Tessa White: Tessa is a Vegan Mum, 3 Times Ironman and Ultra Marathon

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Tessa White

Adam Guthrie From I Feel Good Magazine Interviews Tessa White, a vegan mum, 3 times Ironman, Ultra Marathon runner.

Tessa is ex personal trainer and mum to a fully plant based family of four. She has completed 3 Ironman’s and Ultra Marathons between Australia and the USA and continues to find new challenges each year.

The White Family turned plant based overnight for health reasons 2 years ago and have never looked back.

Before moving to the United States Tessa was a highly successful business owner but also suffered from anxiety and depression. Tessa openly shares her journey on social media and does so in the hope of providing solidarity for the suffering whilst also inspiring to push further and test their boundaries, be it in fitness, parenting skills or mental health journey.

In This Interview We Cover:

  • Tessa’s triathlons and ironman journey.

  • Why Tessa loves to run and what motivates her to keep fit.

  • Tessa’s journey through, stress, anxiety and depression and getting off medications.

  • How being too driven and overworking can lead to poor mental health.

  • Tessa’s tips on handling stress and work.

  • How Tessa educates her kids about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Why Tessa and her family recently went vegan and how the family successfully made the transition.

  • The changes Tessa has experienced in her mental health and athletic performance after going whole food plant-based.

  • Tessa's tips on how to help kids go plant-based.

  • What a day looks like in there vegan family household, what they eat and their favourite meals.

  • How and why the family is shifting to vegan clothing, recycling, and being more ecologically sustainable.

  • What brings Tessa pleasure these days and how her mindset has changed since going plant-based.

  • What Tessa’s kids lunch boxes look like.

  • How Tessa would feel if her kids didn’t choose to be vegan when they leave home.

  • Plus more.

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Liat Solomon - Founder of the Bali Vegan Festival & Down To Earth Cafes & Markets

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Liat Solomon is the Founder of the Bali Vegan Festival and Down To Earth, a chain of vegan macrobiotic cafes and markets in Bali.

Adam Guthrie from I Feel Good Magazine interviews Liat about how and why she came to Bali, why she started the first vegan cafe on Bali and what inspired her to start the Bali Vegan Festival. There is a whole bunch of inspiration, wisdom and history in this interview.

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About Bali Vegan Festival

Bali Vegan Festival was established by Down To Earth Bali with the aim to inspire as many new individuals as possible to experience and choose a more compassionate, ethical and healthier lifestyle through plant-based eating.

Since 2015, the festival has sparked transformation within the minds of the vegan-curious and the vegan-sceptics alike with awakening talks, community discussions, cooking classes, vegan products and culinary wonders. Following the event, many participants have taken action and truly begun living out their values of kindness to others, themselves and the earth with integrity by nourishing their soul and body with an organic, environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free nutrition.

The festival is open to all, proud vegans, vivacious vegetarians, omnivores, flexitarians and the vegan-curious.

Sharing vegan wisdom in practical ways… “if you feed a person one vegan meal, there will be less suffering that day, but if you teach them how to cook cruelty-free meals, there will be significantly more peace for a lifetime”... the Earth needs more than inspiration. It needs more action, less words. This is the reason why Bali Vegan Festival strives to train peace warriors in practical ways, to teach them how to become engaging, approachable, and successful everyday activists.

The numerous workshops throughout the festival will demonstrate that vegan food preparation is simple, delicious, healthy and that it is the catalyst for a more peaceful, sustainable world in which all living beings can thrive.

About Down To Earth Bali

Since its founding in 2002, the Down To Earth Company (DTE) has grown into the first chain of restaurants and marketplaces in Bali selling gourmet Vegan foods.

From the outset, we at Earth Cafe and our sister restaurants have dedicated ourselves to operating according to the highest possible standards. On a larger scale, we are committed to realizing our vision for a happy and healthy future for all; a vision rooted in the principles and mission set forth by the esteemed Mr. Michio Kushi, namely to create “One Peaceful World Through Nutrition.”

Earth Cafe is committed to serving the best-quality, freshest and most nutritious Mediterranean cuisine, while also tailoring our food to individual dietary or allergy requirements. We partner exclusively with companies and suppliers that share our dedication to excellence.

Filled with a passion for Vegan and Macrobiotic principles; and a zeal for bringing about positive change in the lives of our customers, suppliers, and workers, we at Earth Cafe are firmly committed to promoting exuberant love, compassionate non-violence, and health-conscious living – wherever we operate.

We serve only the finest Vegan meals, drinks, and snacks. All of our nutritious foods and drinks are prepared in stainless steel vessels; and are free of bleached salts and sugars, hydrogenated oils, and chemical additives or preservatives. At Earth Cafe, we adhere strictly to the most updated and cutting-edge standards of excellence in hygiene, cleanliness, food preparation, food handling, and operational integrity.

Our marketplaces carry items that promote healthy lifestyles, most of which are sustainably produced by environmentally-conscious, local workers and companies.

Products include hand and body soaps, household cleaning products, literature, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, nutritional supplements, grains, fresh fruits, prepared spices, baked goods such as cookies, and much more. We carry over 1000 different products, each carefully selected for top quality. All goods and products that we import, grow, bake, prepare, package, or manufacture are available for purchase at wholesale volumes; for home, restaurants, special events, or planned outing needs.

A Vegan subsists on food made from plants, and uses only items made from plants. Objecting to the cruelty of industrial animal husbandry out of respect for the rights of all beasts (regardless of size or cuteness) vegans avoid consuming meats tainted by suffering.

By consuming real food – rather than processed, commercial products that merely mimic food – Vegans nourish themselves with conscious and loving care, while nurturing intestinal flora (i.e. gut-bacteria) that support optimal health and a balanced, positive outlook on life. Our Earth Cafe menu is fully Vegan and Macrobiotic. We serve our customers natures best, and all you need to eat well and stay healthy!

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Raw Carrot Noodle Salad with Basil & Avocado Dressing

(serves 2)


1 cup basil leaves, leaving some for serving

½ cup of parsley

2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

¼ cup cashews

juice of ½ a lemon

1 cup water

1 avocado, peeled and diced

salt, to taste

1 large carrot

¼ head of broccoli

2 lebanese cucumbers, cut into bite sized pieces

1 celery stick, diced finely

1 red capsicum, diced finely

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil), soaked in water then chopped finely


1. Place basil leaves, parsley, garlic, nutritional yeast, cashews, lemon juice and water into a blender and blend. Add half the avocado and a pinch of salt and blend.

2. Place carrot into a spiraliser to make noodles or peel strips of carrot with a vegetable peeler to make ribbons. Put the carrot spirals, or ribbons into a bowl.

3. Break broccoli into small florets and place into the bowl, along with the cucumber, celery, capsicum, remaining avocado and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss together.

4. Add the pesto dressing and mix well. Top with some basil leaves and serve.