I found messyvegancooking on Instagram and I was so excited! I live in Alberta, which is essentially the land of beef cattle. I know that there is a growing plant based community here so while I love finding fellow Canadians on Instagram, finding fellow Albertans always gives me extra warm fuzzies!
When you go to his insta page he has so many delicious food photos and they are all really great examples of Vegan comfort foods!
I asked MessyVeganCooking to answer some questions about their plant based life 😊 Check them out and be sure to check out his insta!
Type of Plant Based Diet: Vegetarian
Timeline: Vegetarian 4 years
Question 1: What made you decided to go plant based? Was their one specific moment or several moments?
it was all about the animals for me, I was vegetarian before thinking that was fine and that I was doing enough and then I discovered the truth and that I was still contributing to the deaths of innocent animals as a vegetarian by supporting the egg and dairy industry.
Question 2: What was the hardest part of going plant based?
The family gatherings were the hardest part. The first thanksgiving and Christmas were the hardest because family just did not understand why we were doing it and they continued pushing animal products onto me. Thankfully now they understand and respect my choices.
Question 3: What is your favourite part about going plant based?
How I feel physically is the best part, I have so much more energy than I did before. I also love the fact that I can look into the eyes of animals now and know that I am not contributing to the pain and suffering that they go through.
Question 4: Have you learned any plant based tips and tricks you would like to share with us?
Track what you eat in a day to make sure you get everything you need in a day such as your iron and protein intake, it is super easy to hit those levels but when you first start of on a vegan journey it might be a lot harder and you might forget to eat certain things you need and that is when you start feeling crappy.
Questions 5: What is the one thing you wished people knew about being plant based?
I wish they knew how easy it is to make the switch. All you really need to do is some research and make sure you eat balanced meals to get enough of everything you need in a day but once you figure that out it is so easy to do!
Question 6: Do you have any advice for those who are just starting out on their plant-based journey?
Play with your food! There are so many great ways that you can re-create the food you used to eat and love but as a plant version! there are so many fruits and plants out in the world compared to say the 5 animals you used to consume do not be afraid to try new fruits and vegetables!
Question 7: Last but not least would you like to share your favourite plant based food (recipe or single item)? Feel free to share a link and we will link it in the blog.
The “buttermilk” chickun sandwich from Vegan Street in Calgary**
**As a YYC local I can definitely tell you that this sandwich (and everything else) from Vegan street is absolutely unreal so if you ever visit Calgary please check them out!