Is veganism truly approachable for all? What
if you eat cheeseburgers and animal-product-laden
fast food on a daily basis and have no real
interest in animal rights. Can you still become
vegan? Well my guest today did just that and
he’s going to share his unlikely story of
Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome
to another vegan nugget. If you follow me
on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or even Google
+ (yes, some people actually use Google+)
you already know that earlier this month I
met up in Orlando with two fellow vegan YouTubers,
Tino from the channels Bananiac and Symposium
Films and the Vegan Black Metal Chef, or,
as I call him, Brian. I had the pleasure of
interviewing both of them about their own
vegan journeys and some side topics as well.
So today I’m bringing you Tino’s interview.
And when you’re done watching, be sure to
head over and watch my interview on his channel,
which will be linked at the end of the video
and in the video description.
So Tino I know that you.. I’ve heard you talk about before, you started from
a place of eating cheeseburgers and that kind
of stuff all the time. Could you tell me a
little bit about that?
Yeah, definitely. It was horrible. So
back in highschool there was one week, one
week where I would eat every day at “Five
Guys” basically it was a burger joint and
I would eat there every day, like my diet
before veganism was basically meat based,
dairy based, eggs, fish, all that stuff. And
you know it’s funny is I have a YouTube
channel I am a pretty open guy about veganism
and advocate, but back in the day I was so
opposed to veganism.. anyone who brought up
word vegan or vegan I would always give them
crap. In fact I had this one friend back in
high school who was vegetarian and I would
always give him crap for being vegetarian
choosing not to eat meat and all that, but
it’s funny how we’ve crossed over now
and he eats meat and how I’m vegan. It’s
funny how life plays out like that, but..yeah,
I was just very into all the animal products
and stuff and after getting into it I decided
to change to a healthier lifestyle without
even having the vegan intention in my mind.
I just wanted to get healthier. So, I tried different
diets out because I wasn’t where I wanted
to be athletically, I wasn’t where I wanted
aesthetically and also I was getting sick
a lot. Now that I’ve gone vegan I feel so
much better, I haven’t gotten sick, I haven’t
got headaches anymore. No more stomachaches,
no more nothing and I’m just living a healthy
lifestyle. So basically what caused me to
really embrace the plant based diet was the
documentary called “Forks over Knives”
where they talk about the benefits of eating
a whole foods plant based diet and I also
read a couple of books like “The China Study”
“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” “The
Starch Solution” Dr. Neil Bernard’s “Reversing
Diabetes“ just a bunch great books out there
and just continued to educate myself into more
healthy living and healthy eating. From there
it sort of domino effect down to what I would
call veganism. I found out of not only the
benefits that it brings to your body but also
to the environment and of course the animals
too I mean that’s really a direct cause
is eating meat, you’re causing so much suffering
to the animals, so I accepted. I accepted
where meat came from. It came from off the
bones of living animals.
I wanted to be vegan I knew this was the way I wanted
to live for the rest of my life. This is what
made me happy and I found a sense of purpose
and never looked back.
So seeing as you came from
this place of very deep in animal products
and everything, what.. if you’re talking
to someone who maybe has interest in veganism,
but has just eaten animal products their entire
life and it just seems so unrealistic to them
to ever not eat those things. What would you
say to that person to start making those changes?
Yeah, well, I mean there is just so
many factors to look in, like I said there
is your diet, your.. you! there’s you. There’s
the animals, there’s the environment, there’s
so many factors and really any of those can
touch different type of people. Different
people are motivated by different factors.
For me, personally, I was moved when I started
to get healthier, when things didn’t start
to hold me back and I could look forward to
other ways of improving my own life, but
really what it comes down to is being educated,
getting the facts, you know, realizing what
is dogma out there and what is fact. You can
be healthy eating a vegan diet. You can be
healthy without meat, dairy, eggs, fish and
all that stuff, like science said so and it’s
fact that animal agriculture is causing..
it’s one of the reasons it’s causing pollution
in our world, in our planet. The destruction
with grazing and all the forests and all that.
So just being educated. There is a lot of
great resources out there too and.. I mean
the vegan lifestyle has come so far. I can’t
imagine doing this 30, 40 years ago, I mean
I wasn’t even alive, but I can’t imagine
doing it back then even if I was. Because
the internet didn’t really exist and there
wasn’t as many resources. Now you can find
resources pretty much in so many places – bookstores,
the website, everywhere. There are documentaries
out there, so what I would generally say is
that if you are interested in doing the vegan
lifestyle there’s 3 documentaries you should
pay attention to really, one of them I think
is “Forks over Knives” getting your diet
straight, I mean you want to be vegan definitely,
but try to be healthy, try to improve yourself
as much as you can and the second documentary
is called “Earthlings” which is a really
strong documentary, it really opens your eyes
to what’s being done to the animals, not
just for food but other factors as well, such
as leather, the pet industry, the fishing,
all that stuff. It’s a really great documentary
and the third one is called “Cowspiracy”
that one talks about a lot of the environment
factors that are being harmed by the meat
and dairy industry. So there is a lot of great
resources out there. Being well educated is
definitely a key if you want to succeed on
the vegan lifestyle.
You said that eventually the ethical foundation and
environmental causes started to come in as
well, even though health was your main reason
for starting this path. Do you find that one
or more of those has become more significant
as you gone forward or has it just remained.
Well, I’ll tell you, I’ll confess.
At first I was like this is about me, this
isn’t about the animals.. I didn’t even
want to call myself vegan, I was just eating
a plant based diet, but now I really can’t
weigh one thing over the other, you know,
like life is life. Whether it’s a living
wild animal or an animal in factory farm or
that human being down by the park. They’re
all the same, you can’t value one more than
the other. So, yeah, I love to eat good food,
I love to eat as healthy as possible, so I
can live as long as I can and be around the
people I love and do the things that I love
doing, but at the same time I don’t want
to cause harm to someone else just so I can
wear a leather belt or a fur coat or something
like that, so I’ve done as much as I can
to help the environment, to help the animals
and I’m not gonna say I’m 100% innocent.
There’s little minor things that don’t
even count in the big picture. Diet is so
easy to change, avoiding leather and fur is
so easy, avoiding products tested on animals
that’s so easy anyone can do that. So really
I can’t weigh one thing over the other.
This lifestyle has been amazing, because it
helps so much and it really is more than just
about you. Well Tino I wanted to thank you so much for your time here. And actually, why don’t you tell people where they can find you.
Well, I have two You Tube Channels. One is my main channel, Bananiac. I kind of sort of blog my personal life.
and get in to some vegan issues with it, health, environment and animals, so it’s more of a personal channel.
I have a second channel which is called Symposium Films and I have a lot of great interviews on there with plant-based doctors and other sorts of vegan advocates.
So, a really great channel, really education based. That’s where I really to come from for that channel, yeah, check it out, connect with me online.
So, I will put the links and the description to Tino’s channels as well as all the documentaries he mentioned. And Tino actually interviewed me during this session we just had.
So, head over to his channel to check out that video. I’ll put the link in the description for that as well.
So thank you so much for your time. It was great having you. Yeah. Peace out guys.
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