Chris Tan

Talofa lava and kia ora koutou. My name is Kristian Fanene Schmidt (he/him), I’m Samoan and I’m a writer, host and consultant. I’m currently based in the US on Ohlone territory but I was born and raised in Porirua.

I don’t identify as a vegan but my diet has been free of meat, eggs and dairy for over 4 years. Moving to LA in 2017, I was a hot ass mess and I needed to start taking better care of my mind, body and spirit. I knew I wasn’t making the healthiest choices when it came to my eating habits and so I was inspired by my Best Friend to try out a plant based diet. I haven’t looked back since!

In saying that though, just because it’s vegan, doesn’t make it healthy. The most important thing for me is that we try incorporate more whole foods while having the processed stuff in moderation. It’s expensive as hell to eat organic veggies and fruit which makes it even harder for a lot of our people to make these lifestyle changes so no judgment – do your best and know that I’m cheering for you!