This week we have Whistler legend Julia Murray! Julia was born and raised right here in Whistler!
She is an Olympian, the ‘80/20 Plants’ program spokesperson + coach, and the vegan blogger, holistic nutritionist, and certified plant-based chef behind Hooked on Plants.
She’s named one of Canada’s top vegan athletes, and is certified as a Main Street Vegan lifestyle coach.
She’s also co-founder of medicinal mushroom company, Stay Wyld Organics and co-creator of the Whistler Vegan Fest!
Her no judgement attitude towards encouraging the world to eat more plants is an inspiration, along with her tireless support and promotion of any businesses offering vegan options! Despite her huge accomplishments Julia is one of the most down to earth and kind people you will ever meet, Get in touch with her on instagram:
Her pup: @zaktherescuedog
Here’s our chat with her-
1. Where’d you grow up and where do you live now?
2. What is your definition of strength?
When you are authentically you, confident in that, and letting it shine…. Or going through tough times in life, then learning from it, and growing, instead of letting it take you down
3. What is something that’s important to you now that never used to be?
Medicinal mushrooms! Shout out @staywyldorganics
4. How would you describe your style?
Easy breezy, boho wanna be
5. Favourite food to cook at home?
BBQ’d veggies to through in a pasta… OR Vegan Sushi Roll dinner parties
6. What’re 3 books on your bookshelf?
Office book shelf: Fiber Fueled (By @theguthealthmd), Beyond Beliefs (@BeyondCarnism Dr. Melanie Joy), The Four Agreements, The Thrive Diet (@BrendanBrazier), Main Street Vegan (@mainstreetvegan Victoria
Moran), Eating Alive, The China Study (Dr. T Colin Campbell), Blue Zones Solution (@thebluezones Dan Buettner)…
Kitchen Book Shelf: Hot For Food Vegan Comfort Classics to Feed Your Face, Edgy Veg Carnivore Approved Recipes, Minimalist Baker
7. What’s something you want to accomplish in the next year?
Biz + Life?
Get the @8020plants app into the world & known as the go-to, fully supportive veg transition tool!
Keep creating recipes and sharing vegan inspo for the Hooked on Plants fam
Get the @staywyldorganics medicinal mushies out into the world to help people deal with stress + immunity Continue sharing veg stories through the @whistlerveganfest podcast and platform
…. Also have fun and keep life light ... dance a lot, run + bike a lot, hike to new places, and ski. Keep remembering what’s important in this life and spend time with people I love, often.
8. Tell us something people would find surprising about you:
I can touch my nose with my tongue, I had pet rats (Maggie + Mollie) when I was a kid, and I used to have a season’s pass to the trapeze
9. Favourite movie?
Dumb + Dumber… Or National Lampoons Family Vacation… Or Game Changers for all the inspiration it’s given to the world… Or Okja (SO SAD but so powerful)…or Alice in Wonderland… I’m not good with favourites
10. How do you want people to remember you?--
WOW… As someone who allowed each person to be who they are, and be comfortable with themselves in my presence. And, someone who inspired many to go vegan with a compassionate + non-judgemental approach… all to help lessen the demand of eating animals