I am not a saint! I trip up and make mistakes. So, I think I don’t actually deserve to carry a pretentious emblem like this. It is true, that I am striving for a more plant based diet, of course I’m still cheating here and there. Yes, I am incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies into my daily meals. Yes, replacing milk, butter and cheese with alternatives is not a big deal for me anymore. And eating no meat is getting easy. At some point, I didn’t enjoy the taste of it as much and being even a bit grossed out by handling raw meat. But – from time to time I will probably eat an egg or two bought directly from the farmer nearby or order grilled fish on the rare occasion of eating out in a restaurant or sweeten my tea with local bought honey.

The conclusion: Even though I was able to pull off the challenge of eating only plants in the year 2022 – of which I am proud of. I refuse to stick the label vegan onto my forehead. Regardless, my transformative journey continues including: questioning my food choices and indulging in fresh plants, feeding my curiosity about testing new vegan products and recipes plus starting the day with a handful of fresh fruits and berries. #freshfirst

How about motivating myself by writing a list of people, that I adore for their work and … for being a leading example in regard to a vegan lifestyle?

  1. Russell Brand, thought leader & yogi
  2. Kjetil Vidar Haraldstad, black metal drummer
  3. John Joseph, musician & hardcore frontman
  4. Rooney Mara, actress
  5. Daniel Schmachtenberger, future-oriented philosopher
  6. Kip Andersen, filmmaker & ARTivist
  7. Rich Roll, podcaster & athlete
  8. Yoko Ono, artist
  9. Benedict Cumberbatch, actor
  10. Simon Amstell, comedian
  11. Kat Von D, tattoo artist
  12. Jared Leto, actor & musician
  13. Billie Eilish, musician

To be continued. Do you have any suggestions to expand this list? ∎