Hi, I’m Natalie. I’ve always had a conflict in my mind when it came to eating meat but it wasn’t until I decided to go traveling in Australia at the age of 30 and hearing about live animal exports that I decided to go vegan. The more I learn about the vegan lifestyle and the cruelty involved in all aspects of animal commodification, the more convinced I am that veganism is the way forward. Being vegan is an ongoing adventure full of surprises – I will never forget my excitement in discovering that I didn’t have to give up chocolate cake as it can easily be made without eggs!
Q&A with Natalie
What do you do when you are not writing/ editing for the vegan woman?
I love getting outdoors and into the countryside, especially running and going on long bike rides. Baking is one of my favorite things to do at the weekend and I love to experiment with recipes and create my own versions – I seem to have a lot of willing testers too. I find that baking vegan cakes and treats is a great way to interest people in the vegan way of life.
What 3 vegan dishes would you take with you to a deserted island?
- Mocha-fudge cupcakes – everyone I have made these for loves them!
- Tacos with homemade guacamole – it’s a party in your mouth and I love anything with lime.
- The frozen fruit smoothie that I make every morning for breakfast, which tastes just like ice cream! I make all sorts of variations like pineapple and coconut or chocolate-cherry.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in going vegan, or is just starting out on their vegan path?
Be clear in your own mind why you want to go vegan and remind yourself of this if you start to waver but don’t be too hard on yourself, most people don’t go vegan overnight. Making friends with other vegans can really make it easier and more fun; there are a lot of vegan events and groups that you can get involved in, and vegan fairs are a good chance to try new products and be inspired.