Sofia Crosley is an amazingly busy and high-energy entrepreneur who owns bicycle courier company, Geronimo Messengers. She cycles 120 to 140 km every day and achieves this exclusively on a vegan diet. Sofia is proof that you can be fit and athletic on a plant-based diet. We talked to Sofia to get an understanding of how she balances her busy lifestyle and how Green Dinner Table has made it easy!

Sofia is certain that a vegan diet helps her deliver parcels week after week in rain, hail or sunshine.

She knows how important it is to effectively fuel her body, especially since she is cycling well over a hundred kilometres every day on the job! We asked how a vegan diet works with such a physically demanding role, and she told us, “Some people think vegan means not enough energy, without Green Dinner Table I would have struggled.”

Being so active, it is important that Sofia maintains her energy all day, every day.

Sophia’s energy levels while eating Green Dinner Table meals are high as ever, without the feeling of being ‘weighed-down’. “My energy levels are really good. I am always high energy. It is nice in the evening to feel full, but not heavy. If I do have leftovers for lunch I can eat and get straight back on my bike.”

Sofia has been eating a vegan diet exclusively for over six months after making a conscious effort to cut meat and dairy products from her diet. “I started watching documentaries about the meat industry” she said.

Formerly a chef, Sofia is continuing to learn more about the vegan diet and lifestyle.

Subscribing to Green Dinner Table has positively changed her outlook on how food can be interesting, even with a plant-based diet. “A friend suggested Green Dinner Table and I signed up the day after that. It is a lifesaver. I used to be vegetarian– and I just ate without meat. Now, each night is a little cooking class. I can struggle at lunch trying to find vegan options. Without Green Dinner Table, dinner would be the same.

Sofia entertains friends and family who start out sceptical about eating vegan.

However, the tasty and varied plant-based meals that Sofia creates with Green Dinner Table have changed their outlook entirely. Sofia’s Dad, who used to make fun of her diet, now uses the Green Dinner Table website for recipe ideas, and her flatmate – who used to eat KFC three or four times a week – is now almost entirely vegan!

Ask Sofia the best thing about Green Dinner Table and she says,

“Variety! Green Dinner Table comes up with so many new things. I would otherwise be stuck in a rut. I’m impressed that it’s so good.”

Sofia is keen to spread the word about Green Dinner Table so that others can benefit from a healthy (and easy) plant-based diet.

“I offered to put a sticker on the back of my courier bag, ‘Powered by Green Dinner Table.”

And her favourite Green Dinner Table meal? “I really like the Mexican dishes, but I love the massaman curry!”

Sofia established Geronimo Messengers in 2016, delivering a wide range of parcels across Christchurch City by bicycle. She saw the opportunity to introduce a clean, green alternative for delivering goods within the city, while at the same time avoiding the traffic delays that have been accentuated by earthquake and remediation work around the city – and the new 30 km/h speed limit for vehicles within the CBD.

Geronimo Messengers delivers throughout the Christchurch CBD, Riccarton and Sydenham (check out the service area map here), carrying anything up to 6 kilograms, from lunch to car parts! Photo courtesy of Underground Coffee, one of her customers – their beans are now delivered by pedal power.