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June 17th, 2016
Posted By: Emily Vallely

I recently stumbled upon Joi Liaye’s Instagram and was immediately inspired by her vegan food photos and beautiful travel images. I love finding and following vegan accounts whether they have 100 followers or 100,000. The world of veganism is so huge and so diverse and we want to use our blog as a platform and community to share all the wonderful people promoting veganism.

When did you go vegan and who/what inspired you?

I went vegan about 4 years ago. I had been a pescetarian a few years prior and I had a feeling in my heart that one day I wanted to cut out dairy. I had no idea why – I just felt like I wasn’t supposed to be eating it. I’ve always been very passionate about food. When I had a vegan meal for the first time, I instantly fell in love! It was a spinach fettuccine pasta from Real Food Daily in LA. I never tasted anything like it. From that day forward, I wanted to eat vegan food all the time. All because it simply tasted better to me. As I’ve grown in my vegan journey, it’s become more than about how good vegan food is! It then grew into my lack of trust towards the food industry, the abuse of animals, overall health and now caring for the environment. I’m inspired by veganism everyday. Something that started just because I liked the taste turned into a lifestyle that I believe so strongly in.

Joi

You travel to so many amazing places! Where is the coolest place you’ve been? Is it hard to sustain a vegan diet while traveling?

I’ve been to a few cool places that I really loved! Most recently, I traveled to Thailand. It gave me a greater perspective on life. I appreciate nature and every living thing even more now! Animals roaming free there was so cool to me. Seeing buffalos and cows walk right next to me on the street was amazing each day!

It can be hard in a lot of places being vegan especially if you won’t have a kitchen to cook in. I’m so used to living in LA where there are vegan options almost everywhere and people understand what it is. In Hawaii, it was so difficult for me because everything is either pork or fish. While in a different country, it is important to learn the language when it comes to food. I learned how to say “I’m vegan” “No fish sauce” “No egg” “No meat” “No fish” … learning simple sayings like these definitely help! I’ve also learned to research any vegan restaurants in the city I’m traveling to. That way I’m not stuck at an omni restaurant with no options! Southeast Asia was definitely the hardest place to be vegan for me because most of the fruits I didn’t like and I would also end up with meals that had no protein. At times it was frustrating but it just made me feel more grateful about everything we have in America.

Joi

What is your favorite restaurant in LA?

I cook a lot so I don’t necessarily have an absolute favorite! But my top 3 would be Sage Organic Bistro, Flore Vegan and H.O.P.E.

What are your favorite cruelty free beauty products?

I love raw african shea butter. I put it on my face and body every day. It is soo good for you! I also love my Anastasia of Beverly Hills lipgloss. Those are two things that make me feel extra beautiful when I go out into the world. And no animal got hurt in the process of making them!

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Do you have any advice for someone considering going vegan?

First off, YOU CAN DO IT! It is possible. I eat plants and I’m still alive. That blows my mind sometimes.

Also, don’t do it all at once. I think it’s best to slowly ease into the vegan lifestyle. Giving up things one by one and letting your body adjust instead of drastically changing is important. Also, do research on plants and their nutrients and learn to combine them! Plants have protein! And they are so full of love and light. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s okay if a slip up happens. Love yourself and don’t let the possible judgements of others get you down!

Joi Liaye
Joi Liaye is an actress and singer. She is passionate about positive eating and living.
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