Would most people you meet assume you’re a crazy hippie vegan upon meeting you?
This is a funny question, because at one point in my life, some people did say that, but ironically, it was prior to becoming vegan. I don’t push veganism on others and I honestly don’t think that at first sight anyone would know what kind of lifestyle I choose, which is kind of nice.
Now, if I see an animal being abused or neglected in the least, I may unleash the beast, but that’s not because I’m vegan—that’s because I believe we should show love and compassion to all animals, human and non-human alike.
Is it difficult to be interested in traditional or popular things–crafting, recipes, thrift-store finds, beauty products–and still be vegan? How do you make it easier?
Not at all! As you may have seen on Vegan Housewives, we have a love for crafts and thrift stores. Beauty products are sometimes difficult t o find without a little research, however we do a lot of cruelty-free product reviews and giveaways on the blog that really allow us to explore some of the options out there and give our readers an honest opinion.
How would you advise people to make a transition into veganism, while keeping up with the things that they love?
It really depends on the person. For me, I was never a vegetarian. In all honestly, six months before I went vegan I would probably have laughed at you if you’d said I was going to be vegan. It was never anything that I thought about or dwelled on–it was just that one day, some people (from peta2) told me I should try it, so I was like, “OK.”
And I guess what helped keep me vegan was educating myself, and finding other reasons. After I saw some of the ways that animals were treated, I just realized that I could never go back. And I think that that’s a huge thing that helped me stay vegan.
But really just trying new things is huge for people. A lot of people are afraid to try things that are vegan, which I think is funny because, in all actuality, it’s not that different. It’s just a different type of milk, and a different egg replacement. So, I definitely think that trying new things and sticking with it is important. And trying to replicate the recipes that you are afraid to lose, too–think about, like, if it was cheese that you didn’t want to get rid of. Educate yourself and look for the perfect replacement for that cheese, and I think you’ll find it. There’s a replacement for everything.
What about raising kids as a vegan? Is it true that it’s too difficult to make sure kids get all the right nutrients?
I’m actually pregnant right now, which is one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I have maintained my vegan lifestyle throughout the pregnancy and cannot wait to have a little vegan baby! I will educate him on why we live the way we do and we won’t ever have animal products in our home (nor will I pay for his consumption of animal products when dining out). However, when he is old enough to choose for himself, it will be his decision, not mine. I would never force my beliefs of any kind on my child as I truly believe that causes a desire for rebellion.
As for getting the proper nutrition, I honestly eat much healthier after becoming vegan and believe my child will be healthier than most for it. When you look at a typical American kid’s menu these days, they have the option of fried chicken fingers and grilled cheese, both of which are greatly lacking in nutrients. I have no problem sharing my much healthier meals with my little one.
Do you find that you’re more eco-friendly since becoming a vegan?
Definitely! Not only is a vegan diet much more environmentally-friendly than the traditional American diet, but it’s also caused me to change in other areas. From buying local to biodegradable cleaning supplies, choosing cloth diapers for my little mister on the way and reducing my overall use of unnecessary water, veganism has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I have grown a certain respect for all living things.
Is there anything more that our readers should know?
Being vegan isn’t as difficult as it seems. You just have to make up your mind and stick to it. At the end of the day, you’ll be glad you did. There’s a cruelty-free substitute for everything, and if you ever need any support or help veg-i-fying a non-vegan recipe, head over to Vegan Housewives and we’ll help you out!
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