My vegetarian/vegan story starts in 2010, when I was only 14 and for the first time in my life I’ve realized that cows and goats and pigs were “somehow” connected with all those meat products in our fridge, so I immediately became vegetarian.
By the 18 y/o I started to have interest in veganism, read a good amount of books on plant based nutrition and slowly started to cut off all animal products from my diet.
In 2014 right after high school I decided to follow my biggest dream and entered the Culinary Arts program at SWISSAM that taught me all the methods, technics and made me a professional at the kitchen. There I also got to know how to prepare meats and dairy obviously.
After that I was invited to create a menu at the new modern café and I’ve done a pretty good job here for 1,5 years.
I’ve created a plant centered menu with a relatively small amount of meat based options, but still with loads of dairy. It was a compromise for myself, because it was such a great opportunity as I only was 20 y/o when I just started to work here as a chef, but also I didn’t want to cook animal flesh all day long.
I left this place because the owners kept pushing into the more meat-y menu, but mostly because at that time I was constantly overworking (14 hours a day, 4-5 days a week) and felt like I was loosing myself. However, I am extremely happy that I’ve had this experience and will always be grateful for that.
It’s been more than a year since I became self-employed and put my mind into creating my own brand which is PLANTY, that means plenty of plants, and that is the main focus behind all my work today.
I am deeply in love with plant kingdom and all that nature has created for us. I believe that coming closer to nature is an important part of healing and finding a balance in life.
I followed a strict vegan diet for the past year, and it always felt like I was missing my creative culinary voice. There definitely was an imbalance. Something that I couldn’t resolve for a long time.
I am deeply in love with the culinary world, but wasn’t able to participate in it fully due to my vegan beliefs that I put on myself. It was comforting to have something I can rely on – “Vegan is so much more than a diet, it is a lifestyle” and you immediately become a super human if you simply eat vegan. I’ve seen that the is a huge imbalance in vegan society and people often become uncompassionate to their human fellows if those continue to eat animal products.
My conclusion is simple – I finally feel myself ready to see a perspective and slowly walk away from veganism. Not far, but still.
I still find that whole food plant based vegan diet works for me and I feel nourished and happy with it. But only 95-99% of my diet is absolutely vegan now. I am not considered a vegan anymore because of those 1-5% that is vegetarian and I am personally okay with that. So far I’ve learned that balance is a much happier place than a fanatic fight.
What you do the majority of time is what matters most. And talking about saving the world – if you live a balanced happy life that is what people will most definitely notice and will be interested in.
Today I am finally on the way of finding my balance and understanding that life is complex and there are none simple answers to the complex questions.
I am now studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist and also happy to continue my work on the blog, Instagram and YouTube to inspire more and more people to try plant based meals, to include more veggies in their diet and to enjoy the fantastic energy flow that a vibrant whole foods give. With that I don’t mind whether I talk to a vegan, a vegetarian or an omnivore. I believe now that there is no one diet that fits everyone and we all should move towards our own sense of balance one day at a time.