A coffee with Jil
Profession: Blogger & model
Nadia: Normally this series in our blog is called “A coffee with...”. But when I was at breakfast I remembered that when you drink tea and not coffee. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tea here, how about a yummy mango-orange smoothie instead?
Jil: Yes, I’d love that! OK then, today it’ll be called “A smoothie with Jil” :)
Nadia: Great idea! What does healthy nutrition mean to you?
Jil: My health is incredibly important to me. I’ve been eating vegan for three years now and I’m very dedicated to topics involving nutrition and health. It has even become a real passion of mine.
Nadia: How did you get interested in vegan nutrition and why did you decide to become vegan?
Jil: Four years ago I stopped taking pill, because I didn’t feel comfortable taking additional hormones or even the thought of it. In the beginning everything was fine without the pill, but after about half a year my entire body started doing weird things. I got a terrible case of acne and gained about 17 kilos. At first I didn’t exactly know how to handle the situation and was completely perplexed. My gynecologist recommended going back on the pill. But my primary care doctor said I should take thyroid gland hormones, since I had also developed a thyroid insufficiency and my liver values were incredibly high. Neither solution was OK for me. So I kept researching on the Internet to inform myself and accidentally found out about a vegan diet. So in a little “learning by doing” project, I simply tried it out and it actually helped. Within just a couple of weeks I felt much better and after three months even my blood results were normal and I was able to do without taking thyroid hormones.
Nadia: Wow. We’d also like to know a bit about your personality and your job as a blogger. First I have a couple of personal questions for you Jil. Where are you from?
Jil: I was born in Lüneburg, but I lived almost 10 years in Landshut, northeast of Munich until I felt like moving back to Lüneburg a couple of years ago.
Nadia: And is blogging your main source of income?
Jil: Yes - I’m studying in Lüneburg and I also work as a part-time model, but mainly I’m a blogger.
Nadia: So how did you get interested in that?
Jil: The blogging began when I changed my diet. I used social media for much of my research and I was able to communicate with other interested people. I also started sharing my experiences more and more and got some very good feedback from those who were listening. So after a while this hobby turned into a profession and I also started to write about other topics that I was concerned about. For instance my pieces about thankfulness, a positive approach to life or inner happiness. I think that it’s such a shame that many blogs are superficial and only present clothing and brands without going into what they stand for.
Nadia: What does your daily routine like?
Jil: At the moment every day is a crazy day. I travel a lot, also for my modeling jobs. I was just in Iceland and next week I’ll be travelling again to the Dutch border for another job. When I spend a day at home, I have luckily developed a little routine: I wake up pretty early, usually around 5:30 or 6 a.m. and meditate, sometimes also in combination with yoga. Then I drink some tea or ginger water and write in my journal or check my schedule and make to-do lists. When I’m done with that, I start to work. And I also have a personal rule, that I don’t look at my smartphone for the first half-hour when I get up in the morning. When I have the time, I go to the gym around noon. Otherwise, sometimes I have spontaneous meetings or the agency calls on short notice to send me to a casting. So there’s a lot happening in my day!
Nadia: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Jil: I do quite a lot of reading, which I love, and I also like to listen to podcasts. When I became a vegan, I found a podcast that I like to follow. It’s done by an extreme athlete, who also runs the Ironman. He interviews lots of different people for his podcast like doctors or even yogis. All of these articles are an incredible source of inspiration, but more than that they give me additional know-how that also helps me with my personal issues. Other than that, I also do my own searches on Instagram or other blogs, whereby I do try to be selective because there are just so many hours in a day and I want to fill them with positive and constructive content.
Nadia: Back to the subject of fashion: How would you describe your style?
Jil: I would call it sporty-casual, cool. For instance I really like oversized, so I buy my T-shirts in the men’s department. And I also love jeans, I really like wearing them. I’m also more the sneaker type and I wear them even if I go out to party, so that I can dance and don’t end up with aching feet.
Nadia: We have heard that jeans play a pretty big role in your wardrobe. Do you think that the MUSTANG jeans that you have on could find a permanent spot there?
Jil: Definitely yes; I looked in the mirror again before and I think they’re really cool. I really like this 7/8 jeans, especially together with white sneakers. I also like that they are high-waist.
Nadia: Well, that was it. Thank you so much! I have one last question before we’re done: Finish the following sentence with just one word – For me, jeans are…
Jil: Can I use two words?
Jil: Then I’d say cool and casual.
And by the way: If you like Jil’s jeans, you’ll find them and your other favorite pieces in our MUSTANG Online Shop. Here’s a little preview: