Bodybuilder, Bikini Athlete, Dancer, Model
SS: What made you go vegan and why?
NS: I have been a vegetarian since 2006 and made the switch to veganism in 2011. My body felt great on a vegetarian diet, but I lacked the knowledge to ensure I gained enough micronutrients, so for a while every 6 months - 1 year I had a small piece of red meat. Initially I made the plant-based switch for health and fitness reasons; as 2011 neared although I ate meat infrequently, I began to intensely dislike the sensation and presence of meat in my body. I gradually became more aware that I could not look into the eyes of my beautiful cat and dog, feel the love connection with their spirit and place a higher importance on their life above any other animal.
SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?
NS: Initially, the transition from vegetarian to vegan was challenging. I was the only vegan I knew that lived near me, so I didn’t have much of a support network. I had a million questions and hardly any answers. I felt overwhelmed and alone. I did a ton of research on raw and whole foods and discovered green juice and green smoothies. For me, they were the key to limitless energy and amazing health through a vegan lifestyle.
SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?
NS: I am more the stealth health warrior than the in-your-face activist. While I do donate funds to animal shelters and I applaud the work of activists and appreciate all they do for animals rights; my contribution to the plant-based movement is primarily through nutrition, health and wellness. I have supported a number of people on their journey to a vegan lifestyle and have recently acquired the name ‘Green Queen’ whilst a trip to LA.
SS: What are your favorite animal rights organisations?
NS: In Melbourne, Australia we have a fantastic organisation called Edgar’s Mission. Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals. Their policy is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome - check them out here http://www.edgarsmission.org.au/
SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?
NS: Seek out healthy vegans that are nourishing their bodies with whole foods. Ask questions; it’s not as overwhelming as it may first seem. Also drink green juice daily! I promise you will feel amazing on all levels of your being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
SS: Do you have any memories that stand out in your mind about someone saving an animal? Or relating to an animal in a unique way?
NS: No one instance stands out in my mind. I have seen countless people come to the aid of animals. I believe it’s a natural human reaction to assist any human or non-human when you can see or hear they are in pain. Animals are amazing creatures. They have the ability to uplift and touch you in ways that can not be described in words. To bond and create a connection with an animal is magical. To me it’s self-recognition of life in yourself and another being. It’s pure unadulterated love.