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Featured Member: Yvonne O’Halloran, Vegan Dietitian

What kind of work do you do/business do you run?

I am a vegan dietitian and I run a virtual business where I help people transition to a vegan lifestyle or help those who are already vegan to optimize their nutrition to prevent any potential gaps.

I love to write and write for a variety of magazines in both the UK and Australia such as Nourish magazine in Australia and Vegan Life magazine in the UK.

I also write for Doctors For Nutrition in Australia which is essentially an Australian version of PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) in the US.

I am about to release my first children’s book before the end of the year about vegan children with magic powers and their journey to helping other kids to discover veganism and I have a non-fiction book in the pipeline too.

I also founded a site called Living Vegan which is a news-based website helping to educate the public on veganism and all things vegan around the globe.

What do you love about it?

I love to help people and the career I have chosen makes me feel like I am contributing to improving people’s health and well-being through education, coaching and writing.

Aligning with my true values and focusing only on those who want to give up eating animal products makes me feel like I am helping to protect animals and the future of our children on this planet.

What’s your ‘why’ in life? What drives you?

Contribution.

Helping change people’s direction in life in a positive way to allow them to be a healthier version of themselves, to have more energy, and to understand this can all be done without hurting animals.

To give them the gift of knowledge to allow them to take control of their destiny and to help them control, prevent and even reverse chronic disease is my way of contribution and it is my true passion.

Why are you a member of VIVAS?

I became a member of VIVAS because I was keen to be in a community of like-minded professionals with the same ethical beliefs as myself. I thought it would be a great way to improve myself professionally by having access to some fantastic presentations that are added on the members section and also I wanted to become more aware of all the amazing things that powerful vegan women are achieving around the world.

What’s been the biggest highlight or ‘wow’ moment of your career/business/professional life?

Getting the opportunity to be a part of the Planet Vegan documentary which should be released on Netflix at the end of the year. That was an incredibly exciting opportunity for me.

How do you handle failures, fear, and disappointment?

It is like anything in life, you must dust yourself off and keep moving forward.

Fear can really mess you up if you allow it to.

I think in business failure and fear is inevitable, so I think putting strategies in place to help pull you out of those negative thought patterns is important.

I practice reformer Pilates as much as I can, and this helps me to deal with stress, I also try to get out in nature often and be silly and have fun with my 3 kids which helps me greatly.

I always try to look forward, not back.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Laugh, have fun, travel, be responsible, find your why and pursue it.

Which women inspire you and why?

I am really inspired by Jehina Malik who is a bodybuilding champion and has been vegan since birth.

She breaks all the bogus claims that vegans are weak, or we can’t get enough protein.

She looks healthy, fit, strong and she is a such a positive role model for the vegan movement.

What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced and how has it helped mould who you are now?

My biggest obstacle has been to have more confidence in myself and my abilities especially when it comes to public speaking, that took some time to work through, but I am getting better all the time!

I think for growth to occur you must feel uncomfortable, so I feel that I have had incredible growth in the past 4 years within all aspects of my life, going vegan, starting up a business, writing 2 books, and being a mum.

What’s your super-power? What are you amazing at?

I think I am amazing at coaching people on how to improve their lifestyle and achieving long lasting change in their life.

Writing is my passion and I feel like I can achieve great outcomes in others’ lives through my words.

What brings you joy?

Making positive change in people’s life and spending quality time with my family.

How do you define success, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?

For me, success is making a lasting change in peoples lives.

I think when I publish my 2 books, I will feel I achieved success if they sell well and reach as many people as possible.

I think success as a plant-based dietitian is being recognized for my work by other vegan organisations and being asked to partake in interesting projects that are focused on the vegan movement.

What’s your vision for yourself and your business/career for the future?

I would love to be a successful and well-known author who has a range of clients I coach regularly.

My vision is to write a variety of children’s books around veganism because children are the future and too many kids now have evidence of fatty streaks in their arteries and considered overweight or obese.

I also want to be recognized and featured on various media/podcasts showcasing my abilities.

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