Happy Tuesday friends!

My  Favourite Vegan today is Sabine of The Fruit Pursuit.  We recently discovered each other’s blogs and now I am dying to go visit her in Amsterdam where she is studying to become a Registered Dietician. 

Let me tell you this girl is smart!  And is ever willing to share her knowledge on her blog.  Her posts are down-to-Earth, approachable and full of delicious meal ideas!

When/how did you become vegan?

I became vegan only 6ish months ago, after being a vegetarian for just two weeks, but it feels like it’s been so much longer. It has really changed my life for the better and I couldn’t imagine ever eating cheese or yoghurt again.

I was a big time dairy consumer and I also ate meat although that was much easier for me to cut out.I became vegetarian after reading Diet for a New America by John Robbins (great book!) but it took some time.It was a gradual change. It didn’t take me long at all though  to realize dairy and eggs are just as bad as meat. I decided I wanted to wait with going vegan because otherwise it might be going a bit too fast but I just couldn’t bare to keep consuming something with such cruelty behind it. I went vegan overnight and honestly it was much less hard than I’d anticipated.

What is your favourite vegan meal?

This is a hard one! I cook and eat so different than before going vegan, more varied and with tons of new products and ingredients, it’s hard to pick a favourite. I think I’ll choose a veganized meal though because I eat plenty of meals that anyone would eat, not just vegans. My favourite veganized staple, as I call it, is lentil loaf or a ‘meatless meatloaf’. They are versatile, tasty, healthy and even portable. I love making a big sandwich with a leftover slice of loaf. The vegan gravy that I make with it doesn’t hurt either.

My most recent favourite meal is ChocoCado mousse.  Vegans are very good at giving traditional and unhealthy treats not only a vegan but also health make-over, while keeping the dish rich at the same time.

What does "vegan" and being vegan mean to you?

To me being vegan means having respect for those around me, respect for life itself. It has certainly changed me as a person for the good. I have become milder, more appreciative. Once you go vegan you’ll learn a lot about yourself and the world. You’ll finally come to realize we are not better than anyone else, we are all part of the same fabulous eco system, and we have no right whatsoever to create life and take it away as we please, in such a rigid and cold manner.

Being vegan for me means having more pleasure in my life and eating with genuine joy. I know that with every bite I take I stand up for what I believe in and in today’s world it’s good to have some norms and values left.

Your favourite kitchen staples (ingredients, tools and gadgets etc)

My cookbooks and other blogs for inspiration. My favorite equipments are my juicer and Vitamix. I juice everyday for a shot of liquid nutrition and my Vita enables me to make just about everything I can dream up in under a minute. My staples are nut butters, avocados, tempeh and a plethora of fresh veggies. I especially love beets, red cabbage and olives.

Top 3-5 favourite resources (books, websites, blogs, people)

In random order:

Diet for a New America – one of the best eye-openers out there
Oh She Glows  – for yummy vegan baked goods that I blatently copy 😉iHerb.com – I order vegan grooming products and kitchen staples here just about every month
Veganomicon & Vegetarian Planet – my two favorite cookbooks
Becoming Vegan – for all the nutrition info you’ll need to be the healthiest vegan alive 😀

Any advice to vegans or those thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle?

Don’t be scared and don’t fall into the all or nothing trap. Almost vegan, or whatever, is still better than not even trying. I can tell you it was fairly easy for me (in the beginning, I did have a hump after 2ish months where I found it hard) or that I went vegan overnight but everyone is different and everyone might need a different approach. But whatever you do, don’t be scared. Be interested and curious instead, because it will be fun journey. You’re not signing anywhere, always know that you can quit anytime you want to.

If you ‘could never go vegan because I like meat/cheese too much’ , you’re wrong. Every vegan has once been there and is now devoted to this lifestyle. There’s substitutes for just about everything anyway. If you could never go vegan because ‘I could never give up xx product’, then don’t. Go vegan, but for ‘xx product’. There, you’ve saved about 1800 animals anyway and you can still enjoy a dot of whipped cream from time to time. That wasn’t so hard, was it :D?

Follow Sabine’s adventures on her blog, Twitter and her Facebook page.