped teach me a lot about human relations. My health has become much better, due to not only following a vegan diet but a whole-food, plant-based diet as well as learning and incorporating other lifestyle factors which contribute to better health. My outlook is probably what has changed the most, giving me a much broader perspective and expanding my open-mindedness to new levels. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 
5.  The hardest thing about being vegan is accepting that many trillions of animals including human beings will still unnecessarily suffer and vast amounts of nature will be destroyed before humanity as a whole make the connection.
 
6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. My favorite meal has to be rice and black beans, a Brazilian staple full of health promoting nutrition.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Cravings were surprisingly small for me and not at all an issue!
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. A lot of people have adopted this lifestyle after I did however I do not like thinking of it in terms of “convincing” anyone. I believe people must convince themselves and make their own decisions. It is not our responsibility to change others, but rather to live as examples, inform others in a positive way and allow them to change themselves.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 
9. I draw so much inspiration from so many sources, from plant based doctors, activists, fitness giants, family to the beauty of nature and life itself. I simply wouldn’t be able to give a single dominating source of inspiration!
10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. To anyone going vegan I would say first of all congratulations on finding this amazing lifestyle, and to approach it with open-mindedness and patience. As with learning anything new it is ok to make mistakes so don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect. With time to increase your knowledge and correctly incorporate this lifestyle, being vegan can work for everybody!

"The hardest thing about being vegan is accepting that many trillions of animals including human beings will still unnecessarily suffer and vast amounts of nature will be destroyed before humanity as a whole make the connection."

To anyone going vegan I would say first of all congratulations on finding this amazing lifestyle, and to approach it with open-mindedness and patience. As with learning anything new it is ok to make mistakes so don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect. With time to increase your knowledge and correctly incorporate this lifestyle, being vegan can work for everybody!

Interviews

Nicole Sanders

Founder of Veeg

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
 
I founded Veeg, which launched in Brighton 6 months ago. It’s a plant-based pass that goes in your phone’s wallet and gets you discounts, deals and special treatment from the best places in town. @veegcard showcases the food, places, offers you can get with Veeg, along with other plant-based gems.
 
I worked in financial services tech for 10 years and launched 4 start-ups, all with other people’s money. Over that time, I picked up loads of different skills, met some seriously amazing people and travelled as far as China and India (where I lived and worked for 2 years) before deciding it was time to apply my experience to something I loved. Working in that industry often felt like I was selling my soul: I enjoyed my life but I wasn’t truly ‘into’ what I was doing. That’s important to me.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve always been pretty much plant-based: meat wasn’t a big part of our meals when I was growing up and my first foray into full vegetarianism was when I went backpacking at 18 but I swung back and forth a lot over the years. I made a conscious decision to go vegan around 3 years ago.
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. Ethics. At the top of my ‘hierarchy’ is the environment, but health and animal rights also feature heavily in my thinking. I worked with a friend who is a PT and nutritionist to help me in the first three months (@integrum_nutrition). I wanted to be sure that I didn’t have nutritional reasons to switch back. He’s not vegan, but he was interested in how it would work, so we both got something out of it. It worked. I built muscle at the same time.
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 

4. The biggest thing that has changed for me is really my understanding of sentience. I’ve always been aware of environmental and health benefits but was pretty unaware of the impact farming has on animals. Having a dog really switched me onto it – the way you can communicate without using words. It made me more sensitive to the fact that other animals have that level of emotion and intelligence.

 
I bought into the whole ‘cows don’t die when you milk them, so it’s fine’/ ‘free-range eggs are ok because chickens can run around’ story. The documentaries that have come out over the last few years and the live footage that gets shared on social has been really instrumental in showing the general public that our perception of what happens on farms isn’t what it seems to many, unless you actively look into it. Cows have to have babies to produce milk. They cry for days when their calves are taken away. In the UK, it’s OK to use the word ‘free-range’ to describe an environment they very much isn’t free. Luckily all this information is more readily available but there is still a lot of propaganda going on to protect these industries. There was an article in the Daily Mail on the 5th Aug written from the fake perspective of a dairy cow, basically saying that the dairy industry needs to exist to keep cows alive. It’s a pile of crap and really frustrating that this kind of writing goes out en masse. Fine for people like you and me to read it and know it’s rubbish, but there are people out there who just aren’t exposed to what we are, so would have read that and found it very convincing.
 
From this, I’ve lately been looking into ‘What would happen to the food industry if everyone went vegan.’ Of course, voting with our pounds and making change where we can as individuals is the best place to start, but I don’t believe big shifts will happen until industry makes changes. There are some interesting alternatives being put forward for farmers who actually want to transition away from animal farming.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. I really don’t find it hard now, especially not in Brighton. But generally being ‘caught short’ without any decent options for food can be annoying eg eating fruit for dessert at a wedding when everyone else is eating cake and feeling like the chef hasn’t got the memo yet. But it’s not like you’re in a live or die situation there is it?

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 

6. Burgers. I love the Plant Burger at Honest so much, I think about it at breakfast the day after. I do think they could do with adding some new varieties on it though. We are really spoiled for choice in Brighton, it’s one of the best places to be vegan and is what inspired me to start Veeg. I’d been working on a contract in Leeds and had to nip out for desk food a lot. The only place for vegan food nearby was Tesco Express so I ended up eating falafel wraps twice a day. When I set up Veeg, I went straight to a lot of my favourite places to eat. The Roundhill’s faux meat innovation is unreal, they are (humanely) killing it. Same with BeFries’ banana blossom fish and what the guys at Two Wolves Kitchen at the Foundry are doing.

 
When I eat at home, I eat pretty simple whole food and add my own flavours. I’m not the best at cooking so I keep the ad-lib action to when I’m cooking for myself only. I really enjoy making the lasagnes out of the BOSH books and they taste so good. I take ages though and trash the kitchen, so it’s not a weekly activity for me.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?

7. The final big nail in the craving coffin for me was donuts when a friend introduced me to Glazed donuts when I moved down here. I used to have a penchant for Krispy Kreme (‘penchant’ used lightly: my sister and I once completed a 24 box of donuts between us as a treat after moving her stuff across Manchester). 

 
The other one is decent seafood. It wasn’t something I’d indulge in a lot, but was something I’d appreciate. That’s less of a craving and now more of an appreciation that I can steer towards really well-delivered food in general. (As you know) on my last holiday (where I would have once indulged in seafood) I got really excited about some amazing almond-based stringy melted cheese I found at a food truck in Tulum…still thinking about it.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8.  A few of my friends from back home have gone vegan and more have started reducing their animal produce consumption. I get sent a lot of proud pics (which I absolutely love) when they find new products or when a meat eating friend goes for a vegan option. 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9.  My friend Terry basically battered me into becoming vegan – he made me question my so-called ethical standpoint at the time. I have to say, none of it resonated until he stopped bullyng me 😉 I find most people don’t respond well to being shouted at (love you, Terry). @naturallystefanie was great for demonstrating that becoming emaciated isn’t a necessary part of a vegan lifestyle (she’s FIT)…but generally there isn’t just once source of inspo out there for me. I really enjoy chatting with different people about how they aproach the vegan diet / life and why and I find that interesting and inspiring.

 
I think the creativity from chefs, content creators etc is pretty inspiring. I just buzz when I get a taste of something new and amazing and know that it’s not tied up in a load of cruelty.
10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 

10. I was going to write ‘just try it’, but I think a lot of people try a strict approach then get put off by a big change so revert back. 

The main thing for me was making sure I was getting all the nutrients / macros (protein, carbs etc) that I would have normally. Although, let’s face it, a lot of non-vegans don’t get a balanced diet either.
 
A vegan diet can totally give you everything you need, but if you’ve been used to a different way of eating, as with any change in eating habit, the first and most important thing is to figure out where you’re going to get all your core nutrients from. Otherwise it just won’t work.
 
I used MyFitnessPal (app) with my trainer for 3 months to give me an idea of what a balanced day would look like. The benefits are that you can track core protein, carb, sugar intake along with fats (which we all need!) and vitamins. You can scan barcodes of most foods.
 
I didn’t do it all the time and obviously didn’t count all the burger days, but it gives you a good idea of what an ideal day looks like.
 
There are lots of sources online that are much simpler.
 
We know that many GP’S haven’t had much training on diet to date, but that’s changing and your doc could point you in the right direction.
 
The other thing I’d say is to not get put off if you ‘slip up’. Some people go vegan over night, my guess is that the majority of people don’t. Who cares whether you do or not, the point is about making a sustainable change in the right direction. Everyone is different.
 
Finally I’d say to remind yourself why you want to do it and why you might not want to. What’s holding you back? If you know it’s the right thing to do, you can look at what you think is a barrier and find a way around it that works for you.
 
If it’s a case of feeling like you’re missing out on certain foods, try all the alternatives. It’s fun. Get an opinion on what you like and what you don’t and get recommendations from other people. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

"The biggest thing that has changed for me is really my understanding of sentience. I've always been aware of environmental and health benefits but was pretty switched off to the impact farming has on animals. Having a dog really switched me onto it - the way you can communicate without using words. It made me more sensitive to the fact that other animals have that level of emotion and intelligence."

If it’s a case of feeling like you’re missing out on certain foods, try all the alternatives. It’s fun. Get an opinion on what you like and what you don’t and get recommendations from other people. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

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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