Names: Amy-Kate (28yrs) & Jesse (JD) Perry (29yrs)
Job title: Online Vegan Health & Fitness Coaches/ Influencers
From: Gold Coast, Australia currently living in our dream beach shack, in Broadbeach.
What started as a journey to improving our health quickly turned into finding out a lot more than we ever had expected. Veganism has led us to finding our passion and has completely changed our outlook on life.
Veganism has helped shape our life in our twenties and has opened our eyes in so many ways. We have learnt to make the connection of what is on our plate. Now that we are vegan, I am advocating for these beings – I now want to educate and inspire as many people as I can to make the connection too.
When did you start living a vegan lifestyle, and what made you choose this change?
JESSE HAS BEEN VEGAN FOR 4 YEARS NOW AND WAS 2 YEAR VEGETARIAN BEFORE THAT. AMY IS 3 YEARS VEGAN AND 1 YEAR VEGETARIAN BEFOREHAND ALSO. WE BOTH DECIDED TO GO VEGAN AFTER WATCHING A DOCUMENTARY CALLED 'PEACEABLE KINGDOM' WE HAD SEEN A FEW DOCUMENTARIES PRIOR BUT THIS WAS THE LAST STRAW FOR US. THE LOVE OF THIS LIFESTYLE THEN TURNED INTO OUR PASSION. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE MESSAGES DAILY ABOUT HOW WE HAVE CHANGED PEOPLES LIVES FOR THE BETTER.
WE HAVE BOTH ALWAYS BEEN INTO HEALTH AND FITNESS. BUT WE SAW THERE WAS AN OVERALL LACK IN VEGAN FITNESS ONLINE. OUR AIM IS TO 'BREAK THE VEGAN STEREOTYPE' AND PROVE THAT YOU CAN GET PROTEIN THROUGH WHOLE FOODS/ PLANTS AND THAT THIS IS THE HEALIEST WAY TO LIVE FOR YOURSELF THE ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
Is every part of your lifestyle vegan, or is it mainly your diet?
Every part of our lifestyle is 100% vegan. You cannot call yourself ‘vegan’ unless you do. People who eat just a vegan DIET are usually called ‘plant based’. We don’t have any animal cruelty in our cosmetics, toiletries, food, clothing ect.
How did you feel about yourselves before you became vegan?
We were both always sick and tired, lacking energy and motivation. We have not been on any antibiotics since going vegan and now understand our bodies more and know how it can heal, through diet and lifestyle choices.
How do you feel about yourselves now?
Fantastic! We will never go back. 100% vegan for life!!
What’s been the toughest challenge since going vegan?
At the start it was lack of education and knowledge of vegan food. But it’s all about educating yourself and trying all the vegan options until you find what you do and don’t like.
Is there anything you miss from your previous lifestyle?
NOTHING!! These days you can get ANYTHING veganised
How often do you work out?
Weight training 5-6 days per week.
What were your respective weights before you became vegan?
Amy had never trained in a gym previously before going vegan. Jesse has been training for a few years now and use to lift for ego. He now lifts because he purely enjoys it. His recovery time is completely different and can train more often now with more strength.
What are your weights now?
We don’t concentrate on weight and how heavy we lift. We concentrate more on form and feeling the contraction. A lot of time under tension and feeling the burn. We like to do some strength training but we don’t purely train for strength, if we feel strong and healthy we are happy.
What impact does veganism have on your physique?
Physically: we can stay leaner all year round, muscle growth has just been as good if not better. Recovery time in the gym has completely changed and also feel stronger and healthy.
Mentally: Definitely clearer, not as foggy or forgetful. More energy and positive that we are no longer contributing tho the injustice and torture of innocent beings.
Has going vegan had an impact on your social lives, such as going out for food or drinks with friends?
Our social circle definitely changed. Not because it was hard to eat out. It was more because our goals changed and who you hang around can affect those goals. We started to have less things in common and we began to meet new people who respected our goals and wanted to grow with us. We are so happy with our life right now and wouldn’t change a thing.
If you have been vegan for quite some time, has it become easier more recently to be vegan?
Jesse has been meat free for 6 years, 4 years vegan. Amy has been vegan for 3 years. And it has definitely come easier onus both. There are so many vegan options these days to choose from. The choices are endless, vegan pizza, pasta, burgers, chocolate, ice cream, doughnuts, lollies, waffles, pancakes, lasagnes, cheeses, milks the list goes on.
Has being vegan had a positive influence on your relationship?
Definitely!! As it was something we both had to learn together is made us closer by having a hobbie as well as the gym. And then we just creating content for our Youtube channel and now it is our job, passion and lifestyle!!