1. How long have you been Vegan/Vegetarian?
Vegetarian over 15 years ago, turned vegan 6 years ago.
2. What turned you Vegan/Vegetarian?
I turned vegetarian early on in elementary school, when I first learned of animal abuse, but even before that, I had very minimal interest in cheese and meat, my parents could only get me to drink milk if it had chocolate in it, and if they gave me pizza I'd take the cheese and meat off, literally since day one.
3. What's your favourite meat substitute?
I adore Sophie's Kitchen for many reasons beyond just taste, I loved the Gardein refridgerated version of their meats, it made the perfect kabobs and fried chicken, but they no longer sell it near me.
4. Be honest, did you enjoy the taste of meat and/or dairy before giving it up?
I enjoyed next to no meat or dairy, in fact, I've never eaten most typical types of meat, like bacon, steak, chicken, sausage, burgers, etc. However, I enjoyed the more atypical stuff for where I live, I loved sushi, locks, alligator, blackened crawfish, crab rangoons, and the occasional mac n cheese (either really fancy $20 restaurant Italian style 4-cheese baked stuff, or the really shitty $2 boxed kind mixed with vegan milk and butter, no in between), deep fried frog, or Eastern style shrimp dishes.
5. What's your favourite dairy-free milk?
If I could drink nothing but fresh organic raw coconut milk, I would, but since I can't, I'd say organic, non-GMO vanilla almond milk.
6. If you were to try and persuade someone to go Vegan/Vegetarian by showing them just 3 YouTube videos, what would you show them and why?
Earthlings, to fully explain our abuse of animals and the Earth itself, The Human Footprint, to fully explain what products to avoid and why, including some vegan items, and Forks Over Knives, to show that it's possible and positive and purely beneficial to humans as well.
7. What's your favourite Vegan/Vegetarian meal and what's the recipe?
I love my homemade vegan alfredo, but it's SOOOO wonderfully fattening that I have it only a few times a year, it's amazing! I also love my own recipe for vegan meatballs, and grilled cheese, and other foods that I mostly avoid, and no sharing here, the recipe is semi-secret, note me privately.
8. Do you take any vitamin supplements and if so what?
Yes, I take a raw multivitamin (Garden of Earth), a B12 supplement, and a liquid complete amino acid supplement, even though I get all of these in my regular diet already through food, I take them just for good measure because I exercise daily.
9. Favourite farmed animal and why?
Well, to my knowledge, and I've looked into this a lot, lobsters aren't farmed, but they are kept in tanks before being killed for food sometimes... not sure if that counts. If lobsters don't count for farmed animals, then I'd say horses.
10. Have you ever been to a farm sanctuary?
No, the most I've done is go to farm animal petting zoos. Gotta be honest, having grown up in the country I find most farm animals to be really gross, not in ways they can help, but I don't find most of them to be enjoyable to be around.
11. Do you sponsor any animals and if so what species and what organisation are they with?
15. Favourite Vegan/Vegetarian celebrity and why?
Honestly most of the ones I do like either aren't vegan or I don't know either way and honestly don't mind either way, but I'm a huge Lady Gaga fan and even though she has only been dietary vegan at best, and irregularly (if anymore at all), it still made me incredibly happy to hear.
16. Are your family also Vegan/Vegetarian? Regardless of the answer, how does this impact you?
My sister and her bf are vegan for the most part, she's still pretty new to it. My uncle is as well, so is his gf even if just to support him, same deal as my sister. My mom and grandma don't eat red meat, and my mom doesn't eat dairy. My dad however is a straight up red meat/everything eater, even though it's caused problems that almost took his life in the past, so I wish he'd consider veganism for his health, I don't want to see him ruin himself for stupid meat.
17. Put these in order of most important reasons to go Vegan/Vegetarian to least- For the sake of the animals, for the sake of the environment, for the sake of finance and for the sake of your health. Why did you choose this order?
To me, environment is foremost, because if we got rid of all humans and farm animals alike the earth would be so much better off, second would be animals and health evenly, because they are one in the same, that's redundant. Financial benefits are just a bonus, but at the same time, I'm too poor to eat meat, it's too dangerous, and pound for pound costs more even when subsidized.
20. Was your transition to becoming Vegan/Vegetarian gradual or done in one go?
Vegetarianism in my childhood was gradual because it was a learning process, same with veganism, I automatically cut out all the obvious things, and slowly cut out the things that were news to me.
21. Favourite animal activist and why?
All of them. Every last one, even the ones I've never heard of, but only the true ones, I'm indifferent on non-vegan animal activists, but all good is still good, just not the PETA related groups that mock human oppression rampantly for no gain.
25. What's the most common question/comment you receive regarding being Vegan/Vegetarian?
Stuff along the lines of 'what made you go vegan?'
26. Which question frustrates/annoys you the most regarding being Vegan/Vegetarian?
'Where do you get all your nutrients?' type questions, because I hate reminders of how much our country lies to people to keep them sick and poor.
27. What are your thoughts on the quote- The punishment should fit the crime with regards to animal cruelty?
28. Favourite cruelty free toiletries?
Any all-natural, chemical free, organic and or recycled brand, like Seventh Generation, Desert Essence, Natracare, etc.
29. How do you feel about 'humane' farms eg. ones that genuinely allow their animals to roam freely until death?
Far better than the alternative for the animals, and it's also a step in the right direction for the consumer, almost every meat eater I personally know, family and friends, only eats "humane" meat, but since there is no such thing as environmentally sound animal products, it could be better, but a "humane" meat eater is much more likely to go vegan than someone who doesn't care at all, so I stand by people who have gone that far already, they have potential!
30. If you had to persuade someone to become Vegan/Vegetarian in one short paragraph, what would you say?
I normally start out with how animal products are disastrous for your health, because selfish people always care about themselves first, then ask them why they eat animal products in the first place since they never eat them without tons of vegan items thrown on so they taste good, if meat is really what they want. If they argue anatomy then I ask them why they can't eat meat unless it's processed and or cooked. Basically I don't give them any illusion of logical ground to stand on, then work from there on the facts that don't directly deal with them. If they show interest initially and want to change then I'll give them recipes and stuff to watch and read and let them take it from there.