So Spring is in the air and when you think of spring you think of nice weather, great fruit and beaches right… well that is where Marches Sexy Bad Ass Vegan comes in. He is from the great island of Hawaii and is the pure Definition of a Bad Ass Vegan. This Loving father and husband lives the island life and is constantly giving the world a glimpse into his vegan view of the world. To learn more about Trey aka @hi_vegan:
Name: Trey Green
Where do you live and where are you from? Big Island of Hawaii (District of Ka’u)
What do you do for a living/profession? Administration for Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers / Owner of GreenMan Tile
What do you like to do for fun? I love spending time with my beautiful family. Going to the beach, hikes, free diving, swimming, mountain biking, backpacking and the occasional party. Fitness has recently become viewed as fun for me.
How long have you been vegan? Since November of 2009
Why did you become vegan? Why did you become vegan? In November 2009 my wife was diagnosed with a life threating illness. Instead of going the pharmacy route, we decided to do some research & everything we read lead us to Veganism. It completely saved her life, and without realizing it, saved mine too! Just after two weeks of our new lifestyle all of her symptoms subsided. Needless to say, we never looked back! Our kids, 8 & 9 yrs. Old, are the strongest little vegans we know. They tell people straight, no punches pulled with these two. My wife and I both lost together a total of 250lbs. I was pushing 300lbs, ate a horrible diet and never worked out a day in my life! I’m now addicted to fitness. Having never worked out in my life, I had no idea where to start. I did P90X for two years, (Thank you Tony!) & I’ve just started my journey into building muscle, with Body Beast from Beachbody & I’m loving it!!! We live in such a rural part of the Island that going to the Gym is not an option. So we have put together a little home gym with the help of garage sales. 2-3 months after the New Year is the best time to find lightly used workout equipment so be on the lookout! I can honestly say that this is a lifestyle and not just a diet or a label. My life has changed for the better & I couldn’t be happier. It feels good to feel good and to know that I am leading my family in a direction that will keep them healthy, fit, aware & conscious for the crazy road of life ahead of them.
How was your transition?The transition was smooth for me. I was never a huge fan of dairy, and only ate meat because that’s what I was taught growing up.
What is the funniest misconception(s) that you have heard about vegans? That all vegans eat is grass. Couldn’t be further from the truth!!
What is your Favorite thing(s) about being a vegan? Raising awareness everywhere I go. Just being vegan makes others question their choices. The amazing feeling of increased energy is also awesome!!
What do you think makes a Sexy Bad Ass Vegan? One who is ready to take a stand in the sand for the animals, against corporate dirty dealings & One who inspires others to do the same. Someone who does not judge, but lives through example.
What is the best vegan dish that you make in your kitchen? My wife is the cook in our kitchen.. but when it’s time for Dad to make something it goes like this:Roasted Veggies and TempehRed potatoesBroccoliSweet Onions
Mini Sweet peppers
Dice and toss all ingredients in a bowl with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tamari & Garlic powder. Spread out on a large cookie sheet or Baking dish and roast at 450 degrees for 20-30 mins. Enjoy!
What is the best Vegan Restaurant you have ever had the pleasure of eating at? Being that we are located in rural Hawaii, we haven’t had that pleasure yet. Our home kitchen never lets us down. We call it ‘The Vegan Hole’
What advice do you have for those that are thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle? Do it!! No regrets! Don’t look back. Do it for your family, the animals, the environment and your health.
Do you have a website to share with the BAV nation? @hi_vegan on InstaGram