Hi! My name is Natalia. I’m a recent BA graduate in Psychology and Environmental Studies and currently live in Israel.
I became vegan after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals. Until then I wasn’t even vegetarian, but this book inspired me to quit all animal products. With that said, I was yoyo-ing there for a while, and only recently began to move towards a completely vegan lifestyle.
I found that educating myself via books and movies, and surrounding myself with people who support the vegan lifestyle made a big difference in my life. Throughout this process I learnt so many new things, and have come to consider what I can do for the planet and how I can be more compassionate to its creatures.
Other than nutrition and the environment, my interests include reading, discovering cool music, watching TV and movies, and writing my pop-culture blog, UmmCultura.
Q&A with Natalia
What do you do when you are not writing for The Vegan Woman?
I’m an Intelligence Analyst by trade, which is not as fancy as it sounds, but it’s a cool profession to have if you’re an internet geek and a lover of information and technology. Apart from that, I love writing in my blog and have recently started contributing my knowledge and love of pop-culture to local news websites. I always seek new inspiration and interesting ways to keep myself occupied, so often you’d find me dabbling in all kinds of diverse projects that revolve around art, media and tech.
What 3 vegan dishes would you take with you to a deserted island?
Back when I wasn’t vegan, sushi always made me very happy. And now, vegan sushi makes me very happy. The best vegan sushi I’ve ever had was at Beyond Sushi in New York, so I’d definitely take some of that with me to that deserted island!
Another food I wouldn’t want to live without, and this might be cheating a bit – berries. All kinds of berries. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries. Oh, and cherries, too. So basically anything that ends with “-erries” and is edible.
My third choice is a tough one, but I think I’d have to go with a nice portion of falafel. “Stick a few falafel balls in pita bread along with some hummus, tahini, fresh-cut vegetable salad and pickles, and stuff your face with it”. That’s my motto in life.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in going vegan, or is just starting out on their vegan path?
I believe that the most important thing when making the transition to a vegan lifestyle is not being too hard on yourself. Slipping, even if you are totally committed, is nearly inevitable. When that happens, instead of giving up altogether, just get back on that horse! Also, read as much as you can and educate yourself. I find that knowing you’re doing the best thing you can for your body, for the planet and for its’ inhabitants is the best motivation you can possibly get.