FEATURE: Ashley Amanda

Hello, my name is Ashley Amanda also know as the “Crazy Urban Vegan." 14 years ago I knew I was meant to live a life free of meat. On my journey I spent 10 years as a vegetarian. Since I was a kid I had always had an issue with eating animals. During a decade of living meat-free I wanted to completely transition to veganism for health reasons along with my ethical beliefs.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I knew that veganism would be a life that I would live forever. I have now been vegan for 3 years. Since making the change I got to my natural weight shedding over 45 lbs. and I have been able to maintain it without counting calories, my skin cleared, my energy increased, and I felt mental clarity. Living as a vegan and helping people make the transition brings fullness and joy to my life. Making the decision to live a vegan lifestyle is a mental choice. Just like anything that has major benefits it takes discipline, work, dedication, passion, and research. I’m enjoying life eating clean and living vegan fabulous!

I named my company Crazy Urban Vegan because I am head over heels forever "crazy" in love and devoted to my vegan lifestyle. While I'm aware that "crazy" can be used as an ableist slur, it also means extremely enthusiastic. For example: I am "crazy" about kale! Synonyms: passionate about, (very) keen on, enamored of, infatuated with, smitten with, devoted to. 

I am an ethical vegan because I have a general issue with eating animals. I have felt that way since I was a very young kid. I believe that all animals should live, not just the ones that are easily domesticated. Animals have children, feelings, emotions and senses. I love all life. Animals are here to enjoy the earth with us.