When I first met Faisal and Aina at a plant-based event a year ago, they seemed like a very unassuming couple: warm, soft-spoken, reserved. A plant-based curious duo perhaps? Only when I had a casual chat with Aina did I find out that not only are they both already vegan: their two children, Ayjaz (9) and Athiyya (4), are vegan too!
I couldn’t believe it. I never expected to meet a fully vegan Malaysian Muslim family, in Malaysia, in this lifetime. Learning about their journey together, I knew absolutely that their story needs to be shared. When I finally got round to inviting them last month to be interviewed for my blog, I discovered that Aina is currently enjoying her first fully vegan pregnancy… and is ready to pop in a week or two from now!
I’m extremely grateful that Aina has spared some time during this exciting period to share her family’s journey with us, and may we wish her a safe and beautiful experience in welcoming a third addition to the clan.
Their family is the fifth featured profile in the ‘Vegan Vantage’ series on this blog, celebrating how the plant-based lifestyle has transformed Malaysians in positive ways. If you know of anyone who has or is experiencing an amazing shift in health, emotions and mindset through a shift in their diet, please send them my way (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)! I would love to share their stories too.
Aina and Faisal are professionally certified wellness coaches specializing in fitness and nutrition. If you’d like to connect with them, visit their Facebook page: Amazingly Fit.
Could you share with us the main factors that led you and the family towards going completely plant-based in 2015?
The decision for the whole family to make the transition must have not been without social challenges. What kind of adversities did you face and how did you overcome them?
With your children being vegan in their formative years, how easy was it for you to explain the lifestyle to them, and how easy was it for them to understand and embrace it?
Now you are enjoying your very first fully plant-based pregnancy! What extra measures have you taken to make sure your experience has been smooth-flowing?
I cannot really say if there is a difference in my previous pregnancies compared to this one just yet. (A few more weeks to go!) I have been blessed with smooth pregnancies even for the first 2. Most probably because I was already eating relatively “clean”, lots of fruits and vegetables and supplementing even before this. I guess the main difference now would be that I am just more conscious about the food choices and plant-based variety. Being mindful and ensuring that I have enough good fats, omega-3, iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, protein, etc in my daily meals. I did NOT want to give my gynaecologist any chance to say that I was undernourished or had some sort of deficiency just because I was fully plant-based. So far, all my blood workouts and antenatal checkups have been good. Thank God!