Need some motivation? Well then you need to check out Miss February! Yeah… she is what we like to call a BAD ASS! She is a fitness coach , but her journey wasn’t easy to get to where she is now. But now you can find her in Austin Texas getting people into better shape and sharing her story and journey with them as motivation. Without further delay I want to introduce your to Tricia, Miss February 2014
Where do you live and where are you from? Austin, TX
What do you do for a living/profession? I am a fitness coach at Beyond FIT, a plant-based gym in Austin, TX.
What do you like to do for fun? I have fun every day! I am so grateful to wake up and come to work at Beyond FIT #bestgymever. We have the greatest community of people. When I am not training others or working on my own fitness goals, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Why did you become vegan? I have always had issues surrounding diet and nutrition; struggling with bulimia, and using fad diets to achieve short-term success. In late 2011, I had finally had enough and desperately needed to make a change. After reading The China Study and watching several documentaries including, Forks Over Knives, I transitioned to a plant-based diet. I know I am doing the best thing for my body – not to mention environmental and ethical issues. I have compassion for animals and am now an advocate for vegan and cruelty-free living in all areas. It is wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering and death on animals and it is 100% possible to live a full, healthy and strong life without harming other living things. There is no need to take beautiful things from the world in order to improve ourselves.
How was your transition? My transition to a plant-based diet was relatively simple. I was (and continue to be) on a path to live as healthy as possible. Since becoming vegan and training regularly, I have lost over 130 pounds. At the beginning of my weight loss journey, I leaned there was room for improvement in terms of what foods I was putting into my body. I continued to learn as much as possible and wanted to implement as many positive changes as I could. I believe in making small changes over time to ensure sustainability and success in a lifestyle change.
What is the best vegan dish that you make in your kitchen?
I do not spend much time cooking but can whip up a mean batch of smoothies in my vitamix! Here is my favorite post-workout smoothie recipe:
- 2c water/vanilla almond milk
- 2 bananas
- 1c blueberries
- 1c pineapple
- 2c spinach
- 1scoop PlantFusion Phood Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2tbsp cinnamon
What is the best Vegan Restaurant you have ever had the pleasure of eating at?
Austin is an incredibly vegan-friendly city. There are many vegan restaurants and food trucks throughout the city. I do not dine out often, but when I do you’ll find me at the Vegan Nom, Sweet Ritual or with a vegan breakfast platter are Kerbey Lane Cafe!
What advice do you have for those that are thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle?
What are you waiting for?! Try it (you’ll like it)! Begin by adding in a smoothie every day. Over time, the body will adjust to all of the delicious nutrients you are fueling with and you will no longer crave junk filled with sugar, salt and oil. Eventually, all of your meals will be plant-based (no vegan junk!) and you will feel and look the best you ever have.