Interviews

Adam Mikkelsen

Co-founder of vegan bacon company Raging Pig

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I’m Adam Mikkelsen, co-founder of Vegan bacon company Raging Pig. I’m
born and raised in the  Viking land of Sweden. Entered this world 8
weeks premature, excited to start the roller coaster we call life. Even
with all the bad things going on in our world, I do my best to stay
optimistic and believe that there are ways that we, together as humans,
can drive a positive change. Especially in this era of Social media that
makes the world more global in many ways which is exciting!  
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I started off as a “fishterian”, then vegetarian and full-on vegan for
about 2 years. In retrospect, I wish that I had fully converted earlier,
but you know…you live and you learn.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I was “mostly vegan” for some time as I had started to avoid cheese and
other foods more after educating myself through Social media and
numerous documentaries. My tipping point happened when I visited a
sanctuary farm with my little dog Selma. She started running towards one
of the piglets and I panicked for a bit. But when she reached her
destination Selma and the piglets started to play and cuddle. Even
though I already knew the horrible truth about the meat industry prior
to that moment, it just really hit me as I watched them play. I thought
to myself, “I would  do anything for Selma and what’s the difference
between her and that little  piglet?” It’s  just our perception that is
fu*ked up from influences like our upbringing, lobbyism and
advertisements. From that point forward I decided to never look back and
allocate my time and expertise to do my best to become a part of the
change towards a plant-based future.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It’s hard to say. I somehow reflect and think about myself as someone
who’s been vegan forever. It’s similar to when you think about life
before you had a smartphone. It feels like you’ve had a smartphone since
you were 5, but obviously you didn’t. Perhaps, I’ve just deleted those
30 years of memories about my life due to the things I now know about
the industry. It’s been eye-opening to realize the food I was eating for
meals used to be a life-loving animal. I do believe that change has to
come from within. I’m not trying to persuade people to strictly go
vegan. I think it’s important to make decisions based on all of the
facts you gather. For me, the choice was simple. I can’t say that I am
healthier per se, since there’s a lot of delicious vegan junk food as
well, but I feel healthier. That has to count for something!
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. I think the hardest part for me is the mindset. I never want to come
across like I’m on my high horse because I’m vegan and somehow all
people who are still eating meat are wrong. I aim to find the balance of
inspiring and educating those who are open to listening while remaining
understanding and laid-back, regardless of the choices someone makes.
For plant-based diets to be the “standard”, I do believe, and hope for a
future where Veganism is something that is accepted without question or
a stigma. Sometimes it feels like there’s a perceived elitist vibe
within the vegan community and I hope that dissipates in time as
plant-based diets become more widespread. I would love for there to come
a day that if you’re going to a restaurant with a group of eight people
and one person from your party asks the staff “Excuse me, do you have
any meat options?”, and the staff has to then run into the kitchen to
see if they can make it happen.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Hmmm hard to say. I do love and crave basic junk food like burgers,
pizza and tacos. But if I have to choose I’d say vietnamese food.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Yes, I miss Halloumi cheese and haven’t been able to find a vegan option
that floats my  boat. And of course I miss bacon. But that’s a dilemma
we’re close to solving. We’re one step closer to our Vegan Bacon strips
after our launch of our first product on Kickstarter. Check it out:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1819462069/raging-pig-baconify-anything-in-seconds
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 

8. I think so. I’ve at least provided them with inspiration like tips on
plant-based options, recipes, and information through documentaries and
literature. I can’t say I’ll take credit for any conversion though as
I’m a firm believer that a change should come from within. But yeah, I
do my best to inspire and educate others about plant-based diets and
eating
 

 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I found inspiration through actions, not necessarily a “who”. I
encourage people to visit a Sanctuary farm and ask the owners if you can
play with the piglets, cows or chickens for a while. There are a lot of
great plant-based/vegan influencers and companies doing awesome work to
help inspire change. I believe that re-connecting directly with animals
is one of the biggest inspirations that you can get.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. To quote Nike: Just do it. And take it from there. I think you can watch
all the documentaries, read up on facts and learn all the recipes you
want but it really boils down to reconnecting with the animals. It can
be challenging to unlearn habits or ways of thinking that have been
ingrained since childhood. I understand there are numerous reasons why
people decide to go plant-based. In general, I’d say just find the
reason or rationale that speaks to you most and run with that 🙂

 

"I wish that I had fully converted to veganism earlier, but you know...you live and you learn.."

My tipping point happened when I visited a
sanctuary farm with my little dog Selma. She started running towards one
of the piglets and I panicked for a bit. But when she reached her
destination Selma and the piglets started to play and cuddle.  

  • Adam Mikkelsen

Interviews

Floris Schatz

Plant-Based Athlete

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. Hi there, I’m Floris from @go_with_the_flo_ris and currently in training to be a nutritionist. I developed an interest in fitness and nutrition over time, with the former coming first, likely as a compensation for my years as the chubby kid at school. As two largely overlapping domains, it’s hard to be involved in one and not the other for long.
I tread the usual track of ‘If it fits your macros’ and enormous amounts of animal-based protein for quite some time, but my (then) self-studying led me to start poking a lot of holes in the so-called ‘bro science’. Long story short, I’m now convinced going plant-based is morally, ethically, and most likely for health, the right thing to do.
 
 
2. How long have you been plant-based? 
 
2. Three years this month and counting.
 
3. Why did you decide to try a plant-based diet?
 
3. The final straw came about largely through the work of Dr. Greger from nutritionfacts.org. He presents thorough, well referenced evidence and thousands of videos detailing the benefits of a plant-based diet alongside the detrimental effects of one rife with animal products.  
Watching his content will lead people to many of the big players like Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Esselstyn, and the important epidemiological studies including The China Study and The Epic Oxford Study.
The chips were already largely in place when I still ate meat. Veganism wasn’t a topic I’d broach in debate because I knew I couldn’t win on moral, environmental or efficacious grounds.  I just clung to the notion that animal protein was ‘required’ for someone engaging in bodybuilding, in the sense that sourcing it otherwise was a huge effort.
A prime example is that of the ‘complete protein’ which stated the body needed all 9 essential amino acids present within a single meal or hour to use the protein.  It’s a myth that persisted and fed into the concept of complementary proteins. You may have heard you need to combine beans and grains for instance.  This was never true, your body isn’t stupid and as long as it gets all the amino acids it needs over the course of the day or even week, you’ll be fine.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I enjoy badgering my GP into blood tests so I have some actual numbers:
My total cholesterol went from 4.9 mmol/L to 3.5 mmol/L (risk of cardiovascular disease significantly increases with levels over 4).  
HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ kind) rose from 1.7 to 2.1mmol/L. 
Non-HDL (includes the ‘bad’ kind) went way down from 3.2 to 1.4mmol/L! (Above 2.8 indicates future risk of cardiovascular disease)
 
So this is only an anecdote as I’m a single person, but the results for me are great. Interestingly, my GP gave me no warning of later CVD risk when my levels were high, as this is considered ‘normal’, but did have a word with me upon noticing my cholesterol was quite low. 
This is because cholesterol is required to synthesise hormones. However, we can synthesise what we need from regular dietary fats and as such it is not an essential nutrient.
 
My serum albumin (the main protein in the blood that exerts osmotic pressure) and serum total protein remained the same. Despite, I should point out, my total protein targets being lower than before due to some research I’d done.
Other benefits were that my skin cleared up considerably and I can now ride my high horse around town 😉
 
5. You look in incredible shape, do you find it difficult to get enough protein?
 

5. Not really. I do have a protein shake every day where I throw in some daily requirements like flax seed and berries, but then I often had a shake before going plant-based as well.

It’s true though that a bit more care and effort is required for someone in fitness. It’s not as easy as buying 10kg of chicken breast and adding that to every meal.  
But that’s changing by the day as replacement meats are gaining popularity and lab-grown is round the corner. The difficulties stem more from an animal-protein centred society, which is a mutable paradigm.  
 
In other words, it’s only normal to focus on meat for protein because it already is, and when it isn’t, it won’t be.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Hard to say because it depends on my mood! At the moment I’m on a big lentil-pasta binge. Way higher protein content than regular pasta, healthier and tastes the same once you’ve added sauce and peripheries.  I probably would have had this when omnivorous as well.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Meat was easy to give up for me because I’d been having so much, by the time I stopped the vegetables were my favourite part of my meals. Chocolate, on the other hand, still tempts me whenever I pass down the sweet aisle.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 

8. I try to be measured in my approach. If anyone is as stubborn as I am, then I know not to try too hard to push them in any direction. I’m far from the only influence in the lives of my close circles, but I like to think I’ve played a role in convincing quite a few to reduce their consumption of animal products.

Particularly amongst the fitness circles, I feel it’s best to set an example and let that plant a seed.
 
Amongst my DMs, I get quite a few messages saying I was the last push they needed to go vegan so that’s great news!

 

 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I heavily value intellectual honesty and due process when considering a topic. So, whilst I don’t have his poster up on my wall, I do have a lot of respect for Dr. Greger.  
From a more philosophical and moral angle, I find Alex J. O’Connor, or Cosmic Skeptic as he’s known on Youtube, a real powerhouse.

Honorable mentions include Mic the Vegan, Earthling Ed, Dr Bulsiewicz (@theguthealthmd), and the guys over at PlantBasedNews.

 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going plant-based?
 
10. ‘Perfect is the enemy of good.’ 
If you have a slice of cake here or a Twix there, it’s not the end of the world. Do what you can and don’t let setbacks make you give up- You’re only human
Also, take your time. I went cold turkey, and eating 250g of chickpeas out of nowhere… didn’t go well.

 

"I'm now convinced going plant-based is morally, ethically, and most likely for health, the right thing to do."

Meat was easy to give up for me because I’d been having so much, by the time I stopped the vegetables were my favourite part of my meals.  

  • Floris Schatz

Fat Gay Vegan

Sean O’Callaghan

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Sean and I was born in what is now commonly known as Australia. Life has taken me all around the world but over the past 10 years I have primarily resided in the United Kingdom with quite a bit of time also spent in Mexico City. I currently live in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

My blog Fat Gay Vegan has been running for over 10 years and my online outreach is my way of helping people go vegan and stay vegan… mostly by sharing photos and news featuring delicious plant-based cuisine and comfort food.

I also address social justice concerns through my social media outreach and published a book wrapping this all together with veganism. The book is titled Eat, Drink, and Live Like You Give Sh!t. I have created and helped run many vegan social events in the UK including Hackney Downs Vegan Market, Vegan Beer Fest UK, London Vegan Drinks, and Queer Vegan Disco.

I support independent vegan business through blog posts and social media posts. As a monthly columnist for Vegan Life Magazine, I have covered a wide range of vegan and social justice topics. I have written vegan travel pieces for the Los Angeles Times and VegNews.

 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. Unlike a lot of vegans, I didn’t mark down the start date of my vegan journey. I do know it was more than 20 years ago. I was living in London at the time and distinctly remember being vegetarian one day and vegan the next. I made my mind up and never looked back!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I had been vegetarian for a few years and really thought I was the pinnacle of compassion. How intrinsically dairy and eggs were connected to cruelty just wasn’t clear to me. It was around the time the Internet became much more accessible that I started to read about the cruel and unsustainable way chickens and cows were treated for these products and it changed everything for me. I was vegetarian because I wanted to minimize my contribution to the suffering of non-human animals, so vegan suddenly became the very clear next step.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. When I reflect on my life, the biggest change I see is the type of work I do. I have pushed myself to maximise opportunities to work with vegan brands, charities, and community. It has been important to me to try and align my professional life with my moral compass. Even now during the midst of the global pandemic, I am working with a vegan restaurant business in Sheffield called Make No Bones and I will continue to earn a living in this field for as long as I am able. It definitely helps me sleep better at night knowing where the cash comes from to pay my bills, but I am also grateful because I understand this is a privilege not all vegans get to enjoy.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. As a vegan currently living in the UK, I don’t think there are too many challenges. Once you know in your heart and mind that this lifestyle is an important choice you can make, most things fall into place. That being said, interpersonal relationships with non-vegans might still require a bit of careful navigating. There aren’t as many as there used to be, but antagonistic bacon jokes from work colleagues or family members are a reminder that we vegans are in the minority.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Potato is my number one ingredient, so anything featuring this vegetable gets my seal of approval. I’m a big fries fan and have become extremely familiar with the Three Cheese Fries at Make No Bones in Sheffield. It’s a plate of crispy fries covered in vegan bacon and three different varieties of plant-based cheese, including a hot cheese sauce. This is currently my go to treat, but I’m equally as happy with a warming red lentil dahl or my morning granola packed with nuts, dates, and seeds.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I’ve been vegan for so long and the alternatives are so fantastic, I honestly can’t think of anything I miss. I suppose the availability of vegan food is still not at the same level as non-vegan food, so I sometimes miss the ease with which I used to be able to eat takeaway. Of course this has changed a lot but eating from a 100% vegan restaurant can still sometimes take a bit of extra planning.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 

8. Some of my friends and family members have adopted a vegan lifestyle during the 20+ years I have been vegan, but I don’t think I am the main reason for this. I believe that the choice to go vegan requires information to pour in from multiple angles. I’m sure I have played a role in helping some people make the switch but so have advertising campaigns, animal charities, grassroots activists, organisers, and independent vegan businesses that have raised awareness in local communities. 

 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. We humans rarely do anything amazing on our own, so it is difficult for me to name an individual. Social justice groups that incorporate the fight for human rights alongside the fight to reduce animal suffering are where I draw the most inspiration. Capitalism, colonialism, toxic masculinity, and white supremacy are behind pretty much every injustice experienced on the planet in 2021 so it is important we redress and challenge these systemic issues if we want to see real positive change for animals, people, and the environment. It’s all connected and an organisation such as Food Empowerment Project is an inspirational example of how we can do all of this through a vegan lens.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Veganism will feel natural and do-able when you have a true understanding in your heart and your mind that your personal choices can make direct positive contributions to the world. Animal exploitation can be lessened thanks to your choices. Read, watch, and listen to make sure you understand that it is the choice you want to make and you’ll never look back.

 

"I was vegetarian because I wanted to minimize my contribution to the suffering of non-human animals, so vegan suddenly became the very clear next step."

Veganism will feel natural and do-able when you have a true understanding in your heart and your mind that your personal choices can make direct positive contributions to the world. Animal exploitation can be lessened thanks to your choices. Read, watch, and listen to make sure you understand that it is the choice you want to make and you’ll never look back.

Interviews

Callum Melly

Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. Hey everyone, by means of introduction my name is Callum, I’m 32 and I live in London. I’ve been a personal trainer for 10 years and am also a qualified sports nutritionist, focusing heavily on the health and performance benefits of a plant based diet. 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. For about 4 years now and I feel so much better for doing so!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I initially went plant based for my health, as I just wasn’t feeling great from my typical bodybuilding diet, albeit a healthy balance of food groups. Now, I am very aware of the environmental benefits of a plant based diet, as well as performance both in and outside of the gym.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. Going plant based is the single best thing I’ve done for my health and well-being. I used to get quite sick when I was younger, suffering with a “dodgy” tummy and tonsillitis on a regular basis. In fact, even after I had my tonsils out at the age of 23/24, I still suffered from tonsillitis symptoms; however, when I cut out dairy from my diet my stomach settled and I haven’t had the symptoms of tonsillitis since. Furthermore, I can’t remember the last time I had a cold or the flu, and I 1000% put this down to not eating animal produce and eating far more nutrient dense whole foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. Eating out, although it is getting much easier!

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Thai holy basil tofu and chilli! 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I mean, I did initially, but that soon subsided, I guess it was just habit. I ate quite a lot of meat alternatives, but nowadays I prefer to just eat veggies, and use pulses and tofu etc as meat substitutes. 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I’ve had several friends who have since gone plant based, not because I preaches about it to them, I just presented the science and let them make their own decisions. Even friends who aren’t fully plant based/vegan have certainly reduced the amount of animal produce they eat. 
 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. As cheesy as it sounds, I would say my parents, I’m so lucky for the upbringing they gave me and for the positive traits they instilled in me.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I would recommend making small swaps over a period of weeks, the easiest I found was swapping dairy first and increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables you eat. Then start to reduce your meat and fish intake, before cutting it out completely. Also, supplement with a quality multi vitamin D and B vitamin. 

 

"Going plant based is the single best thing I’ve done for my health and well-being."

I initially went plant based for my health, as I just wasn’t feeling great from my typical bodybuilding diet, albeit a healthy balance of food groups. Now, I am very aware of the environmental benefits of a plant based diet, as well as performance both in and outside of the gym.   

Patrick Aramouni

Athlete/Health coach

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Patrick Aramouni, and I am a 32 year old Athlete/Health coach. I was born
and raised in Lebanon, and moved to Montreal at the age of 18, where I am currently
based. With a particular interest in the Vegan lifestyle, I decided to document my
journey on social media around 3 and a half years ago. I’ve now reached a combined
audience of around 168 thousand people on Tiktok and Instagram. I enjoy sharing
workout tips & tricks, nutrition information, as well as workout videos.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been Vegan for exactly 6 years. December 31 st 2014 was the day I turned Vegan.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I went Vegan for ethical reasons. Once I realized that I had no excuse to contribute to
the suffering and killing of animals, I had no option but to make the switch. I had always
intuitively known that there was something wrong with loving a dog but eating a cow.
Making the switch was a no brainer for me and was just a matter of time.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. Going vegan is definitely life-changing in many ways. You look at the world differently,
you look at people differently, and you look at food differently. One of the greatest
changes going Vegan has had on my life, is the fact that it made me change the career
path I was on. I would have never imagined that I would ever pursue fitness and health
on a professional level, especially at 32 years old. Besides the career change, I
definitely feel like eating more plants has made me age better and feel better. I’ve never
felt younger and better than I feel today. I work out over 6 days a week, play squash
nearly every day, and lead a very active lifestyle. I definitely feel like eating a plant-
based diet has helped me keep fit and active.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. One of the hardest things about
being Vegan is living life knowing that millions of animals are suffering and experiencing
the most horrendous deaths, and that human beings are directly complicit. Being aware
of this fact can be depressing at times, yet it’s important to remind oneself that this is a
long-term battle, and that I am doing my part in this fight for change.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. That’s a tough question. I have so many to choose from. After a bit of reflection, I’m
gona go with Black bean burger topped with Avocados and caramelized onions.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. None. I can eat a vegan version of
every single non-vegan food out there.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I’ve convinced a few friends and family members to adopt a vegan lifestyle. I hope to think
that I’ve influenced many other people across my social media channels to go fully
Vegan.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Christopher Hitchens. He is an English writer. He taught me the importance of standing
up for a just cause and engaging in voicing my opinion, unapologetically. 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 

10. Here is the advice I would give: Do it for the right reasons. Remind yourself of the
ethical implications of not causing unnecessary harm to animals. That’s the first part.
The second part: Make sure your diet is on point. Follow Dr Greger’s “Daily Dozen”
principles. Get Nutrition Coaching from those who have a good track record. Read up
on Nutrition Science. The information is out there. It’s just a question of going out there
and looking for it. You can do it. 

"One of the hardest things about being Vegan is living life knowing that millions of animals are suffering and experiencing the most horrendous deaths, and that human beings are directly complicit."

One of the greatest
changes going Vegan has had on my life, is the fact that it made me change the career
path I was on. I would have never imagined that I would ever pursue fitness and health
on a professional level, especially at 32 years old.

  • Patrick Aramouni

Phillyblunts

Groovy Sensation

Artist

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I’m the groovy sensation born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I make groovy, funky music. My fashion and style as a real 70’s groove to it. I love basketball, music, women, and helping others even when I’m not being helped. You can find all of my music everywhere in the world, on youtube, and all the streaming sites. I would love to see people keep the peace and groove together.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been vegan for about 4 years now.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I had been talking about it here and there with a friend as a joke for years. Then a friend of mine was doing a 30 day challenge vegan diet so I tried it too, and after the 30th day I was just so used to it and felt different so I continued on and haven’t looked back ever since.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I think I have a lot more energy. I’m more aware of what I’m actually eating. And I’m more of a chef now! Hahaha. I never really used to cook much but now I’m down to get in the kitchen and groove.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. When you have to tell someone who isn’t and they look at you funny hahaha. It’s like I just don’t want to eat what you’re eating I’m not complaining about what you eat lol. 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Too many groovy meals out there to name one. Just look at my instagram.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I really miss barbecue ribs and the summertime bbq grooves.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Not really. I mean I think more of my friends are more aware of what they are eating and stuff like that. I’m not saying I changed them buy my lifestyle may have opened some eyes and minds wider.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. My mom.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Just do you and groove at your pace.

"I have a lot more energy. I’m more aware of what I’m actually eating."

“A friend of mine was doing a 30 day challenge vegan diet so I tried it too, and after the 30th day I was just so used to it and felt different so I continued on and haven’t looked back.”

  • Phillyblunts

Max Hindle Maxim1111on

Hypnotherapist | NLP Practitioner | Transformational Coach | Founder | Visionary

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.

1. My story started at self destruct, always taking drugs, drinking a lot and never wanting to be sober because I didn’t like who I was. I started out needing to become healthier and happier which lead me to start out understanding myself… initially this gave me so much anxiety and depression due to everything changing. This was an extremely hard time in my life and personal development & spirituality change my whole life and brought happiness out of me… it took a while to get me out of that place.

After years of struggling with my business life I took a break and went travelling which brought me to realign myself and connect, this gave me more direction with what I wanted to do (to create a movement of happy and fulfilled people) and then I also became vegan at the time.

I am now spreading my message on social media with just under 100k followers across InstagramTikTok & YouTube (mainly on tiktok) @maxim1111on for everything.

 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. Just over 1 year now.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. Originally it was health reasons, now I say I couldn’t kill and animal so why pay someone to do it for me when we have so much choice.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. Never been in better shape since I’ve been vegan and it has given me more compassion for animals.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. Checking the back of some foods as sometimes they contain milk etc 😂.

 
 

 6. What’s your favourite meal?

6. Avocado toast!

 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Halloumi 😂 loved a squeaky cheese! 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Yes a few people I have spoke to have gone for the diet, my sister is vegan and was before me but my family can happily eat vegan food and have reduced their meat consumption.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Dr Joe Dispenza & Tony Robbins (not vegan related but they changed my life). 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I believe they should do it slowly as it can be a massive shock to the system and may cause them to be ill which could put them off being vegan.

"Never been in better shape since I’ve been vegan and it has given me more compassion for animals"

Originally I went vegan for health reasons, now I say I couldn’t kill and animal so why pay someone to do it for me when we have so much choice. 

  • Max Hindle

Interviews

Romy London UK

Vegan Blogger

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. Hey hey – I’m Romy 😉 I’ve gone vegan overnight and discovered my passion for getting creative in the kitchen through this change in my life. I have since started a vegan food blog under the name ‘Romylondonuk’, have won multiple awards with my work and have even taken part the Channel 4 cooking show ‘Crazy Delicious’ as the only vegan contestant cooking against meat eaters. My cooking style shows that everything is possible and there’s no missing out on a vegan diet. I like to show that life is all about balance, most of my recipes have a healthy twist but there’s also some real treats for the soul on my blog! 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. It’s been 6 years now! I went vegan overnight back in 2014.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. It’s kind of a long story… I first made the connection at the age of 12 when I saw a hunter kill and cut up a deer and then serve it up for lunch the next day, but it’s still taken me a long time to fully understand what goes into what we’re eating. In 2014 it finally clicked after watching a vegan documentary and from then onwards it was clear to me that I didn’t want to eat anything that causes that much harm to animals.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I’d say going vegan has changed my entire life! It’s opened my eyes and made me realise how important compassion is in all areas of life and it’s made me more open, kind and understanding towards other beings.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. There’s not really been any hard parts for me – probably the most difficult thing is going through the same questions over and over again with non-vegan friends, but it can also be daunting to be a new vegan around new vegan friends and worrying about making a mistake or not being ‘vegan enough’ – sadly there’s lots of people that put that put a ranking on how vegan someone can be. It doesn’t help anyone and just prevents more people from trying it out.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Oh what a difficult question! There’s so many things I love… avocado grilled (vegan) cheese sandwiches, takeaway from Wagamama or my favourite peanut noodles recipe are all ranking very high here!
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. In general not really, but if there was something I could wish for, it’d be proper vegan jaffa cakes (those perfect little round ones, homemade it just not hitting that spot ;))
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Over the years I’ve received a lot of messages from friends and acquaintances saying I’ve inspired them to give vegan a go – or simply to create more vegan dishes in their own kitchen. It’s honestly the most rewarding part of creating a vegan blog and puts a smile on my face every time.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Outside the vegan world my biggest inspiration is my grandad. I spent a lot of time with him during my younger years and he’s had a great sense of humour, was always kind and caring to people around him and thought me to be open-minded, curious, dream big and enjoy life to the fullest. If I can be anything, I’d want to be like him.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Remember that it’s a process – don’t strive for perfection, but strive to learn and make veganism fit into your personal lifestyle in a way that makes you happy and is sustainable for you in the long term.

"I'd say going vegan has changed my entire life! It's opened my eyes and made me realise how important compassion is in all areas of life and it's made me more open, kind and understanding towards other beings."

My cooking style shows that everything is possible and there’s no missing out on a vegan diet.

  • Romy London UK

Interviews

Robbie Lockie

Managing director and co-founder of Plant-Based News

Personal
 
 
Plant-Based News
 
 
 
 

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I’m the managing director and co-founder of plant-based news the world’s leading vegan news media and health Education platform. Our social media is focused on educating people on the benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the environmental consequences of reducing animal products in the diet. I am originally from Zimbabwe in Africa, I moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 to further my career in design and digital marketing. 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I have been vegan for 7 years, I recently had my veganniversary.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I went vegan after a series of health problems. I began exploring diet and the affect on the body and this resulted in discovering the plant-based and vegan lifestyle. I watched Food Inc, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead as well as Earthlings, the documentary. This film was the final reason, it helped unlock the realisation that humanity has inflicted the most unspeakable horrors on our animal cousins and that I no longer wished to play a part in it.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It has changed my life In many ways, it has given my life a lot of purposes and it has also allowed me to live a more vibrant life. I feel more at peace. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest thing about being vegan is other people’s attitudes and the social conditioning in our Society. 

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. My favourite meal is a Buddha bowl which usually contains a wide variety of foods, like baked tofu, rice, broccoli, black beans and other yummy things like that. Probably covered in tahini too! 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I don’t really miss anything. I feel like there is so much choice now how could you miss anything? 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Many. Both my parents are now vegan and most of my friends have cut back on meat considerably. Many have quit dairy totally. 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. My mom and dad who went vegan and 60 🙂  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 

10. Take it slow and do not be too hard on yourself. Doing this is a really positive step, it won’t always be easy, you won’t always be perfect but do your best. Your body and the animals will thank you.! 

"I don't really miss anything being vegan. I feel like there is so much choice now how could you miss anything?"

It has changed my life In many ways, it has given my life a lot of purposes and it has also allowed me to live a more vibrant life. I feel more at peace.

  • Robbie Lockie

Interviews

Luiz Silva

Vegan Influencer

(The voice for the voiceless)

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.

1. My name is Luiz Silva, 31 years old, born and raised in Brazil. Growing up in Brazil where the meat industry is so strong, I never thought I was going to go from meat eater to animal activist. I was always (since I was 13) curious about vegetarianism. I remember being back home and googling “how to be vegetarian” at a very young age. I believe it didn’t happen back then due to society and social life. At that age, most kids are trying to fit in and be part of a group and I had absolutely zero friends who were familiar or interested the subject. After moving to Miami in 2011 I became more independent with my food choices and found a big passion for cooking, but it wasn’t until next year, 2012, that I decided to go “pescatarian”. During the following year, 2013, I had the opportunity to run an Indian spirit retreat in South America for over a thousand people, and hearing them talking about karma, pain and soul, I decided to go fully vegetarian. After that, it became my passion and I started writing and reading a lot about the subject, and came across to things I never thought existed. Things about the dairy and egg industry that I was horrified about. 2014 was the year I completely switched to veganism and started spreading the word about it.

 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. Fully vegan since 2014. Vegetarian since 2013. Pescatarian since 2012.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. Spiritual purposes, knowlede about the soul, ego and karma. I have been studying about the subject since 2014 and since then it only made sense for me to feed myself with living food.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 

4. I would say the biggest change was the outlook and perspective of things and beings in this planet. I have always been very active and healthy and definitely cutting dairy was the biggest change I felt in my body, but other than that, I would say that the biggest change was internally/spiritually. I am now a calmer person, I understand (most times) that things happen the way they should happen and I learned to love animals 100% as equals.

 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. It is so hard to think of a thing that makes it hard. When there is passion, there is also pleasure in everything you do. I would say it is probably socializing. Not much about not having what to eat everywhere you go, but having to be the topic of all gatherings when hanging with people who are not vegan. It is not always that you want to talk about it, educate people on it and have to hear hurtful comments about it and just have to brush it off.

 

 6. What’s your favourite meal?

6. Anything with peanut butter for sweets and anything with my “happy tuna” mix I make.

                                                      7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?

7. Over the years, I learned how not to see “non-vegan” food as food. Now they genuinely gross me out. Also, I love cooking and I have veganized all food I used to like when growing up. I learned that what you crave is the flavor, not the act of eating a dead animal. Example, I used to love buffalo chicken wing, now I know that what I loved was buffalo sauce, not the wing itself!
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I have lost count of it. And I am not mad about it.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I have a few, from close friends who inspire me to be strong on the fight as an activist, like my friend Thays to people I do not know personally but inspired me with their power of choosing wisely their words when discussing the subject, like the activist Hudson Tarlow 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Differently than most vegan fellas, I do believe in baby’s steps. And I do believe that EVERY MOVE COUNTS. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start TODAY, even if cutting one kind of animal products at time. Remember, intensions count more than anything else. Also, remember, ignorance is NOT bliss! It is a choice! In the era of communication, not looking for knowledge is a dead sentence. There are tons of documentaries available for free to help you on the transition.

"I have always been very active and healthy and definitely cutting dairy was the biggest change I felt in my body"

EVERY MOVE COUNTS. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start TODAY, even if cutting one kind of animal products at a time. Remember, intensions count more than anything else. Also, remember, ignorance is NOT bliss! It is a choice!
 
  • Luiz Silva

Interviews

Omari McQueen

CEO of Dipalicious. The world’s youngest restaurateur & the youngest chef in the UK.

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.

1. I am 11 years old, I’m also the CEO of Dipalicious a vegan food company, the youngest restaurateur in the world and youngest vegan chef in the UK.

I live in London with my mum, dad and 5 other siblings.

 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I have been vegan for nearly 4 years.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I saw a PETA UK video on YouTube and I didn’t like the way animals were being treated for food and clothes so I decided I will go vegan.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 

4. Since I’ve been vegan I kept on hearing people say you can’t be vegan and healthy so I started to research for myself and I realised how much healthier it was for my body.

Now I teach others about the benefits of healthy foods on my Top Tip Tuesday’s.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. I don’t see anything hard about being vegan, being vegan isn’t a diet it’s a lifestyle that chooses not to harm animals.

If you believe that harming animals is wrong being vegan is easy.

 

 6. What’s your favourite meal?

6. I love my BBQ Jackfruit wraps they are the best.

                                                      7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?

7. No as I now know what happens
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Yes, I have two of my siblings a few of my friends and my family eat mostly vegan as they love my cooking.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Gordon Ramsay inspires me but the more people I meet the more I am inspired. I would love to one day meet with Jaden Smith he inspires me too.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I would say try different foods use seasoning to adapt to your own taste and if they are going vegan for the animals like me I would say don’t think about what it used to taste like think about the process and you won’t go back.

"Since I've been vegan I kept on hearing people say you can’t be vegan and healthy so I started to research for myself and I realised how much healthier it was for my body."

I don’t see anything hard about being vegan, being vegan isn’t a diet it’s a lifestyle that chooses not to harm animals.
 
If you believe that harming animals is wrong being vegan is easy.
 
  • Omari McQueen

Interviews

Clare Every

The Little London Vegan

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. ​I’m just a girl who loves to eat! I started my Instagram page about eight years ago when I was the world’s biggest meat eater and it’s slowly followed my journey from meat recipes to vegan restaurant reviews! I basically travel around London (and beyond), tasting the vegan options on offer, reviewing and sharing them with people who love food as much as me!
 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. ​I feel like I’m still a bit of a vegan newbie. I’ve only been vegan for two years but because of the sheer volume of restaurants I’ve been to in that time, it feels like it’s been about five years! I’ve loved every second of it, to be honest, but that’s partly because I went vegan as it was starting to get a little easier. Massive respect to the people who went vegan thirty years ago!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before. I was as far from a vegan as you could probably be a few years ago but after realising what I was contributing to, I knew I had to change my ways.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It’s probably changed my life more than it has for some others because it’s now my lifestyle, my hobby and also my job. It’s changed the way I view the world, changed the things I care about, changed the way I spend my spare time and (of course) changed the way I eat. It sounds a bit cringeworthy but I do think going vegan has made me a kinder person.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest thing about veganism, for me is other people. I’ve found that a lot of non-vegans judge you for going vegan in the first place and constantly want to question you, catch you out or ridicule you. There’s also a small group of vegans waiting to jump on you if you’re not doing veganism the “right way”. They’re often referred to as the vegan police. I actually find it easier to deal with criticism from non-vegans because I’m confident in my beliefs but when vegans attack other vegans, I find this particular disheartening. Veganism is supposed to be about compassion for *all* beings. We all share the same belief and we’re all fighting for the same thing so we need to be less judgemental towards each other. My way of dealing with the vegan police is to kill them with kindness and remind them that we’re all on our own journey, doing our best. For non-vegans, if they genuinely want to have a conversation with me, I’ll chat to them about it all in a non-judgemental way but if they’re picking at me just to get a reaction, I’ll tell them I don’t feel like discussing it and move on.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. That’s like asking you to choose your favourite child! It changes every day for me. Right now, I’ll choose an Honest Burger. I’m a burger kinda gal.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Fish is the only thing I ever really miss. I used to eat sushi every day and have salmon and veggies as a healthy, easy dinner most nights. I’ve had some smoked carrot alternatives and some fake fish sushi which have been nice but not the same. 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. ​I wouldn’t say I’ve “convinced” anyone because I don’t talk to people with the aim of converting them, that just isn’t my style. I like to show people the amazing food on offer, show them how much I enjoy being vegan and answer their questions about veganism and then let them make their own choice. I like to think I’ve inspired my family and some of my friends’ decision to cut down their meat intake. My boyfriend is also vegan now and I reckon I can claim that one 😉
 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I really admire Earthling Ed and his approach. He’s so gentle, kind, calm and understanding towards others. He oozes compassion but is also incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable. I wish I could debate like him!  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. ​Everyone has their own methods but if you’re anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you. Don’t listen to anyone else, just do it in your own time and for your own reasons.

"Everyone has their own methods but if you're anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you"

​I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before

  • Clare Every

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

Social Media Links
 
 

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

Interviews

Clare Every

The Little London Vegan

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. ​I’m just a girl who loves to eat! I started my Instagram page about eight years ago when I was the world’s biggest meat eater and it’s slowly followed my journey from meat recipes to vegan restaurant reviews! I basically travel around London (and beyond), tasting the vegan options on offer, reviewing and sharing them with people who love food as much as me!
 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. ​I feel like I’m still a bit of a vegan newbie. I’ve only been vegan for two years but because of the sheer volume of restaurants I’ve been to in that time, it feels like it’s been about five years! I’ve loved every second of it, to be honest, but that’s partly because I went vegan as it was starting to get a little easier. Massive respect to the people who went vegan thirty years ago!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before. I was as far from a vegan as you could probably be a few years ago but after realising what I was contributing to, I knew I had to change my ways.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It’s probably changed my life more than it has for some others because it’s now my lifestyle, my hobby and also my job. It’s changed the way I view the world, changed the things I care about, changed the way I spend my spare time and (of course) changed the way I eat. It sounds a bit cringeworthy but I do think going vegan has made me a kinder person.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest thing about veganism, for me is other people. I’ve found that a lot of non-vegans judge you for going vegan in the first place and constantly want to question you, catch you out or ridicule you. There’s also a small group of vegans waiting to jump on you if you’re not doing veganism the “right way”. They’re often referred to as the vegan police. I actually find it easier to deal with criticism from non-vegans because I’m confident in my beliefs but when vegans attack other vegans, I find this particular disheartening. Veganism is supposed to be about compassion for *all* beings. We all share the same belief and we’re all fighting for the same thing so we need to be less judgemental towards each other. My way of dealing with the vegan police is to kill them with kindness and remind them that we’re all on our own journey, doing our best. For non-vegans, if they genuinely want to have a conversation with me, I’ll chat to them about it all in a non-judgemental way but if they’re picking at me just to get a reaction, I’ll tell them I don’t feel like discussing it and move on.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. That’s like asking you to choose your favourite child! It changes every day for me. Right now, I’ll choose an Honest Burger. I’m a burger kinda gal.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Fish is the only thing I ever really miss. I used to eat sushi every day and have salmon and veggies as a healthy, easy dinner most nights. I’ve had some smoked carrot alternatives and some fake fish sushi which have been nice but not the same. 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. ​I wouldn’t say I’ve “convinced” anyone because I don’t talk to people with the aim of converting them, that just isn’t my style. I like to show people the amazing food on offer, show them how much I enjoy being vegan and answer their questions about veganism and then let them make their own choice. I like to think I’ve inspired my family and some of my friends’ decision to cut down their meat intake. My boyfriend is also vegan now and I reckon I can claim that one 😉
 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I really admire Earthling Ed and his approach. He’s so gentle, kind, calm and understanding towards others. He oozes compassion but is also incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable. I wish I could debate like him!  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. ​Everyone has their own methods but if you’re anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you. Don’t listen to anyone else, just do it in your own time and for your own reasons.

"Everyone has their own methods but if you're anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you"

​I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before

  • Clare Every

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

Social Media Links
 
 

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

Patrick Aramouni

Athlete/Health coach

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. My name is Patrick Aramouni, and I am a 32 year old Athlete/Health coach. I was born
and raised in Lebanon, and moved to Montreal at the age of 18, where I am currently
based. With a particular interest in the Vegan lifestyle, I decided to document my
journey on social media around 3 and a half years ago. I’ve now reached a combined
audience of around 168 thousand people on Tiktok and Instagram. I enjoy sharing
workout tips & tricks, nutrition information, as well as workout videos.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been Vegan for exactly 6 years. December 31 st 2014 was the day I turned Vegan.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I went Vegan for ethical reasons. Once I realized that I had no excuse to contribute to
the suffering and killing of animals, I had no option but to make the switch. I had always
intuitively known that there was something wrong with loving a dog but eating a cow.
Making the switch was a no brainer for me and was just a matter of time.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. Going vegan is definitely life-changing in many ways. You look at the world differently,
you look at people differently, and you look at food differently. One of the greatest
changes going Vegan has had on my life, is the fact that it made me change the career
path I was on. I would have never imagined that I would ever pursue fitness and health
on a professional level, especially at 32 years old. Besides the career change, I
definitely feel like eating more plants has made me age better and feel better. I’ve never
felt younger and better than I feel today. I work out over 6 days a week, play squash
nearly every day, and lead a very active lifestyle. I definitely feel like eating a plant-
based diet has helped me keep fit and active.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. One of the hardest things about
being Vegan is living life knowing that millions of animals are suffering and experiencing
the most horrendous deaths, and that human beings are directly complicit. Being aware
of this fact can be depressing at times, yet it’s important to remind oneself that this is a
long-term battle, and that I am doing my part in this fight for change.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. That’s a tough question. I have so many to choose from. After a bit of reflection, I’m
gona go with Black bean burger topped with Avocados and caramelized onions.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. None. I can eat a vegan version of
every single non-vegan food out there.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I’ve convinced a few friends and family members to adopt a vegan lifestyle. I hope to think
that I’ve influenced many other people across my social media channels to go fully
Vegan.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Christopher Hitchens. He is an English writer. He taught me the importance of standing
up for a just cause and engaging in voicing my opinion, unapologetically. 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 

10. Here is the advice I would give: Do it for the right reasons. Remind yourself of the
ethical implications of not causing unnecessary harm to animals. That’s the first part.
The second part: Make sure your diet is on point. Follow Dr Greger’s “Daily Dozen”
principles. Get Nutrition Coaching from those who have a good track record. Read up
on Nutrition Science. The information is out there. It’s just a question of going out there
and looking for it. You can do it. 

"One of the hardest things about being Vegan is living life knowing that millions of animals are suffering and experiencing the most horrendous deaths, and that human beings are directly complicit."

One of the greatest
changes going Vegan has had on my life, is the fact that it made me change the career
path I was on. I would have never imagined that I would ever pursue fitness and health
on a professional level, especially at 32 years old.

  • Patrick Aramouni

Phillyblunts

Groovy Sensation

Artist

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I’m the groovy sensation born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I make groovy, funky music. My fashion and style as a real 70’s groove to it. I love basketball, music, women, and helping others even when I’m not being helped. You can find all of my music everywhere in the world, on youtube, and all the streaming sites. I would love to see people keep the peace and groove together.
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I’ve been vegan for about 4 years now.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I had been talking about it here and there with a friend as a joke for years. Then a friend of mine was doing a 30 day challenge vegan diet so I tried it too, and after the 30th day I was just so used to it and felt different so I continued on and haven’t looked back ever since.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I think I have a lot more energy. I’m more aware of what I’m actually eating. And I’m more of a chef now! Hahaha. I never really used to cook much but now I’m down to get in the kitchen and groove.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. When you have to tell someone who isn’t and they look at you funny hahaha. It’s like I just don’t want to eat what you’re eating I’m not complaining about what you eat lol. 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Too many groovy meals out there to name one. Just look at my instagram.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I really miss barbecue ribs and the summertime bbq grooves.
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Not really. I mean I think more of my friends are more aware of what they are eating and stuff like that. I’m not saying I changed them buy my lifestyle may have opened some eyes and minds wider.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. My mom.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Just do you and groove at your pace.

"I have a lot more energy. I’m more aware of what I’m actually eating."

“A friend of mine was doing a 30 day challenge vegan diet so I tried it too, and after the 30th day I was just so used to it and felt different so I continued on and haven’t looked back.”

  • Phillyblunts

Max Hindle Maxim1111on

Hypnotherapist | NLP Practitioner | Transformational Coach | Founder | Visionary

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.

1. My story started at self destruct, always taking drugs, drinking a lot and never wanting to be sober because I didn’t like who I was. I started out needing to become healthier and happier which lead me to start out understanding myself… initially this gave me so much anxiety and depression due to everything changing. This was an extremely hard time in my life and personal development & spirituality change my whole life and brought happiness out of me… it took a while to get me out of that place.

After years of struggling with my business life I took a break and went travelling which brought me to realign myself and connect, this gave me more direction with what I wanted to do (to create a movement of happy and fulfilled people) and then I also became vegan at the time.

I am now spreading my message on social media with just under 100k followers across InstagramTikTok & YouTube (mainly on tiktok) @maxim1111on for everything.

 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. Just over 1 year now.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. Originally it was health reasons, now I say I couldn’t kill and animal so why pay someone to do it for me when we have so much choice.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. Never been in better shape since I’ve been vegan and it has given me more compassion for animals.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. Checking the back of some foods as sometimes they contain milk etc 😂.

 
 

 6. What’s your favourite meal?

6. Avocado toast!

 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Halloumi 😂 loved a squeaky cheese! 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Yes a few people I have spoke to have gone for the diet, my sister is vegan and was before me but my family can happily eat vegan food and have reduced their meat consumption.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Dr Joe Dispenza & Tony Robbins (not vegan related but they changed my life). 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I believe they should do it slowly as it can be a massive shock to the system and may cause them to be ill which could put them off being vegan.

"Never been in better shape since I’ve been vegan and it has given me more compassion for animals"

Originally I went vegan for health reasons, now I say I couldn’t kill and animal so why pay someone to do it for me when we have so much choice. 

  • Max Hindle

Interviews

Romy London UK

Vegan Blogger

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. Hey hey – I’m Romy 😉 I’ve gone vegan overnight and discovered my passion for getting creative in the kitchen through this change in my life. I have since started a vegan food blog under the name ‘Romylondonuk’, have won multiple awards with my work and have even taken part the Channel 4 cooking show ‘Crazy Delicious’ as the only vegan contestant cooking against meat eaters. My cooking style shows that everything is possible and there’s no missing out on a vegan diet. I like to show that life is all about balance, most of my recipes have a healthy twist but there’s also some real treats for the soul on my blog! 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. It’s been 6 years now! I went vegan overnight back in 2014.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. It’s kind of a long story… I first made the connection at the age of 12 when I saw a hunter kill and cut up a deer and then serve it up for lunch the next day, but it’s still taken me a long time to fully understand what goes into what we’re eating. In 2014 it finally clicked after watching a vegan documentary and from then onwards it was clear to me that I didn’t want to eat anything that causes that much harm to animals.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. I’d say going vegan has changed my entire life! It’s opened my eyes and made me realise how important compassion is in all areas of life and it’s made me more open, kind and understanding towards other beings.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. There’s not really been any hard parts for me – probably the most difficult thing is going through the same questions over and over again with non-vegan friends, but it can also be daunting to be a new vegan around new vegan friends and worrying about making a mistake or not being ‘vegan enough’ – sadly there’s lots of people that put that put a ranking on how vegan someone can be. It doesn’t help anyone and just prevents more people from trying it out.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. Oh what a difficult question! There’s so many things I love… avocado grilled (vegan) cheese sandwiches, takeaway from Wagamama or my favourite peanut noodles recipe are all ranking very high here!
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. In general not really, but if there was something I could wish for, it’d be proper vegan jaffa cakes (those perfect little round ones, homemade it just not hitting that spot ;))
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Over the years I’ve received a lot of messages from friends and acquaintances saying I’ve inspired them to give vegan a go – or simply to create more vegan dishes in their own kitchen. It’s honestly the most rewarding part of creating a vegan blog and puts a smile on my face every time.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Outside the vegan world my biggest inspiration is my grandad. I spent a lot of time with him during my younger years and he’s had a great sense of humour, was always kind and caring to people around him and thought me to be open-minded, curious, dream big and enjoy life to the fullest. If I can be anything, I’d want to be like him.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Remember that it’s a process – don’t strive for perfection, but strive to learn and make veganism fit into your personal lifestyle in a way that makes you happy and is sustainable for you in the long term.

"I'd say going vegan has changed my entire life! It's opened my eyes and made me realise how important compassion is in all areas of life and it's made me more open, kind and understanding towards other beings."

My cooking style shows that everything is possible and there’s no missing out on a vegan diet.

  • Romy London UK

Interviews

Robbie Lockie

Managing director and co-founder of Plant-Based News

Personal
 
 
Plant-Based News
 
 
 
 

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. I’m the managing director and co-founder of plant-based news the world’s leading vegan news media and health Education platform. Our social media is focused on educating people on the benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the environmental consequences of reducing animal products in the diet. I am originally from Zimbabwe in Africa, I moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 to further my career in design and digital marketing. 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I have been vegan for 7 years, I recently had my veganniversary.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I went vegan after a series of health problems. I began exploring diet and the affect on the body and this resulted in discovering the plant-based and vegan lifestyle. I watched Food Inc, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead as well as Earthlings, the documentary. This film was the final reason, it helped unlock the realisation that humanity has inflicted the most unspeakable horrors on our animal cousins and that I no longer wished to play a part in it.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It has changed my life In many ways, it has given my life a lot of purposes and it has also allowed me to live a more vibrant life. I feel more at peace. 
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest thing about being vegan is other people’s attitudes and the social conditioning in our Society. 

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. My favourite meal is a Buddha bowl which usually contains a wide variety of foods, like baked tofu, rice, broccoli, black beans and other yummy things like that. Probably covered in tahini too! 
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. I don’t really miss anything. I feel like there is so much choice now how could you miss anything? 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Many. Both my parents are now vegan and most of my friends have cut back on meat considerably. Many have quit dairy totally. 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. My mom and dad who went vegan and 60 🙂  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 

10. Take it slow and do not be too hard on yourself. Doing this is a really positive step, it won’t always be easy, you won’t always be perfect but do your best. Your body and the animals will thank you.! 

"I don't really miss anything being vegan. I feel like there is so much choice now how could you miss anything?"

It has changed my life In many ways, it has given my life a lot of purposes and it has also allowed me to live a more vibrant life. I feel more at peace.

  • Robbie Lockie

Interviews

Luiz Silva

Vegan Influencer

(The voice for the voiceless)

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.

1. My name is Luiz Silva, 31 years old, born and raised in Brazil. Growing up in Brazil where the meat industry is so strong, I never thought I was going to go from meat eater to animal activist. I was always (since I was 13) curious about vegetarianism. I remember being back home and googling “how to be vegetarian” at a very young age. I believe it didn’t happen back then due to society and social life. At that age, most kids are trying to fit in and be part of a group and I had absolutely zero friends who were familiar or interested the subject. After moving to Miami in 2011 I became more independent with my food choices and found a big passion for cooking, but it wasn’t until next year, 2012, that I decided to go “pescatarian”. During the following year, 2013, I had the opportunity to run an Indian spirit retreat in South America for over a thousand people, and hearing them talking about karma, pain and soul, I decided to go fully vegetarian. After that, it became my passion and I started writing and reading a lot about the subject, and came across to things I never thought existed. Things about the dairy and egg industry that I was horrified about. 2014 was the year I completely switched to veganism and started spreading the word about it.

 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. Fully vegan since 2014. Vegetarian since 2013. Pescatarian since 2012.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. Spiritual purposes, knowlede about the soul, ego and karma. I have been studying about the subject since 2014 and since then it only made sense for me to feed myself with living food.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 

4. I would say the biggest change was the outlook and perspective of things and beings in this planet. I have always been very active and healthy and definitely cutting dairy was the biggest change I felt in my body, but other than that, I would say that the biggest change was internally/spiritually. I am now a calmer person, I understand (most times) that things happen the way they should happen and I learned to love animals 100% as equals.

 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. It is so hard to think of a thing that makes it hard. When there is passion, there is also pleasure in everything you do. I would say it is probably socializing. Not much about not having what to eat everywhere you go, but having to be the topic of all gatherings when hanging with people who are not vegan. It is not always that you want to talk about it, educate people on it and have to hear hurtful comments about it and just have to brush it off.

 

 6. What’s your favourite meal?

6. Anything with peanut butter for sweets and anything with my “happy tuna” mix I make.

                                                      7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?

7. Over the years, I learned how not to see “non-vegan” food as food. Now they genuinely gross me out. Also, I love cooking and I have veganized all food I used to like when growing up. I learned that what you crave is the flavor, not the act of eating a dead animal. Example, I used to love buffalo chicken wing, now I know that what I loved was buffalo sauce, not the wing itself!
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. I have lost count of it. And I am not mad about it.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I have a few, from close friends who inspire me to be strong on the fight as an activist, like my friend Thays to people I do not know personally but inspired me with their power of choosing wisely their words when discussing the subject, like the activist Hudson Tarlow 

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. Differently than most vegan fellas, I do believe in baby’s steps. And I do believe that EVERY MOVE COUNTS. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start TODAY, even if cutting one kind of animal products at time. Remember, intensions count more than anything else. Also, remember, ignorance is NOT bliss! It is a choice! In the era of communication, not looking for knowledge is a dead sentence. There are tons of documentaries available for free to help you on the transition.

"I have always been very active and healthy and definitely cutting dairy was the biggest change I felt in my body"

EVERY MOVE COUNTS. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start TODAY, even if cutting one kind of animal products at a time. Remember, intensions count more than anything else. Also, remember, ignorance is NOT bliss! It is a choice!
 
  • Luiz Silva

Interviews

Omari McQueen

CEO of Dipalicious. The world’s youngest restaurateur & the youngest chef in the UK.

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.

1. I am 11 years old, I’m also the CEO of Dipalicious a vegan food company, the youngest restaurateur in the world and youngest vegan chef in the UK.

I live in London with my mum, dad and 5 other siblings.

 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. I have been vegan for nearly 4 years.
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I saw a PETA UK video on YouTube and I didn’t like the way animals were being treated for food and clothes so I decided I will go vegan.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 

4. Since I’ve been vegan I kept on hearing people say you can’t be vegan and healthy so I started to research for myself and I realised how much healthier it was for my body.

Now I teach others about the benefits of healthy foods on my Top Tip Tuesday’s.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. I don’t see anything hard about being vegan, being vegan isn’t a diet it’s a lifestyle that chooses not to harm animals.

If you believe that harming animals is wrong being vegan is easy.

 

 6. What’s your favourite meal?

6. I love my BBQ Jackfruit wraps they are the best.

                                                      7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?

7. No as I now know what happens
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. Yes, I have two of my siblings a few of my friends and my family eat mostly vegan as they love my cooking.
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. Gordon Ramsay inspires me but the more people I meet the more I am inspired. I would love to one day meet with Jaden Smith he inspires me too.  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. I would say try different foods use seasoning to adapt to your own taste and if they are going vegan for the animals like me I would say don’t think about what it used to taste like think about the process and you won’t go back.

"Since I've been vegan I kept on hearing people say you can’t be vegan and healthy so I started to research for myself and I realised how much healthier it was for my body."

I don’t see anything hard about being vegan, being vegan isn’t a diet it’s a lifestyle that chooses not to harm animals.
 
If you believe that harming animals is wrong being vegan is easy.
 
  • Omari McQueen

Interviews

Clare Every

The Little London Vegan

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. ​I’m just a girl who loves to eat! I started my Instagram page about eight years ago when I was the world’s biggest meat eater and it’s slowly followed my journey from meat recipes to vegan restaurant reviews! I basically travel around London (and beyond), tasting the vegan options on offer, reviewing and sharing them with people who love food as much as me!
 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. ​I feel like I’m still a bit of a vegan newbie. I’ve only been vegan for two years but because of the sheer volume of restaurants I’ve been to in that time, it feels like it’s been about five years! I’ve loved every second of it, to be honest, but that’s partly because I went vegan as it was starting to get a little easier. Massive respect to the people who went vegan thirty years ago!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before. I was as far from a vegan as you could probably be a few years ago but after realising what I was contributing to, I knew I had to change my ways.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It’s probably changed my life more than it has for some others because it’s now my lifestyle, my hobby and also my job. It’s changed the way I view the world, changed the things I care about, changed the way I spend my spare time and (of course) changed the way I eat. It sounds a bit cringeworthy but I do think going vegan has made me a kinder person.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest thing about veganism, for me is other people. I’ve found that a lot of non-vegans judge you for going vegan in the first place and constantly want to question you, catch you out or ridicule you. There’s also a small group of vegans waiting to jump on you if you’re not doing veganism the “right way”. They’re often referred to as the vegan police. I actually find it easier to deal with criticism from non-vegans because I’m confident in my beliefs but when vegans attack other vegans, I find this particular disheartening. Veganism is supposed to be about compassion for *all* beings. We all share the same belief and we’re all fighting for the same thing so we need to be less judgemental towards each other. My way of dealing with the vegan police is to kill them with kindness and remind them that we’re all on our own journey, doing our best. For non-vegans, if they genuinely want to have a conversation with me, I’ll chat to them about it all in a non-judgemental way but if they’re picking at me just to get a reaction, I’ll tell them I don’t feel like discussing it and move on.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. That’s like asking you to choose your favourite child! It changes every day for me. Right now, I’ll choose an Honest Burger. I’m a burger kinda gal.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Fish is the only thing I ever really miss. I used to eat sushi every day and have salmon and veggies as a healthy, easy dinner most nights. I’ve had some smoked carrot alternatives and some fake fish sushi which have been nice but not the same. 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. ​I wouldn’t say I’ve “convinced” anyone because I don’t talk to people with the aim of converting them, that just isn’t my style. I like to show people the amazing food on offer, show them how much I enjoy being vegan and answer their questions about veganism and then let them make their own choice. I like to think I’ve inspired my family and some of my friends’ decision to cut down their meat intake. My boyfriend is also vegan now and I reckon I can claim that one 😉
 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I really admire Earthling Ed and his approach. He’s so gentle, kind, calm and understanding towards others. He oozes compassion but is also incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable. I wish I could debate like him!  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. ​Everyone has their own methods but if you’re anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you. Don’t listen to anyone else, just do it in your own time and for your own reasons.

"Everyone has their own methods but if you're anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you"

​I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before

  • Clare Every

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

Social Media Links
 
 

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

Interviews

Clare Every

The Little London Vegan

Q & A

1. Please tell me a little more about yourself and your social media.
1. ​I’m just a girl who loves to eat! I started my Instagram page about eight years ago when I was the world’s biggest meat eater and it’s slowly followed my journey from meat recipes to vegan restaurant reviews! I basically travel around London (and beyond), tasting the vegan options on offer, reviewing and sharing them with people who love food as much as me!
 
 
2. How long have you been vegan? 
 
2. ​I feel like I’m still a bit of a vegan newbie. I’ve only been vegan for two years but because of the sheer volume of restaurants I’ve been to in that time, it feels like it’s been about five years! I’ve loved every second of it, to be honest, but that’s partly because I went vegan as it was starting to get a little easier. Massive respect to the people who went vegan thirty years ago!
 
3. Why did you decide to go vegan?
 
3. I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before. I was as far from a vegan as you could probably be a few years ago but after realising what I was contributing to, I knew I had to change my ways.
 
4. How has it changed your life, health and outlook?
 
4. It’s probably changed my life more than it has for some others because it’s now my lifestyle, my hobby and also my job. It’s changed the way I view the world, changed the things I care about, changed the way I spend my spare time and (of course) changed the way I eat. It sounds a bit cringeworthy but I do think going vegan has made me a kinder person.
 
5. What’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
 

5. The hardest thing about veganism, for me is other people. I’ve found that a lot of non-vegans judge you for going vegan in the first place and constantly want to question you, catch you out or ridicule you. There’s also a small group of vegans waiting to jump on you if you’re not doing veganism the “right way”. They’re often referred to as the vegan police. I actually find it easier to deal with criticism from non-vegans because I’m confident in my beliefs but when vegans attack other vegans, I find this particular disheartening. Veganism is supposed to be about compassion for *all* beings. We all share the same belief and we’re all fighting for the same thing so we need to be less judgemental towards each other. My way of dealing with the vegan police is to kill them with kindness and remind them that we’re all on our own journey, doing our best. For non-vegans, if they genuinely want to have a conversation with me, I’ll chat to them about it all in a non-judgemental way but if they’re picking at me just to get a reaction, I’ll tell them I don’t feel like discussing it and move on.

 

6. What’s your favourite meal?
 
6. That’s like asking you to choose your favourite child! It changes every day for me. Right now, I’ll choose an Honest Burger. I’m a burger kinda gal.
7. Are there any foods you miss or crave?
7. Fish is the only thing I ever really miss. I used to eat sushi every day and have salmon and veggies as a healthy, easy dinner most nights. I’ve had some smoked carrot alternatives and some fake fish sushi which have been nice but not the same. 
 8. Have you convinced any friends or family to change their lifestyle?
 
8. ​I wouldn’t say I’ve “convinced” anyone because I don’t talk to people with the aim of converting them, that just isn’t my style. I like to show people the amazing food on offer, show them how much I enjoy being vegan and answer their questions about veganism and then let them make their own choice. I like to think I’ve inspired my family and some of my friends’ decision to cut down their meat intake. My boyfriend is also vegan now and I reckon I can claim that one 😉
 
9. Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
 

9. I really admire Earthling Ed and his approach. He’s so gentle, kind, calm and understanding towards others. He oozes compassion but is also incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable. I wish I could debate like him!  

10. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going vegan?
 
10. ​Everyone has their own methods but if you’re anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you. Don’t listen to anyone else, just do it in your own time and for your own reasons.

"Everyone has their own methods but if you're anything like me, taking it slow is the way to do it. Cut things out and replace them slowly, Start with milk, move on to meat, whatever works for you"

​I turned vegan because I watched some documentaries which opened my eyes and made me think about the food that was on my plate in a way I never had before

  • Clare Every

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

Social Media Links
 
 

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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