The Instavegan Interviews – Part 7

Getting to know my favourite vegan Instagram accounts.

Part 7 is here! Here are the answers Claire aka @our.veganlifestyle had for me.

Hi I’m Claire, I’m 44, a mum to 3 boys, Dylan Fin and Marley, wife to Matty and host to Indi the cat! We live in a village outside of York.
I love the sunshine, nature, flowers and rainbows . I study nutrition and homeopathy. I try hard at the gym even though I hate it and do a bit of running!!
I do as much vegan activism as I can whilst running around after the boys.
I’m a 90’s child so love all thing grunge & indie and I love Pearl Jam!!

How long have you been vegan and what initially motivated you to make the change?

Myself and Matty decided to become vegetarian after years of drug and alcohol abuse. I lost my mum in 2005 to suicide and it was a massive wake up call to how we’d been living our life. It was part of getting sober and living a healthier life.
I had no idea about the animal abuse that went on but as soon as we went veggie it was like opening a door to a completely different world.
We got a lot of stick when we became vegetarian from friends and family members and especially when people realised we’d be bringing our kids up that way and when we went vegan all hell broke loose!
We’ve had our fair share of ridicule and fall outs but it feels so nice now that it’s actually acceptable and no one bats an eyelid these days!
We didn’t just decide one day to become vegan, it was just how our journey developed over time – the more we learnt the more changes we made.
So we’re are coming up to our 6th year being completely or “officially “ vegan….. as in we were able to replace our leather couch!
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What inspired you to start posting about your vegan journey on Instagram and what have been the best bits so far?

I started posting online because people always ask me “what do you eat though”!!! So I thought “I’ll show you”!!
Although in my stomach I wanna scream and shout at people to go vegan I find the most effective way to influence people is to lead by example. I get a lot of positive comments about the food we eat and people can see how easy it is to do!!!!

 

If you could only follow 5 instagram accounts for the rest of your life which ones would they be?

If I had to only follow 5 Instagram accounts for the rest of my life they would have to be: Seb Alex who does such an amazing job raising awareness. Earthling Ed who I had the privilege of meeting at a lecture last year, he has such a calming  demeanour and his dedication is mind blowing.
Kyle O’Sullivan because he is so bloody funny and such a talented guy  and doesn’t give himself enough credit and he just makes me laugh!
My sister dizzyd1981 who lives far away from me so I can see my nieces and also follow her vegan journey which started 18 months ago and is doing an amazing job raising her new baby vegan from birth!
Proveguk are my good friends who do incredible work through schools and cooperations – check out their campaign School Plate which I had the honour of doing my bit for them! There are sooooo many more though! I feel mean for not mentioning them!!

 

Can you list the 10 ESSENTIAL food items you always have in your cupboard, fridge or freezer…you know, the stuff you NEVER let run out because you use it so regularly.

Cacao
Maca Root powder
Huel protein powder
Cold pressed hemp oil
Nutrition yeast
Almond butter
Peanut butter
Frozen fruit
Bouillon stock powder
Bananas

 

What’s your favourite vegan recipe to make?

 

One of my favourite recipes is chickpea squash salad which I’ve taken from Deliciously Ella, it’s the dressing that makes it.

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Is there anyone you follow or admire that you’d particularly like to meet in real life?

I’d absolutely LOVE to meet Seb Alex! I’ve chatted with him on Instagram several times and he even made the boys some t-shirts! He’s such a nice guy and does endless work for animal liberation and Anonymous for the Voiceless. He’s a real inspiration and I’ve recently done a Cube of Truth in York which was amazing.

 

 

Tell me about your friends and family. Are any of them vegan too? How have people close to you as a whole embraced your vegan journey?

My sister is and her family are vegan My best friend has been veggie since she was 10 and her family are on their vegan journey…… one of my friends had just started her vegan journey and her family are following too!! People are definitely starting to realise how animals are treated and the effect it’s having to their health.

 

Would you rather have an avocado for a nose or slices of tofu for ears?

Although I have a thing about my nose I think I’d rather have tofu for ears!!!! That way I can hide them with my hair!

 

What’s your greatest vegan food creation?

My best vegan food creation HAS to be my vegan Raspberry Cheesecake!

 

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If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is interested in taking the leap to being vegan, what would it be?

The one piece of advise I’d give to anyone starting on their vegan journey is…… don’t take any notice of what people say to you!!!!
People are always there to put you down and it’s ALWAYS to make themselves feel better.

 

Which 5 words would you use to describe the vibe/ethos of your Instagram account?

Truth
Colour
Food
Fun
Boys

 

What is the question you’re most regularly asked by your followers? Or the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

The weirdest question I’ve ever been asked was quite recently actually and it was “Why do you recuse dogs and let them run wild in the woods?”
I honestly just laughed! I didn’t know what to say!

 

Do you have any big plans for the next few months that we should look out for?

My plans for the up and coming months are definitely more activism when the boys go back to school…..I really need to concentrate on my website…… sell some of my tshirts  and my lovely Instagram buddy @lynds_wildandfree has inspired me to start drawing again!

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