Happy Friday, everyone!! Today we’re getting to know AlisaMarie of @alisamariefitness – a hardworking, strong, inspiring mama of two. I honestly think of her as a warrior – someone who has fought hard to get where she is today – she is truly admirable. She has two Instagram pages, one that shares her fitness journey & vegan food and the other one is filled with beautiful photography (including adorable pics of her family). So, be sure to check them both out!
INTERVIEW WITH ALISAMARIE:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am the mother of two boys. I like yoga, working out, taking photos and getting tattooed.
When did you go vegan? What was your “Aha” moment?
My first “aha” moment to go vegetarian came after watching Food Inc. Levi was almost the age that we were going to start introducing solid foods and I really wanted to be educated on what we fed him. I don’t know why but it just hit me. It was the first time I ever really stopped to think about meat and what I was eating. I had just eaten McDonald’s right before watching it. And that was the last meal including meat that I ever ate (5.5 years ago).
Going vegan took more time. I went vegan about 6-8 months after going vegetarian and then ate some dairy and eggs when I got pregnant with my second son (everyone convinced me I needed it) but soon after I realized it was making me MORE sick. And I watched Forks Over Knives and learned about how addictive dairy is and the fact that I was so addicted and felt like I “NEEDED” it freaked me out. I remember sitting in bed thinking about it and I hated that feeling. So I made the decision to cut it out for good.
What is the hardest part about being vegan?
At first the hardest thing for me was cutting out cheese. Especially since cheese alternatives just don’t taste the same. I had to quit trying to replace cheese. I didn’t eat ANY vegan cheeses for a while and then when I tried some again (Daiya) I didn’t look at it like a cheese replacement, just as a yummy addition to my food. That helped.
Honestly, nothing else is that hard about it. Going gluten-free (in addition to being vegan) was MUCH harder.
What does natural health mean to you?
Natural health, to me, is to be observant about the health of your body and mind and to avoid medical interventions as much as possible. I believe there is a time and place for western medicine. But first, I will do everything I can do go the natural route first. I want to fuel my body (and mind) with whole foods and positivity (which includes no dead animals).
Tell us about your blog!
I have had a few different blogs over the years. But I’m not currently keeping up on it. However, I do have my favorite recipes over at www.alisamariefitness.com
What is your favorite cruelty-free product (cleaning, beauty, etc.) and why?
Manic Panic hair dye 🙂 Because we love dying our hair fun colors and Manic Panic is easy and 100% vegan.
Who or what inspires you?
My kids inspire me to be the best I can. I felt guilt for living the life I did before going vegan and being more natural minded. But I had to remember “when you know better, you do better”. So now that is what inspires me. I think its important for us to be educated and act on that.
A kitchen gadget you cannot live without?
Hands down, Vitamix. We use it at least 3x a day.
What is your favorite meal?
This is tough. Right now I’m really loving avocado wraps with the Wrawp (raw wraps) and smoothie bowls.
Three of your favorite cooking ingredients.
I like Raw Coconut Aminos, nutrition yeast and garlic for extra flavor in my cooking. Pretty much every cooked meal I eat includes one of those. But I have been trying to eat more raw so in that case, I LOVE using dates in my raw desserts.
Favorite resources regarding a plant-based lifestyle?
Documentaries: Food Inc, Forks Over Knives, Meet Your Meat, Vegucated, Fat sick & Nearly Dead.
Books: Skinny Bitch.
Cookbooks: BabyCakes, Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar (not gluten-free), Oh She Glows
Any tips or words of advice to anyone considering a plant-based lifestyle?
You CAN do it. I know its easy to believe “oh I could NEVER give up meat or dairy”. I know because I used to say it. I used to mock vegans. Do your research. It’s important to know what you are eating (and especially what you’re feeding your children).
There are vegan alternatives to almost everything and they are healthier and animals werent harmed in the process. There are tons of books and blogs out there so you have support.
“To continue to climb mountains, one must continually descend back into the valleys.”
“Be brave with your life”.
“The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.”
Three words to describe you.
Passionate, straightforward, complicated 😉
I asked Levi and he said “great, cute, good”
Where can we find you via social media? IG, FB, blog address, etc.