FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When did you go vegan?
I went vegan on the 20th of January 2014 (yep, I remember the exact date because it's such a important date to me!). I was 15 years old at the time, I'm now 21 and haven't looked back since!
How and why did you go vegan?
I remember coming across a bunch of YouTube videos and seeing the word “vegan” pop up everywhere on social media. I initially thought that it was another diet out there and was extremely intrigued about all the health benefits people seemed to talk about. When I decided to dig deeper into what vegan/veganism was, I came across a video called ‘Farm to Fridge' and boy oh boy did that change everything for me. I realised that I wanted and needed to take an ethical and compassionate stance for the animals, with any sort of health benefits simply being a bonus of this lifestyle. Once I watched the Farm to Fridge video, I could no longer look at meat and animal products the same anymore. I eventually decided to go vegan overnight and here I am now, thriving and feeling better than ever (mentally and physically). I would highly recommend everyone to watch the 2018 documentary Dominion (https://www.dominionmovement.com/watch) if you need to find your ‘why’ when trying to go vegan.
HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH ALL YOUR RECIPES? WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
From a young age I always loved cooking and anything food-related! I usually just create recipes based on staple ingredients that I love eating. You'd be surprised at how many recipe variations you can make with the same ingredients, it's all about creativity and experimenting! As most of you would have realised by now, I make a lot of Asian dishes, these have been inspired by the food that I had as a kid, both through my mum's cooking or eating at at local Asian restaurants. Other recipes have just come about from experimenting and having fun in the kitchen and of course from the suggestions of my lovely audience on Instagram and YouTube.
What camera and editing program to you use?
I use the Canon 70D and Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos. At the end of the day, the camera you use is not of the utmost importance. Of course, if it is in your means to invest in a decent camera, it will have more features and yield better quality images, however, practicing how to shoot and edit photos is what really matters! For those who are new to editing, I'd highly recommend you to download VSCO on your mobile and have a play around with the filters and settings there. Familiarise yourself with what exposure, highlights, temperature, tint etc. do to your photos and find your own style and theme. Editing apps on the phone alone can already create really stunning pictures so before you jump in the deep end with Lightroom, I'd highly recommend this!
What is your workout routine?
I've been strength training since September 2016 and till this day I still absolutely love it. At the moment I train 3-5 times a week, depending on my schedule and because as we all know how life sometimes gets in the way! The beginning of my sessions always start out with a compound lift and the remainder consists of accessory exercises or bodyweight exercises. Feel free to follow my fitness account https://www.instagram.com/cherietu/ to keep up with my routine!
DO YOU FOLLOW ANY PARTICULAR DIET?
No. I’m vegan and as long as the foods that I eat are vegan/cruelty-free then I’m more than happy to eat anything and everything! At home I generally try to eat “healthier” as I do value nutrition and taking care of my body, but I tend to let loose and eat whatever I like when I’m out. I believe that this balanced approach to eating is what allows you live a sustainable lifestyle, where you will never feel the need to associate food with guilt.