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Name: Natalia Ramirez
Height:
5,5
Weight:
103
Birthplace:
San Francisco,California
Current Residence: 
Chandler,Arizona
Sports:
cycling

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
I'm a Vegan Fitness Model and Animal advocate based out of Chandler, Arizona. I'm currently in the process of getting my certificate in plant-based nutrition. I want to educate myself more and also be able to educate and help others in living a healthy plant-based life. I would like to one day open my own Vegan Restaurant and offer delicious healthy vegan food. I'm also working on getting my own Non-Profit Animal Rescue. My rescue will be available to any animal whether its a cat,dog, cow,pig,horse or snake.. Any animal without a loving home will be more then welcome to live at my rescue.

What made you want to become a Vegan?
I decided to become Vegan because i have heard how eating a healthy and balanced  Plant-Based diet is  beneficial to the human body. I'm also a huge animal lover and after watching some documentaries  about society's treatment of animals especially the animals in the slaughterhouses i knew i never wanted to have any part in hurting any living being (animals).

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I have always been a huge health nut and becoming Vegan has only made me focus more in to fitness and my health. i have been a Vegan for a year now  and This is the best i have ever felt! thanks to having a Healthy Active Vegan Lifestyle. 

How did you learn to eat a healthy and balanced Plant-Based diet? Did anyone help you?
I did not get help from anyone I googled information on living a healthy life as a vegan and i came across some books so  I went on to amazon and bought many books such as Thrive by brendan Brazier, The China Story by T. Colin Campbell, Forks Over Knives and of course i came across Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine while i was shopping at Whole Foods. I read all of the books and still continue to google information on a Plant-Based diet.

Was it difficult to go from eating meat and dairy to a Plant-based Diet?
I was never a big meat eater so letting go the meat part was easy for me. The dairy part was really hard because i love cheese, but thankfully i came across Daiya cheese substitute its amazing! its Vegan,Soy free and also Non-GMO. 

Where do you get your protein?
This is one of the most common questions i get! you will be surprised that you can get clean protein from Broccoli, Kale, Black beans, Tofu, Spinach, Nuts, legumes, Lentils and Quinoa. I also take a Soy-Free, Vegan Plant-Based Protein Shake.

What kind of workouts do you do to stay in Shape?
I go to the gym 4-5 times a week. for no more then one hour to an hour and a half. I take cycle classes twice a week and the other 3 days i do cardio and weights. I also love swimming and riding my bike, it keeps me active on the days that i don't go to the gym.

Any other Tips on Staying in shape?
Remember "you are what you eat" 80% is your Diet and 20% is your workout so if your hitting the gym and not seeing results it is most likely that your diet is not as clean as you think it might be. You might also need to boost up your protein. I normally eat five times a day.  five Small meals are better then eating three big meals. It keeps your metabolism going and helps burn fat faster. 

Do you take any supplements? 
I do take a Vegan Multivitamin,Vegan Omegas DHA-EPA,Vegan B12 ( you loose B12 when you become a Vegan) and i also take my Plant-Based Protein Shake. 

What Type of Vegan diet do you eat? Raw? Gluten-Free? Soy Free?
I eat a Raw Plant-based Diet and i avoid Soy and Gluten,but occasionally i will eat food containing soy and gluten.

What are your goals?
I'm currently in the process of getting my certificate in plant-based nutrition. I want to educate myself more and also be able to educate and help others in living a healthy plant-based life. I would like to one day open my own Vegan Restaurant and offer delicious healthy vegan food. I'm also working on getting my own Non-Profit Animal Rescue. My rescue will be available to any animal whether its a cat,dog, cow,pig,horse or snake.. Any animal without a loving home will be more then welcome to live at my rescue.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
People say that vegans don't get enough protein but this is incorrect. you will be surprised that you can get clean protein from Broccoli,Kale,Black beans,Tofu,Spinach,Nuts,legumes,Lentils and Quinoa. I also take a Soy-Free, Vegan Plant-Based Protein Shake.



Any Advice for New Vegans?
Don't let people discourage you from adapting a healthier Lifestyle. One of my biggest issues with people was that they said it was dangerous and that humans can not survive with out meat. I proved them wrong! Becoming a vegan is easier said then done but it is definitely possible with the correct diet and dedication! I'm happier and healthier then ever! This is the best i have ever felt! thanks to having a Healthy Active Vegan Lifestyle. 

Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Don't Give up on your Dreams ;)