FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When did you go vegan?
I went vegan on the 20th January 2014 (yep, I remember the exact date because it's such a important occasion that I'm forever grateful for!). I was 15 years old at the time, I'm now 21 and haven't looked back since!
2. 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.
3. 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!
I usually don't, unless I’m aiming to bulk, which yes it allows me to keep track of whether I eat enough. Generally speaking, occasionally I will enter meals into an app (Cronomter is great) simply to see the nutritional value of it and whether I'm consuming enough calories, so unless you have specific needs/goals I don't think it's necessary. It's easy for some people to become obsessive over numbers and I have been there in the past and it's not a good place to be in. I always promote listening to your body so as long as you're eating a variety of whole plant-based foods until you're satisfied then don't stress too much about tracking calories.
4. Do you count calories or track macros?
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, depends on my schedule that week and 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!