Xenia Rehm- Healthy Handsome Life

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Xenia is the blogger behind Healthy Handsome Life and has over 90,000 followers on her Instagram page. She is a passionate advocate for the vegan diet and inspires people to live healthier & happier lives every day! We chatted to Xenia about her lifestyle, inspiration and blogging...

 

Tell us a bit about you and your blog.

My name is Xenia I am 21 years old and I am from Germany. I am studying nutrition and I just love being active, being outside, animals, singing and dancing, to be creative and of course to help other people to create their dream life. I’ve been vegan for two years now and it was the best decision I’ve ever made for my health. With this lifestyle, I developed myself a lot and I learned a lot about being aware, kind in the present moment. I love to share my experiences that I made in my past with other people because I made some mistakes and I hope that other people can learn from it.

When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging at the beginning of 2015. At first, I just wanted to create something like an online diary for myself to motivate myself to keep the vegan lifestyle and just keep me going. But my motivation changed over the time and now I don’t do it for myself but more for other people and that’s a really awesome feeling!

Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?

I have to confess that I never cook by following a recipe when I cook for myself. I never measure amounts and just take a little bit of this, a little bit of that … haha. But this is how I create my own recipes. I am highly intuitive when it comes to recipe creation and I try a lot of different things. I think Pinterest and Instagram can be a really good source for inspiration! There are a lot of accounts sharing delicious vegan food and beautiful pictures of it. But for myself, I go with my gut feeling.



What are the biggest challenges and greatest rewards of being a food blogger?

The biggest challenges are getting subscribers at the beginning. To establish your blog and social media channels and to build a reputation. For some people it’s really challenging to grow their Instagram or YouTube account. And the most important thing is not to quit. It always takes time and success doesn’t happen overnight and requires hard work and grit. Do your own thing and believe in yourself, I think this is sometimes the hardest part of it. But in the end all the nice comments, the lovely message from people that appreciate what you do and tell you how much you have helped them and how much they love what you do, it is totally worth the effort!

The greatest rewards for me personally are when people tell me that they became vegan because of my blog or social media and that I changed their life completely. That is such a great feeling to know that you helped someone to improve his or hers whole life, overall health and that they got back this thrive for living.

What are your interests outside of blogging?

I love to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I love healthy, vegan food and all kinds of outdoor activities like hiking, running, biking and swimming. I own a road bike that I would never miss again in my life! Travelling is also one of my favourite things to do. In 3 weeks I will travel to Thailand for the first time in my life and I am already so excited! I love to film YouTube videos, taking pictures, singing, dancing and caring for others and especially animals. I think I am really interested in everything where I can be creative and outside.

How long have you been vegan and what inspired you?

I am vegan for 2 years now. I was a vegetarian before because I’ve always loved animals. But then I learned more about the production of animal products like dairy or eggs and how bad they treat the animals. I think that was enough for me to go vegan. After I watched the movie “Earthlings” I decided that I will never ever eat something non-vegan again.



What would be your top tips for someone who wants to transition into a plant-based lifestyle?

The first tip would be to eat whole foods. Fruits, vegetables, grains, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes…. And don’t make it complicated! Sure there are a lot of delicious vegan recipes out there but I think for the beginning it’s easier to eat simple meals. Choose your favourite foods and eat until you are satisfied! When you start to eat more whole foods you often have to eat more volume to be satisfied and for a lot of people that’s challenging at the beginning but your body will adapt in a few days or weeks you just have to keep going! You will love the way you feel and all the energy you will have!

What’s an ingredient that you just can’t live without?

Bananas!!



What’s your go-to breakfast?

Fresh Fruits or oatmeal depends on the weather and temperature… hahaha.

You serve up some pretty delicious dishes in our Coconut Bowls! What is your favourite thing to eat out of your bowls?

I eat everything out of bowls! Hahaha …. I just love eating out of bowls. They are perfect for everything but I think my favourite things are banana ice cream also called “nice cream”, oatmeal or muesli.

What is your favourite thing about your Coconut Bowls?

They are just beautiful, they look really pretty on pictures and I just love the material. My favourite one is the natural coconut bowl because I love the raw material on the outside!

Thanks Xenia! Big love from Coconut Bowls 

Be inspired and follow Xenia's journey over at @healthyhandsomelife

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Sophie Steevens- Raw and Free

Coconut Bowls

 Sophie is the blogger behind the super popular and inspirational Instagram @rawandfree. She's a proud mum with a family of 4 living the plant-based lifestyle. Along with her talent for curating vibrant, healthy and delicious food, Sophie has an incredible story of how her plant-based diet reversed her autoimmune diseaseWe chatted to Sophie about her story, lifestyle, and inspiration.

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When did you start food blogging on Instagram and what inspired you to start?

I started in April last year. I've been on a crazy health journey the last few years and going plant-based was amazing! I was learning so much and wanted to share and hopefully help or inspire others along the way so I created Raw and Free. It's been a super rad journey so far and been amazing to connect with so many beautiful people from around the globe!

You are such a positive advocate for plant-based living. What led you to this lifestyle choice?

Thank you! It kind of all begun about 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease. When you have a health scare like that it really wakes you up! I read and researched as much as possible and am so thankful I choose a plant-based lifestyle. It has impacted my life in such a positive way and I've honestly never felt better!

That must of been such a difficult time for you and your family! We are so happy to hear that you are now in remission, and as a result of your plant based diet! This is pretty incredible, tell us a bit about this?

It was a pretty crazy experience! Basically, I lived on a 100% alkaline diet for over 5 months, eating only raw and organic fruit and vegetables. This helped to cleanse my body from the built up toxins and repair and regenerate new healthier cells. I had blood tests done the whole way through and towards the end of the 5 months, I had completely normal antibodies! It's truly incredible what the body can do when given love and the right fuel!

We hear you are in the process of creating a website to tell your story. This is so exciting! What can we expect to find on your website and how long off are you from publishing?

Thanks! I can't wait to get it up and running. I have so much to share and hope for it to be an epic space full of info about plant-based living, Auto Immune, detoxing and recipes etc. I've been super busy with Eli and Milo lately and am in NZ for a month but am hoping to have it up by mid year!

You have two very cute little boys! Do they eat plant-based diets also? If so, what is your advice for other parents trying to encourage their kids to eat more plant-based and healthy foods?

Eli and Milo are such little legends! They've been slowly transitioning into a plant-based diet over the last few years. It's been a little challenging for them at times as most of society eats animal products and processed food but they have been amazing and are now on their own journey! My advice would be to take it slowly, lead by example, educate, be prepared at home with loads of fresh fruit and veggies and be consistent in making healthier meals and alternatives to snacks and treats. As time goes on, their taste buds will change and they'll begin to crave less junky foods and hopefully enjoy the beautiful taste of real wholesome foods.

Your Instagram feed is so bright and beautiful! Where do you source all of your fruit and veg from?

I go to the organic farmers market every Sunday morning to get most of my produce. They have the most beautiful fresh fruit and veggies grown by local farmers! I go to the local fruit stores or supermarkets for other bits and pieces during the week and looooove hunting out the dollar bags of super ripe spotty bananas haha! 

If you could live off one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hmmmmmm that’s tricky.. Can I pick two? Haha I live on avocados and bananas so it would definitely have to include one of them! Right now I would prob have to say a really good acai bowl packed with loads of fresh fruit, gluten free granola, hemp seeds and coconut! 

You are lucky enough to live in beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia. What is your favourite thing about living by the beach?

The ocean and it's super fun waves for the fam! We love the beach and have always lived near the ocean in different parts of the world. I don't think I could ever live inland! We go down there pretty much every day, it's such a special place and a huge part of our lifestyle. 

What’s your go-to breakfast?

Smoothies!! I have a smoothie every single morning! I mix it up but lately I've been having banana, organic mixed frozen berries, dates, hemp seeds and water!   

You serve up some pretty amazing dishes in our Coconut Bowls! What is your favourite thing to eat out of your bowls?

Acai!! I looove acai! Or nice cream.. Mango and passionfruit, I think I could live on that stuff!

Being one of our first few customers, you have been super supportive of our little business from the get go, why do you choose to serve a lot your food in Coconut Bowls?

Our coco bowls have become a part of our home haha! I love the earthy vibes they give and the eco-friendly feel. Having lived in Bali myself, I saw how many coconut shells were being dumped in big waste piles so what you're doing is such a rad idea! I love how each bowl is so different and their just a super fun way to serve food in! It's been epic to watch your business grow so rapidly, I think you guys are awesome!

Thanks Sophie! Big love from Coconut Bowls 


Be inspired and follow Sophie's journey over at @rawandfree

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