The 5th annual Veg Expo is fast approaching on Sunday May 27 and I’m expecting it to be another insane year – but hopefully with more walking room at the newer Vancouver Convention Centre West. The folks at the expo gave me the opportunity to interview former Olympian Julia Murray in exchange for a pass to attend. I’m personally looking forward to finding products that satisfy the gluten-free, almond & cashew-free, and sugar-free restrictions of the cleanse I’m on right now. I’m happy to report that so far I’ve been pain-free and I have just under 3 months to go!
Interview with Julia Murray, Hooked On Plants
Julia Murray is totally hooked on plants. She competed on the World Cup circuit and the Olympic Games for Ski Cross prior to becoming a certified plant-based + raw food chef, registered holistic nutritionist, and starting up her own superfood breakfast cereal biz, Jules Fuel. Her blog, hookedonplants.ca and Instagram account @hookedonplants are packed with inspiration and recipes, and her personalized weekly emails are filled with amazing info and motivation. She’s all about making vegan easy, delish, and within reach for those skeptics out there. Julia took some time to answer some questions prior to her talk at Veg Expo.
Can you tell us about your journey to becoming vegan?
During my nutrition course, I was learning all about how plant-based eating was the best for longevity, weight maintenance, and energy. So I started minimizing animal products one step at a time. I never told myself or anyone around me that I was going vegan. I’m not an extreme person, so I just dabbled. Then I did more research… I watched documentaries (Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, Earthlings), YouTubers (Bonny Rebecca, Mic. the Vegan, James Aspey), listened to podcasts (Rich Roll Podcast, No Meat Athlete Radio, Food Heals Nation), read books (Main Street Vegan, Eat To Live, China Study, Vegan For Life), and I just couldn’t keep all of this new realization to myself anymore!
(Click the links above to get two of Julia’s recipes.)
The Veg Expo will be held from 10am-5pm on Sunday, May 27 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3) Hall A. Tickets are available in advance online or at the door. Headliners include Kip Andersen, producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health and Vegan Activist & Tri-Athlete Dominick Thompson. Veg Expo is presented by Choices Markets and brought to you by Vegan Supply and YamChops.