Hi, My name is Sina and I’m the blogger behind Vegan Heaven. Thanks so much for stopping by!
I’ve been vegan since 2012 and I really fell in love with plant-based food since then. When I’m not standing in the kitchen together with my husband Flo cooking vegan meals, I love to take my backpack and camera and travel the world.
Why I became vegan
Although I’ve been eating mostly vegetarian since my sixteenth birthday, I didn’t think too much about where the food I ate came from and how it was produced. This totally changed when I watched a documentary about the egg industry a couple of years ago. I just couldn’t believe how cruel factory farming is and decided that I wanted to do my best not to support it anymore. When my dermatologist told me just days later that I should try to avoid dairy products to help me with my skin problems that were getting worse and worse, I was convinced more than ever that I was on the right track. It hadn’t been hard for me to give up meat at all, but with cheese it was a totally different story.
I had been a real cheese addict for years and at first I didn’t know how to live without cheese sandwiches and pizza, but the crazy thing is that once I hadn’t eaten it for a while I really didn’t miss it anymore. Day after day, I got to know so many new and delicious ingredients that I hadn’t even heard of like quinoa, buckwheat, or chia seeds. I hadn’t spent much time in the kitchen before, but now I suddenly had tons of recipes I was eager to try.
About my blog
For years, I used to scribble down my recipes on grocery bills, napkins, and other small pieces of paper. Every time, I was desperately looking for one of my recipes and just couldn’t find it – as you can guess this happened quite regularly – I told Flo that I really should start a food blog to get my recipes in order. It took me, however, years to finally create my own blog in late 2014. In addition to the recipes I share, I also talk about my experiences as a vegan traveler.
I can still remember when we moved in together almost six years ago (wow time seriously flies!!) and we both couldn’t cook at all! I mean we were proud when we managed to make pasta with store-bought tomato sauce. No, I’m exaggerating, but you get the idea. ;-)
And now I have a food blog and cooking has become one of my greatest passions! I haven’t had any real hobbies besides traveling and reading for years. Sounds pretty boring, right? But I just wasn’t passionate about sports or music as a kid. I took dancing classes for a while and I played the flute, but I wasn’t overly crazy about dancing. And I actually hated my flute, so I was so glad when my mom allowed me to quit the classes. A couple of years ago, we watched a family video of me playing the flute when I was about seven or eight years and oh my gosh, I seriously got no words. It was hilarious!! Everybody was clapping and telling me how great I was, but actually it was reeeally bad. Haha!
So I’m so glad that I finally found something, which I’m really passionate about! I just love coming up with new vegan recipes, cooking them, and then taking pictures! I seriously could do this all day! And of course I also love eating all these delicious vegan things I make. I never imagined that vegan food can be this delicious and creative!
What food I cook
I love to cook plant-based and whole-food meals with fresh ingredients. In general, I try to avoid refined sugar and processed food whenever possible. Fruits and veggies of course play a huge role in my kitchen and I definitely couldn’t live without my daily green smoothie anymore. But I also love cooking with nuts, legumes, and tofu. My recipes aren’t only addressed to vegetarians and vegans, but also to people who would like to include more plant-based meals into their diet. As we all know, life can sometimes be pretty hectic, especially during the week, so I constantly try to share lots of healthy meals which are ready to eat in about 30 minutes or even less.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me (Sina@veganheaven.org)! I always love hearing from you guys! Happy reading and have a great day! :-)