Interior Designer, Vegan and Raw Culinary Artist
SS: What made you go vegan and why?
SS: My immediate family members are all ethical Vegetarians/Vegans. I have been raised Vegetarian since birth, as have my brother and sister. When I turned 18, I gave up eating any egg products (we only ate them in baked goods and such as it was). Giving up dairy products was a gradual process. The more I learned, the more I stopped eating it. In late 1996, I met my first Vegan friend. Then in late 1997 I read a few articles, and that was it. Once I fully understood where dairy comes from and how, I gave it up completely and never looked back. Knowledge is everything. I could no longer consume anything that came from an animal/insect source. I also gave up using any products…clothing, shoes, beauty products, etc.
I have now been Vegan for 15 years. This past year I completed (2) 21 day all raw food cleanses, which has been life changing for me. I now try to focus on a fairly high raw food diet, particularly during the day. Inspiring others to go Vegan/Raw is a passion I had not realized until I started receiving feedback from numerous people, expressing that my food posts were shifting their dietary decisions to Vegan and Raw, and how many of them looked at my postings every day, saving all of the recipes. They urged me to continue posting and consider starting a blog, recipe book, etc. As a result, I recently created a Vegan and Raw food page on Facebook, “Little Vegan Mama.” I am exploring the idea of eventually starting a Vegan restaurant…something I have thought about for many years…we shall see what the future holds.
My 12 ½ year old son, Caden, has been raised Vegan since birth…he is the really fortunate one!
SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?
SS: Not at all. Like I said, once I make a decision, that’s it, I am dedicated. The thought of consuming any animal products is revolting to me.
SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?
SS: Animal rescue (primarily dogs), donating funds for rescue efforts, hosting events/galas to raise money for animal organizations such as my local humane society, attending events/fundraisers and donating funds to various animal rights organizations, signing petitions/sending emails.
SS: What are your favorite animal rights organizations?
SS: Mercy for Animals, Sea Shepherd, Last Chance for Animals
SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?
SS: Educate yourself and fully understand how inhumanely animals are treated. Understand what it takes to provide all of the food, water, land, and various resources to make that piece of meat, where milk truly comes from and how, the egg process and what happens to the male chicks as well as the treatment of the laying hens, and how animal products effect our health and the health of the planet. Open up your heart and your eyes and truly SEE the pure inhumanity of consuming animals…they have the same right to live as we do, perhaps more. What other choice will you then have?
SS: Do you have any memories that stand out in your mind about someone saving an animal? Or relating to an animal in a unique way?
SS: About 12 years ago, I read Chris DeRose’s book, “In Your Face.” I was so inspired by the incredible work that he had done, breaking into labs (sometimes getting arrested) and similar rescue actions. It made me want to jump in and join the effort, however, being the mother of a baby at the time, I could not do so. But reading his story, I understood so much more, making me more determined than ever to help make a difference. It starts on our dinner plate.