Hey there! Welcome to Val’s Vegan Life, a vegan lifestyle blog full of mostly healthy vegan recipes and restaurant visits. I created this blog to share my journey with you. I have been vegan for only a bit over a year and it has been one of the most experiential years of my life.
A little about me
I’m 22 year olds, born Dutch but culturally mostly Spanish. I’ve always had a passion for cooking. It started when I was 6 and wanted to make my parents scrambled eggs for breakfast on the weekends. Much later, when I left home to go to university I became much more conscious about the impact of food my health. I tried to incorporate more vegetables in my meals and realised the importance of exercise.
After my first year at university I interned at HelloFresh for 6 months. This fueled my passion for cooking and living a healthy life even more. I got more interested in making meals more exciting and started experimenting at home in the kitchen. Rens Kroes was one of my biggest inspirations during this time. I bought her first book, Powerfood, which I absolutely loved. It was also around the same time that I discovered Deliciously Ella and The Good Life Eatery in London. So everything around me was really contributing to this experience.
Why I Became Vegan
At my final year of university I spent 4 months in America where I had to eat in a dining hall every day. I didn’t even want to think about all the bad stuff that was in the food there. When I returned, I completely lost appetite for meat, cheese and dairy and decided to give it up. Not much later I stumbled across What the Health, a documentary on Netflix about the impact of food on our body (this should be taken with a pinch of salt). It was after this that I really started to get invested and did more research. I watched lots of documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Rotten (documentary series on Netflix), and also read some books on the food industry and how consuming animal products impacts the environment (I would really recommend reading Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were). All of this evolved my decision to go vegan for my health, into becoming more environmentally conscious and interested in animal welfare.
I believe that everyone develops at their own pace and hope to inspire some of you on your journey (I would have never thought I would become fully vegan, and especially stay vegan, a couple of years ago). Many people think that being vegan is impossible for them (something I would have probably agreed with a few years ago), deterring them from giving it a go. I hope that my recipes and experiences will inspire some of you to try!