The Perspectives sit with former activist / vegan, Phoebe Dykstra, to discuss the recent choices she’s made surrounding her health and happiness!
We saw on a recent Instagram story of yours that you call yourself an “ex-vegan” is this true?
It is true, yes.
You went vegetarian 13 years ago, then vegan, when did you start eating eggs, dairy and meat again?
Just over one year ago.
This is very interesting, why the change?
I didn’t want to put animal byproducts in my body, because of the vegetarian / vegan belief I had taken on.
I was in paradox because I knew that I needed to.
I didn't feel "all there" in my mind, I felt malnourished.
I had a restrictive and judgmental attitude towards my very self and everyone else.
This energy was causing disharmony.
Was this a hard transition, from hard-core vegan to now enjoyer of everything in moderation?
Yes, of course.
But I won’t let myself live a life of guilt and shame, worry, anger and unhappiness.
I don't want to live in a box of restriction and judgement.
It's always a challenge at first, when choosing new beliefs, so, when I mind f*ck over what or “who” I’m going to eat, I come back to my new conscious choice, me.
I am healthier, happier, and more connected to my body than I have been my 30 years.
I am able to go anywhere and say "YES" when I am offered something.
I can travel anywhere and no longer worry about where I will eat!
You have been the face of campaigns against slaughter houses, worked with PETA, have made friends with famous people doing big and positive things for the animals and our planet. Your entire left arm permanently promotes “Friends Not Food.” Your fans/followers have only ever known you as being a vegetarian/vegan. What message do you have for the thousands you have inspired?
The same message I have for myself.
“Thank you for listening deeply, to what is true for YOU.”
We know that you live on an island, surrounded by people who have been hunting and gathering their whole lives, do you see yourself going out with anyone to bring home dinner?
I will leave that to them, it's who they are. I have though helped with canning salmon, when gifted fish.
Do you think you’ll ever be spotted at McDonald’s?
It's still a bit weird, but I ate at McDonalds in the airport in Mexico. It would be fun to order a happy meal!
Thank you Phoebe. We have one final question, do you think this is forever or could you see yourself returning to a plant-based diet?
I am forever transforming, but this is where I am at today.
Moving forward, I will continue to make choices based on my health, my happiness and trusting life.