Meet Stockholm’s Vegan Mamas: Talking With Jennifer

by | May 7, 2019

As part of the interviews series with parents and the ongoing ‘people of veganism’ drive, Raise Vegan’s Sweden based PR Director Annika Lundkvist interviewed Stockholm based vegan mother Jennifer Montiamo.

A native ‘Stockholmare,” Jennifer dwells in an area of Södermalm (southern part of the city well regarded as the hipper area of the city) called NOFO (North of Folkungagatan) with her 2-year-old daughter Valentina.

“ I know a lot of people choose to go vegan for their health, but I would like more people to make conscious decisions where the focus is what is healthy for our planet and every being living here with us. Because without each other we are nothing. I believe this is the main issue we have on our planet. Not understanding that we are all connected.”

Jennifer
Photo: Annika Lundkvist
Bodysuit: donoharmapparel.com

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Meet Stockholm’s Vegan Mamas: Talking With Jennifer

How long have you been vegan & why did you initially go vegan?

Jennifer: I decided to go vegan about 5 years ago. I was raised in the countryside and the only meat we ate was wild meat that my parents hunted so I never saw the ethical part of it as a problem at first, to be honest. I saw our neighbor’s cows get treated like family and everything was very beautiful and honorable in my community when it came to the process of meat and dairy.

Due to some health issues that I suffered growing up such as allergies, eczema, asthma, and alopecia and inspired by my mother, I became very interested in holistic health. So I did a lot of research in trying to heal myself. I was allergic to dairy and egg but knew I had to quit meat as well, along with sugar and processed food. I no longer suffer from eczema or asthma and my allergies are much better. As I researched more, naturally my awareness of the industry made the choice even easier to go full vegan!

My daughter is also a vegan. I am very grateful to have her at a daycare that, without hassle, gives her a full vegan meal every day!

What are some of your favorite dishes to make at home?

Jennifer: I am very inspired by Indian cuisine and also Middle Eastern! I shoot from the hip so we never know what we’ll end up with. I make whatever work with what we’ve got at the house. We make a lot of different soups, stews, curries, and colorful salads. Falafel has been my daughters favorite since she started eating solid food and she loves a veggie yellow curry with rice!

Photo: Annika Lundkvist

What is your perception of the vegan scene in Stockholm?

Jennifer: I live in an area that is very “hipster” so there are a lot of vegan restaurants here. So eating out is never a problem. To be honest a lot of restaurants in Stockholm offer a vegetarian option that could be made vegan. I love cooking and I invite a lot of friends and family over for dinner and I know I inspired a lot of my friends too, if not go full vegan, at least eat healthier and choose vegan options at times even when they’re not around me. One of my friends who is a real “meathead” told me the best lasagna she ever had was my vegan one.

Photo: Annika Lundkvist
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What is your perception about the development of the vegan movement in Sweden and Scandinavia at large?

Jennifer: Like I mentioned before there are almost no restaurants in Stockholm that don’t offer a vegetarian option that can be altered to vegan. Even our burger chain MAX offers four different options of vegetarian/vegan burgers and McDonald’s now serves sweet potato fries, falafel, and a vegan happy meal! I went up north in Sweden last weekend and I was very surprised to find both oat yogurt and vegan patties in the small local grocery store!

Photo: Annika Lundkvist
Bodysuit: donoharmapparel.com

I feel like people in Sweden afford to be conscious in their decisions and it makes the transition easier of course. In many countries, people can’t afford to think about what lifestyle they chose. Not meaning it is necessarily always more expensive to be vegan but it takes more time to plan and adjust, the way most societies are set up today, unfortunately. But I am very excited Sweden is making the accessibility easier and therefore more people can join the movement.

I look forward to seeing the community grow and seeing people making more choices that are not made from an egotistic view. I know a lot of people choose to go vegan for their health, but I would like more people to make conscious decisions where the focus is what is healthy for our planet and every being living here with us. Because without each other we are nothing. I believe this is the main issue we have on our planet. Not understanding that we are all connected.

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