Amelie is a vegan blogger and YouTuber from Tahiti, now residing in France. She calls her vegan transition a well being, moral and environmental awakening, and likes to share her wholesome vegan way of life and fervour for diet, health and serving to others! We chatted to Amelie about how she bought began running a blog, vegan life in Paris and extra!
Inform us a bit about your self!
I by no means know the place to begin with this query! Would you like the total novel or the abstract? haha! So mainly, I’m 24 years previous, born in France, grew up in Tahiti (therefore my identify!), studied enterprise and graduated in monetary accounting in Canada, lived in Portugal & Australia and at present in Paris! We’ll see for the way lengthy, it appears I can’t keep in a single place an excessive amount of lol! After working shortly each in accounting/audit & communication for a number of firms, I realised it’s not what made me blissful, so I’ve determined to dedicate myself full time to producing content material on social media (that’s: Instagram, YouTube and my weblog), promoting my recipe & suggestions book and galvanizing individuals transition to a more healthy – plant-based and even vegan way of life and encourage individuals to be extra in tuned with their physique & thoughts!
When did you begin meals running a blog on Instagram and what impressed you to begin?
I first began Instagram in 2014 but it surely was only for me, to seek out inspiration. I adopted a well-known health/food regimen program again then and I began connecting with different people who had been additionally doing it! From there I bought excited by all that wholesome way of life, though at first, I used to be extra into the ‘clear consuming factor’ aka ‘eggs, hen & inexperienced beans!!! Mid 2015 is after I went vegan however I began running a blog extra severely in 2016 after I began my weblog & YouTube channel!
You might be such a optimistic advocate for plant-based residing. What led you to this way of life alternative?
Thanks!! I’ve all the time stated I used to be an animal & planet lover however someway stored consuming animal merchandise! I used to be by no means the largest meat eater (generally hen and principally fish in Tahiti), I didn’t just like the style of honey, of eggs and of most yogurts, so I assume I had a ‘fortunate’ place to begin! I liked cheese although, particularly french cheese and by no means imagined consuming scorching chocolate with out cow’s milk or ‘giving up on my favorite recipes’! I bear in mind after I was youthful I had requested my mother why we ate animals and that it appeared bizarre, however by no means gave it second ideas!
Later in 2014, after I began being tremendous excited by well being and diet, I bought my food regimen to what I believed ‘tremendous clear’- aka no processed meals however nonetheless consuming animal merchandise. It gave me quite a lot of meals anxiousness, particularly when going to eat out or after I was invited, I’d be so choosy and sometimes ‘hangry’!
In 2015 I lived in Bondi Seashore (just about vegan paradise!) so I began consuming extra & extra plant-based, till some extent the place I noticed nice advantages on my well being and health efficiency! I additionally noticed the quantity of meals vegan individuals may eat and I bought a bit jealous I need to say! haha!
I then adopted and met a bunch of vegan individuals (not simply bloggers!) and so they’ve impressed me to look at documentaries and skim books about it (diet, well being, ethics & atmosphere). Sooner or later it simply made sense: my ideas (veganism is superior) and my actions (not being vegan) weren’t aligned and I couldn’t dwell with that paradox anymore! I wished to point out how nice veganism/plant-based consuming was and the one solution to do it, for my part, was to dwell it!
The place do you get your recipe inspiration from?
It’s a cheerful mixture of household recipes that I attempt to veganize, restaurant dishes that encourage me (particularly from after I journey!), making a meal from seasonal recent fruits & veggies or what’s in my fridge at the moment! Whether or not unconscious or not, I’m additionally positively impressed by the superior neighborhood on social media – to call a number of, I really like following Andrea from Earthy Andy, Loni Jane, Ellie from ElsasWholesomeLife, Angela from OhSheGlows, Ellen Fisher, Tess Begg, Christina from AddictedToDates, Bonny Rebecca – i feel now we have related style!
You’re a gifted yogi! Inform us about how you bought into yoga and why you find it irresistible?
Thanks !! For my part, anybody who’s doing yoga is a gifted yogi!! I used to be an avid health particular person (generally figuring out twice a day!) and sadly injured my backbone in November 2016: I bought three herniated discs. That kinda put me off from any sort of train for about 2 months. The one solution to get again into transferring was a extra ‘mild’ exercise (much less affect): that’s what pushed me to begin yoga! I additionally bought very impressed by all these loopy poses on instagram, let’s be trustworthy, I wished to do the identical! haha.
I began yoga on my own for a number of weeks however finally gave up. A number of months later a pal visited me and instructed me to return to a yoga class along with her (might 2017), and that was love at first sight! I’ve been working towards usually ever since, and even began a Yoga Instructor Coaching! Now I’ve reintroduced some health into my routine and yoga actually improved my mobility, core power, and respiratory (particularly for working!). It’s superb to see how the poses can progress by merely displaying up in your mat usually! I’m making use of this idea to life now! Follow makes excellent!!!
You might be fortunate to dwell within the lovely metropolis of Paris! Do you discover it troublesome being vegan in a spot that’s famend for its meat and dairy? Inform us concerning the vegan neighborhood there?
You’d be stunned however Paris is definitely superior for vegans! There are new vegan eating places opening each month! French Brasserie, Chinese language, Thai, Indian, Wholesome, Boulangerie (bakery), Crèmerie (the place ‘cheese’ is completed).. we’ve bought all of it! I’ve by no means been lacking out of something and even after I eat at ‘common’ eating places, I all the time discover one thing to accommodate (massive salad, veggie pizza or pasta and many others) and it by no means stunned/irritated anybody!
Veganism is turning into increasingly more widespread right here, and in a cosmopolitan metropolis like Paris, it’d be horrible enterprise to not have vegan choices! What’s good in France is persons are very conscious of seasonal and recent, high quality produce and a few superb dishes might be carried out plant-based in anywhere, even some Palaces have vegan HighTea!
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Smoothie bowl in scorching season, acai or PB/banana one; and oatmeal in winter for certain!
You serve up some fairly superb dishes in our Coconut Bowls! What has been your favorite up to now?
Thanks!! I’ve carried out so many I can’t even bear in mind which I’ve most popular! Most likely the Tahitian Uncooked ‘Fish’ Salad (from my book) as a result of it actually felt like consuming in Paradise, and was so stoked about how my veganised uncooked fish turned out too!
What’s your favorite factor about your Coconut Bowls?
They make all of the dishes tremendous Instaworthy and all the time get tons of compliments! It additionally helps me to really feel extra grounded (useful in Paris!) as a result of I’m consuming vegetation out of a plant materials!
We’re so excited to have one among your recipes included in our new cookbook ‘Vegan Bowls for Vegan Souls’. Inform us concerning the recipe you selected and what it means so that you can be aside of the ebook?
I’m so excited too! The recipe I’ve made is the «tropical lilikoi with protein peanut butter cookie dough smoothie bowl» that’s an extended identify however tells heaps about me!
Tropical as a result of it provides a way of Tahiti, protein kick as a result of i’m a gymnasium junkie and energetic particular person and it is a excellent post-workout meal, and peanut butter as a result of I’m an enormous foodie and I really like my meals to style bomb and wholesome!
I can’t thanks sufficient for giving me the chance to be on this ebook alongside 99 different gifted foodies! I’ve already tried many recipes which turned superb and I’m so blissful to be working with an organization which have the identical values as me! An enormous thanks!
Thanks Amelie! Large love from Coconut Bowls ❤