Here’s another blog takeover! I was lucky enough to speak with a woman who is a very talented recipe creator and food stylist: Francesca from Plantifully Based!
She has stunning photos on instagram @plantifullybased and produces high quality recipe tutorials on her YouTube channel. The awesome thing is, she was able to grow her online community in just one year!
Francesca shows us that it’s okay to set the bar high and dream big!
She is on her way to becoming the online business woman she is striving to become and inspires me to keep on trucking along to do the same.
Here’s her latest recipe video: Plantifully Based Channel
Hey Guys, I’m Francesca!
Right now I am very fortunate to be pursuing my dream job! I have always wanted to have a job through social media on Instagram and Youtube. I can remember watching beauty gurus when I was 16/17 and thinking I really wanted to do that.
When I created this Instagram account I didn’t think it would take off this way. I had a different username, my account was anonymous and my pictures were low quality. Then one day I decided I really wanted to turn this into something and make it into a brand.
So I am doing my best everyday to put out high quality pictures and recipes. I am hoping the next steps would be an ebook then cook book and growing much more on YouTube.
New year’s resolutions 2016…
In January 2016 like most people, I wanted to get healthier. So I decided to cut out dairy – I did this very slowly. Cheese was the hardest. I used to eat cheese about 4 times a day and ice cream almost every night. I cut the cheese down until finally I cut it out altogether.
Then, because I am Catholic during lent, I can’t eat meat on Fridays. So I figured since I was already not eating any dairy, I don’t really like fish and I couldn’t eat meat why not do one vegan day a week. Eventually that 1 day of a vegan diet turned into 2 days and 3 days.
I remember I was cooking meat that I had in the freezer one night, but I just couldn’t eat it. I went to my roommate (who was vegetarian) and said I can’t do it! I can’t eat meat anymore. I couldn’t stand the smell, the texture, the taste I was repulsed.
On April 11, 2016 – I challenged myself to eat a vegan diet for 30 days. After the 30 days were up I never turned back! I have now learned more about the effects a vegan diet has on not only our health, but the environment and obviously the animals.
Everyone has a different idea of what a “vegan” is.
To some people that is a hippie, to other people it’s a super in shape skinny healthy person, to others it’s an activist but everyone has some idea of what a vegan is. I think people are surprised when I tell them I am vegan because I do not fit the “stereotype” of a vegan in their mind.
Most people are genuinely interested as to why you are vegan.
Whenever people find out I am vegan we usually have a 5-10 minute conversation about why I am vegan, how did I find it and my Instagram account. My family has been very supportive, they are always making sure I have food and am well fed but we are Italian after all. Even my boyfriends mom is always so sweet and has something always ready for me. I am very lucky because I know not everyone has that kind of support and for some people it is really hard.
I learned that I have more willpower than I thought I did.
I was someone who always said I could never be vegetarian let alone vegan. Like I said I would eat cheese 4 times a day, whenever I was stressed I needed a Polly-O cheese stick. My version of a cigarette. But now I realized I am stronger than ever and have as much willpower as I need.
I love living a life that does not inflict pain on others.
I am able to live a life where my decisions and actions do not harm anyone or any being. I am able to inspire other people to see how easy it can be. As I said before everyone has these stereotypes of vegans and my favorite part is showing people that stereotype is wrong. You can live an ethical lifestyle and be fashionable, wear make up, eat good food whatever it is. It is fun to show people how mainstream veganism is becoming.
My Biggest Inspiration
I would say one of my biggest inspirations was Lauren Toyota from Hot for Food. I really think finding her and John Diemer’s YouTube channel was what made a little spark in my head go oh wow vegan food looks good. I watched all of her videos and I just thought she was the coolest person. I was watching all these vegan YouTubers and everyone seemed really happy, I wanted to be that happy. I also find so much inspiration on Instagram. I am surrounded by an amazing community of men and women, all ages, all around the world and that is absolutely incredible. They all inspire me everyday.
Dear me (from 1 year ago),
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It was about 2 months into being vegan I was like what am I going to do with my leather products, what am I going to do with my makeup that’s tested on animals, what am I going to do about this and that.
I went into this mode of reevaluating my whole life. I think there is a giant connotation with the word vegan, a heaviness. I let that get to me and I know other people who are thinking about becoming vegan do too. I think as long as you end up vegan who cares if it took you 2 years to get there, 2 days, overnight. You need to do it in your time, in your own way and with no pressure.
A tip for you: Do anything you want, and it is okay to change your mind.
I went to school for Vocal Performance. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Music both in Vocal Performance, and I am currently not using either of them. I found something I am a little bit more passionate about right now and that is okay. I can go back to singing if I want in the future and right now I feel that this is more my calling.
What would you do if you could be anything you wanted?
I hope you are as inspired as I am right now! Her final tip is what keeps me going. I also am pursuing this online business that’s not in my “field of study.” I went to college to become a teacher! And now, all I want to do a become an online educator in food and fitness! 🙂
If you loved reading about another vegan foodie, let me know! I would love to share more stories like Francesca’s. If you’re a vegan foodie, just let me know if you would like to be featured too! I would love to share more about this amazing community and let it grow! #FitEarthlings