My name is Sara, I am Plant Based Vegan, Fitness Lover, and Traveler of the World.
I am from America, Reno, Nevada, but right now, I am traveling through SE Asia and currently live in Hanoi, Vietnam.
I live a life passionate about health and fitness and I have always had the heart of an athlete. To say the I love to workout would be an understatement; I live for it. Whether it be in the gym or outside, I have a creative approach to fitness which has allowed me to build the body of my dreams. Pretty awesome thing to say, huh? I no longer look at other women and “wish” to look like them – I have worked and experimented for years to achieve what I see in my eyes as beautiful. This is a very peaceful way to live, let me tell you, because I have not always lived this way.
With my passion for fitness also came about my passion for food. I love food so much that I went to culinary school years ago! I have been consistently experimenting with my own recipes ever since, and with this trial and error approach, and trusting my intuition, cooking has become a flourishing passion of mine. Pairing my fitness lifestyle with my love for cooking was easy for me – they go hand in hand. Cooking with whole foods without any animal products has brought about so many creative and delicious ideas. It really is so simple, easy and delicious becoming plant based vegan, and I’m here to show you just how enjoyable that process is.
Prior to living this lifestyle, I struggled with my body image and would beat myself up over the food I would eat. I would enjoy a meal and immediately feel guilty, bloated, tired and foggy afterward. The day I decided to become Plant Based Vegan was the day I truly started to live. To answer your question of how I decided to do it, one day I just woke up and was so inspired by an instagram post, I just did it. It was the right time and moment for me, and I took advantage of it. When will be the right time for you? Hopefully, my posts and website inspire you to make this change and take charge of your life.
I get asked if I miss the things I used to enjoy…ice cream, sushi, chocolate, cheese, etc… but the truth is I don’t miss it at all. Ellen Fisher (@ellenfisher) said “When you become vegan you don’t give up anything, but instead gain everything.” To be honest I didn’t understand her at first, but now I couldn’t agree more. I would never revert back to a lifestyle that is cruel to the environment, the animals and to myself. It is impossible to describe how I feel, but it is nothing short of amazing. I wanted to find my purpose in this world and to make a difference; to live for something bigger than myself, and I found it. Simpler than that, I wanted to enjoy my food at every meal without feeling guilty afterwards. I wanted my beliefs to align with my actions. I wanted to save the environment and be a contributor to a cleaner world.
How did I make this plunge so quickly? I stopped listening to other people and started listening to myself. This is easier said than done. We have all grown up in a society where fast and processed foods are staples in our diets. Commercials, advertisements and grocery stores make it convenient and readily available to eat unhealthy foods. People all around you will tell you what you should be doing differently and why you shouldn’t do this. Even to this day, when I tell people that I am vegan, they like to take it as an opportunity to tell me ‘what my body really needs, and what I’m missing out on by not eating animal products.’ It is no longer hard for me not to take their opinion to heart, I simply just nod and go about what I feel is right for me. No need to argue. The day I started listening to my intuition was the day I started to find myself. In fact my whole life, I have never enjoyed meat – I learned to love it because society preached it to me. I was told you need dairy and animal meat to be a healthy growing individual. I was told GMO’s were okay and safe and that processed food in moderation was acceptable. Being succumbed by all this information led me down a destructive and unhealthy life, fit or not.
I can proudly say I am 100% plant based vegan and I will never go back and I have absolutely no desire to. I know what you’re thinking, because for the last 25 years of my life I thought the same thing about people like me. You’re thinking “this bitch is crazy” (me). I promise you, I’m not! When I say I have truly found myself through this lifestyle, I mean it. I have never felt so connected to my body, my mind, my emotions and to this beautiful world we live in. I feel I have found my purpose, and that my head and heart are finally aligned.
Everything I have done in my life has led me to this moment, and living this life has helped me find my purpose (read my blog ‘Travel’). All the people I’ve met, the diets I’ve been through, the NPC shows I’ve done, the places I have been, the emotions I have felt, the friends and family I have lost, and the hard times I have experienced alone, and with others, has brought me to this decision that has changed my life dramatically. Taking this step has opened up my heart and eyes to so much more than I ever thought possible. I hope that my stories within my blog and the information on this website will inspire and motivate you to make the right changes in your life, too.