Vegan Junkies

Meet our Vegan Junkies!  These Vegans are fun, sexy and smart. We are celebrating their compassionate lifestyle, in caring for all life, and our planet! Are you a Vegan Junkie? Send us a message via Facebook!

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Deborah Ball


How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle
I have been a Vegan for 3 years.  I was a vegetarian for over 12 years.  I have been a holistic healer for over 16 years and the benefits of a plant-based diet really provides a person an opportunity to live at the most optimum health and vitality.  
I also created an organization called, Compassionate Evolution.  The mission of CE is to give people a full customized wellness program for all areas of their life.  
It is also designed to eliminate abuse and trauma from the mind and body and to learn how to live a life with full love and compassion for yourself and all of life.  
Our food intake is the base of how our body and mind functions as well as a sign of respect and love for yourself. We are what we eat. When food goes through the small intestine it literally becomes you. 
Looking at the meat industry, it is pure abuse and torture of the animals.  The energy of the abuse goes into the muscles of the animal and does go into your body and becomes apart of you.  Not only are you eating a tortured animal but you are also saying that it is ok to have this abuse to happen.  In today's world, we are faced with so many hardships and there has been a non-stop flow of violence and war.  As aware and conscious humans we need to do all that we can to change our world and truly value all of life.  All lives are of equal value and deserve love and happiness.  We need to evolve with compassion for ourselves, each other and all of life.
 
What is a typical dinner for you?
A bowl of stir-fried veggies and quinoa.
 
What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Vegan peanut butter cups : )
 
Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
I can dream and hopefully manifest that.  I think it would take some time to have that a reality because of cultural ideals.  I do think the more we teach each other it can definitely happen.
 
What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
(This is a wide open question, so list anything that comes to mind from food prep, to watching videos, etc
Start by writing down for one week what you eat.  What are your snacks, and your grab and go foods?  What are your cravings?  Then slowly change the foods and meals to vegan.  Once when a person starts eating right for their body, they will start to crave healthier food.  The body knows what it needs to be healthy and strong.  The transition will become easier each day as their vitality grows and their body becomes stronger.  Changing our diet is hard.  Our routines and how we grew up gives us our identity.  When we change our diet we are changing ourself.  Take your time with the change.  When switching up a routine, small steps are essentially big steps.  Having a buddy system is also a great way to shift into a healthier lifestyle.  All changes to veganism are amazing!  

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Gabriela Kirshenbaum

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I have been Vegan for about 6 years and I chose the Vegan lifestyle because I needed change. The more I learned about nutrition and where food came from the more my body subconsciously rejected food (or so I thought). Fast forward to February 2018, I learn that I am allergic to chicken, red meet, fish among other animals. Maybe its the antibiotic?!  I bloat, experience diarrhea, among other things. I also believe that when we eat industrially farmed animals we eat their pain, suffering and the filth they are raised in and it is not healthy for anyone.

 
What is a typical dinner for you?

Typical Dinner before competition diet was chickpea chicken fajitas!!! omg at least 3x a week.  OMG, YUM!!  I do love raw vegan food. 


What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
The vegan hostess cupcakes from Panacea in Boca Park!! 
Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
I want to believe we will achieve a world where everyone is vegan. Maybe it will happen generations in the future to protect resources for future generations. I am trying to dream but my brain is shutting down after sprints, running and stepmill...oh, and leg day. 


What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
The biggest tip to help people make Vegan choices is to be open to trying something new and interacting with groups and people who live the life style. I too enjoy youtube tutorials, but have found great success in visiting vegan restaurants and researching nutrition to make changes aligned with fitness goals.


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Samiha Glam

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I have transitioned into a full vegan lifestyle for 5 months now. (April 2018)  I chose to go Vegan for many reasons, but mostly I would say that it was due to an awakening; one that I couldn't ignore. I realized that the truth was right under the rug; where most don't want to look but know they should to find a rude awakening. I chose a vegan lifestyle for the animals that share this planet with us, the environment of our sacred planet earth, and to move closer to the source of my higher self by only living by truth. 

What is a typical dinner for you?
I very much enjoy all types of whole foods. I love the vegan nature of variety. I try new things constantly, which keeps my lifestyle interesting and fun! I typically have vibrant colored plates filled with fiber and protein rich plants and legumes. 

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Vegan cookies, donuts and brownies are incredible!! They are filled with intricate flavors and are always a delight to have!! 

Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
Of course many would argue about plant scarcity and a world of imbalance if everyone were vegan on Earth. The matter of the fact is, it would be a natural way of living. We do not need to consume animals to survive, nor should we pay for others to murder them for our consumption. I see a world where humans coincide with animals. We protect them and live peacefully with them while also taking care of Mother Earth.  

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
If you are thinking of going vegan, I would urge you to first educate yourself as much as possible. Read books, watch videos, listen to testimonials, get familiar with the variety and studies behind Veganism. Being Vegan is a lifestyle choice, not a crash diet. It's a choice that would open you up to the abundant sources and varieties of food available to us and change the way you treat food forever. Go Vegan! 


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Justin Vizakis

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I have been vegan now for three months (since May 2018), however I have been researching and working with vegans now for over two years. I am a functional medicine practitioner specializing in Cellular Nutritional Microscopy, basically I analyze bodily fluids and its patterns of behavior at the cellular level. 
I spent 10 years in the Military and competed in Bodybuilding for 7 years after that. I have always been an athlete, however, between vaccines, medications, stress, deployments and everything else life throws at us, my body went way out of balance. I gave up on traditional medicine many years ago and began exploring myself down to the cellular level and beyond. Through functional medicine I discovered I had a parasite infection in my body, blastocytosis. Upon further investigation I learned that I had heavy metal toxicity in my lymphatic system, chronic candida infections and my pH was so off I was basically rotting on the inside. Through months of analysis on every single thing I put into my body I began seeing very interesting patterns. I noticed that my body responded best to foods compatible with my blood type, I also noticed that my digestion was very sensitive to my emotional state. I began following vegan lifestyle principles not only cutting out meat but also meditating, journaling, stretching, doing yoga, the whole thing. Since I have been a Vegan I have more energy, feel more positive, and still maintain a pretty decent physique too!
 
What is a typical dinner for you?
I absolutely love the impossible Vegan cheese steak wrap with vegan cheese and tofu fries at Greens and Proteins!
 
What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
I will admit. Cinnaholic is my spot for cheat meals! The Best Vegan cinnamon rolls in existence!


Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
I believe that a major shift in the world is going on. 100% vegan? No, the reason is that some people really do function optimally with animal protein. Before you castrate me lol hear me out. 
The treatment of animals is not acceptable, pumping them full of antibiotics and hormones, eating GMO and pesticide infused foods in these farms like internment camps is not acceptable. However, not all animals are raised like that. The notion that so many people feel the energy from an animal eating meat is absurd. I have done 32 Ayahuasca Ceremonies, I am a Kambo practitioner, Reiki certified and been practicing Shamanism for 4 years, I know energy. What we feel is the chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified foods that are pumped into those poor guys. 


Why do you think Veganism has gotten so big over the past decade? Because the demand for food has demanded that we provide what we cannot provide, so people take short cuts and create a dysfunctional system. The energy that people feel is all the crap that we pump into the animals which is not ethical or moral at all. The concept of being vegan for the most part is ethical, moral and well intentioned. Yet still, with this just like other belief systems, there are extremists that take it too far. 
I have worked with hundreds of vegans, typically they are deficient in vitamin b12 and Iron, sometimes other vital vitamins and minerals.  The ironic thing is most vegans that i work with aren’t feeling their best, and 90% of the time it is because they are blood type O and the best thing for their system is red meat. Only about 20% will actually give it a shot, the ones that do feel much better, the ones that don’t continue to struggle and look for other answers. It is a frustrating trend in this culture that I am sympathetic to the circumstances however the fact is that some people do function optimally with animal protein. The process of killing animals can be done in a respectful manner, the process of life and death is a change in energy, there is a natural hierarchy to the food chain, human digestion is omnivorous, yet the trends of our culture is what creates the unethical processes that we need to change. 
The future will include educated nutrition decisions to leave out the toxic pesticides, chemicals and hormones that are injected into the food that we eat. That is the foundation of the problem with our food supply.
 

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
The first thing to do is find out your blood type and eat Lectin compatible foods. That will provide optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Also, listen to your body; if it makes you feel crappy, don’t eat it, if it makes you feel good, eat it. Do your own research, there are incredible vegan options everywhere these days so its not too difficult to find an option. Choose organic, avoid GMO’s, eat what makes you feel good! 


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Bowe Van Dam

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I went vegetarian a year ago and transitioned to vegan 6 months ago. I initially wanted to change my diet to become healthier and a better athlete, and along my journey I realized the disturbing reality of what goes on in the meat and dairy industry, a truth that is hidden from the public in order to keep the demand for animal products high and “normal” in society.

What is a typical dinner for you?
A typical dinner is almost entirely raw vegetables. Spinach, cucumbers, mushrooms, and avocado are among my favorites. I often pair this with bread, lentils/beans, and sometimes veggie burgers.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Favorite cheat food is pretty much anything deep fried! French fries or fried cauliflower are a treat.

Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
I believe that within my lifetime there will be a huge change towards a plant based planet! People are becoming more aware of what is going on behind the curtains, and slowly but surely we are making a change to our society.

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
There are so many animal products hidden in things that we don’t consider, so to play it safe I would say just stick to whole, natural foods! Fruits, veggies, beans, rice etc! For those who are new to a plant based diet I can see this as being difficult, but there are plenty of vegan alternatives to meat products available at a lot of grocery stores that can make it easier. Fried “chicken”, veggie burgers, plant based meat substitutes are far more common and the options seem to be growing every day.


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Erika Nicole Schwarz

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I’ve been vegan for about 6 months now and I choose to live a vegan lifestyle because not only is it a more symbiotic way to live on this earth with all of its creatures, but also, after doing much research, I’ve found that The vegan diet seems to keep the body in its homeostasis more than an other diet.

What is a typical dinner for you?
I love to have a couple of large stuffed bell peppers that are packed with quinoa mixed with artichoke hummus, black beans, and organic (salt-free) garlic and Italian seasoning, diced sweet potatoes, chopped red onion, curry seasoned Tempe, and chopped cauliflower topped with avocado slices, and I enjoy that with a side of a creamy basil tomato and black peppered mushroom soup and a couple of slices of toasted pita bread.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
My most favorite cheat food is a toasted sunflower seed and fruit medley sandwich with a glass of almond milk.
On my toasted sunflower seed bread and fruit medley sandwich I include:
- 3-5 Warm Sliced mangos or persimmons or 2/3 sliced bananas and 8 blueberries that are seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and ginger and a little drizzle of avocado honey.
- 2 slices of toasted eureka bread.
-1 tbs spread of sunflower seed butter. 

Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
I think that there is an awareness evolving into an understanding of what the body needs and what our ecosystem and economy need in order to continue to survive and thrive. I think that awareness is that practicing a vegan diet will more allow our body, this earth, and our economy to thrive more effectively and efficiently than any other lifestyle could offer.

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
I think that when people crave dairy, meat and or even sugary treats, that they have to understand that those cravings are coming from the fact that their gut bacteria is off balance. That “bad” bacteria comes from consuming meats, dairy’s, and processed sugars, which leads to most disease and all of those strong cravings, that of which can be corrected with a vegan diet.
Moreover, I think that most people are afraid that a vegan diet will always cause them to feel hungry or that they will lose a ton of muscle because they don’t have animal proteins. However, if one does their research, then they will find that they can usually always feel satiated and energetic all the while being able to grow muscle more efficiently with plant proteins (ie: mushrooms, lentils, beans, nuts) and in a way that maintains homeostasis in the body.


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Ja'net Moore

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I've been a vegan since September 25th 2017. I choose this lifestyle because I am into fitness and I know that is a healthier choice for my body.

What is a typical dinner for you?
My typical dinner is afford to a five-course meal, of rice smothered potatoes, string beans and cornbread. I'll add Gardein chicken a faux meat, and spice it up with my own buffalo sauce or BBQ sauce.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
My favorite cheat food is probably noodles. I use a vegan chicken packet every now and again.

Will there ever be a world 100% Vegan? Why?
I doubt if the world will ever be 100% vegan but I feel in 5 years there are going to be some dramatic adjustments in the world. I do see more fast food restaurants and grocery stores getting on the vegan wagon to ensure more profit. I feel half of the world will be vegan or vegetarian by then. If they don't comply we the VEGANS will just cook everything which will probably be a problem financially for the corporate market in the fast food business. I really love to cook.

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
The best tips are remembering you can eat everything you ate before you were vegan with a small recipe change. From eggs using egg re-placers or tofu, To cow milk using flaxseed milk or soy milk. The most important part of cooking vegan is knowing your ingredient comparison. You can find the comparisons on YouTube Google or you can download apps. I use vegan tube it gives you a lot of cool vegan updates.


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Marguerite Hughes

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I have been a vegan for almost 1 year and a half. My sons were already vegans, and they really encouraged me to just try it for a week or 2. They showed me several documentaries in regards to how harmful meat consumption is to your body and the environment. Cowspiracy really got to me, as my degree is in environmental studies. The amount of water needed to produce meat and the other environmental issues connected with the meat industry are a big concern for me.  Each step up the food chain results in a huge loss of efficiency. Frances Moore Lappe’s, Diet for a Small Planet, does a great job of highlighting the huge inefficiencies of meat production. I could never intentionally hurt or kill an animal, and I realized I was supporting other people doing that by purchasing animal products. Although I’m at my ideal weight and exercise about 8 hours/week, I have plaque deposits on my carotid artery and I also had a colon issue. My doctor was thrilled I went vegan, and he said it is the best diet for your colon and all your organs. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my digestion since I went vegan.

What is a typical dinner for you?
I eat a lot of rice, steamed veggies, beans. If I’m not in the mood to cook, Gardien frozen foods are great. I travel a lot for work which can be challenging. Thai Food is my main “go to” eat out option. Luckily, many more restaurants offer vegan options also.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vice?
I LOVE French fries! I have lost most of my sugar cravings, but dairy free ice cream is always good!

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
I think it will become a necessity at some point to efficiently feed the world’s growing population, although I would be surprised if that happens during my lifetime. Unfortunately, humans seldom change their behavior until it is absolutely necessary. It’s amazing to me how emotional and defensive people are about their food choices! Several people have told me they would rather die than give up meat. Isn’t the primary reason for food consumption to nourish your body and sustain life? Obesity is rampant and the #1 cause of health problems. A vegan diet cuts out most all bad food choices and high fat foods. Eat to live, don’t live to eat!

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
There is so much info out there  and on the internet to help people make vegan food choices, and more options than ever before. Online recipes and books are extremely helpful!! I’ve taken regular recipes and “veganized” them myself. Nuts, almond, soy & pea milk, applesauce and vegan eggs can be substituted for dairy products. My results have been great!


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Chita Beseau

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I became vegan in august of 2017 after being vegetarian for 8 months. My brother died from hypertension and diabetes in December 2016 and I decided I no longer wanted to pollute my body with foods filled with preservatives and hormones that accelerate & create disease in our bodies.  I love animals too so it makes sense 

What is a typical dinner for you?
A typical dinner for me is lentils/ beans, cauliflower and baked potato. 

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Daiya cheese nachos are my favorite snack.

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
I think if we want to survive and sustain our planets health and ours .. we will all have to be vegan . 

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
I still watch cooking shows and get creative and switch up ingredients to make the dishes vegan .. it helps keep eating fun.


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Ashley Fox

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How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
 I have been Vegan since 2012. This is around the time my mother recovered from breast cancer and my mother and I found out diets high in animal protein increases the risk of cancer, while diets high in vegetable protein can reduce and reverse cancer [via Forks over Knives documentary]. I realized consuming death can cause a premature death. Inspired by this I transitioned to the Vegan lifestyle because I wanted to live a heathlier life, not just physically healthier, mentally and spiritually healthier as well. Now, I am more efficient physically. My muscles build and recover faster and I rarely feel ill. I also don't want to be the one who chooses who/what dies. I want to live a long happy life and I am sure the animals humans consume, want the same fate. Spiritually I have no guilt. I continue to treat sentient beings the way I would want to be treated. 

What is a typical dinner for you?
    A typical dinner for me includes kale or spinach with chickpeas, beans, carrots, hemp seeds, and quinoa or black rice. I will make it in a bowl, a wrap, pasta, or a soup. I do switch it up, but this is my go to meal! 

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
 My favorite cheat food is French Fries! I love them but I prefer not to eat fried foods! If it wasn't for fries, I wouldn't eat fried foods! 

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
 I believe anything I possible. The closer we get to world peace, the more vegans there will be in the world. People must have more empathy for each other and the beautiful earth, that is home to us all. Currently the masses are desensitized. People laugh and record when they see a fight. People idolize the rich and famous even though everything they represent, makes the world a worse place... on and on...Things will get better when everyone stops depending on someone else, the government, or the president to fix things. When each individual does everything they can to improve the world around them, there will be more vegans, more peace, and collective happiness.

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?

  1. Start slow you don't have to go cold turkey. As you decrease the meat, increase the veggies. (I first cut pork, then beef, next chicken, then fish, and finally milk and cheese) The goal is to create a habit, not force it.

  2. Before, during, and after you transition, do research. Watch documentaries, read articles, and watch or talk to others who are vegan. (Be sure to check your sources! Some information about diet is funded by the meat and dairy industry. This information will not be factual and will be very bias)

  3. Stay health conscious and avoid consuming too many processed vegan foods. Just because your vegan, doesn't mean your healthy (Soda and Oreos are "Vegan"). You will not get the full benefits of being vegan if you consume mostly tofukey, soy cheese, or seitan. A plant based, whole foods diet is the most effective and beneficial for your health.

  4. Find recipes that remind you of your favorite foods.

  5. Document your journey via social media or in your own personal journal. Inspiring yourself and/or others will always keep you motivated.

  6. Eat 2 to 3 times more than you did before, at least in the beginning. Plants get absorbed much quicker in your body than meat. Being vegan doesn't mean being hungry!

  7. Try vegetables you never tried! For example, jackfruit is a delicious chicken substitute and it's also an actual plant!


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Charley

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?

In 2007 tumors were found in my stomach that were benign and removed. But it wasn’t until later in 2012, when I had more health concerns, I went Vegan. My gall bladder failed and I couldn’t process any foods with fat or oil, including “good fats.” 

I was trying to avoid another surgery and the Dr. jokingly suggested I cut out meat and see how things went. I decided to take it a step further and cut out all animal products; this meant I stopped eating meat, milk, eggs, cheese, and butter. A year later I was no longer in need of the operation and I was fully invested in the Vegan life. 

After learning about what actually happens to animals and how we need to be their voice, I would never go back. I’m not perfect, but I work to make every aspect of my life as cruelty free and reflective of my beliefs as possible.

What is a typical dinner for you?
Beans, rice and avocado. I’m ballin’ on a budget. Not gourmet, but no one has to die.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Vinegar chips and Vegan ice cream.
If it’s an occasion: Viva XXXII Tequila, Elephant Gin, Tito’s Vodka, and Bacardi Rum are all companies that donate to and bring awareness of animal rights. Plus, Elephant Gin is just a great conversation starter.

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
The world will have to be vegan once we have consumed and killing off every other resource available. The planet cannot keep up with humanity’s mass consumption of ... everything. A vegan lifestyle is so much more sustainable and easier on the planet.

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
Never let yourself get hungry, especially when you’re transitioning. If you know pizza is your go to, keep a few vegan pizzas on hand. No one wants to be hungry and end up a grocery store at 10pm after a long day. It won’t end pretty.

Educate yourself. Once you recognize that steak is not a ‘nice dinner’ but a representation of pain and torture for thousands of animals every day, it’s a lot easier to make vegan choices.

Switch your afternoon sitcom for a documentary on Netflix, Hulu or YouTube and see what you learn.
Don’t be scared of carbs. Your brain needs glucose. I mean like… NEEDS glucose!
Don’t be hard on yourself or even feel like you need to label yourself a ‘vegan’ in order to help animals. Any step in the direction of animal safety is better than none.

Check out these videos and companies for truthful information:
YOUTUBE EVERYTHING. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to figure out how to make the best vegan dinner for non-vegan friends, find the best vegan cheese, cruelty free make-up or kitchen cleaner; There is a YouTube video for it.
On YouTube and IG:
Vegan brothers – Information and Inspiration
Taira Macauley - Vegan body building mom of 6
Naturallystefanie – Bodybuilding and university life
Monami Frost – Family life and meal inspiration
Rawvana -  (Spanish and English)
Henya Mania - (Hebrew and English)
Jinti Fell, Ellen Fisher, Katie Flowers, Rawalighnment – Inspiration and lifestyle


Books:
Gerson Therapy for healing.
 
The China Study is always a good read. Classic.
Educate yourself in whatever medium works for you.


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Olivia and Maria

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
Olivia: I have been vegan for over 8 years now. I choose to live the Vegan lifestyle because I am a lover of all animals and all things holistic and natural. I believe we can live our lives without having a negative effect on the environment and having a 100 % positive influence in both body and mind. 

Maria: I have been Vegan for 4 years. I chose this lifestyle for many reasons. With me being a Chef I see how awful animals are being treated and mass produced and I don’t support the mistreatment of any living creature. All lives are equal! One of the main reasons I chose this lifestyle is health. I am a firm believer that what you put in your body affects everything. 


What is a typical dinner for you?
Olivia: I love food! I try to change it up every night, but usually a good, hearty, protein-packed salad. Kale, Quinoa, Cucumbers, Nuts, Dried Fruit… All the good stuff!

Maria: I love to get creative with food and always take it to the next level. My dinners are usually light but filling. A good protein salad, or maybe some oatmeal with fruit.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?

Olivia: Burritos! I am a sucker for a good veggie burrito.

Maria: Pizza. I love pizza. Any kind… Any time! 


Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
Olivia & Maria: We don’t believe that there will be a world that is 100% Vegan. One of the reasons being is that people don’t understand that being Vegan isn’t just a diet, but it encompasses everything that you do, you purchase, from your cleaning products to your couch. It all revolves around the way you affect the planet and how it affects you. But we do believe that a majority of people in this world will soon want to make a change. A change that will affect the way we think about our health, the way we eat food, the way we grow our food and raise our animals. We think this change is already in effect. Everyone is starting to see that in the battle of quantity vs. quality, quality is always priority.
 
What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?

Olivia & Maria: Its always good to understand that changing your food choices isn’t as difficult as it’s made out to be. Watching videos or reading articles about how to substitute animal products and byproducts for all vegan products. 
Understanding how to provide your body with the nutrients it needs is key. For example, Veggie Based Proteins: Mushrooms, Lentils, Beans, Soy. 
Meal prepping will always make your life easier. Pick one day of the week where you plan out your meals for the week, go grocery shopping (always make sure to check all your produce for quality) and cook. Write out every step. Always start off with the things that are going to take the longest to cook and work your way down to the easiest tasks. Food storage containers are good for easy reheat, but freezer bags are best for storage.
 


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Diana Otis

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live the Vegan lifestyle?
Almost 3 years ago, I was driving down to NYC from Maine with friends. As expected, there was a shit ton of traffic and the car we were riding in was stuck side by side with a cattle transportation truck. No matter how much the car would move up, the truck would continuously catch up. Belted in the passenger seat for hours, I kept sinking lower into the chair. No matter how much I tried, I could not avoid eye contact with this being less than a foot to the side of me. The smell alone was making me nauseous, but meeting her eyes impacted me the most. Her body posture and expression looked so scared, alone, and sad. Up to that point, I had always described myself as an animal lover and and an empath. However, I was literally face to face with another being who was being shipped off to death or a life of torture because of my choices. From that moment I decided to adopt a more cruelty free lifestyle and began researching the food industry and nutrition in depth, which all ultimately brought me right to Veganism. 

What is a typical dinner for you?
I can eat veggie pizza, tacos, or sushi all day, every day.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Ginger COOKIES and banana bread. 

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
Yaaaaas VEGANATION! :) As beautiful and glorious as the idea is, it would take a huge shift in resources and power to happen. I believe the first step in becoming vegan is possessing the ability to CHOOSE. The power of choice is a luxury for many. Currently, many people don't have the money or resources to choose veganism. Due to poverty or misinformation, beings need to use and eat whatever they can get. However, the more people who use their power of choice and choose a vegan lifestyle, the more power there is to help others gain this choice as well. This process starts from the ground up. With great power comes great responsibility.  We all need to become more educated, informed, and connected. We no longer have to take the media at face value or vote into a system that doesn't support our planet. We have the resources to exchange knowledge and resources instantaneously. We can connect and communicate in an instant and everyday we are becoming more aware. The more we come into our power, the less we can be controlled and manipulated to just consume, consume, consume, and then die. We have greater paths. So yes, we can have a Veganation, but when we all accept our true power and the power of others. 

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices? 


Try to see yourself in others!  Educate yourself and question how your choices impact the environment around you. Understand why you are doing something. Understand if your choices are made from true desire or influenced by lifestyle conditioning. When you have the power of choice, why not choose compassion, respect, and love?


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Emily Wilson

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How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I first became a vegan in August of 2015 when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I had been a vegetarian for a few years already and was learning more about the dairy industry and the effects of animal byproducts in our bodies, but the difference it made in my life was greater than I could have imagined. I have continued living this was because I feel so much better and for cruelty reasons I would never go back. 

What is a typical dinner for you?
I don't cook so if I'm eating at home my meals and snacks are mostly raw unless it's a leftover meal or treats my friends bake me. My body thrives best at mostly raw but I do love warm pizza and brownies a lot.  ☺

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
My favorite sugary vice is anything chocolate. I also love peanut butter so mix the two together and I'll most likely enjoy it, now I'm hungry!

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
I'm not sure about 100% vegan but I do see a shift towards a more plant based diet especially as we learn what eating these animal products do to our bodies and the suffering that takes place before it makes it to our plate. 

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
My vegan tip would be to become educated, especially about the dairy industry and to know what you are eating and where it came from. 


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Nir Halfon

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How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I’ve been vegetarian for 13 years, and vegan four years. I choose to live a vegan lifestyle because one day my eyes open, and suddenly I understand that I’m supporting the cruelest industry on Earth, yet at the same time I’m telling myself that I love all animals. 

What is a typical dinner for you?
Potato, Vegan Burger, Avocado.

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Vegan donuts, Vegan ice cream, Vegan chocolate.

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
The world will be 100% vegan sooner as we think. The percentage of people that are switching to vegan is growing every year, in every Country! And more than that, vegan is the truth. You can't hide the truth forever, people are starting to understand that what we've been told is wrong, health wise, humanity wise, ecological wise.

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
We were born to love, not to kill, not to put those beautiful animals in slaughterhouses. If you put a pig next to your dog, you will never want to kill him for your bacon, so why to pay for someone else to do it? It's hard to change bad habits, but it's very simple to choose the right decision, when it comes to someone others LIFE & FREEDOM! Listen to your conscious, and begin changing the world by changing yourself. Vegan people are the most strong, healthy, and sexy; this is a fact. You are not joining to a club when you become vegan, you just making the world a better place, for yourself, for the planet, and specially for the animals, all of them!

Check out these videos and companies for truthful information:
• Gary Yourofsky Lecture
• Glass Walls
• Challenge 22
• What The Health
• Blackfish
• Peta Organization


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Tiffany Rose Mockler

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How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?

14 years.  I am a vegan athlete, personal trainer and professional pole dancer.  I am also in an all-vegan cast for a show called "Tonya Kay's Pin Up Pole Show" in North Hollywood.  We have been performing this show together for three years now.  I became vegan right after college when I started doing public relations for GreenPeace.  After working for Green Peace for only a few days I became vegan!  Learning what meat production and overfishing was doing to the environment made me sick to my stomach. It was an easy choice for me.  I wasn't even a vegetarian when I switched straight to veganism.  After that, I saw a great improvement in my health.  I slept incredibly well, I recovered quickly from hard workouts and my muscle tone improved. 

What is a typical dinner for you?
All different things but I have to say that lately it has been some of the "Beyond Meat" products.  I like the vegan meatballs and spinach pasta and vegan pesto or the vegan burgers with Wildwood aioli and lots of greens to go with it!  

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Alternative Baking Company cookies!  They are my favorite sugary vegan treat.  Where I live, they have them at our movie theatres so if I go see a flick I can't resist!  

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?  
I am not sure the world will ever be vegan but I could see it being vegetarian.  Our environment and eco system may force this to become a reality.  Since the ocean is overfished and it is effecting the ph balance, seafood may no longer be an option.  If we use up our non-renewable resources and topsoil, there may no longer be a way to mass produce and distribute meat on land.  If people are forced to raise animals for meat and really connect to what they are doing, they might just grow a conscience. We might realize that there is no actual reason to kill an animal to eat AT ALL!  More cynically, eating meat may become too expensive.  I hope we evolve to be not only compassionate people but a practical world.  We know how to make complete, healthy proteins without devastating the environment further.   

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
Do your research and make it fun!  I love vegnews.com for inspirational articles and recipes. Read "How Not to Die."  by Dr.Michael Greger.  It will blow your mind how much info and research him and his team have on the long term benefits of plant based eating.  
I love traveling to new places so before I go anywhere I search the internet for veggie restaurants and shops in the area I am going.  You meet the best people there and you learn so much!  Plus, I love to shop so patronizing vegan retailers makes me feel good! 
Check out literature from greenpeace.org to stay motivated for the cause.  Also, remember that in the beginning of becoming a vegan it is a lot of research but pretty quickly it gets super easy and you won't miss the meat.  In fact, it will gross you out to think of meat after a while.  I'm talking from experience.


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Paul & Francesca

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How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
Francesca has been vegan for a full year and Paul transitioned from vegetarian to vegan 3 months ago.

What is a typical dinner for you?
We love to be as creative and fresh as possible! We make this amazing buffalo cauliflower dish with vegan blue cheese dressing that is so yummy! We also make as much as we can from scratch, including all of our sauces and hummus!! We really inspire each other to eat as plant based as possible.
 
What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Since incorporating grain-free diet into our lifestyle as well, we have been very selective with our "treats." Vegan cheesecake with cashew cream, or watermelon would be our go to sugary vices!

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
A 100% vegan world would be the ultimate dream, and so needed for Mother Earth's recovery. The "food" most people consume is so contaminated and grown with horrible fillers and hormones that humans are going to keep getting sick, develop intolerances and become allergic to meat/animal products anyways. We want people to understand the conditions that animals are kept in, and that spiritually and physically we should stop endangering and harming animals for a guilty pleasure that doesn't serve us anyways! The shift is happening and veganisim has risen 300% in 2017 so far! 


What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
If you are new to this idea of veganism, then education is key. I recommend really understanding where your food is coming from; and yes- this will be extremely disturbing and uncomfortable. But, if you’re going to continue to consciously eat animal products, you should know a bit more about that industry. Trust me, a simple Google search on slaughterhouses should do the trick.

If you are someone ready to transition, but feel overwhelmed; join a Facebook vegan group in your city or go to the library and get free vegan recipe books to read! You can save tones of money on your grocery bill, even by choosing one day a week to adapt a vegan lifestyle! (Ie. Meatless Mondays)
Also, just opt to find vegan restaurants when dining out, trust me; you will be pleasantly surprised!

To all our vegans out there already;
Paul and I are also extremely passionate about proper hydration and water quality. We educate daily on the importance of consuming molecular rich hydrogen water, with your plant based diet. Becoming aware of everything you put into your body, including your water is just as important. If you are a vegan who is drinking tap/bottled water still, we urge you to educate yourself further on what you’re really consuming! We also make sure that we wash all of our produce with highly alkalized water to remove heavy pesticides and emulsify toxic oils used o our foods!
Thank you for reading, and remember; love ALL animals- not just pets! 

We would love to hear from you and help provide any additional guidance or tips to transition ad maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle!
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Qualityhydration@gmail.com


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Boris Karadzic

How long have you been Vegan and why do you choose to live a Vegan lifestyle?
I've been a vegan for 2 years and I've chosen to live this lifestyle because I'm an animal lover, planet preserver and health conscious. 
 
What is a typical dinner for you?
My typical dinner consists of a lot of grains, veggies and fruited... basically everything that available, non animal of course.
 
What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
I really avoid that type of food and find an alternative like fruits, smoothies etc.
 
Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
I’m sure there will be in the distant future because people will become more aware about their health, empathy towards other beings and our environment and planet.
 
What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
Today you can find literally anything online that will help you out and provide information. 


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Boris Kynonesz

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How long have you been Vegetarian and why are you choosing to be Vegan?
I’ve been vegetarian for 8 years, and I felt so good, and after reading all the toxins you can find in meat, the fact that human being isn’t naturally carnivore and the cruelty our no voiced friends go trough, going vegan is a new state of mind and lifestyle for me. 

What is a typical Vegan dinner for you?
Brown rice, some grilled tofu, and lentils salad is my favorite dinner. Lebanese food is a great option too; tabule, falafel and hummus is a great combination. 

What is your favorite cheat food or sugary vise?
Chia seed  cocoa and coconut milk pudding, banana and strawberry ice cream; and I make an amazing banana bread! 

Will there ever be a World 100% Vegan? Why?
Sadly I should say no, not many people want to go vegan, but it’s getting bigger!!!  We just need to let carnivores know, we are healthy people, we get everything our system needs with a vegan diet. Information is all we need. We’ve had centuries of misinformation, so it’s going to take a while to change that. 

What are some tips to help people make Vegan food choices?
I would ask already vegan people to cook for their friends, show them we can also eat some great food, let them know it is delicious, and kindly educate them.
Following the existent recipes but changing meat and derivatives for vegan options is really helpful for a non-aggressive change.