Green Monday launches in South Africa


Green Monday is a global initiative promoted by Humane Society International to encourage healthy, environmentally friendly living in SA. Continue reading

Couture Creature – Vegans and their pets

There’s nothing more beautiful than the love vegans share for animals. We see it in the compassion they cook with, the power they petition with and the gentleness they caress with. To capture this love on camera, photographer and friend Abigail K started a personal project called Couture Creature in which she photographs vegans with the creatures they love the most – their pets.

The Couture Creature shoot forms part of her photography service offering – Couture Portrait Shoots, which is her speciality.  It would count as one of the three looks the client receives and includes wardrobe, hair, makeup and prints -depending on the package you prefer. During this project Abigail has shot some familiar faces in the South African Vegan scene including Luan from AVO (African Vegan Outreach Organisation), Toni Brockhoven from BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) and… ME!

Leo & Zeus

Abigail K Photography - Leozette and Zeus 1 Abigail K Photography - Leozette and Zeus 2

Leozette Molteno Dress 3 Leozette Molteno Dress 2

 Leozette Molteno Dress 4 Leozette Molteno Dress 1

It was such a beautiful experience shooting with my Staffie puppy, Zeus, and telling my story on why I became vegan and how much I love this little boy. I felt like a warrior princess in the Molento Creations original I was dressed in with a contrasting makeup palette of soft hues done by makeup artists and best friend, Sherilee. You can view my feature on Abigail K’s website here as well as other Couture Creature shoots here.

Seriously, how adorable is that face? A Couture Creature shoot is not only a fantastic gift and opportunity for the vegans of South Africa, but it is also serves as a good cause. For each of the Couture Creature packages sold, Abigail is donating a percentage on behalf of her client to Beauty Without Cruelty SA. If you would like to express the love you have for your pet and book a Couture Creature shoot with Abigail K, kindly contact her on 076 129 7631 or at  For more information and rates, kindly visit the Abigail K Photography website.

Going Raw – My Experience

Going fully raw or even raw till 4pm is not as easy as I experienced going vegan. I have wanted to eat raw for quite a while but failed miserably at it for the first two months. I kept craving sugar and salt and warm food – especially since I found myself in the depths Cape Town’s winter. Also, I kept feeling hungry ALL the time and couldn’t understand why.

However, instead of giving up I continued to motivate myself. Every single day I would watch vlogs from Tanny Raw, Fully Raw Kristina and Freelee the Banana Girl and also source different raw vegan recipes on the internet. The more I consumed the right information, the more I craved the lifestyle and the easier it became to eat raw. I started to incorporate it slowly with one raw meal a day – either a fruit platter, a smoothie, a zoodle pasta, or a salad and as the days went by I added more raw meals to my diet.

Today (still in the depths of winter) I can eat raw vegan meals with ease. Some days I will eat fully raw and other days I will eat raw till four and I absolutely adore it. I just find myself craving purity and exercise – the healthier I eat, the more energy I have and the healthier I crave to be.  I used to be quite a coffee addict and even though I still like a cuppa in the morning, I have started cutting out coffee during the course of the day and replacing it with fresh water. I used to hate water. The best part is, I eat a shit-load and I keep shedding weight. My parents are completely amused by the fact that I would consume half a pineapple and three bananas for breakfast. No jokes – and that is only one of my four to six meals a day. I weighed myself this week and I lost two kilograms without even trying.

Some of my raw creations 

The trick is not to withhold anything from your body – do what works for you and be patient. I love a cup of warm tea and there is no way I am going to cut it out, but I opt for herbal teas with no added soy-milk or sugar. I also still have an alcoholic drink or two over weekends (yup I’m a party girl) and I also eat a vegan pizza or an Oreo when I really feel like it. But like I said, the longer you eat raw, the less your body wants it. I am sitting next to a box of Oreos right now and I honestly won’t touch it – earlier I had a dinner of lovely raw zoodles (zucchini noodles) with a fresh tomato base sauce and a raw date ball for dessert. It filled me up completely and I just don’t have the appetite for the creamy chocolate biscuits staring at me.

There are load of talks on the internet on the pros and cons of this lifestyle. Some love it, others curse it. I do what makes me happy and healthy. At the moment I am following a HCLF vegan lifestyle and I look and feel amazing – I have a ton of energy, a healthy body, a peaceful mind and a flat belly. This lifestyle really is worth trying and I encourage you not to give up if you are struggling. I too still watch the vlogs on a daily basis to be inspired by these raw foodies. Hopefully I will be an inspiring raw foodie someday and I will have a string of newbies following me.

Congratulations ME! #LiveLifeWell winner

You might remember my blog post asking for your help with Wellness Warehouse’s #LiveLifeWell competition a little while ago. I just started off my vegan journey when I came across this incredible competition that offered a R20 000 wellness makeover to … Continue reading

Help a vegan out…Please?

Since I am a newbie vegan, I don’t have all the modern kitchen equipment or a pantry full of beautiful raw produce needed to make delicious and nutritious vegan meals. I am slowly, but surely getting there, but still have a long way to go before I’m 100% vegan-equipped.

Luckily I came across the Wellness Warehouse’s LiveLifeWell competition where one South African contestant stand a chance of winning a complete LiveLifeWell Makeover worth R20 000!

  • This prize includes a R3000 Wellness Warehouse gift voucher
  • Over R7000 worth of products
  • Over R5000 worth of consultations and services
  • Over R5000 worth of beauty products and treatments.

The sponsor list is to dream about:  BodyPillow, Spine Align, Reviva Tech, Yoga Shmoga, Just Sports, Aromatic Apothecary, Dea Organics, Neotrading, Soaring Free Superfoods, Skinny Tan, Face 2 Fresh, Follow the Sun Yoga with Sharni Quinn, Nutritionist Kelly Schreuder, SleekGeek South Africa, and Paleo Monkey.

- Please VOTE for me to win & make all my vegan dreams come true?

– Please VOTE for me to win & make all my vegan dreams come true?

This is EXACTLY what I need to launch my veganism in the right direction and finish my transformation! But to win this fantastic prize, I need my veggie-friends’ help please???

HOW YOU CAN HELP: I need you to take a mere 3 seconds and vote for me online in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click here to go to the competition page:
  2. Look for my picture and name (Leozette Roode) and click on VOTE
  3. Then, click on the block that says Sign in with Facebook and thereafter click OKAY (nothing will happen to your Facebook and you will not get spammed, promise)

NOTE: If you are using your mobile, please use this link:

- My picture to look out for between the entires

– My picture to look out for between the entries

I would really really appreciate your help in making this dream of mine come true! Have a look at my profile and please do VOTE if you feel that I am a worthy candidate. You will reap the benefits when I review and share all the goodies on CT Veganista 😉

I thank you all in advance… May the favour be returned upon you!