Every week I find I’m using the skills or knowledge I gained from my previous months. Yesterday I ordered some a few vegan books online that people recommended or that I was interested in from Amazon.ca and they arrived today (free shipping and so fast). The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and I’ve seen on Oprah (the rare time I watch Oprah) as well as a friend told me I should read it. Skinny Bitch, another #1 New York Times Bestseller, is supposed to be a great read on what crap we are eating and why it’s not good for us. Finally, Animal Ingredients A to Z will help me sort out what is really vegan and what is not, including what beer and wine I can drink. I’ll be writing more about these as I read them.
I’ve decided to do a few interviews with people who are vegan and have been for a long time. I’m interested to know why they chose a vegan diet and what the challenges are. The questions I asked are:
1. When did you become vegan and why?
2. What is the hardest thing about being vegan?
3. Do you ever feel like you’re missing out (and do you ever cheat)?
4. How does it make you feel health wise?
5. Do you cook a lot or eat out at restaurants? What’s your fav recipe and/or restaurant?
My first interview is with a high school friend of mine, Amy Toon, who I found out was vegan when she responded to one of my Facebook comments on being vegan for the month. Her response was as follows…
I became vegan about 7 years ago. The hardest thing about being vegan for me is finding good stylish boots. Seriously, it’s very hard.
I never feel like I’m missing out. I made this choice based on what I believe to be right. I never see a hunk of cheese or a slab of meat and think I wish that was going into my mouth. I feel healthy. I’m not sure if I feel healthier than anyone else. I feel, I believe, like a 31 year old should feel. Some days I’m tired, I still get colds, but most days I feel just fine.
I eat out a lot. I’m not a cooker, I never have been. And when I do make things at home it’s usually sandwiches or vegan nachos. They have vegan cheese (daiya is the best) vegan sour cream, vegan ground round…
All in all, my ethics overrode my taste buds. I don’t push it on anyone, and I have found that more meat eaters give me a hard time and try to make me feel like I’ve made the wrong choice…to be honest I don’t know why they care so much about what I eat or wear… And no I don’t cheat. I’m sure that at times when I go out to eat sometimes [animal] stock is used or something. I try to only eat at vegan or vegetarian places but I’m not going to make a massive deal out of it.
Thanks Amy. I find most interesting her comment about meat eaters giving her a hard time. I just got a message from a friend saying she’s afraid of what this month will turn me in to. She was saying it as a joke, but I think a lot of people feel this way. To be honest, until I started this month, I didn’t really understand why anyone would want to be vegan. I’m now considering sticking with this after the month is over. There’s something to be said about knowing what you are putting in your body and I feel really healthy.