Gym and Fitness interview with Rebecca Weller from vegansparkles.com
1.Your blog is an inspiration to others, what inspires you to keep fit and share your experiences with your readers?
I love the way my body feels when I look after it. Healthy eating and exercise not only make me feel healthier and happier but also tend to keep my creativity flowing so I can follow my passions, including helping others to feel their best. I’m a bit of a Nutrition Geek so I love researching and sharing all things health and wellness with my readers.
2. Have you got any advice for people making the transition from meat eating, whilst training on a daily basis? Any foods you would strongly recommend for Vegan protein intake?
Firstly, I’d recommend making sure that they’re eating enough food during the day. Plant-based food tends to be less calorie dense than animal products, so it’s important to eat regularly – particularly during the transition period while the body adjusts.
Plant foods are abundant in protein – the best sources being lentils, nuts, seeds (including chia, hemp and quinoa), vegetables and whole grains. Spirulina is also a great addition, nutrient-rich and high in protein.
3. What has been the biggest fitness/health challenge you have overcome?
Learning how to become a healthy vegan was quite challenging. When I was vegetarian I thought I was being healthy by eating low-fat frozen dinners and processed ‘diet’ foods. When I chose to follow a vegan lifestyle (2 years ago), suddenly all of those packaged foods were no longer an option.
I was determined to be a healthy, sparkly vegan, so I did an incredible amount of research and experimentation and as I learnt more about health and nutrition, I knew that I wanted to help others to do the same. I followed my passion and enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I’m now the healthiest I’ve ever been, and what’s even more exciting – I’m living my dream with a career as a Health and Lifestyle Coach.
4. What’s your #1 fitness or personal inspiration tip?
Find movement you love! There are so many exercise options out there (gym classes, running, rock climbing, air yoga, stand-up paddle-boarding, pilates, trampolining, etc!), if you find one you really enjoy, you’ll be inspired to do it every day.
5. Which of your blog posts/recipes do you think everyone should read?
Ooh, well my two favourite recipes at the moment are Crazy Delicious Raw Pad Thai and Mint Choc Chip Smoothie, so that’s definitely a great start! The recipes in my recently released Eating for Energy eBook are also fast, delicious and super healthy.
I believe The Truth About Diet Shakes is such an important article for young women or anyone looking for a quick fix to weight loss, and I wrote On Being Fearless to serve as the little pep talk we all need from time to time.