Day In The Life

Tylene Gall

1. What made you turn vegan? How does your body like the plant-based life?

I went vegan in hopes of living a long, happy, healthy life and doing my share in protecting the environment. Ever since going plant-based, my overall health has been so much better. I struggled with digestion, bloating and stomach aches, and thankfully, that has not been a problem since going plant-based. In addition, so many things have improved for me since. To name a few, my digestion, complexion, energy, and mood have all improved. 2. What's a day in the life of Tylene Gall actually like?

My days consist of working my full-time day job, and my nights consist of my health and wellness lifestyle habits. I am the Project Manager at Dimachem Inc., a chemical manufacturing plant. I wake up at 5:30 am to do my morning routine before work. That consists of making my bed, getting dressed, brushing my hair and teeth and washing my face. Then I move into the kitchen to hydrate, take my apple cider vinegar shot and pack my lunch for the workday ahead, and then I am out of the door! I prepare my meals for work ahead of time, so I do not have to make them every night or morning before work. I start my day at work by going through my emails and doing any associated work. Then I move on to project-based work. I am currently securing a sanitary exemption rebate with the City of Windsor. My work is focused on keeping large projects, like plant renovations or new production line installations, on track. I also do continuous improvement and cost savings work for the company. I start my workday at 7 am, and I get off at 3:30 pm. My afternoon activities vary depending on the day. After work, I either work out, prepare food, grocery shop, make content for my Instagram page, or relax and watch TV. My nights, after work, are usually a combination of those activities. The weeks are very busy with working full time and living a healthy lifestyle, but they make me feel very productive.

3. Give us three supplements you swear by and would recommend to clean-eating enthusiasts?

Vitamin D3 - This is a must if you live in Canada or a climate similar to Canada. I used to be affected with minor seasonal depression. I was not depressed, but I would feel very flat during the winter. When I was in university, I looked into what helps with seasonal depression and vitamin D3 was highly recommended, and I now understand why! It gave me more energy when I started taking vitamin D3, and I was no longer down.

Vitamin B12 - This is a necessity for a plant-based eater. I notice that when I am not getting enough B12 in my diet, I feel like I have less energy. So then I take my B12 and am back to normal.

4. What's your favourite recipe you've created/emulated so far? Or a couple of your creations that turned out delicious?

Recently my favourite creation is air-fried burritos! I make the burrito filling in my instant pot with beans or lentils and many spices. Then I wrap the bean filling up in a tortilla and air fry it, flipping it a few times to make sure the burrito is crispy all around. Check out my Instagram page @tylenesplantbasedkitchen for all my favourite healthy and easy vegan recipes!

5. What's your guilty pleasure?

Vegan donuts from Plant Joy in Windsor for sure!!! I get them about once every other week because they are so good. They make me happy. I love their cookies and cream donuts and the carrot cake fritters. You can't go wrong there —everything is delicious.

" you need to make sure you are doing it right by incorporating protein and carbs into them or elsewhere throughout the day. "

6. Have you ever made wrong food choices as an amateur vegan? What was it, and what did you learn?

When I first went vegan, I was not eating enough, which caused me to become very thin. I got stuck on the green smoothie and salad train, which became an issue. Those things can be great for you, but you need to make sure you are doing it right by incorporating protein and carbs into them or elsewhere throughout the day. For example, when making a smoothie for a meal, add in protein powder and/or seeds and nut butter, and when having salad add lots of legumes, seeds/nuts on it, make it a large salad and enjoy it with a big heap of hummus or an oil-free dressing. When transitioning from a non-plant-based diet to a plant-based diet, you need to ensure that you are eating enough. It might seem like you are eating enough by the amount of food on your plate, but in most cases, plant-based food has fewer calories than food containing animal products. I have been vegan for almost a year and have learned a lot. I eat lots of yummy food to keep my mind and body nourished.

7. What's your vision for the future as a vegan, industrial engineer, content creator?

I want to continue to post lots of easy healthy recipes and grow with like-minded people and brands on my Instagram page, @tylenesplantbasedkitchen. I plan to continue to work a full-time engineering job until I am ready to settle down. I would love to find a job related to engineering or management in the wellness and nutrition industry that allows me to meet with lots of like-minded people. It would also be exciting to make something more from my Instagram account one day. Whether that be opening a restaurant or selling vegan goodies and meals as part of a meal prep program, I don't know. All I know is that I love to prepare wholesome, delicious food and would love to turn my passion into a form of income in the future so I can share my creations with others! I currently make homemade hummus and vegan charcuterie boards for people who are interested in Windsor ON as a stepping stone to possibly something bigger in the future. I don't know what the future holds. Maybe I will expand and sell products to others or be fulfilled by sharing my creations on my Instagram page. I will do whatever makes me the happiest, and I am thankful for what I have now.

Thank you for reading, and I'd love to connect with you on Instagram.

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