Monday, July 25, 2016

Vegan Mama || Julia @FreeSpiritMom

Happy Monday ya'll! I have another amazing Vegan Mama interview for you guys. Today I have Julia from @FreeSpiritMom on Instagram. She is such a wonderful inspiration not only for veganism but also for minimalism! Hope you guys go show her some love. Hooray for awesome vegan mamas!

-Tell us a little bit about yourself?

About me: My name is Julia, I am a wife to a handsome and devoted man, mother to three compassionate and loving children, and one loyal Australian Shepherd. I just started a vegan/health/beauty blog and you can also find me on Instagram as @FreeSpiritMom

I practice a fairly crunchy lifestyle, we co-sleep, breastfeed, baby-wear and attachment parenting (among others). I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and raised by a single mother who was Vegetarian (I was born into Vegetarianism). I moved to Texas at the age of 19 with a flight ticket and a piece of luggage. I had no car or job but God took care of all the details, thankfully. Because of my love for children, I decided to embark on my Career as a professional nanny working with various agencies. Was a career nanny in Austin for eight years until I met my husband had our own children in 2012. 

During my first pregnancy, we opted out of the sonograms that our midwife offered. However, at 7 months along I was measuring "too large" as they put it and a sonogram was needed due to medical concerns. Turned out we were pregnant with TWINS and both babies were healthy as ever! At 37 weeks (full term for twins) I gave birth to our boy/girl babies. They didn't need any time in the NICU and had very high APGAR scores. They nurses were amazed over the fact when being weighed, both our newborn twin babies raised up their heads completely when on their tummies! 

Then, in 2015 we had another blessing addition to our family, Liam. He was also born healthy at 9 pounds 10 ounces. I have been breastfeeding since 2012 (with the exception of a four month gap when pregnant with Liam), It's easy eating healthy here in Austin. We love eating organic foods and frequent the farmers market often.

Since the birth of our twins, I have b
een a stay-at-home mama. I have a part-time side business that focuses on health and nutrition. We have three children under the age of three so there is never a dull moment in the house. But I am living the dream I always wanted :)

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

Because I was a life long Vegetarian, meat already turned me off on so many levels. However, my eyes were not opened to the dairy industry, unfortunately. I simply was not aware of the atrocities of treatment towards animals in the dairy industry. I thought and believed that I was doing my part as a Vegetarian by not eating meat my entire life. Not until having our last child, Liam, is when I began to research all hours of the night and learn more about Veganism, the industry that treats animals so atrociously and how to oppose such heinous acts. I will not support anything that goes against my moral belief system and treating animals cruelly is one of many I will not condone or stand for. During this time of being a new Vegan convert, I discovered that being Vegan was about so much more than for health benefits. I use social media to educate and make aware to those who were in the same position I once was. 

In 2015 I decided to become Vegan, along with our three children. I could not bear the thought of taking part in eating dairy for my immediate and short-lived pleasure. I will forever be a lifelong Vegan. 

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

Thankfully, no! My family and friends are pretty easy going and already used to (and acceptant of) our previous Vegetarian lifestyle as all three of our children were born and bred Vegetarian. Because our children were born and raised this way, it was a fairly easy transition. Our children eat healthy and actually ask to eat various vegetables. My husband was a omnivore when I met him but slowly became Vegetarian. He was the one who actually questioned if being Vegan was possible due to all the "limitations". Now he says he doesn't even miss dairy :)

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

Research all you can regarding a Vegan diet because you will eventually run across those against a Vegan lifestyle. I have learned much valuable information and saved my research in a Word document, in the event opposition comes my way, I am prepared to stand up for my beliefs. I am the type of person who likes to surround myself with positive and uplifting friends. I stay away from negative people who oppose Veganism with a closed-mind. If I see that an individual has a genuine concern or is truly seeking knowledge and insight on being Vegan then I for sure will help them in any way I can. I enjoy helping others and if there is anyone reading this who would like to learn more, please feel free to find me on Instagram and message me with any questions you might have. Thank you for reading and I wish you all the best in your Vegan journey. 


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