Happy Friday, everyone!!! Today we’re talking with the incredibly kind and beautiful Roshi of @roshibrian. I found Roshi on Instagram through some mutual “friends” and was drawn to her encouraging comments that she scattered throughout the network. Scrolling over her page, I was immediately attracted to all of the colorful photos and energy she radiated. It would be silly NOT to hit the FOLLOW button! I love how she takes a recipe and puts her own twist on it or recreates an otherwise non-vegan dish and makes it legit – I often times find myself thinking, “why didn’t I think of that?” I was also drawn to Roshi because she is Indonesian – her posts remind me of family and it makes me smile any time she makes an Indonesian dish that I’ve tried. I may not have ever met Roshi in person, but she feels like family.
INTERVIEW WITH ROSHI…
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Poppy Roshiana but everybody calls me Roshi instead of Poppy because Poppy it seems to be an unusual name for a woman in this country. My schoolmates used to call me Hana and some of my family calls me Irma. I am from Indonesia which is a big Tempeh and Sumatra Coffee Country, with 26 islands and 26 different languages but Indonesian is our national language.
I always like to read, when I am reading I forget about everything around me. Wherever I go I always carry a book with me.
I enjoy yoga, running …….short distances for now and I am trying to get better. I also enjoy cooking which has become a passion for me right now. I am always experimenting to try to make my recipes better.
When did you go vegan?
You can say I am a baby Vegan, next month will be my first year of being vegan and I love it. Being from a seaside country I was kind of Pescatarian growing up.
What was your “Aha” moment?
I was talking with my mom, and she reminded me to live a healthy lifestyle and to eat more fruits and vegetables. My mom was a meat eater and a lover of junk food. We had a conversation about it and she told me not to follow in her footsteps and it was a wakeup call to me. About a month after our conversation my mom passed away due to complications from an illness which could have been prevented had she been on a more healthy diet.
What is the hardest part about being vegan?
I am a big fan of seafood and I’m not going to lie, it’s been really hard from the beginning of my journey to avoid it.
What does natural health mean to you?
I’d rather spend my money and time to buy healthy produce, natural remedies and learning to cook healthier rather than to buy medicine or go to the doctor.
I feel it’s important to nourish your body from the inside.
What is your favorite cruelty-free product and why?
I am in love with Mrs. Mayers products.
They are non- toxic, plant-based products, eco and vegan friendly.
Who or what inspires you?
My IG families. You, plantstrongmom, Eve, Leslieconn, cannedtime, whollyvegan, astigvegan, rose petalz, and many others. Also my boyfriend and although he is omni he supports my vegan journey.
A kitchen gadget you cannot live without?
I absolutely love my Vitamix blender.
What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal, especially on a cold day, is a large bowl of Tofu Pho.
Three of your favorite cooking ingredients.
My favorite cooking ingredients are Tempeh, ginger and lemongrass.
Favorite resources regarding a plant-based lifestyle?
Any cookbook relative to vegan cooking. I often have 20 – 30 books checked out from the library.
Any tips or words of advice to anyone considering a plant-based lifestyle?
Begin by replacing one to three days of your week’s meals to vegetarian or vegan options.
Use the lemons life gives you to make some awesome lemonade!
Three words to describe you.
Friendly, talkative and funny.
Where can we find you via social media? IG, FB, blog address, etc.
IG and FB roshibrian
Thank you so much, Roshi, for sharing a little bit about yourself! I’m so happy that we connected!
Thanks for stopping by!