Photo credit: Judith de Haan
I am so pleased to share with you below, an interview with Judith, as our third guest interview blog! Happy reading and be sure to follow Judith on her Instagram account!
Judith, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi there! My name is Judith de Haan, I’m a 28-year-old Dutchie. I’m currently starting as a freelance writer, since I prefer being my own boss and live the digital nomad lifestyle. At the moment I’m in Tarifa, Spain, and I’ll see where the road leads me from here.
How long have you been a vegan?
I’ve been a vegan for almost a year now. Before that I was a vegetarian on and off for a couple of years.
What prompted you to embrace the vegan lifestyle?
The animals, the world, my health... In that order! I became more and more aware of the cruel way animals are treated just to be consumed by humans, and the damage we are doing to our planet. I started replacing animal products by vegan products and at a certain point I realized that I ate vegan when I was at home, but when I was with friends or family I ate vegetarian food because I didn’t want to be a burden. I realized that was silly and from that point I embraced the vegan life.
What are the reactions of your inner circle about your choice to be a vegan?
To my inner circle it wasn’t a big deal. Most of them are either vegetarian or try to cut back on eating meat. I had been a vegetarian for quite some time, and tried being a vegan before. To my surprise everybody tries to prepare a nice vegan meal when I visit them, I didn’t expect that and I’m very grateful. Many others had a strong opinion about being vegan, they aren’t against it but apparently since I’m a vegan I’m not supposed to eat anything other than local food, I’m a hypocrite if a travel by plane and I shouldn’t drink beer because yeast is a type of fungus and fungus is an animal… (I didn’t make that up).
What is the hardest part about being a vegan?
I’ve experienced that sometimes it is impossible to find something vegan to eat. So, I try to always be prepared and bring my own food. But still, not being as flexible as I used to be when it comes to eating out can be pretty annoying.
How do you manage your vegan meals while traveling?
Before I go I look online for vegan spots. Also, I bring my own food.
What are some of your favorite vegan meals? Would you share a photo(s)?
If I would share photo’s, nobody would be inspired since my meals quite often look messy… But they’re tasteful nonetheless. I always love to cook with a tajine. Lots of fruits, veggies, some couscous and ras-el-hanout and you’re ready to go. Also, any kind of salad, the more colour the better, and I love using fruit in my meals.
Do you have any advice for someone considering becoming a vegan or someone who is new to veganism?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re changing your lifestyle to something that is good for this planet, the animals and your health. But especially in the beginning it can be hard. Maybe you’ll buy some bread and later find out that there’s milk in it. No worries, next time you’ll know not to buy that one. Look online for nice recipes and new ingredients, a lot of people think that vegan meals are boring and tasteless, but in my experience it’s the opposite.
Have you noticed any changes in your life since becoming a vegan?
My energy level is steadier, I don’t have after dinner dips anymore and I eat healthier. In general, I feel better. And this might me silly, but when I read an article saying that people in the Netherlands eat less meat which means that less animals had to suffer and die, I’m like yeaahhhh I contributed to that!
What are your thoughts about the future of veganism in your country and/or globally?
In my country more and more people are becoming a vegan, which is great! As a result restaurants and supermarkets notice this new target group and grow their vegan assortment and dishes. This way it’s easier to be a vegan and maybe it’ll stimulate more people to eat less meat and dairy products. I think globally veganism will become more popular, although it may take some time. In my experience a lot of people have some difficulties with change.
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Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope you enjoyed meeting Judith!
Peace and light,
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