Hey! I'm Davina.
I'm the founder of veganfitnessco.com, welcome and thanks for stopping by!
I'm deeply passionate about living a vegan lifestyle for animal welfare, my health and the environment.
As a certified Vegan Nutrition Health Coach, and qualified Personal Trainer, I created this space to inspire, educate and empower others to transform their health through plant-based nutrition.
More about me...
My own vegan journey began back in 2017, going vegan was the best decision for me personally as I've become a happier, healthier, fitter and more mindful person because of it. I've also discovered a love for vegan cooking and enjoy helping others to discover the array of plant-based food options.
My health and wellness come first before anything else, and I’m very mindful of what foods I put into my body. As a vegan athlete, I've run several marathons, dozens of half marathons, and 4 ultra-trail marathons, you could say fitness is important to me! But why am I telling you this? Because I achieved all of this in my late 30s after switching to a plant-based diet. In 2021 alone, I ran 7 full marathons!
I'm continually seeking ways to improve health and fitness levels via food and I hope to share my knowledge and experiences with others, I truly believe that the healthiest thing we can do for our bodies is to eat a natural plant-based diet, and I can't wait to show you that being vegan is a real "game changer".
“Keeping your body healthy is the biggest expression of gratitude”
Originally growing up in the UK, I'm now based in Malta, a tiny island in the Mediterranean. It's not always been easy living on a vegan diet here, as veganism has not been so widely spread as it has now become in the UK. However, the trend is definitely changing, and not just in Malta. With more and more vegan restaurants and cafes popping up all across the world, there's never been a better time to embrace veganism.
You are what you eat
I fully believe in the old saying "you are what you eat" because I've witnessed first hand for myself the positive impact that eating a plant-based diet can have on our health.
As a runner, fitness and nutrition are big parts of my life, and I'm keen to share my own experiences of what vegan nutrition has done for my fitness levels, and how it can help you too.
Why I turned vegan
Being an animal lover, I initially dabbled with vegetarianism as a teenager. However, back then it was a little known topic with nowhere near the amount of widely accessible information that we have today. It was in 2016 whilst living in Barcelona, that I again turned vegetarian as a way to live more compassionately. Veganism was still a relatively small but growing trend back then, but that was rapidly changing!
Looking back, I never thought that going vegan would ever be on my agenda. Giving up my favourite cheeses just didn’t seem like something I could do. Plus the word 'vegan' still conjured up images of tree hugging hippies. But then I was introduced to the initiative called ‘Veganuary’ by a friend who had turned from meat-eater to vegan overnight. Veganuary is a campaign that encourages and supports people as they try being vegan during the month of January. It's a great initiative that explains a lot of facts around veganism, animal welfare, the environment and the food choices we can make.
It was at this point that I discovered the real horrors of the animal agriculture industry from documentaries such as 'What the Health' and 'Cowspiracy'. I realised that by consuming milk, cheese and even eggs, I was still contributing to animal suffering by placing my own tastes and desires above the lives of animals. I was horrified to know I'd been burying my head in the sand.
These two films uncover the shocking reality of the meat and dairy industries, the negative impact they have on our environment, and how unhealthy animal produce is for our bodies. I urge everybody to watch them and find out for yourselves. At that moment I realised that what I was eating was not aligning with my evolving and healthy mindset, something had to change.
No going back
After all this, it felt like there was no going back. To make my transition a little easier, I agreed to go vegan on a months trial. Almost immediately I began to notice differences in my health. I was sleeping much better, I was less fatigued during the day, I felt less stressed, my hair, skin and nails were noticeably healthier, and I stopped catching colds and getting sick all the time.
But the biggest change was with my fitness. I follow a strict and often intense training schedule, after turning vegan, I found that I suddenly had much more energy, and my recovery times rapidly reduced. I no longer got the usual stiff aching muscles after a hard gym or training session. I realised that by adopting a vegan lifestyle, I could massively improve both my health AND fitness.
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Is vegan the right choice?
For me, becoming vegan felt like the right choice to make. It's allowed me to re-think the way that I eat and cook, and it's given me a more conscious way of life. I love food and I love to eat but I’d never been a big fan of cooking, until I became vegan. Now my passion for cooking has been reignited. I love exploring the different food options and discovering new recipes that I would never have dreamed of making before. (It's not all about salads!)
I still continue to experiment with my own vegan nutrition, I'm constantly learning and finding ways of how to improve my fitness as an athlete. By taking a certification in vegan health nutrition I wanted to gain the knowledge, not just for myself, but so I can inspire others about the benefits of converting to a vegan lifestyle.
I find that one of the main reasons people find the vegan lifestyle unsustainable is because they are unsure of what foods to eat and cook, and they struggle to achieve a balanced diet. The thought process that goes into choosing and cooking vegan food can be daunting and complex at first, but there’s never been a better or easier time to go vegan.
Thanks to the high demand and rising trend, you can now find in all good supermarkets plant-based alternatives to everything. And it’s inspiring to see so many people embrace this lifestyle, it certainly doesn’t feel like I’m part of a minority any more.
My own vegan journey
My own personal vegan journey is evolving all of the time, and it's this that has encouraged me to become a vegan health coach and create this space for you. I'm excited to inspire others through my own experiences and knowledge - from how to get enough protein, to sharing my favourite vegan recipes,
It brings me great satisfaction helping people learn the benefits of vegan nutrition, and it gives me a sense of purpose that no other way of life could offer.
I’ve had no regrets about changing my eating habits, my only one true regret is that I didn’t try it sooner!