Hello guys! I missed you in the last few days, my schedule was a bit busier than usual, so I haven’t posted anything yesterday. But here I am, with another interview for our new category “Why Vegan?”. We have already featured some amazing posts with very influential vegan bloggers, so you can have a look at them as well. They are helping me in presenting the veganism as something completely natural and there’s no need to argue about it.
Today’s guest is Alexandra @plantifulalexandra. She gave us an amazing interview and we’re very happy to share it with you guys!
When did you become vegan and what made you do it?
I went vegan pretty much overnight in March 2015 100% for ethical reasons, as I didn’t want to support all this animal cruelty anymore.
I also care about our planet and animal agriculture is one of the main reasons for the environmental issues we face today. Just after going vegan I found out about all the health benefits it brings. I’ve always been interested in a healthy lifestyle and thought I already eat healthily until I found out that animal products are not healthy for you at all.
How did this change you – physically and mentally?
Veganism cured my unhealthy relationship with food. I’ve struggled my eating habits and even an eating disorder for a big part of my life. Even when this phase was over I still sometimes had unhealthy thoughts when eating a little too much or too unhealthy. Now that I’m vegan I know that I put good foods into my body and don’t need to worry much anymore about my weight as I keep it so easily these days even with eating a lot more food than in the past. And even if I eat a little too much or unhealthy: I do not contribute to animal suffering with unhealthy vegan foods so this automatically makes me so much happier and relaxed as I think “ok, this may not be the best for my body but hey – I’m not hurting anyone else”.
Veganism made me more conscious and positive. I now have a vision of what I want my life to look like and am willing to make changes to achieve my goals and leave my current unfulfilling life behind. I guess this more positive and relaxed attitude also has to do with not putting products anymore that come from animal suffering and are full of antibiotics, hormones, fear and stress.
Veganism made me a minimalist. With becoming more conscious, I also noticed how much stuff I have, like how many clothes there are in my wardrobe for example and that I don’t need this to be happy. I believe that all these topics like veganism, minimalism, health, getting out of the typical 9-5 work system etc. are connected and once you get into one of the topics, you automatically will think about the others at some point.
Veganism gave me purpose. In the past, I often felt so lost in life, I questioned why I’m even here, what the purpose of my life is. Today I feel like I found my purpose which is to contribute to make this world a better place with spreading the vegan message, to be a good example by trying to live a life that harms other living beings as well as our planet as little as possible and to just become the best version of myself that I can possibly be. Today I don’t feel that my life is just about me anymore but about so much more than that. I don’t think anymore “oh what difference can I as a single person actually make” but I now understand that every single person can contribute to making positive changes in the world and that noone is unimportant when it comes to the bigger picture. All positive changes started with a few people taking the first steps and then many others following their footsteps.
Physically I feel a lot better as well. As I said, it’s so much easier nowadays to keep a steady weight. I don’t gain weight as easily as I did in the past although I eat a bigger amount of food which makes me happy. My body also feels fitter and healthier, my digestion got better and I just feel lighter somehow. I’m not feeling as stuffed and tired anymore after big meals. Even if I have a huge amount of food I feel very full for about half an hour but then that feeling is gone. Probably as my body doesn’t need that much time and energy to digest animal products which takes so much longer than digesting plant foods.
What is your advice to the new vegans?
Stay vegan, it’s worth it! And it’s not as difficult as you might think. It’s not expensive, you will not suffer from malnutrition with eating healthy foods, people will accept it over time,.. and if you fear missing your favourite foods: There’s a vegan version of pretty much ANYTHING nowadays and so many good recipes!
I actually have a category on my blog talking about the main reasons for people not going vegan or for new vegans struggling and worrying:
It’s possible that you eat something non-vegan on purpose or accidentally again. If this happens, don’t beat yourself up, this doesn’t make you a bad person! It’s better to eat something non-vegan now and then than to fully go back to a non-vegan diet. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Some people like me go vegan overnight, for others it’s a long progress that takes some time. If you went vegan for health or weight reasons, I’d recommend you to have a look at the ethical side of it as well, I believe that this is what makes people stay vegan. Once you understand that it’s not just about you but about other living beings, you start to think differently, you don’t want to contribute to animal suffering anymore.
If you want to learn more about the ethical side of veganism and also need some visualisation, I recommend you to watch Earthlings. I believe it’s the best documentary out there showing the truth. I have to admit that until today I have not fully watched it, for me it was just to hard and I couldn’t stop crying. I recommend anyone to watch it anyway.. For the health and environmental side I can recommend the documentaries “Forks over Knifes” & “Cowspiracy”.
There are also a lot of good bloggers or youtubers out there from whom you can learn and don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you need help and advice.
We have nothing else to say, we can only show you the recipe that she sent us.
Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal
Ingredients: 1 banana, 50-80g oats, 1-2tbsp raisins, 1tbsp flaxseeds, 3tbsp shredded coconuts, coconut flakes, 1tbsp maple syrup, 2tbsp cacao powder, plant milk, water
Instructions: Mash the banana and put it in a pot together with the oats, raisins, flaxseeds and shredded coconuts. Add as much plant milk and/or water as needed until everything is covered. Cook the oatmeal until it’s warm and creamy, put it in a bowl and top it with the coconut flakes. You can add other toppings you like such as fruit, nuts, chocolate, nut butter.. as well.
We want to thank Alexandra for taking part in our vegan journey and thank you for reading our new post!
See you soon guys!