Every week I interview an interesting vegan. Vegans come from all walks of life and can be found anywhere and everywhere around the world.
Name: Sarah Kirby
Job Title: Compassionate Lifestyle Blogger
Twitter – @sarahk1rby
1. How long have you been a vegan?
I’ve been vegan for just over a year now and prior to this I was vegetarian for a year.
2. What inspired you to become a vegan?
Definitely my love of animals. I think if you’re an animal lover who wouldn’t be prepared to kill an animal with your bare hands then you shouldn’t eat meat because it’s hypocritical. I thought I was doing my best for the animals by being a vegetarian but then I started to learn more about the cruelty within the dairy and egg industry that it just made me realise that I really needed to go vegan and change my lifestyle to be completely cruelty free.
3. What is your favourite vegan dessert
I have so many it’s hard to choose but an easy one which I often enjoy at home is some Swedish Glace ice cream with some broken up Oreo’s on top!
4. What’s the biggest lesson you have learned to date about veganism?
I think the biggest lesson I have learned personally is that going vegan is a transition and not something that can just be achieved over night. Initially I felt turned off the idea of going vegan because I wasn’t sure if I could manage being a perfect vegan. But then I realised that actually it is a transition and a learning process and it doesn’t really matter how long that takes me as long as I am headed in the right direction and doing my personal best for the animals. I gradually changed over food products to new vegan friendly products that I really liked and enjoyed and then I moved over to trying to make all my household products and toiletries completely cruelty free and vegan friendly. I’m a year into veganism and I feel like I am still learning and evolving so it’s definitely a process which can take time.
5. Which vegan person do you most admire and why?
I would have to say fellow vegan blogger Fat Gay Vegan because he has such a huge following and has really made a name for himself within the blogging world. He also runs vegan events which is something I have just branched into. I hope to grow my own blog and following like he has done whilst also positively promoting a vegan lifestyle to the masses.
6. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your vegan experience so far?
Personally I have found giving up dairy chocolate the most challenging part of going vegan because I was a big chocolate lover before. I am also not a huge fan of dark chocolate which makes things a little harder! However, that being said there are some nice vegan milk style chocolates I have enjoyed, particularly the Vego bar which is by far my favourite. I’ve also found that baking vegan chocolate treats is a great way to feel like you’re getting that real chocolate fix when you need it.
7. What 3 tips would you give to a new vegan?
It’s a transition so take your time to find new brands that you like
Watch some movies I have found to be really informative & motivating like Vegucated, Cowspiracy & Earthlings
Go to Superdrug for all your vegan & cruelty free toiletries
8. What’s the best vegan book you’ve ever read?
I’ve read a few books on veganism since deciding to lead this lifestyle and the one that most helpful to me when I was first starting out was The Ultimate Vegan Guide by Erik Marcus. This book is such an easy and straight forward read which contains a lot of facts and informative information which really helped me in the beginning. After reading this book I was certain that I wanted to become vegan.
9. What is your hobby?
I have a few hobbies and love to be creative but at the moment I am loving to crochet. I recently learned how to crochet at a workshop and i’ve enjoyed it so much that I am already making blankets of my own! And of course I make sure that I only buy synthetic or acrylic yarn – another thing to consider if you’re going vegan!
10. Which animal is your favourite
I’m really torn between cats and dogs. I have two cats and two dogs of my own and I love them all equally. Cats are amazing, intelligent and independent. When my cats give me affection I really appreciate it because they’re not always offering it up like my dogs. Dogs on the other hand make great companions. They’re so playful, funny and loving at all times. I really couldn’t choose between the two!
11. What is your favourite vegan place to eat
I’ve eaten at a lot of vegan friendly places as I often write restaurant reviews on my blog and I would have to say that eating anywhere vegan is always enjoyable because you can pick anything off the menu! In Essex where I live I love to eat at The Oak Tree Market in Leigh on Sea as it’s so laid-back and their food is delicious. In London I would have to say that my favourite vegan place to eat is Mildreds in Soho. I had an out of this world vegan meal there and I am desperate to go back!
12. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
For our Honeymoon my husband and I spent 5 weeks travelling around Asia and it was an experience of a lifetime. We visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore & Bali on our trip and I thoroughly enjoyed the food on offer at every destination and found that it was really easy to eat both healthily and veggie / vegan in these places.
13. If you could meet any vegan in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
I would probably say Joaquin Phoenix not only because he is a beautiful human being but he’s also really interesting and i’d love to hear his views on veganism and compassionate living.
14. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
Wow difficult question!….I would love to see the complete banning of animals being used for testing and experiments OR the worldwide ban of any animals being used for entertainment.
15. If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
I think I would say plant based chef Deliciously Ella because I am an absolutely rubbish cook and I would love to be able to make my husband a vegan meal to remember!