Interview with Jennifer Zee, Plant-based Performance Coach

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Jennifer Zee is a plant-based performance coach and the founder of Plant Based & Happy.  She founded her business after successfully treating her own inflammatory disease and now works with clients to promote a healthy lifestyle by focusing on optimal nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness.

Recently, she launched her largest project yet, an online summit: Mastering Your Life With Plant-based Nutrition, where she spent months interviewing the top leaders in the plant-based community from professional athletes to world-renowned cardiologists, nutritionists, and advocates.

How long have you been vegan and why did you go vegan?
1.5 years and I went vegan to reduce the inflammation in my body to heal my body from painful endometriosis symptoms.  I basically went from being hospitalized with debilitating endometriosis pain on a monthly basis to living pain-free with the inflammatory condition all because I adopted a vegan diet and lifestyle.

What results/benefits have you seen by going vegan?
In addition to treating my endometriosis pain, I successfully cleared up my skin, have an abundance of energy and reduced my anxiety considerably.

Are there any foods you miss?  If so, how do you deal with it?
This is a question that I get asked often and my answer is always, here’s what I don’t miss:  Feeling foggy every morning, ending up in the hospital almost every month, suffering from adult acne, and most of all feeling anxious every second of the day.  The life that I was given through adopting a vegan diet has far surpassed any of those favorite foods I once loved.

Do you find any challenges being vegan?
The challenge that I faced in the past was finding local restaurants that offer vegan options and now that I have the Happy Cow app I am becoming more aware of just how many options that vegans really do have which is great!

What is your typical breakfast?
Overnight Steel-cut Oats with organic berries, banana, chia seeds and natural peanut butter.

What are some favorite vegan “treats” you allow yourself?
I make all of my own treats at home usually and they include vegan energy balls, refined sugar and gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie, and my vegan cacao beet balls.

What’s your favorite quick energy snack to tide you over if you’re hungry between meals?
My favorite energy snack would have to be my cacao beet balls.  They are perfect for getting me through until my next meal.

Do you have any favorite vegan skincare brands?
Acure Organics is my go to favorite vegan skincare line.

Have you been inspired by any other vegans?  If so, who and why?
Recently, I created an online summit where I interviewed 20 of the world’s top plant-based experts and would say that John Salley (former 4 x championship basketball player) was the most inspirational vegan  I ever met.  We actually met at Coachella and I loved his no nonsense approach to why he chose to be a vegan. You can see the summit here:

Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking of going vegan?
My advice is always to choose progress over perfection so take your time making the transition because this is something that will change your entire life in the best possible way.

More information at Plant Based & Happy , or connect via Instagram at @plantbasednhappy and her Podcast:—plant-based–happy

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