The Latest Vegan Stories From My #unlikelyvegan Instagram Series

I’ve got an overload of gorgeously good genetics to throw at you this week, as I present our Unlikely Vegans: Margaux & David!

Here are their vegan stories:

David – AKA @a_fist_full_of_hummus

Unlikely Vegan - David from 'A Fist Full of Hummus'.  Vegan firefighter tells his vegan story for the Unlikely Vegan Project.  From Claire Dicarlo - Compassion & Comedy. www.clairedicarlo.com #vegan #veganfireman #veganfirefighter #myveganstory

Yes ladies, David is a vegan firefighter!  He lives in Victoria, Australia, fighting fires, saving kittens from trees (or at least, that’s what I imagine), & cooking up a storm in his down-time.

He says:

“Growing up on a small farm in northern Victoria, veganism was the furthest thing from my mind, other than being something I couldn’t spell. I thought the idea of it sounded ridiculous. I was well indoctrinated into the idea that animals are a commodity.

At age 19 I went vegetarian for my health, and a couple of years later while doing research into vegetarianism I stumbled across information about veganism. The more I read the more it made sense, and I started putting it into play.

Roasted Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas from A Fist Full of Hummus on Facebook - From Claire Dicarlo - Compassion & Comedy. www.clairedicarlo.com #vegan #veganrecipe #vegansnack

Roasted Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas from A Fist Full of Hummus on Facebook

I didn’t know any other vegans at the time and wouldn’t for a long time, until I become part of the community many years later.

I realise now it was silly but I was ashamed to call myself vegan at the time, and even though I lived the life I never called myself one, but I spent my days happily learning the ins and outs of my new life.

My health improved and I became fitter and stronger than I ever thought I could be. And I was happy.

Now, many years later I feel at home and very comfortable with my choices, and relish the vegan community that I have joined. I now work as a career firefighter with a passion for the kitchen. I hope my recipes that I share will help you to embrace and enjoy your choice to live a compassionate life.”

David's Meringue-Topped Vegan Lemon Cheesecake - From Claire Dicarlo - Compassion & Comedy. www.clairedicarlo.com #vegan #veganfirefighter #vegancheesecake

David’s Meringue-Topped Vegan Lemon Cheesecake

Find David on Instagram, or on his hugely popular Facebook Page.

Margaux, AKA @mango.margaux

@mango.margaux on Instagram features in the Unlikely Vegan Project - From Claire Dicarlo - Compassion & Comedy. www.clairedicarlo.com #unlikelyvegan #vegan #vegansofmelbourne

Margaux is French, and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

She says:

“I first came to this vegan lifestyle for health when I found out about my uncle who was healing himself from prostrate cancer on a plant-based diet after reading The China Study. I was so intrigued so bought and read the book and went 100% plant-based virtually overnight.

I don’t like saying that I went vegan overnight since it was only my diet that changed. It wasn’t until later that I realised about the ethical side of things.

Daikon-Wrapped Maki at Saki Restaurant, Melbourne - by @mango.margaux - from 'Unlikely Vegan': Claire Dicarlo - Compassion & Comedy. www.clairedicarlo.com #unlikelyvegan #myveganstory #vegan #vegansushi

Daikon-Wrapped Maki at Saki Restaurant, Melbourne – by @mango.margaux on Instagram

Mainly, as soon as I started thinking about how we could not only survive without animal products in our diet but it was healthier for us I realised how insane it was that we do what we do to animals. There are now countless reasons why I am vegan, for the animals, for the planet, for clean water, for the children, for human rights, the future of the planet and also for my body.

Before I was vegan I didn’t really know why people were vegan, I think in my mind I had an image that vegans were unshowered and unshaved dreadlocked skinny people who couldn’t put on muscle. And I thought they were crazy for not eating animals. ‘Circle of Life’ was what I thought. But as soon as I realised we can live without eating them, my whole perspective changed. So now as a vegan i still shower and still shave, and I’m still a regular 22 year old girl, except when i wake up every morning, my aim is to go about my day whilst doing the least harm possible.”

Aren’t these two stories really inspiring?  It’s amazing how much your perceptions change and grow over time.

If you’d like to take part in this series, simply tag your Instagram pics with #unlikelyvegan 🙂

Please continue the conversation below.  But before you do, remember this:  Debate is great, hatred is not.  Think before you type.  “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama