Happy Friday, everyone! Today we’re talking with Brittany (of @lentil_) and if I could describe her in three words I would have to say: strong-willed, determined and honest. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is and won’t sugarcoat things…which at times can be intimidating, but also incredibly admirable. Coming from someone who lacks a bit of confidence, I look at Brittany and see strength and courage. She holds animal rights close to her heart and will shout it from the rooftops all the reasons why you should ditch dairy and meat. I learned about Brittany from a mutual Instagram friend and was immediately drawn to her natural beauty – You can tell that she takes care of herself inside and out.
INTERVIEW WITH BRITTANY:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I always find introductions the most challenging part of blog interviews …. My name is Brittany. I currently reside in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. I wouldn’t really say that I have any hobbies but I do gravitate towards what I call “introvert activities” such as: reading, watching movies and TV shows. My interests include health/fitness and animal rights issues, documentaries, self-improvement and holistic health.
When did you go vegan? What was your “Aha” moment?
I went vegan in September 2013. I watched a video on www.meat.org about factory farming and animal abuse and I decided right then and there that I would go vegan. I had previously dabbled in a plant-based diet so I was aware of what life would be like without meat and dairy. I was on the path to vegetarianism when I watched the video online but that didn’t seem like enough, I needed to cut everything that supported and funded animal cruelty out of my lifestyle. I began researching more and more about how I could live a sustainable, ethical and healthy lifestyle. To this day I am still learning and adjusting my lifestyle to be more natural and compassionate. It is a beautiful journey and not a day goes by that I am not thankful to have learnt the truth and found a lifestyle that I adore.
What is the hardest part about being vegan?
This is a very loaded question. Some of the hardest parts about being vegan are dealing with criticism, negativity and unsupportive people. I am very lucky that my family and most of my non vegan friends support and respect my decision to be vegan. But I have also received my fair share of ignorant attacks from non vegans. I also struggle with the sensitivity that comes with the vegan lifestyle. Some days it feels like everything hurts and everything is offensive and those are the days that I want to whisk myself and my loved ones away to live on a completely vegan planet. I find it very hard to share a meal with people who are eating meat. It is hard not to take things personally because, for ethical vegans, the passion and motivation for being vegan becomes so close to your heart that animal cruelty begins to not only hurt animals, but it hurts you too.
What does natural health mean to you?
Natural health to me is living as closely to nature as you possibly can. Taking advantage of the myriad of powerful fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants that we have been blessed with. As I mentioned before I am very into holistic health so I always try to resort to natural and self-healing remedies for any physical or mental ailments that I encounter.
What is your favorite cruelty-free product (cleaning, beauty, etc.) and why?
We have a line of beauty care products in Australia called Sukin. All the products are free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, SLS, SLES and animal derivatives. Sukin has everything from hand lotion to shampoo to fake tan. I’ve been using their products for a few years and I absolutely love them. I also love the Hurraw lip balms. They have amazing flavours and they are raw vegan so the ingredients are very natural and healing. My favourite is the coconut flavor.
Who or what inspires you?
I get most of my inspiration from my vegan friends and from the raw vegans that I follow online. Sharing connections with other vegans has become really important to me. You already have a strong common bond and it’s such a beautiful thing. The raw vegans that I find are the most inspirational are Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram (fullyrawkristina), Ellen Fisher (ellenfisher or Mango Island Mamma on youtube) and Yovana Mendoza (rawvana). I also like to inspire myself. I reflect on how far I have come in my life and I work towards becoming a better version of myself.
A kitchen gadget you cannot live without?
There are 2 kitchen gadgets that I can’t live without: my juicer and my Vitamix. I absolutely love juices and smoothies! They come in handy for quick, lazy meals and meals on the go.
What is your favorite meal?
Oh my gosh, you are really asking me what my favourite meal is? I cannot possibly answer that! I love so many different dishes. If I had to narrow it down I would probably say it would be a mono meal of fruit, most probably watermelon. I say fruit because if I had to pick 1 meal to live off for the rest of my life I know I could definitely live off fruit. I do love cooked meals as well. Mac n Cheese is definitely a favourite and so are tofu and vegetable stir fries/curries.
Three of your favorite cooking ingredients.
3 of my favourite cooking ingredients are broccoli, nutritional yeast and dill. I could eat broccoli with anything. I love a few different herbs but dill is my favourite. It has a beautiful, clean, fresh taste and it works well with a lot of different ingredients.
Favorite resources regarding a plant-based lifestyle?
My favourite vegan resources are The Skinny Bitch book, Earthlings, Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
- Anais Nin
Three words to describe you.
The 3 words that I think describe me best are: quirky, pensive and empathetic.
Where can we find you via social media? IG, FB, blog address, etc.?
Facebook: Brittany Allen
Thank you, Brittany!! It was fun learning more about you!
Thanks for stopping by!