Day In The Life

Rola Tabet

Blogger Rola Tabet shares her journey and what it means to live a vegan lifestyle

What does leading a vegan lifestyle mean for you? What motivates you?

When we talk about veganism, many people hear the word "diet" as the most critical part of the conversation. The truth is that veganism is not only a diet but a way of living —a lifestyle. Veganism is a plant-exclusive diet and lifestyle, which is motivated by consciously avoiding, as much as possible, any use, cruelty, and exploitation of all animals within and outside of the daily diet. The keyword in the definition of veganism is "lifestyle." Veganism, for me, is not only about the diet, but in general, avoiding the consumption of any animal or animal-derived product.

My vegan journey started after moving to Canada, and it's already been almost three years since I took, what I consider, the best decision of my life! Why has veganism been the best decision of my life? EVERYTHING feels different! Your body feels great, full of energy. Your skin looks amazing. Even your mind feels great! If those reasons weren't enough, it also makes me happy to be part of a group of people that tries to preserve the environment by not being complicit in the livestock industry. This is what motivates me —veganism is one of the most potent ways to support animal rights, spare the planet, protect your body, and live without moral compromises.

When people go vegan, they often focus on what they are cutting out of their diet —this will only make you feel overwhelmed. Instead of thinking about how much you miss cheese (this was me), think about what you can enjoy instead.

What inspired you to devote your life to educating people about vegan eating?

It was hard when I first started following a vegan lifestyle —I'm not going to lie. The transition is not easy because you don't know what else to eat when you quit meat and foods of animal origin. So you need lots of creativity and knowledge! That's why I decided to create @vdevidaa because that's what I needed as a beginner —someone that could guide me and give me recipes and tips for a vegan lifestyle.

Among the benefits of following a vegetarian or vegan diet is improving your health and well-being. Many doctors claim that these diets provide all the nutrients we need and help us prevent many diseases. This is undoubtedly an excellent reason to follow this diet, but it is not the only reason. Another good reason is feeling good with our body and the connection between our spiritual essence and the food we eat. You are what you eat, people say. For me, it is vital to educate people about vegan eating because the more conscious and healthy people we are, the better our planet will be! I love being part of this journey in other people's lives!

What does your average day look like? What's the most important thing on your agenda typically?

My life looks very different from what it used to look like two years ago before the pandemic. I used to have a typical life of commuting to the office, working 9-5, returning home, having dinner, cleaning the house a bit and sleeping; and repeat.

Since the pandemic started, I have been working from home, which has helped me invest more time into my vegan blog.

I am still working in a 9-5 job, but from home. So I have more time for myself to spend on my personal care, which is the most crucial thing on my agenda. I love to start my days meditating, doing a little exercise, and having a cup of coffee without haste. Then I would spend my day working from 9 to 5. After that, I usually work on my vegan blog content, either organizing and developing content or recording recipe videos! This is also the other thing I enjoy about my days! I love cooking and creating content!

How can a person take the first step towards becoming vegan?

The best advice I could give someone who wants to become vegan is to take things slow and be patient! One of the easiest mistakes people make when going vegan is thinking it has to be done overnight. On the contrary, start by making minor changes to your diet day by day, week by week. Start by cutting out one animal product at a time, if possible, and go slow.

When people go vegan, they often focus on what they are cutting out of their diet —this will only make you feel overwhelmed. Instead of thinking about how much you miss cheese (this was me), think about what you can enjoy instead. For every food you are worried about giving up, take some time to find an alternative you love —this will allow you to enjoy and embrace new foods! It happened to me when I first made the change into my diet; I noticed there were delicious foods I had never tried before. Don't be afraid to try new foods and get creative!

The following are also very important: research, get organized and don't just eat junk! Nowadays, there are a lot of substitutes and options for a vegan diet, do your research, and you will find a replacement for whatever non-vegan food you like. Also, getting organized is very important to make your transition easier. Plan the meals you're going to cook ahead of time and shop intentionally for them with a list. This way, you will also avoid eating delicious junk vegan food.

Last but not least, there are a lot of bloggers on the Internet who share their vegan journey and tips for a vegan lifestyle, just like me, that you can follow to get recipes and make your vegan transition easier and fun! Feel free to follow me at @vdevidaa. What's your vision for the future?

First and most importantly, to live life as fully as I can, not worrying too much, because life is too short to be stressed all the time. Secondly, keep growing internally to be a better version of myself. Third, to inspire and impact people who want to take care of themselves and their health and take care of the planet and all sentient beings.