This girl is too cool. Last time I was in LA, I had the pleasure of meeting Taryn, the one-woman force behind vegetaryn.com.
Of course, we met through a foodie documentary, Plant Pure Nation about the son of T.Colin Campbell (The China Study) and his quest to get plant-based nutrition included in public legislation after an incredibly successful pilot program he created to demonstrate the benefits of a plant-based diet. (spoiler alert: it was (and is) an uphill battle).
I became obsessed with her super cute t-shirt line (all the shirts pictured below are from her line), so invited her on the bloggy for a little Q & A.
But, the turning point was when I unfortunately regret to say that I witnessed a bull fight. Seeing these poor animals, other beings, be murdered right in front of my face scarred me for life. It shocked me how so many people would cheer this type of cruelty on. This led me to primarily eat a vegetarian diet while I was in Spain.
It was also cheaper to travel on a vegetarian diet. Falafel stands became my best friend. When I returned to the United States, I was so excited to get back to my typical fast food college diet. However, I started getting horrible stomach aches and throwing up way too often. This was so unlike me. I love food, I wanted to be able to enjoy what I was eating. This is when I decided to learn about eating healthy.
I started educating myself on vegan diets. I read books such as, Skinny Bitch and The China Study. I also watched several documentaries on Netflix; Forks Over Knives, Food, Inc., and Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. I became fascinated with the subject. I realized everything I had ever been told about what was “healthy” was basically false.
I started doing all my communications research products on health and diets. I started eating vegan 3 days a week, it didn’t take much time before I realized I felt so much better and energized on days I ate vegan. Soon enough I was 100% vegan, and not only did my stomach issues disappear, I cured myself of asthma & eczema. Now, I also understand the effects my diet has on the environment and animals as well.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.