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Friday, July 8, 2016

Vegan Mama || Calina

Hey ya'll! Today I have the pleasure of sharing with ya'll an interview that I did with Calina a radiant vegan mama. She shares so many of the same parenting values that I hope to one day apply. I am so incredibly inspired by her positivity and glow. I hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as I did! 



-Tell us a little bit about yourself?


My name is Calina and I have the vegan blog and Instagram "NeoHippie.dk". I'm 27 and I live in a small city apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark, with my husband, my almost 2 year old daughter <3 

I'm an authorized nurse, but as we are planning to keep all of our daughter out of institutions, I will probably not work as a nurse for the next many many years.

We practice natural and attachment parenting - meaning our daughter will naturally wean, we don't use strollers, but babywear with wraps instead, we co-sleep, and we take care of our own daughter fulltime.


I try to eat as natural, healthy and unprocessed as I can - meaning all organic, no refined sugar, oils or processed foods. Furthermore I try to live as sustainable as I can - I'm a non shopper, I make my own natural beauty products, cleaning products, live by Zero Waste principles and so on.


My husband and I are both vegans, and we're raising our daughter vegan as well.  




- What is your vegan story? Why and how you transitioned?

I have been a vegan for 6 years - ever since the shootings in Norway. I was mortified when I heard about them, and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like traditional hunting to me - which I despise. However I think the meat industry is even worse, and when I first got that thought, there was no turning back. I haven't eaten meat since that moment, and within a few weeks I had researched enough to know, that the egg- and dairy industry is even worse - therefore I went vegan - for life.

My husband was not a vegan when we met and he is really no animal lover at all (and he actually uttered "ehhhm, but bacon" on our first date). But he is a very rational and intelligent person and when he heard my arguments for veganism and did some research himself, he quickly turned vegan too.



- Did you have any opposition when you told your family and friends that your child would be vegan

Not much - my family expected as much and haven't said anything. I had one friend who thought it was sad, that my daughter would be "different". But she really isn't. I know a lot more vegans than non-vegans, so she'll grow up among other vegan children.

Furthermore - if you have a network of loving and supportive people in your life, they will of course always make sure, that there's food you can eat, if they invite you over to eat. I have chosen to only have loving and supportive people in my life, and therefore there's always something for my daughter to eat, when we're out.
And when she's old enough to be on her own and make her own decisions, I hope and expect that I will have raised her to be around loving and supportive people too. And of course to be selfless enough to be able to be okay with the fact, that she on rare occasions have to eat something different to help the earth. 

A lot of kids are picky eaters and are used to eat something else than other people - and they are okay with that. It's usually only adults who creates problems, where there isn't any.



-What is some advice that you can give to fellow vegan mamas?

Be firm about your values. Being vague and allowing your family to give your children animal products "sometimes" will only result in people not taking you seriously.
And get to know other people who share your values - you and your children will quickly realize that you are not alone <3



Toodles 

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