A few weeks ago my new and super amazing friend Tracy sent me an email with a little surprise attached, she asked one of her friends to answer the Ask A Vegan questions and sent me the answers! How cool is that? This is the first Ask A Vegan that I have done with a stranger, but after reading her responses I feel like we could be good friends, not to mention how adorable she is! I highly suggest you check out her website, her blog is silly and fun and her etsy uh was pretty much made for me! Cupcake aprons and coffee cozies...yes please!
Name: Becky Striepe
Location: Atlanta, GA
How long have you been Vegan?
What made you decide to go Vegan?
I went vegetarian at age 16 for animal rights reasons, and since then my diet's sort of bounced around. I was pescatarian for a while and then gave up eggs and dairy for health reasons. My cholesterol was something like 240! When I cut eggs and dairy out of my diet, it went back to normal in 3 months with no medicine. I finally gave up seafood in 2006. It just made me feel so gross when I ate it. I was reading more and more about overfishing, mercury, and bykill, and I just couldn't stomach doing that to the planet or my body just so I could have fish in my sushi. I've been vegan ever since and never looked back!
How do you feel health wise with this diet choice?
I feel amazing!
Are you open about your Veganism?
Yes, I am, though I do try not to be overbearing about it. While I don't agree with omnivores' dietary choices, I try to be tolerant. No one was ever shamed into veganism, and I prefer to set an example with my dietary choices, you know what I mean?
If so, are you involved in any activism i.e. protests, leafleting etc…
Some, but not as much as I'd like.
she is a member of etsy veg!
What do your family, friends, co-workers think about your diet?
Reactions vary, but folks are overall pretty supportive. When I head back to Florida to visit my family, my mom and sister go shopping for "Becky Food," and my sis said they think it's fun!
What advice would you give those interested in becoming Vegan?
Read! Get some cookbooks to peruse and read up on nutrition. The cookbooks will help you learn how to put tasty vegan meals together. The nutrition business is important for health purposes, obviously, but it will also help you answer questions about vegan food. Folks are going to have them, and it's so much easier to answer if you're a little bit informed.
Would you eat at Mc Donald’s if they carried a Vegan burger?
I would. I'm a big believer in voting with your wallet. If McDonald's had vegan menu items, I'd want to support that.
her aprons are super cute!!
What is your least favorite question that you are asked about your diet?
"Where do you get your protein?" or any of the sarcastic ones like, "If you love vegetables so much, why do you kill them?"
What is your favorite dish?
Shepherd's Pie! It's a staple around here, and I love how flexible and satisfying it is.
what a great little kitchen!
What do you typically eat at Thanksgiving?
It varies a lot. My husband's family has taken to going out to dinner, so the restaurant usually fixes me something off the menu. Last year, I had roasted veggies and gnocchi in this awesome tomato sauce! When we cooked at home, we'd get a Field Roast and make veggie sides.
If I could make you any flavor cupcake in the world what would it be?
Something lychee-related! What kind of frosting would you use there? Lime? Maybe almond? (How about ginger buttercream Becky?)
Please share your favorite Vegan recipe.
I just don't know if I can pick one! Can I tell you my favorite cookbook instead? Veganomicon has been my go to lately for recipe inspiration. As desserts go, I am obsessed with Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Obviously, I'm a big fan of Isa Chandra Moskowitz.