I met the lovely Michelle from Melbourne, Australia on my Patagonia trip earlier this year. Not only is she super passionate about health, fitness and food she is a nurse and a vegan and she transformed the way that I now think about food. Michelle is here to share how she spent 4 months in South America as a vegan.
If I’m honest with myself and with you, the reason I had put off travel was my fear of food. I was worried about what would be available to me, that I would have to compromise on my beliefs and preferences and that I would gain weight, but most importantly how I would be perceived by other people based on my dietary preferences. The label vegan can have such negative connotations. We’ve all had a giggle at the memes- how do you know if a person is a vegan? Don’t worry they’ll tell you! I was travelling alone and was worried about how I’d go making friends. I am aware there is the vegan stereotype and was worried that that would affect the kind of person people believed me to be. Having said all of this I can tell you that none of those fears ever effected my experience. I ate some of the most incredible food and was introduced to new ideas and concepts by experiencing not only the culture of the continent I was travelling through, but also through the people I met. It also strengthened my passion for food and health and helped me to envision the pathway I see myself pursuing in terms of personal and career growth.