Interview with Sarah Argo of Southern Blonde Vegan

Sarah Argo of Southern Blonde Vegan

I started this site up partly because I wanted to document my own journey in plant based living and self discovery. But I also did it because I wanted to help as many people as possible unlock their potential and live authentically – by exploring and sharing ideas.

There’s only so much of that I can do on my own. I would never claim to be an expert at any of this stuff. And despite my efforts to remain neutral, I’m always gonna be looking at things through my own lens, made up from my personal experiences and biases.

So I thought, rather than boring you and stifling your growth with my same old approach, why not switch things up a little? Why not bring in other people to share their story too? To give you a new perspective on things, to freshen things up, and to help you see this crazy world from another viewpoint. After all, I really believe blogging is all about community, and we can achieve a lot more together than we can as individuals.

So that’s what I did. I went on a search for people I believe have an inspiring story and message to share, and I’m delighted to bring you our first guest today!

Sarah Argo.

Sarah wears many hats, so to speak. She’s a 24 year old plant based food and lifestyle blogger at Southern Blonde Vegan. She’s also an Instagram extraordinaire, sharing amazing, health promoting, home-made vegan recipes that look and taste delicious. And perhaps most importantly, Sarah is a wife, a stay at home mom, and a role-model for her three year old daughter.

Last week I reached out to Sarah, and she kindly obliged to let us find out a little more about her story. Obviously I really like her approach to nutrition, but there’s something about the way she comes across and her non-judgemental approach that I thought was cool too.

I really hope you get something out of this conversation. Something that resonates with you, that you can apply to your life, to help get you closer to reaching your potential. Because that’s the end goal!

So with out further ado, here’s Sarah Argo!

Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake -  Makes two small cakes or 1 larger cake : To my blender I added 1 small ripe banana, 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, 1/4 cup cooled strong brewed coffee, 1 tsp cacao, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3 squirts liquid Stevia. Blend and pour into mug/ramekin and microwave for 3 minutes. Let set for 4-6 minutes and then enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake
Makes two small cakes or 1 larger cake : To my blender I added 1 small ripe banana, 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, 1/4 cup cooled strong brewed coffee, 1 tsp cacao, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3 squirts liquid Stevia. Blend and pour into mug/ramekin and microwave for 3 minutes. Let set for 4-6 minutes and then enjoy!

Thanks for joining us Sarah! Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself?

No, thank you! I’m happy to be doing this. I’m a wife and a stay at home mom to my 3 year old girl. My main priority is to be the caretaker of my home! I am also a vegan food and lifestyle blogger. I have a passion for cruelty-free living and I feel really fortunate to have a platform to share that with people!

When and why did you start on this plant based journey?

I’ve been fully vegan for a little over 2 1/2 years now, following my daughters birth. I wanted to give her the healthiest, happiest life possible and the healthiest, happiest mom possible – so I dove into this lifestyle and never looked back. I didn’t understand at that point the deep impact it would have on both my body and my spirit. It’s been a beautiful gift to our lives.

What benefits have you seen personally since eating this way?

The benefits are endless, and I say that with true sincerity. Of course my weight changed immediately, and stayed off without effort, but more importantly I felt better and am able to exist without constant illness or the threat of several diseases that are easily prevented with the right diet. I also get the priveledge to watch my daughter grow up eating, and enjoying, foods that are nourishing her little body. It’s a blessing.

How are you finding it raising your child on a plant based diet?

Honestly, it’s not difficult! I’m sure it would be a bit more problematic if she had been raised on McDonalds and I suddenly tried to switch her diet, but this is all she knows. She’s never eaten a bite of meat in her life, so getting her to eat fruits and vegetables isn’t a struggle. It’s normal.

If someone was thinking about eating healthier and perhaps considering a plant based diet, but they weren’t quite sure how to go about starting, what advice could you maybe give to help them out?

I would advise them to do as much research as possible! Watch documentaries (Forks Over Knives, Earthlings, Cowspiracy, Vegucated, Food Matters, Food Inc. to name a few), read books (The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Whole by Dr. T. Colin Campbell are both great and informative!), and follow vegan blogs that offer recipes and tips – there are thousands! Immerse yourself in information and study the facts about nutrition and the food industry. The more you learn, the easier it will be to change your lifestyle and fuel your passion for cruelty-free living.

Layered Vanilla Bean Maca Nicecream and Triple Berry Sorbet topped with frozen cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Blend frozen bananas, pure vanilla, and Maca powder - set aside. Blend frozen cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranate - layer the two mixtures and top with frozen berries.

Layered Vanilla Bean Maca Nicecream and Triple Berry Sorbet.  Blend frozen bananas, pure vanilla, and Maca powder – set aside. Blend frozen cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranate – layer the two mixtures and top with frozen berries.

Outside of the blogging and diet related stuff, what else makes you tick/keeps you motivated?

My family! I am fiercely in love with the people I share my home with, and they keep me motivated every day. Not just to remain healthy but to do everything in my life with the highest form of integrity possible. They mean everything to me.

If you had a motto to live your life by, what would it be?

“Always be kinder than necessary.” – I try to show love and respect for every living being. I think we were created with value, all of us, and should be treated with compassion.

Anything else you want to share with the readers before we wrap up?

There’s just always hope, you know? There may not be a tomorrow promised, but there is a now – and we are all able to do with the “now” whatever we wish. So I would just encourage each person to not be discouraged if they have fallen behind or aren’t doing as well with their diet as they’d wanted. Life is a really incredible gift, and we should treat it as that. Live in the present and do the best you can with what you have.


Connect with Sarah!

Thank you Sarah for taking the time to share your story, showing us your recipes, and for spreading such a positive message! You’ve got a bright future ahead! If you readers out there wanna connect with Sarah and follow her journey, I highly recommend you check out her Instagram and her blog at Southern Blonde Vegan.


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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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